Beauty Focus: Leighton Meester

Monday, May 28, 2012

As the face of both Herbal Essences and Vera Wang's latest fragrance release Lovestruck, Leighton Meester is no novice on what it takes to look good on camera. Although the infamous Blair Waldorf (played by Meester in the hit teen drama Gossip Girl) may prefer high end haulage Leighton likes to grab bargains at her local drugstore! “One of the joys of my job is being able to try all different products, but if I can spend a lot less on something, I’d rather do that.” She tells People magazine.

Not afraid to rock minimal/no makeup and a cozy pair of sweats every once in a while Leighton's style is more relaxed then Blair's, but still maintains that overwhelming hint of classic charm. Epitomized in Vera Wang's campaign for Lovestruck, Leighton is a classic Hollywood beauty. Her looks and style show great homage to the beautiful screen sirens of yesteryear like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

Keep reading for details on Leighton's favorite hair and beauty products......

The Hair:

Being spokesperson for a major P&G brand like Herbal Essences comes with it's obvious benefits, like airbrushing and free products, but even before signing on with H.E her brunette locks were to be envied. Always appearing pulled together and modern Meester tends to go for wavy voluminous styles that are soft and flattering around the face."To refresh my style the next day, I'll spray this on and scrunch up my hair." Herbal Essences Tousle Me Gently Spray Gel (see below for details). As for hair care Leighton likes to ensure her hair is receiving a bit of therapy everyday with Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split Ends Protection Cream.

For tips and tricks on how to achieve Leighton Meester's look on your hair CLICK HERE!


The Makeup:

When asked what's in her makeup bag by Meester expressed her love for keeping things minimal on a daily basis: "My makeup bag is so minimal it's embarrassing, I have a little bit of blush, lip tints - burts bees, I like L'Oreal mascara, I like an eyelash curler, I like a little bit of tinted moisturizer" she goes on to share her top skin tip "One of the best makeup tips I've ever gotten is to take off all your makeup -- that's really saved my skin" I couldn't agree more!

Although she keeps things very minimal for daytime Leighton is known for experimenting for the red carpet and she has even been known to go a little vampish. Despite the fact that her makeup looks don't always go over well with the press I admire her for wearing looks that may be a little unconventional and daring - even the most demure of gal likes to unleash her inner editorial model once in a while.

After saying all that I have to admit my favourite Leighton Meester moments are when she appears on the red carpet in a stunning gown, fresh and dewy skin, fluttery lashes, polished brows and a red/bold lip. Also recommended by Amy Tagliamonti, makeup artist on Gossip Girl - Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact Natural Finish Pressed Powder and Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow are two of Leighton's must have items for a never fail, glamorous red carpet look. I'm guessing they picked up that recommendation from the fabulous Miss Blair Waldorf herself!

For a tutorial on how to achieve Leighton Meester's red carpet look CLICK HERE!

Leighton's favourite products and where to buy:

  1. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm AU$14.95 : US$8.59 : UK£5.99
  2. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers AU$28 : US$20 :  UK£20.00
  3. Herbal Essences Tossle Me Softly Spray Gel AU$6.50 : US$3.99 : UK N/A
  4. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow AU$61.00 : US$58.00 : UK£37.00
  5. Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split Ends Protection Cream AU N/A : US N/A : UK£4.79
  6. Vera Wang Lovestruck AU$67.00 : US$48.00 : UK£45.99
  7. Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain AU$55.00 : US$29.00UK£24.50
  8. Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact Natural Finish Pressed Powder AU$49.95 : US$45 : UK£29.50
  9. Linda Mason Powder Blush US$23.00 with International Shipping Available
  10. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer AUS$64.00 : US$42.00 : UK£33.00
  11. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color AU$65.00 : US$48.00 : UK£36.00
Who's beauty style do you prefer? Blair of Leighton? Comment Below.



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