Tweet I'm on the left - notice the Flamenco Dancer slash Malibu Barbie 'do. Next to me are Dana and Tiff. I used my new custom grey shadow, custom brow gel, and Three Custom Color Watercolours for Cheeks in Pink Hyacinth.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Three Custom Color Specialists office in New York to have my "colors done." It sounds very Bridget Jones' mother, but in fact, it's the OPPOSITE of matronly. The fantastic Chad Hayduk met with me and gave me a tour of the place which includes a makeup lab and a counter of "ready to wear" makeup items. Both Chad and one of the other founders, Trae, are makeup artists. The best part about Three Custom? Well, remember I told you about the more-than-a-decade-old Clinique Lim Edish Metallic Pewter Palette I've been toting around since the '90s? Their marketer, a doll named Tess, heard my plea and invited me to have them CREATE ME A NEW ONE. Can you even? (I can't.) They got it EXACTLY right, girls. It's the heat, as my friends at Fashion Binge say. And thank goodness, because I had to hold my breath when I allowed Chad to scrape out all the remaining shadow with a tiny baby spatula so he could make a new one. Just an FYI - it's easiest for them to create a new makeup item when you have at least a dime-sized amount left. They create EVERYTHING there except for nail polish. Discontinued lipstick you're dying to try but found in your grandmother's attic? Done. Limited Edition item you've been holding on to since the Reagan administration? No prob. Have an old Maybelline Kissing Coolers lying around since Duran Duran was something "the kids were listening to?" It's no match for Chad. My new shadow is in a large compact with a huge mirror (my fave thing) and Chad even provided me with two bronze shadows - one lighter, one darker - to encourage me to wear warmer shadow tones, which I've been doing.
I also mailed them a lock of my hair so they could mix me up a brow gel that matches my eyebrows PERFECTLY. If you have naturally blondish-brownish-verging-on-auburn hair as I do, then you know what a NIGHT TERROR it is to find matching pencils. I always have to settle for something that's kind of sort of okay. This stuff? PERFECTION. Sublimity in a tube. If you only go to Three Custom for one beauty item, let it be for that.
Let me tell you about the Ready to Wear item I rocked to the wedding as well. Watercolours for Cheeks in Pink Hyacinth ($21) (pictured, top) is the sheerest pink kiss of color. I LOVE. I like to dab it on my cheeks, nose and forehead for a where'd-you-go-this-weekend? burst of color.
And their Light Brights lipstick line ($19)? Total beauty product porn. Bright for summer, but not so reminiscent of the 80s that they come with their own side of Corey and Corey. Get you some of that, here.
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