I was with my sister at the Chicago airport the other day and we played around with the makeup at the duty free store for a while. Here are some reviews:

Lumieres Magiques de Chanel in Rose Harmony ($50)
This limited edition trio from the spring collection was one of the first to caught my eye. It consists of 3 different shades – a hot pink with gold shimmer, a coral red with gold shimmer and a pale pink with silver shimmer. All colors are heavily pigmented and can be used together or separately. I would not recommend this to those who are very pale since the colors might show up a little too bright. On me (NC30), however, this applies beautifully and gives a healthy blushed look.

Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Although this claims to be an oil-free formula that produces a semi-matte finish, I do not find this foundation to be suitable for oily skin at all. I have dry skin myself and when I tested this on the back my hand, it felt smooth and blendable. The finish was satiny and natural which was just like Chanel’s Teint Fluide Universel. As for coverage, I would say it is medium – I have thin skin and it covered up most of my veins on the back of my hand. It also comes with SPF 15 which is definitely a plus. Overall, I would say it is a good foundation for dry to normal skin.

Pro Lumiere Facettes in Gold Rush ($55)
This quad from the summer collection comes in four highly shimmery shades. There is an iridescent pink, gold, copper and iridescent apricot. They are all gorgeous and a little glittery just like MAC’s Lustre forumla. They are also pretty sheer and subtle yet in a nice kind of way. I can see this working on different skin tones.

A lot of you have been asking me about highlighting, so what exactly is the deal? Basically, when you highlight a feature, you try to make it more prominent.

How To Do It
Highlighting different areas give different effects. For instance, highlighting the bridge of your nose will make it look taller while dabbing a shimmery gloss in the center of your lips will create an illusion of thicker lips. Other areas you can highlight are:

* Brow bone
* Inner corner of the eye
* Under the eyes
* Cheekbones
* T-zone (skip this if you have oily skin)

Here is a brief Q&A regarding the use of false eyelashes. If you have more questions, leave a comment here and I will add them onto this entry.

Q: Hey Phyllis, is there a special way to take care of your falsies in order to maximize their life-span (3 to 4 uses?)

A: Of course there are ways you can make your false lashes last longer! I always reuse my lashes and I can use the same pair for up to 14 uses. The key is to treat them with ultra care so they stay in shape. Here are some tips:

Tyra Banks did a 5 minute makeup routine on the Tyra Show. Below is my 5 minute makeup routine. Feel free to post yours too!

Step 1
Start with clean skin that has already been moisturized. Dot concealer under the eyes and around the nose. Blend.
Time needed: 1 minute

Step 2
Brush your eyebrows upwards and fill in any sparse areas with a pencil/eyebrow powder.
Time needed: 1 minute

Step 3
Line your eyes.
Time needed: 30 seconds

Step 4
Curl your lashes and apply 2-3 coats of mascara.
Time needed: 1 minute

Step 5
Apply blush onto your apples and highlight your t-zone.
Time needed: 1 minute

Step 6
Apply your favorite lip gloss.
Time needed: 30 seconds