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Epic’s 5 Minute Face

In Field Manual on April 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm

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I have never heard of anyone complaining of having too much time on their hands! Especially today’s woman. As a professional makeup artist in the film, television and live event industry, I work with actresses and models that are genetically gifted and they can afford the time to primp (with a pro’s help)! Most of us who live and work in the “real” world can’t afford to waste a minute or a buck (let alone afford a pro who will make us up every morning)!

That is why I believe that every woman needs a 5 Minute Face! What I mean by this is, a morning routine that requires very little time and effort, but you can rely on it to make you feel great and get you out the door fast.

In order to achieve a 5 Minute Face, you need the right products and I recommend keeping those products in your makeup bag at all times. You need 7 products: foundation, concealer, powder, cheek color, eye color, mascara, lipgloss. You could even get that down to 5 products if you use a tinted moisturizer with good coverage, which could eliminate the need for foundation and concealer, and your cheek/eye color could be used in both areas!

In addition to the products listed above, you should look for your cheek and eye colors in palette form. This will give you a choice of different shades to mix up and match to create variety in your routine and not always sport the same monochromatic look daily. Eye shadow colors can be used to line your eye and for brow filler (depending on the color). Another great tip is to try cream eye shadow or cheek stains. They blend easily and have great staying power, cutting down on touch ups during the day!

You should choose colors that flatter your skin tone and there are some colors that are universal to all, such as warm bronze cheek colors or matte vanilla, taupe or beige eye shadow. Chocolate brown eyeliner, nude lip colors and black mascara (unless you are very blonde then use brown mascara) are also flattering on most.

Great brushes are a must when applying your makeup on the go because blending is key to looking pulled together and perfect. There is nothing uglier than an unblended, harsh line of demarcation! Yuck! I also recommend investing in good sponges – those drugstore versions work fine, but you have to throw them away after one use. Try Alcone’s sponges, which you can wash a use more than once before discarding. In the long run they will save you money and they are wonderful for achieving blending perfection.

No matter if you are a stay-at-home mom, high-powered executive or a blue-collar workingwoman, a 5 Minute Face will give you confidence and self-esteem. You deserve to look and feel as beautiful as your favorite model or actress everyday. Take a little time for yourself, invest in yourself and take care of yourself – because “you’re worth it!”

Favorite Products:

Eve Pearl HD Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Foundation & Powder

Tricia Sawyer Beauty The Powder

MAC Lip Gloss

Eve Pearl Eye Shadow compacts (6 shades in one)

Tarte Cheek Stain

Tricia Sawyer Beauty Essential Palette (awesome matte colors for cheeks, eyes, liner, contour, highlight)

Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara

Benefit’s Crème Eye Shadow

AUTHOR: Melissa Street, Makeup Artist, In My Professional Opinion blog


Cat-Eye Lashes

In Cheat Sheet on April 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Bardot Eyelashes

Say “Cat-Eye” and everyone immediately starts talking liquid liner. But a cat eye without catty lashes is like bread without butter. Disappointing.

Not blessed with a feline lashline? In The Makeup has found the perfect answer – Revlon’s Lush Lash (look for the number 91128 in the upper right-hand corner of the box). While extra length and fullness across the entire lashline is the ultimate for a traditional eye, its no way to get a cat-eye.  For a true cat-eye, you’ll need extra length and fullness only at the outer corners. Enter Revlon’s Lush Lash. This style comes as perfectly sized quarter lashes – no cutting required. And each pack comes with 4 sets.  Simply place one quarter-lash at the outermost corners of your natural lashes, wait a few minutes for glue to dry, and then use mascara to blend and fuse your lashes with the Lush Lash.

You’ll have the cattiest lashes in the room <and no one will suspect that they’re augmented>


15-Hour Eye Makeup

In Beauty Spy on April 6, 2009 at 11:28 pm


Wish your eye makeup would look as good at the end of the night as it did at the beginning of the night? New Double Wear Stay-In-Place Shadow Creme and Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil both promise perfectly put eye makeup – all day or all night. In The Makeup has tested them, and the performance is even better than the promise.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Shadow Creme delivers 15 hours of perfect wear. Apply with fingers or a cream eye shadow brush. The pencils glide on like silk, takes about 30 seconds to set, and gives more than 12 hours of perfect wear. If you try to smudge it before letting it set, it won’t be budge-proof.