Direct Hit! Lucy Hale is so in step with what's happening in make-up right now. Love the sheer base, super soft, fleshy blush and a gorgeous 'barely there but def there' pink lemonade lip glaze. This takes your focus right where Lucy wants it: on her gorgeous eyes and pristinely tailored brows. Lashes curled to perfection that picket fence across her lids and have a touch of sheer color, similar to watercolors, not oil paints. The hair feels like an updated Veronica Lake. Deconstructed and tucked tastefully behind one ear gives the look a slightly classic Hollywood vibe...yet young and fresh. Brava Lucy, I salute you!
Near Miss! Zoe Saldana was so great in Avatar and usually nails it on the red carpet! Here's what put her in the brig: Waxy/too reddish brown fill in on the brows and hair that teeters on sausage curls. What I like: great, golden pink lip color, but why the super bronzy shadow? Something in a sheer, shimmery pewter could have lightened up the whole look making it season appropriate...or go a bit more golden on the lip and do a summer tan, neutrals thing.
The Fix: Zoe needs to have her make-up person switch to a powder for brows (or a pencil to powder formula, like my Vanitymark...smile). Body heat makes waxy formula pencils heat up and get shiny on oilier skins. Also, choose a shade that's fleshier, more chocolate-y than auburn. I'd use my Dark Choco on her. You want a sueded finish on brows to look most natural. Hair: just brush through a touch to look more tousled than piecey. This type of crisp curl feels very American Idol to me...not soft fashion. Zoe, I'm giving you a weekend pass to pow-wow with your glam squad for your next sail down the red carpet!
Sweetheart, you sank! This pains me to put my gal Fergie below deck ;-( ! But where to begin?! Okay, Fergie Ferg...let's start with the spray tan. There was a time when it was so fashionable to sport an obvious faux-glow. That time was 2006. Five years later it's landlocked. I was thinking maybe if she were brunette it wouldn't have been such a misstep, less glaring, but still wrong. I'm all for a spray tan, but you really have to find the formula that’s right for you and your skin. It's trial and error for sure, and best to error on a Tuesday, shopping at Kitson rather than Sunday on the red carpet. Too blonde hair. There's a point where a blonde shade literally looks like it hurts. I'd say E.T. would put his finger on those ends and say "Ouch".
The Fix: No time for a proper spray tan? Bronze up with a deeper foundation. That way it always looks fleshy and real. That's what I do with my actresses. Warm up that blonde. You want to look beachy and sexy, not like a real housewife from Bev Hills. I will say, I do love that golden apricot lip gloss...so I'll throw ya' a life preserver, kitten!
Same ship, different day! I heart me some Taylor Swift and Avril. I applaud that TS tried to step out of her beauty rut with a touch of colored shadow. But it didn't come off as stylish to me, it comes off like an addition to her mainstay eye look. We all know the Swift drill: black liquid liner swept out eye, crisp lashes, cotton candy blush and curled hair that's always side swept.
Ms. Lavigne: hair parted down the middle, ironed stick-straight. Her big glam surprise: she didn't clip in her bright pink extension behind her right ear. I'm a fan of “If it ain't broke, don't fix it" but I just feel these true creatives would have a touch more fun with her look. They're dangerously close to becoming the tween set's own Goldie Hawn! Okay gals, let's meet in the galley and have a chat!