Monthly Archives: April 2011

Happy Friday, and Did You SEE That Wedding?

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The new Dutchess of Cambridge, a DIY monarch...

The new Dutchess of Cambridge, a DIY monarch...

Happy Friday, colorOn eVIPs! We’re a bit punchy from getting up at 4:00 am EST to watch the coverage of The Wedding of the Century (it MUST be in capital letters!). One thing fashionistas were talking about right away is that Kate Middleton – now Duchess of Cambridge – did her own makeup. This really is astounding to us across the pond, where 13-year-olds have eyelash extensions, spray tans, and highlights, and even the most D-list celebrity has a makeup artist and hair stylist work her over for the most minor of appearances.

The new Duchess took a few lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston – whose website states she is “particularly adept at natural bridal makeup”– and, according to People magazine, the princess felt so comfortable with the techniques Preston showed her, that she opted for DIY for her wedding to Prince William, who racked up four new titles today.

You can create Princess Katherine’s soft, barely-there smoky eye using colorOn’s El instant eye shadow applicators, a delicate and creamy gradient blend of shell pink and chocolate brown. Add to that a strong, groomed brow, a slightly flushed cheek and nude, semi-glossy lips, and the future queen was not only naturally beautiful and glowing with health, she was very distinctly herself. No grand makeovers for this real woman.

For the same delicate smoky look, try colorOn's "EL" instant eye shadow.

For the same delicate smoky look, try colorOn's "EL" instant eye shadow.

You may have some major events coming up yourself – perhaps not on quite the scale of today’s estimated 3 billion audience – and colorOn offers you such a range of colors, textures, and combinations that you’re sure to find “The Right Look” for your prom, graduation, bridal party makeup, your own wedding, or Mother’s Day, which approaches rapidly.

We’re sure that you’ll find the perfect look with colorOn — you have the option of creating a totally Custom Kit picked from our 77 instant eye shadow looks or choosing from the 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it!

And on this memorable Friday, we have our usual Winners Circle announcement. It’s not as big a deal as marrying the future King of England, but e-VIP member Alana Rustici of Yonkers, New York, wins 10 applications of crease-resistant, melt-proof, water-resistant instant mineral eye makeup, whether she chooses a custom eye makeup wardrobe or one of our pre-made Variety Kits, which now sell for the same price.

We’ll keep drawing a new name from our eVIPs every Friday in 2011, and the winner receives instant email notification that she’s won a great $20.00 gift. No purchase is necessary to become an eVIP and be entered into the drawing, so if you aren’t an eVIP, now’s the time!

Be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, or you may never know YOU won. We’re off for another cuppa and to check out all the websites for pictures of the chapeaux, trilbys, top hats, and crazy Philip Treacy confections perched on royal heads — and what the showily pregnant Victoria “Posh” Beckham wore. We promise to shelve the Anglophile pretensions by tea-time.

Happy Friday, Happy Free Shipping, Happy Holidays!

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Vanessa Hudgens -- a perfect look for Prom!

Vanessa Hudgens -- a perfect look for Prom!

Happy Friday, colorOn eVIPs! We’re still prom mode, so if you, or your daughter (niece, friend, step-daughter, etc.) have chosen The Dress, be sure to check out colorOn…Professional for her makeup. We’ve done a couple of blog posts on how to re-create some of the best looks from the Fashion Weeks and Awards season, so you can check there, or just visit the website at www.coloronpro.com. We’re sure that you’ll find the perfect look — you have the option of creating a totally Custom Kit picked from our 77 instant eye shadow looks or choosing from the 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it! They’re only $6.00 per pot, and last forever due to the intensity of the pigments — a little goes a long way.

And by now, you all know that Friday = Winners Circle announcement. e-VIP member Kathy Carter of Norcross, Georgia, wins 10 applications of crease-resistant, melt-proof, water-resistant instant mineral eye makeup, whether she chooses a custom eye makeup wardrobe or one of our pre-made Variety Kits, which now sell for the same price.

Our free shipping promo will end soon, so be sure to take advantage of it ASAP. The case-sensitive promo code is Prom2011.

We’ll keep drawing a new name from our eVIPs every Friday in 2011, and the winner receives instant email notification that she’s won a great $20.00 gift. No purchase is necessary to become an eVIP and be entered into the drawing, so if you aren’t an eVIP, now’s the time!

