Friday, September 6, 2013

"Sparkling Lilac" with Motives!

Hello my beauties! It's Friday night and NYC is poppin' for Fashion Week!! I'll be busy the whole weekend through Wednesday, so I wanted to get out this special post as a taste of what's to expect in the weeks following FW. With that said, I'm ecstatic to present a Maryam Maquillage debut: Motives Cosmetics -- the award-winning makeup from Loren Ridinger and La La Anthony.

For my first Motives look, I went for "Sparkling Lilac" -- a soft, yet edgy Ready-to-Wear look focusing on lilacs, lavenders and mauves. These purple shades are my favorite "falling-into-fall" makeup colors and work for both day and night. Let's get started!

Read on for deets, tips & a pictorial-tutorial :)

ABOUT: Motives by Loren Ridinger and La La Anthony is an award-winning makeup line leading in the customized cosmetics industry, with an aim to create the best makeup for beauty in every shade. Motives is worn by some of today’s hottest celebrities and is a favorite of makeup artists, models and photographers. 

Motives® by Loren Ridinger strives to empower people everywhere to look and feel beautiful inside and out, while providing thousands of consultants worldwide with an opportunity to live the lifestyle they have always dreamed of. Motives for La La features mineralized products from lipshines to foundation and eye shadow palettes for the everyday woman. 

INITIAL THOUGHTS: I received a very large, two-package shipment for review and upon un-boxing, was instantly drawn to the bold lip shades and intrigued by the wide array of products in every section of beauty. In the lip products category, for example, Motives features not only lipsticks, but goes far beyond, offering also an entire collection of plumpers, glosses, lip kits and everything in-between. The same goes for eye makeup, face products and skin care, plus Motives also carries a selection of nail polishes, cosmetic tools and accessories. This revealed that Motives is a complete line, fully-equipped for MUA's and consumers alike.

PREVIEW THE COLLECTION in my latest Insta-Video on Instagram.

IMMEDIATE STANDOUTS: Velvety, highly-pigmented, easy-to-blend eyeshadows that are smooth and consistent, yielding little to no fallout and resulting in professional, long-lasting, opaque eye makeup.

THE VERDICT: As a beauty blogger, a makeup artist, a woman of color, a New Yorker and a consumer, I am highly impressed and excited about Motives.  My makeup withstood the entire first day of Fashion Week... So, to sum it up -- I'M SOLD!!

On to the Maquillage!
 "Sparkling Lilac" Pictorial-Tutorial using all Motives Cosmetics
  1. Using a concealer brush, I applied a thin layer of eye shadow base from the lashes to the brows. I also used the cream colored base to line directly under my brows to sharpen the brow arch.
  2. Next, I lined my top and bottom lash lines using a black liner and extended the outer wing, then traced roughly above my crease line using a soft brown liner.
  3. Using a small detailing brush, I smudged out the liners in the crease and in the lower lash line. 
  4. Next, I added a soft brown eyeshadow to the inner and chocolate eyeshadow to the outer crease using a small crease brush. I also sealed the lower lash liner and extended the wing a few mm's.
  5. With a clean detailing brush, I applied a purple gel liner to the empty outer portion of the lid and blended the color inwards.
  6. Using a clean concealer brush, I patted on my lid eyeshadows on top of the base and purple gel liner.
    • Motives Pressed Eyeshadow in Heiress (pearly pink used for the inner), Bling (sparkly taupe used for the center) and Fantasy (shimmery lavender used for the outer)
  7. Next, I used a liquid liner to emphasize and sharpen my top lash line and wing. I used a white pencil liner to line directly under my wing for an exotic doll-eye effect.
  8. For the final touch, I added a coat of mascara and spiky false lashes.

For my BROWS, I used:
SKIN: My skin is airbrushed using Dinair Airbrush Foundation in Nutmeg

  • 10% Coupon Code: MARYAMNYC 

NECKLACE: Caviar Noir 

On my LIPS, I'm wearing:
Smooches my darlings!! Will you be trying out Motives?

Show 'em some LOVE on FB & Instagram :))


Maryam Maquillage

Photos by: Le Var (Merci!)


*Some product/s in this post were sent for my consideration and review. The opinion stated is 100% my own.

Maryam Maquillage © 2013.


  1. Потрясающе красивая женщина!!

  2. Stunning eyes!!

    Great post, thanks for sharing!:)

    I am currently running a giveaway on my blog if you want tot check it out?..

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  3. you make the prettiest eye looks! :) hope u could do more youtube vids. you're gorge!!! :)

  4. SO gorgeous. My favorite look of yours xx

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous look! You make it look so easy!

  6. beautiful!

  7. Am new here buh am alrdy addicted to ur blog n luks. Lovely wrk babes. Muchos swts


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