Spotlight: Selena Gomez

So, I’ll bet this is a post I’ll bet you guys could see coming from a mile away, eh? I have a bit of an obsession right now, and for quite a few years, with one of the hottest young pop stars on the planet these days, Miss Selena Gomez! Selena started her career the way many of the biggest pop stars of the day did – on The Disney Channel! Prior to that, though, as just a small child, Selena had worked for a few years as a cast member on “Barney & Friends,” alongside another of today’s hottest pop stars, (and another personal favorite of mine,) Demi Lovato. Still, in her early teens, the Disney Channel is where Selena began her meteoric rise to pop superstardom. She made her first appearances guest-starring in a few episodes of “Hannah Montana” before getting the lead role on her own show “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Selena recorded the song “Everything Is Not What It Seems” for the show, as well as a few songs for her made-for-TV film, “Another Cinderella Story,” before releasing officially forming the band Selena Gomez & The Scene and releasing her debut album, “Kiss & Tell,” followed by the brilliant “A Year Without Rain,” and “When The Sun Goes Down,” as well as starring in several film projects, including “Monte Carlo” and, one of my favorite films of 2013, “Spring Breakers.” Now, having dropped The Scene, Selena has just this past week released her first album under only her own name, “Stars Dance,” which I posted a review of last week. This week Selena also celebrated her 21st birthday by releasing a random, fun video for one of my favorite tracks from the new album, “Birthday.”¬†
 
[youtube http://youtu.be/abWeJq_XlwA]
 
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The first single from “Stars Dance” was the absolutely stunning, sexy Middle Eastern-inspired pop anthem “Come & Get It,” which took the world by storm and gave Selena her highest charting single to date. “Come & Get It” marked a major step forward in Selena’s sound, taking on a much more mature and sexy sound than anything she has done before, without being explicit, provocative or over-the-top. It is, by far, one of my favorite singles of 2013 so far and the accompanying music video was just the perfect visual representation of the song, maintaining it’s mature and sexy imagery but in a very classy way!
 
[youtube http://youtu.be/n-D1EB74Ckg]
 
I had been planning this post for a while now, back when “Come & Get It” was the only single & video released from the album, so I filmed a tutorial for the beautiful look from this video, carrying on the Middle Eastern inspired theme of the song! It’s a really beautiful, somewhat extreme, mostly matte smokey cat eye with a really fresh, simple look to the rest of the face! I really love this look and hope you guys do, too! Check out the tutorial below!
 
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvqX3XvFWKo]
 
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PRODUCTS USED:
 
FACE:
L’oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder in Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Dior Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora
Stila Make Me Blush Palette
MAC Pearlmatte Beauty Powder in Flatter Me
 
EYES:
Avon Big Color Eye Pencil in Vanilla
Stila Eye Shadows in Chinois, Illimani, Champara, Nanda Devi, Wheat & Ebony
Wet N’ Wild Cream Liner in Black
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
 
LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Berry Red
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Pink
 
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Carrying on with the more mature, sexy sound of “Come & Get It,” the second single from “Stars Dance” is the amazing, club anthem “Slow Down.” “Slow Down” has been out for a couple of months now, initially being released when you pre-ordered the album on iTunes. Like I said, “Slow Down” is a wall-to-wall dance song with very sexy lyrics and a beat that was made for dancing to all night long, just as the lyrics say! The music video for “Slow Down” actually leaked to the internet on my birthday last Friday, (rounding out a whole slew of Selena-related stuff happening right around my birthday, making it a very Selena birthday this year!) The video was released officially shortly afterwards, which you can check out below!
 
[youtube http://youtu.be/Z8eXaXoUJRQ]
 
As I mentioned, I had filmed the “Come & Get It” tutorial in advance when it was the only music video released from the album. I had filmed a separate tutorial for a look from the “Stars Dance” tour promo poster, however I filmed this tutorial at Kip Icon’s apartment and it wound up with some very difficult editing issues and much of it was out of focus and, basically, unusable. I was initially planning to film another tutorial for that look but then the music video for “Slow Down” leaked and I just knew that I needed to film a tutorial for the look from this video instead! I just immediately fell in love with the look from this video because I thought it was just a perfect club/night out look that also really captured the essence of the song! This tutorial also gave me the opportunity to use the LORAC Pro Palette that I picked up for my birthday! So, check out the tutorial below!
 
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLvwY3UFL9I]
 
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PRODUCTS USED:
 
FACE:
Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup in Honey
Covergirl & Olay Concealer in Corrector
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
NYX Illuminator in Narcissistic
Benefit Watts Up
 
EYES:
LORAC Pro Palette Eye Shadows in Nude, Light Bronze, Taupe, Sable & Espresso
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
 
LIPS:
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Sedona Red
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang
 
So, as you can see, Selena is really killing it right now, both in terms of beauty and music, and I really can’t wait to see what else she has in store with this record, upcoming film projects, including her first action film, “Getaway,” alongside Ethan Hawke, and everything else she may have planned moving forward! If you ask me, Selena has got a huge career ahead of her and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next! In the meantime, though, I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!
 
Jason
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