Be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, or you may never know YOU won. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Friday’s Winners Circle and Complimentary Shipping

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Jennifer Hudson rocks the same platinum shimmer.

Jennifer Hudson rocks the platinum shimmer.

Happy Friday, colorOn eVIPs! If you didn’t get a chance to read this week’s blog showing some beautiful metallic looks for prom, and how to get them using colorOn products, be sure to check it out. We covered Kate Hudson’s two different looks with the same basic platinum shadow, Jennifer Hudson’s platinum smoky eye, Keri Washington’s platinum-and sapphire smoky eye look, and Frieda Pinto’s contrasting shadows.

And by now, you all know that Friday = Winners Circle announcement. e-VIP member Kelly Moore of New York, Alabama, wins 10 applications of crease-resistant, melt-proof, water-resistant instant mineral eye makeup, whether she chooses a custom eye makeup wardrobe or one of our pre-made Variety Kits, which now sell for the same price.
We have a promo going — free shipping, and the case-sensitive promo code is Prom2011. You have the option of creating a totally Custom Kit picked from our 77 instant eye shadow looks (so you can grab up what you need for prom) or choosing from the 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it! They’re only $6.00 per pot, and last forever due to the intensity of the pigments — a little goes a long way.

We’ll keep drawing a new name from our eVIPs every Friday in 2011, and the winner receives instant email notification that she’s won a great $20.00 gift. No purchase is necessary to become an eVIP and be entered into the drawing, so if you aren’t an eVIP, now’s the time!

Be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, or you may never know YOU won. Have a fabulous weekend!

Prom Makeup: Platinum and Pearls and Silver and Sapphire

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Kate Hudson: Same eye makeup, two different looks.

Kate Hudson: Same eye makeup, two different looks.

Shimmery metallic shadows are all the rage, and there’s no better time than your prom to wear a statement look, whether you wish to whisper “delicate” or shout out “bold.” Look at Kate Hudson – she’s wearing the same platinum eye shadow in each picture, but one is accentuated with black eye liner, a bit of gunmetal on the lids, and multiple coats of mascara. Bold. Yet she makes the same precious metal shade look delicate by eschewing the rock-n-roll eyeliner, concentrating her mascara on the outer third of her upper lashes, and making a statement with this season’s other trend, the bright lip.

You can achieve either of these looks for your prom night with colorOn’s Platinum & Pearls instant eye shadow applicators, and a combination of our Smooth Shimmer loose mineral pigments in Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer and Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer.

Jennifer Hudson rocks the same platinum shimmer.

Jennifer Hudson rocks the same platinum shimmer.

And here’s an example of how the same-color makeup can look just as gorgeous on both ends of the skin tone spectrum. The utterly fabulous Jennifer Hudson (who has simply AMAZING skin) keeps her platinum shimmer below the brow bone, concentrating it from the crease to the lashline, also swiping it precisely under her lower lashes and blending it into the inner corners of her eyes. Lots of mascara and partial false eyelashes at the outer corners give her a slight cat’s eye. You can duplicate her look using the same ColorOn products as were used to re-create Kate Hudson’s look, or for a bit more intense silver, use Silver Bells in place of Platinum & Pearls for your base color.

Silver and sapphire come together for Keri Washington, creating a look that you can easily wear to prom to make a bold statement, and will go beautifully with any cool-toned or white prom dress.

Keri Washington: Pearly Sapphire

Keri Washington: Pearly Sapphire

Start with colorOn’s Dusky Twilight instant eye shadow, a combination of faded denim and sheer deep indigo, with a pop of the paler color at the center of the eyelid. Then add Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer along the lashline and smudged under the lower lashes, adding a steely midnight-blue shimmer that brings out the cool highlights in her hair. If your skin is pale, Smooth Platinum Silver Shimmer blended onto Dusky Twilight will give you the same level of blue/silver intensity. As with Jennifer Hudson’s statement-making Platinum eye, go easy with the rest of your face with a dewy tinted moisturizer and spot concealing, nude or bronze cream blush (again, depending on your skin tone), and a glossy nude lip.

Here’s another precious metal prom look that is more demure, the perfect foil for a dramatic, embellished prom dress.

