The Basics: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101

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If you follow Makeup to Go on Instagram

– and you should @makeuptogoblog – you may have noticed that things have been quite active over there. I’m finally investing time into the Makeup to Go Blog Instagram feed and it’s starting to come into form and look nice and spiffy 🙂 AND I love that Instagram offers me immediate feedback into what people want to see and learn. So one of the things I’ve come to realize unequivocally is that people want more tutorials and videos, no matter how basic the presentation may be.

With that in mind, here is an Instagram Story video where I go through step-by-step on how I wash my brushes. Now; I’m not saying this is the ONLY way to wash brushes, but this is a more typically professional method than some of the methods you may see online. And I also explain why I do some of the things that I do. This method has keep my brushes in good usable condition for years and years and years and also I have yet to ever cause anyone a skin irritation/reaction using this method (knock on wood!).


I should say, this Insta Story became seriously popular. Like WOW. I guess I’m a q-dork, but I had no idea it would be so popular. It is saved on the @Makeuptogoblog Instagram as a “Highlight” but I also thought what the heck, let’s go ahead and post it on the blog where it can live for all posterity. I am working on the capacity to be able to do more videos and I want them to look more professional, etc. but in the meantime I will be taking advantage of Insta Stories and Instagram Live as both teaching tools and ways to connect with my audience. So if there is anything in particular you want to see, lay it on me in Comments! I’m all ears 🙂

You might also like my previous articles on makeup brushes and keeping your makeup clean.

ALSO! Major thanks to Illyne Michel for helping me film this tutorial. You can check out her makeup fabulosity at @mua_illynemichel

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#MakeupMonday – Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection by Sam Fine

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Behold! The first in Makeup to Go’s version of “swatches”…

As you can see, our idea of swatches is a bit different. As a makeup fan, I understand that seeing the actual product on an actual person is a more accurate way to see a color/texture/etc. of a product. As a professional makeup artist, I also want to know how it wears, how it looks in different lights, and how it photographs. Therefore – about every month or so – I hope to pick a product line or a theme or the like and USE them in a professional photoshoot and see how they perform. First up to bat I am featuring the Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection by Sam Fine.

For those who are not familiar, Fashion Fair was founded in 1973 by the late John H. Johnson and his wife, the late Eunice W. Johnso. The goal was to address the lack of cosmetics available for women of color, particularly African America women. You can click here to read the full story but basically put; long before there was MAC or before it was expected for a mainstream brand to have colors for “ethnic” skintones, Fashion Fair was there to fulfill the need. Like many a brown girl of a certain age, I grew up watching my grandmother, mother and all of the women around me using Fashion Fair. The pink packaging with gold leaf writing brings back strong memories. Over time, however, Fashion Fair began to recede in popularity as the mainstream brands did start to (finally!) address the needs of women of color. That coupled with dated color palettes and formulations (and some would say the packaging was dated as well), and Fashion Fair began to slip a bit in the competitive cosmetics marketplace. Enter master makeup artist Sam Fine. In August 2011 it was announced that he would be joining Fashion Fair as the Creative Makeup Director and begin designing signature Trend lines for the brand. His first collection came out in 2012 and was an instant success, bringing a much needed breath of fresh air and vitality to the brand.

In this story, I am working with his latest collection, The Supreme Color collection. I am focusing on one eyeshadow palette in particular, the Amalfi Coast quad. I chose to work with the eyeshadows because eyeshadow is one of the areas where rank-and-file consumer cosmetics often do not work for women of color because they lack adequate pigmentation. I have even found this to be the case with some of the better brands. On the other hand, a woman wants a palette of wearable colors and not necessarily the extremes of brands such as Sugarpill or LimeCrime. Overall, I was very impressed with this palette. The shadows are wonderfully pigmented and have a creamy texture with good color payoff. Unlike a lot (most) higher pigmentation eyeshadows, they are creamy instead of powdery, which means they are easily blendable and have less fallout. All that said, let’s see the products in action.

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Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection eyeshadow quad in “Amalfi Coast”


…and here are swatches of the colors on my model’s hands both dry and damp (most eyeshadows that can be applied dry can be applied damp to increase the pigmentation and staying power).

