Thursday, October 11th, 2007

TOO FACED HOLIDAY 2007 GIFT SETS ANND PALETTES

Too Faced delights the holiday season with their “Lights, Camera, Glamour!” box filled with eight eyeshadows, six lip glosses, two blush powders, a bronzer, a face powder, a shimmer powder, a brow powder, and an eye liner powder ($40.00). Be sure to browse their Quickie Chronicles – The Miss Sixty Girl, “a runway-ready color palette for eyes, cheeks, and lips”, which features an eyeshadow quad, eyelinner duo, blush, and four lipglosses ($28.00). You can shop for these at www.toofaced.com or www.sephora.com.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Last week I asked readers to give their three best makeup tips to beginners when it came to makeup. Now, I’m going to share my top ten make up tips I think are important for anyone at any level or skill. These are in no particular order!

Accentuate your favorite features, and remember that focusing on one feature per look tends to achieve a better overall look. Doing dramatic eyes, cheeks, and lips can sometimes take away from beauty because it comes out overdone and perhaps even “clownish.” This is not to say you shouldn’t or you can’t do bold eyes and lips; it is more a word of caution when it comes to doing multiple focal points.

Confidence is the most essential piece to what you wear out. Anybody can rock any color eyeshadow, blush, or lipstick/gloss as long as they have the confidence to back it up. Being comfortable in your makeup is vital, because the awkwardness or self-consciousness will definitely be picked up by others. So, honey, take that bright blue shadow you’ve been lusting over, but haven’t dared to wear, and pull it off by just realizing how amazingly beautiful you are and how much fun can be had with experimentation and trying colors that aren’t your norm.

Looking polished is easily achieved by complimenting your makeup and not forgetting the parts of your face. Those with naturally fabulous skin can do well simply by moisturizing (and if you feel the need, a light powder or concealer), and others who have less-than-perfect skin have so many variations and formulas of foundation available to them to turn that skin into even, smooth, flawless-looking skin. Perfecting the skin can do wonders on your confidence, because so many of us fret over those teenage acne scars or the slight rosacea some of us have, and other various skin “flaws.” Sparse eyebrows are easily turned into glamorous sisters by gently filling them in. Lips are defined by lip liner and/or lipstick, or even a light gloss with only a hint of color to give off an image of lush puckers. Eyes can be enhanced with nothing but natural brown mascara, to lengthen and thicken lashes just slightly.

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Saturday, September 15th, 2007

This tutorial is designed to go step by step through a very dark, sultry purple smoky eye, which is best suited for clubbing and special occasions – but great for fall.

Skill Level: Intermediate


Eyes: Smoke Signal pigment (burgundy), Cumulus eyeshadow (grayish blue), Thunder eyeshadow (dark purple-gray), Sketch eyeshadow (brown burgundy), Feline kohl power (black eye liner), and black mascara.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Other Worldly blush (warm dirty brown) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Sparks Can Fly lipstick with Lull lipglass.
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

This tutorial is designed to walk you through, step-by-step, a very easy and subtle neutral eye that’s perfect for any occasion.

Skill Level: Beginner


Eyes: Gold Dusk pigment (lighter gold), Goldmine eyeshadow (true gold), Rye eyeshadow (antique gold), Goin’ Bananas eyeshadow (shimmery yellow), Rose Blanc eyeshadow (golden neutral), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Casablanca eyeshadow (highlight), Graphblack technakohl (black kohl liner), and black mascara. Also will use water based mixing medium.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Margin blush (rich coral) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Mari-sheeno lipstick with Apex 3D glass.
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush

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Monday, September 10th, 2007

This tutorial is designed to walk you through, step-by-step, a very easy and subtle neutral eye that’s perfect for any occasion.

Skill Level: Beginner


Eyes: Indianwood paint pot (Warm golden brown cream shadow/base), Grain eyeshadow (light neutral), Goldmine eyeshadow (warm, rich gold), Rye eyeshadow (antique gold), Bronze eyeshadow (rich warm brown), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Graphblack technakohl (black kohl liner), and black mascara.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Other Worldly blush (warm dirty brown) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Strawberry Blonde lipstick with Tartlette lipglass.
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush

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Sunday, August 12th, 2007

This tutorial is designed to show you how to create a simple pink look that’s great for summer and brightening up your day with very detailed photos and text directions to guide you.

Skill Level: Beginner


Eyes: Fresco Rose paint pot (Soft/light cool pink cream shadow/base), Up-do eyeshadow (light cool pink), Pink Papillon eyeshadow (light warm pink), Living Pink eyeshadow (medium pink), Passionate eyeshadow (bright dark pink), Cranberry eyeshadow (deep raspberry), Hush (highlight with pink undertones), Graphblack technakohl (black kohl liner), and black mascara.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Don’t Be Shy blush (light cool pink) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Fashionably Fuchsia (bright pink) lipstick with Lightswitch 3D lipglass (sheer irridescent shimmer with pink and purple undertones).
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush

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