Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Friday Winner, and Best Wishes for Our Fans on the Eastern Seaboard…

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The calm before the storm/Flickr

The calm before the storm/Flickr

Here in South Florida, we’re counting our blessings while sending our hopes and best wishes for the rest of the east coast, as Hurricane Irene bears down upon us. Take care, be safe, and we’ll all get through this together.

So, without further ado, today’s winner of a free 10-application Custom Kit is Athena Stovall of Immaculate Makeovers in Stansbury Park, Utah. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. We’re encouraging our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. And that goes for anyone who is using ColorOn – post your look to our Facebook page and tell everyone what colors you used. We’re a community, and it would be great if you shared your tips and tricks with everyone else!

We hope you had a chance to see this week’s blog post, and our recommendations for wearing smoky eyes for daytime – talk about power dressing! —  reproducing looks worn by Nicole Scherzinger, Frieda Pinto, and Minka Kelly with ColorOn.

We’ll be back next week with more makeup commentary, ideas, and trends. In the meantime, stay safe if you’re in the path of the storm, and the rest of us will send our prayers or best vibes (as one’s beliefs dictate) for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.

Where There’s Smoke There’s…A Day at the Office!

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Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger

As Brazilian makeup artist and photographer Danielle Buljan showed in our blog post from August 10, smoky eye aren’t just for sultry evenings and nights on the town. Blended carefully and applied with a light hand, the smoky eye is perfect for the office, a business luncheon or an important presentation. Here, we show some gorgeous celebrities wearing beautifully smoky eye makeup that is perfectly fine from nine to five…

Singer and dancer Nicole Scherzinger, of Pussycat Dolls fame, wears a great daytime smoky look, keeping the rest of her makeup low-key and quite proper. Use ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit to get the same shimmering pearl and mocha look, adding black eyeliner if that is in keeping with your trademark look, or using the creamy Gypsy shadow left on the applicator cover to line below your lower lashes for a softer look. Either way, plenty of black mascara will attract attention to your eyes without looking harsh or too “night-clubby.” Her perfectly groomed brows and nude lip complete a professional picture.

Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Actress Frieda Pinto’s subtle smoky eye is also office-approved, even when combined with her berry-stained lips. Lightly apply ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Metallics Variety Kit to get the same shimmering wash of gold and brown that create her bronzed look. Black mascara and glowing skin (just a touch of foundation or concealer) are offset by a matte berry lip for a look that says you’re on your way up the corporate ladder.

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly

Finally, actress Minka Kelly wears a smoky brown eye, paired with an on-trend pink lip. Apply ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Smoky Classics or Bestseller Variety Kits, a smoky nude perfect for the beach or for the boardroom with its gradient browns and beige. With her strong brows nicely groomed and a touch of bronzer in place of blush, her pale pink lipstick – not too bright, not too shiny —  is a nice blue-based pink that is deep enough not to look chalky. This look is perfect for playing up your summer tan while still looking completely corporate.

Remember that every colorOn instant eye shadow can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy pre-made Variety Kits. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 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; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have an amazing day.

The Usual Friday News: A Weekly Winner, A Nice Blogger Review, And Makeup Tips For Bronzed Goddesses…

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By now, everyone should know that our Friday winners are chosen from those of you who have signed up to be eVIPs through the coloronpro.com website,  and that no purchase is necessary to become an eVIP. You just fill out a form, and voila, you go into the database of fans and friends from whom we choose our winner every Friday. It’s that simple. And if you’ve purchased any ColorOn products through the website, you are automatically added to the eVIP database, so you’re in the drawing as well.

Our Vampy Bronzed Goddess, Kristen Stewart

Our Vampy Bronzed Goddess, Kristen Stewart

So, without further ado, today’s winner of a free 10-application Custom Kit is Katie Pile of Plainfield, Illinois. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. We’re encouraging our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. And that goes for anyone who is using ColorOn – post your look to our Facebook page and tell everyone what colors you used. We’re a community, and it would be great if you shared your tips and tricks with everyone else!

