5 Swoon-Worthy Shades of Jamie Dornan To Celebrate His 33rd Birthday

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Jamie Dornan, who masked his true Irish identity to become the infamous Christian Grey in we-all-know what movie, turns 33 today. Let’s examine and celebrate his hotness accordingly.

1. He can rock a suit. (A requirement for playing Christian) 

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2. But he messes it up just-so with that perfect scruff

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3. His eyes are a piercing blue

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4. He can hang with the fashion set–that’s Derek Blasberg on the left. 

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5. The way he looks at his wife, Amelia, is everything.

WARNER BROS. & INSTYLE Host 16th Annual Post GOLDEN GLOBES Party Honoring Hollywood's Brightest StarsPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com


’50 Shades’ Head Makeup Artist Tells Us How to Get the Sexiest Anastasia Steele Beauty Looks

Still from 50 Shades of Grey

We know what you’re thinking when you watch those Bey-scored, drama filled, 30-second previews of the soon to be released 50 Shades of Grey film: “How do I get Ana Steele‘s beauty look?”

Okay, so maybe not. Maybe you’re busy looking at Jamie Dornan‘s pecs or wondering if the two stars hate each other as much as the rumor mill might have you believe. But here’s the thing: both kink and makeup are in fact, both, all about fantasy. As such, makeup could in fact be just the entrée you need for a Valentine’s Day date unlike any you’ve ever been on before.

So we’re going all out. 50 Shades of Make Up For Ever, Anastasia Steele style; from the young naïf to the red-room expert–it’s all here, with exclusive tips from Victoria Down, makeup department head for the movie–she’s responsible for all of Dakota Johnson’s looks throughout the film…We’ll break it down, step-by-step.


So Victoria, what are the key products to achieve the Anastasia Steele look?

Throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, the most important focus for Anastasia’s look were both her cheeks and lips. For the cheeks, I used pink-y, rosy MAKE UP FOR EVER blush colors because they can be easily blended throughout the cheek, and even across the forehead, chin, and jawline, for a fresh glow-from-within look.

The light pink, coral, and darker pink hues were terrific complements to Ana’s complexion and helped to showcase her transformation from an innocent college girl, uninterested in makeup, to that of a much more sophisticated beauty. Ana’s lip look was a big makeup focus throughout the movie. To give her lips a natural flush, I applied a tiny bit of gloss to the center of her lower lip to add sheen for those stained lip close-ups. To achieve Ana’s high lip vinyl shine, use the sexy threesome of MAKE UP FOR EVER’S Tease Me Lip Trio!

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How does one amp up their beauty look for a night with a Christian Grey-type date?

In my mind, smoky eyes are everything! They’re a great way to look a little more seductive for a night with a Christian Grey-type date. Apply dark shadows on your eyes, smoke them out, add liner, pack on mascara, and brighten up your lip color. Just sex it up a bit and be bold!

Can you share tips for using the blush palette in the collection?

As Ana’s character transformed, I used the trio of MAKE UP FOR EVER Desire Me kit blushes to evolve the contours of her face. Blush application and shades took her from a youthful, healthy glow to a more highlighted cheek look, culminating in more a classic cheek look. By mixing, blending and using each blush shade in certain areas of the face, Ana’s transformation truly came to life.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Desire Me Cheek Set

(continued) To create Ana’s healthy glow, I used a darker pink blush, which I blended out across the apples of the cheeks, on the nose, and a little on the chin and hairline. It gave the appearance of a healthy flush from under the skin and not like applied blush. Then, to create Ana’s highlighted cheek look, I used a light amount of pink and coral blushes dusted very lightly under the cheek bone as a contouring face tool.

Can you share tips for using the eye shadow palette in the collection?

To achieve Ana’s “no-makeup” makeup look, I used taupe colors like MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow #S-556 in the MAKE UP FOR EVER Give In To Me set. I used a small amount and smudged it into the upper and lower lash lines for a natural wide-eyed look. To unlock Ana’s empowered look–her makeup as she gets more involved with Christian Grey–I shaded her eyes a little deeper and stronger using darker browns like MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow #I-628.



Any other insider tips for using the products in the collaboration?

