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Transform Your Glow by Mixing Illuminators with Foundation

By Nita J., Virginia, Makeup Artist

Nita J is a strong advocate that true beauty lives in each and every individual. To her, makeup just enhances beauty and should never be used to mask the beauty that a person was born with. With her knowledge of makeup, cosmetic brands, marketing and the beauty industry, Nita J hopes to contribute as much as she can and instill in the minds of others that confidence and true beauty is soul-deep. You can check out her portfolio and her blog!


Transform Your Glow by Mixing Illuminators with Foundation

No matter what time of year it is, I find that most clients always want to accomplish a natural “glow” with their look. I personally have always liked a nice healthy, glowing complexion when doing my makeup on a daily basis, so I love trying out new products that would be me achieve this. An awesome tip that I tried once, fell in love with and kept it within my normal routine, is mixing a good illuminating product with foundation.

When you think of “glow,” most would reach into their beauty bag for a bronzer, which is perfectly fine. I tend to use an illuminating lotion rather than a bronzer because, for one, it blends into your foundation for a more seamless glow, and two, it looks more natural and tends to look a little more radiant.
When choosing and illuminating products, it’s best to use something that is sheerer (so that it doesn’t alter the color of your foundation), light, and doesn’t have a ton of shimmer, to give a more natural effect.

Think about it; when you “glow” naturally, your skin doesn’t produce large particles of glitter, right? Something with just a hint of shimmer will do the trick. There are many products out there that would help with this trick, but after trying numerous products, there are two in particular that I just love and can’t get enough of:

Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion ($26.00) comes in three shades: Diffuse, which gives off a nice pearly effect, Flash, which has a hint of soft pink, and Glow, which is a soft, golden bronze. These are all great shades because of the lightweight feel and consistency of the lotion.  They also do not change the color of your foundation. I have found that “Flash” works on many of my clients, no matter their skin tone, and I reach for it all the time. All you need is just one to two pumps of the product and you get an awesome glow. I like to mix the lotion with foundation before applying to the face. This is definitely something that I keep in my personal kit as well as my professional kit.

This is another great product that will beautifully transform your foundation and give you a subtle glow, but make a great statement. This NARS Illuminator ($29.00) comes in four shades; a soft pearl shade called Copacabana, Laguna, which is a soft brown with golden shimmer, the best-seller, Orgasm, which is a peachy-pink lotion with a little shimmer, and Super Orgasm, also peachy-pink but with more of a golden, shimmery finish. All of these are great, but I have discovered that Copacabana and Orgasm looks amazing on just about anyone I apply it to. Just a very small amount of this product is needed to achieve a beautiful glow. Again, mix with foundation before applying to the face for maximum results!

With all of the illuminating products out there, what are some that you have tried and fell in love with? I’d love to know!

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Chanel 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Complexion

  • Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM Hydration Protection Radiance (available April 2012)
  • PERFECTION LUMIERE Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10
  • ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
  • CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
  • POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder

Eyes

  • ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition and Destination (available July 2012)
  • LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Pencil in Bleu Aérien (available July 2012)
  • STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Marine
  • LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Marine
  • CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
  • INIMITABLE WATERPROOF Mascara in Black
  • RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

Cheeks

  • JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin
  • ROUGE COCO BAUME Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm
  • LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Pencil in Natural
  • ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Superstition

Nails

  • LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Sky Line (available July 2012)

The Exclusive Collection BLEU ILLUSION featuring the new products used in the look will be available at specific points of sales in July 2012.

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I like vanilla-scented lip products a lot, and I don’t mind mint-scented ones. Ones that smell more like your more traditional fragrance (which more high-end brands, e.g. Chanel, Guerlain, etc., tend to have) are less appealing. I don’t have a problem personally (doesn’t bother my nose or anything), but I can see those types of scents being too strong. I like some kind of scent because it can be a good indicator of how long it’s been open for.

— Christine

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How Barry M Dazzle Dusts Changed my Life + 5 Ways to Use Them

By Polly, Local Contributor, English

Polly is a 22-year old recent graduate who hails from England. She studied East Asian studies, so she learned some Japanese and even spent six weeks in Japan last summer–she loved it and hopes to return one day.

She currently lives with her family and waitresses while trying to decide on her future career. Polly is fortunate to have a wonderful boyfriend who spends countless hours with her at Boots and makeup counters–even if it is done so begrudgingly! Check out her blog, Beauty Mish Mash!


