Make Up For Ever
As the old saying goes, "The point of wearing makeup is to make it look like you're not wearing any at all." This typically doesn't always ring true as some girls tend to cake it on, while other products leave your face feeling heavy with foundation. Let’s not forget that this is LA and young starlets have to deal with heat, paparazzi, and HD cameras. As if getting a pimple wasn't bad enough, imagine seeing it on TV in HD - the horror!
With the Grammy awards this past weekend and Oscar nominations just released, awards season is officially in full effect. So what's the secret for stars (and regular people) that need to look perfect from day to night? Besides coffee and big sunglasses, it's all about cosmetics!
Make up for ever, a professional Parisian brand, offers solutions for fair to dark skin and everything in between. I’ve tried their products in the past and always felt they were sound quality with efficient packaging. As a beauty reporter, I ironically hardly wear make up. However, since Make Up For Ever was a main sponsor of the Grammy Style Studio at Smashbox last week, I hopped on over to check out their goods. FYI, this was the official Grammy Style Studio, not one of those “other” gifting suites.
The Make Up For Ever section was full of vivid colors and friendly artists eager to give guests tips. I was able to get a full look done and was beyond impressed with the turnout! I had my artist write down everything she used on me, so I can attempt to recreate the look. It’s always a positive experience to have a professional help you with shades, as opposed to guessing and swatching yourself. What’s great about Make Up For Ever products is that they blend so naturally with your skin tone, that there are typically multiple shades that’ll work with each person, not just one or two. Also, most of their products are made to be used on camera so they hide imperpections perfectly.
During my glam experience I picked up a few tips to share:
My finished look
Use a primer, it makes foundation go on smoother and is an important base for your cosmetics. Many primers now have SPF, as opposed to a foundation with SPF as the sunscreen can interfere with the foundation itself.
Concealer works great alone to freshen up a tired face. Apply under the eyes and on the eyelid as a solid base for eye-shadows.
A lip pencil can easily take the place of a lipstick. Fill lips in with desired shade, and apply a gloss over. The pencil lasts longer than a lipstick and a light gloss gives it extra shine.
Here’s one of my personal favorite insider tips: Don’t be lured in by shiny packaging, as that might mean that the brand cut costs on their products. You wouldn’t believe the brands that cost twice and even double the price of Make Up For Ever, whose quality is sheer crap.