February 10th, 2013

Modern classic @ Jen Kao FW13

Makeup: M.A.C.; Hair: Bumble and Bumble

Image: The Greyest Ghost for Cult of Pretty
October 22nd, 2012

Let’s just do eye makeup for our Halloween costumes.

Images: Numero; Fashion Gone Rogue

September 24th, 2012

Mood indigo (inspiration for a blue smokey eye).

Images: Jeff Tse via

August 28th, 2012

I really love her. 

What can I say … I think I crossed some threshold into “older” recently [at least in my mind] and I’m so glad she exists as an icon. When I started my other blog Lady - and when I shop for myself - I often ask … WWCarineD?

When I was in high school and college, I did a smokey kohl eye every day.  I didn’t know what I looked like without it.  Maybe I’ll go back …

Video courtesy of M.A.C.

August 13th, 2012

A lapis smokey eye is very, very fiercesome.*

*I am so embarrassed that I truly did not remember that the word is ‘fearsome’ and tried to spell it this way 10x despite autocorrect. The internet overwrote my literature degree. It could happen to you.

Images: Flare via

February 14th, 2012

Eyes smoked out to “a whisper” at Sophie Theallet FW12, by MAC with master artist Tom Pecheux.  MAC Carbon shadow created a base shape, and MAC Pro Dirty Plum and Full Fuschia blushes were washed over to intensify and add dimension.

Images - Cult of Pretty

February 11th, 2012

This “dark fairy” eye at Erin Fetherson FW12 was full of tricks! I learned so much about how to do a lasting, dynamic smokey look from MAC lead artist James Kaliardos.

1. A U-shaped line was created above the eye, and reflected below, by dotting MAC Smolder Eye Kohl in the desired arc.  This was then blended, creating a BLACK PRIMER (why had I never thought of this) which James feels is essential for creating a true dark eye. 

2. MAC Carbon shadow, then Grape, were blended - it was the addition of color that made this eye truly multidimensional.  If you ever wondered how to wear purple eyeshadow without looking like you got punched … this is it.

3. Finally, MAC Platinum pigment creates an other-worldly silver glow.

James was also thrilled to pile on the MAC Haute & Naughty mascara for this look - true-to-life, as most women do love their mascara! - and a welcome relief from the more “natural” lash sent down the runways of late.

The face was flushed and flawless, with minimal touches of foundation/concealer, blush in Pink Swoon high on the cheekbones, a touch of contouring, and a clear gloss lip.

When you see it in progress (top photos), it seems very editorial, but the final look (bottom) is totally Friday night.

Images - Cult of Pretty

January 23rd, 2012

How have we not talked about this yet.  Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 hair and makeup.

The kohl eyes. The dreads?! The head gear. 

Also, I really loved the collection. In other news, I have a Wear It Now Pre-Fall 5 Under $200 situation going on over at the other blog.

Images via Style.com

January 13th, 2012
Glisten up people har har … Every time I turn around I see a new and exciting use for loose glitter.  Did you read this NY Times article on glittery eyes?  I mean, get behind Glitter on Everything <- it’s the new thing. It’s also TODAY’S #GIVEAWAY.
CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING!  
This week, you can win my hand-picked glitter “kit” from tre Bellezza - retail value $98.
                 
Stick It Glue | Liptastic | Copper Glitter | Luxury Gold Glitter | White Gold Glitter | Black Glitter 
This cult brand has a great range of fine metallic glitters. If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this stuff except dust it in your hair (great idea though - you can) … it’s safe for eyes and lips, and they make this amazing Stick It Glue and sticky balm called Liptastic which you can use with any glitter or pigment.  Stuff works great, so fun.  You can also do a nail look with it (here’s a good loose glitter nail tutorial).
TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS …1. Do ONE   of the following…. reblog this post OR follow Cult of Pretty on   Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.2. Leave a DISQUS comment below [click through if you’re reading this in tumblr] and tell me WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO TRY FIRST WITH THIS GLITTER!  I tried a copper glitter eye, you can see it here. Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything.” Contest   ends next Friday January 20th, 2012 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you   subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the   time of the drawing. Multiple comments DO NOT increase your chances of   winning but love ya. Winner is drawn at random.
Also - write this down - you can use my promo code PRETTY for 15% off their collections valid through 1/31/12!  
XO
Image via

Glisten up people har har … Every time I turn around I see a new and exciting use for loose glitter.  Did you read this NY Times article on glittery eyes I mean, get behind Glitter on Everything <- it’s the new thing. It’s also TODAY’S #GIVEAWAY.

CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING! 

This week, you can win my hand-picked glitter “kit” from tre Bellezza - retail value $98.

                

Stick It Glue | Liptastic | Copper Glitter | Luxury Gold Glitter | White Gold Glitter | Black Glitter

This cult brand has a great range of fine metallic glitters. If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with this stuff except dust it in your hair (great idea though - you can) … it’s safe for eyes and lips, and they make this amazing Stick It Glue and sticky balm called Liptastic which you can use with any glitter or pigment.  Stuff works great, so fun.  You can also do a nail look with it (here’s a good loose glitter nail tutorial).

TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS …

1. Do ONE of the following…. reblog this post OR follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUS comment below [click through if you’re reading this in tumblr] and tell me WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO TRY FIRST WITH THIS GLITTER!  I tried a copper glitter eye, you can see it here. Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything.”

Contest ends next Friday January 20th, 2012 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing. Multiple comments DO NOT increase your chances of winning but love ya. Winner is drawn at random.

Also - write this down - you can use my promo code PRETTY for 15% off their collections valid through 1/31/12! 

XO

Image via

December 8th, 2011

Ok, so maybe this cracks the code for pulling off a tux at your holiday shindigs

The navy smokey eye is a perfect counterbalance … so femme.

Image: Blanco via


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