Yearly Archives: 2013

Butterfly Bang Bar's New Service Menu


Our Bang Bar gets a remix this Spring/Summer with more styling options and accessories. . .


After its recent success, we wanted to give our award-winning Bang Bar a little makeover! That’s why we’ve added dry styling, faux ponytails, and headscarfs to our menu – giving you a one stop shop to get fashionable and functional. We’re offering tutorials on how to wrap, weave, band, bow or “turban-up” your hairstyle with one of our Butterfly’s one kind collection of handmade headscarves & bands – accessories that we’ve made ourselves, every step of the way. Plus, they are absolutely time appropriate for the warm weather ahead. Head scarves protect hair (and scalp) from exposure and prevent color fade. It’s also a great way to tame bangs from bubbling or control frizz (especially around the hairline)! For hair that’s more fashion forward, we love the idea of weaving the ends of a scarf into your own strands. This adds fullness to a knot or a braid, length to a pony, or simply creates a beautiful twist or ‘do with a little element of print, color, or pattern.

Ponytails are always popular around this time of your for a low maintenance, pulled together look that can be dressed up or down. You already love the idea of wearing a noncommittal clip-in bang so we thought we’d offer the option to add a faux ponytail as an accessory for the night, too! Faux ponytails are an easy way to achieve that perfect fishtail or ponytail you have your eyes set on but don’t necessarily have the length or texture for. We customize ponytails with an expert cut and a style (wavy or straight), and highly recommend adding them in for an updo to keep structure in the hair and get the most out of any look. For a full transformation in one appointment, try a dry styling session and get that braid, ponytail, knot, or twist you’ve had your eye on. Amp it up by adding a matching bang, more lengths, a headscarf, or a mix of it all for a whole new you in minutes!

DRY STYLE (no shampoo pony/twist/braid/knot) – 15min $50+

PONYTAILS (w/ blow dry) – 45 mins $120+

UPDO $157

TUTORIALS (headscarf wrapping/styling) – 15 mins $50+
*bring in your favorite scarf or purchase one of ours

FAUX PONYTAIL ADD-ON $130

HEADSCARVES $35+

FAUX BANG CLIP-IN $30-$80

BLOW OUT (shampoo service) 30-45 mins $68-$100

Butterfly Bang Bar’s New Service Menu


Our Bang Bar gets a remix this Spring/Summer with more styling options and accessories. . .


After its recent success, we wanted to give our award-winning Bang Bar a little makeover! That’s why we’ve added dry styling, faux ponytails, and headscarfs to our menu – giving you a one stop shop to get fashionable and functional. We’re offering tutorials on how to wrap, weave, band, bow or “turban-up” your hairstyle with one of our Butterfly’s one kind collection of handmade headscarves & bands – accessories that we’ve made ourselves, every step of the way. Plus, they are absolutely time appropriate for the warm weather ahead. Head scarves protect hair (and scalp) from exposure and prevent color fade. It’s also a great way to tame bangs from bubbling or control frizz (especially around the hairline)! For hair that’s more fashion forward, we love the idea of weaving the ends of a scarf into your own strands. This adds fullness to a knot or a braid, length to a pony, or simply creates a beautiful twist or ‘do with a little element of print, color, or pattern.

Ponytails are always popular around this time of your for a low maintenance, pulled together look that can be dressed up or down. You already love the idea of wearing a noncommittal clip-in bang so we thought we’d offer the option to add a faux ponytail as an accessory for the night, too! Faux ponytails are an easy way to achieve that perfect fishtail or ponytail you have your eyes set on but don’t necessarily have the length or texture for. We customize ponytails with an expert cut and a style (wavy or straight), and highly recommend adding them in for an updo to keep structure in the hair and get the most out of any look. For a full transformation in one appointment, try a dry styling session and get that braid, ponytail, knot, or twist you’ve had your eye on. Amp it up by adding a matching bang, more lengths, a headscarf, or a mix of it all for a whole new you in minutes!

