I love a nude look. It's sexy. It's confidant and says, look at me & see my beauty! No flashy colors, just a flawless timeless face.
Nudes are colors, like bone, beige, and brown, that look the same no matter whose skin they’re on,
Neutrals include tones naturally found in the skin, like peach, rose, bronze, and even plum.
Mix textures to keep it from getting boring. Choose one product with a shimmery finish. Use Bobbi Brown Shimmery Brick nude palette on eyes and matte shades on the rest of your face or a sparkly blush with matte shadow and lipstick.
Absolutely 2DIE4 Nude Palettes!
URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 PALETTE
Urban Decay knows its nudes. The rose-gold-themed palette is packed with 12 gorgeous neutrals ranging from a soft baby pink (Strange) to a to-die-for barely there bronze (Trick). Each shade is paired with a complementary shimmer and matte shadow, so the combinations are endless (and foolproof). They also have Nude and Nude 2 and they are beautiful!
These creamy nude shadows are every bit as stylish as they appear. The palette has three buttery matte shades (pale ivory, tan beige, and dark black-brown) and three frosty rose-gold-spiked hues (powder pink, soft gold, and copper), but it's the glittery champagne that we're using down to the pan. Dusted over any shadow (or worn alone), it lends the most elegant twinkle. Marc Jacob is so densely pigmented it is like applying fabric to your eyes.
SONIA KASHUK EYE COUTURE IN EYE ON NEUTRAL
So shimmer's not your thing? Here is one for you: 12 blendable matte shadows that have you covered day or night. The palette ranges from lighter, brighter shades, like ivory and pale peach, to moody charcoal gray and even jet black. But it's the warm cocoa range in between that we really dig in to.
BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK
It's almost too gorgeous to use. But the ten gleaming shadows in this limited-edition palette give the prettiest subtle sparkle, which we just can't resist. Apply them individually, or blend them for a golden glow.
ESTÉE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE
The deep shimmery plum shade seems out of place alongside the family of beige- and brown-toned neutrals, but surprisingly, it's the most beautiful complement. At first glance, the five matte nudes appear a little bland, but layer with a swipe of one of the three shimmery highlight shades and boring is the last word that comes to mind.
Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner: Nifty Eyeliner Pen Took 5 Years to Develop. First thing, the name is too damn long. Second thing, it makes a awesome cat line and it is super easy to draw with.
I first heard about these from a makeup artist that works at Benefit. We were talking shop and she said, 'wait till you see the new liner, it will be out in a few weeks. I was excited. I bought one the day after they officially launched and I have to say I was pleasantly pleased. Yes, it stayed on all day. I still want to play more with it more.... but so far so good.
Don't be afraid. Eyeliner is not as hard as everyone thinks. And you know what, it's makeup. Not a tattoo. You can fix any mistake. You can start over. Shit... It's not brain surgery. So please, get yourself ready to start drawing circles around the other girls.
A woman asked me a strange question the other day. She said, "Why? Why wear eyeliner?" You can image my confusion. "Why not?" this is what I wanted to say. Instead, I smiled and said, "Eyeliner makes a huge difference—it can take a basic eye makeup application to a fully-realized look that accentuates your lashes and the shape of your eye. "
What type of eyeliner you use is purely a personal choice. Each has pros and cons:
Here are some the best buys for the type of liner look you like. click on the product's picture to be sent to the website to buy each product.
They say the first step is admission. So I'm doing it. I'm a makeup junkie. Laura Mercier is my dealer. I have an addiction. I am hooked on all things Laura Mercier. Give me my FIX Laura. NOW! That felt good girls!
Ms. Mercier is a genius. Her makeup is genius. It's that simple. Her tinted moisturizer is genius. Sure, I used it all over the face, but if you need more coverage, you can use her moisture suprême foundation and use the TM under the eye as a brightener! YES, it's Antioxidant-infused, YES It moisturizes, and gives a hint of color. Plus, it has SPF. IT'S JUST A PERFECT PRODUCT. It is not that other makeup lines don't carry similar product, it is just that her TM is genius.
This just in - just launched - brand new! Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour is a sheer, blendable cream face color that provides natural looking color and gives skin a “Bonne Mine” healthy glow. 2DIE4 LADIES!