Pink Gold, Charcoal, Gold Iridescent,
Fine Glitter Dust in Silver, Old Gold, Winter Berry

How Barry M Dazzle Dusts Changed my Life – and 5 Ways to use Them

The title may sound a little melodramatic, but I always wonder whether my life would be just a little different if Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts (£4.59) hadn’t sparked my make up obsession. Would I be like the rest of my family, who can all fit their make up collection in one small, neat, fuss-free make up bag? What would I have done instead of spending hours obsessively searching for swatches on the computer? And, perhaps the most painful question of all, how much money would I have saved? Whatever the answers may be, if I could go back in time I certainly wouldn’t tell my 16-year-old self to carry on walking past the pretty, sparkly colors at the Barry M stand.  I still can’t tell my 22-year-old self to keep walking either, no matter how empty my purse is!

So, in a tribute to Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts, I am going to dedicate this post to them and share five ways in which I use them!

1. Eyeshadow

There are so many colors to choose from that I can’t imagine running out of new combinations for the eyes! And despite the image that Barry M is all about bright colors–as I have come to know the brand–I’ve realized that there are quite a few subtler ones that you can easily use for everyday! In my look below, I used Dazzle Dusts in Gold Iridescent and Old Gold to create a really basic, toned down look.

2. Eyeliner

It is so easy to make any eyeliner color imaginable by using a mixing medium (I use Illamasqua Sealing Gel (£10.50)) and combining it with a Dazzle Dust. Use an eyelining brush to apply the mixture for your very own customized color of eyeliner! My favourite colors to use are bright blues or rich chocolate browns. I used the Charcoal Dazzle Dust to make the eyeliner in my look below!

3. Blusher

The Pink Gold Dazzle Dust makes for a beautiful rosy glow on my skin, as it is a peachy-pink with a lovely gold sheen–you can see it applied as a blusher in my look below. If you want a really glittery highlighter, try the Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust!

4. Lipgloss

To make a colored lipgloss, simply take a clear lipgloss and mix it with a Dazzle Dust. There are so many pinks and reds to choose from. In my look below I used Winter Berry, which makes a gorgeous vampy shade for the lips.

5. Nail Varnish

You can use Barry M Dazzle Dusts/Fine Glitter Dusts with nail varnish to create an effect like the one shown below. I used Barry M Cyan Blue Nail Varnish (£2.99) and then blew Barry M’s Fine Glitter Dust in Silver (£4.59) over the base of the nail.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the five ways I use Barry M’s Dazzle Dust! I’d love to hear about your favourite colours from the range, or if you’ve ever tried any of these methods!

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More or Less: Number of MAC Collections Released in 2011

  • LESS than 55
    62%, 2,909 Votes
  • MORE than 55
    38%, 1,758 Votes

Total Voters: 4,668

If you think you’re really good, try and guess the exact number! 🙂

P.S. — Let me know if you like this kind of post. If you do, it will be added to the regular weekly schedule (just once a week). And if you have some good ideas, feel free to send them to me!

For the answer…

NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple
NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple

NARS Laguna The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “brown with golden shimmer.” Multiples are a cream-to-powder product that is touted as “all-in-one” and multi-purpose.  It can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks.  It’s a warm bronze-brown with golden shimmer-sheen.  The color is buildable, so the level of opacity you want depends on how much product you apply or how much you blend it out.  It’s less warm-toned compared to theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer. It’s less red-toned compared to MAC Gilty.

As with most Multiples, Laguna works best as cheeks/face, because it’s very drying on the lips.  It just has this uncomfortably dry feeling when applied to lips that continues and leaves lips parched after an hour or two of wear (it doesn’t even wear well or long!).  On the brow bone, it’s more practical, but on the lid itself, I wasn’t able to get it to stay longer than a few hours before there was noticeable creasing.  Applied to cheeks, Laguna wore for four and a half hours.  By five hours, it looked a bit faded and patchy.

The texture of Laguna is creamy but there’s a dryness to it, which I found difficult to blend over foundation.  It’s easier to apply and blend over bare skin, but I’m not blessed with beautiful skin so it’s not a product I could use without foundation.  You can layer foundation over it, but it makes the routine slightly more complicated and precision will count, so you don’t layer so much that you cover up the bronzer!

I wish I liked Multiples better, but I don’t find they’re nearly as multi-talented as they claim to be!  I’m always a bit disappointed in the wear (four to five hours isn’t good!).  I get better wear out of NARS’ powder blushes!  Laguna may not work for all skin tones; I found it looked a little dirty on me–you might need to have some natural redness or pinkness in your undertones so it brings out the golden hues of the color.

Do you love Multiples? What are your tried and true tips for making them work?

NARS The Multiple Laguna
Laguna

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