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Mascara

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The most important element of your eye makeup is mascara. I’ve mentioned in a previous column that mascara is one of the most crucial steps in your basic daily makeup wear. Mascara, even without any eye shadow, creates definition.

 

Choosing the right formula is half the battle and there are several formulas that mascara can come in.  They are:

 

Waterproof – as the word suggests, this will not smear or smudge from water or tears.

 

Thickening – contains waxes and silicone polymers, which thicken each lash from root to tip.

 

Lengthening – this formula contains plastic polymers that adhere to the tip of the lashes, creating length.

 

Defining – mascara that coats each lash, keeping them separate and defined; this will not contain polymers, and is great for an everyday, more natural look.

 

A mascara wand that serves your purpose is also very important. Most mascara come with the appropriate applicator. I’ll list a few kinds of wands and how they help apply the mascara:

 

A wand with long, fat, full, thick bristles will help thicken and lengthen your lashes, because each lash gets individually coated.

 

A wand in which the bristles are in the shape of a football (thin in front, thick in middle, and then thin again at the end) helps to define, thicken and lengthen lashes.  Using the tip on the wand and applying mascara vertically will help define each lash.

 

A wand that is widely spaced is great to use to define and separate your lashes.

 

The waterproof formula that I mostly use on a bride and bridal party is Splash-proof Lash by MAC.

 

I’ve also recently received Film Noir by Hourglass, as a sample. The purpose of this formula was to give you a full spectrum.  It defines and lengthens lashes, and is smudge-proof. (I am not 100% certain it is waterproof).  In my opinion, the wand picks up too much product, causing the lashes to clump.  I suggest wiping off excess mascara on the tip of the tube (this is a good idea in general, but with this wand especially), then apply a thin, even coat.  You may then apply a second coat once the first layer dries.

 

My favorite mascara for everyday use is Great Lash in “Blackest Black” by Maybelline.  This usually costs about $5 at most drug stores.  It is perfect for everyday use, defining and adding color to lashes.  In addition, the wand picks up a perfect amount of product.

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Eliminating Under Eye Puffiness

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Dear Sharona,

I am in my late 20′s and have heavy lids and small bags under my eyes. As I am still young and get plenty of rest, doctors have told me that it is genetic. My trouble with concealing the bags is not with the coloring (like people with dark circles) as much as it is with how to make the bags look smaller or less puffy and my eyes bigger. What are your suggestions?

 Adina, New York

 

Dear Adina,

Having bags underneath your eyes can be frustrating, and can make you appear tired or even older. Unfortunately, as you said, it is most likely due to genetics. Often, this can be corrected with surgery, but who wants to go the dangerous (and expensive) route? Thank goodness for makeup; it can enhance what we have, “make up” for what we don’t have, and best of all, give off the illusion that we are flawless.

 

Even the slightest amount of under eye puffiness may seem exaggerated, due to a shadow being created under the eye. (Remember: if you take pictures, be sure that the lighting is not directly overhead, as it may enhance the puffiness). Here is what you need to create “bag-less” eyes: concealer (if you have dark circles as well as puffiness), foundation, a highlighting pen, and translucent face powder.

 

Step 1: If there are any discolorations (dark circles) just below the lower eye lid, i.e. brown, blue, red, etc., now would be the time to conceal them; otherwise move on to the next step. Please remember to apply concealer only to the areas where there is discoloration.

 

Step 2: Apply foundation on to the face.

 

Step 3: Take the highlighting pen (note: this is not concealer – a highlighting pen has light-reflecting particles and brings out the recessed areas, such as the dark shadows created by the under eye bags) and apply it just underneath the puffiness, where the shadow is being created. Make sure you apply the product under the bag, and not on to the bag (that would cause the puffiness to be highlighted and would make the area appear even puffier).

 

Step 4: Pat your finger on the product to blend the product in.

 

Step 5: Lightly powder the eye to set the make-up in place.

 

Sephora makes a highlighting pen in a cream format and it costs about $12. If you want to go the cheaper route, E.L.F (Eye Lips Face) makes a concealer with a highlighter as a second step for only $3. E.L.F.’s highlighter is translucent, whereas Sephora’s brand actually comes in a variety of colors to match your skin tone.

