Top Ten Eyebrow Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is back and this time we’re emphasizing eyebrows as well we should. Eyebrows are the frame for the look on your eyes and I’ve realized that this is a category I’ve previously ignored. When we started Beauty Info Zone I never touched my brows except with a tweezer. I’ve got years worth of pictures that I have no eyebrow makeup on and years with pretty crappy makeup on them. I’ve recently become obsessed with learning how to do my eyebrows right. One of these days I’ll get it too!

Top Ten Eyebrow products

Top Ten Eyebrow products

1422210472_ihwx.94f8369c-d5b0-4ea7-b07a-5e1b87c8bf65.300.200.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BROW DEFINING DUO ($20) is my top choice when I’m really putting effort into it. I had received a preview of this during testing through a program from PC that sends people (not just bloggers) new products to test and review. Mine looks different but it works the same. It has two shades to use alone or together. I love the cream finish and think it fills in my brows better than any product I own.
1422210616_natural-brow-duo-group-withswatch-06feb14-webPIXI BEAUTY NATURAL BROW DUO ($16) – I just did a whole article on this duo because it’s great for me for everyday. It comes in three shades (natural brown, brunette and soft black). Natural Brown is an easy to wear color with cool undertones. I love the matching gel side and plan to buy it in the Brunette too.
1422210878__6054294SMASHBOX BROW TECH TO GO ($28) – My first ever brow product was the original Smashbox Brow Tech. A friend taught me about QVC and raved about it. I had it in several shades and used it whenever I felt I should do something. They’ve changed it plus added this Brow Tech To Go. It’s one product that I totally used up and I never use anything up. It wasn’t until I was almost done that I realized there was a gel on the opposite end. I felt like a fool about that but I still have it and use it. This is easier to use than the original but it can become hard so I usually had to warm it up first.
1422211220_browpoweruniversalIT COSMETICS BROW POWER UNIVERSAL PENCIL – I have nothing but love for this pencil. The color is a neutral to cool brown and there’s a spoolie at the opposite end to make sure your eyebrows are nicely formed. The most wonderful thing about this is that for every Brow Power Universal Pencil sold ($24) one is donated to Look Good, Feel Better to help women with cancer regain their self esteem. What a wonderful charity and I love IT Cosmetics for doing this.
1422211278_el_universalbrowOFRA COSMETICS UNIVERSAL EYEBROW PENCIL ($13) is one I received in two of my subscriptions. I gave away the first but luckily I have the second. This is an ultra smooth soft pencil that is very easy to apply. It’s a neutral brown that was created to work for all skin and hair tones but I think it’s probably best for brunettes.
1422210524_818MILANI COSMETICS BROW TINT PEN ($6.49) is one I recently bought. I’ve only been able to find it in Natural Taupe so far. I like this a lot because the tip is fine and it’s great to draw in hairs to make your brows look natural. I just ordered it in Dark Brown (the only other shade available) because I’m too impatient to drive around town trying to find it. Taupe is a warm brown that is almost a universal shade.
1422211714_60329PIXI BEAUTY LASH AND BROW BRUSH ($8) is a spoolie that helps with brushing your brows before you apply anything on them. Brushing them up and making them even is an excellent and easy way to prepare your brows for makeup. It’s also great to use after your brows are done to make sure they look perfect. In addition you can use this on your eyelashes to brush out those clumps.
1422211140_59270MAKE UP FOR EVER ANGLED EYEBROW BRUSH #270 ($21) is the best brush I’ve ever used on eyebrows. In spite of not doing my brows much prior to the last year, I still have several brow brushes. When I received this brush I realized that it blew my others out of the water. This is a very firm brush that can be used with powders, gels, creams and pencils. I highly recommend this brush.
1422210938__45048SMASHBOX ANGLE BROW BRUSH is the other brow brush that I reach for. It’s hard to find but it used to be part of the Brow Tech set so I have two of them. I found them on cutandblow.com for a reduced price. I’m very glad I have these now that I’m back to brows.
1422211594__6622425TWEEZERMAN SLANTED TWEEZERS – I must have a minimum of 6 of these in my house. I feel lost without my tweezers and Tweezerman are the ones I’ve trusted and used the longest. The original slanted full size tweezer is the best.
1422211440_265x265xclear_brow_gel_.jpg.pagespeed.ic.rl7gjw77v4ANASTASIA COLORLESS BROW GEL ($22) is something you should have in your arsenal of tools. I like MAC Cosmetics clear brow gel too. I just have a mini Anastasia one from a kit right now and it comes in handy to tame the bushiness.
I’ve read two Brow Tutorials lately that are excellent for shaping your eyebrows and want to share them with you. The first is from INTO THE PALETTE and the second from PHYRRA. Both are great guides that I recommend. With these tutorials and the right tools you are on the road to perfection.

