Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Duochromes + Jealousy Wakes Look

I was just playing around, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this, but some reader encouragement helped :) After seeing several readers mention Vex on yesterday’s post about Bare Escentual’s Urban Nature, I figured I’d try it. And then I just couldn’t help reaching for Jealousy Wakes…  The green tones of Urban Nature brought out the green in the shadow (rather than the slight bluish nature of it) — which is what I wanted, something that is so on the edge of green that it’ll integrate well with other shadows.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Urban Nature all over the lid and above the crease with the 242 to lay down your eyeshadow base.   Lightly press Vex eyeshadow onto the inner half of the lid with the 239.  Then apply Jealousy Wakes eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid and into the crease with the 239.  Blend Vex eyeshadow by pulling lightly towards the outer lid with the 239.  Apply Vanilla eyeshadow on the brow bone to highlight and soften the edge of the crease.  Next, apply Gilded White liner on the lower waterline and #20 liner on the lower lash line, and then smudge with Jealousy Wakes eyeshadow.  Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply Aurora on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply #2 lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Friday, May 6th, 2011

Teal & Yellow Look with MAC Surf Baby

Quickie look I did to test out some of the new products from MAC’s Surf Baby collection.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (eyeshadow base), MAC Surf USA Eyeshadow (teal), MAC Sun Blonde Eyeshadow (golden mustard yellow), MAC Short Shorts Eyeshadow (white gold), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Blue Moon Powerpoint Pencil (teal), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
  • Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (140), Burberry Pressed Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: MAC Billionaire Bronze Powder (bronze)
  • Lips: MAC Bust Out! Lipstick (purple)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pencil brush), 188 (small, circular stippling brush)
  • Substitutes: Surf USA = Shimmermoss; Sun Blonde = Goldmine + Arena; Short Shorts = Nylon; My Paradise = NYX Menage a Trois; Bust Out = Up the Amp

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 242 to lay down your eyeshadow base.   Lightly press Surf USA eyeshadow onto the lower half of the lid, going horizontally, with the 239.  Then apply Sun Blonde eyeshadow on the upper half of the lid and above the crease with the 239.  Apply Short Shorts eyeshadow underneath the arch of the brow, and then mix with Trench eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone.  Next, apply Blue Moon liner on the lower lash line, and then smudge with Short Shorts eyeshadow.  Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply My Paradise blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Bust Out! lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Summer Makeup with Chanel

You can’t review new products without actually testing them, right?  Here’s a look I put together to test out some of the products from Chanel’s summer collection!  Reviews/swatches to come :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad (beige, chartreuse, blackened green, mauve-taupe), Make Up For Ever #17L Aqua Eyes (chartreuse), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
  • Face: Ellis Faas SkinVeil (S104), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Corail Soleil Tan de Chanel (bronze with coral)
  • Lips: Chanel Sari Dore Rouge Coco Lipstick (coral orange), Chanel Pensee Glossimer (sheer coral)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 184 (fan brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye with the 249.  Apply the chartreuse eyeshadow to the lower half of the lid from inner to outer with the 239, just patting it on.  Next, apply the mauve-taupe eyeshadow above the crease with the 222, blending outwards.  With the 239, apply the blackened green eyeshadow into the crease with the 239, blending slightly downwards to cover the remaining portion of the lid and softening with the chartreuse eyeshadow.  Highlight the brow bone with the beige eyeshadow with the 217.  Apply 17L liner on the lower water line, and then smudge the blackened green eyeshadow against the lower lash line with the edge of the 239.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For cheeks, apply Bronze Corail bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Sari Dore lipstick first, then top with Pensee glossimer for a complementing lip.

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

Summer Look with Wet ‘n’ Wild

Another test look — Clarins Skin Illusion (the shade is too light but setting with Guerlain Les Violettes in #03 made it wearable for test purposes, at least), NYX Eyeshadow Base, Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Eyeshadow Palette, Physicians Formula Glow Pearls, and Guerlain Chant d’Aromes.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  NYX Eyeshadow Base (base), Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Eyeshadow Palette (shimmering beige, gold, bronze, beige, dark brown), span style=”color: #9d4b7b;”>Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner (olive green), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
  • Face: Clarins Skin Illusion (108), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls (bronze)
  • Lips: Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique (rosy pink)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 184 (fan brush)

For eyes, start by applying NYX as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 294.  Apply the shimmering beige eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 217.  Next, apply the gold eyeshadow just above the lid and in the crease with the 239.  Lightly blend the bronze eyeshadow into the crease with the 222, blending outwards, then layer with the dark brown eyeshadow.  Pat the beige eyeshadow lightly above the crease and highlight the brow bone with the 217.  Apply Stash liner on the lower lash line.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For cheeks, apply Light Bronze Pearl on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 184.

For lips, apply Chant d’Aromes lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Friday, April 8th, 2011

Summer Look with Dior and Urban Decay

Testing out more than a few products — new summer quint from Dior, Hourglass Film Noir mascara, Chanel Mat Lumiere, Urban Decay Gilded, and Guerlain Cherry Blossom–oh, and also Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (base), Dior Rosy Nude (534) Eyeshadow Palette (beige, pale gold, warm brown, peach), Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Liner (brown), Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy 24/7 Liner (champagne), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
  • Face: Chanel Mat Lumiere (3), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer (sunny bronze)
  • Lips: Guerlain Cherry Blossom (161) Rouge Automatique (rosy pink)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 184 (fan brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 294.  Apply the beige eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 217.  Next, apply the gold eyeshadow to the lid with the 239.  Lightly blend the warm brown eyeshadow into the crease with the 222, blending outwards.  Pat the peach eyeshadow lightly above the crease and highlight the brow bone with the 217.  Apply Midnight Cowboy liner on the lower water line and Bourbon liner on the lower lash line.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For cheeks, apply Gilded bronzer on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 184.

For lips, apply Cherry Blossom lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

MAC Fabulous Felines:  Burmese Beauty Look

Happy Friday!!   Here’s a quick look I whipped up using the Burmese Beauty quad as the jumping off point…  My apologies — I forgot to take a close-up of the lips for this look!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Skintone 2 eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Burmese Beauty eyeshadow on the middle and outer portion of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Showstopper eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Lightly tap Skintone 2 eyeshadow above the crease. Blend Prized eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Black Plum kohl eyeliner on the lower lash line and lightly tapping Skintone 2 eyeshadow below. Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.

For cheeks, apply #15 blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply To Pamper lipstick first, and then layer Spree lipglass for a complementing lip.

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