Makeup is an Art, but your beauty is in your soul; Our face is a camouflage that paints confidence; Our personality is what sells happiness.
My name is Frances and I reside in NYC. My love for art started at the age of 11 writing poetry, then it grew to photography developing my own films and last makeup in my late 20's (using colors, mixing colors, blending, etc.) Makeup has become my drug and therapy.
The Day is almost here --- you may love it or you may hate it but "always go with a smile."
L'OREAL HIP DUO- N- 'Flamboyant'
I've been eyeing L'oreal Duo's for a long time especially this color. It's so pretty and vibrant, but I never bought it because it reminded me of MAC's Limited Style Warriors - Vibrant Grape (purple) and Bright Future (yellow). In my opinion, it is similar and both are very gorgeous. Therefore, if you never purchased those two colors from MAC this is a perfect substitute. I bought different colors so I'll be posting further looks.
Too Face Eye Primer
MAC 'Bare Study' Paint Pot
L'oreal Duo - 'yellow' in the inner to middle of lid
L'oreal Duo - 'purple' in the middle lid to outer lid
Using MAC #224 blending brush, I blend the outer lid using the 'purple'
MAC 'Da Bling' e/s on the crease and blending up toward the brow
L'oreal Duo 'purple' under the waterline and then using MAC #217 blending brush to give it a smokey look
Urban Decay 'Zero' eyeliner on lid and waterline
I used the same description as below in my 1st look except I used:
Cheek - Maybelline Dream Mousse #25 Rose Petal - VERY PRETTY TEXTURE & COLOR
MAC LE Lipstick 'Full Body'
MAC LE Lipglass 'Personal Taste' - LOVE this color and the combination with the lipstick. I had to buy 2 of each before it was completely gone from the store.
I didn't use a lip liner but if you like to use it the following are good matches: Quartz (MAC); Blackberry (Bitchslap) or Mahogany (NYX)
This is not very good picture, but the colors I used are from MAC Style Warriors so you can compare to L'oreal Duo Flamboyant.
Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion
'Mushroom' e/s on lid
'Queen' e/s on crease
'Jabberwocky' e/s on outer V
'White Rabbit' e/s highlighter
'Flipside' 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil on the lower lash line
'Alice' e/s over the eye pencil on the lower lash line
'Zero' 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in the waterline
Brushes for the FACE SS#150 (Powder); #187 (Foundation/Blush); #168 (Blush/Couture); #190 (Foundation/Cream)
MAC vs. Sigma #187
'Pros' of the SS Brush it's very soft and the bristles are as the same as MAC's #187
'Cons' of the SS Brush it's longer than MAC 187. However, that may be a good thing for some. I have short arms and little hands yet I still feel comfortable using this brush.
Overall, I love both brushes Sigma and MAC.
EYE Brushes Sigma#224; 239; 275; 252; 219; 209; and 266
#224 #224 #219
Sigma #224 and #219 are much longer than MAC's #224 & #219 but it works just the same. In fact, these are my 2 favorite brushes and I use it more than MAC. At first, I wasn't feeling SS #224 & #219 cause the bristles didn't look like MAC's but as soon as I tried it I FELL IN LOVE - it's so soft and blends so nicely. Besides using #219 for smudging or smoking out the eye, I also like the pay off using it for the lips especially using dark colors like RED. Therefore, I now use SS #219 for the eye and MAC #219 for lips (it scratches the eye a bit but works beautiful for the lips).
I want to wish everyone a wonderful New Years! I hope that you had a great time bringing in the New Year. I know I sure did spending time with family and zipping on 'Nutcracker.'
Happy 36th Birthday Alex~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!
May 2010 bring more love, happiness, health and money, lol.