SEPHORA’S COLORVISION is about transforming a face, a mood, or even an attitude. They had a vision: “Color sets the tone, ignites the moment, defines a mood as quickly as it transforms a look. Open your eyes to our bold new way to see, feel, learn, wear and love color.” Sephora has taken inspiration from this season’s color stories to create and explore a deeper connection to color. It’s less about a single trend, but rather a state of being. Sephora wants YOU opening your eyes to color, YOU connecting with color, and YOU feeling total color confidence. With their vast expertise, Sephora has created three distinct color visions inspired by the hues and shades of fall.  The first vision to experience is NOUVEAU PURPLES.

This fall, experiment with NOUVEAU PURPLES to bring out the eyes and find new ways to enhance your beautiful peepers beyond neutrals.

Soft Eye
Combine soft purples with effortless neutrals for a soft eye look that incorporates a dash of purple in the crease. Start by applying a light purple over the lids with small, feathered strokes, and blending just above the natural crease. Take the color and lightly glide it along the lower lash lines for added definition. Next, take a deeper shade of purple and apply it into the crease for a gently defined crease. Give lashes added volume by applying black eyeliner between top lashes and then smudging a dark purple eyeshadow along the upper lash line. As a final step, sweep a bronze shadow along the creases to balance the look and add warmth, and then finish with two coats of mascara.

Iridescent Eye
Fall in love with the gorgeous hues of purple with a wash of iridescent shimmer–and it’s so easy and has just enough drama to make it interesting! Start by applying an iridescent navy shadow along the upper lash line and diffusing the color just beyond the outer corners. Next, blend a glimmering purple shade into the creases using small, feathered strokes and brush color along the lower lash lines. Finish by applying two coats of mascara over top lashes.

Smoldering Eye
For an intensely smoky, smoldering eye, bold purples will take your look to the next level of drama! Begin by sweeping a mushroom shadow over lids, blending from lash lines up toward the creases, and build up the color for richer coverage as desired. Next, layer on a shimmering amethyst shade and work from the outer to the inner corners, then wrap the color along the lower lash lines. To add definition, line top and bottom lids, including the inner rims, with black eyeliner. To avoid harsh lines, blend the pencil and shadow together. You can add warmth as well as dimension by sweeping a matte peach shadow above the creases and bring it along the lower lash lines. Finally, finish the look with two coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes.

You can check out full how-tos and breakdowns of the looks from Nouveau Purple here.

Sephora Experts Await You in Sephora’s Beauty Studio + COLORVISION Makeovers!

Sephora’s Beauty Studio gives you exclusive, one-on-one access to Sephora’s experts. The talented people in the Beauty Studio offer complimentary, in-store Express Services to help you achieve different looks–from a classic smoky eye to an easy, every day look–in a few minutes.  The Express Services are available in-store and are quick and easy to take advantage of–no appointment or minimum purchase required!  Each of these walk-in Express Services gives customers a complimentary, step-by-step tutorial led by trained Sephora makeup artists. If you’re not sure how to wear one of the latest trends, you can check out the trend Express Services, which highlight three major trends from the current season. Among the core Express Services, learn how to deal with liquid eyeliner, false eyelashes, concealing, and flawless foundation.

Make an appointment for a 60-minute dedicated makeup session where an expert artist will create a look for you and help you learn how to re-create it (free with minimum purchase of $50) or opt for a 90-minute private session with a Personal Beauty Advisor who will help you refresh your entire beauty routine along with an expert makeup application (free with minimum purchase of $125).

And if you don’t have time to stop by in-person, the Beauty Studio has plenty of how-to videos that you can watch from home!  In the above video, Sephora PRO team member Eric Soto demonstrates just how important blush and bronzer can be to enhancing the complexion.  One great tip he mentioned is that a subtle highlight above the brow can help give it an instant lift–without the painful surgery!  He recommends powder blushes for all skin types, cream blushes for drier skin types, and cheek stains for normal to oily skin types.  If you have a cool undertone, Soto suggests using a rose, pink, or berry color.  If you have a warm undertone, he recommends using a blush in the peach or apricot family.

Get a COLORVISION Makeover!

Starting now, go to the Sephora Beauty Studio any day of the week for a complimentary lesson in how to wear the season’s hottest colors.  Or, during special event weekends, like this upcoming weekend (August 17th through 19th) and next weekend (August 24th through 26th), join makeup artists from your favorite brands, like Givenchy, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Stila, Dior, Givenchy, Hourglass, and Sephora’s makeup artists.

During your complimentary makeover you will learn how to create some of fall’s hottest looks from the brands you love and take away a special gift following your consultation (while supplies last).  Take your pick from three different looks, including Crimson Velvets, Blackest Blacks and Nouveau Purples, and let Sephora help you put your best face forward this fall! Find a store holding an event near you!

Not sure which look is for you?  Consider perusing our latest high-res galleries featuring Sephora’s COLORVISION!

Support the U.S. Olympic Team and Make Waves with P&G Beauty

Show your support by joining a wave!

Support the U.S. Olympic Team and Make Waves with P&G Beauty

With the London 2012 Olympic Games just a couple of weeks away, the inspiring female athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team are looking to make history in London this year. We can show our support by coming together and making a digital “wave”—just like you’d see at a sporting event—but now everyone can see it and participate without being at the Olympic Games. These women train hard, but they need both physical and emotional strength to be at the top of their game!

Having an excellent support system is such a great way to ensure success–I know that I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am today without the love and support of my friends and family, as well as the encouragement of the amazing readers that are part of our community. When people are cheering you on, encouraging you to pursue your dreams, and are with you every step of the way, you get more motivated, driven, and just have that extra oomph to take you to the home stretch. Every day, try encouraging yourself and others around you, because there are so many things worth celebrating in each of us and we need to come together to support each other so we can all reach our goals!

It’s me! :)

P&G Beauty has developed a new Facebook application called Make Waves, which brings us together so we can support our phenomenal female athletes of the U.S. Olympics Team. You can join celebrities Giuliana Rancic and Whitney Port by participating in a digital “wave” to keep the momentum going through the Olympic Games in London. P&G Beauty is asking: “What lifts your game?For me, it’s the love and support of my friends and family! You can join me in the Made in the Shade Wave!

P&G Beauty brands Always, Clairol, COVERGIRL, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Olay, Pantene, Secret, Tampax and Venus are proud of their commitment to help the U.S. Olympic Team and women everywhere achieve their personal best every day. Brands also have their own themed “waves” that you can join!

As part of P&G’s sponsorship of the 2012 Olympic Games, P&G Beauty brands such as COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret have also pledged to donate $400,000 to the new P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund, enriching the health and wellness of young people by supporting youth sports programs across the country.

This post is sponsored by P&G Beauty.