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Looking for a quick photo-ready makeup look? Try Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio!

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Hey!

Now that I have been expanding my makeup choices, I am excited to try a few products from Smashbox Cosmetics.  I received a few of their products from PR.  Smashbox has been on my to-try list for ages.  I am a huge fan of lead makeup artist Lori Taylor!  They have always had that professional but laid back vibe to them.

Since the advent of High Definition cameras and televisions, more and more companies have been refining their product lines so that makeup and skin could look as life-like and perfect as possible.  We used to be able to hide under Standard Definition but HD can easily magnify anything on the skin.

For Fall 2011, Smashbox brought out a line of Photo Op products which are supposed to be long lasting, highly pigmented and to bring the subject on camera to life!  A girl can be photographed at anytime and we need to be ready!

I tried the Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Quick Take which contains 3 coordinated shades that are easy to use, and takes the guesswork out of trying to combine shadows.  I love the packaging! Black, smooth and semi-matte.  It’s simple but very sleek!  Not bulky, compact and there’s a little window so you could see the colour without having to open the lid.  What’s cute about this is that if you flip to the back and peel the label off, there is scannable code which is linked to a video of Lori Taylor showing you how to create a look.  Very cool! Yuh get points for that Smashbox!  There are 18 different trios and they vary in textures from matte to frost finishes.

Quick Take, Smashbox

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Dances For Venus photoshoot

Hey!

A few weeks ago (actually it was around Valentine’s Day), I had the opportunity to work with Jannelle on a photoshoot to create a poster for her Valentine’s Day belly dance show.  I did her makeup and costume styling.  We wanted to keep the look very ethereal and soft as the show was a tribute to beauty and amazingness of women.

The costume was stunning!!! Huge tuille skirt, off-white satin top with crystal chains draped across the top.  I loved this look!  Of course it was very sexy but at the same time very goddess-like and almost angelic. Costume came from Bellydance America.

For the makeup, I wanted the look to still be arabic, but I did not want any harsh lines.  The look needed to be soft with a hint of colour to provide some contrast with all the white.  I used a light champagne-brown pigment (M.A.C. Cocomotion pigment) with MUFE’s # 58 applied to the outer corner of the eye.  This was soft, light application of #58 using M.A.C.’s # 224 brush.  Created a tight line of black eyeliner very close to the lashline, and winged out slightly.  I lined the lower lashline only halfway, then added lots of mascara.  This created a softened version of the khol-lined eyes that Middle Eastern women have made famous.  I applied M.A.C. Face and Body foundation in C4.  This gave a light, air-brushed finished that I loved.  On the cheeks, I used NARS Crazed blush.  For the lips, I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip  Tar in Demure, which is a fuchsia pink with purple.  I mixed the lip tar with M.A.C.’s clear lip glass.

Here’s the final look!

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LOTD: A Pink Summer Look

Hey,  just a quick LOTD.

Saw this look done by Erin over @Makeup Fiend.  I love this look and I have not done it in a long time!!! So I worked it out!!!  Of course, it’s a great summer look, since it features golds and bronzes.  This look is an easy way to use pink, which some people find hard to use sometimes.  Also works well with other brights –  corals, teals etc. Not too bright, used the 224 brush so that it’s a wash of colour.

The Ingredients

  • TFSI
  • M.A.C. Material Gold Cream Eye Shadow (a shimmery pinkish champagne, applied to inner third of eyelid, with 224 brush)
  • M.A.C. Cocomotion Pigment (a midtone golden beige, on the center of eyelid with 224 brush)
  • MUFE # 56 Powder Blush (used as an eye shadow, a bright, dark fuschia matte colour, outer eyelid and outer crease, blended softly)
  • M.A.C. # 224 brush
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Shimmer Gel Liner in Black Mauve (brownish, mauve-ish black liner, on the upper and lower lashline)
  • Givenchy Magic Kajal in Black (shiny black liner, applied to the lower waterline, minimal smudging)
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Very Black
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar

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