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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Make-Up Trends: The 90’s Are Back!

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Fashion trends and makeup styles go hand in hand. When an outfit is back in style, so is the make-up technique that went right along with it. Right now, the ’90s are everywhere. We’re seeing flower print leggings, belted and slouchy high-wasted pants, blazers with massive shoulder pads, and even multi-colored slouch socks sported with Keds… yes indeed, the ’90s are back!

And the make-up is not too far behind. For the face, we’re seeing a flawless matte finish accompanied with naturally contoured cheek bones. Lips are vibrant, bold, and matte – and not flamboyantly bright as in red or fuchsia. This bold lip is rich, distinct, earthy, and radiant with tones like deep burgundy or dark, brownish reds. The eyes are clearly lined and brows (although clean and precise) are a bit more pronounced. We’re also seeing lots of plum browns, muted purples, and vivid grays in the crease, accompanied with a soft lid and highlighted brow bone.

In the ’90s, popular shows like Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 sprouted stars like Heather Locklear, Josie Bissett, and Shannon Doherty into super stardom. Their fashion sense became a social phenomenon as did the style of their make-up. Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore and all three of the Wilson Phillips girls are personal favorites who impeccably exemplify this classically ’90s craze. I also remember fashion icons like Cindy Crawford, Nicky Taylor, and Christy Turlington at the height of their careers having mastered this look. Their perfectly made up faces plastered across fashion magazines world wide showed off the trend everyone wanted: a soft, contoured matte face and eyeliner with a bold matte lip.

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Use MUD’s Lip Pencil in Mahogany first to line the lips, and then fill in with Blackberry Satin Lipstick. This will create the perfect ’90s lip to match those floral print leggings. Have fun!

— Reiva Cruze

Spring / Summer Trends: Vibrant Brights & Soft Neutrals

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Vibrant brights and soft neutrals are making their way into Spring and Summer for 2010! Calming blues, romantic violets, bold yellows, tangy reds, and hues of coral lead the way for brights. Rounding out the palette are the neutrals in soft shades of creams, browns, and warm greens.

For the eyes, Eye Colors in BoneMidnightSmoked SapphirePacificPixieSugared VioletTaupeDaisyMossCajun Spice and Shamrock are all hot this Season and will allow you to create almost any look. For the cheeks, Soft Peach Cheek Color, Glow Cheek Color, and Sweet Cheeks Color Creme are perfect for adding that sun-kissed glow. Lady Bug Satin Lipstick with Red Lip Pencil are great for a dramatic effect, or Bare Lip Glaze and Maple Lip Pencil create a natural, subtle look.

Create one or all of these looks with our suggested color combinations.

Spring 2010 Look #1: Out on the Town

Eyes: Start by blending Dulce De Leche Eye Color all over lid to create a soft base with the #800 Crease Brush. Then apply Smoked Sapphire with the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush in the crease, starting in the outer corner of the eye and moving inward. Brush strokes should be clean, even, and in a back-and-forth motion. Apply more Smoked Sapphire to the brush and bring the color down towards the outer lash line, blending softly. Using the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush, apply just a small amount of Pixie Eye Color to the lid near the inner corner to brighten.

For a more intense look, use the #210 Angle Liner Brush with Smoked Sapphire Eye Color and place the color along the bottom of the lash line just underneath the eye – this will create a beautiful drop shadow. Diffuse the color with the #810 Smudger Brush and finish the look with Volumizing Mascara.

Cheeks/Lips: Using the #720 Powder Brush, dust Endless Summer Bronzer all around perimeter of the face and neck for a healthy glow. To complete this look, apply a light layer of Magnolia Lip Glaze.

Spring 2010 Look #2: Beach Babe

Eyes: Apply Dulce de Leche Eye Color on the lid with the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush to create a sheer application. Next, apply a small amount of Cajun Spice Eye Color in the contour of the eye with the #800 Crease Brush. Start from the outer corner and work toward the inner corner of the eye, blending to create soft edges. For extra definition, use Rich Brown Eye Pencil in the lash line and coat the lashes with Cream Mascara.

Cheeks/Lips: Apply Endless Summer Bronzer with the #510 Duster Brush, starting from the center of the cheek bone and lightly brush upward. Apply a small amount of Magnolia Lip Glaze for just a hint of color on the lips.

