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MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012
MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: MAC Pro Sculpting Powder Pro Palette – blended over natural looking skin to emphasize contours, Fleur Power Powder Blush and Peaches Sheertone Blush – blended together and softly dusted over the apples of cheeks with 129 Brush for a flush
  • Eye: Young Venus in Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – dusted over the eyelids with 242 Brush for a soft highlight, Fig. 1 Eye Shadow and MAC Pro Indian Ink Small Eye Shadow Pro Palette – blended together with 219 Brush to define the crease with a hard, rounded contour, MAC Pro Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil – applied through the lower lashline to define, Coal Black Pro Lash Mascara – applied over upper and lower lashes
  • Lip: Innocence, Beware! Lipstick (available S/S 2012) – rubbed into lips for a natural glossy stain
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MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012
MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Studio Finish Concealer – perfects skin only where needed, Blot Powder/Press – applied over the center of the face for a polished effect, Silver Dusk Iridescent Powder – dusted above cheekbones, over bridge of nose, and inner corners of the lower lashes for a highlight, Cubic Powder Blush – blended over the lower apples of cheeks with 129 Brush
  • Eye: Blacktrack Fluidline – applied with 210 Brush with precision through the upper lashline only with a minute extension on the outer corners, MAC Pro Gloss Texture – dabbled over eyelids for a soft sheen
  • Lip: Redd Lip Pencil – contours and defines the lip, Scarlet Ibis Lipstick (available S/S 2012) – applied over the entire lip, MAC Pro Acid Orange Pigment – patted over the lips with 219 Brush to finish

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012
MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation – applied to achieve flawless matte perfection, Immortal Flower Powder Blush (available S/S 2012) – blended over cheeks for a healthy flush from within, Fusion Gold Metal X Cream Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied as a highlight above cheekbones with fingertips
  • Eye: Fusion Gold Metal X Cream Shadow (available S/S 2012) – blended from the upper lashline up through the brow and outwards to the temples with fingertips, with a heavy application on the inner corners of the eyes and over brows
  • Lip: Innocence, Beware! (available S/S 2012) – applied over the entire lip directly from the bullet for full coverage
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Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer


Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “moody and mysterious dark gray.” It’s a dark, neutral gray; it looks a hint blue under really bright light but otherwise rather neutral on me (and typically, if there is blue, it becomes more obvious against my yellower skin tone). It’s not quite cement gray; perhaps more like wet or damp cement. Illamasqua DWS is similar but a little lighter. Zoya’s Dove is warmer and much lighter.

It has a cream finish, and I was able to get opaque color in two coats. The formulw as a cinch to work with, as it had a great balance of thick and thin to allow for good flow across the nail but still pack enough pigment into each coat. I didn’t have any issues with streakiness either. RBL normally wears a solid week on me with very minimal tip wear; it is one of the better wearing polishes on me (but I confess, most polishes wear a week on me without chipping).

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Stormy
Stormy
Stormy
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Autumn/Fall Must-Have Makeup Products/Trends


Autumn Must-Have Makeup

As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to decline, autumn enters, along with a shift in must-have makeup products (or trends, since I didn’t make specific recommendations).  Here are my three for this fall:

The Dark Lip is a fall trend that never gets old and never goes out of style. It must be the cooler temps that make us reach for those cooler, darker berries and plums–and for those of us who are more daring, our truly vampy shades. There are two essential tricks to wearing and pulling off a darker lip: confidence and technique.

You gotta have the confidence to rock the bold lip–this means throwing out any preconceived notions you have of how you look in a dark lip. We get stuck seeing ourselves in a certain way, but trust me, others see us in less of a box! You look killer in your crushed berry lip stain! (And if you need to build-up your confidence level, wear it around the house and good friends.) Secondly, technique is important; you want to take your time and apply a darker lip color with a lip brush when possible, and lining around the lip (with a colorless lip liner or concealer) and on the edge of lip will give you a very crisp, precise lip look as well as longer-lasting color that’s less prone to bleeding. Keep in mind that adding gloss on top of a dark lipstick often increases the chance it will bleed.

The Plum Blush adds color but also definition to cheeks–and it’s an interesting way to switch-up your usual makeup routine. It’s also nice way to embrace some of the more somber tones of autumn that we see so often on lips but on the cheeks. On cooler complexions, I love pinkish plums, while on warmer complexions, brownish plums work well. It can be applied heavily or softly, depending on your preference, and softer, finer textures allow for a really blendable, sheered out looks, while denser products will yield greater intensity in a single pass.

The Matte Lip is back with a vengeance this fall, but we’ll be seeing different twists and takes on what exactly matte means. They’re just not your old school dry-as-a-bone kind of mattes any more. Thank goodness for the improvements in formulas, ingredients, and technology, because we can now achieve matte lips without chalkiness, dryness, or excessive pulling and tugging. Keep your eyes open for some of those new formulas launching in the next month or so!

What are your must-have products for autumn?

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