Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oscar Worthy Duplicity is Key

I've been thinking about the title of my very ambitious 'Oscar Worthy' posts. In my book, we're all worthy. If beauty and makeup make your world a prettier place, that's cool. Some of us may be Oscar royalty, others may not. The universal evening brings us closer together, united in celebration of magic created on the big screen. Go ahead, dream. Dare to dream, big and bold. You are the celebrity in your story.

"A STAR is only relevant, by the light left behind, quietly and with purpose."
Starts with a Swatch 

Double Take.

I'm a lucky, lucky girl. Beauty brands have been very good to the blog, and my Oscar Worthy looks endeavor. Since diversity is the spice of life, I created two slightly different eye variations, changing only the eyelid base variable. I wanted to create a smokey eye, in smoldering black. When I received Hard Candy's sparkly, funky, gorge Spring products, I had to use Shadow Dancers, Night & Day. 
Liquid to powder eyes. A Celestial turquoise, luminizing pearl, duo cream applied to the lid, dries in lightning speed. byTerry Color-Fix Cream Eye Shadow, Silver Granite, true silver glow glides on smooth, and feels natural. Hard Candy Meteor-eyes Black Hole baked, high pigment swirls of silver and black, creates an edgy, bold look. For added intensity, wet the shadow. Mac Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice inside the upper and lower lash line makes a statement. Mac Lash #20, a touch of density. Nars Stilo Liquid Liner, so thin & precise, one stroke application is all you need. I applied Armani Maestro Foundation post shadow application, avoiding smokey - eye spillage. Shu Uemura Sunlight Peach Dome Blush, creates peachy keen cheeks. A little goes a long way, blends well with fingertips, a sponge or foundation brush. Hard Candy Lip Def, Madison Ave. 3D pearl, soft copper tone screams Oscar, I am worthy.

Bond, James Bond
Double Take Eye You Decide

Hard Candy Meteor-eyes

Nars Stilo Liquid Liner

Armani Maestro Foundation

Shu Peachy Cream Dome Blush
byTerry Color Fix Cream Shadow
Mac Lash #20
Hard Candy Lip Def
Shadow dancers

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Oscar Worthy Looks, From Me for You

Let the bright shine in. Nothing says siren like a chocolate eye, sunburst lip combination. It's a win-win. A-listers are in full tilt prepPrimed, primped and beautified, pre Oscar festivities. Yes, I said week. There are more parties, events, press functions, makeovers, hair & skincare, mani-pedi's, stylists and scrubs happening in Hollywood than politics at the White House. Exhausting. Pretty makeup starts with luminous, perfect skin. byTerry Cellularose Brightening Serum with Skin Perfecting Illuminating Serum, Hydra Radiance, Roses Native Cells is creme de la creme skincare. 'The multi-unifying, anti-aging corrective and radiance boosting serum adds luminosity to your dull, lackluster complexion.' For a bronze goddess look to go with the spray tan, Armani LSF #6 warm beige, and #8 tan, gives skin a radiant, sun-kissed glow. Shu Uemura Nobara Stick Foundation's creamy concealer coverage, provides spot on, extra coverage wherever needed. Urban Decay's Vice Palette Muse eyeshadow, a rich chocolate, high- pigmented shadow applied to the upper lid and crease looks smoldering, mysterious. Penny Lane, a peachy, metallic shade applied to the inner lid blends effortlessly with Muse, creating light. Blitz, a bold gold applied to inner corners, diffuses and delights. Muse brushed through the brow creates flair, ole' English flavor. Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #2, a devine, chocolate brown lined across the upper and lower lash line, is the must have pencil in your makeup bag of tricks. The rich brown compliments every skin shade, gorgeous on woman of color. The Queen, Pat McGrath and King, Tim Quinn introduced me to Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #2, my world of beauty, changed forever. Curl, Curl the lashes, apply generous coats of L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24HR Mascara, Blackest Black, top and bottomGlamorous, clump free, plumped up lashes.
Colour Caresse by Colour Riche light texture, available in pretty hues of bright color. Fiery Veil, a burnt orange stands out in a crowd, Blushing Sequin, popping pink softens the look. 
A star's got to have options. Yes, that means you.

Urban Decay Vice Palette

Colour Caresse by Colour Riche L'Oreal

Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Eye Pencil

Power Volume 24 HR L'Oreal

Shu Uemura Nobara Stick

Shu Uemura Brown Feather Lash

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Blushing Pink
Quick Change

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Oscar Worthy Looks for Real Women

Shine Bright Like a Diamond.                            

Red. The MU standard, bold lip, soft eye balance. Modern times throws rules out the window, creativity runs rampant. Check out beauty pics of Angelina red carpet style, rocking a dark eye with a red lip. Sophistication with an edge. Angie gets away with it. So can Jennifer Lawrence, bold beauties. The red lip, inspired by the demure Michele Williams. Embryolisse, a Celebrity Artist staple glides on like butter, melting into the skin, perfect prep for MU application. Armani Beauty  Luminous Silk Foundation continues to be my can't live without foundation. If it's not broken, don't fix it. Skin is flawless, seamless and luminescent. Mac Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gleam, dusty rose with golden specks applied to the lid, is a sweet ray of sunshine. The thinnest black liner along the lash line adds a hint of drama. Ardell Demi Wispies in Black, the perfect glam accessory. Makeup For Ever Mat Bronzer creates a tan look without the shimmer glow. The long lasting matte finish delivers, camera ready complexion. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil  JUMBO size crayon, glides on smooth, precise and dries fast. Red Square, a vibrant red with bright orange base makes a statement, refreshing burst of color. If you have your heart set on true red, try Nars Red Dragon, vibrant cherry. It's all the rage this Fashion Season. Time to tone done the lip, apply L'Oreal Infallible le gloss 8HR gold, instant softness. 
And diamonds, loads and loads of bright lights. It's the Oscars, a gal should be dripping and oozing sophistication.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Ardell Demi Wispies


