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It’s In The Bag

It’s In The Bag

Resident makeup artist Jewels — and her go-to bag — debuts her never-leave-home-without FP beauty essentials…

Your name: Jewels.

Where are you from? Born and raised in Ireland.

What do you do? Makeup artist for 15 years, 5 of those with FP! 😲 

What are you best known for? Creating immaculate, luminous skin. 

Current obsession: Products that glow, shimmer, sparkle or shine!! 

This is an amazing dual-purpose blush and lip colour. Easy application — just use your fingers or a brush. Gives the skin a gorgeous, gleaming finish. You can also pop some on your lids for a dreamy tonal look! 

This is the perfect primer, to keep your skin healthy, safe from the sun, and hydrated! 

I LOVE a face mist! Use this under/over with/without makeup to hydrate, plump skin, refresh makeup, cool down and add dew and sheen! Winning!!

This is something I grab on the way to a shoot in case a model needs a little extra tan. It’s tinted so you can see where your applying it. Buildable with clean ingredients and most importantly it smells good! Do your palms a favour and use a tanning mit! 

I keep this on hand to create custom lip, cheek and highlights for ALL skin tones! Mix it with your favourite rms Lip2Cheek shade to add extra dimension and sheen to your skin! 

Jewels’ bag is the Slouchy Suede Shoulder Bag.

How to (Use) Blush

How to (Use) Blush

An unfortunate incident as a teenager quickly humbled me in the presence of blush. Today I’m here to impart my learnings onto you…

The first time I remember being horribly embarrassed by my mother was when I was 14 years old. I had somehow gotten my hands on a bunch of cheap makeup (thanks, suburban shopping malls!) and decided to experiment with it right before a family dinner. I thought I looked amazing; that I’d really nailed the whole no-makeup-makeup look before it was popular.

My mom, on the other hand, took one look at my face, grabbed a tissue with one hand and my face with the other, and proceeded to wipe off the roughly three pounds of powder blush I’d painstakingly applied to my cheeks. On its own, the wiping wouldn’t have been so bad had it not been accompanied by a playful lecture about being “too young for makeup,” having a “light touch” and something about “clown paint.” Oh, and it was also in front of my entire extended family.

For better or worse, I’ve never forgotten this early makeup lesson (if you can call it that) and now, despite it being my most favorite makeup product, I am uber cautious when it comes to blush application. After years of trial and error, here’s what I’ve learned. Hopefully it can help you avoid a rouge-based showdown with your own mom one day.

Choose a formula.

When it comes to blush, there are three main textures: powder, cream and liquid. The one you choose depends on how comfortable you are with blush and general makeup application and also the look you’re going for.

Powder is pretty traditional and typically requires a brush to apply. It’s also fairly fool-proof (unless you’re me at 14) since it’s dry and you can control the amount you pick up with the brush. That said, powder tends to sit on top of the skin so it can wear off after a while.

Cream is a “wet” alternative — oils and pigments make up a cream blush base — and is best applied with your fingertips or a makeup sponge. This makes it easy to layer and place since your fingers are doing all the application work and also ensures staying power as it melts into your skin. It also lends a nice glow and offers a skin-like finish. (If you tend to be oilier, stick with powder.)

Liquid blush is…liquid. The upside to this formula is that it’s super sheer and makes for a truly natural-looking flushed cheek. The downside is that since it’s liquid, it dries super quick so you only have a few seconds to place and blend the color before it sets, making it a little more difficult to correct if something goes awry. 

Pick your color wisely.

The shade you use is totally up to you and the vibe you’re going for. But if you’re looking for a classic I-just-went-for-a-light-jog-and-saw-some-puppies flush, stick with pinks, plums and peaches. A good rule of thumb is to find a shade that matches one of the following: your lips, the color of your cheeks after you give them a light pinch, or your nipples. (Yes, you read that correctly. Sometimes it’s what’s inside the bra that counts when it comes to makeup.)

If you’re very fair, opt for a pale pink or a cool peach. Medium skin tones should stick to raspberries and plums (the latter applied with a very light touch and an eye toward building the color). And darker skin is best served by bright, bold pinks and corals that will stand out on a darker canvas, and warm plums and browns to add depth. 

Apply it to the right spot.

As with all makeup, there are countless where’s and how’s to applying blush — it’s a personal preference, really. But for a tried-and-true, never-fail, will-always-leave-you-looking-great approach, simply smile. When you’ve got your blush picked out, look in the mirror and crack a smile. The bounciest, fullest part of your cheek is the apple, where you naturally flush, which means it’s where blush will look the most natural. So apply it there and then work out along the cheekbone, up toward the temple. You can also lightly brush some on the bridge of your nose and along the hairline of your forehead — anywhere the sun would naturally hit.

 

Four Killer K-Beauty Products Worth The Lip Service

Four Killer K-Beauty Products Worth The Lip Service

The scrubs, oils, balms and inks earning a reputation for cool packaging and OTT payoff…

Politely tipping its hat to flash-in-the-pan beauty trends, the K-Beauty wave is not just staying strong, it’s reaching tidal proportions. And for good reason: Not only do the products work, they bring new life to the day-to-day.

When interviewing a hyper-famous makeup artist introduced to me as “the Pat McGrath of Korea,” I asked her what made K-Beauty products so inexplicably appealing. She told me, in so many words, that there’s a joy in our hearts that doesn’t have to fade away as we age, and that this eternal youth is captured in the movement’s formulas and packaging. Looking at lip staples through that ageless lens, there’s a certain magic to removing the teenagers-only association with rainbow tints, crystal clear casings, and playful color payoff that clearly keeps them adorned with the Best-Seller sashes they wear so well.

Below, four futuristic options that will never ask you to grow up:

 

Hydrating sugar and antioxidant-packed resveratrol work together as a sweet exfoliating treatment that can simply prep lips for color or leave behind a standalone sangria stain.

 

These kaleidoscopic colors actually morph into a pH-balanced custom shade upon application, while natural oils and fruit and flower extracts deliver a non-stick, ultra-comfy formula with a sheer, watercolor tint.

 

This clever combo of 60% balm and 40% vibrant pigment is the no-brainer trick to creating that popsicle-kissed ombre fade on lips which usually requires multiple products (and a dose of patience).

 

Somehow, inexplicably, the natural glossy finish of these longwear inks allows shades like Royal Red, Bright Orange, and Raspberry to look both born-with-it cool and otherworldy brilliant.

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