Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky Eyes

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Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

So without further ado…do your thang, Mario!

Hi Mario,

I have a question and would like some advice on my make-up. OK… I naturally have dark circles around my eyes and I love the smokey eye look. However whenever I’ve tried it, it makes my circles appear darker. Is there something I can do about it so that I can achieve the look that I’m wanting or is that something I can’t accomplish because of my imperfections? -LaJuan

sephora+smoky+eye Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky EyesDear LaJuan,

It seems to me that the problem you’re having has to do with covering up the dark circles around your eyes, or it could the technique you’re using when you do the eye makeup. If done correctly, a smokey eye should not make your “circles” appear darker. Here’s what you should do. Start out by applying an eye shadow base or primer to the lid. You can also use your concealer or foundation for this (a shade or two lighter then your skin would be best). Follow with some loose powder to set the base. Now you can go ahead and give yourself a smokey eye which ever way that you prefer. After the lids are done, you now want to clean the under eye area with a makeup wipe to get rid of all the eyeshadow that most likely fell. That could be why it looks more dark to you. Once the under eye area is clean, apply your concealer, blend with a sponge and finish by setting it with a translucent loose powder. This will also prevent the liner along the lower lash line from smudging. icon wink Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky Eyes

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario‘s expert advice!

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MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!

 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!On Saturday, I attended the master makeup class I told y’all about. Mama Spoiled Pretty and I headed to Bloomingdale’s at the Willow Grove Mall to participate in Studio Talk, “the easiest, most intuitive and entertaining way to discover key makeup applications used by MAC artists.”

In this particular session, instructors Jesse (who has made up the fierce faces of Estelle and the Christina Aguilera as previous clients) and Jocelyn (who led my last Studio Talk class) taught us how to recreate this season’s hottest makeup trends. Jesse demonstrated an ‘on-trend eye’ look, with blue smoky shadow and a pale lip – while Jocelyn demonstrated an ‘on-trend lip’ look – complete with a geometric bronze eye and red glossy lip. Mama Spoiled Pretty and I opted for the latter, and we had fantastic results – if I do say so myself.

Here’s how it’s done:

1) Mist the face with Fix+, an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi.
2) Apply moisturizer using 190 Foundation Brush.
3) Using the 190 Foundation Brush, apply Prep + Prime Skin to entire face; this product acts like double stick tape for your face, so foundation lasts longer than a hot minute.
4) Using a synthetic eye shadow brush like the 242 Shader Brush, apply Paint Pot in Painterly to the eye – from lashline to brow bone. Paint Pots are an excellent shadow, but also do double duty by preventing creasing and acting as a lid primer to prevent shadow slippage.
5) Apply brown eye shadow to lid, from lash line to crease, with the same brush from step 4; I used Mulch Eye Shadow (red-brown w/bronze pearl), which I later purchased. It’s that gorgeous.
6) Using the 219 Pencil Brush (another product I purchased post class), apply gold eye shadow to the lash line, starting at the inner corner and working your way half-way along the top and bottom lash line.
7) Line the eye – in short straight strokes – with Technakohl Liner in Graphblack (rich graphic black) along the entire top lash line.
8) Starting at the middle of the bottom lash line, line with Graphblack – and line outward.
9) Using the short stroke method, create a sideways V on the outer corner of the eye; so start at the outer corner, draw a few short strokes, horizontally – then continue the strokes upward and inward towards the crease of the eye.
10) Take the 219 Pencil Brush and blend the liner you applied in steps 7-9 and smudge them, softening the line.

11) Next, take a darker brown shadow (I used Embark Eye Shadow – an intense reddish brown) and, using the 219 Pencil Brush, apply in a sideways V to the outer corner of the eye – on top of where you created the sideways V with the Technakohl Liner.
12) Blend the entire eye using the 224 Tapered Blending Brush and circular motions – to avoid any harsh lines.
13) To create more depth, Jesse suggested I also apply a black shadow in the same manner as step 11 (I used Carbon – intense matte black). He was absolutely right, as it amped up the smokiness. Afterwards, use the 224 Tapered Blending Brush to blend again.
14) Next, apply foundation to the entire face, using the 190 Foundation Brush from steps 2 and 3. Make sure not to disturb your kick ass eye shadow.
15) Using the same brush, apply concealer directly underneath the eyes.
16) If your face is looking a little dry by this point (mine did), mist your face again with Fix+.
17) Using the 208 Angled Brow Brush, apply a shadow that is slightly darker than your brows to define them thicken them up. Mistakes are easily corrected with a Q-Tip.
18) Using the 129 Powder/Blush Brush, apply Mineralize SkinFinish in Cheeky Bronze (soft golden coral w/ bronze pearl) to cheekbones for a subtle glow that illuminates bone structure when it catches the light; it looks so amazing, I ended up buying this product. Jesse also recommended that you say “Bladow!” when applying it; saying this won’t make it look any better, but it’s hilariously fun.
19) Using the same brush, apply a light dusting of blush (I used Sincere Powder Blush, a muted beige/coral) to the apples of cheeks and blend outwards.
20) Line lips with Spice Lip Pencil (pink cinnamon stick) and fill them almost all the way in; leave the center of the bottom lip bare.
21) Using the 316 Lip Brush, apply Viva Glam VI Lipstick (terracotta-plum with pearl) to both lips.
22) Using the same brush, apply Viva Glam I Lipstick (intense brownish blue-red) to the center of lips – both top and bottom.
23) Using the 316 Lip Brush again, apply Dazzleglass in Love Alert (raspberry red with red pearl) to entire mouth.
24) Finish off the look by applying Prep + Prime Lash to lashes; and while it’s still wet, top lashes off with two coats of Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack (rich black).

