I’m a sucker for chalky pink lipstick. The other thing that I am a sucker for is “cateyes”. So, I’m loving Claudia’s look. To get this look:

FACE: Apply concealer if and where needed. If you have under eye circles to cover, I like L’Oreal Visible Lift Line-Minimizing Under Eye Concealer. I would apply a powder foundation like Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup Compact in your shade. Apply a little bit of bronzer to cheeks as a blush like Maybelline Expert Wear Bronzer Pressed Powder in Salsa Sun.

EYES: Brows are brushed in place and filled with a powder. I would use a brow powder/wax kit like Estee Lauder Brow Perfecting Duo. Apply the powder with a brush then set with wax. It’s simple and really completes a look. Apply a light shadow like Clarins Single Eyeshadow in Vanilla Beige from lash line to brow. These eyes are all about the liner. I love Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. Take a liner brush that you are comfortable with. For me, this is a thin and fine point art brush. Apply the liner thickly to the top lash line and winging out. Apply a “half” line to the lower lash very thinly. Connect your top and bottom lines for a retro look. Apply a few coats of black mascara to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Make sure lips are well moisturized and not flaky. You may want to exfoliate and deep conditioning lips a day before doing this look. Chalky pink lipstick is so pretty but it doesn’t work on dry lips. NYX Round Lipstick in Strawberry Milk is the perfect shade for this look. It looks just like the color Claudia is wearing in the photo. Apply it directly from the tube on healthy lips. I’ve been through a few tubes of this shade. It’s a great retro pink.

I love a rusty colored lip. And can one go wrong with retro cateyes? Nope.

To get beautiful Märta Torén’s look:

FACE: Marta’s complexion is flawless. Apply concealer where needed. Shiseido Concealer Stick can cover anything from blemishes to undereye circles. Follow up with foundation. Try a mousse foundation like Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. This is a nice formula and it looks great if you buff it after applying with a “buff” brush. Lightly dust a translucent powder over the face. I love MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder. Apply a coral/orange powder blush to cheeks. Take a fluffy brush and apply Paul & Joe Face Color in Moroccan Orange to light-medium skin tones or a shade like Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow Cheek Color in Fira (a mango orange, not pictured) for medium-dark skin tones.

EYES: Marta’s eyebrows are amazing. To get a similar look, make sure everything is cleaned up, tweeze and tweeze. Take a brow pencil that is slightly powdery such as my all time favorite Lancome Le Crayon Poudre (not pictured) in your shade. Fill in brows and brush into place with the spoolie on the end. Shadow is matte and neutral. All  you need are the colors that are in NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Portabello. Apply the lightest shade from lash line to brow bone. With eyes open, apply the darker shade in the compact above the crease. Blend until it looks completely seamless. Next we go to the cat eyes. Get a black gel liner like Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Gel Liner in Caviar Ink. Take the liner brush of your choice, for me this is a fine liner art brush and apply to the top lash line and wing out. I do this with my eyes slightly open and “tugging” it into place with the other hand. Apply false lashes or a few coats of a lengthening mascara such as L’Oreal Lash Out Lengthening and Separating Mascara in Black. Apply 1-2 coats to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are a soft rusty orange. Apply concealer around lips to keep color from feathering. Make sure to blend thoroughly. Apply a rusty golden shade like Lancome Color Design Lipcolor in Groupie, a great color of orange red and gold shimmer (this would look better on deeper skintones). Another great color if you want more orange is Lancome Color Designe Lipcolor in Studded. Studded is more Marta-ish. I apologize for the crummy pictures. The colors are much more vivid and lovely in real life. Apply a sheer gold lip gloss to bottom lips for a plump effect. I recommend Lipstick Queen Shine in Gold Saint.

Choosing a fragrance has been hard for this “look”. I’d have to go with Byredo Parfums Pulp. Perhaps because of the “Swedish” influences?

I’m getting in the mood for Halloween here. I love Star Trek for all of their retro babes in ridiculous, cheesy costumes. To get the look of this minor role, major babe:

FACE: Even out blotches or under eye circles with a concealer that can do it all like Covergirl TruConceal Concealer. Apply foundation where and if needed. I suggest a dewy finish foundation such as The Body Shop Moisture Foundation. If you really love a dewy look, I suggest following up with an illuminating powder like Bare Escentuals Illuminating Mineral Veil. I really think this look calls the perfect peachy pink shimmer of NARS Blush in Orgasm.

