September 30, 2009

How To Do 80s Makeup in 2009

Well the 80's are definitely making a comeback in the clothing AND makeup arena. Of course shoulder pads and leggings are in vogue, and now the 80's face which is comprised of full on lips, cheeks, and eyes can be accomplished in a modern way.

We all remember how beautiful Jaclyn Smith was during the early 80's (shoot, she still looks pretty dang good today!), and her makeup defined that look. Such a naturally beautiful woman, but sooo much makeup covering it all up. The decade of excess was certainly showing on all our faces and on the tv screen in shows like Dynasty, Dallas, and soap operas galore, and Jaclyn was no exception!

Liv Tyler is my modern day Jaclyn Smith who can play up all her features with bright significant colors, yet keep them looking young and fresh.

How does she pull it off so easily in the 2000's??

Simply follow this easy way to pull off the 80's trend Liv style:

1. Keep your canvas (your face/skin) simple. No heavy pancake makeup please. Use a sheer tinted moisturizer that has your spf and skin brightening pigments all in one like

Pixi Line, Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal ($35). This has received InStyle's Best of Beauty Buys for 09- so here's your modern product!

2. Line your eyes all the way around with a colored liner like a plum or a navy. No bright seafoam blues or lavenders. Then take a complimentary shadow and blend over your liner to smudge and soften the line on top and bottom. Use a neutral gold or taupe shadow from the crease down to that smudged color to neutralize it out.

3. Use deep peach tones for your cheeks, let's not get too crazy here with color. And if you really want to channel the 80's look, pull it up slightly towards your temples. But don't tell anyone I told you to do this...wink wink.
4. Do a deep berry red lip stain- not lipstick, not glossy gloss, A STAIN. This keeps the overall look very modern and sheer. Layer Stila's Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24) until you get the intensity you're looking for.

If the 80's are cool enough to be remembered and revisited in the next Sex and the City movie (coming out May of 2010-woo hoo!), then they're good enough for me to revisit. Can't wait to see Carrie in her crimped hair and MC Hammer pants....

September 27, 2009

Maybelline's New ColorSensational Lipstick Review

Sorry ladies for the lack of blogs in the past week - it's just been one of those weeks (and weekends-go Dawgs win again) filled with makeup consults, bridal makeup, two crazy busy small children, and just life in general!
But I'm back at it and I have a funny (or slightly annoying) story about my recent try with Maybelline's newest lipcolor product, ColorSensational ($5.50). I've been seeing the mass advertisements for the lipstick and of course had to give it a try. I also got a coupon in my most recent October InStyle magazine for it, so I didn't have a reason not to treat myself to one!
The ads claim that basically what sets this apart from other lipsticks is that:
  • the color is richer (due to it being derived from "pure pigments" whatever that means)

  • and the formula is creamier (due to honey nectar)

Now here's my short story on my experience with this new improved lipstick. I bought the color "Pink Petal" color because I've been wanting a nice pink to brighten up my face bc I get in a neutral nude rut at times. I got in my car after buying it, and excitedly busted it open to slide onto my lips. To my dismay, once it skidded across my lips, the smell coming from it was awful, musty, and mothball like. It smelled like I'd had it in my makeup drawer for like 5 years! The smoothness it was supposed to deliver was difficult to smudge on at best. Needless to say, I drove back into WalMart and asked if I could give it another try and swap it out for another tube just to make sure Maybelline wasn't pulling a fast one on me! I sniffed thru the rest of the tubes on display and I think I just got un-lucky in the dud I had originally chosen because the remaining tubes had a much fresher cocoa butter like smell!

So once I got my new tube I was pleased with the results. On a scale of 1 to 5, how would I rank this drugstore lipstick?? (I'm not going to kid myself and compare it to like a Nars or Chanel lipstick, not fair, it was only $4.50 after my coupon!) - I'd give it a 4 on delivering what it said it would. Check out the photo of my mouth at the start of this blog, it is with no lipliner or gloss and I have pretty razor thin lips, however they look pleasantly full. It was definitely creamy and felt very nourishing. The light pink color really popped a lot more once it was on my lips so the pigment was good. Now the magazine ads show the model with a red color on and it looks like her lips are soaked in MAC Lipglass or something really shiny which gives you the idea that your lips are going to look super glossy - um not so much. It's a lipstick not a lipgloss, but for $5 bucks and some change, it's worth it. Go on and try out one of the 48 shades it offers.

