FOTD: Sheer & Functional

I had to do my  makeup in a hurry for the ‘DIY on a Dime’ event. So I went sheer (it was still pretty hot here over the weekend), with a teeny bit of drama:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
Inglot Gold Illuminator (mixed with TM)
MAC Blush in Immortal Flower
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lids)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre (waterline)
Besame 1930’s Mascara
Make Up For Ever Natural Lipstick in N6

Professional Grade: DIY on a Dime

I spent Sunday afternoon with a group of Fabulous Females (and a few males) for an event called ‘DIY on a Dime.’ My job was to help some of the guests with practical makeup tips, to take them from simple to stunning, in a few easy steps… and maybe do a makeover or two. Turns out, a LOT of people were interested in my ideas. I hit the ground running, and worked pretty much up to the second the event ended.


The Senna Envelopes were the perfect tools for this event. Every color  needed was at my disposal, from brow color to cheeks… highlighters and eyeshadows. Those things are absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend them. A whole bunch of  brushes… a couple of Make Up For Ever Uplights, highligters from Inglot and Jemma Kidd… makeup removers… and I was pretty much good to go.

Here are some of the faces from my makeup chair:

Going to a party that night. Wanted sexy but soft and pretty makeup.
Also going to a party. Never wears makeup. Wanted to look as ‘naturally’ fabulous as possible.
Hung over from partying the night before. Wanted redness taken down and skin tone evened out.
Uber pale. Freaked out by the idea of color on her face. Wanted mostly natural makeup… with some ‘fun’ elements thrown in.
Works too much. Never wears makeup. Wanted to experiment with a little color.
Uber pale. Never wears makeup. Wanted to experiment with a little smoke, and a little color.
Wanted a little color… we decided that a ‘color wash’ with some mild highlighting would work.
Intensified her eyes and cheeks, added a little highlight, and some soft color on the lips.
All in all, I had a good time. Worked my  butt off, got to have some GREAT conversations, and may have ended up booking a couple of future gigs. I crawled home, ate more than I should have, played with my dogs, and fell asleep.
It was a good day.

FOTD: Summer Shine

I just refuse to fight the weather these days. It’s been super hot, and my oily skin won’t really tolerate much in terms of foundations. I’ve put away my matte finishes (for now) and as long as I keep the applications sheer, it works out. For this look, I used the new YSL Pure Chromatics Palette in #7:

Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Malaga
NARS Blush in Luster
YSL Pure Chromatics Palette #7:
Orange on inner lids
Pink on center lids
Burgundy on outer lids, blended through crease and under outer waterline
Mac Eyedshadow in Handwritten smudged into lashline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivre on waterline and under inner waterline
NARS Lip Pencil in Rosebud (all over)
YSL Golden Gloss in #51

Professional Grade: Extreme EOTN

A client wanted to know if I could smoke her eyes ALL THE WAY OUT… make ’em dark and glittery and use some kind of funky lash to bring it all together?

Of course.

My stupid camera would NOT focus on the closed eye shots… I think it was the shimmer. I don’t know. But you get the gist. She was very happy with the results. I paired her extreme eyes with a sheer lavender cheek and and ultra nude lip.

Picture from her camera came out MUCH better:

What I used:

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Cargo Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
MAC Paint Pot in Imaginary (base)
Cargo Eye Shadow in Metallico (outer crease and under waterline)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusiore (lids)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Platinum (inner corner/under waterline)
YSL Shock Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Illamasqua False Lashes (#24)

EOTN: Ramatuelle

I used the NARS Ramatuelle Palette, to see how it translated on my warm skin tone. I was not disappointed. The colors are very flattering, although sheer. I imagine with a primer they would stand out more. But I am content to wear them as they are…

 NARS Ramatuelle Trio:
Silver on inner corners
Shimmer Apricot in center of lid
Matte Peach on outer corners
YSL Shocking Gel liner in Deep Black on lashline
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
(Brows: Anastasia Brow Gel in Granite)

YSL: Summer 2012

YSL released an interesting collection for Summer 2012. I feel like it’s a little bit Summer, and a little bit Autumn. I was surprised by some of the Eyeshadow colors actually. There are three palettes, and two of them are very muted. I went all Summer for my selections though. The brightest palette (#7) came home with me, along with an interesting Golden Gloss (#51).