 

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Lipstick Lasting On Shabbos

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

   Which lipsticks will last throughout Shabbos is a common question I am asked. In fact, many women share this common problem where the lip color just “slides” right off within a few hours. There are a few products on the market that are formulated to last from 8-18 hours, and many of them can be purchased at your local drug store. Covergirl, Maybelline and L’Oreal all make long lasting lip color that can be found at drug stores.

 

   The lip colors are usually applied in a two-step process. A lip color is applied with a wand and then a silicone-based coat is placed on the lip color after it dries. The second coat adds moisture and gloss. The down side when it comes to Shabbos is that you can’t reapply the moisturizer, and the lips will feel dry and often times the color will start peeling off the next day.

 

   If you want to wear your regular lipstick on Shabbos and want it to last longer than it normally would, then try this tip. Prior to applying your lip color apply a lip primer, let that set and then apply the foundation you would apply on your face on your lips as well. Line your lips with a lip liner in a similar shade as the lipstick you will be applying, and with the same lip liner shade the lips as well.

 

   After the lip liner is applied apply the lipstick. Keep in mind a matte lipstick will last longer than any other type of lipstick, such as glosses.

  

 

   Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Airbrush Makeup – What’s The Hype About?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

What’s so special about airbrush makeup? Is this a new technique in makeup application? These are a couple of questions I commonly get from my readers and clients.  Airbrush makeup application has been used in Hollywood on models and actors for over 30 years. For approximately ten years, makeup artists have been using this on brides, businesswomen, or anyone that wants to look great for an event.

Airbrush makeup is usually water based and is fed through a compressor that pushes the product out through the system. The makeup comes out with air, causing the application to feel like a fine mist (it feels pretty neat actually). A bit of caution: it is meant to be applied by a professional makeup artist.

This method of making someone up sounds pretty cool, but is it really necessary, and what are the benefits of using it?  There are a number of reasons why I love to use airbrush makeup and continue to recommend this method. In today’s technological world, object and people are viewed on camera and in motion pictures in high definition (HD).  HD is not just popular in movie making and on television – more and more professional photographers and videographers are now converting their equipment to HD format.  HD not only defines the image, making us appear more realistic, it unfortunately also scrutinizes us intensely. With airbrushing, you can custom blend colors, it lasts long, and it is tear-resistant.

I use Kett cosmetics for my airbrush foundation and blush. Its formula is specifically designed for HD camera equipment. It’s very lightweight, and makes the skin appear flawless with a porcelain finish. Although airbrush makeup is lightweight, it is very pigmented. Airbrush makeup application is more expensive than your regular makeup application, and there are some makeup artists who  will charge over $300 a face, but it is well worth it, since you will have a flawless complexion and will photograph beautifully.

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Cream Blush by MAC

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Blush is an important final step in your makeup application. Blush brings a glow to the face, as if a candle was lit from within. Many blushes come in powder form, but they also come in cream form, which is the form I’ll discuss today. One of my favorite blushes is the MAC cream blush.  The blush is very lightweight and gives off a nice dewy look – a look that is especially suitable to those with dry skin, since dry skin gives off a very dull, matte look. 

 

MAC’s cream blushes are pigmented, so a little definitely goes a long way. My favorite way to apply this blush is with a brush, and the MAC 188 duo brush is my tool of choice. The brush bristles are not dense and therefore pick up an even amount of product. In a soft circular motion, I blend the blush right into the skin, after the foundation is applied. Make sure that there is no powder on the foundation prior to applying the cream blush, so the finished look is not murky. If you don’t want to use a brush, or don’t have one, you can even use your fingers and lightly tap the blush onto your cheeks, blending it in. After the cream blush is blended in, make sure to powder your face with a translucent face powder, to keep the blush from smearing. MAC has a nice selection of colors to choose from: pinks, corals and browns.

 

Since the blush is cream based, it’s not recommended for oily skin. The oils from your skin will mix together with the cream, causing an “unclean” finish.

