GRAPHIC LINER DONE BY PATI DUBROFF!

I never thought I could achieve that iconic Twiggy eyeliner, until the day Pati Dubroff herself, taught me how! She used the NEW Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays to create the look and the palette is unlike anything I had ever seen before.  It features both metallic and matte clays, yes thats right clays, as eyeshadows that create a hybrid texture that looks and feels amazing on the eyes.  Watch the video below to see how Pati worked her magic to create this iconic look!

How to Highlight Your Features with Laura Mercier

You’ve seen ALL the “highlight and contouring” how to’s floating around the internet but yet, for some reason, it’s still a difficult concept to grasp? I am with you on that one!  Thankfully I partnered with Laura Mercier to create this super cute “Minute Tip” tutorial showing you how to easily “Highlight Your Features”.  Super easy, super quick and straight forward!

To highlight my features I used the Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter in shade one and to bronze/contour I used the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder in shade 4.  Check out the video and let me know what you think!

Laura Mercier x BYRDIE: THE MYSTERY CHALLENGE

Some of you may already know that I have a serious love for Laura Mercier but did you know how quick and easy it is to create a glamorous look with little effort using their products?  I was given the wonderful opportunity to partner with Laura Mercier and Byrdie Beauty, along with fellow YouTuber’s Deepica Mutyala and Sona Gasparian, to show you guys that it doesn’t have to take you a million hours (and a million products) to look STUNNING!

For my look, I of course created a smoldering smoky eye (my “signature” look) using ONLY the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, can you believe it?!  We also did a challenge with one another to see who could create the “mystery look” first using just a few Laura Mercier staples!  10 to 15 minutes and a small handful of products is all you need to create these stunning looks. Watch the videos and see who won the challenges down below!

Laura Mercier x Byrdie Collaboration

As a Makeup Artist, you are always the one doing the makeup but rarely do you ever get your own makeup done by someone else.  I was recently given the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Laura Mercier and Byrdie to show you how to create an “Effortless Daytime Red Lip Look” however, this time around I was the one in the makeup chair!  I had the pleasure of getting my makeup done by the incredibly talented Makeup Artist, Jenn Streicher, who is known for her editorial features and red carpet looks.  There’s nothing more that I love than getting to see another artist work their magic but when they are working their magic on me, the experience is far more surreal and educational at the same time.  I was amazed as to how quickly Jenn was able to create a red lip look.  Overall it must have taken her no more than ten to fifteen minutes, which is the amount of time it takes me to just to do the red lip, ha!  I remember her stating “as long as you have a good lip brush, a red lip should be easy” as she applied the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in the shade Foreplay, a stunning shade of vibrant red.  Enjoy the full video down below and be on the look out for future collaborations this year with Laura Mercier and Byrdie.

 

ALL ABOUT POWDER

POWDERS

FOUNDATION POWDERS VS. SETTING POWDERS

THE DIFFERENCE: Foundation powders are meant to be worn ALONE and not over a liquid foundation that you may already have on your skin.  Layering a foundation powder over a foundation can feel heavy, cakey and dry. Setting powders are meant to be layered over foundations and concealers in order to SET and prolong the wear of the makeup.  They also serve many others purposes such as mattifying the skin and blending.

IN MY PROFESSIONAL KIT: My favorite setting powders to use and carry with me in my professional makeup kit are the Ben Nye Luxury Powders in Cameo and Banana.  Cameo works on all medium/light to light skin tones (including myself) while Banana works on all medium/dark to dark skin tones.  These two powders really reduce the amount of product I have to carry around in my kit.

MINERAL FOUNDATION POWDERS: If you love the simplicity of foundation powders but have a dryer skin type, consider using a mineral foundation powder.  These tend to be more on the hydrating side (yes, there is such thing as a hydrating powder) and have a much more natural finish.  The Laura Mercier Foundation powder was my GO TO foundation powder for years!  Bare Minerals is also great for mineral powder foundations.

MAC MINERLIZE SKIN FINISH:  This powder is my HOLY GRAIL of powders!  To me, it is the perfect setting powder – natural, not heavy, hydrating and blends seamlessly.  Also, most setting powders tend to come in shades like translucent, light medium or dark and this guy comes in 15 SHADES!  MAC’s website describes it as a powder that can be used to set foundation and touch up’s through out the day and leaves a natural-satin finish on the skin.  Long story short, I simply love it.

HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS A FOUNDATION OR SETTING POWDER?:  Knowing whether you are picking up a foundation powder or setting powder can be confusing for most. The main thing to keep in mind when shopping for these two different powders is this… Foundation powders will normally come in a wide arrange of colors that usually coordinate with the liquid foundations the line carries.  A perfect example for this is NARS – Sheer Glow foundation comes in shades Punjab, Sante Fe, Stromboli etc. and their foundation powders also come in Punjab, Sante Fe, Stromboli etc.  Like mentioned before, setting powders will normally just come in translucent, lights, medium, dark and so on.  If this still confuses you, I say when in doubt, check the product description online – it will normally state if it is a foundation powder or setting powder.

and that, is powder in a nutshell!

MARC JACOBS COCONUT PRIMER

11-8 MARC JACOBS COCO PRIMER POST

Let me explain my coconut obsession…  because I am lactose-intolerant, coconut everything quickly became my favorite alternative to dairy food products.  If you were to step into my kitchen you would see coconut EVERYTHING – coconut milk, coconut water, coconut creamer, coconut yogurt.  You name it, I have it.  So it wasn’t to my surprise that I would fall in love with the new Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer.

For a long time I wasn’t an avid primer user, mainly because I never really wanted my makeup to stay on for that long anyway.  Also, when working on photoshoots, the model tends to only have the makeup on for only a few hours so I saw no point in doing the priming.   However, now when I’m filming makeup tutorials and taking detailed photographs of my makeup I want it to be as pristine as possible, for the longest amount of time possible.  The Marc Jacobs Coconut primer does exactly that!

Retailing at $44 this primer is definitely a splurge, but in my opinion it is worth the money because of the fact that it plays well with a large variety of foundations.  Normally I would  buy the primer that corresponds with the foundation (if using the Makeup For Ever HD foundation I would use the Makeup For Ever HD primer etc.) because I didn’t want to risk pairing the wrong primer with the wrong foundation resulting in the slipping and sliding of your foundation on the skin, catastrophe!  I have been testing out this primer with a variety of foundations and concealers and it has played well with every single one that I own so far.

The first ingredient is water and the third ingredient is Coconut Alkanes which comes from the pulp of the coconut and acts as a humectant making this a SUPER hydrating primer.  If your going to put the word “coconut” in the name of your product it better be one of the first ingredients I see on the label!  Heading into the cold fall/winter months this makes a great addition to your makeup routine for the season.

To recap, because the Marc Jacobs Coconut primer mixes well with many different foundations and does superb job at providing the skin with a great dose of hydration – I give this primer two thumbs up!  Keep an eye out for it in my upcoming YouTube videos!

You can pick on up at your local Sephora!

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

welcome to my blog

Hey Everyone!

Welcome (finally) to my blog!  While I have had it up and running for a while I decided to take it offline while I gave it a make over.  Check my blog for more detailed images of daily makeup looks I create and post on my Instagram, product reviews, shenanigans and all that good stuff! I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to click the follow button to stay up to date!

LOVE YOU!

Sincerely,

Melissa