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Lashes & Luminosity With Kathleen Hou

Kathleen is as passionate about beauty as I am so her studio visit turned into a late night makeup party! We tested products, debated new formula innovations and chatted for hours about the beauty industry. One of our conclusions; Burberry is the most underrated of the beauty brands. Their Fresh Glow Gel Stick and Luminous Fluid Base are so good (see above)! I am also a big fan of their Face Contour Pen and Lip Color Contour. When it came time to do Kathleen’s lovely face, I wanted to do a look she hadn’t tried before – always tough with beauty editors because they try everything! I used a shimmery teal cream to create an exaggerated cat eye (this style works particularly well on almond eye shapes) and then added Dark Swan of Denmark’s incredible fluffy lashes.

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Electric Purple Mascara… Elliott Sailors

The Dior Pump’N’Volume Mascara comes in four stand out shades – a bright blue, intense coral, a pretty pink and the electric purple featured above. It’s the perfect summer look when paired with bronzed, glowing skin and a warm nude lip!Note: Elliott is so inspiring! Check out her Instagram to learn about her activism!Note: I mixed two Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to create this nude lip, see the product bar below for the exact shades. . .

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1960’s Ingenue… Lilliya Scarlett

Lilliya’s skin is so good that using foundation is practically a crime! Instead, I mixed a tiny bit of concealer into moisturizer to create the world’s sheerest base – more of a dewy tint than any actual coverage. Then I dotted the same concealer (NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer) over any areas with redness. Note: The color in her eyelid crease and cheeks was created using the same product, the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick in Blush N24. .

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Metallic Highlighter… Meng Meng

My first experience with highlighter was watching Laura Mercier. Laura would tap her wonderful serum called Secret Finish (which has since been discontinued to the dismay of pro’s everywhere) on top of cheekbones, over the peak of the lips, on the browbone and ridge of the nose to give the skin a youthful glow. This was  meant to bring light to the face and break up the look of heavy makeup. It’s one of my favorite techniques and you can see it in most of the Beauty Is Boring looks.

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Red Carpet Glam… Elliot Sailors

If you are just discovering the brilliant Elliot Sailors for the first time,  they are a model, actor, activist, speaker, co-creator of @tomisnotaboy and the founder of @beyoubetrue. movement. Note: My frequent collaborator Sheridan Ward gave Elliot these perfectly done / undone waves. I am absolutely crazy about the “almost vintage but just textured enough to feel modern” style… trying to recreate it in my hair but so far have only managed to make a mess of uneven curls.

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Bitten Berry… Jesse Somera

Lip oils are having a moment, no doubt in reaction to the past few years of painfully dry, matte, liquid lipstick. And while I confess to loving a bright red matte, my lips are really really excited about the moisturizing potential of oil based tints! Of all the lip oil products, my favorite are the Tom Ford Lip Slicks. They come in four flattering shades that work on just about every complexion and are perfect with a nude face or a dramatic berry eye like the one on Jesse above. Note: Yes, Jesse is incredibly handsome and yes, he looks equally attractive in a full face of makeup or with a 5 o’clock shadow.

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Poppy Lips… Lilliya

A bright red lip works for any season but paired with a soft pink-hued glow and completely nude eyes, it’s the perfect look for Spring. In my opinion, every woman ought to try a version of this style (bright lip / nude face) at least once. It’s incredibly flattering and easy to do! The secret is to find the perfect statement lip color so if you haven’t already discovered yours, this is the season to experiment!Note: This was the first time I  got to play with products from the new Estée Lauder by Violette Poppy Sauvage collection.  Really lovely textures and colors, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Violette!Note: Lilliya twisted her hair up into this lovely messy chignon in about three seconds flat! A bit jealous!.

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80’s Supermodel Glam With Sophia Panych!

Sophia’s striking look and the fact that the entire Dior Summer 2018 Cool Wave Collection had arrived a few days beforehand inspired me to do a mash up of late 70’s disco with early 80’s glam. The warm coral, orange and rust shades are perfect with her eye color while the pop of blush brings in that disco vibe. And while I’d like to take credit for Sophia’s perfect brows, in truth I just lightly groomed them. Note: The cheek color is not listed below because it’s a new formula I am secretly developing! Shhhh!.

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Pastel Goth… Alex Boldea

To be honest, right after I applied this color to Alex, neither of us was sold. The intense pale blue with a lavender undertone (i. e. periwinkle) just didn’t look quite right as a lipstick shade.

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