Think Pink: Barbie Halloween Makeup Look

Apparently Chase doesn't like Barbie...

So like a lot of girls, when I was young one of my favourite toys was Barbie.  Heck, I still love Barbie.  She’s literally been everything and is a good role model for young girls.

I was actually Barbie last year for Halloween, but I really like this look way better than what I came up with last year.

Here’s how I created it. Like always, I started with a face primer. I use Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer ($8.99 at Wal-Mart).  From then I used Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (in Bamboo Beige) mixed with MAC’s Strobe Cream.  Barbie’s skin, of course, looks flawless so use a full coverage foundation.  I mixed in the Strobe Cream for that extra glow (hey, she’s plastic!). After I applied the foundation I set it with Bare Minerals Original Foundation to provide that extra coverage.   To finish up my face I applied concealer below my eyes and then used Make Up For Ever’s Microfinish powder. For the cheeks I used NARS Angelika blush.  Barbie obviously has very pink cheeks so make sure to pack this on.

Once you are done your face, don’t forget to fill in your eyebrows.  I always use the colour Buck from the Urban Decay Naked palette.

Now onto the eyes.  Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer, the primer makes the eyeshadow last longer plus the colour always looks way better in my opinion.  As for eyeshadows, for a base colour I used a light pink (Yogurt) from the MAC Hello Kitty collection Too Dolly eyeshadow palette.   For the crease I applied the darker pink colour (Romping) from the same palette. Finally, for the lower lash line I applied the turquoise colour (Too Dolly).

For this look I tried using pastels; Barbie’s makeup is usually very soft and light (probably because it’s airbrushed on her).  I highly recommend using pink on the lid and the crease and then using another soft colour for the lower lash line to make the look stand out. Grab your white eyeliner and apply this to your waterline.  Using a white eyeliner in that area will make your eyes look bigger and we definitely want big doll eyes for this look. Grab a silver or white eyeshadow and apply this to the inner corners of your eye.  The colour I used was Lancome Color Design Style Section Metallic.  I’m not sure if they still sell this eyeshadow, it’s a few years old.  Any silver or white will do really, we just want to open up the eye area and to make them stand out. For this look I did not use an eyeliner on my upper lash line.  i did this for two reasons; one being that Barbie’s makeup is very soft, I didn’t want a harsh eyeliner on there, and two, she is very youthful.  The big focus on the eyes should be the big lashes so don’t forget to use an eyelash curler and a good mascara. Grab your biggest and fullest lashes you have a pop those babies on.  I also took these lash accents and applied them to the outer corners of my bottom lashes for that extra “doll” effect. Make sure you seal the lashes with mascara.  Also, take your mascara wand and use it to make your lower lashes pop more.  You want some extreme doll lashes. Moving onto the lips!  Because we are recreating Barbie here I chose to do my lips fully, if we were doing a rag doll kind of look I would have completely concealed them and drawn a heart shape on them for that marionette kind of effect.

So the first thing I did here was grab my white eyeliner once again and highlight my cupid’s bow (the triangle in the centre of your upper lip).  By doing this you are pulling more attention to your lips and making them stand out more.  You can either do this before or after you apply the lipstick.   So obviously we are going to do a Barbie pink here.  I lined my lips first using a NYX lip liner in Too Dolly and then went over with MAC’s Saint Germain lipstick (which is a perfect match for the lip liner).

Now pop on a blonde wig and we are done!

I look like I'm yawning here..

Ziggy Barbie

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Factory Girl: Edie Sedgwick Makeup Look

Four more days until Halloween!  Halloween is my favourite holiday because not only do I love all things horror and candy but you get to dress up as someone else!  And I mean who doesn’t want to be someone else for a day?

I was requested to recreate Andy Warhol muse, Edie Sedgwick, the original factory girl. She was also an “it girl” and heiress.  Her signature look is very ’60s – the eyeliner in the crease, nude lips, big lashes.

This is an easy costume to recreate, all you need is a black or striped shirt, dark denim, and pull your hair back.  If you want to really channel Edie, grab a cigarette or fake one (I’m not supporting smoking here but a lot of her photos show her with a cigarette).  The real magic of her look of course is her makeup.  You can also use this eye makeup with voluminous Brigitte Bardot hair for a sex-kitten look.

So let’s get started! Start with a clean canvas.  The products I used were Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer then YSL Touche Eclat, MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC15, and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer.  I chose a pale foundation because Edie was quite pale, plus this foundation contains an SPF so therefore in photos I will look whiter than I actually am. Grab your bronzer and do some slight contouring of the cheekbones and your forehead. Be very light here, you don’t want to go overboard.

Using a light pink blush lightly apply some colour to your cheeks. I used MAC’s Coygirl. Make sure to fill in your eyebrows because she had some thicker ones.  Don’t go overboard with the thickness but just enough to make them more pronounced. Remember, it’s all about the eyes for this look.

