I don't think anything changes your look more than a pair of beautiful fluffy perfectly applied false lashes. The bottom line is this... cheap lashes, poorly made lashes, ill fitting lashes look horrible. Spend the time to find the right pair...and they take you to the next level. I keep several different shapes and styles of lashes in my makeup kit so I have just the right pair for each client. As for myself, I try them all out to see how they last and how they feel. I just had a pair of Dolly Wink Koji False Eyelashes #9 Natural Dolly from Koren sent to me and I loved them!!!
There are many wonderful brands out there...different hairs, mink, synthetic, human hair... so many styles, and so many choices. These are a few of my favs.
1. SHE UEMURA FAKE EYELASHES "Smoky Layers" $28
2. Huda Beauty Faux Mink Lash Collection"Classics" $23
3. Velour Silk Lashes Silk False Lash Collection " Momma Got Lash" $23
4. ARDELL Glamour Wispies Black Lashes $4
5. ARDELL Individuals Medium Black Lashes $4
6. ARDELL Natural Lash - Black #110 $4
7. BENEFIT COSMETICS Big Spender Lash $15
8. MAC LASH #20 $17 (Half)
9. ARDELL Accents Lashes #315 (Half)
9. Red Cherry Black, #747M, #43 and #W004 (Half)
10. Esqido Mink Lashes 'Little Black Lash' $30
TIps to applying them to your client
1. I have to stress the importance of trimming the lashes before you apply them! Not everyone’s eyes are the same shape, and strip lashes are often too long for most eyes. Hold the lashes to your clients eyes, and gauge how much needs to be taken off. Away from your clients eye use eyebrow scissors to snip off the part of the falsies that extends beyond the natural lash line. When trimming lashes strips, start by trimming from the outside corner moving inwards. Start on the side with the longer hairs.
2. Everything’s Better with Curves
If your strips have a band, they might be too straight. The more curved the lash band is, the easier the lashes are to apply. Toggle the lash band back and forth, like below, to get that optimum U-shape. Another way to insure more flexibility and a super natural look is to use false eyelashes with an invisible strip.
3. Squeeze out a small dollop of Duo lash glue onto the back of your hand or your palette. I cut a Q-Tip and use the end to apply a thin layer of glue to the base of the lash. I've seen some artist use a disposable lip liner brush. If you are using individual lashes, it’s easier to pick up each lash with tweezers and dip just the end into the glue. Allow the glue to set on the lashes for about 30 -50 seconds before you apply.
4. Have your client looks down (do not have them close their eyes) gently hold their lid in place with your thumb, and then apply the center of the false lash to the center of the lash line, getting as close as humanly possible. I usually use my fingers to apply the lash strips. You can use a lash applicator as well. JAPONESQUE $12 and GEORGIE BEAUTY $18 make a nice ones. Attempting to get as close as humanly possible. Gently press down the edges down, this is where I use the other half of the cotton swab...or the applicator. For Individuals I use Tweezers.
5. Once the lashes are applied, let them sit. After the glue has set, if you need to hide any glue with liquid eyeliner. If you see any spaces between the real and fake lashes, fill in the gaps with liquid eyeliner. Use mascara to blend the natural lashes with the fake ones. Take a clean pinky finger, and rest it against the top of the lashes where the tops of the lashes or individuals are connecting with the skin. This will hold them into place so that the mascara wand doesn't lift them away. Then apply mascaras as usual in order to blend in false lashes with real lashes. Take a look from the side - are all the lashes blended in together? if not, repeat. If needed give them a curl.
I highly recommend a precision lash curler. This curler (top) is from PREO PRIMA is great because it has no guards on the sides which can mess up the lashes. You can crimp sections of the lashes and give them lift and secure the hold between false and individual lashes - it makes such a difference. I cannot live without this product in my kit - it's a must-have for me. You can it from Alcone or Amazon. www.alconeco.com .
Shu Uemura S Curl Eyelash Curler (bottom) and JAPONESQUE Precision Lash Curler are also amazing. (bottom)
Flawless looking skin is the goal, right?! But things like undereye circles, redness from rosacea, pimples, and hyperpigmentation or discoloration from melasma are not easily neutralized! There are a lot of problems that could be dealt with by using a concealer, but too much concealer just puts more emphasis on pores and any other skin imperfections. The answer to all of these woes is color correction!