DRY STYLE (no shampoo pony/twist/braid/knot) – 15min $50+

PONYTAILS (w/ blow dry) – 45 mins $120+

UPDO $157

TUTORIALS (headscarf wrapping/styling) – 15 mins $50+
*bring in your favorite scarf or purchase one of ours

FAUX PONYTAIL ADD-ON $130

HEADSCARVES $35+

FAUX BANG CLIP-IN $30-$80

BLOW OUT (shampoo service) 30-45 mins $68-$100

Great Gatsby Hair Look by Nicole Descoteaux

HAIR: Senior Stylist, Nicole Descoteaux
MAKEUP ARTIST: Francesca Roman

We always love a good rendition of a fabulous 20’s hairstyle for an event or wedding! For the look, you’ll need to curl your entire head (no particular sections) just to get a good amount of curl in there as your base.
Section out the entire top of your hair – temple to temple and back to the crown. Starting on the sides – in front of the ear – take a small ponytail section and twist the curls around and pin it. The next ponytail is right behind the ear, again bunch up the curls and pin it. The third ponytail goes at the nape, bunch up the curls and pin it. Now create the same 3 ponytails on the other side of the head. This should look like a very short curly bob when all the ponytails are in and pinned.

Take down your top section and put on your choice of headband. If you can’t find the right accessory, you can even use an old belt, necklace, or bracelet! Beginning on the sides, start to roll the hair around the band and pin. This will incorporate the bottom and the top of the up style together. Take a hint from the amazing Francis (Butterfly’s makeup expert) and add some defining blush, a strong black eyeliner, faux lashes, and bright bold red lips to look and feel like the bee’s knees!

Met Gala 2013: Kattia goes PUNK on Allison Sarofim's Hair


Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80’s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013’s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!

Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight!

Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.

Met Gala 2013: Kattia goes PUNK on Allison Sarofim’s Hair


Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80’s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013’s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!

Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight!

Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.

Preggonista’s Mommy Makeover Sweepstakes

Enter the sweepstakes at Preggonista – a monthly style box for moms-to-be – to win a day of beauty and pampering at Butterfly Studio. One lucky mommy will receive a complimentary transformation including a gorgeous new haircut, color, and makeup application. The grand prize also includes a chic outfit and fashionable accessories from Preggonista to prepare you for a fabulous maternity photo shoot to complete the glamorous day!

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Treasures & Accessories from Mexico [NYC EVENT]

Join us at the salon next weekend for an all day Trunk Show! Treasure hunter Jacqueline Lopez of Jaline Design will be bringing in hand-picked, high quality jewelry pieces and gorgeous feminine apparel from her showroom – recently relocated to NYC from South America – for all the accessory girls out there to sift through! Shop one-of-a-kind items and choose from unique designs crafted in Mexico. Browse & buy the amazing collection with us on April 26th!

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Butterfly Bang Bar on Good Morning America!


Bang Bar Transformation: Good Morning America host Linsey Davis!

“Linsey has great features and a very pretty face so the faux bangs only bring out her beautiful eyes. The sexy look gives her style a playfulness. We went for bangs that were longer and a bit side swept for a softer shape and a better angle for her haircut’s length and her hair texture. Bangs over to one side really compliment a face shape like Linsey’s and soften a higher forehead. I wouldn’t recommend a blunt bang because the trendy look would be too specific…Linsey would need a bang with versatility if she were to go for it with an actual bang trim. Real bangs require daily maintanance so I would only cut them if she was ready to commit to styling them every day. For the bangs to look best on her texture, she would wash just her bangs (not all of her hair) every morning so they always look fresh and blow dry them with a round brush for shine.” – Master Stylist, Kattia Solano

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Seventeen Mag: Short, Flirty Spring Hair Makeover

Seventeen Magazine: Faye Goodwin and Nicole Descoteaux


We are all about the art of transformation here at Butterfly and can always appreciate a big, bold change! We love keeping our clients current, making sure we are always on top of beauty’s ever-changing trends ourselves. When Seventeen Magazine asked for our help in giving one of their readers a new look for Spring, two of Butterfly’s savviest technicians collaborated on an idea for a fashion-forward, flirtatious look. Here’s what our pros had to say about the big makeover – from the why of decision-making to the fabulously chic results…


Faye Goodwin, Color Expert


I was aiming to create a color that was young and fun – yet captured a degree of sophistication for Emily, as she’s graduating from college this Spring and entering the next stage of her career. Emily has rich hazel eyes so I wanted to incorporate warm tones that would brighten her skin and make her eyes pop. We achieved a bronzing effect by applying a subtle ombré method, only creating the illusion of the trend with the use of just a single process and low-lites. I wanted her hair color to be unique, look fresh, and feel flirty while still maintaining a level of subtlety to capture her poise and vibrant personality!

