A matte smokey eye is sexy, classic and always on trend. It’s definitely one of my favorite looks to apply and wear.Read More »
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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Holiday parties are the perfect time to add a little shimmer, so why not go for full sparkle. One way to add some twinkle to your eyes is with glitter. One technique I like thanks to celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman is to dust glitter onto the center of the lid and then sheer out with a dot of moisturizer to make it look more lived in and effortless. My go-to glitter is Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Powder ($24). They’re lightweight, fine particles of bright light that add glamour to any type of makeup, and they can be used on the face or body. A little goes a long way with Diamond Powder as well. For a long-lasting effect: Pat on the skin with a wet brush. Some other brilliant beauty tips:
“Sprinkle onto lip gloss in the evening to emphasize lip volume. To make glitter adhere to the body or hair, first spray these areas with water, then place a small amount of glitter in the palm of your hand and gently blow onto the dampened areas.” — MUFE creator Dany Sanz
So get ready to party because it’s never too late to shimmer!Read More »
The holiday party season is here and now is the time to shine with sexy, sultry makeup that will get you noticed.
LUSCIOUS LIPS Get glam with a lacquered lip. Put the sticky gloss aside and go for a chrome-like finish that’s super-shiny and sparkly. Berries, wines and reds are great holiday lip colors so don’t be afraid to add a little punch of color. Some lip lacquers to consider: Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine available in 20 shades; and Smashbox’s WISH for the Perfect Pout set which has six gorgeous holiday-ready glosses.
SOFT SMOKY EYES A classic holiday party look you can certainly never go wrong with. But think outside the black, brown, or gray box and try more vibrant hues. Purples are hot this season so get playful with a purple smoky eye that makes any eye color pop. Use eyeliner to define your eyes and coat your lashes with mascara. Pair with a gorgeous soft nude lip.
AU NATURALE If you prefer to stay in the natural zone, that’s okay too. Try sultry, sparkling eyes in golds, champagnes, soft peach tones, pink tones or lavender, depending on your complexion. And add a little bit of black eyeliner along the lashline and a white eyeliner on your waterline, which will make your eyes appear bigger.
CONGRATS to Naseya and Tina, winners in the “Smoky Eyes” drawing. Keep following Blended Beauté for your chance to win. In the spirit of hot holiday party looks, we will have some luscious lipshines up for grabs next!!Read More »