Falls Hottest Makeup Trends & More From Project Runway Makeup Artist Scott Patric

September 5, 2014 by  
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Project Runway makeup artist Scott Patric

I’ve been watching Project Runway for years and I’m so excited to share Scott Patric’s (Project Runways lead makeup artist) hottest makeup tips for this season, how to get the perfect natural look and his experience working with the Project Runway celebrities and models! Check it out below.

How was your experience working with celebrities on Project Runway?

It is fun, challenging, and exhilarating working with the models and designers on Project Runway. We are in a creative time crunch, so we use all our know-how and creativity to pull it all together and make a great look for the audience and judges to view.

How should women emphasize their natural glow with makeup?

-Have a clear and simple direction before you start your makeup and you will get there faster and the look will be neater when you finish.
-Pick a feature to focus. If today the focus is a red lip, just define the eye and let the lip speak. If tomorrow it’s a smokey eye, then the lip steps back.
-“Sheer out” your foundations with moisturizer. Use foundation on problem spots from the bottle, and where your skin is great, let it show through by sheering out.
-Always use lots of mascara!! If you are in a rush, don’t skip the mascara, skip something else because the eyes are the window to your soul!!
-A white, shimmery highlight in the inner corner of your eye makes it look like you’ve had lots of rest. It brightens your whole face.

How can normal women pull off the “natural look”?

Women after 40 definitely need to moisturize. We need to be hydrated and do yoga. Find a foundation that is sheer but with a good amount of coverage. Try the Shu Uemura tinted spf because you will look flawless and have sun protection. For lips, try Chanel Rouge Coco in Charme #40. It’s hydrating with a touch of soy pink mauve color. It’s awesome! Always highlight the great spots on your face. Lips always feel young with a light gloss. Keep it simple. A beautiful lip and a clean face goes a long way. Eyeshadows with less shine work better for women over 40.

What are some of your personal must-haves and why are they so amazing?

My personal all-time favorite products are Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara for longer, fuller, more gorgeous lashes. Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani makes your skin look like you are fifteen! Nars Blush in Orgasm is the right blush shade for almost every skin color – the name says it all! Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in Tender #510 and Delicious #415 are citrus bright lipsticks perfect for the beach or an party after.

What is hot this season?

Fall makeup is about a berry lip. It feels so great after the summer brights to take it back to a more chic berry and a subtle, grey smoke around the eye.

To ensure a beautiful look throughout the day, what are the top three things women should carry around in their purse?

Every woman should have blotting papers, an eyelash curler, and Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm in her purse!

Make sure to drop by Scott Patric’s Facebook page where he posts his process for creating the winning look each Friday.

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Sponsored Video: Lip Tips

April 12, 2014 by  
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I am a total ligloss/lip stick/lip balm addict!  My purse, makeup bag, nightstand and even my baby bag always has a stash ready for me to use at any moments notice. And when I dont have them and  I need them I panic!  It doesnt even necessarily have to be an actual lip product…I’ve been known to layer a little eye shadw over a lip balm, some light foundation and lipgloss for the perfect nude lip…the possibilities are endless and I’m always on the lookout for any new ways to apply some color and products to add to my collection.  One brand that I’ve used and always trust is Burt’s Bees (I always grab a tube of their shimmer lip balm at the check out counter at my local pharmacy or super center). The price point is amazing considering the quality and varity of natural eco friendly products  that they provide and since I’m a sucker for their always adorable packaging.

Celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno made her transition from traditional make-up products to organic with Burt’s Bees and equally fell in love with their 100% natural products and is now sharing her amazing tips and info that she’s picked up in the always expanding green beauty market.  She’s now teamed up the equally fabulous Burt’s Bees and is sharing her exclusive lip tips and tricks that are both naturally creative and glamorous.  I love how she incorporates the layering of products to achieve a natural lip color that’s perfect for the upcoming warmer weather (click here to use the perfect lip shade finder).

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Burt’s Bees, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Burt’s Bees’.

5 Tricks To Making Your Make-Up Last Throughout The Day

October 16, 2013 by  
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Can anyone find the will to get up an hour early for work, just to create a picture-perfect, long-lasting look? There must be a way to achieve beauty that holds throughout the day without all the (wo)man-hours. Most of us have ten minutes (if we’re lucky) to apply our go-to look, before rushing out the front door.  Apply your beauty products tactically to get more mileage out of your makeup with these five tricks.

24/7 Eyes


Do you find that your mascara gives up its day job by lunchtime? Set your eyelashes with a curler heated under a hair dryer. Check that the metal is touchable before you gently crimp your lashes, twice in the middle and near the tips. This’ll open the eye and create a fantastic flick for the mascara to work with.


Before applying your eye makeup, prime your lids with a base – perhaps a neutral shade of shadow or an eye primer like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – before continuing with your other beauty products. When you line your eyes, ditch the pencil for either liquid or gel alternatives, so your style will last until bed time.