I like how versatile the MAKE UP FOR EVER Tease Me Passionate Berry Lip Trio. There are several ways to wear the gorgeous colors to complement any skin tone. For a light, stained berry lip, apply Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil #10C along the edge of the lip line and blend inward, then add Lab Shine Lip Gloss #D4.  Or, replace the gloss with the exclusive Aqua Rouge #50, a waterproof, long-lasting liquid lip stain, and finish with the clear gloss that’s included for a more intense color. Experiment, mix the products, find your own comfort level, and never be afraid of color!

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Tease Me Passionate Berry Lip Trio

Kink For Dummies: Domi Dollz Launch Fundraiser For Their First Book

Down here in the Caribbean, it’s hard to believe that the holiday season is in full force. A friend up north was talking about snow while my main concern is tan lines. For the record, there won’t be any…it’s like that. I’ll be filing little glimpses as I sip tropical fruit drinks and practice the art of not getting caught staring at the bikinis while laying out next to Amanda. Amanda can be scary.

Speaking of scary…Sandy not only destroyed homes, ‘hoods, and a sense of security; it threw the calendar out with the bath water. Many people and businesses plan their holiday parties at the last minute, right before Thanksgiving, and many, bolstered by an improved economy and needing a reason to be cheerful, are scrambling for a night date in a hot spot. Domi Dollz, a group that lives and teaches a real life 50 Shades of Grey lifestyle, is one such group. They will have a super-secret seasonal soiree as soon as they find a place to hang their hat…er, whip.

This year they have a lot to be cheerful about as they are completing their first real-deal book, Kinky Amour, on the subject. Publishing a book is an expensive process and they are trying to raise funds to complete. I  asked Domi Dollz founder and president Nina Payne to tell me all about it:

The fundraiser. Tell me about it.
Someone had mentioned I should try a fundraiser a couple months ago when I was faced with the huge budget of getting this book together. Domi Dollz isn’t just trying to self-publish a book; we’re also creating video tutorials and taking beautiful photographs to show readers how they can practice kinky techniques. We are raising funds so we can properly advertise and promote this book to help make the world a sexier place. Check out the fundraiser here.

What is Kinky Amour?
Kinky Amour is an introduction into kink that explores everything from communication, psychology, and safety, to specific techniques like spanking, bondage, and role-playing. This book has been designed to inspire the reader and help direct her or him to discovering what works best for them and whomever they’re with.

So what types of things will you be covering in the book?
We’re covering a lot of ground in our first book, which is so exciting, beginning  with understanding what kink really is and the reminder that no one should feel ashamed if they are curious or interested in it. Kink is about fun, creativity, and, most of all, trust; it can really liberate an individual and especially strengthen the bond of a relationship. But we will also be covering lots of specific techniques likes spanking, flogging, bondage, dirty talk, role playing, and much more.

What makes this book different than the other kink books out there?
Kinky Amouris not only a book, but it will also be an eBook that has beautiful photography and video tutorials. In fact, it will be the first eBook about kink with video tutorials which you can download to your computer, KindleFire, or iPad. We’ve structured it in a sort of "Kink For Dummies”-style  way, and it will feature personal stories, kinky tips, and other fun stuff from myself, Ms. Mona Rogers, and other fellow Domi Dollz.

So this is a collective effort from all the Domi Dollz.
Yes, our fans will be happy to hear that this book will have contributions from other Domi Dollz, all of whom you can check out here. My biggest help was Ms. Mona Rogers; she came in while I was writing the final draft and really elevated it to the next level. We are very excited by what we have.

What motivated you to write this book?
Aside from wanting to bring a positive message to the world, we were also motivated to write this book after getting feedback from people all over the world interested in our workshops, but weren’t able to attend. We hope this book will bring people an opportunity to learn at their own pace in the privacy of their own home, and hopefully help them embrace their sexualities.

When will the book be out?
February 2013. We are currently shooting all the video and photography, and it’s been a blast watching it all come together.

