Lauren Conrad’s Seventeen Magazine March 2010 Cover Make-up Look

For Lauren Conrad’s Seventeen Magazine cover look, I wanted to create her trademark California Glow, even though we shot it in November. So I used a foundation color one shade deeper than her skin tone, which can be tricky since it doesn’t match, so I made sure to shade in her neck, chest and even her arms as well. I used mark cosmetics Speedway Foundation Stick in Honey with their Foundation Brush for her face then a large sponge everywhere else to save time by covering more area. Because Lauren doesn’t like to wear eye shadow, I used the Speedway stick on her eyelids as well. Now that I made her face into a blank canvas, I had to go back and create dimension, so I contoured the hollows of her cheeks, temples, at the hairline and underneath her jawline with Speedway in Golden, a slightly darker shade than Honey. TIP: to find where your cheekbones are (mine didn’t come in until I was 26!), suck in your cheeks like a fish, then contour slightly below where the bones protrude.
Next I used mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Peachy, a brand new color that they sent us that is amazing but not out just yet (sorry!). I applied it with mark’s foundation brush on the apples of Lauren’s cheeks. TIP: to find exactly where your apples are, simply smile in the mirror and they look like little cherries!

Now that all the cream work was finished, I powdered her entire face with mark Mattenificent Oil-Absorbing Powder in Golden Honey using a mark Powder Brush. Then I contoured and blushed the same areas again, this time using powder formulations. For the hollows of the cheeks, jawline, temples and along the hairline, I used mark Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder in Pro Golden with their Angled Contour Face Brush for better precision. I used mark Good Glowing Mosaic Blush in Chica on the apples of her cheeks with my favorite Kabuki Brush.

Of course then we lined her signature cat eyes with mark Get In Line Hook Up Waterproof Liquid Liner in Painted Black. If you have trouble or are intimidated, a great technique is to start with drawing the wing first by imagining a line from the corner of your lashline to the end of your eyebrow, then use that angle to start building your wing with small brushstrokes. Then go back and line your lashline starting at the inner corner. I followed with two coats of mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.

Finally I coated her lips with mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Mist followed by mark Juice Gems in Juicy HoneyDew.

All photos courtesy of Seventeen Magazine and mark Cosmetics.

Krysten Ritter’s Signature Red Carpet Make-up Look

I love Krysten Ritter’s signature make-up look because it’s a lot like she is: bold and chic yet effortless. She has amazing features and can rock a red lip while still playing up her eyes, which is hard to pull off for most of us. The keys to this look are opting for tinted lip balm in lieu of a heavy lipstick or gloss (creating a softer finish), a light grey color on the lids (anything darker paired with a red lip becomes too 1920’s costume-y) and a nude-colored blush (again not to compete with the strong lip color).

I prepped her skin for make-up and the dry winter weather with Amala Hydrating Face Cream; I love it because it’s eco-certified (rare in the USA) and 100% natural.

First I used Dior Diorskin Nude Hydrating Glow Make-up in Linen all over her face applied with a foundation brush in light sweeping motions. I concealed under her eyes with Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory then powdered her t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) with NARS Loose Powder in Snow.

I highlighted Krysten’s cheekbones by applying Dior Diorblush in A Touch of Blush starting at the apples of her cheeks and continuing outward along her cheekbones.

Using a lay-down eye shadow brush, I swept Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eye Shadow in Chrome all over the lids and crease. This style of using only one eye shadow color all over the lids is called a color wash and it’s always a good option if you’re wearing a bright-color lip. I then lined the upper and lower lashline with Cle de Peau Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in 101. This product has amazing staying power yet glides on like a paint. Lastly, I applied two coats of Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black to her lashes, the only mascara that Krysten ever wants to use!

Still both of our all-time favorite tinted lip balm, I used Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sheer Liptint in Berry.

Be sure to keep your eye out for Krysten starring in the upcoming STARZ series Gravity, as well as the feature film She’s Out of My League, both premiering this Spring!

All photos courtesy of WireImage, Amala Beauty, Dior, Cle de Peau, NARS and Elizabeth Arden.

