We’re loving Kerry Washington‘s sexy half up-do, smoldering Jason Wu strapless gown and that deep, raisin lip. Her makeup artist, Carola Gonzalez prepped the Scandal star’s pout with Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm ($9 at neutrogena.com) to hydrate before lipstick application. “It really helps to keep lips moisturized and diminish appearance of dryness. Leave for at least 20 min before lipstick application,” says Gonzalez. Once fully moisturized she smoothed on Armani Cosmetics Rouge d’Armani 609 ($34 at giorgioarmanibeauty-us.com) and topped it off with Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin ($9 at neutrogena.com) to add a bit of sheen.
Anna Kendrick’s stunning black J. Mendel gown was punctuated with two pops of red, some delicate floral embroidery and a glossy, bold lip. Her makeup artist, Sara Glick told us, “We wanted to make a statement with the makeup, and show a more playful side, while still keeping true to her classic beauty. We usually play her lips down with nudes and light pinks… but for tonight, I wanted her to stop the show by surprising everyone with a bright lip.” Glick chose the brand new Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Open Me, #753 ($35 at dior.com on March 15th). Glick describes the new formula as, “easy and smooth but the color lasts.”
Before stepping out on the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest event of the year, celebrities sit for hours in the hair and makeup chair. But even before the big night, they’re getting primped and preened with high-tech facials and old-fashioned root touch-ups. Tracey Cunningham’s Beverly Hills salon, Meche is a must for a roster of stars with the most-wanted hair in Hollywood from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Garner. Meanwhile, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres will be dropping by her trusted skincare guru Mila Moursi’s Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute for The Mila Moursi Global Anti-Age Treatment. Moursi says, “It’s the ultimate skin rejuvenation to naturally contour and tighten the skin, stimulate new cell production, increase blood circulation, and create healthy glowing skin.” These beauty all-stars are so indispensable they even make house calls! Anastasia stopped by Julia Roberts‘ house last night for an eyebrow prep. Click through the gallery to see other destinations on the road to the red carpet.
We can’t get enough of Lupita Nyong’o's epic fashion and beauty choices throughout this red carpet season. Last night, the Oscar nominee delighted us with her look again, while being honored by Sally Morrison & LoveGold at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. While she broke what many consider to be the cardinal rule of beauty—don’t pair a strong lip with a bright statement eye—she pulled it off, and she looked stunning.
“Who says you can’t wear bright eyes with bright lips?” says her makeup artist, Nick Barose. Barose chose to go bold with primary colors, a bright cobalt liner and a bold red mouth on Nyong’o. “The key is to just go for it and instead of just simple black or brown liquid liner which can look too traditional with a classic red, I wanted to make the look quirky, fun and very pop art with the Yves Klein Blue liner (Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Sapphire, $30 at sephora.com) contrasting the bold red mouth (YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #1 Le Rouge, $35 at yslbeautyus.com). To keep red lips looking luscious but without bleeding or feathering, Barose advises prepping your pucker with a non-greasy lip balm; last night he used Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No Shine ($9 at kiehls.com). “Keep the rest of the face less colorful but don’t forget to dress the cheeks with subtle blush that flatters your skin without looking too bright,” says Barose. On Nyong’o he opted for a sheer plum (Lancôme Blush Subtil in Aplum $30 at lancome-usa.com), proving that rules really were made to be broken!
The Polar Vortex is (hopefully?) becoming a memory, but the harsh winter conditions will have definitely left their mark on your skin. Chapped lips and dry, cracked hands are par for the course after spending such extended periods of time indoors and braving the elements like sub-zero temperatures and harsh winds. To soothe your way back to supple skin, we’ve rounded up the very best lip balms and hand creams. Check them out and start the countdown to spring!
Marianne Mychaskiw, assistant editor: “Agent Provocateur’s wide range of lingerie always sets the bar high when it comes to determining what is sexy, and I have yet to find a scent more seductive than the brand’s original Eau de Parfum ($115; nordstrom.com). One spritz of the heady floriental blend helps me channel my inner Marilyn – I love how it starts out strong with notes like Moroccan rose, saffron, and jasmine, then softens throughout the day as subtle elements like amber and gardenia start to come through.”
Sheryl George, associate beauty editor: “I love Stella McCartney’s fragrance Stella ($72; sephora.com)…I always get compliments when I wear it and I love that it’s got a sexy vibe without being over the top or super intense.”
Kahlana Barfield, beauty director: “I love iProfumi di Firenze’s Talco Delicato fragrance ($110 at barneys.com). I’ve been wearing it for years and never feel quite as sexy when I try other scents. It smells like baby powder (in a good way!). I spritz it on my neck, wrist and hair in the morning and it lasts all day.”
Selene Milano, senior beauty editor InStyle.com: “Fragrance is like clothing: sometimes you wear something for yourself or other women—and then some make you feel sexy enough for a date. When I wear Florabotanica by Balenciaga ($100 at sephora.com) my husband always notices. And I’ve had two male friends buy it for their wives!”
Angelique Serrano, beauty director: “I’ve tried time and again to describe how sexy Frederic Malle Carnal Flower ($350; fredericmalle.com) smells to those who haven’t experienced it – and I always fall short. It brings to mind hot, heady tuberose flowers laced with all of their creamy sweetness and a hint of spice. It’s incredibly addictive and just as magnetic. Whenever I wear the fragrance, a stranger stops to ask me about it. Sometimes I reveal the name, and sometimes I keep my signature to myself.”
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend? Think outside the pizza box. Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty suggests 3-bite sliders paired with salty fries, served in pretty chevron waxed paper.
Then, it’s onto the sweet stuff! We rounded up some chic gametime-inspired desserts, from mini football cheesecakes to Dana’s Bakery pastel macarons in team colors: Denver Chocolate Peanut Butter vs. Seattle Salted Caramel—yes please! So whether you’re rooting for a team or you’re really only interested in the halftime act, nosh in style. Click through the gallery to get started.
Kacey Musgraves had quite a night at the Grammys! Not only did she win the award for Best Country Song and Best Country Album, she looked radiant on the red carpet as well. The star began her evening in a demure blush tulle gown by Armani Prive, then swapped the dress for full country gear (complete with light up cowboy boots) during her live performance.
InStyle.com got the exclusive peek at her getting ready with her makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle. “I wanted to complement Kacey’s gorgeous blush-colored dress with an equally soft, romantic look,” Buckle told us about the inspiration for the look. He started off prepping Musgraves’ face with a primer, then applied maracuja creaseless concealer ($24; tartecosmetics.com) underneath her eyes to erase any darkness.
We were especially obsessed with the star’s dewy peach flush, which Buckle achieved by dusting Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in blissful ($26; tartecosmetics.com) over the apples of her cheeks. For her lips, Buckle told us, “To complement the softness of her look, I applied Power Pigment in Tipsy ($24; tartecosmetics.com).” During her performance, he added a dramatic cat eye with MultiplEye lash enhancing liquid liner ($22; tartecosmetics.com). We think there is a new it girl in the music world and we can’t wait to see what she does next!