I also love Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector. It is a liquid corrector based on a hybrid formula that neutralizes dark circles and other kinds of under-eye discolorations. it also preps skin for perfect concealer application. Free of irritants and provides natural-looking coverage. Particularly ideal for concealing dark circles under the eyes, but It can also be used anywhere on the face that has discoloration. Loads of shades... I use disposable wands so not to contaminate product. They are a bit pricey at $40 dollars... so I have 4 in my kit that work for most of my clients. These are all the colors:
Bisque, Dark Bisque, Dark Peach, Deep Bisque,
Deep Peach, Extra Light Bisque, Light Bisque, Light Peach,
Light To Medium Bisque, Light To Medium Peach, Medium To Dark Bisque,Peach,
Peach Bisque, Porcelain Bisque, Porcelain Peach, Very Deep Bisque
The correct color corrector can minimize dark undereye circles, erase a blood vessel, or make a dark spot disappear.
ORANGE: Great for neutralizing hyper pigmentation from acne scars or dark circles around the eyes and lips in medium to deep tones MAC Corrective Palette in Medium Deep or Dark
GREEN: Used to correct redness. Sun burn, red blemishes, rosacea, or broken capillaries. The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Adjust is great for more all over correction of redness. I like MAKEUP FOREVER CORRECTIVE PALETTE for spot or smaller areas.
PEACH/SALMON: Grey or blue shadows typically seen under the eyes EVE PEARL Dual Salmon Concealer
BLUE: Corrects rich deep orange tones like ones from a bad day at the tanning bed. MAKEUP FOREVER CORRECTIVE PALETTE
YELLOW: The safest color to correct with. Great for all skin tones. Neutralizes purplish under eye circles. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector is great for under the eye, Bobbi also make a less fluid corrector that is amazing ...Bobbi Brown Corrector!
PURPLE: Not common, but neutralizes yellow tones in the skin which can be caused by illness or yellow bruising MAKEUP FOREVER CORRECTIVE PALETTE
I love New Year's Eve because we can let our makeup freak flag fly. We can be bold, brave, brazen.... we can use more color and more liner! We can accentuate, exaggerate and punctuate our best features! Have fun! The glossy black smokey eye (above) is a nice way to turn it up! I give you the 'recipe' for the gloss at the bottom of this blog. I was so inspired by these looks I wanted to share them with you. So when you doing your makeup tonight don't hesitate, don't pause, and please do that thing you always wanted to try.... be different and daring! Here's to a healthy and glorious 2016! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm obsessed with these blue and black eye shadows looks. OMG so beautiful!
I'm loving this gold metallic lip look right now. It's OK to add a little magic and shimmer to your eyes with this strong metallic lip on New Year's Eve.
You can't go wrong with a dark and brooding smokey look...but don't play it safe!
I say break the rules to achieve true greatness this holiday season. Take a risk and go with a shimmering color on the eyes and a bold red lip. Here a emerald-green shadow is paired with an audacious red lip.
Get the look:
1. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Émeraude, Sephora.com.
2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge, urbandecay.com.
3. Lise Watier Eye Shine in Peacock, lisewatier.com.
4. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Cherry Pop, clinique.com.
5. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, lorealparis.com.
Shimmery Silver eye shadow twinkles and catches the light, it's so special! I think it is the perfect eye shadow for the holiday season. It is fabulous. It's December! So it's the perfect time to get out the glittery silver gun metal grey eye shadows and find a kiki! Here are a few of my fav silver shadows, #makeup looks and liners.
Eye primer applied to upper lid. Darling Girl Glitter Glue applied all around the eyes. Sugarpill - Stella applied to outer lid, V and crease by patting then blending. Sugarpill - Tiara applied to inner lid/crease by patting then blending outward. Sugarpill - Tako applied to inner V. Sugarpill - Stella applied to lower lash line. NYX - Highlight applied under brow. Maybelline Eye studio 24 Hour Gel Eyeliner - blackest black applied to upper lash line winging outward. NYX Jumbo Pencil - Milk applied to waterline.
