Category Archives: Makeup Collections

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Wonderful Fairytale

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I have long been a fan of Yves Saint Laurent.  I remember clearly from years past watching my drag friends paint the most beautiful faces, from nothing more than a borrowed 5-pan YSL eyeshadow compact and a brush.  I would sit, amazed at their ability to create airbrushed lids – a rainbow of florescent colors from lash to brow. Those moments of my first understanding of shading and contour are still vivid today.

The mid-nineties is the timeframe I am speaking of, where pastels had reminded us of our whimsical selves.  YSL’s 2011 Fall Color Collection is, if nothing, a reminder of those days so fruitfully reminiscent of my budding makeup artist self.  I was at the YSL counter at Neiman Marcus Northpark in Dallas when the boxes to the newest collection were opened.  Eyes glazed over, I was once again 19 years old carefully trying to capture every stroke of Denise’s brush.  Vivid yet coy, each item out of the box was it’s own wonderland of happy.

The most impressive piece of the collection is the limited edition 5-pan eyeshadow compact, No 11 Midnight Garden.  An assortment of greens and lavenders all laid underneath a sheath of pixie dust, the possibilities are endless.  Soft to the touch, as are most of YSL’s shadows, the colors in this compact could easily be applied delicately on top of existing shadow colors you already have to give a much needed “winter-is-coming” sparkle to your look.  This compact is sure to please! (Retail $56)

Second in line to the Midnight Garden compact are the eagerly anticipated new Blush Radiance blushes.  Available in six carefully chosen colors, these blushes are a softer approach to cheek hue than their predecessors.  Panning the spectrum from angelic pink to muted coral, they deliver with just a hint of color.  Unbelievably user-friendly, it is hard to apply too much to your desired location.  Many women shy away from blush in fear of creating a look of costume rather than nature.  Fear not with these blushes as they apply with ease and delicacy.  My favorite would have to be No 5, as true red blushes are difficult to come by.  I know many an artist who will make sure to add this to their personal creative boxes.  (Retail $45)

YSL chose to add some new single eye shadow colors to the collection, No 18 Deep Night Purple and No 19 Velvet Green – both perfect to use wet as a top liner or dry underneath for a softer smoky effect.  (Retail $30)

Make sure to take advantage of another limited edition piece to this collection – No 20 Midnight Blue Faux Cils mascara.  YSL has always been known for the brilliant separation and lengthening of their Faux Cils mascara line, and this abysmal blue is sure to be no exception.  A deep blue mascara has the ability to brighten the white of the eye without the risk of appearing too dramatic.  Many times, the mascara doesn’t even show up as blue, but a softer black.  Artists often times lean in this direction to get the definition needed of the mascara without going over the edge.  (Retail $30)

All available online at the YSL website or at fine retailers.


It’s all in the eyes…

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I was very impressed with the Fall 2011 collection by NARS.  I was able to play with the colors before they launched on the counters while we were painting the models for the Neiman Marcus Conclave gathering where all the cosmetic lines preview their colors to the Neimans buyers and cosmetic gurus.  Although some pieces of the collection are subdued, in true NARS spirit, they delivered with a blue single eye shadow as charasmatic as the name suggests.

The Delphes trio reminds me of underwater mermaids – glowing in the ending light of the day.  Softly iridescent,  these muted sea-tones give variety.  Gentle enough for the business gal, yet playful enough to spark some attention. I suggest adding the palette on top of Mousson.  This will maintain the integrity of the shadow hues and give some longevity to the eye makeup.  (Retail $45)

The Grand Palais due is subtle to the touch but has some star potential for the girl not quite ready for the smoky eye.  Laying the deeper rouge-colored “dusty rose” in the crease, and popping a soft layer of the “silvery taupe” on the base of the lid will gives some radiance to the normally sallow eye.  Be careful, however, as too much pink-undertoned shadow can bring attention to dark circles. This duo is the 21st century approach to the classic Marilyn Monroe eye.  (Retail $33)

The star of the collection, as is normally the case with NARS, is the “true blue” single eye shadow Outremer.  Bold and unapologetic, this single shadow makes for a great liner.  Wetting a flat or tight-line brush and dragging a thin line up to the outer crease will give a clean awake visual to the eye.  For the professional – or the drama queen – the shadow could be laid heavy on the entire lid, most likely on top of the Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.  I don’t suggest using cream eyeshadows underneath the placement of a chroma-bright color as it tends to look heavy and at times the color isn’t seamless.  This is certainly one to have fun with!

All available online at the NARS website, or fine retailers.