Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Stuck In A Makeup Rut

I found myself getting ready last night for a fun outdoor BBQ with friends and as I began applying my usual makeup routine, I had to stop myself out of sheer boredom! Yes, even makeup artists, get stuck in a rut from time to time. Was I really in the mood for the same old same old when I have all this great makeup booty at my fingertips?

Some groovy Brazilian samba lounge music was playing on the stereo and I envisioned I was dancing on a beach in Rio. That was going to be my inspiration! Although I am as white as a ghost at the moment (too many trips to London), I decided to go for it and pulled out the bronzer!

I applied my usual luminizing face primer and light foundation. If you start slathering yourself in darker makeup right away it will look wrong; the key is to be inspired not literal! I then applied my shimmery Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sun Glow Powdered Bronzer in Spring and suddenly I became a little more savage and tropical.

Benefit Coralista

I then extended my brows with the Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil in Blonde and filled them in a bit heavier for a natural brow look. I grazed my lids in La Femme Gold Sparkle Dust #1 Gold — a personal cheap fave — and coated my lashes in black Blinc Kiss Me Mascara.

Benefit’s Coralista Blush gave my cheeks a radiant flush and I applied Jouer Cosmetics’ Coral Lip Gloss for a sexy gloss. Bring on the caipirinhas!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Fun & Fruity Summer Lips

Ultra Soothing Lip Tint

What’s the steaming hot color trend for lips this summer? Fun fruity shades of pink, coral and melon –the brighter the better.

Don’t be scared of these juicy fruit shades– there are a bevy of formulas from sheer tints to full on pigments, so there is definitely a shade that will complement your skin tone and style.

My favorite way to wear a bold summer lip is to pair it with bronzed skin and little to no other makeup at all. This is what keeps it chic and sophisticated. There is nothing tackier in warm weather then bold lips and crazy colored eyes, so keep the party on the lips only.

Start with a tinted moisturizer and sweep on a little powdered bronzer. Define the lashes with black mascara for major lash impact that will enhance your natural eye shape and then slick on a sizzling shade of sexy lipcolor.

Prescriptives Exhilaration Lipcolor

If you’re a natural girl, go for Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Ultra Soothing Lip Tint in Guava or Melon for a sweet-tasting, supernatural shine with just a hint of tint.

If you prefer a sheer lip color that offers a little more color, try Prescriptives Limited Edition Exhilarating Lip Color in Papaya or Strawberry. This will give you a light to medium coverage with a subtle shine finish.

For die-hard lipstick lovers, saturate your pucker with a true pigment like Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Opaque Lipstick in Coral. Paint your toes to match and you will be ready to strut your stuff!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Fast Fixes For Under Eye Issues

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from women is “how to I get rid of my under eye bags, darkness, puffiness and dryness?” I have been on a quest to get rid of these myself as I suffer from the dryness and the darkness from time to time.

The most common mistake most women make is they goop on concealer, creating a cakey, creasy mess that winds up making the area look worse! Here are some of my tried and true problem-solvers

If puffiness is your issue I highly recommend Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask. These individual packets of liquid and pads are perfect for brightening, de-puffing and hydrating the delicate skin under the eyes. I like to stick them in the refrigerator first before applying — the cold factor speeds up the de-puffing process.

If darkness is an issue try a cream that contains vitamin K, which helps diminish the darkness. I like Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue.

For fine lines try Remède Wrinkle Therapy Eye Baume. It firms, illuminates and nourishes the delicate eye area all at the same time.

SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair

My personal favorite eye cream is SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair. My skin gets really dry, especially under my eyes, and this helps bring back the moisture and rejuvenate the skin.

If you want to conceal the area with makeup, try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy All Over Brightener. This light pink concealer bounces light off the skin, creating a fresh, light, well-rested look that doesn’t settle into fine lines. It is the ultimate concealer for fair to medium skin tones.

Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener

If you’re a bit darker try my Fast Fix Concealer in Medium or Medium/Deep shades. If you have a really dark skin tone, use the Dark shade. Just lightly tap the product under the eyes and you will never look caked up — just smooth, bright and refreshed.

Kiss your eye issues good bye!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

A Fresh Summer Scent

Tsi-La Misaki Perfume

Every summer I like to change up my scent and try something a little lighter and fresher then what I usually wear the rest of the year. This season I’ve discovered a new summer scent that’s already become my go-to summer scent. It’s called Misaki by Tsi-La and it smells happy, sexy, fresh and alive.

I love Tsi-La for its natural scents and hair perfumes — I’ve worn many of their lovely fragrances in summers past. They all contain essential oils and plant botanicals which makes them really luxurious and really good for the planet. Best of all, your own body chemistry determines how it will smell on your skin, so no two people will wear this the same way!

Misaki smells fresh, but it’s also a seductive fragrance, which I find unique. Usually scents have one or the other but not both. Who doesn’t want to be both! The fresh side of this scent stems mainly from lavender and other summery notes like bergamot, mint and green tea moss while the seductive side brings in a combination of Tahitian vanilla orchid, ylang ylang and neroli nectar.

The beautiful packaging is also a real highlight for me. The fragrance comes in a gorgeous clear bottle covered in flowering vines and packaged in a chic black lotus box. It makes the perfect gift for a sister, mom or friend.

Knowing that you are wearing ultra-pure ingredients that also smell heavenly will ease the mind of even the most die hard naturalist. I also love their mini natural fragrances –they are perfect for travel and you can play with different scents each day of the week!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Picture Perfect Peacock Eyes

Carmindy 2009 DKMS Benefit

Photo: © Jemal Countess/WireImage.com

I was recently invited to attend the DKMS Gala at Cipriani’s in New York City. I had the dress, I had the shoes, but could not think of what to do with my makeup.

I was draped in liquid gold with jewelry and shoes to match so I figured the makeup could be a bit more fun. I decided to call in my friend Chrissy Lloyd, a fabulous painter and stylist, for some inspiration. She always makes incredibly daring and bold choices and always looks so super chic, so she was definitely the one to ask. She suggested since I was in head to toe gold I should rock a peacock eye!

How perfect and right on point with spring! I busted out my shimmery shades of teal, blue, green and gold and began to play. I swept a pale gold highlight under the brow and on the inner corners of my eyes. I used the highlight shade from the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Metallic Palette.

MAC Pigment in Teal

I mixed two different shades of loose MAC Pigment powder together to create that perfect shade of peacock blue, then swept it across the lid from the lash line to the crease and slightly under the lower lash line. I dabbed a touch of MAC Aquadisiac Eye Shadow on the center of the lid for a little extra kick. A half set of Ardell false lashes with a thin line of black Makeup Forever waterproof liquid liner finished off my look.

Since the eyes were the main focus I decided to keep the rest of the makeup subtle and to play up the gold goddess look. I swept a bit of bronzer on the forehead, along the side of my face and on my cheeks and dabbed on a matching lip-gloss. On the body I sprayed Era Rayz 24 Karat. I love this gold body spray because it gives you an all over glow and then dries on so it won’t rub off on your clothes.

I received tons of compliments on the makeup and I had a blast at the event. So be daring and go bold from time to time, it is so much fun!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.