Makeover at the Armani Counter

Karla Sugar, Armani, Rhona SamuelsThis past weekend I had the immense pleasure of watching the brilliant Rhona Samuels work her magic. Rhona is one of Armani’s national artists, and — as you would expect, she is unbelievably talented.

I’m happy just to watch Rhona work with other customers (I learn something new every time) — but when she finished with her last appointment, Rhona said, “Why haven’t I ever done your makeup?” and sat me down in her chair.

Her makeover was just perfect. It was exactly what I would have done for myself (if I had the skills of a pro artist).

Here’s what she used:



  • High Precision Concealer #2. Rhona applies this from lash line to brow, (1) as a base for her shadows, and (2) to erase any discoloration, and start the eye at “skin zero.” Concealer can also behave like a basic brow highlight, and — even on its own — makes the brows look more defined.
  • Eyes to Kill Intense eyeshadow #5. I told Rhona I usually go for warm greys, so she chose this copper shadow as a lid color to take me outside my comfort zone. When I swatched the Eyes to Kill Intense shadows, I mentioned they were versatile: you can apply them as a sheer, lightly shimmery wash or build up a more metallic punch. Rhona pressed the shadow on (lash line to crease), and kept her application light.
  • Maestro (powder) shadow #5 (a salmon color) in the crease
  • Maestro (powder) shadow #2 (champagne) as a brow highlight
  • Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #6 (green)
  • Eyes to Kill mascara
  • Brow Pencil #3


I really loved all of her color choices. The copper shadow and green eyeliner were both beautiful. And best of all: the Eyes to Kill Intense shadows are waterproof, sweatproof, creaseproof, flakeproof, and 24-hour wear. Am I ready for summer or what?

I also should mention that my experience began with the application of Armani’s new Regenessence skincare line: serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. These feel (and smell) absolutely amazing.

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7 Responses to “Makeover at the Armani Counter”

  • MarciaF says:

    This is a beautiful and polished look. So far I’ve just used the Intense e/s intensely so I need to practice with that lighter hand.

  • joolz says:

    I had a makeover at Armani’s counter recently too and I loved it! I have #4 Pulp Fiction and I just purchased #9 Rock Sand.
    I’m glad you mentioned the new skin care line. I purchased the face cream and so far so good. Are you going to do a review on the skincare? :)

  • Ammie says:

    She did a beautiful job with your makeup.

  • Kittyskyfish says:

    Wow! Rhona did a great job. The copper and green combination complement the #2 blush and lip color. It all ties in very well. :) Which brush did she use for the Lasting Silk powder foundation? :)

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Kittyskyfish, I think it was Armani’s “face brush,” a big fluffy brush for a light, allover dusting of powder.

  • Kittyskyfish says:

    Thanks! I may need to get this brush because I’m loving the Armani blush brush I picked up at the Armani event awhile back. Something about it just lays color on perfectly.

  • Lauren Fahrenthold says:

    I wondered if you were aware that armani came out with several new shades of luminous silk foundation and wondered if you could swatch and post them ?!? Thanks, Lauren

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