Sunday, November 14, 2010

SN TIPS | Nº 3.

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The Michael Kors fall wardrobe speaks (as Kors often has his collections speak) to the classic woman. By definition, then, a classic woman will dress herself in Kors and perfect the palette of her skin. Winter is moving into Fall's territory, as is evident by the trail of white made by the falling snowflakes outside my apartment window. To demonstrate the transcending power of perfect skin, I will expose some base makeup tips found in this year's summer magazines. Because if there could be only one time-and-style-transcending makeup aim, what would it be? No-brainer: perfect skin.
What isn’t a no-brainer is how one manages to meet that end. Aside the obvious it starts with face care and cleansing products it leaves to be uncovered the magic behind those covetable, elf-pure faces. Product piling and skin pulling give license for raw, harsh skin—a very much unwanted makeup palette.

Pat McGrath, makeup artist responsible for the flawless complexions of fall ’10 runways from divine Gucci to classic Calvin Klein to sexy Lanvin, has become a recurring name in world-spanned fashion issues because of her very ability to paint the perfect face base. In Allure’s September 2010 issue, writer Elizabeth Siegel explores McGrath’s tricks to the perfect faces, tool by tool. Siegel discovers that “before even cracking open a foundation bottle, you must first exfoliate and moisture well.” A go-to foundation primer for many, including myself, is Laura Mercier’s hydrating primer. My skin type is normal, as in it is home to both dry and oily spots. I found when using M.A.C.’s liquid foundation, it caked horribly, and when I tried Bare Mineral’s powder number it highlighted the dry spots, even after a thorough exfoliation.

In Glamour’s September 2010 issue, beauty expert Andrea Pomerantz Lustig pristinely answers the reader question: “Do I really, really need makeup primer? It seems like a waste of time.” Lustig: “It may feel like a useless extra step (and an added expense), but primer is worth it for three reasons: First, the all-over-face kind fills in pores and lines, creating a smooth base for whatever you put on next. Second, it sops up natural oils, giving skin a fresh, matte start. And third, it helps makeup cling to your face like double stick tape to last longer.” As for the foundation, my face base heart now belongs to NARS sheer glow foundation.


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In Bazaar’s UK August 2010 issue, the makeup artist who primed faces for Balmain, Pecheux, reveals this foundation applying trick, which has only become my new favorite: “I always apply foundation with my fingers … The warmth of your fingers helps the makeup go on evenly.” Not to mention the natural oils working in harmony with your skin. In addition to applying foundation to the face, neck, and chest area, McGrath applies to the ears to calm the redness that might otherwise stick out against the face.
But between the primer and the foundation, comes the concealer. Apply with a foundation brush. Since I’m already using my fingers for my foundation, I use the foundation brush I purchased before learning the trick to apply my concealer. Areas: under the eyes, around the nose, and these and those minor blemishes or whatever have you. McGrath stresses: “Use the least amount possible.” Highlighter is the other tool used to “make the skin look surreal.” One finger is to be used to dab it on the following spots: cheekbones, nose bridge, brow bones, inner corners of the eyes, and the chin. A different finger is suggested to soften the edges, most preferably a weak finger such as the ring extremity to avoid rough tugging. And when applying powder on the T-zone and under the eyes, Mcgrath advises to “leave the cheekbones dewy [by avoiding putting powder on them]; this makes the skin appear more luminous.”
Then, after these preps, you can indulge in only a thin layer of foundation.
And, of course, slip on the Kors.
♥ te amo,
Jessie

11 Comments so far

  1. Really informative post, thanks for sharing! ♥

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  2. I'm pretty simple minded when it comes to make up so was great reading your post x

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  3. great post! that editorial is perfect for thanksgiving.

    thanks for your sweet comment on fashionhash! my hair and i have a lot hate relationship. : ) i'm loving your blog - following!

    X

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  4. wow, looooooove it :))))

    Kisses
    minnja

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  5. Looove it. awesome post girl!
    stop by sometime, xx natalie
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  6. such luxe yet effortless winter style, adore it!

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  7. I've never really been that intreseted in KORS, but seeing this, and reading you (excellent) writing, I must admit my mind has changed. In love witht he neutral shades, and those gorgeous grey tapered trousers. I love how the setting matches the outfits. Oh, and Im back posting! Sorry for the delay in reply, thank you so so so much for your sweet comment! Panda xo

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  8. lately i've been obsessed with autumnal colours as well as the quest towards obtaining perfect skin so this post has just fueled the fire! charlotte x

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