YSL Golden Gloss: #51
The palettes are Chromatics Wet/Dry palettes. I feel like they’re smaller than the originals, but sill feature that fabulous silky formula that you can use wet or dry. What I love about these shadows is that they’re not ruined after you use them wet, even though they look and feel like traditional shadows.
Pure Chromatics Palette #7

I thought this palette was absolutely stunning. It’s definitely more of a ‘summer-like’ selection of colors… not like the other two. I don’t really understand the thinking behind adding the muted palettes, except maybe they’ll transition nicely into Autumn.


I feel like the flash ate the color of these shadows a lot. They’re really intense in natural light. I used them dry today, with no base, and they held beautifully. No creasing, fading… nothing. The colors wore true for 8+ hours with no issues. 
I think I might go back for other two palettes… much later. They’re lovely, although not very seasonal. When the temperature drops though, they’ll be perfect.
You can find out more about YSL Summer Makeup Collection HERE.

Armani: Summer 2012

THERE HERE!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows, and FINALLY they’ve arrived!

From the top left: Obsidian Black, Obsidian Grey, Ecailles, Madre Perla

Obsidian Black
Obsidian Grey
Madre Perla
The theme for these new shadows is Teal. Every color is infused with some version of teal… with  maybe the exception of Obsidian Grey. Ecailles reminds me of the ‘Airy Jade’ color (#10), but it’s more teal and less ‘sky blue’ in the finish. 
Like their predecessors, the formula is like a ‘dry cream’ to the touch… they set and stay put until you take them off. Brilliant.

FOTD: Inspired by Pantone Universe

I saw this look on one of the Sephora reps for the Pantone Universe event. She placed the orange color in an odd place… above the inside crease. I LOVED it, and I figure that imitation is the best form of flattery…

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)
MAC Tres Chic Blush in Modern Mandarin
Sephora + PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmer Blush (layered on top)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (base)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow in Tangerine #18 (inner corner/crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline/outer crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Tempting Coral

FOTD: Matte Pink

I used the new NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never’ for this look. Then I built the rest of the makeup around it:

Senna Cosmetics Barely Base in Medium
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
MAC Tres Chic Blush in Peony Petal
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never

NARS: Summer 2012

My favorite pics from the NARS Summer 2012 Collection finally arrived. I must say, I am NOT disappointed. I was a little skeptical of some of the color combinations initially (peach and silver seemed… odd to me for the eyeshadow trio), but they all come together so nicely. I love the idea of combining colors that I never would have thought would work, and NARS does that beautifully.

From the left:
Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Liberte Blush
Calabria Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil
Ramatuelle Eye Shadow Trio
Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil:

Liberte Blush
Calabria Soft Touch Eye Shadow Pencil
Ramatuelle Eye Shadow Trio:
The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is gorgeously soft in color and texture, and it wears all day with no issues. It’s not drying, and I am blown away by how flattering it is. It will definitely work a wide range of skin tones.
There is NOTHING like that Liberte Blush. It looks really strong and scary in the pan, but it applies so softly. It can be built to greater intensity if you like, but it really wears like a warm veil of color across the skin. Just beautiful.
The Calabria Soft Touch Eyeshadow pencil is pretty, but not very practical. It wipes away very easily. It has no staying power and will likely need a heavy dose of primer, and may even a powder shadow over it, to get it to really stay put.
The Ramatuelle Eye Shadow trio is the most unexpected gem of the collection. I never expected those colors to work, to be honest. But the silver is so sheer and flattering, the shimmer apricot actually works, and the matte color just brings it all together brilliantly.
I am pretty happy with my picks for the NARS Summer 2012 collection. I can’t wait to put them to practical use!