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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

2013 Oscar Makeup Looks: Victoria’s Secret Models Alessandra Ambrosio And Miranda Kerr

Want to know how these gorgeous Victoria Secret models got ready for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party? Oh so pretty and natural! Here are how my two favorite girls show flawless glamour.

I had a chance to ask Karan Mitchell, Celebrity Makeup Artist, who works with Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, Britney Spears, and Vanessa Hudgens, a few questions.

(Photo Credit: Jon Kopaloff)

(Photo Credit: Jon Kopaloff)

Q:What are some of your top make-up tips?

A: The best tip I can offer is to use makeup primer or tinted moisturizer. Makeup has to stick to makeup, and it won’t stay on your face without a base. I used Victoria’s Secret Oil Free Primer on Ale this morning.

Q:What new make-up trends are happening this season?

A: Bright, bold lips are a big trend on the red carpet.  We’re seeing lots of berry and orange hues. I’m also seeing color on the eyes, which is exciting. People are more confident and less afraid of color than they used to be, so it’s nice to see pops of color on the face.

GET THE LOOK: Alessandra Ambrosio at Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio looked stunning from head to toe at Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party. Created by VS Makeup artist, Karan Mitchell, Alessandra’s red-carpet look was inspired by her Zuhair Muran gown. Get the look for yourself with these easy steps.


For sheer, dewy coverage, apply VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer in Golden Medium with a foundation brush.

Highlight cheekbones with VS PRO Radiant FX Face Illuminator.

For a flawless finish, lightly dust VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder all over face.

Apply VS Makeup Silky Powder Blush in Fame on the apple of cheeks.

Blend VS Makeup Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder in Goddess all over face for a golden glow.


Appy the golden shade from the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Duo in Undiscover  all over lids with a damp brush. Highlight eyes by gently blending the soft light shade under the brow bone.

Apply VS Makeup Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Diamond Lights to the inside corners of eyes.

Using VS Makeup Kajal Liner in Black Magic, line the top lash line for definition.

Curl lashes and add three coats of VS Makeup Volume Plump Mascara in Blackest Black for eye-opening drama.


Shape and define lips with VS Makeup Lip Liner in Sable Brown.

Apply VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Whisper and VS Makeup Shine Drama Lip Gloss in Elusive for a perfect pout.

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Victoria’s Secret Model Miranda Kerr at 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

GET THE LOOK: Miranda Kerr at Vanity Fair Oscar Party

At the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Miranda Kerr wore a show-stopping, ‘40s style gown by Valentino. VS Makeup artist, Lisa Storey, created a makeup look for Miranda that played up the glamour of that era, but with a modern, sexy sensibility.


Apply VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer in Golden Medium to give skin a flawless finish.

Dust VS Makeup Minerals Pressed Face Powder  all over before applying VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in At Last  to the cheeks for a fresh glow.

Lisa’s celebrity makeup artist trick? Keep VS PRO Anti-Shine FX Oil-Free Mattifier on hand for last minute touch ups!


Prep eyes with VS Makeup Hyper Gloss Eye Shimmer in Golden Lights.

Using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Heiress, apply the Base color on the lid and use the Crease color to frame the contour of the eye. Starting at the inside corner and moving outward, line upper lash line VS Makeup Precision Liner, keeping the line thickest at the outer corner. Frame contours of the eye with VS Makeup Shimmer Eye Shadow in Between The Sheets for more emphasis.

Enhance natural brow shape VS Makeup Brow Pencil. To finish the eyes, apply two coats of VS Makeup High Definition Mascara for full and lush lashes.


Apply a sheer coat of VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Lighten Up to complete this chic and glamourous style.

Could these two beauties look any more stunning?

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