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7 Tried & True Must-Have Products

November 16th, 2011

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By Dustin Hunter, Makeup Artist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dustin Hunter has been designing various media since his early teen years. Studying several different art forms, Hunter’s creative background ranges from illustration and photography to fashion and interior design to music production and makeup artistry. He has worked for over a decade as a professional illustrator and his retail interior design concepts have been featured in nation-wide publications, receiving recognition for their uniqueness and creativity.  Check out his blog and YouTube channel!

MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter

7 Tried & True Must-Have Products

I’m a sucker for multi-purpose products: pigments, cream and liquid paints, mixing mediums, etc. I like to custom-blend just about everything! Not everyone feels the same way, though, and sometimes, it’s nice to have one product that does a job and does it well. These are some of my tried-and-true favorites from a few different companies (hopefully some that you haven’t heard of before)!

Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick | Their Long Lasting Cream finishes are some of the best lipsticks I own. They cover well and feel luxurious on the lips. The BEST ones are almost always limited edition. Favorites in the Permanent Range: Cherry Passion, Melon and Rose Tea.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars | I’m actually not a huge fan of these on the lips, but, OH, the blushes these make! They last forever and blend like a dream (they DO have mint in them though so avoid the eye area). Favorites: Cha-Cha and Divine.

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer | I love these liquid luminizers because you can mix them with foundation, cream blush or bronzer for glowing skin or apply them on their own (I use a fluffy blush brush) for a natural highlighting effect. Favorites: Champagne.

Terra Firma Gel Mineral Matte Finish Bronzer | I use this on myself all the time. It’s highly pigmented (I dilute it with body lotion), long-wearing, won’t rub off on clothes and looks SO amazingly natural – If most bronzers are too orange for you, look no further! (There’s also a shimmering version if you like to twinkle.)

MAC Reflects Glitters | A MAC PRO exclusive (but anyone can buy from MAC PRO). I’ve used these in a multitude of ways: mixing custom lip gloss, over mascara for sparkling lashes, on top of just any eye look, pressed over lipstick for a metallic foil effect, as a face and body highlight, worked into a hairstyle, etc. Not many things are THIS pretty! (Be aware that MAC lists these products as “not for use in the eye area.”) Favorites: Reflects Bronze, Reflects Gold and Reflects Transparent Teal.

MAC Blot Powder and Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder | My two favorite setting powders! Blot Powder by MAC is perfect for mattifying a look without adding any color or texture. Diamond Perfect Finish Powder by Purely Cosmetics is a transparent loose powder that easily outperforms the transparent powders I have from MAC and MUFE (smoother application, better line diffusing AND it doesn’t bounce light back in photography).

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MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter

MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter

MAC Reflects in Bronze, Gold, Teal

OCC Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars in Cha Cha, Divine

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect & MAC Blot Powder

Estee Lauder Lipsticks

Estee Lauder Lipsticks in Cherry Passion, Melon, Rose Tea

Terra Firma Matte Gel Bronzer

Terra Firma Matte Gel Bronzer

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer

Face Atelier in Bronze, Champagne, Opal, Peach

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LORAC Fall 2011 Collection

August 15th, 2011

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LORAC Fall 2011 Collection

Naked Lace ($28.00) (ULTA Exclusive)

This barely-there, lingerie-inspired collection contains everything you need for easy, flirty makeup. 2 silky-smooth eyeshadows, 1 rose-colored blush, 3 mini Couture Shine liquid lipsticks, in a vintage style luxe bag.

Ooh La Lace Baked Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette ($36.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

6 x Eye Shadows in Lust (cream with shimmer), Smolder (matte gray), Risqué (matte black), Stunner (light bronze with shimmer), Knockout (bronze with shimmer), Racy (matte brown)

Close Up ($39.00)

In this tutorial’s simple steps, Carol Shaw shares her professional tips that take you from real life to red carpet by teaching you how to master a Natural Day and Dramatic Night looks in minutes. This kit contains a step-by-step look book and her favorite must-have products—everything you need to do makeup like a pro. Contains 0.15 oz Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in LORACstar, 0.02 oz Front Of The Line Pro in Black, 0.43 oz Multiplex 3D Lashes Mascara in Black, 0.12 oz Blush in Soul, 0.17 oz Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Trend Setter, Tutorial Look Book

Baked Eyeshadow Trio ($26.00)

  • Popstar

PEFfection Baked Perfecting Powder ($32.00)

  • Available in Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Tan.

availability: Now at Sephora & ULTA

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Dior Summer Collection 2011 – Electric Tropics

May 11th, 2011

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Vibrant lips and nails, nude and glowing face. That was the runway trend and now it’s showing up in the summer looks in the real way, not the unwearable runway version. Dior Summer Collection 2011 Electric Tropics is one of my favorite collections so far for the season. Café Makeup gave us a preview of the collection in early April when she was able to purchase it while in Paris, and I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival in the US.

