FOTD: Burberry Test Drive

I tried the Burberry Foundation and Fresh Glow (mixed together as suggested by SA), and it turned out beautifully. The Fresh Glow adds just that.. a ‘glow’ without looking glittery or overly highlighted. It doesn’t pull pink or yellow/gold… the result is very neutral.

Burberry Fresh Glow
Burberry Sheer Foundation in #10
NARS Radiant Concealer in Ginger
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious
Chanel Blush in Frivole
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Radiant Light (highlight)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in #10 (outer lids)
Stila Eyeshadow in Oasis (all over lids)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (outer crease/under waterline)
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold (waterline)
Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Muse
MAC Lip Gelee in Goldensoft

Professional Grade: Shaping up with RSF Athletics

I had to do an athletic shoot for a new clothing company. The gorgeous Apryl was my model… and really didn’t need much in the way of makeup. We kept things simple on her face… and doused her in a healthy amount of Prtty Peaushn to fake a glowing tan:

Korres Wild Rose Foundation (#07 & #08)
Chanel Blanc Fluid (mixed with foundation)
INGLOT Gold Highlighter (mixed with foundation)
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious
Sleek Blush in Peach
Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter in Candlelight
Senna Warm Neutrals Quad:
Medium (matte) Brown on lids
Dark (matte) Brown under outer waterline
Shimmer Peach washed over lids
Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
NARS Lipstick in Pago Pago
We kept the brows natural for this look. Apryl was a champ. She was professional and eager to strike a pose for photographer Alex Barakat. We had a fabulous time. The man behind the clothing line (and Apryl’s personal trainer) Don Jeffes even got in on the action…
They kept the mood light and energetic. I had an absolute blast working with them.

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.

FOTD: Notorious

Okay, this is my first full attempt on myself with Notorious. I used it on several clients last week, and it was nearly invisible in its fabulousness. Okay, that doesn’t make sense. But it does… because the point of this product is that no one should really be able to tell that you’re wearing it.

I took this picture with a raggedy camera that we have laying around the house… because it picks up shadows very well. Can you see Notorious? It’s right under the hollow of my cheekbone.

With the flash, you can see the shadow, but not the product. It’s brilliant that way. And I PACKED it on, so that you guys could see it. But because it’s so sheer, it just kind of blends in. It’s really hard to mess up with this contour. I also ran it through the crease of my eyes, just for fun.

I took a stiff brush and ran it down the side of my face, JUST so you could see it. LOL. Now, even packed on with a stiff brush… it still tries to look like a shadow.

This product is brilliant. I highly recommend it. On the up side, it’ll  probably last forever so although it’s limited, I don’t think it’s worth a back up. I’ve found that every time I back something up, by the time I get to the second one… someone has come out with something EVEN BETTER. So one will do just fine.

Shadows and Light: Chanel Ombre Contraste (Notorious)

Chanel released a cozy little limited edition collection of contrasting colors. Most of it was a pass for me. But the Ombre Contraste in Notorious… a strange purple grey concoction… was a no brainer. Meant to be used as a contour, I was curious about how it would translate on my warm skin tone. 
Since Chanel used it on the palest models on earth for a fashion show, I had a pretty good idea of how it would translate on cool tones. Not a good look, because it has the potential to look like purple dirt. HOWEVER, now that I’ve seen it in person, I have to say that with a light touch, just about anyone… cool or warm… can use this product.

Looks like  a dark taupe, right? It’s not. There is a the faintest hint of red, and grey, and I’m fairly sure BROWN in there as well. That’s why I think it’ll be universal (I initially believed this would only be suited to warmer skin tones). What’s also noteworthy about this contour is that it’s sheer, so the skin will show through when you apply it.

I applied it very heavy so that you can see the true effect of this color on my skin tone. On my face, it will be much more subtle. I played around with contouring and was blown away by how effective this formula is.

I can confidently say that there is nothing like this on the market right now. This formula and the subtle mix of colors is unreal. And it’s REALLY kind of idiot proof. I dare say you can kind of slap this on, blend it in, and look contoured like a pro. I think that’s because the formula is so sheer, that it’s really hard to mess up. I am blown away by this stuff. Really.

It was sold out on the site for a few hours, but now it looks like it’s back up. So you can find out more about Ombre Contraste in Notorioius HERE.