Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

If you were using MAC’s CB96 lipstick, 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 CB96! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

MAC Cosmetics: Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 9


These are some terms that are commonly used by MAC fans that may be a bit confusing to newcomers.

  • Acronyms | Many things get abbreviated on the internet, and makeup is no different. If you’ve seen one and don’t know what it is, MakeUpAlley has an excellent abbreviation list that should help you!
  • CCB | Cream Colour Base
  • Depotting | This is the act of removing the eyeshadow pan/palette from the black container that it came in. There are several methods on doing this, the most common requires a lighter/candle and knife. To begin, you can pop out the plastic insert that lays in the container (basically, there are two pieces to the container, the entire outer casing and a little “plate” that holds the eyeshadow pan). You can easily do this by taking your knife point and inserting it where the two parts meet, which is the same place where the lid closes and clicks in place. After you have removed that portion, take a lighter and melt the bottom of the eyeshadow container enough that you can push a knife point up through it to pop out the metal eyeshadow pan. You can also quickly melt the label found on the bottom of the eyeshadow pot (just enough to make it easy to pull off, too much and you’ll blacken it) and adhere it to the bottom of the eyeshadow pan.
  • E/s, L/s, L/g | Eyeshadow, lipstick, lipglass
  • Eyeshadow “in pan/palette form” | The typical eyeshadow comes inside a black plastic container with a clear top that pops open. Eyeshadow bought in pan/palette (means the same thing in this context) is when you buy a metal pan that is filled with the eyeshadow color with a magnet on the bottom of it. Essentially, it does not have any protective case or black plastic container. It is the bare bones product. You would then place them in an empty quad or palette.
  • Empty palettes, quads | When you purchase an eyeshadow or blush in pan/palette form, you place it inside an empty palette/quad. An empty eyeshadow palette can hold either 15 or 4 eyeshadows (referred to as a quad), and it is a slim black container. An empty blush palette can hold 6 blushes.
  • FOTD (EOTD) | Face of the Day or Eye of the Day; essentially, it is someone’s makeup from that day
  • MA | Makeup Artist
  • MLBB | My Lips But Better
  • OTT | Over The Top – as in, that bright blue eyeshadow is over the top for wearing to the office
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What holy grail products are you still searching for? What are you desperately seeking? The perfect foundation? The no-fuss cleanser?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

MAC Cosmetics:  Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 8

The “LE” Factor

The “LE” Factor refers to the Limited Edition collections that launch throughout the year.  These are products specifically designed and developed for a particular collection that debuts in a month and is then sold out or removed from shelves shortly thereafter. Once this occurs, then it becomes quite difficult to track down the color you fell in love with.

How often does MAC come out with a new collection?

Quite honestly, it depends.  Sometimes it seems like there is one a month, and other times it feels like there is one a week.  It can be hard to keep up with what is coming out now, next, and when.

Should I buy everything just because it is limited edition?

If you can afford to, by all means!  However, most of us cannot, and I would recommend checking products and perhaps getting at least one item from each launch (if you find something you like), but I advise strongly against giving into to the “LE” Factor.  Certain launches, like 2007′s Barbie Loves MAC and 2008′s Fafi For MAC, do sell out incredibly quickly, and for such large, anticipated collections like these, I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know that you can’t deliberate too long!  These collections had certain products sell out in a matter of days, not weeks.

Should I buy more than one item?  Do I need back-ups?

I rarely buy back-ups of any product, because of how often MAC comes out with new items, I find myself constantly changing up my favorites and finding new things to fall in love with.  If you find your perfect lipgloss or highlighter, I would totally say to pick up another if it’s available and it’s just that holy grail product for you.

What do I do if I fell in love with a limited edition product, and now it’s gone?

Take your favorite product with you and try to find a permanent item that is close to it, or be on the look out for potential new products that are similar.  When all else fails, try to find a product that’s a dupe for it from another brand (gasp!).

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Heidi Klum and her makeup artist Linda Hay were taking questions and giving answers yesterday, and did you think we wouldn’t ask a few beauty-related ones ourselves?  Also, you can win a gown created by renowned fashion designer John Galliano, through the Diet Coke Red Dress sweepstakes at and support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For each sweepstake entry, Diet Coke will contribute $1, up to a total of $250,000, to the Foundation for NIH in support of women’s heart health research and awareness.

Temptalia:  What do you have to do differently to make the skin ready for the camera?

Linda Hay: Whether it’s the red carpet, a runway show or a photo shoot, the same principles apply for getting gorgeous, glowing skin. For the body, I always ask my client to exfoliate the night before or morning of the event so we can start with a fresh and smooth surface. I like to apply a 50/50 “cocktail” of Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Tint (for instant bronzing) with Bare Bronze Daily Glow Moisturizer (for moisturization and a fool-proof self-tan). I top bronzed skin with a shimmer powder like Sexy Little Things Ooh La La, drawing a line with the fluffy shimmer brush along the front of the arm from shoulder to fingers, and on the front of the leg from thigh to toes. This will help visually slim and make the skin glow when the camera’s flashbulb pops.

For the face, it’s important to see fresh and pretty skin underneath the makeup. The red carpet beauty icons are the ones whose skin is glowing, seemingly from within. Severe, pancake makeup is aging so I like to use a combination of concealer, bronzer, and blush for modern, sexy, and fresh red-carpet skin.

Temptalia:  How do you decide on what kind of colors to use for the occasion?

Linda Hay: The dress for the occasion dictates the makeup look. We’ll collaborate on the makeup style once Heidi puts on the dress and we get inspired.

Temptalia:  What keeps you feeling and looking sexy on the red carpet?

Heidi Klum: To look and feel sexy on the red carpet, all I need is my glossiest lip gloss in my clutch, my sexiest lingerie under the dress, and my hot man on my arm!

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

THE HAIR created by Avon Global Stylist Advisors Allen Ruiz, Anthony Barrow and Chie Sugwara was inspired by the romance of the Cynthia Rowley Collection. Ruiz, Barrow and Chie wanted to keep the girls looking beautiful with very soft romantic hair. The look is matte in texture for movement on the runway, and shiny to keep with the romance of the collection. The team used Avon Advanced Techniques Volumizing Mousse on damp hair focusing on the roots to create a volume foundation and gave the models’ hair “guts” and shine throughout. Hair was blow dried using the Avon Advance Techniques Two-Sided Oval Brush. To add texture and volume to the hair the Avon Advance Techniques Extra Hold Hair Spray was used while blow drying and back-combing the hair with the Avon Advanced Techniques Flair Styler Brush. Finally, they applied a mist of Avon Advance Techniques Mirror Shine Spray to create a “halo” effect at the crown adding to the contrasting of textures of smooth crown and texturized full body.

THE LOOK Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created a look for Cynthia Rowley that was inspired by a fresh, modern storybook Victorian fairytale girl who looks as if she has just come in from the cold. Tilbury mixed Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color in Pink Melon, Mandarin Glow and Golden Rose to give the model’s pale, fresh skin a luminous, soft rosy flushed look. To create complementing lip look, like the girls had just been eating berries, she then gently stained the center of the lips with Avon Be Blushed in Crushed Berry. Tilbury kept the eyes fresh by adding just a bit of Avon Glazewear Lipgloss in Clear along the lids from lash to brow. This gave them a subtle sheen with lids that catch the light. Finally, she curled the lashes and applied a few coats of Avon SuperSHOCK Mascara in black to the top lashes only, which added subtle definition to the lashes.