#MakeupMonday – Strobing – What It Is What it Ain’t

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Ellis Faas Cosmetics Glow Up Powder S501
Perfect for the Strobing Technique

So strobing.

Yet another “makeup trend” for folks to follow. And of course, as with any makeup trend, there are certain products that are “must haves” in order to achieve the look and then once you get one set of “must have” products another set comes along telling you that you “must have” those too.

In all likelihood, if you have a complete makeup kit either for yourself or for your use as an artist, you already own a number of things that can be used to Strobe, so let’s break down what it is, what it isn’t, how it works best, and what you do need in order to accomplish the look.

What Is Strobing?

Basically Strobing is using highlight to sculpt and emphasize bone structure. It’s the “softer side” of the (overworked) Contour craze that has been trending in makeup for a while now. What “Strobing” isn’t is new, in any way, shape or form. As with Contouring, artists have been doing this since forever. And as with a good Contour job, Strobing takes a deft hand because it can quickly go awry when done incorrectly. The point is to create subtle highlights, not to look like you’re oily or worse, covered in glitter. My favorite video demonstrating the technique doesn’t even call it Strobing. Here makeup artist extraordinare Ellis Faas demonstrates the technique as she’s introducing her Glow Up powder.

and obviously if you want a more extreme strobe, you can just apply more product. If you do that, however, you’ll need to be VERY precise in your application lest you end up looking like you hit the chicken shack full force.

If we’re using the term, I guess, I “strobed” this model. Again, I didn’t call it “strobing” but I wanted to bring out her bone structure without the use of Contour. Truth be told, I’m far more into this look than I am the heavy contour look. I think this look is lighter, fresher and more modern.

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© K. Szatmari
Makeup by Tania D. Russell

What Products do I Need to Strobe?

So you like Strobing and want to add it to your technique arsenal? It’s as simple as reaching for your nearest Illuminator/Highlighter. That’s it. No special product required. Here are the illuminators/Highlighters I currently have in my rotation:

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1 ) Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette
I professed my love for this palette in a previous post and I still love it. I can use this highly versatile palette of subtle sheen anywhere on the face to create a pretty glow that is never overly sparkly. And with three colors in a palette, I always have the right shade for whomever I may be working on.

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2 ) Becca Cosmetics – Shimmering Skin Perfector®
Like the Ambient Lighting powders, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector® pressed powders are finely milled and apply like velvet. I would say these are a bit more shimmery than the Ambient Lights, particularly depending on what color you get. I tend to like Highlighters/Illuminators that are more nude-y so I can use them all over the face (and on a wider range of skintones). I have the Shimmering Skin Perfector® in Moonstone, which is a pale gold, and Topaz, which is a golden bronze. The latter I use on deeper complexions and the former I use on fairer complexions.

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3 ) Kevyn Aucoin – The Celestial Powder
The Celestial Powder is almost difficult to describe. You remember in Old Hollywood how they allegedly used to put Vaseline™ on the lens in order to diffuse the image and give the actress a “glow”. The Celestial Powder is that glow in a compact. It’s a truly beautiful product. It is lightweight, almost suede-like in feel, and adds a subtle but present highlight to any area applied. If memory serves it only comes in one color – Candlelight – which as the name suggests gives the skin a beautiful candle lit glow.

Sadly I do not actually own Ellis Faas’ Glow Up powder, so I cannot speak to it. I already have too many products of this type to justify purchasing it. If anyone out there has the Glow Up powder, hit the Comments and let us all know how it is 🙂

PRO TIP: Any pro quality powder cosmetic can also be applied damp to intensify the color and effect. So if you want a more intense highlighting effect, simply apply with a slightly dampened brush. Be sure to let your product dry completely before closing it so it doesn’t warp or get moldy.

