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get the look: Emmy Rossum at the Global Green pre-Oscar party

 

Emmy picked a gorgeous buttercup yellow Oliver Tolentino 50′s silhouette party dress that was made out of pineapple and hemp fibers for the Global Green Oscar Party, so I wanted to use tarte as it’s my favorite green makeup line that’s at the forefront of beauty. Inspired by the sweetness of the dress’s color and form, I chose a color palette of sherbets and bubble gum, perfectly suited for spring.” – Amy Nadine, celebrity makeup artist

Complexion:

For a light and dewy finish, Amy mixed smooth operator™ Amazonian clay Illuminating serum with smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted moisturizer with SPF 20.

 Cheeks:

Then she applied tarte’s cheek stain in dollface for a sheer candy pink with a hint of shimmer starting on the apples of her cheeks.

 Eyes:

For a wash of apricot color, she swept soft sienna from tarte’s femme naturale eyeshadow palette all over her lids followed by soft petal pink along the crease. She finished with two coats of tarte’s gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara in black.

Lips:

To complete this ultra-girly look, she applied tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky, followed by tarte’s maracuja divine shine lip gloss in dollface to create the perfect bubble gum pink.

the best-dressed “Best Actress” nominees

The Oscars! They’re almost here… can you tell we’re excited?

And our favorite category, Best Actress in a Leading Role, couldn’t be filled with some more stylishly diverse women.

First up, we have Glenn Close – a star who’s been reigning over Hollywood since the eighties. We’re happy to see her in the nominees circle for her gender-bending turn in Albert Nobbs. Glenn embodies simple, age-appropriate elegance, and she usually appears on the red carpet in variations on black evening gowns. In her everyday, she tends towards similarly classic staples, such as great-fitting jeans, blazers, and heels.

 

Another Hollywood queen, Meryl Streep, is in the running for The Iron Lady. With thirty years since her last Oscar win (but 17 nominations to her name), will this be the year that Streep gets a statue? Regardless of the win, we’re sure she’ll be sporting something in a neutral color, probably long and with sleeves, as she is wont to do on the red carpet. Meryl inevitably spices up her conservative outfits with funky accessories and some serious décolletage – fashion critics be damned. We love her spunk!

 

Viola Davis, whose eco-friendly gown at the BAFTAs left us drooling, is nominated for her role in blockbuster The Help. We expect the stunning actress to appear in a fun color (a welcome relief amongst all those neutrals!) and a curve-hugging silhouette.

Michelle Williams has been captivating us with her hip Brooklyn aesthetic for years now. Her style couldn’t be further from that of Marilyn Monroe, but we love her endearing mix of hipster, lady-like, and vintage elements. And, man – the girl looks good in a fedora.

 Rooney Mara, this group’s newcomer, brings an avant garde edge to the others’ relatively mainstream style. Not unlike her character in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney generally sports a darker look, with a focus on minimalist silhouettes with razor-sharp lines.

 

 

 

 

Image via Celebuzz 

get the look: Hillary Scott at the 54th Grammy Awards

Her dress faded from black to burgundy, so I took the colors from her dress and incorporated them into a colorful cat eye — it completely lit up her gorgeous green eyes.” -Terri Apanasewicz, celebrity makeup artist

Complexion:

* To begin, Terri used tarte’s smooth operator™ Amazonian clay waterproof concealer under her eyes, then applied tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, with tarte’s new airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush.

* Then she dusted Amazonian clay bronzer in park ave princess under her cheekbones to contour the hollows of her cheeks.

Cheeks:

* For the perfect pop of color she brushed on tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in dollface, a light baby pink, on the apples of her cheeks.

* She finished by adding luminosity to her complexion with tarte’s Amazonian clay shimmering powder in champagne over her blush.

Eyes:

* She sculpted her brows with  emphasEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof brow pencil.

* She lined the inner rims of the eyes with tarte’s smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in fig and then went over it with emphasEYES™ high-definition inner rim eyeliner black pencil.

