I love makeup (of course), but I’m not a slave to it. When I go on vacation I don't want to take my whole makeup table with me on holiday. I refuse to carry massive amount of cosmetics with me on any trip. I just do not think it is necessary to carry a boat load of makeup and skin care to look your best while on vacation.
The key, I think is to balance how you can look great in all those vacation pictures and also look fabulous carrying a super light suitcase.
When I'm going on a vacation, I want to have options. I want to look pretty, and if I'm not careful and ruthless that can lead to over packing my makeup bag. It is simple...anything which isn’t essential doesn’t make it into my bag. So, as we head towards vacation season, I've thought long and hard to come up with some key things to bring on vacation - the beauty beach essentials!
1, Cleansing wipes
Your regular face wash might not get through TSA, but towelettes are invulnerable to the three-ounce rule. Plus, wipes are good for everything from removing makeup to giving yourself a quick all-over clean up after a couple of hours walking around outside in the heat.
Pre-cleanse wipes by Dermalogica. $18 These take off makeup wonderfully. And after you've taken off the makeup, use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths to finish cleaning your skin. These wipes will leave skin feeling fresh and clean - without drying it out. $8
2. Samples of Moisturizer -- Make friends with your local beauty sales staff. At BlueMercury, We have access to samples of the best skin care out there. If you are a nice polite customer and you tell us you are going on vacation you more than likely will get a nice collection of samples to take with you on vacation. There is no need to haul your $300 dollar bottle of Natura Bisse on the plane. You can also order samples online from sites like Sample Buddy or sign up for Birch Box or Sample Society to start getting deluxe samples on a monthly bases.
3. Pressed Powder & blotting papers—Regular foundation is just too messy... liquid is just wrong for heat and humidity of the beach. Loose powder is too...loose for any kind of travel. Pressed powder, pigmented or translucent, and blotting papers are the best bet to look flawless and polished.
Bobbi Brown makes great blotting papers.
Trish McEvoy Even Skin® Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 lightweight, long-wearing pressed mineral powder gives buildable coverage with the benefit of sun protection.
4. BB Cream or Tinted moisturizer with sunscreen— They hydrate, protect, and it give your skin a healthy glow. Put it on after your moisturizer and sunscreen, let it dry, and then dust powder on top for a "finished" look.
Trish McEvoy - Beauty Balm Instant Solutions® SPF 35 An all-in-one skin perfecter that instantly primes, brightens, evens, hydrates and controls oil.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. It has enough pigment to cover minor imperfections, and it feels like silk, protects against the sun, and leaves your skin looking like a better, prettier version of itself.
5. Waterproof eye makeup—If you're going to wear mascara or eyeliner, or eye-shadow make sure it's not going to melt off your face, dissolve in the pool or float away in the ocean.
Great Lash Waterproof Mascara $6
Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara $31
6. Bright lip color —As an accent for going out at night. It can also multitask as blush or patted on with your fingertip as a daytime lip sheer, too. Make sure it won't melt in the heat.
7. Makeup bag that separates your makeup into easy to see sections is essential. I have a planner from Trish McEvoy that I love. They are perfect for vacations. I call it my summer vacation secret weapon!
Trish McEvoy's Makeup Planner®
I'm not joking, these planners are perfect for vacations. Perfect! They are stylish, organized and functional.
You can get them in different colors. You can get them various sizes: petite, medium or large. You can buy them empty or packed with makeup.
If you buy an empty planner ($65 -$78) you can, of course, fill it with your own makeup. It holds a lot of makeup.
OK, so what makes these so great for vacations? The genius behind these Trish McEvoy planners is how organized you will be!
What makes these planners different from just a regular ole makeup bag, well it is her magnetic pages. The pages hold squares of makeup - makeup that would normally be in lots of different cases. The pages are magnetized and hold Trish McEvoy's squares of eye-shadow, foundation, bronzer, blush etc...they just pop into the pages. With Trish's planners you can fit a whole face worth of makeup into one or two pages. These pages attach to the planner. There is a simplicity to it all...and you feel super organized.
