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5 Quick Outdoor Makeup Loves

Extra bright sun and a lunch picnic with my mini me today called for quick no makeup-makeup with a punch of pink on the lips. Yes, I may have a slight obsession with bright lips but this 82 degree SoCal weather is another lovable excuse to celebrate brights year round. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, avoiding anything resembling a retail store is my idea of a relaxing dayoff. We split a peanut butter sandwich, tangerines and a couple of chocolate covered vanilla ice creams. Pretty idea Tuesday afternoon, right?

Today’s Beauty Line Up:

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1. Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen in Medium to Dark Self Adjusting Shade. This is an easy, non-irritating sunscreen that gives a sheer skin-like even tone to the complexion. The texture is quite rich so a minimal amount is perfect to dot on the high points of the face; just blend with fingertips. It’s the perfect no-fuss way to protect the skin while looking polished. As an added bonus this dries down to a natural matte finish and can be used as a primer for foundation if desired.

2. L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in shade Soft Peach adds a flush of soft rosiness to the cheeks without looking like makeup. Though this is a pocket friendly priced beauty item, this is certainly a velvet soft-to-touch cream consistency that is comparable to a few high end counter parts. Today, I tapped on a small amount to the center of the cheeks and put the excess on my lips to give a quick stain.

3. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a skin lifesaver! I adore the cool to touch rollerball applicator and the organic aromatic essential oils it imparts onto the skin. On most days, I swipe this over the entire face and let the ingredients soak act as a barrier to lock in my other skincare products. I’ve also found great use of this when rolled on the lower eye contour. It give a bit of a glow which camouflages any signs of fatigue.

4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in shade Jilted. Of all my Urban Decay Lipsticks, this is the least used shade since it is quite a unique neon duo chrome finish. This is an I want to be noticed, ‘look at me’ shade which brings immediate life to a tired complexion. This satin lipstick is full coverage, long lasting and adds intrigue for a basic no makeup-makeup day.

5. I feel I don’t give enough love to my eyeko mascara collection. The Skinny Brush Mascara is everything a thin lash craves for a more voluminous, lengthy eye look. The packaging is genius especially since I despise mascara tubes that dry out in a month and the brush is the perfect ratio of long and short bristles that grabs ALL of my eyelashes.

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*Urban Decay Jilted, no filter just a flash.

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Who says pink is only for summer?

A rich bright pink can easily perk up a makeup look and the cool tone of Nars Audacious Lipstick in ‘Michiyo’ is the perfect balance between fashion and sophistication. Of course summer is the season to whip out the brights but paired with a warm brown or diffused grey eye makeup, this gorgeous Nars hue is a fun alternative to the expected wine and red lip colors that always make an appearance in fall makeup collections. Read more about my thoughts on ‘Michiyo’ by reading my review on Examiner.com here.

No Filter just a flash taken on my iPhone.
No Filter just a flash taken on my iPhone.

I purchased this lovely lipstick in Beverly Hills and caught a pretty cool free lipstick case engraving promotion  at the Nars counter there. Now I just need a vintage lipstick holder to keep the matte black looking fresh! (I also bought a second lipstick for my mom in a more muted coral shade ‘Jane’ & got it engraved with her name.) The flash makes the lipstick appear glossier than it is in real life. The Audacious lipstick formula is best described as a natural satin finish – somewhere between matte and satin.

All images are taken with no filter, just a flash on my iPhone.
All images have no filter & taken with just a flash on my iPhone.

Happy Friday!

Lash tips for a ‘natural’ faux lash look

After not wearing lashes for a few weeks, I decided to get creative w my makeup & add top and bottom lashes today. Though it sounds like a lot of lash- a couple colleagues and a personal client all commented that they looked quite natural even up close. The secret? Choose lashes with a very thin ‘invisible’ stip and apply them as close to the natural lash line as possible.

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This image was taken on reverse camera with my iPhone 5 (no filter so excuse the shine on my nose), and no flash after wearing my makeup for a good 6 hours.

I used Kiss trio individual lashes ‘x-short’ on the bottom and Eyelure Naturalites ‘lengthening’ strip lashes on top secured with Lashgrip ‘dark’ lash glue.

&&& for the less daring, here are a few tips to remember when applying false lashes.

1. First tight line the top lash line w a black waterproof pencil and soften the eyeliner with a flat eye brush. This will help to camouflage the false lashes whether you choose individuals or strip eyelashes.

2. Curl lashes (if you have Asian lashes like mine this is essential!). Plump lashes with a primer – my favorite is Lash Maximizer by Dior, scroll down a few posts to read my review. Top eyelashes off with a couple coats of mascara before placing false eyelashes to prevent spider eyes.