* Then she drew smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in fig along her lash line toward her temple, creating a glamorous cat eye.

* To make her green eyes pop, she dusted matte plum from neutralEYES eye shadow palette over the liner.

* She followed by lining her lower lashline with smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in fig to complete the winged effect.

* For extra volume and dramatic separation on her upper lashes, Terri used two coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! clinically-proven mascara.

 Lips:

* To complete her look, Terri filled in her lips with tarte’s LipSurgence™ lip luster in buff, then added an extra dose of shine with tarte’s new maracuja divine shine lip gloss in glisten.

style envy: Rachel McAdams


With The Vow coming out this Friday, we’re excited for the chance to revisit a super-talented (and stylish) actress: Rachel McAdams. We’ve been fans of McAdams since she sauntered down the halls of North Shore High School as leader of the Plastics, then turned around and won our hearts as one-half of a star-crossed couple in the Notebook. Since then, she’s proven time and again that she can play the bad girl, the young ingénue, a fearless heroine, and everything in between.

Regardless of the character she’s playing, McAdams’ red-carpet style is always enviable. This girl is a fan of sleek glamour, but she’s also not afraid to take a little risk, whether it’s with her hair color (remember those pink streaks?) or a daring silhouette. We’ve chosen some of our favorite McAdams’ looks, from both on the screen and off.

For her break-out role as the despicable Regina George, McAdams rocked an array of miniskirts and a spectrum of pink.

As heiress Allie in the classic tear-jerker The Notebook, she got to sport the best of forties’ and fifties’ fashion: gorgeous suits and dresses, and some fabulous hats.

Although Midnight in Paris’s Inez plays the cynical foil to the charmingly naïve Gil, we have to admit that her clothes are great. As we’ve gushed about before, we loved the effortless, Euro-chic wardrobe.

[Photo credits: IMDB]

And now, the red-carpet highlights, from pink hair at a Wedding Crashers premiere (has anyone else made neon highlights look so adorable?) to a sequined bustier and linen pants on the red carpet this year.

 

 

pic of the day: a living legend on 5th avenue

One of the perks of living in NYC? You never know who you’re going to run into. Early this morning, Jenna, tarte’s creative marketing manager bumped in creative great Simon Doonan on 5th Ave. In her own words:

“So sleepy this morning… but awake enough to notice Barneys New York‘s Creative Extraordinaire Simon Doonan walking down 5th Avenue next to me… which is why I had to grab him (with force) for a photo op. Ha! The best part? He was oh-so-genuinely-nice and what’s nicer than being nice AND having amazing style? They go hand in hand.”

Have you ever run into a living legend on the street? Tell us all about it, or better yet, share a photo!

 

listen up: fresh from the recording studio

My top five favorite new tunes for a wintry weekend. Trust me, all your friends have these jams already. Don’t be the last to know, download these now!


1. Cage the Elephant, “Aberdeen”

From Bowling Green, Kentucky; these southern boys have made a name for themselves through high energy live performances and amazing lyrics —  making them a huge hit in the U.S. and U.K.

 


2. The Wombats, “Jump into The Fog”

While they have a completely different sound than The Beatles, the two bands share the same home, Liverpool, and man, do they know how to rock. The Wombats have that awesome British feel to them that we all know and love. Want to indulge in some musical Anglophilia?  Just plug in the headphones and turn it up.

 


3. M83, “Midnight City”

M83 is the brainchild of French musician Anthony Gonzalez. With a unique sound, M83 never disappoints. This is my go-to workout song when I’m feeling lazy and blah..it really gets my blood pumping!

 


4. Imperial Teen,“Runaway”

Having provided the soundtrack to the infamous and iconic scene of four teen beauties — the original mean girls — walking down their high school hallway in 1999’s twisted comedy Jawbreaker, Imperial Teen may be a throwback, but well worth a second glance. I’m thrilled that they are making such a strong impact. Check ‘em out!

