I’ll be the first to admit I was dubious when I first saw the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil. How could a pencil possibly be gentle enough for the delicate under eye area? What if it tugs at the skin? What if it’s drying? What if it doesn’t blend??
But come on, what kind of beauty writer would I be if I didn’t take some chances for the sake of research? I bought two of them. That’s my level of dedication.
Each pencil comes in a cute little mirrored tin with a sharpener that fits on the end of the pencil so you don’t lose it. I bought Light 3 for concealing under-eye darkness and puffiness and Medium 4 to cover up blemishes and redness around my nose and chin.
Starting with the Light 3 pencil, I created a dotted line right along the shadow of my eye bag and used my ring finger to lightly blend. The concealer is creamier than you would expect from a pencil so there’s zero drag. I also love that the formula manages to be matte (no powder required) without being drying (miracle!).
I hate to be dramatic but the results were, well, dramatic. I looked at myself in the car mirror (always the true test) and my bags looked deflated. I feel like the precision of the pencil tip combined with the hydrating, long-wear formula makes the Nudestix Concealer Pencil so effective under the eyes.
Next, I used the Medium 4 to draw lines around my nostrils and made little dashes on my chin. Again, the concealer blended seamlessly with the tip of my finger. Wondering how the pencil performed on pimples? Two words: pure genius. The fine tip and matte finish make it ideal for hiding little imperfections.
The pencils are slim enough to fit into the smallest of evening bags so obviously they are my lipstick’s new constant companions. I’ll be honest… I’m in love.Posted by janna Tags Concealer, makeup, Nudestix, Puffy Eyes
I was invited to a press event at Sephora this past week to experience one of their complimentary classes at their San Francisco flagship store on Powell Street. I sauntered in (late of course) to a small group of style writers and makeup artists discussing the “if you were stranded on a desert island, which beauty product would you bring?” conundrum. The makeup artists went first. Of course they were pragmatic, naming multi-use makeup palettes like Smashbox Master Class Palette III Color & Contour and other multi-use products and palettes. Then, the style writers went around the room choosing generic makeup items like mascara, lipgloss, etc. When it was my turn, I chose AMOREPACIFIC ‘Color Control’ Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because if I’m going to be stranded on an island, you better believe I’m not leaving my grass hut without a flattering, buildable CC Cream packed with high sunscreen. (Leave it to me to choose something not offered at Sephora. Whatever.)
After we had gone around the room divulging our most beloved products, Makeup Artist Kenya Garrett gave an interactive tutorial on how to contour and highlight. Now, I’m no stranger to contouring and highlighting. Meaning, I know how to do it, but I don’t aspire to look like Kim Kardashian in any shape or form. Occasionally, I’ll lightly contour the hollows of my cheeks with a matte bronzer and slap a cream highlighter on my cheekbones. But, I usually end up blending away the contour powder because it just never looks natural.
Well, Kenya must have been reading my mind because she declared the Kim Kardashian way “wrong” and gave us a thorough tutorial on how to make contouring and highlighting actually look flattering and natural. She also gave some pro tips I hadn’t heard before:
1) Wear a foundation with more coverage when contouring and highlighting so that redness and other discolorations do not show through.
2) Apply highlighter first so that your face tells you where to contour. Meaning, once you’ve applied your highlighter and you tilt your face down in front of the mirror, you will more clearly see the hollows of your cheeks (where the contour powder goes)
3) Do NOT use a matte bronzer when contouring. Use a taupe with grey in it so that it more resembles your natural face shadows. BRILLIANT! MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
After Kenya’s demonstration, we were teamed up with makeup artists for one-on-one sessions. I was paired with the knowledgable Elisia Huck, who showed me how to color correct my puffy eyes to make them look flattened and brighter. Then, when I told Elisia I already had the coveted Anastasia Contour Kit but I was only using it as eyeshadow, she showed me the right shade (you guessed it grayish taupe) to use as a contouring powder and how to apply it.
Okay, so I’m the first to admit this class showed me that in fact I don’t know everything. (Yes, it was shocking for me as well) The classes range from “Contouring and Highlighting” to “Day-to-Night Smoky Eye” and you can make a reservation online here. Added bonus: every class attendee gets a little goody bag with fun samples! Classes are complimentary to Beauty Insiders. If you’re not a Beauty Insider yet, well quite frankly, I’m shocked you read my blog. It’s free to join the Beauty Insider program and as beauty addicts like myself can attest to, membership (and spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora) has its privileges.Posted by janna Tags Bright Eye Makeup, contouring and highlighting, makeup, Makeup Artist, MUA, Sephora
Now that I have a baby girl, the days of me turning my makeup application process into a long, enjoyable ritual — taking an hour to carefully plan and execute the perfect smoky eye or shadowed winged eye while downing a couple glasses of chardonnay — are long gone. Now, I’m lucky to have five minutes before my husband is calling me to the door.