L'Oreal infallible le gloss

Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze

Mac Cosmetics Eyeshadow Gleam

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oscar Worthy

Most of us will never get the chance to attend the Oscars, NYC Fashion Week, the Grammys, much less be nominated, have our makeup and hair done by the Pros. Since I'm not in Hollywood painting faces this season, I thought why not recreate some 'Oscar Worthy' red carpet looks, for fun. Exclusively, for yours truly. There will be no crazy, weird, difficult makeup looks, only pretty eyes, lips and cheeks. Looks you can wear whenever the mood strikes. Maybe at your own, fabulous Oscar viewing party, sipping cocktails from the couch. Stayed tuned for more Oscar worthy looks...

Green Envy.

Wearing bold color looks cool when done right. Keep the rest of the face bare, and flawless. This look takes literally five minutes. I left the skin radiant and hydrated, applying Armani's Crema Nera Regenerating Cream and byTerry Concealer Touche-Expert Advanced to the under eyes and lid. (Remember to hit the inner & upper eye corners to create light.) Philosophy's Mineral Dual bronzer-blush, swept over the cheekbones, nose and eye crease. Mac Cosmetic's Fluid Line in Dark Envy, a stunning, emerald shade of green sparkle. Applies creamy and smooth, dries fast and stays put. I used a fine tip synthetic brush for precise application. A swipe of byTerry's powder, and you're ready to paint the town.
Armani Crema Nera
Mac Fluid Line Dark Envy

Philosophy Mineral Dual Bronzer Blush

Fire and Ice

White shadow can be difficult, but provides a dramatic effect when paired with black. Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in white provides a shimmering, photo ready base. I applied Stila's Liquid Liner close to the lash line and in between the lashes. Armani Black Eyeliner Pencil #4 rimmed inside the eye, creates a dramatic black & white contrast. Every girl should wear Shu Uemura's Dazzling Black Diamond lashes, look and feel like a million bucks. Mac Cosmetic's Pigment in Soft Pearl White applied with the finger into the brow bone creates an ethereal, goddess effect. Nars The Multiple cream stick in Orgasm highlights the cheek a lovely shade of peachy pink. Dab Mac's Soft Pearl White Pigment on top of Nars Orgasm on high cheeks for  megawatt shimmer. Mac's Viva Glam Gaga in chalky pink compliments the blush, balancing the eye. The modern take on vintage Hollywood glam.

Mac Pigment Soft Pear White
Nars Multi-Stick Orgasm

Shu Uemura Black Diamond Lash
Mac ViVA Glam Gaga

Mally Roncal EverColor Shadow Stick
Shades Of Purple

Partial to a smokey eye, I love to mix it up, the color purple.
What better time for knock out, full on glam eyes than the Oscars.
Use byTerry Light-Expert Foundation Stick in Vanilla Light,
creates a bare, flawless canvas. 
Apply under-eye concealer last, saves times on shadow cleanup.
Mally Roncal Ever Color Shadow Stick in Plum swept and blended into the crease, along lower lash line creates a smokin,' eggplant base. I love a bare lid, adds light & dimension.
myface Blingtone packs serious, shimmer punch, Purple Haze  dazzle the red carpet.
Mac Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Ice Black rimmed inside the upper and lower lid is 12 HR waterproof formula holds all night.
Ardell lashes in Babies Black, light and airy, deliver va-voom, camera ready eyes.
L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Gold, dusted above the brow bone and high cheek brings glamour up a notch. 
Tom Ford Bronzer a warm, muddy brown with a hint shimmer, paired with Nars Cream ShadowCayenne to the lip is a sexy, chocolate delight.

Nars Cayenne
L'Oreal Infallible Eye

Tom Ford Bronzer
Purple Haze

byTerry Light-Expert

Monday, February 4, 2013

Swan Song

Webster's Definition of BEAUTY

: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness
: a beautiful person or thing; especially : a beautiful woman    
: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

I love makeup, creams and potions. I really, truly do. Products help us feel good, and smell delish. Why not?! I enjoy empowering women (& men), to look and feel beautiful. I've painted supermodels and celebrities, recognizing in an instant what inner beauty means. The 'it factor', inner confidence, kindness, humility. You can't fake grace. There were 'beautiful ones' who were plain old ugly. 
Boring, ego-centric and demanding, I couldn't wait to escape.

Lovely comes in all shapes and shapes, the beauty that is Lizzie Velasquez. Born with a rare disease, Lizzie beats the odds every day. 23 years young, she is the epitome of pretty. 
Strangers gawk, bullies push. That won't stop her. Lizzie is making a difference and the world a prettier place.

"But she didn't let the bullying get her down. Instead Velasquez wrote two books: "Be Beautiful, Be You" and "Lizzie Beautiful." Now the young woman delivers motivational speeches to young students across Texas. She even created a YouTube video titled "It Gets Better," which has had nearly 2.5 million views since she posted it in 2010."