Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes by Norman Parkinson
When you grow up watching mom and dad share lipstick, I guess you long to wear make-up yourself. My daughter, Tatjana, requested I write some make-up tips occasionally after I stopped her from purchasing some concealer that a make-up artist was recommending. Tatjana has a flawless porcelain complexion, but like her mother, tends to get dark circles under her eyes.
Baby Tatjana intently studying my sister Patty apply make-up
The consistency of a good concealer should be just soft enough to pat onto the skin under the eye naturally with the tip of your ring finger (you do not want to pull or put too much pressure on this delicate area of your skin) gently. Too creamy and the concealer will settle into the natural creases of your eyes over the course of the day, and accentuate the appearance of wrinkles.
Tatjana’s finally allowed to wear make-up age 13
Many of us have also been taught to go shades lighter – WRONG if you are going to be taking photos. The flash reflects off the lighter shades making you look like an inverted panda bear (white circles under your eyes). I made her buy the closest to one shade lighter than her natural skin color, and she thanked me for it profusely later. It was just enough to lighten the circles to match the rest of her gorgeous face, but not in an obvious manner. Do you find any part of making up hard to do? Would you like a series of these posts?
Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes
In most circumstances, especially day wear, make-up should enhance your natural beauty, not change your appearance. I feel the same about the food I eat – I like to spice things up subtly, and keep it natural most of the time.
Cinnamon Rice Blend Pilaf
Since the cleanse last summer I’ve been trying to incorporate more flavorful whole grains into my diet in place of processed starches. The cinnamon adds an exotic aromatic dimension to this side dish, without overpowering the naturally chewy, nutty texture of the rice blend and almonds.
Servings: 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped, optional
1 large shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup rice blend (see note below)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup almond slices, toasted
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice, optional
1). Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add red pepper (if using) and shallot. Cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cinnamon stick, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2). Add rice blend, stir to coat rice well and let it toast in the oil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
3). Add vegetable or chicken broth, stir once, and bring to boil. Cover with lid, and reduce heat to low; cook for 15 minutes.
4). Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
5). Discard cinnamon stick, mix in toasted almonds and five spice (if using), and stir to fluff.
Serving Suggestions: I originally wrote this recipe to go with my Duck Breast in Cherry-Pomegranate Sauce, love it with lamb chops, and it really goes well with just about anything.
Note: I used Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Blend here, but Royal Blend also do a wonderful quick cooking Texmati white, brown, wild, and red rice blend I adore.
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  • February 7, 2011
    11:22 am

    I was wondering how you were going to segue make-up tips into a recipe…but you did it! What a pro! Both the tips and recipe were excellent. My family has the dark circle thing too and I wear drug store stick concealer. What brand you you suggest? Cupcake(ps. lovely delicate rice!!)(pss. The baby pic of your daughter observing your sister apply make-up cracks me up…she's totally fixated)

  • February 7, 2011
    2:39 pm

    I am ALWAYS looking for good makeup tips! I would love a post or 2 on finding the right foundation. While I can find the color (usually), I have oily, sensitive skin, so finding something that STAYS ON and doesn't drive my skin crazy is a serious chore! Thanks — Cheryl Soler

  • February 7, 2011
    4:21 pm

    A series of these posts would be great. I've never successfully used under eye concealer. Not when I was young and now in my 40's with laugh lines and crepe skin to go with my dark circles I shy away from it because it seemed to sink into every line. Now with your little gem of too creamy I may just try it again. Thank You

  • February 7, 2011
    4:36 pm

    I definitely could use a make-up tutorial! I didn't know what shade of concealer to use under my eyes and would have made the same error and got one that was too light in colour. I have an extremely fair/porcelain complexion that pumps out red blotches when I'm stressed plus I always seem to have dark circles under my eyes. Maybe the result of two black eyes when I was younger. Not a fun accident. So, I'm up for anything you can tell us about looking natural, but better than I do without make-up. You're the best! These are things I never learned when I was younger. Guess I needed a sister like you, still do!

  • February 7, 2011
    4:47 pm

    I'm a natural red head with very fair skin, so the dark circles are always a problem. I'm going to try your tips here, cuz even at 45, I still have problems with concealer looking too caked in or giving me light rings in pics…such a bother ! The recipe looks awesome. I was just a-wondering what to make for lunch…and lucky me I have all the ingredients! 🙂

  • February 7, 2011
    7:09 pm

    I love the idea of makeup tips Jewels! And, I agree – nice segue into a recipe 🙂 (which looks delish btw!)