Reason main to buy these planner pre-pack with makeup is simple. Value! You get the planner filled with makeup! Here is what you get in the latest planner that is only available online at Trish McEvoy:
So along with the white planner (super chic!) - you get a page full of makeup filled with a bronzer, blush, translucent powder and a highlighter. Plus, you get more makeup perfect for when you go on holiday. The mascara is one of the best on the market and is called the brides mascara... it will not run or smudge in any weather. The gel eyeliner won't budge once it sets. The Lip and Cheek Color in perfect rose... is pretty color, both fresh and functional in that it's versatile and easy to carry. The 24 hour eye-shadow and liner in Rose Quartz is an amazing color stick for the eyes. The color is a neutral pink, with a little shimmer. It looks great on anyone. Once the shadow is on, it will not move until you take it off. The lip gloss has an SPF of 15 and is a delicate shade of pink. The Instant Eye Lift and the Eye Base Essentials are also both in travel sizes and perfect for vacation. The Eye Base Essentials can be used as a base, and as an nude eye-shadow. The Instant Eye Lift makes concealer unnecessary. Trish McEvoy amazing new planner is only online and is special for Mother's Day. ($235)
It looks like the worst is over (fingers crossed). Winter is behind us... I don't know about you, but I know my skin is wrecked. So as you ditch the layers, step into the sunlight rubbing your eyes, realize that, now that your mind is prepared for spring, your skin needs to catch up. Below, some ways to undo the lingering effects of winter on your skin.
Sooth Sensitive Skin
Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum
Reduce redness and soothe irritated skin with this Redness Relief Serum from Darphin. Its formula is a blend of camomile, hawthorn and peony extracts, combined with botanical ingredients, make it gentle on sensitive skin. Shield your skin from harmful environmental damage and keeps your skin hydrated for a smoother complexion. Helps your skin feel comfortable and nourished, with a stronger skin barrier for daily defense.
Ditch the Winter Dryness
Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask
The only thing worse than winter’s bitter cold is the dryness that your skin feels afterward. You want to replenish that moisture without feeling greasy. The Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask is a paper mask that injects over 1,000 times its weight in moisture into the skin. It uses mostly botanical ingredients (the first three after water are aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosa canina fruit extract, and mulberry root extract), and the mask also brightens skin tone and fights dullness and discoloration.
Make It Perfect
L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Line
L’Occitane has figured out how to unlock the power of the peony, and its Pivoine Sublime—Sublime Peony—line aims to perfect the skin through hydration, correcting uneven textures, and minimizing pores and fine lines. The collection includes a skin perfector serum, a perfecting cream for hydration in all humidity levels, a CC cream to even out irregularities, a perfecting mist for on-the-go hydration, and a tinted lip balm. The line doesn’t launch until May 2015 (just in time for Mother’s Day), so by then your skin will be fresh and ready to be perfected.
De-Fuzz Your Skin
Silk’n Flash&Go Luxx
Soon, your legs will be out in public again—which means it’s time to get rid of that hair. If you don’t have time to head out for laser hair removal, you can try the at-home version. The Silk’n Flash&Go Luxx is an FDA-approved device that uses patented Home Pulsed Light to destroy the hair at the root. The Luxx version comes with 120,000 pulses, ensuring a fuzz-free summer.
Heal Your Winter Lips
Chapped lips are a classic sign of winter skin trama. Your lips only have thin surface layers of skin, so they're more likely than the rest of your face to dry out. You lose up to 10 times more moisture through your lips than you do elsewhere on your face or body. Dry winter air, arctic blasts of wind, and the low humidity indoors can dehydrate your lips. That can make your lips so fragile that they develop tiny splits and cracks.Your lips need a shield to stay in shape.
A balm provides a buffer between your delicate skin and the weather or indoor heating, so never let your lips go nude. The goal is to seal in moisture and get extra hydration with beneficial oils. That barrier will also help seal deep cracks and splits from infection and irritation. Petrolatum is a common ingredient. Castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, or squalane can also nourish cracked lips. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and glycerin to ensure your lips stay moist. Also look for SPF so your lips stay protected against the sun.
