Rain Cosmetics: Miss USA 2011 Makeup

Click to view full size and get a closer look at Alyssa’s makeup!

As a Californian I’m proud that Miss California, Alyssa Campanella, is now Miss USA 2011! The makeup sponsor for the Miss USA pageant this year was Rain Cosmetics, a Las Vegas-based brand. You may recall I reviewed their Gloss of Fame back in April. Well, now I have a break-down of how you can get the beautiful look Alyssa wore the night she won the Miss USA crown.

Alyssa is wearing Perfect Cream Foundation applied with the Point of Perfection brush, which is a really neat pointed dome brush for liquid or cream foundations. I’m thinking Alyssa wears the shade “Bone”. Then the makeup artist set her foundation with Setting Loose Powder
On her cheeks, she has on Glowing Blush in Burlesque.
To get her sultry eye look, Rain’s MUA used the Diva Eye Shadow Quad in Viva Las Vegas. The Viva Las Vegas quad is a workhorse type quad with solid basic neutrals that anyone could use to achieve a variety of looks. The shadows included in this quad are Allure (matte cream beige), La Bella (matte mocha brown), Shalimar (matte warm brown), and Canterbury (pinky peach with subtle shimmer). She also primed Alyssa’s eyes with Private Eye Primer
For Alyssa’s eye look, after priming apply Shalimar all over the lid up to just past the crease. Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with Canterbury. For the smokey eye, apply La Bella eye shadow. Start in the outer corner and blend inward in the crease. Rain’s makeup artist used their Hey Big Spender blender brush. Then use Allure shadow as your brow highlight. 
Alyssa’s makeup artist then lined the upper and bottom lash line with Expressive Eye Pencil in Black, smudging it out ever so slightly with the I’ll Be the Smudge of That brush – Rain Cosmetics’ products all have such cute names! For mascara, Alyssa is wearing two coats of Rain’s High Roller mascara and some false lashes. To add some polish to her brows, the makeup artist applied Shalimar shadow with an angled brush and some clear brow gel
Alyssa’s perfect pout starts with Expressive Lip Pencil in Cameo (a neutral nude shade). For lipstick, she has Glam Lipstick in Stretch Limo – a gorgeous peachy shade I’d wear myself!! And to top that off, Gloss of Fame in Wine Newton – the lip gloss I reviewed and loved. 

What do you think of Alyssa’s makeup look? I think she looks stunning! And I get a kick out of the fact that she was wearing the same gloss I have. :) I’m nerdy like that.

Rain Cosmetics Gloss of Fame

You all know by now that I love trying out new brands of makeup I’ve never tried before. So when I was contacted by Rain Cosmetics, I jumped at the chance to try them out. Rain Cosmetics is based in Las Vegas, and the inspiration from Vegas strip is apparent in the products. The packaging is shiny and chic without being gaudy, and many of the products have Vegas-themed names. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you love the glam experience of Las Vegas. I also just recently heard that Rain Cosmetics is the official cosmetics sponsor of the Miss USA! How cool is that? Starting in June, Rain Cosmetics has offered to share their tips & “get the look” info as they work with the Miss USA contestants. 
The packaging reminds for these glosses me of the lights of the strip and the fountains in front of the Venetian. The glosses have a very nice (no splaying) brush applicator. The color I tried is called Wine Newton. All of the shades are puns of people who have performed on Vegas. The other shades are Praline Dion, Presley Pink, Raisin Copperfield, Peach Midler, and my personal favorite, Berry Manilow. The gloss photographs a bit darker than it is when I take pics of it in the tube. I tried to color-correct to fix it, but I had difficulty. It photographs much more accurately when swatched. Think of it this way – this particular wine is more of a blush wine than a red wine, more the color of white zinfandel – 
Personally I think this take on a wine color is actually quite a bit more universally flattering, and it made this gloss an everyday wearable favorite as opposed to a bold color I only wear on certain occasions. The formula itself is very nice. It’s not sticky at all, and very moisturizing. It’s very high shine and keeps my pucker looking plump and glossy. Pigmentation-wise these are on the sheerer side. This just adds an overall tint and brightness to my lips, maybe making them look a little pinker, but not a huge difference. The brightness I’m sure comes from the beautiful multi-dimensional shimmer. It does not translate to glittery lips by any means, but just gives the color more depth.
And of course, swatches! I encourage you to click to view full size to really see all the pretty sparkles.
Here’s a (sort of blurry) shot that shows more of the multicolored shimmer pretty well…
Rain Cosmetics Gloss of Fame retails for $18. It is available at their website, or at select stores (mostly in Las Vegas but not all – check here for store locations). You can also follow @Rain_Cosmetics on Twitter.
Sample provided for editorial purposes.