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I am lovin' Moulin Rouge!!!!!

So I had the opportunity to purchase a few items from Sephora at the end of last year and decided to step out of my zone and start building my Make Up For Ever collection.  I also was doing kinda poorly on my red lips beauty resolution and wanted to check out the recently released Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks.

First of all, these are amazing lipsticks! Believe the hype! There are 50 colours, and 3 finishes – matte, satin and pearl.  Really wide array of colours to choose from.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-wearing, and could provide full coverage in one swipe.

I made a beeline to the reds in the collection and tried a few of them and settled for #43 Moulin Rouge.  It’s a limited edition colour that is described by Sephora as “a vibrant red’.  It has a satin finish which is not matte but not high gloss either. Yes this is a bright, bold red but not too blue-toned or orange-toned, pretty neutral.  This is surprisingly, actually a really great red! A red for women of colour!  I think that this would work on a wide variety of skin tones, from pale, light, tan, olive to dark. Black, Latina, Middle Eastern, Indian and any other combination!

Make Up For Ever # 43

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LOTD: Using MUFE's Maize Gold

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So I am finally getting around to using one of the new Makeup For Ever Metal Effect Powders in #2, Maize Gold.  Brilliant burnished golden powder.  I had no problems using this colour.  Intense  pigmentation, finely milled, easy to use.  I paired it with one of the few matte pigments that I have, M.A.C. Smoke Signal from the Smoke Signals collection.  It’s a deep, burgundy, shimmer-free colour.  Quite original.

Anyway here’s the look…

Maize Gold

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So you want to wear makeup…Lips (finally!!)

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Kerry Washington, image courtesy of dailymakeover.com

Here’s my final installment of ‘So you want to wear makeup…‘, your basic, beginner’s guide to makeup.  Lip products are probably the first makeup items that young girls begin wearing.  Easy to use, inexpensive and you feel like you are wearing something, even if it’s a colourless product.

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So you want to wear makeup: Cheeks

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Another installment of my series.  Today’s focus is on the cheeks.

A soft glow, image courtesy Jeanillebonterre.com

I must admit that this is an area that I have only recently gotten into.  I’m all about the eyes but I have come to realize that the right cheek colour and application could take a look to another level!!!

Again, there are many different formulations for cheek colours and these include:

  • Powder (the most popular)
  • Gel
  • Creams (my new favourite!)
  • Liquids
  • Mousses

So there is something there for everyone, you just need to find something that suits you.

There are a few things to take into consideration when selecting your cheek colour and formula:

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So you want to wear makeup!……Eyes

So yeah…..I’ve been slackin’ off on my basics beauty series, ‘So you want to wear makeup….’.  But I’m back!!!!

This is help you with the basics of makeup application, a 5-minute-out-the-door face, a simple work look.  Find my other articles on the basics here:

So eyes are my favourite part of my face to make up.  There are so many possibilities, colour combinations, textures etc.  But for those that are beginners, or those who don’t have a lot of time, just a few simple steps could give you a polished look.

The Brows

Before I get into eyes, I have to speak of the eyebrows.  Your eyebrows are absolutely important as they frame the eyes and the face.  It’s one of the first places that people see.  Many people have their brows shaped via threading, waxing or tweezing but really and truly, combing your eyebrows will make them look groomed.  This is where a spoolie or eyebrow comb comes in handy.  I think the metal brow combs are the way to go! The plastic ones break every 5 mins!  Also get a shape that suits the way the hair grows, eye shape etc.  Overly plucked brows are a no-no!

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