People who aren’t true makeup lovers never understood how it could take me so long to get ready… It was never that I felt naked or ugly without a full face of makeup or that I’m so vain that I needed 60 minutes to perfect my face… I actually relished the process. It was almost a form of meditation for me.
I’ve found that even though I can’t take the time to create new dramatic makeup looks (and let’s face it, my social schedule isn’t quite demanding cat eyes and electric fuchsia lipstick), I enjoy the fact that I’ve been able to whittle down my routine significantly, still be pleased with the final product, and even get in 5 minutes of my own personal meditation:janna Tags Amore Pacific, Bite Beauty, Bobbi Brown, Cle de Peau, makeup, Makeup How-to, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Nars, Tarte, tarte cosmetics, Urban Decay
I know we are only three days into NYFW SS 2014 but I’m already loving on some of the makeup looks that are being sent down the runways. The good news? Most of the looks are totally wearable off the runway and flatter most skin tones.Here are a few of my favorites:
Creatures of the Wind SS’14 – Lead Makeup Artist: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
Sometimes I have the worst luck… Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube). It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndie, featuring myself, Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).
So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”). Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks. You should definitely check it out here.
After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cat Eye, Fresh, Halloween, Halloween Makeup, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, makeup, Makeup Artist, makeup tutorial, Smashbox, Urban Decay
I know I left you ladies hanging for Part 2 of my interview with the brilliant Charlie Green (click here to read Part 1), but A. I decided to be greedy and ask Charlie for a second interview (and she generously obliged!) B. you’ll get over it when you read the treasure trove of advice that Charlie bestowed:
Beauty Binge (BB): What risk SHOULD women be taking in makeup that most are not? And how can they easily achieve this?
Experiment! Be brave and try some color instead of safe neutrals… It’s only makeup and you can wash it off if you hate it; its not a tattoo! Take an afternoon cruising the makeup counters, checking out new trends and textures. Maybe try and have a couple of makeovers at the counters and don’t forget to take your photo on a cell phone to remember the techniques and tips the makeup artist gave you. You don’t need to recreate the whole look at home, but if you learned a technique or two then that’s major!
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Don’t be fooled by the brand name (I was before I tried the product)… A) because this product has nothing to do with lashes B) just because the brand started out as a lash enhancer doesn’t mean they don’t know how to create beautiful makeup. Full disclosure: the RevitaLash Highlighting Pencil ($24) was sent to me by a publicist. It’s a good thing since I probably never would have bought it on my own. There are just so many makeup brands out there, and so many highlighters for that matter, that I can’t imagine myself browsing through Sephora and reaching for a makeup pencil created by a lash conditioning brand. Shame on me for being so narrow minded!
The RevitaLash Highlighting Pencil is by far the best highlighting product I’ve come across (Bold statement, I know. But I stand by my words). This gel-based pencil (even though it’s called a pencil, it’s more of a shadow stick with a creamy consistency) glides on smooth and plays nice with all my other makeup. I feel like every highlighter I’ve used in the past for my brow bone and cheeks are either too liquidy (pens like Cle de Peau Beaute Brilliant Enhancer, YSL Touche Eclat) or don’t blend well with my powder shadows and bronzer (cream highlighters that seem to make a stripe of sparkle rather than a diffused, blended illumination). I’ve been forced to use shimmery eye shadow to highlight which tends to cause a sparkle meltdown when it falls all over my face (I’m way too old to wear glitter).
Luckily I can stop worrying about looking like an over-age club kid now that I have RevitaLash Highlighting Pencil in my arsenal. It blends beautifully and has a pinkish shimmery sheen. I swipe that creamy bad boy on my brow bone and from my cheekbones to my temples. I blend lightly with my finger and then apply the tip of the pencil directly to the inner corner of my eyes to give me a more brightened, awake eye. Voila! A gorgeous, blended highlighter that lasts all day.
Posted by janna Tags Highlighter, makeup, RevitaLash
How much do I
like LOVE this look?
Soft, romantic smokey eye… 1940s starlet red lips… bold brows… luminous skin… STUNNING!
Maria, are you reading this right now? I want her makeup!
Photo courtesy of WWDPosted by janna Tags Backstage Makeup, Christian Dior, Dior, makeup, Pat McGrath