  • February 7, 2011
    7:22 pm

    I would love more makeup tips! I have the most trouble with applying liquid eyeliner (I can never get both eyes to look the same).

  • February 7, 2011
    7:58 pm

    Just read that baby Vita passed away. So sorry for your friend. Cheryl

  • February 7, 2011
    8:24 pm

    Yes, cla517, Vita passed away the end of January. I didn't want to post anything until Giorgi and Leo were ready to tell the world. Brave little Vita was such an inspiration to us all, but most of all for her phenomenally loving parents. I'm sure you'll join me in hoping their unshakeable faith will grant them smooth sailing through their grief.

  • February 7, 2011
    8:47 pm

    More make up tips from you would be greatly appreciated! I enjoy how you always incorporate a personal story into your posts. The recipes have been wonderful to read. I can't wait to try making this rice dish! Thank you for sharing all the pictures, too.

  • February 7, 2011
    9:11 pm

    Jewels, please do post more makeup tips/ideas..As a teenager in the 80's, I often looked to you and D2 for makeup ideas (and fashion), some worked great and others now make for some hysterical photos that my children now love to laugh at!

  • February 7, 2011
    9:22 pm

    Cupcake – I can't really recommend brands as I don't know enough about other brands. I use MAC (it is good quality, and as a member of SAG I get 30% off). You should be able to find the right consistency and color in most brands now that you know what your looking for.cla517 – I'll do a post about foundations at some point, but FYI – I rarely wear the stuff unless I'm doing TV. I use a tinted moisturizer for everyday – Ruthee ask the make-up counter personnel to help you find a foundation that will even out red blotches.Me too Kathy! I don't use the stuff because my hand is just to shaky to apply evenly. I'll do a post about eyeliner tips at some point too.

  • February 7, 2011
    9:24 pm

    Thank you for this post. I would like to read more of your makeup tips. Btw, I love that picture on the wall from that bathroom shot :)Vanessa Solis

  • February 7, 2011
    9:25 pm

    Thanks for this, it was useful to know. And the rice sounds nice!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • February 7, 2011
    9:25 pm

    J. You're so gorgeous!! Great pics and super article! 🙂 xDanelle Pate Covey

  • February 7, 2011
    9:26 pm

    Great blog Jewels as usual!!!! Thanks so much for the tips. xxMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • February 7, 2011
    9:26 pm

    I love talking about makeup and beauty! Yes Jewels, more please. 🙂 I am on the eternal hunt for the perfect mascara. I'm never satisfied for long. Any one have a favorite that they'd like to recommend?Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • February 7, 2011
    9:28 pm

    Hahahaha – Kim I'm never satisfied for long either – you should see my drawer full of them! Have lots of tips on this for future post, thanks!

  • February 7, 2011
    9:46 pm

    Great post Jewels…..something different which is nice…makeup tips are always welcomed. I'm not much of a makeup user these days but when I do I use it sparingly. Mac is one of the products I use myself. When I was in my late teens and into my 20's my great friend Manuelita (who just happens to be a makeup artist), gave me freebies. They were all from Guerlain (as she worked with this brand)and I just loved it.Aussie Mum 🙂 P.s really loving this recipe. Cinnamon in savoury dishes is always a winner.

  • February 8, 2011
    3:27 am

    I have permanent dark circles under my eyes. I can get the best sleep of my LIFE and I wake up with dark circles. No matter what kind of concealer I use — powdered or creamy — it just seems to make it worse (though I do accept that that's probably user error, but still).I gave up a while ago cos I can't seem to get the hang of it.Savannahps And *squee* I am lucky enough to have one of those "have a kool yule" posters! It's really neat.

  • February 8, 2011
    6:14 am

    Cinnamon and make-up! Could this post possibly be any more exciting for me without the addition of Vivienne Westwood?! LOL!Please do more make-up posts, I am a complete cosmetics addict and trained as a beautician and hairdresser inbetween my university studies. My friends are always asking for tips and for me to make them look fabulous but I rarely get made over myself or have any tips shared with me. Make-up is such a huge and wonderful world and other people's experiances are invaluable. You can never stop learning about make-up.Unlike your daughter I was allowed to play with make-up from a very early age (though not to wear out of the house unless it was a teensy bit of eyeshadow on a special evening such as a birthday at a nice restaurant) due to seeing Boy George on Top of The Pops and wanting to look as pretty as him. At the same time I discovered my absoloute idol Queen Elizabeth I, so between the two I had no chance of being a fan of the natural look. I'm still having to force myself to tone it down to this day and can't help stocking up with dazzling eye shadow colours.It's totally perfect hearing beauty tips from you as you always look so very beautiful and I can't help but stress that the greatest beauty tip is to think about what you put into your body. A trained beautician can see caffeine and cigarettes in your skin from the night before and know if you've indulged in ready meals and take outs by touching your arm. …I'm now off to add the cinnamon rice ingredients to my shopping list. 🙂

