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.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

There has been a bit of buzz over beauty blogs and their place in the past few days, beginning with WWD’s article on beauty in the blogosphere as well as ten of their picks for today’s hottest beauty blogs.  Following that was a less relevant piece where retailer Target refused to speak with bloggers because they are part of nontraditional media.  Target asserted they wanted to focus only on traditional media outlets, because they reach their core audience.  Today’s latest article covering beauty blogs was published by the New York Times seems to show beauty bloggers are in it for the free stuff and swag treatment that was previously reserved only for editors and industry insiders.

I’m curious to know what you, the readers–the most important facet–think of beauty bloggers working with brands and their representatives, free samples, and even “swag.”  Does the association/link between beauty blogger and company public relations representative taint the blogger’s viewpoint?  Are beauty bloggers just in it for the goodies?

A few response pieces to the NYT article by fellow beauty bloggers can be found here and here.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

As fabulous as your makeup is, what about your style/clothes? Are you just a jeans and shirt kind of girl or are you dressing to the nines just to go to the grocery store? What’s your style?

You know me, cropped pants and a sweater. Tank top in the summer! I’m so simple.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I would like to cordially invite you to a Temptalia Reader Meet and Greet at the MAC Pro store in New York City (7 West 22nd Street) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 2:30pm. You are welcome to come alone or with friends!  We will be very fortunate as the NY MAC PRO store recently relocated, remodeled, and reopened–with an amazing format and store layout.  It is perfect for us beauty addicts! I would love it if you would RSVP if you plan to join us for some beauty gabbing and drooling, and you can do so just by sending me a quick email at  Hope to see you there!

Please note the time and date change! I was informed by two people that MAC Pro is not open on Sundays (I wish the MA I spoke with would have mentioned that when I said I was coming on Sunday, sigh!).  Thank you for hanging in there with me as I readjusted my schedule.

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