Revlon - American Beauty Stars

Beauty Has Never Been So Bold

With Revlon’s own Ashley Graham!

Welcome to the second season of American Beauty Star, Lifetime’s hit beauty competition where 14 hair and makeup artists battle it out for the coveted title!

This season, Revlon is sponsoring the competition—so you’re about to see some of our best new product launches yet—and Revlon Global Beauty Ambassador Ashley Graham returns as the host! Over 13 episodes, the contestants show off their skills—re-creating the hottest red carpet and runway trends, and putting their imagination to the test in two special Revlon challenges as they vie to be named the best beauty pro.

Check back here for exclusive behind-the-scenes access, including the scoop from Ashley’s makeup artist, Katie Jane Hughes, on every last detail and amazing tricks to recreating some of Ashley’s favorite looks from the show!

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Behind the Scenes with Makeup Artist Katie Jane Hughes

Episode 12
Purple Haze
Episode 7
Sexy Shimmer
Episode 1
Mega Radiance

“This episode’s makeup was our disco diva moment—the focus is on Ashley’s smoky, shimmery eyes, which have lots of shine, texture, and dimension,” says makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. “Paired with her cascading mermaid waves, it’s the perfect ode to 1970s glamour. We were going for that classic Diana Ross style, but keeping Ashley’s makeup youthful and fresh and not too retro-quirky. I think this was Ashley’s favorite look of the entire season. She just felt really gorgeous, funky, and cool—like the total bombshell she is.”

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Step 1: Perfect the complexion.

“This entire season, I captured that lit-from-within glow by patting a bit of rich moisturizing cream on the high points of Ashley’s face, as I always do before applying her makeup—her forehead, the tops of the cheekbones, down the nose, and a bit on her chin. Once her makeup is done, the hint of gleam shines through so she looks naturally radiant,” Hughes says. “I used PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation to even out Ashley’s skin, applied using the Revlon Highlighter brush—which I love to use because its small, narrow shape is perfect for blending around facial features. I always start by brushing the foundation around her nose, mouth, and eyes, then sweep it out along the rest of her skin for a soft, smooth finish. To brighten the skin around her eyes, I patted PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer in Biscuit at the inner and outer corners of her eyes and in the hollows, but not too close to the lash lines since we’d be applying eye shadow there anyway. Then I gently buffed it all into her skin with the same brush.”

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Step 2: Create a purple haze.

“To conjure up this shimmery wash of sultry purple all over Ashley’s eyes, I layered on seven different eye shadows, using mostly brownish purple hues to give the look warmth, and skipped pencil so everything was soft and smoky with no hard lines. I started with the ColorStay Not Just Nudes Shadow Palette in Romantic Nudes,” says Hughes. “First, I dipped the Revlon Blending Brush into the reddish-mauve and nude brown shades—so both colors were on the brush—then swirled them all around her eyes along the top and bottom lids. Next, I loaded the pinky-lavender and deeper lavender shadows on my brush and swept those all over her lids from the inner corners to up just above her brow bones and a little past the outer corners of her eyes. It’s not about precise placement with this look—I just swished and swirled the colors until everything seemed diffused. Then I used what was left on my brush to add a fake crease on her lids, mimicking the shape of her real crease but placing the line about a half-centimeter above it to help open up the eyes.”

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Step 3: Illuminate the eyes.

“Our goal was to create an incandescent glow all around Ashley’s eyes, so next I grabbed the PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle palette in Watercolors, swished my Blending Brush through all three of the purple eye shadows, then dotted the mix at the inner corners of her eyes and again on the center of her lids, blending the sheen out a bit in both spots,” says Hughes. “I also traced the highlighter shade from the palette along her brow bones and at her eyes’ inner corners. These hints of sparkle add beautiful texture, and by keeping Ashley’s shadow darker and smokier on the outer half of her lids, then adding pops of light on the inner half, it visually lifts the eyes up so they look big and bright. To finish, I added a few small clusters of fake lashes to the center and outer half of the lids. But before sticking them on, I coated the falsies in lots of Volumazing Mascara so they were bold and spiky.”

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Step 4: Give brows a subtle boost.

“For Ashley’s brunette arches, I blended two ColorStay Brow Kit brow powders together, Dark Brown and Soft Black, on the back of my hand—the cool-toned black tempers the warm brown so you get just the right balance of tones,” says Hughes. “I dipped the Revlon Line & Brow Brush into the mix—you only need a tiny amount of product for natural-looking definition—then applied the color throughout her brows using short, dash-like strokes. A sweep of the brush’s spoolie side through Ashley’s brows blended everything together beautifully.”

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Step 5: Shape cheeks—softly.

