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  • Spring Runway Trends: Warming Up With Orange

    A hot trend from the Spring 2016 runway that is user friendly in the now, orange works like magic warming up pale winter faces with a blast of color! Shades of the sunset transform darker skins as well, giving a pumped up glow that looks modern and fresh on everyone.

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  • Setting the Mood: Romantic Make Up For Valentine's Day

     

    Soft, pretty make up that’s date-tastic is an absolute must on Cupid’s holiday. Whether you are planning on an intimate dinner for two or a crazy night out, your V-Day face should combine subtle sparkle and warm, sensual colors. Get glowing with golden bronze shimmer and kissable glossy red lips, for a romantic look on Valentine’s Day that will set the mood!

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  • New Year’s Detox: Perfect Your Skin

    Skin can take some abuse during the holiday season. Cosmetics with heavier formulas that contain metallic and glitter pigments can clog up pores. There are also those celebratory glasses of moisture draining champagne, to account for! Reveal new skin for the New Year with a detox program that repairs, hydrates, and protects, featuring a few of our personal beauty faves.

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  • Glitter Tips

    Lashes get the holiday treatment with glittery ombré tips! Build your desired look first, applying all primers, shadows and liners to the lid, before beginning to focus on creating your fabulous eye fringe! Faux lashes add drama, while creamy gel liner doubles as mascara, combining to add the ultimate pop to eyes.

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  • Cangiante Demi-Mattes: New Shadows To Fall For

    Cangiante Dimensional Demi-Mattes are VL’s newest shadows, with a luxurious velvety texture that blends seamlessly and can be applied wet or dry for a variety of finishes. The formula offers extreme versatility so you can apply a sheer wash of color, or amp things up and build a saturated, dramatic, look with long wearing impact! Read More

  • How To Create An Amplified Cat Eye

    Go big and bold with an exaggerated version of the classic original! Amplify the cat eye by making it thicker and extending into the tear duct area. A creamy vanilla champagne shimmer forms the neutral lid, while a deep metallic coloring within the crease provides all out drama!

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  • How To Wear One Product Multiple Ways: Crème Gel Liner

    One perfect product that has multiple uses, Crème Gel Liner pairs cutting edge technology with make up artistry for a wonder formula that can go many ways! Each richly pigmented shade of VL’s luxurious, creamy eyeliner is enhanced with a subtle pearl finish that gives added depth and dimension without ever looking dull or flat. It’s gluten and paraben free, and the smudge-proof staying power keeps eyes looking freshly done and flake free!

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  • Winter Trends: Jeweled Emerald Eyes

    For lush, vibrant, textural color that glows with depth and dimension, emphasize eyes by layering pearl and shimmer shadows. Jewel tones in opulent shades such as sapphire, amethyst and emerald add color complexity to fall and winter fashions!

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  • The Glossy Lid

    Shiny chic, gleaming lids with high gloss reflection have impact without sacrificing neutrality. Capture the runway with an on trend look that’s ready for a real world debut!

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  • The Roaring 20s

    Smoky sophisticated eyes and deeply reddened, wine stained lips…hallmarks of the roaring 20’s party IT girl, when fashion took women in an entirely new direction! Whether you are dressing up as a flapper for Halloween, or just want to create a sultry date night look, this is a feminine option focusing on rich jewel tones. The perfect palette for fall!

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  • Creative Costuming For Halloween: Mermaid Muse

    Still seeking a great Halloween look? From a fierce feline Jungle Cat to a sweet Harlequin Doll, the VL team has you covered. Now here’s a beautiful violet shaded mermaid in all her muse-y glory!

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  • Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

    Creative cosmetic magic continues as the VL team helps you get dressed for Halloween! We’ve shown you how to turn yourself into a fierce feline, next up is a sweetly unique Harlequin Doll. It’s a pretty party option that’s both feminine and fun!

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  • Simple Costuming For Halloween: Feline Jungle Cat

    The right makeup can make or break a costume, so this Halloween why not try a little creative cosmetic magic? Transform your face into a feline jungle cat, ready to pounce on your party night prey!

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  • Eyebrow Impact: Glossy, Feathery Brows Attract Attention

    Bigger is better this season! Feathery brows have a wispy, less structured grooming style that’s strategically untidy. Glossy refers to a primed shine that can range from subtle to dramatic, depending on your personal preference. Combine them together for the most current runway look! It’s a departure from the sleek brow trends of the past that can appear less-than-natural and overdone…shine defeats structure for Fall 2015.

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  • Fall 2015 Alternative Glamour Collection

    It’s always sad to say goodbye to the summer sunshine, but the upside is that it’s finally time to starting thinking about fabulous fall fashion! Primary plaids, jewel toned furs, luxe fabrics and cozy sweaters…the runway was filled with beautiful pieces that will have you falling for fall!

