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Monday, February 11th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you prefer long, short, or fake nails? Do you like to keep yours cut close to the fignertip, or are you more of “grow ‘em til I can’t” person? Or do you prefer to have yours done with acrylics or gels? Tell me about your length!

I keep mine short enough (depending on how well I’ve curbed my nail biting bad habit); my desired length is approximately 3-4 mm of white showing.

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

PRODUCTS NEEDED (ALL MAC): Overcast shadestick, Sweetlust eye shadow, Crystal Avalanche eye shadow, Girlie eye shadow, Sketch eye shadow, bootblack liquid liner, duo glue, # 34 lashes, 224 brush, 252 brush, 242 brush, 272 brush.

  • Step 1: Take Overcast shadestick and apply all over eyelid.
  • Step 2: Take clean 252 brush to blend out shadestick over eyelid moving upwards towards brow highlight.
  • Step 3: Take clean 272 brush (small angled shader brush) and apply Crystal avalanche eye shadow in a sweeping motion to your brow highlight.
  • Step 4: Take clean 242 brush and apply Sweetlust eye shadow on top of Overcast shadestick on your lid. Be sure to really pack it on there until desired intensity is achieved.
  • Step 5: Take clean 224 brush and blend Girlie eye shadow lightly in crease. (this is used as a transition color to help blend the eyelid color into the brow highlight).
  • Step 6: Taking clean 224 brush blend Sketch eye shadow starting in outer corner of eye and blending inward in the crease. (Note: you want the color to be darkest on the outer part of the crease and gently fade as it goes inward)
  • Step 7: Apply a thin line of duo adhesive to your # 36 lashes. (Note, you may have to trim the lashes to fit your eye shape.)
  • Step 8: Apply lashes to eye lids and let dry for a minute. You will know the glue is dry because the adhesive will go from white to clear.
  • Step 9: Take your boot black eyeliner and apply a thin line over the eye lash stripe and a little on the lid.

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Sunday, February 10th, 2008


Dana & myself

Last Saturday, I went to the NYC PRO store for the first time to meet a few of Temptalia readers from the NYC area. It was really great to see some of the faces of those that come to the site regularly. I’m so amazed to know that people cared enough to come! I think what one of the best parts was that I was able to talk one-on-one with everyone who came throughout the time I was there. It really gave me a chance to interact and get to know a few of my readers!

I talked shop with Stephanie who’s working as a freelance makeup artist, while I was totally amazed at how put together Denise was with her two children (one of them running around taking photos of Fafi!). I met Dana, who seems like she really loves Temptalia (yay!), who’s adorable and an utter MAC addict (seriously, I think she knows everything there is to know about MAC!). I also chatted up with Jamie and Kelly, two girls who came together, about the reasons we love MAC as much as we do. I talked with Nerissa, who is so fun and down-to-earth; she knows her features so well and exactly works for them.

It was really great to meet all of you, and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity!

P.S. – I look forward to meeting a few more of you tonight at the Fafi event!

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Y & KEI | MAC Face & Body Foundation mixed with Pearl Creme Colour Base was applied to the skin for fresh, dewy, sheer, ethereal skin. MAC Cork Eye Shadow was applied with Brush under the lower lash line and in the crease. The lower lash line was accentuated with layers of Kid, Cork and Embark Eye Shadows. To maintain bare lips, MAC PRO Lip Erase was patted onto the lips. For a slight gloss, MAC PRO Longwear Gloss Coat was layered on top.

“The inspiration for the show was Strange Beauty; imagine the most beautiful women in the world looking a little sick and tired,” says Gregory Arlt.

CHRISTIAN COTA | For designer Christian Cota’s presentation, makeup artist Christian McCulloch used thin sheer washes of dark colours; rich browns and wine burgundy — to create a new version of the natural look; a wash of cabernet in the crease of the eyes, and a dot of ruby lip pigment used to add roses to the pale skin. It’s all about using your old makeup shades and mixing them down with gels that are either shiny or matte and applying them with a brush so you stop at the desired texture you want.

BREAKDOWN | MAC Face and Body Foundation was buffed into the skin. Mineralized Skinfinish Blush in Spring Sheen was placed high on the cheekbones using MAC Brush 138. MAC Chocolate Brown and Satin Taupe Pigments were blended from lid to brow with a 217 Brush. The pigments were also applied along the lower lash line. MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating was applied to the water line.MAC Chocolate Brown and Satin Taupe Pigments were blended from lid to brow with a 217 Brush. The pigments were also applied along the lower lash line. MAC Lipstick in Media was pressed onto the lips.

“Siberian ice princess. Wintery, dusky, mushroom, cool tones,” says Christian McCulloch.