We hope you had a chance to see this week’s blog post, and our recommendations for reproducing the bronzed eye makeup worn by Mila Kunis, Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, Olivia Munn, and Ashley Olsen. We also gave you a link to BEAUTY BESTIES, where they had a very nice review of colorOn with some great “after” shots of blogger Michelle wearing Amethysts & Gold from the Jewels Variety Kit, and Coral Cove from the Romance Variety Kit.

We’ll be back next week with more makeup commentary, ideas, and trends. In the meantime, stay cool and have a beautiful weekend!

Summer Bronzer Isn’t Just for Cheekbones

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Before we get to the “how to recreate that celebrity look” part of the blog, we want to share a link to a very nice – and honest — review from the blog BEAUTY BESTIES. We love it when bloggers review ColorOn and post photos of the process and results – it’s the best way for everyone else to see how ColorOn works, and how easy it is to “place, smooth, peel, blend, and set.” So, be lovely ladies and nip on over to Beauty Besties to read Michelle’s review and see her “after” photos.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Now, we have five celebrities sporting beautiful bronze-y eye makeup, yet all of them are very different. Perfect for summer, the bronzed eye can be worked into a monochromatic look like Mila Kunis, who looks healthy, sun-kissed, and simply amazing – or, at the other end of the spectrum, as a contrast to the palest of skins and a shockingly red lip as worn by Taylor Swift.

Bronze eye shadow is actually a wonderful neutral, which is why so many women wear bronzer on their faces all year round. It makes blue eyes pop, it brings out the dominant golden or green tones in hazel eyes, and its metallic shimmer warms up deep brown eyes. Note that every one of these stars has perfectly groomed brows, an absolute MUST for making statement eye makeup work, and for making a more casual face always seem pulled together.

Mila Kunis’ makeup artist (Tracey Levy working with Lancome) created her smoky eye by actually using facial bronzer as her shadow base, adding shimmering chocolate liner on the lids and black liner along the lash line. You can achieve the same look with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit, adding our Smooth Black Star Gold loose mineral pigment, a dark black/brown and gold shimmer, as a liner along the lash line and extended beyond the outer corners of the eye, as well as under the lower lash line, as Mila’s makeup artist did. Plenty of black mascara, beautifully bronzed cheeks, and a neutral, bronzy lipgloss complete the look.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Generally, the rule is a statement lip means flawless skin and minimal makeup on the rest of the face, and vice versa. But Taylor Swift and her makeup artist Lorrie Turk broke the rules beautifully for the 2011 MET Ball, combining a shiny crimson lip with dramatic lashes and bronze eye makeup. Why did it work? The brown and gold shadows were subtle and warm, making Taylor’s blue eyes radiate without competing with the glossy red lip. You can get the same look using colorOn’s 14-Karat, a gradient wash of rich golds from pale to mellow 14 karat from the Metallics Variety Kit, then adding a touch of our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a dark black/brown and gold shimmer, along the lash line and on the lids, accompanied by several coats of deep black mascara and your choice of a statement lip color.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

Although we understand that the upcoming spread in W is going to change how we think of Kristen Stewart forever, she’s never been one for over-the-top makeup moments, even on the red carpet. Here, for the Los Angeles Film Festival, makeup artist Fiona Stiles worked creamy bronze shadow into the top lash line, blending it upwards towards the brow bone before accenting it with a shimmery burgundy powder. You can create Kristen’s vampy look with ColorOn’s Gypsy, rich hues of mocha, bronze, and a wash of frothy white from the Metallics Variety Kit. Work the creamy mocha/bronze shadow into the top lash line, blending it upwards towards the brow bone before accenting with Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a dark golden lilac/burgundy depending on which ColorOn looks you’re using it with, dabbing it at the outer corners of the eyes and below the lower lashes to add more definition. Finish with tons of black eyeliner and vampy black mascara.

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn’s hazel eyes are perfectly complimented by eye shadows in shades of shimmery bronze, copper, and gold. Her makeup artist Uzo started with a beige shadow on the lids into the crease, then smudged metallic bronze under her lash line all the way up to the outer corners of her brows. Create the same bronzed look with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess, shimmery gold and glimmering deep copper brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look, from the Metallics Variety Kit, using the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the applicator cover to line under the lower lash line, or use our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a dark black/brown and gold shimmer, along the lower lash line and on the lids, accompanied by several coats of deep black mascara. With eyes this sultry, the bold red lip might seem like overkill, but Olivia pulls it off, and you can, too.

