Finishing Touches

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

What are your finishing touches before leaving the house for either a day of work or an evening out?

I have four: 1. Hair needs to be coiffed; 2. Some Lipstick or lip balm, depending on whether I have made up my eyes; 3. Earrings/Necklace never both at the same time, unless I am wearing small studs; 4. Rings, always my rings which I tend to have on rotation depending on the outfit.

These are my feeling ready necessities. However, it is interesting that most revolve around my face. I guess you could say that “giving good face” is important to me. Now tell me some of your essential beauty requisites. -tM

New Discoveries: Blush Brush

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A new discovery.

A blush brush that is made to contour to your cheekbones. For those of you, like myself, who are always playing around with the perfect placement of blush, (esp. as the face changes with age) here is a fail proof way to powder your way to a sculpted face, giving the face the little optical illusion lift that it needs. And really, who doesn’t want those cheekbones to stand out a little more.

You could also use this to contour the face, nose, jaw line etc. With this magical wand you can make all of your cheekbone dreams come true. -tM

Rituals

Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

I love the ritual of putting make-up on. I find it meditative, peaceful. I connect to my inner self, which outwardly gets expressed through the face I choose to put on that day. I am not an artist by any means, although I do creatively express myself through clothing choice, the design of my home, and my grooming rituals. Life really is an art. -tM

The Eye of the Mind

Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

I have two great seductresses in my life, Beauty and Nostalgia.

Nostalgia's capacity for seduction rests in the power of our memory versus experience, a looking back with longing, a desire to linger in a moment or person that is now nothing more then an apparition. 

While Nostalgia may be a temptress, Beauty can be said to be our raison d'etre. Without its grace, its harmony of purpose and form, life as we know it would cease to exist,  no reason for living, nothing to inspire and fuel the soul. Beauty is grace, and grace is life. 

Beauty if sought after can be found everywhere, there is no escaping its allure, as it holds within its core the ecstasy of life.

I should know, because for good or bad there have been times where Beauty has kept me there. -tM

Icy

Photography: tM | Custom Made

Photography: tM | Custom Made

The Perfect Nude/Red, is now possible.

If you are a woman, you know how hard it is to find the perfect red or perfect nude for that matter. And if you are like the rest of us, your make up bag is plenty full of once hopeful shades of reds and nudes that rarely see the contours of your lips after falling short of being that "perfect" variation of either colour.

So in hope and in the name of curiousity a girlfriend and I set off to BITE LIP BAR to see what we could see and to create what we could create in hopes of customizing a nude/red for our very own.

Totally self indulgent, the process of a custom made lipstick was interesting. Beginning with lip prep, to discussions of what you feel comfortable wearing, throw in personal style, and skin tone suitability, as well as the trial and error of the layering and mixing of shades, the hope is that by the end of the process you will have in your hands and on your lips your most true and perfect shade of red/nude for you.

That being said, I ended up with a brown nude that I would not have thought would have looked this good on me. The most perfect shade, perhaps not, but one that suits my current tanned skin tone, YES! 

Cool experience, and fun to do, custom anything in my opinion is always the way to go because in reality, at the end of the day, you will end up spending much less money in the future looking for that perfect something, on substitutes, and things that come close but are just not quite. -tM

 

 

Beauté

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What would the world do without beauty?

A driving force that is essential to life, it too has technicalities and rules that need to be followed in certain industries and occupations. It definitely pleases the aesthetic senses as it truly resides in the eye of the beholder.

No matter how you "see" it or "experience" it, beauty is everywhere, and its only requirement is being present.

How do you experience beauty? Is it a motivating force in your life as it is in mine? -tM

It's a Vogue Idea

Italian Vogue

created a special "all black" issue. It was a project piloted by the late Franca Sozzani because of the lack of diversity in the fashion world. Loved my many, and hated by some, the issue received both praise and criticism.

I hope that at the very least it created a dialogue about inclusivity and euro-centric points of view, and as to why as a society we have to create "special editions" of magazines to bring attention to such important matters in our diverse culture. Will this solve the problem. No. But every little bit helps. And an open discourse may very well assist. -tM

Walking on Sunshine

Photography: Olivia Malone

I chase the sun. Even as a child I would take all my clothes off and frolic in the kid sized pool on our balcony. My three best summer friends were the water, popsicles, and my sun chair in which I would lay completely bare, with the exception of my green sunglasses, and let the sun touch every part of my little body.

Something's never change, except now I take care to SPF my face, hands, and chest, and that is it, so as not to wrinkle and age prematurely. The rest of the body needs to be able to soak in  the vitamin D (Did you know SPF prevents that from happening?). So these days I am happy to be walking in the sunshine.

What is your approach to the sun? Do you avoid it entirely, run after its rays, or do you meet its light in the ampleness of the shade? -tM

What is in a Face?

Artist: Amedeo Modigliani | Nu assis, 1918

I read an article from a sociological stand point the other day entitled "How to Love Ugly People." Yup, you read it right. I instantly laughed and then the title peaked my interest. I was curious as to what advice or perspective this article had to give.

It focused mainly on the inequality of "beautiful" people vs. "ugly" people, by facial comparisons. It also looked to art to aid in the shifting of our biases from what we find to be facial perfection in our culture currently.

Apparently, just like with art, the more we really study a painting and learn about its origins, the more we find ourselves engaged in its beauty. It suggests doing the same for individuals who have interesting facial features, hence not making them your typical handsome man or beautiful woman. The premise is that the more we study these faces, the more we will learn to discern and appreciate their attractive qualities.

Forget about being struck by someone's beauty, challenge yourself to finding someone's beauty, remain open to a face that may initially appear uninteresting. Perhaps their eyes are wise beyond their years, move past their nose, to their lips, which may be lusciously voluminous and ripe like apricots ready to be bitten into; I am paraphrasing here, but you can understand the position.

The article ends by saying that perhaps by making an effort to see the facial beauty in everyone that we could help to generate a world more apt to apply generosity and "ingenuity" to the way we read the human face.

All in all the article made good sense in finding beauty in the average day and person in general, but I suspect that most of us do this subconsciously already? I know that the more time I spend around certain people the more beautiful they become to me. I always look for the most beautiful feature on a persons face and watch it be alive. But then again, I am always in search of beauty, and it's like the article says, the more you look and study, the more you will be graced by its presence.

So let's all raise a conscious glass to finding beauty in the mundane and to "Loving Ugly People." -tM

Amazing Hair

Photography: Unknown | Tracee Ellis Ross

I have always loved her. She exudes incredible beauty and confidence. That aside, she is also the master of all kinds of hairstyles. This one in particular is incredible. It's classic, sexy, sophisticated, and looks effortless (although perhaps that would not be the case on all hair types). I have replicated it on myself, and it is hands down a winner. If you are looking for some hair inspiration look no further then Tracee Ellis Ross. -tM