MAC Autumn/Winter 2009 Trend Report

If there’s one thing that A/W09 makeup is about, it’s a point of view. And a point of power. We’re past a point of girlish innocence and barely-there makeup, especially in a season where beauty is working alongside fashion that holds no bars in terms of brazen styling and attitude. Artists are talking about ’emotive makeup’, and the spirit they are channeling is that of a woman who’s upbeat, in charge and in control. The main energy? Eighties. Hence, artists found their way to ultra-amplified lips and exuberant hues on the eyes (Who’s that Girl?) and an underground clubby elegance to black eye makeup (Lid Vicious) but also the more nuanced side of the era, picking up on the contoured, carved face that dominated the decade (Sculpture Club) or the satinized perfection and couture feel that moved makeup into the early Nineties (New Romantics). Speaking of technique, what’s back is one of absolute precision and accuracy. “Whatever the final look this season, it was always pretty obvious that the girl was wearing a structured, deliberate makeup” says Gordon Espinet. So, five minute makeup is over, for now. Time to roll out those brushes and get perfecting….

Nails Of The Day: Clear Gel With Glitter Tips and White Flower

I got clear gel nails done yesterday and this time I added some white gold glitter on the tips and a white flower on both thumbs.

p.s. why does the Iphone camera suck so much? =(

Winners Of The Women’s Health 3rd Annual Beauty Awards – Makeup Category

The list of winners from the Women’s Health 3rd Annual Beauty Awards just rolled in and here are the top picks in the makeup category. Any thoughts ladies? I will post my very own list shortly!

Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Twilight’s Ashley Greene at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female party

Lancôme makeup artist Darais gave Twilight’s Alice, aka Ashley Greene, a young, fresh look at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female party earlier this week.

Darais played up Ashley’s eyes by using Lancôme’s Color Design Liberty Palette in Nude Elegance from the latest Fall Declaring Indigo Collection and applying Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee to the upper lash line. He then mixed a few Shu Uemura faux-lashes with Ashley’s natural lashes, applied Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster to condition and strengthen the lashes and finished with several coats of Lancôme’s new mascara Hypnôse Drama (which will go on sale tomorrow exclusively at Sephora).

To add some color to Ashley’s cheeks, Darais used Lancôme Blush Subtil in Miel Glacé.

For her soft coral colored pout, Darais used Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Solaire.

Image credits: Iprime.

MAC Colour Craft Color Collection Swatches

Natural Flare, Assemblage, Girlish Romp and Odd Bits Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads