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Classic ’50s Cat Eyes At Alice + Olivia

We love a cat eye, especially one that’s colorful. stila’s Sarah Lucero delivered one that met both criteria at Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 presentation. “It's ’50s-inspired, the all-American girl,” said Lucero. “What I love is the fun personality that Alice + Olivia has in the clothing, so we did the makeup very smart, sexy, bold. The whole look is about the eyes.”

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VIDEO: Stila’s Bold Autumn Eye Shadow Tutorial

Even though it’s technically still summer, we’re getting ready to transition our makeup routine into fall. Luckily, we convinced stila's celebrity makeup artist and Fashion Week superstar, Sarah Lucero, to show us a matte eyeshadow look to wear throughout the season. Don't be intimidated by the orange shade, it's surprisingly flattering and more wearable than you would think. 

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Haunted House Dinner Party Guests at Alice + Olivia Fall 2012

The Show: Alice + Olivia

Hair: Anthony Cole for Sebastian Professional

Makeup: Sarah Lucero for stila Cosmetics

The Vibe: A Gothic fairytale. Sarah Lucero, pro makeup artist for stila, created a dark, punky look to complement designer Stacy Bendet’s collection. Of the inspiration Lucero said, “she’s at a dinner party but a haunted house dinner party. So it’s very whimsical, and fun and a little theatrical. The eyes and lips are very dense, very bold, very dramatic, so we’re just creating a very sexy shape with a black stila Smudge Crayon.” The Smudge Crayons are new for spring and combine a primer, shadow, and liner in one. They’re available in eight shades, from Midnight Blue to their super-popular Kitten. The lips were covered in Long Wear Lip Color in Daring

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Neon Lips, Big Lashes, and Badass Nails at Betsey Johnson Spring 2012

Last night’s Betsey Johnson show was bold, fun, and full of color — everything we’d expect from the queen of punk pop. Our favorite makeup artist, Stila’s Sarah Lucero, created a look that really popped with color and sass. Lucero said they wanted to the models feel “voluptuous and va va voom.” The lips stood out with a combination Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Petal layered under Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle, a truly shocking hot pink. For even more oomph, the models’ eyes were given the cat eye treatment on top with Stila Black Smudge Pot and Stay All Day Liner. The addition of a silvery liner along the bottom lashline and false lashes made their eyes look huge.

Meanwhile, Nonie Creme from butter LONDON was applying nails that would fit right in at a New York Dolls concert. Each model’s nails were painted black and covered with a metallic, almond shaped false nail to create what Creme called a reverse moon mani. The false nails (a huge timesaver backstage), were painted with Diamond Geezer and given a single diamante gem in the center. As if that weren’t cool enough, small black safety pins were sporadically poked through the false nails.  


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Stila Pro Artist Sarah Lucero’s Favorite Foundation Tool

This morning, we’re shooting videos with Stila’s Pro Makeup Artist Sarah Lucero, who is just about the coolest person ever. The LA-based artist is showing us a must-learn look inspired by the Fall 2011 runway shows. But first, she gave me a little tutorial in flawless foundation application. She uses Beautyblender sponges, which in addition to be adorably egg-shaped and fuchsia, help foundation melt into the skin for a completely natural finish. She dampens the sponge, dips it in the makeup, and lightly rolls it onto skin. The makeup blends in perfectly, no lines, smears, or creases. And, she says, you can use a damp Beautyblender sponge to freshen up during the day — simply roll it across skin to revive foundation. Guess what tool I’m lobbying to have added to the Birchbox Shop?


Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, check out our archive of how-to videos!