Thursday, January 26, 2012

Radcollins Favourites From Paris Couture Week 2012: Elie Saab & Versace

Elie Saab: Radcollins calls this collection "Dreamy of Reality"
Makeup: Serves its purpose. Hair: Serves its purpose

Versace Atelier: Radcollins calls this collection "Roman Glamour"
Everything about this collection brings to my mind an image of modern Rome. From the Authoritarian pose, to the fierce gaze... Just, everything! Hair: ****** Makeup: ****** Hair and Makeup was carefully crafted, but then again... I'm not too amazed... It's Versace! :)

 Stay locked in. More to see.

Radcollins Favourites From Paris Couture Week 2012: Yasmin Le Bon & Jean Paul Gaultier

Yasmin Le Bon:   Radcollins calls it "Glam of the future." Makeup ?????. Hair ?????

Jean Paul Gaultier: Tribute to Amy Winehouse: Makeup: 5*****. Hair 5*****
Radcollins calls it "Amy without A 'Winehouse'. This is certainly the Amy that we never saw and sadly will NEVER see. However, JPG did a great job at putting her in a brighter light. This whole collection is a Hundred'Percent!

More pics from more designers coming soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Flirty Weekend: Kim Kardashian Makeup. The Bright Lips

Whatever plans you have for this weekend, be it visiting friends, dinner date, or doing it for the first time with a guy you've been dating and want you wake up looking fresh. Yes, this is not the time for "Love me for what I look like." I'm sure he does... Just... Not the first time of doing "IT". You are allowed to go crazy on the second, third, and forever time. For now... You gotta fake it, till you nail it! (If you know what I mean. So, lets start with...

Girls weekend look:
This look is super easy. Girls weekend should be super easy, casual, window (or actual shopping), and lots of gossip. Here all you need are the basics. Foundation: (For flawless finish), Eyebrows: (Super light strokes to frame the face), Mascara: (To open up the eyes and add that touch of freshness. Remember your bottom lashes), Blush: (To give your face the necessary glow. also to prevent you from looking pale. This should be a super easy application on the apples of your cheeks and whatever is left on your brush, write a "3" with it on your face) and LIPSTICK / GLOSS: (Pop of colour on your lips. This will bring everything together and complement your nude application that something extra)

Dinner Date:
So, since this is going to be at night... You want this look to do the flirting for you while you work backstage, e.g. "The duck pout", "The winking", and being shy for no reason. LOL! Lets focus here on the Eyes and the Lips. Eyes for loads of blinking, and Lips for biting. After a really defined eyebrows that doesn't look too drawn on (Remember, your eyebrows mustn't look too different from your actual hair colour). Now, think "Kim Kardashian" use a champagne eye shadow with shimmer on your eyelid and a dark shade (Brown or black or DEEP purple in Matte) on your crease. Use a clean brush and blend the edges. Now, apply tons of mascara. Let your first application dry off and then apply the second and do the same for the third time. Apply a touch of the champagne eye shadow to the inner corned of your eyes and use what is left in your dark eye shadow brush and swipe it through the bottom of your eyes. Go all out here on your choice of lip colour. I say the deeper the colour, the better. Use a colour that is rich, but also doesn't completely seal up your actual lip texture as you want your date to be able to think about kissing YOU and not your LIPSTICK or GLOSS. Visit your favourite makeup counter to get a colour that complements you. Finally...

Bedroom Look:
This look should be super easy. The aim here is to look fresh, and not a different person from last night. I suggest foundation is not necessary here. Skip it if your skin is a clear or no much spot. Otherwise, just apply concealer on places that you really need it. Then your eyes... Use a light touch of gold shadow (Think MAC shadow in Romp); all you need here is a tiny application for glow. Apply across your eyelid and bottom of your eyes. Clear mascara, and lip balm or clear gloss and you are ready for the Morning After. Hey... Don't forget breath mint.

Have a Super Rad Weekend! And please remember to let me know how it all went down. LOL!
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Makeup Tips For Teens: Selena Gomez & Kendall Jenner

In today's world of "Reality TV, Teen heartthrob, Pretty little liars, Gossip girls, and super artistic videos by teenage super stars. It is very easy to completely get lost in the 'very unrealistic' world of 'What she is wearing, what makeup she has on, and how she did that lips of eyeliner that really made her look super rad in that music video or something in that scene. :-). Yea, I know... I have a sister and it is really not easy pointing her in the direction that will save her from potentially causing harm to her skin due to tons of makeup, trying to look as awesome as Selena Gomez, Kyle and Kendall Jenner, or like the coolest girl in school.

