Quick! — I need an excuse to wear a pair of these new false lashes by Make Up For Ever…
How about a drag queen-themed baby shower?
Is that even a thing?? If it isn’t, I think we need to make it one, because if I can do drag queen karaoke for my thirtieth birthday party, then a drag queen-themed baby shower is the next logical jump, obviously. 🙂
Make Up For Ever C-802 Lashes ($18)
MUFE just launched these last month in a staggering 50 styles! They’re $18 each, made of synthetic fibers and come with a small bottle of latex-free lash glue.
The styles are divided into four categories — Natural Volume (for everyday enhancement), Dramatic Volume (slightly fuller lash styles for amped up day or night looks), Winged (for cat eye-style meow!) and Artistic (for show-stopping lashes).
One of the beautiful (but sometimes frustrating when you can’t control yourself) truths about makeup is that you can make it as easy or as complicated as you want.
Case in point: primer. Most of the time, either because I’m inherently lazy or because I’m almost always running behind, I’ll use a single un-tinted pore-minimizing primer all over my face, except for on my lids, where I’ll use a separate eye primer, but sometimes I’ll feel like going the extra mile, so I’ll use a combination of multiple face primers, and sometimes I’ll even incorporate an additional color-correcting primer.
Make Up For Ever Radiant Primer (left) and Smoothing Primer (right)
When I feel like going that extra mile, before applying my main face primer, I’ll use a separate orange-tinted color-correcting primer first, and I like $36 Make Up For Ever Radiant Primer Peach for this, to neutralize any purple, blue and gray tones on my skin, which for me is usually under my eyes, around my mouth and along my jawline.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Metallic Mink ($36)
Neat and New to Me
Unlike my Unsung Heroes series, which features permanent collection products I’ve known and loved a long time, the Neat and New to Me series showcases permanent collection products that slipped under my radar for a while, but then I discovered them! — and now I think they’re neat and new to me.
The answer, my friend, would be yes. A thousand times yes!
If a roving band of performance artists stopped me one day on the sidewalk in downtown Novato and asked, “Excuse us, miss [yes, they’d say ‘miss’]? Would you mind if we poured this bucket of melted Tom Ford Metallic Mink eyeliner on you to cover your entire body from head to toe like a fabulous coat of golden purply bronze?” I’d say yes, even though it would be hard to clean up, ’cause it would look fabulous.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Metallic Mink
All I have to say about this eyeliner is “Get outta my dreams; get into my car! — and grab me a backup while you’re at it, yo!” Metallic Mink looks SO lovely smudged along lower lash lines, especially with reddish browns or purply brown eyeshadows on your lids.
It’s a shimmery golden bronzed brown eye pencil with a slight essence of purple that comes through every once in a while, and it’s the closest thing I’ve found to BECCA’s fabled Cabrera liner. Although it’s not an exact dupe, it’s close enough to warrant a ticker-tape parade and a pair of naked baby angels playing harps. 🙂
Wearing Tom Ford Metallic Mink on my lower lash lines
The collection includes six limited edition sets, and here’s a look at three of them (not shown are the lash kit, the gloss duo and the mini brush kit). They’re some of the best deals I’ve seen so far this holiday makeup season.
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette ($59, a $221 value)
The Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette
A closer look at the Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette
The colors themselves are all re-promotes from the permanent line, so these aren’t brand new products, but you may not mind, even if you already have a few of the colors…
And the reason for that? Price break!
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection ($150, a $228 value)
Hey, sweets! Take out your palettes and your brushes, and let's do some makeup. :) It's not gonna be hard (I promise). All you need is some patience, some practice and a little guidance. I've got a couple of tutorials here that will help you along, like this one for a pretty cocktail party look, a shimmery mermaid, or this one here I like for picture occasions.