Thursday, May 21, 2015

Taupe Eye-Liners

It's official - Taupe is my absolute favourite eyeliner shade these days.  I have to say that my 'all time' fave is the urban decay Mushroom - because its slightly a deeper taupe shade and has a very pretty shimmer.  However, I'm always looking for drug store dupes - for those times when you need to pick up a product quickly or are away on a trip and can't get to a Sephora!  The two taupe liners that I've recently discovered are: Rimmel Taupe eyeliner and Annabelle Taupe eyeliner.  Both are a stunning true to taupe shade.  The Rimmel seems to be slightly less deep, but creamier, while Annabelle is every so slightly darker, but doesn't blend 'as' well as the Rimmel.  I find that the Rimmel Taupe is also cheaper and goes on sale more often.  I decided to create a look using the Rimmel Taupe pencil.  I applied MAC crystal on the lid into the crease, applied the Rimmel liner and then smudged NARS Lhasa into the upper lash-line.  I wanted to keep the look soft, so I used Faux lipstick by MAC and NARS Angelika blush.  Taupe is a keeper shade for me - in fact, other than creating different 'looks', its my daily go-to!!! Its always good to find drugstore dupes of your favourite more expensive brands.  First, because it can save you a lot of money for your 'everyday' makeup.  Secondly, knowing some dupe shades can really help you out when you're in a jam - it's happened to me when I've misplaced my makeup bag on a trip and the only place nearby to get makeup was at a drugstore - but the good thing was, I already knew exactly what to buy :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeliner

I've been mentioning Urban Decay Mushroom eyeliner a lot and it because it's 'Amazing'.  It's the perfect shimmery taupe eyeliner.  However, what I love the most about it, is that its ideal for 'smudging' with other shadows and it goes on creamy, but sets perfectly.  Lately, I've been wearing Mushroom almost every single day.  Today I decided to continue with my silvery-taupe eye-makeup look to bring out the grey tones in my eyes.  I can't even 'begin' to explain how happy I've been since I've made this 'silvery-taupe' colour discovery.  My eyes are loving this :)

I wanted to do a more natural taupe look, so I did a quick swipe of MAC Crystal eyeshadow from the lid into the crease.  I then applied the Mushroom liner by Urban Decay and smudged in NARS Lhasa eyeliner into the upper lash-line.  For blush, I went with NARS Angelika - one of my favourites!  I didn't want to go too 'mauve-pink' with the lipstick, I just wanted a sheer wash of colour, so I swiped on Plink lipstick by MAC!

With the taupes and lighter-cooler pinks, I decided to wear a bolder blue top and a cool aqua toned scarf.  I feel like these shades work in harmony with the whole silver-marine eye-colour effect.  Perhaps, I should call this my 'mermaid' look :) 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Grey Eyes: NARS Lhasa and MAC Crystal

Every once in a while, I have an 'a-ha' moment that really makes me feel like I'm discovering makeup again from the beginning.  It's interesting to me that I've been in my body for more than 35 years and I've 'never' really been aware of all the interesting shades of grey that exist within my natural eye colour.  In fact, I've never really described my eyes as 'grey' - I've always said greenish-grey, cool hazel, but never 'Grey' on its own.  The more research I'm doing on my own personal palette, the more 'Grey' is taking centre stage - all I see is some variation of grey, be it grey-blue, grey-marine, grey-taupe etc etc.  I decided to read up more about Grey eyes and what makeup enhances grey eyes.  Silvery-Taupe or Taupe with a silver-violet kept showing up as the best eyeshadow shades to use.  It was also interesting to me to find out that any variation of 'grey' eyes, be it grey-green, grey-blue is still predominantly grey and this 'silver-taupe-violet' shade is 'amazing' on grey eyes.  I decided to give this shade a try.  The two shades that I have that match this description is NARS Lhasa and MAC Crystal.  

I honestly couldn't believe how amazingly my eyes took centre stage after trying these shades.  I continued with the Silvery-Taupe effect, by further applying Sephora's Dark Taupe Shimmer and Urban Decay's Mushroom as liners - I then blended Crystal into the liner for the first look (above) and Lhasa for the second, silver-taupe 'smokey' look (below).  

I'm 'HOOKED' on these shades - Seriously - how is it that I've never tried this before???  This is further proof that when you study your own personal palette, the colours that are naturally within you vs reading colour recommendations from colour-analysis books, you will find 'Yourself' and your Best self even within a 'season'!  Are these colours summery? Yes, but the 'recommended' blues and grey's were getting lost in my eyes and were too close to my natural eye colour.  However, the silver-taupe is exactly what the grey in my eyes were asking for!!!  My new advice - study 'yourself' not the color books, but USE the colour books as guides when needed!

