Tag: Gina Brooke

Hourglass Cosmetics Looks For Holiday: Ethereal Beauty and Super Vamp

This holiday Hourglass’ Artistic Director Gina Brooke suggests that we try two looks that she created with Hourglass Cosmetics.

Read my interview with Gina here

Here is what she says herself:

“The holidays are the perfect time to explore a more refined and layered look. Think rich jewel tones, luminous skin and decadent glamour. I always prime first with Veil Mineral Primer and follow with Illusion Tinted Moisturizer for a glowing complexion. They’re the fundamental steps for looking elegant.”


“A vibrant olive shadow really pops—especially if you foil the color,” says Brooke, who suggests using Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Dune. Using a shadow brush, apply the champagne shade first. Use your finger to blend for a graduation of color. Then apply the green shimmer shade. To heighten the impact of the shade, wet your brush before application but make sure to let the shadow dry before moving on to another shade.

Pair your statement eyes with Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light applied to the cheeks. Focus on the highlighter shade in the duo.

Finish up with Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Fortune (metallic pink shimmer).


Hourglass For Imitation of Christ Spring 2012. Create The Look

I am happy to share the look that was created by Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke for the Imitation of Christ Spring 2012 runway show which took a place on the 8th September at the W Hotel at Union Square.

“The theme of the show was a super-chic wedding party and designer Tara Subkoff orchestrated the affair to seem like a lighthearted walk down the aisle. To accompany the distinctly romantic and playful mood, Brooke devised a look that showcased flawless skin, vivid eyes and pale lips. “It’s about clean, beautiful and memorable makeup—it is a wedding after all,” says Brooke. “This look is timeless, it’s never going to go out of style.”

Even the inspirations testified to the classic motif: Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951), Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief (1955), and Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a 1964 French musical.”

Here are the products that were used:

  •  Each model was prepped with a new Primer Serum, launching in Summer 2012, which treats your skin as it prepares it for makeup. It is a silky, luxurious oil blend that glides on to create a retexturized surface for foundation, hydrates the complexion and triggers a sensory experience with a host of fragrant essential oils. Suitable for all skin types. Formulated with

Hourglass Cosmetics Bronzed Summer Look With Vol.6 Eye Palette

I am back home at last and I have to say that it was the most amazing trip ever. I was so happy to see my friends and family! I hope you had a lovely  Easter, too.

A lot of readers have been asking me about the Hourglass Cosmetics Vol.6 Eye palette so here is the preview of this beauty! It will be available in August exclusive to Barney’s as a part of the Fall collection but I am not sure about the price yet.

It looks like a prefect basic eye palette. By the way, if you want to see this palette, as well as the new Script eye liner, in action  make sure that you watch the video where the amazing Artistic Director of Hourglass and a celebrity Make-up Artist Gina Brooke shows how to create  a beautiful bronzed summer look.


Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stains and Sheer Lip Stains for Spring 2011

If you follow me on twitter you probably remember that I am very impressed with the Hourglass Cosmetics and I’ve promised to share my opinion about several products that I’ve tried.

But first of all let me share something exciting! Their new products for Spring 2011! Amazing, only last week I was wishing for the new cheek products from the brand  and now it is confirmed that they will have some… Plus I’ve included Gina Brooke (Hourglass Artistic Director and Celebrity Make-up Artist) recommendations on how to use both products.

Aura Sheer Cheek Stain

A water-based formula that gives cheeks a lasting and subtle lit-from-within glow.

“Twist-click dispensing component with sponge applicator for convenient on-the-go application. Creates a light, natural look that can be layered for a more dramatic effect. Enriched with Vitamin E to help improve skin’s hydration levels. To initiate product upon first use, twist base 20+ times or until cheek color appears on sponge tip. Oil-, fragrance-, and phthalate- free”

Available in three shades:

  • Rouge (sheer rose);
  • Flush (sheer red);
  • Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)

The price in the US  – $45 at Sephora and Barneys New York.

Aura Sheer Lip Stains

Delivers a sheer wash of color with a natural, semi-matte finish. For flawless looking lips.

“The water-based, non-transfer formula offers a delicious wash of color, buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish. Beneficial ingredients include anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and

Current Amazing Makeup Deals and Contests

Today I want to share some exciting news with you!

First of all I’d love to encourage you to take a part in the FANTASTIC contest where you can win yourself  some amazing prizes!

  • Dior 5-Couleurs Designer
  • Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup SPF 15 and High Impact Curling Mascara
  • Benefit Сonfessions of a Сoncealaholic
  • Chanel Rouge Allure of your choice.

Now that is absolutely amazing, don’t you agree?! So what do you have to do? All you have to do is just copy the makeup of the promo image of the makeup collection that you like! That sounds like so much fun! By the way, it can be a promo image of any time period you want so you can find some ideas in this post.

E-mail your entry to [email protected] until the 6th of January 2011. You can find out all the details here. It’s in Russian but we all can use on-line translators, right?

I was asked to be one of the judges for this contest which is such an honor!

In other news BECCA is having a FF sale