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Reviews.. Brow and Chromaline Tutorials.. I’m Tired

I feel like I am going to die. This week has been exhausting and I am so glad I can finally sleep a little bit tomorrow. I won’t go into much detail, but I’ve been wearing my goWear fit device on my arm (as seen on the Biggest Loser) and burning calories like crazy. If I see that I haven’t burned enough calories for the day, I start jogging in place, or dancing in the living room, needless to say I lost three pounds in a week. I am even closer to my Megan Fox dream body goal. LOL..I’m nuts! Anyway.. on to the makeup…

So, I tried a couple new products this week, spent some money, you know how it goes.

MAC Chromaline Makeup

I tried the following products:

MAC Full Coverage Foundation in NW20: WOW.. thick and creamy. It was a perfect match for my skintone, but it was a really heavy makeup that never really dried fully on my skin. It does have a matte look, but it tends to get a little greasy. I see this as being good for photographs and events where you aren’t dancing or sweating.. maybe even stage makeup with a good setting powder. I did use powder, but I think I need to use something like plain Cornstarch to set this makeup with. I will continue to try this and update with another review.

MAC Pro Pan Blackberry and Star Violet Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refills
: Blackberry(pictured on bottom) and Star Violet. Awesome colors. I haven’t tried Blackberry yet, but Star Violet ROCKS. The last time I tried to purchase it, it was out of stock, so I am glad I got it this time.

Here is a quick tutorial on my eyebrows (again). I get a lot of people asking me how I do my brows without a stencil and so here it is in more detail:

I think of my brows as a series of connecting straight or slightly curved lines. In the picture above, I made my starting point line on the bottom of my brow first. I use a slanted eyebrow brush (made by Brandon) and a matte powder shadow from MAC (shades vary from time to time, depending on my hair color).

I start the second part of the lines on the top as shown, connecting it with the bottom line at the highest point of my natural brow line.

I fill in that middle area lightly, using upward strokes with my slanted brow brush.

The next and last line is the end of the brow. I press down with my slanted brush to start the line going in the direction I want, then in short quick strokes, work my way down. If you go too far, you can use a q-tip to clean up or shorten the length of your brow. If you see long brow hairs that you want to trim, I normally comb the hairs downwards then cut them.

My arched eyebrow

Finished product ! I no longer need the help of stencils or pencils.. just two products and I am done.

NEXT.. the Chromaline tutorial!

Chromaline Process Magenta

This lovely product is a gel liner and is available in really bright and lovely colors! From the MAC Process Colour collection, I bought Process Magenta and Black Black Chromaline gel products. I used a thin and flat eyeshadow brush to apply the Chromaline and it seemed to work well and wash off the brush very well. The product itself is very easy to apply and blend. It takes a little while to dry, but once it does, it’s waterproof. Creamy and smooth, this is great stuff for applying under eyeshadows as an eyeliner or to use alone.

MAC Chromaline Process Magenta
MAC Chromaline Process Magenta and Black Black

Here is Process Magenta with Black Black.

MAC Process Colour Collection

Here is Process Magenta with my new MAC Star Violet shadow blended over the crease with Benefit Cosmetics High Brow pencil on the brow bone.

I didn’t have time to apply mascara, but hopefully you get the idea.

Paint Stick Process Magenta and Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor, Make Me Pink

I finally got that lipstick I saw in the Christy Turlington Maybelline ad! It’s called: Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor, Make Me Pink The swatch of it is on the top. I tried it on my lips and although it did smell like Playdough, I loved the color. It’s a cute baby Barbie pink! Also, it’s pretty moisturizing. Below that swatch is the MAC Process Magenta Paint Stick. I haven’t tried this on my face just yet, but I plan on using it as a blush and lip color. (Subscribe to this blog to see what I end up doing with the Paint Stick! Click on “Subscribe” button on the upper left column)

UP NEXT.. Dita Von Teese pin-up girl makeup tutorial… for a friend who has a Halloween request!


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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

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