My Playboy Masquerade make up look

There’s always those special events where creatively “thinking outside of the box” is encouraged, and I’ m always up for the challenge!

Every February there is a Masquerade themed party thrown at the famous Playboy Mansion, and I was lucky enough to be given a “golden ticket” 😉

As a makeup artist, I felt it would be a shame buying a mask to cover my face when I could recreate one with my awesome makeup products, and experiment with fun accents..this was my final look:

I decided on a peacock color theme which I felt would go well with my all black attire.

Products Used:

  • Makeup Forever primer
  • Ben Nye foundation. This look & event called for a heavy coverage, long lasting, flawless foundation. Worked flawlessly!
  • Cover XF- used as a concealer
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre applied all around the eye area to prime for the mask look.
  • Palladio Rice Powder to set
Eyes:
  • Benefit pigment in-Pistachio
  • Urban Decay-Zephyr, Midnight Cowgirl, HiJack, Blue Bus, Baked& Creep
  • NYX-Bright Green& Irises
  • MAC Fluidline
  • DUO eyelash glue- Feather lashes & strip lashes applied (on top & bottom) as well as 2 loose peacock feathers to each side & rhinestones.

Face: 

  • MAC Blunt to contour
  • MAC Pinch Me Blush
  • MAC Shell for highlight

(Me, of course having a DANCE PARTY in my room while getting ready…one of my favorite parts of a night out!)

“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly fairy, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” 
Hans Christian Andersen

Cheers to fairytales, dreams & feeling like a princess,

xoxo

 

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Makeup 101: Perfect Nude Lip

I’ve spent YEARS, literally YEARS in search of the perfect Nude Lip and I am elated to share with you…I HAVE FOUND IT!!

There were a few times I thought I was close…but 2012 has already brought me the gratification of knowing Im sporting my favorite nude lip of all time.

Red lips? Fierce…Pink lips? Flirty…Nude lips? Classic! Bold eye, nude lip..learn it, love it, live it! 

Step one: MAC lip pencil in WHIRL

My old nude go to OAK is still a fun shade, however this color defines so well minus the any “wash out” feel..(yes, we’ve all seen it, and no..its not good!) Some people insist lip pencils are unnecessary, however…especially in a nude lip you need something to outline your lip line and enhance your lip shape. Even nude lips can be made pouty and flirty! 😉

Step two: MAC Lipstick in MYTH

Its a gorgeous neutral tone that still offers the right amount of color. Its beauuutiful and makes your lips look lusssshious!

Step Three: MAC LipGlass in C-THRU

Add a hint of sass with some light toned, shiny gloss! Its a flirty addition to “myth” and enhances lips to appear plumper. HOT!

Pucker up ladies, and enjoy these flawless shades,

xoxo

2011-Fashion Shoot VIDEO. Summers End

Here’s the long awaited Studio 7a photography‘s beautifully done romantic, hippy, fashion shoot video from October 2011. I was honored to be the hair and make up artist for this shoot..CLICK HERE to check out the behind the scenes “how to’s”. Enjoy Dolls! xo

Photographers & Videographers:

Jay Warren-Studio 7a photography

Lenny Lester- Life is a Postcard

Jason Taylor- Taylor Films

Hair and Make up:

xoxox

Fall Fashion Shoot 2011 x2

There is nothing like the excitement of incredible artists collaborating and the energy that is on location of professional shoots like these ones with Jay Warren of Studio 7a Photography. He is HANDS DOWN one of THE most inspiring artists I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I find I continually give myself a little pinch because I am SO blessed to work with him! He pushes me daily to want to raise my bar. Enjoy these pictures…Have to admit Im pretty proud. 🙂

(And CLICK HERE here for some behind the scenes beauty tips, colors and products! ❤ )

I had SO much fun with this beauty’s red locks! Waves and curls were created with my trusty wand iron and end were left out from the barrel. Teasing was done throughout the midshaft with minimal lift throughout the base. TUTORIAL TO COME. Obsessed!:)

To working with people who inspire you to be your best,

xoxo

Roadtrip Beauty MUST HAVES

My lovely little beauties..I apologize greatly for my lack of updates lately! Always having my laptop near by doesnt always guarantee a wifi and time alloted to make a blog post! The plus side of my many, many hours on the road? A wealth of ideas to blog about. Get ready dolls!