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left – dry, right – damp


As you can see, the Amalfi Coast quad is a more “neutral” palette, although Mr. Fine modernized by Quad by adding a pop of color in the form of this year’s trend color of Emerald Green. It is smart touches like that which make this Collection on trend without being overboard trendy. (The other quad in the collection, Tunisian Nights, is a jewel-tone blue & purple palette).I also used some of the lip colors from the collection in my shoots. Here is a swatch of all of the lip colors in the collection. As you can see, the color palette is fresh and contemporary with a few classics mixed in. The lip colors are also nicely pigmented while still creamy and blendable, and the pigment lays very evenly. Also used throughout the shoot, although not pictured, is the Canary Diamond gloss which is a nude-y/gold shimmer. I liked it, but I wouldn’t say it was remarkable.

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Swatches shown on my own hand. Yes, some pre-photo lotion would have been nice…


OK so for look #1 I of course started out with a clean beauty/daytime look using only the burgundy/bronze shimmer (lower left corner) and the light gold shimmer (upper left corner). I used the shadows dry. (all makeup below by Tania D. Russell, photography by Gorgeous Digital. These images are NOT STOCK and unauthorized usage is prohibited.)

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Next I wanted to do something a bit more “glam”, so I used a lot of the light gold shimmer on the center lid to create highlight and added the matte brown (lower right corner) to the outer corners of the eyes to add depth. The burgundy/bronze and light gold shimmer shadows blended like a dream dry or dampened. I found that when damp, the matte brown grabbed a bit which is something matte shadows can do. I was able to blend it out by using a bit more of the same brown with a dry brush. The lipcolor is Whispering Rose, also from the Supreme Color collection.

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Next I wanted to ramp it up to a full smokey eye. This is where I was wishing for a Quint instead of a Quad, because I was really wishing I had a black eyeshadow to work with (there is a matte black color in the Tunisian Nights quad). As it was, I was able to achieve more depth by using the matte brown color all over the lid, blending out into the burgundy/bronze, and rimming the eyes with black eyeliner. The lipcolor is a mix of Cognac and Deep Suede, topped with a touch of the Canary Diamond lipgloss, all from the Supreme Color collection.

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Finally, I got to do my favorite which is a simple but strong wash of the Emerald Green color blended out into the crease. For the lip color I believe I just used the Canary Diamond lipgloss.

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And there you have it. Four distinct looks from one eyeshadow quad. I was definitely impressed and I would recommend it to anyone considering this for themselves or their kit. Speaking of “for your kit”, Fashion Fair is apparently hosting a booth at the upcoming Makep Show trade show, and the Sam Fine Supreme Color Collection will be available (no idea if discounted).

Many thanks to Gorgeous Digital for their fabulous photographic & retouching work and our lovely model Ja’Veonna for making this article possible. ALSO – if you’re wondering about the fabulous jewelry worn in this shoot, we had the pleasure of shooting this story in the store, Made In Earth located in Venice CA on Abbot Kinney. Proprietor/Creative Director and master Deisgner Bunny Bedi hones raw gems/earth stones and even meteorites (!) into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Due to the nature of honed stone, no two pieces are exactly alike. We were honored to be able to use his gorgeous creations in our photo-shoot. I became an instantaneous fan! (and yes, that is a “sand rug” on the floor of his store).

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Made In Earth store, Venice CA / Tiger Iron pendant by Made in Earth


Fabulous Photography: Gorgeous Digital
Makeup: Tania D. Russell
Fabulous Model: Ja’Veonna
Fabulous Location: Made in Earth

Disclosure: I was given the Tiger Iron pendant pictured in exchange for work on a shoot we did for Made in Earth. (yay me!) All cosmetics used were PURCHASED by me for this story.