September 22, 2009

Dancing With The Stars 2009 :: Makeup Highlight- Kelly Osbourne

Dancing With The Stars is back on TV with a brand new season, and I seriously couldn't be happier. Granted I love the dancing part of it- duh, it is a dancing show. But what I love most of all, is obviously, the makeup the celebrities and the professional dancers wear.

And of course I already have a favorite celebrity I'm watching and pulling for. It's one of the supposed underdogs- Kelly Osbourne. You know, the daughter of hard rocking prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne. I know she's not a supermodel, swimsuit model, olympic swimmer, or pop star, she's the exact opposite. But that's why I am rooting for the tattooed reality star. I'm still wondering if tonights long sleeved, long skirt, and scarf (worn during the Viennese Waltz) were strategically placed to cover up all those girly tats?? But despite the wardrobes choices for her, her performances were shockingly good!

Makeup wise, Kelly has never been one to shy away from theatrical makeup. But despite the lotsa love for makeup, she has such a natural beauty about her that I just can't resist. My fav part about Kelly is her skin- it's flawless and fair as can be and she works it right. No self tanner needed here, just some SPF to keep away sun spots and some good foundation to even skin tone.

Here are some suggestions for K.O. like skin:

1. Foundation. Clinique's Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ($25) will help even out skintone with it's vitamin C and E contents that will gradually fade dark spots.

2. Powder. Makeup Up For Ever's HD Microfinish Powder ($30) always gets huge props for being the perfect finishing powder for setting your makeup look. It's super fine and lightweight and the colorless formula keeps skin shine free and doesn't alter the color of your foundation.

3. Concealer. Olay Total Effects Eye Cream and Concealer ($22) can do two things at once. It can hydrate and protect your tired under eye skin skin with it's packed antioxidants while also covering late nights with subtle color.

Go Team Kelly! Can't wait to see what makeup you sport next episode;-)

September 21, 2009

Max Factor Says "Bye Bye" To The U.S. Market

I write this blog with a heavy heart. Max Factor is saying goodbye to the U.S. cosmetics market. WHAT?!!!

Max Factor has been in the beauty biz since it's creation in 1909. That's a really long time- what could possibly have gone sooo wrong to make them leave us makeup mavens?? This company was well loved by old film industry icons like Lucille Ball (shown below), Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, the list goes on. Well I did a little research and it sounds like a not-so- good reason to me. (Oh, and I want to thank the little beauty bird that informed me of this sad news before I had even heard it- Laney, thanks, I think, for filling me in!)

So apparently Max Factor will be phased out of the U.S. market by 2010 so you ladies better run to your supplier and stock up now.

Most popular Max products you should try before they're gone:
  • Pan-Stik Ultra-Creamy Makeup - can be a concealer or a foundation. You choose.
  • Color Genius Mineral Bronzer - this loose bronzer powder requires a light touch but gives beautiful results.
  • Volume Couture Mascara - one of my all time favorites for drugstore mascaras. It separates and does not clump!

Now, it's not actually being phased out completely - it's going to still be available basically everywhere else like in the UK and Russia, but that doesn't really help us Americans out! I know you're wanting to know the reasoning behind it's demise. Apparently Proctor & Gamble (the owner of MF) is putting all it's faith into Cover Girl and will focus on it's American appeal.

What does American appeal mean?

It means that CG takes the more subdued-safer-casual approach to color, and MF was taking the brighter-deeper-European flair. Isn't makeup all about bright vibrant colors that make an impact??

So I'm completely confused as to why our U.S market couldn't keep Max Factor in business but I do know that I'll help them go out with a bang by buying up all of the products I can before they're gone.

I'm interested to know what your favorite Factor products are? What should we all run out and stock up on - let me know!

