Monday, January 24, 2011

Sweetest Thing: Get The Look

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three
Custom Color Specialists, prepping our model for the Sweetest Thing
photo shoot! Re-creating this fresh spring look is simple,
just follow these steps –

FACE: Start with a flawless canvas. For sheer to medium coverage, apply Three Custom Color Specialists Crème Concealer Foundation with a damp sponge (Devon, our model, is wearing shade #3)

EYES: Apply Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow from the lashline to the brow bone for a wash of light-reflecting shimmer. Line the eyes with Opaline Crème Eye Definer in Aurora (our water-resistant crème eye liner) using our Eye Liner Brush.

To really make the eyes appear bigger, whiter and brighter, line the bottom waterline of the eye with our cult-favorite Clarifier Pencil.

CHEEKS: Use a sponge to apply Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain (hot rosy pink) on the apples of the cheeks, blending out along the cheekbone towards the temples.

LIPS: With a lip brush, apply our sweet Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss (a sheer pink with gold and silver shimmer that tastes like cotton

The products (pictured from left): Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow, Opaline Creme Eye Definer in "Aurora," Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain, Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Go Green: How to Wear Green Eye Shadow this Spring

All shades of green were spotted all over the runways for spring. There's no better way to rid winter doldrums than with a splash of springy greens to brighten your eyes and here's how:

When working with any brighter eye shadow shades, apply eye makeup first as bold color against a fully finished face can look overwhelming. You might find that after you do your eyes, you don't need anything more a subtle lip and cheek shade- The key is balance.

If you are warm complected look for colors with more of a golden tone to them. Over a tightly lined lash line with Black or Dark Brown eye liner, try Warm Sage Eye Shadow – a shimmering khaki-olive with a dash of bronze wet along the lash line and buffed for a smoky look. Blend Warm Celery (a daring citrine shade!) with a bit of Gold eye shadow into the crease and the inner corners for a bit of contrast and pop. For even more drama pair with an orangey eye shadow like Warm Nutmeg to play off the green.

If you are cool complected, look for more pastel greens and greens with a bit of blue in them as these will look most natural on you. Over a tightly lined lash line with Smoke or Black Eye Liner, try Cool Meadow Eye Shadow – a bright, blue grass tone wet along the lash line and buffed for a smoky look. Blend a bit of Cool Celery which is a soft sea foam into the crease and the inner corners. For more drama accent with a bit of Opal Eye Shadow over Cool Meadow to give a 3-D effect.

Finish both looks with plenty of black mascara on the upper lid only. On lips and cheeks, add a bit of Caramel Rose Lip and Cheek stain (an earthy, rose shade).

Quick tips:

*Green eye shadow with a subtle shimmer is ideal for daytime, while metallic tones are best for evening.

*Green eye shadow is ideal for all eye colors including brown, hazel, and blue. However, it's best to avoid green eye shadow if you have green eyes.

*Never match your eye shadow color to your clothing.

Not sure if you’re a Cool or Warm? Visit our Cool vs. Warm Chart to find out!

Three Custom Color Specialists in Los Angeles!

Last weekend, Three Custom Color Specialists Co-Founders Chad Hayduk and Scott Catto joined NYC-based fashion designer, Miles Ehan at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. They were there to celebrate their friend, artist Will Cotton at the opening of his solo exhibition of new works.

Designer Miles Ehan with Three Custom Color Specialists’ Co-Founders Chad Hayduk and Scott Catto

You may be familiar with Cotton’s previous work; his painting of Katy Perry, which features the young singer reclining amid candy clouds, was used as the cover art for her album Teenage Dream. (Fun fact: Cotton’s long-time friend and Three Custom Color Specialists Co-Founder Scott Catto assisted making mounds of cotton candy that adorned the set Cotton created for this shoot!)

Will Cotton with Katy Perry

In this exhibition, Cotton presents paintings in which he incorporates the figure into his landscapes of sweets, rich chocolate, and ambrosial clouds and several of the painting featured in this exhibition featured the lovely Katy Perry.

Celebrity sightings at the gallery also included: James Spader, Molly Shannon, and Fran Drescher.

Rising-star designer, Miles Ehan collaborated with Will Cotton to create many of the “Cupcake Couture” dresses featured in the paintings on exhibition, including a dress composed of cupcake wrappers and a skirt made of cotton candy with a rock candy boddice.

Miles with a painting featuring a dress he collaborated on with Will Cotton.

Stayed tuned for more exciting news: Miles Ehan is partnering with his friends at Three Custom Color Specialists to bring the colors of his sugary sweet designs into the world of cosmetics! The new collection, debuting on January 27th, features an exciting first for Three Custom Color Specialists -- a cotton-candy flavored lip gloss!

For more on Miles Ehan’s design inspirations, follow him on twitter @MilesEhan

For more information about the Will Cotton solo exhibition, visit

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