Phyllis

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

Voted as one of the In Style Best Beauty Buys, Gorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($55) has long been a favorite among makeup artists and beauty gurus.

The foundation comes in a great selection of shades to suit different skin tones and #4 is a good match for my NC30 skin. It feels very lightweight on the skin and thanks to its silicones, the texture is uber silky just as the name suggested. It is also pretty hydrating and works beautifully on my normal to dry skin.

The coverage is on the sheer side but definitely buildable. My skin just looks healthy and glowy when I wear this. Highly recommended!

Chanel Vitalumiere Liquid Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Shade I use: Clair
This is the liquid version of the Vitalumiere cream foundation. Despite the word liquid, this feels very rich and almost creamy on my skin. It is definitely great for the winter and it does deliver a glowy look. The coverage is medium to heavy and it can feel a little thick so remember to apply sparingly.


MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation ($24)
Shade I use: NC30
Like the MAC Studio Finish Satin Foundation, this is water-based and it is supposed to provide a “natural, matte finish”. I like that it has SPF 15 but again, I find it too dry for my skin and it accentuated my flakes. I would only recommend it to those with combination or oily skin.

MAC Studio Mist Foundation ($28.50)
Shade I Use: Light Medium
After ERA’s Face Spray Foundation and Dior’s Airflash, MAC has finally come out with its own version of spray makeup. This foundation comes in a sleek, portable aerosol can which is great for traveling. What is weird about this product, however, is that it is not meant to be sprayed directly onto your face – you are supposed to “spray onto hand or palette, then apply with a brush”. Having said that, I think this whole idea of putting a foundation into an aerosol can is kind of redundant. Despite that along with the limited color range, the foundation itself is not bad. When I first sprayed it onto the back of my hand, I thought it was kind of runny but it glides on easily and blends like heaven. The coverage is sheer and it imparts a dewy finish. The foundation is also suitable for all skin types.

Redpoint Transformative Dual Foundation ($42)
Shade I use: Medium
Unlike most foundations you see in the market, this comes with two custom blendable shades that can mixed together or used separately for highlighting and contouring. It also contains anti-aging ingredients like Elastimide Amino AC and light diffusing pigments work to blend away fine lines, wrinkles and create a youthful look; and is made with an unique Liquacreme formula so that it would glide onto the skin and provide full coverage that feels “so weightless, it’s almost like you have nothing on at all!” Texture-wise, it is very similar to Redpoint’s NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact. It feels slightly waxy and goes on really smooth but dries almost immediately to a matte finish without leaving your skin all powdery. The coverage is medium and it does feel very lightweight. I have worn this as a concealer and all over as a foundation. The former worked beautifully while the latter was a disaster. With this all over my face, it looked really unnatural and cakey. I am going to save this as a concealer.

Check out the following entries for foundation tips:
Mineral Foundation Reviews
Tools For Applying Concealer And Foundation

Salamandax requested some recommendations on brushes for applying foundations and concealer so here you go – sorry it took me so long! I have also included other tools that you can use, hope you guys find it useful.

* Brushes
Using a brush can make application less messy and is perfect for smaller areas that require more precision like the inner corners of the eye, around the nose and on zits. You also end up using less product. The downside is you have to wash them regularly and a good set of brushes can cost up to a few hundred bucks. Check out these tips on how to take care of your brushes so they can stay in good shape.

To apply foundation, I like MAC #190 Foundation Brush ($38) and MAC #187 Stippling Brush ($42).



For concealer, pick a synthetic brush with firm bristles. My picks are Sephora Concealer Brush ($16) and MAC #194 Concealer Brush ($18).


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Since I have been posting about eyes makeup so much lately, I wanted to do a little poll on your favorite eyeshadow and your natural eye color. Just copy and paste the following, type in your answers and post them as a comment.

Favorite Eyeshadow:
Eye Color:

And heere’s mine:

Favorite Eyeshadow: MAC Lavender Sky
Eye Color: Dark brown

I really liked these looks from MAC so I had to post them on here:

Limelight
This classic smoky eye look is *hot*. Pair it with a nude or pink gloss.



Use Clear Brow Set to groom brow hair. Highlight the brow bone using Crystal Avalanche Eyeshadow (white with silver reflects). Apply Scene Eyeshadow (muted blue-grey) to the lid with the 252 Large Shader Brush. Line the upper and lower lashline with Smolder Eye Kohl (black). Apply the 7 Lash and let dry (trim before applying if necessary). Using the 209 Eye Liner Brush, apply a line of Blacktrack Fluidline (black) to the top and bottom lash line in a cat’s eye shape. Fan upwards with the 212 Flat Definer. Pat Black Tied Eyeshadow (midnight black with silver white sparkles) on your whole lid to set the smokey eye. Using a clean 209 Eye Liner Brush, line the inside corner of the lower lash line with Silverstroke Fluidline (richly metallic platinum). Finish the look by applying Black Mascara X to both top and bottom lashes. Start at the base of the lashes and wiggle upwards.

Getting bored with your regular eyeshadows? A quick way to vamp them up is to add a darker color with a pencil liner or cream eyeshadow underneath. This makes the color on top so much more vivid and adds a little twist to it. It can also bring out the sparkles in certain eyeshadows. Don’t believe me? Just check out the combos below (the color on the right is the original color):


MAC Smolder Eye Kohl + MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow