Avon celebrity make-up artist Lauren Andersen is known for creating gorgeous looks on the likes of Jessica Alba, Hannah Davis and Emma Roberts, but when she swung by the Dailymail.com offices last week, we convinced her to show us two copy-able looks on herself.
First we challenged Lauren to create a fun and flirty look that would work for day – or any time you’re going for a girl-next-door vibe.
Then, we asked her to transform that daytime look into something more sexy and sultry for evening. Think a hot date or girls’ night out.
Read on to see what Lauren came up and steal her tips for updating your own go-to make-up options.
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Challenge accepted! Avon celebrity make-up artist Lauren Andersen, pictured here, created two beauty tutorials for Dailymail.com. She whipped up a flirty look for day and showed us how to transform it for night
GET THE LOOK: FUN AND FLIRTY
For a look that reads cute yet classic, focus your attention on a subtle cat-eye and a pink lip.
You want your cat-eye to follow the natural shape of your eye, though, to avoid making it seem too retro or too closed.
For Lauren, that means creating what she calls a ‘mini wing,’ that starts about halfway from the corner of her lid. ‘If I take the wing all the way across the lash line, it’s too round and goes too high and doesn’t do what a cat-eye should,’ she said.
STEP 1: After prepping her skin with foundation and concealer, Lauren used a liquid liner to make her mini wing. She then lined the inner part of her upper lash line all the way into the corners of the eye, so it looked like every lash was connected at the root.
STEP 2: Next, Lauren used a flesh-colored eyeshadow from the Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Tenderness to give a soft contour in the crease of the eye, warming it up. To do so, she used a blending brush in a windshield wiper motion.
She skipped the highlighter, though. ‘I like my make-up to blend to skin, so I rarely use a highlighter under the brow bone,’ she said. ‘I only ever use it to blend the shadow into the skin. I’m not going to have everything covered from brow to lid. It just seems like too much for day.’
STEP 3: Use a flat brush (we like Kevyn Aucoin The Shadow Liner Brush) dipped in a little bit of water to define the lower lashline with a darker brown shadow. ‘It’s not as harsh as an eyeliner, but you’re still opening up the eye,’ Lauren added.
THE EYES: Lauren created a ‘mini wing’ cat-eye with a black liquid liner (left) and then dipped a flat brush into a dark brown shadow to softly define her lower lashline (right), connecting it up to the wing
Mascara matters: ‘I love a lash, so I build, build, build. And I put a little on the lower lashes, too,’ said Lauren
THE CHEEKS: Add a pop of color on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush
THE LIPS: Nothing says ‘girl-next-door’ more than a pretty pink lip color. Matte feels modern for spring
STEP 4: Pile on the mascara. Lauren used the Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara. ‘This grabs every single lash, giving you a really soft, fluffy, full, flirty lash,’ she said. I love a lash, so I build, build, build. And I put a little on the lower lashes, too.’
STEP 5: Hit the apples of the cheeks with a soft pink blush. ‘I like wearing a pinky-peach because I’m a redhead, but a soft pink on a blond is so cute, and on someone with really rich skin, I like something that’s super impactful,’ she said. ‘You have to play and see what balances your skin. Because I’m more yellow-based and I have all this gold in my hair right now, a peach cheek is too much on me and I have to cut it with a pink, whereas if my hair were a different color, I could maybe wear the peach more.’
STEP 6: Apply a matte pink lip color to finish the look. Lauren used the Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Pure Pink here, but Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Infatuation is another good option.
THE FINISHED LOOK: Lauren chose a flirty cat-eye with megawatt lashes and a pink pout for her daytime vibe
GET THE LOOK: SEXY AND SULTRY
Red lipstick and loads of liquid eyeliner isn’t the only way to transition your beauty look from day to night. Lauren showed us how to take the fun and flirty make-up she already had on and vamp it (way) up without a hint of either.
Instead, she opted for a seriously smoky eye and a barely there, nude lip.
‘I don’t use a liquid liner for a smoky eye because the whole idea for a smoky eye is for it to be blended and fluid,’ she said. ‘I don’t love a lot of eyeshadow with liquid eyeliner. It loses the purpose. One is supposed to be soft and sultry and the other is supposed to be classic and clean, so I like a pencil with a smoky eye and a neutral lid with a liquid line.’
Smoke show! Lauren’s evening look focused on a smoky-eye and a matte, nude lip
STEP 1: Without removing any of her daytime make-up, Lauren touched up her complexion with concealer and picked up the Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Sunset. She brightened the creases of her eyes with number 2 shade, a soft orange.
STEP 2: Use a flat, dense brush to pat on a deep aubergine shadow (number 3 in the palette). ‘Apply it in a packing motion instead of a brushing motion because if you’re brushing it, you’re just moving the pigment around instead of placing it where you want it,’ explained Lauren.
‘You can even do it using the sponge applicator that comes in the palette. This will also help prevent shadow fallout by keeping the color on your lid.’
STEP 3: With a blending brush, take a taupe-y brown shadow (number 4 here) and soften the edges of aubergine color. Confused? Follow Lauren’s advice: ‘I put the most bold color on the lid and then I soften to a neutral as I go up,’ she said. ‘Build and blend, build and blend. I don’t want to see lines. I just want to see shading and creating a shape.’
THE EYES: Lauren applied a deep aubergine shadow directly over her daytime cat-eye using a packing motion
Quad goals: To amp up her look for evening, Lauren used the Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Sunset ($ 8, avon.com)
Build and blend: For a soft, smoky effect, use a blending brush with a lighter color shadow to buff out the edges
Catch the light: A light shadow blended right under the browbone will give the whole look a creamy finish
STEP 4: Continue building and blending by applying a light, matte highlighting shade under the brow bone. ‘I’m OK with doing a highlight under the brow because this is a nighttime look,’ Lauren said. ‘This color (number 1 in the palette) is fleshy, not shiny. And because we’re doing a matte eye, it’s nice to have the whole lid feel really creamy.’
STEP 5: Smudge the orange shadow under the lower lashline, from outer corner to inner corner. ‘You need something to blend the darker color into,’ said Lauren. ‘The orange may disappear in the end, but it softens the edges so it doesn’t look like you’re going from skin to dark shadow.’
STEP 6: Dampen a flat, angled brush with water and apply the dark taupe shade to the outer fourth of the lower lashline to build up the the corner of the eye. Use a smudging blush to blend the taupe into the orange shadow you applied in the previous step.
Bottom’s up! Smudge a light, bright, orange all along the lower lashline to create a base for a darker shade
All the right angles: Use a flat, angled brush to apply a dark dark shadow to the outer corners of the eyes
Feeling hazy: Blend both colors together under the lashline for a diffused, smoky effect
On point: Lauren applied a brown eye pencil to the inside of her lower lashline for extra drama
STEP 7: Tightline the inner part of the lower lash line with a brown pencil. Here, Lauren used the Avon Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Cosmic Brown. Another good one? Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Diamond Brown.
STEP 8: Add several new coats of black mascara.
STEP 9: Apply a matte lipstick that matches your skintone to keep the focus of the look on the eyes.
‘This nude blends into my skin so it feels really fleshy – it’s nice and light,’ Lauren said of the Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Perfectly Nude she chose.
THE LIPS: Trade your daytime pink lipstick in favor of a nude color to keep the attention on your eyes
THE FINISHED LOOK: Lauren’s smoky-eye, nude lip look for a night out is equally as sexy, and much more kissable, than a bold red lip color would be