Tag: concealer

It’s Giveaway Time: Clarisonic Opal

If there’s one thing I love more than makeup, it’s great skincare! Read my review of Clarisonic Opal for Examiner.com by clicking here. It’s been my product obsession for a good couple months &&& yes as the title of this post suggests, I have an exciting giveaway on my Instagram @rochelledelossantos .

Here are the official rules for my Giveaway:

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RULES: Get on Instagram, 1⃣Follow @rochelledelossantos , like the image above on my Instagram & tag 2 beauty loving friends. 2⃣ Post a selfie, list your top 3 go to spring eye essentials (can be makeup or skincare). In the caption use the hashtag #rochelleDlovesOpal and tag me @rochelledelossantos 3⃣ Contest begins now and will end 2/28/15. All entries must complete all listed rules to be considered and must have a US address. Winner will be announced Monday 3/2/15 . I must be able to view your Instagram entry / no private posts!

Good Luck!!!

No Filter Necessary Contour & Highlight

With the right tools, anyone can recreate a perfectly contoured and highlighted complexion without playing with extreme photo-tricks.

Probably the biggest mistake is applying too much product at once! Thin layers and building intensity where desired is the key to looking flawless on camera and in real life. Of course, product choice and application method contribute to the end result but using small amounts of product makes a major point of difference between amateur and professional results. Unless you plan to be on stage or under harsh editorial studio lighting, less is always more.

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The images above are not filtered/photo shopped, just some old fashioned blending!

1. Prep the skin per usual with appropriate skincare and primer first to perfect the base.  (More on my current skin care faves coming soon).

2. Next, perfect the skin. My current foundation favorite is Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. is a buildable coverage botanical based foundation that gives a skin-like appearance with a weightless texture. I dampen my Beauty Blender with Caudalie Beauty Elixir and bounce the sponge all over my skin. I typically only use about less than a nickel size of the foundation, dot it on the center of my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose then blend well until the product looks invisible.

3. If you are anything like me, a multi-tasking always on the go mom/wife/working professional, dark circles are always an issue. Use a color corrector to illuminate and bring life back to tired eyes. I’m loving Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener – see my last post for a more in depth review. Apply in an inverted triangular shape directly below the bottom lash line and extend out to the lower temples.

4. Highlight the parts of the face you want to emphasize. I reach for Cle De Peau Concealer Stick because it’s very pigmented and easy to apply. Apply a thin sweep of this below the eye brightener, in the center of the forehead. Sometimes I apply this on the bridge of my nose and the middle of my chin but in the photos in this post, I was suffering from a minor cold and did not want my nose to be a focal point from constant sneezing.

5. Blend, blend, blend! My take on highlighting is to look glowing and fresh faced without a mess of sparkling glitter. I believe the skin should look like skin. Spritz the Beauty Blender once more with Caudalie Beauty Elixir and use the pointed end of the sponge under the eyes and the rounded end every where else you placed the lighter shades. Blending is quick but it gives the complexion a natural transition instead of harsh demarcation lines. Taking that extra few seconds to smooth the areas between the highlight and base makeup is what perfects the skin.

6. Use a contouring shade along the hollows of the cheeks to add shape to the face, at the high temples of the forehead and below the jaw line. As mentioned above, in the photos below I did not what to do anything special on my nose because I was having irritation from sneezing/congestion but I sometimes slim my nose with a bit of contour and highlight. In general, I use either the Makeup Forever Cream Camouflage Palette #4 (pictured in the images in this post), OCC Makeup Conceal in a deeper shade or Sleek Makeup Cream Foundation. I like to pick up the cream with e.l.f.’s small stipple brush and apply a very deep color in the hollow of my cheek and on the temples. I then place a deep but slightly lighter shade right above the darkest shade on the cheeks and blend with small circular motions with the same stippling brush until the product looks smooth. Using two deep shades makes for a smoother blend.

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The images above is not filtered/photoshopped & is taken with a flash.