Pixi Beauty, Milani Taupe, Michael Marcus brown, Ofra Universal, It Cosmetics Brow Power

Pixi Beauty, Milani Taupe, Michael Marcus brown, Ofra Universal, It Cosmetics Brow Power

Nars and Smashbox eyebrow brushes, Pixi spoolie

Nars and Smashbox eyebrow brushes, Pixi spoolie

Now join the other bloggers to see what they have to share and want us to spend money on. — Marcia

Top Ten Tuesday – Limited Edition 2014 wishlist

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TOP TEN TUESDAY is talking Limited Edition items for 2014. I’ve chosen 6 LE items that are within my reach monetarily but I’ve also chosen 4 that are in the stratosphere. But it’s called a WISHLIST for a reason – I can wish, I can dream, I don’t expect to own those 4 items though. Here we go with Marcia’s current LE wishlist. More will come soon in another article.
1414955675_2279336__detail_?1414955675BAREMINERALS THE MAGIC ACT is the most reasonably priced of all the items I’m sharing. It’s not LE in the same sense as some of these since it will be found for the next few months I’m sure. It contains 6 eyeshadows: Celebrate (yellow cream)  + Fortune (pink champagne) + Shazam (shimmering pink) + A-ha (brown sugar) + Pumped (cocoa sparkle) + Foreshadow (brown truffle) and 3 blushes: The Close Call, The Natural High & The Indecent Proposal (bronze taupe/golden petal peach/dusty plum) plus one luminizer The Premiere. What a great set for $39!!
1414955273__9456755CHANTECAILLE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EYESHADOW PALETTE is one I’d love to own but knowing me I’d probably just stare at it and never use it. This palette donates money towards 3 wildlife charities to help product these creatures. Elephant is a deep aubergine, Butterfly is a warm vanilla and Sea Turtle is copper with rose-gold glimmer. At $68 it’s expensive but not outrageous.
1414954872_nmc1p32_mkTOM FORD LIMITED EDITION LIP AND NAIL BOX pricewise is out of my comfort zone and I know not everything would be used. But if someone has $500 that they wish to shell out for fabulous lipsticks and nail polishes, call me! Lip Colors are Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Bruised Plum, Nude Vanilla, Casablanca, Indian Rose, True Coral and Cherry Lush. Nail colors are Toasted Sugar, Mink Brule, Bordeaux Lust, Smoke Red, Carnal Red, Pink Crush, Viper and Fever Pink.

