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Today you will learn all about brushes for lipstick application as well as eye shadow application. Make sure you don’t miss out on next weeks newsletter, part four of the series as I will tell you about different types of tools such as e yelash curlers, tweezers and eyebrow combs…

For eye shadows …

You’re thinking… brace yourself… But no! It is much easier than it seems. You only need three brushes. One for application, another for blending and a beveled one for finer lines.

The first is used to load the eyelid with the product. Always use small movements and use the flat side of the brush.

The second is used for blending the edge of the eye shadow, which means, not “erasing” everything, just the edge!

And the third, the beveled one, which is cut at an angle, will be used to create any type of line effect or for blending.

Professional Secret:
Always choose eye shadow brushes that are not very stiff or too flat. I’ve been using the same brush made by Mac for 9 years. The number 239 is the easiest to use. I always recommend it to my students.

For the lips …

Although it appears that it’s not, using a brush to apply lipstick is very important in order to make it last longer.

How many times have they asked me… “What can I do to make my lip sticks last longer?” A million!

The answer is as easy as this, use a brush to mix the lip stick with the lip liner. Before that, of course, moisturize the lips very well.
The best are the synthetic-hair brushes that aren’t too thin, in order to be able to mix the textures well and not leave brushmarks.

Professional Secret:
When cleaning, always try to press it so that it does not lose its shape or widen. Many times the hair splits. If this happens, cut the hairs that have come out of place with hair scissors, in order to maintain its shape as long as possible.

    Lipsticks: (LE)$14.00USD
  • Faultlessly F/W – Blackened blue violet (Amplified Creme)
  • Hipster – Burgundy frost (Frost) (Repromote)
  • Red Full-Stop – Bright neon coral (Lustre)
  • Our Pick – Cement taupey grey (Satin)
    1. Lipglass: (LE) $14.00USD
  • Runway Fave – Grey toned neutral light pearl (Frost)
  • New Berry – Deep plum (Cream)
  • So This Season – Deep blue violet (Cream)
    1. Quad: (LE) $36.00USD
  • A Warmer White – Pale green grey (Satin)
  • Tone:Grey – Mid-tone grey (Satin)
  • Waft – Dark blue grey (Matte) (Repromote from Smoke Signal’s Gentle Fume quad)
  • The Right Smoke – Rich blue with white pearl (Frost)
    1. Fragrance: (LE) $20.00USD
  • Asphalt Flower – Violet and iris petals with a sheen of vanilla and patchouli.
    1. This collection will launch on 17 Sep 09
    I am totally gonna dive in on the grey quad, as you all know I can’t resist quads.   I think the fragrence I am totally gonna pass on as I don’t think there is a way to make patchouli smell clean.  As in, people think, man I don’t think she showered today.  And I definitely don’t want folks whispering that behind my back.
    MAC has tons coming out this Fall and it has me completely convinced that the reason is to bombard us with so many pretty things that our heads spin and we dont realize that we just spent the rent money on lipstick and eyeshadow.  We go, oh but it has sparkles in it!!  🙂
    I have found a review and a more in depth description of the fragrance – lets see if it holds true:
    M.A.C Asphalt Flower Potion
    Price: $25 for 3 vials
    Description: Cast a spell with M.A.C Asphalt Flower Potion. Inside this sleek vial is a hypnotic blend of black violets, night-blooming jasmine, purple lilacs, raspberries and dense woody notes. These essences endure long into the night because of the high concentration of oils and absence of alcohol.


    When applying makeup, not only is it important to do a look that’s flattering, you should also follow the styles and trends of the season.

    In this post, I’m going to let you in on all of the secrets to following the latest makeup trends.

    Satin-textured skin is big right now. It will continue to be a major influence in the fall/winter season, sometimes including even bolder touches of shine to highlight parts of the face.

    Another trend we’ve been seeing this season is contrasting warm and cool tones. The eye has also been fairly defined with intensely pigmented shadows.

    Tricks for achieving impeccable makeup:

    When applying shimmery products, whether powders or creams, it’s important to carefully control where the product falls so it doesn’t end up in areas such as under the eyes or areas with imperfections, which will be more obvious when shiny.

    Remember that not all skin types are suited to a satin texture. If imperfections are present, choose a foundation with more coverage and a matte finish, which will be much more flattering.