September 19, 2009

Southern Summer Wedding :: JennySue Makeup Style

My cousin Liz got married a couple months ago in Atlanta (so this blog is obviously a little late). She gave me the honor of asking me if I would be her makeup artist for her big day! Of course I said, "I will." Ha. Most of you know how obsessed I am with weddings and how much I love everything that goes along with the festivities of getting ready to walk down the aisle. It's just so exhilarating to be a part of this special day and transforming a woman into a bride princess. My cuz was no exception. I mean check out the above pic of me touching up her lips while on the church steps being photographed - she was stunning!

These photos are courtesy of 35 Atlanta photography

So thought I would share some shots of me in action working with my already naturally beautiful cousin. And be sure to check out the last pic of Liz in her dress with her "something blue", which was an incredible pair of Kate Spade pumps - I wish I had thought of that when I got married 8 years ago! Such a cool detail.

Yours truly in action. Loved this huge floor mirror the church had for us to admire her in!

This was the face chart we created for Liz at her bridal consult before the big day to make sure we had the perfect look with no surprises. And Stila eyeshadow pots ($18) were part of the process. "Golightly" and "Kitten" to be exact.

Check out the lashes on Liz! Hopefully she won't mind me telling our little lash secret - there are some falsies in there to make a big but realistic impact! Ardell individual lash clumps ($4) of course.

Look how happy she looks! Hair and makeup set and she's ready to go!

See her blue satin shoes peaking out underneath the dress?? So pretty! This was her finished look and the rest of the night was a blast. And they lived happily ever after...

September 16, 2009

The Right Eyebrow Shape For Your Face

I will never claim to be an eyebrow expert like Anastasia Soare, (Beverly Hills brow extraordinare to the stars if you're not familiar) but I do know that eyebrows can make or break a face. And picking the right shape to create the framework for the rest of your face is key.

Most of us were not lucky enough to be born with perfectly shaped eyebrows so we have to create them. Whether it be to draw them on, pluck them down, wax them off, there are a lot of ways to go in order to get them just right. I myself was born with the coarsest and bushiest brows known to an awkward 12 year old. Over time I just plucked and plucked until I was left with presently drawing them on and filling them into their perfect shape! But hey, at least I try.

And picking the right shape is very straightforward. Just go with the shape appropriate for your face type. And there are two simple categories:

Wide or Round Face requires a more angular and sharp distinct arch. Think songbird Jordin Sparks with her strong arch towards the end of her eye.

Thin or Defined Bone Structure Face requires a softer arch with more of a curve feeling than a sharp arch. Think picture perfect actress/mom Angelina Jolie with her subtley curved brows that are amazingly symmetrical.

Either way, make sure that whatever shape you choose for your brows that you keep them neat and tidy (no scraggly hairs please, that's distracting from the overall look) and on the fuller side. And if that means filling them in a little with some brow pencil or wax, do it. Skinny brows are out. Back to Ms. Anastasia, try her Brow Powder Duo ($22) which gives you two complimentary colors in one that you can mix together so that you can find your best shade and make it stay put.

Remember - your eyebrows are the "framework" of your face, so take the time to get them right!

September 14, 2009

Jenny Sue Makeup's Beauty Tool Of The Moment :: tarte's Glam On The Go Kabuki Brush

So I own a lot of makeup brushes- and I mean a lot. I have to, I'm a makeup artist-it's my duty to my clients and my face to use the good stuff, right??!

And just like I get comfortable with a certain lipgloss that goes with everything I wear, so goes my comfort for certain beauty tools and brushes that just work no matter what. My new favorite go-to tool of the moment is by tarte cosmetics, and it's their "Glam On The Go kabuki brush" ($29).

Here's why I like this tool so much:

  • Not only do the natural goat haired bristles apply my loose powders and bronzers perfectly, but it's just the right size to fit in my hand.

  • This short and compact fluffy domed brush comes with its very own cutesy faux purple crocodile case that keeps the bristles nice and safe- and stylish!
  • Did I mention how soft and comfy the bristles feel on your face?? This is important to me when I purchase a brush for applying makeup to any part of my face because no one wants "scratchy" associated with their tool.

