Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence 'Hunger Games' Premiere: 5 Tips to Get Her Look

Jennifer Lawrence pictures display her composure and warm smile. At the L.A. Hunger Games première, her up-swept and tumbled-down hairstyle suited the spirit of her movie character, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is a warrior of her people, and Lawrence's glowing complexion gives her an outdoors-woman look that fits the characters' prowess with a bow and arrow. Jennifer Lawrence wore a gown by Prabal Gurung that looked gold or bronze depending on the light. The defined eyes and natural colors in her makeup complemented the bold color.

Jennifer Lawrence Hairstyle at The Hunger Games Premiere

The soft hairstyle, with an ornamented bun in back and tendrils falling around Lawrence's face was by Mark Thompson, her hairstylist. He told In Style he'd wanted to create Katniss' hairstyle since he read the book. Townsend used mousse on Lawrence's hair and then braided three decorative headbands into it.

The sparkle in the headbands work well with the metallic dress and create flashes of color to Lawrence's hair. The narrow, sparkling headbands create a beaded effect. In profile, the braided bun falls softly against the back of her neck. This creates a soft, romantic look, without the severe effect of a tight bun. The tendrils of hair framing her face, her bangs, and the softness of the hair gathered into the braid, left loose on her head, not pulled tight, keeps the hairstyle timeless and sensual.

5 Ways to Create this Katniss Look at Home

The hairstyle: Smooth a walnut-sized amount of mousse through your hair. Use more if you have longer or thicker hair than Lawrence. Braid your hair loosely, or have someone braid it for you, using jeweled, beaded or sparkly headbands as a strand in the braid. Use combs or clips to shape the braid into a soft bun that hangs on your neck. Spray your hair, including tendrils left free along the side with a non-aerosol hairspray.

Base: Use a matte finish liquid base or a powder base that matches your chest. This will help to give you a natural complexion that suits you. Apply it lightly.

Eye Shadow: The almost-bronze brown shadow in Jennifer Lawrence pictures from The Hunger Game Premiere in Hollywood Life suit her gown's color and her earthy movie character. Choose an eye shadow that looks like natural shadow, such as light brown for light to medium skin and dark brown or plum for dark skin.   
Eye Liner and Mascara: A key feature in the makeup is the eyeliner that extends all the way to the corner of the eye on both the upper and lower eyelid. It can take practice to get this right. Add matching mascara and your eyes are so defined they compel attention. 

Lips: Use nude lipstick and a light touch of coral lip gloss to add a hint of color and shine. Finish with a brush stroke of peach blush right along your cheekbones. Women and girls with darker skin tones can create a similar effect with a lipstick matched to their skin and a rosy or plum lip gloss. The nude lips effect works best by working with your skin tone.

Friday, March 16, 2012

5 Tips to Get the 'Dark Shadows' Makeup Look

Dark Shadows makeup proves it: Everything old becomes new again. The resurrection of retro styles is a given in beauty. With the movie scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 18th, expect to see an upsurge in 1970s makeup styles. The fun part of this is that Tim Burton's goth beauty creates an upbeat, playful vibe that gives you room to experiment with vampire-inspired style.

Tim Burton's new movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter draws inspiration from the 1960s vampire TV show by the same name. The original show featured a compelling vampire named Barnabas Collins and beautiful vampire women. Burton has updated the concept with 1970s disco music and quirky humor.

Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter stars with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's new movie.
Vampire Lipstick

The Dark Shadows trailer on Buzz Sugar shows the women in the cast with pale lips, an effect you can get with this season's hot neutral lipsticks. In the most dynamic and active scenes for the female characters, the vamps sport blood-red lips. This is the classic women's vampire look, with the bloodless undead complexion giving high contrast to the blood-red mouth ready to feed.

Pale, Matte Base for the Vampire Look

For on-stage or night life, applying pancake makeup with a damp sponge gives you full coverage to create the vampire-pale beauty. For daytime or a more subtle effect, using a fair liquid or pressed powder base from a compact will give you a lighter skin tone. Finish it off with a light dusting of loose powder with a powder brush after applying lipstick and eye shadow. Skip the blush. The powder sets the makeup and increases the opaque, pale-skinned effect. This trick also works on dark skin tones. By choosing a base shade fairer than your skin, you can create the fresh undead look of Dark Shadows makeup.

Vamp Eyes

Retro eye makeup gives you room to get into makeup as paint. Vamp eyes allow you to go for heavy eyeliner. You have two fun options. Liquid eyeliner for an authentic 1970s drawn-on thick line on the upper lid that fans out at the outer corners of your eyes or using a softened eyeliner pencil tip to create a smudged line for your upper and lower lids. The smudged effect can even extend into deep shadows all the way around your eyes for a more intense vampire look. Complete the look with black false eyelashes or dramatic mascara.