Pretty Pearlized Lids on Whitney Port

On today’s episode of The Bonnie Hunt Show (seen in the clip above), Miss Whitney Port wore a gorgeous and flirty pastel dress from the Spring ’10 collection of her own line Whitney Eve. So I kept the make-up soft and pretty, using a pearl color on her entire eyelid, pink blush and light pink lipstick. Here are the highlights of this look:

I prepped her face with Rodial Skincare Glamotox, a cult favorite moisturizer that super hydrates and plumps up the skin, diminishing any fine lines.

Using one of my all-time favorites, I applied the lightest color (pearl) from The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes. But I applied it WET for more intensity and impact! Pour a splash of water in the lid of the package and dip your eye shadow brush in it until it is fully soaked. Then drain out excess water by pressing the brush against the side of the lid. Dip the wet brush in the pearl color and swirl it around to make a paste then test the consistency on the back of your hand. If it’s too water-y, go back in the product and swirl some more until you’ve loaded up the brush with a nice “paste”. I always go back and test it on the back of my hand before applying it to the eyelid. When you’re happy with the solution, do a “color wash” (a single color on the entire lid and crease) by sweeping the color across your lids and crease. Break up any small clumps with your ring finger. You’ll find that this eye shadow applied wet is the most gorgeous finish ever! (And the 3 other colors are amazing wet as well, when you’re in the mood for something darker.)

My favorite 3-in-1 cheek palette right now by far is the Shimmer, Shape and Glow Face Defining System from Mally Beauty. On Whitney, I used the “In The Pink Lighter” palette because the bronzer isn’t “muddy,” the pink looks gorgeous on everyone and the highlighter has the perfect amount of shimmer. Apply the bronzer with a kabuki style brush on the hollows of the cheeks and directly on the cheekbone. (Then of course add a quick sweep across your hairline, temples and under your jawline.) Apply the pink shade to the apples of your ckeeks and the highlighter just above your cheekbone.

I used Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipstick in #105, a really happy and feminine pink color that feels like silk when you apply it. It’s a little bit of a splurge but it does last a long time and is such a treat for your lips.

Here’s a shot of Whitney wearing this look later that night (after a quick wardrobe change!) at the Alternative Apparel launch of Rethink.

All photos courtesy of WireImage, Rodial Skincare, The Body Shop, Mally Beauty and Cle de Peau Beauty.

Whitney Port’s Eyes Sparkle in Gemtones

Wednesday night at US Weekly’s Hot in Hollywood party, Whitney Port wore a vintage cream-colored lace dress and a tousled faux-bob, the perfect canvas for a dramatic gem-toned eye in garnet, topaz, gold and pearl. The best tip I can give you for pulling off this look is to blend blend blend! I applied the darkest colors (garnet and topaz) on the lids, closest to the lashline, then used a golden sand color to soften any hard lines in the crease. To really make it pop, I added a true gold color in the inner tear duct, opening and separating the eyes. Because the eyes are the headliner, I kept the lip and cheek colors light and airy in soft rosy nudes. I used all NARS Cosmetics.

Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville
Sparkling Loose Powder in Venus

Blush in Oasis (sparkling pink champagne) on the apples
Bronzer in Laguna in the hollow of the cheeks

Eyeshadow in Grenadines (garnet) all over the lid
Eyeshadow in Nepal (shimmery rose) in the crease
Eyeshadow in Voyage (golden sand) to blend above the crease
Eyeshadow in Goldfinger in the inner tear duct
Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Aigle Noir (black infused with gold shimmer) on the waterline (inner rim)
Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
Eyebrow Pencil in Panama

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama
Lip Gloss in Belize

All images courtesy of WireImage and NARS Cosmetics.

Dewy and Casual-Chic Look on Whitney Port

Last night I did a dewy and casual-chic look on Whitney Port for the Undrest Store Opening on Robertson, complimenting her understated yet fashion-forward outfit. The look is gold-shimmered eyes and flushed cheeks in peachy tones of a true California girl. Here are the products I used:

Mally Smoothskin Cream Compact Foundation in Light
mark Mattnificent Powder in Natural Buff

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm
NARS Blush in Luster
Smashbox Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte

mark Making Eyes Eye Shadow Duo in Down to Earth
MAC Fluid Line in Blitz & Glitz
Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara in Black

MAC Lipstick in Ravishing
mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in mPowerment Peach (developed by Lauren Conrad and me)

All photos courtesy of WireImage, MAC Cosmetics, Mally Beauty, Mark Cosmetics, NARS Cosmetics and Smashbox Cosmetics.