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  • Be Beautifully Boho Chic On National World Peace Day

    In celebration of a day dedicated to international harmony, revisit the boho vibe that still inspires free thinkers around the world! Best advice ever? “Make love, not war.”

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  • Get the Look: Dolce Vita Makeup - Italian Icon Sophia Loren Inspires Fall 2015 Fashion

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    The VL team has been busy backstage planning incredible looks for the runway, but since Fashion Week is always ahead of us, we have to reach back in time to conjure up the trends for Fall!

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  • Tinting The Brows

    Tinting the brows using permanent hair color is a great way to emphasize in a way that looks completely natural. Darkening your brows is a simple process! Plus, if filling in those brows is part of your daily cosmetic routine, you’ll find that newly darkened eye fringe cuts back on this, it’s a huge morning time saver!

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  • One Product

    The hottest days of summer are here so easy, lightweight makeup should be on everyone’s cosmetic agenda! From the beach to the streets, nothing beats the versatility of VL’s Water Canvas Blush, which contains 75% Microwater with botanical seaweed extract and Vitamin E to moisturize and protect your skin. The unique cream-to-powder formula is easy to apply and gives skin a healthy-looking, long-lasting glow.

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  • Colorful Ombré Brows

    Tinting the brows with full octane color can be a fun way to change your appearance for the day. Using eyeshadow to paint the brow allows you to experiment without making a big commitment to a strong makeup statement. It’s a highly visual look ideal for photography, and can be an outrageous style shift for clubbing!

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  • Lightening Your Eyebrows

    Lightening the brows is an easy way to transform your entire face! There are several reasons one may choose to lighten the brow hairs…it depends on whether you are seeking statement and emphasis, or just a little color correction.

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  • Summer Color - Modern Tribal

    For an editorial look that gets attention, try an unexpected pop of color! Start with a burnished summer shimmer by coloring lids, cheeks and skin with a coppery, bronzed glow. Bright purple shadow paired alongside an icy blue lip equals painted contrast, you’ll look like a modern tribal temptress who rules the city streets!

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  • Summer Looks For Caramel Skin Tones

    Darker skin tones tend to tan easily, even with daily sunscreen applications. Gradually, a burnished glow will take medium to deeper skins into territory where makeup should be swapped out. You’ll want to highlight the radiance of summer skin! Daytime cosmetics must be equipped to handle the heat, so look for stains and gels that won’t budge when faced with humidity.

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  • Wedding Makeup for Darker Skin Tones

    Beautiful you begins with the perfect look for the perfect day…a bride’s makeup should simply enhance her natural, happy glow! It’s important to choose the right products for your coloring, so if your skin falls on the darker side of the spectrum, you’ll want to avoid certain pastels and overly harsh brights. Anything too light can appear ashy in photos, while intense shades can be too severe.

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  • Picnic in the Park

    The bright light of summer sunshine requires a daytime look that hides flaws, yet doesn’t appear too heavy and overworked! An outdoor day-date calls for fast and easy, minimal makeup that takes both climate and lighting into consideration. With a combination of soft rosy tones, you will be the perfect amount of pretty for a picnic in the park!

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  • BeautyCon LA 2015

  • Cutout Smoky Eye

    Up your editorial edge with a redefined smoky eye that captures the graphic trend! Using a cutout liner allows you to create a specific area of attraction; experiment in advance with different areas of the lid to see what shape best accentuates the natural curvature of your eyes.

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  • Mauve Eyes

    Mauves are trending! It’s not pink…it’s not purple…it’s the most subtle interpretation of each shade that combines to create a color for the lid that is universally flattering. Softly sophisticated eyes are enhanced by the neutral undercurrent of gray tones that exist within mauve colored shadows, making this an easy trend that works for everyone!

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  • SPRING TRENDS: The Inverse Smoky Eye

    One of the hottest trends for spring is the unexpected smudge of a dark color within the inner corner of the eye, where a light color is usually placed to highlight. The inverse smoky eye is a supercharged runway look, although we are going to tame it a little! By pairing a dramatic eye with very soft tones on the lips and cheek, you’ll find that this fashion editorial look is far more wearable for everyday fashionistas everywhere!Read More

  • The Great Grape Escape: Purple Metallic Smoky Shadow

    The smoky eye gets a super glam upgrade with grape metallic eyeshadow that lights up the lid! Purple will amp up brown, blue or green eyes, making the natural shade of your iris more vivid by complementing with a surprisingly versatile contrasting color. It’s a cool tone, so when choosing your lip and cheek palette, try to stay away from warmer hues.

