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A favorite photographer among our models- and all of us here at Nous HQ- is the one and only Lucas Passmore. His photos are unmistakable: think simple, vulnerable and tastefully sexy all at the same time, which is no small achievement! A master at bringing out the strongest attributes and fierce confidence of every girl he works with, when he’s not testing you can find Lucas shooting for some of our favorite brands like Rails and Chloe Oliver or on the pages of magazines like Bisous, Angeleno, Cosmo or even Maxim!

Lucas’s funny, vibrant and energetic personality is incredibly infectious to everyone around him – ironically, it’s kind of a contrast to his sultry photography style. His ability to capture beauty in it’s most pure form continues to amaze us, so we can easily say that our obsession with Lucas isn’t ending anytime soon (but, we’re more than okay with that).

Thank you Lucas! You have taught our girls so much and provided them with valuable experience that has helped them be the successful women that they are today. We’ve seriously enjoyed the past few years of working with you, and are looking forward to many more to come.

Lucas Passmore

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Alana Bunte // Alex Long // Alexis Ren // Angela Highsmith // Ashley Moore // Brianna Gilchrist // Britt Koth // Cameron Richardson // Cat Haave // Davia Gomez // Fo Porter // Kirby Griffin // Lauren Johnson // Maggimae // Niki Huey // Phoenix Cotner // Polina Frantsena // Taylor Hannum // Zeda Navarro

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A sultry eye is demystified by a sought-after makeup artist with this step-by-step tutorial.

Original article found here.

While a bold-red lip is always tempting during a season packed with parties, it’s rarely as straightforward as it seems, what with all of the mirror-checking and constant reapplication involved. A smoky eye, its sultry and mysterious counterpart, gets an undeserving reputation for being difficult and intimidating, and can seem unapproachable if you don’t have experience. While no one ever said it was easy, spending time mastering a foolproof technique before the holiday parties are in full swing is well worth the effort. To wit: once you have the basics down, you can create looks with varying degrees of impact, in a variety of shades, and commit to making it a steady, reliable standby.

The beautifully soft and universally flattering stare above is the handiwork of red-carpet makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis, created exclusively for VIOLET GREY. The French artist is sought after, in part, for her ability to create the perfect smoky eye. (Her client roster includes Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde, Rosamund Pike and Lea Michelle.) Below, her step-by-step technique for building a deep, defined eye without harsh edges, and the products she used to create the party-ready look above.

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Step 1: DEFINE
To begin, sketch a soft line on the entire top lash line and around to the outside half of the bottom lash line with Tom Ford’s Defining Eye Pencil in Onyx. Don’t worry about it being precise, as you will blend the color into the shadow shortly. The primary goal is to define the lash line.

Step 2: FEATHER
Lightly dust M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Smut over the entire eyelid, and feather it into the crease of the eye. Use minimal product (dip your brush into the shadow, then tap it onto a hard surface to ensure the lightest application), and layer it slowly, using a small shadow brush for precision. (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10.) The goal is to darken and define the lid and crease. You may clean up any mistakes or powder that falls onto the cheekbones as you go with a cotton swab moistened with face cream or makeup remover.

Step 3: BLEND
Next, add dimension and build out the shape of the eye. Using a blending brush for a diffused application (Violet suggests Bobbi Brown’s Eye Blender Brush), layer the bottom right hue from Tom Ford’s palette over the shadow and liner on the top lid. Continue to add more color to build the shape of the eyes. Switch back to the smaller shadow brush (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10) and blend the same hue over the liner on the bottom lash line. Remove excess color from the brush with a dry tissue, then blend the top right hue into the inner corners of the eyes and into the liner and darker shadow with the same brush.

Step 4: HIGHLIGHT
Use your ring finger to dab Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in No. 6 onto the center of the top lid, close to the lash line, and the inner corners of the eyes. This delivers a shimmery finish that makes the eyes appear wider and brighter. Then gently blend the colors together.

Step 5: ADD MASCARA
Curl the lashes, and apply a thick coat of Tom Ford’s Extreme Mascara in Ravenous Black to the top lashes, pushing the brush into the roots and wiggling it up through the lashes. Then use Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara in Black on the bottom lashes; its smaller-width brush allows for a more precise application on the bottom lashes.

Original article found here.

