Weekend natural #makeup look

Today’s makeup design #Beauty

Today, I’m wearing a long-sleeve tissue-weight tee in cream (a wardrobe staple) from American Apparel and a boyfriend cardigan in dark olive over the tee. I’m also wearing jeans with studs along the side seams and a chunky wood and metal necklace from Brighton (how MOR 🙂

Although it’s considered passé to match makeup shades to my outfit, that’s what I did. I used

– ULTA eye shadow in pale Camel for the base

– Laura Mercier eye shadow in Khaki (discontinued) for contouring. I’ve noticed that the eye designs in Robert Jones‘s book Makeup Makeovers invariably use taupe for contouring.

Shu Uemura eye shadow in M Olive 499 (discontinued), a golden olive, on the outer corner.

Again, I used Christian Siriano Silky Eyeshadow in Gilded Fierce for eyeliner and LashControl mascaras.

For my face and lips, I used Daniel Chinchilla Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation, Revlon ColorStay™ Mineral Blush in Honey, Pür Minerals lip liner in Natural Calcite to fill in the lips, and Life’s A Beach lip gloss from the Robert Jones Signature Collection for Three Custom Color Specialists.

The fine print: Representatives for Pür Minerals and LashControl provided me products for review. I paid for all other products out of pocket.

Blushes as Bronzers


Bronzer isn’t just for summer; it’s great for warming up pallid or drained winter complexions. Sometimes, however, products marketed as bronzers are simply too brown and muddy. Tawny or reddish brown blushes might be a better choice.

Here are four price-friendly blushes that can work as bronzers (note that the shades as portrayed may not be true):

Revlon Powder Blush in Sandalwood Beige 08 (top left) is great for fair to light midtones.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Blush, Neutral in Sweet Ginger N7-8 (top right) is marketed for deep skintones, but would be right for medium skintones.

Rubiglo in Earth (bottom left) would be great for dark reddish skintones, as would Iman Luxury Blushing Powder in Sable (bottom right).

What are your favorite bronzers and blushes for your skintone?

Revlon seeks to re-energize itself

Revlon no longer creates excitement among consumers like myself who prowl the aisles of drugstores and big box retailers for reasonably priced cosmetics. L’Oreal is the clear winner among mass market brands – I love its True Match makeup and the limited edition eyeshadow palettes that are part of L’Oreal’s frequent collections. I am also fond of L’Oreal HIP lip color – in the traditional wand packaging, squeeze tubes, and pots – and its unique flavor, which I characterize as something like creme brulee.

Now Revlon is trying to re-create excitement for the brand. As other beauty bloggers have noted, Gucci Westman, formerly of Lancome, has joined Revlon as its Artistic Director. Revlon has signed Elle McPherson and Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001) Jennifer Connelly as new spokesmodels. It has already rolled out ads featuring Jessica Alba.

Elle McPherson

Elle McPherson might have a killer bod (a tad too masculine for my liking), but I don’t think that she has a particularly beautiful face – too angular and mannish. Admittedly, her new bangs soften her look.

Jennifer Connelly – retro done right

As for Jennifer Connelly, she is a great choice. Can you imagine how great she might look in the red lipsticks for which Revlon is famous? Or in eye shadows that make her intense blue eyes pop?

Time will tell if these new developments will re-energize Revlon as a brand. Revlon should also develop a new visual image for its displays and get away from the soft focus look that has characterize its displays.