With the arrival of December, the holidays are already on our brain, between the shimmery makeup and red lipstick we’re planning to wear to the festive parties to come, this season is shaping up to be the chicest yet! We spoke to top celebrity makeup artists to get all the details on recreating the most-glamorous red carpet looks — Lupita Nyong’O's silver shadow included — so you can add some star power to your beauty routine. Whether you’re eager to break out the classic red lip or want to try a brand-new trend, each look is perfect for mixing and mingling over cold-weather cocktails. Plus, if you’re hunting down the perfect gifts for your friends and family, we put together a list of our favorite beauty must-haves under $100, and even tested the hottest holiday fragrances to find a match for every personality.
Black lipstick is rarely worn outside of Halloween or to the occasional costume party, and when we heard MAC was launching an inky noir lipstick for Black Friday this year, we couldn’t wait to see which celebrity would be daring enough to try it. True to form, bold lip maven Lupita Nyong’O broke out MAC’s Hautecore hue for the Gotham Awards in New York City last night, and while the product has sold out on maccosmetics.com, the star’s makeup artist Nick Barose shared his pro tips with InStyle.com for getting an effect that veers more toward glam than goth. ”Black lipstick is not easy to pull off, but when you keep it sheer — not matte or opaque, but with a hint of sheen — the effect can be feminine and glamorous in a silent film star sort of way,” he told us. “To soften the color a little bit, I dabbed a dot of red gloss on the center of her lips to give the black just a hint of warmth.” Because the shade is so dramatic, stick to minimal eye makeup, or go for coordinating tones like Nyong’O. “Avoid hard lip liners, and keep the rest of the face pretty and feminine. I paired Lupita’s look with flirty lashes, liquid liner, and a berry cheek stain.” We love it!
MAC’s Masterclass Brushes ($25 to $42; maccosmetics.com) may resemble the toothbrush in your bathroom, but boast more benefits for your makeup bag than your dental regimen. The innovative shapes allow for multiple uses, and claim a quick, seamless application. We asked InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor Selene Milano to see how the Oval 6 brush fared for her complexion, while our Assistant Editor Marianne Mychaskiw tried out the Oval 3 and Linear 1 brushes on her eyes. Keep reading to see what they thought!
SELENE’S TAKE ON THE FACE BRUSH: “I used the Oval 6 brush with a rosy blush on the apples of my cheeks. Usually I have to wait for my foundation and concealer to fully set before applying powder blush, but this time I went for it right away. It smoothed on the color seamlessly, giving my face a much more natural effect. That, plus the bonus of shaving 5 minutes off of my morning routine—I’m a convert!”
MARIANNE’S TAKE ON THE EYE BRUSHES: “I wasn’t quite sure how to use the Oval 3 and Linear 1 brushes at first, but once I got the hang of it, my eye makeup was perfectly applied in five seconds flat — and not because of my blending skills. Since the Oval 3 brush perfectly covered my lids, it kept the shimmer from my eye shadow from falling onto my face, and the ultra-fine Linear 1 made applying gel eyeliner a lot easier. Its narrow shape allows you to press the product across your lash line to ensure even coverage, and also works wonders at filling in brows.”
Week three of The Voice ended on a high note for Christina Aguilera and her team of two, and the superstar’s looks reflected the quality of their diverse performances. On Monday night, Aguilera went for a schoolgirl look, complete with a fun custom-made braided hairpiece courtesy of her hairstylist, David Babaii. “Christina has been wanting to do a braid for awhile,” he told InStyle.com exclusively, and Babaii thought this look was the perfect complement. To achieve the style, he parted her hair down the middle and blew out her strands so they were straight and sleek. He then secured the braid and fastened the rest of her hair into a chic low bun. “I didn’t want to do an elaborate bun,” he explained. “I wanted it to be simple and classic, almost like a fanned bun.”
The next night, Christina took the stage to perform, so her team decided to go for full-out glamour. “Anytime there’s a performance, I can go nuts and do whatever I want,” Babaii told InStyle.com. And he certainly went all out. For the results show, he curled her hair into tight ringlets for a full-looking ‘do, which complemented her glam outfit and intense smoky eye. For more details on why he and Aguilera decided on this week’s styles, as well as the information on her outfits and makeup, check out the gallery! And be sure to catch Christina Aguilera and her contestants battling it out against Team Blake, Adam, and Cee Lo Monday on The Voice at 8/7c on NBC.
The wait is almost over — Catching Fire rolls out to theaters nationwide tomorrow, with midnight screenings starting in mere hours! But before you line up for tickets, consider accenting your Katniss ensemble with some ultra-hot nail art. We painted up four fun manicures inspired by the film, and while they’re not as intense as Effie’s embellished talons, they’re an easy, stylish way to give your look a touch of fire. See each manicure in our gallery now, with step-by-step instructions on how to nail all four effects.
Kiehl’s famed Creme de Corps body lotion is one of our go-to products all year long, and with the increasing chill to the air, an extra layer of the hydrating formula does the body good. In time for the holidays, the beauty brand is taking an extra step to do even more good by teaming up with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. By purchasing a jar of the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps whipped body butter, you can take a step to end childhood hunger in the United States — up to $100,000 from all net proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry cause, which provides additional meals to children in need. One jar provides 380 meals, and in addition to the amazing cause it benefits, we’re also loving the festive drawing adorning the lid by 11 year-old Sofie Shore, daughter of Share Our Strength’s co-founder Debbie Shore. Pick up the Creme de Corps whipped body butter, available in either grapefruit or coriander, for $38 at kiehls.com.
Another reason Lupita Nyong’O continues to be our style muse: She’s not afraid to break out an ultra-bright lipstick regardless of the season. The neon pink shade she wore to a GQ party in Los Angeles is officially the high-octane alternative to the classic red lip. Rather than picking up a solid, opaque hue, her makeup artist Nick Barose chose Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro in No. 504 ($32 at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com), a lipstick-lacquer hybrid with buildable coverage. “A bold lip color like hot fuchsia pink is more wearable when you opt for a texture that isn’t too glossy or matte,” he told InStyle.com. “Try something more sheer, like a stain or lip lacquer.” Armani’s innovative formula dries to a slightly matte, velvety finish, and stays in place once applied so you won’t have to fuss over finding a matching lip liner — just be sure to clean up around the edges with concealer, or a pointed Q-Tip to cover any unexpected smudges.
It’s that time of the year again — the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is took place at the Lexington Armory in New York City Wednesday night! Before the models hit the runway, InStyle.com went backstage to find out what goes into making a VS Angel. We spoke to makeup artist Dick Page and hairstylist Orlando Pita, who gave us all the details on this year’s looks — along with tips on how you can recreate it on yourself. “I kept the makeup really light and transparent this year, because it would be weird if the makeup was super crazy-glamorous, and then they have underwear on,” Page told InStyle.com. “Besides, they’re all very pretty young women, so they don’t need much more makeup. That’s the simplest thing you can do.” Take an exclusive trip backstage in our gallery to see how everything came together, then catch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, airing December 10 at 10 p.m. EST.