Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

As we come to the conclusion of award season, P&G Beauty challenged me to take the looks from the red carpet and bring them to real life! What I really wanted to do was find ways to incorporate the trends we saw on the red carpet into cohesive looks.  One aspect that I noticed was how much hairstyle and lip color could alter the overall look–some starlets looked glamorous with hair down and softer lips, while others went with bolder lips with their hair up.

There is something so old Hollywood about a simple up-do paired with a bolder–like a red–lip, which is always a classic staple of any red carpet event.  I loved how Beyonce glowed at the Grammy’s with a simple red lip, brightened eyes, and lush lashes. On the other end, many stars let their locks flow freely with soft waves, ringlets, and curls, and often, this style is paired with a softer lip; sometimes it’s a beige, but this year, there was a lot of rose-lipped stars.  You can see it on such stars as Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. (I also thought it would be fun to channel Jessica Alba’s side-swept part, since it’s something I haven’t done in ages!)

Look 1

Eyes: Define the brow by filling in with a color that matches your natural brow hair–I used COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Brown Smolder filled in with an angled brow brush. Next, sweep on a warm gold (or cool silver) all over the lid–I used COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 3 Kit Eye Shadow in Golden Sunset–and then defined the outer corner and crease very lightly with a matte dark brown (COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Brown Smolder). I lined the lower lash line with a matte brown (COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast Eyeliner Pencil in Brown Blaze). Apply false eyelashes or layer on mascara, preferably one with defined bristles to minimize clumping and enhance definition; I used COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast.

Face: I began by applying my moisturizer, letting it sink in, and then applying liquid foundation. To set and mattify, I used CoverGirl + Olay Pressed Powder in Medium. Then, I swept on a subtle rosy hue on cheeks (COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush in Brick Rose) with a slight shimmer finish to highlight as well.

Lips: To keep the look soft, feminine, and elegant, I opted for a light, rosy pink lip by using COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Radiant Rose.

Hair: Start by washing hair (I used Herbal Essences Shine Collection Shampoo and Conditioner), then spray on a heat protectant and blow dry locks until fully dry. I used four pumps of Aussie Miraculously Smooth Smoothing Serum (designed to reduce frizz) between my fingertips and then ran my fingertips through my hair to smooth everything out.

Check out look two!

Look 2

Eyes: Define the brow by filling in with a color that matches your natural brow hair–I used COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Brown Smolder filled in with an angled brow brush. Next, sweep on a warm gold (or cool silver) all over the lid–I used COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 3 Kit Eye Shadow in Golden Sunset–and then defined the outer corner and crease very lightly with a matte dark brown (COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Brown Smolder). I lined the lower lash line with a matte brown (COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast Eyeliner Pencil in Brown Blaze). Apply false eyelashes or layer on mascara, preferably one with defined bristles to minimize clumping and enhance definition; I used COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast.

Face: I started by applying my moisturizer, letting it sink in, and then applying liquid foundation. To set and mattify, I used CoverGirl + Olay Pressed Powder in Medium. Then, I swept on a subtle rosy hue on cheeks (COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush in Brick Rose) with a slight shimmer finish to highlight as well.

Lips: I wanted a more dramatic lip to work with the sleek bun I went for, so I used a glossy, plummy stain in COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Plum Twist.

Hair: Start by washing hair (I used Herbal Essences Shine Collection Shampoo and Conditioner), then spray on a heat protectant and blow dry locks until fully dry. Next, apply two pumps of a frizz-reducing product (I used Aussie Miraculously Smooth Smoothing Serum) to dry hair, and pull into a tight ponytail about half-way on the head. I then twisted the ponytail and wrapped it around the base to create a bun. I used a dozen black bobby-pins to secure the bun in place, then spritzed the whole ‘do with hair spray (I used Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray).

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57 thoughts on “Bringing the Red Carpet Home with P&G Beauty

  1. Oh my! I absolutely LOVE how you look with a side part! There’s something unmistakably feminine about it that makes you look downright AMAZING. You should definitely consider doing it more often. :D <3

    (Do forgive my fangirl-esque comment)

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of AS AS1929

    I’ve never seen you with a side part before. It’s so beautiful on you!

