Just a little obsessed with GAGA

So a few weeks ago I had to extreem thrill of soaking in some Lady Gaga in this two hour interview from showstudio. Now I know that this is a BEAUTY BLOG, and that everything you see up until this point has been all things make up & fashion; so this new post may seem as though it would better fit on another site or blog better than mine... but in all reality, what this encompasses is everything that this blog is about. BEAUTY. Everything about Gaga (to me) is beauty. She has a brilliant mind, and what could be more lovely than beauty that comes from the inward and transcends the physical body in such a spellbinding way?

Watch as Lady Gaga answers from her heart all the questions asked, and graciously endures the endless typing that her interviewer subjects her to.

This interview inspired me to pull out the red lipstick and black liquid liner and dance in the dark. Truly fabulous!

Enjoy and post your thought post viewing!

LOVE LOVE LOVE

For the perfect red lip go to M.A.C. and watch Fatima create a Red Lip to die for, in this step-by-step video.
Two of my favorite red shades by M.A.C are "Ruby Woo" (also a favorite of Dita Von Teese), a vivid bluish-red, and "Lady Danger" a bright matte coral-red.

Knock out the look with a solid black-lined cat-eye. I love Fluidline (also by M.A.C.) in "Blacktrack". This smudge-proof, long-wearing gel formula is so easy to apply (a simple dip and stroke action!) that you can't go wrong. This product has a super silky soft finish that its brand calls "foolproof" (and I agree!). I have used this one little pot for years for photoshoots, runway shows, whole bridal parties, friends and myself and I still have plenty left- it really does last forever. Watch the video on this page to learn how to do an eyeline with this product.

Smokey Eye


I am an absolute sucker for a hot smokey eye and when I saw this photograph of the lovely Kim Kardashian I was inspired!!!

When I have smudged smokey eye makeup I feel super sultry... like a sex-kitten, ready to pounce ;) 

There is absolutely no reason to be intimidated by the smokey-eye look, you can do it in minutes. Its really not that hard and the more you practice and play, the better you will get. I have found that the best smokey-eye applications I have done, were done when I wasnt trying hard and when I wasnt trying to get it super perfect. The whole idea of a smokey-eye is rock-and-roll glamour. That "I slept in my makeup and woke up looking this hot" look.

Some of my favorite smokey eye makeup products are:

Baked (rich bronze)


Gunmetal (grey with silver glitter)


Lounge (reddish brown with green pearl sheen)

Maui Wowie (Med Gold with silver glitter)

Smog (deep coppery bronze)

All of these shades are by Urban Decay and are super rich in pigment and demensional tone.

I love to first line my eyes with Aveda's Petal Essence Eye Definer in 920 Black Orchid. It is creamy and blendable and I like to use it to make a blotchy slightly messy line around my eyes which I smudge and blend in with my finger. It isnt a percise line near my lashes, but rather blends up into the lid and creates a creamy base for shadow. Your eyeshadow will meld into this liner and the staying power will be ten-fold! Plus the effect is total smokey-smudged-sexieness! (I almost like the look of just the liner smudged in so much that sometimes Im tempted for forgo the shadow alltogether!) Dont forget to line your water line (top and bottom) with this black liner as well, before applying your mascara. (Your water line is the wet line between your lashes and eyeball).

Follow with several coats of Zoom Lash Mascara by M.A.C. and then apply some individual or strip lashes for ultimate drama.

Remember: There are no rules to creating your glam smokey-eye look. If you want to pair dark grey and black shadows with dark lipstick... do it! (just keep your blush extreemly light!) If you want to keep your lips nude and go with dramatac dark shades on the eyes... do it! Give yourself bold brows to frame your smokey-eyes or keep the brows natural and bare. Either way can be beautiful. Use a light-ish hand when it comes to bronzing your face and go with dewy or matte finish on the skin. Either is really beautiful with dramatic eyes. Having smokey-eyes does not mean black or grey and silver. You can use any color and make it smokey with darker shades of the same color (and black liner) or accent your color with a black shadow. Have fun with it and allow for some mess to make this look sexy by letting your hair be a bit untaimed and your clothes a bit deconstructed! Loves it.

Here are some great images I found to spark your creativity and inspire your next smoked-out look!

This is a great example of a pale lip paired with a smokey eye and bronzed/blushed cheeks.
These smoked out brown peepers are to die for! Love the smokey bronze colors with the mega lashes.
Simply devine! This look is so sexy. Notice there is little or no blush on her cheeks and her lips and brows are quite natural. The eyes alone bring the intinsity and drama and really are the focal point of the face.

Here Jennifer Lopez shows off her pretty peepers with a smoked mossy green color which is electric! I love the soft peachy lips with the green shadow and the peach cheeks.

You dont have to go dark to have a smokey-eye as you see here in the picture of the beautiful Drew.

Notice what some lashes can do to sex up your eyes! Love this look for day-time glamour.

Whenever I see this add of Drew, I am breathless! Her makeup and hair is ravishing! I adore a warm reddish brown shadow palet on light blue or green eyes.

