One Product, Multiple Uses

Here are some amazing ways to save time and use products in a variety of ways. These are great products for an overnight bag, a business trip and longer travel.

Chapstick:

The regular no flavor, no tingley, Chapstick. Dab on cheek bones (especially on windy winter days!), under your brow, use as a brow tamer, to sooth cuticles or dry spots, to tame flyaway frizzies and, of course, on your lips! Vaseline is another long time favorite but it you tend to have oily skin or want less shine, a more dense product is better.


 

Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter sets:

The lightest shade can be used as a highlighter as well as eyeshadow. The blush can be applied as such. The dark bronze can be used for shadow and even brow fill in a pinch. I got one from Avon that is super affordable.


Primer:

Finding the right primer can be face changing. I love Urban Decay original primer, but my new favorite is the Urban Decay Eden. It’s a fair skin tone and I can use it alone on lids and under eyes. Sin is another favorite with some shimmer. I have combination skin and oily lids. After 10 hours, I found the original potion to crease. Sin and Eden didn’t crease even after a summer wedding I was in that I needed my face photo-ready for 16 hours. $20 each at Sephora.com

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Sin

Sin

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Eden

Eden

Left: Urban Decay Eden with UD Shadow. Right: Just UD Shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Coconut Oil:

If you’ve been on any beauty blog or Pinterest, you know the benefits of coconut oil. Head to toe, this stuff is amazing. I found these little inch and a half containers at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now you can have it everywhere! Don’t fill to the top as coconut oil has a low melting temp.

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Matte Brown Shadow:

A shadow you can use for your brows is already double duty. But a powder you can wet, now becomes brow powder, liner and even mascara. I’ve always loved the way Mary Kay shadows apply wet or dry. To use on your brow, use a dry angle brush and brush with dry spoolie. As a shadow, use your finger, brush or disposable applicator. As a liner, put a small drop of water in the eye shadow and dab an angle brush in to mix lightly. Apply as liner. While still wet, dab your pointer and thumb in the shadow and pinch tips of lashes lightly to use as a quickie mascara.

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Shadow in Espresso ($7 Marykay.com)

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Brushes!!!

Quality brushes are just as important as quality makeup. A great brush applies makeup more evenly, gets more color payoff and saves you time when you’re trying to blend.

I constantly use the same 4 brushes for my everyday application:

MAC #217  $22.50USD

This brush is great for blending. Its a versatile brush that can be used for any shadow application.

MAC #239 $24USD

This is a flat brush excellent for shadow application on your lid and under your eye. Since its flat it can be used for detail as well.

MAC #182$47USD

This is the perfect brush for powder foundation application. Its great for blending blush for finishing touches and great for a mineral finishing product. I had tried many brushed for powder application and finally decided to splurge on this brush. Worth every penny!! My powder foundation will last longer using this brush as well. This makes an excellent gift!

The last brush is a small detail brush from craft stores. Some come in a pack or you can buy individually from the art brush display in these stores. These brushes are great for precise eye lining with powder, gel and liquid. Perfect for retro or cat eyes!

For MAC brushes go to http://www.MACcosmetics.com

For art brushes try http://www.acmoore.com

NYX Cosmetics

I just bought a bunch of NYX Cosmetics and they are definitely worth every penny. The Jumbo Eye Pencils and loose pigment shadows are so easy to use and can be worn sheer or be dramatic. They are long lasting and stayed put in the shower. They come off with makeup remover.

The Jumbo Eye Pencils are soft and easily blended with a brush, applicator, wedge, q-tip or even your finger. They can be used as liners, shadows and best of all a base for the pigments.

When wearing the loose shadows as a daytime or sheer look, just apply a small amount on your lid starting at the lash line and working your way up and out.

To get a very bold, dramatic shadow coverage, prime with the white jumbo pencil very lightly. Too much will crease. Then with a shadow brush and a small amount of powder at a time, apply shadows and blend out.

Emily Boyd, Emily Boyd Makeup Artist, Eye Shadow techniques

I used the white pencil to prime. Then I applied the Purple pigment with a small shadow brush over my lid then blending out. I then used the black pencil to smudge into my crease and evened that out with a small shadow brush. I used the black as a primer and to get a deep color with the pigment. I went over the black with the purple again, lined my eyes and finished with mascara. This look is dramatic but can be toned down or up very easily.

These are so fun to play with!!

There is a great selection at http://www.cherryculture.com

Two-Toned, Dramatic and Neutrals

Pictures Left to Right: ArtDeco, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

Fall 2010 Colors.

We are seeing a lot of neutrals, golds and jewel tones on the runways. This seasons makeup is full of purples, blues,
emeralds, textured golds and minimalist neutrals with dramatic lips. These looks are fun and can be very easy.
Makeup companies are making this trend easier by selling coordinating shadows in sets of 2, 3 and 4 colors.
Companies like Maybelline, Revlon and Cover Girl actually have easy to follow instructions right on the package and even the shadows
themselves. Lorielle’s  HIP collection has a great variety of this seasons brights easily available in drugstores.

If you don’t want to start with bright shadows, start with a liner just to get the feel of a color. You can line your eyes with shadow or
with eyeliner. To line your eyes with an eyeshadow, simply use your eyeliner brush and smudge above lash line. The more you get used to a color you can play with it
going from day to dramatic night looks.

These colors are great on your nails too! These are from M.A.C Cosmetics

Maybelline Eye Studio

Maybelline: Official Sponsor for the Mercedes-Benz NY Fall Fashion Week.  Two-Toned Makeup is a huge trend for 2010 fall fashion. Maybelline has a number of coordinating colors in one palette. This award winning product is the Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eye Shadow. Easy to use, easy to wear and can be used wet or dry. For a video using these colors, go to my Videos page. For more Fall/Winter 2010-2011 trends, go to my Trends page.