Here are some really great lip treatments available:
Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, and Softlips Pure Pomegranate Organic Lip Conditioner. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 containing squalane and natural oils. Aquaphor Healing Ointment and Vaseline Lip Therapy. Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15 and Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15.
It shocks me how many people skip this step... primer is a game changer. The benefits from using a good primer are too many to count! It's simple. PRIMERS do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure - they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better.
Primers can help by reducing the look of large pores, filling in fine lines, and preventing foundation from looking cakey. They also even out your skin tone; add radiance and allow your makeup last much longer throughout the day!
You would no sooner go out without your bra, please use a primer. There is a perfect primers out there for everyone! Here are some that I love.
Best for Combination Skin and Large Pores
Proving that there is a primer for every person, here’s one perfect for camouflaging large pores and fine lines. Suitable for any skin type, this seems to provide the effect of having a soft focus lens over your skin. Slightly pigmented and very smooth, this primer does have a slight odor, but helps fill in large pores, keeping foundation from settling into them. This translucent balm won’t make pores disappear completely, but this will help in minimizing the appearance of them.
To Buy: Price: $29 (.75 oz) Sephora . Amazon .
Clinique Pore Minimizer instant Perfecter
Minimizing pores can be tricky. This primer can help solve that dilemma. This primer is soft and dries to a matte finish. Its lightweight formula is odorless and will disappear into your skin. As with most primers, a little goes a long way. This doesn’t seem to be as smooth as some of the other primers, however there is no odor. Clinique’s primer will best suit people with combination to oily skin and sells for $18.00 USD for .5 ounces.
To Buy: Bluemercury.com
Best for Masking Redness
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Redness Primer
Don’t be put off by the mint green color. It neutralizes pink tones and blends surprisingly well into any complexion.
To buy: $13 at drugstores and target.com.
Best for Mature Skin
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The antioxidants grapeseed and green tea help minimize fine lines, while the velvety finish ensures that makeup glides on evenly and lasts all day.
To buy: $36, smashbox.com.
Best for Dry Skin
Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer
This creamy formula is lightweight but keeps skin well hydrated with aloe vera and glycerin.
To buy: $32, bluemercury.com
Best Matt Finish
MAC Mattifying Gel
Most gel consistency primers have a tendency to slide, but this is the exception to the rule. This gel absolutely stays put and therefore is great for people with oily and combination skin. It glides on smooth and dries to a smooth matte finish helping to reduce and control the amount of oil on the face. This remarkable serum transforms your skin into a perfect canvas for your foundation. MAC Mattifying Gel sells for $19.00 USD for .75 ounces. Best for: Any skin type looking for matte finish.
To Buy: MAC
How to Use Face Primers
If you’ve set foot in a Bluemercury, Sephora, a drugstore or anywhere near a cosmetics counter lately, chances are you’ve been bombarded by a bewildering array of flesh colored fluids. The alphabet formulations--like BB cream, CC cream, and soon DD creams--have joined tinted moisturizers and standard foundation on the shelves as potential skin-perfecting options. But what do they all (supposedly) do?
THE DREAM CREAMS! TM, BB, CC, DD CREAMS
I had a woman come into my store today and try to buy a cream foundation. The shade she picked for herself would best suited for Jennifer Lopez... she looked more like Lupita Nyong'o. Both these women have beautiful skin, but they should not be sharing foundation. On top of that, I found out she had oily skin. Yikes. Cream foundation is not the best choice for oily skin.
There is no doubt about it. foundation is tricky business. So many factors go into choosing the right foundation. Unfortunately, when left to our own devises most women will leave with the wrong product. Until I was trained on how to color match makeup, I was coming home with foundation that was either too light, too peachy, too dark or too ashy. Honestly, I think it is the biggest cosmetic hurdle we can encounter.
Some women try to use foundation to change their skin color, I see it everyday, and it ends up looking like they are wearing a mask. Truthfully, most women find themselves bouncing from one product to the next in search of that perfect shade. They shell out unspeakable amounts of hard-earned cash, only to be let down over and over.
How about we go back to the basics. What are foundations for?