Tell me about the costs of producing this tome. How do people get involved?
Domi Dollz is on Indiegogo to raise funds to bring this book to life. Self-publishing is no easy task; we’re not only producing high-quality videos and photos, but also advertising it, which has an added cost. It’s expensive to make your dreams come true! We are hoping others who support kink and sexual education will also support our cause. All the money raised will go toward the creation, publishing, and promotion of Kinky Amour. When you check out the fundraiser, you’ll see our sexy video explaining it all. People can use their credit cards or Paypal to donate on Indiegogo. We also accept money orders,  so just email info@DomiDollz.com one of our Dollz, and she can arrange that. We are aiming to raise $10,000, but honestly EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS and gets us closer to our dream. We are grateful for it all and offer perks for different-sized donations. If all the kinksters in NYC donated just $1, we would have way more than ten grand! 

Emma Watson Is Really, Really Not Playing Anastasia Steele

I didn’t believe for one second that Emma Watson would be the female lead in 50 Shades Of Grey and I was right.

Last week Anonymous allegedly broke into the German movie studio Constantin and obtained documents identifying Watson had been cast as Anastaisa Steele, the virgin-turned-submissive-sex-goddess in E.L. James’ erotic novels.

I didn’t even watch any of the Harry Potter movies and that makes me feel icky inside.

I was disappointed, because most recent Anastaisa casting rumor had been one that actually made more sense: Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys on Game Of Thrones. (And soon Broadway’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s.) 

But there ayope for her yet? Emma Watson took to Twitter today to respond No Fucking Way in only the most politest, British-est way she could:


So that settles that. 

Christian Grey rumors are similarly all over the place: Ian Somerholder, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Justin Bieber (NO). My vote is for Somerholder and Anna Kendrick.

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‘Beautiful Bastard,’ Just-Published ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Knockoff, Already Gets Movie Rights Acquired

The Twilight-fan-fiction-turned-romance-novel Beautiful Bastard, a 50 Shades Of Grey knockoff, only published earlier this week, just in time for your sad Valentine’s Day reading dirty books alone whilst eating takeout. But already Beautiful Bastard has had its film rights acquired, meaning yet another "erotic novel" is headed to the big screen.

Beautiful Bastard, which is co-written by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings under the pen name Christina Lauren, was originally published online as Twilight fan fic entitled The Office. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, readers downloaded The Office roughly 2 million times between 2009 and 2011 before it was taken offline and adapted for print publication.

Now published this week as Beautiful Bastard, the book features a "gorgeous, innocently provocative — completely infuriating" intern named Chloe Mills and her "exacting, blunt, inconsiderate" media mogul boss Bennett Ryan. Hmm, sounds … a lot … like 50 Shades.  

The film rights for Beautiful Bastard have been acquired by Constantin Film and is rumored to be produced by Jeremy Bolt of Resident Evil fame. 

Meanwhile, the parlor game of who should play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaptation of 50 Shades Of Grey continues.

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Christmas Bonuses One Good Thing About ‘Fifty Shades’ Trilogy

E.L. James’s erotic vampire fan-fiction-turned-What Not To Do Guide to Relationships/BDSM/everything else has proved to be a rather lucrative venture, inspiring cosmetics, lingerie, sex toy parties and eventually, probably a film adaptation. And like any cultural phenomenon, the Fifty Shades comes with some strong backlash for a number of reasons—the writing isn’t exactly Shakespeare, the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey abusive and creepy and not exactly worth idolizing, there’s some misinformation about BDSM practices. and the term used most frequently to describe the series, “mommy porn,” is super annoying and demeaning and probably comes with some really unfortunate implications about women and sexuality.

But, hey! Here’s something good that came out of this whole thing. Thanks to the wild success of the series, and other key titles like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, everyone at Random House—literally everyone, “from top editors to mailroom clerks” says USA Today—is getting a big ol’ holiday bonus of $5,000. And for everyone who isn’t, like, Sir Richard Branson, $5,000 is a significant amount of money. And at a time when the book industry—and really any industry that favors words and stories over cat videos, really—is in a precarious state, any good news is comforting. So, to aspiring E.L. Jameses—maybe stop depicting abusive relationships, but also, keep writing! Because people are obviously reading what you’re writing, and it’s keeping the lights on for many a mailroom clerk at the publishing houses. 

Justin Bieber As Christian Grey?

Casting directors will consider anyone, literally, anyone for the role of Christian Grey in the 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation. Carrot Top? He’s being considered. Pauly Shore? He’s being considered. That vagrant over there who is peeing on a squirrel? He is being considered, too. Oh, yeah, and Justin Bieber. 