Nicole Descoteaux, Senior Stylist

I wanted to take advantage of Emily’s fine and almost “frizzy” texture and turn a negative into a positive with a super stylish look that’s perfect for her hair type. No one with fine hair likes frizz but with the proper advice, products, and the right cutting technique, it actually CAN work to your advantage. This haircut really works because she was willing to embrace going shorter, which is always best when making the most out of fine hair. We applied a light smoothing cream and allowed the hair to dry naturally for body and bounce. When it was almost dry, we applied the brush at random spots for a little smoothing and shine, keeping the look a little ‘undone.’ You can choose to use the brush or skip it – this kind of cut will look great and work with similar texture even if you just put your head upside down for a minute, with some heat from a dryer to perk it up.


"BANG COMMANDMENTS" from the Butterfly Bang Bar Experts!




We’re incredibly excited to have been named “Bang Experts” and awarded “Best of NY 2013” by New York Magazine! Butterfly Studio founder and creative force Kattia Solano says she credits it all to the time our stylists have spent training in the art of bangs – things such as hair movement, framing the cut according to face shape, and mastering the skill of faking it with a faux fringe. The fact is bangs have become a trend with staying power – the main reason being that you can do so much with them, so they are always in style!

We created the Butterfly Bang Bar because we truly believe there is a bang out there for everyone – and it has since proved to be a huge success! We say that bangs should be thought of as the ultimate accessory…the easiest way to do something different while achieving an ever-changing, new look! To bang or not to bang? Read on for a list of our expert bang tips before making your decision . . .

“BANG COMMANDMENTS” from the Butterfly Bang Bar Experts!




We’re incredibly excited to have been named “Bang Experts” and awarded “Best of NY 2013” by New York Magazine! Butterfly Studio founder and creative force Kattia Solano says she credits it all to the time our stylists have spent training in the art of bangs – things such as hair movement, framing the cut according to face shape, and mastering the skill of faking it with a faux fringe. The fact is bangs have become a trend with staying power – the main reason being that you can do so much with them, so they are always in style!

We created the Butterfly Bang Bar because we truly believe there is a bang out there for everyone – and it has since proved to be a huge success! We say that bangs should be thought of as the ultimate accessory…the easiest way to do something different while achieving an ever-changing, new look! To bang or not to bang? Read on for a list of our expert bang tips before making your decision . . .

ELLE Mag’s Beauty Chat: Kattia Solano on Growing Hair Long

Read the original article on Elle.com

If a lengthy mane that cascades down your back has topped your list of must-haves ever since you first saw Marcia Brady doing one hundred strokes at her vanity, you’re in luck. ELLE.com has tapped Butterfly Studio’s Kattia Solano (herself boasting a mega-mane of Marcia proportions) for her best tips to becoming a regular Rapunzel. From synchronizing trims with the moon phases (really!) to whether the supplement Viviscal really works, to faking it with extensions, the Costa Rican native shares all her secrets and fills you in on how to let down thine hair.

ELLE: What are some simple things we can do to help us in our quest for lengthy locks?

Kattia Solano: More salon visits! Haircut appointments should become more frequent. Schedule a trim every six to eight weeks. Then every four weeks, pair it with an in-salon deep-conditioning treatment because the longer your hair is, the fewer natural nutrients it gets–especially the length and ends. Follow up with a hydrating treatment mask, once to twice a week at home, to add moisture. A quirky tip is to get haircuts according to the moon phases–trimming regularly three days after a new moon or three days before a full moon. Some of my clients swear by it!

ELLE: Supplements can be a slippery slope. Have you found any that work without unsavory side effects?

Kattia Solano: I recommend a prenatal supplement, as well as Viviscal! The latter is a hair vitamin that decreases hair loss and stimulates hair growth in both men and women. We have just recently started to carry it at Butterfly, and our clients have already seen a huge difference.

ELLE: Which products and heat tools should we use to encourage less breakage?

