You know what I love? Seeing age-appropriate red carpet looks, at age-appropriate prices.
Yes, it's always creepy seeing a teenager made up to the nines in heavy/sexy makeup. But even when teenage celebs do keep their beauty low-key, it feels a little weird when I read they're wearing Armani, YSL, Dior and the like. When I was in high school, I'm pretty sure my brand rotation was limited to Dr. Pepper, Maybelline and The Body Shop.
That's why I found it so refreshing when I found out Chloë Moretz, above—who is 17 years old—wore the cheapest of cheap drugstore brands to the MuchMusic Video Awards this week.
I'm talking about NYX Cosmetics, a brand we spotted on Bryce Dallas Howard last year, and one that's become cool enough to be carried by the hipster folks at Urban Outfitters. (It's also at drugstores across the U.S., and London Drugs in Canada.)
It just goes to show you that you don't need to spend a lot of money to look great (just $63.49, to be exact):
Fresh, clean, pretty. The products were applied by makeup wiz Mai Quynh, who "was inspired by the oyster embellishments on Chloë’s dress and wanted her eyes to reflect the same colours."
Here's exactly what she used:
Okay, one not-drugstore product was involved here, but it's skincare, not makeup. Mai prepped Chloë's skin with Chanel Hydra Beauty Sérum.
(The drugstore version: try Derma E Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.)
Next, Mai applied NYX Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, carefully blending it out towards the hairline using a damp Beautyblender sponge. I should mention that the tools are one area where you might want to splurge a bit more. Brushes can make a BIG difference. (Sponges? I dunno... Real Techniques are selling a much cheaper version of the Beautyblender and it seems fine to me.)
Plus, notice how Chloë's wearing a tinted moisturizer, not a foundation. If you have great skin that only needs a sheer tinted moisturizer, you don't have the angst about the notoriously bad selection of skin makeup shades at the drugstore; there are very, very few foundations that have good colours there. (One of them is Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick, and another recent contender is CoverGirl Facelift Effect Firming Makeup.) But I digress...
Next, Mai dotted NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer in Light under Chloë's eyes and around her nose.
For subtly glowing cheeks, Mai used NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush in Ladylike (light pink with gold shimmer) on the apples of the cheeks.
Finally, she set the face makeup with NYX Cosmetics Blotting Powder in Light, using a powder brush.
Next, Mai chose NYX Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Vesper (silvery taupe) to pick up on the iridescent colours on Chloëe’s collar. She applied it from lash line to crease.
For definition, she smudged NYX Cosmetics Baked Shadow in Chance (violet brown) along the upper and bottom lash lines.
Then (and this is a surprise), Mai rimmed Chloë's inner eyelids with NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil in Light for a brightening, eye-enhancing effect. I guess it's only Heidi Klum who makes that look tacky.
Finally, she applied two coats of NYX Cosmetics Lush Lashes Mascara in Voluptuous to the top and bottom lashes.
To complete the look, Mai chose NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul (clean pink), to keep her lips "soft and girly."
Here's the final effect:
Works for me! I think the key is to blend, blend, blend—no matter whether you're wearing a $10 product or a $100 one. Let me know what you think of this budget beauty look!
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