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How to: From day to evening makeup

Photo shooting with green makeup

One of these days I was working on a photo shooting with Pamela, an amazing model, Brazilian native. I was very inspired by her face features, her incredibly long and naturally curly hair. She has a beautiful tan skin tone, not too dark, nor too light. Because of her overall chocolate tones; dark brown eyes, dark hair and tan complexion, I decided to create 2 different looks. The style was simple but at the same time it accentuated her natural beauty without being too artificial. The mood of the photos was also very natural and relaxed. With this post I also want to show you how you can quickly change your day make-up into an evening one, especially if you don’t have much time.

Natural make-up

Look n.1 – Natural beauty

For the first look, the photographer has chosen to use natural light. The styling was simple in light colors that made a good contrast with her dark colors. So I wanted to work a lot on her skin to achieve a healthy look, with a good skincare and massage. The make-up job was to accentuate her natural features with a soft and delicate contouring. I emphasized her natural lip color with a touch of delicate rosy shade.

1. I cleansed the face very well and applied a hydrating non-greasy organic oil and did a good face massage. Her lips were a little bit chapped. I have first removed the dead skin from the lips and then applied a generous quantity of lip balm Jane Iredale lip drink.

2. I started applying the Lavera liquid foundation n.4 where needed, with light strokes, using the Eco Tools foundation brush, until I have achieved a flawless finish. I have contoured the face with Jane Iredale PurePressed Base in Maple and so the eyes, to create definition.

3. Pamela has naturally very curled eyelashes, so I didn’t have to curl them. I decided to apply just a coat of natural looking mascara. I’ve used Lavera volumising mascara in black, cause it looks very natural.

4. I wanted the lips to be in focus, but still naturally, soft. I have applied the Jane Iredale lipstick PureMoist, shade Susan.

 

Look n.2 – Simple French glamour

I have updated the previous look with some changes. The model wore an evening dress in light creme color (in other photos), so I decided to do a sophisticated look, with the focus on lips and a nice soft face contour.

Evening make-up

1. I have applied a delicate mat rose blush on the apple of the cheeks. I used Alima Pure Antique rose.

2.  I’ve contoured the eyes with the Lavera black pencil and smudged the color with the sponge applicator to achieve a soft smoky grey contour.

3. For the lips I have used the Colorganics lipstick, Crimson shade. I wanted a natural looking lip, so I skipped the lip pencil and I just applied the lipstick with a lip brush and tap the color on the lips to even it.

4. I haven’t forgotten about grooming the eyebrows, to have a nice definition.

 

 

model: Pamela@Metropolitan models, photo: Boris Gorjan

How to: Clean your makeup brushes

I have noticed many times that some women don’t pay attention about the hygiene in their make-up bag. The most important is the hygiene of your make-up brushes, where are residues of old make-up, dirt, oils,… Cleaning them on a regular basis is essential to avoid skin problems (pimples, infections,..), caused by all these impurities. I clean my brushes after every use, but I suggest you to clean yours at least every 3 days. Even when you buy new brushes, please clean them properly before using them. Another good reason for cleaning your brushes is also the residue of different colors. When you apply an eyeshadow with a brush and then you reapply other colors with the same brush, you will get “dirty colors”. Color pigments melt between each other and the result is not anymore the same “clean” color as you have picked it from your palette.  Cleaning your brushes is easy and it should not take you more than 5 minutes. I will explain you how I am used to clean my personal and also professional brushes. It is a process that has become my regular routine, so I have always fresh brushes ready to work with. I assure you that still now, after many years, I have all my brushes, from cheap to very expensive ones, still in perfect shape and condition. They are like new!

 

Cleaning your makeup brushes

You need a clean towel and a mild soap. I use the organic Dr. Bronner Baby Mild Liquid Soap (or bar version). It is my favorite one, cause is unscented and very gentle, but more than enough for removing any impurities.

1.step

I wet the brush under warm running water. I put in my hands a small amount of soap and rinse the brush hair properly under the water. I repeat until the water is clean, without any soap and dirt residues. Don’t be too rough when cleaning the bristles, cause you don’t want to ruin its shape. Hold the brush with the bristles pointing downwards, because the water should not enter into the metallic part of the brush (the ferrule). In that area the bristles are glued and if the water enters, there are many possibilities to damage your brush.

2.step

When washed properly, I drain well the brush, first with fingers, then I tap it gently in a towel.

cleaning brushes

3.step

Before drying, I reshape the brush with my fingers, so that it holds its shape. This is good especially for big and dense fiber brushes.