#MaquillajeParaGo – Maquillaje de cinco minutos

For this month’s installment of Maquillaje Para Go! Delia walks us through her “Maquillaje de cinco minutos” aka the “get out the door” face routine. Every girl should have one, what’s yours? Leave a comment and let us know! (as always, the English version follows below)

Hola a todos! Como Tania ha dicho, mucho ha estado sucediendo aquí en MTG. Uno de ellos es la llegada del nuevo miembro de la familia de MTG, Jaymes! Estoy tan contenta de que él es un bebé feliz y saludable. Por supuesto, con un nuevo bebé, hay que adatpt a los cambios. Ahora que tengo tiempo limitado, uno de los cambios que he tenido que hacer es a mi rutina de maquillaje. Así que aquí está mi rutina rápida de 5 minutos que pueden hacer mas glamoroso si es necesario.

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Primero aplico mi base. He estado usando L’oreal True Match porque desaparece en la piel muy bien sin mirar pesado.

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A continuación aplico un delineador negro a la parte superior e inferior de la líneas de agua del ojo. También me aplique una delgada línea cerca de la línea de las pestañas para que mis pestañas aparecen más llenos. Para este paso me gusta usar delineador de L’oreal Smoldering Eyeliner o Smolder de MAC.

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Siguen las pestañas. Me gusta pasar un poco de tiempo extra en las pestañas, porque me gusta que se vean lo más lleno posible. Me aseguro de llegar lo más cerca de la raíz como sea posible. Mis mascaras preferidas son Diorshow Blackout y Volumious Mascara en negro. Cualquiera de las son increible.

Estos dos pasos siguientes son donde se puede ver hasta el glamour con sólo elegir los colores adecuados.

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Puede omitir rubor o puede utilizar un color neutro como rubor crema de Inglot en color # 87 para darle un poco de color. O puede utilizar un color más fuerte para la mirada del glam como MAC Flirt and Tease.

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¡Siguen los labios! Usted puede ponerse un brillo de labios transparentes, o puede usar un labial brillante para realzar la mirada. Mi color preferido es Inglot #408. Un rojo brillante.

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Por último un poco de polvo suelto o compacto y listo. Yo uso polvos compactos de Clinique en Invisible Matte.

Aunque suene a mucho, el proceso es bastante rápido. Nunca me toma más de 5 minutos y luego todos estamos por la puerta!

Delia Jiménez Owens es una artista de maquillaje y pelo disponible, en los angeles y las vegas. Puede seguidor en Twitter en @ DeliaJOwens

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Hello everyone! As Tania posted, a lot has been going on here at MTG. One being the arrival of the newest member of the MTG family, Jaymes! I’m so glad he is a happy and healthy baby. Of course, with a new baby, one has to adapt to changes. Now that I have limited time, one of the changes I’ve had to make is to my make up routine. So here is my quick 5 minute makeup routine that you can glam up if needed.

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First I apply my foundation. I’ve been using L’oreal True Match because it disappears into the skin nicely without looking heavy.

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Next I apply a black eyeliner to the upper and lower waterlines. I also dab a thin line near the lashline to make my lashes appear fuller. For this step I like to use L’oreal Smoldering Eyeliner or MAC’s Smolder.

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The lashes are next. I like to spend a little extra time on lashes because I like to make them look as full as possible. I make sure to get as close to the root as possible and wiggle my way up the lash. My mascaras of choice are Diorshow in Blackout and Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black. Either works great.

These next two steps are where you can glam your look up by just choosing the right colors.

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You can skip blush or you can use a neutral color like Inglot cream color blush in #87 to give you a little bit of color. You can use a bolder color to glam the look up like MAC’s Flirt and Tease.

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Lips are next! You can throw on a sheer lipgloss and go or use a bright lipcolor to enhance the look. My everyday wear is Inglot’s #408. A bright red.

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Lastly dust on some loose or pressed powder and go. I use Clinique’s pressed powder in Invisible Matte.

Although it sounds like a lot, the process is quite fast. It never takes me more than 5 minutes then we’re all out the door!

Delia Jimenez Owens is a makeup and hair artist available in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. You can follow her on Twitter @DeliaJOwens.

#MakeupMonday – Red, White and Blue Makeup

For many of us makeup mavens…

Summer is the time when we naturally lighten up on our makeup. The easy-breezy flow of the season combined with heat and/or humidity says it’s time to put away heavy makeup and step into the light.