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen

Usually, eye shadows with red undertones are considered a makeup mistake – applied by inexperienced hands, they can all too easily look like an eye infection rather than eye makeup. But the ever fashion-forward Ashley Olsen rises to the challenge, rimming her lash lines with an earthy, burnt sienna shadow. The overall effect is fresh and unexpected. If you want to try something similar, choose ColorOn’s Sunset Beach from the Bestsellers Variety Kit on your lids, a combination of beige and coral shadows reminiscent of a sunset by the sea, and bring it up into the crease. Then, use Smooth Sienna Shimmer loose mineral pigment under the lower lashes. Ashley tops it off with lots of brownish/burgundy mascara, which adds depth and brings a bronzed feel to the overall look.

Remember that every colorOn instant eye shadow can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit or you can instead buy pre-made Variety Kits. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 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; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a radiant day…

Another Wonderful Winner, and a Very Happy Friday!

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Noche, from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits

Noche, from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits

It just wouldn’t be the same here at ColorOn if we didn’t have a new eVIP to announce in this week’s Winners Circle drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit, so without further ado, congratulations to Heather Prince of Conover, North Carolina. She’ll be watching her mailbox next week to see what beautiful surprise we send her.

We’re encouraging our Winners Circle members to post their experiences using ColorOn on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. And that goes for anyone who is using ColorOn – post your look to our Facebook page and tell everyone what colors you used. We’re a community, and it would be great if you shared your tips and tricks with everyone else!

If you missed this week’s blog post, we had a beautiful array of  smoky eye looks for daytime, thanks to Brazilian makeup artist/high-fashion photographer Danielle Buljan. Again, we’re asking any of you pro makeup artists using ColorOn to send us images of your work so that the rest of our fans have the benefit of your expertise, and are inspired to try and match your creativity. Send your photographs to our PR firm at ko@alchemycommgroup.com so we can feature you in a future blog. Be sure to tell us a bit about yourself and what ColorOn products you used.

We’ll be back next week with more makeup commentary, ideas, and trends. Have a dazzling weekend!

More Beautiful Brazilian Influences Using ColorOn…Professional

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Ibiza from the Smoky Classic Variety Kit

Ibiza from the Smoky Classics Variety Kit

Noche from the Smoky Classics Variety Kit

Noche from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits

If you follow the ColorOn blog, then you know we’ve featured Indian makeup artist, teacher, ColorOn ambassador, and airbrush master Manishi Jain , and Brazilian import Danielle Buljan, who is both a professional makeup artist AND in-demand photographer. These powerful females use ColorOn in their professional work, and this week Dani was kind enough to send more of her recent work for a swimwear company, showcasing not only her talent as a photographer, but her makeup artistry using ColorOn under rather damp conditions! Once again, Dani is not only showing us how beautifully a smoky eye works for daytime, but that ColorOn is standing up quite nicely under an oceanic onslaught. We’ve cropped these photos to show you how easily you can use some of the deeper, smokier instant eye shadows for day wear, but in doing so, we’ve cropped out the beach, the ocean, and the sea spray that made these shots so beautiful for Dani’s bathing suit clients.

Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit

Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit

Gypsy, with Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer

Gypsy, with Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer

The first model is wearing Ibiza from the Smokey Classics Variety Kit and the Bestsellers Variety Kit. The second model, who is actually lying in the surf, is wearing Noche, from the same two variety kits. The third model, also lying in the surf, is wearing Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit, another collection of smoky looks. The fourth and fifth shots, using the same model, are Gypsy again, but with our Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment. The next model, wearing the scuba mask, is also wearing Noche.

Gypsy, with Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer

Gypsy, with Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer

Dani’s done a marvelous job of showing that our smoky looks can be worn day or night; it all depends on how heavily you smooth on your ColorOn applicator and how well you blend.

Noche, from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits

Noche, from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits

If you are a professional makeup artist using ColorOn in your work, we would love to feature you in a future blog and e-newsletter. Between our Facebook fans and eVIPs who subscribe to our blasts, your work will be seen by over 5,000 fashionistas, other pros, and makeup fans. Contact our PR firm at ko@alchemycommgroup.com.

