Best of the Awards Season 2015

So, awards season.  It’s here.  Wait, I mean, it’s been here and I’m just very late.  Very, very late.  How about I not waste any time and just get down to the point, which in this case would be my favorite looks of the 2015 Awards Season.  This mostly revolves around hair and makeup, but there were two irresistible dresses that I’ll get to.


Keira Knightley, once again, proves to be my number one makeup inspiration (alongside Kristen Stewart).  I am always impressed and delighted by however subtle or dramatic, feminine or cutting edge, new or same-ole’ her makeup is.  I am never disappointed.  The look above from this season’s Golden Globes is almost exactly what I go for when I do bridal makeup, and then work forward if the bride is looking for something more specific.  It’s just a classic, beautiful look.  I spoke to KK’s makeup artist Kate Lee on Instagram (!!!), and while she credited Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra in Tisse Gabrielle for Keira’s eye makeup, she let me know that you’ll want to mix in their Lumieres’ Facettes Quadra in Quadrille as well to create a more violet tone.  Luckily, I own the Tisse Gabrielle, so I’ve been playing around with mixing in some of my purplish MAC shades like Sketch for a similar look.  I’ve always said that if I were ever to have the opportunity to have a celebrity makeup artist play with my face, Kate would be my very first choice.  Every little thing she does is magic!


Not much eye makeup.  A matte-ish, more-tangerine-than-red lip.  Shineless waves, and an asymmetrical cut.  When dissected, so much about Rosamund Pike’s look at this year’s SAG Awards was unconventional and off-ish for the red carpet, and that’s why I loved it.  No giant false eyelashes (maybe none at all?), no obvious slick of lip gloss reflecting so much light it could blind you, and a disheveled hair texture that felt different as opposed to all the perfect, 1940s Hollywood waves we typically see at these events.  Seriously, who wants Pantene commercial hair any more?!  Not me!  Pair it all with that Dior Couture gown and you’ve got a look that I would literally wear myself, from the haircut down to the shoes.


One of the fun things about social media is you see a certain celebrity you love on the red carpet, and then they tag all of the people responsible for their look that night and you follow the tags down this rabbit hole of amazingness that enables you to discover exactly who is cutting whose hair, who is always doing whose makeup, and who is styling whose dresses.  George Northwood cuts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s hair, Nick Barose is always Lupita’s makeup artist, and Tracy Cunningham is the hair colorist of all Hollywood everyone ever.

There are certain dream teams, however, that seem to come together for one special celebrity for every important appearance of theirs.  In this case, it’s the team of hairstylist Mara Roszak, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, and stylist Petra Flannery that have managed to create moments of pure yes for the beautiful Emma Stone on a regular basis.  This year’s SAG Awards were no exception.  I’m apparently have a moment of affinity for Dior Couture (which is not usually the case), so it’s good to finally feel that I can relate to the fashion house which I’ve had a hard time with in the past.  I tend to leave all the Dior for Marion Cotillard, and I’ve trusted it with no one else.  However, Emma’s turn in black, sheer tuxedo-inspired Dior Couture gave me a case of the Honey Boo Boos,  and I’m giving major virtual high-fives to Emma’s dream team here.


And let me just mention that I have never wanted to be a redhead so badly in my life.  The funny thing about this kind of “red” hair is that it’s not actually an authentic red; it’s more of a brown-bronze that’s richer, more sophisticated, and more flattering than a fiery red (which has so eagerly dubbed “ronze”).  But beyond the hair color (pulled artfully back into a sleek, modern ponytail), it’s also the glossy lids, the perfect shade of red on the lips, the amazing lashes, the #flawless brows, and the unique ear cuff that make for those special details that turn a great dress on a pretty person into A) an entire look that I’d wear from head to toe and B) something that will be talked about in the fashion world for months and months to come.  Congrats guys, it’s perfect!


