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BEYONCE KNOWLESshows us that a celebrity does, in fact, wear a bold eye from time to time. She keeps her face looking incredibly natural, so as to not distract from her eyes, which are the focal point of her look. It is important to do your best to achieve flawless skin without looking cakey. We always recommend the same technique whenever working with liquid foundation because it gives you an airbrushed look when all is said and done, so we can’t help but recommend it here. Her face has a matte-quality to it, so we like MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid or Make Up Forever’s Mat+ Velvet. Use a concealer brush like the 194 to apply dabs of foundation to your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Spritz a blush or buffer brush like the 129, 150, or 182 with water (Fix+ if you have it) and blend out the dabs of foundation to even out the coverage. By dampening your brush with just a touch of water, you can use less foundation and achieve better coverage; less foundation means less chance of looking like you’re wearing it. Knowles has barely-blushed cheeks that are more or less deeper than her natural color, so it looks incredibly natural. You could replicate this effect by using a subtle bronzer or a blush like MAC’s Gingerly.
With stunning eyes like these, I can’t help but see MAC’s Deep Truth eyeshadow all over her lid. It’s imperative to use a good base when doing this look, whether you use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or another cult favorite. I personally would use MAC’s Cornflower pigment with a touch of water-based mixing medium to really make this look zing. Once you have your base down, apply MAC’s Deep Truth eyeshadow all over lid with the 239 brush. Towards the inner portion of the lid, brighten the blue with MAC’s Freshwater eyeshadowwith the 239 brush; it’ll give you a very subtle gradient of blue. If you’re feeling particularly daring, try just a smidge of Carbon eyeshadow in the outer crease, smoked out, using the 239 brush. Choose your favorite highlighter shadow (we like MAC’s Malt here) and apply it liberally from crease to brow, paying special attention to the crease area to blend out the harsh line of blue. Line lower lash line with a dark gray liner, like MAC’s Greyprint technakohl. Mascara should be applied mostly to lower lashes, but it can be applied to upper lashes as well for completeness. Knowles is able to get her wide-eyes by her luxurious lashes, which are false lashes. We recommend trying out MAC’s #6 lashes to get the same effect–dramatic, lengthy, and oh-so-voluminous.
As we mentioned, the eyes are the focus in this look, which means lips are kept soft and sultry, not over the top. It seems like Knowles is wearing a my-lips-but-better lipstick, which can vary from person to person. However, a great sheer pink lipstick is MAC’s Sweetie; it will go on quite sheerly and pull from your natural lip color to give you a great looking pout (for a matching liner, try MAC’s Pink Treat cremestick liner). Top with MAC’s Oyster Girl lipglass (any shimmery, shiny gloss will do, though!) and you’ll be the center of attention all night long.
Overall, I found the texture and consistency of the new cream shadows to be heavenly–smooth and rich in color. These are not crease-resistant, at least not on their own, and perhaps with the right base and setting tools (shadows or maybe even Invisible Set) would be needed to optimize their lasting power. MAC Make Up Artist Paula advised to use these on the lid and brow, but avoid using it in the crease if you fear creasing problems. I’ve been given other tips like using a base underneath the new cream shadows or to ensure you pack on enough powder products (like shadows, for instance) to maximize staying power. The glitter liners were pretty, and a first for me (in person, at least), so I made sure to pick up one. I felt that the liners had good color payoff – they were clearly different colors when swatched. I only purchased Plum Electric & Pure Ore cream shadows and Blitzed glitter liner.
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Temptalia caught up with twenty-three year old MAC Freelance Artist, Monica, this week. She’s worked as a makeup artist for about two years, and she has been trained through both Sephora and MAC. Additionally she’s attended seminars at the Make Up Show, read beauty books, and found beauty forums to be a real help in the beginning.
Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Monica: Probably that it’s really difficult to get paid as a freelance artist and how many ladies don’t know how to properly apply make up.
Temptalia: When did you first fall in love with makeup?
Monica: I’ve had a love affair with make up for a long while now have been experimenting with different looks since I was about seventh grade but I didn’t really get into make up until probably the latter half of 2005.
Temptalia: What do you consider “beauty” to be?
Monica: There’s so many aspects to beauty. There’s a person’s personality, personal style, the cosmetic, and the skin care side of it. All these thing can be attributed to beauty. It all comes together to paint a complete picture. It’s about being aesthetically pleasing.
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I used Teal pigment on lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on inner lid, Newly Minted eyeshadow on middle of lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Deep Truth eyeshadow on outer crease, Aquavert eyeshadow above crease, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on brow, Deep Truth eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lashline. I wore Overrich lipstick with Vibrational lipglass on my lips. I had Springsheen blush on cheeks.
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Heads up, readers, Sephora’s Friends and Family Sale ends tomorrow! Put in your last (or first!) orders and save 20% off everything in stock with code FF2007. What are you waiting for? Zip on over to Sephora.com.
Are you drawn to packaging? Does pretty or well-done packaging sucker you in? Are you immune to the powers of persuasive packaging?
I love good packaging, and I’d definitely say I’m drawn in by it. However, I refuse to buy something purely because the case is aesthetically pleasing. It has to be useful and worth the price (on some level of justification, at least!) if I’m going to purchase it.