Summer is also, in my opinion, the perfect time to step outside of your comfort zone and play with some color. Pops of color against an otherwise bare face look fresh, flirty and young. Whether you’re at a backyard barbecue, hitting the beach, or workin’ it late night at the club, summer is the time to be be a bit daring and have a bit of fun while enjoying the sun’s bounty. In America we are about to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. Therefore, in keeping with a patriotic theme, I’m going to be looking specifically at creative ways to use red, white, and blue makeup. Please Note: I am not necessarily advocating wearing all three at once (although it can be done 😉 ).

RED:
When I work with private clients, part of the battle is often getting them to trust in red lipstick. Now is SO the time to lose your fears about wearing red lipcolors. Everyone knows the pale skin/red lip combo but red lips with tanned skin is gorgeous (not to mention red looks FAB on us brown-toned girls). If you are gun-shy fear not! There are formulations at every point of the spectrum nowadays from very bold to sheer and subtle.


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Mild – If you just want to stick a toe in the world of red lipcolor, sheer tints are a fab way to go. Tarte Cosmetic’s LipSurgence™ lip tints come in 3 formulations (original, matte, and luster), feel great on the lips and impart a fabulous tint of color. All 3 are fairly subtle but for the super shy, LipSergence™ Luster in “Fever” is an easy way to slide into red. Likewise, Revlon’s ColorBurst™ Lip Butters are silky smooth and hydrating with a sheer wash of color. ColorBurst offers a few different red-ish shades, but my personal favorite is the straight ahead “Candy Apple” which is a true red, flattering for almost all skin tones.


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Wild – If you’re ready to jump into the deep end of the pool, opaque red is always a powerful statement. Strong, shiny red lip GLOSS packs a powerful punch. Armour Beauty makes serious lip gloss which I have written about before. Part of the Opaque collection, Barracuda, is full on ka-pow of classic red. On a bare summer-bronzed face this gloss and some mascara are all you need to be hot hot hot! I was recently reminded how much I really like TopShop lipcolors. TopShop lipstick in “Rio Rio” is a bright true red with a semi-matte finish. The matte makes it current and modern but the semi keeps it from being drying and uncomfortable to wear. TopShop also has “Infrared” which is also a semi-matte but it’s a more orange red for those complexions where orange-reds are more flattering.

We here at Makeup to Go! love red lipcolor and we have written about it frequently. For more options check out Delia’s story on red lipsticks or my wayback article on the Lipstick Queen brand.

WHITE:

When you’re talking about lightening up for the summer, often the discussion is about weight and texture of formulations (example, switching to Tinted Moisturizers vs. full-on Foundations) but we makeup artists often mean lightening up in colors as well. Let the dark colors go for a minute and experiment with more highlighting, letting your summer-glow skin be the star of the show. (or if you do go for a deep sultry eye, a bit of white adds “pop”)


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Mild – Most of my favorite white shadows are cream shadows. They are supremely easy to wear, last long, and bring attention to the eye through shimmer and highlight. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Long Wear Cream eye shadow has several light shimmery shades that I love including “Bone (01)” and “Glacier (11)”. Another way to go with White is loose pigments and my two favorite loose pigments are Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and La Femme Cosmetics. OCC Makeup you are probably already familiar with. La Femme has actually been around much longer (like, since forever) and has been a secret staple amongst artists. A lot of their products are just OK but their Sparkle Dust loose pigments can take the Pepsi Challenge™ with MAC pigments any day of the week. Yeah, I said it. For $4-$6 you can have shimmery, bold colors in a palette from demure to daring. I particularly like La Femme’s white pigment because it’s just plain white with no under-color. As with any loose pigment product both OCC and La Femme can go on sheer or be ramped up to full opacity. La Femme does not sell directly to consumers but they are available at Nigel’s and numerous beauty supply stores throughout the country, or online at Makeup Mania. (Camera Ready Cosmetics sells La Femme but does not appear to carry the Sparkle Dust loose pigments)

Wild – Layer. Apply your cream shadow first as a base and then press loose pigment into it as a second layer and watch the fireworks go off. This is a fantastic alternate nighttime look to a dark eye. Your eyes will sparkle and glint under the light!