Favorites: Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow, Nars Duo Intensity Eye Shadow in Lysithea, Make Up Forever Glitter in Silver 2, NYX Cosmetics Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Silver, Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre, Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow in Silver Strike or too cool, NYX Wicked Lippies in Stone Cold or Cold Hearted
As the weather here in NYC gets colder and the holiday parties invitations start to arrive I start to pull out the oxblood, chocolate and eggplant colored lipsticks. Yes honey! It's time to go dark. Take a chance with deep plums, browns and reds...maybe even a black midnight lipstick! Too scared... why not just dip your toe in the darker shades by deepening your favorite reds, nudes and pinks with a dark lip pencil underneath. I don't care what shade, tone or color your skin is there is a lipstick out there with your name on it... one that will make you feel fierce and sexy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
3 TIPS TO WEAR IT RIGHT!
Always take the color for a test drive.
Run your lip brush or cotton swab along the side of the lipstick where people usually don't touch it AFTER you spay the lipstick with alcohol. Apply the color to your lips using the Q-tip to see if it brightens your complexion and you like the look.
Apply your lipstick with a lip brush.
Dark shades can get messy quickly, be sure you're precisely putting it on by using a brush. I love to use Chanel's lip brush or Laura Mercier's concealer brush. I swipe it on from the outer corner of the mouth to center on both the upper and lower lips, then I fill in the rest.
Skip the glossy finish. There's nothing wrong with adding lip gloss over your usual lip color to make it standout more, but this shade doesn't need any help. If you really want to add gloss apply it only to the center of your lips.
Some lip colors that I love so much. PS. I could not stop at 10... it's really 14!
1. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Ingrid
2. Laura Mercier Satin Lip Color in Cherrywood
3. Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Raisin Rage OR Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry
4. Lancôme Rouge in Love in Fiery Attitude OR Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Definition in Le Pourpre OR Lancôme Color Design Bow And Arrow.
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Midnight
6. NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania or High Voltage Lipstick in Dirty Talk
7. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick in Dolce Jealous
8. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion in Savage Garden
9. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in Leather
10. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aura
I hope you all have a happy and spooky Halloween this year! This year Halloween really snuck up on me. It's a few days before the big night and if you are like me you find yourself without a costume, don't stress! This retro look is an easy flashback to the 1960's and will transforms you into a Twiggy in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Using a grey/black eye shadow cut a crease in a ROUND shape to make eyes look wide. Use a white eyeliner in the waterline to make the eyes look even bigger.
Step 2: Fill in the lids using a robins-egg blue for bold eyes, or opt for a cream color to rock a softer look.
Step 3: Line the eyes using cream or gel in 'Black' on tightline and on lashline.
Step 4: Apply eyelash primer to the lashes for twiggy-like lashes. Apply false lashes if you want!
Step 5: Coat both top and bottom lashes with as much mascara as you can! Its all about the layers to build up the lashes!
Step 6: Using an angled brush and that same cream or gel Eyeliner, draw on your bottom lashes. Follow your lashes natural curves for the most realistic looking lashes.
Step 7: Twiggys skin is always sunkissed, so after your foundation, apply some bronzer to the forehead, across the cheeks, nose, and chin.
Step 8: Finish off the look with a natural lip liner and lip gloss for the perfect lip!
MEOW! The human-kitties is probably the easiest costume to throw together last minute for an office party or a night out. This is exactly how to get this look.
After foundation and setting powder. Prime the eyelid. Then using the black eyeliner begin to draw over your lids and fill in a "cat eye" shape. Dramatic shapes and colors will enhance your Halloween look! Then, pat black eye shadow onto your lid, to make sure creasing will be minimal and the color is very solid.
Using the liner pencil again, draw a black kitty nose! Follow the shape from the photo to get the most realistic but cute nose. The best part... draw in your whiskers! You can sharpen the liner and draw several fine lines from the nose to your mid-cheek area. Different lengths look great! Fix with sealer.
Using black eyeliner draw in your lips for a deep black effect. To achieve the reddish undertone as shown in the photo, use a bit of the red shadow along with the lip-gloss wand!
As fashion week quickly approaches here is a quick peek inside my makeup kit, just a few of my favorite things!
Favorite camouflage cream
I LOVE Keromask® Camouflage Cream. It is highly pigmented and extremely concentrated. Comes in 24 shades from light to very deep which is great for artists who work with women of all shades. They blend beautifully to ensure a perfect color match. Plus they have pure white and yellow mixing colors. They also have four finishing powders to guarantee results are waterproof, smudge-proof and heat resistant.