3. Typically, a minimal amount of lash glue will do the trick. Apply a thin layer of glue onto the strip then wait 20 seconds for the glue to get tacky. Applying lashes when glue is too wet will make a big sticky mess!

4. I only use tweezers when applying individual lashes because I find it easier to use my own fingers. Do what feels more comfortable as long as the lash strip is directly on the lash line with no space between natural and faux lash lines.

5. Finish by pinching natural and false lashes together and curl once more if necessary.

*** always keep lash glue handy when wearing falsies – just in case!

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.

 

 

Review: Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Recently, I picked up the new Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener from Sephora during the VIB 15% off sale a couple weeks ago.

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Any Makeup artist knows that the original Bobbi Brown Color Correctors are one of the most sought after product selections for camouflaging dark circles. While the Color Correctors come in a huge spectrum of pink and peach based shades for all skin tones, the cream texture packaged in either a mini compact or for makeup pros in the BBU palette, is a heavier more opaque formula that naturally has a dry texture.

Though I love the original Bobbi Brown Color Corrector, during this season, I find it looks to over done for the fresh day look I prefer. When I saw that the Tinted Eye Brightener was a liquid version of the creamy Color Correctors, I knew I had to try it out. The range of colors is much smaller in the Tinted Eye Brightener family but the shades are flexible and the fluid texture makes it so appropriate for a more invisible, second skin, easy makeup look. The doe foot applicator also makes it idea for on the go makeup application especially for spring/summer vacation makeup bags.

After using the product for almost two weeks, I would absolutely recommend this as an alternative to full coverage concealers more suited for the fall/winter matte skin look. Bobbi Brown is a master at complexion perfecting products and I’m so happy she released this product!

The Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener retails for $30 and is available in 7 shades from Porcelain Peach to Dark Bisque, my shade is ‘Peach.’

Get Stronger Lashes in just 3 weeks

I’m quite skeptical when it comes to eyelash products that claim to grow natural length because number one, I have asian eyelashes and number two my lashes fall out a lot since I curl them daily – again the curse of straight and extra short asian eyelashes. Although I frequently love to wear a pair of false lashes my eyes have been easily irritated from spring allergies and I have been leaning toward taking my time with applying mascara in the morning over a strip of falsies. To be fair, I have never tried Latisse or any growth treatment besides the one I am about to mention but I do know there is a laundry list of hazards attached to those type of prescription grade treatments such as discoloration and redness.

A few years ago, while I was working for Dior I helped launch the Dior Lash Maximizer which claimed to grow lashes in length, gradually increase curl and give the lashes an overall plush appearance. It’s made with soy protein which conditions and is the main ingredient that makes the lashes noticeably longer in length. A major plus to the product is it is convenient to apply as it is a mascara wand that deposits white product that turns clear in seconds – simply brush on the lashes first and follow up with your favorite mascara.

Personally, I’ve tried it under Dior mascaras (Diorshow New Look is my favorite of the Dior family), other luxe brands and even under drugstore mascaras and it still works beautifully to give the lashes an immediate difference in thickness, length and separation.

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Top photo was taken 3 weeks ago prior to using the Diorshow Lash Maximizer & the bottom is from today after using it daily for 3 weeks!

I highly recommend the Diorshow Lash Maximizer to anyone who has problems with lash fallout, short lashes or is just looking to amplify the look of their natural lashes. I cannot say that I notice a big difference in natural curl after using it over the years but I do notice a change in the length and thickness when I have gone without this product. For $28.50 it is worth a try!

 

Engagement Shoot 3/22/14

Although I can appreciate the skill behind a solid graphic eyeliner and a detailed cut crease, I do still believe in an ethereal more discreet approach to bridal makeup. Wedding makeup – or occasions related to the big day including bridal showers and engagement photos require two main points of difference from a daily makeup look. Number one is longevity (point in case why a major eye statement can sometimes be an unrealistic look) and two is flawless blending in both photos and in real life.

Here are a couple photos of my beautiful bride to be Louraine and her lovely Maid of Honor Sister during a makeup trial this past weekend:

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My bridal client Louraine seemed anxious about our makeup consultation since she has cystic acne and acne scarring which can be difficult to camouflage. My pro kit has a variety of different complexion perfecters which offer high coverage without the heavy feeling of some not so skin friendly foundations. She right away noticed that I was not using MAC which she loved since MAC typically triggers breakouts for her skin and that a lot of the products I use contain organic or natural ingredients.

Here’s a breakdown of what I used to create a flawless canvas that translated in person and on camera.

BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector : This is my favorite primer to use if I know my client has oily skin or if the event they are attending is in a hot/humid environment. This is a silicone, fragrance, oil and alcohol free primer making it idea for a lot of different skin types. I used this on both Louraine and her sister mainly in the center of the face (cheeks, forehead, nose and chin) using light patting motions. This product prolongs makeup wear, controls shine and minimizes any uneven textures on the complexion.

