I am so excited about this collection…you don’t even know. I mean, what glamour girl doesn’t have a girl crush on Marilyn Monroe?
MAC Marilyn Monroe, a color collection that channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn. Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic anddiamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn.
LARGE EYE SHADOW, $21
How to Marry: Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde: Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen: True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl: Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)
For the past few years, when it comes to eyebrow products, I have been in a monogamous relationship with Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil. I’ve never been brow endowed (the gene skipped me and went to my younger sister), and the Diorshow pencil has served me well. The only issue I ever had with the DiorShow was its staying power. 99% of the time, it’s fine and the pigment stays put. But if it’s sweltering and I start sweating, it doesn’t last (literally) a hot minute.
So what’s a sweaty, follicularly-challenged gal to do? Call up QVC, that’s what.
You see, QVC sells a fabulous product from It Cosmetics called the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. It’s truly universal because it transforms and adjusts to all brow hair colors. Apply lighter, softer strokes to match lighter color hair, including blonde and silver. Press harder for darker hair, including medium brown to black. As a finishing touch, lightly brush through brows with the spooly brush for a natural, polished look. A full brow-lift instruction diagram is included with each pencil.
The oval shaped tip creates a natural looking, believable brow and is perfect for both thin and thick brows. And an exclusive “Brow Enhancing Complex” uses a patent-pending blend of cutting-edge ingredients to target the look of brow hair loss, and helps restore your brow hair follicles – promoting the look of healthy hair growth and health.
But the best thing about this pencil is its staying power. It’s water- and smudge-proof. So even if it’s so hot that your face is melting off – like that evil dude from Raiders of The Lost Ark (left), your eyebrows will stay put.
And for every Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil sold, It Cosmetics gives one to Look Good…Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program that teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
I have sparse eyebrows, but I love the look of thick eyebows (like Camilla Belle’s). Do you have tips for filling in sparse brows so that they still look believable? Every time I try, I feel like the color is off or I’m too heavy-handed with the application – and the result isn’t realistic. Application and product suggestions are much appreciated.
Thanks a ton!
You should start out by filling in your brows with a brow pencil that is lighter then your hair. I recommend a pencil that has a very thin tip like MAC’s Eye Brows pencils. Fill in the inner corners of the brows with light upward strokes to mimic natural brow hairs and continue towards the outer corners. It’s very important that you brush through the brows a couple of times to blend and soften the pencil. Next you should fill them in again with a eye shadow, using a thin slanted brow brush. The powder shadow should be very similar in color to the pencil (don’t go much darker) because it will darken once it’s over the pencil. Brush through and blend again. The layering of the light pencil and light powder blended into your brows should create a natural looking texture.
For those of you who once upon a time had a full brow, tweezed and waxed them for years and now can’t grow them back, I sometimes recommend using Rogaine on the eye brows every night before bedtime. Results are not guaranteed but it does work on many women after continued use. Give it a try.
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I don’t know why makeup artist Pat McGrath hasn’t legally changed her name to Pat McGenius. Surely, if there were a Makeup Mensa, she would be a member. I mean, consider her advice for filling in sparse eyebrows:
“Use two sharpened brow pencils, one slightly lighter than your own brow color and one that matches. Start with the darker pencil, drawing a few delicate strokes in the direction the brows grow to create the illusion of individual hairs. Repeat with the lighter pencil. This mimics the color variation found in natural brows so you don’t get that drawn-in look. Comb the brows to finish. You can use the same technique with powder shadow, though it can appear heavy if you apply too much. Use an angled brow brush to fill in sparse areas with a powder that matches your brows, and follow with a brow comb to distribute the color and soften any hard edges.”
But, to my surprise, Brow Set in Mink shaded and shaped my brows into better (and believable) versions of themselves. I mean, if I was a stranger who didn’t know any better, I would have thought that Audrey Hepburn brows just naturally grow out of my forehead.
Besides Mink (dirty brown), Brow Set is also available in Show-off (rich brown), Beguile (full-bodied taupe), Girl Boy (fawn-blonde), and Clear. If you’ve got brows with severe behavioral problems, I wouldn’t recommend this product; the hold is flexible, and the look subtle. Brow Set can also be used on lashes.
“I designed this collection to give women all the tools they need to look well-rested and bright-eyed in five minutes flat.” – Bobbi Brown
This January, Bobbi makes it easy to keep all of your New Year resolutions with her Makeup Face Lift Collection, which allows you to instantly brighten your face and play up your eyes with just a few simple tweaks.
New Extra Eye Repair Cream, $65 Do your eyes need something extra? Packed with peptides, natural plant oils and humectants that target wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, this rich concentrated cream visibly revives eyes. Use morning and night- warm between fingers, then pat gently around eye area. Once cream is absorbed, follow with Tinted Eye Brightener or Concealer.
Tinted Eye Brightener, $38 Bobbi’s Tinted Eye Brightener, now in a NEW portable pen! Back-of-cab makeup artists (you know who you are) – with just a quick twist and a click, this lightweight Concealer instantly brightens under-eye circles and refreshes your makeup. Available in eight shades: Light Bisque, Porcelain Peach, Bisque, Light to Medium Peach, Medium to Dark Bisque, Dark Peach, Dark Bisque, Deep Peach.
New Brow Pencils, $20 Instantly give your eyes a “lift” with defined eyebrows. These creamy, blendable pencils give you the natural look of eyebrow powder with the precision of a pencil and come with their own. Available in five shades: Wheat, Blonde, Grey, Ash and Mahogany.