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4 ) Nars – The Multiples – Copacabana
NARS is really doing the most with The Multiples nowadays. The Multiples is one of NARS oldest and most successful products in their brand, but now they have new Matte Multiples and all these bizarre colors, and this that and the third. Needless to say I’ll have to visit a boutique soon and see what all that is about. In the meantime as far as strobing needs are concerned, I would look no further than Copacabana which is a nude-y sheen-y color texture. It has long been my favorite Multiple by a mile (I love Malibu as well but it’s the wrong color for our purposes right now). A cream product can give you stronger “Strobing” action than most powders will, and in fact it can be layered with powder.

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5 ) Stila Cosmetics – All Over Shimmer Liquid
A liquid will potentially give you the most strobing action of any product type. You can apply lightly for a subtle sheen, or you can go for it and kick up the bright lights. Use With Caution! Stila’s All Over Shimmer has long been favorite of mine for giving pronounced highlighting action without being sparkly. It used to be available in a truly nude color (#1), but unfortunately that color is no longer. Of the available options, I’d recommend Kitten.

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Honorable Mention: Benefit Cosmetics Moonbeam and HighbeamMoonbeam is an iridescent apricot color, and Highbeam is an iridescent pearl color. They are a little bit more glittery than the All Over Shimmer liquid, and they can also be either applied for subtle sheen or for all out shine.

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Honorable Mention 2: Nowadays I actually use Becca Cosmetics liquid version of their Shimmering Skin Perfector®. It’s a more subtle sheen (less sparkly), but also buildable and Pearl is a perfect nude-y white sheen color.

PRO TIP: I would not use a liquid highlighter/illuminator around the eyes. I’m sure people have, but I cannot imagine what that would feel like if you accidentally got some in your eyes. I’ll stick to powders around the eyes. Do not say I did not warn you.

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5 ) Ben Nye – Lumiere Powder

If you are tired of playing games and want intense sheen and highlight, this is the product for you. This is a theatrical makeup, so it’s meant to withstand lights and read from off stage. AKA – it’s strong: Proceed with caution. That said, this has been one of my favorite products which I’ve kept in my Kit for years and years.

How Do I Strobe?

I don’t make tutorial videos (yet… we’ll see in the future), but I would say the video I posted from Ellis Faas is a good outline. The areas you’ll want to highlight are;

– Brow Bone
– Inner eye corners
– **tops of the cheekbone**
– **center of the nose**
– and possibly the cupids bow of the lips (use a light hand as that highlight sometimes just looks sweaty)

Ms. Faas also did the center of the lower eyelid in order to further accentuate the Orbital Bone, and I like to do the center of the forehead (as long as there is no breakout or whathaveyou) and right above the brows to further accentuate the temples.

You’ll note both of the brushes she used were rather small. This is important so as to maintain control of your product instead of your product going all over and controlling you. I recommend brushes such as;

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Bdellium Tools – Maestro 939 Angled Detailer which is a small, angled detail brush for precise application on the nose, cheeks, etc.


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Bdellium Tools – Maestro 780 Pencil for the inner eye corners. “Pencil” brushes are short, dense hair brushes that allow for clean application of product in that difficult inner eye area. I also like Pencils for smokey eyes so I get smokey eyes not Out Of Control raccoon eyes.

Bare in mind also that different products are better for different skin types and conditions. If you have really perfect skin without a lot of texture, you can use pretty much whatever you want, as strongly as you want. However if you have acne, wrinkles, enlarged pores, or any other type of skin texture issue, shimmer will accentuate the texture so less is more. For more mature skin I love the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder. For skin with a lot of texture, I like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Liquid or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders.

Have you tried the Strobing phenomenon? How did it go? Let us know in Comments, or better yet, send in a picture!

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#MakeupMonday – The Basics: Mascara

If you hadn’t noticed, my Monday posts tend to be geared towards the makeup “every user”. Non-pro, aspiring pro, makeup journeyman, makeup novice, etc. Mondays are where Makeup to Go just talks product. Without. A. Doubt. the number one product I am asked about is mascara. All the folks who ask about it – laypersons and fellow makeup artists alike – seem to be on the eternal quest for the perfect mascara. It’s kind of a set-up of a question, however, because I also find mascara to be an intensely personal choice. So what I might look for in a mascara someone else may hate, and my “holy grail” mascaras might end up in someone else’s trash bin.