1. They’re meant to even out your skin tone.
2. They’re meant to conceal any light blemishes on the skin (concealers for the darker and stronger blemishes).
3. They’re meant to still look like your skin but much better.
The best way for all three to happen and still make you look natural is to find a foundation that matches your skin tone to a T.
Fortunately, finding the right foundation isn't hard at all when you know a few basic details about your skin. Keep reading, I will have you looking flawless in no time at all.
KNOW YOUR SKIN: IDENTIFY YOUR UNDERTONES
Skin comes in a myriad of shades ranging from seductive ebony to creamy café-au-lait to pale honey. The key to choosing the right foundation for your skin tone is knowing your undertones. The term undertone simply means the subtle hints of color or colors that you see in your natural skin and how well it blends with the colors you wear. Skin undertones can fall into three categories:
Cool: Skin may have blue,violet and pink undertones to their skin. If this is the case, it would be labeled as cool.
Warm/Golden: Skin that has more golden and red undertones fall into the warm category.
Neutral: Skin with undertones appear yellowish in color, but may still have some of the characteristics of a cool and warm undertone. Having both the attributes of cool and warm undertones is what makes them neutral.
SIMPLE TRICK TO FINDING YOUR UNDERTONES
Of course, the best way to find your undertones is to have a professional give a detailed analysis of your colors. However, if you are a do-it-yourself type, here is a simple trick to find your undertones at home . It is best to try this on a sunny day as sunlight is the most natural light. If you don't wish to wait, make sure that the lighting you use is neither too dark nor too light. Dim or dark lighting will cast you in shadow. Light that is too bright will drown out your skin.
Turn your wrist over and look at your veins. If your veins appear blue, gray or purplish, you may be a cool. Green veins may indicate a warm undertone. A combination of these colors could mean that you are neutral.
WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TYPE
Foundation can do a lot more than just provide coverage. It can help reduce an oily appearance, fill in fine lines, and add moisture to the skin.The next step in choosing the best foundation for your tone is knowing your skin type. This will help you decide what you want your foundation to do for you. Skin type falls into 4 main categories.
DECIDED YOUR COVERAGE
Now that you know your undertones and what type of skin you have, you are ready to decide what type of coverage you need for your face. Foundations offer different levels of coverage ranging from a sheer to matte finish. Here is a brief overview to help you decide the amount of coverage you want:.
WALK SOFTLY AND CARRY STICK FOUNDATION?
Powder, stick, liquid, cream... one is too thick, or to thin...the one is too much coverage, the other too little...this is some tricky stuff! Do it right and you look polished. Do it wrong and you look like a clown. Let's look at the solutions of what type of foundation to actually buy.
PS...GET RID OF DULLNESS AND ASH!!!
I love DiorSkin Fluide, $41; it works with many different complexions and gives skin an beautiful glow. Or try the new CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation, $8, is specially formulated with low levels of titanium dioxide, the ingredient that causes ashiness.
When I first found Z．Palette , I literally did a happy dance. It made my job even easier, neater, more organized and prettier. Sure, most make-up artists end up with tons of products in their make-up kit, ... but all we need is the makeup, not all that packaging. All the bulky makeup makes it’s just impossible to carry everything to every make-up job. And in truth, I'm use certain colors all the time and other colors most of the time and a few of the colors on special occasions... but that does not mean that I don't want to have them all with me....In fact, I guarantee that if I edit my kit before a gig and I leave a color home. The day of the job, I'm thinking to myself while I'm working, shit I really wish I had brought the Dune Bronzer by Laura Mercier for this gig....
Why are these great? It's simple. They work perfectly. I can condense and organize my make up by my rules. My kit is so tight and still packed with all the products I really must have with me on every job. Second reason, they come in clear lid top, so right away I can tell which ones have what colors inside without labeling them on the case top.
Another great thing, it's magnetic. Because it is an empty magnetic palette. If the makeup is packaged with magnetic case they pop perfectly into these Z – Palettes. There are no slots just an empty palette. Also, I can easily remove my eye shadows, blushers, concealers ect... when it's time to replace them. Lastly, You can include de-potted the eye shadows / blushes ect that are in non-magnetic cases because they provided you with “Pre-Cut Magnetic Stickers”. You attached the metal stickers to the bottom and then they will adhere to the palette. This is definitely a great tool to use if you are looking to condense your make-up kit!
