Lauren Conrad Glamour Magazine May 2010 Cover Look

Lauren Conrad Glamour Magazine May 2010 Cover Look

If there was ever a magazine cover to amp up Lauren’s make-up for, of course, we chose to do it for Glamour! I rarely stray far from her signature make-up look… but how could we resist adding a little glam to the eyes? Read on for a quick lesson in layering and smudging.

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This technique is very hands-on and Lauren and I always work together to create it (I apply the product with a brush then she smudges it with her finger).

First, apply foundation to your entire eyelid (try Mark Face Xpert Flawless Touch in Natural) and follow with a sweep of powder (I used mark Mattnificent Powder in Natural Buff). Both foundation and powder should be the same shades that you used on your face and neck.

Next, line your upper lash line with black liquid liner (we always use mark Get In Line Hook Up Liquid Liner in Painted Black because it’s waterproof so it lasts, and the brush is ultra-thin making it incredibly user-friendly).

Start with soft pressure at the inner corner then gradually press firmer as you work your way outward and upward; the harder you press, the thicker the line. Follow with mascara (mark Scandalash Hook Up in Blacklash) and a few individual flare lashes.

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Now here’s how we took it a step further: Using a gel liner and small eyeliner brush (I used mark Keep It Going Longwear Liner & Shadow in Entourage and mark Flat Eyeliner Brush), dip your brush in the black liner then swirl it around on the back of your hand to smooth it out. Start at the outside corner of your lower lashline (so the highest concentration of product is placed there) and drag the brush inward (I use small strokes as I work my way across, but you can also do one big sweep).

Then using your ring finger, go back over the line and smudge it back and forth so you “blur” the line. Then decide if you want to add another layer (Lauren and I repeated the process a few times for extra intensity). The result is instant drama and a great alternative if you’re like Lauren and you don’t love wearing any eyeshadow on your lids.

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I also had so much fun doing Whitney Port’s makeup for the story inside! They’re both wearing mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in mPowerment Gold (100% of net proceeds go to Lauren’s charity with the mark, the mPowerment Fund).

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All photos courtesy of Glamour Magazine and Mark Cosmetics.

Krysten Ritter: She’s Out of My League!


I had so much fun working with Krysten Ritter this last month promoting her new film “She’s Out of My League.” She’s such an amazing person and a blast to hang out with… and of course, her face is a dream to work on! Since we’ve been working together for over a year now, we’ve already figured out the best make-up look to bring out her features without masking who she is (see earlier blog post Krysten Ritter’s Signature Red Carpet Look).


So for her premiere in Vegas, I stayed true to her style; using liner on her top lash line to open up her eyes, a few coats of her favorite Diorshow mascara, a gorgeous Pink Lace illuminating blush (also from Dior)and since she isn’t crazy about lipstick (she thinks it looks too heavy and makes her look older) I applied an amazing lip stain pencil from Tarte Cosmetics that goes on like a lip balm, is surprisingly super moisturizing and gives her that sheer pop of bright color that she’s famous for.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville
Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory
Dior Lace Poudrier Dentelle Illuminating Lace-Effect Powder in Pink Lace (on cheeks)

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Mark i-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Victorian Lace
CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear All-day Eyeliner in Onyx
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black

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Tarte Natural Lip Stain in Lust

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Here’s a cute red carpet interview so you can see her makeup better, and a cover that I also worked on with her. Enjoy!


All photos courtesy of WireImage, Cle de Peau, Dior, CoverGirl, Mark Cosmetics, NARS, Tarte Cosmetics, Hamas Sanders and Resident Magazine. Video courtesy of Trailer Addict.

Lauren Conrad’s Seventeen Magazine March 2010 Cover Make-up Look


For Lauren Conrad’s Seventeen Magazine cover look, I wanted to create her trademark, California Glow, even though we shot it in November. So I used a foundation color one shade deeper than her skin tone, which can be tricky since it doesn’t match, so I made sure to shade in her neck, chest and even her arms as well. I used mark cosmetics Speedway Foundation Stick in Honey with their Foundation Brush for her face then a large sponge everywhere else to save time by covering more area. Because Lauren doesn’t like to wear eyeshadow, I used the Speedway stick on her eyelids as well.

Now that I made her face into a blank canvas, I had to go back and create dimension, so I contoured the hollows of her cheeks, temples, at the hairline and underneath her jawline with Speedway in Golden, a slightly darker shade than Honey. TIP: to find where your cheekbones are (mine didn’t come in until I was 26!), suck in your cheeks like a fish, then contour slightly below where the bones protrude.

