Vogue make up book is good! Learnt a lot from it!
^^I tried to use visine as primer and spot method. Never worked for me. Actually it made my skin itch.
If I have redness/spots I use some face cremes/lotions that have some retin A in it and it does the trick better than visine ever did.
Otherwise I love seeing the makeup artists bags!! And I'm totally in love with theater makeup now, and Ben Nye too. Theater makeup is so much cheaper and more pigmented, I find it hard now to buy regular eyeshadows from Sephora or drugstores.
Laura Mercier Q&A
When did you fall in love with makeup, and what prompted you to start your own line?
At aesthetician school I met a wonderful woman who was my teacher and became a close friend. I was inspired by her, and my love for makeup grew as I learned under her wing.
What was your favorite decade for makeup?
The ’50s and ’90s—I like the style of the makeup for those periods better than the others. I love re-creating the look from the 1950s. And smoky eyes were huge in the ’90s; I like that style.
Which celebrities have you worked with in the past, and do you work with anyone regularly?
Sienna Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Susan Sarandon, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Heather Locklear, Patricia Arquette, Jaime King, Maria Shriver, Glenn Close, Shalom Harlow, and Gretchen Mol. I still work with Julia and Sarah Jessica.
When brainstorming with a client on a look for an awards show, what's the most requested look?
It depends on the mood and what they are wearing.
What are your top beauty tips?
Cleansing, prepping skin with primer, camouflage without caking with foundation, and liner on lash lines.
What's the one thing women can do to look younger?
Not to cake foundation on the face. By trying to erase lines with a large amount of foundation it actually puts an emphasis on them. Also, accept the fact that you’re going to grow older.
How can someone look great in an instant?
Although this is dependent on each woman’s face, red lipstick is a great go-to trick; it can help give an instant healthy look. For someone with great eyes, she can instantly look awake if she puts a lot of mascara on.
What are makeup-bag must-haves?
Some universal products that women could put in their bag are a gloss or lip balm, camouflage for flaws, translucent powder, cream blush, lipstick, and concealer, which can give an immediate boost.
What's the biggest mistake women make when doing or buying makeup?
Putting on too much foundation—it gives skin too much texture and it hides the pores.
Bring your face up to date by Amanda Brown
Warning: You could be adding years to your face by wearing the same make-up style you did a decade ago!
Gone are the thick, gloopy foundation bottles. These days there are light-reflecting, pigment-rich, lightly textured products that all work together, giving you a modern, flawless effect. We take you through the latest products, and give you advice from the experts.
The Aim: A flawless face that doesn't look loaded with foundation
Many of us use foundation as a comfort blanket, for facing the world. So if we find something we like, we tend to stick to it. Wearing all-over foundation is now passe. It has a tendency to look mask-like, and can emphasise lines.
As for colour, a shade that's too dark or too light will drain your complexion. Try out on your jaw line in natural daylight. Strategically applying to where it's needed looks much more natural.
Make-up artist Bobbi Brown recommends having 'a wardrobe' of three shades of foundation: one for everyday use, a darker shade for summer, and a lighter shade that can double as a concealer. 'The idea is to mix any combination of three, anytime you need,' she explains.
Estee Lauder's Individualist Natural Finish Make-up (£21.50/30ml) has excellent tonal range to suit all skin types; oil-free, line and pore-minimising, with reflectable pigments. www.esteelauder.co.uk
Dior's Pure Light, Skin Lighting Sheer Make-up (£22.50/30ml) is oil-free and contains SPF 15. Corrective pigments help erase imperfections and even out the complexion, varying tones to suit. (Stockist: 0207 216 0216)
For those of you who prefer tinted moisturisers, Elizabeth Arden's Sheer Lights Illuminating tinted moisturiser SPF 15 (£18.50/50ml) evens out skin tones while fine lines are blurred with optical diffusers.
Try to aim for skin that is as bare as possible. Change foundations with the seasons, and constantly re-evaluate your skin tone and texture. You may find that concealer pens are all that is required. Especially for around the eyes, nose and chin areas.
The iconic YSL Touche Eclat No.1 (left, £22.50/2.5ml) brings out skin's natural radiance (stockist: 01 444 255 700).
Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, who has made Kate Winslet up for British Vogue, says: 'Apply YSL Touche Eclat around the edge of your lips. It helps project your mouth and make it look bigger.'
Dior's Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen (right, £21.00/1.5ml) is also excellent. Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey, authors of The Beauty Bible, are both huge fans of the YSL Touche Eclat and Dior's Skinflash Pen, describing them as 'miracle workers on dark circles'.
The Aim: Lips with a sheen of colour, not loaded with lipstick
Gone are the days of old, battered, stubby, matt texture lipsticks that languished at the bottom of your make-up bag. Today's lipsticks are hydrating in texture, colourful without the eighties overload and give you a fresh, sexy, subtle sheen.
An excellent lipstick range is the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipsticks (£14.50/3.8g). The Pure Colour Crystal Gloss in Crystal Baby (£14.00/3.8g) is a hot colour for kissable lips!
YSL Rouge Pur No.136 Swirly Pink and No.21 Frosted Fig (right, £16.50/3.5g) are fantastic sheer lipsticks.
