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Vanessa Hudgens must have turned every head in Ischia, Italy last night when she showed up to the 2013 Ischia Global Fest Gala Dinner with fire engine red lips and flirty side swept locks.
As if a midriff-bearing ensemble wasn't enough to scream sexy siren, The Frozen Ground starlet put away her straightening iron and sock bun accessories and let her bed-tousled waves tumble over one shoulder.
Ms. Hudgens also kept her makeup simple to ensure she brought every eye to those "come kiss me" red statement lips. With a few swipes of black eyeliner and a light pinky blush, she was ready to rock. And can we talk about that ridiculously flawless skin? Unfair.
Get the Look: Okay, so we can't fake that flawless skin but we can at least try by starting out with a good BB Cream to even out skin and hide imperfections. Look for a formula that will give you lightweight buildable coverage like Kiehl's BB Cream - Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 PA+++, which also has Vitamin C to help brighten and clarify skin.
Once your BB Cream is evenly applied and blended, sweep a sheer pink or peach over the apples of your cheeks (try: Lancome Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose) and apply a cream highlighter like ILIA Polka Dots and Moonbeams at the highest point of your cheekbones upwards towards your temples. Also apply it along your brow bone (right below your eyebrows), in the inner corner of your eyes, and above your cupid's bow. This will make your skin look like you just had an oxygen facial (or got some Love, Italian Style).
Keep your eyes simple like Vanessa's by applying a black waterproof eyeliner pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero to both your upper and lower lash lines. If your eyes aren't sensitive also line the waterline (the skin that sits right above your lower lash line, closest to your eye) with the same place pencil. Finish your eyes by applying 2-3 coats of a waterproof mascara like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Voluminizing Mascara that won't flake or clump.
To get Vanessa's red-hot lips, look for a creamy, saturated longwearing red lipstick like Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Stiletto Red. Before the lipstick even touches your pucker, make sure you start by exfoliating with either a sugar scrub or your toothbrush to ensure your lipstick goes on evenly. Next, use a nude lip liner to line and fill in your lips to make sure the color pops and the lipstick doesn't bleed or feather. Then, use a lip brush to apply the lipstick, blot with a tissue and then apply a second coat.
As for achieving Vanessa's hair, it doesn't matter if you're a curly girl or your mane is stick straight… just toss your locks to one side and pin them. Tip: Did you notice Vanessa changed her usual part? Try parting your hair on the opposite side for an extra dose of volume and sexiness.
We're definitely going to try this look over the weekend since it involves melt-proof makeup and a hairstyle that will let our necks breathe in the summer heat. We'll be channeling Ms. Hudgens' sexy starlet style, but without the exposed midriff obviously. Baby steps…
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