Current Makeup Look 2016.

Makeup Look

Current Makeup Look.

Current Makeup Look.

Current Makeup Look.

My ridiculously busy schedule has left me little time to experiment and create new makeup looks on a daily basis.  In the spirit of brevity, I have been sporting the same look for the past three weeks straight.  So for this long, overdue post I will give detailed descriptions on the brushes used, application of color and overall thoughts on some new products and techniques.  I hope you find this helpful.

Current Makeup Look Brushes:

Makeup eye brushes.

Current Makeup Look.

Makeup brushes

Current Makeup Look:
Sonia Kashuk #17 Medium Multipurpose Powder Brush and Artis Oval 7.

  • These eye brushes have served me well for the past few weeks.  For brow color application I have truly been enjoying Billy B #12 to pat color in the front portion of the eyebrow.  Utilizing a fluffier brush creates more of a natural look as opposed to a harsh angular shape.  I have a particular affinity for Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood (reviewed here), but any pomade of your choice will suffice.
  • Wayne Goss #21 is one of the most versatile brushes I have ever purchased.  The wide, stiff, shortened hairs can be expertly manipulated to create sophisticated shapes or extreme looks.  On my fuller brows, WG21 is brilliant for filling in gaps and gently outlining the upper and lower portion of the brows.  The design also lends itself as an excellent angled eyeliner brush.  If you are keen on using powder as eyeliner, this brush holds color securely and deposits a saturated line on the skin instantly.
  • Eve Pearl #105 is one of my favorite blending brushes.  Since my large mobile lid requires specific color stratagem, this brush is able to deposit colors accurately and fuse colors seamlessly.  When blending out color along the lash line, the dense, slightly stiff fibers do not create drag on the skin.
  • Anyone ranging from the novice realm to professionals, should own the MAC 217.  The dupes for this brush are far and wide, but I wholeheartedly favor the original.  The design of the 217 is wonderful for all over color application, crease work, and outer “v” application.
  • Sonia Kashuk #17 was a complete impulse purchase–one which I’m most fond of.  The soft natural goat hairs possess the right density, shape and length for bronzer, blush and highlighter application.  This brush is even fantastic for finishing powders and to kick of excess powder (aka: bake) under the eye area.
  • Artis Oval 7 (reviewed here) is a complete must-have if you are into flawless foundation application.  Recent outstanding customer service has deepened my devotion for this brand.  Should an issue arise over any of your brushes, Artis customer service promptly addresses and works diligently to resolve the situation.

Current Makeup Look Eye Products:

 Makeup Look.

Current Makeup Look.

bareminerals

Current Makeup Look.

  • Start by priming lids with your favorite primer. I use NYX primer and a bit of bareMinerals 5-in-1 Candlelit Peach to cancel out any discoloration. This particular color has delicate shimmers throughout, the effect is illuminating rather than offensive.
matte eyeshadow

Current Makeup Look.
Armani Navy, MAC Uninterrupted, the balm Caught in the Act Courtney, ABH Sienna, and MUFE M510.

 

MUFE #510 and MAC Uninterrupted

Current Makeup Look.
MUFE #510 and MAC Uninterrupted.

  • Proceed by adding a flesh color eyeshadow (MUFE M510) over the primer.  This step will ensure the primer is set and other eyeshadows will glide on the skin easily.
  • Take the MAC 217 and add MAC Uninterrupted (or any other warm shadow) to define the crease area.
Makeup Look

Current Makeup Look.
ABH Sienna and MAC Uninterrupted.

  • Using a smaller brush (Eve Pearl 105) take a combination of MAC Uninterrupted and ABH Sienna to the outer “v” area and under the lash line.
Wayne Goss #21

Current Makeup Look.
theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney.

  • Using Wayne Goss #21 take a rich chocolate brown color and run it along the lash line in a wedge shape, extending the other portion into a winged line.
  • Proceed to blend the line upwards, with Eve Pearl #105 brush, until the color fades into the flesh base and a gradient effect is achieved.  Add more color as you see fit until you reach your desired intensity.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Current Makeup Look.
Step 7: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

  • Next, line the upper lash line with any black liquid liner of your choice.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is so user friendly, even the most inexperienced makeup novice will achieve a perfect line.  This step is solely intended as a guide line for the navy liner.
Giorgio Armani Navy

Current Makeup Look.
 Armani Navy

  • Using a small brush (Billy B #12) gradually pat Armani Navy (the very best navy color IMHO) on and over the outer half of your winged liner.  This rich navy will help create dimension and transition the upcoming navy liquid liner.
Too Faced Who's Zooming Who.

