Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Backstage Beauty Secrets

19.11.12

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the world’s sexiest fashion will debut Dec. 4th, 2012 and we’ve got the scoop on the backstage beauty secrets!

 

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The Soft and Subtle Art of Highlighting & Contouring

12.11.12

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Ever wonder how to maximize your best features while minimizing others? Are you looking through magazines and wondering why some of the celebrities faces look so sculpted?

Well if so ,the answer is highlighting and contouring ! Using  makeup to highlight and contour creates a sense of balance , adding definition to the face.

What is Highlighting and contouring?

Highlighting is a technique used on the higher planes of the face such as the cheekbones, brow bones, nose, chin, cupid’s bow of the lips, under the eyes, and inside the tear ducts.  Highlighting is done with a shade or two  lighter than your skin and is used to draw out or bring your features forward. The idea is to mimic the effect of light on the face.  I find I get a better result using creme makeup for the highlight rather than powder.

Contouring is the opposite of highlighting. A shade darker than your skin is used to hollow or recede, also to slim the face or make more angular.  The key to looking natural is to apply it softly and in the areas that shadows naturally hit your face. You can use either creme makeup or powder for contouring. Matte makeups are best , no shimmers for contouring.

Here is what I’ve done :  light marks = highlight  and  dark marks = contour

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The Steps;

1. Prime your face, eyes and  and apply your foundation as  you normally would.

{Here I used Smashox Photo Finish  Face Primer retail $36  , Laura Mercier eye canvas retail $26 and Makeup Forever HD foundation retail $42, all sold at www.sephora.com}

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2. Highlight :

Use a angular brush to apply your  cheek bone highlighter this  will create a nice lift . I do all my highlighting before contouring because I use cream and cream always goes before any powder.  After her cheek bone I went on to highlight her brow bone, tear duct area, center of her eyelid and forehead. Once done applying highlighter be sure  to blend it out. You can use a wedge sponge .

{Shown below I used an angled brush by Royal that I bought from the paint store, Japonesque makes a stiff angled foundation brush that would be perfect for this as well retail $24.50 and for the highlight I used Kryolan Dermacolor Light Cream Mini-Palett retail $35  all sold at www.camerareadycosmetics.com }

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3. Contour:

Lightly Brush on the  contour in crease of the eyes , edge of nose ,around hairline , hollows of cheeks and under the neck.  Measure a straight line from the top of your ear down toward your lip,thats the path you should be following to contour your cheeks . Remember to Blend , Blend, Blend!

{For the eyes I used a Laura Mercier Crease brush retail $29.00 sold at www.sephora.com and around hollows of cheeks I used Sonia Kashuk Medium Angled brush retail $17.00 sold at www.target.com . I contoured with MAC sculpting powders retail $15.50 www.maccosmetics.com}

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4. Add your blush and rest of your makeup and there you go!

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Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

The Easiest Way to Conceal a Cold Sore

28.10.12


It’s just about that time of the year where the season of sharing unfortunately includes colds and viruses! Cold sores can put a serious cramp in anybody’s beauty routine. Enter Abreva Conceal, a clear non-medicated patch that conceals your cold sore and enables you to apply makeup on top, lasting up to 8 hours. It creates a protective barrier that allows air in with MicroAir technology while keeping contaminants out.

Check out the simple steps below as I demonstrate how easy it is to use Abreva Conceal. Since I don’t have a cold sore, which is what the product is intended for, I demonstrated on a blemish.

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  1. Wash your face with a mild soap, and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry
  2. Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside. Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” (avoid touching the sticky part underneath by holding on to the small rectangular tab). Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”. While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore. Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks to on top of your cold sore.
  3. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.
  4. Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips. I found that applying a liquid foundation with a small brush and finishing with powder helps set for flawless coverage. Nobody noticed that I had Conceal on and it stayed put for hours while I totally forgot I even had it on.

Abreva Conceal Logo The Easiest Way to Conceal a Cold Sore Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.

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My True Loves: Products I cant live without

26.10.12

I get asked this question multiple times a week “so what are your favorite items in your makeup  kit?” As a makeup artist I have spent countless dollars on makeup and it could take a lifetime to tell you all the products I love however there are several  over the years that I seem to mostly gravitate towards. I buy them repeatedly and they have seemed to be tried and true. These items I cant live without! 

 

Smashbox Photo Finish Eyelid Primer  It glides on so smoothly and effortlessly leaving a nice finish on the lids.I usually recommend applying it with a cream brush like Laura Mercier creme brush.Your eye shadow will last all day. This is a must if you wear eyeshadow and even if you don’t your lids will  look smooth and flawless. Retail $20  www.smashbox.com

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Laura Mercier Sheer Creme Eye Shadow  I am a huge fan of creme shadows. Can I just say this is by far the best creme shadow I have come across. So delicate and pretty. Never runs, not too heavy or pasty. Works on any woman, any age range. Retail $22  www.lauramercier.com

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Yaby Eye Shadow If your going for powder shadow I find the Yaby eye shadows to be wonderfully pigmented and very true to color. You can even customize your own palette. Try wetting them for more of an intense look. Eye shadow color in every imaginable shade. Retail $3.15 for refills www.yabycosmetics.com

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Maybelline Gel Eye Liner {color: charcoal} Charcoal is the new black and I love using this shade on any eye color..really defines the eye and the gel formula is fantastic. Comes with a nice small brush too. Hands down this liner will last you the whole day. no running, smudging or cracking. Retail $10 www.maybelline.com

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MAC Pencil {color: Naked} Now even though this color is marketed as a lip pencil I use it in the water line of the eye..really opens up the eye with this gorgeous flesh tone . Retail $15 www.maccosmetics.com

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Loreal Voluminous Waterproof  Volume Building Mascara I love, love, love this mascara. It does not budge. I really love the waterproof formula I feel it curls the lash and doesn’t feel too heavy or weigh them down . STAYS put and brush applicator is not too big nor too small. Retail $8.00 www.lorealparisusa.com

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Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer This is great alone or under your foundation to smooth outlines and reduce appearance of pores. Its oil free Has a velvety feel. Retail $36 www.smashbox.com

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Laura MercierTinted Moisturizer I use this almost daily on clients if they just want a light natural coverage. Evens out redness . Very light weight formula. Comes in Oil free as well. Spf15 which is a nice touch. Retail $43 www.lauramercier.com

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Makeup Forever HD Foundation This is medium coverage. Even though its is a heavier coverage than a tinted moisturizer you still barely feel it on your face. It is very light weight. I like to apply it with a wedge sponge or a foundation brush. It is great for camera and you will look photo ready in no time! It’s my ultimate go to foundation when I’m working with clients on camera or for an everyday photo look. Really leaves a smooth finish. I love the pump bottle. Retail $42  www.makeupforever.com

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Makeup Forever HD Blush  I adore this product! Its very pigmented however it looks so natural on the skin. I use it with a crème blush brush. Retail $26 www.makeupforever.com

 

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Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

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