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

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *This post contains affiliate store links. *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 used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Current Favorites.

Current Face Favorites: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Face Favorites:
Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Favorites.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

Current Favorites.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

  • Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation 340 (N) Bisque lasts all day with slight oil break through on the T-Zone area.  Plus the color selection is amazing, I have never had a foundation match my skin coloring so well.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer is lovely, but severely overpriced for what it does.  There are other primers that do the job just as well for a fraction of the price.
  • Chantecaille Gel Bronzer (reviewed here) has been used since my little beach excursion.  Someone forgot to tell me to rotate my beach chair, as a result, the right side of my face is more tan than the left.  I use this guy to even myself out.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) has been the secret to my “flawless” skin.  I simply use a DRY BeautyBlender to pick up product, tap off the excess on a towel and use the “press and roll” method to apply the powder onto the T-Zone area and on any enlarged pores around my cheeks.
  • Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here) is the ultimate foundation (everything) brush.  There is no going back to another brush.  Enough said!
Current Cheek Favorites: Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

Current Cheek Favorites:
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer (reviewed here) is so finely milled and pigmented.  I use my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush to apply the bronzer to my face and Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to my décolletage.
  • Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) is such a lovely pearlescent pink highlighter.  I use my slightly dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to highlight the cheek bones.  Just remember to use this beauty sparingly to avoid looking like a disco ball.
  • Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush remains my favorite blush color.  This muted pinky/beige hue seems to go with every makeup look under the sun.  Use with a dense dampened brush for more color intensity and longevity.
  • Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush (reviewed here) is just as finely milled as 10 Beige, but gives me the option to utilize a peach blush for certain looks.  I prefer to apply this pigmented powder with my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush for even and smooth results.
Current Eye Makeup Favorites: Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Eye Makeup Favorites:
Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Favorites: Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line.  YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

Current Favorites:
Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line. YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

  • Cargo Waterproof Bronzer combined with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) are my everyday lower lash line colors.  Applying the same colors to my lower lash line as those on my lid, does not look particularly flattering on my eyes.  The resulting bronze coloring defines the area and brightens the eyes.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio (reviewed here and here) have amazing pigmentation and longevity; the latter looks so delicious when applied with a dampened brush.
  • YSL #07 Gold Star Cream Liner makes an amazing waterline color.  I find this formula lasts all day with slight fading on the outer corners.  As an added bonus, the deep gold coloring looks great with a variety of eye looks.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has served me well for the last few months.  It does exactly what it claims to do.
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is the one brush that can do it all (at least on my eye shape).  The soft dense hairs pick-up color quickly and delicately.  Never a scratchy moment with this beauty.
  • Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush is used dampened to apply my eyeshadows.  The synthetic fibers are rather resilient and the price cannot be beat.  Lately, I have been using this wonder to apply Armani Navy along the upper lash line and in the outer corners.
  • Nars Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here) is the best eyeshadow primer……period.
Current Favorites: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

Current Favorites:
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) has been in my possession for 10 months and has remained as inky black as the first day I brought it home.  The quality of the dual ended felt tips is outstanding, they remain unaffected by eyeshadow residue.  My Milani Eyeliner was prone to eyeshadow build-up, as a result, the tip no longer dispense product.
  • Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray was discovered in the back of one of my makeup drawers.  Even though the color is a bit deeper than it predecessor, 02 Seal Brown, a pencil this wonderful could not go to waste.  My 02 Seal Brown Pencil lasted 3 years before a replacement was needed.
  • Milani Brow Gel does what it claims to do at a very cheap price.
Current Lip Favorites: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Current Lip Favorites:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (reviewed here) are wonderful.  450 Insolent plum is one of my favorite shades.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here) have a heavenly formula.  Private Party is the perfect bright pinky/red shade for the summer time.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) have a lovely texture.  The lasting power is not the greatest on their own, but when added to a long wearing lip color, the results are stunning.
  • It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stains (reviewed here) have amazing longevity especially when used as a base for lipsticks.
Current Personal Care Favorites: Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L'Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

