Friday, October 14, 2011

Inspirational Fridays: Night Out!

TGIF! While it's going back to being cold, rainy and gloomy here in New York, hope it's sunny and nice for the rest of you! My cousin, who lives in Austin, Texas, tells me she's enjoying mid-80s weather. I envy those of you with weather higher than 75 degrees!

Since it's Friday and people yearn all week for their weekend to start, here are some ideas on what to wear for the night (whether you're going out tonight or this weekend)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kristin Cavallari: Dressing Like a Star

Dancing With The Stars' latest victim, Kristin Cavallari, arrived at LAX with her dancing partner (or should I say former) Mark Ballas, and her plane landed her on the fashion runway as she was dressed in style while jet lagged. She was makeup-free and dressed all in black with a leather jacket, black leggings, mid-calf suede heels, and accessorized her outfit with her Alexander Wang Coco Duffel Bag and spiced her all-black outfit with a loose beige printed scarf.

Get her look!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jana Kramer: Brown-Eyed Beauty

The gorgeous Jana Kramer, One Tree Hill's troubled actress (only in character) turned successful country singer, got all cameras to turn on her at the Footloose premiere in Westwood, CA on Monday in a pretty Blaque Label pink dress. She flourished a smokey, shimmery brown eyes look and nude pink lips matched with her pink dress, a combo that reminds us summer wasn't too long ago. While it may seem crazy right now to wear a strapless pink dress here in the East Coast, it's not a probably as it's usually warmer in the West Coast. So it is definitely a great look with her summery dress. In fact, it's a great look for any dress color. I really loved her choice with the black liquid eyeliner on the upper lid; it pretty much defines the whole smokey eye look!

So in honor of Ms. Kramer's gorgeous look, *drum rolls*....I'm doing a tutorial! Yes!!

Here are the steps for the look inspired by Jana Kramer!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Milla Jovovich: Smokin' Hot!

Last night, actress Milla Jovovich (best known for the "Resident Evil" film franchises) shined (literally) at the "Three Musketeers" premiere in no other place than London, in a Salvatore Ferragamo sequined slit gown from the Fall 2011 RTW collection, silver clutch, diamond rings, and black Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps. She looked stunning! What really caught my eye was the choice of makeup she used to go with her outfit; she matched her outfit with sultry, grey-silver smokey eyes, a very light coral blush and cherry red lips.

Here's a how-to look, inspired by Milla's smokey eyes:

Eyes: Start with a eyeshadow base. I like NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24 at Sephora).

Apply MAC Print ($15 at, MAC Counters) all over the lid.

You're going to want a shimmery, light, metallic gray eyeshadow. MAKE UP FOREVER's Slate Grey ($19 at Sephora) has a shimmery and vibrant grey best used on the middle lid. Blend that a little with MAC Paint so it doesn't look like it's in layers.

Here's the fun part: a black eyeshadow! Black eyeshadow is sold everywhere and is one of the most used eyeshadow colors so it doesn't have to be expensive. You just need a matte eyeshadow for this. NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black ($5 at Ulta) is the perfect pigmented matte eyeshadow if you're looking for cheap. (Alternatives: Illamasqua Lestat, MAC Carbon, Urban Decay Perversion). Apply this all over the outer lid and blend it a little with MUFE Slate Grey and try to bring it out to the outer crease slowly. This is the part where it does the job to make the whole smokey eye stand out. Blend it until you think you're blending it at a consistent amount.

And this is the part where everyone struggles the most with: eyeliner! Except you're using liquid eyeliner so you have to be extra careful when applying. Like the eyeshadow, you don't have to invest so much money in black eyeliner but you'll want to invest your money wisely on a long-lasting, creaseless, waterproof eyeliner that won't make you look like you just cried! A good waterproof liquid eyeliner is Wet N Wild's Black Liquid Eyeliner ($3 at drugstores). (Alternatives: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner, Revlon ColorStay Eye Pen). Apply that on your inner and outer lower lash line.

If you have a pencil brush or any kind of flat eyeliner brush, pat a little of the black eyeshadow on the outer lower lash line.

Mascara is optional but most prefer eyeshadow with it comes to heavy eye makeup. In that case, Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! ($19 at Sephora) is one of the best mascaras I've used and by one of the best, I mean that mascaras don't usually cope well with my eyelashes.

Lips: We don't want to be over-the-top with shimmer lipgloss now do we? For bright lips, try NARS Jungle Red Lipstick ($24 at Sephora) and coat it when clear lipgloss. If you're afraid of your lipgloss coming off easily, apply e.l.f. Studio Lip Primer & Plumper ($3 at