Autumn / Winter 2016 – Dior Skyline

Another as-always-thourough post from ChicProfile on the newest from Dior (lost of photos!)  

As a tip…The backstage scene during runway shows are guaranteed to reveal some newness so I generally will check out those photos specifically when reviewing catwalk coverage.

I love Dior generally, and have always appreciated the quality of their products (cosmetic and otherwise.)  There is something to be said for flawlessness… 

Illamasqua Sculpting Palette

I’ll be honest, I’m kind of overwhelmed by the plethora of contouring palettes these days!  I mean it’s GREAT, don’t get me wrong – being “in season” means there are countless options to choose from!  But therein lies the debacle – overload!

I actually really like the look of Illamasqua’s Palettebut it may not be as suited to the masses as many of the “trios” that are out.  The shades are a hair less intuitive – ones you would find in a pro contour kit for makeup artists or performers (Ballroom, stage, actor etc…) who need true definition at a distance.

In that way, I’m not sure this is ideal for a beginner – contouring in and of itself isn’t outrageously complex, but hues like these might well require a more solid grasp of shading…as well as what works best with your tonality.  

The shades are as follows:

  • Rush – champagne shimmer
  • Cirrus – ivory brightening matte
  • Heroine – cool-toned matte contour shade for fair-medium skin
  • Nimbus – matte grey under shadow
  • Steal – softly warm coffee bronzer
  • Create – peach-toned matte contour shade for darker skin tones

I have seen some nice reviews, but I think it’s fair to say one needs a lighter hand and proper brushes here so that the end results are natural…not painterly!


The Balm Manizer Sisters Palette

Since all three of these seem to be relatively popular, I think it was a smart move to combine them into an easy-to-use palette!  That said, MANY companies have been doing trios…or more…these days, no doubt in response to demand for multi-use / multi-situation products, as well as having to carry fewer items in one’s bag! 

The Balm Manizer Sisters Palette includes:

  • Mary-Lou – the blonde Luminizer
  • Cindy-Lou – the redhead Contour Artist
  • Betty-Lou – the brunette Bronzer

I think this palette is positive adorable, and reminds me a bit of Benefit with it’s cheekiness!  “Partners in crime,” so it says…and “designed for girls on the run.”

Looking glam and causing trouble…I like it! 😉




A Sephora Trend I can get behind – Luminizers! Who doesn’t LOVE glowing, angelic skin?!  

Once upon a time highlighters were tricky to track down…unless of course you knew who sold performance OR, yep, Halloween makeup.  Not all that gory jazz…but the etherial, gorgeously ghostly, fairy-queen sheens!  Hard to imagine you couldn’t just pick it up at CVS, right?!

As a Ballroom dancer, that pop of shimmer-and-shine under hot lights was imperative – eyes became larger than life, and expressions could be seen from across the floor.  I live in a more rural town, though, so it was all about hauling into NYC to raid Ricky’s, or an overseas cosmetic boutique in SoHo!  If that wasn’t an option, I scour an earlier-Internet for the ever-coveted auric effects – not in abundance at that time.

NOWadays, we are overloaded with halo-producing products!  (I, for one, will NOT be complaining about that.)  What I will say, however, is that I personally prefer a more natural glow.  In the Ballroom, glitz and glitter was not only expected but “the” thing – it shone better than a disco ball, and it HAD to.  Competing with the swarovskis on the gown is no easy challenge!

But…for everyday, it’s exciting to know we have options in the soft and barely-there categories too!  Laura Mercier’s palette, for example, combines a whole selection of sheer, candlelight powders to customize your illumination. 

From Sephora Collection, there are the new Radiant Luminizing Drops

And of course there are a selection of others featured, including Hourglass’s Ambient Palette, and YSL’s cult Touche Eclat.

All those aside, you can choose from a whopping 85 product results for getting your glow on…from powders, to sticks…to pens, serums and liquids, you will be sure to find something to help you achieve whatever look you choose – radiant, warmly-lit, or icy, Ballroom glow, Sephora (for one!) has got you covered!



Contouring, for the Masses

I really am thrilled that Contouring has become a trend.  I ordinarily would say “it’s my job to KNOW the trends, not personally follow them!”  So said the “Fashion Director in combat boots.” 😉

But it really is wonderful because it’s a set of techniques that a lot of us performing athletes…or flat out performers…know how to do, but not one everyone else has been exposed to.  And if you can do it for a stage, it’s easy to tone down and do more “naturally.”



So…what I L O V E is that EVERYone now has the ability to easily access the “how to” as well as the products that make it happen (and I’m serious here – you can’t imagine HOW many performing / stage makeup / halloween effects shops I had to visit online…and OFF…back in the day!  Contouring products weren’t easy to come by, so in some cases we would improvise by finding the rare cosmetic line that catered to a broad range of skin tones OR, a line made for a skin tone brighter, or deeper, than our own.

And it doesn’t have to only be for the cheeks and jaw… These techniques work just as well on collar bones, for cleavage, to brighten dark circles…and yes, I’ve even seen it done for muscle definition (oh…THAT six pack!)  I happen to come across this link that shares a variety of such “hacks.”



So the idea is that EVERYONE now has this knowledge at his, or her, fingertips.  It is literally good lighting that you can tote around with you.  In my own personal opinion, color cosmetics are meant, in daily Life, to enhance what we have, not hide or mask it (there are occasions and places for that, certainly!)  

So bravo to all those companies out there following suit…and to the bloggers and sites that are helping the masses to understand what it is all about.