Lauren Conrad at the Avon Hope Honors Gala: Forties Glam With A Modern Twist

On Tuesday night in NYC, Lauren Conrad attended the Avon Hope Honors Benefit on behalf of the m.powerment campaign, her philanthropic initiative with mark. Cosmetics dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. Lauren wanted a retro look, reminiscent of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake and here’s exactly how I created her Forties glam, using all mark. products:

Face: For a perfectly-polished complexion, I evened out Lauren’s skin tone with Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation in Natural, giving her a super-velvety finish. To emphasize the delicate contours of her face, I applied Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder starting in the hollow of her cheeks, then directly under her cheekbones, up to her temples, across her hairline and under her jaw line. I then swirled Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush in Star Glo on the apples of her cheeks for a subtle rosy glow.

Eyes: Lauren loves her signature winged-out black liquid liner look which I amped up tonight by drawing Get In Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Painted Black a little thicker in the outer corners of her eyes. I then coated her lashes in Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven for thickness and length and added individual lashes (4 smalls and 6 mediums on each eye) to complete the look.

Lips: I gave Lauren a classic red old-Hollywood pout with Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Wave, a true Hollywood red that is warm enough to look gorgeous on everyone. To properly set the color to last all evening, I dipped a cotton swab in Matte-nificent Oil-Absorbing Powder in Natural Buff and carefully traced the outer rims of the lips. For that final touch of extra impact and depth, I added a dab of Belle of the Ball Lip Balm in Sheer Red in the center of the lips with my finger.

All photos courtesy of WireImage and mark. Cosmetics.

Lauren Conrad at the Style Awards: How to Create Feminine with an Edge

At last night’s 6th Annual Style Awards, Lauren contrasted an ultra-feminine look with a rock twist, from her floral bubble dress paired with studded punk pumps to her braided half-up-do and soft curls contrasted with a hot pink lip and black liquid liner, all in honor of her stylist Britt Bardo, to whom she presented the Style Star Award. I am obsessed with mixing things up because overly girlie comes off a little cutesy, while overly punk comes off… well, just that…

To create the look, I first filled in her entire lip with Kissink Lip Tintmarker in Berry Bitten, a lip stain favorite of ours that lasts all night yet isn’t dry or flaky. Then I added a coat of Lip Exotics Lip Lacquer Hook Up in Pop for a luscious wet look with a huge color impact. For her cheeks, I applied Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky, a perfect true pink cream blush, on the apples of her cheeks then dusted above her cheekbones in Twinklebelle (Rose), a shimmery pearlized powder that I also used on her collar bone and shoulders. Finally, to keep all of the emphasis on her winged-out cat eyes (Get In Line Liquid Liner Hook Up in Painted Black), I left her lower lash line undefined, except for a coat of Make It Big Mascara in Raven.

All photos courtesy of WireImage,, Just Jared and Mark Cosmetics.

A Girlie Chic Look on Whitney Port

On Friday, Whitney Port wanted a girlie chic look for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel to compliment her amazing pink and lace vintage dress. (Be sure to watch the video above in FULL SCREEN so you can see the make-up better!) I love this look because it’s feminine and sweet yet modern and cool… kinda like Miss Whitney! Anyone can rock this look and here’s exactly what I used on her:


Armani Beauty Designer Shaping Cream Foundation in 5.5 all over her face and neck with a foundation brush.

Stila Convertible Color in Gladiola applied with a foundation brush on the apples of her cheeks.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna under her cheekbones and jawline, on her temples, across the top of her forehead and along the bridge of her nose.

NARS Blush in Luster on the apples of her cheeks then a quick sweep from the apples up to her temples.


Stila All Over Shimmer Eyes in *12 (this product is discontinued which kills me but if you do a google shopping search you can find it like I did on the link above). I shook a little of the powder out, wet my flat eyeshadow brush then dipped the brush into the powder. Work on the consistency on the back of your hand until it has enough intensity to be sheer but still have enough color impact. Then sweep all over your lid and crease.

