Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rock Goddess Makeup for The Grammys.

By Laura Medina|-gwen-stefani

Rock goddesses should know what makes for an hit makeup line, since they're sweating and singing their hearts out to their manic fans who emulate them.

So, it's all about performance, durability, and a reliable color spectrum that will stick around after rounds and rounds of sets and photo shoots.  

Having a reliable makeup isn't conservative or fuddy-duddy.

  "It's a Rockin' Christmas Again with M.A.C.'s Collection with Mariah Carey & Ellie Goulding."

Actually, today's rock divas are releasing makeup lines that have proven to be universally natural and portable, look at Ellie Goulding and Mariah  Carey for MAC, "It's a Rockin' Christmas Again with M.A.C.'s Collection with Mariah Carey & Ellie Goulding.", in rosy and bronzy mini-makeup palettes holding your essential eyeshadow, blush, and lip color all in one kit and 3-in-1 rosy and bold pink multi-chubby pencils.

Mariah Carey's MAC lipstick is a no-fail shimmering champagne flesh-toned nude that looks good on anyone and will last through anyone's life stage.  It does not get old.

Gwen Stefani's sold-out Urban Decay Collection holds classic, primary colors and textures that are vanity table basics.  Certainly not demure and reserve but not wild and crazy either.

Today's current love affair and nostalgia for the decadent Seventies and the passing of David Bowie picks up where "Mad Men" left off.

HBO's "Vinyl" uses the "Mad Men" method in using period clothes and makeup to tell a story of social progress and the emerging, diverging style and music tribes will soon dominant today's music categories: punk begets alternative rock; disco births pop; and rap grows into the billion industry of hip hop.

The producers uses Urban Decay makeup to represent the women characters living during that time period.

Take one glimpse at the trailer for the HBO original series Vinyl and you can see it’s loaded with tons of amazing looks from the ‘70s. The reason behind that? Nicki Ledermann. As the show’s official makeup artist, she researched the hell out of the 1970s rock-and-roll scene, and did a killer job in recreating the iconic looks from that time.
Don’t forget: You can steal three looks inspired by some of the gorgeous makeup Nicki did for Vinyl. Get all the steps here.

Where did you draw inspiration from to create each look for the show?
Initially I went to bookstores and got books on ‘70s rock and roll, like books by Mick Rock and Bob Gruen; Max’s Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll; and Blood and Glitter. Searching for Playboy magazines from the time period was part of my favorite research work, as well as watching movies from the ‘70s, like Mean Streets and Klute. Of course the internet is an amazing resource. We literally gathered hundreds of pictures. And so did the hair and wardrobe departments. Thanks to technology, we were able to share all of our research and come up with an incredible library of research to create inspiration boards.

The ‘70s time period is famously known for its wild and creative beauty trends—what are your favorites?
My favorite makeup trends were the experimental and bold statements of the rock-and-roll/pre-punk underground looks. Like straight men doing women’s makeup, drag queens going all crazy with glitter—artsy and expressive rather than trying to look like a pretty woman. I loved all the bold colors on everyone; people used makeup as an expression rather than doing corrective makeup. And I love how the skin on the ladies was always dewy and shiny; to me there is nothing more beautiful and sexy than clean skin on a woman’s face—that it’s not hidden with caked-on makeup.

What were some of the most exciting moments on set?
I got excited like a little kid whenever we were filming a concert. Although these were very hard days for us work-wise, they were so, so AMAZING. The music is so good. The clothes, hair and makeup were so fun. I felt like I was in a time warp, being at the coolest concerts in the ‘70s. This made all the hard work pay off. This was our time to shine (literally, with so much glitter, haha) and do fun makeup. There was no such thing as getting carried away of course, given our ‘70s guideline. Makeup, makeup, makeup.

What were some of the most challenging moments on set?
Large crowded scenes are always a challenge. At times we had 20 or more makeup artists handling crowds of 200-plus background actors who all had to have a specific look—from mainstream corporate parties to funk and hip-hop crowds to punk rock. They all had to be different and yet be true to the ‘70s. Another challenge was turning actors into actual historical figures, like Alice Cooper, Elvis, Andy Warhol and David Bowie. There was no time for prosthetic appliances to get their facial features to match exactly, so by painting the face through highlighting and shadowing, we managed to make the actors resemble their character. This captured the style and feel of that person through portrait painting techniques rather than using prosthetics. That felt more honest and real.

Some trends can feel a bit out there for the average woman. What are some ways to rock a ‘70s look that won’t take her too far out of her comfort zone?
Forget about powder; let your skin glow—especially your cheekbones. Add any fun, shimmery color or bold hues on the lids without eyeliner, but with lots and lots of mascara on top and bottom. Eyebrows are groomed, rather round (but not too arched) or just natural. Finish off with a sheer gloss in clear or a pretty orange-red, and a shimmery, warm-toned blush. One thing that was very important for me, no matter what style we went for, was that we made the skin look clean, beautiful and dewy; I wanted to see skin and not a covered-up face.

Ariana Grande Viva Glam Lipstick and Gloss.

Arianna Grande Viva Glam Lipstick is today's version of the iconic goth-romantic Chanel Vamp, proving real makeup style never goes away.

Lovatics by Demi Lovato for NYC Cosmetics.

For the tweeny-bopper in your life, here's  a very affordable way to expression oneself, Demi Lovato's Lovatics for NYC Cosmetics.  The tint covers the cheek and lip.  Surprisingly, another all-natural skin-toned color palette from a rocker.

 Tarte's Energy Noir Collection

Rockstars are health freaks due to all that dancing and singing to give the audience the full value for their ticket bucks.

If you want edgy and healthy all in one snap, you can't go wrong on Tarte's Energy Noir Palette and the naturally color-changing lip tint and lip gloss.

When you yearn for a plum color that goes accordingly with your natural skin Ph-levels, a customized shade of plum that doesn't clash against skin tone, watch your puckers flush with Tarte's Energy Noir LipSurgence SkinTuitive Lip Tint and Lip Gloss.

Since rockers are always on the road because living on pennies per a download isn't enough, they have to bring a complete kit.

Tarte's Energy Noir has vampy eyeshadows, liner, blush, and highlighter for a full, vampy face in skin-healthy formulas that will last through a concert without messing up your face.

While her fellow co-horts obviously and sensibly put their own makeup lines in colors they really do use, for their rabid fans, Katy Perry went in the opposite direction.

For her fans who want to be stealth and subtle about it at work, they spritz and smell like Katy Perry.

She has built a fragrance empire in wicked bottles.

This is how you should celebrate the Grammys.  It's not molding yourself into a box that society tells you something that you cannot be.  It's about expressing about you're truly are and what you are capable of doing.


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