 

I like it how this product photographs nicely, and it’s my choice of blush on most brides. I found that it lasts a lot longer on the face, and definitely worth the investment. This product costs $18.50 and can be bought directly from MAC, or from Macy’s.

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Shaping The Brows

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

When applying make-up most people focus on the eyes or lips, and sometimes forget to give attention to the eyebrows. Your brows can open up your eyes and face, and can also make you appear younger, so be sure to give them as much attention as you would your eyes and lips.

Before you begin to shape or clean your brows, trim them a bit. Sometimes the hair is long and gives off the illusion that you have too many brow hairs that need to be removed. Take a brow brush (or even a clean mascara wand), and brush the hair up and trim. Then brush the hairs down and trim. You may find that to be sufficient for a clean look. If not, out come the tweezers. Before you begin to tweeze, take a pencil (or any thin brush handle) and line it up against your nose – the brows should begin from that point (if your brows go past that point, then tweeze the excess hairs from the center of your eyebrows).

Now that you know where your eyebrows should start, you now have to figure out where the arch should be. The highest point of your arch should be directly above the outside of your iris (the colored part of your eye). Last, you will determine where your eyebrows should end. To determine the length, take the pencil, place it against the side of your nose and turn it sideways (almost forming a wide “V” on your face), making sure the tip lands just where your eye ends. That should be the point where your eyebrow will end. If your eyebrow ends before that point you may draw in extra hair with an eyebrow pencil that matches your eyebrow hair. Otherwise tweeze away any excess hair.

Now that you know where the brows should start, peak, and end, you can begin to tweeze. The best time to tweeze is right after a shower when your pores are open, and removing the hair will be less painful. Tweeze one hair at a time and go in the direction of hair growth so as not to damage the hair follicle. You may want to alternate from brow to brow so you can tweeze the eyebrows evenly. Here’s a great trick to avoid over-tweezing: color in all excess hairs with white eyeliner, and tweeze only those hairs, so you don’t go too far up into the brow.

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Smokey Eyes with Prominent Eyes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dear Sharona,

I have very prominent eyes; I was wondering what color and or style of makeup would suit me? I have dark brown hair and brown eyes, and medium-deep skin tone. I rarely put on makeup and if I do, it’s only on my eyes. I am looking forward to reading your suggestions.                                  

Anonymous- NYC 

 

Dear Anonymous,

 

Thank you for submitting your question.  The best look for prominent eyes (eyes that are large or appear to bulge out) is the “smokey eye look.”  A common misconception about the smokey eye look is that you need to put black eye shadow all over the eye. Although that is one way of creating a smokey eye, it is not the only way to accomplish the look. The colors that can be used for a smokey eye (aside from black, gray, or brown) are gem colors such as sapphire and emerald.  There are really no rules, just keep it on the darker side, because darker colors give off the illusion of a smaller eye. You’ve mentioned that you have brown eyes and brown hair, which means that you are already starting out with neutral colors and any eye shadow color goes well with your coloring.

 

Although you can get away with any color eye shadow, there are some limitations. Your eye shadow color should give off the illusion that your eyes are set a little deeper into your face, and the best shadows for that are colors with a matte finish. Anything with shimmer will make your eye appear more protruding.

 

What you’ll need:

 

* 2 eye shadows in the same color; one should be a deep tone and the other a slightly lighter tone, both in a matte finish.

* Pencil eyeliner in a similar shade to the shadows.

* A black eyeliner pencil (to rim the inside of your eye).

* A Q-tip (to smudge).

* Eyelash curler and mascara.

 

First, apply the darkest shade on your lash line and on the base of your eyelid. Then, take the lighter shade and apply it in to the crease of your eye, stretching the color upward towards the brow bone. Make sure to blend the two colors well, especially where the colors meet. Rim the eye to “close” the eye a bit and make it appear smaller. On the top lash line using an eyeliner pencil in the same shade as the eye shadow, line a thin line and smudge it into the eye shadow. Curl lashes and apply mascara. Keep in mind this style of smokey eye, and deep colors are best used on prominent eyes.

 

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

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