Monthly Archives: August 2016

Master Mixer is changing our makeup game

If you love a good highlighter (every makeup lover I know perks up their ears), then you probably already know about rms beauty’s Living Luminizer. For a year now, this has been my personal holy grail — the only highlighter I know of that is cruelty-free, organic, and not sparkly, oily, or super-shiny. This highlighter is IT, folks! It’s sheer, easy to apply (fingers!) and adds a subtle luminosity to the places on your face you want to strobe up a little bit. I have been known to rub Living Luminizer on my collarbones. I have even delicately highlighted my ears with it (which led to an odd compliment at a bar that compared my ears to “delicate little clamshells”, but that is another story).

I cannot say enough good things about this product. So imagine how excited I was when I started following rms’s Instagram and noticed they had a new highlighting tool: the Master Mixer. WHAT.

This rose gold highlighter claimed to be universally flattering and capable of easily mixing with blush, eye shadows, and lipsticks to create new shades. Amazingly, at the exact same time I was greedily eyeing this Master Mixer, my editor at Beautylish emailed me to ask if I wanted to try it out! Did I want to try it? Is the Pope Catholic? When the package arrived in the mail, I clawed the box open without using scissors.

The results were heavenly. The Master Mixer is a subtly shimmering rose gold shade, sheer enough to be barely noticeable on the skin. It just makes you look…glowy, in a warm way. I immediately tried it out in a multitude of different ways:

As a highlighter
Apply this product to your upper cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, the bow of your lips and your browbone. Don’t worry, there’s no glitter. The highlighter just makes you look like you walked into really good lighting. It makes your skin appear like you’re radiating good health from the inside out. Bonus freakout tip: you can use this with the Living Luminizer, for the kind of sun-kissed dewy look that only babies frolicking along ocean shorelines have.

As an eye shadow
Use your fingers to sweep this on your bare eyelids, and delight in the subtle glimmering of your mermaid-like eyelids. The color is buildable, so if you’d like to see it a bit more shade, just add another smudge and you’re good to go.

As a lip shimmer
A dot of Master Mixer in the center of your lower lip helps the mouth look fuller, and you can also simply use this rosy gold shade as your actual lip color. It’s smooth and feels creamy.

BUT WAIT! This is called the Master Mixer! Let’s mix it with other makeup we already own!

Find The Right Eye Shadow For You

When it comes to choosing which eye shadow to buy, I am huge advocate of one simple truth: get the shade that makes you feel amazing. But to feel amazing, you need to feel confident. And when it comes to makeup, nothing gives you more confidence than a good understanding of color theory and how it applies to your natural eye color, hair color, and skin tone.

So, let’s give you some color theory basics so you can purchase with power. Below are some factors to consider when buying an eye shadow — whether you want an everyday look or instant drama

Skin Tone

Today, skin tones tend to be categorized into two columns, warm and cool. It doesn’t help that some makeup brands will categorize pink tones as warm and yellow tones as cool while others will do just the opposite, because the color wheel is divided down the center and yellow can be considered cool or warm.

But if you are aware of your undertone, you can navigate through all this product with decisiveness. To find out your undertone, check your veins. Our veins are naturally blue, so a yellow skin tone will have veins that appear more green. A pink skin tone’s veins will appear more violet.

If you have a warm skin tone, any warm eye shadow color will look more natural; if you are cool toned, any cool color will look more natural. Selecting shades further to the opposite sides of the color wheel will give you more drama.

Warm skin tones should try colors like bronze, vanilla, ivory, taupe, light and dark brown, pink, and coral. If you have a cool skin tone, play with pale blue, lilac, teal, gray and turquoise.

Eye Color

Using your own eye color to choose your shadow palette is a perfect way to put the focus exactly where you want it. Using an eye shadow shade that is complimentary to your eye color (one that is opposite on the color wheel) is an easy way to draw attention and make the eye pop or look more prominent. Choosing a shadow that lies close to your eye color (we call this analogous) will give a soft and easy effect that looks beautiful. Here is a simple breakdown.

Blue eyes – We know that orange is opposite blue, so anything in that color family or on either side of orange will create a lovely, dramatic effect. Try shades and tints of orange, red and yellow to get a ‘wow.’ Think copper, gold, peach, coral, pinks, and warm browns. For a more subtle look, something that is next to blue on the color wheel like violets, purples, or greens can create an unexpectedly natural look. Lilac, lavender, deep purple, plum, khaki, and olive are all excellent choices.

Green eyes – Eye shadow with red undertones like burgundy, maroon, and pink, or close colors like violet, lavender, peach, plum, and red are ideal complements to the green of the eyes. Warm metallics like red-based copper and bronze tend to bring out not only the green, but often accentuate the beautiful grey and brown flecks that green-eyed people tend to have.

Natasha Denona Beauty Secret

You probably recognize makeup artist Natasha Denona’s work from the covers of ELLE, Marie Claire, and InStyle and on the faces of top models (like Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot, to name a few). You may even have seen her many collaborations with world-famous fashion photographers. And you’ve most likely heard about her breakout makeup line, including her skin-brightening Glow products and high-impact eye shadows. But what else do you know about this beauty industry star?

Here’s your chance to learn more about the story behind Natasha’s success. Head over to Highbrow for an intimate interview with Natasha in which she looks back on her childhood in Germany, her transition from dancer to model to makeup artist, and her big break. She even shares a glimpse into her daily beauty routine. Click here to read the interview and get to know this beauty guru.

I cannot say enough good things about this product. So imagine how excited I was when I started following rms’s Instagram and noticed they had a new highlighting tool: the Master Mixer. WHAT.

This rose gold highlighter claimed to be universally flattering and capable of easily mixing with blush, eye shadows, and lipsticks to create new shades. Amazingly, at the exact same time I was greedily eyeing this Master Mixer, my editor at Beautylish emailed me to ask if I wanted to try it out! Did I want to try it? Is the Pope Catholic? When the package arrived in the mail, I clawed the box open without using scissors.

The results were heavenly. The Master Mixer is a subtly shimmering rose gold shade, sheer enough to be barely noticeable on the skin. It just makes you look…glowy, in a warm way. I immediately tried it out in a multitude of different ways:

As a highlighter
Apply this product to your upper cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, the bow of your lips and your browbone. Don’t worry, there’s no glitter. The highlighter just makes you look like you walked into really good lighting. It makes your skin appear like you’re radiating good health from the inside out. Bonus freakout tip: you can use this with the Living Luminizer, for the kind of sun-kissed dewy look that only babies frolicking along ocean shorelines have.

As an eye shadow
Use your fingers to sweep this on your bare eyelids, and delight in the subtle glimmering of your mermaid-like eyelids. The color is buildable, so if you’d like to see it a bit more shade, just add another smudge and you’re good to go.