Product Focus: Eyebrow Creams

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Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s bushy brows or Instagram’s wavy eyebrow trend, eyebrows have dominated the make-up world for the last few seasons. However, unless you have perfect natural brows (and if you do, we’re all jealous), getting your eyebrows ‘on-fleek’ takes a little bit of care. In a world filled with eyebrow pencils, gels, and everything in between, finding the best product can be challenging. That’s why we at MUD engineered our line of Eyebrow Creams.

The unique formula fits into MUD’s Refillable 1″ Eye Compact, Universal Palette, or any MUD Palette that contains a well for eye products. Unlike some other eyebrow products, these Eyebrow Creams won’t dry out if exposed to air, they don’t require an air-tight seal. In fact, we love our eyebrow creams so much that we engineered a special brush just for this product. The #220 Brush comes with an ultra-sharp, short angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other for your on-the-go convenience. This allows you to articulate perfect, hair-like strokes with even more precision than an angled eyeliner brush.

To use MUD’s eyebrow cream, follow these simple steps:

Step 1. Brush up the brows with a spoolie so that you expose any sparse areas and can see the natural direction of the eyebrow hairs.

Step 2. Look directly in the mirror and use your unique eye shape to find the ideal position for the brows. First, align the inner corner of the brow with your tear duct. Next, the center and arch of the brow should fall in line with the outer edge of your iris. Last, the second half of the eyebrow should be as long as the distance between the inner corner of the brow and the arch, so that the eyebrows are balanced and even.

Step 3. Dip the angled end of your #220 brush in the cream, swiping both sides of the brush so as to create a sharp tip. Following the natural direction of your eyebrow hairs, apply the cream in short strokes throughout the brow.

PRO TIP: For more dimension, use two shades of the eyebrow cream, filling in the general shape of the brow with the lighter color and adding in the darker color from the arch through the end of the brow.

Step 4. Brush the brows into place with a little bit of MUD’s brow fix for a finished look!

Product Focus: Deco

Of all the bright eye colors to try, I firmly believe that a fresh, matte turquoise like MUD’s Deco Eye Color is the easiest to incorporate into your everyday make-up routine. A shadow that blends easily with neutral bronze and gold shades, Deco is always perfect to make simple eyeshadows pop. Additionally, for days spent lounging on the beach, what better way to celebrate the season than with a mermaid-inspired look?

For me, a turquoise eye color has always been the staple statement drop shadow. The cool shade really pops on darker skin tones, and works especially well to define brown eyes. Every year when I get a tan, I love popping on a bit of blue shadow under the lash line with a thick black liner along the upper lash. To recreate the look, I recommend using MUD’s Cake Eyeliner with a #210 Angle Liner Brush and smudging in Deco along the bottom lashline with a #300 Shadow Blender Brush.

Deco also works well with our Bronzed Eye Color for a variety of looks. If you want to stick with the turquoise drop shadow, apply a wash of Bronzed with the #610 Blender Brush all over the lid and crease. To add even more dimension, pack a little bit of Spanish Gold on the center of the lid with the #300 Shadow Blender Brush.

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If you want the look to be a little bit bolder, pack Deco all over the lid with the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush. This can be worn on its own with just a little mascara for an editorial look, or with Bronzed applied in the crease for a summery smokey eye. An overall bronze eyeshadow look can even be accented with bright blue winged eyeliner or trendy blue dots along the lower lash. To experiment with some liner art, mix Deco with water or primer on a #100 Eyeliner Brush.

Deco can be purchased online, here.

Product Focus: Smitten Kit

Are you looking for someone fun and flirty, with a little bit of an adventurous side? A girl you can take out to a high-class dinner or for some fun in the sun? Then look no further, because I’ve found you the perfect date. Let me introduce you to our newest palette, Smitten.

A stunning collection of six eyeshadows and one lip glaze, Smitten is a versatile palette with all the shades you need to get on board with the mauve trend. One side has three rich berry colors, while the other contains three blushing neutrals. The full set gives you the ability to go from day to night, or from editorial to more conservative looks in the bat of a eyelash.