I figured to get back into the swing of things, it’d be appropriate to blog about my ROADTRIP MUST HAVES, since I seem to be a pro at it as of late. 🙂 This country is beyond beautiful, and I encourage all of you to seize any opportunity to see it! Beautiful..I’ll include a couple of my iPhone pictures from my latest trip at the end of my post. Enjoy! ❤

#1 Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist

I LOVE this product, and it’s been a favorite of mine since beauty school! They make it in an incredible travel size (which is a staple in my purse daily)! It helps to hydrate you skin, and hair. It resets make up and re activates styling products for the hair. It also smells incredible!  Informative facts from Paul Mitchell Systems:

  • Lactic acid and Hawaiian awapuhi provide deep moisture and enhanced shine.
  • Spirulina and plankton extracts rich in amino acids and vitamins make hair soft, hydrated and silky smooth.
  • Sodium PCA (a natural component of human skin) balances moisture.

#2 Kendra Dry Shampoo

I HATE the feeling of dirty hair..however days on the road sometimes call for a “refresher”! This is my all time FAVORITE dry shampoo. It eliminates oily and leaves your hair smelling “out of the shower”fresh! I la la loooove it! Also made in a travel size…must have. 🙂 Kenra.com Info!

  • Instantly revives and refreshes hair – no water required
  • Saves time and extends color or blow-outs by reducing the need to shampoo as frequently
  • Keeps styles looking fresh and full by absorbing oil that can weigh hair down
#3 Noxema Make up Removing Cloths
Theres nothing worse than spending a trip in “worn” make up. Make sure youre still good to your pores and let them breathe while youre on the road. These little babies and handy and useful…never leave home without them 😉
These pre-moistened cleansing cloths effectively remove dirt, oil, makeup – and even waterproof mascara – in one easy, no-rinse step. They’re also dermatologist-tested, so they’re safe to use around your eyes. Your skin can feel clean, moisturized and refreshed anytime, anywhere.

#3 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Theres nothing worse than chapped, sore lips! This is the cure all…worth the investment and an essential purse item, roadtrip or not.  Its a hydrating treatment that helps nourish, protect and plump lips. It also helps from those UV road rays 😉

Sephora.com

 Happy Travels, Dolls. Here’s a little glimpse of my amazing Arizona Adventure. Look forward to amazing blog posts to come! Get excited ❤
xoxo

Makeup 101: Mascara

Did you know that a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is sold every 1.7 seconds somewhere in the world? I suppose its univeral..Us ladies LOVE great lashes.

The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as “a cosmetic substance for darkening, coloring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod.” As we all know mascara is used to darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define eyelashes and all are made up of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

Did you know mascara can be documented in history as far back as 400 BC in ancient Egypt? They used a substance called Kohl (charcoal or soot, crocodile stool, honey, and water was added to keep the kohl from running) was applied to darken the eyes, eye brows and eye lashes and was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the souls of men and women. Crazy, right? Us girls now adays just want luscious lashes!

As you know from a previous MMM: Self Life , mascara is the one cosmetic in our make up bag we MUST replace often, and be cautious of it’s ability to spread bacteria! It is also, in my opinion, one of THE most important items a gal can posses. Batting those lashes, and feeling confident in the enhancement of our eyes can make such a difference! There are days when all of us girls love to take a day off of our usual make up routine, but for me mascara and gloss are an obvious staple.

We all have our opinions on which wands, formulas and price points work best for us. Are more expensive products better? Does the wand REALLY make a difference? Do we want to lengthen, volumize or have water proof? Its all in our own preference..and us girls, we all need options! I’m going to list a couple of my personal faves..but I’d LOVE to hear any of your input as well! 🙂

My favorite (and obviously many others) go to drug store mascara:

I love that this wand is bendable and allows me to customize my preference for application. My reusable wands fit perfectly in the tube for on location work! I use the waterproof formula personally for my day to day looks and think its a great staple for a even better price. 🙂

The most popular of the higher priced Mascaras:

I do LOVE DiorShow. At $24.50 a tube, its a little more of an investment…but its obvious most people are very satisfied with this purchase. Years ago when I was employed by Sephora, this was one of our most popular products! It really does lenghten and volumize. LOVE 🙂

My most recent FAVE:

Urban Decay’s Curling Mascara is $20 a tube, but Ive been playing around with it lately..and have been pretty impressed. I actually have it on now, and feel a great bend to my lashes, and a great even coating! With some mascaras I feel my lashes get dried out, and this one actually has shea butter in its formula to keep lashes moisturized! Two thumbs up. 🙂

The mascara next on my “to try” list:

MACs Opulash..Ive heard awesome stuff about this product that MAC describes as “uperlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!” Sign me up! At $15 a tube I cant wait!

What are your faves? Who out there has experimented with colored mascaras?

