Posts Tagged ‘Cosmetics’

St Louis Photographer Josephine Havlak

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I am proud to say that renowned St Louis, MO photographer, Josephine Havlak called one day last summer and wanted to know if I would do her makeup for her own portrait sitting…of course!! And how magnificent is this photo??? Josephine, thank you for your continual confidence & support over the last 15 years.   I have learned so much from you, especially about the importance of the correct lipstick for photos!  In her wedding blog, Wedding Chatter, Josephine advises that a Bride and her makeup artist need to work together to choose lipstick in “…shades that make your lips stand out from your face without being so loud a color that you notice nothing else about the face. ”  In other words, bright without being loud.  Best advice, ever.

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eyelas curler throwdown

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

 

 

The first eyelash curler hit stores in the early twenties and sold for about $5. Since then, the handheld crimper has been reinvented many times over—in precious metals, with built-in heaters, in designer hues, and for much more than a five-spot. But ask any makeup artist and most will crown Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler the reigning champ. Beloved for its ability to lift and curl hairs without causing any pinching, the sleek tool hasn’t had much competition to contend with. Until now, that is. Enter Chanel’s new Precision Eyelash Curler, designed by the house’s visionary creative director of makeup Peter Philips. This chic contraption gets a few bonus points right off the bat, seeing as how it is stamped with the house’s iconic logo, but to see if it could truly unseat Shu’s gold standard, we put both to the test:

The Peak Performance: We can safely say that both tools worked extremely well during our mirror analysis, giving our lashes a nice whorl that lasted all day with a few coats of mascara. We found the looped handles super comfortable and experienced zero skin pinching between the two.

The Physical Form: Upon further inspection, we did notice that the Shu curler is heavier and has a rounder head, while the Chanel version is lighter with a broader and wider head. Why this matters: We found it easier to work with less bulk, and the extra inches in width helped capture those stumpy lashes at the outer and inner eye corners. Also, Chanel’s silicone pads seemed to be cushier than Shu’s, which allowed us to apply more pressure to squeeze and bend our lashes.

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Yes, you need it.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

 

 

 

 

It’s Called “Foundation” for a Reason
“Foundation is important for flawless-looking skin in photos. It doesn’t need to be applied all over the face. If you need less coverage, try spot-applying foundation to even out skin tone. Stay away from foundation with SPF, which may reflect the flash in photos.”

from New York Magazine Wedding Guide

How to Find the Perfect Shade of Blush…

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

On this snow day here it just occurred to me that my daughter is demonstrating the perfect way to choose your most natural looking shade of blush…just spend a few minutes out in the cold, then look at yourself in a mirror.  Do you see the natural flush on your cheeks?  There you go-the perfect shade of blush for you!

Your Wedding Day Beauty To Do List

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Plan ahead to avoid any wedding day beauty emergencies!

1. Designate a bridesmaid to be in charge of letting you know when you need a lipstick touch up.  She will also be in charge of your beauty essentials for the wedding and reception.

2. Always purchase the lipstick, lip liner and gloss your makeup artist will use on you.  This should be pre-determined at the trial run.  Tuck these away in a beautiful bridal clutch for your bridesmaid to take with her everywhere.  Don’t forget to include a mirror!

2. A week before the big day, find a mid sized, waterproof cosmetics bag.

3. Fill it with: breath mints, deoderant, Q-tips, eye makeup remover in a small refillable bottle for travel, a travel pack of tissues, eyeliner pencil (if you choose not use waterproof eyeliner), 2 safety pins, travel tooth brush and tooth paste, eye drops.

4. These are a must!

at Sephora: Bare Escentuals Liquid-Filled Cotton Swbas $5 for 24 swabs

Bare Minerals On The Spot Makeup Remover Swabs:  24 soft cotton swabs are individually filled with a pre-measured amount of gentle, skin-conditioning solution. Simply “snap” the swab at the colored ring to release the liquid into the tip. Easy, goof-proof removal and an alcohol-free formula complete with aloe vera and vitamin E for sensitive eyes.

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Laura Mercier Faux Lashes

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Laura MercierOne of my brides introduced me to these a few weeks ago.  I applied them with no hassles and they looked really beautiful, especially in the photo I snapped afterward.  They’re $18 and worth every cent.  If you are going to go the false lashes route, invest in some nice ones.  You can re-use them, and there is enough glue for a few applications.  I still stand by my preference for individual mini lashes, but I was pleasantly surprised by how  good these looked!

With the holiday season fast approaching, this might be something for a debutante to consider adding to her makeup routine for the night of the ball.

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Warm, Shimmery, Smoky…FALL 2010 Eyes

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Lorac

LORAC’s – Little Black Palette Eye Shadow/Eye Primer Palette.  $32.

The season’s updated smoky eye captures the light with amber metallics. Fall 2010 eyeshadows flatter in warm shimmery coppers, javas and burnished chestnut tones.

rich warm shimmer for fall 2010.  This complete kit has three Metallic Eye Shadows (0.10 oz./ 2.8g each) in Java (silky mahogany), limited edition Penny (golden copper), and Gold Dust (champagne gold) that pop in and out of the 3 Pan Palette, plus a full-size Eye Shadow Brush and a Mini Perfectly Defined Mascara. A $98 value

Bobbi Brown's rich warm shimmers for updated smoky eye $70

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False Eyelashes-the Pros and Cons

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

Jennifer Lopez sporting controversial mink eyelashes

Lately I have had a lot of requests for false eyelash application.  They are great in many respects: They can make your eyes look bigger and if applied tastefully they can really make a difference without being noticeable.  People will ask what you’ve done differently.  The only ones I use are the ones below and I still trim them to help them look less uniform.  Individual false eyelashes take longer to apply but they look the most natural when applied after mascara.  These eyelashes can even last more than a day or two if you are careful in taking off your eye makeup at night and use waterproof adhesive.
Eyelash strips are the easiest to detect and in my opinion are only great for Halloween, fun dress up evenings and costume parties.  On the other hand, they look appropriately avant garde on the fashion runways and really do add an edge to your look.

On the down side, false eyelash application can cause your real ones to fall out, they can randomly fall off during the evening and they can feel heavy and awkward.

Basically, my advice is to use a light hand, start at the outer corners and work in towards the nose, not applying them past the mid point of the upper lash, trim them if necessary, always apply after you mascara and never on the bottom lash line.

Duralash Individual lashes for the most "natural" look

Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall with the switch of a pencil

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Pencil, $17 at Sephora

A waterproof, extremely long-wearing lip liner.

Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Rosewood. $17 at Sephora

Changing the color you line your lips with will instantly update your look. If you’ve been wearing those amazing brights this summer, change your lip pencil to a darker hue and work it into the brighter lipstick to give it a darker or dirtier cast — this will  mute it and make it fall-wearable.

I just found some brilliant Makeup Forever waterproof lip liners at Sephora.  They’re worth a try, and stay on all day,  and help you have a worry free wedding day.  $17

Or, try Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Crushed Berry or Bamboo, $14.

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Jumpstart your look for fall with bold lips

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Jumpstart your look for fall with bold lips

Pale faces and bold lips were ubiquitous in the Fall 2010 shows last spring. Now is the time to shake up your lipstick wardrobe with reds from carrot to crimson.  If you prefer a more understated lip look, invest in wine or eggplant  tones.  Remember to keep the rest of your look neutral allowing your lips to lead the way.

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