Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

I’m not one to favor certain looks for a particular season, but there is no denying when sweaters, coats and gloves come out to play, darker makeup looks are sure to follow.  While going through my fall/winter clothes, I decided to also rummage through my makeup collection and awaken some beloved products out of hibernation.  The final look was deep and sultry, yet unbelievably simple to achieve.  I hope you enjoy my Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look–Eyes:

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

  1. Start by applying the finest amount of NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow Primer all over the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  2. While the primer settles, fill in brows with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood.
  3. Using a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk) or fingers, apply Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Eyeshadow (reviewed here) on the mobile lid in thin even layers.
  4. Taking any tapered eyeshadow brush (MAC 217, or Rae Morris #8 Brush), apply a warm brown color (MAC Uninterrupted) to outline and define the crease and lower lash line.
  5. Apply a flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the crease color and highlight the brow bone area.
  6. Add a complimentary cooler highlight shade (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. Line the upper waterline with a water-resistant gel liner like Inglot AMC #90.
  8. Line the upper lash line with a black liquid liner such as, Guerlain Black Liquid Eyeliner.  Lately, I have been using my angled brush to apply my liquid liner for more precise results.
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational) to finish off the look (reviewed here).

Fall Makeup Look–Face:

Fall Makeup Look

My daytime and evening moisturizers during the cooler seasons.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Cover Fx Custom Drops

Cover Fx Custom Drops:
It took three wipes to clean off the accumulated liquid at the opening of the bottle.

  1. Apply your favorite moisturizer and let it settle on the skin while doing your eye makeup.  Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter is my daytime facial moisturizer (small amount) and Waxelene is wonderful as an evening moisturizer (Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog’s review here).
  2. Mix your primer and foundation together and apply thin well blended layers on the skin.  In my experience, Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer is the best medium for Cover FX Custom Drops (reviewed here).  This combination leaves skin looking smooth and even.  As mentioned in previous posts, the issue with theses drops is the packaging.  My newer bottle seems to have also fallen victim to the horrible packaging (see photo above).  It maybe time to search for an alternative–suggestions welcomed.
  3. Apply Diorskin Star 003 Concealer (reviewed here) to problem areas.  I use concealer to cover green veining around the bridge of the nose.  I’m not a believer in the “triangle of light” theory, “clown contouring” or using too much concealer in general–less is best.
  4. Apply a light dusting of Dior Cosmopolite to the tops of the cheek bones and center of the nose.
  5. Apply Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer gradually to the hallows of the cheeks, forehead, jaw line and neck.
  6. Using an soft brush, apply a warm peach colored blush such as, Vincent Longo Sandalwood, to the apples of the cheek and blend slightly onto the bronzer.

Fall Makeup Look–Lips:

Girlactik and Chanel

Fall Makeup Look:
Girlactik Demure Lip Paint topped with Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss.

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint was used as my neutral lip color.  I swear Girlactik’s formula pairs well with every lipgloss and lipstick in my collection.
  2. Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss is almost identical in color to Demure.  This combo lasted 6 hours and the base color lingered well passed the 7th hour.

Fall Makeup Look

**click on the highlighted product names for a direct link to each product.**

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

Makeup would tell you not only is this look perfect for the fall, but it can be worn anytime of the year.  The delicate silver shimmers contained in the gray shadow provide just the right amount of vitality to the look.  Adding a warm peachy blush and mauve neutral lip color, help balance out the cool tone of the overall look.  As always, substitute any product shown, as you see fit, and have fun with your creation.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

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

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year.  However, the stress of organizing a dinner party can also be overwhelming and exhausting.  Fortunately, my sister is the brave soul that bares the responsibility of cooking Thanksgiving dinner (out of all the foods I can cook, why does baking a turkey elude me?).  For this Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition, I have put together two quick and easy looks, using long-wearing products that can be worn without any need for touch-ups.  I hope you enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Eye Makeup:

  1. Prime eyes with Nars Eyeshadow Primer.
  2. Fill and shape the brows (Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wenge Wood).
  3. Using the back of your hand, combine equal parts (amount will vary) of Giorgio Armnai Eye and Brow 9 Gold with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and apply the mixture to the mobile lid using a synthetic brush.
  4. Use a warm brown shade in the crease (MUFE M-600) to blend out the edges of the lid color.
  5. Apply a lighter gold shade to the inner corners of the eye (MUFE ME-512).
  6. Line the lower lash line with Givenchy Brun Cachemire and then lightly pat Giorgio Armani 9 Gold directly over.
  7. Line the inner waterline, with a flesh tone pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner), extending the color out and under the winged liner, to lighten the look and make eyes appear larger.
  8. Tightline the upper waterline with any gel liner of your choosing (Inglot AMC #90).
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Clinique High Impact Mascara) and black liner (Milani Liquid Liner) and your look is complete.
  10. This step is opitional:  I like to add a bit more of 9 Gold over the lid for a little extra pizzazz. 