    Make the eyes pop by playing with the contrast and balance of warm and cool colors that help each other stand out. But be very careful when blending these colors. Remember that not all colors look good when blended together, which is why you should use a color in between the two of them that can be blended with both. Another trick you can use is to apply them right next to each other without blending.

    A trendy makeup look, step-by-step:

    Apply moisturizer over clean skin for a smooth, uniform base.

    Apply concealer to undereye area and to any other imperfections that may be seen. Blend well to integrate with the skin.

    Use a liquid foundation in the same shade as the skin tone. To achieve a natural effect, apply with a synthetic bristle brush. If needed, use a makeup sponge to help blend the foundation.

    Once you’ve applied the foundation, mattify the entire face with the mineral powder using a large brush. That way the skin will be matte, but still maintain its natural shine.

    On the eyes, start by applying the base shadow, which in this case can also be used as a highlighter. Apply to the arch of the eyebrow to illuminate the lid and on other high points on the face.

    Apply the medium shadow on the lid, or if you choose, you can do a combination of two shadows.

    Now intensify the look with pencil in the same color as the shadow, but a deeper shade. If you prefer, you can also use black pencil, shadow, or eyeliner to line the eyes. Remember to focus on the roots of the eyelashes, both inside and outside the eye.

    I know I know, I haven’t posted in well…forever.  But after last weekend I decided I needed to put this up.  It’s just too easy and too sexy.

    Last Friday I went out to eat with my man, just like I do almost every Friday. Our plan was to check out a new restaurant that’s fairly modern and casual.

    And just like I do every time I go to a casual restaurant, I put on a look that always works for me: jeans, a sexy top, bangles, and heels. For makeup, of course I decided on my “belle of the ball” look: a classic smoky eye in black. But once I had my makeup on and was ready to leave, I decided to give things a twist. In today’s post, I’ll tell you how you can do it too…

    But how many different ways are there to do a smoky eye? Lots! If you’re one of my Personal Makeup Super-course students, you already know that eye makeup technique doesn’t only vary widely, it can literally even change the appearance of your face. Here are the steps to adding a different twist to your smoky eye…

    Once your face is totally made up (foundation, concealer, and powder), we’ll move on to eye makeup. For me, the easiest way to do a smoky eye is to follow these steps:

    –  Use a black pencil that’s smooth and creamy. I like the one from MAC, because it’s very easy to blend.

    –  Make a thick line at the upper and lower lash roots. (It doesn’t matter if it’s straight, because we’re going to blend this with a brush later on.)

    –  Go back over the pencil to darken it and blend. The line doesn’t need to be too thick, especially on the lower lid.

    –  Once you’ve blended, define the crease by blending in this area. It’s best if you blend just right in the crease, not too far above it, or you will make your eyes will look smaller.

    –  Now apply a matte black shadow to the lid with a medium-sized brush to make the black even darker.

    –  Once you’ve finished, apply an illuminating concealer just under the brow in place of shadow. ( Touche Éclat by YSL is perfect for this.) If you’ve smudged the undereye area, you can clean this area and then apply the concealer there too. Blend with a clean, thick brush. You’ll see how the area will be illuminated with a freshness that only a cream texture can provide.


    –  Next, apply two coats of mascara.(My fav is Christian Dior’s Diorshow in blackest black)

    –  Now it’s time to make up the inside rim of your eyes with the black pencil. Try to make up the inner rim of the upper lid as well. Yes, I know it’s hard… Another option is to line the lower part thoroughly and then bat your eyelashes so it rubs off on the upper lid.

    –  I prefer to apply pencil after my mascara.

    –  To finish up and add that unique touch like I did last Friday, use a medium brush to apply a bright-colored shadow over the black. I chose a navy blue from Bobbi Brown that gave me just a touch of color without changing the smoky effect. Apply the shadow right at the lash roots and lightly over the lid. You can use fuchsia, turquoise, or even gold or silver. You’ll see – it will transform your smoky eye in just a minute.

    –  Since this eye makeup look is fairly eye-catching, apply only a matte bronzing powder to your cheeks to add a little contour without adding much color, and use a clear gloss on your lips.


    When we have darker skin, not all makeup flatters us. We have to be careful not to overload our faces with makeup because that looks unnatural. We’ll show you the steps to follow to look radiant, and to make yourself up with one of the most fashionable techniques this season:


    –  Don’t overuse corrector and foundation. Remember that your kind of skin only needs foundation and corrector in certain areas.