For lashes with staying power, you’ll have to apply several thin coats of mascara. If you’re looking for volume, dust your lashes first with translucent powder. Unless you want to look like a member of KISS, wear waterproof mascara, as the British weather is not your friend.


Touch-Up On-The-Go


It’s always worth keeping a few beauty lifelines in your bag. Concealer is great for covering up any breakouts or panda marks around your eyes. Ladies with oily skin should consider carrying around powder to lightly matte-out glossy areas during the day – don’t apply too much though, as it’ll look as if you’re wearing a mask.


Your Skin


Before you do anything, leave your moisturiser to soak in to your skin for at least five minutes before applying your foundation. Only apply to areas that need attention before sealing off with powder. For a bulletproof look, many women swear by foundation primer, so give that a test run, but remember to always use products that are suited to your skin type.


Smell Gorgeous All Day Long


Look amazing and smell gorgeous by applying your perfume to areas that last. Although applying your favourite perfume to your inner wrists is the traditional way to go, there are other pulse pointsthat help you radiant scent for longer – these include: behind the ears, behind the knees, the base of the throat, the inner elbows, and down the cleavage – so experiment with perfume application and find out what works for you.


Long-Lasting Lips


The mouth is always a danger point. More often than not, lipstick ends up on our chin or teeth, around cups and half-eaten sandwiches. Even after a few hours, our colour has almost completely faded.


Although you may have to reapply once or twice, you can help your lipstick hold by pencilling in your lips first. Instead of pressing the makeup directly on to your pouters, use a lip brush to press on flawless layers of colour and seal in with a light swipe of gloss. Perfect!


This post has been provided today by http://www.salonsdirect.com. Own a salon business? Try buying your beauty products wholesale to save some pennies!


How do you make your make-up last throughout a busy day? Share your tips in the comments below!

Bffcosmetix: b Fun. b Fresh. b Fearless. Just b.

January 29, 2013 by  
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“For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.”  I happened to see this quote by Jessica SavitchIand and it’s so true – especially in what I do as a fashion blogger and stay at home mom.  While I have all the essentials to quickly pull together a quick look, there’s lots of times where I barely make it out of my house in fold over yoga pants (it’s a huge no-no, I know, but it is what is!).  Here’s the thing:  while I don’t always dress very glamorous I refuse to leave the house without lipgloss and mascara.  Weird?  Sure.  But I think it’s perfectly okay to give yourself a break and wear black yoga pants, a black tank, flip flops, fab lipgloss, mascara and still feel beautiful. Last week I was sent  some makeup samples by Roxanne Alaimo-Esdailes and Mark Cohen, who launched an online venture called bffcosmetix.com. First of all I’m a sucker for cute packaging (which it comes in) and a crafty motto ( “b fun, b fresh, b fearless, just b”). The product line includes lipgloss, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and blush to name a few, and right now they are only charging a $1 promotional price for the lipgloss! I found the colors bold and the quality high.  My favorites were the Red Hottie and Glisten Up but the 7 colors are available for only $6.  Check out the colors below and use coupon code Jblog to receive a free eyeliner with your order.  For more visit www.bffcosmetix.com.


Must Have Mondays: Guerlain Noir G Mascara

January 2, 2012 by  
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It’s no secret that I’m a mascara addict and Guerlain’s new Noir G mascara is the perfect companion for anyone like me that needs to keep it close and handy. Talk about pure genuis…The new Noir G mascara has a mirror that pops open when the wand is pulled out instantly satisfying that obessive need to check and perfect the mascara.  Defintiely well worth the $49 if your a working gal or even for that special night out on the town.

Available now at Nordstrom.com

UPDATE: Bare Escentual’s Pure Transformation Night Treatment Giveaway!

March 28, 2011 by  
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Update: The winner of the Pure Transformation Night Treatment is Kari and Alyssa!  Congratulations Kari and Alyssa and a big thank you to all who participated!

Already a devout fan of Bare Escentual’s powder foundation (I’m prone to acne and this is the only product I use), I was recently invited to try their latest invention: The new Bareminerals Skincare line powered by their proprietary Rareminerals Activesoil Complex.  This powerful ingredient, only available from Bareminerals, contains a blend of macro and micro minerals and is clinically proven to deliver faster cell turnover and noticeably smaller pores.  Remarkably, the Rareminerals Activesoil Complex has three times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries.  I personally used the Pure transformation Night Treatment and can honestly say that in a couple of days my pores were visibly smaller and my skin smoother and more vibrant.

Find out yourself!  Bare Escentuals is offering two lucky Fashiongrail readers their Pure Transformation Night Treatment for free.  Simply “like” Bare Escentuals on Facebook and leave a comment on Fashiongrail telling us why you could use this product as part of your nightly facial routine (dull skin, huge pores, etc.).  Giveaway runs from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1.  Good luck!


