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The best makeup trick you’ve never tried

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Victoria Secret beauty 768x1024 The best makeup trick youve never triedEnergetic, glowing beauty at Victoria’s Secret. Image courtesy Tom Concordia.

Backstage at the Victoria’s Secret show, the angels were illuminated. From Canada’s own Grace Mahary to doll-like Dane Josephine Skriver (see evidence, above), every single one of the models seemed to exude happiness. Part of that was likely due to makeup artist Dick Page’s sleight of hand—though he says that makeup isn’t the big draw for the show. “People aren’t here to see makeup, they’re here to see beautiful girls.”

To create a fresh, “energetic” finish to skin, Page used a translucent red pigment on the cheeks of each girl and followed by buffing a bronzer overtop. The same shade worked on all skintones, says Page “because it’s very translucent.” The rest of the makeup–brown liner, pink stain with beige gloss, a flash of pink in the inner corner—was smooth and diffused, blending seamlessly from one feature from the next. This technique helped “preserve the integrity of each of the models’ faces” says Page.

I’m still dreaming about that sheer, creamy red pigment. Instead of using it to make a statement on lips or eyes, Page blended it to a nearly undetectable level to create a fresh flush that showcased the skin underneath. “The red symbolizes the energy of the face,” says Page.  “That’s what I think makes the girls look so beautiful.”

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show airs Tuesday, December 9th at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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#OnCounterNow: Prabal Gurung X M.A.C Cosmetics makeup

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prabal Mac 768x1024 #OnCounterNow: Prabal Gurung X M.A.C Cosmetics makeupPut your credit card on notice. Because you’re about to clear your checking account once you stock up on the new collaboration between American designer Prabal Gurung and beauty giant M.A.C Cosmetics. Our affection for both big brands is no secret ’round here at the #ELLECanadaCloset, and this particularly wondrous makeup collection has us fully enamoured. It’s one of those collections in which ALL pieces stand out; there’s no true hero (in our eyes anyway; don’t we sound just like your mother?). The lipsticks are exceptional: a true, clean red called Carmine Rouge ($30), a dusty (yet vivid) violet named Ultramarine Pink (#30) and Light English Red, an oddly named but very beautiful beige nude.  And the best part of about the collection is its heft: these pieces are truly weighty. Holding up the Cream Colour Base (available in Coral Lumineux, $70) and dabbing it on your cheeks feels like you’ve traveled through time to the 1920s, working in a glamourous jazz club in New York City. What? You don’t feel the same?

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Beauty News: Naomi Watts is the new face of L’Oreal Paris

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NAOMI WATTS loreal Beauty News: Naomi Watts is the new face of LOreal ParisImage courtesy L’Oreal Paris.

Ahh, this news makes me happy. Particularly because I’m still riding the happy fumes of St. Vincent, a tear-inducing flick about an unlikely friendship between an eight-year old and an old boozehound played by Bill Murray, and of course, Naomi Watts. Her character is charmingly offensive, playing a lady of the night (inside joke until you see the film).

Let’s hope she’s sleeping in this morning, basking in the glory of this important news: she’s just been signed as the new face of L’Oreal Paris. Naomi Watts has been named spokesperson for  English born, Australian-raised Watts joins Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Blake Lively, who announced her partnership with the brand late last year. While I failed to roust her from that presumed slumber, here’s the statement she supplied L’Oreal with:

“I am deeply honored to join this inspirational brand. L’Oréal Paris has been telling women for decades that they are ‘worth it’—this is not a slogan, it’s an inspirational mantra,” says Watts. “L’Oréal Paris embodies much more than legendary products, it also promotes self-affirmation, self-confidence and allows each and every woman to value herself no matter what her age, background or nationality.”

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