And finally, we come to the one singular dress from the Golden Globes that really stole my heart and haters can SHOVE IT.  A couple things here:  A) If you wear Mary Katrantzou on the red carpet I automatically love you forever.  B) This dress reminds me of Princess Aurora’s classic silhouette, which might be one of the reasons why I love it so much.  C) That shade of mauve-ish purply pink is gorgeous.  D) Again, I’m all about the weird little details with that box clutch, the dark nails, the matching pink lips, and the shoes that don’t really match at all or make any sense.  Some have said that Kerry’s looking like “a very bold Easter basket” here, but I am almost always impressed and excited by Kerry’s uncanny red carpet choices as opposed to the same body-con piles of blah that we see all the time.  Take a risk, people!  It may not always pay off, but I will at least have a lot more fun looking at you on Instagram.

Questions?  Comments?  Bricks to throw?  Bring it!  But I’m tired now.  That’s all.  xo, MR

Because all of this was more exciting than the Golden Globes and SAGs combined.


While starting to put together a post on this past week’s award ceremonies and the featured gowns (which is basically going to be called Lupita Nyong’O: Did you ever know that you’re my hero?), I was not-so-briefly interrupted and distracted by THIS.  This, ladies and gentlemen, if you know me, is all I ever want in makeup.  Reason Number One: Keira Knightley.  She is my personal reigning queen of makeup inspiration, and has been so for about four years.  Her makeup artist, Kate Lee, is some kind of crushingly brilliant genius that is lucky enough to have eyes and cheekbones like Keira’s as her muses.  Reason Number Two: a smokey eye.  When I want to “look good”, it’s what I go for first.  The shadow, the liner, the thick lashes, the whole package.  Reason Number Three: an off-beat smokey eye.  This particular smokey eye look is decidedly and undoubtedly blue.  Which is my absolute favorite thing ever.  This is exactly what I was going for when I did my makeup for a Victoria-era bridal shoot in the Mojave desert with my friend Bethany, but of course, it sort of destroys me to see it so perfected beyond my capabilities here.  Reason Number Four: an off-beat smokey eye completely balanced with neutral cheeks and lips.  Keira is perhaps wearing little more than lip balm and a light dusting of peachy blush, allowing the eyes to completely stand out.  This has been my strategy with this look as well.  There’s something incredibly sexy about entirely bare lips alongside a pair of over-the-top eyes.

I’ve done a little digging for the details on Keira’s look but I can’t manage to pull up any actual products.  I’m assuming they’re nearly all Chanel, and while I desperately want to know which shadows Kate used here, I assert that I own one that will cover this look well.  I’ve mentioned it before, but Urban Decay’s Perversion is the deepest, baddest shade of shimmery navy blue for probably a few bucks less than a Chanel palette.  My faith in my purchase was restored with one look at Keira’s eyes here.  I can tell there’s some dark silver going on on Keira’s lower lid too, but the blue shade is clearly the key.  One step at a time.

In other makeup news this week, I managed to find myself far more enamored with what was on celebrities’ faces than what garments were adorning their bodies at the Golden Globes and yesterday’s SAG Awards.  I mean, I suppose I can continue putting together my “best of” post for dresses, but to be honest, no one’s dress had me doing backflips.  Olivia Wilde’s and Lupita’s (at both events) had me doing, well, a somersault or two, but it’s always the close-up shots that get me drooling.  And such was the case with this one as well:


Kate Mara’s shade prior to going light blonde was so incredibly beautiful that I’m still a little uncomfortable with her transition, even if it catapulted her into major cool girl territory (and can I confess that the faint thought of going in this direction has crossed my mind once or twice lately?).  But despite the new blonde hair and the cleavage-baring dress, I really, reeeeeeeeeeeally loved her makeup (and by now you’re probably seeing a pattern).  I’ve somehow managed to gain Kate Mara’s makeup artist as a follower on Instagram (!), and I appreciate Coleen Campbell-Olwell so much because she’ll actually respond to your questions.  For instance, the question What did you use for Kate Mara at the Globes?!?

