Androgyny but with lots and lots of makeup. I guess that was one of the few good things about the 80’s. Don’t be scared to lay it on thick.

FACE: Cover up imperfections with an all around concealer like MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in your shade. Face is matte (and I am sure shades lighter). I love MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Apply a hot pink powder blush such as Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Blush in Hot Pink.

EYES: Brush brows into place and fill them in with a soft, powdery brow pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre. The colors needed for lids include a soft cream like Origins Eyeshadow in Cream Tulle, a medium plum such as MAC Eyeshadow in Plum Dressing, a burgundy like MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch, and a black or a burgundy black like MAC Eyeshadow in Beauty Marked. Apply the cream shade all over. From lash line to lid crease apply the plum/magenta. Also line the bottom lash line with this shade. In the crease with eyes open, apply the burgundy. With a crease brush apply the darkest shade, making a sideways “v”. Take this dark shade and apply halfway on the bottom lash line in the outer corners. Take the cream and blend into the lid towards the corner closest to your nose. Blend and blend until you get the look you want. Take a pitch black eye liner like Benefit BadGal Waterproof Eyeliner and line top lash line halfway to make lashes appear fuller. Apply lots and lots of black mascara.

LIPS: Lips have full-coverage with a glossy raspberry shade. So make sure they are exfoliated and moisturized ahead of time. Line lips with a raspberry shade like Prescriptives Deluxe Lip Pencil in Raspberry. Apply a slightly glossy raspberry lipstick like Physcian’s Formula Plump Potion Lipstick in Raspberry Potion. Apply a shimmery pink lip gloss like Lancome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Raspberry Glimmer to the center of your bottom lip.

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This is my Cheryl Ladd playing the role of Malibu Barbie look. It is sun-kissed and carefree, easy to wear and perfect for summer.

Face: First even out the complexion. Apply a tinted moisturizer such as Benefit You Rebel in your shade (only 2 to choose from). If you want a bit more of a bronze look, mix a little or lot (depending on your desired level of bronze) of Benefit Talk To The Tan. Apply concealer to areas of need. L’Oreal Visible Lift Concealer is nice for dark circles. If you have a tendency to get oily, apply a loose powder such as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Loose Powder. If your skin is normal to dry, you can live without powder, this look needs to look “healthy” and not cakey. Try a blotting sheet throughout the day instead such as Neutrogena Shine Control Blotting Sheets. Apply a coral-ish bronze blush to cheeks such as Revlon Beyond Natural Blush in Peach.

EYES: Brows are simple. Just brush into place with a brow gel like Amazing Cosmetics Brow Gel. For the eyes use L’Oreal Eye Shadow Quad in Milla’s Blues. Apply the lightest shade, a pale beige, from lashline to brows. Use the warm medium brown (#2) from lashline to crease. In the crease, blend the next darkest brown (#3). In the outermost “crease” area in a “V” shade, blend the darkest shade in the quad. Blend until it looks seamless. Take the darkest shade and dip a fine, angled lining brush into it. Line the bottom lash line. If you feel more “depth” is needed. Line top lashes, very closely to the lashline, with L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil Smooth Defining Eyeliner in Cafe. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes. You may want to use a volumizing formula such as L’Oreal Voluminous.

Lips: Lips are sheer with just a kiss of orange/coral. Apply Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils in Genre, a super sheer shade with a wow! hint of orange.

The skin is bronzed. You can kind of cheat a tan with Sue Devitt Tinted Body Bronzer. It has a very pretty scent of frangipani. A nice “matching” summer scent is Lucy B. Pink Frangipani Fragrance,  available in a travel friendly roll-on.

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So who says we can’t take Robert Smith’s look and well, feminize it for our girly selves. I personally love it that he sports red lipstick. It sure is more striking than black lipstick on his alabaster perfect skin. First, skin should be even and pale. Apply concealer where needed. If you need foundation apply that too. Apply a fun powder such as Papier Poudré powder sheet in White. It kind of mimics a nice gothic complexion without being startling. Brush brows into place with a clear brow gel or brow wax such as MAC Brow Finisher in Clear. Apply a matte white eye shadow from lashline to brow bone such as Manic Panic Powder Eyeshadow in Virgin. Line eyes with a nice, thick black eyeliner like Benefit Bad Gal. Line the upper and lower lashline with a heavy, messy hand. It’s a very Liz Taylor as Cleopatra cateye, ancient Egyptian look. Apply black mascara or apply false lashes. Lips are lush and red. Line lips with a red lip pencil. I don’t care what anybody tells you. Red lip liner is a must. Line lips with Manic Panic Lip Liner in Vampire Red (this also doubles as an interesting eyeliner.) Apply a cherry, pure, blood red lipstick with a hint of satin, something like Milani Velvet Lips Lipstick in Red Carpet. Apply a nice coat of clear lip gloss. There are tons of these on the market and for a cheap price Maybelline Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss in Berry Clear isn’t too bad. Robert has decided to go blushless. That’s OK. I would love to slap a nice hot pink hue on his milky white skin but I don’t think he will let me. Tossle hair into a ragged mess and blast with aerosol hairspray if you dare and but on a nice sultry unisex fragrance like Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur de Male. So, it isn’t unisex but it might as well be, just like this look.

