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Friday, January 10, 2014

My New 5-Minute Makeup Routine!

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:

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014: Get the Makeup Looks!

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

Photos courtesy wwd.com

LOOK: “The real statement of the makeup look is the satin textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.”
HOW TO CREATE THE LOOK:
FACE
- After priming skin, apply NARS ‘Radiant’ Cream Compact Foundation ($38). To seamlessly blend and give foundation a lighter feel, blot face with a damp sponge.
- Use NARS Stick Concealer ($23) to hide any imperfections.  Instead of applying directly to the skin, warm concealer between your ring fingers and tap on or apply with a concealer brush.
EYES
- Mix both eyeshadows in the NARS Duo Eyeshadow Iceland ($34) and apply to entire eyelids. Use an eyeliner brush dipped in both shadows to line the inner corners of your eyes.
LIPS
- Line entire lip area and fill in with NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square in ($25)
- Then, since NARS used Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil, which won’t be out until Spring 2014,  try applying a layer of NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26)

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Sexy Black Kitty, Meow!

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 FashionIndiefeaturing 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:


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlie Green: Part 2

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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Friday, May 11, 2012

My New Obsession: Revitalash Spotlight Highlighting Pencil

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 EnhancerYSL 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.

 

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pat McGrath Strikes Again; Gorgeous Backstage Makeup at Dior

How much do I like LOVE this look?

 

Soft, romantic smokey eye…  1940s starlet red lips… bold brows… luminous skin… STUNNING!

From Womens’ Wear DailyPARIS  Makeup artist Pat McGrath crafted a look for Dior that was “about that strong red mouth and perfect contouring. It’s just about keeping the girls beautiful.”

Maria, are you reading this right now? I want her makeup!

Photo courtesy of WWD

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