Brightening Lip Gloss, $20 Introducing two new shades of Brightening Lip Gloss. This sheer, reflective formula wakes up your face and helps create the illusion of fuller lips. Wear alone or on top of your favorite Bobbi Brown lipstick. Available in two shades: Popsicle and Nectar.
When I first heard about MAC’s upcoming All Ages, All Races, All Sexescollection, I got really excited. I immediately loved the idea of a “multi-culti color story” – and knew that a vast majority of these gorgeous, nude/neutral products would find its way into my own beauty arsenal.
The release date for All Ages, All Races, All Sexes is January 7, 2010…though, like most MAC collections, it will probably be available a few days in advance. I got my hands on some early samples (MAC sent them for me to review), and the shades are so beautiful in person. The images and press release I had previously seen didn’t do them justice.
When the collections comes out, I’ll be picking up one or two of the lipglasses. I’m a sucker for MAC lipglass and these frosty neutrals look Rihanna approved.
So, without further ado, here are some swatches and close-up product pics from All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.
Here’s my favorite product of the bunch – Eye Shadow in Banshee (dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond cluster – lustre).
Here’s Banshee again…this time, with flash.
Left to right: Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde (cool light brown); Penultimate Brow Marker; Brow Set in Mink (dirty brown)
Eye Shadow in Showstopper (deep blackened brown – matte) and Pigment in Rich Life (dark cool brown with silver pearl – frost)
Close up of Pigment in Rich Life
Lipstick in 5N (plumy sheer brown – lustre) and Myself (creamy pale yellow beige – lustre)
All Ages, All Races, All Sexes swatches (no flash) Left to right: Penultimate Brow Marker; Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde; Brow Set in Mink; Eye Shadow in Showstopper and Banshee; Pigment in Rich Life; Lipstick in 5N and Myself
All Ages, All Races, All Sexes swatches (with flash)
For more info about the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes collection, click here.
Now MAC takes the “One World” idea further than ever, with a multi-culti colour story intent on a universal focus – spectacularly shaded and shaped brows for all, because beautiful people come in colours!
Miraculously matched to the individual, Impeccable Brow Pencil is the ultimate artist’s tool to fill, lengthen and shape, with a firm tip that sharpens application for high-performance precision.
Penultimate Brow Marker, in one shade suits all, has a liquefied glide adept at the all-important arch.
But that’s not all: Lipstick, Lipglass, and Eye Shadows speak your language, a match for every international skin tone.
Lipstick, $14 Equality: Light dirty mauve with traveling pearl (Lustre) Myself: Creamy pale yell ow beige (Lustre) Empowered: Creamy mid-tone neutral brown (Satin) 5N: Plumy sheer brown (Lustre)
Lipglass, $14 Naked Frost: Sheer taupe with silver pearl (Frost) Glamour for All: Sheer pale baby pink with pearl (Frost) Liqueur: Frosted mid-tone pink brown (Frost) Spirit & Soul: Frosted dark cool brown (Frost)
Eye Shadow, $14.50 All Races: Cool light mauve taupe (Matte) Banshee: Dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond cluster (Lustre) Cross -cultural : Dark dirty yell ow brown (Matte) Showstopper: Deep blackened brown (Matte)
Pigment, $19.50 Universal Mix: Sparkly white gold (Frost) Rich Life: Dark cool brown with silver pearl (Frost)
Impeccable Brow Pencil, $15 Blonde: Pale yellow brown Dirty Blonde: Cool light brown Taupe: Mid-tone dirty taupe Black: Blackened dark neutral brown
Eye Brows, $15 Lingering: Soft taupe brown Spiked: Rich brunette
Penultimate Brow Marker, $16.50
Brow Set, $14.50 Clear: Color-free Mink: Dirty brown
Beauty Powder Blush, $18.50 Personal Style: Light mauve taupe All’s Good: Cool deep rose
Blot Powder Pressed, $21 Medium Deep Dark
Available in North America on January 7, 2010 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com. Available internationally in February 2010.
The limited edition, all-in-one palette features: cream to powder black liner, brow shaping powder, four eyeshadows and a top coat. The major selling point of this palette (which just so happens to have the chicest packaging eva) is the topcoat. In the tray, it deceivingly looks like shimmering snow, but it applies super sheer.
When you layer it on top of shadow, it goes all Emeril on you. BAM…in an instant, it kicks the color up a notch by imparting a sparkly, iridescence. Use the topcoat with any of the palette’s shadows – or in tandem with the any of the shadows in your makeup arsenal. I swear – it gives old products new life.
Dior Jazz Club Eye Palette and your lids should make beautiful music together. Don’t fight fate. Pick it up now at Nordstom.
As you probably know, today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week, Spring 2010. In fact, I’ll be traveling to NYC on Saturday to attend Fashion Week events and report from backstage. But before we move forward, let’s take a look back to Fashion Week, Fall 2009. Last spring, I went behind the scenes at some of the hottest shows – and noticed some emerging trends.
Last week, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to talk about five of the fiercest beauty trends for fall – and introduce viewers to must-have products to help them nail the looks.
Watch and learn…
In honor of my latest TV appearance, I’m giving away a selection of the products featured in the segment!!! One lucky winner will receive:
Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel – all in a sleek carrying case.
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).
Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I’ve ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.
OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fall Trends Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, September 17th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, September 18th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.