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 and top it with Spicy Lip Glaze.

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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Product focus : Spark

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7am.

Manhattan.

Dunkin Donuts – the corner of Rector and Greenwich – grabbing breakfast before a busy days work at MUD Studio NY.

“Large coffee and a glazed donut, please.”

I’m waiting for the elevator when I go to grab a bite of my donut, I realize … this is my ideal highlight. It’s dewy, it’s glistening, it’s creamy and so much more.

But seriously, who doesn’t love a good highlight. As someone who’s constantly on the search for the ultimate glow, I was so excited when I got the email that MUD would be releasing our very own highlight shade, Spark! For weeks, I anxiously awaited to arrival of our new cheek color, hoping it would be as radiant, pigmented and silky as the highlighter of my dreams. When it finally came time to reveal Spark, it did not disappoint.

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Spark is a shimmery golden-beige powder designed to complete your make-up, giving the skin a warm natural glow. While Spark is ideal for highlighting and illuminating it can also be mixed with matte cheek colors to add a touch of shimmer. It’s buildable formula will allow you to create a subtle daytime glow or layer it to achieve a dramatic high shine look.

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If you’re going for a natural day look apply Spark with a loosely pack fan brush, like MUD Brush #510. If you’re trying to blind with your highlight, use a damp, dense brush like MUD Brush #620 and apply Spark in thin layers.

Pro Tip: For an all over glow that will work just as well for a model on set as it will for bride on her big day, try mixing a dime size amount of our MUD Face Primer with your Spark Cheek Color and apply to high points of the face and body with  fingers or a brush.

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Think of me and my donut the next time you go to highlight with our new cheek color, Spark!

Alexis Chance,  Store Manager at MUD Studio NY

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Highly-Pigmented Cosmetics—What Does This Mean?

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People often ask, “are MUD products just for professionals?” Although our products are developed to meet professional standards, MUD cosmetics are available to everyone.  Every Saturday, Make-up Designory offers FREE workshops to help you better understand how to use MUD products as well as teach basic make-up application techniques.  The workshops are held at the MUD Shops in Los Angeles and New York and in some MUD Studio locations around the world.

MUD cosmetics are highly pigmented. What does this even mean? Products that are high in pigment are developed for professional use; they contain more color and coverage than other products. For instance, your over-the-counter liquid foundation contains about 15-25% pigment, while MUD’s cream foundation offers 40% pigment.  The benefits of a high pigment product are 1. you need less product to achieve full  coverage results 2. high pigment products are more versatile and 3.  they have long-lasting staying power.

A little product goes a long way.

Let’s use MUD’s cream foundation as an example. For a full coverage face application, you would typically use about ½ of what you would with an over-the counter foundation. This product is best applied by make-up sponge or MUD’s 940 foundation brush. The secret to achieving a flawless face is using the correct color (or color combination) and proper blending. The end result is a full, even, matte coverage. This type of make-up photographs wonderfully, so it’s great for bridal, special events, print work and film.

Versatility means you can use the product in more than one way.

MUD’s cream foundation has a silicone base and can be combined with other silicon base products like MUD’s Face Primer and MUD’s HD Air. For instance, if you want a sheer coverage with a dewy finish, you could combine a drop of Face Primer with a bit of cream foundation and mix (Image 2). The product will glide onto the face and result in a beautiful sheer finish. For problematic spots that might need more coverage, like dark spots and acne, you could apply a small amount of cream foundation on the spot and blend.

High pigment products have staying power.

The second element that determines the color/coverage of cosmetics is the vehicle. Vehicle is the element  of the base that gives it its slip, or the ability to move on the surface during application (for instance, the silicone in the cream foundation). Sometimes, the more vehicle you have in a product, the higher the chance of it breaking down on the skin. A product with more pigment and less vehicle will “stay put” because it’s harder for the product to move.

Visit our YouTube Channel for some make-up tutorials and have fun trying different looks and techniques on yourself! With anything, practice makes perfect. If you can, come out to our free workshops. They’re taught by our MUD Make-up artists and are open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to apply like a pro.

The following MUD products were all developed with a high-pigment formula.

  • MUD Cream Foundation
  • MUD Concealers
  • MUD Eye Colors
  • MUD Pressed Powders
  • MUD Cheek Colors

MUD products can be purchased on mudshop.com

MAKE-UP TUTORIAL: VINTAGE 1930’S GLAMOUR

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Full application of a vintage 1930’s make-up

The make-up trends of the 1930’s were dramatic, feminine, and classic. In this tutorial we are going to create an iconic 1930’s look using make-up techniques that will transport us back in time.

Get This Look:

Face: Prep the face before applying Face Primer using a Professional Make-up Sponge. The base color best suited for this look is an ivory tone that may be 1-2 shades lighter than the natural skin. Apply MUD’s Cream Foundation all over the face with the #940 Foundation Brush, extending down past the jaw line and into the hair line.

Brows: In the 1930’s women had very sculpted and extended brows. In order to achieve this look we will need to block out the brows using a combination of Red Corrector 1 and Blue Corrector 1. This can be done before or after the foundation is applied. After the brows are blocked in, set brows and face with Loose Powder in Shell using #800 Crease Brush. Start by setting under and around the eyes. Then, switch to the #510 Duster Brush for the rest of the face and neck. Now it’s time color and shape the brows using highlight and shadow. Start out by filling in the brows with a combination of Onyx Eye Color and Espresso Eye Color and the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Remember to exaggerate and extend the brow outward.

Eyes: Moving on to eyes, start by highlight the brow bone using the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush and the Honeysuckle Eye Color, place it directly under the brow and pull down toward the crease. To create a subtle crease, use a combination of Taupe Eye Color and Canyon Eye Color on the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush. Blend it out with the #800 Crease Brush and just a touch of Berrywood Eye Color to warm it up. Go back to the Honeysuckle Eye Color with the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush and apply just a small amount to the inner corner of the lid. Along the lower lash line, drag the #210 Angle Liner Brush and just a touch of the Onyx along the bottom there for a lovely drop shadow effect.

Lashes: For this classic 1930’s look use strip lashes for a authentic vintage feel. Saturate the strips with Duo lash adhesive and wait about a minute for the adhesive to get tacky. Then you are ready to apply. Using Black Cake Eyeliner and the #100 Round Liner Brush you are able to camouflage the strip and create a more natural feel by lining the eye with a soft winged out tip at the outer corner. To complete the eyes it’s time for a generous coat of Black Volumizing Mascara which is applied with our #500 Mascara Brush.

Cheeks: Rose Petal Cheek Color is perfect for this time period, as it wasn’t until the mid to late 1930’s when we saw more plum and raspberry tones. Apply to the apples of the cheeks using the #710 Powder Brush.

Lips: Line the upper and lower lip lines with the Natural Lip Pencil. When doing this, slightly over accentuate the line creating a larger upper lip. Fill in the lips using a combination of both Mai Tai Sheer Lipstick and Blackberry Satin Lipstick along with the #310 Lip Brush.

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