For the New York premiere of her newest movie, 'Just Wright,' Queen Latifah embraced the metallic rage of the Spring season. Here, her makeup artist, Monifa Mortis, shares how you can get the look at home as well.
"For the eye I used a combination of gunmetal, green and charcoal colors," she said.
Try Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Citrus Flair, using the green color on the base of the lid and blend up, layer a smoky metallic shadow over the green in the crease of the eye and blend up towards the brow bone. Add a gold highlighter along the lower lash line and up at the brow bone.
"To finish the eye," she said, "I used a few coats of CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara in black for glamorous long lashes."
There's no question that Rihanna and Beyonce have both ruled the nail trend game for the past few years. Both made the Minx nail art popular -- from gold and silver metallic to customized prints -- and continue to showcase their love of long, pointy '80s-styled digits. Here's our roundup of the latest and hautest nail looks from our fav celebs:
Bold, Bright Colors
Rihanna rocks red at the 2008 Grammy Awards
The beauty message for next fall is this: Stake your claim and make it strong. Whether you're rocking bold strokes of charcoal like the models at the Catherine Malandrino show or soft blushes of pinks, as seen on models at Philip Lim, the look and the choice, say makeup experts, is yours to play with. And they want you to play -- where the wild things are and with pretty, sexy, looks.
"I see makeup for fall," says Napoleon Perdis, key makeup artist at Elise Overland. "This woman is not afraid of lipsticks, shadows and lengthy, natural-looking lashes."
At Derek Lam, makeup master Tom Pecheux created a look that recalled primal instincts by channeling Native American beauty: charcoal-dusted eyes with a touch of bronze and berry-stained lips
"You shouldn't try at home," he says of the look. "This look is for the show, but for your own use you'd want something different and more paired down."
So what can you expect to see come fall? A push of greys, blues, corals and pinks. It's a mishmash of spring and fall shades. You'll find a twist on the smoky eye (shadows swept within the inner corners only or deeply rimmed eyes), dark liner with thick stripes of gray, and on the opposite spectrum, light pink nudes on eyes and lips.
Check out our favorite looks to rock next fall.
No longer viewed as something gangbangers and bad boys wear, tattoos are becoming more and more acceptable in the mainstream. So when everyone started rocking those Polynesian symbols -- think Mike Tyson, but not on the face -- rarely were people offended to see them on the small of the back on women or around the biceps of men. The beauty in those tribal designs elevates the art form to a better status.
However, every time tats show up on the red carpet as the accessory a female celebrity truly couldn't leave home without, I can't help but wonder if that celebrity regrets inking her body in that way. Witness Mary J. Blige's humongous tats on both of her toned arms; they always seem to detract from her entire look. Or the numerous tats Fantasia wears on her thighs and arms and hands that makes her look like Lil Wayne's twin. Those tear-drop tats that seemingly decorate Lil Wayne's entire body always make me think he needs a good scrub. But on the flip side, the tats on Angelina Jolie or Meagan Fox never stopped anyone from calling them glamorous or sexy. Nor do the small tats trailing the neck bone of Rihanna make her look anything less than gorgeous. On her, it looks rather chic, in that alien kind of way. In Alicia Keys' video for 'Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, we see her flower-painted back that takes tattooing on a painterly, Georgia O'Keefe-type of path.
Makeup trends come and makeup trends go, moving only slightly away from the previous season. This spring, the make styles we peeped backstage at the collections ranged from standard barely there nudes and bronze-y corals to new, interesting use of pastels. Here, our picks for the best looks you can rock in real life.
Bronze Skin - Glowing skin is all about health and wealth -- or at least your complexion looking like you have both. That's why a faux sun-kissed glow comes on strong this spring via bronzers for light, medium and deep complexions. Seen at Tory Burch, ADAM and Carlos Miele, bronzers deliver the perfect pick-me up for sun-depraved skin tones, and offer deeper complexions (think Alek Wek) the sparkling highlights needed for dimension, sans foundation.
The Grammy Awards hold a special place in our hearts for those what-were-they-thinking?! red carpet moments. Though viewed as the Oscars of the music industry, only few musicians play the role of fashion divas or devos, if you will. There are staples -- Beyonce, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige -- who often get it right. But then there are the works in progress: Keyshia Cole, Fantasia, Mariah Carey. These ladies oftentimes strike a fashion note best left un-played, and we love them for it! Here, our roundup of the best and worst looks of Grammy's past.
1. Best: Alicia Keys, Grammys 2009 - We've watched Alicia Keys blossom from the braid-wearing 'round-the-way-girl, into the glam goddess who plays the part of the on-trend, music princess. Last year, she took her look to a new level, walking the red carpet in a navy blue gown and offset a sophisticated updo by channeling her inner rock rebel with matte fuchsia lipstick and a nude eye accented with lashes. Fab!
JLo has ten. Kimora has six. Mariah has three. Over the past 15 years, the consistent release of celebrity fragrances has provided a well-needed uptick in the scent category, with Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds paving the way. Celebrities of color, however, didn't enter the fold until 1999. First on an international level with Naomi Campbell releasing her own eponymous scent, while simultaneously becoming the first black woman to have a scent named in her honor. In 2002 on U.S. shores, Jennifer Lopez signed a license deal with Coty Fragrances, making her the first Latina to launch her own fragrance line. Beyonce followed suit two years later, albeit as a spokesperson for Tommy Hilfiger's True Star (She's launching her own fragrance, Heat, in February). After the success of those launches -- Lopez's reportedly sold $44 million in the first four months -- every fragrance brand wanted a celebrity-endorsed line.
Some star releases such as Paris Hilton and Donald Trump's vaporized just as quickly as their bottom notes spritzed into the air. Others, like Lopez, Kimora Lee Simmons and Diddy's, wafted way above and drifted far and wide into the ether, racking up more than a combined $300 million in sales. Since then, more singers, actresses and athletes have followed their nose to lucrative launches. We highlight the best of the bunch, based on their sweetest sales.