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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Slice Cosmetic Sharpener review and photos.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

How many times have you reached for your favorite lip pencil, eyeliner, eyeshadow stick only to be greeted with a blunt point and a jagged wooden edge?  Admittedly, too many times…I am in possession of so many pencil sharpeners and none are able to perform well on pencils of varying textures, sizes and coverings.  To my delight the Slice Cosmetics Sharpener ($10 US) puts all other sharpeners to shame.  I know a sharpener is not an exciting subject matter, but once you find one that works well, it does make your makeup routine all the more pleasurable.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener Features:

  1. Sharpens thin to thick pencils.
  2. Removable adapter ring for cosmetics crayons.
  3. Built-In blade-cleaning brush.
  4. Catches shavings.
  5. German stainless steel blades.
  6. Designed by architect Michael Graves.
Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Slice’s blades are very sharp and well designed to cleanly “slice” the wood from the pencil and leave a crisp, smooth edge surrounding the liner.  The remaining point on the liner is neat and precise.

The tight closure between the black section and base will ensure the sharpener will not accidentally open in your makeup bag.  Some may find this feature an annoyance when it comes time to empty the reservoir, but I find this security measure to be a welcomed assurance amongst a sea of poorly designed models. This is coming from someone who has had sharpening shavings spill in her bag at the most inopportune times.

MAC Powerchrome Pencil Life's Luxury sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Soft Formula Chubby Pencil: MAC Powerchrome Pencil Life’s Luxury sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

MAC Powersurge eyeliner pencil sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Wooden pencil semi-soft formula: MAC Powersurge eyeliner pencil sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

MAC Prolong Wear lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy sharpened with Slice Cosmetics Sharpener.

Ulta-creamy formula: MAC Prolong Wear lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy sharpened with Slice Cosmetics Sharpener.

Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Hard Formula wooden pencil: Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown sharpened with Slice Cosmetic Sharpener.

Cosmetic Pencils with a variety of textures and casings were sharpened with Slice and they all came out looking brand new. Another thoughtful feature would have to do with the material used to manufacture this sharpener.  It feels as if it is made with a semi-rubberized material, purposefully used to give the user a better grip.  Slice’s ergonomic design also fits easily in the hand so one can hold and sharpen any pencil comfortably.

After examining the shavings, I discovered the blades seem to be designed to reshape the casing rather than shave off a substantial amount of product from the pencil.   The bright red coloring is a useful factor when trying to locate the sharpener in a large bag.  Michael Graves also designed tweezers, nail clippers, nail files, etc. for Slice (here).

Slice Cosmetic Sharpener is sold at New London Pharmacy (were I purchased mine), beauty.com, amazon.com, and soap.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Slice Cosmetic Sharpener is a must have in your makeup arsenal.  This sharpener far surpasses any other design I have come across.  If cosmetic pencils are part of your daily makeup routine, then a well made sharpener will be your best friend.  Just like any artist needs to a good sharpener to maintain their pencils to glide smoothly on paper, so do makeup enthusiasts.  After all, what canvas is more delicate and valuable then our faces?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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