4.step

At the end, I leave them to dry naturally on the air. NEVER dry the brushes with a hair dryer or any other apparel. I lay them horizontally on a towel, on the edge of a table, so that they dry evenly in all directions. Synthetic brushes dry much quicker than brushes with natural hairs.

Makeup brushes

Cleaning you brushes regularly and correctly is easy, essential and good for your skin and for the brushes, too. They will last longer in great condition!

Do you still remember the cult cream in tin box?

New all-round cream from Lavera

lavera skincare

A few days ago, I needed a rich and nourishing cream and I didn’t have enough time to search a lot. Of course, I wanted a safe cream, without parabens or any other bad ingredients. Suddenly, I found out this Lavera basis sensitive cream. It reminded me of the old cult packaging from Nivea, that we all used to have. Unfortunately, Nivea is not so safe, considering their use of paraffin based ingredients and other chemicals.

I decided to try this cream and I was really surprised about its quality. It’s the kind of really rich and nourishing cream, suited especially for dry skin. You can really feel that inside there is a lot of shea butter, which is a very good moisturizer with anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. Shea butter has been claimed to be an effective treatment for: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, chapped lips in lessening the irritation of psoriasis an many others.
This nice cream has a natural smell, similar to nuts. Despite its rich and thick consistency, the cream absorbs quickly in the skin, leaving it moisturized and nourished, without leaving the greasy effect on your skin.

If you search for a cheap and all-around cream, this basic cream will satisfy your needs, especially for the body & hand care. And the tin package will bring you back old memories from childhood 🙂

The lesson of color

The lesson of color (right: Edouard Vuillard)

It’s been quite a long time since my last post, but I have a good reason: I’m in the city of light; in Paris! Since I’m a big lover of art, I had the idea to share with you some of my current inspirations. One of these is an amazing exposition that I visited a few days ago and that has just opened its door to public in these days. “Paris at the time of the Impressionists” is a quick overview of the mood, people, life and art of Paris at that time (1848-1914). It was made from brushes of masters of color like Manet, Degas, Monet, Lautrec, Renoir, Caillebotte, Pissarro and many others. I feel that every kind of art exposition is an opportunity to reflect and be inspired. I admire how they caught the light, the subtleties of their brush strokes, the way of mixing colors, the composition,… From the make-up artist perspective I’d say: a unique lesson of color!

At this point, I want to share with you another thought, which is at the same time my answer to some of you, who ask me the kind of question like: “Which colors I have to wear on my eyes”? I’d lie, if I’d say that there are no rules, but when you understand the rules and feel what you are doing, then you are ready to break the rules and make a step further. Artists from the exposition mentioned above (and also many others through the time) show us their open-mindedness, fresh vision, a new way of seeing the world and inventing new challenges. This is the fact why they became masters who teach us even nowadays. My answer to the previous question is: Don’t be afraid to put one color beside another, compare them, mix one or two shades together and observe what you get out, trace different lines or apply light strokes of colors,…

Just be inspired! Go out and start to see the world from a new perspectives and in fresh colors. You will explore and gain many new ideas, even for your makeup!

(image left via Istock, image right via www.artemedia-agence-presse.com)

More info about the exposition:
“Paris at the Time of the Impressionists: the Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay at the Hôtel de Ville”

Free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris From 12 April to 23 July 2011.

 

Cold-pressed oils: Rice bran oil

rice bran oil

As my bottle of rice bran oil is almost at the end, I realized that it’s time to write my new series of posts about oils, that I’m so in love with! I was always fascinated about the Japanese culture and their beauty rituals, so I decided to try a new make-up remover: the rice bran oil, cold-pressed* of course! The results are excellent and I suggest you to try it! You can use it on every skin type for your face, body and also hair. You should also know that rice bran oil is most frequently used in cooking thanks to its beneficial properties. Try to make a difference and taste this great oil on your salads and other dishes, especially if you like mild aromas.

A few notes about rice bran oil:

– Rice bran oil (Oryza saliva) is made from the bran of a rice kernel

– Traditionally used in Japan and other Asian countries where rice is the staple food

– Rice Bran Oil is high in fatty acids

– It has anti-aging properties because it’s a natural antioxidant, rich with vitamin E

– Contains squalene, which is thought to help support the collagen within the skin

– It provides a small degree of sun protection

– It’s an excellent skin enhancer, suitable especially for baby skin and mature, delicate or sensitive skin

– It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin or as a hair conditioner

 

The reason why I like the rice bran oil is its light and non-greasy texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. At the same time it makes your skin soft, moisturized and nourished. It has a light yellow color and a mild natural aroma, almost odorless. I use it as a makeup remover or body massage oil (one of the best carrier oils). Except rice bran oil for cooking, I haven’t found many options for cosmetic use. I have tried Akamuti Rice Bran Japanese Beauty Oil, which is a cold pressed oil meant to use for cosmetic purposes in a 150ml glass bottle.

