Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Blurred Lines"

My Eye Favorite Eye Liners, Tools,  & Looks!

I was recently asked what my favorite Liquid Eye liner was.
While I, as a male don't use eye liner on myself;  (I could rock a Guy-Liner, NO?) I do frequently use a few of my favorite liquid liners on models, clients, and makeup guinea pigs. (oink!)

OK, let me get some of my favorite products out the way so I can also show you some examples and tools to apply the nerve wrecking liquid black eye liner. Here's a tip, stay cool and no coffee or Red-Bull before applying any liquid eye liner, or you'll end up with a self inflicted raccoon eye!


1: Yves Saint Laurent- "Eyeliner Baby Doll 
Retail: $34US Buy Here
Why I love it? This black eyeliner has a firm yet flexible precision brush that draws a bold, even and long-lasting line. Dries fast into a "very" black line but a firm and steady hand is needed. (and a bit of courage) 

Backstage Tip: Start with a taupe eye shadow and an angle brush to draw your "pre-map" of the desired shape, thickness, and length. All you have to do now is just follow the TAUPE line and flick away with confidence!

The Foolproof (and KLUTZ-Proof) Way to Apply Liquid Liner!
A: Try to "land" your eye liner brush mascara ready lashes, use the root of the lash as a landing point to guide your stroke with confidence!
B: Look at the mirror front on, chin up as to expose the eye lid for the best access of your entire eye lid. Don't try to pull your eye lid outwards as this causes a false sense length when applying any eye liner.
Try a soft and gentle flick towards the outer temples of the forehead.
C: Remember, you can always start with a small and thin line, once you get a good line going take a second go with the eye liner brush and build your thickness and length! -DO IT!

2. L'OREAL:  Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black
Retail: $8.99US Buy Here
Shades: Carbon Black (my favorite) Black Mica, and Earthen Rock Brown. 

Why I love it: I actually have several of these in my makeup kit, I hoard them of fear I will run out of eye liner on on job!

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Watercolor Art Brushes to apply your eye liner! (HELLO)
Buy Here

When I use liquid eye liner and I'm not feeling the brush it comes with, I pack my brush kit with cheap synthetic watercolor painting brushes. These are perfect for dipping perfect amounts of liquid eye liner and designing any shape of eye liner with ease and precision.
The synthetic watercolor brush cost anywhere from .99c to $2.00 a pack.
So its with joy, frugality and efficiency to find confidence in my architectural approach to lining any eye!

Here are a few of my favorite (at the moment) looks with Liquid Eye Liner

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Product Review: Baby Quasar MD Plus
By: Adrian Villa, Los Angeles based Makeup Artist & Esthetician. www.adrianvilla.com

What is Baby Quasar MD Plus? Its an at-home hand held device that uses C-Factor technology, infra-red light that treats wrinkles around the eye area. BabyQuasar
Baby Quasar MD has been in the market for a period of time at retailers like Neiman Marcus , Nordstrom, & online. I was confused at first at why there would be another name of Baby Quasar with a higher price tag? How do I choose between Baby Quasar MD  vs. Baby Quasar,  and is Baby Quasar MD as effective as it claims to be? My answer is, you can expect everything  Baby Quasar does from Baby Quasar MD, and in a faster and time-saving way, with more visible results. 
I started to use the Baby Quasar MD Plus around my eye area for  3 1/2 months. I used the machine with the Hylauronic Serum  that came along with the kit. I read the instructions and followed them as it stated, which was easy to do. I found the larger head on the machine larger than the previous model, which was better because it targets a larger area in one easy use. I really liked the way the serum felt & smelled and did not leave my skin feeling heavy or sticky after I applied it, the serum immediately was absorbed into my skin. 
According to official statement,  Baby Quasar MD Plus is 3x more effective but you only need to pay 2x more money than the older version. ($795)  But, you only need 1-2 times light therapy per week using your Baby Quasar MD, compared with 3-4 time on a Baby Quasar

  • Powerful four wavelengths of light
  • Treats wrinkles around the eyes which are the 1st signs of aging for both women & men
  • For all skin types, skin tones, and ages
  • Time saving and effective, NO trips to the SPA or Dermatologist office. 
  • You can travel with it as it comes with a convenient & protective case
  • Minimizes enlarged pores 
  • Easy and quick to use 
  • Easy to clean and store 
  • 5 Year Warranty 
  • 50% stronger than any previous models
  • Proud to say MADE IN THE USA*
  • Class II medical device 
  • More even skin tone, better skin texture and softening of lines
  • Smoother, tighter and more supple skin
  • Decreased hyper-pigmentation and rosacea
  • Stopped acne or acne-like pustules
  • Smaller disappearing bump & spots
  • Very expensive -but can save you money on painful chemical peels or surgery! 
  • It’s more expensive than Baby Quasar, but it’s indeed more effective! I highly recommend this product. 

Watch My Video HERE: 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Adrian Villa at SmashBox Studios

Adrian Villa creates magical makeup for a global advertising campaign for makeup and fragrance beauty brand. Hair by Emmy Award winning Hair Stylist Curt Darling for www.CurtDarling.com

Watch behind the scenes here! Enjoy & thank you for watching!


Adrian Villa

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Words that I live by- Listen, Grow, and Apply on a daily basis!
Hope you guys like my new video!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adrian Villa at Milk Studios

Behind the scene at MILK STUDIOS LOS ANGELES
Global Beauty Advertising Campaign
With Emmy Award Wining Hair Stylist Curt Darling for Curt Darling Salon in DTLA. for more info on Curt and his Organic & Vegan Hair Care visit www.CurtDarling.com
Makeup by Adrian Villa @ www.AdrianVilla.com
Makeup Assistant by Brooke Michelle
Photography by Brian Hodges