A die-hard lover of solid washes of color, my go-to looks are a single swipe of the soft camel brown eye color, Chamois, or rich burgundy eye color Berrywood all over the lid from lash to crease. To spice up either look, I’ll smudge Vineyard, a warm, shimmering burgundy wine eye color along the upper lash line, or along the bottom rim of the eye as a drop shadow. If you have green or hazel eyes, you’re especially in luck–the brighter mauve or purple you go with these shades, the more these contrasting colors will make your eyes pop.

Another route you can take is with the more wearable nude shades, Galaxy, Cashmere, and Chamois. Together or separate, the three can make a variety of pleasant every-day looks, appropriate for business or a friendly family gathering. However, all three can easily be taken into the nighttime with the bright purple shade Velvetine, either applied with water or liquiset as a liner or smudged along the lower lash line. The shocking shade works surprisingly well with the kit’s tamest colors, opening you up to hundreds of looks. 

However, my favorite product in this kit is the nude lip glaze, Bare. Though our lip glazes might not look like the most exciting, I can’t emphasize enough how luxurious this formulation feels on the lips. Buttery and moisturizing, the lip glazes have a sheer pigment and a lot of movement–avoiding the sticky finish their industry counterparts often have. With its subtle sugary scent and wearable tone, this shade is perfect for a night out or a kiss on the lips. Needless to say–I’m totally Smitten! 

MUD’s Smitten Kit can be purchased here.

Product Focus: Lady Bug Lipstick

No make-up look will ever be more classic than a bold, red lip. From Marilyn Monroe to Dita Von Teese to Gwen Stefani, so many iconic women have made red lipstick a mainstay in their make-up bag. That’s why I always reach for MUD’s Lady Bug Lipstick whenever I want to add a pop of color to an otherwise simple look.

While there are many variations on a red lip – from dark to light, from warm to cool, or from matte to glossy – a well-defined, velvety red lip never gets old. Therefore, it’s important to start your lipstick application with our Red Lip Pencil. MUD’s lip pencils provide the perfect happy medium between firm and soft pencil–allowing you to both draw a precise lip line and fill in the lip without any patchiness. Filling in the lip helps create a vibrant color and keeps my lipstick looking even between touch-ups without any bleeding on the lip line.

After lining the lips all you have to do is fill in the lip using MUD’s #310 Lip Brush, and voila! You’re looking like a 1920s movie star. I recommend loading up our Lip Brush with lipstick and throwing it in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day.

I find Lady Bug to be very wearable because it is neither too light or too dark and has a slightly blue undertone. This makes it perfect for a variety of different looks. Rock a thin cat eye and falsies with Lady Bug for a classic vintage look, or pair it with a little mascara and defined brows to finish off a quick on-the-go make-up. The world is your oyster! 

Lady Bug lipstick can be purchased here.

Product Focus: Liquid Foundation

We all know that feeling: it’s officially summer, and you’re ready to spend your day lounging poolside or hanging out at a sunny park with a good book. You put on that cute summer dress you’ve been waiting to wear, and get all made-up with your favorite bright colored lipstick or bronze eyeshadow. You can feel the hot sun tanning your skin. Life is good!

But then, the worst feeling sinks in. You’re taking a selfie in the sun and you see your heavy, cakey foundation clumping up all over your face. Why did nobody tell you sooner?!

Just as summer is a good time to get a great primer, it’s also the perfect time to find a breathable, lightweight foundation. That’s why my favorite summer foundation is MUD’s Liquid Foundation. Available in ten versatile shades, MUD’s Liquid Foundation is suitable for everyone who wants a beautiful, skin-like finish that keeps your skin looking fresh. While the make-up feels lightweight, it is also buildable without being cakey. In fact, there’s been times I have added another layer of foundation under my eyes instead of corrector and maintained an even coverage all day! However, if you prefer the ultra-light coverage of a tinted moisturizer, this foundation can be mixed with a primer to sheer it out even more. When my skin is fairly even I like to buff in a small amount of foundation using the 615 Buffer Brush with a light hand.

