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Dances For Venus photoshoot

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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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Illamasqua inspired Valentine's Day look!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to try the look from the Illamasqua Throb collection.  I mentioned it here.

Image courtesy of Illamasqua

Of course you know that I omitted the white pancake makeup and made it more wearable.  Application was soft.  Cute.  Soft cut crease.  Pink cheeks.  Here it is:

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LOTD: MUFE Smoky Rock inspired!

Two LOTDs in one week?? Wheeeeeey!!

Browsing the MUFE boutique and saw this promo image for their Rock For Ever collection.

Rock For Ever by Make Up For Ever

Close up

Hot, right??? I had to recreate this look.  It’s certainly not an everyday look but if you are wearing a black or silver Carnival costume, this would be a stunning look! Add some glitter on the lid or rhinestones and it would be all over!

The Rock For Ever collection was released late last year and is a series of trial-sized mini sets of Aqua pencils, Star Powders, mascara etc. housed in a studded container. Cute. Especially the Best of MUFE collection set.

This features a smoky eye, cut crease and winged liner, and I was up for the challenge!!!

Here is what I came up with…..

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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: Glittery, bronzey, Arabic-inspired look!!

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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!

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