Akamuti

 

Did you know?

– Rice bran oil is used in lipsticks and finger nail polish since it holds the stick well and has a smooth spreadability.

– For a long time, there has been a tradition in Japan that women rub rice bran in or put rice bran oil on their face to keep their skin smooth. These women, having smooth and shiny skin, are called “Nuka-Bijin” “Bran Beauty” in English.

– Rice Bran Oil has a long and successful history in Japan as a base for soaps and skin creams.

– Rice bran oil is purported to reverse the effect of aging by slowing the formation of facial wrinkles thanks to rice bran oil’s rich concentration of vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol.

– The oryzanol in rice bran oil impedes the progress of melanin pigmentation and is effective in keeping skin smooth.

– Rice bran oil reduces the harmful cholesterol (LDL) without reducing good cholesterol (HDL).

(source Copperwiki)

What is a cold-pressed oil? Read a short but meaningful explanation on this link.

In conclusion, I invite you to start using different cold-pressed oils from inside out, in your kitchen and your beauty routine. Your body will notice the difference! Nowadays, the importance of choosing the right oil, is an essential step towards our healthy life. I will keep you updated with a series of my favorite oils in my beauty and cooking rituals 🙂        

International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (abbreviated INCI ingredient on cosmetic products): ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

(top photo: Dreamstime.com)

Clay – a precious gift from nature

bolus clay

Before putting any makeup on your face, it is essential to take care of your skin with a good cleansing routine. I recommend you to include in your skin care ritual a natural clay mask that will deeply clean your skin.

I’d like to tell you some interesting facts about clay. Clay is very well-known in beauty routine since ancient times. You should know that not every clay is good for your skin. Choose an organic clay, excavated in ecologically clean area, with no industry around. The process of clay preparation has to be manual, with special knowledge and tools. The clay destined for medicinal purposes, ingestion and cosmetic masks is distinguished by the quality of the layers in the excavating pit. Nowadays, clay comes from all over the world and it is known especially for its healing and purifying properties. Clay exists in different colors: red, green, brown, grey, pink, yellow or white color. Each type has its own properties.

Clay is a natural mixture composed primarily of fine-grained minerals. The most interesting fact is that clay is one of the most complicated substances in nature, in which, despite the researches, much remains a mystery. Its smallest particles are so insignificant that can not be seen even under a microscope.

Beneficial properties of clay

extremly high absorbent power (Therefore, always discard the used clay, because it accumulates damaging substances from the body.)

antiseptic and antibacterial properties

absorbs dirt, oil and other toxins from the skin surface

clay acts selectively, prevents microorganism growth and stimulates the regeneration of healthy cells

it purifies and renew the body, if you drink it for detoxification (when used internally)*

clay attracts toxins from the body and it heals where needed (when used internally)*

stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph

removes dead skin cells

You can use the clay mask on every skin, especially good is for acne and oily skin. When you put on the face a clay mask, pay attention to the time and also note the instructions of each manufacturer. Here, I provide the instructions for grey clay, which is one of the best for healing:

Sensitive skin: 3-5 minutes

Normal and dry skin: 10 minutes

Oily and acne skin: 15 minutes

Most often, clay mask is in form of dust and thus you have to mix it with water or flower water to get a creamy mixture. Always apply a thin layer of mask to a clean face. Wait until the clay begins to dry on your face or starts to feel warm. Then, rinse with warm water. Continue with a flower water or tonic appropriate for your skin and a moisturizing organic cream. Don’t exaggerate with many applications; make a clay mask once or twice per week.

NOTE Don’t be afraid if your skin becomes red or warm. This is a sign that the blood circulation is stimulated and that the skin is detoxifying itself. Don’t apply the mask around eyes and lips.

My favorite clay mask is one that I discovered recently and it comes from my country. BOLUS is a Slovenian clay manufacturer, who produces not just clay for masks, but also for medical purposes and ingestion. And it’s the only one that I encountered with the complete service: for inside and outside use. Bolus mask is already prepared to apply on the skin. You don’t need to mix it with water. It’s excellent also as a quick peeling, or as a treatment when applied on red spots or acne. Let the mask dry and in 10-15 minutes rinse down with water.

