Today’s Look – Blue Eyeliner with Pink Cheeks & Lips!

What I used:

Face: Benefit the POREfessional, NARS Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz, NARS Concealer in Custard, NARS loose powder in Eden

Undereyes: Amazing Cosmetics’ Amazing Concealer in Tan Golden, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder in shade 2

Eyebrows: NARS eyeshadow in Bali, Anastasia brow gel in Espresso

Cheeks: NARS Gaiety Blush, NARS Albatross (highlight)

Eyes: Urban Decay eyshadow in Walk of Shame and Naked, NARS ‘larger than life’ eyeliner in Rue Saint-Honore, Benefit They’re Real! mascara

Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencil in Never Say Never & NARS larger than life lipgloss in Place Vendôme

My Beauty Bender

Welcome to Take Flight Beauty! I am starting this site as a result of what I refer to as my beauty bender.

Let’s back up a little bit…. Since I stopped working in restaurants and got out of those lovely uniforms (I regret to admit that I have sported all manner of collared shirts that definitely did not take the shape of a woman’s body into consideration), I have developed a bit of an affinity for clothes, shoes, and all things fashion.

Then I got pregnant. Trendy clothes didn’t fit and my feet would go on strike any time I tried to squeeze their swollen form into heels. I had always enjoyed makeup and beauty products but never really experimented much. I just stuck with what I knew and maybe tried a new eyeshadow color out once in a while. While going through a crazy nesting house cleaning day, I found a $25 gift card to Sephora that had been given to me several months earlier and remained unused. Crazy – I know! I hadn’t been to Sephora in years, but I decided I would go take a look. At first I was a bit intimidated by the enormous selection – until then I had stuck with the department store counters only really exploring M.A.C., Clinique, and Shiseido. After about 30 minutes, I realized the money that had not been spent on clothes or after work cocktails in months had found a place to go!

Thus began my aforementioned beauty bender. I started making bi-weekly and sometimes weekly trips to various shops to get new products to experiment with. In between those trips, I would shop online. I found that I enjoyed trying different color combinations and the art of highlighting or minimizing the appearance of certain features. I have since spent several hours reading books and watching tutorials on application techniques, but I will not pretend to be a schooled makeup artist.

The idea behind this site is to chronicle the products I try so I remember what I liked or didn’t and develop my skill in application, while hopefully providing you with helpful information. I will provide swatches and my honest opinion on products I have tried, keep an updated list of my favorites, and provide tutorials on looks and techniques I like. I’m sure I will learn along the way and I welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have.