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Makeup artist Lauren Cosenza try to support anything in the pursuit of self-expression. Each month she pushes our boundaries beyond the cosmetic comfort zone, beauty. In this issue, she invites a friend to try a little sparkle to the size.

Of all the makeup looks from spring 2013 ready-to-wear shows, was no more ooh and ahh-worthy that “techno butterfly” Pat McGrath creation of Christian Dior. The master of makeup talk of gusts of Swarovski crystals adorning the eyelids of each model. (For home Spring 2013 haute couture show, she added them to her lips.) The effect was cool and futuristic. But could face jewels that look striking on the catwalk really work elsewhere?

For the answer, I enlisted a fellow brave also versed in cosmetics, makeup and beauty Divalicious contributor Denise Del Russo.


Denise and I agreed that we would have to reinterpret the look and tone it down a bit. We wanted it to be cutting edge not costume-y. We played around with several options, some with color, some with and some with loose crystals bejeweled lashes. We finally reached what we consider the right balance of daring and fascinating.

Here are the steps we took to the transformation of Denise.

Step 1: I created a blank canvas, but with beautiful YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation.

Step 2: I canceled any of Denise redness and imperfections with it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.

Step 3: I set my face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish semi-bright Natural powder.

Step 4: I hit a layer of huge Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in pink frosting for cheeks Denise.


Step 5: I firmly aligned upper lash lines with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Eyeliner Pen ink needs.

Step 6: I plumped your upper and lower lashes with Maybelline Volum Express “A Plush Mascara in Blackest Black mega.

Step 7: I glued on Mattese Elite Lashes Glamour-1175, which are adorned with crystals and excited with green iridescence.

Step 8: I added a single crystal jewelery autonomous body to the outer corners of the eyes of Denise.

Step 9: I broke up with Estée Lauder Pure Color Shine Lipstick in Vivid Magenta Magnetic, topped with Rimmel London Stay Lipgloss in shining jewel in the crown.


We both loved the final look. It was over-the-top, but in a playful way. Denise came out, and I followed up the next day to see if the challenge was a success:

How do you usually wear your makeup?

During the week I wear very minimal makeup: gloss mineral face powder, a little blush, mascara and lip. If I have an event or go out on the weekend, I amp my makeup, contouring and doing some playing my eyes, usually with a black liquid eyeliner and smoky something.

What did you think of Pat McGrath Dior dazzled eyes that were the inspiration for this challenge?

I loved the inspiration Dior. I love crystals and anything shiny.

Have you ever used crystals on your face before?

I never used crystals before, but have used them in projects of different makeup. They are so fun!

What are your thoughts on how to do a straight track?

There are definitely some looks you can reinterpret the track straight, and I also believe there are some trends that should stay on the track. The look is a gem that you can bring along real life, because there are different shapes and sizes of crystals, both loose and eyelashes.

What did you think of the rest of the makeup, which was dramatic in its own right?

I loved my skin gave me the foundation as a smooth and flawless. And that lip color was a lot of fun, especially compared with the lip gloss I nude sport in general.

How people respond to the challenge?

I have a lot of looks and attention. When I was in the living room, some girls in the ladies said, “Wow, beautiful eyes!” One guy said, “Wow, cool eyes.” And my sister, Dawn, who is an expert in style and author, agreed my eyes looked really cool and felt it was not too dramatic to wear in public.

What is the appropriate time and place to use a look like this?

There is a time and place for everything. I think you can definitely use crystals for a night on the town, or if you’re feeling it. Go ahead!

Photos: Courtesy of Denise Del Russo (before); Aisha Singleton (after)

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