Agent Carter – 40’s Glamor that Packs a Punch

Last week ABC premiered Agent Carter, a seven week mini series to tide over fans while Agents of Shield is on mid season break. The show follows Agent Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell, in post World War II New York. We were introduced to Peggy Carter in the first Captain America film. At the start of Agent Carter, World War II has ended and the boys of Strategic Scientific Reserve don’t think too highly of the female Agent Carter, who is dealing with the loss of Steve Rogers (Captain America.)

Not only is the show amazingly written, it is a visual feast. It truly captures not only the 1940’s era in costuming and set design, the bright colors take the audience back to 1940’s pulp art. I also want to personally thank the costume designers for not only dressing a woman with curves, but making her look stunning. Hayley Atwell tweeted her iconic red lips is Besame in Red Velvet lipstick. This is vintage reproduction red lipstick made by Besame to capture the 1940’s style. I’m going to have to give it a try!

Tune in to ABC tonight to watch Agent Carter!


Be Bold – How to Rock Red lipstick

The first time I met my friend, the first thing she said to me was “Oh my God, I love your lipstick.” Red lipstick has been my favorite fashion accessory since I was allowed to wear make-up. It’s the perfect quick and easy way to dress up you look.

The good news, anyone can wear red lipstick. Bad news, there are like 100 shades to pick from. How’s a woman to choose? Here are a few simple steps to finding the perfect shade of red and rocking it!

  1. Olive/darker skin tones should go for the orange or tomato reds.
    Fair skin should go for the pinky reds.
    A true red (red with no undertones) works with anyone.

  2. Moisturize your lips. Dry lips make it difficult to apply lipstick evenly and can lead to a cracked look. I like to apply a lip balm a few minutes before I put my lipstick on in the morning.

  3. Select a lip liner that closely matches the shade of your lipstick. Line and fill your lips. Not only will the lipstick stay longer, the liner helps keep the lipstick from smearing and bleeding.

  4. Apply the lipstick of your choice.

  5. Blot with a tissue and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a list of my favorite reds.

Mac – LadyBug

Mac – Ruby Woo

Loreal Infallible- Refined Ruby

Still not sure you can pull off the red lips? You can take a red lip liner; line your lips and finish with a tinted lip balm for a more subtle look. The liner should closely match the lip balm so you probably are going to go with a lighter shade as most tinted lip balms aren’t that dark. My favorite is Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Cherry.

So now, go a head and rock the red!

The foundation of the perfect look is foundation

I have used foundation to cover my skin disorder since I was 12.  I’m so good at it that many of my friends had no idea there was anything wrong with my skin until they read this blog. So what’s my secret? I take excellent care of my skin and use make-up that provides enough coverage without looking heavy.  Here are a few basic tips anyone can use to achieve that flawless look in a few minutes. 

    1.  Moisturizer:  Apply a light moisturizer a few minutes before putting on makeup.  This preps the skin and helps the make-up blend.  I swear by Imperialis by Lush.  It soothes my skin and is not greasy.  Find one that works for you.  The more natural the ingredients the better.  The better condition your skin is in the less noticeable any imperfections will be with and without make-up. (not that you’re not already perfect!) You were born with one face – take care of it.
    2. Apply Foundation:  I use Studio Sculpt by Mac Cosmetics – perfect amount of coverage and still looks “natural.”
      • Put a small amount on a wedge make-up sponge and apply dots of foundation to the areas you want to cover. 
      • Blend the dots together.  Don’t forget to blend under your chin so the make-up just doesn’t “stop.”  Remember, applying make-up is like cooking.  It’s easier to add than take away.  If one area needs more coverage, add a little more foundation. That’s the other reason I love Studio Sculpt.  It’s “buildable” so you add more to areas that need more coverage without looking like the make-up was caked on.
    3. Set with powder:  I prefer a pressed compact powder to a loose powder. Less messy and easier to throw in your purse for touch ups during the day.  My favorite is Studio Fix by Mac Cosmetics. This can also be used by itself if you want light coverage.
      • Using powder puff gently pat powder over face.
    4. Wipe off excess: With a tissue, gently wipe over face to remove any excess make-up.    I find this also give one final blend to the make-up for any spots I may have missed.

So there are my tips for foundation.  Let me know if they work for you! Have any tips of your own or a favorite product, please share!