Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Super Fantastic Happy Happy Joy Joy Makeover from Armani Beauty at Neiman Marcus

My Makeup Artist Goddesses pose for a picture. Tina Horwitz on the left and Rhona Samuels on the right

Perfect.

Shape.

Illuminate.

This is the mantra that Armani Beauty's National Makeup Artist, Rhona Samuels, was chanting as I sat in her chair for a recent makeover at my local Neiman Marcus.  Rhona is no stranger to the blog-o-sphere. If you read her blog (and you should!), the loverly Karla Sugar had her makeup done by Rhona in the beginning of April.  Actually Rhona was quite tickled that I knew Karla and that I talk with Karla often.  She had no idea how close knit us beauty bloggers really are.  I was also fortunate enough to have the skills of of local Professional Makeup Artist, Tina Horwitz at my side. Tina was as much of a delight as Rhona and the two of them worked together wonderfully.  This was the most fun I have had at a makeover EVER!

Anyway. Back to the mantra.

Perfect.
Make the skin as flawless as possible with skin care, foundation and concealer.  The idea is not to create a mask but to create a smooth and perfected canvas in which to apply the makeup. This starts with using the Armani Skincare. After using the Regenessence [3.R] Delicate Cleansing Balm to remove any trances of makeup Tina applied Regenessence [3.R] Multi Corrective Rejuvenating Cream to my skin.  My face felt smooth and hydrated. Then Tina added some Crema Nera Eye Cream which not only contains eye soothing ingredients but a teeny bit of light refracting pigments to give a luminosity to the eye. Finally she primed my skin with Fluid Master Primer which covered up my pores and evened out my skin. Now it was on to foundation.  The Luminous Silk Foundation now comes in additional shades. I was having a hard time working between #2 and #4 but once they applied 4.75 to my face the foundation blended so naturally, I questioned if I had any foundation on at all. Finishing up with Hi Precision Retouch Concealer in #2 Ivory my skin looked PERFECTED.

Shape.
Since I have a lot of pink in my skin Tina and Rhona agreed that I didn't need any pink blush. I personally disagree and still wear pink blush thumbing my nose at society as I do it! They would be disappointed in me. Don't tell them!  Anyhoo, Rhona used Sheer Bronzer #5 YES! BRONZER! I was still in shell shock from my last self inflicted Oompa Lumpa Bronzing debacle of 2007 but Rhona talked me down and applied the bronzer to my temples and hollows of my cheeks as well as along my jaw line. Kind of like making a number 3 on each side of my face.  Then Sheer Blush #5 was used to contour and add additional color to my cheeks.  This looked almost like the bronzer but did have a mauvey-purple undertone to it.  I adored it. The "Shaping" was finished with a little Fluid Sheer illuminating veil in #2 Shimmering Beige. Tina and Rhona let me look in the mirror and lo and behold I had cheekbones!  These women were miracle workers!  Now that my face had been contoured and "Shaped" It was time to...

Illuminate.
Ah. the real magic of the eyeshadow comes into play.  I told myself to break from my taupe eyeshadow comfort zone and allow Rhona to use colors I wouldn't normally choose.  Boy did she!  She started with an all over wash from lid to brow of Maestro Eye Shadow in #28 which is a soft sheer golden nude.  Then the base on my lid Rhona used a matte grey Maestro Eyeshadow #38.  Over top of the grey shadow Rhona layered a bronze Maestro Shadow #3 which, because of the sheerness, melded into a almost mossy metallic green color.  She also used some TAUPE #26 in the corner eye but it was blended in so well I didn't really notice it.  The look was finished off with Armani Smooth Silk eye pencil #6 in emerald and Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara which gave me BLAMO-BAZINGA lashes.  A loverly mauve pink almost plum looking Rouge d'Armani Lipstick was chosen #516, which is a long wear formula (I'll review that one soon). A little powder to set and Ta-Da! I was done!

The colors Tina and Rhona applied to my eyes made them look even more green grey than they already did. I hate using this term but they really made them POP!  I was thrilled that even though I went out of my color comfort zone, the end result was more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Here are after the fact pictures of the eye makeup. mind you I had to drive home and stop for supper so my eye makeup had been on for about 2 hours on a slightly humid evening before I took a picture.



I had a blast with these two ladies. As soon as I sat in the chair I felt like we were old friends.  Rhona is a total makeup genius and hilarious. She made me laugh during most of the makeover. Tina was super awesome as well. At the beginning of the makeover I told her my skin was a little angry because of some new skin care I was using and she cupped my face in her hands and as if whispering to my skin she jokingly said "Shhhh. Don't be angry."  I laughed out loud.  I have never felt so pampered having two makeup artists work on me at the same time and never had so much fun, joking around and "talking shop" during a makeover before.  This was truly a special experience and one that will keep me coming back to my Neiman Marcus and my Armani Beauty counter again and again.

18 comments:

  1. Um, W.O.W.

    This sounds like the polar opposite of the last one, and really really special. So glad you had a nice experience for once!

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  2. It's so nice to see your whole face! You look radiant, and it's great to read you had a lot of fun that time!

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  3. I'm so glad this went well, they sound like so much fun! That's what makeup is all about!

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  4. I'm really glad you had a good experience with this makeover since the YSL one was such a disaster. And your eyes look amazing!

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  5. Love the eye makeup, looks beautiful! And sooooo glad you had a fun time, its amazing what a little time management can do, right YSL? LOL

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  6. You look gorgeous! I am hoping these ladies make an appearance here at the Neiman's here in SF. It makes a world of difference when you can get a makeup artist that makes you feel like you have been friends all your life!

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  7. I'm glad these ladies were helpful! I hated reading your last review, it was just so "typical" with high-end department store makeup counters. But this? This sounded great and definitely more along the lines of what should be the norm for customer service.

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  8. So glad you had such a good experience to counteract the last one! Your eyes look amazing!

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  9. I really love how the lid shade turned out.

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  10. The new Armani Eyes to Kill shadows are calling my name, did you get a chance to see them? It sounds like you had a blast and actually tempts me a bit to perhaps try a make-over. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I'm so glad to hear this experience was so much better! Did you ever receive an apology from ysl?

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  12. random tip for you: layer #7 lip shimmer over #516 lipstick. it's TO DIE FOR. yes, i said it. TO DIEEEEEE FOOOOORRRRR..i wore that lip combo for my birthday at work and i felt so luxe :D

    as for GA blush #5, it's a straight beige on me. it's funny how different skintones can make a difference in how the item show up differently.

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  13. You have such gorgeous eyes. What a great makeover! Thank god because I just finished reading about your other almost-makeover. Grrr.

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  14. finally a good experience to override your YSL trauamtic experience!!! I was reading your post on the train yesterday and I am so disappointed with YSL.

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  15. You have such beautiful eyes; really natural yet striking makeover.

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  16. Hmm... you're leaning me towards the idea of going into a "real make-up store" soon! I want to get matched for some Estee Lauder Doublewear and learn some more about contouring.

    Glad this one was better than the YSL debacle!

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  17. I'm so glad you got a wonderful makeover from Rhona. I really wanted to see her but wouldn't have been able to make it to Tysons from downtown DC before she left at 6pm. Your eye makeup looks great!

    I was surprised by the treatment you received at NM. I thought that they were treating their customers better these days. They certainly should, given the at least locally, Nordstrom has a wider product selection, and a better points program for most of us. Hopefully, this was an anomaly, and I'm pleased to hear you got numerous apologies.

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