EYES: Obviously brows are trying to be ridiculous. Even I agree that this look isn’t for everyday wear. I suggest styling brows in a natural arch with a clear brow gel like Revlon Brow Styling Gel. Apply a cream shadow with a peachy glow like Laura Mercier Satinee Creme Eye Color in Peach Organza all over the lid. This provides a nice glow and lots of hold. Next take a smokey gray with lots of shimmer, something like Milani Runway Eyes Eye Shadow in Black Out (dry not wet). Take the color from the top lash line and fill up to crease. Then in a “cat eye” like motion, sweep the corners outward and up. Apply it this way, as dramatic or as tame as you desire. Apply a black eye liner like Almay Intense i-Color Liner in Black Pearl to top lash line. Of course I say to go all out and apply crazy lashes. Especially if this is a party look. If not, apply lots of black mascara to top lashes and less to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are very simple. Apply a pearly pinky peach lipstick like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Silver City Pink. Dab the center of the bottom lip with a peach lip gloss, Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Juicy Peach.

And is there a fragrance any better than to complete this look for the bottle alone? Nope, stick with Cartier Panthere EDP.

catmakeup

This is the look that will never grow old. Thick, heavy eye makeup and nude lips will always scream sexy. To get Faye’s look using Stila products,  apply a sheer foundation such as Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup and Stila Perfecting Concealer where needed. Lightly dust face with a loose powder such as Stila Hydrating Finishing Powder in your shade. Brush brows into place with just a hint of color with Stila Brow Polish in your shade. Apply the lightest shade from the Stila Eye Shadow Duo in Salome, this is a light warm shimmer, from lashline to brow bone. With the eyes open, blend the darker shade (the warm bronze) above the crease. Take the darker shade and lightly line the bottom lashline. Black “cat” eye makeup is a must. Apply Stila Liquid Liner in Black and extend out from the lashline. Now, take a dark shade such as the matte black from their Matte Eye Shadow, Makalu. Take a stiff liner brush and line over the liquid liner, blending up for a slightly smoky eye. Take the same liner brush and line the bottom lashes half way. This creates that “mysterious” eye look. Apply lots of black mascara such as Stila Major Lash Mascara. Cheeks are super nude. Apply the Stila Convertible Color in Peony. A little goes a long way for this look. Also, to make life even easier, you can apply the Convertible Color to lips with fingertips for a nude, matte lip look. If you want a little more sheen, Stila Lip Color in Emily is a nice nude. Or you can just apply a balm over the Convertible Color.


So I really don’t expect for many people to go out in this. I sure wish I could but even I have limits so I am giving an “everyday” interpretation of this look. I must add that I have a bit of a Liz Taylor as Cleopatra complex. I love the makeup. I wear this much many days if you exclude the wild brows. I love the blunt bangs. And I would love to wear the braids and beads if I didn’t end up looking too much like Rick James. I love the jewelry. I collect snake jewelry and I would dare to wear a snake cuff on my flabby arm.

To get this look you need a super matte face. Apply a powder foundation like MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in your shade. Apply concealer where needed. Try a full coverage like Beneft Boi-Ing in your shade. Brows are filled in and dark if you so desire. For black Cleopatra brows, apply Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in Raven, a soft black. Apply a nice shadow primer like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin. Pat gently. I would go with an eyeshadow palette like Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig available at Sephora. Apply Downtown which is a medium brown shimmer from lashline to brows. Take Baroque, a bronzey brown shimmer and apply from lashline to just above the crease and blend. Take Lucifer, the matte charcoal black, and blend into the crease and down with a very heavy hand. (I must add that these shadows are pretty nice quality and make for lots of nice smoky, Cleopatra eyes). Now to the heavy amounts of black eyeliner. I recommend a gel formula like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink. Line the top eye with line and extend as far as you feel comfortable with. This line should be pretty thick when applied above the lashline. Line the bottom lashline with the gel liner and extend until it meets the top extended line. Join the lines together for that special Egyptian inspired look. Apply false lashes or tons of mascara to complete the eye look. Cheeks are super nude. Apply a sheer nude powder like Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Nude. Lips are nude and matte. If you have a warm skin tone apply Revlon Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude. If you have a cool skin tone apply Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Lip Gloss in Defeaning Silence. You may want to apply a clear lip balm before you wear such a nude shades to keep lips from looking too splotchy. Fragrance should be luxe and exotic and that is why I would recommend L’Occitane Eau d’Iparie EDT.

