Friday, December 3, 2010

A Family Affair: Holiday Makeup Looks

Remember a couple of weeks ago I told you about my cousin who was visiting from San Fransisco? The one that had the Major Fashion Emergency because stupid United Airlines misplaced her luggage and she only had one outfit to wear and hardly any makeup? (See? EMERGENCY!) Well Lisa just so happens to be a very talented makeup artist and I asked her if she would create a couple of holiday looks on me (once her luggage finally arrived) that I could share with you, my readers, and I was stoked when she said "of course!" I was so excited to spend some time with her because she's like a big sister to me and I don't get to see her that often now that she lives in California so I really miss her! Plus she always does such an amazing job and gives me great makeup tips ; ).

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Lisa has been doing my makeup since I was fourteen, when she was first starting out as a make-up artist. She taught me everything I know about applying makeup and which products to use. For years I was her 'guinea pig', she'd always practice on me and try all these cool and different looks to add to her portfolio. I actually flew to San Fransisco almost ten years ago to work with her and a couple of photographers on some extremely creative (and fun) photo shoots. We had a mini photo shoot this time and Lisa created both of these looks in the same night, in about two hours. Did you notice we're wearing the same cardigans? We did NOT plan that at all! It was so funny, I walked in the door and we both burst out laughing. What are the chances???

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Here's Look #1. Lisa wanted to create a glowing holiday look with the focus on my lips. She prepped my skin with a luminescent moisturizer, then concealed with a long-wearing concealer around eyes using a fluffy brush, and on smaller spots using a pencil brush. She buffed on a refining pressed powder using a large dual fibre brush in light, circular motions for a flawless yet polished look. To add contour and warmth to my skin, she swept a matte golden bronzing powder along my hairline, just under my cheekbones, under my jaw line and down onto my neck with a large, domed powder brush.

Lisa wanted to keep my eyes nude yet luminous, with super lush lashes. To begin, she buffed a cream eye shadow in a shimmery medium golden peach tone from my lash line to just above my crease using the same fluffy brush she used for concealer, then applied a metallic golden beige onto my lids with a flatter brush. She highlighted beneath my brow with a more matte yet bright white peach shade using the tip of the flatter brush, then swept the cream eye shadow beneath my lower lashes with the same brush for soft definition. Using an off-white metallic eye shadow, she created a gorgeous glow on the inner corner of my eyes to really make them pop. Then came mascara, false lashes, and a nude eye liner on the inner rim of my lower lash line to create bright, sparkling eyes.

Cheeks for this look were fresh and dewy, yet not overdone. Lisa chose a rich, light-medium pink cream blush to buff onto my cheeks with a dual fibre brush, then highlighted with a reflective, soft gold mineral powder with the same brush for a perfect glow. 

 For lips, Lisa chose a deep sheer wine lipstick defined with a black currant pencil and topped with a soft pink lip gloss. 

To switch up the holiday look, Lisa opted for smoky eyes and a subdued lip, perfect for New Year's Eve. She easily created this look by removing the lip colour, replacing it with a nude lip pencil, filled in with a soft pink beige lipstick and gloss.

Eyes were just as easy to change: using a larger, flat brush, Lisa patted a deep grayish brown metallic eye shadow onto my lids, blending upward just past the crease of my eye and onto my brow bone with a fluffier blending brush. She applied a soft bone colour to my brow bone with the flat brush, blending down to overlap with the deeper eye shadow to create a smooth diffusion of colour (this creates a perfectly blended look). Lisa then applied a mid-tone metallic olive gold shade onto the center of my lids for a gleaming, reflective look that added dimension. After sweeping the dark shade beneath my lower lashes for smoky definition, she lined my upper and lower inner lash line with an intense black liner. Presto – sexy, smoldering eyes!

Lisa used mostly all MAC products. If you'd like to know the name of a specific color or product please let me know in the comment section or email me. Also, if you have any questions for Lisa about makeup or about being a makeup artist you can leave those in the comments as well. I'll be doing a Q & A with her in a couple of posts.

Have a great weekend!


51 comments:

Diana said...

I really like the look with red lips:)

Amalia said...

Beautiful!
Red lips look so great on you

BeautybyPaula said...

WOW!!!!!!! Both looks are beautiful.Simply stunning!!!


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Madiha said...

You look beautiful in both looks :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow she's amazing, both these looks are gorgeous!!!
That's so funny that you wore the same sweater, haha :D
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Kara said...

Marie, you are so gorgeous!! Both these looks are amazing! My sister is a make-up artist as well and I love having her do looks for me!

You look smoking in the second look! I will need to try a smoky eye with a soft lip for sure! :)

xo

Courtney Erin said...

You look truly gorgeous in both of those makeup looks! I think my favorite is the smokey eyes (I'm a sucker for a smokey eye) - but you look amazing in both.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Jessica said...

Wow, Marie, you look incredible! Your skin is just glowing. What kind of moisturizer did she use on you? And I LOVE the smoky eye. You are totally rockin' that look, lady!

Nic Nic said...

wow your cheek bones are so defined!

you look fab with both looks but i especially love the smokey on you!

NaomiDee said...

wow marie!! you look so so SO beautiful in both looks! and i love your fringe swept to the side like that. you look amazing and your friend needs to come live with me haha :)

StyleFrost said...