Current Makeup Look:
Wayne Goss #21 with Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Who’s Zooming Who.

  • Now for the star of the show, take Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Who’s Zooming Who on Wayne Goss #21 and PAT the color over the black liner.  Patting motions allow optimal control and even color distribution.  The stiff fibers, although not the plushest, will ensure color is placed exactly where one desires.
MAC Coil

Current Makeup Look:
Step 10: MAC Coil on the lower lash line.

  • As an added pop of copper sparkle, pickup a bit of MAC Coil on a sponge tip applicator and pat it on the center of the lower lash line, over the existing eyeshadow.
Wet-n-Wild Lash Primer

Current Makeup Look:
Step 11: Wet-n-Wild Lash Primer with Maybelline Lash Sensational.

  • Next, apply Wet-n-Wild Lash Primer to the lashes.  Let this set for a good 15 seconds before applying mascara.  This primer is not only incredibly affordable, but is one of my favorite lash primers.  To boot, mascara adheres the entire day and removal is so much easier at the end of the day.
  • As usual my mascara of choice is Maybelline Lash Sensational (reviewed here).  If you don’t have it–Get It!!
  • As a finishing touch, I added Bobbi Brown Taupe (reviewed here) on the waterline.

Current Makeup Look Face Products:

Current Makeup Look: Kett Hydro Foundation in Yellow and Blue with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

Current Makeup Look:
Kett Hydro Color Theory in Yellow and Blue with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

Current Makeup Look: Kett Hydro Foundation in Yellow and Blue with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

Current Makeup Look:
Kett Hydro Color Theory in Yellow and Blue with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

Current Makeup Look: Kett Hydro Foundation mixed with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

Current Makeup Look:
Kett Hydro Color Theroy mixed with Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation.

  • Taking my Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette, add Kett Hydro Color Theroy with your foundation of choice to obtain the right undertone.  The yellow and blue colors meld to produce a green tinge that seems to accommodate the olive undertones inherent in my skin.
  • Although technically an airbrush product, these drops work beautifully with my Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation in 35 Beige Taupe.  Makeup For Ever also produce Chromatic Drops color adjusters, but the yellow and blue colors are always sold-out.  I’m so happy to have found Kett’s paraben-free, lightweight version.  If you are unhappy with the undertone of your foundation, these drops (5 colors in all) will instantly calibrate any formula to your unique coloring.
 RCMA No-Color Powder

Current Makeup Look:
RCMA No-Color Powder, Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder and Beautyblender mini.

  • I’m not one to follow trends so easily, but I must admit the “baking” sensation that is sweeping Youtube has some validity.  For my olive complexion, I find a mixture of RCMA No-Color Powder and Cinema Secrets Setting Powder in Beige work well.  The “No-color” claim is amusing to me, considering the amount of white powder used during baking will undoubtedly leave a slight white cast on the skin.  Medium and darker skins are advised to pick RCMA Warm Golden Powder (or any other yellow/warm color) instead.  In my case, mixing the two powders grants me the best of both worlds–color (CS) and smoothing properties (RCMA).
  • I simply use my dampened beautyblender mini to pick up powder and apply a generous amount to set the under eye area.  Personally, I let the powder “bake” for five minutes before I gently remove it with my brush.
  • The results do not settle into fine lines, even on my slightly mature skin.  The under eye area seems to remain flawless the entire day, amidst countless hours in humid pool conditions, during my sons’ swimming and diving sessions.
  • For highlighter I used Illamasqua OMG (reviewed here) and for blush Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine has made a triumphant return in my routine.

Current Makeup Look Lip Products:

 Lip Ink Sandwood

Current Makeup Look:
Lip Ink Sandwood Lip Stain.