Great for disguising a variety of common skin problems, large or small. Amazing under the eye, because it won't crease or crepe. It covers tattoos. age spots, acne marks and scars, birthmarks, broken capillaries, bruises and post-operative bruising, burn scars, eczema, flushing, moles, pigmentation problems, port wine stains, psoriasis, rosacea, scar discoloration, varicose veins and more. A little goes a long way, so don't be put off by the size of the tube. I can't tell you how much I love this product. It's easy to have in your kit, travels wonderfully and easily keeps it sanitary. $42
2die4 FOUNDATION PaletteS
I am a sucker for a palette! I have a few - I also love the RMCA, Eve Pearl Pro Palette and the Makeup Forever palette. But, a lot of them are sold in sets of colors. So in some cases you have to buy two, three or even four to get a whole range. Bobbi Brown's Pro Palette - the ultimate face palette - is all in one. It features equal amounts of each shade. Plus, a black divider with labels keeps individual formulas organized. 13 shades of Corrector, 14 shades of Creamy Concealer and 20 shades of Foundation Stick. $250
BEN NYE LIQUID EYELINER
ben nye final seal
Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer: Apply over any completed makeup for smudge and water resistance. Final Seal keeps makeup in place on performers who heavily perspire. It can make your own waterproof liquid eyeliner (mix desired powder eye shadow and Final Seal, apply to eyelid using thin brush) It can waterproof your eyeliner if you dip a thin brush into Final Seal and run over the eyeliner. Locks in your look for hours. 1 oz. Spray Bottle $10 larger sizes available.
Shout out to her makeup artist, Sir John! You too can get this look!
SKIN & CHEEKS
Use your best judgment to create a flawless skin and be very subtle on your cheeks, a little color with a bit of contouring is all you need. Remember the eyes and the lips are the focus. Very little on the cheeks! Lets get started.
Beyonce’s brows are enhanced. But, PLEASE no heavy pencil or harsh lines. Start with brows that are arched and fill them in with a brow powder or pencil one shade lighter than your own. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Soft Brown which is a warm golden brown adds the perfect touch to brows without being too heavy and easily fills in gaps and mimic brow hair.
PRIMER AND LINER
Prep your eyelids with a durable primer. You will need to use something that won’t budge and lasts all day. Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray Primer and Urban Decay Primer Potion are two great options that never let us down. Make sure you smooth your primer on for an even finish so that your eyeshadow colors don’t start creasing by the end of the night. Use a black pencil khol liner to line your upper tightline. Makeup Forever Kohl Pencil Black 1K or Rimmel Jet Black Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil works perfectly.
You can recreate Beyonce’s metallic silver-blue eyes with three colors. For the base, start with a deep smokey grey. MAC Eyeshadow Knight Divine (a black shadow with silver pigment) or MAC Typographic is the matte black and would give you a close if not exact match to her base color.
The dimension on her eyes comes in with the deep slate sliver-blue shadow that runs from the inner corner to the middle of her lids that shimmers as she turns her face. A silvery, slate blue like MAC "Smoky" Pressed Pigment or Estee Lauder ‘Black Crystals’ Pure Color Eye Shadow (which is a smokey grey) takes the frustration out of trying to mix two separate silver and blue eye shadows. If you love quads try MAC Melt My Heart Eyeshadow Quad. It will have your silver and slate blue that you need. Also Trish McEvoy's Crystal Gray 24 Hour eye shadow and liner would be an amazing alternative.
To finish the look and make your eyes pop, you’ll need a LITTLE silver eyeshadow to top it all off. Stila ‘Titanium’ Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow which has a striking foil finish are perfect choices. And, finally highlighter under their brows with the MAC Rice Paper.
Beyonce’s blood red lips are a show stopper. MAC Diva Lipstick comes to mind as perfect replication of Beyonce’s lipstick. Revlon ‘Raisin Rage’ Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick and Wet N’ Wild ‘Cherry Bomb’ Mega Last Lipstick are great (and cheaper) duplicates of MAC Diva Lipstick.
Her lips are lined outside of her natural lip line and I would use Vino by MAC. Then two applications of the lipstick blotting in between. Lip gloss is used last.