For the rest of the makeup - In the first photo, I mixed NARS Madly and MAC Gentle blush.  Frr the lips: I used NARS Blonde Venus + MAC Faux.  In the second photo, I just used MAC's Gentle blush and then applied Annabelle's Taupe 'eyeliner', yes 'eyeliner' as a lipliner and then applied Faux.  I learned the eyeliner trick when I saw a beautiful cover of Drew Berrymore - I read the makeup details and the MA used an eyeliner/lipstick combination - ever since then, I've been using the same trick when I need to add 'brown' or change a true red to a deep red by adding black/brown eyeliner.  For the sake of the 'Silvery-Taupe' look, I thought 'why not use a lighter taupe eyeliner with Faux and see what happens?' - Turns out, it works!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MAC Herione Lipliner

One of my style icons is Charlotte Casiraghi - she is truly chic, inspiring and elegant.  I am always amazed at how simple yet classic her makeup looks are.  I recently saw a photo where she was dressed up for the evening in a stunning teal-blue dress with chandelier earrings and a sophisticated soft fuchsia toned lipstick.  I had an event to go to Friday and decided to copy-cat her makeup look.  The event I was going to didn't require chandelier earrings, but I still wanted to channel Charlotte's evening elegance:

I started with a taupe shade on my lid into crease (think it was satin taupe by MAC), the used Blooz liner and smudged the liner with Copperplate shadow by MAC - Gentle mineralize blush by MAC was used on the cheeks.  For that elegant evening lip - I first used MAC's Heroine lip-liner and then softly blended in Faux lipstick.  It was the Heroine liner that added that extra depth and turned this otherwise, subtle smokey look into evening chic :)

Almay Trio For Blues

I've been noticing more and more that although my natural eye colour is more of  cool grey-blue-green hazel, the blue is a key element.  In my natural eye palette, its more of a blue-grey shade.  While shopping at Shopper's Drug Mart, my local drug store, I couldn't help but be drawn to the Almay eyeshadows.  Almay sells eyeshadow shades based on your eye colour - there is one for Blues, Greens, Hazels and Browns.  I couldn't help but be drawn to the shadow palette for blue eyes - a mix of pink, taupe and deep blue-grey - a perfect representation of my natural colour palette :)  I decided to use Sephora's Dark Taupe Shimmer stick as a liner and smudged the dark blue-grey shade from the Almay palette into the liner.  For the blush, I mixed NARS Madly and MAC Gentle mineralize blush.  I also mixed two shades for my lips - MAC Faux and Plink.  This palette is so 'Summer' like - really enjoying having these colours in my personal palette :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

MAC Faux Lipstick

I wanted to begin this post by saying THANK-YOU so much for all the wonderful, uplifting and inspiring feedback and compliments I've been receiving on this blog.  I don't always have the opportunity to write back, but I definitely wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate it!!!  Hearing feedback from you inspires me to continue creating looks and making new colour discoveries!!!  To all my readers and fans - You ROCK!!!

Today's post is about a lipstick that I just rediscovered on a trip to Ottawa.  I went as a supervisor for a class trip and when we had some free time, everyone wanted to 'see the sights', then hit the malls :) I got so excited when I saw the MAC store and had to go in!  First, I want to share a little secret with you - when I go makeup shopping, I like to play 'stupid' sometimes - meaning, I'll go in pretending that I know 'nothing' about makeup because I like to see what other makeup artists recommend.  I usually know within a few minutes who is being genuine and who is out 'just to sell a product'.  I also like to continue learning from other makeup artists and picking up tips.  Well, the makeup artist I dealt with at the MAC store in Ottawa was 'Amazing' - she quickly picked up Faux lipstick as my perfect everyday shade.  As soon as I swiped it on, I felt 'perfect'!  The first thought that went through my mind, was 'Wow - of all the MAC lipsticks I've tried recently, how did I miss this one???' - I guess that in the tube itself, its just a standard pinky-mauve - a colour that I thought I had dupes of, but turns out that Faux is a very unique pink-mauve - its the texture and consistency that makes this lipstick 'rock'!  I walked out of that MAC store feeling really awesome and was very grateful for that makeup artists advice.  Sometimes we think we know what we want or think we 'know it all' when it comes to the colours we like/want - but sometimes we don't - sometimes we need another set of eyes guide us to try something new.  It made me realize that there are so many makeup products that we simply 'Ignore' because they aren't interesting in the tube or they aren't promoted as the 'IT' colour of the moment.  I have a new appreciation for makeup, makeup artistry, makeup artists!!!  Here is my makeup look, inspired by Faux lipstick, the colour I ignored for so long :)

For this look, I started with applying Espresso shadow from the lid into the crease.  I then applied smolder eyeliner (with a very light hand) - I smudged sketch into the upper lashline and finished with black mascara.  For the blush, I applied Gentle mineralize blush and of course, Faux Lipstick - all products by MAC for this look!  I like the softer, cooler tones for this look with a deeper, netural toned eye!  I'm very excited to play around with Faux lipstick and perhaps even make this my everyday signature :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

'Best Colors' Look - InStyle

A few weeks ago I read an interesting post on the In-Style website about 'Finding Your Best Colors'.  What I noticed about the recommendations is that the shades really do enhance your natural skintone and features.  I decided to create a look based on the recommendations for the 'Medium to Medium-Deep' Skintone.  I didn't use the exact colours recommended because I didn't have all of them, but I matched them as closely as I could.

For the eyes, the article recommended copper and bronze/brown tones, so I used 'Marche aux Puces' eyeshadow duo by MAC and Teddy eyeliner.  Next, I applied Sincere blush by MAC - a soft coral/peach colour was recommended.  Finally, for the lips, the article suggested a sheer berry tone, so I decided to try NARS Shrinagar lipstick, which is a cool-berry tone, but also applies very sheer.  Here is the look:

I really like this look - I think the coppery/bronze tones bring out the blue in my eyes and the berry lip mimics my natural lip shade.  I'm definitely going to keep playing around with a warmer copper/gold/bronze eye and cooler-berry lip combination.  I think it's polished yet classic!