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Monday, February 25th, 2008

Beauty Backstage by Stila: For four seasons, Marchesa has turned to stila cosmetics to complement their Hollywood-worthy designs with just the right makeup looks. Headlining makeup artist Talia Shobrook used lush, rich hues to complete the gilded splendor of the Marchesa collection.

Inspired by the iconography of the 16th Century, Marchesa’s fall collection evokes the excess and elegance of the Golden Age. Drawing on the drama of the Spanish Armada, the designs embody the clash of lavish Spanish style and Elizabethan renaissance in an era marked by legendary monarchs. Shobrook captured the concept in a dramatic look that modernizes Elizabethan stylization, with dreamy, angelic complexions to reflect the soft, flowing quality of the collection.

stila offers you quick how-tos so that you can capture this majestic fall makeup style:

Step one: skin
The look for skin is matte and pale. Begin by applying stila sheer pressed powder. Then, apply stila perfecting concealer to areas that require more coverage.

Step two: eyes
Neutral tones contour and accentuate a smoky eye framed with dramatic lashes and brows. Apply stila eye shadow in chinois to brow bones. Next, apply stila eye shadow in bouquet and kamet to the creases of your eyelids and your bottom lash line. Line the lower outer rim kajal liner in smoky quartz. Then sweep multi-effect mascara in brown over lashes and apply multi-effect mascara in black to tips of lashes. Finally, fill in brows with brow set.

Step three: cheeks
Cheeks are natural but flushed for high contrast with pale skin. Use new cherry crush lip and cheek stain to create a bright flush against pale skin. Apply to fingertips to the high apples of the cheeks, blending out until the color diffuses into a soft stain.

Step four: lips
Lip color is shiny and saturated against matte skin and eyes. Apply cherry crush lip and cheek stain directly to lips for rosy color with a slick sheen. Next, dab SPF 20 lipstick in caicos over cherry crush with fingertips to finish the look.

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you pay attention to ingredient lists? Are you meticulous and only use products that contain (or don’t!) certain ingredients? Do you never look?

I look sometimes, but admittedly, I tend not to since I haven’t experienced major problems with the vast number of products I’ve tried. Then again, my skin has never been perfect, so perhaps I should!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

From the Splendicity community, comes this weeks best!


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Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows ($12.50) is an automatic, self-sharpening precision pencil to fill in brows (pictured on the bottom).  I actually found that the shade Deep Brown was quite perfect for my brow color/fill-in color.  I used to use Spike/Stud brow pencil by MAC for awhile, but then I moved onto using a shadow to fill in brows because it looks more natural and last longer.  With Superfine Liner for Brows, I feel that I still need to use an angled brush to make it more natural, but only a little bit.  Basically, using a clean mascara wand to brush brows (which I do anyway, since mine are ridiculously unruly) does the same thing to ensure neat brows without any harsh lines.  Pencils are great for getting precision down to a fine art–you can really define the brow and its shape with this product.  The wearing time for Superfine Liner for Brows is incredible — lasted ten hours on me!

Clinique Brow Keeper ($14.50) in Warm Brown is a kind of brow pencil I like, because it comes with a shaping end (like a mascara wand) to keep brows in place and determine how exactly they should be groomed (pictured on top).  However, unlike Superfine Liner for Brows, this only comes in two shades–Honey or Warm Brown–which means less people can use it.  I found Warm Brown too warm for me, too red-brown versus black-brown (which is more my shade), and Honey is too cool-toned and ashy.  I also can appreciate a self-sharpening pencil, so while I love the brush end of the Brow Keeper, I prefer the Superfine Liner for Brows instead!

Both are available at www.clinique.com, and Clinique counters/locations.

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

SCENARIO: I live in a very humid, tropical kind of climate.  It is so hot, and it’s hard to go without sweating at least a little bit!  How can I keep my makeup from sliding off throughout the day?

Situation courtesy of Jenna!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What beauty tips do you wish you had known ten years ago? And for our younger folk (myself included!), how about just five years ago?

Probably sunscreen and using a cleanser everyday! You’d think the cleanser would be a duh thing, but when you don’t wear makeup, I found it never occurred to me that I needed to cleanse my face any more than I did already by showering.

P.S. – What did you do this weekend? (Or will do?)