Valentines Day Makeup 2015: Sweet and Sexy.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup: Sweet and Sexy.

I remember when Valentines Day was filled with romance, dinners, and flowers.  These days, this day of love has shifted to cuddling on the couch and catching up on all of our favorite TV shows (currently Once and Teen Wolf) with as side of popcorn and our babies.  Do I need to look this fancy in the presence of a television set, my teenage boy, my ten-year old and my hubby who perpetually passes out within the first 10 minutes of the show?  In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “You Betcha.”

***As usual, Nars Eyeshadow Primer was used prior to eyeshadow application and Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wedge Wood was used to sculpt the brows.  

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied with my ring finger.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied on the lid.

  • Start by selecting a delicate pinky/champagne color (a combination of MUFE Artist Shadows ME-512 and I-524) and apply the shade all over the mobile lid area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Valentine Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease and M-510 applied under the brow bone.

  • Using a fluffy brush (Chikuhodo Z-5), apply a warm brown color (MUFE M-600) to the crease area, followed by a flesh-colored shadow (MUFE M-510) under the brow bone.
Giorgio Armani 4 Wood

Adding Giorgio Armani 4 Wood to deepen the crease area.

Valentine's Day Makeup: Blend out any harsh edges.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Blend out any harsh edges.

  • Using a tapered brush (Trish McEvoy 29 Brush) blend out any harsh lines from GA 4 Wood.
MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
MAC Uninterrupted applied to the outer “v” and slightly into the crease.

  • Using the same tapered blending brush, apply MAC Uninterrupted to the outer “v” area and slightly into the crease.  It may seem like a lot of colors added to the crease, but this look is all about using different colors in light layers to add depth and dimension.

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  • Add your favorite liquid eyeliner (Guerlain Liquid Liner 2 Bleu Outremer) and draw a dramatic wing to elongate the eye.  Use a pointed Q-Tip, dipped in lotion, to sharpen and lift the edge of your wing–what a difference the liner makes; my eyes instantly appear larger and more youthful.
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90

Valentines Day Makeup:
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90 applied to the upper waterline.

MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
Apply MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line.

  • Adding MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line gives the eyes a smoldering, sexy appearance.
MAC Uninterrupted.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro added on top of MAC Uninterrupted.

  • This step is totally optionally, but I think the addition of a golden topper shade (Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro) on top of MAC Uninterrupted, gives the eyes a glistening quality–plus it just looks so darn pretty 🙂
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse .

Valentines Day Makeup:
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse added to the inner corner.

  • Using an angled dual fiber eyeshadow brush (Billy B #12), add your favorite highlight color (Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse) to the inner corner of the eye to really make eyes appear bright and awake.
Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Completed look with Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

  • Add your favorite mascara to complete the look.  If my eyes did not tear-up so badly as a reaction to the cold weather, I would have certainly added a dark brown eyeliner on the lower waterline for a more dramatic effect.

Valentines Day Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Powder Foundation
  2. Dior Star Concealer
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer used lightly as a blush and bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse used as a highlighter for the upper cheeks.

Valentines Day Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.
  2. Estee Lauder Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

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  • It goes without saying, add or omit any step you see fit and substitute any of the products shown with things in your own collection.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the smoldering earthy tones coupled with the naturally wholesome pink hues definitely makes this look appealing for any special night out.  I could have easily worn a red lip, but then the feel would have been more sensual than sweet.  Regardless, of how or when you choose to wear this look, you can be certain heads will turn in your favor 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 review and photos.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

There are very few things that can be labeled as “must haves” in my makeup collection.  In a market filled with an abundance of brands and formulations, consumer attention is easily swayed.  However, if age and a dismal economy has taught me anything, one should stick to what works.  Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel ($12 US/5.5g) is one of the few items in my arsenal, that performs spectacularly, never lets me down and keeps me coming back for more.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

The Pros of Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

  1. Highly pigmented dark matte brown formula.
  2. Incredibly smooth and even texture.
  3. All day wear, if worn as a traditional gel liner on the upper lash line and upper waterline.
  4. Lives ups to the “waterproof” claim.  This stuff does not budge.
  5. Pairs well with Billy B #11 Eyebrow Brush (here) for tight lining.
  6. Inglot #90 dark brown color is less harsh than black for those who want a more subtle, yet noticeable look.
  7. Lasting power on the lower waterline is 5-6 hours depending on how watery eyes become during the day.
  8. Can be used as an eyeshadow base within the first 8 months.
  9. Price/amount ratio is outstanding.
  10. Comes in 22 pigmented shades.
  11. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  12. Easily available online.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

