Get the Perfect Eyebrows

The Perfect Eyebrow
Perfect Eyebrows are the most important “accessory” to and expressive part of the face. They frame the eyes which help to keep the eyes in balance. To get the perfect eyebrows they must be correctly shaped in order to open up the eyes and keep the face in proportion. Use the information below to determine proper brow shape (use a straight edge, i.e. pencil, for measure).

1. Measure from the outside of the nose, straight up through the corner of the eye to the origin of the brow. Any hair on the outside of the pencil needs to be removed. If the brow hair does not meet up to the end of the pencil, fill-in as needed.

2. Measure from the outside of the nose through the outside corner of the eye to determine the proper length of the brow. Any hair on the outside of the pencil needs to be removed. If the brow hair does not meet up to the end of the pencil, fill-in as needed.

3. Measure from the corner of the nose to the outer edge of the iris of the eye (make sure client is looking straight ahead) which will determine the high point of the arch. If the client’s arch is not in the proper place, make corrections (by hair removal or fill-in) so that the brow is more evenly balanced.

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To get the perfect eyebrows use  Fusion of Color’s newest state of the art pencil “The Arch-ology” . It is one Universal shade, one stroke application and your color is buildable so you can achieve the desired color and effect. Lead is shaped like a triangle so to easily insure the perfect application. Pencil is created from powders, pigments and waxes to insure long lasting qualities Can be used on Brows or moustaches.

These amazing pencils can be found here Arch-Ology Brow Pencil

Twinkle Not Wrinkle

I have been looking for a new eye primer for some time. A few MUAs have mentioned Nurturing Force “Twinkle Not Wrinkle” Eye Cream and Primer so I decided to try it. The product is an aloe-based cream, and you only need a tiny amount.  I put a dab on my lids and then applied the matte shadow I use as a base. The shadow went on smoothly and did not look dry or crinkly. Did it last all day? Well, almost. I consider that not bad at all.

The next time I used “Twinkle Not Wrinkle” I added a bit of Urban Decay Primer in Eden. My shadow went on smoothly and did not look dry or caked as it usually does when I use Urban Decay Primer alone. The shadow stayed on pretty well. I applied it at 6 AM and when I got home from work at 3 PM, it was still on although a bit faded. That’s to be expected with any primer because of your eye movements during the day, the effect of the weather and other variables. “Twinkle not Wrinkle” can be bought on the Nurturing Force website and at makeup stores that cater to pros. The price is $38. for .5 oz., but it will last forever since all you need is a tiny bit.
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Here’s what the website says about this product:
“Twinkle Not Wrinkle™ Eye Cream + Base – HD Primer is an HD eye makeup primer for the total eye area, with the added benefit of being a high performance quick absorbing light weight treatment cream. It is applied all over the eye area: the lid, under eye area, below, above and between the brow, in addition to the outer corner of the eye (crow feet area). It moisturizes, plus helps firm & minimize file lines & wrinkles, assisting with creasing shadow and dark circles. It is your morning and night total eye wrinkle cream.

Use Twinkle Not Wrinkle™ as your HD Primer for the eyes; apply prior to applying makeup. Our eyeshadow primer and eye base holds makeup, assists eye shadow application by helping to control blending and definition; while slowing the degradation of eye makeup. It helps to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the sometimes coarse binders and different textures of eye makeup. Use under cake, liquid, cream, powder, mineral, pigments and airbrushed products.
Apply a thin coat with clean fingertips to total eye area.
Use morning and night as your eye area treatment cream for Anti-Wrinkling + Anti-Aging benefits, great for dry, sensitive skin or those with mature eyes, dark circles or puffy eyes.”

Its ingredients are as follows: Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera Gel), Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethicone, EDTA, TEA (Triethanolamine), Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl PCA, Cherry Kernel Oil (Prunus Avium Seed Oil)

I purchased this product and this is not in any way a sponsored post.





CND Vinylux Nail Polish

I have been seeing all these great nail pictures on Instagram. So I thought I would dig out my CND Vinylux Nail Polish and start doing my nails again. I was a user of CND Shellac and they came out with The CND Vinylux Nail Polish that you can use with out having to set them with the light. These are weekly polishes and have all the same great colors that you find in the Shellac series.

So if you like the beautiful colors that they make for shellac these are for you. The CND Vinylux Nail Polish has a  topcoat and nail polish, no base coat.  I use 2 coats of polish and 1 coat of topcoat.

I have done them with a base coat and without one. The polish does seem to last a bit longer without a base coat. I do get about 3-5 days before chipping, but if the chipping bothers you, you can fix the chips.  But all in all they do last for the week and they do offer a lot of colors to chose from. You can also find some sets that are already made up in mini bottles that give you a few colors and a topcoat. I like this idea because you can get smaller bottles and are not committed to a full size and you get more colors to try!!

Beauty Blender Mini

Beauty Blender came out with a smaller version of their original blender. The Beauty Blender Mini. BB duoGood idea??? Since I have been using the Beauty Blender for years this peaked my interest.  There are 2 sponges in the Beauty Blender Mini package and they are tiny. I have been using them to apply eye primer and concealer. I like the way the product applies using the Beauty Blender Mini, I use them dry. They do get a bit bigger when wet.

