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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you ever feel like you have too much makeup? No such thing?

Temptalia's Answer.

Sometimes, but it’s a hobby of mine, in a way, so there’s more to it than just “how much can I actually use?”

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Rodarte @ NYFW S/S ’10

Rodarte’s showing has easily been one of my favorites from the extravaganza that is NYFW. You can get the makeup breakdown by MAC and hair breakdown by AVEDA. But me? I’d rather stare at the final production! :)

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

To read about the MAC Rodarte Collection, please visit this post. It has a full, thriving discussion and debate that’s on-going as well as official statements from MAC Cosmetics and Rodarte.

MAC @ Rodarte

The Look

M∙A∙C Senior Artist, Chantel Miller designed the Maori-inspired geometric tattoo makeup seen on the runways at the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2010 runway show today. Chantel worked in close collaboration with designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy and key makeup artist James Kaliardos (for M∙A∙C) over the course of 4 weeks to create the full-sleeve, half-sleeve and neck tattoo designs, which are meant to evoke the feeling of a futuristic tribe.

“The idea for the tattoos stemmed from Kate and Laura’s desire to celebrate makeup as art not only for the face, but also for the body in a similar way that Indian culture uses henna. They want women to look at makeup as an accessory for an outfit the way you would a bracelet or a necklace,” said Chantel Miller.

Get the Look

The morning of the show, Chantel, who specializes in body painting, spent 4 intensive hours with a team of 40 artists hand painting the elaborate body art. Each model received a customized combination of the designs depending on which look they were wearing in the show. There were; 4 different full-sleeve, 1 neck and 8 half-sleeve designs. To get the look Chantel recommends trying a combination of the below products. She says, “Application is key to creating a body-art look like this, so the brushes play an essential part.”

  • PRO Micronized Airbrush in Black Black
  • Brush 252
  • Brush 242
  • PRO Mixing Medium/Alcohol Base
  • Liquidlast Liner in Point Black

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

AVEDA @ Rodarte

The Look

The look is edgy and daring, yet natural, with hair pinned away from the face in a thin veil of black wool. Hair is matte, roughed-up and textured, and raked back into a braid-like cascade.

Get the Look

  • Step 1: Dampen hair with water and prep with Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam to add volume. Scrunch hair with fingers while blow-drying.
  • Step 2: Sprinkle Aveda Pure Abundance™ Hair Potion generously on hair (using most of the bottle), working in layers, to create matte, roughed-up texture throughout. Massage product into the hair and scalp with fingers.
  • Step 3: Once Aveda Pure Abundance™ Hair Potion is worked in, scrunch and twist hair with fingers while blowing-drying. Spray hair liberally with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for workable hold.
  • Step 4: Twist the sides of hair back and secure at ear-level with black hair pins.
  • Step 5: Prepare a piece of natural black wool by spreading it out with fingers to create a thin veil. Beginning across the top of the head, a couple of inches from the hairline, spread the wool out delicately, pinning it securely in place. Continue draping the organic wool over hair to ends, securing in place with pins.
  • Step 6: Twirl the wool around the ends and tie into a knot, creating the illusion of the end of a ponytail. Spray thoroughly with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray to hold the look in place.

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

MAC @ Zac Posen

NYFW S/S '10 Zac Posen

The Look

“A mix of Degas ballerinas and Jean Shrimpton from the 1960s. Graceful and delicate like a watercolour painting, colours blended like hydrangeas.” – Stephane Marais

Get the Look

  • EYE: White Pigment – applied to eyelid. Dazzlelight Eye Shadow – layered over lids for a transparent, sparkle. Lingering Brow Pencil – blended into crease to enhance and contour the eye. Fibre Rich Mascara – generously app lied to top and bottom lashes to create a fake lashlook. Clear Brow Set – to set brows.
  • FACE: Face and Body Foundation – app lied to skin for a dewy, sheer finish. Prep + Prime Powder – to set. Pro Paintstick in Magenta and Dolly Mix Blush – mixed and blended onto cheeks with fingertips. White Frost Eye Shadow – dusted over tops of cheekbones to highlight.
  • LIP: Syrup Lipstick – patted onto lips. Plumful Lipstick – blended with fingertips onto the corners of lips to add volume and contour.

See breakdowns for Carolina Herrera and Rad HouraniContinue reading →

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Here’s a look using the Stila All Doll’d Up Palette that I reviewed and LOVED so much. :)

What’s on the agenda for today? I’m about two minutes away from being late for leaving for my morning classes (one on federal taxation and another on cyberspace), aka I better get my butt MOVING! How’s your Wednesday going?

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: MAC Mutiny pigment (teal), Stila All Doll’d Up Palette (light green, blue, and teal), MAC Prussian eyeshadow (navy blue), MAC Femme-fi eyeshadow (highlight), Stila Cobalt Clutch Smudge Pot (blue liner), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: MAC Fleurry blush (coral peach), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronze highlighter)
  • Lips: MAC Brave New Bronze lipstick (pinky nude), MAC New Spirit lipglass (peachy orange), MAC Tartlette lipglass (coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Mutiny = Teal + Frozen White; light green = Juxt; blue = Tilt; teal = Shimmermoss; Femme-fi = Shroom; Brave New Bronze = Velvet Teddy; New Spirit = Fresh Buzz (not a great dupe); Tartlette = Lychee Luxe

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Mutiny pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, pack Stila’s light green eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply the medium blue eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken the outer lid and crease with the teal eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Prussian eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Femme-fi eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Cobalt Clutch on lower lash line. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Fleurry blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Brave New Bronze lipstick to lips, and then top with New Spirit and Tartlette lipglass for color and shine.

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