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  • Positively Trendy: Negative Space Eyeliner

    Less is definitely more when playing with negative space! Allowing a little glimpse of skin to show through creates a dramatic outline on the lid. The look is half rock star, half runway model, and yet, totally you! Take your normal winged cat eye to an entirely new liner level!

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  • Prom Look 2 - Bright Lips

    First comes the dress, next up is cosmetic strategy! The VL pro’s have created two looks for the big dance; we’ve already shown you how to create a luxe shimmering eye. Now we focus on the lip!

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  • Prom Look 1

    First comes the dress, next up is cosmetic strategy! Practicing your prom perfect face in advance is important so that you know exactly what look you will be going for on the night of the event. Choose your make up based upon the mood that your fashion statement evokes. Diaphanous silk chiffon ruffles pairs nicely with a softly romantic style, whereas a dramatic black dress can handle graphic or smoky make up looks. Be true to your own taste and you’ll be the belle of the ball no matter what you wear!

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  • Building the Blackout Smoky Eye

    For a seriously dramatic smoky eye, a black base is the way to go. Layering black on black in different textures will offer the most intensity, creating a bolder, bigger smoky eye that truly stands out!

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  • Trend Interpretation: How to Do Ombré Shadow

    We’ve already covered the ombré winged liner trend, but ombré has many lives to live! Create a glamorous graduated winged look with our new Cangiante Dimensional Eyeshadows, for a softly shimmering eye with saturated color!

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  • Trends You Need To Know: Ombré Eyeliner

    The ombré trend maintains momentum with graduated degrees of shading showing up everywhere on the runway – clothing, hair and make up all benefit from a little shady color play this spring!

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  • MASTERING THE WINGED LINER: basic wing, tips and tricks

    Balancing winged liner can be challenging for anyone! Experts know how to manage the process of working in four dimensions to create the ultimate winged effect, but even a novice can pick up the basics. You’ll just need a few tips from the professionals on how to train yourself to achieve a balanced, simple winged liner look! Since this is a step-by-step for beginners, we will be creating a modest wing that turns up slightly at the corner.

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  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 3

    Our Spring 2015 Collection tutorial continues, with another amazing look inspired by our new products! We are giving you all sorts of creative ideas, from 3-minute make up to brightening up winter weary skin with a subtle bronze spark! Let the VL prRead More

  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 2

    Our Spring 2015 Collection tutorial continues, with another amazing look inspired by our new products! We are giving you all sorts of creative ideas, from 3-minute make up to learning how one product can be worn many ways, let the VL professionals take you on a cosmetic tour of spring.

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  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 1

    The Canonical Collection

    Reimagine beauty this spring with Vincent Longo Cosmetics’ Canonical Collection. Rooted in the Renaissance, this collection of versatile color palettes and enlightened formulas inspires the artist within. Eyes glisten with rich, dimensional color in warm linen, silky fawn and golden obsidian. Cheeks glow with an easy one step application of highlight and lowlight in peony pink, sun-washed coral and soft bronze. Lips gleam in shades of ripe raspberry, crystalline nude and burRead More

  • How To Fix Your Broken Eyeshadow

    Everyone has experienced that “uh oh” moment when a brand new eyeshadow compact hits the floor, leaving you with a sad puzzle of cracked powder pieces to contend with. Fear not! There’s no need to trash it, because with just a few steps you can repair and reuse the remaining product.

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  • GRAPHIC LINER: Creating All The Right Angles

    Donatella Versace’s take on the avant-garde came complete with modern gothic makeup to echo the angular deconstructed edge of her Versace Atelier Haute Couture show (in Paris this past January). Draped satin and sequins juxtaposed against metal hardware and leather buckles created glamorous contrast; the clothing demands a graphic cosmetic statement to match!

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  • PEARL X: An Eyeshadow Compact with Multiple Personalities

    Several shades of distinct color combine in each Pearl X Eyeshadow compact,  creating a rainbow of options in different textures that can be used for shading, highlighting and lining. Produce a soft, natural look, or a sexy, smoky eye, by simply focusing your shadow application. Can one product possibly be this multi-functional?

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  • Bombshell Makeup Made Easy!

    Be a bombshell with little effort! By using a classic combination of just three colors, you can build a smoky-eyed look worthy of vixen status! Create balance with neutrals for the remainder of your features, a peachy nude lip and subdued cheek highlight without competing.

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  • Rich Royals

    If you hear the words, “blue eyeshadow” and think 80’s-ick, think again! A sea of blues can be tricky to navigate, but with the proper guidance, shades of cobalt, indigo and royal blue can be flattering on any skin tone. Richly rewarding color gives eyes a vibrant pop; you just need to know exactly how to wear the blues!