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They do get into small spaces and work as well as the full size ones.  They only draw back they of the Beauty Blender Mini is that they are  too small to hold on to. I have small hands and you really have to grab the bigger part of the sponge to hold on to it. If you have bigger hands or a male makeup artist or a male that wears makeup, you would have a problem holding on to these.  Was it a good idea, yes but they probably should have done more research on the size of it. I do like using it for smaller spaces and it does get into them well and works.  Maybe Beauty Blender should make one between the original sized Beauty Blender and the Beauty Blender Mini.

This is the original Beauty Blender and the new Beauty Blender Mini. You can see the difference in the size of them and these are dry not wet. BB comparison


These were purchased by me.


Some insights I gathered from makeup artists.

Yesterday I hosted a class for some Chicago makeup artists. Most of them do bridal work, some do commercial and some do both. After the class, we talked about the industry. Regardless of whether you go to them for advice, your bridal trial, a special event, or as a model doing print work, they all said that good skin care is the first thing you should be doing on a regular basis. No matter how good the makeup artist is, she cannot fix your skin. They can hide some imperfections and do some highlight, contouring, shadow and blush placement and apply colors that work for you that make you look stunning.

Also you need to be realistic in your expectations. If you are not a makeup wearer, don’t bring pictures of Kim K and say you want the natural look—honey, none of Kim K’s make up is natural. Granted, she looks amazing. but there is a lot of makeup on her face, and most, if not all, of her pictures are photoshopped.

Now let’s get to us mature women. Again makeup artists can only do so much– they are not magicians. (I wish they were; I would have one on retainer.) If we older gals have wrinkles, we are going to have them after the makeup is applied. Makeup artists can soften them, make them look less noticeable, hid some of our sagging skin. But don’t get mad at them if you can still see your wrinkles after the makeup application. I think we lose sight of reality: We all want to look like the models and movie stars we see in magazines, but we have to realize they are photoshopped to perfection! This not what real women look like.

We also see all these amazing face-of-the-day selfies posted on Instagram—again, not real life. Most of them are filtered, photoshopped and countless other applications are used to make the picture look perfect. We need to get back to reality and look the best we can with what we have. Makeup does help us look our best. If you are unsure how to apply it or wearing the same makeup you wore in high school or stuck in a makeup look from when we thought we looked fab, go to a professional, get advice, have your make up done, take a class on how to apply it and what to use. I think in the end you will be much happier!



Complementary COLORS for your eyes

Complementary Colors in makeup will make your eyes pop! All colors can evoke certain emotions or feelings and can be used as a form of self expression, especially with cosmetics. Although there are a dizzying array of eye shadow colors that can be customized, choose one that will complement the color of your eyes. Wearing a shadow color that is opposite (complementary) of your eye color will make your eyes pop. If you do not have a color wheel on hand, here is a quick tip list.

Plums, violets and various shades of purple will really make
green eyes stand out. Sepia, rust, copper and deep green are also
complementary. Avoid silver, blues, whites and pastels as they can make eyes
look washed out.


Brown eyes are the easiest to complement as they look great in
all shades of bright colors. Teal, green, purple and pink will really make them pop, as well as bronze, peach, green, and navy.


Gray, burgundy and deep purple best complement hazel eyes
and will bring out the gold flecks in hazel eyes. A bright green will enhance
the green flecks in hazel eyes.


Since blue is naturally cool, warm shades of gold, bronze, copper,
terra cotta, peach or light orange are the best complimentary colors to
make blue eyes pop. Browns with purple, slate and silvery blue are cooler
colors that are complementary and will also enhance blue eyes.

Come and find your perfect color at Fusion of Color Cosmetics!

Vegan Lipstick

For all you Ladies that want Vegan makeup. We have finally made a Vegan Lipstick. They are creamy, long lasting and GORGEOUS!!!!!! We have 2 shades right now, but any of our lipstick shades can be made in the VEGAN base. We will be bring our lip glosses in the near further.   Our 2 new shades are Choco Berry, which is a beautiful berry/brown shade.

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Choco Berry Vegan Lipstick


The other is our Nude color that we made in our traditional lipstick. Great everyday color for those who do not want to wear a lot of color.


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Nude Vegan Lipstick

Ingredients:  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, 
Organic, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica ( Japanese Honeysuckle), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle Flower  Extract), Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Octyl Methoxycinnimate, Flavor
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, Tin Dioxide, Silica,Manganese Violet D&C Red 7 Ca Lake, D&C Red 6 Al Lake, D&C Red 27 Al Lake, D&C Red 21 Al Lake, D&C Red 33 Al Lake, D&C Red 7 Al Lake, D&C Red 30 Al Lake, D&C Red 36 Al Lake, D&C Orange 5 Lake, Al Yellow 5 Al Lake, D&C Yellow 6 Al Lake, D&C Blue 1 Al Lake,

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I bought the new Clarisonic Pedi Sonic at the ABS show.  I figured if it was as good as their facial sonic cleansing device  this would be a winner. I got it in the mail finally after about a week or so  after the show and read the directions did my first pedi, even after the first one my feet felt amazing so for the first week I did it according to the directions did two of the peel ones with the silver head on the on the unit and then for three days did the one with brush on the unit. I used the creams that came with the kit. This new item of theirs is worth the money,  if you get your feet done at a spa and you don’t like to go to the spa and have it done and you would rather do it at home this is the item for you. It works really well your feet will feel like silk after the first use. I can’t rave about enough! It is a great machine for home us to get a good pedi.  I figured it would a good item coming from Clarisonic.


Pedi Pedi Smoothing Disc Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel