Christmas Gift Guide For The Make Up Lover

So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?

Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.

 


EOS Lip Balm

“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)” 

 


NYX (The Curve) Eyeliner

“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. “ 

 

 


MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.” 

 

 


Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)

“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays” 

“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”

“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.” 

 

 


SENSAI Lip Treatment

“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.” 

 

 


Aerin The Mini Lipstick

“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.” 

 

 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!” 

 

 


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder (in Soft Beige)

“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!” 

 

 


Kanebo Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color (in 113)

“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! “ 

 


Urban Decay Naked Palette

“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”

 

 

 

Get This Celeb Look: Ellen Wong’s ‘Picture Perfect’ Look

You may remember this actress as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Although she was heartbroken and quite the mess throughout the film, Ellen Wong is clearly a stunning lady in real life. Hair and makeup artist Anna Barseghian spills her secret on how to get Ellen Wong’s “Picture Perfect” look.

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Hair:
I used a Rowenta 2 in 1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron and I curled the mid section of her hair. This look creates a little more of this disheveled look. The reason why I choose this look is because of Ellen’s dress, seeing that it is so clean and polished.

 

 Makeup:
As for Ellen’s makeup, I created smokey eye using m.a.c eyeshadow called Romp, Black Tied and I finished with lancôme mascara Hypnose. Ellen’s skin is already so flawless I used Giorgio Armani foundation: luminous and putting a touch fluid sheer on her cheek area, this create a great glow in the skin.

 

Get This Celebrity Look: Ana Ortiz’s ‘Urban Goddess’ Look

American actress Ana Ortiz is best known for her role in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty. Now, it looks like the 42-year-old actress is looking better than ever with her “Urban Goddess” look. Asian American makeup artist Shiyena and hairstylist Pamela Neal dish out their secrets to Get This Celebrity Look

Makeup artist Shiyena on prepping the face:

1) I saturated some cotton with the Fleur Blanc toner and gently buffed it in all over her face and neck.

2) I applied the Serum next and let that dry completely.

3) Then I spread a thin layer of the Day Cream Creme de Jour all over her face.

4) While that’s absorbing into her skin, I move on to her eyes.

Eyes:

1) I like to always start with the eyes first so I can clean it up easier if they are any eyeshadow fallouts.

2) I gently patted on the Lingerie pour les yeux in Medium on her eyelids to prime the eyes for eyeshadow application.

3) I first dusted the lightest color Linen from the Palette Play in Copper all over her eyelids up to her brow bone.

3) I then applied the the color Gilt, the medium bronze color on her eyelids up to the creases of her eye.

4) I then brushed the darker bronze color Suede on the outer corner of her eyes to achieve the Smokey effect pulling the shadow out to create a more almond/cat eye look.

5) On the top lash line, before I lined it with eyeliner, I lined it with the Indigo from the same eyeshadow quad at the lash line and winged it up and darkened the outer corner of her eyes.

6) I then gently lined the top lash line to darken it with Le Joli Crayon in Charbon and used the other end of the liner to blend the line out.

7) I also lined her bottom lash line with Le Joli Crayon in Aubergine and blended it out as well.

8) With the angle brush, I went over and smudged the dark bronze color, Suede, on top of the Aubergine eyeliner (bottom) along with the Charbon eyeliner (top) to soften the lines.

9) Line the waterline with Le Joli Crayon in Charbon to finish up the smoky eye.

10) Eiffel power mascara. Lots and lots of coats. This mascara doesn’t clump at all so it’s easy to build it up without it looking messy.

Foundation:

1) Clean up any eyeshadow fall outs if there were any at this point.

2) I then mixed and applied the Love Me Deux moisture tint in Paris and Provence all over her face and down her neck to give it the seamless effect.

3) I then used the concealer that comes on the cap to spot conceal any blemishes and to highlight under her eyes, bridge of nose and forehead.

4) I lightly filed in her brows with Arch de Triumph in Warm and Dark Brown. She has gorgeous thick brows so not much was needed here.

5) I glided the Vu-On Rouge color accent in Bouquet Rose on the apples of her cheeks and blended it up and out towards her temples with my fingers, primarily concentrating on the apples of her cheeks and making sure the color is not blended away too much.

6) I then brushed on Belle Poudre in Golden Medium with the Kabuki brush all over her face for the nice HD finish.

7) To finish the look, I used Beaute en Bronze Bronzer Duo in Monaco. Pop the cheeks with the pink blush for a hint of shimmer and dust  the face with the bronzer.

8) I like to apply the bronzer where the sun would normally hit the face. Forehead, cheek bones, tip of the nose, and on the chest.

Lips:

1) I lined her lips with the Drawmatic lip liner in Naked and filled it in with the liner itself.

2) I then layered the Lip Lustre lipgloss in Demure on top of the liner so her lips look scrumptious. Juicy and plump!

Finale:

1) I sprayed and massaged in Amour D’Ore body spray to glisten her arms for that sun kissed glow.