The Cons of Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

  1. Starts to dry-out around the eighth month of use, despite storing the container upside down.  A new pot is needed every year (on my third one).
  2. Acrylic container does not keep moisture at bay as well as a glass container.
  3. When the formula starts to dry out, the texture becomes tacky to the touch.
  4. Immediate cleaning of your eye brush is recommended.  Inglot’s formula dries in 60 second and if left uncleaned, the brush’s bristles become hard to the touch.  I use a dual action makeup remover to clean my brush after every use.
  5. My brand new pot seems to have been stored on one side, thus resulting in the gel settling on its side.  This minor superficial defect did not compromise the formula in the least.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 ingredient list.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 ingredient list.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparisons L-R: Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel in #90, L'Oreal infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons L-R:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel #90, L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons Swatches L-R: Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel in #90, L'Oreal infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

Comparisons Swatches L-R:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Inglot Eyeliner Gel #90, L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze, Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner Deep Brown.

  •  Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink lasts well throughout the day, but Inglot truly does not budge.  BBCSI makes a great eyeshadow color.  BB Espresso Ink (I do not own this color) would probably be closest in color to Inglot #90.
  • L’Oreal Infallible in #174 Bronze goes on smoothly and the color is absolutely beautiful; however, this formula does not dry down completely.
  • Physicians Formula Deep Brown is the closest in color (not in formula) to Inglot, but the lasting power does not come anywhere close to that of Inglot Eyeliner Gel.

Brushes to use with Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:

Brushes to use with Inglot Eyeliner Gel: Billy B Beauty Eyebrow Brush #11. Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20. Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

Brushes to use with Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel:
Billy B Beauty Eyebrow Brush #11.
Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20.
Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

  • Billy B Beauty Brush #11 is intended for eyebrow color placement.  I find this brush indispensable for tight lining (upper water line).  The bristles are firm (but not too firm), dense, and short–giving me complete control over color placement.
  • Estee Lauder Eyeliner/Brow Brush #20 is an angled brush that makes upper lash line eyeliner application a breeze.  Very similar to MAC 266.
  • Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush gives me the utmost control for upper lash line gel liner application.  The shorter handle is brilliant for people who are near-sighted and need to get close to their mirrors for makeup application.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 used on the upper lash line and on the upper and lower water lines.

Inglot Cosmetics can be found at beautylish.com and Inglotusa.com.  I purchased mine from beautylish.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #90 is an everyday staple that I simply will not go without. The price, amount offered, color selection and paraben and mineral oil free formula, make this liner a winner in my book.  Best of all, beautylish.com carries the enter Inglot Cosmetics line, along with Billy B Beauty and Wayne Goss–absolute cosmetic nirvana!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Valentine’s Day Makeup and Lip Combinations.

Valentine's Day Makeup.

Valentine’s Day Makeup.

For this Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, I decided to create a sultry, yet elegant look.  Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink Gel Liner (reviewed here) was used as the main “eyeshadow” color.  When paired with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here), this eye look will undoubtedly last the entirety of the evening, no matter what surprises await 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 1:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Start by prepping the eye area with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Fill in the brows with your favorite brow product.  I used Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (seen here).

Step 2: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 2:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Take an angled brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here)…the best for this job) with Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Twilight Shimmer Ink and line the upper lash line.  Smudge the liner upwardly, extending the line outwardly, to create an outer flick (you will use this as a guide when applying your black liquid liner).

Step 3: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 3:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Continue to add as much color until you have reached your desired intensity.  Apply the color in a wedge-like shape; thinner toward the inner corner and gradually thickening the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 4:
Valentine’s Day Makeup Look.

Blend out any harsh lines with Clarins Alburn Mineral Eyeshadow and place the same color in the crease. Next, Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow is used to blend out the edges of the crease color and “highlight” the brow bone.  To give the look a more gradient effect, Clarins Dark Chocolate, is applied to the outer “v”. Use a Q-Tip, dipped in lotion or makeup remover, and run it along the ends of the eye, to clean-up and shape the edge of the outer flick.

Step 5: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 5:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Prior to mascara application, line the upper waterline (tight line) with your favorite liner.  I swear by Inglot #90, this dark brown liner does not budge throughout the day (for me, black is too harsh).

Step 6: Valentine Day Makeup Look.