Frieda Pinto uses a pale wash of coral from the crease to the brow bone, contrasting it beautifully with silvery blue eyelids. They don’t sound like complementary colors, but it is the light-handed approach which makes it work. Use colorOn’s Coral Cove (on deeper skin tones) or Pink Lemonade (on paler skin tones) instant eye shadows, and blend them into a wash of warm color.

Freida Pinto: Coral, blue, and silver

Freida Pinto: Contrasting colors work beautifully.

Next, choose our loose pigment shadows in Smooth Patina Silver, Smooth Peacock Blue Shimmer and/or Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer to get the right amount of blue/silver depth that’s appropriate to your skin tone. A pale coral or peach cream blush and a just-bitten pinkish-nude lipstick complete the look – you’ll appear luminous without fighting your dress for attention.

In case you missed the announcement last Friday, we’re offering free shipping, and the case-sensitive promo code is Prom2011.

You have the option of creating a totally Custom Kit picked from our 77 instant eye shadow looks (so you can grab up what you need for prom) or choosing from the 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it! They’re only $6.00 per pot, and last forever due to the intensity of the pigments — a little goes a long way.

We’ll be back Friday with a new winner chosen from our eVIPS. See you then!

Friday Winner Circle, and Complimentary Shipping Promo

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Avante Garde Spring Break Look: Fly Away

Avante Garde Spring Break Look: Fly Away

Happy Friday, colorOn eVIPs and fans.  We’ve recently talked about wild Spring Break looks and Prom/Graduation makeup, so we thought we’d give you another incentive to try colorOn…Professional for these big, exciting events in your life. We’re offering free shipping, and the case-sensitive promo code is Prom2011.

Graduation Look: Summer Peach

Graduation Look: Summer Peach

You have the option of creating a totally Custom Kit picked from our 77 instant eye shadow looks (so you can grab up what you need for all three events!), or choosing from the 24 pre-selected Variety Kits.

We promise and we deliver — we have another weekly winner in today’s Winners Circle drawing: SHEBA JOSEPH of Westwego, Louisiana. Our winners receive an instant email when we choose them, and have the option of a Variety Kit or creating their own Custom Kit.

Prom Look: The metalllic smoky eye in Lava

Prom Look: The metallic smoky eye in Lava

If you are not registered on the colorOn website as an eVIP, you’re missing out on your opportunity to win. And be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, so you don’ t miss out on finding yourself next week’s winner…

Have a lovely weekend!

Bring the ‘Red Carpet’ to Prom or Graduation

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Prom and Graduation; Your High School "Oscars"

Prom and Graduation; Your High School "Oscars"/All rights reserved by janyn ganda

Never before has the Red Carpet had such an influence on prom and graduation fashions. It used to be that one or two of the most popular dresses might get a knock-off prom version, but it has become de rigeur for almost every great Red Carpet dress to be duplicated at a reasonable price into a prom or graduation frock.

Of course, the Red Carpet is also heavily influential on makeup trends, and its no different for prom-goers and grads. In fact, given the cost, duplicating Red Carpet makeup looks is much more affordable than trying to duplicate Nicole Kidman’s or Mila Kunis’s designer gowns.

Irina Iosilevich, professional makeup artist, inventor, founder, and president of ColorOn…Professional gives you her insights on how to make a beautiful entrance at your prom (which is basically the Oscars of your high school career), and how to look luminous and sophisticated for the night when you leave high school behind.

First, some Dos and Don’ts…

1. DO create a head-to-toe look by keeping things in the same color family – if your dress is coral or yellow, your makeup should be golds, browns, reds. Or, match the colors of you accessories – i.e. silver or gold – and use those colors in the inner corners of your eyes for an extra sparkle. The best array of “sparkle” is our colorOn Smooth Shimmer loose mineral pigments in 11 colors.

2.  Conversely, DON’T let your makeup clash with your dress. They should not fight one another for dominance. If you’re wearing a bright red dress, keep your makeup classic and minimal.

3. DO go sparingly when wearing a smoky eye, and don’t assume it must be black, which is very harsh. Think grey, gold, bronze, blue, or purple — whatever will go with your dress. ColorOn has dozens of instant eye shadows you can use to create a colored smoky eye, which is much more on-trend this season.