I’d like to give a shout out to Spoiled Pretty readers/Twitter followers who I had the pleasure of meeting at the event: Felicia, Stephanie, Jackie, Sandy and Libby. You ladies looked ab fab after the class, and I hope you all had a fabulously fun time like me and Mama Spoiled Pretty!

 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!
Jesse and model


 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!
Jocelyn and model


 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!
Libby and Mama Spoiled Pretty

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The finished product (I almost forgot to take an ‘after’ photo, so I snapped a few in the car)

 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!
Better view of the eyes

 MAC Studio Talk Master Makeup Class Recap!
Another shot of the eyes – Bladow!

What’s Haute at Hautelook This Week

Earnest+Sewn Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Earnest Sewn sale starts Monday, October 19.

Priorities Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Priorities sale starts Monday, October 19.

Rodial Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Rodial sale starts Monday, October 19.

BCBG Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The BCBG sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

BCBG+Handbags Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The BCBG Handbags sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

M+Lab Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The M Lab sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

Burn+Candles Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Burn sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

Baby+Quasar Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Quasar sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

Juicy+Couture Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Juicy Couture sale starts Thursday, October 22.

Ouidad Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Ouidad sale starts Friday, October 23.

Riller+and+Fount Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Riller & Fount sale starts Friday, October 23.

Never heard of Hautelook? I’m hooking you up…click here.

Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La

bulga+sale Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La

Bulga sale starts Monday, October 19. Don’t you want this bag right this very minute?

bcrf Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation sale (shop leisurewear, accessories and skin care) starts Tuesday, October 20.
EXHALE+SPA Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La
Exhale Mind Body Spa sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

MARC+JACOBS+SALE Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La

Marc Jacobs Collection sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

ESSENTIAL+HANDBAGS Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La

The Essentials Handbags sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

bedhead+pajamas Ooh La La: My Favorite Sales This Week at Rue La La
Bedhead Pajamas sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

Click here for your free invitation to join Rue La La, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

The Beauty Girls Weekend Read

tbg+header The Beauty Girls Weekend Read

Lianne from The Makeup Girl is giving away a basket of goodies worth over $300 to benefit Breast Cancer Research – click here to find out how to enter!

Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search has found the best performing drugstore lotion ever and even shares a coupon so you can get yours for less.

Enter to win a vacation to Hawaii through Sephora and Leslie Blodgett! Check out the details at Beauty Blogging Junkie.

5 more essentials The Beauty Girls Weekend ReadCheck out 5 MORE Behind-the-Scenes Beauty Essentials at Makeup Bag where Erika shares her five additional faves…

Sephora’s Friends & Family 2009 promotion begins October 11. Save 20% off your purchase with a special coupon code. Daneen from Spoiled Pretty has the details!

Julia from All About The Pretty went to get a Phyto Specific scalp treatment and decides to do the big chop and go short and sassy for fall while she’s there!!

Marina from Makeup Loves Me has the scoop on some hot 80’s looks from the new Sex & The City film!

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Sephora Friends & Family 2009: October 19 to November 2

sephora+2009+friends+and+family Sephora Friends & Family 2009: October 19 to November 2
Mark your calendars, beauty luvahs. The Sephora Friends & Family 2009 promotion starts on October 19 and runs through November 2. Use code FF2009 for 20% off at sephora.com.

And, as always, you’ll get three free samples with your order. Plus all orders of $50 or more ship for free.

If you plan to take advantage of this promotion, what do you plan on purchasing? I’d love a peek into your virtual shopping cart. I’m also happy to share some suggestions!

Mummy Manicure?

wrinkled+fingers+and+gaudy+nail+art Mummy Manicure?

When I first saw this photo, I thought to myself, “Surely this is proof that the ancient Egyptians rocked nail art.” But this is no mummy manicure. Sadly, these hands belong to a real live human being – with tacky taste, access to a digital camera and, apparently, no hand cream.

So my question to you is this: if your fingers were this wrinkled, would you draw attention to them with gaudy nail art?

I Saved $141 On My New Coat!