There are many other good and safe clay masks on the market that I’ve already used and still like: Akamuti green clay mask, 100% pure purifying seaweed facial mask, The organic pharmacy seaweed mask, Dr. Hauschka cleansing clay mask.

VERY IMPORTANT  NOT every clay is good for ingestion! If a clay is good for mask, does not mean, you can ingest it. The only clay that I suggest for ingestion and that I also use, is the clay from the Slovenian manufacturer Bolus. Their clay is a unique clay, prepared specifically as a special product for ingestion and detoxification.

How to: Choose your perfect foundation

In this post I’d like to help you choose the right shade and texture of your foundation. In general, this topic is rarely explained and many of you have problems when choosing an appropriate makeup base, not only a mineral one. The right shade and texture of foundation are the most important factors in the process of makeup application. Since the face is a kind of canvas, everyone will notice a wrong foundation on your skin, that looks like a mask or that is too dark, too cakey, …

 

A few helpful rules when choosing your foundation

The foundation has to melt with your skin, providing a healthy appearance and has to be the exact shade that matches your entire skin tone

When choosing the color of your foundation, check it under natural light without any dark shades around (not in the artificial light of the store)

The color of your foundation has to match your skin tone in the area, starting from the neck through jawline and whole face

Do NOT try the color of foundation on your hand. The hands are always different in color compared to the face

Try first a sample of foundation; during the day the skin’s natural oils activate with the foundation and the foundation color can change or deepen

You may change the color of your foundation depending on the season; our skin color may change through the year (summer/winter)

These are the basic rules to understand when choosing a foundation, even though every brand has its own names of colors. But to understand better, I will show you later some practical examples.

 

Essential rules from the color theory that will help you

choose the right shade of foundation

Undertone of your skin (warm, cool, neutral)

Depth level of foundation color (light, medium, dark)

Texture of foundation

Luminosity (content of shine in a product)


Undertone of your skin

If you are not sure about your undertone, a classic advice is to look at the color of your veins on the wrist; if they are green, you have warm undertones, if they are blue, you have cool undertones. If your veins are something between blue and green, you are a neutral. That is in general the “golden rule”. This will be much clearer on the example below. Cool shades of foundation have more red mixed in, while the warm shades are yellow based, without any reds. These is the basic difference between shades. However, there are many shades and their names are not cool or warm, but they have their own names like Ivory, Beige, Sand,Honey…But in every color you have to figure out, if its suitable for you skin depending if it’s more pink or yellow based (cool or warm) or a neutral. This is especially evident in the second and third photo, where you can see the absence of red tones in the Olive foundation. The Golden foundation has a lot yellow, while the Neutral is a more balanced shade with both pink and yellow.

warm vs. cool shades

 

Depth level

In general this represents the level of darkness or lightness of your skin (light, medium or dark) and does not depend on the undertone or color of foundation. You have to figure out the level of lightness or darkness of your skin. I have chosen an example of Alima pure mineral foundations to explain the difference in colors and darkness. Alima has 10 levels of depth- from 0 to 9 – 0 is the lightest, 9 is the darkest, regardless the color of foundation. In the pictures below, there are different shades of foundation but they are all the same depth level. The first picture shows the depth level 2, that is for very light skin tones. The second picture shows the depth level 8, which is for very dark, tanned skin.

Light foundation shades

Dark foundation shades

 

Texture of foundations

Regarding texture foundations comes in form of:

powder (minerals)

creamy (usually in stick or in a palette)

liquid

mousse, gel

The formulation/texture of the foundation is another important factor to consider. Do not choose a foundation just because is the last hit in advertising. Behind that, bear in mind what type of skin do you have. If you have very dry skin, look after a hydrating formula in a cream or liquid formulation, that will provide you a healthy, dewy look. Minerals are most often in form of powder and suit all skin types.

 

Luminosity (content of shine in a product)

refers to the amount of light reflective particles in the product, in this case in the foundation. If the foundation hasn’t any light reflective particles it means that is matte. That is great when we want a non shiny effect on the face, especially when the skin is oily with shiny areas. If we want a sheer, dewy, luminous look, we will use a glowing foundation on a dull and dry skin to give a touch of light and freshness to the face. Even with mineral foundation is the same, you can choose a matte or semi-mat formula, or you can opt for a light reflective glowing foundation. If you have oily skin, avoid a glowing foundation with reflective particles inside, even a mineral formulation with glow. Instead choose minerals that are matte and absorb oil from your skin. In this case you can try a mineral oil control primer that you apply before your foundation. Usually, a good mineral oil control primer contains kaolin, a natural clay mineral that absorbs oils and toxins.

Evidently, as you can see, the luminosity and formulation of foundation are in correlation with your skin type.

Considering all this factors together, I hope you will choose your perfect foundation!

If you are interested in this topic, then keep following my next posts with reviews of new foundations.

Freshly made: Nourishing lip balm with beeswax

lip balm

Today I made another version of my organic home-made lip balm. I just got a big piece of organic beeswax and so I wanted to try also this version that is even more nourishing. I am really satisfied with my new lip balm and I think I will continue to do it at home since now. I created a natural and a tinted one. It smells so good and natural, that you want to eat it 🙂

Basically, to make a lip balm at home, you need good certified organic oils and if you want aroma, add a drop of essential oil that you like. This time I wanted a natural lip balm without any smell and with a lot of nourishment for winter days.

I’ve prepared it in a small jar, which was immersed in hot water (not boiling) in another pan. First, I’ve put in the jar 2 spoons of organic cold pressed coconut virgin oil. Then, I added a few small pieces of beeswax and a tea spoon of organic honey. I stirred everything with a spoon until it all melted together. Always use more oil than beeswax, cause the oil will give the softness and oily effect on the lips. Too much beeswax makes the balm too dry and rigid. In the tinted version, I’ve added a pinch of mineral blush in a beige shade for a natural nude effect.

When the balm gets fluid, pour it quickly in small jars where it will dry.

hand-made natural cosmetics

In short, you need:

organic pure beeswax (I got it from my local beekeeper where I purchase honey)

organic virgin coconut oil (I like the one with coconut smell)

organic honey

mineral blush (optional)

 I’d also like to let you know a few facts concerning these amazing ingredients that are in my lip balm:

BEESWAX

– is used since ancient times

– works well in cosmetic products because of “wax esthers” that exist in both beeswax and human skin

– is a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin

– safe for sensitive skin and does not provoke allergic reactions

– does not clog pores

–  healing, softening, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties

– contains vitamin A

– an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers

– compatible with many cosmetic ingredients

Did you know? One pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey!

(learn more at Botanical.com)

 

COCONUT OIL:

– antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing properties

– used for many purposes: cooking, skin care, hair care, massage, healing …

– helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties

– is excellent massage oil for the skin because it acts as an effective moisturizer

– very good for the entire immune system

– is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin

– helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections

(learn more at Organicfacts.net)

Have fun in creating your own lip balms and let me know about if you want 🙂

Freshly made: A quick scrub for face and hands

akamuti natural cosmetics

Today I want to share with you an amazing and quick tip for renewing the skin on your face and hands. Each of us is sometimes in a situation when you’d like to look your best, but you don’t have enough time to do the facial care and manicure. Well, this is an inexpensive but very effective advice when you need to refresh your skin and look radiant. If you wear makeup, remove it first with an organic cleanser. Then you proceed with this great and easy home-made peeling.

The most important factor here is the quality of the oil. You don’t want to use just a normal oil that would clog your pores. Instead choose an organic cold pressed oil for skin.

I suggest an organic grapeseed oil, because of its nourishing properties. Akamuti grapeseed oil is a nice choice. This light oil absorbs easily, without leaving that greasy feeling on your hands and face. Because of a high level of essential proteins and linoleic acid, it helps to protect the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types.

You need: 2 teaspoons of sugar and a few drops of grapeseed oil. Mix together these 2 ingredients until you achieve a smooth texture. If it’s too dry add more oil. If you make it too much, don’t worry, you can put it in a glass jar, where it lasts a few weeks. Anyway, I always prefer it freshly made. If you don’t like its natural smell, add a drop of rose organic essential oil, Akamuti Rose Otto Essential Oil for example.

Apply this mixture on your face and massage gently, then remove it with water. Repeat the same on your hands. The result is a radiant healthy looking skin with a really slight glow on your face, but not looking greasy. When you have no time, this is a quick and effective radiance booster that refreshes your skin. The skin is also prepared for makeup, if you want to wear it.

Achieve a trendy holiday makeup with green products – part 2

Wild Rock’n’roll girl (from Roberto Cavalli F/W 2010 runway)

I’m back with the second part of holiday makeup in green version. This time the style is going to be very different from the last article, where the look was natural and flawless. This looks will suit great the “wild” ones – bohemian or rock’n’roll style girls. Both looks have the eyes accentuated.

