Turns out a boho-glam Lauren Conrad is enough to get me out out of a blogging hiatus! I know I said I’d be taking a short break, but I had to break that promise when I saw Lauren Conrad’s look for aftershow of the The Hills series finale. The reality star mixed a bit of bohemian with retro glamour for a result that was striking in its simplicity, and showed just how far she’s come since her Laguna Beach days 6 years ago.
MAC artist Gregory Arlt created Conrad’s quintessential California girl look with MAC products. To recreate it yourself, start by dabbing foundation (Arlt used Studio Sculpt foundation) on the back of your hand, and mix in a drop or 2 of jasmine oil. The oil will help the foundation go further so you use less, and stay longer on your face. To get a Cali glow like Conrad, dust on a bronzer like To The Beach Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden on your nose, cheeks, and forehead for a natural-looking tan. Buff blush onto apples of cheeks with a fluffy brush; Arlt used Margin blush.
On her lashes, Arlt applied Haute & Naughty Lash. A tip from Arlt: To get Conrad’s doe-eyed effect, apply mascara diagonally on the outer lashes, upward on the middle lashes, and downward on the inner lashes. He finished off her eyes with Blacktrack liner, swept up at the outer corners to create the reality star’s signature cateye, and a sweep of Mineralize Skinfinish in Light/Medium in place of eyeshadow. Fill in brows with a slim brow pencil in a matching shade to get Conrad’s full, envious brows, and set with clear brow gel. Polish your look with a light pink lipgloss.
LC’s hairstylist, Kristin Ess, completed the look with a voluminous, bouncy ponytail reminiscent of ’60s bedhead. She created waves with a 1.25-inch curling iron, and swept them into a ponytail with lots of volume at the crown. Conrad donned a long-sleeved glittering minidress to complete her look.