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Monday, November 19th, 2007

I used Gold Stroke pigment all over lid, Trophy Pink eyeshadow on inner lid, Queen’s Jewel eyeshadow on middle of lid, Silverwear eyeshadow on middle of lid, Modern Heir eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow, and Feline kohl power on lower lash line. I wore Don’t Be Shy blush on cheeks with Sculpt sculpting powder to contour and Micro Pink beauty powder to highlight. I had Snob Appeal lipstick with Contessa lipglass on my lips.

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Monday, November 19th, 2007

ALICIA KEYS wore a very stunning look to the American Music Awards this weekend with a lavish lashes, silvery smoky eyes, and flawless skin. Keys’ skin is absolutely flawless and the finish is matte (in fact, it looks like velvet to us), so we recommend MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid or Make Up Forever’s Mat+ Velvet liquid foundation as a great product to give you light to medium coverage with a matte finish. 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. Contour cheeks with an appropriate color that’s only a shade or two darker than your normal skintone (lighter skintones will love MAC’s Strada blush, deeper skintones should try MAC’s Harmony blush; even darker foundations can be used as contour color). Mauvey-pink cheeks give Keys a nice flush, but something subdued and easy on the eyes. Try NARS Sin blush as a great powder blush to give you those lovely hued cheeks Highlight with MAC Dancing Light loose beauty powder on the tops of cheeks to achieve a bit of glow.

Smoky silver eyes with lots of bright silver open up Keys’ eyes and make them pop. Try MAC’s Silver Fog pigment all over lid with the 239 brush. Make sure to use MAC’s water-based mixing medium–just a touch, a drop or two, onto your brush before picking up the pigment to ensure this look will last you all night and into the next morning long! If you don’t have a PRO store handy, you can make a homemade version with one part water to three parts glycerin (found in the first aid aisle of most drugstores, it is a liquid). Take a touch of MAC Carbon eyeshadow onto your 239 brush and apply on the outer lid and just lightly in the outer crease as well to add depth and dimension to the eye. With the 266 angled brush, apply MAC Blacktrack fluidline along upper lash line and create a cat eye. A cat eye is essentially winged out eyeliner that extends past your natural lash lines. You’re almost lining the angled portion as if the bottom lash line would keep extending upwards, but you’re faux-ing the effect. With the 219 brush, use MAC’s Silver Ring eyeshadow to line the lower lash line to really open up eyes. Be sure to line lower water line with Blacktrack as well–make sure whatever you use to line water line is as close to being waterproof, smudge-proof, etc. as possible otherwise risk it moving or smudging later on. Adorn your newly dolled up eyes with MAC #6 lashes for full, dramatic lashes; add mascara to upper lashes for additional fullness, as well as lower lashes for completeness.

Keys’ lips are a lovely shade of pink that matches her cheeks almost perfectly. Her natural-looking pucker can be replicated using MAC’s Angel lipstick with MAC’s Oyster Girl lipglass for added sheen. If opting for liner, try MAC’s Pink Treat cremestick liner for a precise, but gentle liner. Smile and just look confident–that’s beautiful!

Monday, November 19th, 2007

How do you budget for your makeup addiction? How do you manage to fit in makeup into your budget? Do you give up other things instead?

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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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Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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!

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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!