Tip: Make sure to label the names of the shades after your depot them, so when you are finished with a particular color, you will know what to purchase for the refill.
As seen in the image below, Z．Palettes makes 4 different sizes, which provides more versatility for regular make-up consumers use, or for professional use. Make sure to check out their Tips & Tricks page so you know what can be customized better inside with the popular cosmetic brands in the market.
Red lips are a head turner. They are a holiday party all by themselves! You can easily work all day and keep your eye makeup minimal and put on a red lip and just like that you are fabulous. And guess what there is a red lipstick for every skin tone. A deep red pout is bold and beautiful but to get perfect red lips is a tricky business. Also the rest of the makeup needs to be very toned down and muted because we want to highlight our lips. A lot of women still struggle with the eternal question of how to wear a lipstick with perfection and what makeup to pair with it. In this makeup tutorial I will teach you how to first line your lips with a red lip pencil or lip liner and then apply lipstick straight from the bullet or brush. You can always use these steps for pink, orange, nude, coral lipsticks. In fact this is a very universal guide. Even if you are not a makeup beginner I’m sure you can learn a few tips and tricks from this step by step lipstick application tutorial.
How To Apply Red Lip Pencil:
Step 1. Exfoliate your lips. We don’t want any flakiness or dry skin on lips. Apply a thin layer of lip balm to moisturize lips.
Do the rest of the face then. The lip balm needs to be on for like 15-20 minutes to condition lips.
Remove the lip balm and apply foundation or a concealer on lips with a finger or lip brush. It will hide lip pigmentation and create a blank canvas for lip painting.
Now take your cupid’s bow as starting point and make a slant line.
Step 4: Do it again from the other side of the cupid’s bow.
Step 5: Just below your cupid’s bow, mark a straight line. That should be the lowest point of your lips.
Step 6: Map out tiny dots near the edges to create a map for your lip line. This way you will do lesser mistakes while shaping and lining your red pout.
Step 7: Now fill in your lips using the lip liner using same short strokes. Using a lip pencil underneath the lipstick will make it last longer.
Step 8: This is how your lips should look like post the lip filling using the red liner.
Step 9: Blot it with a tissue and go over again if you have left any spaces.
Step 10: Apply lipstick on top and dust with powder and blot and apply again. Using a lip brush or directly from the bullet, whichever way you are comfortable with, apply a nice red lipstick onto the lips. I love Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red.
Step 11. You can stop right here but if you have thin lips then apply a little red or clear lip gloss at the middle of the top and bottom lip. Don’t apply it all over your lips!
And ta da perfect and sexy red lips. Now pout, pout and pout some more.
Step 12: Take a little concealer on a brush and clean up the edges. Red lips are all about clean skin and perfectly shaped lips.
Those of you who have embraced the Way Of The Cat Eye know how devastatingly cute, seductive, fun, dramatic and gorgeous it can be.
But I know too many people who say that they can’t do a cat-eye. They don’t think it works on them. They never figured out how to do it. They can’t find a good liquid liner. They just. Don’t. Know.
I'm going to talk you through some of the pitfalls, errors or mistakes that most people make...and I promise you... you can do it.
Look, I won’t lie: the most important things in learning how to do your eyeliner are experimentation and practice. Nobody is good at this stuff the first time they try. But these tips, tricks and lessons are going to make it so much easier, and I guarantee that with my help, you'll have it mastered in no time.
Hey, if I could do it with a felt-tipped pen in high school, you can do it today with actual eyeliner. I promise. (Also: please don't use a felt-tipped pen.)
Let’s begin the lessons with a thorough grounding in the basics -- these are mostly ways for people to figure out and correct the issues they've been having with their liner
NOW! Some simple guidelines...
Line shape and thickness.
A good cat eye is not the same width all the way across; that would be crazy-unflattering. It begins with a thin line, then gets thicker towards the end. Starting from the end, I draw a semi-circle about halfway across my lid, smoothing it out so that it's a gradual arch.
