Spring 2011 Makeup Trend: Green Eye Shadow

From the LA Fashion Week to the makeup gurus, green eye shadow is making it’s comeback in Spring 2011. David Klasfeld, owner of Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics and the Makeup Director for LA Fashion Weekend, used all shades of shimmery greens on the runway this season.

Not only does it complement the season but it also complements almost every skin type. Making the whites of your eyes more white and creating a more earthy look.


• Mix and match different shades of greens

• Use dark eyeliners

• Contour cheek bones with a bronzer

• Blend with a blending brush


• Overdo with different eye shadow colors, stick with neutrals

• Wear with green outfit! St. Patrick’s day is over

• Over shimmer your eye shadow—use different textures

Suggested green eye shadow look:

Prime your eyes from lid to brow with eye shadow primer of your choice, then pack your lids with a pastel green with a flat brush. Using the same flat brush, place olive green eye shadow on your crease. Then, using a darker green (I suggest M.A.C.’s Plumage) blend on your outer lid using a blending brush. Outline eyes with a dark liner on top (bottom optional). Finish off with a shimmer highlight under brows and tear duct.

Typically, you’re breaking the “focus on one feature” rule by pairing it with a red lip but it’s happening more so then not. Green and reds are complements of each other. So what the heck, if LA Fashion Week is rocking it, I’ll might as well rock it too 😉

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Makeup Trends for Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch is not only one of the hottest fantasy movies right now but also one of the best makeup jobs that I’ve seen this year! Makeup Artist,  Rosalina Da Silva, who has served as the Key Makeup Artist for movies such as Watchmen, X-men and various comic films did an incredible job creating looks for these ladies.

Sky’s the limit…for makeup! The makeup trends in this movie are big eyes, pouty lips, flawless skin, and highlights.

To achieve the “Babydoll” look Silva used a lot of shimmers and glitters all over the lid and crease to brighten the eyes. Be careful using glitters ladies! If you don’t have a good glitter primer yet, do not try this at home just yet! A regular eyeshadow primer will not suffice.

Eyeliner was one of Silva’s main products used in the movie—lots of eyeliner on the top lid and winged out at the ends. Also, white liner on waterline to open up the eyes. Don’t forget the full lashes too! You can even double your lashes using eyelash adhesive.

I also noticed lots of highlights on the cheekbones and, to create a pouty effect, apply a bit of highlight on top of your cupids bow. In addition, try using a darker brown lip liner around the edges of the lips to outline—this will accentuate the lip’s natural shape.

References: www.imdb.com, www.google.com

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Airbrush Foundation: Water vs. Silicone Base?

In a new day and age where Digital Photography and High-Definition cameras are regularly used for television, this challenges makeup artists all over the world! By using an Airbrush gun to spray the foundation you are creating a more even coverage. The disadvantages of using a brush is that it may leave brush strokes if not blending properly. According to OCCmakeup.com, “these marks may appear [invisible] to the naked eye, they can be quite noticable when your client’s face is shown in Hi-Definition close-up or in a High Resolution Digital Photo.”

Water vs. Silicone Base?

So what exactly is the difference between Water based and Silicone based you ask? A Water-based airbrush foundation leaves the skin with a more matte finish.  To add, it’s movable too! Just in case you mess up, it can be easily resolved by touching up with a foundation brush.

The benefits of a Silicone base is that it’s long lasting, water resistant, and leaving the skin with a glowy finish. Also, the silicone will absorbs any oil that may appear on the face later in the day for minimal touch ups!

So which one is better you ask?

Well that depends on what kind of look you are going for. If you are going for a more glowy look, Silicone may be the one for you. If you are into the matte finishes, go for the water based. Regardless, water based and silicone airbrush foundations both are great finishes and can only be realized by experimenting with both. You be the judge… ☺

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Interview with David Klasfeld and Valerie Hernandez from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Lights, mirrors, gorgeous models, top of the line makeup artists and hair stylists, and a little bit of chaos is how I would describe being backstage at the LA Fashion show.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Planet Beauty, both sponsors of the LA Fashion Show, shared the room at the Gower Studios so they can put their skills to action!

Despite the chaos, we were able to get an interview with David Klasfeld, founder and owner of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and OCC’s Key Makeup Artist Valerie Hernandez.

David expressed the challenges of creating a beauty look for multiple designers, saying how he had to create a universal look “that was uniformly flattering across the board.” Therefore, he wanted to create something what was quick and easy but equally impactful. He went with  gold smokey eye pairing it with a classic red lip.

Valerie created the 2nd look for the models: sexy smokey eye with a beautiful lip color customized specifically for the show. So hott!!!

Valerie also adds that dewy skin is in! “Using a tinted moisturizer is another alternative to foundation,” Valerie suggests. OCC has their own line of tinted moisturizers that are aloe and water based alternative to foundations. So ladies put aside your matte powders and say hello to tinted moisturizers ☺

You can check out the full interview here.

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Fall 2011 LA Fashion Weekend Beauty Trends

What a great season for beauty you guys!! I am so excited to tell you all about it. This season its all about the bold red lips and shimmery lids for a sexy, sultry style. I love this look!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, sponsors for the LA Fashion Weekend, worked their mad skills on the models with their rad products. Here’s rundown of which products were used for the Fall 2011 LA Fashion Weekend: Airbrush foundation, Loose colour concentrates (lots of yellow golds), and Lip tars (in all different Red shades)!