Baked Eye Colour Quad ($44.00) (New, Limited Edition)
Post Script... these are 2DIE4!
I was inspired to talk to you about my Mercier addiction after I worked on a woman today going to an outdoor wedding.
She was beautiful woman. I did not want to hide her under a glaze of makeup. 3 of the basics I used were Mercier's tinted moisturizer, color sticks on her cheeks and on her lips I used Wildberry Lip Plumper ($30) and the Lip Glace ($25). So sheer so lush.
Oh, This spring, there were thirteen new shades of Laura Mercier Lip Glace added to the permanent range. The new shades are richer in color with the same “megawatt shine,” “nonsticky” texture, and hydrating formula. I also tested two shades, Bare Baby and Poppy, today. The formula is lightweight, not too thin or too thick, glossy, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. There’s a burnt sugar/caramel-like scent to the gloss, but I didn’t notice any taste. Bare Baby Lip Glace is a milky, pink-peach with white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage. Nice over a lipstick for added warmth and lightening. It wore well for two and a half hours.
Let me say it here, loud and proud. I love blue eye shadow. Yes, I love it and I love it on women of color. Chicks from honey to dark coffee, look fantastic in blue...
Look at our fresh young Lupita Nyongo! During a celebration in honor of her Academy Awards nomination (She went on to win the Oscar) , Lupita rocked blue eye shadow and bold red lips--work it!
BEST BLUES 4 U!
2DIE4 BLUE SHADOW Find your shade. Makeup is fun, play until you find your blues!
Luminous, light-reflecting powders for shading, highlighting and lining eyes. Highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant colors glide on smoothly and evenly and blend effortlessly. Can be applied sheer or layered for a more dramatic effect.
Nobody can pull off dark circles. The are just not cute. So please, please please use concealer. It's makes your face look fresh, finished and flawless. I know it can seem like an extra step that is just over the top. But it can make all the difference in the world. So how to pick the right shade? All day long women ask me to match their foundation, but when it comes to their concealer they just grab any light color. I have to stop them and say no, what is your undertone, what area are you wanting to conceal... all these things come into play when picking a concealer.
You want your foundation to match your skin tone perfectly. You want your concealer to be just a shade or 2 lighter than your skin,
The exception is when you are covering pimples. It's best to use a concealer that matches your skin exactly when it comes to covering pimples. This is because you want to apply the concealer AFTER the foundation and you don't want that spot to stand out.
Most women need a yellow-based, not pink-based concealer, because it flatters all skin types. The darker the skin, you might look better in orange-based concealers. PLEASE TEST BEFORE YOU BUY!!! That means putting it on and wearing it for a few hours.
The Different Types of Concealer
Most women use concealer to lighten the areas under the eyes. Others use concealer to cover up pimples, acne scars, tattoos and even spider veins. Concealers are not a one-size fits all formula. Different concealers work on different problem areas. Here's a rundown:
Best Basic Under Eye Concealers:
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Best Drugstore Buys - Maybelline New York Cover Stick, Queen Collection & NYX
Best Corrective - Make Up For Ever Corrective Make Up Base in Blue 5 & Black Opal
Best to Cover Up Under-Eye Circles - Sue Devitt Automatic Camouflage, NARS & Clinique
Best Pimple Concealer - Dermablend Smooth Concealer. Smashbox & MAC
Best Highlighters - Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener & Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat - One of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealers ($35) is sold every 20 seconds around the world - Touche Eclat is more a highlighter than a concealer and is meant to "illuminate." - dot just below the brow and under the eyes, along the nose and under the lip -- anywhere that has shadows.
Beauty Essentials - put on your big girl panties and get them, stop being a baby!
1. Eyelash Curler. Like a bra for your lashes, the iconic Shu Uemura eyelash curler is the perfect addition to any woman's beauty routine. With enhanced design and upgraded features this curler offers ultimate precision that's guaranteed to perk up even the droopiest of lashes. Available at Sephora for $20
2. Cleanser. Your cleanser is the workhorse that lays down the foundation for the rest of your regimen. Which is why Jurliques multipurpose Rose Plus Moisturizing Cleanser is amazing. 24 bucks! I bit more costly Pick your own, I use Clinique 3 step. I used it in my 20s and I used it now, it also packs a powerful hydrating punch that will leave your skin so supple.