Step 6:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Add your favorite black liner and favorite mascara (curl your lashes if you prefer); I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (does flake but gives amazing length). Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer is used to line the lower lash line. Line the lower waterline with MAC Rich Ground Gel Liner.

Valentine’s Day Lip Combinations:

Valentine Day Makeup: Lip Combination 1:  Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 1: Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

This lip combination is for those who prefer a nude lip.  I have made mention of MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencils’ fabulousness from the beginning 🙂  These pencils magically transform many lipstick into long wearing colors.  When paired with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here), the combination is unbeatable.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

This lip color is for those who seek a no-fuss lipstick.  Nars Satin Lip Pencils are perfect to throw into a small handbag for on the go touch-ups.  These lipsticks-in-pencil-form are so convenient to use; however, do make certain to sharpen your lip color before you leave.  A dull point completely defeats the purpose of these pencils.  I prefer Slice Cosmetics Sharpener (reviewed here).

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

This lip combination will attract some serious attention.  Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen  is a bright cool tone red that dries downs to a long lasting matte velvet finish.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here) provides shine, moisture, depth and dimension.  As with all glosses, a light hand is highly recommended to avoid feathering into fine lines.  

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip 2: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

This pretty and simple lip color would suit those who prefer a matte finish.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is a beautiful cool tone red, with a creamy texture and amazing lasting power. However, lips do become quite dry, a lip balm would be highly recommended.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 5: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Now this my friends, is a stop-you-in-your-tracks-va-va-va-voom lip combo.  The purple undertone of Twilight Shimmer Ink pairs perfectly with the strong wine tone of Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.  This look, felt very reminiscent of the 20’s; all that was needed was a flapper dress, a long pearl necklace, and some opera gloves.  I draw the line at the bobbed hair and cloche hat 🙂  What a difference a lip color can make.

Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer.  Use the tiniest dot for both eyes…very concentrated.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (purchase here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Brushes Used:

  1. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  3. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blending Brush #29 (purchase here).
  4. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
  5. Burberry #9 Brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this sultry look can easily be adapted to suit your mood and comfort level.  Keep in mind, to substitute your products/colors as you see fit.  Which look do you prefer?  Better yet, which one will you wear?  I wish you all a happy and memorable Valentine’s Day.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Earrings worn in this post are Anna Beck “Bali” Multi Drop (purchase here).

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Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer (use the tiniest dot for both eyes..very concentrated).
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (reviewed here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline used as an eyeshadow (discontinued, but can be found at the CCO or Ebay).
  3. MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  4. Clarins Auburn mineral eyeshadow used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Waterproof bronzer on the lower lash line.
  7. MAC Rich Ground Fluidline used on the lower waterline (purchase here).
  8. Inglot #90 gel liner used to line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara (purchase here).
  10. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Lip Combo.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip liner in Nice n Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido RD203 (reviewed here) ♥  My perfect nude lip combo for olive skin tones.
Makeup Brushes of the Week.

Makeup Brushes of the Week (freshly washed).

Makeup Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you I have worn this look several times over the past two weeks, since the purchase of MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline from the CCO.  This gray base color with multi-color shimmers should be applied as patiently as MAC Deliciously Rich and It’s Physical Fluidlines.  When paired with Nars Eyeshadow Primer, the color and sparkles of Little Black Bow remain well-behaved and do not migrate.  The sheer blush and light lip color complement this eye look perfectly.  I hope you found this helpful.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Laque review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

This Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition will feature all the lovely goodies I acquired last week from my visit to the CCO.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), it is an outlet store the Estee Lauder Company has cleverly established to sell all of their overstock merchandise from their subsidiary brands.  All cosmetics/fragrance brands included are: Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Joe Malone, Flirt, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Donna Karen, Tom Ford, Ojon, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Prescriptives.  All items in store are sold at a 30% discount off the original retail price.  As an added bonus, the sales women are lovely and customers have the comfort/freedom to swatch and roam for as long as one desires.  Who could ask for more?

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. Clinique Black Honey Brush-on-Creme Liner used as an eyeshadow (purchase here). [CCO]
  3. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner (reviewed here).♥ [CCO]
  4. Inglot Matte 90 AMC Eyeliner Gel for tight lining the upper water line (purchase here).
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer used in the crease to add dimension and warmth (purchase here).
  6. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye pencil for the lower lash line and in the lower water line (reviewed here).♥
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (purchase here) not my favorite. Does not layer well and flakes by the end of the day. [CCO]
  8. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator for an inner corner highlight (reviewed here). ♥
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here). ♥
Makeup Of the Week:  Sixth Edition.

