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Pink a must-have for this Spring

In Lipsticks, Makeup on March 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

Pink lips are a must-have for this spring. It will be at least until the autumn. But not all pink, as Vogue Italia confesses. Pink must be ultra-pink, almost fuchsia.

Vogue Italia

Ultra pink suits women with any skin color, hair color.

Vogue Italia

Chanel Coco Shine #54 Boy is announced to be the color of Spring. Boy, named after Gabrielle Chanel’s historic lover Arthur Capel, is a pink refreshed with an apricot hue.

Coco Shine Boy

Romance can be another beautiful color as well.

I’ll use once again some lipsticks I have been loving since 1992 (I was 16 years old): Guerlain Rouge Sublime #123 Framboise (discontinued), Chanel Rouge à lèvres n#41 Précieux (discontinued). These two colors are discontinued, unfortunately but you can find similar colors from Guerlain and Chanel. Guerlain lisptick kisskiss in Rose Impudique for instance:

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rose Impudique

YSL proposes a beautiful lisptick for spring, the Rouge volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15, among others, the #10 Provocative Pink and #29 Opera rose. Or else, one of my favorites the YSL Rouge Pur Fuchsia Pink #19.

YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Provocative Pink #8

… Or a Nars Lipstick Funny Face or Schiap, or MAC lipstick Pink Nouveau, or Girl about town. I will not speak of drugstore lipstick because each country owes its drugstores.

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Funny Face

Mac Lipstick in Pink Nouveau

Mac Pink Nouveau is not a matte lipstick but a satin one. Nevertherless I will wear this lipstick this season.

Spring has just started with bright colors. As for the nails, you can pair with a ultra-pink color…

Joyeux Printemps (Happy Spring)

Credit image: Vogue Teen (Mac Lipstick in Pink Nouveau); Vogue Italia (models)

Source: Vogue Italia


A glowy complexion, silver and grey eyes by James Kaliardos

In Makeup on March 15, 2011 at 3:46 am

James Kaliardos’s makeup for Nicole Miller défilé spring/summer 2011 is inspired by the makeup from the Catherine Deneuve film, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, that is to say “glowy complexion, silver and grey eye colors and pink, pouty lips”. The result is a luminous cham pale, silvery-golden lid with a grey crease. I pretty like this makeup for spring, it is light, soft and silvery-gold.

Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011. Photo Getty Images

As blogger KarlaSugar reports, this spring will be the occasion for us to test new products. This matte mineral bronzer (Give me sun!) for instance, that James Kaliardos used for contouring the face obtaining a pretty golden tan. James Karliados also used the new Sheen Supreme Lipstick in supremely confident. This creamy lipstick is announced to replace the old Slimshines. It is already available in the US (but not yet in Europe). Supremely Confident is a beautiful pale nude which reminds me Nars Madère (while this one is lighter), another lipstick I love. As you can see, no lipglass or lipgelée, just the lipstick.

James Kaliardos Face Chart for Nicole Miller S/S 2011

Eyes: Luna CCB all over the lid (with a large shader brush such as #249 or 252) and blend with a chrome grey into the crease with Dalliance (Mac #224)

Inner corner of eyes are highlighted with Gilded white Pencil (use the NW15/NC20, or NW25/NC30 chromagraphic if you don’t have the gilded white pencil)

Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara outer lashes only

Penultimate eye liner on lash liner (upper only)

—> I suggest to brush your brows.

Lip: supremely confident lipcolor (sunshine) (either with a brush such as a lip brush, for instance Mac #194 or #231, or with finger to get a perfect pale pinky nude effect on lips).

—> Apply prep+Prime with a brush like the #165 (if you are lucky) or # 225 or #224 on lips before in order the lipstick to stay longer. No lip liner.


Face and Body foundation (delicatly applied with beautyBlender Sponge, or slightly with brush. The goal is to obtain the sheerest effect)

Pearl CCB on cheekbones to highlight the face (use for instance a brush such as 138, then #225 or #224 to blend slightly the CCB)

MSF Bronzer (Give me Sun! Mac Bronzing Everyday. available soon) contoured moderately with a tapered brush (Mac #138) then blend to soften with a contour brush (Mac #168 or/and a tapered fluffed brush such as #225 or #224 in some parts of the face)

Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (delicately applied with a powder puff) on the center of the face.

—> I suggest to add some concealer where needed (with Mac #195 then blended with Mac #225 or 224 or other fluffy brushes). If you have the perfect complexion, you are lucky…


P.S.: any brush can be used, of course…

Enjoy Spring/Summer 2011 (Part 1): Charlotte Tilbury’s Technics

In Makeup on March 10, 2011 at 3:46 am

If you were interested in SS#2011 défilé, you may have notice new trends in terms of makeup. I will present many of them. For this first post, I will open the discussion with the lovely Charlotte Tilbury, one of my favourite makeup artists (with Val Garland, Lisa Butler, Lucia Pieroni, Mr Nars, Mr Pécheux, Mr Marais, Romero Jennings to limit to these names). This young british, flame-red hair makeup artist is one of the most talented of her generation. Charlotte Tilbury loves eyeliner (her beautiful khol-lined eyes) and mascara. Maybe her signature.