Kattia Solano: I like leave-in conditioning treatments, whether you style your hair or not. My favorites are the Kerastase Thermiques–there is one for every hair type, which have an added bonus of thermal and UV protection. Shu Uemura makes a versatile leave-in oil (Essence Absolue), containing camellia oil to repair and protect long hair. It doubles as an overnight or pre-shampoo treatment, as well. Be gentle when using hot hair tools–nothing too hot. When blow-drying, don’t hold the dryer directly onto your hair and refrain from using metal brushes; they can cause damage to your ends. A must if you are ever using a curling or flat iron: Kerastase Fiber Architect! It’s a dual, non-oily serum that protects from heat, mends split ends, and helps your style stay longer.

ELLE: How about deep conditioning masks?

Kattia Solano: Apply your mask or treatment on just the ends, avoiding the root and scalp. Put your hair in a ponytail and apply the product only to the tail. A little goes a long way–about a nickel to a quarter-sized amount. This helps in preventing greasy or limp hair. If you wash once or twice a week, apply a mask every time. Those with thick or coarse texture should always use a mask because conditioners may fall short in adding the right amount of moisture for their hair. For fine and medium hair or those shampooing daily or every other day, one to three times weekly works.

ELLE: Which products are you using to care for your own mega mane?

Kattia Solano: My go-to hair care line is Rahua, made with organic and natural ingredients like Rahua Nut oil and palo santo, which is strengthening. I switch between that and Shu Uemura’s Shusu Sleek. The black cumin oil controls my unruly hair and gives it a silky, fluid-like touch. I apply the Kerastase Fusio-Dose Homelab treatments every couple weeks for color protection. Right now I adore the Milbon Nigelle HY treatment. It’s a three-step in-salon treatment to immediately smooth and reduce frizz. It also comes with a four-week follow-up conditioner to use once a week at home. It takes away ALL of my frizz and makes my hair a lot more manageable. At home, I stick to my Shu Uemura masks for smoothness like Prime Plenish, which has a restorative effect on hair.

ELLE: What are some ways you’ve discovered to switch up your look without busting out the scissors?

Kattia Solano: I’ve played with different variations of long haircuts: bangs, no bangs, very layered, long layers, etc. Currently, I have long layers and a long side-swept fringe. I have some strategically placed balayage highlights to give my hair the illusion of movement. The easiest way to make the most out of long hair is to create different styles (playing with your part, for instance) or changing the fringe area and/or color. If you ever want that updo, bun, or pony to complete a look for evening, use extensions as an accessory. We recently used that mindset when we created our Butterfly Bangs Bar. Fake hair is the new faux lash!

ELLE: How about DIY treatments that help when growing out hair?

Kattia Solano: If you have thick hair, condition with a blend of oils by applying it straight onto your hair. I love making an all-oil treatment to condition where I blend any natural or organic oils I have in my kitchen, like almond with coconut. Add a capsule of vitamin E into the mix for easy hair nourishment. Half an avocado is great too: The protein helps to strengthen hair and makes the treatment’s consistency rich and creamy. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. For fine to medium hair, add in that extra pump of almond or coconut oil into your existing mask treatment once a week.

ELLE: How about tips for dealing with awkward lengths during the grow-out phase?

Kattia Solano: Be patient! Give yourself a little height at the crown, which helps elongate your hairstyle. Add a headband or scarf to bring the attention to the accessory and away from your length (or lack thereof). I have a favorite haircut that I give to clients at an awkward length stage I call the “waterfall haircut,” because it gives the illusion of long, flowing hair. The angles around the face start from the cheek and reach toward the lengths without taking the corner off. Then you over-direct all the layers towards the front. Clients always react the same way, with a big smile saying, “Wow, my hair seems longer!”

All about the haircut on Charlize Theron!

Charlize Theron says, “Every woman should do it!” Does this show-stopping cut seen at this year’s Academy Awards spark you with the want to make a bold change?

