Black Friday vs Black Eyeshadow

I’m not sure how you feel, but I am not that keen on the concept of Black Friday. It seems to me that if prices are able to change so drastically for one day (now it’s three days isn’t it?) then there must be something wrong with them in the first place, which is annoying ….and then I can’t help but get caught up a little in the frenzy. Which is more annoying.

A perfect matte black like this gives you lots of options

While Black Friday may be a short-lived thing, black eyeshadow is always in my kit. It adds intensity to any eye make-up, and with a good blend can go from deepest darkest soot to a softer grey. Used sparingly in the right places, a black shadow adds dimension and works on every skin tone. Used generously, it gives a dramatic and intense look. A matte black shadow like this one can also be used as an eyeliner – use it dry on a liner brush to fill in the lash line, or with a damp brush to paint on a classic eyeliner, even a cat eye. So though you might think the shadow looks intimidating, once you’ve played with it you’ll see how versatile it is and what a great addition it makes to your make-up bag. It’s also brilliant for a sixties look if you feel like really going for it and attempting some make-up history!

I first met MAC – Eye Shadow – Carbon many make-up years ago shopping at MAC in Vancouver, before I got a job there. I’ve had one in my kit ever since, not the same one of course! But if I don’t have a Carbon at hand I get uneasy and have not yet met it’s match, so I usually have two of three of them in various places. The good news is that the price is as trusty as the product itself, it’s not going to go half price on one crazy shopping day or weekend of the year, and one will last you ages….at least until the next Black Friday!

The verdict is in: Black Friday, Not Essential. Black Eyeshadow, Essential.

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My Holiday Crush: MAC’s Christmas Makeup Collection 2017

MAC Holiday Crush lipstick opened sitting on white fur blanket

I’m very excited about MAC’s Holiday Collection (Limited Edition) and this lipstick is sure to sparkle at your parties and perhaps lead to a crush or two, it is called Holiday Crush after all. Do not be afraid of frosting up, it isn’t like the hard frost lipsticks of yesteryear but has a smooth velvety texture and won’t leave you too dry to pucker up. I was lucky enough to get one before the shopping blitz, but if it sells out quickly, as the collections usually do, you’re bound to find something else that’s fab. Oh Baby Lipglass is a classic for a more luscious, glossier sparkle and suits every skintone. Happy mistletoe!


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Stella, the Golden Goddess

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty finally arrived in Vancouver the same time as I was designing the make-up for a new TV series called The Magicians in 2014.  I’d seen a lot of incredible signage signalling the arrival of the Brit Make-Up artist’s new counter at Holt Renfrew, where I did most of my make-up shopping (pre Nordstrom days it was between HR and Sephora) so when it landed I do believe I left work early, don’t tell anyone, and made a beeline for the beauty floor. For research purposes you understand, you gotta know what’s out there. I even booked into a Masterclass when the woman herself came to Vancouver, cos it’s important to keep learning all the time and you do that by meeting as many artists as possible.

Surely it should say The World’s #2 Make-Up Artist!

I immediately took to the colours and textures of Tilbury’s make-up and the first things I bought – Magic Cream, eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, glosses and the fantastic beachsticks and colour chameleon pencils worked beautifully for camera and were perfect for the series about a group of beautiful young things studying magic at an invisible university in upstate New York. I quickly stocked lots from the line in the make-up trailer and into our beautiful make-ups for the show (which is now in it’s third season. I left after the first one) and am still a CT fan in my professional and personal lives, because it’s easy to use, gives very pretty results and is great quality for the money IMO. If you haven’t tried Magic Cream under your makeup yet you might want to give it a whirl. I’m talking beautiful skin and best face forward kind of stuff. Always ask for samples.

One thing though I didn’t especially love (and still don’t) when I first saw it was the make-up wardrobe concept of specific looks, although strangely enough when I was buying for Stella I unknowingly picked a few things from the Golden Goddess look, but only because I knew they’d look fab on her and suit the character she was playing, an earthy, intelligent urban women.  I suppose having “looks” (Ingenue, Bombshell etc) may make it easier for a non- makeup artist customer to choose stuff but I’d much rather women buy makeup because it flatters them and makes them feel good, not because it’s part of a pre-ordained “look”. If a “look” gives you some ideas and helps you then go for it, but also please try stuff that you simply like the look of.

Golden Goddess or not, I think you’ll agree that Stella’s makeup flattered her beautifully, and gave her a naturally sexy look without being overly made-up. These colours look beautiful on almost every skintone.  I use the beautiful gold / brown eyeshadows on myself often so don’t think they’re only for brunettes. This is what I used to get Stella’s look:

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Moisturiser – 50ml

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation mixed with Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10 ( my fave, I’ll do a post about the fluid sheers one of these days)

Amazing Concealer in Medium Golden for under her eye – available from Marks & Spencer in the UK, this one’s a great colour for medium olive skins but always try concealer on and go outside to see how it looks in real light. Lighter skin tones will do better in Medium Beige. Go back a few posts to read about my rules for concealer xo

