Archive for January, 2011
I wish they had more colors, but at the same time, too many choices can be overwhelming. Be aware that they are fragranced, but I can’t think off the top of my head what the smell reminds me of. It’s a vanilla like smell, and it’s not a strong scent either.
From left to right:
This blush is amazing. This will now be my everyday soft pink blush. woooohoooo
What’s worth getting: The eyeliners. The green one is glorious too, but I’ve only been buying what I’ll wear on a consistent basis. The blush, I can see darker skintones not being able to wear it since it’s a sheer pink. Plus, if you have a similar shade, then you can pass on it, but the advantage of Armani blushes is the finish and the awesome quality.
I thought the finishing powder was passable, it’s basically a micro fined version of pink opal pigment. I do like the effect it gives on my face (a nice warmth), but I never wear finishing powders. The palette, although it’s gorgeous, it’s just not what I would wear (personally). Don’t be afraid of the colors in it, because the artist did make this palette so wearable (a soft everyday look) on me. This is coming from someone who only really wears neutrals. I do think it’s worth seeing if you like greens and purples.
Today I went to the Giorgio Armani counter to purchase their Spring Collection. The Makeup Artist who I go to is pretty brilliant. He used to work for Shu Uemura, among other companies. He did a quick makeover, but what I learned from him is invaluable:
Do your eye makeup first: Why? If you apply foundation first, then do your eyeshadow … any eyeshadow fallout is always an extra hassle to clean the fallout, then reapply the foundation. In the end, it’s just extra foundation that you don’t need to use.
To line the waterline, using a lip brush as an alternative: I’ve always done this personally, but I was laughed at by my friends because it looked “weird”. Lip brushes are stiff and pointy, and if you’re bad at applying liner, especially the waterline, a lip brush makes it a lot easier.
Applying concealer after foundation: He states a common mistake that he sees a lot of customers do is using concealer under the foundation. Since concealer is higher coverage, just use it on areas that need the extra coverage.
After applying blush, use a very small amount of concealer to have the glow from within effect: I thought it was a little odd, but surely enough, the blush had a totally different effect. He used a small amount, and did a quick stroke with the GA concealer across my cheeks, then blended it on top of the blush with a blush brush. Definitely worth trying if you ask me.
Using an alcohol free toner to give a more “my skin but better” look: After he did my face (except the lipstick). He used YSLs toner and applied it on a sponge (wedge one). He stated that he only uses a sponge for this and lightly pressed the sponge against my face. None of the makeup was on the sponge, and it really looked nice. I’ll have to try this in the future. Don’t use a toner with alcohol with it because it dries out the skin, plus makeup tends to come off due to the alcohol.
Eyeshadow placement: This is probably the most interesting tip of all. He stated that the biggest difference in terms of how one looks in terms of age is eyeshadow placement. What’s considered the “norm” of eyeshadow placement (lid color, crease, outer v, highlight) can make you look a bit older. The reason being, our crease is naturally dark, and putting a darker color there can accentuate lines or make eyes look more aged. What he did do in terms of my makeover:
He used a black eyeshadow and put it near my lashline, but he used a very little amount. He used the side (not the tip) of the brush to apply the eyeshadow. Then the second darkest color on top of the black, but he brought the second color slightly higher, and then the third color on top of the other 2, brought that slightly up. At the end, he blended the harsh line in small circular (almost small oval like) motions with the tip of the brush a little above the crease. He then wiped off the brush and used a very small amount of highlighter on the browbone. He applied a lot less eyeshadow product than what I normally do, which was surprising. He did this ALL with my Shu #10 brush. Just one brush for my entire eye (well except the lipbrush for the waterline). I was like O_O when I saw the results. He got really excited when he saw that I had that brush in my bag. Out of all the Shu Uemura brushes he owns, he states that the #10 is his favorite. A little birdie told me he owns hundreds of brushes. One day I’ll have to invade his house. LOL *sigh*
I got a lot of compliments by random strangers after the makeover. As a result, I really think some of these tips are worth giving a try. 🙂
MAC Merry Mistress (this is a red-red)
Shu RD 195
Shu RD 165
Shu RD 165M
Shu RD 190
Shu RD 198
NARS Red Lizard
MAC Russian Red
GA 400 is a smidgen darker and slightly more burgundy than Russian Red. MAC red no. 5 has more sparkle in person.