How to apply:
1. Using a primer on your upper eyelids. I also put a small strip under the lower lashes. Use a kohl eyeliner to line your upper tightline and water line.
2. I would first use a base color the deepest color on just the lid to a V and under the lash line. Blend in the blue/gray eyeshadow. Be sure to blend the color evenly and to create an outer-v shape as you go.
3. Next, take a silver/gray eyeshadow and apply it to the entire lid.
4. Apply a gunmetal shadow over your eyelids and blend it with the silver color.
5. Next, apply the silver/gray color to your bottom lashline. From the inner corner to the middle. Apply the gunmetal color to the rest of the lashline and blend.
6. Line your bottom line with a black eyeliner kohl for added definition.
7. Top the outer-v with a matte black shadow. Blend!!! Fill in brows and add highlighter under brow. Add two coats of your favorite mascara.
8. Clean up fall out from shadow around eye area. Apply primer to face and add matte or satin finish foundation to face. You don't really want a dew or glowing look here. Add concealer under eyes and where necessary to spot correct discolorations. Dust with powder to set.
9. Use a contour color to softly define cheekbone and dust cheek with pale color. This is a barely there look!
10. Next, apply a base to exfoliated lips and apply a lip liner. Finally, apply a deep oxblood lip color two times, blotting in between. Followed by gloss for added definition.
There’s no need to watch them all—I worked as a TV producer for a long time... and have been a makeup artist since 2003... I can tell you that I've found the most informative, easy to hear, easy to follow, and useful makeup tutorials on everything from covering Acne to Winging your eyeliner!
Redness and Rosacea
dark circles & puffy eyes
CREATING FULL LIPS
smokey (deep set) eye
smokey (hooded) eye
They are so bad...they are good. They are train wrecks that I just can't stop watching. Bless their hearts! These Youtube tutorials are so bad! What makes them the worst, for me is I believe they are totally serious... they are not being funny or trying to be funny or auditioning for SNL! They are straight up trying to impart knowledge. When I watch them, I just shake my head and I honestly can not believe what I am watching. And whether they're clutch your pearls cray cray, vapid, or just plain ole strange I don't know...and you know what, it doesn't matter...they're gold. And who knows maybe they helped someone somewhere. I just don't know who. Enjoy?
Tricks of the trade
Summer is not even technically here yet and it is HOT here in NYC. It is August hot. It was over 90 degrees just the other day. When it gets like this, ain't nobody got time for dark heavy makeup. Don't you just look at a black smokey eye in this heat and say no thank you! I don't want to put it on someone else, never-mind myself. But that does not mean I want to give up the drama. I want a smoldering look but I don't want the density of a black smokey eye. My solution is Bronze baby! Why is it perfect for a summer smokey eye? Because, it makes a statement without being too heavy. It's sexy and smoldering without feeling like Winter or Fall.
It's time to substitute blacks and silvers for bronze, browns and golden colors. Bronze is easy and flattering to literally ANY skin tone. It's also perfect for any eye shape. It opens the eye up. It also fades gracefully. All you need is a good shadow palette, (I love the Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet) some black mascara, and a good blending brush.
With such a wide array of colors options out there, I leave the combinations of shades up to your imagination ...Here is the great thing... Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. Personally, I prefer to stick with more of satin formula eye shadows to big shimmery shades, especially for a more mature woman. But when used with a delicate hand this gilded look is safe for most any age.
Preparation: Prep lids with concealer to even out any discoloration and give shadow a base to stick to, then sweep a wash of purple from lash line to crease.
Step 1 and 2. Press a medium bronze shadow from lash line to crease and softly blend the edges. Then, apply the same color underneath the lash line in a thick swipe.
Step 3 and 4. Eye shadows stay longer when applied with a damp brush. Dampen an eyeliner brush to apply a brown shadow liner and blend upward. Then, use the same brown shadow underneath the lash line in a thin swipe.
Step 5 and 6. Make your eyes pop. Darken the lash line more with a black shadow liner and blend upward using the same damp brush. Be sure to do the same on the underneath lash line. For a nice contrast apply a color like Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil in Brown Copper ($24; Laura Mercier) on the corner of the eye.
Step 7. Lightly add a shimmery shadow. Dab a copper shadow, a few shades lighter than the bronze one, across the lid to soften the look and add dimension.