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).♥
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here) I have the new formula and it does not oxidize and feels less drying compared to the original. ♥ [CCO]
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).♥
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (purchase here) and Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) used to highlight the cheek bones. ♥
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here). ♥
Lip Combination of the Week:  Daliia My Best Friend's Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination: Daliia My Best Friend’s Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination:

  1. Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here) ♥
  2. Shiseido RD702 to add shine and moisture throughout the day (purchase here). ♥
Brushes of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B Beauty # 12, 8, 11 (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here). [CCO]
  4. Philosophy “the supernatural” Airbrush foundation brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford Bronzer (reviewed here) , Cheek (reviewed here) and Cream Foundation brushes.♥

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to locate your nearest Tangers Outlet Mall (location finder here) and visit a CCO pronto!  Plan a trip for the day with your family/friends and roam all the stores to your heart’s content.  CCO are fantastic for discovering some limited-edition jewels that were hard to obtain during the original release. I have yet to spy any TF brushes..Darn!  Do call ahead of time to check inventory before making a trip.  I hope you find this helpful and informative.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa
review and swatches.

MAC Life's Luxury eye swatch.

MAC Life’s Luxury eye swatch.

On my recent trip to the mall I was drawn into the MAC store by an unknown force.  My husband calls it obsession, I call it Amore….The items that beckoned me were MAC Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil ($21 US/1.6 g) and MAC Sweet As Cocoa powder blush ($21 US/6g).

Life’s Luxury Color/Formula:

Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil was part of the Temperature Rising collection that came out three weeks ago. There are four colors offered in the Powerchrome line:

  1. Rich Glance: Light gold.
  2. Copper Stripe: Frosty Mid tone copper.
  3. Life’s Luxury:  Deep Bronze brown (my choice that warranted further investigation).
  4. Polished Jet:  Charcoal with pearl.

I was hoping the formula of these Powerchrome pencils would not resemble the dreaded paint sticks from the past.  Breathe a *sigh* of relief….these are fabulous!!!

MAC LIfe's Luxury.

MAC LIfe’s Luxury.

Life’s Luxury is a pencil form of Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink gel liner (CSI).  This beautiful bronze brown shade with varying sizes of red pearl, far surpasses CSI.  Life’s Luxury lasts longer, the red pearl is more visible, and the portability aspect cannot be beat.  Life’s Luxury glides on the lid smoothly, there is a certain density in its texture which ensures longevity and vitality.  I wore this pencil on a hot and humid day, sitting pool side (sans cabana boys and margaritas) without any fading or smudging in sight. Impressive!

MAC Life's Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

MAC Life’s Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

This Powerchrome pencil also layers very nicely.  Life’s Luxury can be manipulated before it sets, however once it sets it will not budge.  I use my beloved Billy B #12 & #8 brushes (reviewed here)  to blend out each layer until I reach my desired intensity. Removal is effortless with any facial cleanser/makeup remover.  MAC should consider making these pencils part of their permanent line.

In a perfect world, it would have been ideal if MAC would have had the foresight to design these pencils with a twist-up mechanism, rather than the traditional pencil sharpening method.

Sweet As Cocoa Color/Formula:

Sweet As Cocoa is a powder blush in MAC’s permanent line.  With all the limited edition collections MAC puts out, their permanent line does not get the recognition it deserves.  This blush is what I wanted Fiery Impact (FI) to be, from the Extra Dimension Collection.  FI hardened in the pan, was flat and non-dimensional on my light olive skin tone.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) is a beautiful rosy bronze color, infused with a delicate pink sheen.  The more you blend out this blush, the more luminous it becomes.  SAC is very dark and pigmented, a light hand and/or a dual fiber brush would be required.  This particular color is always recommended for darker skinned beauties, however I could not help but see a resemblance (in tone) to my beloved Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer.  The colors are very similar but not exact.  SAC has more of a pink pearl in its formula and Ritual has a prominent brown base.

L-R:  Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

L-R: Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

The wear time of Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) blush was stellar.  It paired perfectly with Life’s Luxury on the eye and Laura Mercier Ritual as a bronzer.  I also use SAC to blend out any harsh edges and enhance the red pearl in Life’s Luxury. Some may say this look is too dramatic for the daytime/Summer, I say, “Do what you like.”

