Lauren Conrad’s makeup always looks flawless and today I’ll show you how to duplicate her look.
What you’ll need:
- Luminizing foundation (NARS Sheer Glow Foundation)
- Concealer (M.A.C. Select Moisturecover)
- Powder (M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder)
- Bronzer (NARS Bronzer in Laguna or Casino for deeper skin tones)
- Blush (NARS blush in Luster)
- Highlight/Eye shadow (M.A.C. Pigment in Naked)
- Black Liquid Eyeliner (L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black)
- Black Cream Eyeliner (L’Oreal HiP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Black)
- Black Voluminizing Mascara (L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black)
- Individual Lashes (Duralash by Ardell in Flare Short Black)
- Eyelash Glue (DUO Eyelash Adhesive in Clear) *ALLERGY NOTE* If you are allergic to latex, use another glue!
- Powder eye shadow for brows (M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Omega)
- Lip gloss (NARS Lip gloss in Turkish Delight)
- Moisturize and use primer to prep your skin for makeup. Using a foundation brush or your fingers apply your foundation from the center of your face, blending downward and outward. Apply concealer with a concealer brush or fingers over and under the eyes and wherever additional coverage is needed. Using a large fluffy brush, set your makeup with the pressed powder.
- Using a powder brush apply bronzer everywhere the sun would hit you naturally. Blend it over your temple, cheekbones, and chin in a 3 shape alongside your face. Blend it over your forehead, nose, and neck as well. Smile to find the apple of your cheeks and apply your blush, up into the hairline for a natural flush.
- Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, apply the pigment to highlight your features. Apply it under your eye area, and over your cheekbones for a glowy effect.
- The Lauren Conrad look is all about the eyeliner and sun kissed radiant skin. To that end, she doesn’t really use eye shadow but you can use the pigment all over the eye, from lash line to brow bone for a natural look.
- Using the felt tip liner, and a steady hand, apply a thin line to the upper lashes, working tight against the lash line, beginning at the middle of the eye. Wherever you put the applicator down first is where you will deposit the most color and product. After you make your line or —dash—in the middle extend the line to the outer edge of your eye and kick it up at the outer corner for a cat eye, winged effect. If you mess up simply take a Q-tip moistened with water to remove and start again. It takes patience and practice, you’ll get there. Whatever is left on the applicator you want to use to line the inner corner and finish connecting the eye liner. Once you have achieved the line and shape you want, you can go back over the line and thicken or straighten it as needed. If it gets too thick, again you can use the wet Q-tip to fix it.
- Using an angle or flat synthetic bristle brush, apply the black cream liner to the bottom lashes, starting at the outer edge of your lashes working your way in, getting thinner as you reach the inner corner of the eye and tear duct. You want to really deposit the product at the base of the lashes, don’t worry about precision you will be smudging this line for the desired effect. Before the product dries, you want to use your finger or a Q-tip to smudge the line, (Lauren uses her finger) concentrating most of the color on the outer edge. The whole point of this is to make the lashes look thick and lush, the eyeliner is a way to add drama to the eyes without using traditional eye shadows.
- Once the liquid eyeliner has dried, curl your lashes with a metal eyelash curler. Get as far back to the eyelid as possible (without pinching!) and pump the curler for ten seconds to really lock in the curl. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes, getting as far back to the root of the lashes as possible for a thick, rich look.
- Using tweezers, carefully remove the individual lashes, depending on your eye shape you will need three to four lashes. Carefully apply glue to the base of the lash cluster, wait twenty seconds for the glue to become tacky, and then apply the lashes from the outer corner of your eye first and working your way in. You want to place lashes just on top of your own natural ones, you can hold them in place and give them a moment to set up before you proceed and finish your individual flare lashes.
- Use a synthetic bristle brush to fill in your brows with a soft eye shadow that matches your brows. A taupe shade is a universally flattering shade unless your eyebrows are very dark.
- Apply a light pink lip gloss to complete the look. Don’t be surprised if the paparazzi start following you around as you go about your day.
I often get requests from clients for the “LC look” and it’s one of the most searched terms on my site so I thought, for my 200th post, I would share with you how to achieve the quintessential California girl look. Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist is Amy Nadine who often uses Avon Mark products on her as she was a spokesmodel for the brand, but I featured products that I have used on clients in the past. The eyeliner can be tricky, but don’t be discouraged you’ll get it with practice. Remember, it’s only makeup, it’s not a tattoo, you can remove it and start over.
What do you think of the Lauren Conrad look? Will you try it? Any more breakdowns you’d like to see? Let me know in a comment!