The width and placement of this thicker part can create all sorts of fun illusions. If you make it rounder, it can make eyes look bigger. If you make it flatter and thinner, it can make eyes look longer. If you start the thick arch really close to the end, it can make eyes look further apart. If you bring the thick part closer to the inside, it can give you a retro, almost Powerpuff Girls wide-eyed style.
Find Your Ideal Shape
Cat-eye liner is not a one-size-fits-all prospect, and depending on the depth of your crease and the shape of your eyes, you may need to experiment a little to find which shape and thickness looks best for you. Keeping that in mind, there are two basic cat-eye wing shapes: Curvy and triangular.
A curvy wing comes out, rounds at the bottom, then curves up like end of the letter J.
A triangular wing comes straight up and then in.
I’ve found that curvy wings are best if you want to make your eyes look bigger, as they extend and elongate the natural lash line. The triangular shape works best if you have quite large eyes and are looking for some added definition.
Another guideline: If you have very deep eyelid creases, or an extra fold, try a curvy flick. This shape tends to miss the crease at the outer corner, thus avoiding any issues that can occur with an angular shape over skin that moves.
If your creases are shallow, or if you don’t have epicanthic folds at all, start out with a triangular shape. See how you like it. If it’s too angular, begin rounding it out a little and see where it takes you.
Of course, none of this is eyeliner law. You do not HAVE to stick to these guidelines or else the Cat Eye Police will come and get you, or a magazine will call you a “don’t.” These are just some places to start experimenting--at the end of the day, wear your makeup the way that makes you happy.
TIP: don't pull on your skin
At first, this seems like a good idea. Pull the skin tighter so that you can draw your lines easier, right? Wrong! So wrong! This creates weird illusions, and depending on how you’re pulling, it can make you think that your flick is going higher or straighter than it really is.
THE LONG AND THE SHORT
Keep your length in mind... This is the number-one reason why I think so many people imagine that cat eyes aren’t cute on them: the length of their flicks is wrong. Too long of a wing and the cat eye isn’t flattering; too short of a wing and the same thing applies. It’s a classic Goldilocks conundrum!
GET A PRODUCT YOU LOVE
Get a product that you love.
I really like LORAC Front of the Line PRO liquid eyeliner. It is so brilliant--truly black and absolutely waterproof, with a thin and flexible tip that is perfect for drawing cat eyes. I've also talked a lot about a few other favorites of mine in earlier blogs. Here are the links:
Girls Get in line 1
Girls Get in line 2
Girls Get in Line 3
You may have read all this and felt a little overwhelmed. It's a lot of information! Just know that it isn't actually that complicated when you're doing it. Have fun! Play, and enjoy the results.
Just a perfectly smooth, precise line. This is what we all strive to achieve. I'm not sure which of her makeup artists was behind it—she uses both Francesca Tolot and Sir John a lot. But whoever it was, major props to him or her.
Beyonce's beautiful new look, she debut a cute wavy bob haircut, was put on blast last week but at the Tophop Man store opening in New York City.
Her line of liquid eyeliner flicked up at the end so precisely, I'm not sure a purer example of makeup perfection has ever existed in the world.
I've written about eyeliners before (Girls Get In Line Part 1 and Girls Get In Line Part 2) and I will write about eyeliner again. I'm obsessed! Here is the thing about flicks and wings and the cat eye...you need the right tools... so I am forever on the hunt for the perfect liners. Here are a few products I think will make Beoncey's cat eye effortless.
MAC GREASEPAINT STICK ($21)
At first leery of this chubby stick — it looks like a crayon — I was sold once I tried it. Intentional or not, the thickness actually worked for the product, delivering that perfectly imperfect Francophile muss. Tip: Using the black stick (it’s available occasionally in other hues), run the product along the upper and lower lash lines and smudge both with your ring finger. Then go over the top line with black liquid liner. Best of all, the stuff stays. One knock: It’s a limited-edition item that comes and goes, which is a pain when it comes to restocking.
