Monday, January 16, 2012

Leighton Meester 2009 Emmys

While browsing the internet I stumbled across this old (it’s from 2009…is that old?...) picture of Leighton Meester at the 2009 Emmys.

She’s wearing a nice bronzy eye with a shiny ruby red lip, and she really looks amazing!  I think this look is classically beautiful and would be a great go-to look for any special occasion (just a heads up, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!).  This makeup look isn’t complicated and it doesn’t require many products, so everyone give it a try!  Plust check out the pictures of the end and see just how versitle this look really is!

my version…

What did I use?
  • Bronze base (optional- MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood)
  • Bronze shadow with a little shimmer (lid and lower lash line- Bronze by MAC )
  • Matte soft brown shadow (blended through the crease- Bamboo by MAC)
  • A shadow that matches your skin tone (brow highlight-I used my actual face powder instead of shadow)
  • Black eyeliner pencil (for your water line, and tight line)
  • Black mascara (top and bottom lashes)
  • Individual lashes (outside corner- I skipped this step but it looks like Leighton is wearing them)
TIP for blue eyes:  Choose a bronze shade with more of an orangy undertone to really make your blue eyes POP!

  • Leighton skin looks 100% flawless so I decided to use a full coverage foundation
  • Bronzer (to contour the cheeks a little- Soliel Tan de Chanel)
  • Peach blush (apples of the cheeks and swept back towards the hair line- Peaches by MAC )
  • Highlighter (along the tops of the cheek bones- Silverdusk by MAC )
  • Red lip liner (line and fill in lips-Wine by Love My Lips)
  • Ruby red lipstick (I used a color from the Coastal Scents 32 Lip Palette) 
  • Red gloss (applied straight over liner- Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in 160 Firecracker)

What to dress this up even more?
·         Add corner or full strip of lashes
·         A little bronze glitter never hurt anyone! (I love MAC’s Reflects Antique Gold)
·         Use a darker lip color
·         Add a black winged out liner along the top lash line

What to tone it down a bit?
·         Use a lip stain instead of a lipstick and gloss.  You can even just use a lip liner to fill in your lip and top it with a little chapstick.
·         Loose the red lips all together and go for a natural lip.
·         Use a lighter coverage foundation so that your skin peeks through a little more.

Here are few variations of this look you might aslo like...

Toned down

Smokey-er version
darker lips
a little less smokey version with a pink lip = perfect for summer!
Change it up, play it up, and make it your own!

For the love of beauty and easy makeup,
…Casey B

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