Thursday, June 28, 2012

Avant garde eyes in pink and blue

I'm addicted to Pinterest.  I've always been a very visual person, which is probably why I like Pinterest better than Facebook or Twitter. On Pinterest the subjects seem unlimited, and there are people all over the world uploading pictures.  Fashion and beauty are two of my favorites, of course.  when I do tutorials I normally stick to make up that I think people will actually wear, but some of the photos on Pinterest are so cool that I just have to try them out.  This was the case with the look in this post.  I didn't even take pictures at first because I was just playing.  But I decided to start photographing it in case someone else wanted to try something a little "out there".
This photo is my first finished eye

For this look, the products I used were...

Make Up For Ever Flash Color (pink) No.005
MAC Paintstick True Sky Blue (MAC Pro store only)
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Zero
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Woodstock
L'Oreal Voluminous false fiber mascara
MAC Amplified lipstick in Impassioned
MAC lip liner in Beet

I used a Laura Mercier creme brush to put on the pink and then the blue cream.

I used Urban Decay's pencil to line my upper and lower eyes with pink.  Then I curled my lashes and put mascara on.

I didn't think the pink liner defined my eyes enough, though, so I used Urban Decay's black pencil to rim my inner eye on the bottom.  I don't do this very often since I wear contacts, but since Urban Decay's pencil is waterproof I thought I'd try it. I love the way it looked and will be using it more often.

To finish I lined my lips with MAC's lip liner in Beet.  Then I put on MAC's Amplified lipstick.

If I had been going out with this look I would've done something with my hair to match the avant garde look of my eyes.  When you're doing such bright eye make-up, normally it's suggested that you use a nude color on your lips.  But if I'm going for an avant garde look, I go all the way.  :-)

With that being said, I really was going somewhere, but not somewhere that this look was appropriate for.  My next post will show how to make this kind of look a little more subtle so it looks okay for running errands.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beauty tips for hot humid days

aka "how not to have frizzy hair, lots of zits, and make-up melting off your face".  I'm not going to lie and say that I have miracle cures for these things that always work perfectly.  I think there are some days that are so miserably hot that oily skin is going to be oily about 5 minutes after you blot it off.  But on the better days, there are things you can do to stay looking and feeling somewhat fresh.  Here are my go-to's:

- limit your use of blow dryers and hot irons.  After I wash my hair I put in a little bit of Bumble and Bumble's defrizz gel, work it through the parts of my hair that tend to frizz, and then I let my hair dry itself.  Usually I pull it back as if it's going to be in a pony tail, but instead I twist it around and clip it up with a butterfly clip.  Or I braid the ends while it's wet, go to sleep, and take it out the next day.  Great-looking waves with minimal frizz.  Any frizz that is left once my hair is dry either gets Fekkai Glossing Cream on it or Bumble & Bumble's Shine spray or Brilliantine.

-Use blotting paper to absorb oil from your skin. These used to be hard to find, but now you can get them from most Beauty stores, as well as MAC, Avon, Mary Kay, or in a pinch, rip a piece off of the paper seat covers in bathrooms.  They'll blot away oil without taking your make up off.  After blotting you may want to dust a little pressed or loose powder on your face to keep your make up in place.

- Use waterproof formulas of mascara and eye liner on your lower eyes so they don't smudge and give you "raccoon eyes".

- You can wear minimal make-up but look very polished.  Red lipstick or a bright lipstick with mascara, blush and concealer (where necessary) is all you need.

- A quick look for your eyes that will last all day - MAC's Metal X cream to powder shadows.  Swipe it on with your fingers, add some gold or copper liner on your lower eye, and finish with mascara.  See below

- My best tip is to stay indoors in the air conditioning!

Monday, June 18, 2012

How to accessorize your summer outfits

When the weather is hot and humid I like to keep my accessories light.  Earrings in a light color or plain metal will add a nice touch to any outfit, casual or dressy.  A simple necklace won't stick to your skin but can make an outfit a little more interesting, especially if you're wearing a V-neck.  Sunglasses are a must for every daytime outfit, and if you have a few pairs you can choose the ones that match the mood of your outfit - work, casual weekend or dressy lunch.  As for shoes, I prefer flats or heels that I can just slip on.  Neutral colors and metallic silver and/or gold are great because they go with any color outfit.  And don't forget your manicure and pedicure.  Those are the hottest accessories to have right now!
Below are some examples of my favorite type of jewelry and shoes for summer.  What are your favorite hot weather accessories?
Swarovski crystal earrings - 405 Creations
Butterfly multi-colored crystal earrings - 405 creations
Silver and purple earrings - 405 creations
Franco Sarto wedge sandals

bow manicure

Shell necklace - 405 Creations

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Should retouching cosmetic ads be allowed?

There is a great article in an advertising trade magazine about how much digital retouching should be allowed on a print ad.
Click here to read the Adweek article on mascara ads

What do you think?  Do you care if they retouch a mascara ad so that the model has giant lashes?  Is it different from an editorial fashion shoot where they retouch the photo to make the model look as good as possible in the clothes?  I'm of the mind that if you're trying to sell something, like mascara, you shouldn't retouch a photo so the mascara looks like it does more than it actually can.  Or erase all of the pores and wrinkles on a face in an ad for foundation or skin care.  To me that falls in the category of false advertising.  Read the article and see what you think.  I'd love to read a few comments about it.