“To bring a sexy flush to Ashley’s cheeks, I used the Revlon Flat Foundation Brush to swipe the creamy blush color from PhotoReady Instant Cheek Maker in Sweet Coral over the apples of her cheeks, then blended it all the way up to near the outer corner of her eyes. I dabbed the creamy highlighter side of Instant Cheek Maker on the high points of her cheeks and down her nose. Then for a little ’70s-style contouring, I took the ColorStay Brow Kit in Soft Brown—the same color I used on her brows—and swirled the tiniest bit of the powder right underneath her cheekbones,” says Hughes. “I even enhanced the natural beauty mark on Ashley’s left cheek with the ColorStay Brow Pencil in Dark Brown.”

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Step 6: Plump up lips.

“I get so much mileage out of the ColorStay Brow Pencils! This time, I used the Soft Brown shade, which is a taupe-y, beige-brown, as Ashley’s lip liner,” Hughes says. “I traced the pencil all around her lips to make them look extra plush, then patted on a pinky-nude color from a new lip kit Ashley’s created for Revlon [the kit drops this spring]. For the finishing touch of glam, I dabbed the same highlighter from Instant Cheek Maker that I used on Ashley’s cheekbones on top of her lipstick. It gave her mouth such pretty sheen without having to go full-fledge gloss. Call it sophisticated shine!”

Colorstay Brow Pencil in Soft Brown

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“The vibe for Ashley’s makeup from this week’s episode: sexy with a funky edge,” says makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. “Ashley is a dream to work with because she loves to play with makeup and really transform herself. Her dress had that gorgeous sparkly diamanté down the front of it, so we played up the gleamy effect with a big wash of silver shadow all across her eyes. Here’s how I did it…”

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Step 1: Create flawless skin in seconds.

“I always moisturize Ashley’s skin before I do her makeup—just a dab of rich cream on her forehead, tops of the cheekbones, down the nose, and a smidge on her chin. It gives just a hint of sheen that shows through her makeup for the most natural highlights,” Hughes says. “Then, to get a really smooth finish, I applied PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation with the Revlon Highlighter brush—which is small enough to fit into all the curves of the face. I started sweeping it on around Ashley’s nose, mouth, and eyes, then blended it out along the rest of her face so the color diffused nicely. Next, I dabbed PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer in Biscuit at the inner and outer corners of her eyes and in the hollows, then blended with the same brush. I don’t put concealer too close to the lash lines if I’m adding eye shadow there because it’s not necessary, and I wait until I’ve finished doing the rest of Ashley’s makeup to set the concealer with powder, because once it’s set, you can’t change it!”

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Step 2: Ignite the silver sheen.

“For the sexy silver shimmer on Ashley’s eyes, I used Revlon’s All Over Shadow Brush to sweep ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in Earl Gray all over her lids, concentrating it at the inner corners and fading it out along the lids and a little up toward her brows,” says Hughes. “I buffed away any obvious edges with Revlon’s Blending Shadow Brush, then went back into the inner corners of her eyes with the Revlon Crease Shadow Brush, making sure to use the point of the brush, to really emphasize the silver on the V shape there.”

ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in Earl Gray

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Step 3: Add a smoky haze.

“Silver shadow alone can look a bit space-age,” says Hughes, “so to keep things sultry, I layered ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown and ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in Tuxedo, a black hue, all along the top and bottom lids at the lash lines. Black alone can be a bit of a harsh contrast with this look, so the brown acts like a buffer to create the perfect not-too-intense shade. For extra oomph, I shaded the outer corners of Ashley’s eyes with ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown, applying it at the outer corners and blending it up to the top of the lid in a C shape, then worked more Crème Eye Shadow in Tuxedo into the outer corners, concentrating it just at the lash lines. Ashley curled her lashes with the Revlon Salon Pro Lash Curler, and she applied Volumazing Mascara. Ashley always puts on her own mascara, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! And for a finishing touch, to accent the crystals in Ashley’s dress, I attached one Swarovski crystal at the inner corner of each eye, with a dab of lash glue.”

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Step 4: Balance the brows.

“Ashley is a brow girl—she’s very particular about them! But for this look, we kept them soft since the eye makeup is bold,” Hughes says. “I lightly feathered the ColorStay Brow Pencil in Soft Brown through her brows to create subtle color without too much definition. I always start the pencil about a half-centimeter in from the beginning of the brow—meaning that vertical edge of your brow that’s next to your nose—because you don’t want a hard line there. Then I take a small brush with a tiny bit of PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer on it and sketch it around the perimeter of her brows and eyes to clean up any shadow or pencil fallout so the areas are nice and clean.”

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Step 5: Blush, just barely.

“For a whisper-soft flush, I used two shades of the creamy Revlon Insta-Blush: first, I swirled Nude Kiss all along Ashley’s cheeks,” Hughes says, “then patted a touch of Berry Kiss right in the center of the apples of her cheeks and blended it well so the two shades diffused into each other. To kick up Ashley’s radiance, I dusted the champagne color from the Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow on the high points of her cheeks, down the bridge of her nose, and a tiny bit at her hairline just at the spot where her center part lines up with her forehead, which helps elongate the face.”

