Tarte hYES Set: Practical Application

Predictably, I ran out of time this morning. Blame the dogs; they played ALL night and didn’t really settle down until about 3am. I’m keeping them up all day today so that they’ll sleep tonight. They are NOT allowed to do that again.

Anyway, I used the shade sticks and mascara (which is really nice) for a quick face this morning.With the exception of blush, everything was applied by hand…

Shu Uemura Nobara Stick Foundation (524)
MAC Blush in Sur
Tarte Eyeshadow Stick in Gold (browbone)
Tarte Eyeshadow Stick in Taupe (lid)
Bourjois Eye Pencil in Deep Green
Tarte Mascara
Kaplan MD Lip Color in Blackberry Shine

FOTD: Soft Stroke

I wanted a ‘color wash’ with purple and brown, and I wanted several textures (which basically means mixing several different formulas for a singular effect).

Here’s what happened:

Guerlain Parure Aqua Foundation in Dore 25
Chanel Soho Story Blush/Highlighter
Becca Cream Shadow in Gilt (lid)
Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Shadow in Hysteric (perimeter)
Guerlain Powder Kohl in Noir (waterline)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara
Kaplan MD Lip Treatment in Sheer Blackberry
***”The Guerlain Foundation in Dore 25 is about half a shade too dark for me. But Dore 24 is about a quarter shade too light. When I’m in between shades, I always go with the darker shade, and blend it out around the neck and jawline. On warmer skin tones, I find it’s always more flattering to correct ‘down’ than to correct up. There’s nothing worse than the flash of a camera catching the color difference between your makeup and your skin. If you correct for the warmest shades in your face, you never run the risk of looking ashy, or not having your foundation match your neck and decolletage.”***

FOTN: Berry Flush

This weather has been so Autumn appropo lately. Clear, crisp days with a brisk breeze. I’m loving it! If makeup can create wind kissed cheeks and a bitten lip…

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light (5.0)
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Plum Attraction
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark
MAC Shadestick in Shimmersand
Naimies False Lashes
Kaplan MD Lip Color in Blackberry Shine

FOTD: Blue Smoke

Playing around with Estee Lauder again… this time I used the ‘Midnight Star’ Eyeshadow:

I used the one eyeshadow to do most of the work. I did pop a Paint Pot under it to boost it through the crease though.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (5.0)
Guerlain Meteorites
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Temptation
MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose
Estee Lauder Eyeshadow in Midnight Star
Guerlain Powder Kohl in Bleu
Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers
YSL Faux Cils in Radical Black
Kaplan MD Lip 20 in Blackberry Shine
Here’s something I’ve noticed with the shadows: They pack on beautifully, but leave a bit to be desired with blending. I find that if you blend them too much, the color tends to skip… leaving little gaps of skin in between. Not good. I will give the brand kudos for the color payoff. But the formula needs a bit more work so that the shadows are more silky, and blend a bit more easily. I spoke to the SA at one counter and she told me to email the company… because apparently they’re interested in feedback. I think I shall.

FOTD: Winter Wonderland

Thanksgiving isn’t even here and already there are decorations EVERYWHERE for Christmas. I saw a postcard with a whole bunch of snow (we never get such wintry weather in LA) and I was inspired to do this:

Armani Designer Cream Foundation
NARS Blush in Desire
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Silver
RMK Eyeshadow in Metallic Silver
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong
Guerlain Kohl in Black Fakir
Stila Smudge Pot in Black
Buxom Mascara
Kaplan MD Lip 20 in Blackberry Shine