Dior’s Boudoir Beauties

In last week’s ‘Cause She’s A Lady post on how to get the look of Christian Dior’s party-on-the-top, business-on-the-bottom (or vice versa) ensembles from the Fall 2009 Couture collection, I promised to bring you the makeup finds on how to create the beauty looks. There were really two different looks in this collection. The first was a strong, classic retro beauty look with silver eyes, sharp black winged eyeliner and bright red lips.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

How to get this look:

  1. Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Moonshine, $22 at Sephora
  2. Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black, $23 at select The Bay counters across Canada for a limited time
  3. Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Absolute Rouge as part of the Gold Fascination Collection, $35 at The Bay counters starting January 1

The second was a softer, though no less stronger,  sugary look with with lilac on the eyes, black winged eyeliner and pale pink or fuchsia lips. Both of these are perfect looks for your holiday parties, depending on whether you want to go more tough vixen or bad-girl-next door.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

How to get this look:

  1. MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Devil-May-Care, $23.50 at MAC counters and stores
  2. Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black, $23 at select The Bay counters across Canada for a limited time
  3. Revlon Creme Gloss in Fiercely Fuchsia,  $11.95 at drugstores and select department stores

— Jodi Goulart

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The Beauty Behind Mad Men

Have you ever wondered how to get those Joan Holloway come-hither lashes, Betty Draper’s classic red lip or Peggy Olson’s fresh-faced flush?  To find out which MAC Cosmetics products are used on the lovely ladies of Mad Men and how to create the individual makeup looks on your own, read on for a Q&A with the show’s lead makeup artist, Lana Horochowski.

Q: You’re the new department head at Mad Men for Season 3, will you be making any changes to any characters’ makeup?
A: Since we are moving a little forward into the future, we have changed up the colour palette for each character to go along with the time period.

Q: How would you describe the looks of each one of the characters? How do they differ?
A: Joan Holloway: Always put together, very sassy and sexy. Betty Draper: Although she is a housewife she is an ex-model, so her makeup is clean but very current for the period. Peggy Olson: Peggy is a young and fresh-faced business woman of that period, so she has very clean natural makeup.

Sexy Secretary Joan Holloway

Sexy Secretary Joan Holloway

Q: What are your key products for creating the makeup looks for the main female characters?
A: Joan Holloway: We do a heavier eye on Christina, so the key products would be eyeliner and strip lashes. Betty Draper: Betty has two distinct looks, her at-home look and her going-out/evening look. For home she is very natural, basically a sheer foundation, think black eyeliner and mascara. Evening Betty goes a little thicker on the liner and a brighter lipstick, but always coordinated with her clothing. Peggy Olson: Since the key to Peggy’s look is to appear as though she is wearing no makeup, a great foundation is super important. Also, a natural cheek and lip stain is applied to give her a little colour.

Q: What are your favourite MAC products for each character?
A: Joan Holloway: Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle, Fluidline in Blacktrack and Rich Ground, and Eye Shadow in Soft Brown. Betty Draper: Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle, Blushcreme in Posey, Lipstick in Vegas Volt, Lip Pencil in Redd and Cherry. Peggy Olson: Eye Shadow in Orb, Vanilla, Soft Brown and Blot Powder.

Desperate Housewive Betty Draper

Desperate Housewife Betty Draper

Q: There seems to be a lot of making-out on the show, how many times do you have to redo those red lips? Does it get messy?
A: We do what we can to seal the lip colour, but we still have to go in every take to perform a minor clean-up.

Q: What can real women take away from the show’s look and incorporate into their everyday look?
A: Well, a great start would be lining the top lash line only with a gel liner like MAC Fluidline. We love this product for recreating the perfect ’60s eye. Also, replacing gloss and sheer or shimmer lipsticks with matte reds, bright pinks and corals help create a more retro look. Lastly, instead of a powder blush try using creme in pinks and corals to create a flushed looking cheek. For evening, strip lashes are always a bonus.

Thanks to MAC Cosmetics for providing the Q&A!

— Jodi Goulart

A Kiss On The Cheeks

I’ve never been one to wear blush, or rouge as our grandmothers called it. And the idea of wearing blush has always seemed antiquated to me as well. Maybe it’s because my fair skin has always made any colour on my cheeks look more like I was wearing face paint rather than glowing from within.

That is until I found MAC’s “Blush Of Youth” Beauty Powder from its Rose Romance makeup collection. Just a sweep of this over my cheeks, shoulders and decollete give me that freshly plucked glow. And just this week, the luminous look was on the red carpet at Cannes.

Diane Kruger in Cannes

Diane Kruger in Cannes

MAC "Blush Of Youth" Beauty Powder, $26.50

MAC "Blush Of Youth" Beauty Powder, $26.50

If your skin has more of a medium or olive tone, then look to Angelina Jolie and Asia Argento for inspiration. The two actresses demonstrated how a peachy pink blush, like The Balm‘s “Hot Mama” all-in-one blush, highlighter and eyeshadow, looks sizzling on darker skin by giving it a sun-kissed look.

Asia Argento & Angelina Jolie in Cannes

Asia Argento & Angelina Jolie in Cannes

The Balm "Hot Mama" Powder, $26 at Sephora

The Balm "Hot Mama" Powder, $26 at Sephora

— Jodi Goulart