Wednesday, March 31, 2010
With the summer sun sneaking up on us, and April showers, you might be wondering ways to keep your makeup on. The ultimate staying power from sun, rain, and crying, hey the summer brings alot of drama too! Besides the basic primers for foundations, shadows and lips there are other ways to keep your makeup set. The best waterproofer on the market is Benefit She laq, this stuff is no joke. It will practically glue on your shadows, mascara or lip. You could go scuba diving and your makeup will not budge.
If you're going to be sitting in the sun alot this summer and prefer just to wear tinted moisturizer, bronzer, or like me a whole lotta everything. Always finish your makeup with a setting mist. (My choice: MUFE Mist and Fix) This will set your makeup and keep it from bloching in that harsh heat. Also carry around Evain spraying water to refresh your makeup and cool off your skin.
The best way to set your makeup is to do the 3 steps: Prime, setting powder, and mist. This will ensure your face to stay put if you're an oily skin type. If you find you're still producing excess oils through out the day, carry around Sephora or Neutrogena blotting wipes, the one's with the blue material that look almost ballonish are made to use on makeup applied faces; therefore they won't remove your look.
Primers for oily skin: Laura Mercier oil free primer or Smashbox light
Dry skin: Nars primer without SPF or MUFE primer 0
Combination: Tarte Clean Slate or Smashbox light
Large pores: Perfekt primer or Dr. Brandt Pore Refiner
Dull skin: Benefit That Gal or Dior
Certain primer's have different colors to correct your skin tone. Green corrects red, I am very pink in the morning so I use a green color corretor. Pink will brighten swallow yellow skin tones. Yellow will even out and brighten dull skin as well. Orange will color correct sun or age spots. Blue will brighten fair skin tones. Dark primers are usually to bronze.
Eyebrows are also important for those of us that must apply brows everyday, there is a solution to the sweat factor. If you use a powder apply a wax first to seal in the product or apply a clear brow gel after to keep brows in order. ( My choice: for wax Anastacia has an awesome wax pencil and their clear gel is the best also. A cheap trick, seal your brows with a clear mascara.) If you use a pencil then, use a clear brow gel/mascara also. If you use a marker then you have no worries, they are waterproof, swim away!
To keep your mascara from running laying pool side this year, try applying a primer first. (My choice: Smashbox) You can also prime your eye shadows as well. (My choice: Urban Decay in Eden, because it also brightens, I have my reviews for it on my product of the week page.)
There's nothing mother nature can do, we will wear our makeup no matter what she throws at us, and look fabulous while doing so!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Blue, brown, hazel and green, which eye color are you? Certain colors can really enhance the pigment of your eye. I always wished I had blue eyes because I wanted my eyes to seem more exotic, but after I learned how to enhance the yellow in my brown eyes I saw my eyes lighten and appear larger. I believe any eye color can wear any shade of the rainbow; however, there are specific colors that will give the eye a larger illusion.
Taupe, gray, violet, purple, deep blue (navys and ocean blues will give a sophisticated look), black (blend with bright blues for a smoky effect)
Playful ideas: silver, turquoise, fuschia (brightens blue)
Green or Hazel Eyes:
Brown, apricot, purple, plum, dark khaki colors or dark green (these will brighten green eyes)
Playful choices: gold, light greens, and bright purples.
Brown Eyes (like myself):
Bronze, copper, gold, champagne (soft pinks with a touch of orange), brown (gives an innocent big eyed look), beige, and green (light greens really pop the yellow in your eye)
Playful choices: Light Oranges, royal blue and navys, light pinks (which are in this season), purples, and light greens.
I applied a playful purple violet smoky eye on myself with a bit of glitter liner on the bottom:
Every eye shade can wear:
Navy blues or charcoal grays. Every eye needs a light highlighter to arch the eyebrow bone and make eyes appear more awake.
Always prime your eyeshadow, this gives the shadow a full pigment and keeps the shadow from creasing throughout the day.
My favorite pigmented shadows are:
1. Urcan Decay
4. Bare Minerals
Either playful or sophisticated don't hesitate to mix and match!
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's almost spring, so don't be afraid to pull out the color, in eyeliners, shadows and lipsticks! Let's do it! Let the elements of nature that excite you show in your makeup trends. Pink is the eyeshadow of the season; however this season is more about the LIP! With a pouted pink lip or a rosy bitten lip, you will be following the trends. (Product of choice: MAC GaGa and Cyndi Lauper lipsticks, or Nars Turkish Delight)
This picture is my lips with Mac Cyndi Lauper on:
The best way to get your lips to pop this spring is to highlight your cupids bow, the V on your lip with a silver or gold shimmer highlighter. Then apply a clear or natural lip liner to the lip to keep your lip shade, even glosses from feathering. (Product of choice: Urban Decay Ozone lip liner, or Two Faced Borderline, the most amazing liner is Benefits Cupid's Bow, it's a double sided pencil, one side is a natural lip liner and the other is a higlighting liner, it's AWESOME!)
Lip Stains are a good way to keep your lips in place. Many stains can be drying though, so try to find something more hydrating. (Product of choice: Tarte lip stains, they hydrate the lip to the extreme.) If you already have a lip stain that you love but it's drying, apply a lip balm before or after the stain to keep your lips from peeling. The winter can really dry the lips, and especially with cold season here your lips can become sensitive and dry. If this is the case, exfoliate the lip. This will remove the dry skin gentley. (Product of choice: Laura Gellar lip scrub, or Fresh Lemon Sugar- the best balm, and it has lemon to lightly exfoliate, a must have on my night stand!)
Now go out there and pucker up those pouters!