Lip Service: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge (#4)

I recently got another one of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lippies. LOVE! This one is the nude color (that’s nude for my warm skin tone), #4.

I recently wore #4 for a series of events that kept me from touch ups all day…

FACE
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
Kevyn Aucoin Contour in Medium
EYES
NARS 413 Bleecker Duo:
Dark Plum on lids
Mauve/Taupe above crease and  under waterline
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
LIPS
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #4

FOTD: Green Eyed Girl

I went back into the Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette for this look:

FACE
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
Chanel Blush in Rose Initiale
EYES
Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette:
Green Aqua Cream on lids
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Midori blended above crease
Guerlain Retractable Eye Pencil in #1 on waterline
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Beige

FOTD: Purple Girl

I got a wild hair and decided to pull out the NARS High Society trio…

FACE 
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
Armani Maestro Eraser
By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat in Apricot Sable
MAC Blush in Azalea Blossom
EYES
NARS Trio in High Society:
Dark Purple on lids
Lavender in crease
Hourglass Script Eyeliner (lashline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
LIPS
Nars Pure Sheer Lip Treatment in Angelique
*Okay, the FOTD will feature a new base. LOL. I’m getting a LOT of use out of the Maestro Fusion Makeup.

FOTD: LoveCloud

My love affair continues with Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. I wore it nearly sheer, and used MAC Blush in LoveCloud to fill in the rest:

FACE
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Eraser (#5)
MAC Blush in LoveCloud
EYES
MAC Blush in LoveCloud (lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
LIPS
Keyvn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Dollpine

FOTD(s): Maestro Fusion Makeup

I’ve been trying out the Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup these past few days… blending for both medium and full coverage. I didn’t use powder because I wanted to see  how the makeup set on its own.

Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Banana
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
MAC Blush in Pink Peony
Beaute Weightless Lip Creme in Modern Love
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (#10)
Armani Maestro Eraser (#5)
By Terry Blush in Sexy Plum
Jemma Kidd Highlighter in Rose Gold (high points of face)
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre in Illusoire
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon (lashline)
By Terry Eye Pencil in Blue Vision (waterline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
I feel like the makeup held up very well both times. I didn’t set it with powder, nor did I powder throughout the day (10 hours). By the time I took it off, it still looked like my ‘skin’ but with a glow. I love this stuff. Definitely going to be my primary Autumn/Winter Foundation. Great for day and night wear, I think. The finish is so natural that you can dress it up or down with no real effort. Armani has moved to the front of the class with this makeup… no doubt about it.

Armani Autumn 2012: Maestro Fusion Makeup

Don’t call it Foundation. 

Seriously… Armani has been VERY clear about the description of their new Maestro Fusion Makeup and Maestro Eraser.

I took a trip to my local Bloomingdales to see if the new bases lived up to their hype.

First of all, let’s hear it for the color range! Whoo hoo! The colors range in undertone (neutral, yellow, and red) and shades. There’s plenty to go around for everyone. It turns out I’m number #10 (the third from the last color. Notice the distinct yellowish hue). The numbering system is a bit hinky (they go from #8 to #10 to #11.5), but with a little help from Little Sister Amanda and Makeup Diva Katrina, I was able to figure it out.

The color range on the Maestro Fusion Eraser is even more hinky. The hue goes from #1 to #5… and the last one is pretty freakin’ light. Not to worry… there’s a method to this madness, as I soon discovered. The lightest touch is all that you need to get the job done. I’ve never used formulas this ‘thin’ or light before. I imagine that’s why Armani is insistent about not calling it FOUNDATION. It’s like colored water… that merges into your skin.

According to Armani, this formula is 10 times lighter than traditional foundation.

The whole idea behind this formulation is to take the idea of ‘makeup as skin care’ so literally, that the makeup deposits essential nutrients into the skin while it’s on. The only way to do that is to make the formula so thin that it acts as a carrier instead of a covering agent. I can’t believe it, but Armani seems to have managed to do both.

These are my colors. I strongly recommend trying these in person before committing, because the untertones run from neutral to warm to very warm. I thought I might be #8, which is the right shade of brown… but much too cool for me. So it went totally ashy. I thought #10 would be too dark… but wouldn’t you know it… the formula also ADJUSTS! It corrects for undertone, AND skin type. I’m not kidding. It dries matte on my oily skin, but adjusts to soft finish on a normal or drier skin type. I’m not even sure how that’s possible. But since I’ve been wearing it (several days), I’ve not had to powder ONCE. I’m impressed, to say the least.

 I started to have an attitude about the applicator, but here’s what I learned: This formula must be applied with your fingers. So you use this little dropper to put a ‘drop’ on your fingers, and blend it in fast. Speed and a light touch is key; blink, and this formula totally disappears into your skin.

I thought you might want to see what’s in it.
Can you see where I blended it? Me neither. And I moved FAST to take the picture before it set. It’s gone, just like that. But what’s so amazing is… it offers a solid medium coverage that can easily be built to full coverage. I’ve worn it both ways. When I wear it as a medium coverage, hubby had a hard time telling that I had anything on. He finally asked if I was wearing makeup, and I confessed that I was.

I cannot stress how LITTLE of this product you need to get the job done. I was fully convinced that this color would be way too light for me, so I put it on in front of Amanda and Katrina using just my fingers. you need a swipe off the tip of the applicator for both eyes. I’m not kidding. It absorbs within seconds, and just adds light to the area. Iron Chelator is the key ingredient in this formula… continued use is supposed to do away with the most common causes of dark circles, puffiness, and those pesky fine lines.

Put me down as a fan. I’ve never come across anything like this. It’s thinner than Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (a favorite) with the coverage of Double Wear Light. Talk about your miracle in a bottle.