All I can do is offer my advice as someone who – because of my work as a makeup artist – has tried a lot of different mascara on a lot of different eyes.

That’s the thing, and that’s what my reviews are generally based upon. Just trying product on myself does nothing to let anyone know what a given product will do for them. And actually I don’t ever wear mascara. Having used a lot of different products on a lot of different faces, however, I have some pretty concrete ideas about what I’m looking for. My criteria for The Basics Mascara are…

1. Volume
Length can be created with just about any modern mascara with the right technique, but what I really like to add to all lashes I work with is Volume. Therefore, I tend to like thicker mascara formulations.

2. Definition
I like to pick up every single lash, this adds to the illusion of increased volume and gives lashes that “flirty” look I like.

3. Non-Clumpy
Spider eyes – off the runway – are unattractive. I do not want the lashes sticking to one another.

4. Long-Lasting
Needless to say having to do a re-apply is a non-starter. Adding more if you want more is one thing, but the initial application should be able to go the distance.

5. Finish
Like any healthy hair, lashes have a natural sheen to them. I prefer mascaras that do not dry too matte and cake-y.

Criteria established, here are some of my top mascara picks both new and classic. OH and another thing: I base my assessment on the formulation, not the brush. As we discussed last week, I cut off the wand and use disposables anyway.

In no particular order…

1. RMS Beauty – Mascara
This naturally derived, Eco-certified brand constantly delivers. If you’ve been disappointed by the performance of natural mascaras before, look no further than RMS. Rose Marie Swift is a makeup artist and her line performs like a makeup artists’ line. The Mascara is available in either a Defining or a Volumizing formula. While I like both, I tend to gravitate to the Volumizing whenever it’s time for a re-stock.

2. Korres – B5 & Rice Bran Mascara
Korres used to be a fully naturally derived brand as well, unfortunately via corporate buy-outs that’s no longer the case. In fact I hear they may no longer be cruelty-free which is unfortunate. Back when these things were not an issue I used to use their B5 & Rice Bran Mascara regularly. They describe it as lengthening and defining but I found it gave nice volume as well. I used to describe it as my “natural Great Lash”.

3. Dior – Diorshow
What can be said about Diorshow that hasn’t been said already? 30K “Loves” and counting on the Sephora website tells the tale. This mascara creates thick, juicy, velvety lashes even when you do not use their legendary wand (just use a fat disposable wand for similar effect).

4. Benefit – They’re Real Mascara
As the name implies, this mascara is supposed give the illusion that you’re wearing falsies. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing false eyelashes, lol, but it does a very nice job of building up lashes, particularly those on the – shall we say – more puny side. This formula is lengthening, volumizing, and curling all in one. I have heard, however, people say it caused their lashes to dry out and break off so they must be using some powerful stuff in the formulation. I’d either save this one for special occasions or use a lash conditioner regularly (Vitamin E or Jojoba oil works wonders to condition the lash line).

5. Besame – 1932 Cake Mascara
Every now and then I encounter a client who says that any mascara they use just slips off almost immediately. For folks who find this to be the case, I recommend going to a cake mascara. All mascaras used to come in cake form pre mascara tubes. The formulation is drier by nature (to use, you just activate with water) and less prone to slippage. Besame Cosmetics is a relatively new brand with a vintage feel and I’m digging their cake mascara. The colors (available in Black and Brown) are rich, the formulation is smooth, you can apply as many layers as you dare to get the depth and fullness you desire, and once applied it lasted all day. I recently used it on a photo shoot and it was fabtastic.

6. Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
Anyone who reads Makeup to Go with any regularity knows I love Tarte cosmetics, so let’s just get this out of the way: I’m totally biased. Over the years they’ve had a number of mascaras and they’ve all been excellent in my opinion. What’s nice is Tarte has “greened” their line and become a largely naturally derived brand yet the performance has remained the same. The 4-in-1 lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions for lush and dramatic lashes. I prefer this for private clients vs for photographic use (I think the conditioning oils make this mascara break down a bit faster under lights). This is an excellent mascara. They also make an extra Volumizing formula and a waterproof formula.

7. Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara
Ok, remember when I said I was judging these mascaras based on the formula not the wand? Well this one really IS about the wand although fortunately you can find disposable wands with the unique ball shape. I know some folks who disdain the ball but it is the secret to picking up every. single. lash. I mean EVERY lash, even those teeny tiny ones in the inner corner. If you prefer to use a traditional wand you’ll still be happy with the result. The formula itself is creamy, smooth, and non-flaking and leaves you with well-defined, long and lush lashes with a nice sheen.

8. Maybelline – Great Lash
The legend and with good reason. Thick, gloopy and crazy pliable, with the change of a wand type I can create any kind of lash I want. For me Great Lash is the “winner and still champion” of all mascaras. And at $6-$8 a tube, it isn’t painful to throw it out and get a new one when 3 months time is up.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: I have a couple of items I think are worth a mention even though one I do not use often and one is new to me:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat was a game-changer for me. I do not care for waterproof mascaras nor do I tend to need to use them often. With this handy-dandy top coat I can make any mascara I wish to use waterproof. Lash Genius, indeed!

Buxom Custom Mascara Bar. I do not have any insight as to how well it works, but it’s a pretty cool idea. Basically you purchase Buxom’s Vanity Lash mascara and then based on the desired lash (volume, length, definition, etc.) you choose the perfect brush to accomplish the look. I used the Vanity Lash mascara on a private client this past weekend (it was her own mascara) and I did like the way it amplified her lashes which are rather short. So if you’re a fan of Buxom, or if you’re trying to find what brush works best for you, this is worth trying.

#MakeupMonday: My Event Makeup Secret Stash

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Daytime Emmy winning writer Aida Croal
makeup by me
Styling by Kallah Maguire / Emerald Scarab

As awards season is well underway…

I figure much of my readership is either attending some of the many awards shows and related events OR you are applying makeup to your clients who are. With event makeup it is all about a clean application (there is no Photoshop in real life situations) and making it last. It does not fly to have your client looking great when you are first done with the application but then their makeup is already starting to break down by the time they arrive at their first event. For these moments, these products are my event makeup secret stash. These are not necessarily the types of products I use for every job but they are perfect for when the makeup has to give maximum impact and last last last.

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1 ) Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real Mascara
As I’ve stated many times on this blog, I am a Maybelline Great Lash gal to the teeth. However, Great Lash has one flaw and that is it can flake. So it is perfectly fantastic to use on set when I am going to be there to touch up talent, etc. It is not a good option when I’m going to do a client and they are going to go their own way. There are a lot of great mascaras on the market but I have particularly fallen in love with this one because it is nice and Black, nice and glossy and it really does pick up and maximize every single lash. “They’re Real” is perfect for my clients who do not wish to wear false lashes, although it plays nicely with falsies, too. One Note: A lot of the action of this mascara is in the brush so I have tended to use it on clients whom I plan to give the mascara to afterwards. Some day I need to try this on an on-set job to see how it performs with disposable wands.

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2 ) Amazing Cosmetics – Amazing Concealer
I first discovered Amazing Concealer about 4 or 5 years ago. More often than not I use cream concealers (either Three Custom Colors or Kryolan’s Dermacolors) but the pitfall with cream concealers is they can separate into creases, particularly under the eyes. As with the mascara, this is tolerable if I am there with my talent for touch-ups, but no bueno if I am not going to be there. Historically I do not love liquid concealers because they are often not pigmented enough and those that are oftentimes are stiff and cakey. Amazing Concealer is incredibly pigmented, does not separate and crease and moves with the skin so as to not look stiff and cakey. Let me re-iterate: This product is very highly pigmented. A little goes a very long way, and I find it works better for me when I warm it up on my hand the way I do the Kryolan concealer. That said, once applied it gives me seamless coverage that I do not have to worry about for hours on end. And it comes in a fantastic array of colors to match all skin tones, lightest to deepest.

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3 ) Smashbox Anti Shine or Nurturing Force Blot Out Offensive cream
Smashbox I have used for a long time, Nurturing Force is a product to which I have been more recently introduced. I have not decided which I prefer or if I like them both equally. One thing is for sure: I have GOT to have an anti-shine product in my kit. I use this on both men and women. On men (I often do a little bit of grooming on my client’s husbands as well) I will typically do a little concealer if/where needed and use an anti-shine cream all over the face to keep them looking even and matte. For women, I will carefully tap a little bit of an anti-shine cream over key hotspots like the temples, tip of the nose and the center of the chin. Both of these products can be used over makeup without disruption and they are far more effective than continual powdering to control shine.

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4 ) Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray
I am not a fan of the “hairspray on the face” variety of makeup setting sprays. In my experience they disrupt the makeup, they make the makeup look cakey or even worse “break” (they basically try to glue the makeup to the face, but faces move so makeup needs to stay flexible and move with the face). Further, I cannot imagine they are comfortable to wear. Skindinavia has been a staple in the pro community for seemingly ever and it works by controlling the surface temperature of the skin so the makeup does not suffer from melt down. I guess you can say instead of “hairspray for the face” Skindinavia’s Makeup Finishing Spray is more anti-perspirant for the face. LOL! 🙂

I have used this product for years and I can attest that it definitely works. As a plus, it also gives the final makeup a pretty “glow”. This is a great, great product and one of my “Top Ten Products Without Which I Would Die“. (Yes I have recommended Model In A Bottle’s Sensitive Skin formula in the past. I do not like it as much as Skindinavia but when I need something “stronger” it works well without the pitfalls of most makeup fixative products).

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5 ) Koh Gen Do – Maifanshi Face Powder
I remember discovering Koh Gen Do at an IMATS tradeshow several years back and at least a good year – if not two years – before Make Up For Ever introduced it’s now widely used Hi-Def Microfinish loose powder. Koh Gen Do was actually the first I’d heard of anyone referring to High Definition makeup and it was explained that these types of products were what Japanese makeup artists were using for film and television. Now “High Definition” is so ubiquitous in makeup it has become a meaningless term. Koh Gen Do’s products, however, remain as The Truth. I prefer the Koh Gen Do powder because it – in my experience – does not build up the way the Make Up For Ever powder can. The Koh Gen Do contains a moisturizing ingredient that gives it a silky texture and finish and it is beautiful on all skins; young and old, fair or deep. (Sidenote: Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Moisture foundation is also an amazing product).

#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.

#Maquillaje Para Go – Maquillaje de Verano Para Novias


© S. Pappas / Makeup by Delia Jimenez Owens / Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Falk

Time for our monthly (or so) spanish language blog contribution from artist Delia Jimenez Owens. With this being the last day of June, we thought it only fitting to highlight Bridal Beauty as the wedding season is in full swing. This month Delia shares her tips, techniques and product recommendations for all you beautiful summer Brides (and hard working Bridal makeup artists). For us non Spanish speakers, the English version follows below…

¡El verano ha llegado! El verano es tiempo popular para tomar vacaciones pero tambien es popular para bodas. Novios y novias deciden casarse durante el verano porque el tiempo es hermoso. Con este tiempo heromso tambien viene el calor y humedad. Si no puede emplear a un maquillista profesional en su día especial, he hecho una lista de algunos productos que puenden ayudar contra el calor y humedad en el día de su boda. View Post