Next, I used mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Peachy, a brand new color that they sent us that is amazing but not out just yet (sorry!). I applied it with mark’s foundation brush on the apples of Lauren’s cheeks. TIP: to find exactly where your apples are, simply smile in the mirror and they look like little cherries!

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Now that all the cream work was finished, I powdered her entire face with mark Mattenificent Oil-Absorbing Powder in Golden Honey using a mark Powder Brush. Then I contoured and blushed the same areas again, this time using powder formulations. For the hollows of the cheeks, jawline, temples and along the hairline, I used mark Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder in Pro Golden with their Angled Contour Face Brush for better precision. I used mark Good Glowing Mosaic Blush in Chica on the apples of her cheeks with my favorite Kabuki Brush.

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Of course, then we lined her signature cat eyes with mark Get In Line Hook Up Waterproof Liquid Liner in Painted Black. If you have trouble or are intimidated, a great technique is to start withdrawing the wing first by imagining a line from the corner of your lash line to the end of your eyebrow, then use that angle to start building your wing with small brushstrokes. Then go back and line your lashline starting at the inner corner. I followed with two coats of mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.

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Finally, I coated her lips with mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Mist followed by mark Juice Gems in Juicy HoneyDew.

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All photos courtesy of Seventeen Magazine and mark Cosmetics.

The Drama of Pale Skin

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There is nothing prettier to me than pale skin. Nothing. But this is a new view for me… My whole life I’ve been a bronzed beach girl and I’ve even learned to love my freckles, but after spending nine days on an international press tour with Cate Blanchett (unfortunately I didn’t get to work on her myself but loved working on her co-star Geoffrey Rush), I became obsessed with her milky white skin.

It truly is the perfect canvas for make-up. Then I met my client Krysten Ritter this year and was blown away by hers! She can rock red lips, fuchsia lips, even nude lips with more contrast and drama than anyone I know. Such an amazingly gorgeous face to work on that I have to pinch myself every time.

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Here’s the make-up breakdown of Krysten’s look: First I prep her skin with Amala Hydrating Face Cream, my favorite line of skincare with all organic ingredients. I add a sweep of Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Foundation in No. 1 Ivory and conceal any dark circles or redness with Dior Hydrating Concealer in Light Golden. I contour her cheeks with a light bronze powder (Dior Matte Sunshine in Honey Matte) and add a nude cheek color to her apples (DiorBlush in A Touch of Blush).

Then I define her eyes (but not overkill them) with a wash of pale grey shadow all over her eyelid (Mark Cosmetics i-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Minx), Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead on both the top and bottom lashlines, two coats of mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Platinum) and a few individual lashes on the upper outside corners. Lastly, I play up her lips with a tinted lip balm (Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Sheer Lip Tints in Berry, Blush, Honey or Plum, depending on our mood).

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Here are some more snapshots of my work on Miss Ritter’s snow-white skin taken by Hama Sanders. I still love a California glow but am now secretly jealous of the pale few out there. (And never again will I leave the house without wearing my SPF 70, because a girl can dream!)


And three more shots by Eric Ray Davidson:

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Make-up Sophistication

90210's AnnaLynne McCord

Here’s a beautiful fashion story for July’s Jezebel Magazine’s cover issue of 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord that I worked on a couple of months ago and have been DYING for it to come out!! Because the clothes were so luxurious and chic, I created a makeup look that was polished and sophisticated.

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Here’s exactly what I did:

I applied Giorgio Armani Designer Foundation in #7 then powdered all over with Giorgio Armani Loose Powder in #1.

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I contoured under her cheekbones for extra drama with Mark Cosmetics Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder in Pro Glow, then dusted directly on her cheekbones with Mark Good Glowing Mosaic Blush in Sandy. Make sure to sweep both all the way up to your temples, into your hairline.


I used a combination of the lighter gold shades in Dior’s Sunset Cafe 5-Colour Palette along her entire eyelid, blending up and into the crease.

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I used Dolce & Gabbana Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Stromboli along the entire lower lash line, drawing the line thicker than expected, almost using it more as a shadow for drama instead of a liner for definition.

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Followed by two coats of DiorShow Iconic Mascara in Nior, then I applied individual lashes along the upper lash line.

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I wanted AnnaLynne’s gorgeous mouth to be highlighted, but not compete with her eyes and the dresses, so I applied Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick in Champagne Blush, an elegantly sheer golden pink.

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Here are some more shots from the story, shot by John Russo in his studio in Los Angeles. I am obsessed with the long white dress by Issa London!

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All photos courtesy of John Russo, Jezebel Magazine, Dior Beauty, Mark Cosmetics, Dolce & Gabbana Makeup and Giorgio Armani Beauty.