To batting those pretty peepers,

xoxo

DIY: Makeup Remover

Raccoon eyes? Powder pillow case? Second day bronzer? G-R-O-S-S..and unfortunately, we’ve all been guilty of it. It’s so easy to get lazy at the end of our day, skip the sink and slip into bed but it has more permanent consequences then just a colorful pillow.

While we’re off in dream land our poor skin is fighting with our poor choice by dealing with congested pores that will turn into problems in only a short amount of time! White heads, black heads, enlarged pores, pimples..OH THE HORROR!!

Never fear, Brittany Michele has a quick, easy, cheap, DIY solution to eliminate a major excuse of removing our make up when it’s time for some ZzZzs.

DIY Organic Makeup Remover

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Witch Hazel

Directions:

Mix equal parts of Olive Oil and Witch Hazel in a sanitized container. Lightly shake before applying to a clean cotton ball. Begin with eye area (be gentle, this skin is SO sensitive and thin) and move to the rest of the skin. For stubborn eye make up, soak a cotton ball in olive oil prior to make up removal. Use warm water and get all those clogging properties OUT for a solid nights rest for you and your skin. 🙂

Benefits:

Olive oil is Non-comedogenic for most people. Olive oil is all natural and least likely to clog pores. Italians have sworn by Olive Oil in their skin care routine for years, and even Ancient Greeks bathed with olive oil! Many expensive beauty products use olive oil, so why not skip the middle man? Olive oil not only is a natural way to remove eye makeup but it also conditions the eyelashes.

Witch Hazel is an amazing natural astringent and known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It  is used in to lighten the skin, remove excess oil and dirt, and tighten facial skin.

In combination this pairing works so well by cutting down on the intense oily consistency and leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

to fresh faces & happy pores,

xoxo

Top 5 drug store must haves!

I know us little ladies always want to be putting our BEST FACE FORWARD, and there’s a certain confidence that comes along with starting your day in  your most couture make up..however in this economy, even the greatest fashionistas are having the find amazing alternatives that fit not only our color shades but espcially in our budgets! These are my personal “must have” drug store products you’ll never see my kit without. (and that will most definietly be joining me on my ridiculously awesome adevnture this weekend..stay posted for details!)

#1 Abolene Make Up Remover

This has been a product my Mom has sworn by for over 30 years…and she’s living proof it works well and is beneficial to our skin! (Barely has a noticable wrinkle to date!) It removes eye make up, (including waterproof mascara) and deposits amazing mositure into that super sensitive eye area skin. Its soap-less, and is almost the texture of vasaline (but won’t clog your pores like vasaline has known to do). Apply to the eye area, and remove with a soft facial tissue or round cotton. I seriously intend on using this product for the rest of my life!

 $11.99 at CVS drug store   

#2 Revlon Color Stay Foundation

I remember many moons ago while in cosmetology school, we were doing an in depth class on make up..and this product was spotlighted. I have had it in my make up kit every since..I find myself straying away to try the “latest and greatest” but always find myself returning to my trusty ColorStay! It has a broad selection of colors, easy application, great lasting coverage through the day (even for my combination skin) and it photographs well! I even included it in my review of FOUNDATIONS in my MMM a few weeks back. 🙂

$9.99 at Target

#3 Maybelline Color Stick Concealer

Another great Mama-passed down secret that I adore! This creamy concealer goes on smooth and has coverage that is very comparable to much more expensive products! It lasts forever and I use it daily! 🙂

$4.99 at Wal Mart

#4 Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Good ole trusty basic mascara that almost every make up bag find a home in. Why? Because it delivers great results for an unbeatable price! I love that the wand is so basic, and is able to bend to make application costomized to my needs. With the SHELF LIFE (or lack of) for mascara, this bargin makes even more sense. I always go for Blackest Black in waterproof for my every day lashes. 🙂

$3.84 at Target

#5 Maybelline Line Works Liquid eye liner

For my personal daily, dramatic eye look my “go to” is always a blacker than black liner. Ive tried MANY liquid liners (even more expensive brands) only to be disappointed. I look for true, trusty color that stays in place and has an easy application. This is the only liner Ive continually been in love with!

$5.94 at WalMart

I hope these suggestions help! I’d LOVE to know what any of your budget make up must haves are..gotta help one another out in these times.

To being kind AND budget friendly,

xoxo

Makeup 101: Make up SHELF LIFE

Make up 101 continues with the most vital review – make up shelf life and when is the right time to dispose of old products.

All us ladies have a little stash of “just in case” make up. Colors we bought that we thought were fab, came home, HATED but think could work for some occasion. (Really?) That foundation that we discovered once we got home is hideously mismatched and no where near our shade, but think maybe we’ll get that tan sometime soon or are just plain out too lazy to return…and OF COURSE- Mascara that we swear has that last glob of lengthening and volume for our lashes (and even though we have 3 fresh tubes).. so we stash that destined lash clump in a drawer for a rainy day. These behaviors not only lead to clutter and hoarding space for our fresh new beauty finds, but more importantly leads to BACTERIA!