NARS Concealer Stick 

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Ibiza for contouring, using a cream in stick form is really pretty and this one is a bit shimmery so doesn’t give the flat, ashy contour look which I am NOT a fan of

YSL Touche Eclat for highlighting

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Las Salinas

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – Powder – 2 Medium. Not a fan of powder but needed it to dull the shine in a couple of spots for camera. Please don’t use powder on your cheeks or cheekbones if want that healthy glow

NARS Brow Perfector – Stella has beautiful natural brows so I used the pencil to fill in a couple of places and to extend the length of the brow

NARS Brow Gel – to keep everything in place for long days and nights of filming

MAC – Eye Shadow – Brule – a brilliant base colour for any eyeshadow look, light to medium skin tones

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – Eyeshadow – The Golden Goddess

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl – Eye Liner – Barbarella Brown

MAC – Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara – Haute & Naughty Black – one of my fave mascaras, you can take it from natural to luscious by changing brushes (it comes with 2 options) and it’s not too pricey.  and as a highlight for darker skin

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Lip Kit

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre – Lip Gloss – High Society

If you have any questions about application techniques please ask! I’d love to answer any of your questions and am always ready to give top tips xo

 

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We Are Sixteen Going On Seventeen

So here we are, twenty-sixteen going on seventeen! If you need someone older and wiser, telling you what to do, I’ll take care of you. These are my top picks of 2016, the things that made My Life In Makeup more beautiful. They are not necessarily new, and are not in any particular order, just sixteen products or treatments that served me well in my professional and personal life. There’s sometimes a bit of a crossover.

Kate Somerville DermalQuench LiquidLift

This is one of those crazy miracle products and all the rage on the west coast. A blast of hyaluronic acid and a special blend of Kate-y ingredients “fill” and “lift” the face, and blimey, it’s quite surprising to see the results. Use it regularly am and pm, or on special occasions, underneath your regular skincare and makeup. Kate Somerville is beloved in Hollywood with  an amazing skincare clinic on Melrose (you can imagine who her clients are). I consistently experience magnificent results using her products at work.

This one also looks and acts like a dalek so is quite fun to have on your top shelf.

 

Sarah Moon for NARS “Give In Take” Palette

This year has been the year of superb makeup palettes. I tend to stay away from them, preferring to buy individual eyeshadows, blushes etc, so I can pick the colours I want and need, but this year’s palettes have been exceptional and I’ve bought several. Where Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look palettes give you fresh and easy, albeit sexy makeup, the release of the Sarah Moon “Give in Take” Dual Intensity palette from NARS offered a different story. Sarah Moon, aka Marielle Warin, is a French model turned fashion photographer. The Moon palette is urbane, cool and utterly sophisticated; it’s a weekend in Berlin without having to go to the airport. Six sublime shadows, a contour/bronzer, highlighter and gorgeous blush. The dual intensity products also give you options for subtle or dramatic. Wear it with a nude or a burgundy matte lip, or a white sparkly lipgloss for achtung baby.  I’m very tempted to keep this one at home.

 

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush

I finally got my hands on these in 2016. The ultimate in liquid blush, they stand alone or can be layered with other liquid or dry blushes. Gorgeous (see “Pretty Cheeky Part I” for the whole story).

 

 

 

My first day with lash extensions, January

 

Eyelash Extensions

I came late to the party (it wasn’t the first time); I first tried these at the beginning of the year out of sheer desperation, after what seemed like an endless battle with the lashes, or lack of them. Apparently I do have quite a few, but they are blonde and short so the extensions changed my makeup life without looking ridiculous and have saved my eyes from a daily ordeal. Saving twenty minutes in the morning is also a bonus when starting work at 5am! In the summer I even went so far as to try a perming and tinting treatment before the extensions were applied. I had a summer of good lashes, without having to work hard. Finally (Read “Length Matters” for the full story).

 

Make-Up Brushes from London Brush Co.

The London Brush Co. makes premium natural and vegan makeup brushes; they are “designed by a Brit, made by hand, loved by all”. Try them if you can, they are worth the expenditure.

 

 

 

TF has me covered but leaves a glow. It’s a win-win situation! Do you like the sneaky way I’ve included one of my have lipsticks of the year?…Audacious Lipstick by NARS in “Claudia”

 

Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

Foundations are the foundation of a makeup artist’s career. Without a good canvas the rest gets lost so I need to have hundreds of them, for all skin tines and types and to create different looks.  Over the years I’ve developed foundation radar; this one became an overnight favourite. It gives a beautiful dewy finish that is perfectly traceless, with coverage ranging from sheer to full depending on your needs. The stick format makes it easy to apply, easy to layer and very easy to pop into your handbag for touch-ups. Use with either the moisturising or illuminating  primer for a lovely base for lovely makeups.

