Thursday, January 10, 2013 Lessons From The Pros: Just Brows-ing
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: Blue-Eyed Baby
Bright blue is just as neutral as brown or gray, so bag it and show your electric youth. Don’t be afraid…of the attention you’re gonna get!
First, line eyes with a classic navy blue. The best liquid sapphire is Givenchy Parad’Eyes in Blue Lagoon. The deep navy line is the frame for super duper blue, so draw on your favorite shape, a sultry cat eye, cool block shape or paint-splattered ends.
Second, highlight inner corner, disappearing into the center of the lid, with a mega-bright metallic liquid cobalt blue such Make Up Forever’s Aqua Liner in 5. You could get as buck wild as you want with the highlighting but remember it’s an accent color. Keep that in mind and you won’t look like your aunt when she was a gnarly teen in the 80s.
Third, finish with a creamy yet sheer blue on the lashes. I think the most beautiful product on the face of the earth right now is Dior’s DIORSHOW in 258. This mascara is made in France by artisans and smells of faint roses. Even when this tube is on its last leg the formula remains creamy velvety. The color is a perfect Mediterranean cobalt blue. Total perfection!
Bonus: NAILS! Matching your nails to your eyes is the same feeling you get when you buy an expensive-ass bra with the matching panties—it feels amazing. Vivid blue on the nails is actually very elegant and flattering to all skin tones. My favorite blue polish is Sally Hansen in Pacific Blue.
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!