Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Five Minute Looks: Green & Greener

I was in a rush yesterday, but I wanted to play with some new makeup–I was desperate to do a look with YSL’s Slate Green. The nearest to it was MAC’s Sweet & Punchy and my new Make Up Forever Aqua Creams… and thus, this look was created! Lashes are a lil’ funky, because I applied Barelash mascara on ‘em about an hour prior.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying #13 aqua cream as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Sweet & Punchy eyeshadow on the lower lid. Next, apply #5 Slate Green eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and onto the outer lid. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Black Black pencil on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Opulash mascara.

For cheeks, apply #5 aqua cream to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 130.

For lips, apply #5 aqua cream first, and then layer Satin Peach ultra gloss for a complementing lip.

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Friday, October 30th, 2009

Build a Quad: “Soft Fire”

Dubbed Soft Fire, this eyeshadow quad features four permanent shades of MAC eyeshadow: Amber Lights (a coppery frost), Antiqued (a reddened brown frost), Bronze (a rich bronze frost), and Grain (a lightly shimmered beige highlighter). All of these shades have warmer tones, so I would consider this to be a warm quad. (I say this to caution you if you dislike warm shades, this is probably not the one for you!) All four shades are colors I’ve been using for years without fail, because they’re pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Grain is more of a neutral highlighter, and I like the way it accents the rest of the quad’s stronger warm tones–it helps to balance everything out.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Antiqued on the outer lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Grain all over the lid, Bronze in the crease
  • Grain on the inner lid, Amber Lights on the outer lid, Antiqued in the crease

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow.  We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments!

P.S. – As this is a new feature… tell me if you love it or hate it so I know whether to continue it! :)

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Yesterday, I wanted to see how my new cut would look natural aka no styling required. I was pretty pleased with the results — it’s very much the same, but it doesn’t have the same level of volume, shine, or texture. But it still works, and it doesn’t HAVE to be styled, which is what is important. I mean, as much as I hope to learn more about hair styling, it’s not my forte, so knowing I don’t have to stress out to learn quickly is such a relief! Wild ‘Bout You has always been one of my favorite lipsticks, and it’s great that this fall calls for just such a color :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Grain eyeshadow (soft neutral), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Petalpoint blush (soft purple-pink)
  • Lips: Wild ‘Bout You lipstick (deep berry), Jampacked lipglass (dark berry wine)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Petalpoint = Breath of Plum; Wild ‘Bout You = New York Apple; Jampacked = Desire

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Grain eyeshadow on the lid portion of the eye using the 239. Apply Plushlash mascara to lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Petalpoint blush using the 129. Apply Wild ‘Bout You lipstick to lips, and then top with Jampacked lipglass for color and shine.

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Friday, June 27th, 2008

My boyfriend asked me, “Why don’t you do more matte looks?” So fine! Here’s a matte look! I probably don’t do matte looks often because until I got Soft Ochre, I could never find a matte-base that I liked enough. No excuse now, I guess!  The only that annoys me is Blanc Type photographs poorly – it looks a lot whiter than it does in person (in fact, in person, you can hardly tell!). Boo!  Anyone else had that happen to them?

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Blanc Type eyeshadow on inner lid, Soft Brown eyeshadow on middle of lid, Brun eyeshadow on outer lid, Copperlate eyeshadow on outer crease, Blanc Type eyeshadow on brow, Grain eyeshadow on lower lash line, Blacktrack fluidline on upper and lower lash lines, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush with Dior Amber Diamond SkinShimmer to highlight cheeks. I had Mari-sheeno lipstick (LE) with Dejarose lipglass (LE) and Cult Fave lipglass (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!

Mari-sheeno = NO DUPE; Dejarose = Pink Poodle; Cult Fave = Cultured

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Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Simple neutral look from yesterday :)

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Arena eyeshadow on inner lid, Elite eyeshadow (LE) on middle of lid, Bronze eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Grain eyeshadow above crease, Femme-fi eyeshadow on brow, Graphblack techankohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Margin blush on cheeks with Dior Amber Diamond SkinShimmer to highlight. I wore Pleasureseeker lipstick (LE) with Soft & Slow lipglass (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!

Elite = Woodwinked; Pleasureseeker = Syrup (?); Soft & Slow = Lovechild

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