    –  If you use a tanning powder, blend it well and don’t overuse it or the result will look unnatural.

    Smokey eyes step by step

    Once you are totally made up, it’s time to make up the eyes. To do that you will need these products:

    –  A medium or dark golden shadow

    –  A cream pearly shadow (very light)

    –  A black eye pencil

    –  Black mascara

    –  An eye shadow brush

    Follow these steps:

    1. Apply the golden shadow on the entire mobile eyelid just as you see in the drawing:

    2. Increase the intensity of the color as much as you wish, applying the golden shadow on the mobile eyelid. It’s very important that you make up just up to the bone area and not beyond:

    3. The next step is to make up the eye on the inside of the lids with a black pencil to give more intensity to the look.

    4. Finally, apply the gold tone under the lower lid and blend. Then give a touch of color on the fixed eyelid with the pearly shadow.


    –  Give a light touch of rose blush to your cheeks. When you have darker skin, it’s very flattering.


    –  You can make up the lips in a gold tone to create harmony with the eyes, or if you prefer just use a transparent gloss.

    this is gratuitus but I just found it real quick and I loved it. Here ya go:


    A few more for good measure….hey it’s Aishwarya Rai Day ok?


    I have been getting a lot of requests for ideas of beauty products that are a little easier on the wallet.  I know that with these rough economic times sometimes we need to score some major beauty bargains.  So, I looked at the site total beauty – which lets readers give their own reviews and ratings to every beauty product under the sun.  Here I have compiled the top 20 drugstore steals that were also rated the highest.  (Some of these were rated even higher than the more expensive brands – who knew?).  Hope this helps a little, I know I can use all the help I can get right now.



    20. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $8.09

    p_drugstore_buys_p01Why it’s great: “I used to only use eye makeup remover but realized that my cleanser, Cetaphil, is just too gentle to remove all of my foundation, blush, etc. I bought these wipes to do a ‘once over’ before cleansing and I will never be without them again! I was pleasantly surprised at how well they removed stubborn eye makeup — even my waterproof mascara!” — Tangerine3, member 

    19. Olay Regenerist Thermal Contour and Lift, $29.99


    Why it’s great: “Short of an expensive spa treatment, this product cannot be beat. It’s easy to use (you can apply this treatment in the shower or bath, or over the sink); it is not time consuming; and the results are phenomenal! … It left my skin instantly firmer, more supple [and] wonderfully hydrated, and [took] care of some tiny wrinkles that, at 36, I might have had to squint to see.” — lsmith, member 

    18. Maybelline New York Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara, $5.99


    Why it’s great: “I’ve spent top dollar on mascaras — but I keep coming back to this. It doesn’t clump, it goes on smooth, it builds and lengthens, and it stays all day without irritating my eyes or flaking off. Perfect! Several color choices — perfect price!” — BlackberryAddict, member 

    17. Conair ION Shine Ceramic Turbo 1875 Watts Dryer, $32.99

    p_drugstore_buys_p04 Why it’s great: “I have used a zillion different hair dryers and this one is the best. It leaves my rather coarse, very curly, unruly hair shiny and smooth. And it costs considerably less than what I have paid for other dryers!” — CSMark, member 

    16. Revlon ColorStay Makeup with Softplex, $11.69


    Why it’s great: “I try many foundations looking for one with a good price that looks natural and has staying power. This is the best yet. I used the one for oily/normal skin. Very good foundation and stays looking good for an entire day.” — mgbaloo, member 

    15. Wet n Wild Ultimate Expressions Eyeshadow Palette, $4.99

    Why it’s great: “I like the combos in these little sets. They are super cheap and much better quality than they look. I would like a ‘brights’ palette from them because all the choices they have now are very natural. If you’re looking for a good neutral everyday office/school look, you’ll have some good options here.” — corizotti, member 

    14. Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo, $2.99

    p_drugstore_buys_p07 Why it’s great: “I ONLY use this shampoo on my hair. I have tried numerous other products, just to find that I paid a lot of money unnecessarily. I lighten my hair but with shampoo, my hair isn’t as dry and straw-like. And the price is very affordable.” — MarieMatthews, member 

