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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Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Make Up For Ever Star Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lipglosses: Star Finish

For spring (although, these have been available at Make Up For Ever boutiques since last June), Make Up For Ever launches new Lab Sine Lip Gloss ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) in three finishes with 35 shades in total.

I reviewed the Metal Lab Shines several months ago, when I first purchased the Lab Shines. My intention was always to review all of the ones I purchased (which is all except for three, which they did not have in-stock at the time), but I was never able to get through lip swatches for all of the new glosses. I do still hope to do lip swatches for them in the future, but for now, please enjoy swatches and photos.

The Star Collection includes 14 shades and contains Make Up For Ever’s Star Powder. This finish is supposed add a lot of shine with iridescent mother-of-pearl. All of the lip glosses have both hyaluronic acid and Camelina oil for help moisturize lips and improve elasticity. It is a non-sticky gloss with a slight, tropical fruit kind of scent. The scent is not overwhelming, and it doesn’t smell synthetically sweet. They are packaged in thick, clear tubes with a black cap and a brush-type applicator.

The shades included in this finish are: S0 (pearly nude), S2 (pearly light beige), S4 (pearly pink beige), S6 (pearly peach), S8 (pearly ruby red), S10 (pearly caramel), S12 (pearly praline), S14 (pearly blackcurrant), S16 (pearly raspberry), S18 (pearly rosewood), S20 (pearly violet), S22 (pearly candy pink), S24 (pearly coral), and S26 (pearly electric rose). All of the shades are featured in this post except #S2, which was not available for purchase when I purchased the rest of these.

  • S0 is a sheer, pearly champagne beige with pale champagne shimmer.
  • S4 is a sheer, pearly rose pink with soft yellow undertones and champagne shimmer.
  • S6 is a sheer, coral with peach and pale gold shimmer.
  • S8 is a semi-sheer, blue-based red with soft gold shimmer.
  • S10 is a sheer, burnt brown with slight orange tones and beige shimmer.
  • S12 is a sheer, neutral brown with gold and champagne shimmer.
  • S14 is a sheer, darkened plum with pink and pale gold shimmer.
  • S16 is a sheer, muted, medium fuchsia pink with icy pink and champagne shimmer.
  • S18 is sheer, rosy brown with pink and teal shimmer.
  • S20 is a sheer, milky cool-toned pink with gold shimmer.
  • S22 is a sheer, soft pink with subtle cool undertones and pale gold and pink shimmer.
  • S24 is a sheer pinked coral with subtle gold shimmer.
  • S26 is a semi-sheer dark fuchsia pink with fuchsia iridescence.

Star Lab Shines have a very smooth texture; they’re thick without being goopy, but they are very comfortable to wear. They’re some of the more moisturizing glosses I have tried, and with these lighter shades, I get about two to three hours of wear. I’d love ‘em more if they wore longer (three to four is average for me, two is below), but I do love that they have a huge shade range (that’s permanent!).

My big complaint is that these only have 0.09 oz. in them–the average lipgloss has about 0.20 oz., and even Make Up For Ever’s Fascinating Lipgloss contained that much, but they halved the size and kept the price. I understand these are a completely different formula and contain their various powders (Diamond, Star, and Metal), but whether that really merits what is in essence over a 50% price increase is up for debate.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: These are very nice gloss basics; they’re non-sticky, comfortable to wear, and there are lots of shades to choose from. The Star finish is probably my favorite, because it has a nice level of sparkle and iridescence that’s not glittery or over the top. These are generally on the sheerer side, though, but deposit more color than the Diamond finish.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora.com

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