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  • Shades of Grey

    A sexy smoky eye with several shades of grey just screams “sultry,” but there’s no need to stock a range silver and charcoal shadows at home. By layering the color, you can create a look that is sheer and soft, or build the shadow for greater density. Deep gray ombre with shades of light and dark create dimension on the lid, while highlighting the inner corners with a pale shimmer will enlarge the overall perception of the size and shape of your eyes.

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  • The Ultimate Guide To Wearing False Lashes

    For flirty lashes that add some serious wow factor, you simply need to know how to apply, how to remove and how to reuse! At what stage of make up application is lash adhesion best attempted? You’ll also learn exactly when to apply lashes, and how to properly blend lashes together with your own for a natural look.

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  • The Makeup at Fashion Week - Creating the Look

    Fashion Week begins long before the big event! Behind the scenes designers are working on their collections in the previous season, ensuring that all key elements of presentation are in place. Once the shows are scheduled, designers partner with makeup artists, hairstylists and nail technicians to construct a look that enhances the vision and feel of the line.

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  • The Modern Fashionista’s Guide to Going Grunge

    Yes, grunge is back! Only this time around, the look is modernized, leaving the haphazard scruffiness way back in the 90’s where it belongs. Instead, reinterpret just the essence of grunge – a smudgy, sexy, slept in eye that appears unintentional, with a deep lip that doesn’t budge. Grab those ripped jeans and a plaid flannel from the back of your closet, and you’ll be officially grunged out!

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  • V-Day Date Night Look 2: Soft Smoky Seductress

    Whether you want to smolder or shimmer on Valentine’s Day, we have you covered with 2 great looks for creating romance on the most important date night of the year!

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  • V-Day Date Night Look 1: The Gilded Peach

    It’s time to formulate your cosmetic plan of attack for the most important date night of the year!

    Whether you want to smolder or shimmer, we have you covered with 2 great looks for creating romance on Valentine’s Day. This first look, a sparkling combo of peach and gold for a subtle glow. The next? A softly smoky look, for those seeking a little sexy!

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  • How To Do Daytime: Double Eyeliner

    If you are comfortable with basic black but afraid to push cosmetic limits at the office, try incorporating a little pop of color without going overboard. You can choose any combination when doubling up on your eyeliner for a wearable daytime look that’s work appropriate, with just the right amount of edge!

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  • Artistic Smokey Eye

    Add artistic contrast with a smoky eye that emphasizes shade definition with neutrals in gradual degrees of color, rather than blanketing the eye area with a series of dark colors. It’s a great way for smaller, closer set eyes to benefit from a smoky look without diminishing the overall shape and size (as darker tones of black and brown tend to do).

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  • Winter Ready Make Up: The Ice Princess

    Channel your inner ice princess with a fantasy make up look that embraces cold fusion! With a combination of pale yet pearly colors, you can create a winter wonderful face that glows.

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  • Trends You Need To Know: Dark Romance

    Dusky florals have been ruling the runway, taking the traditional femininity of big blooms into darker realms. Deep shades of plum, navy, black, charcoal and chocolate feel less like spring…think more along the lines of a mystical winter garden!

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  • Supercharge Your Look: The Modern Pin-Up

    Modernize the traditional ‘pinup girl’ look with a dramatic pop art color statement. You can choose whether to elongate, angle or tilt the shadow shape to best emphasize your facial features. Outlining the shape on the eye before adding powder helps to manage the application process easily, for mistake-proof results at home!

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  • Foolproof Tips For Wide Open Eyes

    Using a dark eyeliner reduces the visual perception of length, width, and overall volume, making your cornea appear smaller and closed in.

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  • Monochromatic Looks

    Monochromatic makeup can be difficult to pull off when taken too literally; cosmetic overkill can easily happen when using one shade to highlight every feature. By pairing different hues within the same color family in a multitude of textures and finishes, you can amplify the base color yet create a wearable look.

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  • How To Cut The Crease

    The cut crease is a new way to add sophisticated drama; depth along the natural arc of the eye is emphasized for stylish impact. It is a little more polished than a smoky look, but has the same effect of drawing everyone’s attention upwards to your beautiful eyes!

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  • A Metal Moment

    Creating a wearable version of the look at Rodarte’s Fall 2014 Show

    The metallic color spectrum is having more than fifteen minutes of fame; this trend now stands strong from season to season. The holidays provide an excellent excuse to go all out, with make up that’s creative and more high fashion driven. This is the perfect moment to experiment with metal shine!

