NARS UNDERCOVER… Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison in the new NARS Undercover Collection for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.

NARS just released “Undercover”, their Summer 2016 Collection and per usual, there are a bunch of gorgeous shades. However, since it’s still technically spring, I decided to do a romantic look with a touch of 90’s grunge as a way to transition the seasons. These shimmering pink and bronzed rose shades add warmth to the complexion plus they are flattering on a wide range of skin tones. The secret to making these colors more “cool” and less “pretty” is to keep the application a bit raw and messy, not too perfect.

Rather than use eyeshadow, I created this look by doing a wet application of the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation. Start by patting a small amount of NARS Eye Lid Primer in Translucent on dry eyelids. Allow it to set for a minute. Dampen a brush and swirl it across the Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation. The powder should be almost completely wet so you may need to spritz one edge of the blush to get the right texture. Blend the lighter pink rose shade on the inner half of the eyelids and under the eye. Then blend the deeper bronze rose shade on the outer half of the lids and under the eye. Apply the deeper shade in the crease and blend upward, stopping just short of the brow. Add a touch of the NARS Eye Liner in White to the bottom waterline to keep the eyes looking bright. Finish it with two coats of NARS Audacious mascara on the top lashes and one on the bottom.


PRODUCTS // NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation (used on eyes and cheeks), NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Santa Monica, NARS Audacious Mascara in Black Satin, NARS Brow Gel in Oural, NARS Lip Gloss in Vida Loca, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

MODEL // Kate Harrison
MAKEUP //
 Robin Black

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BUTTERFLY… Devan Nykole Mayfield

Devan Nykole Mayfield for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.

I have a thing for orange lipstick. It’s shockingly beautiful on a wide range of skintones and much easier to wear than people tend to think. From pale sherbet and neon tangerine to sophisticated sunset and intense flame, there is most likely a shade of orange that is flattering on you. The look above features Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Stylo in 204 Article, a beautiful sheer orangey red that I layered over their Le Crayon Levres in 56 Orange Intense for an extra kick of color.

Note: The butterfly is a temporary tattoo by Hartland Brooklyn. All their temporary tattoos are made from vegetable ink which safe for sensitive skin. Quick tip… to remove temporary tattoos from your face, saturate a cotton pad in oil (cleansing oil, your favorite moisturizing oil or in a pinch, olive oil from the kitchen) and press it over the tattoo for a few minutes. Once it’s saturated, you can gently rub it right off without irritating your skin.


PRODUCTS // Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense in 1 Deep Black, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel, Anastasia Brow Primer, Chanel Le Crayon Levres in 56 Orange Intense, Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in 204 Article, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 515 Tangerine, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust

MODEL // Devan Nykole Mayfield
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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The Architectural Eye… Dinara Chetyrova

Dinara Chetyrova in a look inspired by Zaha Hadid for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.

In late March, acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid passed away. She was an incredibly accomplished, intelligent and creative person who thrilled millions of people with her highly expressive, neo-futuristic designs. The graceful twisting and sweeping fluid forms that so often marked her work inspired this simple swoosh of liner. Paired with strong brows, nude lips and a wash of bronzed peachy pink, it’s a look both striking and subtle.

Note: If you are not already familiar with Dame Zaha Hadid’s work, she is definitely worth a Google. Click HERE to visit the page of her architecture firm, HERE to see her design work or HERE to visit her Wikipedia page.


PRODUCTS // Sisley Paris So Intense Eyeliner in Carbon Black, Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear, Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner (used as contour, cheek color and highlight), Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

MODEL // Dinara Chetyrova
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.

To really get a sense for what this mascara can do, I decided to do a classic French look for the third look – a nude eye, groomed brows and a red lip.  However, rather than the usual natural lash style that goes with this look, I applied two coats of the Velvet Noir to create dramatic lashes.  Yes, there are only two coats used in the image above and no faux lashes!

Final thoughts… Velvet Noir is perfect for the woman who craves dramatic lashes. It doesn’t smudge, smear, crumble or flake and it’s surprisingly buildable.