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Step 6: Play up your lips, naturally.

“Here, we used my trick for making nude lips looks plush: I took the same pencil that I used on Ashley’s brows, ColorStay Brow Pencil in Soft Brown—a warm, taupe color—and traced it along the outer corners of her mouth to contour them,” says Hughes. “I blended the pencil with Revlon’s Blending Brush to soften the edges, then used my finger to press a pinky-nude lip color from a new lip kit Ashley created for Revlon [dropping this spring], in the center of her mouth and gently blended it out along the rest of her lips. Pouty perfection!”

Colorstay Brow Pencil in Soft Brown

“How incredible did Ashley look in the premiere of American Beauty Star? She adores this kind of makeup, which I like to call ‘Ashley Graham everyday sexy makeup,’” says makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. “To create this mega radiance, I stuck to all warm makeup shades—taupes, chocolate-y browns, coppers, bronzes—to play up those same natural tones in her skin and eyes. This is really the perfect makeup look to kick off a show about beauty, because everyone looks great in it. Here’s how we brought the look to life.”

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Check out Katie’s Technique!

Step 1: Do foundation a little differently.

“I start every makeup look on Ashley by prepping her skin with moisturizer, concentrating the lotion on the high points of her face—her forehead, the tops of her cheekbones, down the nose, and a dab on her chin—so a hint of gleam peeks through from under her foundation,” Hughes says. “Then I applied PhotoReady Candid™ Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation using the new Revlon Highlighter Brush, sweeping the mix on Ashley’s skin around her nose, mouth, and eyes, then blending it out along the rest of her face so the color diffused into a nice, smooth finish. (I prefer a smaller, narrow brush because it gives you more control; you can get right into the grooves around your eyes and nose—plus it blends in the makeup as you’re applying it.)”

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Step 2: Soften up smoky eyes.

“Smoky eyes don’t have to be all black and gray! For Ashley, a mix of brown shades gave way to this pretty, softer kind of smoky,” says Hughes. “First, I traced ColorStay™Crème Gel Pencil in Dark Chocolate all around her eyes, top and bottom, then smudged the lines with Revlon’s Blending Shadow Brush. Next, I used the brush to press the dark brown eye shadow from the ColorStay Looks Book™ Eye Shadow Palette in Insider over the liner to intensify it, then swooshed away any edges. I dabbed a touch of sheen on her lids using a few of the shimmery colors from the Original palette, then smooshed loads of Revlon Volumazing™ Mascara into Ashley’s top and bottom lids, right at the lash lines, so that they looked extra dark.”

ColorStay Looks Book™ Eye Shadow Palettes

ColorStay Looks Book™ Eye Shadow Palettes

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Step 3: Double up on brow powder.

“The trick to natural-looking brows is to load only a tiny bit of brow powder on your angled brush, then create little etch marks with it as you apply, just as you would with a pencil,” says Hughes. “Here, I mixed together two ColorStay Brow Kit™ powders, Dark Brown and Soft Black, on the back of my hand (on a brunette like Ashley, the cool-toned black knocks back the warmth of the brown so you get the perfect balance of tones). I used Revlon’s Line & Brow Brush to work the color into her brows using short, dash-like strokes, then swept the spoolie side of the brush through Ashley’s brows to blend everything together.”

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Step 4: Blush like YOU!

“No two people flush in exactly the same spots, so massage your skin with your fingertips before you put on any makeup to see where you flush, then apply your blush there,” Hughes says. “Since Ashley’s makeup here is all about warm, natural hues, I chose Revlon Powder Blush in Dare to Bare for a soft, natural cheek color with no pink or peach tones. I swirled the color on the apples of her cheeks, then blended it up toward her temples and down a bit below the cheekbones to mimic her natural flush. To emphasize Ashley’s bombshell glow, I dusted Revlon Blush in Bronze Beauty along her hairline and in the contours of her cheeks to warm up her complexion, but skipped it along her jawline, which is already naturally cut!”

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Step 5: Nail the perfect pout.

“To make Ashley’s already lush lips even lusher, I used the point tip of ColorStay™ Lipliner in Natural to define her lip lines, then tilted the pencil tip on its side to fill in her lips—but left the center area bare, like where you’d suck on a straw. In that spot, I pressed Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor™ in HD Glam into her lips,” says Hughes. “This creates an ombré effect from the two nude shades that adds dimension and makes your lips look outrageously full and pouty. And isn’t that what we all want?”

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor™

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Ashley Gives Some Lip ️!

Are you all about Ashley’s empowerment movement? Then get ready to fall for her new limited-edition Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Kit. Ashley chose her favorite Revlon lip formulas, then worked with our team to create new shades that are all her own. Coming mid-Feb.

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