BLUE:

Ah blue… blue blue blue. Blue eye shadow gets a bad rap and blue lipstick is unwearable for all except the most makeup daring. In real life, what’s a real woman to do with blue? In my opinion, a lot. Now I will say I do not care for Blue lips outside of fashion editorial or fashion runway. I see younger women wearing it in real life and I am not a fan but hey, do whatchalike. I do not understand, however, the bad rap blue eye color gets. Done poorly, yes okay it is scary. But done correctly it is fresh and contemporary and there is a shade of blue that works for nearly everyone.


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Mild – Of course the easiest way to wear a pop of blue is via eyeliner. To me the best colored eyeliners in terms of pigmentation, selection of colors, wear, etc. are Urban Decay’s 24-7 Glide On eyeliners. The blues – “Deviant”, “Electric” and “Flipside” – are all staples in my kit. Like everyone, I am concerned as to how Urban Decay starting to sell in China will affect their no animal testing policy (animal testing is requisite in China… although they have taken it down off the Urban Decay site, you can read Urban Decay’s original statement on the matter here). It appears the matter is still up in the air so I’ll be keeping my eye on it. In the meantime I am just buying my UD products NOW before any changes may occur. This is not to single out Urban Decay as several brands have done and continue to do animal testing, and this probably includes some of the other brands I am mentioning in this piece. The issue with Urban Decay is they have always been a vegan friendly line with a strict No Testing policy. (UPDATE: After this article originally posted, Urban Decay decided against selling in China)

Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick waterproof liners are also quite good and have 3 shimmery shades of blue to choose from.

An even more subtle way to add a bit of blue to the eye is via colored mascara. These were all the rage when I was in High School but have fallen a bit out of favor – no doubt due in part to unfortunate colors like the Yellow mascara we used to wear back in the day. In actuality the subtle pop of color mascara can be quite pretty. YSL Beauty still has a nice selection of colored mascaras – including several blues – in both the original and waterproof formulations of their Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking mascara.

Wild – Be brave. Face your fears. Embrace the Blue eye shadow. Jumbo Eye shadow pencils make it easier for you to control your application which is key to having this look not go askew on you. Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Shadow pencils go on smoothly and blend well but then stays put once set. The “Matte Navy Blue #6E” is a deep aqua navy, perfect for a nighttime smokey eye. NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil comes in the bright peacock and electric blues that other brands do, but they also have a pretty Baby Blue (aptly named “Baby Blue”) that adds a soft yet dynamic punch and works on a wide variety of skin tones. While the staying power is not quite that of Make Up For Ever or Urban Decay (who also has great eye shadow pencils), NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils last pretty well and they are much creamier and hence blend much more easily than NYX’s powder eye shadows.

#MakeupMonday – The Basics: Highlighters / Illuminators

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Nars Cosmetics The Multiple in Copacabana


With the Holiday season in full swing

…party goers are now focusing on looking fabulous for Holiday parties. Thus it is time to turn our attention to one of the more fun categories of makeup; highlighters / illuminators. What is the difference you may ask? Well, definitions in makeup vary as greatly as the person giving the definition but here is mine: Both highlighters and illuminators do the same thing in that they create light effects on the face. Highlighters are – generally speaking – more concentrated than illuminators and are best used sparingly in certain key areas (brow bone, tops of cheeks, etc.). Illuminators are – again generally speaking – softer and more diffused and used in places where a bold highlight would be inappropriate (under-eye area) or they can be incorporated into foundation and used all over the face for subtle glow and brightening.

I love both highlighters and illuminators. Here are some of the best I have found.

1 ) Nars Cosmetics – The Multiple (pictured above)
A classic and with good reason. Nars makes other illuminating/highlighting products but The Multiple is my personal favorite. The colors are amazing and the formulation is actually somewhere in between an illuminator and a highlighter. Use with a soft hand for a subtle glow or go full out for gorgeous highlights. My most used colors are Copacabana (pictured above, pearl with silver undertones), Laguna (bronzey-brown with gold highlights), Maldives (pink champagne), South Beach (light apricot) and St. Barts (neutral taupe).