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  • How To Build An Arched Brow The Right Way

    Sometimes dramatically arched eyebrows can look too severe, making you appear slightly angry or upset. No one wants a hostile brow takeover! Here are some tips and tricks for creating a natural looking arch that is strongly defined, yet tamed and secured perfectly into place.

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  • How To Create 5 Minute Holiday Make Up In 5 Easy Steps

    A few extra moments worth of time can be tough to come by while you're navigating the festive frenzy of the holiday season! That's why we've broken this seasonally appropriate makeup look down into a lightning quick tutorial with five simple steps delivering you directly to cosmetics success!

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  • Holiday Makeup Look #3

    Smoky, sultry eyes draw attention with the ideal blending of multiple dark shades. From a deep rosy-toned bronze to malty chocolate, color combining adds depth and dimension to the eye. Continuing (Holiday Makeup Look #1, Holiday Makeup Look #2 Blog our series on make up for the many celebrationsRead More

  • Holiday Makeup Look #2

    A golden glow with a pop of red on the lip brings a traditional holiday color theme to life; continuing our series on make up for the many celebrations coming your way this season, here’s another holiday perfect party look!

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  • Holiday Look 1 - Soft Shimmering Eye with Berry Lip

    Holiday parties demand a cosmetic plan of attack! A work related function calls for soft makeup that emphasizes without being overly dramatic, while a glamorous cocktail party gives you an excuse to go all out with smoky, sexy eyes. The VL artistry team has you covered with holiday looks for all occasions, so tune in over the few weeks as we show you how to create multiple holiday looks that can be tailored to match the many celebrations coming your way!

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  • Green With Envy

    Going green can wreak havoc on your cosmetic confidence, leaving you adrift in a sea of teal, emerald and olive tones, wondering what matches what! Choosing complementary shades makes the look more approachable, you can go subtle or be bold. Up your make up acumen, leaving others green with envy!

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  • Mermaid Chic

    Sometimes it’s good to be dramatic and overdo things! We loved the heavy application of color at Versace’s Fall 2014 Couture show, but that mermaid chic eye can be difficult to reproduce at home. From runway to the real-way…the VL team of professionals are backstage interpreting trends and here we pass on the secrets of high fashion editorial beauty to you. Be fearless and have fun playing with your make up! It’s a super heightened look with serious attitude that works whether styled with leather or lace!

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  • Shadow and Liner Soul Mates

    Experimenting with color can leave you in the dark as to how to pair up products that go beyond your usual cosmetic spectrum. Richly pigmented shades of blue, green and purple can really pop the natural nuances of the eye, but matching up shadows to bright liners can be tricky (particularly if you are seeking something office-friendly!). To make a vibrant eyeliner more every day wearable, tone down the loud look with a soft shadow palette.

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  • Makeup For Headshots

    A headshot is usually the first, and sometimes the only chance you have to make an impression. You’ll want to hide imperfections from the camera’s flash while adding effective cosmetic enhancement, for a professional photo that gets you noticed!

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  • Day To Night Cat Eye

    In need of a stylish cosmetic magic trick that easily transitions from day to night? Try a classic cat eye, toned down with a minimal amount of guise for work, and then pumped up for a late night look you can create in no time!

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  • Costume Beauty - Cleopatra

    It’s Halloween and this year you are Queen Cleopatra, with eyeshadow to match the waters of the Nile. The high drama of ancient Egyptian kohl translates perfectly for the modern woman in search of costume beauty!

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  • Leopard Eyeshadow

    Looking for a fun fall look that’s fluent in the language of unexpected cool? Try bringing out the animal within by creating a leopard print shadow design for your lids! Whether you are simply playing dress up for Halloween or want something distinctive for a night out, the VL experts can help you transform your look with just a few steps.

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  • Costume Beauty: Mod Makeup

    Be one of the beautiful people with a totally mod, be there or be square look! From the popular look of 1960’s model Twiggy to Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, ‘it’ girls were big eyed, with a fabulous glamour that works just as beautifully now as it did back then.

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  • Homecoming Look 2

    Focus on the eye for a sultry look that will get you noticed! A smoldering shade of purple complements every eye color, highlighting brown, blue and green eyes with a contrasting shock of shadow.

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  • How To Fake A Good Night's Sleep

    Beauty sleep; necessary but often elusive! Whether it’s work or play that keeps you up too late, you’ll want to appear refreshed the morning after. You can still look great even without those requisite 8-hours of rest, it just takes a few tricks from our VL team of makeup professionals.

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  • Long Tail Liner

    Looking for drama that is less traditional and a little more rockstar? Take the ‘wing’ to  another level with a longer tail that elongates, for more than just your average flip! Full color on both the upper lid and under eye area emphasizes with glam girl it-ness.

