When Sephora sent me their Moonshadow Baked Eye Palette to test, I was concerned. First of all, there’s lots of sparkles. As much as I love a sparkly highlighter to fake cheekbones in my big ol’ chipmunk cheeks, I stopped wearing glitter on my eyes around, oh, age 17. Sparkly-ness is not something I look for in an eyeshadow. This picture from Sephora.com doesn’t accurately portray just how glittery these shadows are, but trust me, they’re shimmery.
Second of all, that cobalt blue shadow scared the crap out of me. Keep reading »
Pink, purple, or blue hair can be fun on occasion, but it’s not exactly practical for the average woman. But if you want the option to change your hair to an outrageous color temporarily, stylist Kevin Murphy has the answer. Eyeshadow! Kevin applies his ANTI.GRAVITY product, an oil-free volumizer and texturizer, to his model clients’ wet hair. Then, he blow dries the hair completely. The ANTI.GRAVITY acts as an adhesive for the eyeshadow. Then, he rubs the powder into the palms of his hands and works it through the hair in sections. He focuses on the top and front of the hair because the back and undersides don’t need as much attention. Kevin is also careful not to comb the eyeshadow through the hair, which will prevent the pigment from adhering. This is a cool and fun trick that also lets you get a bit dirty, but the color will be most noticeable on blond hair. Also, I think it would work best on straight hair, not kinky or curly. Take a look at Kevin’s instructional podcast, and let us know if you’d be willing to try a full head of pink hair or a section here or there. Keep reading »
Now that spring has sprung, you’ll be batting your eyes a bunch. The six shadows in Bobbi Brown‘s Peony & Python Palette, inspired by the designer Tibi, will make those peepers pop! The eyeshadow shades range from charcoal to lavender to plum and come with a good sized compact mirror and not one, but two, brushes. Sure, $50 sounds like a lot for eye makeup, but remember you get six shades here. This limited edition palette can be mixed and matched to find the perfect smoky eye that will make him weak in the knees.
You’ve heard this makeup rule before: You only highlight your eyes or your lips, not both … until now. Illamasqua has introduced the Colour Collision collection that basically wants you to clash in a good way. This spring 2011 collection features bold and intense colors that you wouldn’t normally wear on both your face and hands. Keep reading »
Shopbop.com, one of our favorite online sources for designer duds and accessories, and Sephora have released the limited-edition SEPHORA COLLECTION Palette Color Play 5 in 1 palette that was inspired by the Shopbop “Faces of Fashion” editorial look book. This makeup kit contains five distinct mini palettes based on the five fashion icons: “A Nod to Mod,” “Angelic Boudoir,” “Black is the New Black,” “Boho Bombshell,” and “Classics Never Die.” The palettes contain every color imaginable from taupe to black, pink to blue, and purple to green. What’s even better is that the kit comes with a portable mirror compact, so you can pop one of the mini palettes in and take it with you for makeup touch-ups on the go. And you can’t beat the value of $150 for $30. [Sephora] Keep reading »
A little birdie told us that Jelly Pong Pong’s eyeshadow would be irresistibly cute. For starters you have an ultra sweet bird detail sitting atop the pot, making it a perfect display item for your vanity. Second, the product features a unique blend of melted-down shadow, coconut oil, and vitamin E, which creates a “taffy texture” (think thicker than a cream). It’s also got a slight iridescent quality to it, so you can use it as a highlighter if you don’t feel like going all-out.
I’m not the type of woman who spends her money on one high-quality product — no, I’m a lots-of-little-cheaper-things, Forever 21-type of shopper. But when it comes to spending a little more money on much better quality makeup, Dior‘s Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes will convert me. At $44, it’s a little pricey. But as a devoted smoky eye fan, it is hands-down the best smoky-eye color palette, as well as the highest quality eyeshadow, I’ve ever used. Keep reading »
“If the shade is in the same family, but a slight variation it should be okay.”
– Jillian Dempsey, a celebrity makeup artist and Patrick Dempsey‘s wife, answered a question that’s been on my mind since Michelle Obama wore blue eyeshadow with a blue gown to the White House State Dinner. The first lady followed Jillian’s rule; her eyeshadow is close to teal, whereas, her gown is a royal blue. To read more of Jillian’s makeup tips from her Avon Twitterview check out #AvonJDBeauty. Keep reading »
I’ve found a miracle in a pot, and, no, I’m not talking illicit drugs. I’m basically obsessed with my latest multi-tasking makeup find. Illamasqua, a British cosmetic company that crossed the pond about a year ago, is known for its bold and vibrant makeup colors, so I was super excited when Catherine (miss ya, girl!) handed me a pot of Pure Pigment in Static, an iridescent purplish-pink. Keep reading »
It’s hard to ignore the hideous ’80s images that flash before our eyes when we think of purple eyeshadow, but a recent uptick in celebs pulling off the look has forced us to re-consider our fear of the stuff. Katy Perry may look a little bit like a pretty bobblehead doll in this picture but her shimmery purple shadow definitely isn’t to blame; her eye makeup is gorgeous. Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and a handful of other classy ladies have tried out the look, too, all with great success. After studying their triumphant purple eyeshadow usage, we came up with a few universal tips for trying out plum-colored eye makeup. [Elle UK] Keep reading »