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Who doesn’t want to look like a totally hot babe actress and totally hot babe scientist? Seriously.

FACE: While you are working on your canvas, apply a nourishing lip balm like Yu-Be Lip Balm. This is important because this is a matte lip look and lips need to be moist and chap-free. Hedy’s complexion is matte and flawless. First even out complexion with a matte foundation such as YSL Matt Touch Foundation. Apply concealer where needed. Estee Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer is great for under the eyes. I wouldn’t wear powder with this look since a matte foundation was used. But, if you are oily, do dust lightly with a translucent powder to set the makeup. Take a big fluffy brush and apply a coral pink blush to cheeks. A color like Benefit Coralista will really brighten the complexion without being brash. It really is a great coral blush for pale skins.

EYES: Heidy’s brows are penciled. We all can’t do that. However, the brows should be nicely manicured. If necessary fill in the brows with a pencil such as Tarte EmphasEyes High Definition Brow Pencil. This is a thin pencil with a spoolie on one end. Eyes are very neutral and it is all about the lashes. Apply a nude matte shadow from lash line to brows. For a complexion like Hedy’s this would be Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Vintage Lace. Apply a sheer light brown shade from lash line to crease. A color like Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow in Bisque. If you have a bronzer this will do too. Apply it like an eyeshadow. In the crease apply a light steel color like Dr.Hauschka Eyeshadow Solo in #4, a smoky gray brown. Also apply this gray closely to the bottom lash line to give the illusion of fuller bottom lashes. Line eyes closely with a gel eyeliner like Shu Uemura Painting Gel Eyeliner in M Black. I think false lashes are a must for this look but mascara will do to. Apply what you want.

LIPS: Lips are matte and pretty bold. Wipe off lip balm. Apply foundation to the lips to create a blank canvas. Apply Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Rust. Apply a matte rust lipstick like Sue Devitt Balanced Matte Lipstick in Phuket, a perfectly matte rusty red. If you must have a glossier lip, more satin because you are not used to matte lipsticks, try Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Rust. It’s a rusty shade with a bit more sheen.

It’s really difficult to decide what fragrance a beauty like Hedy would wear. But, I would have to go with something modern, woodsy but femme like Tom Ford Private Blend Black Violet. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go dye my hair to a nice raven shade. I am loving this look for fall.

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Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.

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.