Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: 24 Carat Babe
You’re a golden goddess so you might as well make that clear—by wearing the look on your face! We asked our makeup ace Stacey Nishimoto for all the shiny details…
The golden tools:
- Liquid gold eyeliner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold
- Gold pencil: Sumita Beauty Brow Glow pencil in Sona
- 24 carat gold lip gloss: YSL Golden Gloss in in Golden Praline
- Golden powder shimmer: Make Up For Ever Metal Powder in Sunflower Gold
The best holiday look right now is a flash of gold darting across your lash line. It’s subtle and totally not subtle at the same time. It’s magical and sexy too. Start of with a soft, earthy color on the lid, such as taupe or bronze. The eyeshadow anchors the metallic liquid softly onto the lid, and besides, without a soft backdrop you’ll look kind of like a busted 2001. Line along the lash line in a clean, swift action; then, as you wing out, break up the line, almost like you’re splattering paint. You don’t want a perfect gold cat eye in this case. Paint a story on your eyes with gold! Have fun with the metallic liquid! It is pretty harsh on its own, so paint it on soft. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner in gold is sheer, so you can build the intensity—very user-friendly.
Golden kohl—YES! So much fun! You can do everything with a golden face pencil: line the inner eye, trace the tear-duct, line your lips (gold-lined lips are AMAZINGLY MODERN), draw a golden line down the bridge of your nose then smudge/blend into skin, dab a golden dot dead center right under your bottom lash line … go nuts! I love Sumita Brow Glow Pencil because it’s creamy and blends effortlessly anywhere, adding a golden flash of light in the darkest of corners. Draw holiday spirit err’where!
YSL’s Golden Gloss in Golden Praline is very special. The gloss has real flecks of 24 carat gold mixed in a rosy nude glossy cream—extremely beautiful. This gloss melts in a naked lip, or you can use it over color for a pop of decadent brilliance. My favorite way to use this gloss is as a lip liner replacement. Bag the liner and brush on sheer gold right over the lip line.
For golden shimmer that doesn’t make your face shiny as a new coin, dust just your bone structure with powder gold: Brow bone, on top of cheek bones, bridge of nose, collar bones… basically anything with a bone, and leave the soft, fleshy parts alone. I like to use a fan brush to pick up shimmer because it delicately lays the golden shine on the skin. This process is virtually mistake-proof, because the application is so light handed. My favorite place for shimmer is the temples. Glimmering temples with a smoky eye is a heavenly combo. Also glimmering temples can be worn during the days as well. Day angel or night angel, it’s totally up to you.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: Better Off Red
Our make-up maven Stacey Nishimoto dishes on one of her favorite party looks: the classic red lip. Read on for her tips!
Red is so red-hot right now, a special lip color for special nights. Everyone—and I do mean everyone—can wear it. The perfect red can be a magic wand to your complexion, illuminating while wiping out flaws and re-shaping your lips in to a beautiful, desired mouth. With this look, all you really need is delicate cheek color and a wash of smoke over the eye, maybe tap a little bit of gold dust on the center of the lid. Use your fingers to do it. Imperfect softness balances a perfect red mouth, so you won’t look like granny.
For the shy girls, with a lip brush, lavishly apply color in the center of the lips, creating an inner red ring. Then fan out color until it disappears into the lip line in airbrush strokes—use a clean brush or Q-tip to spread around color. It should look like inverted lip color. I love Heat Wave by Nars (a coral red) and YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #4 (a punch red).
For mouths that are funky shaped or small, apply a matte red—a good one is this matte velvet pencil from Nars called Red Square. Then in the center of the lips, apply a super shine red gloss on the very inside or on the bee sting. Using these two textures adds dimension and looks super SUPER flattering (it’s my favorite way to wear red). The best glossy center would be a stain so it won’t get on your teeth. I prefer YSL Glossy Stain in #9.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: Two-Toned Lip
We popped down into the studio to see what our makeup maven Stacey Nishimoto was into right now, and she presented her latest genius: the two-toned lip! We asked her pretty please for a tutorial on this show-stopping effect, and she said the first step is choosing two colors that compliment each other in hue and texture. Pairing a shiny bottom lip, for instance, with a matte top lip is dramatic and super flattering; a soft bottom lip and a high shine top lip is another perfect balance.
Apply both lip colors with a flat lip brush and skip the liner, as a glossy and a matte lipstick on one set of lips is enough on its own. Plus, the brush still ensures you get a perfect line. I always do one last sweep of gloss on the bottom lip to make it really pop.