Roberto Cavalli f/w 2010 (via Style.com)

This look is the best for brunettes or platinum blondes, perhaps with long and wild looking hair. Here it is very important to make the skin looking fresh and young – not looking heavy or too matte. Avoid this make-up if you have very dark circles or puffiness around the eyes.

– Prepare the face as good as possible. Start with a good organic skin care; clean properly the face with a cleansing milk or gel, appropriate for your skin type. Proceed with a toner or a floral mist for the face and finish with a moisturizing cream. If you have time, you can relax for a few minutes and put a hydrating mask on the face between the cleanser and the toner. You can choose between various good organic skin care brands. A few good suggestions: The organic pharmacy, Farmaesthetics, Suki, 100%pure.

– I suggest to choose a tinted moisturizer, in this case skip the cream. If you don’t  have a tinted moisturizer you can add a few drops of your liquid foundation in your cream and mix them together. You will get a nice tinted moisturizer that will add you a sheer and fresh glow. A very good  choice is the Organic Glam Sheer Tint.

– If you have any imperfections use the Organic glam concealer and tap it precisely just on the areas that need coverage.

– Choose a hydrating cream blush in rose shades to add a touch of color to the face. This will refresh the entire look, so that the eyes won’t look so heavy. Apply 100%pure lip&cheek tint on the cheekbones to sculpt the face. Choose the shimmery strawberry shade.

– If needed, dust gently with Organic glam loose powder on the T zone (chin, nose, forehead).

– Eyes are the most important step here: start with the smoky eye technique where you will need a midtone and a darker shade. Choose 100%pure eyeshadow in vanilla sugar and apply it with a large eye brush on the entire eye lid towards the eyebrow bone. Proceed with a dark brown shimmery shade on the upper and lower lash line and blend it well around the eyes. Make sure to elongate the shadow on the outer corner of the eye to achieve a cat eye look. 100%pure eyeshadow in chestnut will work great.

– Accentuate the shape of the eyes and line the eyes with an eye pencil in dark brown. I don’t suggest doing the line on small eyes, cause they will look even smaller. Use the Organic Glam Mineral Eye Pencil in dark brown.

– With a touch of gold color give the eyes a 3D effect. Use Alima pure Luminous shimmer eyeshadow in Gold dust and make a V line (upper and lower lash line) in the inner corners of the eye. If you want an intense golden line, damp your eyeliner brush in water and then in the eyeshadow to achieve a wet and more intense effect.

– Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler and apply generously a black mascara. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara Black Ice will be a nice choice.

– You want the lips to be almost invisible, so put on just a transparent Lavera lip gloss n.1 or just a lip balm.

 

Perfect polished beauty from Gucci F/W 2010

Gucci F/W 2010 (via Style.com)

Let’s say that this make-up is a lighter version of the previous one in a certain way. The difference is just in the intensity of eyeshadow colors, but the technique is almost the same. This is a softer and more natural look, suitable to update your day make-up, if you have no time.

– Apply with fingers RMS un cover-up on a cleansed skin and tap it well into the skin until it disappeared. This is a great product that you can use like a 2 in 1, instead of foundation and concealer.

– If you have dark circles around the eyes, cover them with a touch of colored concealer for the under eye area. Use Jane Iredale CircleDelete Under-Eye Conceal in an appropriate shade for your skin. It will do wonders!

– If needed, lightly dust the eye lids and under eye area with Lavera Fine Loose Mineral Powder.

– For the eyes I choose an Everyday minerals blush in apple (a matte light rose) shade and apply it on the upper lash line and blend it well till the crease of the eye. If you use mineral makeup you can easily play and mix different products. In this case the blush works great instead of the eyeshadow, cause we want a nice subtle pink shade.

– Use a black kohl pencil and line the eyes on the upper and lower inside eye line. Try Lavera black eye pencil from the newest Lavera Trend sensitive line.

– Apply Lavera Intense volumising black mascara to conclude the look.

– You can sculpt the cheeks and the sides of the forehead with a very soft bronzer. Alima pure bronzer Maracaibo in a light matte bronze it’s a good choice if your skin is quite light.

– Lips look almost naked, so put on a mat lip tint. RMS lip shine in moment shade is a nice suggestion.

– Shape the eyebrows with an eyebrow comb. The eyebrow shape here is natural and full.

 

Hope the advices are useful and ENJOY the upcoming holiday parties!

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