For some reason I fall for all of Benefit’s gimmicks. I know that I can get the same result from a different product (AKA cheaper product). I love a highlighted brow bone. You know that drag queen lifted high to the sky brow bone? Love it. This pencil claims to add an instant brow lift. It does highlight nicely and is easy to use. It does what alot of slightly pearly powder eyeshadows do. This pencil is a super pale pink. It looks nice on my light skintone but I really don’t think the color is for everyone. I really don’t think it is for alot of people. With my experience as a makeup artist I wouldn’t use this on like 80% of my clients. My darker clients would benefit more from a pearly golden champagne powder. Anyways, you take this pencil and line under your brows and blend and it is supposed to lift. The lady at the counter tried to tell me that it helps cover up stray, unruly brows between waxing. Yeah, whatever. If your philosophy is to cake your hair follicles with tons of pigment to disguise a stray hair rather than pluck it, then that would work. It doesn’t do that. In fact the lighter shade makes strays more noticeable if you have dark hair like I do. It’s an OK product and the color works for me but it is something to definitely try before buying. It retails for $20 and I’ve used loose face powders that created the same results as this when swept and blended right under the brow bone.

Oh, more golden makeup. It will never grow tiring. It’s a flattering shade for most folks and that is why it pops up for every season. Benefit has released its limited edition 24K Sexy set and it retails for $32. it has a 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick, 24K Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder and a gold logo makeup bag. I mean a clutch, not a makeup bag. Tacky!

I can’t find this lipstick on Benefit’s website. I really like the product. It is a pure super shimmery warm gold. It looks great alone or layered over any lipstick shade. I love it. I have a thing for gilded lips. The loose powder looks great worn on the face as a highlighter, the lips, and on eyes. I have other products just like it but I do see myself using this. The “clutch” I could live without. Give me another cosmetic item please. I’m not a bag person. Especially when you try to label it something glamorous. It’s a  bag. That’s it. This limited edition set is available at Sephora.


Benefit has released their newest product, Powderflage Light-Diffusing Powder Concealer for Eyes & Face. Basically, it is Benefit jumping onto the powder concealer bandwagon. This is a soft finely milled delicate pink powder shimmer “concealer”. I find it is be a really nice highlighting powder. I would not recommend this product for everyone because it is shimmery, provides light coverage, and only comes in one color. This isn’t the type of “concealer” we think of so I wished Benefit used a different name because they are going to have some angry customers. Benefit describes the product as:

For camouflaging dark circles & fines lines, powderflage is fast, easy, light & breezy! Virtually weightless, this silky, light pink powder magically camouflages & diffuses. The “flager” brush conceals in 2 quick strokes.”

It comes in a pink sphere and comes with a pretty decent fan brush and an instruction booklet.

I actually like this product. I love highlighting products and this shade works nicely with my light skintone that contains pretty little to conceal other than discolorations around the eyes. It really “wakes” me up and makes me look alive. It has a nice texture. I do still use it over a traditional cream concealer. So what’s the point? I just like the look it gives. It isn’t a necessary step in my routine, just another that I added. Which is what most Benefit cosmetics have in common. Do we really need Dr. Feelgood, Eye Bright Pencil, or Cupid’s Bow Lip Shaper? No. They’re something we volunteer for. This Powderflage looks great under my eyes, on my eyelids and has a highlighter on my cheeks. It is kind of costly at $28 and I’m sure I can live without. This is one to definitely try before you buy. Check it out at Benefit.

Still A Modern Look

I love Sophia Loren. She wasn’t the best actress, but she had a wonderful look. I’ve decided to “recreate” her look from Man of La Mancha, you know one of those “historical” pieces were the main babe is still modern looking. First apply a sheer foundation if needed and touches of concealer where needed. I suggest Benefit Cosmetics You Rebel and Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. A little bronzer may do you some good, I love NARS Bronzer Powder in Laguna for lighter skins or Casino for darker skins. Apply bronzer lightly with a large kabuki or bronzer brush, concentrating on where light actually hits. Sophia has amazing brows, they’re way thicker than mine but they are so beautiful. Brush your brows with a tinted brow tamer such as Dior Diorshow Brow Gel in the color that matches your complexion. Apply a nude shadow all over the lid. Use the lightest shade in Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Motions. The colors in this quad are great and they lean to the cool side but have enough brown in them to keep them from looking odd. Take a big fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend the bottom left shade into the crease generously. You’re creating a light smoky eye. Take that same shade and smudge it around the lashline, top and bottom, creating a lovely ring. Take a brush and dab the top right color from the compact onto the “ball” of the eye when it is closed. This will help “grab” some light and keep the look from looking flat. Line eyes with a smoky black eyeliner such as Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Midnight. This formula is very smooth and soft. Curl lashes with an eyelash curler and coat with a lush black mascara such as L’Oreal Feather Lash. Don’t forget to coat the bottom lashes too. Brush cheeks with a large fluffy brush coated with Benefit Cosmetics Dallas or any bronzey blush shade. Line lips with a natural nude mauve lip pencil such as Lancome Le Lipstique in Natural Mauve. Apply a natural pink lipstick with a hint of shimmer such as Lancome Le Rouge Absolu Replenishing Lip Color in Pink Diamond. Apply NARS Body Glow to the body for a hint of sexy shimmer and fragrance. Now you’re ready to be sexy and a little understated.