Part II will entail darker reds I own. 🙂
KarlaSugar has a Youtube channel! Her voice is so unreal. She should consider doing podcasts and (or) being a narrator for an audiobook or documentary. I’m generally not a fan of Youtube because most makeup “gurus” have irritating voices or bizarre music playing in the background. Karla has none of that, which is why I love this channel.
my other favorite people to listen to are:
My personal favorite lipstick formula is from Giorgio Armani. It’s creamy, but not too creamy. They’re not drying, and the lasting power is amazing. I’ve tried:
MAC: they’re drying, the Amplified Cremes are nice, but not as long-lasting.
NARS (non mattes) they’re ok, but not long lasting
Hourglass: the formula is too runny, although I can only speak for their red lipsticks.
Guerlain: this stuff just slides off after a short while.
Edward Bess: too creamy for me personally
Tom Ford: medicore lasting power, you can refer to my Smoke Red review
YSL: too creamy, the smell is nauseating, and not long lasting at all.
Clinique: I like the texture, but not long lasting either.
Makeup Forever: nice texture and formula, but again, not as long lasting. I will say that they’re better than most lipsticks out there, worth trying if you can.
Shu Uemura: this is my other favorite formula (Rouge Unlimited and their creme mattes), but this will have its own review.
Ok, as I was organizing my makeup storage, I totally found my Vincent Longo Water Canvas Foundation 😀
This is the foundation I was wearing throughout the summer. Let’s discuss how awesome this item is!
It’s in a compact, cream to powder form, photo friendly, and the coverage I must say, is the most adjustable foundation I’ve come across. It can be light coverage, yet buildable to almost full without looking cakey or odd. It doesn’t look like powder when applied, either. You and I both know when it’s summertime, matte foundations take a backseat and we all tend to go for foundations that are more on the luminous side, or very natural looking.
The texture: when you touch it, it feels very sponge-y. It’s a little odd when I first felt it, because I’m accustomed to liquid foundations.
Finish: it’s like your skin, it can be light coverage for those super hot days in the summer. This stuff, DOES NOT BUDGE. AT ALL. I wore this on a day that was over 100 degrees with insane humidity and it didn’t move. I was sweating in the scorching sun beating down on my face, walking down the streets of New York City and this stuff, even without primer, didn’t come off.
I wore this at night and layered it and man I looked AMAZING in photos.
Application: I use Sonia Kashuk’s synthetic Flat Top Blusher brush. This foundation can be applied wet (to sheer it out) or dry. For me personally, I prefer to apply it dry to give a bit more coverage.
This foundation is what I had imagined Makeup Forever Face and Body was supposed to be. This foundation, and I hate to say it…didn’t cover anything on my face, and it came off within moments. This foundation, ladies and gentlemen, is at best mediocre.
Pros: great color selection, a friend of mine who is like NC43 got matched, but I forgot her specific shade. It’s water based so if you’re sensitive to a lot of foundations due to random ingredients, give this a try.
Downside: if you don’t keep it sealed in the compact, it is water based, so it can and may evaporate. Price? 57 for the actual foundation, 16.50 for the compact that it comes in.
From Left to Right:
Chantecaille Future Skin in Vanilla
Vincent Longo Water Canvas
By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in Beige Naturel
crap, I forgot what shade I am… I’ll edit this post when I go to spaceNK to figure out my shade. I want to say it’s Soft Beige.
Is this HG? Yes, it is. It’s my summer foundation. 🙂 Well, I do have Peau de Vierge when I want to look luminous, but Water Canvas is a brilliant foundation.
Where it’s sold? Vincent Longo online, SpaceNK.