Lauren Conrad looked fabulous this summer as she embarked on a tour to promote her first novel, “LA Candy.” Miles away from her overbleached, overtanned, overprocessed Laguna Beach days, she has entered her early twenties looking polished yet youthful. She looked particularly radiant in the photo above. After jump, find out how you can look as radiant as Lauren and steal her glistening yet expertly-defined eyes.
1. Prep skin.
To even out your skin and give it a pretty glow, squeeze a dollop of MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation ($29.50) on the back of your hand. If you don’t use foundation, apply your concealer as you normally would and use a moisturizer in place of foundation. I love Olay Complete Touch of Sun Daily UV Moisturizer and Sunless Tanner SPF15 ($14.99), which gives a hint of gradual summer color to your face as you’re moisturizing. Right next to the moisturizer or foundation, pump out a squirt of Smashbox Artificial Light (read my review here). Using a foundation brush, blend a bit of each together and apply to forehead. Repeat this process on cheeks, bridge of nose, chin, and anywhere else you need coverage. Blend until your skin is flawless and glowing.
2. Define brows.
Since Lauren’s eyes are the focus, you want to make sure yours are framed properly, which means you need defined brows. Lauren’s brows are strong here, and they suit her face perfectly. Anastasia Soare is Hollywood’s go-to brow expert; once she built an impressive A-list client roster, she launched her own product line, which is used in her brow studio. Fill in sparse areas of your brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz ($20), an ultra-fine pencil that mimics the tiny hairs of the eyebrow. For a natural look, apply in short strokes in the direction of hair growth, following the natural hairline. Be sure to use a light hand; you don’t want to sport drawn-on scary brows!
Next, set your style with brow wax. Try MAC Brow Finisher ($15), a portable slim stick of wax that locks brow hairs in place and conditions them at the same time.
Highlight your brows and your eyes with Anastasia Brow Duality in Camille/Sand ($23). By illuminating under your arch, you uplight the brow at its most noticeable point, simultaneously bringing light to your entire eye area. This pencil is goof-proof; just swipe it on a few times under your arch and you’re good to go. One side is shimmer, the other matte, so you can adjust the look.
3. Get sparkling eyes.
Now it’s time to bring attention to your eyes. Since you want your look to stick without sliding, it’s important to use a primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion ($17). Using the doefoot applicator, sweep the primer all over lids and blend. This will even out skin in the eye area and give makeup a base to grip so your look lasts longer.
Sweep a shimmery light shadow over the entire eyelid. Try elf Liquid Shadow in Cream Dream, an off-white, or Sultry Satin, a taupey nude ($1 each). Allover coverage packed with shimmer will reflect light and brighten your eyes.
4. Get catty.
Lauren’s signature eye look is a slight wing-tipped end, which is easily attainable with black liquid liner. Lorac Front of the Line Pro ($22) is a great new liner that’s getting rave reviews. It won’t smudge during application, so you get a steady line that lasts. MAC Penultimate liner ($16) from the Style Black collection is another high-quality option.
If you don’t have a steady hand, use a cream liner like Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Zero ($22), which is creamy and smooth, but includes a tiny angled brush that provides control and precision when applying. Start at the center of the eyelid and work your way outward, thickening the line as you go. Draw a thin line at the outer corner for the ultimate cat-eye; use your lower lashline as a guide by imagining the line extending from your lower lashline. Then complete the line starting at the inner corner and moving inward till you reach your starting point.
If you still can’t master either of these tools, Pop makes a great slant-tip pencil, Cat Eyes ($16) that effortlessly creates a cat eye without the difficulty of a liquid or cream/gel eyeliner.
The key to Lauren’s sparkling eyes is then lining the outer half of the lower lashline. You want to transition to a pencil for this; I like MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony ($13), which is solid and won’t smudge or slip — no raccoon eyes!
5. Lash out!
Curl lashes and apply a volumizing mascara like L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen mascara ($7.99). Wipe off this particular formula on a tissue before applying; a lot of excess product comes out on the wand. Once your mascara is dry, apply false lashes to the outer corners only. Ardell Accent Lashes ($3.49) are made just for this purpose; pick up each fringe with a pair of tweezers and dip them into a dollop of lash adhesive. Getting as close to the lashline as possible, set the lashes on the lid and press to set.
6. Give cheeks a rosy glow.
Grab Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush ($30), and rub your index and middle fingertips across the push-up gel blush. Gently pat the color onto the apples of each cheek, blending to give you a pretty, natural flush. You’ll have that just-pinched-cheeks look, which is so adorable.
7. Gloss up your lips.
Finish with a pale, creamy gloss on the lips. I like MAC Lustreglass in Flusterose ($14), or MAC Tinted Lipglass in Oyster Girl ($14). Both are high-shine paler pinks that work especially well with fair to mid-tone complexions.
Follow these steps, and you’ll be emanating Lauren’s radiant beauty. Just be glad you don’t have cameras trailing you at all times, documenting even the most unsignificant moments of your entire life!