Since I typically am not a fan of contouring/highlighting with powders as I find them to look too dry and overly made up, I use all cream products and set with a fine translucent loose powder in the center of the face if I’m just working on myself. The photos shown in the post, I used a small amount of Koh Gen Do UV Powder applied with a fan brush. Generally, my makeup wears well and don’t have a problem with makeup migrating or separating but on my clients I set the skin with a deep powder over the contours and a translucent shade over the highlighted areas with a loose bristle brush and light patting strokes.

*This probably sounds like a long process but on average, this takes me less than ten minutes in the morning.

 

 

Z Palette & Vueset: Makeup Kit Essentials

Over the last few days, there has been one major notion at the forefront of my daily to do list: Organize!

As I’ve been doing some frequent freelance makeup work back to back and my calender has been filling up quickly, my anxiety of condensing my makeup kit has brought me to downsize some of my favorites with my growing Z Palette collection and my new found makeup organization brand favorite Vueset. One thing I’ve learned over the 8 years of professional makeup work is packing too much has always been a blessing of a problem to have since I’ve had the pleasure of receiving some generous freebies over the years but lugging around a heavy, cluttered train case can create some unnecessary annoyances.

A few years back, I requested a Z Palette as a birthday gift from my sister and to my delight she bought me two black large size palettes that are still sturdy to this day. From then I was in love and enjoyed the thrill of depotting and organizing my collection with the convenient clear top and magnetic slim case perfect for professional or personal travel. I now own 7 Z Palettes including my latest purchase of two zebra print large Z Palettes that I ordered with the generous Pro Discount on Frends Beauty website.

Although I have a fond adoration of packaging in my personal collection of makeup, for my kit ease and clean presentation for makeup set up is what matters most. For this, I am forever in love with Z Palettes and highly recommend them. Personally I’ve shopped the Zpalette.com, frendsbeauty.com and Beauty.com for my Z Palettes and all websites offer fast shipping and great customer service.

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3 Large Z palettes holding eye shadows from Dior, Le Metier De Beaute, Chantecaille, Motives Cosmetics, Cargo Cosmetics, Urban Decay & Inglot.

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2 Large Z Palettes holding blushes and bronzers from La Femme, Chantecaille, Dior & Laura Geller Beauty.

Read my post about why I love La Femme Blushes by clicking here.

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The top Z Palette is a Pro Leopard Z Palette which is slightly bigger and holds bronzers and highlighting powders from Cover FX, Laura Geller Beauty & Becca Cosmetics.

The Bottom one is a Large Z Palette that currently has cream foundations from Cover FX, Sleek Makeup, Dior and concealers from Illamasqua.

I’ve been on the hunt for an empty lip palette for awhile and most did not have the right size or were too expensive for the materials they were made of. I was hoping to find something compact that could hold a large quantity of product and thankfully I stumbled upon the Vueset palettes when browsing on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. The ‘Tahiti’ palette is made of sturdy high quality acryllic and has 24 empty wells that hold a generous amount in each spot. The empty wells were able to hold almost an entire lipstick bullet which is a major plus when travelling. For my personal preference I did not melt the lipsticks into the palette but many makeup artists have stated that the palette can be put in them microwave at 30 second intervals for a smooth top finish; I chose not to do so because I find the texture changes once the formula is heated. Vueset carries many size options and can be filled with anything including cream foundations, concealers, pigments and glitters.

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The above photo shows how compact the Vueset Tahiti palette is (it’s the size of an average lipstick in height)

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In this lip palette there are favorites from Dior, Becca Cosmetics, Nars and the incredibly pigmented Maybelline VIvid Lipsticks.

Cobalt Blue Graphic Eyeliner

Friday’s makeup look revolved around two things: strategic highlighting and a graphic eyeliner. One of my favorite trends that has made a comeback in the last year is a graphic eyeliner but many visuals reveal a severe black gel eyeliner so I decided to wear the trend in a more colorful option. I paired Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow to create this play on a fall beauty trend. Since the eyes were more intense, my complexion was soft with just a bit of concealer highlighting with my current favorite, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in shade Medium 1.

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I’m wearing Dior Forever Foundation, Dior Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut eye shadow in my brows, Stila Lip Glaze on my lips, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer, Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow and Chantecaille Wild Horses Palette on my eyelids.