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  • Pumpkin Spice Eye

    Fall is here and we all know what that means...pumpkin everything! Your latte, your cocktails, even your Oreo cookies have all been ‘squashed.’ Yet it’s a wonderful time of the year for color inspiration as the richly painted shades of falling leaves inspires everything from food, to fashion, to beauty!

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  • Upside Down Smokey Eye

    Smoldering smoky eyes usually focus on the upper lid, but reverse the expectation and you’ll be setting the trend with a high fashion look that truly captures editorial creativity.

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    Elongate lids to create the illusion of larger eyes.

    A narrow lid can be easily manipulated to create the look of wide-open, big eyes (perfect for lash batting), it just takes a few cosmetic smoke and mirrors for effect! Elongating and enlarging the eye with a mix of dark shadow and liner brings focus to the outer edges, while a touch of shimmer highlights a limited fold along the crease. Achieve a de-amplifying of the visual space between your lids and brows.

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  • Iconic Beauty Looks Makeup Tutorial: Elizabeth Taylor

    We look to style icons for all out glamour and no one did it better than Elizabeth Taylor. Identified by her unusual violet eyes, Taylor played up her best feature with bold, shaped brows and dark smoldering eye makeup for dramatic polish. A bright lip finishes the look that’s easy to recreate with a few tips courtesy of the VL pro’s!

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  • Makeup for a Job Interview

    Makeup for a Job interview - Clean and Professional Look

    The key to looking great on an interview is soft makeup that looks polished and professional. You’ll want to look your best and accentuate facial features without overtly distracting. Ace that interview with cosmetic confidence!

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  • Decoding Liners and Their Use

    Although there are many formulations to choose between, decoding the ins and outs of eye definition is easy when you know the facts! It’s important to keep the look you desire in mind when selecting eyeliners. Each of our liners is designed for a specific purpose, so you’ll want to use the right product for the job.

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  • 5 Chic Summer Makeup Looks That Use Only 3 Products Each Part Two

    Summer trends should be easy and give you an effortless glow that works between sun up and sundown. We worked with Elle.com to create a series of inspirational how-to’s that focus on quick summer beauty at it’s best! With just a few steps you can highlight eyes, lips and cheeks – go soft and choose a natural palette, or heat things up with summery brights!

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  • 5 Chic Summer Makeup Looks That Use Only 3 Products Each

    Summer trends should be easy and give you an effortless glow that works beginning at sun up -- all the way through to sundown. We worked with Elle.com to create a series of inspirational how-to’s that focus on quick summer beauty at it’s best! With just a few steps you can highlight eyes, lips and cheeks – go soft and choose a natural palette, or heat things up with summery brights!

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  • Wearing Color On Your Eyes

    Choosing the right shadows to complement your eye color.

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  • How To Fake Your Eyebrows

    Simple steps for filling in brows

    Well-behaved brows finish the face, providing a final level of polish to the most expressive feature, your eyes! Whether your brows are sparse and thin, or coarse and unruly, they benefit with a cosmetic helping hand. You can alter the perception of your natural shape with just a little grooming.

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  • Makeup Mishaps

    Makeup Mishaps - Beauty no-no’s...it could happen to you!

    Makeup mishaps happen to the best of us, but with the right tools you can fix yourself up easily! From streaky foundation to uneven eyeliner, we have a solution for every cosmetic woe.

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  • Beach Looks

    A beautiful day at the beach includes beautiful you, looking your absolute summer best with long wearing, sweat-proof, barely there makeup that works with, rather against, the beachy heat! You’ll want to be pretty without appearing overdone, nor does a sun goddess wish to worry about her makeup running down her face all day.

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  • Wearable Graphic Eye

    Magazine editorial photo shoots allow makeup artists to employ the highest levels of creativity allowed for in the industry. Models spend hours in the ‘chair,’ while a fashion forward look is created for the sole purpose of wowing us. A dramatic visual is possible to achieve at home with much less effort; it just takes a combo of inventive spirit and know how!

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  • Daytime Smokey Eye

    It’s easy to adapt a high glam look like the smokey eye, making it more user friendly for during the daytime. Shade selection plays an important part of any look that is appropriate to wear while the sun is still up.

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  • Tightlining and Lining The Waterline

    Tightlining and lining the waterline is a process that can sound a bit confusing and intimidating at first. It’s actually a very easy technique that professional makeup artists use to draw attention to the most important feature – your pretty eyes!

    Be cautious though, sticking a foreign object into your eye can be awkward and uncomfortable. Choosing the right product is crucial; you’ll want something long lasting that stays smudge free! We have a few tips from the VL team to make the process a little easier for you.

