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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Temptalia recently interviewed James Vincent, Lead Artist from The Powder Group, who was kind enough to grant us a quick interview right before he heads off to The Makeup Show: Miami.

What is your favorite part about “the look”?

My favorite part of the look is the return to color. Inspired by Miamis art deco and Cuban inspiration I decided to develop and showcase sheer bright color on the eyes, lips and cheeks. That pop of color is so flattering for so many women who have convinced themselves that neutral brown tones are the way to go. No color makes the skin look so warm and glowing as orange and the sheer, bright color I developed for the show will work on every woman and still look natural.

What are some techniques that are good for making the skin ready for the camera?

Good skin is the most important thing for camera ready makeup. A good moisturizer and the right foundation can make the skin look flawless. Be sure your foundation is the right shade and blends naturally from the jaw line in to the neck with no obvious difference in shade. Keep powder to a minimum but keeping the forehead and the nose from getting too shiny will make the makeup look great.

What tips could you share for the upcoming summer months? How can women “summerproof” their makeup?

There are some great waterproof makeups on the market now like Make Up For Ever’s aqua line or MAC Face and Body foundation but for me the secret to long lasting makeup is moisturizer and powder. Remember that moisturizer keeps the skin from getting too oily and powder sets all makeup and keeps it in place.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

MAC Cosmetics:  Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 4

If I’m new, what are some good basics that I should get into first?

It is important to note that everybody is a little different, and their preferences for the type of makeup or kinds of products are not the same across the board.  You should use this only as a guideline, but not as something that is universal to every person.

Lips

  • Lip Conditioner | Both the regular lip conditioner and the tinted lip conditioner are great for keeping lips soft, and the tinted ones give a nice touch of color for everyday wear or quick lips.
  • Lipstick | There are so many shades and textures, it would be impossible to recommend a set that would work for everyone.  I want to give you something to work off of, though, and like eyeshadows, here are some color families and what people tend to rave about.
    • Browns >> O, Shag, Touch
    • Corals >> CB96, Jest, Vegas Volt
    • Fuchsias >> Girl About Town, Full Fuchsia, Impassioned
    • Nude Pinks >> Hue, Hug Me, Plink!
    • Nudes >> Cherish, Myth, Velvet Teddy
    • Peaches >> Honeyflower, Mocha, Ramblin’ Rose
    • Pinks >> Angel, Snob, Sweetie
    • Purples >> Dark Side, Odyssey, Rebel
    • Raspberries >> New York Apple
    • Reds >> Lady Bug, Russian Red, Ruby Woo
    • Vamps >> Desire, Media, Underworld
  • Slimshines | These are a more moisturizing, creamier, and sheerer version of the lipstick.  Some favorite shades are Bare, Funshine, and Long Stem Rose.
  • Lipgelees | Glossy, sheer color that’s more moisturizing than lipglass.  Some favorites are:  Dewy Jube, Lu-Be-Lu, Lust Is Lush, and Slicked Pink.
  • Lipglass | This is a glossy, tacky formula with sheer colors as well as opaque ones.  Those who dislike sticky glosses should stay clear of the lipglass formula!  Some good colors to think about are:  C-Thru, Cultured, Lychee Luxe, Nymphette, Pink Poodle, and Prrr.
  • Lustreglass | This is a less sticky version of lipglass, which also tends to run sheerer in color.  Some favorites are:  Flashmode, Little Vi, Luminary, and Pinkarat.
  • Plushglass | This gloss formula is high-shine without any tackiness.  The colors tend to be sheerer, and the formula is intended to plump up lips.  Popular color choices are:  Big Kiss, Full For You, Nice Buzz, and Pretty Plush.
  • Lip Liners | There are several types of lip liners to choose from, including the traditional lip pencil and the cremestick range.  I prefer the cremestick range as it is non-drying and goes on easily.  Some favorites from the cremestick family are:  Beurre, Cranapple, Cream O’Spice, Pink Treat, Red Enriched, and Summerfruit.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you have a signature look? Is there just a certain eyeshadow combination, lipstick color, or total look that people associate with you?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


Flash ‘N Dash lipstick

Debating about what lip products to get from Fafi?  Here are a few swatches for you!

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create a look using MAC’s Fafi Eyes #1 Quad. If you have questions, feel free to ask, as the whole point of this is to help you!

You will need: Perky paint pot (creamy base in a light pink), Hey eyeshadow (shimmery light gold-brown), Pink Venus eyeshadow (light medium pink), Howzat eyeshadow (chalky gray), Nice Vice paint pot (dark purple with red undertones), Vanilla eyeshadow (chalky off-white for highlighting), Smolder kohl (black kohl liner), Plushlash mascara (black mascara). For cheeks, Fashion Frenzy blush (bright medium pink) was used; for lips, Flash ‘N Dash lipstick (coral-red) and Cult Fave lipglass (cool medium pink) were used.

Brushes: 219, 239, 249

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Exfoliation
The point of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells from the treated area, and this helps to give skin a fresher, healthier appearance.  Exfoliation can be done using products such as micro-beads found in facial scrubs, sugar (often found in DIY recipes), or even something like a loofah (they even make loofahs strictly for the face).  Typically, these types of products are found at your local drugstore or cosmetic counter.  There are stronger exfoliants that are scrubs containing sailcylic acid, glycolic acid, etc., and these are usually found in lower concentrations for products you can readily get, but often available in higher dosages by dermatologists.

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