Sunday, April 21, 2013

Miranda Kerr Inspired Makeup Look - By Request

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 Miranda Kerr Inspired Makeup Look-By Request 

This post was a Twitter request from @happysara89.  The request was to recreate the Miranda Kerr makeup look pictured below. While the look I created isn't exactly the same, I think it captures the spirit of the look, which is a soft feminine makeup that is appropriate for special events such as prom or weddings. For those of you who don't know who Miranda Kerr is, she is a model probably  best known for being one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She is so beautiful and sexy, that just wearing a makeup look similar to hers really made me feel both! In fact, I was so inspired by her, I decided to create two different looks; the one to the left and one of her Victoria's Secret hot bombshell makeup looks.

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Here is how I created my interpretation of Miranda Kerr's makeup look:

Dewy Skin- One of the hallmarks of Miranda Kerr's sexy skin is it's dewy appearance. She has this lit from within glow that makes her look simply stunning. However, if done incorrectly, sexy can look just plain sweaty. To get it right, you want to choose a tinted moisturizer formulated for your skin type. For those with normal to dry skin, I recommend Physician's Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Tinted Moisturizer. It's affordable, and made with natural, organic ingredients. Plus it leaves a beautiful natural looking luminescence to the skin, perfect for achieving the dewy look we want here. However, if your skin is slightly more oily and/or acne prone, I recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15. This is a lightweight tinted moisturizer that is gentle enough for all skin types. However, since it's not as dewy as the Physicians Formula brand, I recommend mixing in just a couple of drops of your favorite liquid illuminator such as Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum. Apply allover face using clean fingers or a damp sponge, blending well into the skin.

Side Note: To further enhance the lit from within glow, I used a self tanner from True Natural Cosmetics the day before.  Look number 2 is two days of self tanning.

In addition to being dewy, Miranda's skin looks flawless. To achieve this look, apply your favorite concealer on any blemishes and under eye circles to make your skin look even.

Eyes- The stand out feature in the above picture is Miranda's beautiful eyes. Since her eyes are open, I couldn't see exactly what color shadows were used on her eye lids. I imagined a rose gold would look perfect with the rest of the the colors seen in this look. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to use my new Stila Countless Color Pigments that I purchased at IMATS this year.

As stated above, I created two slightly different eye looks. 

Eye Look #1 (inspired by the above photo): The below eyeshadow contains three shades in it: cream beige, copper and dark bronze. You can use any brand of shadows you happen to have in your stash that are similar in color.  However, if you are using the shadow below, I recommend using a small brush so that you can more easily pick up the precise color you want. To begin, prime your eyes with your favorite eye primer. Then, pick up the lightest color (cream beige) and highlight your inner tear duct area, and just below your brow. This will help open up the eye.

 Pictured Above: Stila Countless Color Pigments in the color Groupie-Cream Beige, Copper, Dark Bronze
 I recommend trying a smaller brush such as Bdellium Tools #772P to more easily pick up each color

Next, we want to apply color to the lid. Using the same eyeshadow, you want to pick up the color from the center of the pan where the copper and cream shade meet, and apply it just to your eye lid in a patting motion.If you are using different shadows, you can layer the copper shade over the cream and blend on your lid to create the color we want.  This lightened copper color, appears as more of a rose gold on the lid, because we have lightened it with the cream shade, but it still keeps the metallic finish.

Next, pick up some of the copper from the edge of the eyeshadow pan, and pat it into the crease of your eye for definition. Using a clean brush (I used the Bdellium Tools #785B Tapered Blending Brush), sweep into the eye crease to blend in a windshield wiper like motion.

I then picked up the Dark Bronze shadow from the pan using a pencil brush, and swept it into the crease of my eye, the outer V (outer corner of lid), and along the lower lash line.
When I looked back at Miranda's photo for reference, I could really see a chocolatey brown shadow through the crease and on the lower lash line. It reminded me of Urban Decay's Twice Baked, which is a medium chocolate brown with a satin finish. I happened to have the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box that I purchased last year, so I decided to pull it out, and work this color into the crease and along the lower lash line. After applying the color into your crease, be sure to go back in with a clean blending brush and blend so that all of the colors transition smoothly. Layering this over the brown from the Stila pan we added earlier really helps add dimension to the eye look.  The key to these eyeshadow looks is layering small amounts of color and blending well.

Side Note: If you don't have Twice Baked, you can use any true brown with a satin finish. This particular color does have some gold glitter in it, but the glitter is so fine that it translates more to a satin finish than true shimmer on the lid. Also, the gold warms up the shade, which is exactly what I was going for.

 I applied Twice Baked to the lower lash line using a flat angled brush. Then, I took a clean blending brush, and blended the color out to soften the line.

When I looked at the finished shadows, I decided I wanted to further brighten up the inner corner of the eye. I reached for my Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter in Natural Glow and using a smudge tip applicator, dotted and smudged the lightest color from the palette around my tear duct. You can also use a cotton swab or small brush if you prefer.

For liner, I wanted to use a brown cream liner. Miranda clearly has a brown liner on her lower lash line, so I thought I would use that for top and bottom lash line, winging it out slightly. I used Urban Decay cream eyeliner in Demolition, applying it with the included brush.

If desired, trace over the liner with a brown shadow to set, you can use Twice Baked, or the Dark Bronze form the Stila pan, whichever you prefer. While the liner will stay on it's own, setting it with a powder shadow over the top of it, will help the eye look last even longer.

Curl lashes, apply mascara, and if desired, apply falsies! My favorites are Ardell Demi Wispies.

Eye Look #2 (inspired by Miranda's Victoria Secret look and my inner bombshell):

Like in the first look, begin by priming lids with your favorite eye primer from lash line to brow.  Take some along the lower lash line as well. For this look, we are going to use the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter in Natural Glow as eyeshadow.  Begin, by highlighting with the lightest shade from the palette just under the brow, and the inner corner of the eye using a fluffy brush.