Written by Lexy Lebsack.

Photos by Robin Black.

Take a look at Maggimae’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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A ’90s-Inspired (But Utterly Modern) Take on Monochromatic Makeup: the seven products makeup artist Robin Black uses to get the look.

The 1990s was a seminal era for me, and I often find myself unconsciously referencing makeup styles from that time (I blame The Face and i-D). However, it’s terribly boring to simply repeat, so update that beloved ’90s monochromatic look with washes of warm color in sheer textures!

Note: Maggimae hails from Kansas and has the most amazing blue eyes (un-retouched, I swear!).

 

PRODUCTS // Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (used as eye shadow and cheek color), NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Iceberg, Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black, Anastasia Brow Fix, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (used under makeup and then patted on top of the finished look for added glow).

Take a look at Maggimae’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!

maggimaecover3[1] Being in LA, where a beach day is a good idea all year-round, we’re big fans of braided up-dos. Salty, wind-swept hair after a long beach day? No problem; hide the mess in a messy braid and transition from day to night without breaking out your arsenal of hair products and tools. This is no secret to us Angelenos. But this year, the beach babe’s go-to braided, tangled, messy updo is officially NYFW-approved!

Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2015 beauty statement was definitely a new concept. People are calling it the ‘hair lanyard’. Hold up: does this mean we can actually use those finely-honed knotting skills we learned back in summer camp for something other than a plastic keychain? ..Yes!?  We dig it.

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On the same day, 3.1 Philip Lim displayed his first NYFW up-do ever. Meet: the flyaway, knotted bun.

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Rag & Bone, Dannijo, Tome and Marissa Webb all used messy knots and braids in their runway looks too.

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As did Street-Style queen Chiarra Ferragni and other Fashion Week-goers.

One of our favorite hair stylists, Cantrell Mitchell showed us how to get our own version of the trending messy braids and buns in just a few short steps with Maggimae using 4 standard french braids pinned together into a bun.
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For a second braided up-do, check out Cantrell and Maggie’s first braid walkthrough here.

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Thanks to our friends over at Vogue, Fashionista, WWD, Lucky Magazine and Style.com for the photos and insight. Click any of the NYFW pictures to be directed to the original articles.

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It’s a hot, hot summer and the struggle is real to keep a girl’s hair looking fresh. Hair Stylist Cantrell Mitchell teams up with our model Maggimae (@maggimae_) to show us a refreshing take on the braid trend to beat the summer heat. Check out the tutorial video below!

 

Easy, gorgeous, and so chic! Here’s a closer look at the final product:

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Everyone needs a second chance! The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys), led by Caitlin Crosby, repurposes old hotel and house keys into totally chic jewelry with inspirational messages. Stamped with words and phrases like HOPE, DREAM, and LET GO, we could definitely use the little reminder in our lives. Proceeds from the keys go towards transitioning people out of homelessness and into the workforce. Wear a key for yourself, then pass it on to inspire someone else when you’re done! You can shop for your own key and share your story at www.thegivingkeys.com.

The seriously epic campaign was shot by Travis Schnieder. Check out Ashley Moore, Jordan Monaghan, and Maggimae rocking their keys below!

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Whether you’re based in Los Angeles or not, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Runyon Canyon. According to their official site, “Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park smack dab in the heart of everything – a stone’s throw away from the historic Hollywood strip.” The park provides various hiking trails, scenic outlooks, free daily yoga classes and areas for meditating. Angelinos can often spot fitness instructors, celebrities and our models of course while hiking.


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  • Walk at your own pace. There are several hiking routes that vary in difficulty where some are more challenging than others. It’s important to recognize what works best for you then progress to the others. Continue on to Runyon Canyon‘s site to learn more about each hiking route.
  • Do not get discouraged by those who seem to be pros at it, instead be inspired!
  • Always remember to stretch! You can prevent serious injuries by stretching prior to working out.
  • Get a walking buddy, it’s always great to have someone to push and motivate you to make it to the top.
  • Bring a camera! There’s no way you can hike this beautiful canyon without taking pictures.

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Ashley Moore stops for a picture at the top.
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Chebo stops to relax after completing her hike.

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Maggimae and a friend make their way to the top of the trail.
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Lauren enjoys the beautiful sunset at the end of her hike.