This is my first look of the day for 2011 and it’s a stunning one!!

Last week, my Middle Eastern dance instructor, Jannelle,  was invited to perform at the surprise 40th birthday party for Mary J. Blige!!!!!!!!!

I was trilled and privileged at the opportunity to do her makeup at the event! I immediately started thinking about the look.  An event like that, with all the movers and shakers in the music industry, requires more than just a smoky eye.  You have to bring it!!!

The theme of the event was Arabic-inspired and I wanted more than just kohl-lined, winged liner.  I drew inspiration from Eman and Scandalous Beauty and decided on a glittery look.  Jannelle also wore a gold, sparkly costume and I wanted something to match.  This is a great look for performance especially in situations where there is not a lot of bright lighting so that you are drawn to the dancers eyes.  Could also be used for a Carnival look.  I also paired it with a red lip and a hit of shimmer. Btw, I have found an amazing red that everyone can wear – Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in Moulin Rouge (#43)! Separate post on that coming soon!  Using glitters was stepping out of my zone, but makeup is all about not being afraid to try something new.  One note: If you are going to use glitters, especially on the eyes, make sure it is cosmetic-grade, which is milled fine enough and won’t scratch your eyes.

Anyway, here is the final look!



  • Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD Microperfecting Primer in Neutral and Green
  • M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation in C4
  • MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Mediteranee (light, champagne side) –  inner lid
  • MUFE Metal Powder in Maize Gold (#2) –  middle lid, applied wet
  • M.A.C. Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio in Interview (shimmery, chocolate brown side) –  outer lid
  • Urban Decay eye shadow in Darkhorse – outer lid
  • M.A.C. eye shadow in Cork – Crease to blend
  • Urban Decay eye shadow in Virgin – highlight
  • MUFE Diamond Powder in Gold 16 – all over the entire lid, applied wet with M.A.C. Fix+ (also added some to the middle of the lip)
  • MUFE Glitter in Sand 11 –  all over the entire lid, applied wet with M.A.C. Fix+
  • M.A.C. Fluidline in Blacktrack – entire top lashline and bottom waterline, winged out
  • Clinique Lash Power mascara in Black Onyx
  • Ardell Demi Wispies lashes
  • Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder in Afterglow – Bronze side as a cheek contour
  • M.A.C. Mineralize Blush in Merrily
  • M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Blend
  • M.A.C. Burgundy lip pencil
  • MUFE Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge
  • M.A.C. Venetian lipglass

Some more pics!

Photo courtesy of Jannelle Cortes and Cortes Entertainment

The costume!!! Photo courtesy of Jannelle Cortes and Cortes Entertainment

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