Posts Tagged ‘bold’


photo: alberto e. rodriguez/post design: eunice chun

Such a treat to work on my longtime client Krysten Ritter this week for the ABC/Disney party celebrating her new show “Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23” (which is beyond hilarious and premieres in April!). And it’s a double treat to share with you lovelies how I took three inspirations from past TBD posts and applied them on the red carpet! Here’s exactly what I did and you can too:



post designs by amy nadine

We have a lot of options for our eyebrows these days, depending on our skill level, taste and what moods we happen to be in that day… we can leave them bare or fill them in for definition, or we can go extreme by bleaching them or filling them in darker and wider. Read on for inspiration and tips on each look.

BARE: This natural brow creates a soft and ultra-feminine look. It can be acheived by combing through them with a spooly brush, disposable mascara wand, brow brush or brow comb. Always comb each individual hair in an upward and outward direction. Then set them with a clear brow gel or with hairspray. (Don’t spray directly on the brows though! Spray the brush/comb immediately prior to use.)

DEFINED: This perfectly-groomed brow creates a very put-together look. If you are one who takes pride in making sure your nails are always done, your shoes and handbags match and your outfits are well-tailored, you have to wear this brow. It can be acheived by first cleaning up your brows at home using Lauren’s Brows 101 tutorial or having them professionally shaped at a salon. Then fill them in with a brow pencil or shadow in the exact same shade as your own brow color, using the techinique of drawing dozens of individual hairs with quick little flicks of your wrist, mimicking your own hairs’ growth direction. Spend a little time accentuating your arch and finishing the end with a pointed line.

BOLD: This extreme brow creates a very strong and rigid look that’s really popular on runways and editorial shoots in magazines. So why did I include it? Because for one thing, it shows you how much of an impact the brows have on your face, really framing the eyes. One night, fill in your brows a couple shades darker than your own brow hair color and a little wider than their natural shape. There are brow stencils at your local drug store that can help you play with different arched shapes. You might really like this new look on you (I’m obsessed with it on myself after a decade of insisting on keeping my brows bare!) Or with all the fun camera apps on our phones now, why not create your own photo shoots with friends and see what you look like with bold brows?

BLEACHED: Yes this look is very extreme and won’t work on everyone. But we only live once, so if there’s a side of you that’s always been a little curious about how you’d look with bleached brows, I’d first cover them up with cream foundation (use a sponge and stipple the product over the brows) then step back from the mirror and see if you like it.  If you really like the way it makes your cheekbones more prominent, then visit your salon and have them bleached professionally (please don’t try it on your own at home!).

XO Amy Nadine


photos:, solve sundsbo, post designed by kristin ess, post by amy nadine

Fall is days away and I couldn’t be more excited to start vamping my clients on the red carpet. I wish I could do this trend on each and every one of you too but I can do the second best thing by empowering you with how to do replicate this silent-film-era look yourselves!

First you’ll need to figure out which shade will look best on you. Here are my suggestions, but know that since you’ll  overlap in categories, it’s best to hit a makeup counter and play until you find the perfect hue(s).

Fair skin: deep crimson

Beige skin: dark plum

Olive-toned skin: deep burgundy

Yellow-toned skin: brown-red

African-American light-medium skin: deep berry

African-American medium-dark skin: dark wine

Blond hair: dark plum

Red hair: deep mahogany

Brown hair: deep burgundy

Black hair: dark wine

Once you have found your perfect shade, here are two options to pair it with, depending on how far you want to take it…

Level One: Keep it simple. It’s such a statement on its own and looks gorgeous with taupe-y neutrals or soft greys on the lids and softly-sculpted nude cheeks. Skip eyeliner or only line the inner waterline with a grey liner. Comb your brows upward and set with a brow gel or spray a little hairspray on the comb first. Coat your lashes with a black mascara. Use the lip color straight out of the tube OR dab it on with your finger for more of a stain.

Level Two: If you’re feeling really vamp-ish and provocative, pair it with a smoky eye, smoking it with black or dark grey shadows for those wearing the more blue-based vamp lip or smoking it with golds and coppers for the more brown-based vamp lip. Line both of your upper and lower lash lines with a black smudged liner, including the inner waterline. Fill in your brows with a matching shade or one shade darker and really coat your lashes black. Fill in your lips with the matching vamp color lip liner all over first, then follow with the lip color straight from the tube. You can even add a clear gloss on top to really create a power pout. Contour your cheeks channeling the Robert Palmer Girls and you’re guaranteed to turn heads! If you need a refresher on contouring, click here for Lauren’s tutorial.

With both levels, please make sure your lips are in their very best condition by using a homemade lip scrub and prepping them with good balm. It’s a must!

XO Amy Nadine


photo: je ne sais pais! post designed by lauren conrad

C’est tres joli!  I grew up loving French style, starting as a young girl staring at the illustrations when my mother read Madeline to me… her deep side-parted hair, hat and their school-girl uniforms and pea coats… then it progressed to French ballerinas, Gigi and French cinema, and as I got older (of course)  French Vogue changed my life.  Now I especially love Isabel Marant’s vision of the carefree and modern French lifestyle.  And this chic look translates easily to makeup.  Because anything that is chic is at its core, simple and effortless.  Here, one of my favorite models, Bambi Northwood Blyth, demonstrates how you can strip away excessive makeup down to three components: 1. a big, filled-in brow, 2. spidery (yet not clumpy) lashes and 3. a stained lip.

Even if your brows aren’t as blessedly thick as Bambi’s, you can still recreate the same bold effect by filling them in with a pencil or powder that is a shade or two darker than your actual color.  Spidery lashes can be accomplished by powdering them with loose powder in between the first and second coat of mascara.  For a refresher course, revisit our Big Bold Brow and Spider Lashes posts.  Lastly, there are many ways to achieve stained lips.  The obvious choice is using one of the many great stains out there.  Or you can fill in your entire lip with a berry or rose-colored lip pencil and follow with lip balm.  A third option would be apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, apply again and blot one more time.  The key is to not look “made-up,” so make sure the lips have a hint of color and no more.  Add a croissant, close your eyes and voila!  You’re at a little Parisian street cafe about to stroll the River Seine.

XO Amy Nadine