At the 2013 Oscars, Charlize Theron looked absolutely UNREAL…and we’re not talking about the gorgeous peplum Dior gown she wore. Simple yet stunning, we are absolutely obsessed with her cut! We are all about her hair right now – it brought out the actress’s most feminine, chiseled angles in the way the cut opened up her face, neck, and overall figure. She looked like the perfect modern goddess! Almost falling short of being a pixie, we feel this look is better described as a soft, “boyish” crop. Special attention with scissor work helped to create a fun texture that followed around the shape of her head and face, as fitted as a glove. On the carpet, Charlize talked about her short hair, mentioning “It’s the most feeing thing, I highly recommend it.” She said that tossing two garbage bags full of products truly gave her a sense of freedom…no wonder she wore the look with such confidence and grace! Inspired by the effortless, low-maintenance beauty of Charlize’s hair, Butterfly founder and master stylist Kattia Solano recently went for a very similar ‘do at her NYC salon chair. Kattia felt that a boy-like chop and a brilliant new shade of deep brunette with playful notes of highlights was more suited for her client’s pretty facial features, amazing eyes, and cool personal style…an unbelievable transformation to rival Charlize Theron’s!

February Makeup Lesson

February is the month of love! With Cupid on our mind, we are feeling inspired to wear that smoldering eye look and perfect our pout with a sexy, new shade of lip color. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our experts Francesca Roman and Cristina Marroquin cam help you learn how to get romantic with your makeup so you can feel empowered to DIY and channel your inner vixen for any night out! For a limited time only, our one-on-one Kevyn Aucoin mini tutorials are now 20% off their regular value of $75.

Valid thru 2/28
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Golden Globes 2013: Best Dressed & Makeup Tips


Jessica. Jodie. Jennifer. Our opinion is that these “Three Js” got it right from head to toe! Representing different ages and styles of women, we go into why we loved their looks – plus on demand makeup tips and product recommendations by Butterfly makeup artist extraordinaire, Francesca Roman!

Our Favorite TOP 3!



Jennifer Lawrence
Our vote for best overall look is in for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence as we are rooting for the underdog! We feel she nailed the fine line between classic elegance and on-trend modern. From afar, the look is all about simplicity – a traditionally draped Dior gown in a red-pink hue, hair away from the face, a clean face of makeup – but after taking a closer look, we noticed little surprises like the thoughtfully corseted details at the top of her dress that really charmed us! Because all memorable looks should have an element of surprise, the addition of a reflective metallic belt brought major cool factor to her look. We LOVED the choice of a messy updo – turning “undone” and “not too polished” into an appearance with youthful, flirty sex appeal!

Her standout makeup feature was definitely her fresh face. When we turned to our Francis for tips, she couldn’t stop talking about Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation. She says its mattifying power, semi-satin finish, and perfect level of coverage is why she is absolutely OBSESSED! Jennifer’s skintone would fall between a level 05 and 07 shade, FYI. So how do we we get our faces flawless? “It’s as much about the little details as the lining of her dress,” she says. “The trick is to go over with pressed powder using a large powder brush,” to cover every pore for a lasting, even complexion. Softness is harder to achieve with a pencil, so make sure to lightly fill in your eyebrows using dark shadow or powder. Add a bronze or metallic evening eye, and done!

Jodie Foster
Jodie’s look for us was ALL about the hair! It takes a strong woman to wear this kind of haircut, and between the smoldering eye makeup and sparkle of her navy gown, she just looked super current and on target. Overall, so age appropriate yet edgy. Onto the haircut….can we say, perfect length? So perfect. It wouldn’t surprise us if she refreshed her strands just before the show because the cut falls in exactly the right spot on her jawline, defining and shaping her face in the most flattering way! Normally, we wouldn’t recommend that blue-eyed gals go for blue shadow, but the smoky, deep hue was customized in just the right way to make the color of her eyes stand out even more. To achieve this, try blending two cool palettes in similar tones – choosing a basic matte shadow and a metallic/sparkling shade. Francesca recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s #206 “blackened blue & taupe” shimmer shadow with matte duo “fog/cool smoke” in #203 for recreating Jodie’s chic eye makeup.