Chantecaille Future Skin : This foundation is so innovative as it is an oil-free formula but holds a lot of hydration from the rose water base and soothes any type of irritation with the green tea, arnica and chamomile. It has a weightless feel making it idea for long events and the HD finish makes it beautiful in every type of lighting. On Louraine I used shades Wheat all over and Cammomile to highlight. For her sister, I used shade Cream all over and Alabaster to highlight.

OCC Skin Conceal: I have two darker shades of this concealer in my kit that I use for contouring the skin. It is a vegan formula, ridiculously pigmented and has a long lasting wear. I used a small stipple brush to contour the face and a small eyeshadow blending brush to slim the nose. A tiny bit of this product goes a long way and does not look shiny, ashy or obvious on the skin.

Bobbi Brown Corrector: I love love love to use this product especially for photoshoots as it hides dark circles if used in small amours buffed onto the eye contour. Too much of this product will crease under eyes and can really migrate if its not set with a fine loose or pressed powder. Less is definitely more!

Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder: Sheer, colorless and in compact form this is my kit favorite for setting the skin. I applied this all over Louraine’s skin as she has oily skin but with a fluffy face brush so skin still looks fresh and non-cakey.

I was so happy to meet these two ladies and boost Louraine’s confidence for her engagement shoot! Here are a couple shots from the photoshoot:

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I can’t wait to glam her entire bridal party in May!

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5 step makeup transformation for extra tired mornings

Being guilty of living off caffeine, it is always exciting to discover new methods of hiding sleepy eyes and dull skin. Luckily, I have mastered makeup techniques over the years and would like to share my favorite beauty secrets with my Saturday morning makeup transformation that happened just yesterday.

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I woke up with major puffy eyes, dry skin and overall not a good look; possibly a result of my lack of sleep and slight emotional breakdown from a stressful week of motherhood and life. If you follow me on instagram there are multiple snapshots of my extensive 7-10 product nightly skincare ritual but this unfortunately did not happen the night prior. So I sat down in my bathroom and began a bit of artist magic to get my face into presentable shape before work.

  1. First, begin with products that will suit your biggest concerns. Using the right texture is everything when it comes to looking pulled together after a poor night’s sleep. Strategic highlight and shadow contouring is your ultimate best friend in the morning for recovering a tired face. For the most part, stick with matte textures all over except on a few distinct areas to conceal any morning after distressed skin.
  2. De-puff by pressing an eye cream along the curved bone under the eyes. Don’t apply any cream close to the lash line as the product will move on its own with your natural facial muscles. Across the lid prime with a lasting eye shadow base and use a matte dark eye shadow across the entire lower lid to recede the puffiness. Blend the top of the dark shadow with a medium matte shade to create an easy eye look. Use shimmering shades only in the inner corner of the eyes unless you want to emphasize sleepy, puffy lids.
  3. Fill in your brows! Those blessed with full eyebrows should still give the hairs a good brush and set with a brow gel. As the brows create structure to the face it can absolutely provide an instant lifting effect when shaping into the right arch. Sparse brows can easily be fixed with a little bit of matte eye shadow, an angle brush or a fine brow pencil.
  4.  Prepare skin with a good moisturizer and apply a long wearing foundation to even the complexion. Layer a color corrector and concealer under the eyes and set with a fine loose powder to keep the product from moving around and if you love a good contour like I do, shade the face with either a darker foundation shade or matte bronzer in the hollows of cheeks, on the temples and under the jaw line.  Highlight the skin with an iridescent product at the high point of the cheeks to add a faux glow. This illusion is a simple step but makes a huge impact on the overall makeup look.
  5. (totally optional) Apply false lashes. Enhancing the length and thickness of lashes can be a great choice for making eyes look bigger and more awake. Choose lashes that aren’t too overwhelming for your eye shape. Since my work environment is creative, a pair of wispy strip lashes are appropriate but if you work in a more constrained atmosphere, than half lashes or a few individual lashes may be a better fit.

What I used:

Skincare: Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Gentle Purifying Foam, Lush Cosmetics Breath of Fresh Air toning water, One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, Dior Hydralife Protective Cream SPF 15, VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing DNA Repair Eye Crème

Complexion: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G40, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in Medium 1, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder Foundation in Hot Chocolate (contour), La Femme Blush in Hibiscus, Koh Gen Doh UV Powder, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Cargo Limited Edition Vintage Escapes Eye Shadow Palette ( Shades Chestnut and Hot Cocoa on the lids/ Chestnut and Black Crow in the brows), Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black, Ardell Demi Wispies

Lips: Treat Beauty Soft Candy Pink Buttercream Old Fashioned Jumbo Lip Balm, Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick

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