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How to: Stunning Holiday Look

Happy Holidays everyone!  Here’s a look from one of my latest photoshoots with the super talented photographer Owen Bruce, the stunning Alana Zimmer and the ultra talented Creative Director of Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ryoji. The team worked amazingly together and we got some stunning shots, some of which are absolutely perfect for holiday–like this one!

The Look: Dramatic Lips, Silver eyes

I started by using Shu Uemura Nobara Cream foundation Stick (my new obsession) with Beauté foundation brush to create flawless, glowing skin. This foundation is great because not only is it portable, but the coverage is also completely adjustable (everything from super sheer to airbrushed), and it never looks heavy.

When doing foundation. I use powder quite minimally because I like the skin to glow.  Generally, I use a smaller brush (Beaute Contour) to deposit powder wherever I need it, which is usually the sides of the nose, a little around the mouth, and a minimal dusting under eyes to set foundation.

I used an upcoming product from Beauté to contour her face under the cheekbones and under the jawline. I also used another upcoming shimmery product to highlight the tops of the cheekbones and the brow bone.

With a soft blender brush, I applied a silver metallic shadow (NARS Bombshell) to the lid and just above the crease. I swept the shadow under the eye with a smaller brush and blended to blend the edges so it was seamless. I then used the same blender brush to apply a darker gray shadow (MAC Print) to the crease. I curled lashes using the Shu Uemura lash curler and applied my favorite mascara: YSL Faux Cils. (more…)

December 11, 2009 at 5:00 am 3 comments

Beau Nelson chats with fellow celeb makeup artist Dean Bryant about Leighton Meester’s Emmy look

Leighton Meester at the 2009 Emmy Awards

Leighton Meester at the 2009 Emmy Awards

Makeup artist Dean Bryant recently emailed me to let me know that he used one of my new Beauté Cosmetics Weightless Lip Cremes on Leighton Meester for the Emmys, so I took the opportunity to grill him about what else he used and ask him a few questions I thought our readers might be interested in. Check it out!

BEAU NELSON: How did you and Leighton decide on the look for the Emmys?

DEAN BRYANT: We decided together – the white dress reminded me of a sacrificial virgin, especially with the gold cuffs. I thought she could make a bit more of a statement with the makeup so it wasn’t too innocent. I would never have done that makeup if she was in a red or even black dress, or a dress that was overtly sexy. There was such an innocence about the dress, I thought it deserved a soft smokey eye, and a red “masochist” lip! (more…)

September 25, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Lindsay Price’s 2009 Emmy Makeup Artist Talks

Lindsay Price in J. Mendel and Fred Leighton jewels

Lindsay Price in J. Mendel and Fred Leighton jewels

For the Emmy Awards, I got to work with my very best friend and client Lindsay Price. Lindsay and I had an instant connection when we started working together on the press for Lipstick Jungle almost 2 years ago. This Wednesday Lindsay’s new show Eastwick debuts and I couldn’t be more excited. I recently visited the set of Eastwick and was happy to learn that the artists there were loving my Beauté Cosmetics Liqui-gel stains for cheeks and lips!

This Sunday Lindsay attended the Emmys wearing an AMAZING J. Mendel dress, and vintage Fred Leighton jewels chosen by super-stylist Amanda Ross.

Lindsay and I wanted to do something classic with a twist so we used a deep purple shadow (coming out in November from Beauté) with a deep black to anchor the color and make sure it didn’t look garish. I applied a set of Shu Uemura Smoky Lashes but I cut one side in half and used the halves on the outer corners of eyes, instead of a full strip of lashes. I applied Kanebo 38 Degrees mascara both top and bottom, which helps to blend the false lashes with Lindsay’s own.
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September 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

Kristen Stewart’s 2009 VMA Makeup Artist Talks

Kristen_Stewart_2009_MTV_VMAThis was my first time working with Kristen Stewart (who by the way, is SUCH a cool girl), and I had a vision for her look: pale skin with burgundy smoky eyes.

Together with the hair stylist and Kristen’s assistant John, we decided on the dress. After watching Kristen try on a few, we all felt the Valentino was special and different from what she has been seen in before.

Kristen has been growing her hair out since her Joan Jett movie and superstar hairstylist and Pantene spokesperson Hallie Bowman from The Wall Group decided to trim Kristen’s bangs to make sure they were not too long and in her eyes.  To give them separation, she then used pins to pull up the back of Kristen’s hair–making her look like she had a much shorter do than she actually does.

For my part:
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September 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm 9 comments

Get The Look: Rumer Willis

Rumer WillisI recently had the pleasure of working again with longtime client Rumer Willis for her appearances–including David Letterman–promoting her upcoming film Sorority Row.  (It’s out September 11th, and if you like scary/funny movies, this is definitely one to see!)  So many blogs posted about Rumer’s new look for Letterman that I thought readers might be interested in how I achieved it.

Rumer has beautiful skin, so we used a sheer tinted moisturizer to enhance it, but only where needed. I find that foundation/tinted moisturizer looks more realistic and better when it’s a perfect match and is not used all over the face–that way, the eye is tricked into thinking it’s seeing natural skin all over the face, even if it’s not. Less is more in this case!  I used Porcelain Tinted Moisturizer from Laura Mercier. I gently contoured her cheekbones with MAC contouring powder and used a Mineralized Skinfinish to highlight the tops of her cheekbones, her brow bone and the cupids bow of her lips.

For eyes we used a combination of black and dark gray matte shadows to smoke up her eyes and highlighted the inner corner with a satin texture ivory color from my Beauté Cosmetics shadow collection (due out later this fall). Rumer loves black khol liner on the inner rim as well, so we used Stila Kajal liner on the inner rim for definition.  We added a few individual lashes to each eye before curling and adding mascara. I used YSL Faux Cils mascara (dries up fast, but SO good when it’s fresh!) (more…)

September 10, 2009 at 5:00 am 2 comments


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