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The makeup that Miss USA pageants are made of

One of my favorite makeup lines, Rain has the official makeup of the Miss USA pageant for two years now. They have spent countless hours getting the contestants ready for pageant activities and all the ladies look spectacular! Makeup artist Melinda Osgood gave us a tutorial for Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo’s winning look.

Start with a flawless complexion. her skin was primed with Smooth Criminal Face Primer. Next, Perfect Cream Foundation was blended over her face and under eyes to cover blemishes and to even out the skin tone. Finish with Setting Loose Powder.

Perfect Creme Foundation

For Olivia’s eyes Melinda used the Diva Eye Shadow Quad in Viva Las Vegas, which includes colors Shalimar, Canterbury, La Bella and Allure. Shalimar shadow was applied all over the eyelid, starting from the lash line and blending up to just above the crease of the lid. Next, Canterbury was added to the center of the lids for subtle shine. Using La Bella shadow with a blender brush, Melinda started at the outer corner of the eye and swept color towards the center of the lid. She blended the color softly back and forth in the crease of the eye.

Diva Eye Shadow Quad in Viva Las Vegas

To line the eyes, draw a thin line across the upper lashes with Expressive Eye Liner in Black. Start at the inner corner of the eye and work outwards. Extend the liner slightly past the lash line and upwards for a lifted look. Do the same on the lower lash line.

Melinda added two coats of High Roller Mascara in Black and Drama Lash (false lashes) in style Tease to further enhance the eyes.

Drama Lash in Tease

Using the Expressive Lip Liner in Cameo, she lined Olivia’s lips and then applied Glam Lipstick in Bottle Service. She finished them off with Gloss of Fame in Wine Newton to add dimension and shine.

Glam Lipstick in Bottle Service
Gloss of Fame in Wine Newton

Melinda applied Glowing Blush in Striptease to the apples of the cheeks, blending upwards and outwards.

Glowing Blush in Striptease

To finish her look, Melinda used Eye Brow Gel in Clear to keep brows in place.

Rain Cosmetics is the official makeup of the Miss USA pageant. For more tips, and to find these Rain products visit www.raincosmetics.com. Update: Olivia Culpo is also the reigning Miss Universe 2012!

Layering with Ballet Slippers and Dream a Little Dream of Me

Sometimes you just want something light, and sometimes the sheer to pale colors are hard to keep on longer than a few days without looking streaky. For instance, I love Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” but you have to apply multiple coats and have patience while it dries. I don’t always have the time and patience, so I applied one coat of Ballet Slippers and topped it with a sheer pink called “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Deborah Lippmann. I used two coats of Dream a Little Dream of Me and used To Dry For quick dry by Essie. It looks great and lasts at least a week.

Ballet Slipper topped with Dream a Little Dream
Ballet Slippers by Essie,
Dream a Little Dream of Me by Deborah Lippmann, $16

Man Candles?


Just in time for Father’s Day, Yankee Candle has launched a new line of candles targeted to men. The “Man Candles” are made to put anywhere men congregate like garages, game rooms and man caves.  The new limited edition candles are available at Yankee Candle stores in four scents:

Man Town™ — Escape to the man cave with this masculine blend of spices, woods and musk.

First Down™ — This combination of orange, patchouli, vetiver and leather is as exciting as game day.
Riding Mower™ — Hot sun. Cool breeze. And the intensely summery scent of freshly cut grass.
2 x 4™ — The warm, unmistakable scent of freshly planed wood and sawdust evokes a sense of confidence and quality.
Candles start at $2.99 (Car Jar) all the way up to $27.99. They even have man candle accessories.


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Estee Lauder launches Mad Men Collection

When the new season of Mad Men premieres on March 25, you could be watching it with a special blush and lipstick form Estee Lauder. The Mad Men Collection includes a limited edition creme blush compact and lipstick. The blush is in a gold compact with an aquamarine clasp and the lipstick is in a standard Estee Lauder gold case. They will available beginning March 1st at Bloomingdale’s and at Esteelauder.com. If you really want to pick one up you should pre-order now.

Limited Edition Creme Rouge in ” Evening Rose” $40

Limited Edition Lipstick in “Cherry” $25

Images from EsteeLauder.com