You're so lucky! You look gorgeous in both looks, but I love the second look with stronger eyes! x

Catita said...

woow you look stunning in both looks! But I think the second one is the nicest! It is all in the look! Amazing
xoxo
Catita

Marie a la Mode said...

Jessica: She used MAC's Strobe Cream. It's AMAZING!

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Closet Fashionista said...

haha, i should have clarified that XD I get weekends off :) Just no weekdays.
and yea I love those cargos too, I want to wear them every day...haha

Ashleigh said...

Marie these are stunning!! I keep going back & forth for a favorite, I love them both on you! BTW, you have the most divine cheekbones!
That's a gorgeous shade of wine too!

Nikosmommy said...

LOVE both these looks! Gorgeous missy!

Your skin is flawless....you're so lucky!

Both looks are totally amazing, but I think the bold red lip really makes your face shine and pop. It's totally "you"!
I wish I had a cousin-makeup-artist!

liquoredonlacquer said...

Both of these looks are fabulous!!

bananas. said...

lady you look SMOKING! both looks look fabulous on you but i'm really loving the berry filled lips on you. so perfect for the holidays!

lauren lanza osias said...

both looks are flipping stunning, but girl, you look ah-mazing in the deep wine lip. omg. like blow my mind. and don't even get me started on your skin?! beautiful. what skin care products do you use?

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20 York Street said...

Oh you look so beautiful! Both holiday make-ups are fantastic but I prefer the one with the nude lipstick!

xox

My Republic of Fashion said...

Ooh, I love these 2 make-up looks. Your 2nd look is just so beautiful. Really sultry... :)SarahD

Donna ♥ Baby said...

wow you have amazing cheekbones! you look beautiful!

Debby said...

She is talented but your face is beautiful so it's the perfect canvas. I am all about a smokey eye/soft lip but I have to say I adore the dark lip on you. The first look is stunning. xo

shari @ little blue deer said...

Um, Marie, I saw this in my Blogger reader and I thought it was Gwenyth Paltrow! You are GORGEOUS! I always knew it but especially here! Look number one is the way to go! XX!

Tamera's Take said...

Marie you look GORGEOUS!!!!!! WOW! So beautiful! xo

Marie a la Mode said...

Thanks Everyone!

Kristy said...

wow, can you say GORGEOUS!?!?!?!?!
Both looks are amazing simply because your skin is naturally perfect! My favorite is the second look, but I love both <3 <3 :)

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FunnyFaceBeauty said...

Wow your cousin is so talented. Both looks are amazing. I absolutely love the lips in the first look. Could you tell me what lipstick(s) and lip pencil she used?

SiSi said...

LOVE both of the looks, Marie. You have BEAUTIFUL cheek bones, and such a model;]

Miss*Kimmy said...

I'm IN LOVE with look 1 on you .. that lip color is PERFECT! You so gorgeous ;)

AnNeTtEe said...

wow! those are both amazing makeup looks!! your cousin is obviously talented & girl! you're gorgeous!!! I love both of them but my fave is the one with the more neutral look with your down... very pretty!!!! great makeups for holiday parties!

Alexandra said...

i love the the make up looks, u're gorgeous
kisses

Tormentilla28 said...

Marie, you are so gorgeous!! Both these looks are amazing!
Kisses!

Ashley said...

You look absolutely stunning. Just wanted to say that! I'm coming back when I have more time to read the step by step details...I'm so trying out the second look sometime soon.

Marie a la Mode said...

Funnyface Beauty: For the holiday look: Burt’s Bees (blotted), Whirl Lip Pencil (to create a natural defined lip, blended into the center of the lip), Currant Lip Pencil, Desire Lipstick, with Local Colour Dazzleglass on top. Lisa created a clean look with C2 Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation applied along the outer edge of the lip line with MAC brush #266.

Smoky look lips were Burt’s Bees, Subculture Lip Pencil, Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20, and Local Colour Dazzleglass.

All products are MAC.

Marie a la Mode said...

Lauren: I use a whole clustermuck of skin products. I'll do an upcoming post about that soon!

Natasha said...

Both looks are great, but I super love the 2nd one..I have yet to master the smokey eye.

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Dress Me Dearly said...

Wow, look #1 is definitely my favourite. you look amaaaazing!

Kate said...

Wow, so dramatically different, but both SO stunning!! Love both of these looks on you! You have the most amazing cheekbones!

Christine said...

wow this is beautiful, love both looks :)

xo Christine

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Café Bellini said...

Wooohooo you look fantastic! They're both great looks but I think you look very sexy in the second look with the smoky eyes. That's also a major plus at parties, anyway, when you'll be eating and drinking and can't reapply your lipstick all the time.

J. said...

The make up is beautiful! You are beautiful!!!!!
:) J

Nausica said...

Very helpful! Love both make-ups!

Kerri said...

how fun to have someone else do your makeup- and your cousin did a great job creating the different looks. and oh my gosh, your skin is flawless!!!

e.day said...

oh wow! i love the second nude lips one. i will definitely have to try that. it looks so brigitte bardot. so pretty!!

wintergurl said...

she really looks pretty and pretty w/out makeup too.

Nikki said...

you look absolutely gorgeous in both colors! love the dark lips!


xx
Nikki

Marilou said...

I'm amazed on how great dark lipstick looks on you :)

xXMaNdAXx said...

woow stunning looks!! love the deep red lips in the first picture. I've just discovered your blog and I'm loving it!! xoxo

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Adilac said...

you look like elizabeth hasselback or another actress i forgot !

 
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