I tried telling my job that I am really an Incan princess but they didn’t buy it. I thought it was a great scheme but it didn’t work. Just works for Yma because she is convincing. I on the other hand wear false lashes and red lipstick for no apparent reason. Yma is my favorite Incan princess. I hope one day I can grow up and be just like her.

To get the look apply foundation and concealer as needed. A matte foundation really looks nice for this look. Apply something like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation and a little bit of Clarins Instant Light Perfecting Touch Concealer. Powder really isn’t needed unless you have a major issue with oil. Brows are perfect and penciled in. Yma went for the dark brow look, my favorite. Pencil brows in with something like Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel in Black if you have dark hair. Then, sculpt the brows into place with the tar colored gel. Apply foundation to lids to even out the tone and absorb oil. Apply a matte, nude eyeshadow all over the lid. Try something like L’Oreal Wear Infinite Single Eyeshadow in Seashell. This look is all about the liquid liner and false lashes. Apply a liquid liner in a cat-eye look, extending out on the top lashline. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner Liner in Blackest Black creates a nice thick line. Apply a lovely strip of thick, black false lashes. There are many brands on the market. Now, to the bold lips. Line lips with Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Red Brick to keep lipstick from bleeding. Apply Victoria’s Secret Perfect Lipstick in Slow Burn, a bright red. Go around the mouth with a Q-tip with a little bit of makeup remover if you just happen to draw out of the lines. Cheeks are pretty sheer and just have a hint of color. Apply Lancome Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose.  Fragrance is difficult for me to decide for this look, I’m thinking something like Molton Brown Davana Blossom. Now you are the Incan princess that you deserve to be.

Happy Halloween!

Since a child, I’ve been trying to be as stylish as Julie Newmar a.k.a. Cat Woman. I was in love with her “home” decor on the show, her nude lips, her big hair. What a glamour gal! No wonder I own so much leopard print and false lashes.

First apply concealer where needed, such as Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer and then apply a powder foundation such as Guerlain Parure Compact Foundation in your shade, Julie would so have something in this case. Brush brows into place (unlike Cat Woman’s which were always messy and pointed up strangely), use a tinted brow gel such as Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in your shade, for brows like Julie’s try Caramel. This look is all about a heavy handed eye. Apply foundation powder to eyelid to adsorb oil and make shadow stay on longer. Apply a nude shadow from lashline to brow. I would recommend the lightest shade in Guerlain Ombre Eclat Duo & Liner in L’Heure Fumee. Blend the darker shade from the duo from lashline to crease. Blend a little bit more of the lighter shade under the brow bone to “liven” up the look. Take the dark gel liner from the compact and line eyes “cat eye” style of course. This can be applied extra thick for glamor, just for glamor sake. Apply false lashes or tons of mascara to add emphasis to the eye area. Add Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde to the apples of cheeks. This stuff is lovely and is truly a complexion perfector. Apply a nude lip liner such as Guerlain Lip Pencil in Cupidon. Guerlain has the perfect lip color for this look. Apply the amazing Guerlain Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss in Vanilla Beige to lips. This color is so Angela Jolie too. Of course tease hair and spray with hair spray, shake it and let it look a bit messy. Apply fragrance, not to be cliche but I do recommend Cartier Panthere Eau Legere or By Dolce & Gabbana to complete this feline look.

And “Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything-Julie Newmar”

It’s a little late in the season to still be obsessing over orange lips, but I can’t help it. I’m wearing it until snow hits the ground. I’ve been inspired by this lovely picture of Rita Hayworth for Down to Earth. To get this pretty simple but glam look you need to apply foundation or concealer as and where needed. I recommend L’Oreal Quick Stick Instant Foundation and Lola Cosmetics Creme Concealer. Lightly dust face with a loose powder such as Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil using a big fluffy brush. Lightly brush brows with Anastasia Brow Gel for definition. Fill in brows with a brow pencil such as the one by Lancome if your brows are light or sparse. Brush a nude eyeshadow such as the lightest shadow in Physician’s Formula Matte Collection Eyeshadow Quad in Canyon Classics all over the lid. With a crease brush, blend in the lighter bottom row shade into the crease from the same compact. Smudge the darkest shade on the top lash line with a liner brush or Q-Tip. False lashes are must to get Rita’s look. Apply a strip of whispy false lashes such as Andrea Mod Strip Lashes. Coat with a mascara if you want extra drama. I think the lashes by themself will add enough but if you want more volume coat with a volumizing mascara. Line lashes with a liquid liner such as Prestige Liquid Liner in Black, the sponge tip of this liner will give you the Rita look that you want. Apply a tiny amount of mascara to bottom lashes or if you have thicker lashes anyways leave them alone. The drama is on the top lashline. Apply Ulta Cream Blush in Bashful onto the apples of your cheek with your fingertips. Don’t be scared to add a little more if needed. Apply a bit of foundation or concealer onto lips so that the lipstick will stay. No lipliner is needed. Apply MAC Lipstick in Morange onto lips. I love this shade. It is an electric orange with no shimmer but has a semi-satin finish. It also has a light vanilla flavor and wears for hours. You’re done. Just apply a lovely lady like fragrance. I’m thinking a gardenia or a jasmine scent such as Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia solid perfume dabbed onto the pulse points. You’ll be sure to turn heads like this bleached strawberry blonde.