 

 

 

This beautiful shade is “Love Liberty”

Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

If you’re a regular reader you will know all about my love for this line which was very new in 2016. It launched in late 2015 which meant my 2016 was slightly obsessive. The “problem” is, Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics makes it very easy to do great makeup! On yourself or someone else. I remain overwhelmingly impressed with it. Standout products include lipglosses and pencils, Miracle skincare, Instant Look palettes, Ibiza beachstick, cream shadows, big stubby eye crayons, Feline Flick eyeliner and Supermodel Body body makeup. Not to mention the Gold Bar! I gave mine to my favourite boy who dresses like a girl (watch this space) and my kit realllllly misses it. Sorry if this is cheating, but I can’t pick just one thing because I love so many.

Chanel Nail Polish in Vendetta

I go back to this one all the time and bought more than one when it came out. A glam and gorgeous dark purple on short or long nails. Including my own, which are sometimes long (time off) but mostly short (at work!). I am always rooting for nail varnishes to be good because I love them so. Chanel always delivers, in terms of pigment and silkiness. In a pinch, one coat does it all. I don’t even think this one’s around anymore (why do they do that?) but there’s bound to be a new colour close to it.

The terrible cuticles are all my own!

For recovery at midnight or midday

 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I have loads of Kiehl’s in my kit and have been a fan ever since I visited their flagship NYC store many many years ago. It’s a fabulous beauty pharmacy. It also has a motorcycle in it. Kiehl’s is constantly at the forefront of skincare technology and brought out some amazing things this year, which deserve their own post. This one, however, is a cult classic that I dole out constantly, especially after people have had a long flight, for reviving and nourishing tired skin overnight. Do an exfoliation first and hear your skin say “thanks!”

Containing squalane, evening primrose oil and essential oils including lavender, it’s a forever favourite. It also has a honourary place on my home top shelf.

Award winning lip balm from The Blue Lagoon skincare line

 

Blue Lagoon Rejuvenating Lip Balm

A lucky discovery in the spa shop of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. I took a dream-come-true trip there this summer and came away with some superb Icelandic beauty products. This one stays firmly in my handbag.

Just noticed that it’s Made in Denmark. Bit cheeky but explains why it’s so good, doesn’t it? It’s hygge for the lips!

 

 

 

 

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

A great chemists/drugstore find from Vichy and a bargain compared to my other fave body lotions. As a makeup artist I am not just responsible for making faces beautiful; it’s all about hands and bodies too. This one is gently scented and nourishing and containing thermal spa water, LHA, hyaluronic acid but no parabens, so it softens you up nicely.

 

 

Make you own candlelight with “Bounce Around”

MAC Soft Serve Eyeshadows

This summer MAC launched twelve Limited Edition shadows that looked like fairy dust and were just as magical. I use them alone for a gentle sparkle, or layered over other shadows for instant night-time gorgeous; they look amazing in candlelight, just saying. Because they were limited edition there’s not many left around – in fact I recently saw them in the sale items at a MAC PRO store, so if you find one, snap it up. This one is called Bounce Around and works over any shadow. Apologies if they’re already sold out.

 

 

The sign of a good inner eye pencil is it’s stubbiness!

 

Laura Mercier Inner Eye Definer

Formerly known as kohl eye pencil and a staple in my kit and my own makeup bag (I wear Antique Jade on an almost daily basis). Creamy, pigmented and stays put on the water line, i.e., the inner eyelid. After my favourite Bourjois pencils were discontinued, Laura Mercier’s have taken their place. The colours are beautiful – black violet and black navy are worth a second look.

 

 

 

 

Josie Maran Intensive Hydrating Treatment

What goes under makeup is as important as the makeup itself, and this one saturates and glows without interfering with foundation. Wear alone for juicy skin. Made from only natural ingredients including argan oil, and from the amazing Josie Maran, it’s one that gets used a lot.

 

 

 

Aveda Hand Relief

Hands off this hand cream. I can’t keep this around very long – the salicylic acid formulation works wonders, short or long term. Another surprise find, as I don’t usually go to Aveda for skincare. The scent is non-offensive and everybody seems to love it. I use it to counteract my grandpa hands.

P.S it’s got French on the packaging because I bought it in Canada. C’est la loi!

Barefoot Venus Therapeutic Mustard Bath

Last but not least. At the end of long days, this is where it’s at. Barefoot Venus is a wonderful line of bath and body products that I was lucky enough to come across in Canada. They are made in a small town, with the best ingredients, and the retro packaging looks fun and fab in the bathroom.

Containing essences of mustard, wintergreen , eucalyptus and rosemary, it is therapeutic indeed, whether your days are short or long. Run a hot bath, throw in the salts, immerse yourself and relllllaaaaax. Kindly, they also sell refill salts so you don’t have to buy the tin over and over. Unkindly, they only ship to the US and Canada so far but I’m thinking of starting a smuggling ring.

 

That’s it, sixteen for sixteen and another year of My Life In Makeup almost over. I am looking forward to a new year of using all my favourites and discovering new ones. I will, of course, keep you posted! I didn’t even get to the best lipsticks of the year.

Dedicating this post to Charmian Carr, another beauty who left us this year and who will be forever sixteen going on seventeen as far as I’m concerned.

 

Happy Shopping!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Cult Beauty Ltd.

 

Canada:

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Charlotte Tilbury CA

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PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained during almost twenty years as a professional Make-Up Artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.