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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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow review and photos.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

If you have been with me for a while, you would have noticed the lack of eyeshadow palette reviews.  My preference lies with selecting single shadows that suit my needs, skin tone and lifestyle.   Inevitably, prefabricated palettes always house one or two shades that never get utilized.  So when Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ($21 USD/ 2.5g) appeared on the scene, I immediately sought an opportunity to indulge.  After all, I had to celebrate the end of summer vacation some how 🙂

According to Sephora:

With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color.

“I wanted to combine intense color payoff with super-blendability—and this breakthrough shadow has both!”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER founder.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

The Pros to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. Amazing color selection, 210 colors available.
  2. Sold in refillable pans to be added to a magnetized compact.
  3. Comes in 5 finishes: matte (M), metallic (ME), satin (S), diamond (D), iridescent (I).
  4. Texture is smooth and buildable.
  5. ME-512 Golden Beige is one of those shadows that appears creamier the more it is blended. Great as an inner corner highlight, brow bone highlight and facial highlighter.
  6. S-556 Taupe Gray is a muted gray with a lavender undertone.  Can be used as a main lid color, blend out color, crease color and contour for the face (my favorite).
  7. Both ME-512 and S-556 applied without any fallout.
  8. ME-512 has amazing texture and color payoff when applied with brushes, sponge applicator or fingers.
  9. Slightly heavier texture (possibly due to Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate) allows the pigment to adhere to the skin seamlessly for long-lasting results.
  10. Lasted 10 hours+ with a primer.
  11. Sephora has a great system 1 eyeshadow with the compact cost $22, 2 eyeshadows with the compact cost $34, or 3 eyeshadows with the compact cost $44.  I say go for the three pan compact.
  12. Sturdy plastic thin compact with clear top is travel friendly and allows you to see exactly what colors are housed in the compact.
  13. Each eyeshadow is stamped with its number at the bottom of the pan.
  14. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil, however loaded with silicones.
  15. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. The S-556 satin formula is packed firmly into the pan and requires extra pressure to get the pigment to adhere to a brush or fingers.
  2. S-556 layers beautifully over any cream shadow, but requires multiple layers when used as a sole lid color (fingers are best used for maximum color impact).  I think this shade is designed to be a supporting character rather than the main attraction.
  3. A dampened brush cannot be dipped directly into the pan, otherwise a hard surface develops on the eyeshadow.
  4. Sephora does not carry the full line of 210 shades in-store (online only).  In addition, not all Sephora locations carry the same selection of shadows.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid with ME-512 in the inner corner and as a brow bone highlight.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid and hallows of the cheeks with ME-512 in the inner corner, on the brow bone highlight and cheeks at 10 am.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after six hours at the beach.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after four hours at the beach at 7pm.(sorry for the dim lighting, I took this shot in the car).

For the above photos, S-556 was applied on the lids (with my finger) over Nars Primer (reviewed here) with ME-512 applied to the inner corners, brow bone and cheek bones (my window light is filtering the effect).  This combo lasted all day without any creasing, fading or color transfer to the crease.  MUFE Artist Shadows survived a 10 hour day with 4 of those hours spent on a hot beach.  I was beyond impressed and my husband really loved this minimal eye look.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

As soon as I saw S-556 I was hoping it would be a suitable dupe for Chanel Joues Contraste in Notorious, and to my eye, it was pretty darn close.  I used my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush to apply S-556 to the hollows of the cheeks after my bronzer, but before my blush.  Oddly enough, despite its sheer texture, S-556 applied quite vibrantly on the face with very little pressure.  The results were quite natural and I am happy to report the color did not budge or fade throughout the day.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

For the above photos I applied S-556 to the outer corners on top of Josie Maran Beach Sand (reviewed here).  ME-512 was applied to the inner corners and brow bone.  I found S-556 to be the perfect shade to tone down the metallic effect of the base.  The resulting hue was filled with complexity and appeal.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

For the above photo, I wanted to see how well MUFE Artist Shadow S-556 would layer on top of my beloved Givenchy 7 Gris Organza (reviewed here);  the results were just as durable and smooth as all other instances.

Ingredients for Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

Mica,Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Dimethicone, Koolin, Zinc Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitain Sesquioleate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, [+/-CI77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77499 (Iron Oxide), CI1140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77007 (Ultramarines), CI77491 (Iron Oxides), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), CI77288 (Chromium Oxide Green), CI75470 (Carmine), CI42090 (Blue 1 Lake), AI5402/01

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

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

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are a wonderful investment.  The option of choosing your own colors and finishes out of the 210 colors available, makes this launch a complete success.  My purpose for selecting these two shades was to form a small contour kit and I am beyond happy with the results.  My only regret is that I did not invest in the three pan option to add a “bronzer” like color to my little creation.  Oh well, I will have to rectify that oversight on the next visit 🙂  What color(s) are  you eyeing?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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