    • I so rarely wear my hair down in photos, because it gets in the way when I’m taking photos of products and sometimes I feel that because it’s so long and thick and dark that it is too dramatic and takes away from the products (like it adds too much contrast), lol!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Precious Precious

    I’m love what you did for your first look, Christine! :D You look so beautiful and fresh. I always see your hair up, but I must say, the side part definitely suits you.

  4. joyce

    You look so pretty and glowing here, Christine! I agree with the others, the side parting on your hair is really flattering on you.

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    Christine, the side part looks amazing, and so does your hair (so thick and luscious)! I really enjoy the lip colour you used in look 1 too, it really gives you a fresh and yet made-up look. OTOH, the bun makes you look really glamorous, especially paired with even longer earrings (like the dangly ones you seem to love).

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    The side swept hair looks so good on you. It totally transforms you

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    Waaaoh, Christine, you’re a star! I especially like the first look: you look striking!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elle Elle

    You always look so fresh and lovely, always! Thanks for posting tutorials, they’re quite helpful and appreciated.

  9. Yellowlantern

    Love look 1 very fresh and spring like. :)

  10. Wow! I absolutely love your hair in the first pic! The side part is very flattering and your hair looks like it’s so full of body! Very pretty, Christine!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of chris chris

    I noticed this year at the Oscars, most women had very soft eyes and a very nude lip. I think the only ones who wore a bold lip were Adele after she won and Jessica Chastain(sp?). I have been wearing a “softer” lip, as I mature in age.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Christine you look lovely! But I am no way on the P&G products.

  13. Amy

    Both looks are great but…wow! Look #1 is absolutely stunning. You look so fresh & beautiful!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

    You look absolutely amazing in the first picture! The side-part paired with the soft, luminous makeup is very feminine and fresh. You’re always pretty, but I’d say this look is outstanding on you. :)

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Daisy Daisy

    Girl, you gotta let me know what your hair regimen is. It ALWAYS looks fantastic! Digging that first look <3

    • I use little heat on my hair, and I don’t dye it, sooo I think a lot of it is just not damaging it. For the past month or so, I’ve been using Head & Shoulders Shampoo/Conditioner (the one that smells like green apples) most regularly and Aussie 3-minute Miracle Conditioner once a week.

    • Bella

      I think Christine just has good hair genes, haha!!

  16. I love how the side part looks in you! You definitely should wear this look more often!

  17. The first on is my favorite!

  18. I’ve probably said this before, but your hair is STUNNING.

  19. I LOVE when you leave your hair down, Christine–it really seems to soften your features (not that I don’t like it up too, of course! Hair up is more bold and striking, hair down is soft and feminine). I also love the side part. I hope this is a look you do more often!! :D

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    You look very beautiful with your hair down! I wish I could get my hair to side part that nicely, but it stubbornly insists on cutting straight down the middle.

    This plummy shade is very nice on you! It’s strong enough to be noticeable but also soft enough to almost look natural.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michan Muggleborn Michan Muggleborn

    You look so lovely! Wonderful radiance in the first look.

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Camille Camille Cruz

    You are SO beautiful!!! You look amazing with natural makeup. It’s so effortless. I can see why your family prefers you in natural makeup. Natural makeup or dramatic makeup, you are too lovely.

  23. Oh my goodness… I’m always blown away by your skin, but here it just looks radiant! You’re gorgeous Christine!

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marissa Marissa

    Don’t buy P&G products! Their animal testing policies are atrocious. Seriously, they’re one of the worst offenders. This is no insult to your Christine. You look as amazing as always :) I just thought I’d point this out to anyone who didn’t know how cruel they are

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Denise S. Denise

    Both looks are pretty. I like the 2nd picture with the updo and bright lip. I’m going to get the palette and the Lipperfection jumbo gloss balm in plum twist.

  26. Kathi

    I have to join the other readers, you look simply amazing with a side part. I love it.:)

  27. Bella

    What absolutely stunning hair you have. I LOVE the first look, just because I don’t think I’ve ever seen you with your hair completely down. The simplicity of the makeup suits you too.

  28. Paloma Smith

    Do you not use facial primer? What are your thoughts on it? I great it’s best to start with fp.

    • Paloma Smith

      Hear it’s great*

    • I don’t think it’s necessary for every day wear – and I’m usually testing wear of products, so primer only extends it and changes the results, so I don’t wear primer generally! I think that the necessity of primer is dictated by your skin type + if you really need makeup to last 12+ hours. I usually wear primer only for special occasions or if I know I need makeup to be on point ALL day (like a conference) :)