LANCôME ARTLINER 24H ($30.50)
To compensate for my sparse eyelashes, I’ve probably tried every liquid eyeliner on the market. It comes down to two attributes: depth of color and a controllable drawing tip. This Lancôme liner succeeds with both. It comes in a delightfully inky black (and a slew of colors should you go down that route) with a foam tip that isn’t too thin or too long — a favorite for on-the-go mornings.
TRISH MCEVOY LASH ENHANCING LIQUID LINER PEN ($48)
Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen is expensive... but damn it if it is not amazing and it helps your eyelashes grow thicker! Water resistant and long wear, the precision pen defines eyes—from subtle to dramatic—with controlled ease while the lash conditioning formula increases the appearance of lash fullness...in 15 days! Finish is shinny.
NYX COSMETICS LIQUID BLACK LINER ($6)
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Black Liner creates a matte finish eyeliner that lasts all day, is inexpensive and easy to use.
Please don't forget to curl your lashes, fill in your brows and use mascara!!!!
sexy cat eye with flick!
cat eye with flick for hooded eye
day time flick
The last two weeks I've gotten a peak all the new holiday gift sets! It's just the beginning, but here are some of my favorites so far.
Limited Edition Warm Eye Palette & Cool Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown's eye palettes are 2die4! Each one features six soft to smokey shadows, this gorgeous tortoise shell palette lets you create a range of looks—from neutral and subtle to bold and sexy. To really get the most out of them, select the shades that compliment your skin tone (or the recipient of the gift). Cool Palette or Warm Palette. Then again, if you love them both just throw the guide-book out of the window and go with your heart's desire!
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45) is a new limited edition set of Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliners that was launched with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2014 Collection. I love this eyeliner, once it sets it does not move, but before that it smudges beautifully.
Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacè Collection
This is a steal at $50, ten bucks a lip gloss! It's the perfect gift for a babysitter or any friend who wants to give their lips extra holiday sparkle.
Five color-coordinated shades, bright hues in deep rose, red and plum shades. Wear solo for a soft-shimmer tint, mix together to create your own personal shade or layer with your favorite lip color.
Laura Mercier Into the Wild Look Book Collection
Trust your animal instincts and get spotted with the ultimate holiday accessory of three, fearless flawless look books. $125
This ultra-sheer, blendable palette was inspired by Laura’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin and give them an immediate healthy glow. From bronzer, to cheek colour, to glow, it’s easy to customize your look.
Top 5 Inspirational Makeup Trends From New York Fashion Week Fall 2014
Despite its name New York Fashion Week isn’t just all about the fashion... For me it is all about the FACES!!!! Honestly, I look more at the makeup than the clothes....why? Because unlike the clothes I can start trying out the makeup trends straight away.
BRIGHT BLUE EYES
PINK NUDE LIP
You can't really say Mr. Snyder completely transformed Norma-Jean Baker into Marilyn Monroe. Although he was a huge part of it, lets face it, she was a beautiful girl with amazing bone structure. She had this open face with divine features. She had wonderful skin, big blue eyes and a generous mouth. Norma-Jean was a good looking woman, but she was not Marilyn. That took just a bit of work. She took her a few big steps towards becoming Marilyn, she died her hair and had a few nips/tucks. It's said that every trick in the book was used to create her iconic face. But I don't think they created her as much as they found her. Look at her pictures through the decades, like the PR stills from her last movie (see below), "Something's Got to Give". The makeup is the same, adjusted for her age. Her beauty remains the focal point. She looks radiant, more mature and even more lovely. I conclude that the makeup brings out the best version of Marilyn's face. It is not creating her look as much as it is accentuating her beauty. You will come to the same conclusion quickly when you try and give someone a "Marilyn look" and they have a "Joe DiMaggio" face. It can be an epic fail on the wrong face. This is the perfect example of the right artist with the perfect subject: Whitey and Marilyn!
Her skin looked so touchable and flawless. Marilyn used Nivea and Vaseline on her skin, which gave her a dewy, soft-focus look. Although thick and sticky in texture I would imagine she’d be using something like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream today, to get the same effect. Or maybe even, Charlotte Tilbury magic cream!