  • Lastly, I applied one coat of Lip Ink lip Stain in Sandwood to clean, exfoliated lips.  These stains have to be the most enduring formulation I have ever tried.  However, I don’t particularly care for the gloss in the line, instead I added Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Pirate for this look.  The company emphatically does not recommend using other cosmetics with their stains, because they may compromise the wear of the stains.  In this case, that claim is true.  Normally, my Dior Addict Fluid Sticks work well with the Lip Ink stains, but Pirate was so pretty I could not resist.

**A direct link to each product mentioned above is provided simply by clicking the name of the product.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, these are a lot of products for daily use.  However, considering I despise touching-up my makeup throughout the day (lipstick excluded), I can honestly state this look holds up well from the moment I apply it to the end of the day.  Taking that bit of time (45 min) for myself at the start of the day, gives me the confidence and stamina to get through a busy schedule.  Like I always preach to my kids, “If you look good, you feel good and you do well.”   Who wouldn’t want that?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Artis Brushes review and photos.

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

We all know quality makeup tools are equality important as using quality cosmetics.  I honestly thought I had every efficient tool at my disposal to achieve a flawless finish.  That is, until Artis Brushes ($35-60 USD) came along with their innovative design and artisanal charm.  Will these “hand-assembled” beauties render my animal hair counterparts extinct?  You’ll see.   🙂

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

Artis Brushes:
Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

The Pros to Artis Brushes:

  1. Made of “CosmeFibre® monofilaments”– incredibly soft dense synthetic fibers.
  2. Quality synthetic fibers can be used with powder, liquid and cream products.
  3. Handles are composed of “thermoformed resins, like those used to make high-end automobile components.”
  4. Metallic faux coating is fingerprint resistant.
  5. Brushes come housed in a sturdy box (see below).
  6. The Elite Mirror, Elite Smoke and Elite Gold collections contain a rubberized center that makes holding and gripping the brush convenient and comfortable.
  7. Rubberized center is easily cleaned with any moistened wipe.
  8. Handles are ergonomically designed to efficiently apply makeup to oneself.
  9. If you are a makeup artist, the Oval 7 can definitely be used to apply foundation on others as well.
  10. The Oval 7 is especially effective on mature and sensitive skins for foundation application.
  11. The Oval 7 in particular, looks exquisite when placed on a vanity.  The density, shape, unique fiber bundling and color reminds me of hair brushes from the Victorian Era.
  12. All the brushes are multifunctional.
  13. Brushes do not contain a ferrule, which makes cleaning and drying stress-free.
  14. Fibers hold up perfectly after weekly deep washings.  Artis does not recommend this frequency, but I do it anyway to ensure bacteria does not accumulate within the dense fibers.
  15. Brushes “resists excess water, alcohol, acids, detergent. Your Artis® brushes won’t degrade from brush cleaning formulas.”
  16. Any micro-fiber cloth can be used to remove excess product immediately after product application.
  17. Synthetic fibers on all Artis Brushes are cruelty-free and vegan.

The Cons to Artis Brushes:

  1. Most of Artis brushes are manufactured in China.  This baffles me, considering they clearly employ a USA factory for production of the Fluenta Collection.
  2. The Fluenta Collection (exclusive to Neiman Marcus) is made in the USA; costing five-ten dollars more per brush.
  3. Limited retail locations to see and feel the Elite Mirror and Smoke Brushes–my preferred collections.
  4. The dense fibers of the Oval 3 and Circle 1 deposit a heavy layer of powdered pigment–not something I prefer for eyeshadow application.
  5. Not the most efficient texture for highlighter application.
  6. The perpendicular angle and head size of the eye brushes are not the best choices for intricate eyeshadow application.
  7. The Linear 1 brush is not my favorite.  The long stiff fibers paired with the angle of the brush head makes for awkward eyeliner application.
  8. Artis’s website is configured oddly with two thick, black blocking strips on the top and bottom of the screen–makes viewing products and navigation bothersome.

