Guest Post: SugarSocial’s Get The Look – Rachel Zoe
This post is courtesy of one of our favorite beauty blogs, SugarSocial. We’ve always loved Kristen’s “Get The Look” posts, so we asked her to create one for us!
When I saw this image of Rachel Zoe at the Supima Design Competition during NYFW earlier this month, I swooned. How maj does she look?! With a few key products, you can score this luminous look, too. It’s all about the skin, so the goal here is to make yours look radiant and flawless.
- Start by patting a lightweight moisturizing eye cream onto the undereye area. I like Clinique All About Eyes ($30) or AHAVA Time To Hydrate Gentle Eye Cream ($32).
- RZ’s radiant skin requires faking bright, wide-awake-looking eyes. To do the job, I use Bobbi Brown Corrector ($23), a pink- or peached-based cream (depending on the shade) that neutralizes dark undereye circles. This doesn’t provide coverage, it just minimizes pigmentation under the eyes. You’ll need to layer concealer on top of it.
- For the undereye area, I like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit ($33), which is blendable yet creamy and pigmented enough to cover even the darkest undereye circles. After you’ve applied the concealer, use a fluffy powder brush to swish the included yellow powder over it. This seals in the concealer, making it last longer, and the yellow helps to counteract any blue undertones in your dark circles.
- If you’ve got acne or pigmentation issues, you’ll need to address them separately. Cover up blemishes with a hard-working, thicker concealer (I like MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer, $18, or Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, $32). If dark spots are plaguing you, try a creamier formula made to tackle discoloration, like Clinique Even Better Concealer ($19.50).
- On the back of your hand, mix a dollop of highly pearlescent illuminator (I swear by MAC Strobe Cream, $15-$31) into an illuminating tinted moisturizer (my pick: Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, $32). If you find this combo to be too shimmery, you can use a regular tinted moisturizer or BB Cream instead. The ratio should be 1 part illuminator to 2 parts moisturizer. Avoid using foundation in this look, because it won’t give you that dewy look; you’ll get more of a matte finish. Apply the product with a sponge like the BeautyBlender ($20) or Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge ($10), available at Target. Start applying at the center of your face, where women typically need the most coverage, and blend outward toward your hairline.
- Lightly fill in your brows with a pencil or powder to get a shapely, clean look. If you’re blonde, pick a product that will make brows 2 shades darker; if you’re brunette, go 2 shades lighter. Slick on a clear brow gel to tame any wiry hairs and keep your brows in place.
- Curl lashes. You can’t beat Shiseido’s lash curler ($19).
- To get Rachel’s bold yet chic eye, use any nude matte shadow that complements your skin tone. A few that are similar to the shade RZ is wearing here: Naked from the Urban Decay Naked palette; Foxy from Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette; or NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Lap Dance ($6). If you want to open up your eye a bit more, dab a shimmery champagne shadow (like NYX Eyeshadow in Skin Tight, $6) on the inner corners of your lids and blend.
- You can see that Rachel’s lids are heavily lined in this photo. Black gel or liquid liner will work best for this. Use the formula you prefer and slick on a thick line from inner to outer corner. My recommendations: MAC Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack ($15) and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($20).
- Dip a pencil brush (like MAC 219 Pencil Brush, $25) or a slanted brush (like MAC 263 Small Angle Brush, $19) into a shimmery cocoa brown eyeshadow; MAC Patina or Bronze ($15 each) are good picks. Line the lower lashline from the center to the outer corners and slightly smudge to diffuse.
- Apply 2 coats of volumizing black mascara like L’Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24 Hour Mascara ($8) to top lashes, and 1 coat to bottom lashes.
- Dab a bit of silvery-pink highlighter like NARS Illuminator in Copacabana ($30) or Benefit High Beam ($26) onto your cheekbones and blend toward temples.
- Pat a light pink cream blush on the apples of your cheeks & blend well. I like Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks in Pale Pink ($25) or NYX Stick Blush in Magnolia, Pink Lotus, or Pink Poppy ($6).
- Finish off with a matte lip. Slick on a coat of lip balm, and gently line your entire upper and lower lips with a light berry pencil (like MAC Cremestick Liner in Sublime Culture, $15). Finish off with a swipe of nude-pink lipstick (try Too Faced La Crème lipstick in Razzle Dazzle Rose, $21) to complete the look.
Kristen Hampton is the creator and editor of the blog SugarSocial, where she writes about beauty and other things that inspire her. She lives in Philadelphia, PA. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook for more beauty tips, tricks, and product reviews.