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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pink is my signature color....

Well actually its not....

I just thought that cute line from "Steel Magnolias" was pretty fitting for this. We were asked (the Madd Models natch) to choose our signature makeup look and do a tutorial for you fine people. I thought and thought about it and realized...I do soooo many different looks how do I choose just one?

Well I considered this...I'm a stay at home mom so getting myself made up is not always on top of the priority list. Showering is even a luxury with a 3 year old and a 1 year ultimately when I do get the time to do my makeup (however brief) I try to pack as much punch as possible. I also have this thing where I HAVE to match my clothes. Fortunately, I wear a lot of pinks, purples, white, black and grey. Oh, and I also have green eyes and want to pick colors that are complimentary to my eyes! Soooo that means tons of pinks and purple eye looks for me. Knowing this, it did help me choose this look which I love and its versatile with ANY color really. I do it most often with pinks and purples and ALWAYS WITH....

Madd Style Cosmetix of course! And here are the colors I decided to play with today:

Left to right (top to bottom): Xray Spex, Outlaw Star, Nambie Pambie. LOVE THESE THREE!

As usual we start with getting our eye prepped to receive these lovely lovely colors. Only this time, we are going to do it a bit differently. I recently was lucky enough to acquire some of Madd Style Cosmetix new product "Pop N Lock"!!! This stuff is AWESOME! Its a primer and base all rolled into one and is also white in color so hence the POP of Pop N Lock!

I had been experimenting with Pop N Lock and Awesomesauce recently and discovered that if you mix the two, something WONDERFUL happens. Something truly AWESOME.  So here's what you need to do. And let me preface by saying that this may take some practice to get the consistency correct and what your level of comfort is because let me tell you, the glitter/shimmer/color payoff you're going to get from this is INTENSE. Definitely not for the feint of heart!

Grab a small shadow brush that you may not love too much...a cheapie kind you have as a backup or spare. Turn it to the pointy end (the non brush end that is) and scrape a bit of "Pop N Lock" up and place it in the cap. (see the below pic):

As you can see I didn't scrape very much, again a little goes a LONG way! Once you have a bit of it in the cap, let's add a drop of Awesomesauce.

Awesomesauce is potent stuff! A drop should be enough to moisten the Pop N Lock up, we want to create almost a paste. Now flip your brush over to the bristle side and meeeeeeex that paste up! Add more PnL if it seems to wet, add more Awesomesauce if it seems to dry.

Once you're satisfied with the consistency, time to apply. Be SPARING or else this will migrate and crease up!  My advice is, apply a thin layer with the brush and then smooth out the color with your finger to make sure a nice even layer is on and to ensure the Awesomesauce doesn't crease up.

Yesssss I realize I have a picture here with my ratty manicure. I swear I had a french manicure a few days before...but I have two kids. Do you even REALIZE how many times I had washed my hands/did laundry/did the dishes in those few days?! You're lucky I still have fingers left!

 Give it a few minutes to set/dry and get tacky because it will help with pigment application.

Load up that brush with Xray Spex and starting at the duct pat the color on generously. Keep going back for more and really layer it on. Xray Spex is a lighter more highlight color but its PACKED with punch and very buildable. Its a white with a gorgeous pink duochrome so when the light hits it the pink is very visible. Build that color up til the pink pops out!!! Blend towards the center of your lid stopping just midway.

For the outer corner/crease area I'm using a slightly larger brush than usual because I really want a soft blendy effect. Outlaw Star looks intimidating when on the brush. I mean just LOOK at it. Its so glittery and fuchsia....almost like a dress one of my Barbie dolls wore in the 80's. Dont you LOVE IT?!?!?!? With a sweeping inward motion start working Outlaw Star in towards the center. Don't meet up with Xray Spex completely tho...let the color kind of just dissolve towards it (meaning stay heavier with the color on the outer corner and blend into the crease.) The color can be as dark or light as possible depending on the amount of drama you want.

So now you're wondering what the heck is going on in the center of your lid right? I mean you've got Xray Spex and Outlaw Star in like kind of a stand-off just barely meeting. It looks a little...unfinished wouldn't you say? Well here's where Nambie Pambie comes in. Nambie Pambie is the baby pink color from the Drop Dead Fred collection and is just FABULOUS! Our intention will be to take a slightly smaller shadow brush and just pat Nambie Pambie down the center of our lid. This will marry Xray SpexNambie Pambie being their adorable little offspring in the middle. Aw what a cute image. But what this does is, not only soften the look but it gives the lid a cohesive feel and also the shimmer in Nambie Pambie draws the light to the center of your lid and really makes your eye just glow. 

But hold up...of course we're not finished!

Time to finish this look off, and soften the edges. Get your big fat fluffy naked (no pigment on it) brush and sweep it along your brow bone. Sometimes I even make small circular motions just above the color to kind of draw a bit of the color up and just diffuse it out and up towards the brow bone. Not TOO much color though because we will complete the look with a sweep of a neutral toned shadow just on the brow bone like so:

You know what comes next lovelies. Some black mascara a little black eyeliner on top and bottom.  I also used a black pencil on the lower waterline because I feel like the pencil lasts a bit longer on the lower waterline. Liquid liner kind of just floats into my eye and blinds me eventually.

Aaaaand that's my signature look. I have finished look pictures of course a ton of them because I'm awesome and I love myself and you will now be forced to look at pseudo-artsy pictures of mah face. 

Oh and PS....Ive done this look before in purples too like I had mentioned! Here is one I did a while back using MSC Opal and Fabby LaLa!

Incidentally the lip gloss I'm wearing is a Sephora brand lippie in "Miami Pink". Its one of my go-to glosses if I'm running out the door. Thought I'd stay true to the whole idea of "signature looks". So this is how I'd look on any given day of the week dropping my son off at Pre-K. And yes, I know I'm wearing a yellow tank top when I said I usually match my outfits. Have no fear...I changed into a black shirt right after I shot these.

So who knew you could get such depth of color and fabulousity from just THREE eyeshadow colors?? It just goes to show how versatile MSC's stuff is and how amazing the Pop N Lock/Awesomesauce connection is. I mean just LOOK at that shimmer. Hot damn.

OK know what to do comment, whore me, complain about me, whatever. Just hope you enjoyed it and as always check out MSC's stuff because trust me, I wouldn't keep going back to their stuff every damn day if it wasn't the best product out there right now. For reals.

Thanks lovelies!!


  1. so purdy!!!! I love both versions :D

  2. NICE!

    I look sick w/ pink on - like I have an illness sick, lol.

  3. I love how you photograph how much piggy on each brush. <3 this look.