Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Video Quick Tip #68 - April 26, 2011

If you're looking for maximum eye impact, you don't necessarily have to have to go dark and smoky. In this week's tip, Brett shows us how to draw interest up to the eyes with a light, doe-eyed makeup look.

Make sure your brows are neat and groomed. All the focus will be drawn up so tweeze any stray hairs, and define your arches with a brow pencil like Vanitymark's Ultra-Brow Pencil (one shade lighter than hair is your best bet!).

Begin by applying a matte neutral shadow like MAC Brule all over the lid. Add a deeper neutral shade in the crease to recess the area, and lightly dust along the lower lash line as well - fair gals should try MAC Wedge, and those with deeper skintones look great in MAC Cork. Highlight the brow bone and tearduct with MAC Nylon to open up the eye.

Choose a light, shimmery eyeliner pencil instead of your standard black to line the eyes. Brett likes MAC Heirloom, a silvery lavender. Apply right at the lashline across the whole upper lash and on the lower lash line, too. This brightens up the eye by using shimmery, light-reflecting shades and the off-color adds instant interest.

Curl your lashes! This is key to looking wide-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Apply lots of mascara - Brett's go-to mascara is L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon. Add multiple layers for maximum impact. If you really want to turn up the drama, add in a few Ardell short balck individual lashes, coat again with mascara and add one last pump of the lash curler.

Now check out those Betty Boop eyes - enjoy pretty!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Video Quick Tip #67 - April 12, 2011

The temperatures have finally gone above 40 degrees (at least in NYC)! Now it's time to celebrate and switch around your makeup bag to include more summer-friendly shades and formulations.

In the video below, Brett discusses a few of his favorite products that you should add to the mix as the weather heats up.

According to Brett, the key traits of summer beauty products are: breathable coverage, SPF, long-wearing formulas, and warm, peachy shades. And what are the must-have products he loves?

Jemma Kidd School Light As Air liquid foundation, SPF 18 - This foundation feels like a tinted moisturizer but with a touch more coverage. It's a breathable formula, but really stays put - perfect for those hot summer days!

Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector, SPF 25 - Perfect for layering under makeup, this sheer physical sunblock reflects the rays off the skin, and is oil-free. Great for active gals that like to be outdoors a lot!

Benefit Cha Cha Tint - This new mango/apricot version of Benetint (launching in June) is great for ladies who aren't a fan of pinky lip and cheek stains. The new shade goes great with bronzey summer skin and has the long wear that Benetint is known for!

Bonnie Bell Gel Bronze - This cheapie drugstore bronzer can be worn alone on good skin days, or for a warm glow everyday, add a bit to your foundation and apply together! Brett recommends the golden shade - it's the most universally flattering.

Now go start your 'spring cleaning' and prep that makeup bag for warm weather!