    13. Herbal Essences Color-Me-Happy Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair, $7.49

    Why it’s great: “It’s not heavy like a lot of thick conditioners are. It rinses clean and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or greasy. And the smell is amazing. Very subtle but very delicious. My hair shines and has way less frizzies. I’d use this product even if my hair wasn’t colored.” — Chicka, member 

    12. Jane Lipkick Rich Color, $4.49

    p_drugstore_buys_p09 Why it’s great: “I have tried expensive lipsticks that could not come close to Jane lipstick it has staying power and great colors. The bonus is for the price of one of the more costly brands I can get 4-5 Jane lipsticks.” — mistressfaerie, member

    11. L’Oreal Paris Skin Genesis Deep-Action Night Complex Intensive Treatment, $19.99

    p_drugstore_buys_p101 Why it’s great: “I am impressed. This product really works great. It soaks up nicely, leaving your skin feeling non-greasy yet very smooth. It’s worth the price.” — Buttons, member 

    10. Aveeno Intense Relief Medicated Therapy, $3.69


    Why it’s great: “This is by far the best Chapstick I have used. It heals my lips quickly when they are dry and cracked, as well as soothes them. Definitely worth the money!” — LouLou123456, member 

    9. Pantene Classic Touchable Hairspray, $4.46


    Why it’s great: “I wish I would’ve bought this stuff before I bothered with Redken (expensive) and TreSemme (didn’t like). … It has great ‘memory,’ offering a firm but flexible hold so that it doesn’t look or feel like you’re wearing hairspray. There’s no stiffness, crunchiness, or flakes, and hair stays run-your-hand-through-it soft all day.” — teshie, member 

    8. Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Set, $9.99


    Why it’s great: “Over the last 10 years I have tried everything on the market from powders to creams in desperation, until I found Sonia Kashuk’s concealer set and have used it religiously ever since!! With 3 different shades, it allows me to use certain colors in certain areas. It is amazing and I never leave home without it!!” — smtdane, member

    7. Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, $5.49


    Why it’s great: “Basis achieves the perfect balance for combination skin — plus it smells fantastic and refreshing. Also, you only need the tiniest drop to work up a good cleansing lather, so one tube lasts me for months. A great value and a high quality product.” — FreshGirl, member 

    6. Max Factor Maxalicious Glaze, $6.99


    Why it’s great: “For me, this works so much better than some of the pricier glosses (Nars). It has a nice scent/taste, is perfectly smooth and shiny and the color is just enough to be pretty without being overly heavy or fake-looking.” — Magnolia24, member 

    5. Burt’s Bees Repair Serum, $18.99

    p_drugstore_buys_p16 Why it’s great: “I have been using this product on my face for quite some time and really have a lot of success with fine lines. Recently I used it as a combination with some moisturizing cream to soothe a laser hair removal treatment reaction and it brought down the swelling overnight! Turns out this stuff has other uses too! I had forming scar tissue over some sutures and it seemed to help the scarring …” — Somerh, member

    4. N.Y.C. New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, $3.99


    Why it’s great: “I love a product that’s cheap AND works like it’s supposed to. I use the black, and use it to line the inner upper lid. It smudges nicely, if you do it right away, but then sets up well. My HG liner.” — NurseExec, member 

    3. St. Ives Whipped Silk Intense Body Moisturizer, $4.99


    Why it’s great: “It moisturizes skin wonderfully while going on light and silky, and [it’s] not at all oily. It has a light, fresh scent that smells good but isn’t overpowering like some lotions. I also use it on my 18-month-old son with no problems or irritation. Great all-around product for everyone in the family.” — nloclark, member 

    2. Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Bar, $10.79 (8)


    Why it’s great: “I’ve never used a bar on my face because I’m so used to that weird-tight-squeaky-feeling most bar soaps give your skin. I thought BLEH, I don’t want that feeling on my face! … [This] cleaned off all my makeup and made my skin feel silky smooth. … I love it, and at about 6 bucks for a six pack, you can’t go wrong, it would last you all year!” — luxylexi , member 

    1. Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, $3.49


    Why it’s great: “I have extremely sensitive skin and have an amazingly hard time finding deodorants that work. I have tried just about all kinds that are readily available and this is the first one that works and gives me absolutely to irritation. I sweat a good amount and this lasts me 6-8 hours (whereas Tom’s lasts about 2).” — Renaelafae, member

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