Showing posts with label Dior Artist Rita Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dior Artist Rita Brown. Show all posts

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sneak Peak of Makeover by Dior Plus Mac Blogger's Obssession Lipglass Evolution Revolution

During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I had the opportunity to do a makeover with the Dior counter. The feature artist was Rita Brown, with whom I had an earlier makeover and you can read about it, written in two parts featuring face and lips  and all about the eyes.  Rita is a fabulous artist.  Truly one of the greats and a delight to talk with.

I can't show you the products in real life pictures because the counter was out of everything so I had what I purchased shipped to my house, but I can tell you. I'll show you the goodies when I receive them. Here's the overall view:

The foundation was Capture Total 040. This is a $76 foundation. :0 But it looked pretty good and wore even better. I was out in 110 degree F heat and it did not even melt off! They had wanted to use the spray foundation, ($60), but I have tried that before and have some little allergy to an ingredient in it. My husband gave the two thumbs up to the foundation...the whole look actually. The blush was a two part thing that is featured in a display with the anniversary Blue Tie Palette. It had a pink and light peach together for a real natural look that would suit anyone. The blush is #889 Pink In Love Glowing Color Powder Blush featured at this clickable link.

So let's talk about the eyes. I started with a makeup artist named Shelley who did the skincare and foundation. I told her my husband had requested a green eye look so she chose the Iridescent eyeshadow quint #409. She used the light grassy green all over the lid and put the taupe in the crease. She lined with the waterproof liner in black, doing an inner line on the upper lid as well as on the upper lid itself.

I told Shelley I was hoping for a little more dramatic liner and could we try the liquid liner. I don't normally use it myself because it seems like I'm always in a hurry. She chose the Diorliner in black, ($33), and told me that it was an easy idiot-proof liner. I ordered that just to test the theory, and she finished with some black mascara.

Next Rita came to bat. She examined the look and we decided to boost it with some more oomph. She grabbed the 5 Coulouers Designer Eyeshadow palette in Green Design #408, ($58), and put some of the deep green cream combined with the darker green shadow in the crease and here and there. She asked me how I felt about a little glimmer. I said sparkle me in glitter from head to toe and I'd die happy, so she used the other cream and the lightest green in the quint and put it on the inner lid and above, lightly, for a very wearable look.

She told me about the limited edition Plum Extase Mascara, ($28), and wanted to try it over the black on the lashes, even though she knew they were sold out at that counter. You can't really tell in pictures but it just makes my eyes look a little greener by contrast. Extase is a wonderful mascara to wear over whatever you usually wear. It plumps up the lashes and has this wickedly cool looking brush, but it really does make them more noticible.

My lips were finished with a nude liner and gloss, which I have no pictures of because I drank a water, tea and a diet coke on the way home and then ate lunch. Afterward, for dinnertime, I put on the Mac Blogger's Obsession lipglass in Evolution Revolution, which looks good with anything.\

So until I have products to swatch, there you have my latest Dior Makeover with Rita Brown.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Makeover By Dior National Master Makeup Artist Rita Brown Courtesy of Nordstrom - Face and Lips

If you've read part one of my makeover at Nordstrom with Dior National Artist Rita Brown, you'll see that Rita did an amazing job of prepping my skin, nourishing it, and applying brows, eyeshadow and mascara.  What?  I didn't mention what was used for brows???  Oh Dior has a fabulous pencil that has a brow spoolie on one end and a roll out pencil on the other.  No kidding, Rita wields this like the most fantastic  artistic tool.  Good brows transform and frame a face.  Here's a picture of the spoolie end of this fabulous tool for your makeup arsenal.

Ms. Rita Brown asked me what I liked in a foundation. I had told her that I was a very dry skinned person and mentioned that I rarely ever use powder over foundation. I occasionally might powder my nose, but mostly I just skip that step...that's what I call going rogue. My finish of choice is a natural satin finish. Rita picked Diorskin Eclat Satin Moisture Release Satin makeup in the color 300, a medium beige. This foundation performed quite well throughout the day and it looked as fresh in the evening as it did in the afternoon when applied. Two thumbs up!!

The blush and bronzer was a fabulous all-in-one product called Dior Harmonie de Blush and Rita used the color 002 Coral Riviera. It comes with a nice little brush that I think will be particularly helpful when I want to concentrate on the bronzer in the middle.

The next product was used to highlight the innermost part of my cheeks closest to the nose. It was the Dior 'Diorskin' Ultra Shimmering Allover Face Powder and I'm not sure which color was used. It is a sliding block of shimmer with multiple colors and you can view it here on  (I have no referral agreement with Nordstrom, I just thought you might like to view the product.)

You can kind of see it on my inner cheeks and forehead in the following picture. Looks ok in the photos, but was too shimmery in real life for my husband. And it accentuated my wrinkleage.

Now we move to my favorite part....lips. I love lip products. I don't know why. I think it started by playing with my mom's Avon miniature lipstick testers. At any rate, the finished product:

Rita asked me if I wanted a popping color to make a statement. I told her I was so pleased with the eyes and wanted them to make their own statement and I wanted to go with a softer lip that complimented the tone of the cheeks. Here are hand swatches of the products used. From left to right: Dior Rouge Contour Lip Liner in Natural Beige, Dior Addict Lipstick 530 called Bobo, (ha! what a name! lol), and Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Glow 247 Pink Flirt.

Dior lipliners come with a soft easily applicable color on one end that wears really well, and a brush for blending on the other.

This lipgloss is fairly sheer when applied and just provides that ooomph of shine. I loved the three combined, so I smiled a lot all day.

This was a really fun experience that I am thankful to Nordstrom, Rita Brown and my local Dior makeup artist Sunny Yu for it. I am such a Dior fan and I learned so much during this makeover. Don't ever pass up an opportunity to learn. Again my kudos and thank yous all around.

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!!!!


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