This brings me to my topic of the day. I want to use this medium to say... Most of these teen superstars that look super cool in videos, only do so because of the recent artistic trend in Hollywood parties, or video making. Hell, some of them don't even like looking the way they do (However RAD,) but are forced to do so because it is what the Director / Producer wants, or Lady gaga looked really 'Out there' and it brought a lot of attention. To save your time... What is the reason for this post? Simple! To bring to your attention that the 'Super cool', love on the lips, really long cat-eye makeup, and overly applied concealer that you see on the faces of your favourite TV stars, is not what they wear in real life. To make you understand better... Why is it that most celebrities barely have makeup on when their pictures are taken on the streets on a normal day? They don't like wearing makeup and it is the same for young models.

I know you must be thinking "Please, he is just not cool, or doesn't understand what it is like to be in the company of so and so... Well, catch this.... I am not that much older than you and I have had someone tell me that my then 'very cool hairstyle' was not very good. As a makeup artist, I want tell you what you should avoid, and what you should do when it comes to applying your makeup.

You have so much going for you now. Your uniformed complexion, your healthy looking eyes, and your skin elasticity is still in business :-) However, you have the power to either destroy or maintain this goodies for a very long time by avoiding too much makeup application and applying the right habit now as what you feed your skin today, will help you when you are much older. That said, I know there are some teens who have pretty tough skin issues like I did when I was a teenager. (Yes, I'm a guy and I don't wear makeup) But it doesn't change the fact that we all have different times in our lives when our skin issues arises. Some people just happen to have them when they are much younger and it disappears over time and Vice Versa. Now, here are photos of what you think is cool due to what you've seen in videos and what is really the right thing that Selena Gomez, Kyle and Kendal Jenner, and other teens actually do in real life with their makeup.

1. If you have a youthful, clear skin. All you need is a tinted moisturizer to help even out your complexion even more. You really don't need the heave stuff as the more layers of foundation you have on, the more older you look and "Older is only cool when you are older" Trust me on this.

VIDEO: Selena Gomez
This makeup is very creative, and out there when she had it on for that special occasion and I know some girls tried this look (or some are still planning on trying it soon). However, she doesn't wear her makeup like this in her daily life. Why? Simply because she doesn't need to.

REAL LIFE: Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
Clean, youthful, and ageless... This is the image she prefers the world to see. Her personality, and charm shinning through, instead of her makeup. To achieve this look: If you have a clear skin, all you want to do is apply a tinted moisturizer your shade and to cover up any unevenness, a blot powder, and highlighter. If you have dark spots on your face that you feel the need to cover. Darling, you simply need a concealer to apply on the exact part of your face that needs coverage, blend into your foundation and you are good to go.

PHOTO SHOOT: Kendal Jenner
This photo is for advertising, and the eye makeup is done for the camera to capture the concept of the shoot. As a makeup artist, I can point out to you, the twist of this makeup look. She's got dark dark eyes with a very nude lips to balance the palette. Some girls will get this one Very, Very wrong! Can you imagine her with with a dark shade of lips stick added to that eye??? WRONG! Especially not for a beach shoot.

REAL LIFE: Kendal Jenner

True, this is not exactly her in real life, but I use this photo to give you an idea of how it should be done should you want a bolder eye, and lips. Notice how her foundation is clean, and not much bronzer. For this look. Use a white, or nude tone eye pencil to line your water line. A slight touch of eyeshadow, either brown, or even your dark bronzer. This is just to give your eye a healthy glow. And for your upper lid. Gently pull out the outer part of your eyelid, damp your eyeliner brush (not WET) and slide it in your black eyeshadow, Then apply across your upper eyelid. This helps define your line and prevent that not so nice creamy looking line. If you feel like its too drawn on and you want a more blended look. With your blending brush, take a little powder, starting from your brow bone, blend down to the tip (where the line is showing) and smudge it a little. Then add mascara but avoid it clamping by running it over a tissue paper to remove the excess.

