I’ll Get You My Pretty!

elizabeth-montgomery-14veronica-lake-7Since we’re dedicating this Halloween Week to witches, who better to tell us the best and worst beauty advice than women who have been masquerading as lovely humans?

  • DO ask witches their anti-aging secrets! (Some are hundreds of years old!)angela-bassett-6stockard-channing-8
  • But, DO NOT suck the youth out of little children to stay young…sjp-26
  • DO use kitty cats to bring out your eyes (& keep warm)!kim-novak-4veonica-lake-6
  • DO NOT use mirrors to trap your twin sister in!cloris-leachman-1
  • DO support your local witches’ beauty business!sandra-bullock-13
  • DO NOT insult your hairdresser!angela-bassett-7jessica-lange-10
  • DO rock a dark manicure.jessica-lange-9
  • DO NOT set fire to buildings, just so you can make a smoky entrance.veronica-lake-8
  • DO encourage the use of natural products!lily-rabe-4
  • DO NOT doubt yourself or your beauty. 😉sjp-27
  • But DO summon intense weather for a killer background. 😉alice-englert-3
  • DO rock blue eyeshadow! anjelica-huston-2agnes-moorehead-6
  • DO NOT underestimate the power of a cat eye.elizabeth-montgomery-16
  • When it comes to hair, DO remember more is more!frances-conroy-10cher-6-susan-sarandon-9-michelle-pfeiffer-13
  • DO remember the impression a redhead can make!
  • DO NOT stress over a bad hair day – wear a wrap!angela-bassett-8jessica-lange-11
  • DO mix magic & hair!elizabeth-montgomery-15The-Craft-Hair
  • DO NOT flatten those natural waves.Cher-7-susan-sarandon-10-Michelle-Pfeiffer-14
  • DO experiment with unnatural hair colors, no matter your age!meryl-streep-4 
  • DO NOT let your skin succumb to the ravages of the sunstockard-channing-7-dianne-wiest-7!frances-conroy-11
  • DO shield your eyes from too much sun, too!jessica-lange-12
  • DO NOT smoke cigarettes!ahs-coven-6
  • DO know the importance of mood lighting.sandra-bullock-14
  • DO NOT lie!  It’s bad for your skin.stockard-channing-9kathy-bates-1
  • Finally, DO wear something black…emma-roberts-10-taissa-farmiga-3
  • And, DO NOT underestimate the power of a bold hat. :)jessica-lange-13

Happy Halloween!

7 Beauty Lessons Learned from Downton Abbey

Check out our favorite Downton Abbey beauty tips from our friends at Daily Glow: The Crawleys may have old-fashioned manners, but their skin and hair are modern marvels. Here are the best beauty tips from the third season of the Masterpiece broadcast on PBS.

1. Your complexion always looks better in candlelight.

2. For an instant anti-aging trick, stand next to someone who’s at least 30 years your senior.

3. Don’t underestimate the power of a red lip.

4. If you’re going without makeup, make sure your skin is flawless.

5. When in doubt, wear a hat.

6. You’ll never have a bad hair day if you stick to braids and updos.

7. A blushing bride is a beautiful bride… as long as she’s not left at the altar.  (Sorry, Edith!)

Hunger Games Frosting

Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.”  Suzanne Collins’ epic series makes sly commentaries on war, death, politics, fashion, love, hunger, bravery, cowardice, history, destruction, life, birth, and even reality TV, so it’s no surprise, she has something to say about makeup, too.  Three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire) was the head makeup artist on The Hunger Games, and she did some truly exceptional work: making Jennifer Lawrence look striking using very little makeup, giving Lenny Kravitz just a slick of gold eyeliner, and designing Seneca Crane’s infamous beard.  Besides creating the crazy faces of the wealthy people of Panem, she also had to do extensive work on burns, blood, gashes, and other injuries to demonstrate the true brutality of the games.  Avoiding starvation is usually the main thing on the minds of the people in District 12 – not selecting the perfect shade of lipstick.  But it turns out, makeup will help Katniss and Peeta in ways they never imagined when heading to the arena…

