Friday, October 19, 2007

Trick or Treat?

When it comes to makeup-- we want all the tricks and that's our treat! With Halloween on the horizon I thought it would be appropriate to treat you and share some of my favorite tricks of the trade!

Today's trick has to do with the lips....and this might be useful as you make yourself up for all those frightful Halloween parties you will be attending.

When you start applying your makeup apply a lip conditioner right away so by the time you get to your lips they will be soft and subtle when you go to apply your lipstick. As you prepare your lips it is wise to always use a primer. I love both Paula Dorf lip primer and Urban Decay Potion for the lips(i know it says "eyeshadow primer" but trust's phenomenal as a lip primer!).

Next, pencil you lips in with your lipliner and then go back and smudge the liner all over your lips so that you get a nice even application without the "lipliner defined" edge. Now you are ready to apply your first coat of lipstick. Do so generously and now we are going to set your lipstick: take a tissue (if it is 2 ply--separate the tissue so you have a very thin sheet) press it up to your lips and blot. At the same time, take your big powder brush and dip it in either translucent loose powder or blot powder and brush over your blotting tissue over top of your lips. Your lipstick is now "set." Go ahead and apply another coat of lipstick (you can repeat the process again if you would like) and fix up your lipliner. Finally your lips look fabulous and your lipstick life will be totally extended even though you have a night of eating, drinking, and maybe a little bit of smooching to look forward to!

Try these colors from MAC cosmetics for a deep rich red lip: Mahagony lip pencil, Rocker lipstick and a smidgen of oversexed plushglass. It's beautiful!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

MAC Face and Body Foundation

So, I promised you all a review on one of my new favorite foundations. Drum roll please.......MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation! I really have fallen head over heels for this foundation. It is a water based foundation that provides sheer coverage which you can layer for more coverage if you need it. I have been using this all summer long on all my clients and everyone has loved it! It doesn't matter what your skin type is--this foundation will work for you.

As a makeup artist, I love that this product is so easy to mix for a custom shade. My own skin tone changes so much that I am constantly needing to change up my foundation. MAC Face and Body makes it so easy to blend two colors together and get a natural, soft, and pretty complexion. Once your foundation is on you can use a pressed powder to set everything and then just carry your blot powder in your bag to touch up on any shine you may get during the day.

Now for the "body" part of Face and Body Foundation, you really can use this product all over your body. Do you need to even out the skin tone on your chest? Do you have any spider veins you would like to cover up on your legs? Or simply would you just like to go out with out any hose on but need a little something on your legs? Again, MAC's Face and Body Foundation is the trick you didn't even know you were looking for. Give it a try...I bet you'll love it!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sparkle! Shine!

I simply love this time of year. I like the seasons change, the longer nights, the cool brisk mornings…..and especially the kick off of the holiday season. By kick off I mean foot ball and by foot ball I mean homecoming….and by homecoming I mean really fun makeup applications! Shortly after the homecoming blitz comes Halloween which is also a really fun time to be creative with my cosmetics.

Now, whether we are talking homecoming dances or Halloween one main ingredient always comes to mind…GLITTER! I heart glitter. Truly. Ask anyone who knows me. I don’t reserve glitter for special occasions and Halloween. I literally wear it through out the year as the spirit moves me. Every since I ever started wearing makeup I have had some sort of glitter in my collection. Some days I put it on and I swear it just makes me feel happy all day long. Maybe I’m getting too old for that kind of glitter wearing behavior but I don’t care. I’m sure it keeps me young at heart.

Some of my favorite glitter products date way back. I got this cool pot of loose colorful glitter at Aardvarks in Hermosa Beach like fifteen years ago and I still have some left! It’s crazy…it’s loose and it just stays on the skin like its emollient but it’s not. I’ve been in love with all sorts of different glitters ever since. Especially glitter for the eyes!

Loose Glitter is awesome because of the various things you can do with it. From mixing it with your lotions and rubbing on your body, to adding to a body spray for a quick sparkly spritz, adding to any of your regular makeup products for turning your ordinary in to a sparkly delight! You can’t really go wrong with loose glitter!

My favorite glitter products are glitter eyeliners. Urban Decay, MAC Cosmetics, and Hard Candy make a few of my favorite glitter liners. The liquid glitter liners are really cool because you can smudge the brush on your finger tip and then press the glitter all over your lids for a very sparkly lid! The pencil liners with glitter in them are really great because you have more control with where the glitter is placed.

My second favorite glitter products are lip glosses that contain glitter. Snow Girl, Love Nectar, and Oh Baby are just a few from MAC Cosmetics that I really love. Sephora’s lip glosses are also really amazing and I always have at least one in my purse!

I can’t mention glitter with out giving a shout out to nail polish! Glitter is a must when it comes to painting my toes! I love taking the loose glitter from MAC Cosmetics and mixing it with some clear nail polish for a thick layered sparkly nail polish.

I think that is a fine coverage of all things glitter that I love. So go out my little pretties and shine on!