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!

Words on Fashion

Tears mess up your makeup.” – Julia Child

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…


  • 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!)

Carmindy is Crazy Busy Beautiful

Carmindy is the happy-go-lucky make-up artist on the popular style show What Not to Wear.  While Clinton and Stacy tell you how ugly your clothes are in the first half of the show, Carmindy is there in the second half to tell you how pretty you are.  She doesn’t lie either – Carmindy points out the most attractive feature on every woman that sits in her chair and tells her why she is beautiful.  Each woman is glowing before Carmindy even applies bronzer.  The blonde babe was born Carmindy Kathryn Bowyer in Newport Beach, California, and her sunny disposition matches her home state.  As one of the world’s most famous beauty experts, Carmindy pens books and her own website, in addition to appearing on TLC’s only good show.  Crazy Busy Beautiful is the make-up artist’s third publication (theSkinnyStiletto will certainly be reviewing her first two books soon, especially after finishing this entertaining read…)  Crazy Busy Beautiful is a collection of beauty tips from not only Carmindy, but everyday women.  Some of the secrets are really quirky (Cheri, 37, uses snail slime to clear up her acne), but most of the advice is creative and helpful.  Quick way to restore beat-up eyelashes?  Put a dab of leave-in conditioner on them before going to bed.  Hate getting those tiny black dots on your eyelids when applying mascara?  Coat your bottom lashes first, and then the top – and voila, no dots!  (Yes, very simple, and yet this hadn’t occurred to me in the 15 years this editor has been applying eye make-up.)  The book is broken up into the following sections: Start with Skin Care, Body Basics, Laying the Foundation: Skin Makeup, Brows that Wow, Eye Essentials, Eyeliner It Up, Luscious Lashes, Get Cheeky, and Lips Lips Lips.  theSkinnyStiletto was glad to see Carmindy’s reinforcement of using sunscreen everyday.  Too many women ignore this beauty tip, and it’s wildly important – not only to avoid wrinkles, age spots and sagging, but preventing skin cancer!  Way too many women die every year because they didn’t heed their parents’ advice about protecting your skin.  Quite aware of the current economy, Carmindy also has money-saving tips in every section, too.  Our favorite?  Buying cheap, unscented lotion and adding a bit of your favorite perfume or even some glitter for a little shine.  Since perfume can be so potent, a little can go a long way, and instead of purchasing expensive lotion to match your favorite scent, you just made your own for a much lower price!  This was such a simple, yet brilliant idea, and Carmindy has quite a few of them.  Down to the bottom of a gloss or lipstick you love?  Scoop out the remainder and put it in an empty pillbox and apply with a brush.  Don’t want to spend the money on an expensive tinted moisturizer?  Add your foundation into the cream you’re already using, and ta-da!  Crazy Busy Beautiful is also decorated with adorable, girlie drawings by Amy Sai.  Our only criticism of this book is that there aren’t any photographs or pictures depicting some of the trickier tips, like the proper ways to apply eye make-up or blush.  Without the visuals, it automatically becomes a book targeted at women that are already acquainted with applying make-up.  (Although, women who choose to go au naturel probably aren’t looking to read about ways on to improve your beauty…)  In short, it’s not a book for beginners.  One of Carmindy’s bits of advice was to compliment another woman’s appearance at least once a week – you don’t know how good that will make the other woman feel… it could possibly brighten an otherwise crappy day for her.  It’s no surprise the nicest girl on television’s beauty secret is to make someone else feel pretty.  It epitomizes exactly what she’s all about: matching her exterior to the truly beautiful person she is on the inside.