Current Personal Care Favorites:
Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L’Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Organic Coconut Oil is my night-time/summer-time moisturizer.  Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. wrote a great book called, The Coconut Oil Miracle, outlining all the benefits of Coconut Oil.  He states, “Polynesians, who traditionally wear very little clothing, have beautiful skin without blemishes and without cancer.  The reason is they eat coconuts and use the oil on their bodies as a lotion.”
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my day-time/summer-time moisturizer.  The dry-oil quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause me to “sweat” during hot humid days.
  • Natures Gate Toothpaste is one of the few toothpaste brands that is fluoride-free and sodium laurel sulfate free.
  • L’Oreal Oleo Shampoo is sulfate-free and smells heavenly.  I would purchase Sienna Naturals Shampoo, but my son goes through shampoo like water and requires a readily available and affordable alternative.
  • Sienna Naturals Leave-In-Conditioner was recommended by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (her fabulous review here).  I love this product, the all natural formula truly smooths out the hair without weighting it down.  I’m on my second bottle, my son used up the first bottle completely.
  • Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gets the job done.  Although I am a devoted Bioderma user, as of late, I feel a tinge of resentment over the inflated price ($40) for a makeup remover.  The same product in France cost $10 dollars.
Current Favorites: City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

Current Favorites:
City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

  • City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.  If you enjoy a quick supernatural read, then this series is for you.  The movie was a major disappointment, the series had the potential to be the next Harry Potter and they wrecked that opportunity with a horrible script and subpar actors.
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde is the only perfume that will last during the hottest of days.  I would love to describe the notes and so on, but Gaia from The NonBlonde is the source for all things fragrance related.
  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer is amazing. The left photo shows the polish on the first day and the right photo shows the polish on the fifth day with a fresh top coat added.

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

Makeup would tell you I would love to hear some of the things you have been loving lately.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Private Party.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *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: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition

Face Makeup of the Week:

  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 Maximum Cover Foundation Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer (use the tiniest dot for both eyes..very concentrated).
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (reviewed 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).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline used as an eyeshadow (discontinued, but can be found at the CCO or Ebay).
  3. MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  4. Clarins Auburn mineral eyeshadow used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Waterproof bronzer on the lower lash line.
  7. MAC Rich Ground Fluidline used on the lower waterline (purchase here).
  8. Inglot #90 gel liner used to line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara (purchase here).
  10. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Lip Combo.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip liner in Nice n Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido RD203 (reviewed here) ♥  My perfect nude lip combo for olive skin tones.
Makeup Brushes of the Week.

Makeup Brushes of the Week (freshly washed).

Makeup Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

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

Makeup would tell you I have worn this look several times over the past two weeks, since the purchase of MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline from the CCO.  This gray base color with multi-color shimmers should be applied as patiently as MAC Deliciously Rich and It’s Physical Fluidlines.  When paired with Nars Eyeshadow Primer, the color and sparkles of Little Black Bow remain well-behaved and do not migrate.  The sheer blush and light lip color complement this eye look perfectly.  I hope you found this helpful.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Laque review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *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. 

 

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

All face products and brushes remain the same as last week (here) unless otherwise noted.

Eye Look of the Week

Eye Look of the Week #1.

Eye Look of the Week #1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackest Satin Purple cream liner (reviewed here) mixed with Chanel Mirifique Illusion D’Ombre (reviewed here) smudge on the upper lash line and blended upwardly. (the camera did not pick up the lovely sparkles of Mirifique).
  4. Inglot #90 AMC Gel liner use to tight line the upper and lower waterline (seen here).
  5. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line (purchase here).
  6. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen as a liner (reviewed here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).
  8. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week #1.

Lip Combination #1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched lip liner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base.
  2. MAC Too Chic Beauty Power used as an all over lid color (discontinued).
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow smudged on the upper lash line and blended upwards (purchase here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used in the crease (reviewed here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.
  6. YSL #7 Gold Star to line the lower waterline (purchase here).
  7. Inglot #90 used to tight line the upper lash line.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line.
  9. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.
  10. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination #2:

  1. Chanel Lip Liner in #3 Roux Sienna (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Casablanca Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.
Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

***Forgot to add the overall look…Lip Combination in the photo: same as lip combination #2 with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you other than my neutral eye look, these two eye looks and lip combinations of the week have been on constant rotation.  I find each look very quick and easy when I am pressed for time. These looks do not require much in terms of talent or technique, but the end results are quite polished.  My Billy B #12 brush has been essential in creating both looks (reviewed here).  I hope you found this helpful. Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen review, swatches, comparisons.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

As you may have surmised, my disappointment with Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer (reviewed here) forced me to go back to Saks and exchange it for something that was more to my liking.  The new Tom Ford trio eye palettes were lovely, but the colors were very basic and quite dupable.  Keeping in mind my dedication to purchase only items that will be utilized on a daily basis, I quickly became fascinated by Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ($55 US).  The two-sided brush head coupled with the inky black liquid formula, made this purchase a no-brainer.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch against Chanel Mirifique.

