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Get Allison Williams’ Emmy Beauty Look (and peek inside her clutch!)

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsLike many of you out there, I live for awards season. I also live for finding out the beauty products that help make our favorite celebs look so darn pretty on the red carpet.

It’s no secret that I have an extreme crush on Brian Williams (he waved at me once – true story), so naturally I adore his daughter too. I thought she killed it last night at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Her glowing Emmy look was thanks in part to celeb makeup artist Pati Dubroff (and also thanks in part to the killer bone structure she received from her dad.) I got the scoop from Pati about the products and techniques she used to achieve this beautiful look.

“Allison had just returned from her summer vacation so her skin was sun-kissed,” she said. “We decided to go with a soft look. I dubbed this ‘pretty in pink with a flash’ – the pink is on the lid, the cheek and the lip, while the flash is a dash of bright yellow gold on the inner corner of her eyes which complimented the bright yellow grosgrain belt on her dress.”

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Pati prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate the need for powder. She then used a small amount of tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey.

“I wanted the sheer coverage so Allison’s freckles could show through,” said Pati.

She finished the skin using tarte park avenue princess bronzer to amp up the tan and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a pinky flush.

She defined her brows with tarte the brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan.

“I created the structured eyes with Pati Dubroff dream palette using ochre and raw to give matte structure and a soft tone in the crease and under the eye,” said Pati.

She then applied tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid for a peachy pink base followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top. On the inner corner of the eyes, Pati added a flash of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado for a flash of bright yellow. At the base of the lash line Pati used tarte lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner - with a touch of a light flick at the outer corner. She completed Allison’s eyes by coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

Pati created a soft but well-structured lip using tarte  LipSurgence matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.

Allison’s Gambattista Valli Couture sleeveless dress meant her body was on display too. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the face and forget the rest of the skin, but Pati made sure she was glowing from head to toe!

“It’s just as important to make sure that the skin on her body looks as just as flawless as the skin on her face,” said Pati. “I used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant sheen and illuminate Allison’s skin.”

Allison packed her clutch full of the essentials to keep her look fresh all night! She selected tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers and the two tarte lippies Pati applied to keep on hand. Smart girl!

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Cate McNabb Cosmetics Giveaway

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Remember how much I love Cate McNabb cosmetics? (Click here if you need a refresher!) Well, I have more fun news! I’m giving away two of my absolute favorite products from the brand – the Long Lasting Lipstick in Fetch Pink and the Gel Eyeliner in Black. I adore them both and I know you’ll love them too! For your chance to win, check out the Rafflecopter widget below for entry options. Good luck! ;)
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Get Emma Stone’s Makeup Look from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Premiere

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Even though she’s not always a redhead, I feel the major unspoken redhead connection (it exists!) with actress Emma Stone. I also share her slightly awkward obsession with the Spice Girls. And I think she can seriously rock a red carpet.

She attended The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere last night in New York City wearing a Prada gown with a modernized 1970’s makeup look. Armed with Revlon and Chanel, celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin created a soft eye and luminous skin paired with a bold berry lip.

“Overall we wanted to create a look that was very glamorous and modern but with a 1970’s twist,” Rachel said. “I definitely focused on luminous glowy skin and bold berry lips. The overall inspiration was heightened glamour, but still very classic.”

I loved it! Here are the products Rachel used for Emma’s red carpet look:

Face

CHANEL Le Jour de Chanel, $85

CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Velvet, $45

REVLON PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Natural, $12.99

REVLON Cream Blush in Flushed, $12.99

Eyes

REVLON ColorStay Eye Liner in Black Brown, $7.99

REVLON Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara in Black, $7.99

CHANEL Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel, $29

CHANEL Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lotus and Taupe Grise, $29.50

Lips

REVLON ColorBurst Balm Stain in Adore, $8.99

REVLON Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Raisin Rage, $7.99

CHANEL Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick in Rosewood, $29

Nails

REVLON Nail Enamel in Divine, $4.99

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Quick Tips: Color Theory/Concealing

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Who’s up for some quick tips?! Today I’m sharing my tricks for disguising common pesky problems using the color wheel. I’ve mentioned this technique several times recently, so I figured I should explain it for those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept!

