I often receive cosmetics in gift bags and in the mail, and there is nothing more fun than testing them all out. After a disastrous day with a crappy concealer and vanishing lipstick, I took my own advice and played with some new makeup on a less hectic day. The irony is that I ended up liking this makeup more, and it didn’t budge the whole day. Even through brunch and a mid afternoon nap. What did I use? Naturally, I made an itemized list, just in case you want to recreate this look or something similar. It seems like a whole lot of products for such a subtle look:

– I prepped my whole face with Smashbox Photo Finish. This is by far my favorite primer – it makes your face silky smooth; it’s the perfect base for makeup. Think of it as a gesso, only for your face! I was so happy to find this in my gift bag from the Seychelles preview, because I’ve been out of it for so long. If you want to pick some up for yourself, here’s a tip that I have always employed: buy the travel size, instead. At .5 oz, you can buy two and get the same amount as the full size and save $4.

– I applied Christopher Drummond concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. This concealer is awesome. Maybe it’s because I usually just use a bit of foundation or some cheap crap I got at the drug store, but I was impressed with the coverage and overall look of this. Bonus: their makeup is organic and they don’t test on animals (same goes for all of the products I’m listing). At $22.50, I feel like this is worth the price.

– I then dusted Christopher Drummond Veludo Velvet Foundation in Light over my whole face. I usually don’t like loose powders because they are too similar to chalk, and we all know I hate chalk as much as I hate styrofoam. Everyone is always raving about mineral makeup and I decided to give it a go. *Pros: The coverage is nice and even, without looking cakey. It didn’t budge all day, even when I used it without the primer. It also didn’t irritate my skin at all and that is a rare thing, with my sensitive skin. *Cons: At $65, the price is way out of my range. Also, I still can’t get over loose powders and chalk being cousins.

– No matter what I am doing with my eyes, I always, always use MAC paint all over my lids. In this case, I used Bare Canvas. Paints make your shadows pop and keep your liner from slipping, creasing and giving you raccoon eyes.

– I did an initial line on my top lashline with MAC fluidline in blacktrack. This is my favorite liner, period.

– Lashes! I have short, straight lashes – even when I put a ton of mascara on and curl them, nothing. I took full advantage of the lashes Revlon sent to me. These have a self adhesive, which made them a cinch to put on. I was worried they would drift throughout the day but they stayed put. I chose a more subtle pair for this look (I believe they’re called flirty). After applying the lashes, I went over them with another line of fluidline and some Prescriptives mascara.

– For a little bit of shimmer, I used Christopher Drummond’s radiance booster on my brow bone and near my tear ducts. I don’t think that’s the intended use but it looked really pretty!

– Let’s not even talk about the brows. It’s a sensitive subject. I lost my 266 MAC brush and haven’t found a suitable replacement. It was a special edition holiday brush with stiffer bristles, which is why I can’t replace it with the regular one (it’s too soft). Is the new holiday brush kit’s 266SE suitable for brows? I’m wondering if it’s worth paying $50 when I only need one of the brushes.

Cheeks and lips:

– Enter my new holy grail makeup product: Julie Hewett cheekie cheek and lip shine, in Bette. I received this way back in September in my Coach gift bag and only recently started using it. It somehow ended up on my mantle and was forgotten until just last week. Now I can’t stop using it. It gives the perfect amount of flush to the cheeks and lips and doesn’t budge. It also doesn’t irritate my lips (another rarity) and has the perfect amount of pigment. A little goes a really long way. I just smudged it on with my finger; it makes it look more natural. I want to buy this in every color (it comes in seven shades). It is perfect. Does anyone have experience with any other Julie Hewett products? I’m curious.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. JINX says: November 19, 20098:50 pm

    drop dead gorgeous…


  2. Diane says: November 19, 20098:54 pm

    these photos are lovely. thanks so much for the makeup tips

  3. LaurenSchoon says: November 19, 20099:11 pm

    You look absolutely stunning!!

  4. monica burnett says: November 19, 20099:14 pm
  5. Trisha says: November 19, 20099:40 pm

    You look great! Do you have a favorite oil-free liquid foundation? I'd really appreciate your advice finding a good one.

  6. Lilly says: November 19, 20099:43 pm

    Hi Keiko,

    this make up suits you perfectly! It must have taken you so long to write that all down…I totally love the little puppy from a few posts ago. Always dreamed as a child to find one like this!

  7. Sarah Dee says: November 19, 200910:46 pm

    When I read the part about you hating chalk and styrofoam I nearly died! I hate the consistency of chalk and the sound of styrofoam is enough to drive me mad! I love the look and the products your recommending! Its ironic that your makeup stayed on the day you werent running around but your wise for following your own advice!


  8. katthroatworld says: November 19, 200911:38 pm

    great look! you're so photogenic/pretty. 🙂


  9. Farrielle Design and Fashionista says: November 19, 200911:54 pm

    Love the makeup tips, thanks for sharing.
    You look gorgeous as always.

  10. sisley says: November 20, 200912:57 am

    Hi Keiko, I'm one of your blog's silent reader. Love your fashion taste and your make up as well. You're always stunning! Keep 'em up!

  11. Lara says: November 20, 20092:24 am

    I live for makeup…more than clothing, actually. Maybe that is why I work for a beauty company! Honestly, i should send you some. I have so much that I dont know what to do with it! Makeup is such an artsy and fashionable thing.

    I love Smashbox in general. The eye shadows are so pigmented and true to color and well the primer….the primer is the queen bee of the whole line. I would also suggest CARGO foundation. AMAZING. Their eye shadows are great as well and in fun colors. And if you are looking for an awesome liner, grab yourself a bent eyeliner brush and try out Benefit Babe Cakes. I couldn't love without it.

    Ok, I now I sound like an advertisement. Maybe I should blog about my makeup everyday as well as my outfit….hmmm idea.

  12. wheredoyoushop says: November 20, 20092:57 am
  13. Mama Fashionista says: November 20, 20095:31 am

    you look absolutely lovely! question: what kind of camera do you use?



  14. Tori says: November 20, 20096:12 am

    Oh, this blog makes me want to go shopping for new make up so much!

    I'm definitely going to try the MAC paint for under shadow.


  15. Patty says: November 20, 200910:53 am

    I have short, straight lashes too! I think it's some Asian curse. What mascara do you use?

  16. 123 123 says: November 20, 200911:15 am

    Nice story you got here. I'd like to read something more concerning this matter.
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  17. Manja says: November 20, 200912:08 pm

    You should go check out the Cosmetics Company Store at an Outlet Mall(I know there is one just outside NYC) because they have tons of MAC products for less than 50% of the original price and you might be lucky and get the brush there. I am not sure what collection it was from. If it was too long ago, then they might not have it any more. If you don't need the other brushes that are included in the MAC Holiday set, I wouldn't splurge and get it because after all, they are machine made whereas the fullsize brushes are handmade and the difference shows. I got two MAC brush sets from last year's Holiday collection (Red She Said) at the Cosmetics Company Outlet and I saved around $30. What you could also do is wait a little and then go to the outlet and hope they will have some leftover holiday brush sets, but there's no guarantee that they will. Well, another option is ebay but you have to be careful with MAC products there.

    I've always wanted to try the Photo Finish Primer but Smashbox is not available where I live(outside the US). Boo 🙁

  18. Keiko Lynn says: November 20, 20091:24 pm

    Thanks, everyone!

    Mama Fashionista: I use a Nikon D50 with a 1.8f 50 mm lens

    Manja: I used to have our CCO on speed dial, in Orlando. So sad. But this was from the Ornamentalism collection…I think in 2005? I know the brushes don't compare but that's why I like the 266SE! It's a lot stiffer and works perfectly for my brows. I don't know how anyone could put it near their eyes, though…ouch! I haven't ventured to our cosmetics company outlet yet; maybe I should do that.

  19. Lisa says: November 20, 20096:27 pm

    Love the lip color!

  20. grace says: November 20, 20098:42 pm

    i will have to try that mac paint in bare canvas. i have tried so many products that are supposed to keep eye makeup intact (nars creme shadow, nars makeup primer, urban decay primer potion, sephora brand, various drugstore kinds), but my eye make up ALWAYS creases and i always end up with racoon eyes by the end of the day. i don't know why i didn't think to try mac considering i won't wear any other brand of eye shadow. thanks for the tip!

  21. Jessica says: November 20, 200911:35 pm

    you are gorgeous! i, too have short straight lashes 🙁 but my best friend got me latisse for my birthday and it appears to be working, thank goodness. i think you look lovely just as you are, but seriously if you want longer eyelashes you should check out latisse. i sound like a commercial lol

  22. kristen says: November 21, 200912:41 am

    This is a very useful post. I always have trouble finding cosmetics I like, so it's nice to hear reviews before buying. You look gorgeous!

  23. cocogoreo says: November 21, 20098:50 pm

    i love this makeup look! please make more makeup posts 🙂

  24. Kristennn says: November 22, 20095:34 am

    Keiko! Try this site as well, there are a few different 266SE brushes from different collections for sale:


    Hope this helps!

  25. Jenny Leigh says: November 22, 200912:45 pm

    you are so lovely and beautiful!

  26. camille says: November 22, 20097:24 pm

    THANKS for sharing your paint+fluidline trick… i was using the penultimate liner forever, and it would ALWAYS migrate by the end of the day. i would never have thought to try the paint as a primer… i'm still learning how to properly "do" my eyes besides just liner. haha. thanks keiko!

  27. Anonymous says: November 23, 200912:57 am

    Trish McEvoy has a great eyebrow bursh. I dont know what I would do without it!

  28. Mo says: November 23, 20096:29 pm

    very very beautiful pics..you look great.

  29. Harmony says: November 24, 20097:44 pm

    i used to do makeup and the smashbox brow brush was the best i've ever used. (angled)