Artis Oval 7 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Let me begin by stating the obvious, the Oval 7 ($60 USD) brush is my favorite out of the lot. The larger oval shape, and dense flattened surface area is perfect for a picking-up and buffing-out product quickly.
  • The ridiculously soft fibers glide on the skin so smoothly without tugging or scratching.  Color deposition is immediate on the first swipe.  The ultra fine tipped fibers blend and press the liquid foundation into pores, resulting in a flawless appearance.
  • For the above photo, I used Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation without diluting the formula. Normally, this full coverage foundation needs to be thinned out with some primer in order for the formula to apply smoothly on my dry skin.  However, since discovering the Oval 7, I place one thin dot on my cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose and proceed to run the brush over the skin in a fluid motion.  This technique results in an even distribution of foundation that melds with the skin, rather than sitting on top of the skin.
  • The Oval 7 is also great for powder application and for cheek contouring.  Simply use the sides of the brush to despots a noticeable contour line and then blend out the line with the surface of the brush.
  • Bottom line, if you want to dip your toe into the world of Artis, the Oval 7 is one brush you will not regret buying.

Artis Oval 3 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for concealer.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for nose contouring.

  • The Oval 3 ($35 USD) brush has a more rounded surface than the Oval 7.  Truthfully, I was hoping this would work as a great crease brush, but it is simply too bulky and rounded for my liking.  I prefer to use this for concealer application.  The oval size fits the contours of the bottom eye socket perfectly and the dense fibers blend concealer beautifully without any product settlement into the fine lines.  In addition, the sides of the brush head work well for buffing powder to set concealer.
  • I have also been enjoy using the Oval 3 to contour the sides of my nose.  Granted, this is not something I do on a daily basis, but it is nice to know I have such a competent tool at my disposal should the mood strike.  The dense fibers blend-out the pigment to perfection, giving the illusion of natural shadowing.
  • Bottom line, although not a must-have, I have found use for Oval 3 in my routine.  I still prefer my MAC 217, Eve Pearl 105 , Billy B brush, and Chikuhodo Z-5 for eyeshadow application.

Artis Circle 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

  • The Circle 1 ($35 USD) brush is flat-out adorable.  This is the one brush I can throw into my makeup bag for easy touch-ups throughout the day.  The long dense fibers work well as a lip brush, crease brush, spot concealer brush and to apply an inner corner highlight color.
  • Lately, I have using this guy to spot conceal the green veining on the sides of my nose, closest to my inner corner.  The stiff, soft fibers fit the area perfectly and somehow blends the smallest amount of product seamlessly.
  • Bottom line, great little brush that surprisingly does the job of many.

Artis Linear 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

  • Oh my, where do I begin?  You know how some people save the best for last?  In my case, I wanted to dazzle you in the beginning, and let you down easily to show, not all brushes from this line are wonderful.
  • The Linear 1 ($35 USD) brush, to put it bluntly, was a colossal waste of money.  I thought I was going to create the perfect eyeliner shape, however, as you can see the brush design is completely inefficient.  In order to apply liner one has to use short strokes and have a head-on view to accommodate the different contours of the eye.
  • This brush does not allow for much movement.  The stiff, Spinosaurus-like bristles are too long and thick.  In addition, the head’s perpendicular positioning on the handle, makes it difficult to get a good view for color placement.
  • As for brow color application, I would say this would be good if you are using a powder eyeshadow with room to accommodate the cumbersome head shape and angle.  In my case, the Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) pot is too small to handle the large head.  I could transfer some cream to a palette, but I find that step a tad unrealistic for my personal routine.
  • Bottom line:  hop, skip and jump away from this one–I’ll stick to my angled liner brush any day.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Artis Oval 7 is so nice I had to buy it twice.  This mentality may not suit everyone’s budget or needs, but a $15 off $60 coupon from Beautybar.com was too tempting to resist.  Furthermore, if I were to add-up the cost of all the Beautyblenders I have purchased over the years, it would certainly surpass the cost of this one brush.

 

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THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Artis Brushes are truly innovative.  The Oval 7 is clearly a must-have in anyone’s collection, regardless of age.  The eye brushes are really nice to have, but not so much so that I will ever give up my traditional eyeshadow brushes.  As of late, the market has been flooded with Artis design dupes, some sets costing less than the cost of the Oval 7.  Personally, I rather get the original then settle for a cheap imitation–which is true for anything in life.  Until next time, 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. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*