Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Makeover By Dior National Master Makeup Artist Rita Brown Courtesy of Nordstrom - Lets Talk Eyes

As if the lure of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Children wasn't enough, I was invited to be part of a select group to experience a one-on-one session with Dior's Master Artist Rita Brown.

Rita is as lovely inside as out...such a unique lady. She travels throughout the country on behalf of Dior and holds sessions in various stores such as Nordstrom, Dillards, etc... I was happy to learn that not only was she assigned to Anchorage for the first time, but she teaches and performs in other areas that I frequent on vacation.

And I'm telling you, this lady is a genious. She can completely transform skin with Dior products and can draw the perfect eyebrow with both hands tied behind her back and blindfolded. She's just that good!!

This was the first makeover I've had in years. YEARS. So I was pretty happy to try new things and new looks, and absolutely floored to have the opportunity to meet alone for a special session with a traveling celebrity artist. I sat enthusiastically in the chair like a crazy makeup junkie instead of as a professional blogger. lol My first blogging makeover and I'm afraid I didn't write everything down, like I should have. Well, next time!!!

I was pretty impressed with the skincare products used. I will cover most of them briefly in this article because I want to focus on the color products. Rita cleansed and toned my skin, removing mascara and all traces of makeup before she began the treatment process. I loved the cleanser and toner and will probably pick those up when the ones I have run out, in part because I cleansed my face before I went to Nordstrom. When I saw all the dirt that was still there after using my cleanser, (a top named brand!), I was astounded. New cleanser is on my list, (Dior Purifying Milk Cleanser)!!

The next item was Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum. This serum is designed to detoxify the skin and to boost the effects of the other products you put on it. It is absorbed so quickly that I was really impressed. And it did seem to help the other products to absorb and provide a better moisturizing effect thruout the day. It didn't sit on my face or feel greasy nor did any of the subsequent products. The correction of visible aging is supposed to build over time with use.

Capture products were used for moisturizing and eye cream. They absorbed nicely and didn't feel heavy on the skin. Rita followed up with Sunscreen and I was ready for my makeup application! Rita used the Dior 'SkinFlash' Radiance Booster Pen to prep my lids and all under my eyes. This was also used for a highlighter here and there. I loved how it looked but I didn't note what color she used. I have recently purchased the Mac Prep + Prime Highlighting pens, so I thought I probably should forgo this product for now, but I loved how it looked. Love, love!

Rita and I discussed what kind of look I hoped for, and I told her I'd like to try the Rosy Tan 5 color eyeshadow palette since I had it on order and something coordinating for lips and cheeks.  Rosy Tan can be viewed here.  I gave her the "work your magic" freedom to see what would happen. The first item of color applied was the Dior Incognito 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette. Color me surprised. Rita explained she often uses this as a base of neutrals before she applies the "look". I decided this must be eye underwear. Impressive.

I often use a beige as a base for color but I never would have given this palette a second look if I hadn't seen it applied on my lids. It gives a perfect sheen of satins that make your skin look really nice and I've even worn it by itself for a nice dressed up but not heavy makeup type look. There is a great taupe and varying skintones as well as a shimmery highlighter. On my hand, a couple of the shades barely show but they are the ones that just melt into my lids to give an illusion of lid perfection.

And I ALMOST forgot to tell you one of the greatest things I learned. Dior quint eyeshadows can be used wet or dry without that nasty crusting that happens in some brands. WINNING!!

Rita used the Dior Kohl Eyeliner pencil in brown to tightline upper lids, lower lids and then as an eyeliner over the Rosy Tan quint of shadows.

This pencil liner is SO soft and it's waterproof so it's just perfect for inner lids, upper or lower. It wears really well and is really comfortable. It has a smudge liner on one end and comes with a pencil sharpener. The hand swatch shows the brown and the blue.

Next up was the Dior Show Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. This is eyelash underwear!! It is a white fluid that you apply like mascara which builds and thickens the lash and then mascara is applied over it. With daily use, it is said to promote long term lash strength and vitality. It looks just like a basic mascara wand, except it's white.

Due to the length of this post, I will finish my magical makeover with a subsequent post covering foundation, cheeks and lips. But in the meantime, here's looking at you!

Preview of finished product:

My hair is spastic but this post isn't about hair!!!!


  1. Great review. I like how well you described it all and the colors used are beautiful.

  2. Late to the post, but it looks like a purple shadow on the center of your lid, close to your lash line. What color is that? I love that color but I don't see it in the rosy tan palette.
    Love the look.

    1. It's the Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner, now on sale at Nordstrom 10% off. Unheard of!!!! The color is called Intense Brown. It's the best eyeliner ever, in my opinion. I wear it with everything. I tightline with it which really opens my eyes. LOVE IT!!!!


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