Buddha Balm: Good for the Soul and Lips

November 21, 2010 by  
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Buddha Balm is a premium handcrafted lip balm that contains powerful healing and protective properties that is as good for the soul as it is for the lips. I was lucky enough to have been sent a care package and immediately became smitten with the product (my personal fave is Burnt Sugar Fig),  Featured in Cosmo Girl, Maxim and seen on MTV The Hills, Buddha Balm coats your lips in a rich layer of protection and comes in a variety of incredibly great tasting flavors: Lychee Pomegranate, Burnt Sugar Fig, Mandarin Orange Ginger and Crushed Mint Pineapple . Buddha Balm is available online at buddhabalm.com or at Kitson, Bristol Farms, Coffee Bean and other retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of less than $4.

Follow Buddha Balm on Facebook and @Buddha_Balm.

Cambio Style: Classic Cat Eye (Video)

October 25, 2010 by  
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Cambio Style, a hot new fashion and beauty site featuring Marissa Machado’s Makeup Diaries.  Marissa is a celebrity makeup artist and can make anyone look great in a few minutes.  Check out my fave below.

Links: Found and Loved

May 30, 2009 by  
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Check out what these fabulous fashion bloggers wrote about this week!   

Smitten Saturday (Cafe Fashionista)

Jenny Humphrey’s Necklace in The Goodbye Gossip Girl (Chic and Charming)

Nick Arrojo Replaced by Ted Gibson on What Not to Wear (Eye4Style)

Trend Alert: Wide Leg Jeans (Fashion Fling)

Forever21 Pick of the Day: Knotted Back Knit Dress, $18.90 (FashionPulseDaily)

Better With A Girlfriend – Summer Shape Up! (Girlfriend Celebrations)

Blue Note – Fabulous Looks for the Denim/Chambray Shirt (Holier Than Now)

The New Power Suit (Life In A Venti Cup)

Interview of the Month: Shoe Hunting with Shoe Smitten (Lollie Shopping)

Completely Gratuitous Outfit Post (Love Maegan)

The Only Way To Do Acid Wash (Pinkrockcandy)

Spring Summer 2009: Casual Skirt Outfits (Real Style Real People)

Chanel Becomes Inspiration for the Ultimate Style Ride (Second City Style)

Be Aggressive With Alice + Olivia for Payless (Sickathanaverage)

Over the Top Accessories (Some Notes On A Napkin)

Shore Things: Chic Beach totes (StyleBakery)

Maximize Your Outfit Without Maximizing your Rear (Style It)

Daily Candy deals, Lucky Breaks & People Stylewatch Exclusives (The Sale Rack)

Faux Friday – Fabulous and Affordable Shoes (The Sole of Shoe La La)

Get The Luxe Look (The Style PA)

One Lace Burberry Dress, Two Very Different Model Looks (Thinkthrufashion)

Celeb’s Style: Rachel Bilson (Two Thousand Things)

Graduation Gifts for the Workchic College Grad (Workchic)






















Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup

May 7, 2009 by  
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Super Kawaii Mama – A cracking interview with a very worthy girl crush – Amelia Arsenic!
Style Symmetry – Seven Questions with Susie of Style Bubble!
Solo Lisa – Canadian jewelry line DESIGN + CONQUER puts a bold, quirky spin on the meaning of geek chic
The Coveted – Win a $250 gift certificate for Avelle (formerly Bag, Borrow or Steal) luxury handbags!
Agent Dreamer – Hearts Idil Vice
Tickle the Blog – Make your existing make-up into summer beauty must-haves!
Ono Lady – Too cool for school, NYLON magazine have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary
Dramatis Personae – Ashe Mischief Asks Herself “Why Develop Your Wardrobe’s Color Palette?”
fete a fete – Guerlain’s new summer Terracotta lip glosses, Fard Indien, and the new Rouge G lipstick!
The Capitola Fashionista – The 15 Must Have Sandals for this Summer
Style With Anna – The Hottest Swimwear and Bikini Trends for Spring/Summer 2009
A Few Goody Gumdrops – is giving away a Hana Elite Ceramic Flat Iron for Mother’s Day. Enter to Win!
Capitola Girl – So ready for summer on The Devil Wears Etsy
Two Thousand Things – Celebrity Walk-In Wardrobes and some pictures for reference
The Curvy Fashionista – A Curvy Fashionista declaring her fashionable existence in a straight world
Fashion Grail – Get Miranda Kerr’s look for less!
Misslikey – my view on the night at Met’s
Fashion Pulse Daily – Khaki goes beyond its preppy stigma with the new Gap designer collaboration
Brick My Lane – DIY: how to make an “organic” spike Rock’n’Roll belt

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