Just think of makeup as an art form using cosmetics as the medium. Makeup artists follow the same principles as painters, using the color wheel to determine what shades to apply in order to enhance the facial features. Complementary colors on the color wheel will conceal and neutralize. (Same idea as color correction in hair using toners and colored shampoos.) Here are some of the most common issues and quick fixes for them:

  • Red spots (think pimples, broken capillaries, ruddy cheeks) are best concealed with a green based corrector product. The product can be any pigmented foundation, concealer, colored powder, primer, etc. Several cosmetic companies (Maybelline and Smashbox for example) sell colored products like these. We all remember how much I like green, right?
  • Blue (under eye circles, veins, etc.) is corrected with orange based product. Most generically labeled “concealers” have an orange tone. Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealer is great for neutralizing blue.
  • Purple (under eye circles, veins, bruises) can be best corrected with yellow based product. I really like Joe Blasco Special Yellow or Benefit Lemon Aid. Most yellow based products can double as a highlighter depending on the shade and your skin tone.

After the flaw has been corrected, you can apply a regular foundation shade over it, kind of like putting down a coat of primer before painting a car. This isn’t always necessary, just depends on your preference.

Since not everyone has the color wheel memorized, there are a few tricks to remember the most commonly used colors. Think Christmas and Gators! Red complements green (Christmas colors) while blue complements orange (Gator colors).

In related news, MAC Cosmetics just released a killer color correcting collection. Stay tuned for full details in the next post!

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Behind the Scenes: My Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Awards Photo Shoot

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True confession: I have daydreamed about walking into the Conde Nast building since I was the editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook. So, to say that visiting the Allure offices was exciting for me would be a massive understatement.

Since those days I’ve often second guessed my career path… I began on the journalism route then took a severe left turn when I embarked on my journey into the beauty industry… before ultimately ending up trying to make a name for myself in a field that’s a strange hybrid of both.

It was when I was inside the elevator at 4 Times Square, on my way up to the photo studio for my shoot, that it clicked. That every decision I have made, traditional or not, has lead me to this moment. And this moment is awesome.

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The studio was incredible – almost as incredible as the rows of designer shoes awaiting my freshly pedicured feet. Cara, Tati (who are both just as sweet and beautiful as they are on their blogs, btw!) and I were whisked into a rotation of fashion fittings, manicures, makeup sessions, and hair styling.

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It’s no secret that I am not a sample size… so I was a little nervous about how they were planning to style my wardrobe. Then I laid eyes on my rack of killer dresses from Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, and Michael Kors and those fears quickly faded! I ended up wearing a beautiful black, curve-friendly Diane von Furstenberg dress (top left in the style board photo) and…wait for it… a pair of electric blue Manolo Blahniks. Hello, lover!

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I am determined to own these heels one day. And by one day, I mean when the Manolo Blahnik Fall 2013 Collection hits stores in September. Can you start a Kickstarter campaign for shoes? Is that a thing?

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Nail expert (and longtime Marc Jacobs manicurist) Elisa Ferri toned down my bright summer nails to create a more season appropriate look for the fall issue. She used Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige. It’s a gorgeous neutral tone with a subtle iridescent shine. I never want to take it off.

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I was a bit nervous about having my makeup done because I’m so particular about how I do it. Well, that worrying was completely unnecessary because brilliant artist Junko Kioka was the mastermind behind my makeup that day. I was furiously taking notes on the products she was using… and will most definitely add some of them to my own kit soon (Kett Fix Crème makeup, Estee Lauder DoubleWear, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to name a few). I don’t think I’ve ever felt more beautiful!

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The amazing DJ Quintero upped the glam factor even more and gave me some major Veronica Lake meets Jessica Rabbit hair. He set it with Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray. My hair was touchable and soft, but the style stayed perfectly intact. That stuff is miraculous!

Each of us had our own set in the studio, brilliantly crafted by Allure Fashion Editor J rod Lacks and photographer Jason McDonald. I won’t spoil too much detail on that – you’ll have to buy the October issue of Allure to see the finished product!

Here are some more backstage highlights from the shoot:

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After our whirlwind photo shoot, we embarked on a tour of the Allure offices, complete with a stop at the beauty mecca that is the Allure beauty closet (more on that later). Here’s a peek at my stash:

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As if the day couldn’t get any better, we were invited to meet and chat with editor-in-chief (and author of Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor) Linda Wells.

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It. Was. Amazing.

Thank you again to everyone reading this for all of your support during the contest and beyond. I would not have been able to experience this memorable day if it weren’t for you!

I’m back in Florida for now… but I’m definitely stuck in a New York state of mind. Stay tuned for more (yes, more!) on my Allure experience… including my top ten picks from the Allure beauty closet!

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