She can make your look rich, famous, and ready to be photographed as Patrick Eichler, a Mac Cosmetics Senior Artist, said (quoted in New York Times, September 15, 2005).

Charlotte Tilbury’s father is painter and she inherited from her father artistic talents. Aged of 13, she met makeup artist Mary Greenwell. She collaborated with to photographers like Mario Testino, and Met Alas and Marcus Piggott. Her clients are among other Kate Moss, Gisel Bündchen, Christina Ricci.

Let’s analyse two examples of Charlotte Tilbury’s SS#2011 makeup trends.

the first one is for Blumarine

Face Chart

Look the washy-type eyes. Tilbury was inspired by a “luxurious bohemian girl sailing around the med, wearing a habulous leopard print kaftan! Think modern day Talitha Getty.”

For this, she uses mac pencil in teddy (but you can use other eye pencil like Nars eye pencil Mambo) in the lower lashline and smudged with a brush all over the lids up to the socket. Depending on the result you are searching, you can use fluffy brushes like Mac #224, Nars #14, sigma E40, or Paula Dorf Sheer Crease Brush, or mac 219, nars#13, or else Sigma E30 (to quote few brushes, the list is of course non-exhaustive). You must know that the outcome will not be the same if you use a blending brush or a pencil one (I tested it).

Several coats (4 for me) black fibre rich mascara are applied to top and bottom lashes to make the eyes more, how to say, attractive, gypsy-hippy chic.

For the brows, she suggests to work them with pencils such as Mac fling and lingering (for Nars addicts, think of Ipanema, or something else) to get a fuller, seventies brows.

The face, as think, should be buffy. I don’t have any precision on the effect. For the products, she used:

Select cover-up Mixed with Moisturelush Cream that have been applied all over the skin, “for an expensive, buffed finish”, as she said. Use a flat brush such as Mac #191 or a saddle-tapeted Mac#192 (if you have it because it is discontinued).

Then apply Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (choice the color that matches with your skin color). This MSF will set the base.

Contour using MSF in medium dark, Medium Deep and Dark (for Women of color, choose Medium Deep, Dark, and Deep Dark) mixed together

High on cheekbones buff  Gold pigment

Lips are magnified with lust lipglass applied precisely with a brush such as the mac #194 (which was commonly used for concealer) or another brush. On top apply Chai Lipglass to get the peachy caramel shade.

This face chart is one of my favorite. I may create a variation in bronze using other eye pencil such as powersurge, or some other pencils that brands such as Urban Decay offers. For oily lids, I wonder if it would be better to use a base… Try…

Look at these two images if you want an idea of the result:

Charlotte Tilbury

Image Credit: ELLE


The second one I found a much more sophisticated ss#2011 makeup.

Face Chart, Charlotte Tilbury

For the eyes, Charlotte Tilbury used:

Mac Pro Studio Finish Skin Corrector, apparently the shade in caramel and another shade, but unfortunately I don’t have much information. These colors must be mixed then blended to lids with a fluffy blending brush such as mac 224, nars #13, Sigma E40, or Louise Young LY38 (or another but fluffy blending brush). Teddy is one more time used on the outer corners of the eyes that you smudge with a 219 (I also tried the 214, and old Shu Uemura 7.5 BL, unfortunately discontinued. Perfect but a little bit scratchy). The Cream Color Base (CCB) in Luna is dabbed on the inner tear ducts for a spot of light. Then, use powersurge eye Khol along the lower lash line rubbed in with a finger. As you can see, no mascara for this face chart proposal.

Face is worked with Mac Pro Studio Finish Skin Corrector to brighten udner the eyes; Prep + Prime Transparent finishing powder on the T Zone (with I suggest a powder puff), then on the cheeks and temples use CCB in Bamboo, Nude, Bronze and Pearl, all mixed.

On the lips use a mix of CCB in Bamboo, Nude, Hush, Bronze, and Pearl patted in whith the fingers.

I hope you will enjoy these two face charts, next March, 20th (soon).

Voilà! au prochain post (see you next post)…

Hello world!

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

This will open my new adventure as a Parisian blogger-cum-lipstick. I will analyse and share Makeup trend with my lovely readers.

I am a sophisticated peachy beige lipstick, born in France (in Paris, rue Cambon), a little bit daydreamer (a quality, perhaps). Friends Mac Siss lipstick and Freckletone will intervene sometimes sharing their opinions in Makeup.

The last word I will add is: stay tuned for the first article.