Dual-Intensity

I’ve been a fan of Nars Dual-Intensity for some time now, but let me tell you why I love it so much.

Sometimes I want to take a look from soft to dramatic, and get creative with my colors and application. This can all be possible with Nars Dual-Intensity eyeshadows and blushes. The way to use this makeup is simple: wet a brush or beauty blender, swipe the applicator in the product, and apply! Seriously so simple.

I first became addicted when I tried their Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax (black). It saved the day when it came to creating a smudgy liner look, or a defined cat eye. Literally anything was now possible with one simple product and my outlook on cosmetics changed with a swipe of my eyeliner brush.

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After trying the first shade, I had to have more. I then tried the eyeshadow in “Desmondona” aka a beautiful pinky-purple burgundy. The change from wet to dry was crazy… literally. When worn dry, it was a beautiful soft shade of burgundy, but worn wet, it was an intense deep shade that was perfect for a night out on the town. Not to mention … when worn wet, this product will seriously stay on forever.

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This past Christmas, Nars released a limited edition dual intensity eye and cheek palette called “Give In Take.” This palette changed the game. Seriously. This cosmetic masterpiece came with a series of shimmery and matte shadows, 2 blushes, and a highlighter. Now at first I was a little intimidated about the blushes. But my solution was simple once I decided to wet my beauty blender, swipe it in the blush, and dab on the apples of my cheeks. It seriously gave me the most gorgeous flush of baby pink that could be blended in to look totally natural.

Now as for the highlighter … I went all in. After applying the highlighter dry, I wet an eyeshadow brush, coat the bristles with the highlighter and apply layers of highlight on to the high points of my cheek and brow bone to create a seriously blinding strobe effect. The highlight looked so shiny and sparkly after using the water, and by using an eyeshadow brush I was able to create a more precise highlight look. Ever since trying this technique, I have not tried another highlight look since (obsessed much?).

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The highlighter in the “Give In Take” palette. I wasn’t lying when I said it was blinding…

Nars has tons of other dual intensity eyeshadows and blushes in an array of colors and shades. I seriously suggest trying one out next time you take a trip to Sephora. I am serious when I say that everyone who I show this product to is blown away and instantly puts it on their “things to buy” list. My dual intensity collection is far from complete, and I am soooo excited to see what innovations Nars will come out with in the future.

 

Alex

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My Summer at Milk Makeup

Hey everyone!

I’m finally back and better than ever. I’m pumped to blog again and I have tons of great stuff to share about my latest adventures in the makeup industry. Before I jump into anything, I’m going to brief you on what I did this summer.

I took the summer off from my blog, Alex Bertolini Makeup, to intern for the awesome up-and-coming cosmetic company, Milk Makeup. Spending the summer months in New York City was an absolute dream.

I worked as a production intern, so I had the opportunity to see what went into creating each product within the brand. From trying products and watching ideas for new products being generated, to looking into upcoming trends and how they would effect the next season’s must-haves, everyday was an experience for me.

Each day I worked on something new; either I was exploring Manhattan and visiting different Sephora and Urban Outfitter stores that sold Milk Makeup products, or working on different projects in the office. I was always excited about coming into work and being involved with the growth of the brand.

Today I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite Milk Makeup products and why they should be staples in your makeup bag!

Sunshine Skin Tint– This product has been a game-changer for me. During the summer, I don’t like to wear foundation on a daily basis. It’s always sweating off and I don’t like looking like my makeup is caked on. This specific skin tint is infused with the same oils as Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Oil, which is super hydrating and awesome for your skin. The Sunshine Skin Tint has SPF 30 which is extremely important to prevent premature aging, and it’s never too early to start being more cautious!

The greatest thing about this product is the way that it feels on the skin. It comes in an easy-to-use rollerball, and one click goes a long way. The formula evens out the skin tone, gives it a dewy finish without being oily, and it’s light enough to make you feel as if you’re not wearing any makeup at all. This product embraces the natural skin but still provides just the right amount of coverage. If you are someone that prefers a minimal makeup look while still having semi-coverage, this Sunshine Skin Tint is for you.

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Sunshine Skin Tint in Honey

Lip + Cheek– Okay, this next product is the one that I use every day. The Lip + Cheek comes in 4 different shades and I love it so much that I own 3 of them. Using this product is as simple as swiping on your cheek and blending with your fingers or a Beauty Blender. Applying to the lips is just as easy. Wherever you choose to use this product, it will give you a dewy-finish with a flush of color.

The Lip + Cheek always makes my skin look luminescent and fresh. One of my favorite things about it is that you can apply it with a full face of makeup or on clean skin alone.  If I roll out of bed and have to be somewhere in a hurry, I just swipe on some color with a little concealer and I’m out the door. My two favorite shades are Quickie (berry) and Rally (mauve with some sparkle). This product is definitely worth trying out if you’re tired of powder blush.

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Lip + Cheek Left: Rally Right: Quickie

Lip Color– Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of lipstick before I tried this product. The formula itself is long-wearing, and doesn’t smudge throughout the day. Just like all cream-based lipsticks, it will smudge if you wipe it off, but when it comes to day-to-day tasks and wearability, it stays put.