Protect lips with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Sticks (£15.00/3.7g), providing antioxidant protection, SPF 15, and vitamin E.
Even people with thin lips can wear lip liner. Make-up artist Vincent Longo once said: 'The secret is to draw just along the outer edge of the lip line and always to finish the line exactly in the corner of the lips.'
Try Dior's Contouring Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red and Pretentious Pink (£13.00/1.2g).
The Aim: Eyeshadow application without overload
Years ago, eyeshadows were flat, matt and ageing and easy to over-apply with a heavy hand. Today's technology has moved on. Now containing light-reflecting particles, they are so finely milled they make blending really easy.
YSL 4 Colour Harmony For Eyes in Nude (left, £31.00) will really compliment red or pink lipsticks perfectly.
Estee Lauder's Signature Silky Eyeshadow duos (right, £20.00/4.5g) are great for blending or daytime/evening looks. No. 01 Mocha and No.05 Pink Dusk are particularly pretty.
Dior Powder Mono Eyeshadow (£15.00/2g) is a chic, monogrammed compact with various shades available.
The Aim: Clump-free long lashes
Rid your make-up bag of dry, old mascaras. They do have a shelf-life, and it's important to change them regularly as bacteria can accumulate in the wands. Clumping of mascara is never a good look on lashes!
Lancome L'Extreme Mascara (£18.50/6.5g) give instant lash extension.
YSL Everlong Mascara No. 5 Ever Burgundy (left, £19.00/9ml) adds colour.
Chanel's Inimitable Multi-Dimensional (£17.50/6g) is a must-have (stockists 0207 493 3836).
Tip from the Top
Stila Global Artistry Director Shawn Peltier
Straight from New York Fashion Week, Stila Global Artistry Director Shawn Peltier made a flying visit to Australia this month. Here, he shares his top tips and tricks.
What is your favourite look this season?
Clean, beautiful skin - skin that looks real and fresh. Coverage is achieved only where necessary and the finish is semi-matte.
The eyes are partially the focus - clean or softly contoured in neutral tones - and lashes are fortified with false lashes (strategically placed top and bottom) and lashings of mascara. Lips take full focus with a wearable fuchsia mouth ( Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia does the trick!). The mouth is unstructured, as lip liner is not used to define lips. Colour is pushed into lips with fingers and intensity is built by layering. If a woman is confident enough this season, she will wear this look without gloss. If not, a sheer balm or gloss can be used, as long as shine factor is low.
What’s the make-up trick that you use on everyone?
If I am defining the lower lash line with shadow or liner, I always intensify the roots of the lower lashes with mascara. I like to use a flat brush (like Stila Brush #13), and set mascara pigment along the lash base instead of applying with the mascara brush. The look is soft; consistent definition without a spidery-lash effect. Among many things, this is one of the tricks I learned years ago from my mentor, make-up artist and creator of Stila, Jeanine Lobell.
What’s the one product you cannot live without?
A good lash curler. Shu Uemura, Utowa and Kevyn Aucoin are my faves.
What’s your favourite way to create smoldering eyes?
After finishing a smoky eye look, I love to pat a product called All Over Shimmer Eyes onto the centre of lids (to round the eyes out) or onto the inner lid and inner corners (to promote an almond eye shape). The product is a loose, high-shine pigment (comes in several shades including White Gold or Champagne) and feels creamy to the touch. It doesn't flake either. Using this product gives the look a polished, Hollywood effect.
Who is your favourite celebrity face to make up?
Last year I had the honour of working with an American actress named Kerry Washington. She starred in the movie Ray. Although I have made up many beautiful women, I have to say that Kerry's face is not only expressive, but also absolutely flawless. Her skin is a poreless cocoa brown and she has incredible eyes. I also love that she is such an easygoing, gentle woman, with a wonderful sense of humour. For me, beauty within is even more important than physical beauty.
Who would you most like to make up? What would you do?
I would have loved to have worked with Sharon Tate (late American actress married to Roman Polanski...remember her in Valley of the Dolls?). She had the quintessential 70’s look down pat. Gorgeous skin. Eyes in browns and beige and tons of individual faux lashes. Her lips were always beigey apricot/semi-glossy. I would have loved to see her in a soft smoky eye - maybe in a rich khaki (like Stila Golightly) or deep, plummy-rose ( Stila Java or Pigalle).
Step by step
What’s a good way to look healthy, but not made up?
Good grooming is the key to a healthy look. So:
- Make sure eyebrows are shaped well
- Tint and curl lashes
- Exfoliate lips
- Correct blemishes and under-eye discoloration with the appropriate concealer and finish with translucent powder only where necessary. Slightly glowing skin is synonymous with a healthy lifestyle.
- Apply a cream based product onto apples of cheeks and onto lips. Stila Convertible Color in Peony is the perfect universal shade.
How do you amp that up for evening?
Apply a warm, neutral shimmer shadow to eyelids, and apply a brightening Lip Glaze to lips. My friend and fellow Stila make-up artist Sarah Lucero, swears by Pixie Lip Color and Peach Lip Glaze. She says, " Peony Convertible Color on cheeks and this combo on lips equal instant babe!"
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