TIPS ON BLENDING IN WITH THE CAPITOL CITIZENS

  • Lose Your Brows: Costume designer Judianna Makovsky insisted that Capitol citizens’ eyebrows be powdered into nothingness.  She told Vogue, “It immediately takes the face somewhere else.  It takes it high fashion, but also a little scary.  And also beautiful, funnily enough.”  The ghostly look certainly makes the Capitol creeps look soulless – maybe to show the monsters they truly are.
  • Make those Lashes Flutter: Effie Trinket always brings to mind a small, skittish animal or a spastic butterfly, running and teetering around on her heels, so it’s no surprise that on closer inspection, you can actually see the little bugs and antlers accenting her eyes.  The fake eyelashes were created by PAPERSELF.
  • Wig Out: Katniss’s hair, face and body are au naturel, so it makes sense that the decadent denizens of Panem are completely fake from head-to-toe.  The people in charge of hair on the film were Cherry Petenbrink and Linda Flowers (God, those certainly sound like Hunger Game names!)  Flowers told ELLE, “When you’re doing bright colors for hair it can look kind of Mardi Gras-ish. This was a very sophisticated group of people, so it had to be classic.”  Capitol wigs are most often pastel-colored.
  • Too Matchy Matchy: According to Allure, Ve Neill always made sure to match Effie Trinket’s makeup to her outfits.  She used Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars in lavender and pale blue to match Effie’s pale purple suit, showing her cool demeanor.
  • Tie Up Those Lips: In the same article in Allure, Neill told the magazine why Effie’s lipstick was always in the shape of a bow, “That’s Effie’s signature. Her lips have a bow in every scene. We wanted her to be the perfect picture, always.”
  • Paint by Numbers: Choose your favorite tribute by selecting a nail polish representative of each district (which is now available by China Glaze).  Luxe & Lash for the luxury of District 1; Stone Cold for the masonry of District 2; Riveting for the technology of District 3; Hook and Line for the fishing of District 4; Electrify for the power of District 5; Fast Track for the transportation of District 6; Mahogany Magic for the lumber of District 7; Dress Me Up for the textiles of District 8; Harvest Moon for the grain of District 9; Foie Gras for the livestock of District 10; Agro for the agriculture of District 11; and Smoke & Ashes for the coal mining of District 12 (our personal favorite – from the rubble will rise a burning phoenix!)

Go Big or Go Home with Your Eyebrows!

Jennifer Connelly

Camilla Belle

Audrey Hepburn

We here at theSkinnyStiletto are big fans of big brows.  Eyebrows are Mother Nature’s gift to each and every one of us, and should be treated as such.  If eyes are the windows to your soul, then eyebrows are the shutters.  Back in 2008, magazines and websites were going crazy about “big brows being back,” but they were never “out.”  Thin eyebrows were all the rage in the 1930s, but for all her daring looks, Jean Harlow doesn’t remain one of our beauty icons.  Brooke Shields broke onto the scene in the 1980s at the tender age of twelve, and her bountiful brows inspired girls to surrender their tweezers in order to emulate the teen queen.

Brooke Shields in the 1980s

Not that we all can’t use a light tweezing session every now and again, but plenty of us know all about over-plucking and the agonizing months (which can turn into years…) it takes for brows to grow back properly.  This is one piece of free beauty advice many of us do not heed when we’re in our early teens, terrified of having “bushy brows.”  Eyebrows naturally complement your face, which is why everyone was born with their own individualized pair.  Our parents always told us “thicker brows are more attractive – just look at your favorite fashion icon.” Of course, they were referring to Audrey Hepburn.  Today, look at the models on the runway – they don’t have over-plucked pencil scribbles on their beautiful faces.  Which are our current favs?  Camilla Belle, Jordana Brewster, Jennifer Connelly, and Keira Knightley.  So ladies, put the tweezers down, cancel those weekly wax appointments, and indulge in the only good form of facial hair!

Tips for Faking Full Brows:

  • Use an eyebrow brush or small comb to brush brows straight up, and trim off excess hairs (but don’t cut too short!).  Fill in with pencil or powder to match your hair color.  Use pencil first to fill in gaps and then proceed with powder for a full finish.
  • Brush your eyebrows up and out to your temples to soften the look.  A dot of hairspray or gel can keep unruly brows tamed throughout the day.
  • Blondes should use a very pale, ashy brown pencil, while brunettes should look for medium-toned browns.  If you use dark brown pencils or powders, your brows may end up looking very black or overly thick, and therefore, fake.

    Jordana Brewster

    Keira Knightley