Category: Makeup

BeautyCurrent Faves: Makeup Must-Haves

Hey ladies! Today was a wonderful day here at LuLu*s! When I came in there was a box sitting on my desk, and lo and behold it was a Sephora order I placed recently! Opening the box, I became more and more excited even though I was replacing some of my favorite products and I knew exactly what was in the box. It so nice to have new products to use on our lovely models. I though this would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about some of my favorite products! Here are three things that I simply cannot function without here in our photoroom!

smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer: This is my favorite lid primer I have used. It creates a perfect base for any shadows and allows you to build up color with a decrease in eyeshadow fallout onto the face. It has a matte finish but is not drying! In fact, according to the smashbox website, the primer contains, “Phytomoist™, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization plus skin perfecting amino acids.” This product is also great to wear alone since it evens out and perfects skin tone. Being under bright lights for hours, this is essential for our models because it keeps their makeup from creasing and wearing off. A must-have for any makeup enthusiast.

 

smashbox Eyelights in SmokeBox: This is a super versatile palette that allows you to go from a natural finish to a super smokey eye! I use the light beige shadow as a highlight under the brow bone and as an easy choice for a simple yet glamorous vanilla shade. The medium taupey-grey  shade is the perfect shadow for a natural smokey eye. I sweep this shade across the crease and blend it up and out into a “v” shape. Then adding the third shadow, a rich carbon black with silvery sparkles, in the outer corner of the eye. The trick to any smokey eye is blending. Using a compact fluffy brush to blend any harsh lines will keep your look polished. The great thing about this palette is that you can use these shadows on their own or in other color combinations since they are so basic and so pigmented!

Nars Lipstick in Funny Face: This is the best blue-based pink I have found! I love the playful punch that the bright fuscia brings to the photos. While it may be too extreme for some people, on the right skin tone and in the right lighting this is an awesome choice. This is an very moisturizing lipstick and it has sort of a floral/fruity smell.

Check out some of the looks below using these fine products!

The bright fuscia lipstick really brings out Olivia’s blue eyes!

The ultimate smokey eye for a glammed-out night time look!

BeautyBlogger Spotlight: Keiko Lynn

Good afternoon, beauty maniacs! If you are like me then you are always on the lookout for new inspiration in the beauty department. I love perusing fashion  and beauty blogs to check out what tips, ticks and techniques my favorite bloggers use! One of my favorite bloggers is Keiko Lynn. She not only has some of the cutest style around, she is also a diehard beauty junkie! She has weekly blog posts called Makeup Mondays where she shares her favorite looks along with the technique and products used. This posts are something to seriously look forward to folks! You will not be dissapointed by her creative use of color and crisp, clear photography. Take a look at some of my favorites below.

Oh, that bow is enough to make a girl crazy! Keiko really has a knack for combining dramatic, smokey eyes with rosy lips. She knows that a little lip color is all you need when you’re focusing on the eyes. As seen in the photo to the top right, her vampy red lips are perfectly paired with a smudgy stroke of black liner.

Girly-goes-glam in these above photos.  I am totally in love with the soft purples and pinks! It is ethereal yet edgy and makes me want to run to my train case of makeup and try this look! Her skin is absolutely flawless! Creating a perfect canvas by camoflaging any issues is the perfect way to start your makeup routines. Make sure to check out Keiko’s blog for tips on creating that flawless finish.

Here, Keiko reminds me of a 50′s pinup girl with a bold, red lip and cat eye liner. Don’t forget the cute plaid shirt for extra vintage points! Some looks are just timeless!

Even when it comes to natural looks and soft, more subtle browns this girl really knows how to pull it all together. Subtle details like a soft pink flower to compliment your lip color or a boho-syle headband will complete your style. Take a cue from this makeup and style maven and don’t forget to check out her blog.

photos from Keikolynn.com

FashionChina Fashion Week: High Fashion Headdresses

At this year’s China Fashion Week that ended on Monday, the Eon Fashion Awards show made big news — literally. This show is a makeup, styling, and design contest; and designers went all out in their creations. Take a look at some of these insanely gorgeous get-ups.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(These awesome pics are courtesy of Highsnobbette and Jezebel.)
 
There’s a little bit of glammed-up Lady Gaga going on here, don’t ya think?
 
Which look is your favorite? Think you’ll be trying any of these looks for the holidays?

BeautyDon’t Have a Costume? Paint Your Face!

Halloween is just four days away, and most of you probably have some amazing costume ideas up your sleeves! (I’ve been hearing about some pretty interesting ones from the girls here at Lulus.com – Lady Gaga anyone?)
 
However, if you’re anything like me, you still have no idea what to be. This happens to me every year, and every year I go around in panic attack about an hour before I head out in attempt to find a costume. Not so this year! I have found the perfect costume for a girl who loves makeup but is terrible at thinking of costumes: face paint!
 
Check out these insanely awesome face paint costumes:
 

 
Butterfly 
(Add a flowy purple dress and you’re set!)
 

 

 
Masquerade
 (All you need is a feather in your hair and a fancy dress for the complete look!)
 

 
Tiger
 (Shrug into your favorite animal print!)
 

 

 
Get your man involved, too!
 
(Thanks to Bella Sugar for these pics!)

If you’re really creative, go all out! Have fun!
 
 
 

 
So ladies, will you be painting your face for Halloween? What creative ideas will you display this year?

BeautyHoliday Makeup Madness

Get ready ladies because Holiday 2010 is around the corner!

When it’s time to give those gifts, your favorite makeup companies are on top of it, with to die for pallets. These perfectly packaged sets often sell out and reach collectible status so you have to snatch them up right away!

Not only are they creatively packaged but they also offer great value. They will last you far past this winter considering you get so much for your money! Giving gifts is grand but don’t forget about yourself little beauty queens! No matter how perfect your holiday outfit from LuLu*s is, your look will not be complete without the right makeup. Get your glitter, get your gloss and get your glam on with my favorite pallets and sets shown below!

   

This is a great first example. Behold, Urban Decays Book Of Shadows Vol III. Inspired by the big city lights of New York, contains 16 eyeshadows, 2 of their fantastic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion in a portable travel size. The packaging even lights up, people! Full New York City glam from the skyscrapers to the Statue of Liberty. Here in the LuLu*s photo room, Urban Decay is a brand that I use on our lovely models every time. Pair this lovely pallet with our Ink-quins Sequin Party Dress. You will sparkle and shimmer all night long!

  

Stila’s Lip Glaze is one of my top lipgloss picks. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample of their Grapefruit Lip Glaze many years ago and man did they make a lifer out of me! I still hold it high as my top pick for girly, understated pink. Its not too tacky or sticky and people always ask what color I am wearing. Pick up this set of 4 exclusive Holiday shades and 4 permanent faves. Paired with our Showmance Champagne Strapless Dress. You will be pretty in pink in this combination!

 

My final pick is this luscious array of polishes. Sephora and OPI teamed up to create this set of 18 mini nail polishes in shades from girly to glam, edgy to office appropriate. Any manicure lover knows the value of a good polish and OPI never dissapoints. This $81 value is a bargain basement price of $48. Seriously, it will take forever to go through 18 polishes! You can mix all 18 with our amazing Set the Tone Striped Dress. This versatile piece can be worn as many ways as these many polishes!

Whatever your Holiday plans are remember to stay glamorous! XOXO