Step 8. Very lightly trace your eye and blend in a dark brown or black eyeliner, fix with a matte dark brown shadow. Outline starting from the inner corner going all the way around the entire eye. This creates more depth and really plays up the smokiness of the look.
Step 9. Highlight the inner corner of your eye. Apply a shade like Laura Mercier Caviar eye sticks in Gilded Gold. ($28; Laura Mercier) just inside the inner corner of the eye for contrast.
Step 10. Apply two coats of your favorite black mascara.
There are so many variations on this look and they are all sexy! No matter which trend you go for, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum for the most natural—and no-hassle—look. Also, the darker your skin, the more the bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks. Play, have fun! A bronze smokey eye is such a wonderful sexy summer look!
Red: The color of passion, the color of love. It's probably the sexiest color around and when painted on your lips, it's dynamite. It instantly glamorizes your look. Even the act of applying red lipstick is empowering. By dressing your lips in red, it draws people’s attention to you, especially your mouth, and subsequently, the words that come out of it. ‘It’s a symbol of prowess and power. But, a lot of us are scared of those bold red lips. Don't be, most of the time it's trial and error... for me personally it took a long time to find my favorites. Please, when testing them in the store, before you buy, put them on your mouth...not on your hand.
Here are a few of the best red lipsticks for women of any color.
As a rule of thumb, warm reds suit warm skin tone and likewise for cool reds. Cool reds usually have a little hint of blue added in so if you notice, some of them might even look a little purple. Warm reds appear slightly more orange-y. If you are unsure, go for a true red as it suits most skin tones as choosing a shade with orange based coloring can turn sexy to scary real quick.
Your skin tone is the number one factor to consider when picking out the perfect red. A simple guide:
Fair Skin – a blue based red, such as Mac’s Ruby Woo, will compliment your skin tone perfectly. It will also make your teeth appear whiter and give your fair skin a glow. For a pinkish complexion a matte red lipstick that slightly errs on this side of orange works to bring out the undertones. For a fair with yellow undertones cool tones of pinks are less flattering, so a choice of a warm brick lipstick is right on the money. Another color options for you would be Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Sassy Spice, $16.
Medium skin to olive toned skin – Reds with a hint of orange undertones are a great shade and will make medium skin appear more golden. Interesting choice here is Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Petillante, $36, available at Chanel.
Dark skin – reds with shades of pink will give dark skinned lips a sexy pout that is #2DIE4! #Lupita N’Yongo is known for rocking scarlet lips on the red carpet. She wears an honorable mention, Tom Ford’s lip color in Cherry Lush ($50) is the perfect hint of pinkish red shade for darker skin.
#Beyonce's is rocking the red lip color at the top of this blog. I can not say for sure, but, I think she is wearing #Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Jewels Collection lipstick in Rubino. It was from holiday collections from two years ago... and damn if I can't find it anywhere to purchase online.
What you can buy now and I love is NEW from Dolce & Gabbana. It's there first collection of matte lipsticks ($34). The two reds I love are Dolce Blood #644 and Ruby #642. A color from another collection is number 610 Dolce & Gabbana's Classic Cream lipstick in ire Engine Red ($33.50). They are vibrate rich colors.
Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon in Mégalomane, $34, available at Barneys New York.
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Brat Pack, $50, available at Lipstick Queen.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in The Red, $33, available at Giorgio Armani.
Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet Long Wear Lipstick in Military Red, $33, available at Nordstrom.
Avoiding the classic red-toothed smile. Immediately after you’ve applied your lipstick, discretely place your index finger in your mouth, gently close your lips around it, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.
Buying makeup at a store can be so intimidating and overwhelming if you are not knowledgeable about makeup (or have trouble saying no.) The sales people can really push you to buy stuff that you don't need, or god forbid does not look good. My advise is to take a friend that knows her stuff. i did my friends makeup in Barney's standing in the middle of the makeup floor... with three brushes, six products and it took in 20 minutes. It really does not have to be a big production to look pretty! She wanted a pretty day look and I think we found it.
Chanel eyeliner, 2 eye shadows lid/contour, foundation & concealer, lipstick & blush! That's it kiddies. Keep it simple.
A GREAT liner is a make-up bag and kit staple when it comes to defining the eyes, mastering retro feline flicks or turning a look from daytime gorgeous to utterly glamorous. There are a wide variety of different applicators and formulas makes it easier than ever to get it right. Half the battle of mastering liquid liner is choosing the right product and brush that’s the most comfortable for you.