 


5. The Naked and Famous, “Girls like you”

Who doesn’t love an import from Down Under?? The Naked and Famous is a New Zealand indie rock band from Auckland. Do yourself a favor and download them now. These guys are an incendiary force to be reckoned with.

 

best-dressed at the 2012 SAG Awards

The Help and Modern Family were big winners at last night’s SAG awards. And while screen veterans Jessica Lange, Betty White and Alec Baldwin also snagged tops honors, we have to nod our heads to the following women for winning over the red carpet with style and grace.


Dianna Agron looked flawless in this pink number topped off with just the right amount of ruffle and a chic bohemian hairstyle.

Ashlee Simpson took us by surprise when she stepped out onto the red carpet last night. Looking fabulous from head to toe, she proved she’s a fashion force to reckon with.

Oh, hello Emily Blunt! It’s not enough that you have an awesome British accent, but you also have an amazing figure that looks good in any style. Green can be a risky red carpet shade, but Emily really rocked it out!


Emma Stone why are you so adorable? This beauty can do no wrong! Yes, her hair color changes, but her distinct eye for fashion does not.

Kaley Cuoco looked like a princess last night. Her hair was fairy tale perfect and her dress was straight out of a story book. Congrats to her for recently getting engaged to her prince charming.

Lea Michele has made some bold fashion choices this award season, and she continues to show us she’s not afraid to stand out with this show stopping number.

It seems Naya Rivera can do no wrong when dressing for the red carpet. On top of being blessed with exotic features, she always chooses designs that compliment her body shape.

Beautifully strapless with a tousled up do, Viola Davis turned heads with this gorgeous look.

Sofia Vergara was looking muy caliente last night! This magenta silk gown hugged every curve of her body in the most flattering way possible. With her hair was pulled back and wearing just the right amount of diamonds there was no overlooking this style star!

Michelle Williams was definitely my favorite look of the night. This gorgeous red dress looked perfect against her porcelain skin. She looked timeless and sexy without going over the top.




best-dressed: Sundance style

The Sundance Film Festival is like the cool, downtown, little sister to all the other awards shows, with fashion just as independent and unique as the films. Forget those glamorous ball gowns and major labels; it’s all about rocker boots, great winter coats, and taking fun risks. tarte had the pleasure of spending some time at the festival, where we had the opportunity to see a few of our favorite actress and learn a thing or two about Sundance style.

Elizabeth Olsen

Lizzie Olsen is proving to be as much of a style maven as her older sisters. We love when celebrities play with colors and patterns; Olsen’s bright yellow sweater pairs nicely with her black-and-white scarf. And those corduroys! Doesn’t she look cozy?

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt rarely fails to look sophisticated and cool. And Sundance is all about cool. She hits the perfect balance between relaxed and red-carpet with this velvet tunic and booties.

Lake Bell

We applaud celebrities who take risks, whether with bold colors, unusual silhouettes, or lesser-known designers. Lake Bell is rocking this aqua shift – funky cut-out neckline, curve-hugging bodice, and all. The only thing that could add to this look? A sleek side-part and a smoky eye.

Estelle

British songstress Estelle never shies away from “a look,” so this blouse-jeans-pumps combo is relatively understated for her. But we love the pop of shimmer on the leopard print blouse, especially when paired with sparkly heels and a knockout red lip.

Kate Bosworth

Even in the middle of a snowstorm, Kate Bosworth manages to look pulled-together, with a statement bag, a hooded coat, and a splash of color. (Oh, and major sunglasses, of course!)

…And she cleans up nicely. Nothing’s sexier than sheer black sleeves on a ladylike evening dress.

Tinsley Mortimer

 

The socialite always looks chic, but we love that she toned things down for the laid-back festival. Nothing is cooler than taking casual elements, like nautical stripes and a slouchy hat, and glamming them up a bit – here, with a wooly vest and perfect, glossy waves.

Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler is our go-to girl for fashion surprises. She has great eclectic style, and she isn’t afraid of wearing whatever she wants on the carpet. (She is a rock star’s daughter, after all.) So seeing her in this fuzzy, oversize sweater and motorcycle boots just makes us smile – and her impish grin tells us even she’s not taking herself too seriously. Who can blame her? She still looks gorgeous.

 

 

walk it off: the best winter footwear

tartelettes, just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in anything even resembling practical winter footwear. My cold-weather strategy was to sport the same ballet flats and heels I wore the rest of the year, in which I would step gingerly down my front walk before dashing into the warmth of my car.

Then, I moved to New York. Bye-bye, car. Hello, hikes across town, capricious weather, and snowboots.

But, because this is the Big Apple — the nation’s capital of the stylish yet practical shoe — a city girl’s winter gear has to protect her from the elements while still looking fabulous. You never know who might be just around the corner, even in a snowstorm.

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered a few cold-weather footwear options that are equal parts cute and practical.

 

Faux leather boots are possibly the easiest way to maintain a chic aesthetic while staying comfy and warm. You can’t go wrong with  classic black or brown. Or, if you want to mix things up a little, opt for a pair of rock-and-roll-esque motorcycle boots. Brands like Diesel and Harley-Davidson  offer non-leather boots that’ll add a bit of sass to any look. Find them at a vintage store, and they’ll be all broken in for you. Regardless of the style, layer up with thick socks (bonus points if you try a pair of patterned knee-highs that peek out over the top).

 

 

 

Throw old-school fashion rules out the window by keeping heels high and hemlines short this winter — there’s no need to keep those gorgeous gams covered up. Go for a high-heeled version of your daytime boot. Or stay warm with stockings and some fun, leg-defining booties.  If it’s not wet out, sport your favorite peep-toe pumps with black tights. Even Rachel Zoe approves

 

On those rainy, cold days, rain boots with thick socks are the way to go. These aren’t the clunky rubber monstrosities of your youth; in recent years, shoe designers have begun churning out weather-proofed styles that are adorable and, above all, discreet. The best are those that look like boots you would wear anyways, rain or shine. My favorites are by Hunter, which have a slim shape and are super-durable. Classic black is a chic choice — but red and yellow are fun childhood throwbacks. Just try to resist stomping in puddles in these.

 

 

 

Of course, when it’s sleeting out, there are few other options than those dreaded snowboots. Never fear! Even these can be chic. I’m obsessed with this adorable style by Sorel — made with waxed canvas and detailed with faux fur — which I’d be hard-pressed not to wear, even on a clear day.

 

 

 

Downton Abbey inspired style

Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

With Downton Abbey having just returned for season two and picked up a handful of awards at the Globes, we thought we’d check it out and see what the hype was all about — and we’re glad we did! The show is not only jam-packed with torrid love affairs, quick British wit, and dashing uniformed gentlemen –  there’s also the clothes. Oh, the clothes.

Set in an era where everyone dresses for dinner, the assortment of outfits in every episode is to die for: painstakingly tailored marvels that look simultaneously refined and glamorous. From beaded evening gowns to fitted ankle-length riding coats, we never knew that conservative twenties Britain could be so sexy.

We’ve found a few current pieces that flawlessly capture the essence of DA style, with just enough contemporary flare. Throw any of these on to instantly amp up your wardrobe’s vintage romance factor.

This mini-dress radiates retro-chic through elegant jewel tones, delicate lace, and structured shoulders.

What’s prettier than sheer black lace? The unique draping and scalloped neckline makes this Tadashi Shoji dress both romantic and modern.

Nothing says “twenties” like a beaded flapper frock. This pleated Sue Wong version is a less obvious, more modern iteration on the classic style.

Top any outfit off with a lovely tweed coat (the heart of a true British wardrobe) for an instant injection of ladylike chic.

But remember tartelettes, as with any costume-inspired look, the key to avoiding looking like an extra is toning down the period-piece drama with some modern twists. Balance these outfits with sky-high peep-toes, loose hair, and a fresh face (try our Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation and a bright LipSurgence™ lip tint) and you’ll be good to go!