Using a white or silver eyeshadow, lightly pat the colour on your eyelids.  I used Lancome Color Design Style Section Metallic. Grab your favourite black liquid liner and line your upper lash line winging it out.  I used my handy tried and tested MAC Liquid Eye Liner. Now for the fun part.  Grab a black eyeshadow (I used MAC Carbon) and lightly line where your crease is all the way from your tear duct to the outer edge then connect it to the winged part you created on your upper lash line.  I had to draw it on a few times until the colour got dark enough.  When I got it down pat I actually grabbed a brush and smudged it a bit then took my liquid eyeliner and went over it for a more defined look. Next grab your white eyeliner and line your waterline.  I used a NYX eyeliner in white ($3.99 at Zellers). Now grab your black eyeliner and line your lowerlash with it.

After that I actually grabbed a white eyeshadow and went over the white on my lower lash line to really make that white pop.   Grab your liquid eye liner once again and go over the black on your lower lash to define the look.

Grab a highlighter and highlight under your brows.  I used It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift.

Now the final steps are to curl your lashes and apply mascara.  I actually used a primer before my mascara to get maximum volume but it’s not necessary.  I didn’t use fake lashes for my eyes but I would definitely recommend them (I didn’t have my glue handy).  Luckily with my YSL Faux Cils mascara my lashes looked fake enough, but for extra effect I would for sure add wispy lashes to the outer corners to make the eyes pop even more.  Heck, I would even add some falsies to the bottom lashes as well.

Lastly, apply a nude coloured lipstick, or if you don’t have one use concealer to blank out your lips.  MAC’s Myth would be perfect for this look, I used my It Cosmetics concealer to wipe out my lips because I lent that lipstick to a friend.  Either one works.

And voila!  We are done!

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Lift Without the Botox: It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift

So you guys know how much I love It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereyes Concealer, I’m seriously obsessed with it. Other than that one product, that was the only thing that I have ever tried from It Cosmetics which is a makeup line created by Jamie Kern, a former TV news anchor, Miss Washington USA, and a contestant on the reality show Big Brother. She launched the line in 2008 and it is available through QVCBeauty.comBeauty 360itcosmetics.com and The Shopping Channel in Canada.  A couple of weeks ago the company sent me one of their new products, the Brow Power Lift double ended pencil. Now I love me a good highlighter, I use it underneath my eyebrows, on the inside corner of my eyes, anywhere really that needs some brightening up. This product is a highlighter but contains hydrolyzed collagen and Vitamins A, C & E.  Because of these power ingredients, the product lifts the look of brows, opens up and brightens eyes, plus lifts and illuminates features instantly.

The pencil, according to the supplied press release, doesn’t just lift your look instantly, it also is a “wrinkle-fighting secret weapon”:

Whenever you have stubborn wrinkles, such as 11 lines or marionette lines, just line the deepest inset of the wrinkle and it instantly looks pulled out, as if you just got a cosmetic filler injection!  The high performance illuminating pigments last all day, plus the anti-aging benefits work simultaneously for younger looking, lifted features!

The product is also talc-free and infused with ultra-hydrating age reverse and prevent technology.  Plus it is paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and hypo-allernegic.

I myself don’t have wrinkles yet so I can’t tell you if the product actually does what it claims in terms of making wrinkles disappear, but I can tell you if it is a good highlighter/illuminator.

The pencil (which comes with a handy sharpener) is dual ended, with one end being a pearl highlighter and the other end being matte. Up until this blog post I only really ever used the pearl side and I have to say I love it, it does a great job on highlighting your brows and the handy pencil makes the application flawless.

For the sake of this blog post I tried out both sides and followed the instructions on how to use it.  According to the press release, for a more lifted brow use either the matte or pearl side and trace along the entire length of your brow, both above and below the brow hair from the start of your brow to the end or tail.  Once applied, lightly blend and pat in the illuminator with your fingers along the entire area 1/4 inch above and below your eyebrows.  The illuminator is natural looking, soft, and invisible to the eye, but attracts light to the area both above and below your eyebrows, creating a more lifted, youthful look.

Before

This picture is before I applied the product.  For the sake of this post I used the pearl side on one brow and the matte side on the other.

Pearl side applied to my left brow

Matte end applied to my entire right brow

After I blended both of them in

As you can see in my “after” shot, my eyebrows do look more noticeable, I don’t know if they are necessarily “lifted” but they are definitely highlighted.  As I said before I couldn’t really tell you if it diminishes the appearance of wrinkles because I don’t have any yet.

So would I recommend this product?  Yes, but I don’t think it’s necessary.  I really love the pearl side as a highlighter and the matte side can double as an under-brow concealer.  If you are looking for a great highlighter or if you have wrinkles, I would recommend trying it. The product also feels like butter on your skin and you don’t have to press hard for the product to apply.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift retails for $24 CDN on The Shopping Channel.

Have you tried It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift?  What were your thoughts?

Please note: I did receive this product for review, however, it did not affect my opinions on it.  All opinions are my honest own :).


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