Top Cannes Beauty Trends 2014

The Cannes International Film Festival is a luscious treat filled with a red carpet, an unlimited array of couture gowns, gorgeous beauty looks, movie stars and of course… the French Riviera.  So in celebration of this special time of the year, here is a recap of some of the top Cannes beauty trends for 2014.

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Blake Lively’s smashing Chanel Couture Dress at the premier of “Mr. Turner” was evenly matched by her ethereal beauty and her pale pink lips created by L’Oréal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Rose On And On which is one of the top beauty trends at Cannes.

"Mr. Turner" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Zoe Saldana’s glowing skin is another beauty trend created with L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup in Classic Tan N7.  Notice the clean and simple makeup compliments healthy skin in the most natural way and I say bravo for a look that all women can customize for their own look.

"Mr.Turner" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Taupe is the ‘it’ eye shadow color that accompanied healthy skin at Cannes, and Julianne Moore wore it brilliantly in L’Oréal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe. Remember Taupe shades look good on Blue eyes, Brown eyes and Green/Hazel hues.

So to recap, the top Cannes beauty trends for 2014 are: Pale Pink lips, Glowing Skin, and Taupe Eyeshadow and are just in time to wear for the summer season if you are in Cannes or your hometown.

 

Sephora launches Pinterest inspired Social Shopping Platform called ‘Beauty Board’

Sephora has launched a new online beauty shopping platform called ‘Beauty Board‘ which captures a Pinterest experience combined with Instagram-like pictures to create a new social shopping experience.

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On the site users can share their own beauty looks with a photo, offer personal tips and tricks and can tag specific products used to create the look.  Each noted beauty product can be viewed and purchased online at Sephora.com, Sephora’s mobile site and via its iPhone, and Android apps. Pictures can also be shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.

Users can filter content areas based upon interest such as: Photos by Sephora (featuring looks by the staff at different Sephora stores), Makeup, Eyes, Lips, Nails, Skincare, Fragrance, Hairstyles and Hauls (which sounds funny but shows the purchases people make at Sephora). Special beauty influencers on the site providing content include Popsugar.com, Beautyblitz.com, Temptalia.com, Beautyhigh.com and Burdie.com.  Users can also see what is popular among users in real-time and can check out the newest looks.

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Social shopping is a big buzzword these days — and a bit of a holy grail — as online retailers try to get consumers to move beyond catalog-style “shop and click” experiences to something more interactive and communal.

The Beauty Board is a direct response to the Social Shopping trend,  a form of e-commerce where friends get involved online in the shopping experience that mimics the offline activity and real world experience of friends gathering together to shop in person at a store or mall. It also captures Instagram and Pinterest experiences where users are already posting their own beauty looks, inspirations and tips.

My favorite feature of the site is the ability to “Love” a photo.  Loving a photo means to save it for later and to look at it again for inspiration.

The Beauty Board is free for all users and is a product of the French company Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)which acquired Sephora in 1997. 

 

 

 

Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibit

The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit is a stunning new exhibit in honor of the famous couturier held at the newly renovated Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The focus of the exhibit are gowns, and the designer’s creative process. Recently, the Met held the infamous Met Gala Red Carpet where the stars came out in full force to celebrate the kick off of the exhibit which resides partly in the new Anna Wintour Costume Center. 

So if beautiful, whimsical gowns make your heart flutter you will love this show, and it’s also the first to be split between two locations within the museum. The first half is inside the Costume Center; the second half is within the special exhibition galleries on the first floor.

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All of the clothing are broken down into four categories: Spirals & Wraps; Drapes & Folds; Platonic Form; and Anatomical Cut.

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Charles James is known as “America’s First Couturier” and the exhibit shows the techniques and details surrounding the creation of each dress. The exhibit shows the viewer this technique as a  small spotlight moves around each dress on display, giving information on that exact part displayed on the screen giving the visitor the opportunity to figure out what’s inside of the dreamy creation.

There’s also a scrapbook on display with photos from Bill Cunningham who was friends with the designer.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, May 8th and through August 10th and will be another blockbuster show that I look forward to seeing. 

Romantic and delicate makeup reign on the Met Gala red carpet

The Met Gala once again proved to be the premiere event for the worlds of fashion, beauty and style; and this year romantic and delicate makeup reigned for the Met Gala Red Carpet.

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Nicole Richie easily flaunted this trend with violet hued hair and a Donna Karan Atelier gown. Ironically, Lupita Nyong’o also rocked the Violet hued hair trend with a unique headband that I am sure will be a hot accessory this summer.

Nicole’s beauty look was created using NYX Cosmetics and here is the cheat sheet to create your own look.

Skin:  Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in “Sunbeam” helped give Nicole’s skin a shimmery glow to shine on the red carpet.

Eyes: To compliment the sea foam green dress and lavender locks, The Natural Shadow Palette was applied to eyelids. Next one coat of Lush Lashes Mascara and one coat of Fabulous Lashes in “Nirvana” were applied to add more volume to Richie’s eyes.

 Lips: Because Matte Lipstick is key to balance a shimmery evening look, “Spirit,” lipstick in a nude pink shade, that complemented her natural yet radiant makeup look, was applied to lips with a lipstick brush.

Nude lips were also seen on Kim Kardashian and Lea Michele and at the direct opposite of the spectrum were romantic, red lips as seen on Taylor Swift and Emily Rossum.

And while we are discussing the Met, lets not forget the first gorgeous exhibit held at the new Anna Wintour Costume Center called Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit which I will be visiting and reporting about this summer.