Covergirl recently sent Blended Beauté some of their latest products which I have played with and tested. Now the verdict is in…
This is a definite keeper! This eyeliner gives you the intensity and staying power of a liquid with the ease and blendability of a waterproof pencil. You can use the liner for intense definition or smoke it out with the built-in smudger. I don’t usually care for dual ended tools with smudgers but this smudger I like and it allows you to create a subtle, smoky look. These liners are also a great base for layering eyeshadow and building intensity. They come in six pigment-rich colors (CG sent them all) which I have added to my kit: Blackfire (I’m a softie for rich black eyeliner pencils), Brown Blaze, Silver Spark, Violet Voltage, Blue Boom and Green Glow.
Liquiline Blast is a versatile eyeliner. So versatile that makeup artist Pat McGrath (I ♥ her work) created several different looks using the eyeliner during Milan fashion shows for Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Lanvin. Here are some of those looks which I read about recently in Allure. You may not go to this extreme, but the pictures and pointers just might inspire you.
For a punk look at Bottega Veneta, McGrath smudged on a thick stripe of black cream shadow and darkened the creases and corners with LiquiLine Blast. She then topped it all with black shadow.
At Gucci, McGrath drew the pencil along the inner rims of the lids, then traced a razor thin line of it along the top lashes. On top of all the pencil, she swept a soft brown eye shadow.
For Lanvin’s tough makeup look, McGrath rimmed the eyes over and over with the pencil, then with black shadow, and dragged the mix out at the corners before dusting a sparkly antique-gold shadow on top for a “flash of light.”
Photos: Allure.com; makeup descriptions: Pat McGrath via Allure June issue.
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As a makeup artist, my favorite feature to play up is definitely the eyes. I’m often asked what’s the best way to enhance and create the perfect peepers. It’s more than just swiping on shadow. Following are some tips to play up small eyes. And in the next three posts, we’ll explore tips for complementing big eyes, opening up hooded eyes and bringing out deep-set eyes.
HOW TO ENHANCE SMALL EYES
1. Trace powder or gel liner close to top lash lines, then lightly smudge. If you prefer liquid liner, make sure it’s not too dark or it will look harsh. Don’t encase eyes fully or you’ll close them up even more. I like: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.
2. To make eyes seem larger, dab highlighter in the inner and outer corners of the eyes and right below your brow bone. I like: Senna Spot Lites Highlighting Pencil
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I received another great question from a reader that I think we ALL can benefit from.
Q: I’ve collected makeup from so long ago and barely use because I never really wear makeup. Should it be thrown out?
There’s definitely a shelf life for cosmetics, and knowing when to toss something depends on the kind and type of cosmetic product.
A good general rule of thumb: If it smells or has a distinct odor, throw it away! Why keep something that stinks AND put it on your face? Yuck! And if you can’t remember when you purchased it, trash it! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health and skin. Consider the following guideline when cleaning out your makeup bag.
- Oil-Free Foundation: 1 year
- Cream or Compact Foundation: 18 months
- Concealer: 12-18 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Blush and Bronzer: 2 years
- Cream Blush: 12-18 months
- Powder Eye shadow: 2 years
- Cream Eye shadow: 12-18 months
- Eyeliner: 2 years
- Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
- Mascara: 3 months (Tip: I write an expiration date on it so I never have to wonder how old it is.)
- Lipstick: 2 years
- Lip liner: 2 years
- Lip gloss: 18-24 months
For more timely tips on when to toss old makeup, check out this iVillage article, “Are your cosmetics past their use-by date?
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