Women over 40 this is a makeup look that you can wear! You might shy away from the vibrant orange lips as I have, but there are other alternatives. I’m not sure which is my favorite, the 5 Couleurs eye shadow palettes in 754 Rosy Tan and 534 Rosy Nude or the Healthy Glow Powder compact in 001 Aurora (lighter) or 002 Sunset (darker). 

Rosy Tan is shown above. This is the darker of the two eye palettes, but as you can see it is still not intense in color, but beautiful nude tones and textures, making this a must for all year around. This can be worn on fair skinned to dark skinned women. Rosy Nude is very light toned with the exception of a bright pink shade.

Here are swatches of the shades from top – the pink shade on the top left of palette is a clear true pink. The next shade is the dark brown color on the top right of the palette. This is a reddish brown that can be used as the liner or as the intense shading shadow. In the middle of the swatches is the bottom left in the palette – a medium bronze shimmer. This is the most shimmery of the shades. Next down is the tan shade that is on the bottom right of the palette. This is a great neutral shade without shimmer. On the bottom swatch is the center shimmer champagne shade.

I know a lot of women over 40 don’t like shimmer. Truly the only shade that is shimmery is the medium bronzy shade, which on me, I don’t mind this shimmer at all. The pink, and champagne colors are more of a “glow” texture. The nude shade is more matte and the dark brown shade is mostly matte but has a very tiny hint of a few flecks of shimmer. 

Above is Healthy Glow Powder and is a perfect name for the compact. As a personal preference I find most “glow” foundations make me oily looking and I’d rather add my glow by using powders or liquids in specific spots rather than all over in a foundation. The above shade is 001 – Aurora. The woven pattern is gorgeous with peachy pink shades, shimmer and matte shade of a light bronze – it’s more of a warmth than a bronze in this shade. Sunset is a deeper bronze for darker skin or if you want a deeper color. I personally love the soft warmth Aurora adds to my face. These two will be major players in my summer makeup.

The compacts all come in the velvet pouch that always come with the classy Dior products. You may typically toss them or use them to protect the product, but with the Healthy Glow you will want to keep the velvet pouch. As you can see, there is an outside pouch that holds the brush. The brush will not fit into the compact case, and it’s a usable brush you’ll want to keep and not toss.

If the vibrant orange shade of lips, 545 Fire, aren’t your thing then add Dior Addict 454 Parisian Chic to lighten up the lips. There are 4 new Crystal Lip Glosses that can be used atop any lip shade. These are extremely clear colored and very lightly pigmented in a pink, pink shimmer, nude shimmer and orange. They look more intense on the swatches online than they are in person.

If you like orange, but like I said the orange lips aren’t your thing then try the nail shade in Aloha – a vibrant orange that comes packaged with a clear coat. There was also a neon pink shade of nail color available called Paradise, which I have not seen. Pinks intrigue me more than orange, but sadly this pink is already sold out!

So, do you love these beauties as much as I do?

Images Dior and mine. Disclosure: I purchased products and I work PT at Macy’s Dior counter.


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Video Makeup Tutorial: 5 Minute Subtle Sunset

June 27th, 2010

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Video Makeup Tutorial: 5 Minute Subtle Sunset

Quick & dirty tutorial for this gold and berry look from last week!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow (gold), MAC Bronze Eyeshadow (bronze), MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow (cranberry), MAC Grain Eyeshadow (highlighter), Make Up For Ever #10L Aqua Eyes (bronze), MAC Plushlash Mascara (black)
  • Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (140), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
  • Cheeks: Le Metier de Beaute Echo Radiance Rouge (pinky-coral)
  • Lips: Cle de Peau #101 Lipstick (coral), MAC Nymphette Lipglass (peachy-pink)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)

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Makeup Tutorial:Rihanna Inspired Look/Summer Look 2009

October 8th, 2009

Eyes: All by MAC Expect the UDPP UDPP Saddle Brown Down Bronze Rice Paper Black Track Zoom Lash Smolder Brows: Wet “N” Wild Pencil Face: Dior Bronzer MAC: Pinch me & Trace Gold Lips: MAC Impassionated & Any Clear Lip Gloss