My tip for using this chunky brush is to apply any of your powders in a circular motion around your face for an even application. Since there are so many bristles in one small area it doesn't really work using an up and down motion to apply the product with for some reason.

I put this kabuki brush on display on the lovely Kate Moss's W cover for September because, well she's Kate, and she's fabulous.

September 12, 2009

Tri-Luma Cream Product Review :: How To Get Rid of Dark Spots

I really wish I had taken a before picture of my husbands small sun spot above his eyebrow so that you all could see the magic Tri-Luma Cream has performed! To be quite honest, when he said he was going to the dermatologist to get the dark spot looked at because it bothered him so, and then came home with this $130 cream (30g) that was going to lighten it, I thought to myself, "yeah right, you just got bamboozled by your doc."

But boy was his dermatologist onto something!!

For any of you ladies OR men that have melasma or any sort of dark spots due to sun damage, I would definitely suggest you ask your derm about this lightening cream called Tri-Luma to see if it's right for you. I only have a picture of the miracle tube that he has been using once a day and whatever is inside is literally making the darkness that bugs him disappear. And it's only been about 3 weeks! The only other product he uses in addition to the Tri-Luma is a sunscreen on top of it when he goes out into the sun so that the sun doesn't reverse the effects of the lightening cream. Makes sense.

Granted his spot that bothered him was very small, but I've seen the before and after pics inside the brochure of people with major discoloration and how it reversed the damage and it's amazing. The $130 bucks he paid for this tube was well worth it and will last him a long time if any more spots pop up. Tri-Luma gets two thumbs way up for delivering results!!

September 9, 2009

How To Get A Glamourous Face :: Old Hollywood Style

Everyone loves the old school Hollywood face - it's classic and will NEVER go out of style when a woman wants to look chic. Notice I didn't say "effortlessly" chic, because yes, this look takes a little effort! You don't think Veronica Lake woke up and slapped on some Chapstick to look like that did you??

To pull this look off, here are the basics you will need to accomplish this look:
  1. Rich red lips
  2. Flawless skin
  3. Perfect eyebrows
  4. Liquid lined eyes

I know Gwen Stefani is not old school like Veronica Lake, but she's my epitome of the new Hollywood glam look! Her refreshing interview in the newest October Glamour magazine made me love her even more than I already did (is that possible??) She's so real, so fabulous, so musically talented, and so loves being a mom while literally taking over the fashion/fragrance world...all at the same time! Whew...watch out Oprah here comes Gwen!! Her signature red lips keep her looking put together and very chic, even in sweatpants.

Here are some simple product suggestions that will give you that stunning Hollywood look.

1. Those red lips, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in "Are You Red-dy" ($8) is Maybelline's newest line of lip color that promises ultra rich and hydrating lipstick all in one.

2. Flawless skin, can be made possible thanks to Benefit's Hello Flawless ($34) powder. A good powder is one of the best ways to get matte perfect skin that can set your foundation and give skin that flawless look.

3. Arch perfect brows for your face, could use Kevyn Aucoin's Brow Pencil ($24) which has earned InStyle Magazine's 2009 Best Beauty Buy for being the best pencil that comes with a self-sharpening tip.

4. Lined eyes, can be compliments of Sonia Kashuk's Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Eye Liner ($9). This type of liner makes it a bit easier for those of you that are all thumbs with liquid pen liners!

Now you have the four products you need to pull off that "old fashion" silent movie star look!

September 7, 2009

Double Take :: Naomi Watts and Meg Ryan

This is only my second installment of "double takes"- celebrities that look very much like each other but are by no means related. I think this is so fun to see the similarities between female celebrities- from their hairstyles, hair color, makeup, and overall fashion!
Naomi Watts (above) , 41 yrs old, is one of those super cute actresses that just seems like you could become her best friend (next to Nicole Kidman of course) immediately after meeting her! Which also reminds me of another actress who looks very similar and has that like-able demeanor about her as well, Meg Ryan (below), 48 yrs old.
Check out these two photos of these ladies in classic white shirts...
Maybe Naomi (shown at right again) is the modern day Meg. They're both cute and sassy with tousled blonde locks and fresh clean skin and makeup. I'm used to seeing both of these ladies in pretty neutral lips that don't overpower their delicate faces. For an easy everyday lip shade like Meg and Naomi, try L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in "Pink Tranquilo" ($9) which is super hydrating and nourishing.