Pamela Neal on Ana Ortiz’s hair:
1. I dampened and re-dryed the hair as it had been flat ironed previously and flat ironed hair is notoriously hard to curl.
2. I then took small square sections starting at the front hairline, spraying each with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Thermal Styling Spray and wrapping them around a 1 inch iron, pulling out the iron and pinning the rolled up section securely before moving on to the next section. I wrapped them all in the same direction.
3. The next row of curls I wrapped in the opposite direction, repeating the spraying and pinning on each section. The next row I curled back in the same direction as the first row.
4. Once the whole head was completed in this manner, I took out all the pins and brushed the hair through, coaxing the hair into waves with my fingers. She then ran out of time and I had to let her go so just sprayed it with Davines No. 7 Firm Hairspray!

 

Skincare Horror Story: Results of Sleeping With Makeup On

Does sleeping with makeup on really have bad effects on your skin?

The answer to that question is yes, yes it does. We’ve all had those long, hectic days where we’ve ended up falling asleep with our makeup on, but what consequence does that have on our skin?

In an episode of The Doctors, one brave woman volunteered to not wash her makeup off for a month and the end result came out quite shocking.

Take a look for yourself below while dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu explains the relation between wearing makeup constantly and premature aging of the skin.

The moral of the story? Take your makeup off. You may be tired, but spending a few minutes to take care of your skin will help you avoid long-term effects. Washing your face before getting some shut eye can only benefit you. After all, you can replace the makeup, but you can’t replace your face.

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Men Do Makeup With Michelle Phan … and Fail Miserably

With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan has become one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner, and even how to take selfies.

Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 26-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.

In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan recently released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan.  After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.

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In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) – a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.

But Phan’s fanbase certainly extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.

The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup, and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:

Get a K-pop Complexion: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

Coverage: Moderate

Shades: 3 (#1 Light Beige, #2 Natural Beige, #3 Honey Beige, #4 Sand Beige)

Price: Approximately $11

Benefits: SPF 30, adenosine and arbutin to fight wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, pearl mineral powder, anti-oxidant and moisturizing ingredients.

Review: This BB cream from the established Korean cosmetics brand has a creamy, almost silky, texture. As with most BB creams from Korea, the shade is on the light side, but this offers good coverage. The finish is dewy.

Read more reviews of BB cream at Audrey’s ultimate guide to BB cream here.

 

Get a K-pop Complexion: Cailyn Precious Blend BB Cream

CAILYN PRECIOUS BLEND BB CREAM

Overview: An editor favorite with a good range of shades for Asian skin (including deeper tones) and an innovative application tool.

Coverage: Medium

Shades: 6 (from 01 Porcelain to 06 Maple)

Price: $35

Benefits: In addition to hydrating and protecting, this BB cream is formulated to be applied with Cailyn’s BB perfector (purchased separately), a vibrating tool with antibacterial puffs to “buff” your way to perfection.

Review: The formulation has a medium-light texture that sinks in fast on skin. It leaves a nice, dewy finish. The 02 Sandstone shade is more olive than golden, and it doesn’t leave a pale, masky look. It’s a good color for East Asian skin. One of our favorites.

More BB cream reviews at Audrey’s Guide to BB Cream here.

Get a K-pop Complexion: Miracle Skin Transformer Men SPF20

Miracle Skin Transformer MEN SPF20

Coverage: Sheer

Shades: 1

Price: $48

Benefits: Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10, SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection, colorless naturally derived silicone base, specifically formulated for men’s skin (dry, normal or oily).

Review: Our intrepid male tester was a newbie to BB cream, but he liked the way the Miracle Skin Transformer smoothed and evened out his skin, without obvious color or coverage. The slippery, primer-like feel left a matte finish that looked natural.

Want more BB cream reviews? Click here.

Get a K-pop Complexion: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

Coverage: Sheer

Shades: 1

Benefits: Instead of a tint to cover, this BB cream diffuses light with high-tech pigments. SPF 20 to protect, Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage, Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin and improve elasticity. According to their clinical study, after eight weeks of use, 93% of participants had significantly firmer, more lifted skin, 84 percent had a significant improvement in fine lines, and more than 84 percent had significantly smoother and more hydrated skin.

Price: $34

Review: The cream is a peachy color, which is totally different from any other BB cream we’ve seen. It goes on rich and smooth, and dries to a matte finish that is very modern and really nice. The coverage is a little sheer for those looking to mask spots. One interesting note: this gives you a slightly peachy tone, which may result in a slightly darker color for some, or a nice brightening effect for others.

See more BB cream reviews at Audrey’s ultimate BB cream guide here.

Marc Jacobs x Sephora: Our Favorite Beauty Collaboration of the Year?

Marc Jacobs, who’s renowned for his own line, as well as his work with fashion house Louis Vuitton, will soon be coming out with a beauty line in collaboration with beauty retailer Sephora. The 122-piece collection will be Sephora’s first global launch and will include concealers, color correctors, and lacquers, among some other products. You can get your hands on the goods this summer on August 9th!

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