Bold lips are the ultimate way to create an instant look, but the constant reapplying is such a pain in the you know what. Make Up For Ever has already given us a cure for the constant touch-ups with its beloved Aqua Rouge lipstick, but the deal's about to get so much sweeter. For the holidays, the brand has come up with an Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set ($140). Yes, the price is a bit steep, but hear me out. In this handy kit, you get six must-have colors of Make Up For Ever's Aqua Rouge, ranging from red to berry to hot pink, and six matching lip liners to ensure your lip pigment stays. And stay it does, through eating, drinking, and even (if you're lucky) multiple smooches. Who said you had to choose between your perfect lipstick look and that delicious burger? But scoop it up quick — this heaven-sent kit is limited edition!
For some reason a fear of red lipstick still plagues many women out there. We've heard all the excuses: "I'm too pale. It makes me look like a clown. It's just so messy." Well it all starts with picking the right shade. Master three ways for making the bold, classic pigment work for you this coming season — whatever your comfort level — when you read more.
One of the most whimsical Halloween costumes is the enchanting fairy. Searching online, you might find a lot of green makeup looks, but to get the full fairy look, you can experiment with hues of purple and pink. Find the longest lashes you can muster, some pigment, and a flower crown, and you're all set. The real key to this look is extending the shadow past your eyelids and above your brows but also bringing it underneath the eyes, similar to a painted-on mask. Expert tip: create texture on the "mask" by splattering a mix of isopropyl alcohol and pigment on the skin with a mascara wand or toothbrush — just be sure to keep your eyes closed during the process.
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Celebrity makeup artist Troy Jensen (pictured above) has been making stars like Kim Kardashian, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie ready for their close-ups, and now he's sharing his foundation tips with Make Up For Ever's Foundation Nation campaign. So stop getting frustrated with mismatched foundation, powder mishaps, and oil-slick situations. Jensen is here to help.
1. Determine your skin type. Knowing your skin type will help you find the right formula for your complexion, which will also aid in better wear throughout the day. Oily skin types should use a primer and stick to more matte formulas and oil-free options, while dry skin types should focus on properly prepping the face with skin care products, Jensen notes.
2. Find your right shade. Heading to the makeup counter where a trained artist can match you is your best bet. But as your complexion changes from season to season, Jensen recommends mixing in a color-correcting primer to brighten or darken your foundation. "If your foundation is too light because your skin has tanned, mix a caramel-toned primer underneath," he says. "If your skin has become lighter, use a brightening primer underneath."
3. Master the application. While most women use their fingers to apply their foundation, Jensen says only a brush will give you the most perfect application. And instead of the standard flat foundation brush, Jensen is partial to the Make Up For Ever's Medium Highlighter 152 Brush ($37), which has a plush surface that has a "nice buffing effect." While he likes to build coverage with a brush, he'll opt for a sponge like the Beautyblender ($20-$29) when full coverage is desired. And in case you already have a flat brush, don't forget to go back and use the tip to buff away any streaks.
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If you spend time on your makeup in the morning, it's annoying to see it smudged and smeared by the day's end. Luckily, we have the tricks to keep your look put. Find out the key products to maintaining your makeup, from the morning commute to that final drink at happy hour. On Kirbie: H&M blouse.
Make Up For Ever has training academies across the globe, and now its latest opening is in your living room. The makeup brand is collaborating with online learning community Skillshare, so you can take its best cosmetics courses on your computer. Starting this month Make Up For Ever will offer classes on various topics from contouring to creating the perfect smoky eye. Even though the courses aren't face-to-face, the curriculum runs much like any other beauty school course. There will be a tutorial by a Make Up For Ever artist, final project assignments, and even office hours. These classes aren't just for professionals; any woman can sign up to improve her makeup skills. Some of the courses will even be offered for free.
Christina Ricci is promoting the new Remix Makeup Bag she created for Make Up For Ever, and divulging her best beauty advice in the process. "Don't over pluck," she says. "I thought I looked good, but I looked crazy!" The actress also told us which film set she was on when she learned to apply makeup for the first time, and even compared her weekend style to "looking like a boy." That and a lot more in today's Beauty Beat. On Kirbie: Saunder dress.
Christina Ricci is trying her hand at design in a collaboration with Make Up For Ever. The actress created a faux leather makeup bag complete with studs and tough-girl screen print for the beauty brand. "My inspiration for the bag was hard rock meets couture," Christina told WWD. "I added a red lip motif to the geometric design since I love wearing red lipstick. Plus I thought it would add a fun pop of color." The bag will be available next month as part of the nine-city Make Up Bag Remix tour. The brand wants to encourage women to explore new ways to use products they already own. And perhaps they will convince consumers to fill Christina's bag with their latest releases in the process.
"They're athletes, so it's clean," said key makeup artist Lottie of the fresh-faced look. "Some are wearing Aqua Black eyeliner tight to the lashes, but we're focusing on the skin." For a sweat-proof finish, Lottie applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation to the face and body. Hair was similarly athletic, with John Barrett Salon hairstylist Mahogany creating individualized ponytails and braids for each athlete. "They're all sporty and trendy styles," she explained, "but they still allow you to move." Consider it a real-life beauty look created for a larger-than-life superstar.
It's called eyebrow gel, and Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow ($20) is outright amazing (although most brow-toned, cream-to-matte eye colors should do the trick). What makes this particular type of product so great is its high pigmentation level and stay-put finish. And because this gel dries to a semipowdery consistency, you'll get natural-looking definition that both fills and lengthens. To apply, use an angled brow brush to sculpt your eyebrows freehand and run a spooly brush over the gel to break up the product and set it. But if you prefer to work with a bit more structure, employ the magic of an eyebrow stencil for an even more precise result.
The bold brow trend was seen at the following Fall 2012 runway shows: J. Mendel (upper left), Marc by Marc Jacobs (upper middle), Burberry Prorsum (upper right), Alexander Wang (center left), Proenza Schouler (center middle), Derek Lam (center right), Givenchy (lower left), Fendi (lower middle), and Max Mara (lower right).