Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Hey everyone! It’s Temptalia live from New York City, haha! SO, I just got back from backstage at Mara Hoffman, and I have sometime to post, so of course, I must! Above, that’s me on the left (duh) with MAC senior artist Victor Cembellin (who we first met back at San Francisco’s Fashion Week last August). He was working at the Mara Hoffman show, and it was so great to see a familiar face there. It really helped put me at ease instantly!

Backstage is super busy, and everybody is bustling about, so we weren’t able to stay too long (I didn’t want to hog up the artists’ time or get in the way), but we did manage to talk to Christopher D., a MAC senior artist, about the look he was doing on a model for the show. He told us that it was a Moroccan-inspired look with sun-burnt skin that he created using a rich, coppery red cream colour base on the cheeks with pale, nude lips, which he added a touch of lipgelee for a pop of color and make the nude suit the model’s skin better. He was trying out a new mascara with a gel formula that’s slated for fall release, and he loves it more than Zoomlash and Plushlash. It has a much smaller brush, and it does an excellent job of lengthening and separating without any clumping. He kept the skin fairly natural and matte, with just a bit of dewiness on certain areas of the face to highlight it.

Take a peek at some of the other photos I snapped whilst backstage, as I make my way over for the Temptalia Meet&Greet over at MAC PRO in NYC. Hope everybody’s having a great weekend!

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Despite having one of the flights from hell, I managed to get into town in time to attend the Total Beauty and Aveda dinner at Koi at The Bryant Park Hotel. We were served several courses that came out appetizer-style/family-style, in the sense that you picked what you wanted from a main plate, as compared to having your own individual plate. Koi is an upscale Japanese restaurant with flare and originality. I met numerous other bloggers from the beauty sphere, which was really great as I could put names and faces to blogs. I sat near Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa, Michelle from All Lacquered Up, and Lianne from The Makeup Girl Blog. They were all such great company! It was a lot of fun to gab with some fellow bloggers, as well as meet our friends at Total Beauty like Stacey and Kristen. Thanks to them as well as Aveda for hosting such a fabulous dinner party!

After getting back to the hotel at 2am, I hurriedly unpacked, checked some email, and tried to catch some zzzs. But I was up bright and early, and I snapped a few shots before heading into Mara Hoffman.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


How many eyeshadows do you have? Have you ever counted? (Are you afraid to?!) What are you up to? And hey, while you’re at it, is there a color that seems to prevail?

P.S. – What are your weekend plans?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Paradisco, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Paradisco! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you do touch-ups throughout the day? Or do you just pray it all holds together? Are you the “once I’m done, I’m done” kind of person, or do you prefer to double-check to make sure everything is good during the day and fix anything that’s amiss?

Touch-ups? Next to never! I might touch-up or re-do my lips, but you will not see me fixing my face or eyeshadow whatsoever!

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

We were fortunate enough to be able to ask celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali, who did America Ferrara’s SAG look earlier this week, some burning beauty questions!

Temptalia: America has a very full, natural brow – is there a way for women to mimic this or accentuate what they have? So many women have thin brows in a season where natural is becoming the trend.
Vanessa: You can give the appearance of a fuller brow by using a brow pencil or a brow shadow (applied with an angle brush). Using a shade a touch lighter than your brow, subtlety fill in / shade the top of the brow. It is important to do this on the top because shading under the arch can close in the eye. Where you start shading depends on the shape and fullness of your brow. Very thin brows may want shading from end to end. Medium density brows can generally start at the arch and extend out to the end of the brow. Finish by brushing your brows up into the newly shaded area.

Temptalia: What is the best way to get a long-lasting lip color that requires minimal touch-ups? Does lip liner really help it to stay in place longer?
Vanessa: There are certainly some great long wear formulas and methods. Which you choose depends on what look you want. Because America is young and has beautiful full lips, I wanted to give her mouth intensity while maintaining a certain lightness / transparency — nothing heavy and dated. I used the Lip Coloring Stick in Raisinberry all over the lip to “stain” the lip in a semi-sheer wash of color. The lip coloring stick is creamy enough to glide over the entire lip, dry enough to stay put, and has a very clean feel on the lip.

Temptalia: What do you have to pay attention to or what additional products do you use to make America camera-ready, especially with the detail picked up by high definition?
Vanessa: High definition TV picks up every detail. This means clean make up. Especially the skin. I use foundation and powder only where it is needed and very sparingly at that. To avoid powder buildup, I supply her with blotter papers for touch ups.