Here’s a run down of make up life’s timelines!

*This isnt pushing you to go out and purchase all new make up..however this is a precaution to save your face from bad, icky, dangerous situations! (These are estimations…I say better safe than sorry. Be cautious!)

Concealer: Up to 12 months

Powder: 2 years

Eyeshadow: Up to 3 years

Foundation: Water Based-12 months Oil Based-18 months

Mascara: 4 MONTHS. (This product is THE biggest breeding ground for bacteria. To prolong shelf life do not pump wand in and out, this exposes it to excess open air. NEVER SHARE THIS PRODUCT WITH ANYONE!)

Liners (eye and lip): 3 years. Sharpen regularly!

Lipstick: 1-4 years. Once its dried up-throw it out. Prolong the life by storing in the fridge. 🙂

Brushes: For personal use, wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.

Sponges: For person use, wash weekly and dispose of monthly.

I know it’s hard to part with beauty essentials we paid good money for, but gals..its worth the investment to keep our faces clean and protected.

Heres to staying FRESH,

xoxo

Makeup 101: Foundations

Make up 101 continues after PRIMERS comes FOUNDATIONS.

What is foundation? What kind is right for you? How do you pick the correct shade?

Foundation is used to even out skin tone and conceal blemishes. There are countless different options when it comes to selection, and picking the right option for you, from color to tone, aplication method to coverage is endless.

Foundation and “face painting” have been recorded as early as the old testament and Max Factor’s “PanCake” was the first commercially available foundation in 1937. Women have always desired for a flawless complection!

Foundation classifications come in Warm, Neutral, or Cool.  The “cosmetic pallete” calls for  Yellow as always Warm, Blue as always Cool, and Red as either Neutral (Primary), Warm (Orange) or Cool (Blue-Red).  It is important to understand a person’s skin tone, undertone and what pigments are wanting to be toned. The extent of the coverage can be gauged by Sheer, Light, Medium and full. (sheer being most transparent,  light being 13-18% pigment, medium being 18-23% pigment  and full being 35-50% pigment) and bases are classified by Oil and emollient, Oil-based shakers, Alcohol based,  Powder-based,  Mineral makeup,  Water-based &  Silicone-based.

PHEWWWW, thats a lot of foundation facts! Now lets apply that knowledge.

According to Targetwoman.com , here’s some great tips on FOUNDATIONS. 🙂

  • If you have an oily skin go in for oil-free or oil-control foundation. On
    the other hand if you have dry skin shop for moisturizing foundations. If you
    have combination of oily and dry skin, determine the most type prevalent in your
    skin and purchase a foundation accordingly. Cream-to-powder based foundation
    work best for combination skin.Once and for all its over. Ok?
  • Select a foundation that seems close to your natural skin tone. Yellow based
    foundations look most natural on all skin types. However if you are very fair,
    try pink or a cooler shade. Women make a primary mistake of choosing a
    foundation that is too light for their skin in the hope of appearing whiter or
    fairer. This ends up looking ashy. You can pick up make foundations in colors
    ranging from cream and ivory to peach and darker. Test a foundation color by
    applying a thin line of color to the jaw line. This will allow you to compare
    color to the skin on the face as well as the neck to avoid any obvious
    differences. The color should blend perfectly with your skin tone.Once and for
    all its over.
  • The vital makeup foundation tip is to blend it well. Ensure that your face
    and neck appear the same color and the foundation has been well blended near the
    hairline and the jaw line.

Applying makeup foundation

Foundation has to be spread well on the skin to avoid spots and streaks. Liquid foundation can be applied and
blended with a sponge. Apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose with a makeup sponge or the tips of your fingers. Do not be afraid to experiment with colors and textures. You can then discover what works
best for you. You can choose a foundation with sun block. Apply concealer under your eyes if you need to camouflage dark circles or baggy eyelids. You can blot your face with a tissue to seal the foundation as well as remove any excess. Set
your makeup foundation with loose powder and you can all set for the rest of your makeup!

Brittany Michele Foundation Picks

high end: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

Tinted Mouisturizer: Benefit You Rebel

Drug Store: Revlon Color Stay

Its always a good idea to go and get your skin matched by a professional, and ask a lot of questions! Foundation selection can make or break a look. Have more questions? I’m here for ya dolls. info@brittanymichele.com

to flawless skin and beauty in all shades,