All good things must come to an end, including Mad Men. Le sob! It's the show's seventh and final season—can you believe it? Note to self: Stop going through the episodes on Netflix so quickly! I'm still in season five, but truth be told, I may just start all over again at season one, and really savour it. (No spoilers, please!)
But I digress. The stars stepped out for last night's premiere in their red carpet best, and we need to talk about it.
So gorge. How is it that Christina never has visible roots and her hair always looks so vibrant, soft and shiny? Many many props to her colourist, Vanessa Spaeth. I also really like her simple mid-length hairstyle, and the bangs! Girl has really good bangs.
I've got details on her flawless makeup look (by her longtime makeup artist Vanessa Scali), which was all about bold lips with a "smouldering eye." What's great about this is that both the lips and eyes are emphasized, but aren't too strong. They're still very much in balance and don't overwhelm her features or look too harsh. The lip colour is Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Red Haute with a touch of NEW Lancôme Lip Lover in Bouquet Final (berry pink) in the centre. Her blush is my fave YSL Crème de Blush, and the foundation is Lancôme Teint Visionnaire to perfect her skin. Vanessa used Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Éclair with Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in Black to define the eyes.
And here's a little tip. Vanessa used TWO mascaras on Christina: Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Mascara (a volumizing one) from the root to the centre of the lashes, and Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara (a defining one) from the centre to the tips. Do try that at home.
When January Jones gets it right, it's so, SO right. But when she experiments, you often end up with something like this. It's just slightly off. I get what she was trying to do, but I think choosing either the messy braid OR the colourful eye makeup (not both) would've been a better decision. Together, I don't know where to look.
Hair first. Messy styles aren't my favourite for butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth January... but what's even more troubling are the contrast of colours in the braid. What IS that? Some kind of poorly advised lowlights? Betty would be none too pleased. She needs some colour correction to make the light and dark bits blend better so they're more tone-on-tone. And, well, some people pull off the messy braid—but I don't think January is one of them. Smooth and sleek styles for her, always.
The blue and gold eyes could've been cool if her hair was pulled all the way off her face. Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin used Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Blue Exquis on the top lash line, and Or Rose on the bottom lash line. Personally I prefer one or the other, but it seems like this two-tone look is a new trend right now—we saw it on Bella Thorne the other day at the Kids' Choice Awards. January's complexion makeup is Chanel Perfection Luminere Velvet Smooth-Effect Make Up Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen in Beige, and on the lips it's Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Cheri (which seems a bit too brownish for her).
Yay! This is stunning. Have you ever noticed what a beautiful hairline Jessica has? It really is perfect, along with her face shape and bone structure, for this kind of severe high ponytail. Note how it's wrapped with hair, which is the best way to dress it up. Love.
I also love her makeup, and no surprise, one of my favourite artists, Mai Quynh, was behind it. She used all Tarte products. The punchy coral mouth is Tarte Power Pigment in Tipsy (sheer coral) with Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Blissful (warm peach). Want; need. For blush, Mai used the same Tipsy stain, with Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten (shimmering peachy pink) on top for extra colour. To perfect her skin, Jessica is wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Beige, with Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Fair on any imperfections and Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder to set.
The soft '60s eye was achieved with Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner in Black, and Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx in the inner lower rim. Then, two coats of Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in Black (which is supposed to volumize by 406 percent!!) to the upper lashes only. This is one look I'll definitely be copying.
Elisabeth Moss seems to be getting much more comfortable lately with trying different makeup looks—which is great—but I just can't get on board with this one. On the one hand, a grey smoky eye with a peachy lip is a great combo, and especially runway-looking when the shadow goes all the way around, in the inner corners and all the way up to the brows. But that's the thing. I think a runway model could pull this off much better. Someone like, say, Lara Stone. On Elisabeth Moss, who is pretty but not the model type of pretty, the dramatic smokies just make her look tired, and even a bit scary. If she didn't have so much shadow underneath and in the corners, this would have been better.
At least her hair colour is improving though! It was so, SO dark the last time we saw her, at the SAG Awards. Now the black has faded into a more flattering deep chocolate brown. Still would like to see her with a lighter and more flattering shade to match her brows and skin tone.
Who knew Trudy was so hot? I don't think I've ever seen Alison Brie off the show and on a red carpet—and now it's extremely evident that the outfits and hairstyles she has to wear really zap out her beauty. What I like about this makeup is how simple it is, and yet it makes her eyes really pop. It's all about the well-defined lashes, both top and bottom, which are balanced by a soft reddish lip. Then just a teensy bit of blush on the cheeks and her dewy skin.
Moving on to hair, Alison's a great example of that ashier tone I was talking about last week, except brunette—and she's got some very subtle golden tones in the lengths. Pretty, right? I'm really getting on board this natural hair colour train lately. Also note how it's been styled: loose, soft, brushed-out waves. Yep, separated, piecey strands continue to be a no-no. Keep on brushing those waves!
Which look is your fave on this red carpet?
Which one is a hell no?
Would you try the two-toned eyeliner? The smoky grey eyes?