Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dig It, Hide It, Steal It

Tonight Jose Rivera, head makeup artist was working his stuff on the Sephora Beauty Premiere on HSN (just killing time before the O.C.'s final episode, since Ugly Betty was on pause)....anyhow, he was demonstrating the Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Concealer palette.

Instead of dipping his hand into the palette and applying it to the face directly, Mr. Rivera gently blends the different shades together in the palm of his hand. I know, it's not exactly brain surgery, but the results speak for themselves. By blending on the palm of your hand, you can achieve a truer tone to your natural skin color, and warming up the makeup as always can deliver a smoother application.
Also, Jose had a significantly impeccable manicure. What hands! Sephora, applause!

If the $36 is too steep, a budget-friendly alternative is Physicians Formula Concealer 101. I have two of these on-hand for when my face gets a little red and my "better" makeup is swallowed by a missing handbag. The green part is good as an emergency backup concealer layer, especially if you rub some moisturizer into the green before the application. Since this palette is fairly dry, a generous amount of any natural skin-toned concealer over the Physician's Formula green will work. No martians allowed!

Buy it: Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Concealer palette ($36.00), HSN (currently free shipping and handling) or Sephora; Physician's Formula Concealer ($6.95), drugstore.

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