1414954614_s1644905-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY NAKED VAULT has everything that a woman could want if naked/nude shades are your thing. It’s $280 and is sold out at Sephora but it’s still something that is droolworthy. It contains all 3 of the Naked eyeshadow palettes, 3 NakedFlush (blush) palettes, 3 lip glosses and 3 double ended eye pencils.
1414954211_s1642388-main-hero-300LAURA MERCIER BLUSH AND EYE PALETTE is great if you don’t have these classic Laura Mercier eyeshadows. Some of her top shades are in here along with a Rose Gold Shimmer blush. Eyeshadow are Vanilla Nuts, Stone Taupe, Pewter, Deep Night, Topaz, Morning Dew, Cashmere, and Crystal Beige. At $58 it’s a great Laura Mercier wardrobe staple.
1414954073_guerlain-petrouchka-palette-for-eyes-and-cheeks-2GUERLAIN PETROUCHKA PALETTE ($90) is two layers of gorgeousness. My picture shows the eyeshadows because I’m an eyeshadow fanatic. The other layer is blush and highlighters. I found this on Makeup and Beauty Blog and her swatches make me want to run out shopping.
1414953846_0607845038566NARS always captivates me so I have two items to share. This is the reasonably priced ROMAN HOLIDAY SET which contains Roman Holiday Lipstick, a mini Roman Holiday Blush (limited edition) and a Limited Edition Roman Holiday Nail Polish all in this adorable box. This is $49 on Nars’ website and would make a pink lover very happy.1414953738_0607845038399NARS VAULT on the other hand is $500 and would make someone swoon upon opening it. 10 of their new Audacious lipsticks and 10 Nail Polishes = OMG! Lipsticks are Raquel, Anita, Jane, Claudia, Michiyo, Grace, Lana, Carmen, Vivien, Sandra and Nail Polishes are Ecume, Ithaque, Orgasm, Trouville, Schiap, Hunger, Dovima, Jungle Red, Purple Rain, Back Room. YUM.
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                                MAKE UP FOR EVER also has me drooling with their $300 MAKEUP STATION. This baby is loaded! Housed in a reusable, professional backstage Makeup Artist’s Case, this set includes primers, powders, eye, cheek and lip favorites, and Artisan Brushes.  It contains:- 0.5 oz Travel HD Primer
– 0.07 oz Travel HD Pressed Powder
– 0.09 oz HD Blush in #210 Cool Pink
– 1.01 oz Travel Mist & Fix setting spray
– 12 x 0.07 oz Artist Shadows eye shadows in M-500, I-544; ME-108, I-414, D-320, M-100, D-236, ME-216, I-922, S-748, ME728, M-630
– 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Eyes eyeliner in #21L, 25L
– 0.23 oz Smoky Extravagant mascara
– 0.40 oz Aqua Seal makeup sealer
– 0.09 oz Star Powder highlighter #926
– 0.14 oz Glitter #3
– Faux Lashes
– 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Lip lipliner in 8C, 14C
– 2 x 0.08 oz Aqua Rouge lip color #14
– 0.12 oz Rouge Artist lipstick in Intense 43
1414954367_s1630664-main-hero-300Last but not least is MARC JACOBS BEAUTY and their new eyeshadow palette. I always seem to have Marc Jacobs Beauty on my wishlists. This new LE palette is named Parisienne ($59) and has 7 eyeshadows in deep blue-gray pearl, metallic royal blue, pale blue pearl with silver shimmer, cool matte beige, matte vanilla crème, bronzed espresso sheen, matte burgundy with iridescent glitter. If you love a cool eye then this is going to be a winner.I’m sure my other Top Ten friends will include items I never knew about and will soon want so why don’t you check them out too. In the meantime, which of these would make your own wishlist?? — Marcia

Spring blush the Makeup Wars way

Spring blush favorites

Spring blush favorites

Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.

Makeup Wars spring blush open

Makeup Wars spring blush open

If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush

4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.

Senna Pink Diva

Senna Pink Diva

9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia

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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review

Make Up For Ever will make you glitter and glow with their Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow look

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow look

Make Up For Ever has a stunning Midnight Glow look for the winter holidays. Above you’ll see the photo they took of me for their promotion. Oops, they must have deleted mine for this stunning blonde instead. The entire look is made up of the Midnight Glow palette (sent for review), a gorgeous Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in Satin Soft Pink, N15 Midnight Glow Glitter and Midnight Glow Strass gems. In addition to these products add in Smoky Extravagant Mascara, a dark eyeliner like MUFE’s Kohl black, and black Aqua Liner #14 for top and bottom lash lines. Did I get this look? Of course not, but I did have some fun creating combinations with the Midnight Glow Eye Shadow Palette.