Remember that every colorOn instant eye shadow can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy pre-made Variety Kits. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 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; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a gorgeous

day…

Happy Friday, and Happy Day to Our Winners Circle eVIP!

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Heavy Metal from ColorOn's Custom Kits.

Heavy Metal from ColorOn's Custom Kits.

A lot of our Facebook fans and Twitter followers don’t realize that our Friday winners are chosen from those of you who have signed up to be eVIPs  through the coloronpro.com website. We usually add that to the end of our blog posts and emails, but we thought we’d bring it up to the top, just in case not everyone reads to the end. 🙂

No purchase is necessary to become an eVIP on the ColorOn website. You just fill out a form, and voila, you go into the database of fans and friends from whom we choose our winner every Friday. It’s that simple. And if you’ve purchased any ColorOn products through the website, you are automatically added to the eVIP database, so you’re in the drawing as well.

We hope you had a chance to see this week’s blog post, and the highly creative ways Indian makeup artist Manishi Jain uses ColorOn in her work. It really is exciting to see how other cultures adapt the product to their unique cultural, fashion, and beauty trends. If you want to see more of the looks Manishi created during her three days at the Beauty Expo in Delhi, check her Facebook page.

We’re still putting the call out to any of you who are professional makeup artists using ColorOn in your work, to send us your photographs so we can feature you in a future blog. Email your work to our PR firm, and be sure to tell us a bit about yourself and what ColorOn products you used.

SO, without further ado, today’s winner of a free 10-application Custom Kit is Misty Fernandez of San Bernardino, California. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. We’re encouraging our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. And that goes for anyone who is using ColorOn – post your look to our Facebook page and tell everyone what colors you used. We’re a community, and it would be great if you shared your tips and tricks with everyone else!

In the meantime, stay cool and have a beautiful weekend!

ColorOn Professional, Bollywood Style!

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Manishi uses Cactus Flower instant eye shadow with Smoooth Pearl Shimmer and Smooth Sienna Shimmer.

Manishi uses Cactus Flower instant eye shadow with Smoooth Pearl Shimmer and Smooth Sienna Shimmer.

The finished look!

The finished look!

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Manishi Jain, India’s premier professional makeup artist and trainer – and the woman who has been our ambassador to her native country, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

She sent us some wonderful photos from her recent appearance at a three-day Beauty & Spa Expo demonstrating airbrush makeup and our very own ColorOn instant eye makeup appliqués.

In one of the many looks that Manishi created during the Expo, she used Cactus Flower from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, a delicate wash of pale pink and deeper dusky rose, adding ColorOn’s Smooth Pearl Shimmer loose mineral pigment in the center of the eyelid and Smooth Sienna Shimmer around the outer corner of the eye and extended to the temples.

Into Orbit from the Odyssey Variety Kit

Into Orbit from the Odyssey Variety Kit

Moving to Manishi’s editorial work, this first look was created using Into Orbit from the Eye Envy Odyssey Variety Kit. Its sweet pale brown sugar, mocha, dark chocolate, and milky chocolate hues layer across the eyelid to create a multi-tonal, complex look for those chocolate martini nights out with the girls.

Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit.

Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit.

For the next look, Manishi started with Gypsy, rich hues of mocha and a wash of frothy white perfect for day or evening with its gradient brown and white metallic shades. It can be found in the Metallics Variety Kit.

Finally, this multi-tonal look was created with Heavy Metal, a gorgeous prism of shimmering dark chocolate and black, which Manishi complimented with a deep burgundy lip that looks wildly exotic.

Heavy Metal from ColorOn's Custom Kits.

Heavy Metal from ColorOn's Custom Kits.

Remember, if you are a professional makeup artist using ColorOn in your work, we would love to feature you in a future blog and e-newsletter. Between our Facebook fans and eVIPs who subscribe to our blasts, your work will be seen by over 5,000 fashionistas, other pros, and makeup fans. Next week, we’ll show you a few more editorial photos and makeup looks from Brazilian photographer/makeup artist Danielle Buljan.

Every colorOn instant eye shadow can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit , or you can instead buy pre-made Variety Kits. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 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; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a lovely day…