REBECCA TAYLOR | To go with Rebecca Taylor’s chic American dresses and jackets, Romy Soleimani lined the eyes with a brown/black combo, using tawny pink and taupe to sculpt the cheek, and making the matte lip more modern by mixing washes of wine, pink and a little violet to create a new neutral that resembles a glass of sherry on the rocks. Yum.

BILL BLASS | Tom Pecheux’s face for Bill Blass was one of the most memorable of the week; “it’s glam rock,” is how he described a palette of shimmery plums. On the eyes, Pecheux chose an antiqued plum pigment shadow that went from lash to crease — then deepened the eye look by putting Carbon, a smoky eye shadow, in the crease, making the magenta gradient and rich. After using Smolder Eye Kohl inside the eyes and out — Pecheux mixed fuchsia and bright orange powder blushes high on the cheek in that seventies “V” shape to create cheekbones straight out of Studio 54. “It’s like a facelift with blush,” he laughed. The lips were blotted out with Lip Erase in Dim — for an all-over effect of Brooke Shields on an Interview cover in 1978.

BREAKDOWN | For matte skin, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation was stippled onto the skin. Cheeks were coloured with a mix of Full Fuchsia and Orange Devil Blush. MAC Rouge Flambe Pigment was applied to the lids for a pop of plum and shimmer. Smolder Eye Pencil was lined onto the top and bottom lash lines. Carbon Eye Shadow was layered over the liner with an Eye Liner Brush, extending at the ends and winged upwards toward the hairline. The lip was kept very nude and natural with an application of Spice Lip Liner and MAC PRO Lip Erase in Pale.

“Sexy, 80s, Glam – rock – power girl.” Tom Pecheux – Key Artist

TOMMY HILFIGER | We saw a lot of blue eye shadow this week, used in new ways. Lisa Butler mixed a blue eye shadow with black on the eyelids at Tommy Hilfiger — then used the blue as eye liner — and even pushed it into the top lashes to really bring home the blue theme. Then she used Dainty Mineralize Blush and Chic Lipstick on the lips. “It’s very, very clean and tidy,” said Butler.

BREAKDOWN | MAC Face and Body Foundation was applied with a 190 Brush and Mineralized Skinfinish in Natural was dusted over from center out to create a sheer finish. Cheeks were coloured lightly with Fleur Power Blush. MAC Blue Storm Eye Shadow was applied with Brush 209 to the top lash line for a soft, bright blue line. Lashes were curled and MAC PRO Lash Mascara was applied to lashes to create dark, separated lashes. Lingering Brow Pencil was softly applied to brows with Brush 311. MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick was brushed on the lips with Brush 194 for a sheer, bright coral stain.

“Young, chic, clean and well-mannered. The neatness of Lily Allen,” says Lisa Butler.

ZAC POSEN | Take the Robert Palmer video vixens, add in French ballerinas, Suzy Parker in haute couture in the early sixties — and Minnie Mouse — and you have Zac Posen’s cheeky, chic-y girls. With their hair slicked into Balanchine buns that had Mouse ear pom poms attached, these girls practically cried out for matte red lipstick — and, courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury, they got it. She covered the lips with Beet Lip Pencil, then covered it with Ruby Wu Lipstick, “the best blue-red matte on the market,” she said. Then she made the mouth more rose-like and deeper by adding burgundy in the center. The eyes were, as Tilbury described, “sweaty” — “this is a girl who’s been partying all night. She’s the ultimate Helmut Newton girl.” The sweaty nightlife eye was gunmetal, grey and indigo mixed with gloss. The overall look was couture goes to clubs – and does ballet on the dance floor.

BREAKDOWN | MAC Moisturecover Concealer was applied where needed. Blot Powder Loose was applied to the center of the face with Brush 168. MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder was applied on top and bottom lash lines, around the eyes. Sharkskin Shade Stick mixed with MAC Gloss Texture was applied on lids and crease and extended past the outer corner of the eyes using Brush 217. MAC Zoom Lash Mascara in Black was applied to top and bottom lashes. Brows were combed with Brow Set Clear. MAC Cherry Lip Pencil was used to line the lips. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick was applied to the entire lip, followed by Charred Lipstick placed in the center of the lip and blended with Brush 316.

“It’s a sexy, mannequin look. Just like the girls have been partying all night,” says Charlotte Tilbury.

Take a look at some more close-ups… Continue reading →

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Heatherette’s on eBay! Thanks to Lyndsey for tipping us off! Here are a bunch of photos… Continue reading →

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty product helps you to relax? Do any of you use a beauty product to help you relax? How does it help?

I actually love cleansing and putting a night cream on my face when I’m feeling stressed. A dirty face is just ew, and I get a little happy feeling all clean again. I also find Lush’s massage bars are great (when a massage is included, ha!) for feeling pampered and lovely again.