Wednesday, July 04, 2007

I <3 Mattes!

Hi! I'm still around. I haven't really posted all week, but I'm back. It's 4th of July and I have a little time. No patriotic post for me today, but a post nonetheless.

Today's post is about mattes.... starting this venture in makeup, I was attracted to most sparkly things, sparkly shadows, lip glosses, powders, you name it, i sparkled in it! However, I started to notice that when I took pictures... the sparkle that I saw didn't translate so well in my pictures. My highlighted cheeks and t-zone looked sweaty, my sparkly eyes looked washed out and I couldn't tell what color I actually had lips looked great though, lol.

When looking at other pictures of makeup, all of the vivid colors that I wanted on my eyes turned out to be mattes! I didn't care for mattes because they seemed so one dimensional, didn't shimmer when I turned to the left and didn't look another color when I turned to the right. I learned to appreciate and love mattes. In pictures, mattes absorb light (the flash), while shimmery, frosty colors reflect the light. Now, I'm loving mattes or any colors with minimal sparkles. I haven't given up on shimmery colors, but I think they look best with no flash, a flash setting that is low and natural light (not direct sunlight). I hope to learn more about makeup and photography soon!

MAC has released some new mattes in its Pro collection. There are more due out in the Fall! Yippee!

Here's my fotd from yesterday:
(yes folks, I finally did it! I took the big chop-- my hair! my hair! lol)

Milani bronzer all over
cheeks- clinique's shimmer powder in Bare bronze

concealer as a highlight
claire de lune on lid
chrome yellow and bitter mixed on outer lid, under lid
(to match my peep toe sling back wedges of the same color =) )
moth brown in crease
cork in brows
NYC liner in black, to line top and bottom
Loreal voluminous mascara... (it is the bomb like everyone says!)

high tea lipstick
crescent lipglass (I will need a backup of this!)


applediva said...

Taking a break from cooking. Love the eye game and the new hair. Must be tres low maintenance. I am looking forward to see the new mattes. I love the shimmery. Matte does not have the color payoff for me. I have been layering my lid with matte (on the bottom) and a shimmer on the top.

Ok, I am bummed about wondergrass. It shows a tad bit darker on me even though I use light eye prep and frost fluidline as bases. I had to go to MAC dealer and get Eyepopping. Hopefully, I will get the desired look with the mix.

Have a happy 4th of July. Holla @ ya girl.

Heena said...

Matte colors do show up better in pictures, but I think in real-life, shimmery colors are more visually appealing.

Happy 4th of July!

Beauty Marked! said...

Just always!

Anonymous said...

Lurker here saying I love the new hair, I took the plunge last year and have been loving it ever since. Oh yeah I love the eyes!!

rebelleBAP said...

R u in court? Lol!! The eyes are divine my dear and I just notice the new hair!!!! Nouveau Nappyhead Revolution moves right along!! Yeah! I love it.:)


yummy411 said...

thanks everyone!!
@diva: what brush have you been using to apply the colors? good luck on the green shadows!

@ heena: i agree!

@ beauty: thank you!

@anon: thanks for stopping by... how is your hair coming along?? we'll def have to share products etc. i'm looking for a good moisture cream to use when i take out the twisties.. for a cute curly short 'fro =)

@rebelle: yes i've joined! we'll def have to share products =)

Make-up Junkie in Canada said...

You look gorgeous honey! Love the hair and the makeup is beautiful! Yes, matte may not seem as fun as shimmery shades but they definitely look better in pictures. You got the right idea - mixing matte textures with shimmery ones gives more depth and you'll look luminous rather than sweaty!

Ali said...

Beautiful eyes, beautiful eyebrows. I like the fun cut too!

yummy411 said...

thanks makeup junkie and ali!!!

Paula D. said...

Looking good girl! Loved the hair & the eye makeup! Fabulous!

Divine Blackness said...

Ohhh, I love the hair! One love to nappturality! And that color is gorgeous!!

....lemme borrow yo eyebrows!!

Toya said...

Mama, the hair is FIERCE! Rock it!

Jen said...

Soooooooo pretty!!! Love this look :D x

Southern_Lady said...

That eyeshadow is beautiful. I wish I had eyes like that (with a deep crease) so my shadow could be defined. Good job!

Nerd Girl said...

Lookin' good! Love your hair.

yummy411 said...

thanks again everyone!! i appreciate you all =))

@southern lady: there are ways to get around that my dear! I'll show you in a post one day =)

Karen said...

Your hair also looks so cute Kia! Very sophisticated yet spunky!

Anyway, I am now looking at my mattes with a new appreciation. I haven't been into mattes for a few years but still have a bunch that I'll need to retry again. BTW, do you use Moth Brown alot? I am still kicking myself for not getting it!

yummy411 said...

hey karen,
I find that it's one of my run to crease colors...twinks is another color like mothbrown that gives me a soft but visible crease color that can be coordinated with many shadow colors... so in all... go get it karen! it's great and still on MAC's website!