how to: the tricks to bigger and brighter eyes

are your eyes feeling dull and tired? let’s turn that around with a few simple makeup artist tricks that i use on each and every satisfied client.

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review: nars tinted moisturizer

nars tinted moisturizer

as i’ve said before, i love sharing new products with my readers and operate with a “if you have nothing nice to say” policy… in other words, if i don’t love it, you won’t hear about it… because who wants another lukewarm product on their shelf?

as a huge NARS fan, i expected the best from their new tinted moisturizer and was more than proved right. i was so darn impressed with the stuff. is it pricey? yes, but it’s your skin and that’s important. go ahead skimp on items like mascara but we ALL want our skin to look and feel the best it can. my day to day foundation is NARS sheer glow, and i can say that this one actually trumps it.

the deets:

  • my skin type is oily/combo and it kept me looking fresh all day long
  • the coverage is very light, but add an extra layer a deeper finish
  • i couldn’t believe how luminous it made my skin look, it gives a majorly radiant finish
  • doesn’t settle into lines or pores like many other foundations
  • perfect for spring and summer
  • spf 30 – higher than other tinted moisturizers – allows you to skip a step in your routine

it’s a serious gem that has my full endorsement!

how to: a guide to blush

starting out our ‘makeup week’ here on {the sparkle} – a fresh makeup tutorial!

i’m SUCH a fan of blush and feel a face isn’t finished without it. this cosmetic must have adds life and youth to a face, but formulation and placement is key. especially for spring, it’s really livens things up! check out the tutorial and i’ll show you how to get the most out of your look!

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how to: the lipstick trick

reapplying your lipstick all day and night can be annoying; this trick is a process that will help avoid consistent touch-ups.

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how to: concealer

how to concealer

like many of you, i’m always looking for the perfect concealer formula to hide dark circles. my professional kit is stocked full of items that didn’t work so well. how many times does it happen: you’ve tried it in the store but after you bring it home, you find out that the product you over-spent on… under-delivers.

save your money and give my concealing system and product suggestions a go… basically, i’ve spent the money so you don’t have to!

colour correction: this is the first thing to consider. always look for an undereye concealer with a peach undertone, as this will counter act the purple undertone on which most dark circles are based. some of my faves: benefit, laura mercier, bobbi brown and the balm.

application:

  • start with clean hands. using your fingers allows greater control and less product waste (brushes and sponges suck up a lot of that precious product!). this also warms up and emulsifies the concealer.
  • using your ring finger, dab (do not rub) the concealer from the inner corner, downwards, in the hollow of the eye (where most dark circles are concentrated). pressing the product into the skin as opposed to smearing it on will help it stick to where it needs to.
  • continue dabbing the concealer over the rest of the under-eye. you may even need another coat which is best applied at the end of your makeup routine followed by…

the trick: a light reflecting product is your secret weapon. yves st. laurent makes the uber popular touche eclat which i recommend.

  • the trick is to ONLY use this in the darkest areas/hollows since this is where you want the light to reflect… not all over the under-eye. clarins makes one similar one. BONUS: they also diffuse the appearance of fine lines!


set: to keep the concealer from creasing as much as possible (all concealer will crease throughout the day), set it with a little translucent powder. skip this step if you’ve used a light reflecting product as described above since the dull powder will cancel out any of those reflecting properties.