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2) Face Atelier Ultra Sheer/Ultra Sheer Pro
This silicone-based illuminating fluid comes in 4 shades and can be used in a myriad of ways. I have mixed it in with foundation to create a subtle all over glow, I have mixed the Bronze and/or the Peach shades in with foundation to warm a color up, I have mixed it in with body lotion to make a body glow product, and the list of uses probably goes on and on. Lightweight and oil free this is a fabulously versatile product. (Note: Ultra Sheer Pro is the same product as Ultra Sheer. The difference is the packaging. The Ultra Sheer Pro bottles are better suited for a working makeup kit.)

GirlActik Glitter Eyeliner highlighters illuminators

GirlActik Glitter Eyeliner w/ Base Coat



Cargo Glitter Top Coat

Cargo Glitter Top Coat


3 ) GirlActik Sparkle Eyeliner / Cargo Cosmetics Glitter Top Coat
Most of the time in makeup world when we speak of highlights we’re talking shimmer or sheen. Sparkle is difficult to wear successfully over a certain age. However if you use a light hand and a discerning eye a bit of sparkle can be quite pretty. I have used GirlActik for years for a little pop at the right moments. Likewise, I have used Cargo Cosmetics products for years in my kit so I trust their Glitter Top Coat to be pretty AND safe. The GirlActik sparkle liner comes in a variety of colors and is designed to be used over their base coat which keeps it in place so you do not have sparkle falling down your face. The Cargo Glitter Top Coat – part of Cargo’s new Metallico collection – is multi colored glitter in its own base coat formula and can be used on its own or over waterproof eye makeup. Please Note: DO NOT go to the craft store and get glitter. Craft store glitter is not cosmetics rated and can potentially cause all kinds of reactions and some are actually metallic flecks which can CUT THE EYES. Eyesight > glitter any day of the week. Stick to glitter cosmetics when you want to wear glitter.

Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow highlighters illuminators

Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow


Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Body Balm highlighters illuminators

Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Body Balm


4 ) Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow / Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Body Balm

If you are planning to wear cute minis or dressed up shorts do not forget your legs! Models and actresses routinely use “body glow” products as part of their beauty arsenal. In fact I first discovered Benefit Cosmetics Bathina body balm when working with a model on a photo shoot. It is described as golden pink shimmer but I find it is more subtle and hence more usable than that. It gives a subtle sheen with just enough color to cover minor imperfections. Red Carpet Kolour (RCK) has been mentioned on Makeup to Go! before. Formulated by master Celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schip, RCK Body Glow gives high – but still wearable and pretty – sheen in a formula that does not transfer onto clothing, furniture, etc. (this product was created after an episode Ms. Schlip had where another body illuminator product ruined a very expensive couch of one of her high profile clients). As of right now, RCK is primarily available online, but I suspect to see it making its way into more professional makeup stores over time.

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5 ) Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Another beauty cult classic, Touche Eclat is a product long revered by Makeup Artists and consumers alike. Almost imperceptible by the naked eye, Touche Eclat seems to just “awaken” any area where it is applied. Apply underneath the eyes for the appearance of a full night’s rest. Apply in the inner corner of the eyes for a touch of subtle “pop”. Apply to the “smile lines” and they nearly disappear. The list goes on and on. As much as I think this can be a useful product for real life, this is a WONDER product for photography (or for women attending events where you may be photographed).

Stila Cosmetics All Over Shimmer Liquid highlighters illuminators

6 ) Stila Cosmetics – All Over Shimmer Liquid
This has been my “ganxta boo” product for a loooooooooooong time. I was introduced to this product way back when the Stila brand was brand new and I have been a loyalist ever since. For me All Over Shimmer has the perfect amount of shimmer, is the perfect weight and texture and there is almost nothing I cannot use it for. I am so glad this product has survived the many changes the Stila line has undergone over the years. This is one of my Products Without Which I Would Die.