I used NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, a shocking hot pink with a flat velvet texture on the bottom lip. For the top lip, I used a shiny stain so that the top color won’t interrupt or rub on the bottom lip color. Yves Saint Laurent’s glossy stain is the best on the market. The pigment is pure and rich and the shine is silky, not sticky. And the shine is actually the best part of this product, it’s like a little flashlight that highlights the true colors.
The most fun part of a duo lip is picking out complementing colors that go hand in hand but are complete polar opposites – like you and your sweetheart! It’s all about finding the unexpected perfect match. Muah!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: Light Bright
It’s no secret that color’s one of our BFFs, but all-over turquoise on an outfit is a whole other set of rules from all-over turquoise on the eye. How to get the bright right? We asked makeup artist Ashleigh Lauer for a how-to on two fresh looks.
For a wicked cat eye that makes no apologies, first prime eyelid to even out skin tone and to help your eye makeup last all day without creasing. Next, take an angled brush and create a thin line from inner to outer eye. Keep building the line to desired thickness, and then at the outer corner take your brush at an angle to flip out and make a point for your cat eye. (I use a liquid liner from MAC.)
For the second colorful look, a take on the traditional heavy smokey eye, I used a synthetic eyeshadow blender brush and a creme eyeshadow. It’s so easy! Just keep blending in the same shape as you did the cat eye look, but soften the edges & extend past the outer eye to connect to bottom liner. (I used a shadow from Shiseido.)
Once you get the shape you like, take a powder eyeshadow in a similar color and press on top of the creme to intensify the color and really make it pop. Same goes for the cat eye–if you want to set it to make sure it’ll really stay, take a clean eyeshadow brush dipped in a little translucent powder and tap over liner to give it lasting power.
There are endless color combinations for these looks as well! Play around with layering colors or using two different colors for the top and bottom lines. Keep experimenting and let your palette run wild!
Monday, September 17, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: We Own The Night
Who says the weekend ever has to end? When you’re planning to stay out all night, you’ll need a look that can keep up with you. Makeup artist Stacey Nishimoto gave us a step-by-step on dewy skin, smoldering eyes and fresh-from-the-shower hair in the new issue of SUPER NASTY. We loved it so much we had to ask her more about it.
Hi Stacey! What are a few of your favorite specific products to get this look?
The modern smoky/sultry eye is done with lavenders, royal purple and a touch of regal blue. This is a perfect day-into-evening look since purple is a flattering neutral for most skin types. To achieve this sexy orchid eye, Nars makes a perfect duo called Marie Gallant, and for honey complexions try Jolie Poupee. Just a sweep over the lids with these jeweled colors will make your eyes dance. A touch of plum focused in the center of the lips makes it look as if you’ve had five glasses of wine with naked lips; try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Perle in #112, a beautiful, soft, sheer violet. Bag the lip liner and trace the outer lip with gold sparkle lip gloss. I like YSL’s Golden Praline–it has 24-carat gold flecks!
Let’s address the fantastic hair. It’s a pretty fine line between “wet look” and “greasy” (ha)… how do we apply product to ensure we don’t look like we’ve been slimed?
Nothing is sexier than straight-out-of-the-shower, glistening hair. Wear it out the door all night! Wet-looking, touchable hair is magic for any look, and to achieve it, spray hair with a water bottle until it’s about 40% damp. Then glide on Soft Water Pomade by Baxter of California, a beautiful, soft, malleable product that is completely lightweight and will lock in that faux wet look all night long. Don a side or middle part, and tuck your hair behind your ears. Super sophisticated, and sexy as hell.
And after the night we’re supposed to have while looking so hot, how do we bounce back and look beautiful in the morning?
Yes, how to look refreshed the morning after with maybe one hour of sleep? Start with a sheer, milky cleanser (I like Caudalie’s Gentle Cleanser) to break up the craziness on your skin, then give your face a few slaps, followed by illuminating moisturizer. Lock in the hydration by misting all over with Caudalie Grape Water spray. Highlight with a yellow-based concealer such as Givenchy’s Mister Light in Mister Milk, or for medium to deep complexions try a pink-based concealer such as YSL’s Touche Éclat in Luminous Radiance. For fair skin, dust an iridescent face powder such as Chanel’s Poudre Douce in Rosée all over, and finish with a healthy pink blush such as Desire by Nars on the apples of your cheeks. You’ll be glowing like that disco ball you puked under the night before.
For more tips from Stacey, check out the beauty feature in SUPER NASTY here!