FOTD: Burnished Rose

Chocolate Brown and Warm Pink is one of my favorite color combinations. It was a gloomy day — and perfect for such a combination for me:

Dior Skin Nude Foundation (051)
By Terry Touche Veloutee (center of the face)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
NARS Blush in Gaeity
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (lids)
Chanel Eyeshadow in Twilight (crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
Dolce & Gabbana Mascara
Beaute Weightless Lip Creme in Modern Love

Favorite Things 2011: Shahada’s Little Helpers

For a basic face, a good foundation and a little color will do the trick. But for a truly ‘flawless’ face — unless you’re blessed with perfect skin — you’re going to need a little extra help. Here are my top picks for getting the job done… flawlessly:

FACE: By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow

This fantastic formula works to both blend out imperfections (by bouncing light off the skin) and CORRECT them… all while serving as the perfect matte base for foundation application. Plus, it smells absolutely wonderful (like roses). I started using this the minute I discovered it… and really haven’t stopped. It goes under any foundation that has a ‘shine’ to it, or may cause my oily skin to break it down.

EYES: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer

I’ve been through a lot of concealers, but I keep coming back to this one. The yellow based color (I’m NC42) is perfect for my skin. It blends out easily, and never creases or feathers. Whenever I need to ‘wake up’ the area around my eyes, this always does the trick. I love it.

COLOR CORRECTION: Bobbi Brown Color Corrector

I won’t specify a color, because I use them all… depending on my needs. It’s the FORMULA that makes this color corrector so excellent. It’s thick and really ‘binds’ to the skin, imitating it in terms of look and feel. I love this stuff. I use peach and light peach sometimes for concealer and to get my brows in the perfect shape… and I use deep bisque for any discolorations that I might have on my face at any given time. It always blends perfectly with the rest of my foundation/concealer application, and leaves a flawless finish.

HIGHLIGHT: By Terry Touche Veloutee

There’s still nothing else like this on the market in terms of performance, payoff, and price. This stuff is a must have for me. I use it for so many different things… I’ve gone through three tubes in the last year. The beauty of this product is that it both highlights and conceals. But I’ve also used it correct makeup color, or add an extra layer over a stubborn area that needs more ‘light’ to diffuse it. It’s wonderful stuff… really.

PRIMER: Bare Minerals Eyelid Primer

I’m still not the biggest fan of eyelid primers, but I’ll make an exception for this little beauty. Here’s why: It doesn’t overly matte out the shadow that you place on top of it, and it sets clear. One of my pet peeves about primers is that they can sometimes turn matte shadows into ‘chalky’ representations of themselves. But this primer goes on quickly, sets clear, and really ‘primes’ the eye… not dries it out. I’ve used it more often than not on clients who need a look to stay beyond the time of an average photoshoot. This primer has definitely made a convert out of me.

That’s it! Those are my top picks for ‘helpers’ for 2011. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Extreme Highlight

I think I’m wearing about 15 pounds of makeup in this FOTD… I was trying to make a point. You should know that I blended the HECK out of everything… and still in the pictures, you can see parts that look like they need a little more. This was a bit of a lesson for me. Despite the many layers of concealer and highlighter, the makeup still came out looking pretty natural in real life. However, the flash on my camera lit me in most UNNATURAL fashion:

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (03)
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation (11)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC42 (under eyes)
By Terry Touche Veloute (under eyes/around nose)
Cargo Blush in Laguna
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom/BlackBear (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (lashline to brow)
MAC Pigment in Lithe (lashline to brow)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida (waterline/tightline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty Las Vegas Lashes
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Armani Lip Gloss in Brown 200
Now, all of this drama was for my Wedding Anniversary (6 years), so as soon as I got finished playing in makeup… hubby and I hopped over to one of our favorite restaurants: Vibrato Jazz & Grill.
Took us FOREVER to get a freakin’ picture together with at least PART of our faces in it. He finally told me to use this one, even though you can only see a little bit of him.

Our talent for the evening was a lovely lady from Iceland… who had the most amazing voice. I’m always blown away by the ‘control’ needed to really hold a jazz note. Her performance was exquisite. I think the two people sitting there in front were on a first date. Hubby and I did a  bit of ‘people watching’ , and we’re pretty sure it was their first time out together.

Of note: Tom Jones was there to eat and relax. My mother-in-law is going to LOVE that when I tell her. Our songstress tried to get him to come up and sing, but he declined. We applauded him anyway.

All in all, it was a good night, and a great Anniversary. We’ll do it again next year!

FOTD: Minor Shimmer / Major Orange

I was inspired by my little trip to see Amanda… so I decided to brighten up my face with a little shimmer and a lot of orange for this FOTD:

Giorgio Armani Mediterranean Palette:
Shimmer Bronze (lashline to brow)
Shimmer Brown (crease/under waterline)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (brows)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
Stila Smugestick in Onyx
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Guerlain Parure Aqua (Dore 24)
Guerlain Meteorites (Dore)
By Terry Touche Veloutee (Cream)
YSL Cream Blush in Audacious Orange
Lipstick Queen Gloss Pencil in Genre

Keeping an Eye On: Sleek Luminaire

I once posted under ‘Shahada’s Little Helper’ one of my favorite products: By Terry Touche Veloutee. It’s the only ‘highlighting concealer’ that I’ve ever used, that really REALLY works. Now, it seems that Sleek is taking note… and taking their product one step further by widening the color selection:
I may have to check this out. I love the idea of a highlighting concealer. It takes regular ‘concealing’ one step further by adding light to the face. I use it all the time on clients… they’re always shocked at how ‘luminous’ their face ends up looking!
Sleek takes FOREVER to ship, so I’ll just pretend that I didn’t order it and be surprised when it arrives. LOL
What do you guys think about a highlighting concealer? Is that something you’d be interested in?

Shahada’s Little Helper: By Terry Touche Veloutee

This amazing little product used to be just an ‘option’ for me… but I’m finding that I use it more often than not.

This is a concealer and a highlighter. The woman behind By Terry (also behind YSL’s bestselling Touche Eclat) improved on the YSL design by giving this product several distinct boosts.
It highlights like Touche Eclat, but it also conceals and is chock full of anti aging/skin smoothing ingredients. Like all of my favorite By Terry products, this one doubles as skincare.
I wore it on New Year’s Eve:
My color is Cream… or #2. You’d think I’d be #3, but that’s a dark pinky beige in reality. And that’s the only problem with this product. The color selection isn’t even remotely universal. I can barely get away with the cream color. It’s the most ‘yellow’ and highlights my skin without going ashy. Any skin tones darker than me, or more yellow, are going to run into problems with this product. If you’re red or pink underneath, you may be able to get away with #3. This is a product that should definitely be tried before you plunk down the $54 to purchase it. I would never recommend buying this sight unseen.
If you can use the color selection, this is a GREAT product to have in your makeup arsenal. Just make sure you try it on, before you commit to it.