September 4, 2009

How To Pick A Foundation That's Right For You

Foundations have always been one of the top questions I get from girlfriends and clients. It's such a complicated makeup purchase because you have to get it right in order for the rest of your makeup to fall into place. Everything from the color choice to the formula that fits your skin type, it's a bit overwhelming. I mean can we really get the perfect skin like actress Mila Kunis just from a bottle of makeup??

Let's "face" it- we've all seen (and talked about!) that sweet little old lady or teenage girl that's had foundation go completely wrong. Either it's way too dark or way too light and we can actually see where the makeup application has stopped and started down by their jawline because someone didn't blend all the way! No one wants this to be that girl.

So what's a girl to do to get the color and formula right??

Here are some tips for getting your foundation right the first time.

1. Choose the forumla that's right for your skin type. Typically, if you're dry, you need a moisturizing liquid form. If you're oily, go for an oil-free type or a powder foundation. If you're normal or in the middle, then you're pretty free to try them all- even the mousse kind.

Dry skin option :: L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Line Minimizing & Tone Enhancing Makeup ($14). It's going to give you full beautiful coverage and help with age minimizing!

Oily skin option :: Want to try liquid, do Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup($13). Want to stick with an easy powder, Clinique's Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder ($19) is an old favorite.

Normal skin option :: Your options are endless. L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Skin Supporting and Hydrating Makeup w/Spf 12 ($17) is a new mousse-like product getting rave reviews for it's anti-aging ingredients and flawless finish.

2. Pick the perfect color. Try color swipes along your jawline to see which one disappears into your skin- not your hand! They're totally different shades. I know your first complaint is, "but if I'm in a drugstore I can't try on the product!" Most drustores will let you exchange opened makeup just keep the receipt. And buy two colors you think are close, bc sometimes you're so close that those two combined might create the perfect shade. I mix allll the time. For darker skinned beauties, lines like MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Iman have great shades that keep true to golden undertones.

3. Application is key. Make sure before you put that foundation on, you exfoliate in the shower, then moisturize. Then if you're using a liquid, start with putting the product in the center of your face on your nose and work out to the edges. Most of us don't need a ton of product along our hairline right?? I love sponges but some prefer brushes or your fingers, it's personal. The Beautyblender sponge ($19) is a makeup artist fave with it's rounded edges and doesn't crumble into a million pieces after a few uses. For powder foundations, you should apply it in small circles around your face for an even application. And for all types of foundation, for true staying power, apply a thin layer of translucent powder.

The right foundation is the ultimate key for a really pretty face, so take these three tips for faking a flawless face!! Have a beauty filled weekend!!

September 2, 2009

Avon Big Color Eye Pencil :: JennySue Makeup Product Review

If you're a loyal follower of my blog, you already know that I don't discriminate between drugstore or high end department store brand cosmetics. So you also know that I am IN LOVE with AVON!! It's cheap (is that a bad word??) and their products are fantastic even after all these years.

My newest fav product is AVON's Big Color Eye Pencil ($6.00). First of all it claims to be a pencil liner and shadow in one...I do not agree with the shadow part. However, it is one of my favorite eye liners right now bc the formula glides easily across my lid and creates a smooth thick line that is easily smudged or can be kept defined. So if you're not into thick eyeliner, this product is not for you! But if you are into thick eyeliner that's easy to apply, this chunky crayon is totally for you!

I own this pencil in 3 must have colors- "Night Glisten" (a smokey black), "Blue Smoke" (smokey navy blue), and "Eggplant" (deep purple, this color shown on yours truly above!). I mean, it's only 6 bucks, so you can try multiple shades without breaking the bank.

These pencils help with the ever popular look of a smokey/smudged/cateye look! This shaded look was shown on the models for the Tory Burch Fall 2009 runway collection. Don't these girls look super tough all layered up and rocking this powerful eyemakeup- I'm so smokey eye for fall.