Here are some of my favorites!
for under $20
Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques
This is not technically a liner, but If you’re a makeup novice, or simply want to try the cat-eye look as a special-night-out makeover, these appliques from Sephora are the perfect solution. The peel-off stickers come ready to apply for instant glamour. ($5)
Physician's Formula Last Boosting 2 in 1 Felt Tip Liner + Serum*, $11
The brush is small and easy to manage (like the Stila), the liner itself lasts all day and is a rich black that doesn't flake. The quick-dry formula dries matte and seems pretty budge-proof even on my hooded lids. Yes, the tip does get dry after you've done your first eyelid-- wipe the tip with a Kleenex, recap, and shake the h*ck out of it before moving on your second lid.
NYX Curve Eyeliner*, $15
LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. The ease of use of the NYX curved liner is great, though a bit weird at first but you will quickly got used to that. You can create cat flicks very easily and it surprisingly does stay put all day. It isn't waterproof.
Max Factor Masterpiece Glide & Define Liquid Eye Liner. ($11.95)
Max Factor liner is perfect for creating a very precise, thin line, close to the lashes.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($19)
This has a super-easy felt-tip applicator if you’re new to the liquid liner game.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner ($20)
Easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner ($19)
This is one of the best, longest lasting and it comes in an array of colors. You need to remove a bit of the product form the brush before you apply, so that it dries faster. This product is not joking when it says “waterproof”. The thin brush draws liquid lines so sharp they could cut glass. The brush is also short and easy to control, making it ideal for liquid liner newbies.
FOR OVER $20
Hourglass Calligraphy (pictured at top, left) ($32),
A well-engineered liquid felt-tip liner. Out of the box, this liner is ready to deliver a steady, predictable, precise line without requiring any practice. There is no pumping or twisting required. One simply applies that tip where one likes, and the pen does the rest of the work. The ink is beautiful, bold and lasts all day. If you’d like more ink to flow, simply press the liner tip on the back of your hand to freshly saturate the tip. At $32, it is in line with the price range of other high end liquid liners.
Chanel’s Automatic Liquid Eyeliner (pictured above, right) ($34) & Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner (pictured above, bottom) ($42). I live for a pen like Le Metier's liner. I think what really wins me over is the tiny packaging. It's a slender, small plastic cylinder is easy to grip and get close up against the eye without having this bulky, wide tube to handle. Most often the packaging of liquid liners seems so wide and large, which makes it so much more difficult to hold and apply. This tiny liner takes the difficulty out of the process. This liner has a slightly shorter, much thinner barrel than what you usually see from a liquid liner - and for some reason, that really helps with application. The firm tip also contributes to this - the base of the marker is quite wide, but tip is extremely fine, which prevents unwanted "wiggling" while still allowing for a very precise line. This pen is so precise that I can use it to tightline in between lashes - in fact, it's fantastic for that purpose.
The color itself of the Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner isn't ultraslick or ultradark black - it's just a very wearable, day-to-day black that you can build to be darker if desired. The same can be said with the Chanel’s Automatic Liquid Eyeliner. What you are buying with Chanel liner, more than anything, is the name. There is not much new, but it is very good. However, it's also not very black. With both pens, the ink flows very smoothly, with no dragging, patchiness, or inksplosions. I've never had either skip on an eyelid. They both are not watery at all and they dry almost immediately so there's no chance of the makeup transferring anywhere. Both of these pens last all day long and then some.
Last but not least!
Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner ($24)
The hype behind this product is not something new in makeup, a product that promises to make your life easier - as far as eyeliner application goes! It came out last year and it did make a splash, it won awards. But does it change your life? Hmm, sort of.
Its tip is thin and made to hug the lash line, making eye lining easier than ever! It is not a brush nor a sponge and that means it doesn't absorb product, and small hairs of the brush won’t flyaway messing with your line. Many times “pen” eyeliners tend to “collect” eye shadow on their tip and as a result, they don’t “write” well. This is something that will not happen with They’re real push up liner! The material which the tip is made from, allows us to disinfect it, so using it on different faces is not off the table! So it's great for any MUA kit.
THINGS I LOVE!