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever’s Midnight Glow palette is unlike any product I’ve used from the MUFE line. It has an ethereal quality to it that I’ve yet to find from them. When I think of Make Up For Ever I think of bright, bold cosmetics that last incredibly long. Midnight Glow breaks that mold and brings a soft, angelic look to its wearers.

Midnight Glow ($42) is an eyeshadow palette of 8 shades, 6 of which are new and exclusive to this limited edition piece of “art”. The shadows have a diamond finish which make it right for the holiday season especially. It’s not a palette that I personally can wear during the day as 6 of the shades sparkle. But for a holiday party or an evening out, this is what you’d want to pick.

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow

The shades are

  • Snow White
  • Gun Metal
  • Icy Blue
  • Icy Pink
  • Black matte
  • Gold Pink
  • Midnight Purple
  • Metallic Taupe (satiny)

 

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

I’ve worn a variety of the shades a few times so far. I always use an eyeshadow primer and I like to use Make Up For Ever Eye Prime with this palette but unfortunately I didn’t use the primer to swatch.

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

My favorite look was starting with Aqua Cream 15 as a base on my lid. #15 is a golden brown (described on Sephora as a taupe brown shimmer). I knew that I needed something that the diamond finish would adhere to so this was the answer. Over that I used the Gold Pink (the 6th shade) from lashline to crease. At the outer crease I wore Midnight Purple which was patted on with a flat brush. I dabbed a little of the Icy Pink closer to the lashline and finished my browbone area with Snow White applied very lightly. Because of the texture of these eyeshadows there was definitely sparkle fall out, there was no way to avoid that. But the two products I used to prime (MUFE Eye Prime and Aqua Cream 15) held on to more of the glitter than just the Eye Prime would have.

MUFE Midnight Glow

MUFE Midnight Glow

The first 4 shades in the palette are very light and that’s what makes me describe these as having that ethereal glow. Just applying them over primer gives mostly a hint of color with a lot of glow.

Here are a few things I’ve found with this palette:

1) Start your eyes before you put on any face makeup or moisturizers. You are going to have glitter fallout, there’s no getting around it.

2) Use a good eye primer all over but then apply a cream shadow that won’t crease (AKA Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream) on your lids to hold onto the shadows.

3) Use a stiff flat brush to apply and pat the shadows on. Don’t brush the more glittery shadows on or the glitter will migrate onto your face.

Make Up Forever's Midnight Glow eye shadow palette

Make Up Forever’s Midnight Glow eye shadow palette

I understand not everyone reading this is old and some may like the glittery look. It’s a bit much for me but my nieces look stunning when wearing eyes that twinkle like Midnight Glow will appear on them. I can picture this as being a great palette for them to use for holiday parties and especially New Year’s Eve. This beauty can be found at Sephora stores. I just worry that my nieces will come shopping at my house and steal this away! Are you going to have a glamorous holiday season? Would you wear eyeshadows that make your eyes glow like diamonds?? — Marcia

*sent for review

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – part 2

 

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This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.

image from makeupforever.com

image from makeupforever.com

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.

Here are my five and my opinions.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160 and 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160 and 108

Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.

Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 270

Make Up For Ever 270

Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)

Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 300

Make Up For Ever 300

Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia

*brushes sent for review

Makeup Wars picks our favorite waterproof makeup


Since Makeup Wars chose favorite waterproof products for this week’s challenge I decided to see what I could come up with to create a great looking waterproof face. The more I looked at my collection, the more I realized how many waterproof or at least water resistant products I have. Tarte and Make Up For Ever are especially great brands to consider if you are looking for waterproof.

