Flawless Finish: Kevyn Aucoin Tinted Balm

I think that Kevyn Aucoin may have always corrected for oily skins… period. Every base that I’ve ever used from him does wonders on my oily skin, even the notoriously tacky (in feeling, not opinion) Sensual Skin Enhancer. The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm is no exception:

This formula imitates skin in the most wondrous way… and it doesn’t look ‘filmy’ on the skin like some tinted moisturizers can tend to do. The sheer coverage can be built to medium, much like NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturzer. In terms of comparison… I can’t really. The finishes are completely different. NARS acts and behaves like a really creamy foundation, while the KA Tinted Balm behaves more like a traditional tinted moisturizer. The KA version is best suited to Normal/Oily types while the NARS version works best on Combination/Dry skin types.

I test-drove it in a recent FOTD:

I will say that NARS edges out KA on the color selection… you’d be hard pressed to find the one (two?) shade that goes darker than this one (SB05). KA might want to think about giving these formulas some ‘names’ too, instead of numbers. Makes it much easier to track your individual color. Even Armani got the memo on that one and started naming the lipsticks. Much easier that way.

You can find out more about Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm HERE.

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Beauty Breakdown: Contoured Natural

The first in a series of pictures have come back from the recent shoot I did with Nadirah Bahar and Edo. I wanted to keep some of the shots as ‘natural’ as possible (we were shooting in natural lighting with no additional ‘help’ from artificial light sources, but I still wanted to emphasize Edo’s incredible bone structure with a little contour.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
Becca Sheer Luminous Color Foundation in Nut
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in WT-00
(to lighten foundation color and add a bit of coverage)
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SK-13 (as contour)
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl (highlight)
Sisley Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer in #3
MAC Eyeshadow in Brun (brows)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #19 (lids)
Naimies False Lashes (#747 Small)
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Lip Fusion Lip Gloss in Goddess

Lip Service: Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color

The  new matte lip colors from Kevyn Aucoin are to die for…

I only have one complaint.

More colors please!

The cozy selection offers a color (or two) for every skin tone. But I was looking for a nude. And alas, there are no such colors for my warm skin tone (the nudes pull really pink on me). There is an amazing orange, that I (shockingly) passed on. Instead, I got the cool purple color, called Persistence:

The color goes on opaque and creamy, and sort of sets to a demi matte. The wear is noteworthy… you really have to scrub to get the color completely off. It ‘stains’ a bit under the finish, which I imagine is to allow you to eat, drink, and air kiss your way into oblivion… without having to reapply.

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color is sold at Space NK.

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Favorite Things 2012: Contour & Highlight

This is a very short list. Two items made the top of my list for contour and highlight. I think you guys already know…

Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious simply defies everything we know about contour. It works on just about every skin tone under the sun, and doesn’t add color. It just adds ‘shadow.’ It’s amazing. The only crime about this product is that it was limited edition and sold out fairly quickly. I am completely in love with this product. If you can get it, don’t hesitate.

Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter in Candlelight is considerably easier to get. I love this stuff. You use such a little bit to add a whole lot of light to a wide range of skin tones. It just gives the skin a bit of a glow, like it’s bathed in candlelight.

That’s it! These are  my go to contour and highlight. I use them on myself and clients… they are absolute must haves for me.

EOTD: Simple Bronze

I used the bronze color from the Kevyn Aucoin Duo in #208. It performed beautifully.

Keyvn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Bronze (lids)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara

Eye Adore: Kevyn Aucoin Duo Eyeshadow (#208)

There are so many things to be said about a brand that begins with a professional (Kevyn Aucoin remains legendary and an inspiration to makeup artists around the world to this day), and maintains its professional roots even when being sold to an average consumer.

The Eyeshadow duo in #208 is one of more unique combinations of his entire collection. I love it because it’s warm and cool all at once. The colors are Frosted Jade and Bronze. I think it makes a wonderful combination for an unusual smoky eye.

As you can see, the pans are pretty big (on par with Tarte pan eyeshadows) and there are NO SPONGE-TIP APPLICATORS. No little annoying impractical miniature applicators or sponges taking up precious space in this compact. Just pure, saturated color. Love that.

 That’s one swipe each. Just amazing. Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duos are available at Space NK.

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FOTD: Shiseido Winter Smoke n’ Green

I braved the makeup (and the camera) to try one color (okay, two) from the Shiseido Tropicalia Palette:

Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Powder
Chanel Notorious Contour
Iman Bronzer in Afterglow
Cargo Eyeshadow in Metallico (lids)
Shiseido Tropicalia Palette
Green Shadow blended into crease
Yellow Shadow blended above crease
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in Gold (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara (top lashes only)
Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Dolline

Vintage Lip Service: Kevyin Aucoin Liquid Lipstick

Kevyn Aucoin recently upgraded all of its packaging (formulations?), so the company is getting rid of all of the old stock. I recently scored a 50% off sale and scooped up three liquid lipsticks:

From the left: Aurelia, Aqua Rouge, and Dollphine
They feature a standard gloss wand applicator.
Aurelia isn’t much of a liquid lipstick. It wears sheer and comfortable, like a gloss.
Aqua Rouge definitely lives up to its name. It’s a deep brown based red, and wears like a gloss but with an opaque finish like a lipstick.
Dolphine was probably meant to be brown, but wears more of a nude on me. I find that it works very well with looks that call for a glossy nude lip.
I’m a fan of all three. You can find out more about Kevyn Aucoin Lip Products HERE.

Glow On: Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzer (Tropical Days)

Love this stuff.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzer in Tropical Days is just what the yellow toned skin needs for the perfect glow. Celestial Nights (which I bought many moon ago) is better suited to red undertones.

It swatches a true ‘bronze’ color, and doesn’t go orange (or muddy).

You can find out more about Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzer at Space NK

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