I do enjoy looking at imitations of different looks particularly celebrities like Uma Thurman being turned into Marilyn Monroe for her Vanity Fair spread as well as many Youtube beauty gurus doing replications of music video looks.. However, I think there is something to be said about inspiration as well. I really appreciate when people use a phrase like ‘inspiration’ versus ‘replication’ because to me it shows thought. For example, a hot look in a Keri Hilson or eccentric look in a Lady Gaga may look good in their latest video but may translate into a Bad Romance with makeup in real life. Then again if you are comfortable with extremes then by all means go for it however much like labels I don’t ever want to be labeled a Keri Hilson, Lady Gaga, or Beyonce knockoff nor a label hound. When I am looking to be inspired into a particular look, I try to take a few images in order to suit my personal taste, mood, and style. It become a lot less stressful than trying to copy a look entirely, giving you more flexibility.
An old ad for Jennifer Lopez’s Glow, Sakura Flowers, a candid photo of Marilyn Monroe, and a single cover of Beyonce inspired me to create a very soft, organic, and easy look for myself. Obviously I’m unable to walk around with a shower on hand but the glowing skin and headscarf in Jennifer Lopez’s ad campaign inspired me in my hair and skin for a look that was fresh, luxurious and just “in the moment”. Marilyn Monroe’s photo inspired me to add a classic and iconic feel. While Beyonce’s single cover hints at a natural and urban vibe. The Sakura Flowers added to the softness and idea of using pinks for a youthful and sweet look.
I’m sure we all have friends that say they have no style or even want it because it costs too much. This logic could not be further from the truth because style is FREE. For example, take two teenage girls, one from New York City and one from California, give them a plain white t-shirt, denim jeans, pair of scissors and a necklace and tell them to make that outfit work for them. The teen representing NYC might distress the denim and leave the white t-shirt as is and wear the necklace as a bracelet giving off an edgy rocker vibe. While the teen from Cali might do denim cutoffs, turn the white tee into a v-neck, and style the necklace in her hair for a beachy and relaxed vibe. Both teens have the same products but have created different styles using nothing but scissors. Style is free, it’s how you take an oversized t-shirt and turn it into an off-the-shoulder minidress. Style is an extended expression of yourself.
I braided all the lower layers of my hair into medium braids leaving out my bangs.
Then I created two sections and created two classic braids.
Then I created a bun out of the two braids at the nape leaving out the longer front layers and bangs. Applied a scarf and pinned it on for security. Proceeded to braid the excess layer and wrap it around the newly formed bun.
Polish by China Glaze in ‘Cherish’
Face: Sheer Glow by Nars applied with Beauty Blender Sponge in a dabbing motion. Followed by Bare Essentials Mineral Veil. While I’m not a big fan of Bare Essentials foundation, I love their mineral veil to set a foundation because it’s super light and adds to a silky feel.
Blush(B)/Highlight(H): Nars in Mata Hari (B), NYX in Angel (B), Benefit in Dandelion(H), Nars in Albatross (H). You can use blush to enhance your cheeks like Kim Kardashian by placing Blush in the hollows of your cheek as you would a bronzer and add a highlight to the top of your apples to break out your cheekbones.
Lips: NYX Lip Laquer in Georgia Peach, Mac Lipglass in Underage. I love nude lips, while a lot of times I’m using Myth by Mac, I find that Georgia Peach and Underage deliver a really great light peachy pink soft lip when combined.
Eyes: Makeup Forever Smokey Lash in Black & Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara. While the Smokey Lash is a All-in-one Mascara, I like to apply the Loreal mascara as the base of my lashes for a more voluminous look. In addition, the formula of both of these mascaras are soft so you can build up without it look too chunky. For eyeshadow I used Mac’s eyeshadow in Yogurt all over the lid followed by Sweet Lust in the outer-corners of the eyes and entire crease. The concentrated Stila’s kitten eyeshadow at the center and inner corners of the eye. Using Loreal’s Extra Intense Liquid Eye Pencil to line the upper and lower waterline (I love this stuff!).
Clothing & Accessories:
Necklace: Tiffany & Co.
Denim: Avedon Slick Skinny Leg by Citizens of Humanity. The denim is thick enough not to look like spandex but has a really soft and luxurious feel.
Top: White Tube Top from Victoria’s Secret, Knotted Gray Cowl Neck Top by YMI
Headscarf: From my Mom’s closet back in her heyday. Score! I really want the scarf Beyonce was using in the movie Dreamgirls in the studio scene, singing ‘Listen’.
Sunglasses: Dior but Target has some really cute oversized glasses.
Purse: Max Azria. I like white for the summer day outings.
Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Body Oil Spray. This is light and absorbs easily. I don’t like thick lotions during the summer.
What’s Inspiration without a little motivation?