Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Beauty is my Business: Get The Look of Elletra

I am  totally obsessed with this Lancôme ad featuring Elletra Rossellini Weiderman, daughter of screen maven Isabella.

The blushing cheeks, butterfly lashes and juicy glossed lips combine for a sultry beauty that still lets the lady behind the look shine through.

To get this sex-kitten look in 10 simple steps:

1. Start with a clean and moisturized face. If you're a make-up maven, go all out and apply a foundation primer for an even canvas.

Try:  Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36

2. Apply sheer foundation to any areas with redness to even out complexion and hide imperfections. Apply with a synthetic foundation brush for most natural looking results.

Try: Prescriptive's Foundation Brush, $30 and Virtual Skin Foundation, $32.50

3. To cover undereye circles, use a yellow-based creamy concealer and pat on evenly with your fingertips, paying special attention to the inner corners.

Try: Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer, $68

4. For any blemishes, paint on a concealer with a thicker consistency that matches your skin tone exactly with a thin brush.

Try: Laura Merceir Secret Camoflauge, $28 and matching brush, $26

5. Set foundation and concealer with a light dusting of sheer bronzer or translucent loose powder.

Try: Armani sheer bronzer, $48 and Laura Mercier Loose Powder, $34

5. Swipe on a metallic champagne eye shadow from lashline to brow bone.

Try: Stilla Eye Shadow in Starlight, $18

6. Trace your lash line with a black liquid or gel liner, slightly extending the line upwards in the outer corners for a subtle cat eye effect. If using a gel or liner in a pot, apply with a slanted brush for a more precise application.

Try: MAC Small Angle Brush, $23 and Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner in Black Ink, $21

7. Curl your lashes if you want some extra oomph, otherwise finish your eyes with a coat or two of black volumizing mascara. Apply from root to tip, wiggling throughout to remove any clumps and to separate and define lashes. I like to use a clean mascara wand to separate any remaining clumps as a finishing touch.

Try: Shu Uemera Lash Curler, $19, Diorshow Mascara in Black, $24 and MAC Lash Brush, $13

8. If your brows are sparse, fill in with a shadow matching your brow colour. If you're the opposite and have some Brooke Shields brows going on, comb and set your brows with some clear gel.

Try: Anastasia All About Brows Kit, $75

9. Apply a dab of bright pink cream blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, blending upwards and outwards so you don't end up with obvious pink stripes.

Try: Aramani Fluid Sheer Radiance, $35

10. Finally, to complete the look, smack on some juicy lip colour in a sheer shiny pink. I'm more partial to a saturated gloss than a lipstick- the pinker the better!

Try: Lancôme Juicy Pop Ultra Shiny Hydrating Lip Gloss in Electric Pink, $21

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