On an active summer day, you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing make-up; that’s why MUD’s Liquid Foundation is my absolute favorite for this season. MUD’s Liquid Foundation can be purchased here.

Product Focus: Face Primer

If there’s ever been a best time to look for a good primer, it’s summer. I find that my skin breaks out more in the summer, so making sure I have a good base for my foundations is especially important so that my imperfections stay covered. That’s why I always use MUD’s Face Primer.

Primer is important not only because it sticks to whatever coordinating products you place on top of it, but also because it creates a protective barrier between your skin and your foundation. Our primer is silicone based, which means not only is it compatible with oil and silicone based foundations, but also it’s designed to stay on the surface of the skin to create a smooth, flawless foundation application. To use, just take a very small amount of product (I use about the same amount as a pencil eraser) and smooth it all over the face prior to foundation application.

But primer isn’t just for foundation! On hot summer days, I know I don’t always want to wear a full face of make-up. However, a light layer of primer makes my skin feel soft and silky. I like to make MUD’s primer the last step in my skincare routine to prepare it for make-up no matter how much product I’ll be putting on. Mix it with your foundation or pair it with a little corrector and you’ll have a wonderful, light, everyday summer base.

PRO TIP: Primer can work with powder products too! Mix MUD’s Face Primer with our eye colors, cheek colors, bronzers, or cake eyeliner for more intensity.

When the weather is warm, a lightweight primer is key. Luckily, this primer keeps me covered for a long day out in the sun. MUD’s primer can be purchased at our online store, here.

Product Focus: Idol Lipstick

 

Do you turn to a bright red lipstick every time you want a pop of color? Or have you never ventured outside of peaches and nudes? Either way, it might be time to go outside of your comfort zone and pick up a vibrant, purple lip color. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with my favorite MUD lipstick, Idol.

Arriving in a rich, magenta-purple shade, Idol stands alone as a strong statement lip that’s flattering on a multitude of skin tones from light to dark. It’s a twist on a deep, vampy lip shade that’s a little bit more purple, but not so bright that it isn’t wearable from day-to-day. We recommend lining the lip with one of our MUD lip pencils before applying with our #310 lip brush for a precise, bold look.

However, don’t think you’re limited to just one look with this color! After strutting my stuff with a rainbow make-up look at pride, I was able to make the look more mature for a family dinner that evening by pairing Idol with a maroon lip liner like our Mahogany or Mauve shade around the edges. Just line the lips and blend in until about halfway with the maroon shade and touch up with Idol in the center for a sultry ombre lip look.

If wearing a lot of product on the lip isn’t your thing, Idol makes for a lovely lip stain as well! Whether you’re going to the beach or trying to tone down your lip shade on your way to the gym like I did, just blot the lipstick evenly for a healthy-looking berry stain.

Versatile and bold, Idol has quickly become a mainstay in my primary make-up bag. It can be worn for a formal occasion, a festival, or even when you want to spice up your everyday make-up. I get compliments whenever I wear it, and I’m sure you will too. 

Idol lipstick can be purchased here.

Product Focus: Firebrick Eye Color

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN’!– Jim Carrey in “The Mask”* on Firebrick eyeshadow (early 2000’s)

Do you ever feel like you woke up one day in a world where everyone is rocking pops of colors out the wazoo? As I sit here with my usual, standard makeup look, I felt like everyone around me was standing out as I blended in. I was struggling to incorporate more color into my looks until a little fire was sparked inside of me- Firebrick. I found Firebrick to be the most wearable pop of color and it was the easiest for my nude-loving self to incorporate.

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For those of you a little more on the conservative side, a bright warm orange may seem intimidating to throw into your everyday look; however gently blending a bit of Firebrick into your crease or transition area allows you to spice up an otherwise average eye look.

Once you’re feeling a little more aquatinted to adding color into your makeup,  I recommend you jump right in and start having some fun! There are plenty of ways to make a statement with Firebrick; here are some of my favorite techniques!

