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Academy Awards 2014: Camila Alves

“Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila is very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones. She’s wearing a beautiful soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress with an opening in the back and it is just stunning.

Camila Alves looked her absolute finest at last night’s Academy Awards. Matthew McConaughey’s better half just keeps getting better and better!  Celebrity makeup artist Patric de Fontbrune created her look using Votre Vu products, and shares with Solessence readers how you can capture that same glow.


I started by applying Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Camila’s lips for hydration. Then, I began to moisturize her face first with VBeaute’s Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum and then applied Votre Vu’s Attentive Crème du Jour with a brush. For her eyes, I dabbed VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around.

To even out her complexion and give a golden glow, I mixed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Tinted Moisturizer in Paris and St. Tropez and stippled it onto her skin using a sponge. This allowed me to concentrate and build the coverage where needed. For the more delicate areas, such as under the eyes, I used my fingers to apply to tinted moisturizer. Applying the product this way allowed me to achieve the most flawless results. Camila has perfect skin so the Love Me Deux provided just enough coverage. I really love this product because it comes with a matching concealer that makes it foolproof! I spot concealed around her nose and under the eyes for a flawless finish, then used a touch of Lingerie Pour Les Yeux in Medium over her eyelids to even out the skin there as well.

Next, I went over her T-zone and eyelids lightly with Belle Poudre in Golden Medium and Medium to fix the makeup in place. This also helps the eye shadow to stay put and make the colors stay true.

Using Votre Vu’s Palette Play in Copper, I applied the light beige color for the base all over the eyes and then used the light gold color on the lids. I applied the deepest bronze along the crease and along the upper and lower lash line, and then pulled it out on the outer corners to elongate the eyes. To blend the eye shadows seamlessly, I used a soft angled brush.

Next, using Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, I lined the upper lash line and inside the upper and lower lids to add depth to the eyes. To give more drama to the lashes, I used an eyelash curler and made sure to apply the Eiffel Power mascara from the very root to the top, applying from underneath. This helps to keep the curl and prevent the mascara from weighing the lashes down.

To accentuate the look, I filled Camila’s brows in with Arch de Triumphe in Fair. This product went on so smoothly and didn’t move, but still was easy to blend.

On the cheeks, I applied Vu-On Rouge in Amourette (available Spring/Summer 2014) and dusted the pink blush in the Beauté en Bronze duo on top over the apples of her cheeks. Then I took the bronzer from Beauté en Bronze and applied is all over, carefully shading and sculpting her face in the process.

Lastly, I lined and filled in her lips with Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked, applied French Kiss in Lisette on top, and finished off the lips with Lip Lustre in Tender (available in Spring/Summer 2014). The French Kiss lipstick is the one product she’ll be carrying with her onto the red carpet!”

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Academy Awards 2014: Jared Leto

Along with inspiring her Oscar winning son with advice to “dream and then…do the work”, Constance Leto passed on some fabulous follicular finesse with that head of hair. Chase Kusero, who styled Jared last night with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, shares with Solessence readers how to get the look at home or salon, through the power of product.

The Look: Natural, Air Dried Waves

Chase and Jared were originally planning on creating a wet side-parted low bun, but then at the last minute, they decided to embrace Jared’s iconic wavy hair and have him wear his hair down. This undeniably cool, rocker hairstyle gives him the classic but edgy look that pairs perfectly with his white Saint Laurent jacket. Jared’s hair look was a two-day process – Chase used the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Collection the night before and then freshened up Jared’s hairstyle the next day with the ColorFinity Dry Shampoo.

Here’s how Chase created Jared’s look:

1. First prep wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Primer Spray, applying it throughout the hair to enhance your natural wave.

2. Then apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Pomade to the length of the hair, providing a flexible hold and soft, glossy curl definition. Create the desired part and let hair air-dry.

3. The next day, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series ColorFinity Dry Shampoo in Rich Darks to the roots to refresh your second day hair while protecting hair color.

4. Then spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray to the ends to protect hair from heat before straightening it. Take several sections of hair and straighten for a smooth look.

Jared looks good reaching for an award or for a slice of pie.  You will too!


About Vidal Sassoon Pro Series

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is perfected by experts and deeply rooted in our founder’s expertise and original vision that all women should have good hair. This affordable, salon-inspired line provides women with everything they need to personalize and create beautiful looks at home. The new line offers five care and styling sub-collections, one styling and finishing collection and an at-home color kit available in 18 exceptionally vibrant shades. Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is available in January 2013 at mass retailers. For more information, visit

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Academy Awards 2014: Kelly Ripa

“When I first laid eyes on Kelly’s Roland Mouret dress and Fred Leighton Jewels, I knew she needed a look that was soft with a lot of bounce.”




The look was easily created by using ONLY three Dove Hair products:


1) Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment with African Macadamia Oil to make the hair supple and reflective


2) Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray at the root for soft voluminous movement


3) Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray to finish the look that is easy, soft and very wearable


Dove shares with Solessence readers how to GET THE LOOK:


1. After the hair is washed, warm four pumps of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment and apply to the hair to make it supple and reflective, which is super important for the red carpet.


2. Spray at the root the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray for added lift and blowdry with a small round brush to add lots of soft voluminous movement. 


3. Take a 1” curling iron and in small sections curl the hair away from the face. Once the it is complete, gently brush out the curls to create very loose soft waves. Then set the hair in a deep side part.


4. Complete the look with the Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray for a finish that is easy, soft and very wearable.


Check out Ryan on Twitter and Instagram (@ryantrygstadhair).

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