Jessica Alba’s makeup pro shows you how to master the cat eye


She’s the woman Jessica Alba keeps close at all times, flying her around the world–including to Paris Fashion Week, where Jessica was seen rocking some of the best hair and winged liner around. So who better than celebrity makeup artist (and Avon spokesperson) Lauren Andersen to give us tips on how to master the cat-eye? Bonus points if you get the look down in time for the highly anticipated Season 6 premiere of Mad Men on Sunday. (Andersen’s favorite era for the cat-eye is the ’60s, and I feel the same way!)

There are two basic steps to the cat eye. Once you’ve applied your shadow of choice, “Draw a thin line, starting from the inner corner of the eye, and follow it straight through to the outer corner—as opposed to following your natural eye line, which is more of a half moon,” says Andersen. “Go straight out with the line and upwards on a very slight incline.”

Once the line is done, you’re going to have some space to fill in on the outer corner, the so-called wing, which is in the shape of a tiny triangle. Andersen’s tip is to “go back and fill in the triangle, as thick or thin as you want. If you make a mistake, go ahead and let your product dry, and then go back in with a cotton swab and some makeup remover and try again.”

Finish the look with two coats of mascara. Andersen’s fave is Avon SuperExtend Infinitize Mascara ($9.50,, which has a curved rubber wand that prevents clumping.

As for which liners are best—pencil, liquid, or cream/gel—Andersen says they all serve a different purpose.

“With a pencil you’re going to have some more control over how much product is delivered,” says Andersen. “It’s easy to use but it won’t be as crisp. When you use a classic liquid liner, you’re usually going to have a really crisp eye with clean edges,” she adds. “With gel liners, I feel like I have ultimate control and a lot of precision.” She recommends going with a pencil during the day, when you want a softer look, and making the line as thin as possible. To transition into night, you can create a more dimensional look by layering liners. “For spring or summer, take like a teal or a purple and do a thick line in a traditional pencil and then put the liquid black liner over that. Make the pencil line thicker so it shows from behind the liquid liner.”

Here are Andersen’s top 3 products recommendations for the ultimate cat eye:

Avon Glimmersticks Liqui-Glide Eye Liner ($7,

Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner  ($32,

Diorshow Art Pen ($30,

Finally, remember that the old adage is SO true when it comes to makeup: Practice makes perfect!

What are some of YOUR favorite liners?

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9 beauty products Eva Mendes buys at the supermarket


See, celebs really ARE just like us: They like to shop for beauty products in between the frozen food aisle and the produce section. Even our cover star Jennifer Lopez has admitted to buying her favorite cream at the supermarket. In the case of Eva Mendes, she mostly combines her grocery and beauty product shopping out of convenience. “I absolutely hate shopping,” she confesses. “Unless it’s something for my home, I don’t like shopping, so I keep it to a minimum.”

Of course, the star of the new crime thriller The Place Beyond The Pines (out today and co-starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta) doesn’t shop at just any grocery store — as with the food she puts into her body, this Cuban beauty is very mindful about the beauty products she uses, so you’re more likely to find her at Whole Foods than the corner bodega.

Here are Eva’s favorite health-food-store beauty buys, so you can add them to your own shopping list:


Jason Quick Clean Makeup Remover Pads ($9,

“I love them,” says Eva of these fragrance-free, pre-moistened pads from the natural beauty product line. “I don’t like regular makeup removers cause a lot of them have a lot of gunk in them.”

Rosewater ($9,

Eva doesn’t wash her face in the morning. “I think water, unless you’re drinking it, can be very dehydrating so sometimes I skip the washing the face part,” she says. To cleanse her skin at the start of her day, she usually just uses rosewater on a damp cloth. Best of all, “it can be totally inexpensive,” she adds.

Thayers Premium Witch Hazel ($10,

Depending on how her skin feels on any given morning, Eva might use witch hazel instead of rosewater.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($37,

“It’s really cool, you can get it at any health food store and you can use it on your eyes, your lips, anywhere,” says Eva of this uber-hydrating cream — a celebrity favorite.

Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick ($14,

To keep her lips moisturized in LA.’s dry climate and with her constant traveling, Eva turns to this lip balm with jojoba wax and shea butter.

Coconut Oil

Once a month, Eva will give her hair some extra love, either by using the Pantene Pro-V Overnight Miracle or good old-fashioned coconut oil. “You put it all over your scalp and your hair and then you tie your hair up in something that will protect your pillow and ideally sleep with it and wake up in the morning and rinse it out,” she says.

Yogurt & Rock Salt

“I like taking regular plain yogurt and rock salt and I use it as a scrub in the shower,” says Eva. “It’s such a great exfoliant!”

Epsom Salt ($7,

Though she’s a big fan of Laura Mercier bath products, Eva says she’s “more into Epsom salts now” on the days she wants to treat herself to a relaxing bath.

What beauty products do YOU get at the supermarket?

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The only foundation tips you’ll ever need in life


It’s a different era now, isn’t it? Gone are the days when Latinas went to the makeup counter and were faced with one of two choices: light or dark. Today, we’ve got beauty companies catering to the full spectrum of our skin tones. Still, finding the right shade — and using it properly — can be complicated. Thankfully, celebrity makeup artist and CoverGirl expert Luis Casco helped me put together this foolproof guide to wearing foundation like a pro.

