Saturday, October 15, 2011

Birthday Surprise = Carmindy!

DH really outdid himself with my birthday this year.  The highlight was a make-up session with beautiful Carmindy from TLC's What Not To Wear.  Here's what she advises:
  1. Apply moisturizer with sunscreen, then foundation (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Your Skin Makeup in Sandy Beige) using a non-latex sponge.  Apply over eyelids and under eyes and to the hairline.
  2. Dab on concealer (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer in Light) under eyes.
  3. Dust powder (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminous Matte Pressed Powder in Neutralizer) all over face including eyelids.
  4. Fill in brows using Lorac Brow Pencil in Brunette.
  5. Line upper lashline and smooth over with an angle brush.
  6. "Carmindize" by applying the highlight shade from the Mountain palette (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Palatte: Mountain) under brows, on inner corners of eyes (tear duct), on top of cheek bones (using fan brush), and around lips.
  7. Sweep the lid shade from the Quartz palette (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Palatte: Quartz) across the eyelid from lashline to crease.
  8. Sweep the contour shade from the Mountain palette (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Palatte: Mountain) under the lower lashline halfway.
  9. Finish eyes with Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black.
  10. Apply blush (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal) on apples of cheeks and back to hairline.
  11. Finish face with lipstick and gloss (Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Lip Color: Berry Wine or Champagne Rose and Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Sun Bronze or Blossom).
Carmindy recommends the following tools:
  1. Fluffy brush for face powder.
  2. Small brush for eye lid powder.
  3. Very big fluffy brush for blush.
  4. Fan brush for highlighting the tops of cheekbones.
  5. Double-ended brush for highlighting under eyebrows and inner corners.
  6. Smallest brush for eyelid shadow.
  7. Angle brush for softening eyeliner on top of eyes and for smudging powder under eyes.
  8. The world's best Brush Cleaner.
Note: for special occasions, when I really want to shine, I should use Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer before foundation.

Update: Other colors that seem to work for me are Loreal's True Match W4 (Natural Beige)

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