Finally, remember... all you want is a healthy look. Your youthful looking skin is doing all the talking for you and you really do not need tons of makeup to show how cool you are. If there is one thing I know about being cool... it will be that "Being cool is not always about what you wear, or how much makeup you have on. Being cool is about carriage. This is why even the girl who doesn't have expensive clothes still manages to be cool because of the way she carries herself and the confidence she exudes.

Thank you so much for reading. Pass this on to your friends or daughters and please come back soon.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

PUCKER Up: Flirty Weekend Lips

Do you want the "Look but don't Kiss" look? You're in the right place!
This look will be all about your lips and it will be nude, but will shine like a star from afar...

Let's Get To It...

Dab gently on your lips with light concealer. This will help your lip colour last all night and since your natural lip colour is not interfering... the pigment of your lipstick will be even more visible. Next apply a nude lip liner around the edge of your lip, blend properly. This creates definition and will help prevent smudging. Now, liberally apply your favourite nude lipstick (just a little more than you would normally apply), add a hint of golden right in the inner center of your bottom lip, blend around that area. Finally, apply an Olive toned lip gloss for shine. When this is done, use your 'ring finger' to gently dab around the edges of your lip. This will help your excess gloss to set properly.

Eyes colour for this lip... "Whatever"! However, I prefer a sexy, well blended cat eye look with loads of mascara.

Now you are ready to have da boys (or girls) come begging for a kiss.

P.S. If you have a very dark ethnic skin (e.g Alek Wek), then you would want to go for a 'not so bright' nude lipstick. Think rich gold, with darker lip liner. And don't be too happy with the gold lipstick. Hell, work that dark purple lip gloss (just for hint of colour, and finally add a clear gloss)

Have a Rad Weekend.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Stylish with a touches of Mystery are words that I choose to describe this new baby that is added to the MACosmetics collections. Nothing too different in terms of packaging. M.A.C has a way of reinventing itself without loosing its edge. So, what is so great about this new range??

Two(2) Words: Light Weight. Very easy to control, and different from other intense pigmented ranges by MAC, which means you can be as light-handed or not-so light-handed as you want. Bare in mind that however cool-toned and "easy to blend a product is... When creating a look, it helps to think more about what you want to "Create" rather than how you want the "Colours to Appear". Feel me?? So, just in case you haven't seen this range before... Here is a sneek peak. This range was available in North America 26 December and now available worldwide this January 2012, (hence my knowing about it here in Cape Town)

Are you a reader from North America? Go check this baby out!
Are you a reader from South Africa?  Do the same!
Are you a reader from Europe or Asia?? Please do the same! Wish I can put down the web address but Europe and Asia is ALOT! LOL!

MAC cosmetics makeup artists are always happy to touch a face. Don't be shy to ask.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Makeup Trend For 2012

 First let me start this post by wishing all your readers a Wonderful 2012. I do believe that it will be the best year yet. And don't worry... This is not the year that the world will be coming to an end. I still have lots of makeup looks to try and hopefully, you do too.

Now... Lets talk about the Makeup Trends for 2012.
Should there be any?
What is the point?
Why would I have to put away all I have learned in 2011, simply because it is a new year. Well, I agree with you. However, It does feel good to make an effort to want to create something new as the year is new... yknow... Like your own person statement. And what better way to show what your resolutions are that sign them on your face with your makeup look :-))

Oh well...  Lets Begin....

First Look: Red Kiss:  This look is a personal favourite! Talk about starting the year with the intention to "Paint not only the town but the world RED!" Yes... This look speaks volume! A subtle eye with mascara and a punch of colour on your lips will certainly give you that fiesty, edgy start in 2012.

Second Look: Modern Cat-Eye. When I was learning makeup... I intentionally ignored all lessons on "The perfect foundation, and The perfect concealer because those 2 came naturally to me but I struggled to master that art of the perfect eyeliner. So, I spent a long time learning, and learning. Until I became pretty good at it and can manipulate my brush irrespective of the condition of a client's eye lashes. So, here you have the second look. Master it, and make it work for you as it is a style that will always be a great one. You can wear this look to see the Queen if you do it right.

Third Look: Smoking, Smokey Eyes. This look is not just about smoking up your crease... It is also important to make your lower lash-line blended into the upper. Nicely define your eyes with that dark mysterious look. Remember to now go all dark on your face. Keep the rest friendly for that touch of mystery.

Will continue this post soon...

Let me know what you think so far...
Should you have any question or any look you've been trying to make work for you. Let me know and I will be happy to point you in the direction that you desire.



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