Smashbox Muse Cream Eyeliner Artist Pencil in Antique Gold (this product is also unfortunately discontinued… ugh… but you can find it like I did at the link above then cherish it until its last stroke.) I gave Whitney a cat eye by starting in the inner corner of the upper eyelid then dragging it to the end of her eyelid, then winging it up at a 45-degree angle. The color is absolutely gorgeous so it saddens me that they are no longer making it. The good news though is that mark. Cosmetics comes out with their eyeliner pots this Spring and has the exact color (in a gel liner) that I used on Lauren Conrad’s magalog shoot for the brand last month.

mark. Make It Big Plumping Mascara in Raven on top and bottom lashes… a cult favorite mascara of mine.

*Note: No liner or shadow on Whitney’s lower lash line. Just mascara.


Cle de Peau Lipstick in 22 all over her lips.

Then I finished the look with a mixture of the lip glosses that Lauren and I developed for mark., mPowerment Peach and Gold.

All photos courtesy of Armani Beauty, mark. Cosmetics, Smashbox, Stila, NARS and Cle de Peau.

Lauren Conrad in NYC: 5 Days, 6 Looks, 1 Signature Style

I just returned from a week of fashion shows and concerts in New York with Lauren, who unfortunately was pretty under the weather and battling the flu. But with the aid of our favorite mark. products and her fighting spirit, no one could tell! (Thank heaven for mark.!!)

We wanted to create looks that were her (now-famous) signature style: winged-out black liquid liner, glowy & bronzed apricot cheeks and nude lips, but add a few variations to mix it up. The look above was for VH1’s Diva’s concert so I added extra diva-drama with a thick & extended black line on her lower lash line (I used mark Get In Line in Painted Black that is her staple go-to product for her cat eyes, but this time used it on the bottom as well.) A trick to liquid liner is to steady your elbow on your vanity so the only pivot action comes from your wrist. Start with a thin line in the inner corners then press down a little harder as you extend the line outward (making the line thicker), ending a couple millimeters passed the eye.

For the 3.1 Phillip Lim show, I accented the inside corners of her eyes with i-Mark Custom Eye Shadow in Nomadic. Using a small eye shadow brush, dip it in the powder, press it gently in the inside corner of your eye in a circular motion then drag it 1/4 outward along your lower lash line:

For the Nanette Lepore show, I used Eyemarker Color On Line in Jet along her lower lash line. Draw a line like a marker starting at the outside corner of your lower lash line and end 3/4’s inward:

For the Rebecca Minkoff show, I used Metalliner Eye Glam in Blue Chrome along her lower lash line. Again, sweep it like a pen in the method described above:

For the MTV VMA’s, she wanted an all-nude matte face illuminated with hints of shimmer so I used Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder in Pro Glow and Dew Drenched Moisturlicious in Skinny Dip:

We also worked on an amazing photo campaign for mark. cosmetics featuring a few new products that you’re going to DIE for (stay tuned!). Here’s a shot from the m.Powerment campaign where I used Glow Baby Glow lip glosses in m.Powerment Peach and m.Powerment Gold (that Lauren and I helped develop with mark. and turned out to be soooo gorgeous!). 100% of the net proceeds go to the m.Powerment philanthropic initiative to break the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence:

Here are the mark. must-have products for Lauren’s signature red carpet look that I have used on her religiously for two years:
Speedway in Honey all over the face, Glow Xpert in Candle Glo as a highlighter above her cheekbones, Get Bright Highlighter in Natural under her eyes and accenting the brow bone, Bronze Pro in Pro Golden to support her cheekbones, on her temples, along her hairline and under her jawline, a combination of Good Glowing Mosaic blush in both Love Rush and Hush Baby on the apples of her cheeks, Winkstick in Demure all over her eyelid, Get in Line Waterproof Liquid Liner in Painted Black along her upper lash line, winged up and out, a couple coats of Make It Big lash plumping mascara in Raven, Mini Mark-It Stick for Lips in Goldie Pearl all over her lips followed by a coat of Juice Gems in Juicy Fig.

Remember that make-up is temporary and if you mess up (applying liquid liner), merely wipe it off and try again! I promise if you practice you can definitely master it. Lauren applies mark. Get in Line liquid liner by herself 7 days a week! If you think it might take you a few tries, use mark. On The Edge liquid liner in Cleo because it isn’t waterproof like Get In Line and easier to wipe off until you get it perfect. I had a blast on this trip with Lauren and I hope you have fun re-creating her looks.

All photos courtesy of WireImage and mark. Cosmetics.