I’ve always loved watching people get ready–especially, talented Makeup Artists getting other people ready! The OCC Crew pulled out their guns (Airbrush gun that is) and sprayed away with their own airbrush formula. The Artists created a smooth, flawless look that looked natural and imitated the skin tone. Great way to go to reduce retouching time especially when the girls are doing several dress changes,  walking the runway, running backstage, and doing whatever else models do at runways shows.

This is the first time I saw the Lip Tars being put to work and let me tell you—I am very impressed. This innovative product “combines the the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss.”  All it takes is a lip brush with a little bit of lip tar and a steady hand to spread the product all over the lips.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff!

Another featured product are the loose colour concentrates in gold to green shades. A golden shimmery color in “Flawed” helped to brighten up the eyes while “Bitmap” a green (to contrast the Red lips) loose colour gave the lips a pop!

Ahh! I am pretty much obesssed. Stay tuned for more beauty coverage from the LA Fashion Week 🙂

References: occmakeup.com

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Secret to Long Lasting Makeup

I have recently discovered this amazing product from Murad’s Hybrid (combined makeup and skincare) line. This has a light tint that looks good on just by itself. After 15 minutes of wearing it this product will firm your skin up to 50%. Amazingness. If you want a slightly cheaper alternative you should try something from the Revlon colorstay makeup line as it wears like it has a built-in primer.

Primers are the key to long, lasting makeup. I very much dislike retouching because not only does it add more weight to my bag but also is a waste of time! Finding the right primer for you is the secret to less maintenance throughout the day. Therefore, here are some of my favorite primers on the market.

MAC Eye Shadow Primer in Painterly $16.50

MAC Eye Shadow Primer in Painterly

I would have to say the most popular eye shadow primers out there are the Painterly Paint Pot and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion ($18). Urban Decay swears that their primer potion does not crease but for some reason when I wear it, it DOES! Painterly is a cream but gives a powdery finish. The 12 hour wear prevents my makeup from creasing throughout the day. I’ve had the most success using paint pots and will never go back!

MAC Prep+Prime Lip $14.50MAC Prep+Prime Lip

Apply this to prevent your lips from feathering! I apply it on my lip line as well as all over the lips to ensure a long lasting lip color. You want it let it set for about 60 seconds before applying lipliner and lipstick. All you makeup artists out there—keep this is your makeup kit. This will save your life! Say NO to bleeding lips.

Murad Matte Primer  $35

Murad Matte Primer

I have recently discovered this amazing product from Murad’s Hybrid (combined makeup and skincare) line. This has a light tint that looks good on just by itself. After 15 minutes of wearing it this product will firm your skin up to 50%. Amazingness 😉

Reference: www.maccosmetics.com, www.murad.com, www.google.com

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Spring Beauty Trend: Neon Lips

Spring is approaching and what better way to get in style than by picking out your favorite neon lip color. I am a simple kinda gal; therefore spending more than 15 minutes in front of the mirror is overkill for me. That’s why I enjoy putting on a bright lip—it’s quick and easy!

MAC Impassioned $14.50

MAC Vegas Volt $14.50

Beauty tip–make sure to take the necessary steps to prime your lips before applying the lipstick. Using a lip primer around your lip line as well as on top will prevent your lip color from spreading. Also, a matching lip liner will create a color base and help with the longevity of your lip color of choice.

Reference: www.maccosmetics.com

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Weekly Fashion News Roundup

Ugg Launches Luxury Collection priced $500-$1,195 (Racked)

Emmanuelle Alt’s First Issue as Editor of French Vogue (Motilo)

Gisele’s H&M Spring 2011 Campaign (Fashion Gone Rogue)

Anna Sui Partners with TheOutnet.com for a 15 Dress Collection (WWD)

Derek Lam Is Working on His Own Diffusion Line Separate From eBay (the Cut)

Who What Wear Releases a Book Entitled What to Wear Where (Who What Wear)

Blake Lively’s First Chanel Handbag Ad (Fashionologie)

Preview Clip of Keira Knightley’s Upcoming Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Commercial (Fashionologie)

Photos: Katherine Power Creative Director and Co-Founder, Who What Wear (The Coveteur)

Photos: Hillary Kerr Editorial Director and Co-Founder, Who What Wear (The Coveteur)

Photos: Stephanie Winston Wolkoff Director of Fashion, Lincoln Center, Fashion Consultant to IMG  (The Coveteur)

The Fashion Industry Is Overwhelmingly Sympathetic Toward John Galliano (the Cut)

Matthew Williamson Designing a Capsule Collection of 30 pieces for Macy’s, Launching April 13 (Vogue UK)

Kate Moss’ 90 Second Dior Addict Lipstick Commercial is Revealed (Fashionista)

Rihanna’s April 2011 Vogue US Cover (Fashion Bomb Daily)

Gilt Groupe Launches Gilt TV (Fashionista)

The Forbes Rich List 2011: Richest People in Fashion (Vogue UK)

Alexa Chung to Design Another Collection for Madewell (ELLE Magazine)

Video: Target and Opening Ceremony Celebrate GO International’s 5th Anniversary (Fashionista)


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