Jessica Alba Does this always-ultra-glamorous Mom ever get it wrong? From her soft waves to her color choices, Jessica Alba’s ensemble was delightfully well put together. She looked effortlessly stunning and just simply feminine and pretty. Turns out Jennifer Lopez (yet another J!) sported a similar hair style that night, but we think Jessica’s more romantic curls offered a touchable kind of beauty. With a minimal sweep of peach blush to match her dress, the importance of makeup here is all “lips & eyes.” Where Jennifer and Jodie wore natural toned pink, beigy lips…we loved that Jessica really went for it with a striking, juicy tangerine. We all know that bold color requires some wearing maintenance, that’s why Francis offers the essential move of layering lip liner. For Jessica’s orange lip, pucker up with a layer of deep yet bright “Red” liner by Kevyn Aucoin all over the lip, a layer of “Timeless” coral matte lip color, and a final touch of “Red” on top as the final step. As for the eyes…lashes, lashes, lashes! Go for voluminous falsies that flare out like fireworks and specifically, a curling mascara. Choose a black shade, but avoid jet black to keep the makeup look soft.

Golden Globes 2013: Best Dressed & Makeup Tips


Jessica. Jodie. Jennifer. Our opinion is that these “Three Js” got it right from head to toe! Representing different ages and styles of women, we go into why we loved their looks – plus on demand makeup tips and product recommendations by Butterfly makeup artist extraordinaire, Francesca Roman!

Our Favorite TOP 3!



Jennifer Lawrence
Our vote for best overall look is in for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence as we are rooting for the underdog! We feel she nailed the fine line between classic elegance and on-trend modern. From afar, the look is all about simplicity – a traditionally draped Dior gown in a red-pink hue, hair away from the face, a clean face of makeup – but after taking a closer look, we noticed little surprises like the thoughtfully corseted details at the top of her dress that really charmed us! Because all memorable looks should have an element of surprise, the addition of a reflective metallic belt brought major cool factor to her look. We LOVED the choice of a messy updo – turning “undone” and “not too polished” into an appearance with youthful, flirty sex appeal!

Her standout makeup feature was definitely her fresh face. When we turned to our Francis for tips, she couldn’t stop talking about Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation. She says its mattifying power, semi-satin finish, and perfect level of coverage is why she is absolutely OBSESSED! Jennifer’s skintone would fall between a level 05 and 07 shade, FYI. So how do we we get our faces flawless? “It’s as much about the little details as the lining of her dress,” she says. “The trick is to go over with pressed powder using a large powder brush,” to cover every pore for a lasting, even complexion. Softness is harder to achieve with a pencil, so make sure to lightly fill in your eyebrows using dark shadow or powder. Add a bronze or metallic evening eye, and done!

Jodie Foster
Jodie’s look for us was ALL about the hair! It takes a strong woman to wear this kind of haircut, and between the smoldering eye makeup and sparkle of her navy gown, she just looked super current and on target. Overall, so age appropriate yet edgy. Onto the haircut….can we say, perfect length? So perfect. It wouldn’t surprise us if she refreshed her strands just before the show because the cut falls in exactly the right spot on her jawline, defining and shaping her face in the most flattering way! Normally, we wouldn’t recommend that blue-eyed gals go for blue shadow, but the smoky, deep hue was customized in just the right way to make the color of her eyes stand out even more. To achieve this, try blending two cool palettes in similar tones – choosing a basic matte shadow and a metallic/sparkling shade. Francesca recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s #206 “blackened blue & taupe” shimmer shadow with matte duo “fog/cool smoke” in #203 for recreating Jodie’s chic eye makeup.

Jessica Alba Does this always-ultra-glamorous Mom ever get it wrong? From her soft waves to her color choices, Jessica Alba’s ensemble was delightfully well put together. She looked effortlessly stunning and just simply feminine and pretty. Turns out Jennifer Lopez (yet another J!) sported a similar hair style that night, but we think Jessica’s more romantic curls offered a touchable kind of beauty. With a minimal sweep of peach blush to match her dress, the importance of makeup here is all “lips & eyes.” Where Jennifer and Jodie wore natural toned pink, beigy lips…we loved that Jessica really went for it with a striking, juicy tangerine. We all know that bold color requires some wearing maintenance, that’s why Francis offers the essential move of layering lip liner. For Jessica’s orange lip, pucker up with a layer of deep yet bright “Red” liner by Kevyn Aucoin all over the lip, a layer of “Timeless” coral matte lip color, and a final touch of “Red” on top as the final step. As for the eyes…lashes, lashes, lashes! Go for voluminous falsies that flare out like fireworks and specifically, a curling mascara. Choose a black shade, but avoid jet black to keep the makeup look soft.