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  • Work Appropriate Makeup

    Work appropriate makeup needs to be polished and professional for meetings, but also should withstand a long day at the office. A clean, natural look applied with a light touch is the best strategy, avoid false lashes, glitter or anything too bright or dramatic. It will only appear overdone!Read More

  • Makeup Care and Storage

    You’ll want to protect your cosmetic investments by always taking good care of what you buy – makeup is particularly sensitive to environmental factors!

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  • Bridal Makeup Look #3

    A formal wedding calls for sophisticated glamour, so if you are pulling out all the stops to create a red carpet worthy event you’ll want your style to communicate the same level of elegance.

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  • Bridal Makeup Look #2

    Soft sand, crashing waves, bright blue skies as far as the eye can see…destination weddings make for a memorable experience for not only the bride and groom; a beachside party feels like a vacation for everyone!

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  • Bridal Makeup Look #1

    It’s your big day! You’ve met the yin to your yang, the invites are mailed, flowers arranged, cake tasted and D.J. tested, so now it’s time to focus on your personal bridal style!

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  • Makeup Touch Up Tips

    Heading directly out for dinner or drinks after work? After a long day at the office, your make up could probably use a little refreshing. Or maybe it’s a date and you want to add evening drama? Let the VL experts guide you along the touch up trail!

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  • Classic Makeup Looks

    Timeless make up focuses on the basics of beauty, it begins with even skin that appears clean, yet flawless. Cosmetic colors should remain neutral, highlighting your eyes and lips with understated tones.

    Enhance your natural facial features and create symmetry to achieve a truly classic look that transcends time.

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  • World Beauty Trends - Spotlight on Korea

    Korean beauty is all about innovation, what else would we expect from the country that brought us BB Creams and those over the top fun application methods (think the strawberry rollers - fruit for your face!)? Korean cosmetic style is always geared towards a young viewpoint and a fresh face!

    Now the East is influencing the West, opening an entirely new make up drawer of stylish looks. Between the puppy eyes and lushly stained bright gradient lips, you’ll find plenty of inspiration!

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  • Date Night Makeup

    Date night make up should be flawless yet appear effortless, you’ll just want to emphasize your own natural beauty. Playing up the up the lips or eyes is always a good bet, and something kiss-proof is a must!

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  • Mascara Formulas

    Mascaras are a marriage of formula and applicator, and you can tell quite a bit about mascara just by reading the shape of the wand! There are two types of wands - traditional bristle brushes, and the modern molded brushes. Experiment and find out what works best for you.

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  • Long Wearing Eyeshadow

    End of the day shadow fade is a cosmetic haphazard that plagues every woman. A quick gaze into the mirror and suddenly you notice that your morning application didn’t quite make it through as long as you needed it to! The professional make up artists here at Vincent Longo have some fabulous tips for long wearing eye looks that will keep your shadow fresh all day long.

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  • Bold Brows

    Are you always in search of the next big trend? Willing to go out on a beauty limb? The bold brow is a statement look straight off the runway, and it’s a great way to reveal your rebellious streak!

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  • Fear Not Winged Liner

    It’s a classic cat-eye look, a sweeping extension of eyeliner that transforms you into a screen siren seductress with just a wink. Mastering the art of an upward wing tip seems challenging, but in truth it’s simply a series of cosmetic connective steps!

    Fear Not! The make up artist professionals here at Vincent Longo will guide you along the way to the perfect winged liner.

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  • The Brush Up

    Having a handful of key brushes is essential to expert makeup application. Good brushes have the skills designed within so the user can focus on technique. You’ll want to build n arsenal of cosmetic tools so that’s you always have the right brush for the job!

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  • Color Theory

    Follow the color theory rules or break them! When it comes to cosmetics, you can apply shades that would not naturally work together to create a beautiful effect. Makeup should be expressive and sometimes you’ll want something pretty but powerful!

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  • STARLETTE GEL EYE STAIN

    Everlasting shadow is now a reality with our exciting new Starlette Gel Eye Stain. This amazing product offers an entirely original artistic look in eye make up with a sheer wash of buildable color.

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  • Vacation Makeup Look For Colder Climate

    Packing your makeup bag for a vacation begins with the road taken! Your destination dictates cosmetic need based on everything from the heat index to your activity roster.

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  • Vacation Look For Sunny Climate

    Packing your makeup bag for a vacation begins with the road taken! Your destination dictates cosmetic need based on everything from the heat index to your activity roster.

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  • Golden Glow Tutorial for Darker Skin Tones

    Darker skins sometimes require special attention to get that golden goddess glow. Sheer shades can be underwhelming, and pale colors can often appear too frosty on darker colored skin tones.

