Makeup Mondays With Mario: Smokey Eyes For Dark Complexions

mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Smokey Eyes For Dark Complexions

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.

Hi Mario,

I love the soft, natural smokey eyes you do on Kim Kardashian but have trouble re-creating them on my dark skin (my complexion is closer to Gabrielle Union or Jessica White) – it always comes out too dark and muddy. Can you give me some ideas on color selection to best re-create a soft, smokey eye for my skin tone? And can I use Eye M Glam or will it be too light for me?

Thank You SO MUCH,
Niki
 

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Niki,

Here’s how you can easily rock soft smokey eyes. First start by evening out the lids a primer or concealer and set with powder. This step will prevent the muddy look you mentioned. Try a rich copper or deep bronze shadow (shimmery or satin finish) all over your lids below the crease. Blend that with a clean brush going up slightly above the crease. Using a small brush, sweep the same shadow along the lower lash line. Line the inner rim of eyes and the base of the lower lashes with a black pencil and also line the lids. Blend the pencil softly so there’s no sharp lines. You want the black line to blend up into the copper shadow. Do the same with the bottom but this time blending downward into the shadow.

You can use Eye M Glam on your skin tone for sure as its a sheer highlighter. To polish the look, place some right on the inner corners of the eyes and a bit on the brow bone. Finish off with mascara on top and bottom.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays With Mario!

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!

Le Col Cashmere Giveaway!

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I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods – but these days, Philadelphia is pretty much indistinguishable from the Arctic tundra. It’s the kind of cold where you pile on whatever is warm – no matter how frumpy dumpy it makes you look. Lucky for me (and my sense of style), I recently became acquainted with a cold weather accessory that is both toasty warm and tres chic!

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Le Col Cashmere is an affordable luxury, made of 100% cashmere and finished by hand in a traditional French torsade pattern. The updated twist on the winter scarf provides even more comfort than the standard cold weather accessory due to its construction. The tube scarf’s seamless “pullover” style, as opposed to the standard wrap-around scarf, provides full coverage and protection. So whether you’re riding the streets on your Vespa or simply out for an afternoon stroll, Le Col Cashmere’s snood will keep you toasty warm on even the most blistering cold days.

“In addition to its practical sensibility, the product is non-gender specific and therefore appeals to both men and women who are looking to show off their personal sense of style during the winter months,” explains Ruben Auszenkier, Le Col Cashmere co-founder and General Manager Europe.

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The must-have style of the season is available in two equally comfortable and flattering silhouettes – the signature Le Col Cashmere snood and Le Grand Col Cashmere’s extra long snood – and five gorgeous shades (I own the camel).

You can own one too because, this week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Le Col Cashmere and one reader will win a Le Col Cashmere snood in his/her choice of color!!!

Enter to win by leaving a message in the comments section. Make sure to include your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky!

Contest is open to U.S. residents. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Sunday, February 20, 2011. Good luck!

Winner of the Gillette Valentine’s Day Giveaway

fresh clean giveaway D Winner of the Gillette Valentines Day Giveaway

Congratulations to Julie Luhtala, winner of the Valentine’s Day Giveaway, sponsored by Gillette. Julie has won “The Perfect Gentleman’s Guide” – which has everything your man needs to make Valentine’s Day a hit, including:

  • $100 AMEX gift card to pay for the romantic dinner
  • A heart-shaped box of chocolates to enjoy after
  • Fresh + Clean Body Wash in two NEW scents, Arctic Ice and Cool Wave that provide freshness beyond the shower
  • Gillette Odor Shield antiperspirant and deodorant provides odor protection in the most high pressure situations

Julie, please email me with your mailing address asap so that Gillette can make sure your prizes deliver on Monday.

Thanks to everyone who entered. For those of you who didn’t win – make sure to enter my other Valentine’s Day giveaway…and keep your eyes peeled for another giveaway which will be announced very soon.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Sponsored by Gillette!

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Gillette has a treat for Spoiled Pretty readers with boyfriends/husbands who may need a push in the right direction when planning a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day.

Gillette knows exactly what women want for Valentine’s Day – a fresh smelling, clean shaven, well-groomed gentleman, armed with a box of chocolates and plans for a romantic night out. However, we all know some guys who are a little more clueless than Casanova.

That’s why Gillette Fresh + Clean is gifting one lucky reader with “The Perfect Gentleman’s Guide to Valentine’s Day” – complete with a prize pack to make any guy a valentine worth remembering. 

“The Perfect Gentleman’s Guide” has everything your man needs to make Valentine’s Day a hit, including:

  • $100 AMEX gift card to pay for the romantic dinner
  • A heart-shaped box of chocolates to enjoy after
  • Fresh + Clean Body Wash in two NEW scents, Arctic Ice and Cool Wave that provide freshness beyond the shower
  • Gillette Odor Shield antiperspirant and deodorant provides odor protection in the most high pressure situations

Enter to win by telling me about your worst Valentine’s Day experience. Leave your message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky!

Contest is open to U.S. residents. The giveaway ends at 11 a.m. (EST) on Friday, February 11, 2011. Good luck!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Flawless Foundation

mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Flawless Foundation

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.

Hi Mario,

My questions are about foundation. First, when I’m buying a foundation, how do I make sure that I’m buying the right shade? Second, once I apply my foundation, how do I get the color to stay true? I ask this because sometimes my foundation will turn slightly orange after a few hours. Thanks!

-Lia

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Hi Lia,

When chosing a foundation shade, it’s important that you consider your skin shade on your face and neck. Test a few shades of foundation across your jawline and slightly onto the neck. Blend with a sponge and whichever shade looks most natural should be the right match.

Getting the color of your base to stay true is easy. Your face oils are what cause the base to turn orange so try to keep your skin matte by using blotting tissues throughout the day. You may also want to start your application using an anti-shine or matte primer, followed by foundation. Finish off by setting it all with a translucent colorless loose powder and voila! Perfection.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays With Mario!

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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