The semi-matte finish isn’t shimmery or shiny, but it does have a slight sheen. It’s the perfect blend of matte and shine. The two shades that I love are Gnarly and C.R.E.A.M. The shade Gnarly is a cool, purple-pink, which is flattering on any skin tone. It’s definitely my go-to whenever I’m off for a night on the town or a casual dinner with some friends. C.R.E.A.M. is basically the perfect nude with flattering pink undertones. It has the slightest hint of color, which makes it one of my favorite nude lipsticks on the market right now.

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Lip Color Left: Gnarly Right: C.R.E.A.M.

Below is a list of my current Milk Makeup obsessions, as well as a few other favorites. Milk Makeup is such a creative and innovative beauty brand, so whether you want to try their products not, you should give them a follow on Instagram.

Sunshine Skin Tint $42

Lip + Cheek $24

Lip Color $22

Lip Marker $20 *Note: This is the longest-lasting lip color that I have ever tried. It’s seriously amazing. Just remember to store it standing up so that it doesn’t dry out.

Holographic Stick  $28 *FYI: This product is infused with real meteorite powder. How cool is that?

Gel Brow $18 *Best brow pencil that I’ve tried. Keeps the hairs in place and has a natural -looking color.

Matte Bronzer $24 *I forget the last time that I didn’t have this product on. It’s the perfect natural bronzer. This product alongside concealer and the Lip + Cheek is the trifecta to complete your daily makeup look.

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Thanks for reading! For more of my makeup tricks, tips and advice, head over to my blog, Alex Bertolini Makeup!

Alex ♥

Why You Need Luminizer in Your Life

If there’s one thing I use in excess… its luminizer and highlighter. Even though it may not seem like it, using the right type of luminizer is a big step in your makeup regime. First-theres the decision between cream, powder, or liquid. I have found that depending on which brand you use, cream produces a more dewy look, powder gives off more of a glowing look, and liquid tends to be more lightweight and subdued. The Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder is a very natural looking luminizer. It is buildable and subtle, and the silky texture stands out from others of its kind. The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact is one of my personal favorites. I can only describe this product by its name, “baked.” The look it produces produces a glowy sheen that lights up your entire face. Its almost impossible to apply too much of this product- it always produces a natural, youthful looking glow.

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Moving on to cream luminizers… so I have recently became obsessed with RMS Beauty. Their products are all natural, and they have the BEST colors. The Living Luminizer is the first product of theirs that I’ve tried. It gives the illusion of light reflecting off the high-points of your face to produce a glowing and super natural effect #obsessed. I’m sure a few of you have tried the mini samples of the Benefit Watt’s Up! from Sephora. But this stuff is actually pretty great for a more intense highlighting look. I think this product is great for going out for a night out because it is heavier than other luminizers. However, it is vital that you blend well! It’s easy to swipe it on your cheekbone and have a line of shimmer… and that doesn’t look very natural.

Liquid is the third form of luminizer I have tried. Nars has a nice selection in my opinion. Their Illuminators are subtle and lightweight, making them very versitile. I have tried the Orgasm and Laguna shades, but I have also heard the Hot Sand shade is worth trying (side note: you can also blend liquid luminizers in with your foundation to create an all-over brightening look!). Sooo I guess the point of this post is to persuade you to add some luminizer to your beauty regime… because who wouldn’t want a youthful looking glow 24/7, am i right?!

Alex Bert

Luminizers I Recommend:
Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder $45
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact $38
Living Luminizer $38
Benefit Watt’s Up! $30
Nars Illuminator $30

My Contouring Techniques

So lately contouring has been the talk of the town in the cosmetics world. I have seen all too many diagrams on how-to contour the entire face… while it does give you airbrushed-looked results (Kim K…), it is a detailed process. I personally think contouring the entire face is too much work for my average daily life. On a day-to-day basis I pretty much just stick to a “3” shape on either side of my face with bronzer (note: I make sure to use the bronzer closer to my hairline instead of right in the middle of my forehead), and a little highlighter on the top of my cheekbones. There are only a few key places on the face that are necessary to contour when you decide to be more detailed. The first step to contouring is finding the right palette to use. There is the decision to use either cream or powder.

My personal preference is powder… but thats just what I like.  Cream palettes are very popular… and you use them as you would use powder, with a brush.  I have always used the Nars Contour Blush in Olympia. The darker shade has some some taupe/pink color to it, so it looks more natural on my skin tone when I use it. Both the colors in this palette are subtle, so it’s easy to make your contouring more or less distinguished depending on how much you use. The Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5 from Sephora is perfect for blending… it’s so easy to use. Plus its only $14… no complaints there. First, I use the darker color and make small circles with my brush under/on the bottom of my cheekbones. I like to create more of a shadow  than a line… so it’s very important to blend. I also use a little of the darker color on the sides of my nose, and on the jawline. I may even swipe a little on my temples if I wanna make it more interesting. As for the lighter color… I swipe it over my cheekbones (after I put on a little blush on the apple of my cheeks), a little on the bridge of my nose, and occasionally I will add some above my brow and on the center of my forehead. And there you go… simple and easy contouring.

Until next time, 
Alex Bert

Products I Recommend
Nars Contour Blush $42
Classic Mini Multitasker Brush $14
Flatter Yourself Contour Brush Set from Sephora– I break this set out for special occasions because they give me a flawless contouring job. I really like the flat buffer brush for blending, it creates a great shadowy look. The stippling brush is perfect for applying finishing powder because the bristles are further apart than the buffing brush, making it useful for applying a thin coat of powder. Oh and the brushes are soooo soft. $48