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Eternal Gold

Shu Uemura Makeup Summer Collection –

In this 2009 summer mode makeup collection, shu uemura is influenced by the shimmering golden sunshine that enlightens true beauty.

The eternal golden sun collection utilizes the golden rays of the sun that reflect on the skin to enhance glow and create a beautifully bronzed tan.
This shimmering range brings out pure and natural beauty in every woman.

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Top 10 Makeup Mistakes

Makeup Mistake #1: Dark lip liner and light lipstick: The trend now is lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color. Line and color in your pucker, then top with sheer gloss. If do using dark liner, like a red or berry shade, fill in the mouth completely, and then top with clear gloss, not a light lipstick. 
Makeup Mistake #2: Lip liner that extends beyond the lip line: Line just the border, but not beyond. Then color in lips and apply a lip-plumping product. Finish with a dab of clear or light gloss on the center of lower lip; it will reflect the light and make lips appear fuller.
Makeup Mistake #3: Drawn-in eyebrows: Women with lush, full brows should skip any added color; all they need are tweezers for stray hairs and a bit of brow gel. To plump up sparse brows, dip an angled brush into brow powder. Move the brush along the natural line of the brow, extending it to the edge of the eye.  If the brows are super-thin, make short, feathery strokes with a pencil, then topping brows with powder.  
Makeup Mistake #4: Eyeliner drawn way past the outer corner of the top eyelid: The “cat-eye” (or Cleopatra) effect is sultry and sexy, but not if it goes overboard. Beginners should use a pencil; liquid liner is more glamorous but requires skill and a steady hand.
Makeup Mistake #5: Clumpy Mascara: Before you apply, wipe the mascara wand against the opening of the tube to get rid of any excess mascara. When applying, wiggling the wand from side to side, from the base of the lashes to the tips, is the way to avoid clumps. Before the mascara dries, comb through lashes with an old toothbrush to separate them and get rid of the gunk.  
Makeup Mistake #6: Bright blue mascara: Teal or cerulean mascara is young, punkish and more suited for rebellious teens. Indigo and navy, on the other hand, are polished and chic for 20-somethings and beyond. Dark blue mascara can brighten up the whites of the eyes.  
Makeup Mistake #7: Caking on foundation over bad skin: For fine lines: Mix in a little moisturizer with the foundation, which will prevent the formula from seeping into the lines. For blemishes: Mineral makeup can give great coverage for pockmarks and acne. 
Makeup Mistake #8: Obvious line of blush: Toss out the dinky brush that came in the compact. A bigger brush will distribute the color more evenly. Smile and apply the blush in short, upward strokes on the apples of your cheeks, blending up to the hairline and ear.
Makeup Mistake #9: Foundation line on jaw : Necks are often a different color than our faces and chests, so it’s important to blend foundation down into the neck for a uniform color. Use a makeup sponge to create a seamless edge.
Makeup Mistake #10: Lining eyes only halfway : A strong, hard line all the way around the eye can make them look smaller and closer together, but lining them only halfway looks silly. The solution? A softer line can make them look bigger. 

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Make Foundation Last

Brett Freedman, Makeup Artist & Founder of Vanitymark Cosmetics

Brett Freedman, Makeup Artist & Founder of Vanitymark Cosmetics

Foundation is an essential for women who want coverage but getting your makeup to last the duration of the day can be a challenge.

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman (who keeps stars like Reba McIntyre and Jenna Fischer looking gorgeous) gave us his top three tips for foundation with staying power:

1. My first trick to getting a foundation that holds up is to find a long wear formulation. I LOVE Revlon’s ColorStay Active Light Foundation. It’s super sheer, comes in an amazing color range and has SPF 25.  That’s  not even the best part. The stuff STAYS. Oh, it won’t come off till you take it off. It’s so lightweight it lets the skin breath. Very important in the warmer months.

2. Switch to an oil free moisturizer. Apply while face is still damp. Denser moisturizers can sometimes  ‘break down’ foundation. Lock in moisture right after cleansing and allow your moisturizer to dry completely. You’ll use less foundation and it will really absorb and adhere to skin. This trick is all about timing. Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Lotion (an oil free moisturizer) is one of my faves!

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As we progress into the twenty-first century, it’s interesting to see how standards of beauty change and how methods of effecting beauty change. A couple of different trends are currently mainstream, and one of them focuses on the natural look. Natural beauty is what many are striving to emphasize right now, trying to oppose the plastic look of makeup that some women effect in their makeup. Mineral makeup is one way to make your look more natural, and will ultimately bring out your own individual beauty.

One of the characteristics of mineral makeup is its toned-down style. The hues in the color s of mineral makeup usually have an “earthier” look to them, and tend to not be very bright. There are still colors, of course, but the colors have a much more natural tone and quality to them. The point in this is simply to allow your natural coloring to come through; always remember that the purpose of makeup should be to enhance your facial features, not change or alter them. Makeup should enhance and add to, not mask.

Mineral makeup is finer than other makeup and works better to even out your skin tone. The fine makeup makes your skin look and feel better, giving you an overall more polished and refined look. Makeup that looks caked on is not very attractive and definitely does not serve the purpose of enhancing your already beautiful features. Mineral makeup is and looks natural, helping you avoid that “Hello I’m wearing lots of makeup” look.

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It’s 4:30 PM and your best friend calls you to make last minute plans to go out after work. You rush home and, being crunched for time, you only have about 20 minutes to change and be out the door.  You don’t have time to re-do your makeup, but with a few quick steps and key products, you can create a dramatic evening look, depending on whether you want to highlight eyes or lips. 

Use oil-blotting tissues to remove any shine, then apply a light layer of illuminating, translucent loose powder.

To focus on eyes – use a slightly darker cream eye shadow and a slate gray (for brunettes) or dark brown (for blondes and redheads) eyeliner pencil with shimmer or a slight touch of glitter and line the upper and lower lids. Smudge color with a Q-tip. Or apply to upper eyelids only and slightly extend and wing-out the outer tip. To balance strong eyes, downplay lips by mixing a little concealer and lip-gloss and apply with a lipbrush.

Carefully comb eyelashes with a clean eyelash comb (don’t reapply mascara!)

Add a two sweeps of your blush to refresh the color, then apply one to two drops of a liquid shimmer on the tops of cheekbones and temples to highlight. 

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