3. Moisturizer. . La Mer's classic moisturizing crème has established a cult following among celebrities and beauty addicts worldwide for good reason. The luxurious formula penetrates deeply to replenish moisture and leave skin looking renewed and energized. Available for $155 - again I use Clinique's DDML * 26 bucks baby!
4. Concealer. NARS!!!! MAC!!!! Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer Pen allows you to capture 8 hours of sleep with the click of a pen. God I love concealer.
5. Mascara. Inspired by makeup artists who used a toothbrush to max out their models' mascara, Diorshow mascara features an extra-full brush and special formula that will make your lashes the star of the show. This oldie but goodie is still a favorite among beauty editors and makeup artists alike. Available for $25 at Sephora
6. Dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray is the ultimate quick fix. It refreshes, revives, and rejuvenates the hair in a matter of minutes. Voted Best Dry Shampoo by Allure magazine, it soaks up oil, and boosts volume without the fuss making it perfect for the girl on the go. Available for $21 at Macys
7. Foundation. Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-light Skin Perfecting foundation by Chanel delivers a fresh natural complexion, leaving skin looking refined and refreshed. Laura Mercier moisturizing foundations are AMAZING.
8. Blush. NARS Blush delivers by providing a healthy looking glow that flatters any skintone. $30 at Sephora.
9. Lip Gloss / Lipstick One nude, one vibrant, make them good... Chanel, Clinique, MAC, NARS, YSL.... STOP with the drug store crap.
10. Eyebrow Pencil Pretty please for the love all that is fabulous - keep your eyebrows groomed - Anastasia Beverly HIlls!!!! I have said my peace!
This eye shadow, by Marc Jacob, is so lush, so wonderful... the gold ...the gold is so rich, It makes the it worth the $$$$ - best go for the 7 pack. The packaging is very travel friendly. I hate when it feels like the case is going to break in your kit!
I went to see this movie the weekend it came out, on a big screen, IMAX... I wanted to look very closely at this makeup design. I was used to seeing Ms Angelina giving face... and it was beautiful and expressive... what surprised me was the mini Maleficent - young Maleficent' make up was dazzling. You must make it your business to check out the work that makeup artist Toni G has created in this movie!
MAC’s collection, inspired by Walt Disney’s dark fantasy-adventure film “Maleficent,” is available in stores. The makeup is not only wearable but can also be used in the day or at night. And now that summer is here, I think this is the perfect time to mix up your color palette.
Inglot’s Duraline!! 2die4!!!
Forget water... that was the old way to make eyeliner out of eye shadow... now there is duraline! It revives dried up eyeliner in one simple drop and turns mere powdered products to liquids. Turn any powder eye shadow into a liquid formulation”.
Coming in a 9ml clear glass bottle with a dropper on top. The recommended use is to put a drop back of your hand and wet your brush with it, then dipping your brush into the eye shadow or eyeliner. I prefer to scoop out a part of the desired product onto my palette and drop one drop of Duraline on top and then mix them together so as to not taint the original eye shadow.
What you need to know about this product:
• It does not crease
• It’s waterproof
• It does not smudge when rubbed
• It does not fade
• Takes a while to dry but you have to work quickly with the product
IT IS AMAZING!
Full disclosure, I work for Clinique, but I tell you this,, not b/c I'm getting any credit for it... I'm telling you this because I would still buy these 2 products if I did not work there... they are simply that good. Clinique's 3-Step System = I used it in my 20s ....and now in my 40 I get it for free and I still love it....
Get them fast! Mighty Mimosa and Voluptuous Violet... these Chubby Lipsticks ... are AMAZING!!! 2 kinds, original and Intense... the colors are so good, pigmented and rich. I honestly think these are the best on the market.
NARS is simply a top tier awesomeness! I have never had bad results with their products. EVER! This contour/color kit is so good, The colors are pigmented and soft, they don't over saturate the face. This is 2 DIE 4!!!! DON'T MISS THIS!
NARSissist Cheek Palette | $49 (0.08 oz. x 3)
TOM FORD'S Golden Mink eye shadow is absurd! Dense gold that is practically liquid. It is amazing and I can't even believe I lived all this time without it... his eyeliner is perfection as well. I first saw this at Shepora and I went nuts for the golden shadow... so pigmented so rich!
THINGS I LOVE!