 Next, chose the center color from the palette (a rose gold shade) and apply to the lid using the same brush.

To create more depth and dimension, we are going to layer a few colors. You will need a light shimmery golden brown, shimmery gold, light copper, dark brown shimmer and a matte warm brown color.  Any brand of shadows that you like will do. I used my Physicians Formula Nude palette, and the Urban Decay Naked palette.

 Start with the light copper, and blend it across the lid over the shade you just applied. I used the second color in the Physicians Formula Nude palette. Then over that, still with your fluffy brush, blend a shimmery gold such as Urban Decay's Half Baked over the lid. Finish the lid with the light shimmery golden brown shade. Use a clean brush and blend all the colors together over your lid.

 For the light shimmery golden brown, I used the third shade in my Physicians Formula Nude Palette (pictured above). Next, you'll need your matte warm brown. I used Buck from the Urban Decay Naked palette. Pick up a little of the color on a pencil brush and sweep into your eye crease and along the lower lash line.

Next, line your lower lash line with the dark brown shimmery shadow, such as Urban Decay's Darkhorse.

Apply Twice Baked in the same manner as we did in Eye Look #1.

To complete Eye Look #2, I did not apply falsies, I simply curled my lashes and applied generous amounts of volumizing black mascara to my top and bottom lashes. 

Brows - No matter which look you choose, don't forget to define your brows. Miranda has full, nicely groomed brows, and it's a very important step for a complete look. My favorite brow powder these days is Illamasqua Brow Cake. I used the shade Motto which is a taupe color. To keep brows in place, I applied Anastasia Brow Gel using a disposable mascara wand, and brushed the brow hairs up and into place. I actually did my brows before the eyeshadow application, but the order you do this in really doesn't matter. It's a matter of personal preference.

Bronze - Since I am so fair, I needed a good bronzer to mimic Miranda's golden glow. I reached for my favorite matte bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate. This particular bronzer is a great pick for ladies with fair skin like me. However, whichever bronzer you use, just make sure it's a matte one. There is plenty of shimmer on the eyes, and we will be using a separate highlighter for strategically placed shimmer, so we won't need any in our bronzer. To contour and bronze the neck as well as the outer perimeter of my face, I used my Cozzette Diamond Blender brush.  The tapered tip makes it ideal for contouring. However, to bronze across my forehead and down the bridge of my nose and chin, I chose a smaller flatter brush and painted the bronzer on.

For cheeks, I chose NYX Cinnamon blush and a small dome shaped brush to apply the color to the apples of my cheeks and swept it back toward my hair line.

Highlight - Now, for that strategically placed highlighter I was talking about. To stick with the rose gold theme, I chose Wet n Wild Fergie Center State Shimmer Palette in Rose Chapagne Glow.  Using the same small domed brush (I used Real Techniques Contour Brush), I lightly applied the highlighter to the tops of my cheeks, lightly on the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, cupid's bow and very lightly on the chin.

Set - To prevent shimmer overload, and to set everything, I lightly dusted over my entire face with a loose translucent setting powder. The highlighter will still show through, but just enough so that it still looks natural.

Lips - To complete the look, I really wanted my OCC lip tar in Electric Grandma, which is a frosty coral. That looks like the exact shade Miranda is wearing in the above photo. I have this shade, but could not find it! So, I improvised. I mixed a few lip glosses together, and really like how the final color came out. While it's slightly more pink than I wanted, I still think it compliments the look nicely.  To get the lip color, I lined my lips with Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in Haute Pink.  I then mixed NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Rose with a peachy nude gloss I had from Christopher Drummond Beauty (shade not on tube so unknown). I topped it all off with just a little bit of Stila's Sparkle Luxe Gloss in Fairy Dust. For look number two, I added extra Fairy Dust Gloss and lined just outside of my lip line to make my lips look fuller.

 Lips for Look #1 (above)

Here are the final looks!:

Look #1 - Inspired by the Miranda Kerr photo above

 Above: With Flash

Look #2 - Inspired by Miranda's Victoria's Secret look (and my inner bombshell)

I hope you enjoyed this Miranda Kerr inspired makeup look. A big thank you to Sarah for suggesting this post.  If you try either of these posts, I would love to see it! Tweet me a pic to @MakeupMatters1

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                                                             LIZA, Makeup Matters By LNC 


  1. stunning! i will have to try to duplicate next time i'm playing with my makeup. thanks for the great tutorial!

    1. Thanks! If you do, send me a picture, I'd love to see it!

  2. This is SO GORGEOUS, Liza. Definitely will be recreating this weekend. Your hair looks amazing, too!

    1. Thanks! I just popped in some velcro rollers for a little more volume. Send me a picture if you do! Would love to see it :)

  3. Both looks are beautiful!!! And the 2nd one is definitely very Victoria's Secret-esque. :)

    How are you liking the Stila Pigment? I was kicking myself for not getting one, but then found a 40% off code for Stila's website and ordered 3! :) I haven't used them much yet, but they seem pretty pigmented. They're so pretty that I almost hate to touch them. :)

    Is the only real difference between OCC's Electric Grandma and the original Grandma is the frost? I LOVE Grandma! It's probably one of my favorite Lip Tars! :)

    Anyway, gorgeous looks! Love them! You look stunning with both looks! :)

    1. Thank you! I love the Stila pigment so much! I'm really impressed. It's so pigmented and blends like a dream. I picked up 2 different ones at IMATS. Wow 40% off! what a great deal. as far as the OCC lip tars, I think that's the only difference yes. If you have Grandma, you can easily use that and top it with a gold gloss to get the same look.


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