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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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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NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer was Love at First Swipe!

NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer.

Lately, I have been on a mission to find more affordable products that perform similarly to the big name brands.  Admittedly, I do not have the greatest luck with drugstore cosmetics, in my experience they do not perform as well as higher-end brands.  However, when a spanking new 10 foot NYX Cosmetics display was unveiled at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond, my attention was immediately drawn to the NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer ($6.99 USD/7ml).  This affordable little marvel has managed to kick my high-end primer to the curb. 🙂

NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer applicator head.

NYX Proof-It directions.

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer.

The Pros to NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer:

  1. Small amount needed to create a smooth, clear waterproof canvas.
  2. Eyeshadows bond instantly to the primer.
  3. Eyeshadow colors are more vibrant without any fading throughout the day.
  4. Drier texture is ideal for oiler lids and hot/humid weather conditions.
  5. Skin does not feel dry or tight.
  6. Truly waterproof–eyeshadows remain intact even under extreme dampened conditions (see below).
  7. Removes easily at night with any eye makeup remover.
  8. Small container is compact and can be stored anywhere.
  9. Amount/price ratio is unbeatable for the quality.
  10. Outer packaging is well thought out with clearly displayed directions.
  11. Available from various online and local retailers.
  12. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  13. Made in Taiwan.

The Cons to NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer: 

  1. Feels tacky and heavy if too much product is applied to the skin–less is more people!
  2. Eyeshadows can appear patchy and creasing will occur if the primer is not given sufficient time to dry.
  3. Due to the drier texture, matte eyeshadows are prone to “drag” if one is heavy-handed with their  application.
NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer applied to a clean lid.

  • Dispensing the right amount of product is crucial with this primer.  I prefer to utilize only the amount that comes out on the applicator head for each eye.  Using my ring finger, I spread the product out in a thin layer across the entire eye area and under the lash line.  IMHO, the end results are compromised if too much product is applied–this is a case of less is best.
  • Another important point is to let the primer dry/set on the skin before eyeshadow application.  Again, this is were the bad reviews come into play; the directions clearly state to let the product “dry for a bit”.  Despite this ambiguous term, I found 1-2 minutes is more than sufficient for the primer to set.  If you do not possesses the patience for this step, then this primer is not for you.  
NYX Proof-It

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with all matte shadows.

  • Matte shadows are notoriously difficult to blend-out when paired with drier eyeshadow primers. To combat this issue, simply apply a flesh colored eyeshadow across the lid after the primer has set–this method significantly reduces eyeshadow drag.  However, a light hand paired with a soft brush usually results in the smoothest outcome.
  • For this look, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Vulcano was applied thickly along the lash line and blended upward.  MUFE M-510 was applied on the rest of the mobile lid and brow bone with MAC Uninterrupted in the crease.  The look lasted a full 12 hours in perfect condition.
NYX Proof-It with Kjaer Weis eyeshadows

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Divine natural/ organic formulated eyeshadows.

  • If you are one to favor natural/organic eyeshadow brands, NYX Proof-It works beautifully with these formulas as well.  For the above photo, Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow was applied to the mobile lid and crease with Kjear Weis Divine Eyeshadow on the outer corner.  The underlying golden pearl in Magnetic became evident over Proof-It–gorgeous!!  This look stayed true for 10 hours (longer if I hadn’t remove it).
Colourpop So Quiche

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used with ColourPop So Quiche shimmery eyeshadow.

  • If you are one to favor metallic/shimmery shadows, NYX Proof-It also worked beautifully with ColourPop’s So Quiche Eyeshadow (review coming soon).  The insanely abundant pink shimmer in this shadow was out in full force (sadly my camera was unable to capture the pink shimmer).  This look stayed true for a full 10 hours (longer if I hadn’t removed it).  BTW, MAC Uninterrupted in the crease area never looked so good.  🙂
NYX

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer used for a minimal
eyeshadow look.

  • Should you favor a minimal look, NYX Proof-It worked beautifully to create a smooth canvas for my Guerlain Powder Foundation on the mobile lid with MAC Uninterrupted mixed with Sweet As Cocoa in the crease.
Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer under warm running water L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow Swatches over NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer under warm running water for 5 minutes L-R:
Burberry Pale Barley, ColourPop So Quiche, Giorgio Armani Vulcano, Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Prestige Wicked.

  • A variety of eyeshadow textures and brands ranging from inexpensive to high-end, held up remarkably well over NYX Proof-It.  In the above photos, all the eyeshadows were subjected to warm running water for 5 minutes; notice how vibrant and undisturbed all the colors remained. I believe the waterproof claim is totally justified!!
  1. Burberry Pale Barley ($29 USD): Rich satin golden taupe
  2. ColourPop So Quiche ($5 USD): Metallic taupe with pink shimmer
  3. Giorgio Armani Vulcano ($32 USD): Rich matte aubergine 
  4. Kjaer Weis Magnetic ($27 USD refill): Natural/Organic brown with light golden pearl
  5. Prestige Wicked ($8.50 USD):  Warm Brown with gold pearl
NYX cosmetics

NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer ingredient list.

**NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer can be found at Amazon.com, Target, Ulta, and anywhere NYX Cosmetics are sold.**

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

Makeup would tell you NYX Proof-It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer has officially replaced my Nars Primer–$7 as opposed to $25–need I say more?  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. *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.