Summer Style Guide: Red + White + Blue

Style 'Spiration: Red + White + Blue
 Pull together a festive 4th of July look with nautical stripes and a killer red lipstick. You’ll be ready in a flash!
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Get Adriana Lima’s Super Sultry Look!

Get the Look: Adriana Lima

 

In celebration of the beautiful Adriana Lima’s 32nd birthday, we’re revealing how to get one of her most stunning looks!

For those sultry eyes, apply a wash of  Warm Nectar Eye Shadow across the upper lid. Use Opaline Creme Eye Definer in Aurora to line the inner rim of the eye, as well as upper & lower- it won’t smudge or transfer! Warm Smoke Eye Shadow will have an eye brightening effect when applied to the inner corners (and a little below the lower lash line) of the eyes. Finish up with a natural flush by using Rebecca’s Favorite Blush on the cheeks and a bold coral lipstick, we like Copacabana.

….. and, Voila! You’ve got the look!

 

 

 

 

MAC Hey Sailor! Limited Edition Collection - Amplified Salute!

Discontinued Lipstick Match: MAC Amplified Salute!

Ahoy, mates! We’ve news from the hi seas – discontinued lipstick MAC, Amplified Salute! from the Hey Sailor limited edition collection is available in our online archive of discontinued shades. It’s an opaque, full coverage, neutral peach lipstick with a swashbuckling nautical theme, perfect for summer nights spent seaside!

For this and other hidden makeup treasures, be sure to “Search Discontinued Shades” on our website, http://www.threecustom.com.

 

Behind the Scenes: Creating Custom Makeup & Matching Discontinued Lipsticks at Three Custom Color Specialists

A behind the scenes look at Three Custom Color Specialists’ Beauty Lab where Color Specialists hand-blend custom cosmetics and discontinued makeup products. Here, our Creative Director and Co-Founder, Chad Hayduk, is putting his skills to the test by  recreating a discontinued lipstick live for Clearvision host, Annamaria Chen.

 

Founded in 1997, Three Custom Color Specialists offers exclusive Custom Blended and Ready-to-Wear color cosmetics for the eyes, lips, cheeks and face embracing all skin tones. Three Custom Color Specialists’ unique expertise in custom blending has led to more than 250 Ready to Wear products and an archive of more than 9,000 discontinued shades of lipsticks dating back to the 1930s. Three Custom Color Specialists’ products are available at select beauty boutiques worldwide, via the hotline at 888.262.7714 at their Color Studio in New York City and online at www.threecustom.com

Good Makeup DOES Go Bad: How To Know When Makeup’s Expired

Danger, beauties! Do you know what’s lurking in your makeup bag?

Though makeup’s expiration date may not be as externally evident as food, the risk for breeding harmful bacteria that can lead to infections is still present. Odds are you’re adorning your face in expired makeup, but it’s never too late to make a change.

Begin calculating the expiration date for the following products from the moment you first use them:

  • Powders and shadows: 2 years
  • Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
  • Foundation: 1 year
  • Lipstick & lip liner: 1 year
  • Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
  • Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
  • Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled

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Tips for Clean Skin and Unsullied Makeup:

  • Preserve Preservatives – Ironic, right? Cosmetics contain preservatives that are best preserved by storing them out of sunlight and always, always tightly closing products.
  • Over Pumping – Don’t continuously pump your mascara wand into the tube. This forces airborne bacteria into the tube that then festers in the closed, humid environment. Instead, when pulling out the wand, twist the wand in order to minimize the trapped air for as long as possible.
  • Smell Test – Take a whiff of your cosmetics and if they exude an usual odor, consider yourself warned – let them go. Same goes for a change in color or texture.
  • Keep Pencils Sharp – Sharpen pencil lip liners and eye liners before each use to decrease the bacteria that grew since the last use.
  • Sampling Spots – Department store sampling is a risky endeavor. If you do test, never apply products directly; instead use a clean disposable applicator (i.e., cotton swab, sponge.
  • Warning – Do NOT share eye products and refrain from using them if you have an eye infection.
  • Store makeup in a clean, dry place. Naturally, that makes the bathroom the WORST place. If possible, we recommend your at-home preservation device, the refrigerator.

It may be tough, but please people, throw makeup away!

Facebook Inspiration to Three Custom Product: Pink Sparkle Lips!

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Inspiration: Pink Sparkle Lips from Facebook

Your Facebook influence is bigger than big – we’re talking epic proportions! We were flooded with comments to recreate a lip color in an image we posted on Facebook (image above) and decided to do it! That’s the beauty of being custom blending specialists; we can turn on a dime to bring your makeup desires to life! Marisa Fazzina, our Senior Color Specialist, details the creative process behind this pretty pink lip gloss… And if you’re not following us on Facebook, I think you should, www.facebook.com/threecustom.

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Result: Pink Sparkle Lips

One of my favorite things to do is translate various color references into cosmetic products.  Sometimes it’s taking a non-makeup item such as fabric or a paint swatch and interpreting that into makeup that’s wearable, applies smoothly, and has a great texture. That’s where my experience as a makeup artist really comes in handy. 

In this instance, the reference was a beauty image of lips that are light pink topped with gold glitter – a fabulous look, but not so comfortable to wear in real life.  Plus it’s two layers.  When asked to turn this reference into one product to “get the look,” I have to not only consider the original visual, but also the person wearing it.  This means how convenient will it be, is it easy to apply, and most importantly, how does it feel on the lips.  By interpreting it into a gloss and using our Crystal Clear formula as a base to buoy the sparkles, it becomes all of those things… and pretty too!

Order today at 888.262.7714!

For more information on custom blending, please visit our website http://www.threecustom.com.

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/threecustom

OpenSky Exclusive: Eye Shadow Trio + FREE Eye Pencil by Three Custom Color Specialists

Once a year Pantone®, the company that calibrates the colors integrated into our daily lives (publishing, home furnishings, fashion, etc.), announces a ‘Color Of The Year’. For 2013 they’ve chosen Pantone® Emerald 17-5641. It’s a lively, radiant cool green that looks great against most skin-tones.

I wanted to celebrate this gorgeous color, so I worked with my friends at Three Custom Color to create a special 3 color eye shadow palette exclusively for OpenSky. Two eye makeup staples, a pale shimmering peach and a rich warm brown flank the satiny sheer green shadow. This trio creates a beautifully sophisticated, but slightly unexpected eye makeup. Even those of you that are ‘color-phobic” will feel comfortable wearing this very fashionable green shade as an accent liner or under your eyes to add some smoky color.

If you’re feeling artistic, mix the green shadow with the brown, it becomes the most gorgeous Khaki color.

Bonus Round: To make this deal even sweeter, my pals at 3CC are giving OpenSky customers a FREE Dark Brown eyeliner pencil with every palette. Now who doesn’t need a premium quality Dark Brown eyeliner, especially a free one?

Link to Trio on OpenSky: http://ow.ly/hybGk

Kevin James Bennett via OpenSky