Marilyn didn't use powder, it's said she wanted to keep a real glow to her skin. Marilyn was a fan of Max Factor foundations as they gave her an amazing sheen.
contour, shading and highlighting
brows and eyes
Marilyn's face had so much expression, it was so vulnerable and sexy. Her strong brows framed her bedroom eyes perfectly. Here are the steps Allan took to create her eyes:
Marilyn's lashes are simply divine. It's the use of false half lashes that give them that heavy sleepy appearance.
How much is too much for mascara? $10... $15 .... $20? Just think about what we ask it to do for us. It's a long list. We want dark, long, luscious lashes that frame our eyes and give us the perfect bedroom come hither look. We want thickening, lengthening and curling. We want dark smudge proof Liz Taylor lashes. We want mascara to stay on our lashes and off our pillow covers or boyfriend's shirts. Plus, if you are a bit of crybaby; or getting married; or going to a wedding; or walking outside during the Summer you better hope the mascara is waterproof. We want it all and that's asking a lot. Does it really shock you that high end brands want you to pay more than $7 a pop for mascara. Still $30 dollar is a lot of cash. So, we really better get our money's worth.... Ya know what I'm saying.
After, lipstick, I think mascara is one of the most important makeup items a woman can own. Finding the right one is a life long obsession and quest. Here are some of my current favorites that are pricey - but can you really put a price on beauty.
Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara
Right now I'm in love with the Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara in Jet Black. ($31) I used it almost everyday at work. This revolutionary tubular curling mascara forms water-resistant tubes 360° around lashes, dries instantly and will not smudge or smear. Better than waterproof, the 24-hour formula stays just-applied looking yet slides off with only warm water without leaving a trace. The innovative curling brush lifts and curves each lash for instant eye-opening curl.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
TRUTH TIME! I have such small lashes. So the next product I love. I use it on my very own itty-bitty lashes. I am very insecure about my lashes. They are so short so I love a ton of mascara. I love it Dior because it never goes on too thick. I can put a lot of coats on without getting tons of clumps. Personally, I actually don’t mind clumps. ($28.50)
Armani Eyes to Kill
The best mascara remains intact all times, not flaking nor smudging, and definitely not losing color nor luster...and a thickening mascara most importantly does not flake. It's not a cute look. A fantastic mascara for girls with already thick lashes is Armani Eyes to Kill ($32). It is made of a unique formula good for sensitive eyes too. It does not dry lashes when applied. Its big brush is also easy to use also. It creates a look of curled, long and full lashes. It dresses the eyes lashes with what they call, fluid Micro-fil™ technology which creates intensely captivating lash texture.
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
They're Real ($23) Consider this mascara the no-fuss alternative to falsies. It deals lashes a one-two punch, adding both length and volume to keep them looking anything but lackluster. This formula doesn't run or smudge, even after a whole day of wear, and gives lashes a natural-looking curl without weighing them down and don’t hesitate to layer up.
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensional Sophistiqué
Tom Ford’s new Ultra Length Mascara in Raven, $42
Tom Ford’s Ultra Length Mascara in Raven is $42. It’s designed to stretch and lengthen lashes while adding a deep, dark carbon-black color. I've been wearing it a few days now, and I like what I seen. Two coats and lashes look crazy long and dark. Plus, it doesn't flake or smudge. The tapered wand means long, sexy lashes, and a creamy formula means you'd really have to try to make it clump. And even then it won't clump. OK, but does it take you out for a latte? But truth be told…I was expecting more considering the price.
Face: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation (BA54).
Bobbi Brown Concealer (Honey) and Corrector (Dark Peach). MUFE Powder Foundation (Sephora )
Cheeks: Sephora Blush Duo Coral/Desert Flower.
Eyes: UD Eyeliner in Empire smudged along upper lashline. Dark shimmery purple eyeshadow from the Anastasia Want You To Want Me Palette all over lids and lower lashine.
UD Eyeliner in Perversion along waterline and tightline.
L'Oreal Eyeshadow in Dashing (black side) along upper lashline.
Curles lashes but skipped the mascara.
Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Bonheur topped with lipgloss (Bobbi Brown Gloss - Crystal)
THINGS I LOVE!