Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Make Up For Ever Britney Spears “Hold it Against Me” Make Up Look

Make Up For Ever’s David Hernandez dishes on how to get Britney’s eye-catching make up look from her new music video for “Hold It Against Me.”

Complexion

  • Prep the skin with HD Microperfecting Primer by applying to the entire face with Nylon Brush #30N.
  • Next, apply HD Invisible Cover Foundation all over to achieve a flawless complexion.

Cheeks

  • Use HD Microfinish Blush #14 to highlight the cheeks, shading from top to bottom.
  • To add a slight contour to the cheeks, use the darker shade from our Sculpting Kit and shade just under the cheekbones.
  • Finish by blending Star Powder #941 onto the cheeks, an iridescent white with silver highlights that provides a soft glow.

Eyes

  • Apply Aqua Cream #4 in white all over the eye lids with Brush #14S. Then, add Aqua Cream #2 in steel to the crease.
  • Line the top and bottom lash lines with Aqua Eyes #2L. Next, add intensity to the eyes with Aqua Black, placing it inside the top waterline with Brush #2S.
  • Apply a thick coat of Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara.
  • For added drama, apply Faux Lash #157 to the middle of the lash line first, then lifting the corners until the lashes are secured in place.
  • Finally, apply Aqua Cream #2 to the outer corners of the eyes and blend.

Lips

  • Apply Rouge Artist Intense #18 in nude as a base to the lips.
  • To add dimension, apply Lab Shine #M16 at the edges and center of the lips.
Monday, February 14th, 2011

Yoana Baraschi NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Yoana Baraschi NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Yoana Baraschi @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

MAKE UP FOR EVER ALLIANCE artist, Lottie (www.makeupforever-alliance.com), served as key make up artist for the Yoana Baraschi Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lottie was inspired by the season’s bold, glossy jewel tones that complement Yoana’s collection.

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Lottie created one eye look with two different color iterations, spicy purple and rusty red, both with a glossy finish. The spicy purple eye make up was achieved by mixing MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color #6 in violet and #18 in wine red, and then applying it to the lid up to the crease. Next, Lottie blended MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow #75 on top of and just inside the line of Flash Color to create a two-tone effect. The rusty red look was created by combining MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color #5 in fuchsia, #17 in red and #1 in carmin and once again applying it to the lid up to the crease, and then blending it with MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow #18 to achieve a similar two-tone effect. To get glossy highlights on the eyes, Lottie applied Glossy Full in clear on top of the color. She finished by lining the inner corner of eyes with MAKE UP FOR EVER Concealer Pencil for a bright-eyed look.
  • Lips: Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Glossy Full Couleur #10 for a nude, glossy lip.
  • Face: Lottie kept the complexion bare with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation and a little bit of new MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight #22 and #23 to add subtle highlights to the skin. The cheeks had a light flush from Sculpting Blush #20.

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Libertine @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Libertine @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Libertine @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

MAKE UP FOR EVER ALLIANCE artist, Lottie (www.makeupforever-alliance.com), served as key make up artist for the Libertine Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lottie wanted to create a look that was universally flattering on all the models without upstaging the beautiful colors in the collection. She decided on a tough, but chic, black smoky eye, fresh face and raspberry stained lip.

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: To achieve a true black smoky eye, Lottie first applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to the upper and lower lash lines in a cat eye shape as a base. She then added MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow #4 (matte black) and blended it out onto the eye lid. For added drama, she finished off the eyes with a thick coat of MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash.
  • Lips: Lottie used Rouge Artist Intense #34 to get a nice berry stained lip.
  • Face: Lottie used MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation to perfect the models’ complexions. She then contoured the hollows of the cheeks using MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Sculpting Kit.

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Friday, February 11th, 2011

Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Mara Hoffman @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

MAKE UP FOR EVER ALLIANCE artist, Lottie (www.makeupforever-alliance.com), served as key make up artist for the Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lottie drew her inspiration from the beauty of the Middle Eastern woman, embracing sun-kissed skin and deep smoky eyes.

Makeup How-to

  • Complexion & Cheeks: Lottie gave the skin a sun-tanned glow with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation that was one shade darker than each models’ actual skin tone. She then warmed up the complexion even more using MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Bronze and MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit all over the face and cheeks.
  • Eyes: To achieve dark smoky eyes, Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to the upper and lower lash lines, and added drama to the lashes using MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash. The key to this look was a full brow, so Lottie used MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector and combed it through the brows with a disposable mascara wand to add thickness.
  • Lips: Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Camouflage Concealer Palette #4 to the lips for a sun-stained, neutral pout.

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Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #4 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #4 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Digging for Antiques with Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever #4 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dusty pink with a matte finish. It’s opaque in color, and it wears really long and well (over five hours). It’s actually described as a “matte antique pink,” and I can kind of see where they get that, but there’s just this peeking of coral through the pink that I can’t ignore.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either, though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with darker shades, I get around five to six hours of wear.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This is a flattering shade on a variety of skin tones, from light to dark, cool to warm. The color coverage is excellent, so it should work well on those with more pigmented lips, too. It is also one of the less clingy shades from the Rouge Artist Intense range.

where to buy: Sephora

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #12 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #12 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #12 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #12 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a darkened magenta pink with a frosted finish.  Because of the drier formula, the frost finish is particularly harsh and noticeable, so this is a shade that I like mixed with either balm, clear gloss, or some other lip gloss to give it a smoother look overall.  It’s almost a matte-frost, actually.  This shade really clings to lips, and it was a touch drying for me after five hours of wear.

About the Formula:  The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either (but #12 was a bit drying after a few hours for me), though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with this brighter shade, I get around five to six hours of wear.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a pink that will suit cooler skin tones particularly well, but warmer skin tones should be able to wear it.  Try pairing it with a cool pink cheek and purple eyeshadow.  I do not recommend this particular shade to anyone with dry or cracked lips.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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