 The Pros/Application:

To start off with Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is blacker than black.  It is a struggle finding a truly black liquid liner that is both long-wearing and hassle-free to remove in the evening.  This is it!  I have removed this liner with my trusty Bioderma and an ordinary drugstore dual-action remover.  Both worked beautifully to remove the black pigment without tugging, smearing, or residue.  In addition to this wonderful quality, the lasting power is rather spectacular!  I was able to wear the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen full force for ten glorious hours.  I would not go as far as to say the TF liner is waterproof (as the sales associate claimed), however I will admit the longevity is impressive.

The natural finish of this liner is certainly not matte, more of a satin finish.  Opacity is reached very quickly; however, I did find the more layers applied the glossier it becomes.  I happen to like the look of an intense glossy liner, some may not.  This pen is made in Japan and is paraben-free 🙂  The packaging is sturdy yet attractive and the strong snapping mechanism of the caps, will ensure the brush heads remain contained during travel.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

The most unusual and obvious feature has to do the architecture of the pen.  There are two sides; one side consists of a longer compact brush head for overall application (similar to Shiseido’s refillable design from four years ago) and the other is a very small pointed felt tip head designed for the most precise application imaginable.  Both brush heads are very well saturated with the intent to deposit an ample amount of product in one swipe.  Of course, I cannot apply the TF liner in one fluid motion.  I prefer to start off in the middle of the eye and use short brush strokes across my lid, until I have reached my desired shape and intensity. Mistakes are easily removed with a Q-Tip soaked in makeup remover or your favorite lotion.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch.

The Cons:

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper has very few short-comings.  The price is typical Tom Ford, his beauty range is infamous for inflated prices.  However, when something works it is worth the premium charged.  My only complaint has to do with the length of the pen.  If you are near-sighted and need both hands to apply your liner (one hand to hold the pen, the other to stabilize the corner of your eye) the spacial length between pen and mirror make application challenging.  I would have preferred the pen to be shorter (and thus less $) to avoid bumping the pen into my mirror while applying my liner.  Of course, if you are twenty-something and your eye sight and skin are in top form, you will not have any issues (goody gum drops for you) 🙂

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Comparisons:

I instantly noticed a striking similarity in design to my beloved Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner.  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner (reviewed here) is similar in color and wear to Tom Ford, however the felt tip applicator is completely different from TF and removal can be challenging.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

The shorter length of Physician’s Formula and Laura Mercier liners make for easier application.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura mercier Graphic Black Liner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

All three pens are pigmented with LM being the most intense and long wearing.  Physician’s Formula (I own the brown version) removes very easily with water, but comes with a well constructed brush head.  Tom Ford remains right in the middle: long-lasting, intense black color, great brush head, and removes easily with a makeup remover.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen shorter brush head vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen shorter brush head vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

The Brush head on TF and PF are identical.  PF flows just as easily as TF, but the formula does not have TF’s lasting power and the second felt tip head on TF is priceless.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen longer brush head vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen longer brush head vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Swatches: Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

One swipe with a baby wipe.  Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

One swipe with a baby wipe.
Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

Two swipes with a baby wipe.  Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

Two swipes with a baby wipe.
Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

Tom Ford Beauty can be found in person at Saks Fifth Avenue (in NYC), Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations and the entire collection online at  SaksNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman,  Nordstrom (TF lip, nails and fragrance only), Bloomingdales (TF lips, nails and fragrance only).

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ingredient list.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ingredient list.*click to enlarge.

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

Can you guess?  OK..Makeup ♥ Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.  I have had this pen in my possession for two weeks and I have not considered using anything else to line my eyes.  I would love to see a brown version of this liner come out soon, for those days when a gal does not want such intensity in her life.  I’m sure with all the rave reviews on (01) Deeper, this desire will soon become a reality.  I hope you found this helpful.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.