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Monday, June 16th, 2008

Choose or Lose

Do you like pre-made quads/palettes?

  • Yes, I think they're fab! (60%, 270 Votes)
  • No way, I prefer making my own! (40%, 178 Votes)

Total Voters: 448

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your most embarrassing makeup moment? What made it so bad?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Pink Grapefruit lipstick?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Pink Grapefruit! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Last night, I experimented with four of the Neon2 pigments–please keep that in mind, I experimented! I emphasize that, because none of these looks are 100% finished/polished. You’ll also have to note that I only changed the eye makeup, so the foundation/blush/eyebrows may get wonkier as you progress (LOL). I don’t purport these to be my best work (or even decent work, ha!), but I think you’ll get an idea of what you can do with the Neon2 pigments (and see that they’re more wearable than you think).

So here are my conclusions based on playing with four of the Neon2 pigments:

  • I don’t really like them! I’ve never been a huge fan of matte pigments, though True Chartreuse is my exception to that rule (goes on like a buttery dream!). These pigments go on more like the typical matte pigment, which is a bit chunky, loose, and there is fall out. Some of the colors go on better than others, but when used with mixing medium, none of them go on as you see them in the jar. They all go on darker, which may be a good thing, since it does make them more wearable.
  • They will stain. Some of the colors have dyes that are potent enough to leave some staining behind. Keep in mind that I only wore each look for maybe 10 minutes tops–I applied the look, took photos, and immediately took it off.
  • Magenta Madness did irritate my eyelids. I did notice a bit of a mild burning sensation on my lids immediately after I applied Magenta Madness. It wasn’t extreme nor particularly painful, but I felt something, and it’s probably not a good thing.
  • These pigments may be better over a regular base, like a paint pot or UDPP rather than used with mixing medium as a base, especially since the color changes so drastically.
  • Blending really, really, REALLY sucks with these. It isn’t hard to blend so much when colors are deeper, or you’re applying them on the lid–it’s when you’re attempting to blend from wherever you finished laying the pigment down to your regular skin. I only applied the Neon2 pigment base just above my crease, and you’ll notice in most of the looks, that there appears to be a harsh line of color–that’s the blendability issue I was talking about. Yes, I think if I was intending these looks for more than experimentation, with more work and elbow grease, I probably could have gotten it blended right. The good news, however, is that in full-face shots, most of the harsh lines aren’t noticeable.

I used Full Force Violet pigment (with mixing medium) on lid, Warm Chill eyeshadow (LE) on inner lid, Gulf Stream eyeshadow (LE) on middle of lid, Climate Blue eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Shroom eyeshadow on brow, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush on cheeks. I had Strawberry Blonde lipstick (LE) with Backlit 3D glass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Warming Chill = Juxt; Gulf Stream = Teal; Climate Blue = Electric Eel + Parfait Amour; Strawberry Blonde = Sweetie; Backlit = Instant Gold

See the rest of this look AND three others… Continue reading →

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What makeup would you take on a week-long trip to a foreign country? How many of what? What would be essential?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Sarah tells us… How to Get Her Green and Gold Look!

Start with a clean face

  • Rub MAC Strobe Cream Lotion all over face
  • Rub Smashbox Photo Finish Primer all over face (except eyes)
  • Rub MAC Prep + Prime Eye Primer all over lid

Work on the eyes

  • Brush MAC Brow Set in “Beguile” into brows
  • MAC Gorgeous Gold (ES) in very inner corner of eye (I used the ” Loew and Cornell Maxines Mop brush)
  • MAC Goldmine (ES) on middle of lid (1/2″ Mop brush again)
  • Too Faced Lucky Charms Duo (ES) in outer corners and creases (using L&C ” Mop brush) and BLEND!
  • Sweep MAC Vanilla Pigment onto browbone (I used Japonesque’s #232 brush)
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack on lower and upper lashlines (I used a small Sonia Kashuk angle brush)
  • Too Faced Lash Injection Black Mascara on upper and lower lashes
  • Wipe off any excess fallout with a baby wipe

Back to the face

  • Stipple MAC NC30 Studio Fix Foundation all over face – even the lips (I used an Esscence of Beauty Large Foundation Brush)
  • Sweep any translucent powder over your face to set foundation
  • Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer under cheekbones to contour (I used a Size Large Round Mop brush by LC)
  • MAC Blush in Pink Swoon on apples of cheeks (I just used my fingers)
  • Swipe on MAC Lipstick in Hue and finish it off by gliding some MAC Plushglass in Angel Cream over that.

Check out more photos… Continue reading →