The Biebs let it slip on the UK’s Jonathan Ross show that he had been approached about having a role in the film. He was mum about specifics — all he said was "They actually want me to be in the movie!" — but the UK’s Daily Star tabloid implies Bieber meant he had been considered for the role of kinky dominant Christian Grey. There is no way 50 Shades will be rated anything less than R, so it would be rather a waste to even entertain a young man whose fan base is still carrying Hello Kitty pencil cases. Justin Bieber looks like he stopped getting spankings from his mother two weeks ago; he shouldn’t be giving them.

Other male celebrities who’ve been rumored to be circulating the role include obvious choice Ryan Gosling, Ian Somerholder, and Matt Bomer, although Bret Easton Ellis (who was passed over to write the screenplay) says he is too gay for that. But again: Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling.


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‘Fifty Shades’ Now Being Used to Market Kitchen and Bath Décor

The original headline for this post was going to read, “E.L. James Has Made Fools of You All,” but that seemed a bit melodramatic. That being said, not since Jelly Belly began making Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans have so many business enterprises found a way to capitalize on a book series. There’s the lingerie, the upcoming film or something maybe, the vacations, the Dublin sex festival the books inspired (sorry if you missed the sex festival). One hotel in England’s Lake District, hoping to create some sparks among its guests, we guess, even replaced the Bibles in the rooms with copies of James’ book.

But for those whose devotion to Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey goes beyond piddling purchases of lingerie, shoes or cosmetics, you may soon be able to live out your own fanfic-inspired fantasies with home décor. Luxury marketing and PR outfit DRS and Associates pitched a line of “Shades of Gray” kitchen and bath fixtures, including, “a Laufen washbasin with seductive curves and edgy Graff faucets in a brushed nickel.” Although these items are lovely and would go well in a modern decorative scheme, if you or your partner are making home decorating choices based on Fifty Shades of Grey, it may be time to rethink more than just the light fixtures.

What we’re trying to say is, is basically we’re one handshake away from @50ShedsofGrey getting a coffee table book deal. Never give up on your dreams, kids! 

Bret Easton Ellis Is Cranky About NPH, “Gay” Sitcoms

I don’t know who anointed American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis the cultural arbiter of all things gay (that would be John Waters, duh), but Ellis had a huffy week on Twitter getting upset by the perceived gayness of CBS sitcoms.

Ellis’ strong opinions zeroed in on gay actors who play straight roles, tweeting:

"Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother — central joke being that he’s a gay actor playing a het[erosexual] womanizer. Why not cast Jason Segel in the Neil Patrick Harris role in How I Met Your Mother? [Because] the meta-joke is that Harris is openly gay. Lame. You don’t think the makers of How I Met Your Mother didn’t KNOW that Neil Patrick Harris and that would be part of the joke? Really? Look, I like Neil Patrick Harris especially when he’s hosting The Tonys but How I Met Your Mother is, like all CBS sitcoms, a piece of crap."

He also griped about the nerdy The Big Bang Theory. "And please don’t get me started on the gay The Big Bang Theory – I’m too tired to go there," he tweeted. "Gayness personified."

Despite his strongly voiced opinions on "crap," Ellis’ core complaint is unclear. Is he implying that gay actors should only play gays onscreen and straight actors should only play straight ones? Because if Rush Limbaugh called for casting roles that way, we would call it "discrimination." And practically speaking the result would be less work for gay and lesbian actors, given the lack of mainstream roles for gay and lesbian characters.

These tweets by prompted after Ellis tweeted at length against rumored casting White Collar man piece Matt Bomer as the Christian Grey role in 50 Shades Of Grey because Bomer is gay. His objection is that Bomer is gay and Grey has to be straight, for some reason ( despite fact Bomer played a married straight man in Magic Mike and no one cared). It is worth noting that on Friday night, Ellis did a 180 and tweeted, "You know what? I changed my mind. I think a gay actor HAS GOT to play Grey. It’s IMPERATIVE that someone gay plays him…"

I’m not sure if Bomer or NPH’s real-life sexuality are the first thing on all viewers’ minds; they certainly aren’t on mine, nor are the sexual orientations of other actors. As a heterosexual woman, I wonder if Ellis’ observation is acutely sensitive to him because he is gay, yet goes unobserved by others.