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LUXURY is commonly considered the extravagant, hard-to-attain item governed by an astronomical price tag and so-called quality beyond compare. Some insist a luxury piece must be rare, or else it would not be, but on the other hand, several consider the affordability of an item to make that distinction. The cost of luxury goods generally keeps an item available to a limited number of parties, because unfortunately, most of us do not rake in millions of dollars a year and simply cannot afford to spend $3,000 on a handbag.
MAKEUP AS A LUXURY is harder to determine, because high-end makeup has become such a common item that you’ll find in a wide range of households, regardless of yearly income. It isn’t the commonness that seems to make these supposed luxury items lose some of their edge, but the price point is not nearly as painful as with other markets like bags, cars, clothing, or shoes. So does that mean that luxury beauty has really just transformed into affordable luxury, and thus only a few true luxury brands exist?
WHO’S WHO IN MAKEUP tells us that among the priciest cosmetic lines are Chantecaille, La Prairie, Serge Lutens, –two of which are much more known for their skincare products than their makeup or “color” lines. Who comes next in line? Brands like Chanel, Dior, Fusion Beauty, Givenchy, Guerlain, and Yves Saint Laurent all come to mind. It just seems that luxury in the beauty department is simply affordable for a great many of us.
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What is your strangest beauty habit? Do you do a ritual that you think would be considered bizarre or odd? Is there a method you use that’s a bit off-the-wall? What’s the weirdest thing you do when it comes to beauty?
I’m an obsessive hand-washer, which I suppose isn’t altogether very weird, but it is probably my strangest habit. I am lucky that my hands don’t dry out from all the washing I do, thank goodness!
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT looks like a bronzed goddess with her coppery shadow and matching cheeks. MAC’s Antiqued eyeshadow is a near perfect duplicate for Hewitt’s all-over-lid color in a dark copper color. After applying your favorite eyeshadow base (we know you have one, but if not, try Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, a cult fave), use the 239 to apply Antiqued all over the lid, stopping just above the crease. Using the 219, apply a thin line of Antiqued eyeshadow along the lower lash line. Line lower waterline with a smudge-proof and waterproof black liner, and avoid lining too heavily–stick to the waterline or just beneath it for those with sensitive rims. Get fuller lashes by applying a thin line of MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline along the upper lash line with the 266 angled brush, and be sure to coat lashes several times with a thickening, volumizing black mascara (we like DiorShow for this look). One may always add false lashes to truly open up those peepers, and for that we suggest MAC’s #7 lashes.
Matte skin is in, as they say, for this winter, and the magic of matte skin can be found in MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid liquid foundation. A light to medium coverage liquid foundation that’s blendable, buildable, and most importantly, dries to a gloriously matte finish that isn’t cakey or drying. It is one of my personal favorites in foundations. Dab the foundation on your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin using a concealer or small firm brush like the 194. Spritz a fluffy or buffer brush with water (or Fix+) and then blend out the dabs of foundation your face. The spritz of water moistens your brush and helps achieve a flawless coverage. It also ensures that you get a good even layer, which is essential to having “airbrushed” skin. Hewitt’s bronzed, glowy cheeks can be replicated easily with MAC’s Sunbasque blush, which is a deeper bronze with pink undertones kind of color with a touch of shimmer, but nothing over the top. Apply using a blush brush like the 129 or 150 with a light hand, as this blush is particularly pigmented, and it is easier to build than it is to reduce later on! We think adding MAC’s Drizzlegold loose beauty powder as a cheekbone highlighter will give you the most gorgeous glow. Highlight using a regular blush brush or use a brush like the 188 or 222 for more precise application (the 188 will give you more control over how much, the 222 will give you more control over exactly where).
To temper this bronzed goddess, Hewitt wears a pink lipstick with a layer of peachy gloss to get that high sheen and color. Line lips with MAC’s Pink Treat cremestick liner, which will match our choice of pink lipstick perfectly. MAC’s Sweetie lipstick is a sheer medium-pink that’s flattering nearly universally, and when it is paired with MAC’s Lychee Luxe lipglass, the combination is amazing. Lychee Luxe will add a touch of coral and gold reflects that will shimmer; the lipglass formulation will add the glossy finish we see on Hewitt. Congratulations–you’ve master the art of rich, bronzy beauty!
From the Splendicity community, comes the best posts of the week.
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Catch up on your beauty reading after catching up on your beauty sleep with our favorite posts from the past week…
Features | Celeb-a-Like: Jessica Alba, Holiday Makeup Guide Part 5, 6, 7, 8, Interview with Jen from MAC, Nordstrom Trend Show
Launches | Origins’ Organics
MAC Cosmetics | Metal-X Color Story & Product Photos, Of Beauty Color Story & Promotional Photos, Of Beauty Review, Product Photos, & Swatches, Stylistics Color Story & Product Photos
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As we near the end of the year, we want to see what were the best products of 2007, and who better than to tell us than our very own readers? Take our survey and give your favorite products some love! We encourage all of our readers to help us come up with a truly representative list of products loved by Temptalia readers.
TEMPTALIA’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2007, VOTE NOW!
- If you don’t have an answer, feel free to state that, “I hated all the mascaras I tried this year!”
- Please only give one answer per question. If you can’t pick between your two favorites, how can you expect us to?
- Question confusing? Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification, or just answer to the best of your knowledge. This isn’t a test, you aren’t being graded!
- One survey per person (duplicates will be deleted).
- These are your answers–this means put what you feel is the best/worst, whether it is a drugstore or high-end brand.
What better way than increase participation by offering prizes? We’ll be doing random giveaways to those who fill out a survey! How will I know it’s you? Answer the last question (#20), and at the end of your answer, put: “PICK ME! [insert your email address].”
TEMPTALIA’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2007, VOTE NOW!
I appreciate everyone who enters! Thank you so much for your participation, in advance!