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Neutral Brown Makeup for a Professional Evening Event

As you can tell by now, I like shimmer shades! I'm an NC 37 in MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation with warm-neutral undertones and with my rabbit brown eyes, I think it just looks good one me (of course this is MY opinion, you may think differently and I don't mind hearing back.) Now of course, with age, we're supposed to lessen the use of frost, shimmer and the like, but I believe it depends on your technique, lid type and the product. I tend not to use frost and if I want some sparkle, I prefer shimmer, satin, or fine glitter. Here are a few good references on eye shapes and eyeshadow textures, which are important (as they may help you go a long way with improving eye design techniques.)

Robert Jones Academy Eye Shapes (an interactive guide)

Beautylish article - What's Your Eye Shape (examples with celebrities)

MakeupTutorials article - Types of Eyeshadow + How to Apply Them (sorry, lots of ads)

The Fancy Face - Tips for Beginners...Eyeshadow Finishes & Textures (dated and based on MAC eyeshadows, but one of the best I've found because she shows the products on the skin.)

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

I love my Sunday mornings.  I'm doing a few loads of laundry while I write this.  The smell of coffee floats in the dim sunlight that creeps through my window, and my toasted peanut butter sandwich is being casually nibbled on. This past week has been  very enjoyable.  My family went out to dinner to celebrate my Mom's  birthday on New Year's Eve.  We ate out at the Rainforest Cafe.  With plants and vines hanging from the ceiling, the sound of water cascading down into a sparkling pool, and a rhinocerous asserting itself in a dark corner, it was a memorable place to chow down.  My current addiction to hamburgers has not abated.  I had a big fat BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with fries.  Oh so yummy!! The staff came out singing Happpy Birthday and presented my Mom with this decadent dessert called a "Volcano".  Encased within a scaffolding of rich milk chocolate brownies,  mounds of sweet vanilla ice cream and whipped cream wait to delight your taste buds.  All the while, chocolate and caramel sauces ooze down around this entire volcanic structure.  We all shared it, and it was divine.  My Mom made a wish as she blew out the solitary candle atop this delicious delight .  .  .  . The celebration continued as my sister and I took my Mom out to see the movie Marley and Me on New Year's Day .  .  .  . It is a very sweet movie about a rambunctious but impossibly endearing dog and the family that raised him.  You'll need a box of tissue for this one.  If you love dogs and animals in general, this is the movie for you. 2009 has finally begun.  I've mostly just chilled out over the latter half of December.   This week, aggressive promotion for my album "Seahorses" starts up again.  I've just taken over the reigns for my website from my friend Ben who redesigned it for me, and it will now be loaded with a ton of new content over the next week. I just reorganized my workspace here at home.  My keyboard sits by my window now .  .  . Here is central command .  .  .  (Notice O and B mugging for the camera!) There's so much work to do.  I need to all of it situated first. On Wednesday, I'll be going out to see the new movie "Milk" with a few friends.  I've been ecstatically looking forward to seeing this one, and I'll be offering up a full review of it as well. Have a flower .  .  . More to come soon. -g

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