Add some light shimmery shadow to your inner corners, finish up with lots of mascara and a very sheer, light-colored nude, pink, or peachy lip gloss.

4. DO make you look last all day and night. ColorOn instant eye shadows, when set with our Get Set! Powder, will literally last through the day, the night, and into the next morning. For the rest of your face, try using an oil-free primer on clean skin so that your concealer, blush, and any other face makeup have the perfect canvas to cling to. If you are very oily, you may set your look with regular powder or our Get Set! translucent powder that comes with your colorOn instant eye shadows. I prefer to see as little makeup as possible on young skin, and recommend you carry blotting papers instead of re-powdering as the night goes on. Finally, waterproof mascara. All that dancing should NOT make you look like a raccoon, ladies.

Here are three fantastic looks from the Red Carpet that will work for you…

Aishwarya Rai/Getty Images

Aishwarya Rai/Getty Images

Aishwarya Rai: Metallic Eyes

Metallic eyes for prom and graduation are wonderful when you’re wearing a dress that is of classical lines, toned-down color, or otherwise works as a setting for your makeup and hair. It adds that celebrity glitz!

ColorOn has a wide range of metallic instant eye shadow looks. Whether you choose a smoky eye with Bronze Goddess, a tri-metallic eye with Ikonik, or a prismatic metallic with Emeralds and Gold

Keep dark metallics close to the lash line or in the crease of the lid; blend it out above – too much shimmer near the brow bone looks dated, and you’re a modern girl. If you’re new to makeup, keep metallics light: Mauve, gold, silver, pale blue. You can achieve these light looks by using colors such as Finesse, Grace, Charm, Biscayne Bay or South Beach, and adding one of our Smooth Shimmer loose mineral powders on top for a subtle sheen.

Anne Hathaway/Getty Images

Anne Hathaway/Getty Images

Anne Hathaway and Mandy Moore: Classic Bold Lip

There are classic, iconic looks that are simple and sophisticated, and will complement dresses that may be more dramatic and call for a strongly defined look that doesn’t add sparkles and shimmer on top of frills and lace.

These looks on Anne Hathaway and Mandy Moore are a perfect example. A very toned-down eye (El, Ibiza, Laguna, Pink Lemonade, Key West, Platinum & Pearls are all good) that is blended very well, a thin swipe of eyeliner at the lashline on the upper lids, and plenty of mascara.

Mandy Moore/Getty Images

Mandy Moore/Getty Images

The drama here is your mouth, so choose a bold lip color like red, bright coral/orange, hot pink, deep plum, or fuchsia. Be sure to line your lips with a lip liner close to the same color as your lipstick, and fill your lips in completely before applying the lipstick – this will give you lasting results.

We’ll be back Friday with the Winners Circle!

Friday’s Winners Circle; Spring’s Coral Eye Makeup

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Spring Fling: Coral Cove

Spring Fling: Coral Cove

Happy Friday, colorOn eVIPs! If you didn’t get a chance to read this week’s blog about how to reproduce celebrity Vanessa Hudgens‘ coral eye makeup and lipstick using colorOn, be sure to take a peek. We have three options using coral shadows that are just perfect to take you from the blacks, grays, and dark plums of winter and into the light, bright colors that usher in warmer weather.

Spring Fling #2: Sunset Beach

Spring Fling #2: Sunset Beach

And by now, you all know that Friday = Winners Circle announcement. e-VIP member Katherine Truesdell of Kauneonga Lake, New York wins 10 applications of crease-resistant, melt-proof, water-resistant instant mineral eye makeup, whether she chooses a custom eye makeup wardrobe or one of our pre-made Variety Kits, which now sell for the same price.

Spring Fling #3: Pink Lemonade

Spring Fling #3: Pink Lemonade

Keep an eye out — we’ll be introducing some new instant eye makeup looks in the next few weeks, and a new promo when they debut. In the meantime, we’re still offering free gift wrapping, which will last through Mother’s Day (May 7). No promo code needed; just choose gift wrapping during the checkout process and you will not be charged. This is a great time to pick up Mother’s Day, prom, graduation, or bridesmaid gifts with complimentary gift wrap.

We’ll keep drawing a new name every Friday in 2011, and the winner receives instant email notification that she’s won a great $20.00 gift. Be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, or you may never know YOU won.

Have a gorgeous weekend!