On the eyes: MAC Life's Luxury. On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

On the eyes: MAC Life’s Luxury.
On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Comparison of Blushes/Swatches:

Comparison/Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches:  MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC cosmetics are sold at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and maccosmetics.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to follow this link (MAC) and buy all the Powerchrome pencils.  Life’s Luxury’s lasting power is a welcomed reassurance this time of year.  Depending how it is applied, Sweet As Cocoa is an overlooked blush that will suit many skin tones.  Use these products any way you wish, be it on lighter skins, darker skins, as eyeliner, as eyeshadows, daytime, nighttime, any season, any reason..you get the point.  I will take Icona Pop’s stance:

I DON’T CARE…I LOVE IT…

For a little boost, dance around to this song (ICONA POP) and enjoy your health; Life’s true luxury.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

MAC Life's Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

 

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

 

Billy B Beauty Eye and Brow Brush Kit review.

Billy B. Beauty Eye and Brow Kit.

Billy B. Beauty Eye and Brow Kit.

My goal was rather simply, or so I thought.  I was in search of a small fluffy angled blending brush to blend out my top liner to gradual perfection.  Just when I thought my search was in vain, I discovered Billy B on Youtube.  He intrigued me with his countless tattoos, his Buddy Holly black rimmed glasses, and raw/uncensored humor and demeanor.  He had me at,

“Sometimes you have to get out of your own way.”

Wiser words were never spoken.  Since that day five months ago, I could not help but purchase the Billy B Beauty Eye and Brow Kit ($65 US/5 tools and the brush roll).

Billy B Beauty eye and brow brush kit.

Billy B Beauty Eye and Brow Brush Kit.

 

Billy B Beauty Eye and Brow Brush Kit includes:

  1. Billy B Eyelash curler:  This curler is wonderful for people who have very rounded eyes, such as myself.  I prefer this curler to the Shu Uemura and Le Metier de Beaute curlers.  
  2. Brow spoolie and eyelash comb:  Not all eye brow spoolies are created equal.  Billy’s brow spoolie is very thin and compact, it is better suited to grab and brush all the hairs beautifully.  It also does not blend away all of your brow coloring.  The eyelash comb is made of the typical steel construction, which separates and combs out any clumpy mascara left on the lashes.  Both sides fold in neatly for easy storage or transport.  Genius!
  3. #8 Brush:  This little darling is perfect for people who have smaller eyes or want more precise eyeshadow application.  I use this to blend out colors in the outer “v”, apply an inner corner highlight, and a brow highlight.  The bristles are soft, compact and efficient.
  4. #11 Brush:  This brush is designed for application of powder or gel eyebrow color.  The hairs are shorter and very course, perfect for its intended job.  I use it to apply my tight line color to my upper waterline.  Not the recommended usage, but it works for me.
  5. #12 Brush:  The “jewel” of the lot.  I ♥ this brush!  I cannot go without using this brush everyday.  The #12 is a mini dual fiber angled brush.  I have very deep-set eyes and I do not like to wear dark colors all over my lid.  Therefore, I concentrate darker colors at the base of my lash line and blend them upwardly.  This brush does all the work for me.  The #12 is also great for applying and blending out colors on the lower lash line.  Billy uses this brush to apply crease color.  Genius!
  6. The Brush roll:  In the spirit of integrity, it is not the best in terms of quality or design.  The brush roll will not accommodate many brushes from other lines.  Billy designed this brush roll to fit his brushes exclusively.
Comparison of lash curlers:  Billy B, Shu Uemura, and Le Metier de Beaute.

Comparison of lash curlers: Billy B, Le Metier de Beaute and Shu Uemura.  Billy has more of a rounder arch.

Billy B #12 brush.

Billy B #12 brush. My love.

All of his brushes have been designed to fit comfortably in your hand; the handles are on the shorter side than most standard makeup brushes.  Billy also designed his brushes with very minimal flash and flare. His original intent was to make these brushes for his personal use.  After several people asked where they would be able to purchase his brushes, the proverbial “light bulb” went off and Billy B Beauty was created.

Billy B Beauty is sold exclusively on Beautylish.com.  This web-store has the best customer service!

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to overlook the appearance of these brushes and focus on the results they yield.  I personally love the #12 brush and will defend it till my last breath (Wow…that is love).  This little chestnut has crept its way into my HG eye brush category.  Do I think Billy B Beauty Eye and Brow Brush Kit is worth it?  Yes…considering the brushes separately cost roughly twenty dollars or more.  So if you are looking for some inspiration, check out Billy B on Youtube and experience first hand the genius under the unconventional exterior.  As always,

“Do not judge a book by its cover.”

Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes: Step-by-Step tutorial.

 

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End result with all products listed below!

 

This post was inspired by comments I received by Christa and Angie.  Christa is a new mom and was looking for suggestions to make her brown eyes pop.  Angie requested a post/guide specifically dedicated for new moms to follow.  I happily accept the challenge; an eye makeup for brown eyes is my specialty!

I have a soft spot for new moms, after all I use to be one.  Even though my babies are not babies anymore and my nights are rather peaceful (don’t be jelly), I find in many regards, I’m just as busy as ever!    The last thing any mom thinks about, is putting on makeup.   I went down that dark path, and trust me [I] was not pretty.  The more I tried to simplify my routine the more “I” became obsolete.

Invoking the spirit of the evil queen,  I recited ,  “Mirror, Mirror on the wall,  Am I the fairest of them all?”  Suddenly, sans  warning, the mirror shattered and I knew it was time to make a change.   Were the makeup powers that be, trying to tell me something?    I can take a hint….Without further ado, let me show you what has evolved from that faithful day:

THE PRODUCTS:   Please do not feel compelled to use/purchase the same products.  Substitute your own products as needed.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot,  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyesahdow in Shimmering Bronze,  YSL cream liner #7 Gold Star,  Laura Mercier Ritual,  Hourglass Diffused,  L’oreal Extra Intense liquid pencil eyeliner in Brown, Physician Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown,  MAC Too Chic powder (used as a highlighter),  Sunday Riley blush in Blushing.
TOOLS: Burberry #09 blending brush, Estee Lauder angled eyeliner brush #20, Billy B #12 brush (THE BEST), Shu Uemura Seal Brown 02 eyebrow pencil, Billy B. eyebrow comb and brush.

 

 Step-by-Step Eye Tutorial:

  • ALWAYS start by applying a shadow base;  Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my choice (for now).  This will insure your eyeshadow does not crease.   Next, apply MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot to even out the lid coloring.  This can also be used as your sole eyeshadow (with the addition of mascara and liner) on lazy days for a clean polished look.
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You should have something that looks like this.

 

  • Next, take L’oreal liquid eyeliner pencil in Brown and run a line along the lash line (does not have to be precise).  Then take Billy B. #12 brush or any angled eyeliner brush and smudge out the line.  Being that I have deep set eyes, I cannot take the brown all over the lid.  By keeping the upper half of the lid in the ochre color,  I give the illusion that my eyes are not as deep.  If I were to completely apply the brown to the whole mobile lid,  it would further recess my eyes.  Big no-no on tired eyes!
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Smudged L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Brown

 

  • Next,  use Tarte’s eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze and apply it on top of the smudged Brown liner.  Having the L’oreal liner act as a base for the Tarte shadow, will intensify the bronze and truly make it last all day!!!   Of course, you can add more Shimmering Bronze until you have reached your desired intensity!

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  • Next, take Laura Mercier Ritual (reviewed here) and apply it with Burberry #09 blending brush to the crease and slightly above.  This step adds warmth and dimension to the eye area.  Add Hourglass Diffused (reviewed here) on the brow bone to highlight that area.

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  • Next, take  Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown and line your lash line.  I always add a flick to the end to elongate my round eyes.
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Coming together!!

  • Curl your lashes if necessary.  I do not do this step everyday because I have naturally long curled lashes, but for demonstration purpose here I go:

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  • Next, add mascara and line the lower inner rim of your eyes with YSL #7 gold star cream liner.  If you really want your eyes to stand out, apply individual false lashes at the ends or an entire strip!
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I used L’oreal Telescopic mascara, the one in the gold tube.

  • I always apply foundation, bronzer, blush, and finishing powder AFTER my eye makeup is complete.  This method will insure, any fallen shadow (from powder formulas) will not disrupt my face makeup.  No powdered eyeshadows were used for this look,  but I am so accustomed to doing things this way.  Can’t teach this young dog new tricks 🙂
  • Add your favorite lipstick and Voila you are done.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

It would tell you to be the best version of yourself.  If makeup will get you there, even better.   Coco Chanel once said,

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself upa little-if only out of politeness.  And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.  And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. 

Amen sister!!!   This pertains to men as well!!   Makeup also says, “A happy woman makes a happy MOMMY and WIFE!!!”  Be well and stay safe.

-M-