URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3

URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3


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I love a quick “day to night” transformation so for our third Urban Decay look, I simply built on the electric blue liner from look #2.  I added the same Razor Sharp Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Chaos to Rocio’s bottom lashline to create an intensely blue base.  Then I blended the bright blue sparkling eyeshadow called Vega from the new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette over the entire eye, stopping just short of the crease.  I also added extra highlight to the skin and switched the lip from a more matte finish to a sheen.  The extra highlight and shine on the lip work better with the sparkling eye plus they catch the light which is always gorgeous at night.

MODEL // Rocio Crusset
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #2

URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #2


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Shake up your beauty routine by swapping out your everyday black liquid liner for Urban Decay’s new Razor Sharp Long Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Chaos, a brilliant shade of electric blue. It’s the perfect twist on the classic cat eye and nude lip look.  The formula has serious staying power and a unique glossy, almost vinyl finish.  This was also my first time using the All Nighter Liquid Foundation, part of Urban Decay’s upcoming Fall collection.  It’s a full coverage, oil absorbing formula with a matte finish.  The coverage was so complete, I skipped the concealer.

Note: The Razor Sharp Long Wear Liquid Eyeliner and All Nighter Liquid Foundation launch in just a few days!

MODEL // Rocio Crusset
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #1

URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #1


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I love experimenting with new products so I was excited when Urban Decay gave us the opportunity to create a look with products from their Fall 2016 collection (launching in just a few days) as well as the new Moondust Palette and the entire Vice Lipstick collection.  So many colors!  So many innovative textures!  It was a bit too challenging to settle on a single look so instead, I created three.

Look #1 is a play on the iconic Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” music video.  Smokey eyes, strong brows and intense red lips.  To give the look a more modern feel, I used the shade Granite (a silvery charcoal) in Urban Decay’s new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette as a base.  I swept it over the eyelids and blended to just past the crease.  I also applied it along the bottom lashline, fading the intensity of the color from the outer corner to the center.  Then I used the Razor Sharp Long Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Cuff (a high sheen silver from the Fall collection) on the inner corners and blended it outward.  To create more dimension, I traced lightly along the outer corners of the upper and lower lashlines with the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero. And for the finishing touch, I applied a coat of Subversion Lash Primer followed by two coats of Perversion Mascara.

Stay tuned for more Urban Decay looks!

MODEL // Rocio Crusset
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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COLOR THEORY… MIRIAM HANEY

COLOR THEORY… MIRIAM HANEY


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With all the heavy makeup trending right now, it’s refreshing to skip foundation and focus on a singular pop of unexpected color.  I chose an intense primary yellow, in part because yellow can be a challenging makeup shade to work with (did you know the human eye processes yellow first?) but mainly because it contrasts perfectly with Miriam’s bright blue eyes.  Summer is a great time to break with traditional makeup styles and experiment with vivid color.  Keeping your skin natural and your lips neutral provides an ideal canvas for more painterly color applications like this dash of yellow.

Note: I first shot Miriam when she was a new face (which is industry slang for a model who has just started her career) but these days she is busy doing major editorials, campaigns and even walking the runway for Louis Vuitton sporting amazing face paint by Pat McGrath.

MODEL // Miriam Haney
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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MIDSUMMER NIGHTS… RAVEN LYN

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS… RAVEN LYN


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“Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Glossy skin, a simple wash of deep bronze around the eyes, a touch of bronzer to emphasize the cheekbones and a warm nude lip makes for the perfect accoutrement to July’s hot summer nights.  To create this look, I used long lasting cream formulas applied with my fingers.  Cream colors are gorgeous over summer skin since they have minimal texture and the new generation of long lasting formulas mean they stay put even in humidity.  In fact, Sisley’s Phyto-Eye Twists outlast most powder shadows (even over a primer!) in the heat.  I am also a fan of these kind of products since you can just toss them in your clutch or crossbody for easy touchups without brushes.

Note: Even though it’s a very modern look (with a smidge of disco), there is something quite romantic about it that calls to mind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MODEL // Raven Lyn
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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LAVENDER LIPS… AVERY THARP

LAVENDER LIPS… AVERY THARP


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When the weather gets so hot that your eye makeup starts melting (looking at you LA), reach for a statement lip color like this lavender shade from Tarte.  Pair it with dewy skin, nude eyes and messy brows for a grunge vibe.  I know that last item is going to upset the many people who are deeply attached to their perfectly drawn brows.  And while I do appreciate the well groomed look, there is something really cool, a certain je na sais quoi, about leaving your brows wild.

MODEL // Avery Tharp
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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ORGANIC MAKEUP, LOOK #1… BRAINA

ORGANIC MAKEUP, LOOK #1… BRAINA


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Recently I’ve had so many inquiries about organic makeup that I thought it would be fun to do a series of looks with it. This first look features RMS Beauty (along with one of my personal skincare favorites, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil) on the always inspiring Braina Laviena. Briana is not only an upcoming model but also spends quite a bit of time behind the camera. You can check out her photography work by clicking here.

Note: As a disclaimer, the mascara is by Sisley Paris and while it contains many high quality natural ingredients (their entire line is amazing!), it is not certified organic nor does it claim to be an all natural product. In fact, I have not found an organic mascara that really “works”. If you have any suggestions, please email me at hello@beautyisboring.com.

MODEL // Braina Laviena
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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COLOR CLASH… ALEX BOLDEA

COLOR CLASH… ALEX BOLDEA


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This summer, why not skip the usual bronze, beachy shades in favor of wildly clashing colors.  One of my favorite combos is bright tangerine eyes with a pale blue-pink lip.  It’s unexpected but surprisingly pretty when paired with glowing skin, nude lashes and just a touch of white pencil on the bottom waterline.

MODEL // Alex Boldea
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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PURPLE HAZE, DAY TO NIGHT, PART 2… DEVAN NYKOLE MAYFIELD

PURPLE HAZE, DAY TO NIGHT, PART 2… DEVAN NYKOLE MAYFIELD


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I love a quick day to night transformation, especially for those evenings when I am going straight from the studio to an event.  In Part 2 of our Purple Haze look, I simply blended the deeper purple shade of the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Joli Poupee directly over the paler purple color used in Part 1. Then with the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray (a very intense black), I drew around the entire eye, tapering in the center and extending just a bit at the outer corners.  I also filled in the waterline, both top and bottom.  To give the liner a slightly softer effect, I smudged the edges by pressing gently with my finger.

MODEL // Devan Nykole Mayfield
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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PURPLE HAZE, DAY TO NIGHT, PART 1… DEVAN NYKOLE MAYFIELD

PURPLE HAZE, DAY TO NIGHT, PART 1… DEVAN NYKOLE MAYFIELD


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Dating back to Byzantine Empire times, purple has been the color of royalty.  Roman emperors, Persian rulers and even Queen Elizabeth I created laws that forbid common people from wearing it.  Most of the perceived value of purple was due to how expensive it was to create, the process involved sea snail mucus baked in the sun and took 250,000 of those poor snails to produce just a single ounce of dye. Luckily us “common” types have had access to the color since 1856 when an 18 yr old English chemist named William Henry Perkin created a synthetic purple dye on accident.

To celebrate our collective right to flaunt the royal shade, I created two looks on Devan.  This first look is a daytime version of purple, perfect for summer in the city.  Stay tuned for part two…

Note: I used the Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunrise Splendor on the cheeks and dabbed it lightly on the lips.

MODEL // Devan Nykole Mayfield
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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