Spring 2010 Look #3: Resort Chic

Eyes: For a hint of color, apply Pixie Eye Color on the lid with the #800 Crease Brush, blending upward into the crease. For elegance and definition, add Smoked Sapphire Eye Color as a liner with dampened #210 Angle Liner Brush, ensuring the thinnest part of the eye liner is near the tear duct. The liner should thicken towards the outer corner of the eye and flare up, stopping two to three lashes in. To finish the look, apply a coat of Volumizing Mascara.

Cheeks/Lips: Starting from the center of the cheekbone and using a circular motion, apply Endless Summer Bronzer with the #700 Cheek Contour Brush. Apply a light layer of Magnolia Lip Glaze to complete this look.

American Music Awards Make-Up Trends: Eighties, Glitter, and Guyliner!

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The stars were out last night at the American Music Awards, and not only were they shining bright – but so was their make-up! Eighties trends were back in full affect with bright colors and dark smoky lids. The lips were either pretty bold or kept very neutral – Lady Gaga followed this trend and stepped up with a beautiful dark wine matte lip during her performance.

My favorite trend seen throughout the night was, glitter, glitter and more glitter! Keri Hilson had a beautiful dark lid with a clean line of glitter that was subtle, but could be seen as soon as the light hit it. Alicia Keys began the evening with a beautiful bright teal shimmering lid, and changed it for her solo performance to a grey shimmering smoky eye with a golden highlight right in the inner corner and a purple lip. Kudos to her make-up artist that was able to change this look so quickly – both looked gorgeous on her!

All around my favorite eye look had to be Adam Lambert’s – he knows how to wear a great smoked out lid! He even had some highlight below his brow bone and beautifully shaped brows. The night did not disappoint, and the trends seen here are going to be in the make-up world for months to come!

— Angelique Velez

Fall / Winter Trends: From Classic to Chic

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This Fall/Winter season finds color trends in mattes and shimmers ranging from subtle and bold to rich and vibrant. Use earthy tones for a Casual look, bold and deep tones for a Classic look, and vibrant metallics for a Chic look. Create one or all of these looks with our suggested color combinations.

FALL TREND: CASUAL
Soft, earthy eyes in neutral mattes play beautifully with a pop of color on the cheeks and with nude, neutral lips.

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Eyes: Use MUD Eye Color in Bone on the brow for a soft highlight and Dulce de Leche on the lid for a brighter highlight to create a subtle contrast to Canyon in the crease; blend the edges of the color to erase hard lines. For a hint of definition, use Rich Brown Eye Pencil just at the lash line and soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Finish with one coat of Black Cream Mascara to create luscious lashes to complement the earthy eyes.

Cheeks: For the fresh, blushed look, a hint of color on the cheeks can be achieved using MUD Cheek Color in Glow applied with the #710 Powder Brush. Alternatively, a cream cheek color can be used such as the Color Creme in Sweet Cheeks. A little goes a long way so apply just a bit on a sponge or the fingertips – and blend!

Lips: For a natural or neutral lip, try Mudslide Lipstick either by itself or with Maple Lip Pencil applied to the lip line first. For a little shimmer, add MUD Lip Gloss in Iced Latte alone or lips filled in with Maple Lip Pencil.

WINTER TREND: CASUAL
Metallic earth tones for eyes in soft shimmering colors that pop, paired with rich cheeks and luscious lips.

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Eyes: Use MUD Eye Color in Bone on the brow for a soft highlight and Moss on the lid to create a subtle contrast to Bronzed in the crease; blend the edges of the color to erase hard lines. For a hint of definition, add Rich Brown Eye Pencil just at the lash line and soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Finish with one coat of Black Cream Mascara to create luscious lashes to complement the earthy eyes.

Cheeks: Pumpkin Cheek Color is rich in tone and can be applied lightly with the #710 Powder Brush to achieve a warm glow. Alternatively, a cream cheek color can be used such as the Color Creme in Tulip. A little goes a long way so apply just a bit on a sponge or the fingertips – and blend!

Lips: For a natural or neutral lip, try Just Peachy Lipstick either by itself or with Maple Lip Pencil applied to the lip line first. For a little shimmer, add MUD Lip Gloss in Iced Latte alone or lips filled in with Maple Lip Pencil.

FALL TREND: CLASSIC
Dark eyes and sultry lips are hot this season. Shades of gray, purple, plum and black create mysterious eyes while a dusting of pink colors across the cheeks complement warm, inviting lips.

Eyes: Building from light to dark, start with MUD Eye Color in Dulce de Leche on the brow bone. Add Graphite or Smoked Sapphire to the crease and lid, ending at the lashes. Going over the lid, add Onyx at the lash line to intensify depth. Be sure to blend so that each color softly meets the next. At the lash line, add Black Eye Pencil from the inside corner (at the tear duct) to the outer corner of the eye; soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Finish the look by coating the lashes with Cream Mascara for long, thick lashes.

Cheeks: The cheeks should not compete with the eyes or lips – a light swish of color will do the trick. MUD Cheek Color in Rose Petal applied with the #710 Powder Brush to the center of the cheekbone is all that is needed to complement the eyes. A cream cheek color may also be used – try just a hint of Color Creme in Tulip as an alternative.

Lips: Sultry lips can be achieved with the bold look of reds and plums, or lighter, softer shades that allow the eyes to be the focus. For bold, “in your face” lips, try Ladybug or Blackberry Lipstick topped with a dab of Shine Lip Gloss. For a softer look, line the lips with Maple Lip Pencil and fill in with Mai Tai Lipstick.

WINTER TREND: CLASSIC
Dark, rich, metallic and shimmering colors in shades of wine and plum on the eyes and a dusting of berry color across the cheeks complements plum stained lips.

Eyes: Building from light to dark, start with MUD Eye Color in Honeysuckle on the brow bone. Add Sunset on the lid for a warm, golden highlight and Vineyard or Pomegranate in the crease. Be sure to blend so that each color softly meets the next. At the lash line, add Vintage Eye Pencil from the inside corner (at the tear duct) to the outer corner of the eye; soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Finish the look by coating the lashes with Volumizing Mascara for long, thick lashes.

Cheeks: The cheeks should not compete with the eyes or lips – a light swish of color will do the trick. MUD Cheek Color in Berry applied with the #710 Powder Brush to the center of the cheekbone is all that is needed to complement the eyes. A cream cheek color may also be used – try just a hint of Color Creme in Sun Rose as an alternative.

Lips: An application of Eggplant Lipstick, a translucent plum, is all that is needed to achieve subtle and soft lips and complete this look.

FALL TREND: CHIC
Bold shades in complimentary colors for a contemporary, stylish look this season.

Eyes: Building from light to dark, start with MUD Eye Color in Honeysuckle on the brow bone. Next, add Daisy on the lid and Voodoo in the crease, blending to soften the edges so that each color softly meets the next. At the lash line, add Vintage Eye Pencil from the inside corner (at the tear duct) to the outer corner of the eye; soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Finish the look by coating the lashes with Cream Mascara for long, thick lashes.

Cheeks: The cheeks should not compete with the eyes or lips – a light swish of color will do the trick. MUD Cheek Color in Warm Bisque applied with the #710 Powder Brush to the center of the cheekbone is all that is needed to complement the eyes.

Lips: Lip colors in this look can range from soft and translucent to nude and natural, allowing the eyes to be the focus. Try Eggplant Lipstick for a hint of translucent color or fill in the lips with Maple Lip Pencil and top with Shine Lip Gloss for a natural, nude lip.

WINTER TREND: CHIC
Bold, metallic colors are the perfect look for special occasions this Holiday season.

Eyes: Start with MUD Eye Color in Ice on the brow bone and add Tinsel on the lid. Apply Graphite in the crease, blending the edges for softness. At the lash line, add Black Eye Pencil from the inside corner (at the tear duct) to the outer corner of the eye; soften with the #210 Angle Liner Brush. Coat the lashes with Volumizing Mascara to finish the look.

Cheeks: The cheeks should not compete with the eyes or lips – a light swish of color will do the trick. MUD Cheek Color in Cool Mauve applied with the #710 Powder Brush to the center of the cheekbone is all that is needed to complement the eyes.

Lips: Lip colors in this look can range from soft and translucent to nude and natural, allowing the eyes to be the focus. Try Blackberry Lipstick and add Shine Lip Gloss to complete the look.

— Yvonne Hawker