“So sorry it took me a while to write this!  If you want a completely look please let me know!  Here is a quick run-down, and thank you so much!  I used Orlane Super Moisturizing Light Cream; this is a stample in my kit.  Chanel Vitalumiere foundation, Antonym (vegan) waterproof black liner to line the top and bottom waterline, then Tarte eyeshadows in navy blue and grey.  I didn’t apply any false lashes, just two coats or Orlane Volume Care mascara in black … it’s awesome!  I then dabbed Orlane Highlight Care Blush above the cheekbones and along the lipline to add a nice highlight.  No color on the lips; just lip balm!  Oh and for the brows … DiorShow BrowStyler in Universal Brown.” – Coleen

Well, yeehaw!  And to top it off, I ventured to ask Julia Roberts’ makeup artist for the Globes, Genevieve Herr, what she used on the actress for her eye makeup as well.  The response wasn’t nearly as lengthy, but who cares?!

Lancome.  Started first with the gel liner and then the eyeshadows “It List” and “New Black”.

Welp, we’ll see if I get to the gowns, but for now I may just leave it at this and ride out the awards season until we hit the Oscars.  After all, I’m finding that not too many gowns truly impress me (which is dumb, I admit), but on the other hand I’m wildly impressed by nearly anything concerning makeup.  It’s just more fun for now.  xo, MR

Um … yes.

Here is my red carpet beauty idol, Keira Knightley, looking like December personified at the New York premiere for her latest film Anna Karenina.  It’s looks like this that make me pine for Christmas (pun intended) and the upcoming month of wintry festivities.  Seriously, I am like a kid ready to pee his pants on Christmas morning when I see styling like this.  The sleek, shiny hair, with her luminous skin and cherry red lips, accompanied by dainty black Valentino lace and Chanel starry diamonds – mmmmm-hmm!  It may simply be a very alluring woman in a very alluring dress with very beautiful makeup, but this has me screaming SANTAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I believe this appropriately communicates my feelings.


xo, MR

Who gets my vote for best eye makeup EVER?

So, I kind of forgot to mention one particular muse of mine when I posted about celebrity beauty last time.  I’m not exactly sure how that happened, because she actually is the first one that comes to mind when I think of incredible eye makeup.  Honestly.  One of her looks even served as the inspiration for my own wedding makeup!  I don’t know how I managed to forget her.  Perhaps I had hair on the brain more than makeup that day I posted, but frankly, she deserves a post all her own.

Oh, Keira Knightley.  What can I say about Keira?  I admit that I relate to her brown hair, brown eyes, medium-toned skin and boyish figure, but her red carpet makeup for the past couple years has been out of this world and I’d kill to relate to that.  Her main go-to when it comes to makeup for big appearances is a smokey eye, which happens to be my favorite as well.  What makes her smokey eye looks so special is the beautiful blending of different shades of deep brown and gunmetal shadows, along with pearly shimmer on her inner and outer corner eyelids.  Top it off with some black eyeliner on the inner rims, and then just sit there for two hours applying fifty million coats of mascara.

Add a little flush to the cheeks and a light shade of whatever to the lips, and you’ve got something pretty close to perfection.  I just love how her warm, chestnut hair color complements the dramatic eyes, too.  I know she typically uses Kate Lee for her makeup, and lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Bobbi Brown references when searching for the products used on her.  It’s never a surprise to hear about Chanel products being used on her too, considering Keira’s been the long-time face of Chanel Mademoiselle.  Below is the exact makeup look I used as a reference for my wedding day.  It’s from one of Knightley’s premieres for her 2010 film Never Let Me Go.

The focus is obviously on the lashes here, and the shadow isn’t quite as dark.  There’s more of a mauve, metallic feel to it as opposed to sooty.  My own wedding makeup ended up consisting of a smokey eye using a deep eggplant shade and a rich espresso, along with Keira’s trademark shimmer in the corners of the eyes and on the places where light hits her face.  And of course, I can’t ever resist a full, well-groomed set of eyebrows.

I cannot wait to see how Knightley turns out on the red carpet for her upcoming premieres and press junkets for Anna Karenina.  And if she snags some nods during awards season, my (smokey) eyes will be glued to the telly!  xo, MR