Fancy Nails!! - Dripping Gold
Matesse Elite Nail Polish - Mint Ice Cream
Matesse Elite Nail Art Paint - Gold Glitter
OPI - RapiDry TopCoat
1. Apply two coats of Mint Ice Cream to the nails and allow to dry.
2. Apply a good amount of Gold Glitter Nail Art Paint to the tips of the nails. Use the brush to drag the polish down the nail bed in uneven clumps so it looks like the gold is dripping down the nails. This Gold Glitter Nail Art Paint is easy to manipulate with the thin brush and if you use enough polish the first go around you shouldn’t need to do a second coat. Allow to dry.
3. Apply OPI top coat.
The Daily Face - June 20, 2012 - **SPECIAL GUEST FACE** - Danielle Strle
under eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
face: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in Gold
eyeshadow: Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Berber, NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong,
eye brows: Design Ebony Drawing Pencil
eye lashes: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes, Andrea Individual False Lashes
cheeks: MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Thing
When Danielle sat for me to do her makeup she told me that if it were socially acceptable to wear rhinestones all over her face, she would. Needless to say, after that statement, I wasn’t going to do something minimal, however I didn’t want to go so over the top that my readers couldn’t recreate it. Danielle is really bold with her style choices, which makes my job especially fun. More often than not, my clients are looking for a fresh, natural look so I look forward to people like Danielle who will wear crazy shadow colors and false lashes. Not to mention, her pale skin, blue eyes, and white-blonde hair create, pretty much, my favorite canvas on which to work.
I began by using concealer under the eyes and evening out her skin tone with tinted moisturizer. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of foundation. It’s too heavy for every day use and it will make your skin worse in the long run. Tinted moisturizer is easy to make yourself by mixing a small amount of your liquid foundation into your daily moisturizer.
Next I applied Illamasqua pigment to the lid from the lash line blending into the crease. You can do this step with your finger or a small flat brush.
Then I applied NARS Mekong eyeshadow to the outer corner of the lid and into the crease. If you look at the photo below for reference, the shadow should create a sideways V shape, with the point of the V creating the wing of the shadow. like this <. The shadow should come onto the eye socket bone so it is slightly visible when the eyes are open. Be sure to blend it well into the pink pigment so the two color blend together at the crease instead of one shadow sitting on top of the other.
Next I applied MAC liner in Blacktrack from corner to corner, creating a dramatic wing that connects into the wing of the shadow. The liner should enforce the bottom side of that sideways V.
Next I applied gold Make Up For Ever liner into the bottom lash line from corner to corner.
Then I blended blush to the apples of the cheeks. I used a shimmery blush which helps to highlight the cheekbones as well.
Last, but not least, I applied mascara and individual false lashes to the outer corners of Danielle’s natural lashes. (Individual lashes look like a little bundle of four or five lashes, the falsies that are just one eyelash are called singles.)
She may not have rhinestones all over her face, but I think Danielle looks pretty fancy.
The Daily Face - June 18, 2012 - Healthy Glow
under eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
eye liner: MAC Eye Kohl in Minted, NARS Eye Pencil in Hollywoodland
eye brows: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Fling
eye lashes: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
blush: MAC Blush in Harmony
Summer makeup is more about having a healthy glow than wearing a lot of makeup, so during the next couple months I’ll probably showing some really stripped down, easy to do looks that compliment the warm weather. Some people are lucky enough to get a healthy glow straight from the source itself, but for a lot of us (city dwellers, office dwellers, etc) it hard to get good sun time.
First moisturized my face well.
Next I applied MAC Eye Kohl pencil in Minted to my top lids, bringing the liner in about half way in from the outer corners of the eyes.
Then I applied Hollywoodland around the inner corners of the eyes and into the lower lash line. I also applied a little bit to the top of my cheeks bones and blended it with my finger.
Next I applied MAC Harmony blush, my favorite blush, to the apples of my cheeks extended back toward the temples. I chose a matte blush with a brown undertones to mimic a suntan. Blushes with shimmer or sparkle will look less natural.
Last I applied chapstick and mascara.
This is a very beautiful and accurate portrait and Amandalyn Ferri drew of me in high school. I’m not sure what the occasion was but it may have been when I got my wisdom tooth pulled. If that’s correct it came in a card that had Marilyn Manson on it. (Taken with Instagram)
NOTE: She also made me a series of portraits for my birthday that I sadly lost, which included activities such as “Anna Surfing a Tsunami,” “Anna Loving a Raccoon,” and “Anna Getting An Emo Helmet.”
The Daily Face - Essential Brushes
These are the 6 brushes I use for the makeup looks I create for The Daily Face. The first 4 are essentials. The last 2 are also great to have and may make your life a lot easier, but aren’t necessary. Good brushes are expensive, but if you take care of them, i.e. wash/disinfect them and store them with care, they should last for years. You can definitely buy cheaper brushes, but you will notice the bristles will fall out and they might not hold up as well, resulting in having to re-buy brushes which can cost you more than if you invested in more expensive brushes in the first place.
I listed the equivalent high-end brush for each brush pictured, but that doesn’t mean that is the only good version of that brush. If you want to buy brushes that are a bit less expensive (or a different brand) just use this as a guide for how the brushes should look and feel.
(from right to left)
1. Blush Brush - For applying blush (obviously). (like MAC brush 116)
2. Fluff Brush - For applying shadow to the lid area. (like MAC brush 213)
3. Small Tapered Brush - For apply shadow with precision into the crease.
4. Small Angled Brush - For applying gel liner like MAC Blacktrack. (Like MAC brush 263)
5. Small Flat Tapered Brush - For precision application of shadow into the bottom lashes. (like Make Up For Ever brush 5N)
6. Tapered Blending Brush - Good for applying shadow to the crease and general blending. (Like Make Up For Ever brush 14S)