Use shimmery shadows that have warm undertones to create this look. Love Love Love!
Love the pinky purples. The shadows look like cream shadows - which are easy to blend. Just use a primer like Benefit's Stay Don't Stray to keep your shadow from migrating or creasing.

See what I mean about incorporating color? Pinks, Purples, Blues, Greens... there is no limit to what you can create with color. Love the white lined waterline in this picture. Makse the eyes appear wider yet the eye is defined with the lower lash liner.
Love the bright blue with the soft pink lip.
Saturate the lashes with coat after coat of mascara! Cake it on girl! Dont be shy of clumpy dramatic lashes when you are sporting the smokey-eye. Love the exaggerated liner in this pic and the brows are enhanced with dark color and the inner eye area/sides of nose are darkened with shadows. Sex Kitten to the max!!!
Last but not least is my most fav fav fav lady rocking the bold brow paired with a smokey-eye, pink cheeks and Barbie pink lips! I die. Absolutely glam-gasmic!

Here is fusha smokey eye that I created on myself using my Dinair Airbush kit.
 
Another shot of the same application. I just layered the dark atop the bright pink and exaggerated the "cat-eye" out past the end of the brows.
Here I used Urban Decay's "Gunmetal" and M.A.C. eyeshadow in "Greensmoke" with black liner and false lashes and tons of mascara! Darkened my brows with M.A.C.'s Quite Natural Paint Pot and angle brush #266 (also by M.A.C.) and used M.A.C blush in "Sunbasque" and "Viva Glam Gaga" Lipstick (M.A.C.) with M.A.C. liner in "Whirl".

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Airbrush Tanning

So... here we are, back to talking about tanning! Really though, have you ever pondered why being tan is such a desirable feature to have?

I was recently in a Dinair class learning the techniques of airbrush makeup and air-tanning; and during the introduction, the husband of Dina (creator of Dinair) gave a bit of a talk about tanning. The perspective he gave to the idea was that of tanning being a desirable thing because it is like youth: it gives options.

When you are young, your options are endless... your dating potential and that "finding a mate" ability is higher, you are a desirable asset to many workforces and you have that YOUNG beauty, that innocence that is still on your side as well as the charming naivety of not knowing and of not being jaded yet by any number of life experiences.

Now I think that a whole new set of desirable qualities come in to play once you are more mature and "aged", but I understood the point the speaker was trying to make about options. Being tan is a "illusion" as he put it, of being youthful, thus making you have that "young appeal" which makes you feel as though your chances of success in any category of life have just been tripled.

After the introductory talk, Dina asked for a model for the spray tan demonstration. When I first sat down in the class I took a quick inventory of the students and estimated there were well near 30 students in the class... and none of them were jumping up for the chance of a spray tan - which surprised me! So... I volunteered myself! After all, who doesn’t want a free spray-tan, right? The thing I failed to consider in that moment was the possibility that I would have to stand naked for nearly an hour in front of everyone, and make-up-less at that (personally, the sans make-up part was more scary than the naked part)!

What I felt in that hour, wearing only a pair of paper panties (which were see-through) was quite interesting! I actually felt more naked before the tan than after. This proved the speakers point. Before being tan, I felt less attractive and more naked than I did after being sprayed down with the tanning formula. I probably could have gone through the whole day naked once I was tanned! I felt sexier, thinner, and more confident.
When I was told to expect my new air-tan to last a good 10 days, I laughed. No spray tan I have ever had lasted even HALF of that! But here I am, 11 days later with still a slight hint of Dinair tan. Best of all, my tan has not faded into what could be mistaken as a skin disease as all the other spray tans I have had do. Don’t you hate that patchy sun-damaged look that faux tans seem to turn into right before vanishing all together? I sure do!
Now, on to the actual tanning formula that I experienced... Dinair is a company that has been around since 1981 (born the same year I was!) and is a pioneer in the concept of airbrush makeup. With celebrity clients such as Tom Cruise and Pamela Anderson, it is no secret that their formulas are second to none, and the air-tan systems are no less amazing than their makeup!

I was astonished also to find that there was no less-than-appealing odor that developed as my tan deepened (something that you will find happens with most sunless tanning formulas!). Also, minutes after being air-tanned, my skin was smooth and soft and not in the least bit tacky. I actually went the rest of that day without feeling that "dirty" feeling that spray tans tend to give you. I also was particularly glad that my tan did not have the least bit of an orangey hue.... but rather was a true bronze, streak free and with a believable depth.

 
I have nothing but good things to report about this product and am happy to announce that I am now a certified air-tan artisan! I have yet to get my actual machine (but it’s on its way!) and will be making house calls very soon... making pale beauties into bronze goddesses...and white-skinned men into Greek gods! No more standing in a pod-like massive machine and getting an in-personal spray down from jets, (hello Mystic Tan!) while inhaling most of the solution! How unhealthy that is and what possible health risks are we putting ourselves in danger of by going that route!?! No thanks. Also, with air-tanning you can get muscle definition enhanced with tan contouring... something that fitness buffs LOVE.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tan on! You will love your Dinair tan, no question about it! (But of course if you were to have a question, you can post it in the comment box below and I will be happy to answer it!)