From subtly patriotic to some serious stars and stripes, we rounded up 20 of our favorite inspiring ideas for Fourth-of-July-inspired nail art. Click an image to see more from these mani experts. Have a safe and happy 4th!
Laura Mercier–one of the biggest names in the beauty world–guides us on a trip to Paris, gives us a peek into her handbag and answers the one question she gets asked the most about makeup.
What makes the perfect lipstick?
For me, it’s all about the formula. It must feel comfortable to the point where you forget that you are wearing lipstick, must wear all day and must not bleed. Choose a color that is in tune with your mood and personality, truly making it a signature accent to your look.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Love yourself before you can love anybody else.
In which we share these tips from makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury to help you recreate some of the fiercest looks seen at this week’s Met Ball.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal attended the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing an amazing Roland Mouret gown that needed little embellishment. Together with her team, Charlotte created a simple yet sultry beauty look, topped off with a bold red lip.
Here’s how to re-create Maggie’s makeup look:
1. Maggie’s skin was prepped with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream and WonderGlow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer for a perfect canvas. Her complexion was perfected with Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation in 4 and 5. Then The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 and 3 were used to conceal any imperfections. Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Shade 2 was then swept over Maggie’s cheekbones.
2. Maggie’s eyebrows were sculpted with the Brow Lift in Grace K.
3. Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean and Marie Antoinette and The Golden Goddess Luxury Palette were used on Maggie’s eyelids for a sophisticated, creamy look. To lengthen her lashes, the Full Fat Lashes Mascara was used.
4. Filmstar Bronze & Glow was used to sculpt and highlight Maggie’s face, with a focus on her temples and cheeks which were accentuated with Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow.
5. On Maggie’s lips, the artist used Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red (available July 29th).
6. Supermodel Body was applied to Maggie’s limbs to create the illusion of longer legs and arms, with a hint of shimmer.
Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches. See more of our featured mothers on The Thread.
As the founder and creative director of AERIN and the style and image director at Estée Lauder, Aerin Lauder wears a lot of hats. Oh, let’s throw wife and mother of two into the mix. We’re not quite sure how she manages all of that with such stylish aplomb, but she did take a few minutes away from it all to give The Thread a glimpse into her life as a mom who’s long on to-dos and short on time (read: every mom out there)—and what makes it all worthwhile.
M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Ashley Rudder shows how to use M•A•C’s Nordstrom Naturals Eyes X 15 palette, a Nordstrom exclusive, to create two classic, head-turning looks.
Knowing how to work every color in an eyeshadow palette can be intimidating, but that’s where I come in to help. I’m here to unshackle you from your current eyeshadow rut with a touch of makeup theory and a couple of placement options. As a guide, I’ll be referring to the Nordstrom Natural Eyes X 15 palette. If you don’t own an eyeshadow palette already, this is a brilliant option, since it is comprised of Nordstrom’s best-selling M∙A∙C Cosmetics eyeshadow colors.
From “Rock & Roll Spanish Women” and “Smoky Chelsea Girls,” to “Utilitarian Punk” and “Twiggy’s Daughter”—these were just a few of the inspirations heard backstage as we endured the freezing temps in NYC for Fall 2015 Fashion Week. Equipped with weatherproof boots (thank you, Aquatalia and Valentino!) and Mom’s super-warm hand-knit legwarmers (thank you, MOM!), we braved wind, snow and sauna-like backstage tents to see fall beauty in all its splendor.
The Eyes Have It
Fall has always been the season for the Smoky Eye. And 2015 is no exception, although new, modern approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and definitely dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we saw many cool variations including:
It’s Sunday morning and you’ve just woken up. You study last night’s lingering eye makeup in the mirror and think, “This looks good. I’m wearing this today!” That’s exactly the eye look seen at Blue Les Copains by Peter Som this morning. Chantel Miller with M•A•C Cosmetics described the makeup as “the girl who used to live downtown but moved uptown. This is her out-to-brunch face; she’s rocking the makeup she had on last night.”
Of course, we don’t advocate sleeping in your makeup, so here’s how to re-create this cool eyeliner look on a clean face. Blacktrack Fluidline was used to line the top lash line, which Chantel then diffused with two shades of shadow: Copperplate and Coquette. She said it made the liner look dirty (in a good way, we promise) and a bit dusty. The lower liner was again Blacktrack, only smudged with the 239 brush. A blue-grey Technakohl eyeliner (new for fall) was applied along the waterline and outer lid only. The effect was made to look like kohl pencil that had worn down, which just somehow looked cooler than a perfect line.
Last, Dusk cream color base (a gorgeous brown) was pressed into the center of the lower lash line. This beautiful sheen was again meant to look like the kohl pencil had worn off a bit, which only gave the appearance of a slightly lived-in feel with a lot more character. We loved Chantel’s advice about why we should try layering and blending our eyeliner with eyeshadow this fall; she said it makes the liner look a bit dusty and less black. This is an especially great tip if you think that black liner is too much for you. We can’t wait to experiment!
“Delicate, refined beauty” were the words renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos used to describe his stunning makeup creation for NARS cosmetics at Rodarte today. We immediately noticed light literally bouncing off the model’s skin, which made us wonder—it’s the middle of winter, how is skin this pearlescent even possible? That was our first moment of wonder. The second happened when we saw the gorgeous glint coming from the models’ eyes. Being the beauty girls that we are, we flocked for a closer inspection. We were delighted to see sparkle underneath the eyes and just knew: this look was our spirit animal.
The historic Prince George Ballroom provided a stunning backdrop for Alice + Olivia‘s fall 2015 collection. Walking past racks of richly embellished clothing into the backstage makeup area, we knew the accompanying makeup would not disappoint.
Sarah Lucero of stila Cosmetics created a “rock ‘n’ roll bohemian girl who’s a touch romantic” in this Biba-inspired look. First, liquid liner in a glossy black was glided onto the eyelid, with black smudge pot added just on the end to create a matte soft wing. Mascara was swiped onto the lashes, concentrated more at the roots in the center of the eye for a wide-eyed effect (we love that tip!) for the dreamiest, most feathery lashes we’ve ever seen. Lips were a concoction of two layers of textures: the first, liquid lip paint in a fiery red matte, with a glossy merlot shade for a shiny vinyl finish.
The result was sultry and dramatic, and we’ll definitely take some cues from this swinging starlet look for fall.
A beauty quickie from behind the scenes with M•A•C and the always-energetic, supremely talented makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. We love the mod vibe she created with a downward-turned line on the outer half of the upper eyelid, flushed cheeks (lipstick applied with fingers) and a little lip conditioner. Such a fresh, simple look.