Ellen+Tracy+Double+Breasted+Coat+with+Ruched+Collar I Saved $141 On My New Coat!Check out the super cute coat I just bought at Lord & Taylor. It may look pretty tame in the photo, but trust me…when you pop the collar, it is to die!

Every fall, I buy an inexpensive, nondescript winter coat…and I’m always irritated when, come March, it’s looking haggard and I hate it. So this year, I decided to spend some serious money (it’s a worthwhile investment, considering I’ll wear it every day for 4.5 months of the year) – and I was shocked by how much I saved.

This Ellen Tracy Double Breasted Coat With Ruched Collar* was originally $360 (it’s $453 at Bloomingdale’s). Lord & Taylor is currently having a sale, so I saved 30%. Then, thanks to some Internet sleuthing, I also had a printable coupon for an additional 15% off. So all in all, I saved $141.

Go, me!

*The black, petite version of this coat that I purchased isn’t available online, so check your local Lord & Taylor store. The link above is for the regular sized, camel colored version.

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

light+and+dark+manicures Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

I’m in the market for some new nail polish, so I enlisted the advice of the DailyMakeover.com Beauty Bloggerati. Read on for some fab light and dark nail polish picks:

opi+aragon Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“My favorite go to color is OPI’s Bubble Bath. It goes with any outfit and it’s the perfect shade of white/pink! For dark polish, I am currently obsessed with OPI’s Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow from the España line. It’s is a deep deep forresty emerald green and totally fun for the fall!” -Lisa, These Lips Are Made For Glossin’

sally+hansen+Blazing+Blue Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I found two new polishes backstage at Fashion Week that I’m loving right now. CND Putty is an a very light beige. Sally Hansen Insta Dry in Blazing Blue…a deep midnight blue.” -Rachel, DailyMakeover.com

nars+chinatown+nail+polish Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“My favorite light polish is the mix of Essie Marshmallow and Ballet Slippers (Marshmallow goes on first). It’s the famed combo that all the editors wore in The Devil Wears Prada (the book), and I have yet to find a light polish that makes my nails look as lit from within. My favorite dark is NARS Chinatown. It’s a much deeper maroon than the bold Mr.-Big-red-wall-red you’d expect from the name.” -Amber, Beauty Blogging Junkie

essie+ballet+slippers Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I love Essie Ballet Slippers for a pretty, sophisticated look! I just purchased my first dark polish in about 15 years today and I love it. It’s Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cinna-Snap. It reminds me of a glass of super dark merlot.” -Sarah, Hair Thursday

Sephora+by+OPI+212 Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“For dark, I like the Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora. It’s black, but has sparkles, so it’s not totally goth. For light, I think it’s hard to top the classic Essie Ballet Slippers.” -Anne, The Jet Set Girls

sephora+brunette+on+the+internet Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I’m not a huge fan of light colors but recently I picked up Sephora by OPI’s Under My Trench Coat. This is as light as I get, this shade is a very pretty beigey-grey with some gold shimmer. For my dark color, lately I’ve found myself going with another Sephora by OPI shade Brunette on the Internet. It’s a really rich, dark burgundy brown-red. Totally vampy.” -Carla, Product Girl

 Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“For light I love Essie’s Adore-a-Ball or Revlon’s #910 Barely Peach. They hold up very well if you cook a lot. For dark, I am still in love with OPI’s Eiffel for this Color from their Fall 2009 Parisian color collection.” -Julia, All About The Pretty

mac+Nocturnelle Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“Light: Essie is Waltz the perfect white nail polish, it has no pink undertones what so ever. The pigment is not too thick so it doesn’t look like you have a white-out on. The classic white. Dark: MAC in Nocturnelle is the perfect pure black shade. You can’t get more black than this one. The classic black.” -Marta, Talking Makeup

essie+mademoiselle Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“Favorite dark: CND Nail Noir – I almost cried during FW when I found out it’s going away. I came home and bought 6 bottles online. LOVE this color. Favorite light: Essie Mademoiselle – a favorite of mine since forever! Now my daughter Bailey’s hooked on it and my bottle disappears twice as fast!” -Erika, Makeup Bag

neutrogena+nail+enhancer Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I do a “faux-French” manicure. I use something cheap (like N.Y.C. Color white nail polish) to paint a quick, easy French manicure tip, and then use a little bit of cuticle oil cream (or lip
gloss or olive oil) over top create the “shine effect” of a top coat (it takes seconds to do). I also love Neutrogena’s Instant Nail Enhancer to give a quick, healthy shine. I only use dark colors on my toes. I really want to try those Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, because they look like big, portable markers – so you can paint your toes in a flash.” -Bailey, Makeover Momma

opi+lincoln+park+after+dark Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“OPI Lincoln Park After Dark is my go-to dark shade. It looks great on a mani or pedi – and really, when is dark purple not an option for Fall/Winter? It’s classic! Revlon Sheer Pink is my everyday nude. It adds only a touch of color along with a really great shine.” -Tammy, A Mom In Red High Heels

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