Note: Click HERE to listen to Marc talk about his inspiration for the Velvet Noir mascara and watch Winona Ryder star in the 2016 Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume MascaraBrow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium BrownBrow Tamer Grooming GelLe Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in GoddessGlow Stick SpotlightShameless Bold Blush in ProvocativeUndercover Perfecting Coconut Face PrimerGenius Gel Super Charged FoundationRemedy Concealer Pen

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #2

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.

For the second look in this series, I used the incredible Marc Marc’er Precision Pen in Cocoa to create a graphic version of a cat eye and paired it with brushed up brows, pink cheeks and matching pink lips.  It’s a bit of a girly look so I added an additional coat of the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to create deliberately clumpy lashes for a dash of cool.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Marc’er Cocoa Precision Pen Liquid Eyeliner, Brow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Jolly Molly, Glow Stick Spotlight, Shameless Bold Blush in Promiscuous, Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Re(marc)able Foundation, Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #1

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.

“Inspired by Marc’s mother – who used to shave fibers from black velvet ribbon and apply them to her lashes in between coats of mascara for a dramatic effect.”
– MarcJacobsBeauty.com

With a back story like that, who wouldn’t want to try the new Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara! So I was thrilled when Marc Jacobs Beauty gave me the opportunity to create several looks featuring this extreme thickening, defining and lengthening mascara.

I decided to start with an intense editorial look so I created a bronze smoky eye and then went crazy with the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara wand. I applied three coats of mascara and then pressed the wand through the lashes onto her skin to build an intense texture. It’s meant to be messy, modern, and yes, I probably do have too much fun in the studio.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Highlander Gel Crayon Blacquer, Style Eye-Con No. 7 in The Starlet, Brow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, (P)outliner in (Nude)ist, New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais, #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage, Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation, Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer, Perfection Powder Featherweight Finish

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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Glitter Punk… Alex Boldea

Glitter Punk, Alex Boldea for Beauty Is Boring

Some days you want a no-makeup makeup look, just polished skin with a hint of blush and groomed brows.  Other days, you start doing a no-makeup makeup look but wind up substituting a mix of glitter and crystals for concealer.  I blame the influence of our newest team member, Christina (Instagram: The Pouf).


PRODUCTS // Make Up Forever Crystal StrassMake Up Forever Large Size Glitters in N56 Silver Multicolored, Make Up Forever Graphic Glitters in 2 Round, Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in Blush N21 (used on cheeks, eyelids and lips), Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

MODEL // Alex Boldea
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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PRECIOUS METALS… GIANNINA OTETO

Giannina Oteto, Robin Black, Beauty Is Boring

Why not gild your eyelids with the brightest gold! Pair with glowing skin and natural lips as shown on the gorgeous Giannina Oteto above.


PRODUCTS // Make Up Forever Flash Pot in Gold, NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Goldfinger, Clarins Be Long Mascara Intense BlackLaura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in WalnutLaura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-8, Clarins HydraQuench Lip Balm.

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Tom Ford Monochromatic… Richie Hines

Bloomingdales, Richie Hines, Robin Black, Tom FordBloomingdales, Richie Hines, Robin Black, Tom Ford

I know I’ve said it before but I have an ongoing affair with monochromatic makeup.  So I was thrilled when Tom Ford released their new Eye and Cheek Shadows, a product that practically demands a homage to matching color schemes.

Note: This look was created on one of my favorite new faces, Richie Hines.


PRODUCTS //  Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Shadow in Peach OmbreTom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut, Tom Ford Illuminating Primer,  Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian RoseTom Ford Traceless Foundation in AlabasterTom Ford Correcting Pen in Light.

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SPRING 2016… STAZ LINDES

Staz Lindes, Robin Black, Beauty is Boring

What better muse for Spring than dreamy looking musician and model, Staz Lindes!


PRODUCTS // PaperSelf Pastel Palette by Jessica Man (temporary tattoos), Dior 5 Couleurs in 846 – Tutu, Dior Addict It-Lash in Noir, Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel, Chantecaille Lip Potion, Chantecaille Future Skin in Alabaster

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