Best in Beauty: The Evolution of Elle Varner

Soulful songstress and ESSENCE Festival headliner Elle Varner has a track record for success in the music industry. Not only can the 26-year-old carry and write a tune, she's also got some serious beauty chops.

Virginia Lowman Jun, 25, 2015

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Commander of cool, Elle Varner, pairs dewy skin with nude lips, winged liner and cateye spectacles.

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Forget the taboos about using blue liner. Line your lower lash line in an electric blue hue to sass up a daytime look.

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When in doubt, red lip it out! Elle varner proves that red lips and winged liner work for all occasions. 

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Elle Varner arrives at the 2013 T.J. Martell Foundation's Women Of Influence Awards flaunting dewy skin and pink cheeks. Copy her fresh-faced flush by dabbing your lip shade on the apples of your cheeks and blending in.

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Follow Elle Varner's lead at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards by keeping your makeup simple and focusing on the eyes. Elevate your lash game with ultra luxe falsies for your upper and lower lashes.

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Refresh your lipstick look with a hint of shimmer. Apply your favorite wine-colored lipstick; follow by dabbing a high-shine shimmer gloss on your upper lip and the center of your lower lip. Using an eye shadow brush, dab a cosmetic grade glitter over the gloss. Repeat until desired shimmer is achieved and dust off any excess.

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Summer months call for color so, take a cue from Elle and dress your lips in fuchsia! For an added dose of sexy, apply a clear or shimmer gloss to the center and outer corners of the your lips.

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Brows can make or break a beauty look. Play up bright lips with structured bold brows. For dramatic brows like these, fill in and sculpt brows with a dark brow gel of your choice.

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For BET's Music Matter Showcase "Lipstick On The Mic," Elle showed up rocking an ultra violet lipstick, blushed cheeks and kohl lined eyes.

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If heavy makeup isn't your thing, keep your routine simple and let your lipstick do the work. Try a bold shade that compliments your warm complexion. Why not opt for orange like Elle did at the 2014 BET awards?

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Okay, we typically do not advocate for powder blue eye shadow, but Elle Varner makes it work when paired with dewy skin and glossy pink lips. You too can make powder blue work for you--find a shade that isn't too cool to compliment your skin tone, and avoid blending too high into the brow bone.


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