Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Bronzer

Share your best tips and tricks for applying bronzer!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. If you’re planning to apply it as more of a contour color, use a slightly fluffy, angled blush brush, which will fit nicely into the hollows of the cheeks and be small and precise enough to skim across the temples and the forehead.  The fluffiness also helps to ensure it doesn’t go on too strongly initially and can also be used to blend out the color.
  2. To add warmth, most bronzers will do this, but if you’re looking to add primarily definition, look for bronzers with brown or gray undertones.
  3. Apply in the shape of a 3–you want to skim along the edges of the forehead, along the temples, in the hollows of the cheek, and lightly along the outer jaw line.  Imagine the 3 beginning as the curve of the side of your forehead, with the middle of the 3 being the hollows of the cheeks, and the bottom of the three being the curve of your outer jaw line.

Thanks to Jayne for this week’s topic!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Wear a Deep, Dark Lip Color

Share your best tips and tricks for how to apply, wear, and maintain dark lip color!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Apply a lip pencil in either a color similar to yours, clear, or similar to the lipstick (the latter is my preference).
  2. Apply the dark lip color using a lip brush for maximum precision–you really want crisp, even lines when working with such a bold color.
  3. Apply concealer outside of the lips and blend towards the lips to clean up any stray lip color and help bring the lips forward.

Thanks to Teresa for this week’s topic!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How-to Make Makeup Last in the Heat

Share your best tips and tricks for making your makeup outlast the heat!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like primer to help give any foundation or product used on the skin something extra for wear!  This usually extends wear for me by an hour or two.
  2. Creams and liquids are great for the base, and then they can be set with coordinating powders to lock in color (e.g. foundation and powder, cream blush and powder blush).   Having pressed or blot powder for on-the-go can also help fix a slightly melting face!
  3. Look for long-wearing, water-resistant/waterproof formulas designed for more extreme conditions.

Thanks to Jenny for this week’s topic!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Minimize Redness on the Skin

Share your best tips and tricks for minimizing, correcting, or camouflaging redness in the skin!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I don’t actually have too many tips, as I don’t suffer from too much redness in the skin so I haven’t had to deal with it personally to a great degree.  I get some around my nose and sometimes on my cheeks, and for me, light-medium coverage foundation usually covers both significantly.  Otherwise, green is known to mitigate redness, and I remember having a green concealer once upon a time.
Friday, August 30th, 2013

NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation — Light

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation looks to make cream foundation modern by using the latest and greatest technology to create a cream foundation that has a lightweight, luminous finish that can be applied wet or dry with buildable coverage. It’s a formula that is designed to blend seamlessly (which is the aspect that encouraged me to write-up a how-to on contouring and highlighting with cream foundation) while enhancing the skin’s natural radiance.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve reached for a cream foundation, because they’ve often felt too heavy and provided too much coverage in the past, and cream foundation has come a long way over the years–so I was incredibly curious to learn more about NARS’ take on it. What better way to learn more about it and how best to incorporate cream foundation into your beauty routine than getting the scoop from NARS’ International Lead Makeup Stylist Uzo! She began as a resident makeup artist and has since worked with such high profile clients as Drew Barrymore, Naomi Campbell, Olivia Munn, and Molly Sims and creates looks for designers, like Marc Jacobs, at New York Fashion Week.

NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint
Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist

TEMPTALIA: First things first, what’s your favorite way to apply Radiant Cream Compact Foundation (RCCF)? What are your go-to tools?
UZO: I really like to use my fingers to apply RCCF. Nothing beats using the fingertips to blend this luxurious cream seamlessly into the skin to give the complexion that natural, radiant finish. RCCF is packaged with a sponge that can be used wet or dry, and is great for both application and blending. The sponge really helps for a quick and smooth application, but I always go back and use my fingertips to diffuse product to perfection. I use a concealer brush to blend product around the eye area with more precision. I may also use a foundation brush when I want to sweep on deeper shades of the foundation on the cheeks and jaw line for contouring.

NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint
NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation — Medium

TEMPTALIA: Have you found an unusual but incredible way to use the new formula?
UZO: Although, RCCF was designed to make skin look its absolute best when used alone, I will play with different formulas when I want to make skin look super-glamorous and red carpet-ready. I use a liquid foundation, first, to create a smooth, even and radiant canvas and then blend a little amount of RCCF on to the cheeks and forehead to give skin more coverage. Skin looks luxe and super-polished and never cakey or heavily made up.

Check out the rest of the interview!  Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Pair Blush with Bold Eye Makeup

Share your best tips and tricks for picking the right blush when you’ve gone with bolder eye makeup!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. If the eye makeup is very warm-toned, then something neutral to lightly warm-toned for blush tends to work well.
  2. If the eye makeup is very deep/dark/smoky, then something muted and neutral — like a beige, brown, or pink.
  3. If the eye makeup is very cool-toned, a muted plum.

Thanks to Monica for this week’s topic!