    Focus on richer shades that complement your features, while pumping up the color quotient with high-octane shimmer that both highlights and celebrates your natural beauty!

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  • Under Eye Circles

    Depending on the intensity of under eye circles, you will need a concealer to cancel out the darker tones. Cream based concealer is best to conceal darker discolorations, whereas liquid concealer is great for brightening the area.

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  • Dramatic Smokey Eye

    For a special event, you’ll want to create a look with impact and drama from head to toe! After the dress and accessories are settled on, and the hairstyle decided upon, you’ll need a flawless face with star wattage. A dramatic smoky eyeshadow application draws the attention upwards, emphasizing both the color and shape of the eye.

    Keep the rest of your make up subtle, avoiding bright lipsticks that could compete and off set the balance of your features.

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  • Tricks of the Makeup Trade

    The pros have lots of tips and tricks they have learned along the way, and in the event of a make up emergency, they know exactly what to do. You just need a backstage pass to see what goes on behind the scenes!

    Hack your own cosmetics case and learn how to handle dried out mascara, make lipstick last, or transform any eyeliner into a smooth gel. In a pinch, you’ll now have the same beauty weapons at your disposal.

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  • Summer Stay True Makeup

    Summer heat and humidity can degrade morning make up, leaving your face with an uneven application as the day wears on. The key is to apply long lasting products that are made to survive even in extreme conditions.

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  • Day to Night Make Up

    That natural look that you love all day long can often be a little too subtle for an outrageous night out. Whether it’s a special occasion or a big date, you’ll want to add a little sparkle to transition your makeup from daytime basic to evening glam!

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  • Best Summer Makeup Shades

    The heat is finally here! It’s time to celebrate sunshine with a cosmetic overhaul of your current beauty attitude, incorporating must have seasonal colors will help you to creatively rework your entire summer look!

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  • Shadow Solutions for Small Eyes

    If your eyes are proportionately smaller than your other features, it’s important to draw much needed attention to this area in particular in order to create balance. Shadow and liner can help to widen and lengthen the appearance of smaller shaped lids, while the right mascara will really open things up!

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  • Pin Up Look

    The glamour ideal of a “pin up” girl is not merely a ‘look,’ it’s a style statement and a state of mind. She’s provocative, sexy and playful. She’s a scene stealer! It’s a vintage meets modern beauty, based on all those gorgeous starlets of the early motion picture business who first captured the attention of the world.

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  • Double Duty Cosmetics

    Ever wish you could simplify your routine when traveling? Or maybe you just want to be able to walk around on a daily basis without your entire beauty arsenal weighing down your workout bag? Sometimes, it is good to know what products do double duty in a pinch!

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  • Next Day Eyeliner

    Whether you want to create that anti-perfect morning after make up smudge, or actually woke up in the same outfit you wore out last night, we’ve got you covered! Our Pro Waterproof Eyeliner and Crème Gel Eyeliner never make a move, staying exactly where you apply.

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  • 5 Minute Face

    You are running late. You are on vacation. Sunday brunch. There are so many occasions that call for a ‘quickie,’ but you still want your face to appear polished and pretty…what to do?

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  • Fabulash!

    Beautiful, feathery lashes with volume and length are within reach! Whether your limp lashes are seeking a boost for daytime polish, or you want a heavy dose of drama for evening glamour, mascara is a must for creating the finished eye. Here’s how to formulate a lash plan of attack!

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  • Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

    Is it purple? Is it pink? Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, is a feminine mix of both tones, with a bright fuchsia accent that transitions beautifully into the Spring and Summer seasons. Blending both cool and warm undertones, this innovative shade brightens up the entire face, imparting a healthy glow with little effort.

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  • How to Wear Metallics

    When wearing metallic colors, it’s important to know the secret rules to avoid looking overdone. Layering works best with high-shine pigments, and remember that the focus will be on your eyes, so keep the rest of your face simple and pretty with a soft cheek and lip that won’t compete. A little subtlety and a few tips from the make-up artist professionals here at Vincent Longo - that’s all it takes to go from a sparkle haphazard to a shimmering star!

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  • How To: Crème Gel Liner

    The versatility of liquid eyeliner makes it a favorite of professional make up artists because the creamy texture allows for both fine lines and blend-able looks. From an artful upward flip at the eye’s outer edge to a smoky smudged effect, VL’s Crème Gel Eyeliner is the perfect product for the job!

    Each shade of this richly pigmented formula is enhanced with a subtle pearl finish that gives added depth and dimension. Ranging Read More

  • False Lash Application

    Love that red carpet look of long, fluttering lashes? It’s easier than you think! Here’s how you can add an instant pop of drama to your eyes! Read More