Make Up For Ever Waterproof selection

Make Up For Ever Waterproof selection

Tarte Waterproof selection

Tarte Waterproof selection

For eyeshadow I’d start with one of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadows. Given the name you know that these are going to be great when it comes to beating the heat. Of the shades I have one of my favorites is #2 which is called Steel. It shows up as a pretty light steel with shimmer. Along with #2 I’d use #16 which is described as a pinky beige shimmer. On my skin it shows up very pink.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 2

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 2

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 16

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 16

For an eyeliner I’ll also choose one of the Make Up for Ever Aqua Liners. Those have gotten me through a lot of hot flashes and moist summer days. One of my favorites is #6 which is a dark navy iridescent shade.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #6 navy

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #6 navy

Make Up For Ever swatches for eyes

Make Up For Ever swatches for eyes

For eyebrows (since I’m working on remembering to do my eyebrows more often) I’ve got Tarte’s emphasEYES waterproof Amazon clay brow mousse in medium brown.

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

Since I no longer buy waterproof mascaras after an unfortunate incident where I lost a lot of eyelashes, the perfect solution is Anastasia’s Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. With Lash Genius you can use any mascara you like and top it with Lash Genius. It’s truly genius and it truly works.

Anastasia Lash Genius

Anastasia Lash Genius

Waterproof eye look

Waterproof eye look

The hardest part about doing a waterproof face is concealer and foundation. I have some longer wear foundations and supposedly products like Revlon Colorstay are supposed to last longer. ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup is the one I own but if I wear it more than once a week it makes me break out. Other waterproof face products I know about are Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream for concealer and Face & Body Liquid Makeup. I don’t have either of those though. Tarte has a waterproof bronzer that could be used too.

For blush I really want to use Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint. I bought it in Light Pink from their website in the fall but I can’t seem to find it on their website or any other. It really is waterproof but it’s not easy to use since it’s a cheek stain and it definitely stains. I have to work really fast when using it and it stains my finger. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem available to buy. But it’s perfect when you want something to last. It’s great too as a starter color in case you have blush fading problems. UPDATE: This cheek tint is available on the Sale page at Tarte for only $15. Thanks to a reader for updating me on this.

Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in light pink

Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in light pink

tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in Light Pink

tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in Light Pink

Another Tarte alternative though are their original Cheek Stains in the wide tube. They aren’t as long lasting but they do last well. My favorite one is the one they came out with for their anniversary called TEN.

Make Up For Ever has again come to my rescue with the incredible Aqua Rouge lip color. I have this in #15 Pink and it’s going to last on those days I need that waterproof addition. This two sided lip stain has the color on one end and the shiny gloss on the other.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #15

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #15

Make Up For Ever and tarte waterproof products used

Make Up For Ever and tarte waterproof products used

While these are the choices I’ve made I think you could easily just go through the tarte and Make Up For Ever websites to find a lot of choices. I’d make a bet that the other Makeup Wars bloggers have done just that. To find out for sure, click on their icons and revel in their choices. — Marcia

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime – it’s about time!!

 

Make Up For Ever has finally come out with an eye primer, Eye Prime, and I for one am thrilled. I do not put on my makeup without an eyeshadow primer. I don’t even have oily lids anymore but I find a primer to be an absolute necessity in my preparations.

Eye Prime ($22) is an incredible primer and needs to be tried by everyone who wears eyeshadow. Pretty broad statement there, but I mean it. I’ve used it with half a dozen brands now, from $1.99 WetnWild to $30 Le Metier and Chantecaille shadows, and it works perfectly with every brand.

A good eyeshadow primer should make your eyeshadows creaseproof, make the colors truer and make them last the day. In the “olden” days before primers I had to reapply often but with a product like Eye Prime I’m set for the day and into the evening. 

Eye Prime comes in a universal light beige shade that disappears when applied. It’s not meant to provide any color, it’s meant to create a flawless lid that is ready for color. It’s formulated with “a combination of waxes and fixing polymers that render eye shadow smudge-proof and long-lasting, while also intensifying their color”.  I find that it’s a very lightweight cream that dries quickly.

It might have taken Make Up For Ever a long time to create an eyeshadow primer but now that it’s here it was worth the wait. — Marcia

Eye Prime Ingredients:

Sododecane, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Talc, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

*pr sample