Drop Shadow! Daily, I blend the same two warm browns under my eye for a subtle hint of drama; swapping my usual shadows with Firebrick gave my eyes a bold pop that isn’t overwhelming. To do this, dip into the shadow pan with a flat brush like MUD 410 or 400. Gently run it back and forth under your lower lash line, building to your desired opacity.

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Pack it on! I spiced up an evening smoky eye by adding Firebrick on my lid, creating a look that helped me stand out in a crowded room! To achieve this red-hot look, use warm browns in your crease and outer corner of eye. Deepen the shades as you concentrate more on the outer “V” and work your way down. Once you’ve built your standard smoky base, liberally apply Firebrick to your lid using a packer brush like MUD 350. If you want to kick it up a notch, dampen your brush and apply Firebrick wet by patting it over your existing shadow.

Pro Tip: To achieve a vibrant editorial look, apply a wash of Firebrick eye shadow all over the lid on a wet brush.

While I will always be a monochromatic, nude-loving makeup artist at heart, Firebrick has open the door to get me out of comfort zone, stay on trend, and have a little fun!

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NY Fashion Week 2015

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Make-up Designory joined forces with the Fashion Design students from the Art Institute of New York City for another successful fashion show last night. Doors opened to the public at 8pm but we were backstage to give Twitter followers the inside scoop at 7pm with MUD’s first ever live tweet session! First, we caught up with the Key Makeup Artist Jackie Caruso who explained her vision for the makeup concept. “Being that this was a Mercedes-Benz Spring/Summer fashion show, I wanted the makeup to be fresh and clean with a pop of color”. Jackie used MUD’s Deco eye shadow in teal blue and MUD 107 Lashes which were generously donated by MUD Cosmetics in order to achieve the desired look.

Backstage was hectic to say the least as the makeup artist scrambled to apply the makeup,while working cohesively with the hair and nail teams to prepare the models. Soon it was time for final looks. Suddenly, Jackie explained to everyone that the models were looking “a bit too shiny” so she advised her team to quickly apply the MUD Matte powder to contain the gleam.

The makeup team featured members of MUD Studio New York, MUD Alumni, and even current MUD students!  We would like to Recognize a particular MUD Alumna for her participation in this event. Nicole Elle Rogers is a 2012 graduate of MUD’s Fashion program and has been involved in the make-up and fashion industry for years. She’s already a seasoned pro at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as last night was her 4th season!  Stay tuned for a full article and interview with this amazing MUD-trained Makeup Artist!

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This Fashion Week was especially dear to us as well as other fashion enthusiasts because it is the last year the shows will be sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz announced that after five years it will no longer be affiliated with NY Fashion Week. We are eager to see where next season’s Fashion Week will be held!

We would like to congratulate our MUD Makeup artists on an incredible show and another job well done!


Article written by Stacia McCarthy
MUD New York

Be Inspired: Holiday Make-up Tutorial

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‘Tis the season for giving–and, for holiday gatherings and festive make-up! We were inspired to take our beautiful wine color Concord for the eyes and adding a little depth with Semisweet. Since it is the holidays, we thought why not add a little Tinsel and Ice. Not only did this color combo sound festive, but they worked together like magic! Enjoy this step-by-step provided to you by our MUD artists Sean Conklin and Briana Perkins. Cheers!

Step 1)  Apply eye color Ice on the inner corner of the lid with Brush 350Step 2) Apply the eye color Tinsel on the center of the lid with Brush 350. Blend into Ice, then toward the outer corner. Step 3) Apply the eye color Concord in a v shape on the outer corner of the eye with Brush 300. Follow the crease toward the inner corner with the side angle of the brush. Step 4) Add the Semisweet eye color to the outer edge and the crease with Brush 300. Blend to soften the hard edges. Step 5) Add definition to the eye with a wet application of the Black Cake Liner and Brush 100. Step 6) Complete look with Cool Mauve Cheek Color and the Java Lip Glaze.

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