Posts Tagged ‘make up tips’

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!

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’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

Felix Rey’s chic clutches hold everything you need to touch up on your big day

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Felix Rey's chic clutches hold everything you need to touch up on your big day

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J. Crew and Essie team up to deliver these pretty shades for summer 2010

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The Perfect Spring Pedicure: Lucky Right Now:

At only $8 each, I am getting both immediately.  In J. Crew stores only!

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The Scarlet Season

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The warmest reds

The warmest reds

Scarlet Season: Orange -Based Reds Round-up

I’m surprised (and quite happy about it!) that we covered nearly as many orange-based reds as blue-based reds. I just feel like we ended up with a very well-rounded bunch of reds we were able to feature over the past three months, which is such a good thing. It means I was able to tested out numerous shades and variations, but it also means that everyone was able to see that variety, too!

I’m not too keen on orange-reds on myself, but my favorites on myself were Dolce & Gabbana Sheer, Guerlain Geisha, La Prairie Rouge Clair, MAC Rockocco, and Urban Decay Revolution. My absolute favorites in terms of formula and application overall (whether or not I liked it on me) were Giorgio Armani #401, Chanel Coromandel, Dolce & Gabbana Fire, La Prairie Rouge Clair, and Urban Decay Revolution–they just applied effortlessly and looked it.

Which were your favorites?
Row 1: Giorgio Armani #401 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00), Cargo Cherry Bliss Lipstick ($20.00), Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00)
Row 2: Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00), ($30.00), Dolce & Gabbana Fire LipstickDolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick ($30.00)
Row 3: Guerlain Geisha Lipstick ($45.00), Illamasqua Encounter Lipstick ($20.00), Lancome Absolute Rouge Lipstick ($29.00)
Row 4: Lancome Red and Sensual Java Lipstick ($25.00), Lancome Retro Rouge Lipstick ($29.00), La Prairie Rouge Clair Lipstick ($55.00)
Row 5: MAC Rockocco Lipstick ($14.00), Rimmel Alarm Lipstick ($5.19), Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22.00)

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Bobbi Brown’s Pink Ribbon Lip Collection

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Pink BBrown Breast cancerThe end of October is fast approaching  which means National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close as well.  With that in mind,  here’s a great deal Nordstrom is offering online only: get a free full-size Sparkle Eyeshadow in “Mica” ($24 retail) when you purchase $75 of  Bobbi Brown makeup.  Here’s an easy way (as if you needed it) to rack up a quick $40 towards your product total and it’s for a good cause:  Snap up Bobbi’s “Pink Ribbon” lip duo. “In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bobbi has created a beautiful lip set featuring an exclusive new shade of Creamy Lip Color and a limited-edition Glitter Lip Balm. To create added awareness of this special cause, the Pink Ribbon logo has been screened on the Glitter Lip Balm package. Set comes in a pink carton. Included shades: Blush Pink Creamy Lip Color and Pink Crystal Glitter Lip Balm”.  And the best part is that your purchase contributes to Bobbi’s donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

p.s. The Sparkle Shadows are very pretty and will add a subtle shimmery sparkle to your face.  I like them better than her Metallic Shadows which can be more obvious.  Remember that overt metallics in your makeup choices tend to reflect the camera’s flash which doesn’t translate well to photos.mica