Here’s to meeting your match!

1. Know your undertone. “Finding the right foundation is about finding your undertone first,” Casco says. “And usually we fall into one of two categories: warm or cool.” The easiest way to do find your undertone is to look at the veins on your inner wrist. If the veins are blue, then you have more of a cool undertone, and should look for foundations with a pink or blue base. If the veins appear green, you fall into the warm group, and should look for ones with a yellow or golden base.

“My personal rule of thumb is: if you tan golden brown after being in the sun then most likely you are a warm undertone and if you turn red or pink or burn, then you’re most likely a cool undertone.”

2. When testing foundations, always look at your chest. “We’ve all done the trick of applying foundation along the jawline,” says Casco, “but you need to be looking at the chest area, too, because it’s one of the first things people see, and you want everything to look uniform. This is especially important in the summer, when you’re wearing tank tops and lower-cut things.” Casco adds that matching the shade to your neck is difficult because day-to-day, our face is covering it from the sun, so chances are your neck is lighter than your face. So his advice is to go with the shade that matches your chest, and if it happens to be lighter than your face, use a bronzer to bring the whole look together.


3. Use good lighting. “The worst lighting for applying foundation is fluorescent lighting,” warns Casco. “Make sure you do your makeup in an area where there’s sun. It doesn’t have to be direct sun either because that’s too much, but do it by a window, so it’s indirect sunlight.” Another option is getting a lighted mirror. “Just make sure that it has what they call ‘natural lightbulbs’ or even a clamp light with a natural light bulb will do,” he adds.

5. Mix it up! “A lot of times you’ll find that people have a darker perimeter around their face and lighter skin in the middle, so don’t be afraid to blend two shades,” says Casco. “I always find that using a primer helps the foundation to move better as you’re blending.”

6. Invest in your tools. “It’s ok to use your fingers, just make sure you keep them clean,” says Casco. The potential downside of using your fingers is that it can give you a streaky look. “But if you live in a cold climate, or if your skin is a bit dry, the warmth of your fingers helps the foundation glide a little easier,” he adds.

Disposable sponges or ones that you can wash are hygienic, so Casco recommends this tool for people who are prone to breakouts. The only con with sponges is that they tend to soak up the product, so you might end up wasting some of it.

As for foundation brushes, they’re Casco’s favorite tools, because the synthetic ones work well with both liquid and cream products. He recommends applying tiny dots along the middle of your face, where you usually need a bit more coverage, and then working upward and outward towards your temples so that it almost disappears.

“Stippling brushes are great for rolling your foundation on, which gives you that soft and feathery airbrushed look,” says Casco.

More and more people are loving the kabuki brush, which Casco says is “fabulous for those with acne because you can tap it on and concentrate on those areas where you need more concealing — and then blend.”

You should clean your synthetic and natural fiber brushes regularly by using baby shampoo or a brush cleaner — just make sure that your brushes are dried flat.

What’s your No. 1 foundation tip?

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Meet Glam Belleza Latina, Glamour’s gorgeous new beauty magazine & website!


Do you remember the first time mami let you put on her makeup? I must have been around 7 or 8, and it was a very specific beauty product that I was obsessed with—the loose powder from Maja, the vintage Spanish cosmetics company. It had a flamenco dancer on the red-and-black packaging, and it smelled like roses, just like my mother. From her I learned that being “put-together” is important because it’s a projection of what’s going on inside. And it was never about looking like someone else; it was about loving yourself and then making an effort to be the best version of that—in every sense.

Fashion icon Isabel Toledo says it best in the inaugural issue of Glam Belleza LatinaGlamour‘s new beauty magazine, on select newsstands starting March 5. She said, “Discover your uniqueness—that is your very strength—and then highlight that.”

The first magazine of its kind dedicated solely to nuestra belleza, this is a celebration of Latinas’ unique beauty, a rainbow that encompasses so many different colors, textures, and shapes. How amazing is it that this is what America looks like?


But it’s more than a magazine; it’s a love story. And who better to tell the first chapter of that story than the forever-glowing Jennifer Lopez? For this first issue, Glam Belleza Latina’s editor Veronica Chambers (a proud Panamanian!) sits down for an exclusive interview with our favorite multi-hyphenate, who, at 43, has never looked or felt better. Call it La Lopez’s ultimate beauty playbook. For instance, you might be surprised to learn that J.Lo gets some of her best beauty finds at the supermarket. Who knew?! Read the full story right here.

Lopez and Toledo are in good company in this first issue. The list of super-talented contributors includes renowned yoga instructor and our natural beauty expert Hilaria Thomas Baldwin, Cuban-American designerNarciso Rodriguez, celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez, Emmy-winning journalist Lynda Lopez, and Today show anchor Natalie Morales. Then there are all the experts, artists, and bloggers who shared their knowledge and passion for all things beauty.

But the most important person in all of this is you, our muse and the source of our daily inspiration. Tweet us @glamlatinamag and visit us at on March 11, where we’ll be bringing you the latest in celebrity beauty, hair, makeup, skin, and nails, as it relates to you and your life.

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