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Look 2:

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Slightly different look using blue tones on top of the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

For the above photos, the same steps were used as the previous look with the obvious difference being the addition of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) applied to the outer corner and in the crease.  Guerlain Liquid Liner in 02 BLEU OUTREMER (review coming soon) was also used in place of a black liner.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 3 Beige Naturel and 4 Beige Moyan (reviewed here).
  2. Diorskin Star Concealer in 003 Sable/Sand (reviewed here).
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush (reviewed here).
  5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 (review coming soon).

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel 20 Audace Rouge Allure Gloss (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

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

Makeup would tell you these two looks lasted perfectly all day, with the exception of the lip color.  What look are you planning to wear for the upcoming holidays?

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a special thanks to my hubby who always supports my insanity; to my children who always accompany me (reluctantly, but sweet about it) to the cosmetics counters; and last, but certainly not least, to all of my wonderful readers who always provide inspiration and joy.  Happy Thanksgiving…warm wishes and big hugs from my home to yours.  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. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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. 

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer review, swatches and application.

Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand.

I have never been one to wear concealer on a daily basis.  The thought of applying another layer of makeup to an overly sensitive area, never appealed to me.  After all, the products I encountered have either been too heavy, or too light, too emollient, or too dry, I could never find the right product with the right consistency–that is, until now.  Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer ($36 USD/ 6ml) has changed my unenthusiastic outlook.  Ladies, this is the concealer that has been missing from my makeup life–this is the peanut to my butter, the milk to my shake, the salsa to my chip…you get the idea 🙂

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening 003 Sable/Sand.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening 003 Sable/Sand.

The Pros to Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand:

  1. Extremely pigmented.
  2. Silky smooth consistency glides on the skin and blends out seamlessly.
  3. Very little amount is needed to achieve amazing coverage.
  4. Natural semi-matte finish (due to the titanium dioxide and silica) looks like second skin.
  5. Incredibly hydrating without any creasing.
  6. Can be blended with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  7. Unbelievable lasting power..seroiusly does not budge throughout the day.
  8. Adorable plastic packaging is compact and easily portable for travel.
  9. Five shades provided to accommodate a variety of skin tones.
  10. Compatible with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.
  11. Formulated without fragrance, mineral oil or parabens.
  12. Made in France.

The Cons to Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand:

  1. Blotchy results can occur if the conceler is left unblended for too long.
  2. Colors are a bit deceptive.  002 was originally the shade I wanted to get, but it turned out to be more of a highlighting shade.  003 swatched a bit on the dark side, but once applied to the eye area everything melded beautifully.  Try before you buy.
  3. Can be easily overdone if a heavy hand is used during application.  Take it one dot at a time.
  4. Can attach to dry spots if skin is not properly moisturized before hand.
  5. Formulated with silicones.

Highlighting the green veining around the bridge of the nose (right eye).

  • My purpose for purchasing this color was to conceal the green veining next to the bridge of my nose.  I know, the general consensus when it comes to concealers is to use one shade lighter than our foundation coloring, but that method was only adding to my sallowness.  Finding a color closest to my foundation actually concealed my problem area, rather than highlighting the issue.
Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand

Applied Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand unblended.

  • For the above photo, I dispensed a small amount of concealer to the back of my hand, and used my finger to apply a light coating directly over my veining issue.  This method ensures one does not accidentally deposit too much product, to the affect region all at once.  My issue is not that serious, but for those who have severe discoloration, applying light gradual layers will yield more natural and blended results.
Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand completely blended.

  • For the above photo, I blended out the concealer with my finger, but a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush) works just as well for natural results.
Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel.

  • For above photo, I added the lightest dusting of Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 03 Beige Naturel to set and incorporate the color with the rest of my makeup.  Not bad, if I do say so myself.
Comparison Swatches: Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer 125W, Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer, Diorskin Star Concealer, Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla.

Comparison Swatches:
Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer 125W, Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer, Diorskin Star Concealer, Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla.

  • Sunday Riley Dry Touch Concealer was purchased with the same intent, but as you can see, this cream formula has a strong pink undertone that did not mesh well with my coloring.  In addition, the lasting power was not that impressive and the texture felt heavy.
  • Edward Bess Soft Beige Concealer was sold to me by the man himself (who I must say, is a true gentleman) to act as a highlighting shade.  Even though the lasting power is wonderful, sadly the color was too light for my purpose.  Furthermore, the texture is not as lightweight as Dior.
  • Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brightening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand seemed too dark, but when applied to the desired area, the color magically adjusted to my coloring.  If you can tell, the texture is also the lightest of the bunch and this formula adheres to the skin beautifully.
  • Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 Creamy Vanilla is just as pigmented as Dior, but the texture is heavier and drier.  This was my go-to concealer on the rare occasion I actually wore concealer, but now Dior has dominated the playing field.
Diorskin Star Concealer 003 Sable/Sand ingredient list.

Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand ingredient list.

  • Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer can be found at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale, Saks, Dior.com, or any location that sells Dior Cosmetics.

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

Makeup would tell you Diorskin Star Sculpting & Brigthening Concealer 003 Sable/Sand is the best concealer I have ever used.  The hydrating formula, creamy texture, natural results and superb lasting power make this an all around winner.  This is the nut to my bolt, the cherry to my sundae, the milk to my shake…I could go on.  Try Diorskin Star Concealer and see for yourself and this may very well be, the best to your friend.  Yeah, I had one more in me 🙂  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. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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.