The Band Wagon

OK, So I will never have her legs or sexy moves but I can have Cyd’s makeup. And her hair if I really wanted and if short hair didn’t make my face look so round 😦  I love pink lipstick but I haven’t been wearing too much of it since I dyed my hair red. I still do it but plums look better on me. But I do get tempted by “pink” looks.

To get this look apply foundation and concealer where needed. Use a light formula such as Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation and Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. Lightly dust skin with a large fluffy brush using a lightweight powder such as NARS Sparkling Loose Powder. Every bombshell has perfect brows, so tame brows with something like Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in your shade of choice, it would be Espresso for Cyd like brows. Use the neutral colors with a hint of pink found in Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Compact in Earth Reflection 609. Dust the top left shade all over the eye, from lashline to brow bone. Dust the center pink shade from lashline to the crease of the lid. Take the brown from the top right and blend into the crease. Take the lightest shade, the bottom right, and highlight the brow bone. Take a thin brush and line under brows and blend. Line eyes with Lancôme Artliner Liquid Liner in Noir. Slightly go out, creating a “cateye”. Coat top and bottom lashes with a volumizing mascara such as Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara in black. Use a pretty, healthy looking pink blush such as Lorac Powder Blush in Pink. This color provides a great “healthy” hue for pale skins. Line lips with YSL Dessin De Lèvres Lip Liner in Fuchsia. Apply a hot magenta shade of lipstick such as YSL Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Fuschia Pink which is a perfect satin fuschia. Dab a little bit of Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve onto the bottom lip to create a “plumpy” look. Since you aren’t dressed until you spritz with perfume, I’d have to choose something fun and not too serious for this look. Something like YSL Baby Doll, a nice flirty floral.

Here’s another cover of the blonde Sandy Warner, looking as beautiful as always. This 1959 release was “exotic” with the sounds and instruments of Cuba and Africa all played by the comforting face of Martin Denny. In a time where the sounds of Asia or the Pacific Ocean or Africa were all labeled “exotic” and could only be played by one man willing to go there. Anyways, I love the records, don’t get me wrong. But, that is so funny to me. I mean World Market still does the same hokey thing as saying all non-whitey places are “exotic” with their hokey keyboard generic “ethnic” music playing while you buy wicker crap and rustic wind chimes.

Anyways, to get this lovely Afro-Desia look. Use your favorite foundation (the face is matte) such as Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Mattifying Foundation if you are oily. You can use a powder foundation like Lancôme Dual Finish Powder Foundation for normal skin. Pat concealer where needed and dust lightly with a loose powder such as NARS Loose Powder. Sandy is all about the brows, fill brows in with Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in your shade. Use the spoolie on the end to blend and brush brows into place. Use a nude eyeshadow all over the eyelid such as L’Oreal Eyeshadow Single in Sandy Shores. Use a gray powder in the crease all the way down to the lashline. Use something such as Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Pervesion and blend well. This look is all about the liner. Line eyes thickly with Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Black. Make sure to wing it out for a cateye look. Smudge a little of the gel liner onto the lower lashline to make the bottom lashes appear thicker. Apply false eyelashes or coat lashes heavily with Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black. Lightly dust cheeks with Jane Mineral Blush in Outspoken Pink. Now to the lovely lips. Line lips with Sephora Brand Lip Pencil in Boysenberry or any rich magenta lip pencil. Fill in lips with the classic Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow. One of my favorite lipstick shades. Your done!