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Color Block Your Clothes, Not Your Face: 4 Tips For Finding the Perfect Foundation Shade

21.6.14

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This was a post I did originally in 2012 for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year award, but it’s timeless information that I thought I’d share here! 

We’ve probably all been there. You think your foundation is the perfect match until you see yourself in a photograph and the different color face and neck combo jumps out at you like a ghost (pun intended).

Fret not. Faster than you can untag yourself in that photo, you can learn how to find the perfect foundation.

  • Know your skin’s undertones- Knowing is half the battle. Your undertone is the base color of your skin. Whether it’s warmer tones in yellow and olive or cooler colors in reds and pinks,  knowing your skin’s undertones is the first step in picking the right foundation. Tip:  Do you look better in gold or silver jewelry? Chances are if you look better in gold jewelry you’re warmer and if you look better in silver, you’re cooler.
  • Pick a few shades to start with- find 3 or 4 different shades that you think may match your complexion.
  • Color swatch- testing on your jaw, swatch (a test swipe of color) all shades next to each other.
  • View in different lights- this is an important step most people forget. While a foundation might look perfect in fluorescent department store lightings, outside is a different story. Go outside and look in a mirror at your swatches. The color that blends seamlessly in your skin is the winner!

Blend, blend, and blend some more- Even the perfect foundation shade can look mask if it’s not blended in properly. Using your fingers, sponge or brush, blend your foundation into your hairline and into your neck. There should be no visible signs of the foundation stopping or starting. My favorite blending tool? The Beauty Blender!

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LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now

17.6.14

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LORAC just released the PRO Palette 2, the sequel to the popular PRO Palette 1. It contains 8 matte and 8 shimmer colors (not to mention a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer) that are clutch the pearls gorgeous. I’ve been playing with this versatile palette for the past week and it has quickly become my new favorite.  You can intermix the colors and textures to effortlessly go from day to night with vibrant colors and natural neutrals.

 

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The color payoff is great and for only $42 (available now at Ulta.com), it’s a steal. It’s the perfect palette for travel because you can create any look desired on the fly.

Get the look LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now

 

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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Multiple Sleep Interruptions Call For a Multitasking Makeup Product : NARS Matte Multiple

11.3.14

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Nothing makes you condense your morning routine better and faster than having a baby in the house. Take this past month for example. Rocco hit 8 months and for some unkown reason, sleeping through the night became a thing of the past and a distant, bitter sweet memory. I tried everything– putting him to bed earlier, later, giving him more food, less food, dream feeding (I thought that was done??), and Motrin before bed (probably more nights than I should have). Nothing worked. He would wake up around 2:30/3 AM and by the time he went back to sleep it was time to get up for work.

Needless to say, I got up later in the mornings and my 20 minute makeup routine was reduced to about 12. Looking for a brief ray of sunshine through a cloudy haze of exhaustion, I decided to purchase the new NARS Matte Multiple (in Laos) because makeup shopping is the only thing that makes me feel better.

Hello my new morning BFF!

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So if your not familiar with the NARS Multiples, $39, they are a multi-use product for the eyes, face and lips. The original line of Multiples were sheer with a hint of shimmer. Perfect for highlighting and a just a kiss of color.

Its cousin, the new Matte Multiple, packs more of a punch. While the size of the Matte Multiple is smaller, the product is super pigmented—thus needing less product. And the color is buildable so you can adjust how vibrant you want the color to be (see just one swipe below, in Laos):

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It’s easy to blend with fingers or a brush. For a sheerer look, apply wet.  Applied on lips, I suggest a coat of gloss, as it’s a little too matte for me.  The line comes in 8 shades and I want every single one.

But until then I’ll be happy with Laos. And 8 hours of sleep, please.

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An Evening of Macaroons and Moët with Make Up For Ever: The Unveiling of the New HD Blush and Pressed Powder

13.2.14

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What’s better than a night out with indulging in macaroons and Moët? Playing with makeup while doing it!

Lucky me was invited to check out MAKE UP FOR EVER’s unveiling of their new HD Blush and Pressed Powder at their boutique at the King of Prussia Mall.

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The HD Blush ($26, Sephora.com) in itself is amazing–a light weight cream blush that blends effortlessly into the skin for a flawless finish. It comes in 16 shades that range from light to medium to tan to deep—booth with cool and warm undertones. Since I like peachy undertones, I was given #315 to try.

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One of the great things about MAKE UP FOR EVER is that they are very into educating consumers on how to use their product. Jayme, the lead makeup artist at the King of Prussia boutique, showed me the new technique to apply the HD Blush called the “Figure Eight”. After applying product to the angled end of the 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush ($53, sephora.com), start at the top of your cheekbone by your hairline and work your way to the apple of your cheek in the formation of an 8. Easy breezy for a classic blush application.

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Also, new in the HD collection is the HD Pressed Powder ($36, sephora.com). It’s great for reducing fine lines and blurring out blemishes. Great for touch ups through out the day, it zaps any sign of oil.  Jayme showed me how to apply this using the 124 Powder Kabuki Brush ($52, sephora.com) using a press and roll technique.

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I had such a great time learning more about the brand, talking to the artists and sampling the products. I even  got a chance to finally try their popular HD Invisible Cover Foundation (matched to #153), that has developed its own cult following.  And on my list to do is attend one of their MAKE UP MASTERY classes offered every Monday at MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques. Each class is only $25 for a 90 minute class. Check out details at your local MUFE boutique!

 

 

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