  • February 8, 2011
    3:23 pm

    Yes!! Definitely more makeup tips!! Under eye concealer has always been my greatest makeup challenge. I have dark hair, olive skin and dark circles that never seem to go away that have been there since my teenage years. I have tried so many brands but have never found that "perfect one". Still searching!-Chrissy

  • February 8, 2011
    3:33 pm

    Sorry guys (unless like my ex, you wear make-up too), but Tatjana was right – make-up seems to be a subject many of you are interested in, and it is fun to explore together, so I'll write more soon.Premierludwig -I was in a foul mood last night until I read your comment- you crack me up, and it is most appropriate for a personality as large as yours to be as OTT with the make-up as you like! Thank you for helping me adjust my 'tude.Absolutely fascinated by "A trained beautician can see caffeine and cigarettes in your skin from the night before and know if you've indulged in ready meals and take outs by touching your arm." OMG, what the make-up artists must have thought when I rolled in after an all-nighter for a fashion shoot, CRINGING NOW!

  • February 8, 2011
    4:51 pm

    I love that photo of Tatjana – she's so enthralled!Aly Cleary

  • February 8, 2011
    4:52 pm

    Me too! When she is interested in something, she has an amazing ability to totally focus in on it.

  • February 8, 2011
    4:55 pm

    I don't wear a lot of make-up. Mostly because I'm allergic to so much I have to do by trial and error before I find something that a)I like and b) works for me. Since I don't buy a lot of make-up I can justify spending on Chanel every once in a while. I can't use Chanel eyeliner I found out. 🙁 But I do love the Vitalumiere. It doesn't park itself in my wrinkles or crevices. It's good if you have dry or combination skin as it works like a tinted moisturiser. Most of the mousse foundations are terrible on my skin. They just emphasize every mark on my face. I have a translucent powder from Shiseido to go on top and it all looks good. I don't normally need a concealer as I have pale skin. This is the first foundation that isn't a powder that doesn't irritate me. I normally feel self-conscious that I've got it on. This is light. I don't work for Chanel, I just really love whatever I've bought. I only tried this one because there was a sample in a magazine.

  • February 8, 2011
    5:39 pm

    beautiful pictures of your daughter and you & Nick. you have yoourselves someone very sppecial therePhoenix Lebon-Taylor

  • February 8, 2011
    11:56 pm

    That's so cute =)Terri Berri

  • February 8, 2011
    11:57 pm

    Thank you for those gorgeous pics!! And this of Tatjana is really adorable!Giuliana Iannotta

  • February 9, 2011
    12:13 am

    I grew up wanting to do makeup like my mom.I also had a bunch of cool teenage cousins that made me long for it too. I get dark circles pain in the butox. I glam up now an then. My daily wear is very basic. You an Tatjana are a picture of beauty.

  • February 9, 2011
    4:05 pm

    oh what joy, food and make up. dark circles under the eyes are my problem ALWAYS made worse when I even attempt to try eyeliner, and why does waterproof mascara on me still runs a little and I can resemble a panda!

  • February 9, 2011
    4:44 pm

    Yes, please post more makeup and beauty tips. I can't wait to try the cinnamon rice blend pilaf recipe.Rebecca Smith

  • February 11, 2011
    2:41 pm

    Julie Anne I'm so glad I managed to lighten your mood, that's truly one of life's pleasures to either make people laugh or bring a smile to someone's face. 🙂 🙂 Thank-you for letting me know I achieved it. It's kind of bizarre to hear I have a large personality but I suppose I do really. I'm a timid little thing in most situations – my flamboyant appearance not suiting my behaviour in the slightest – but when I'm among my own kind of people in my kind of setting I'm known to somewhat hold court and dance about the room attracting new aquaintences in abundance. I can only so this around similarly bizarre flamboyant types and creative souls. Put me among normal formal people and I wither inside and want to hide under the table.Don't worry in the slightes about what beauticians will think seeing the traces of an over-indulgent night on your skin. All they'll feel is envy for your indulgences and the desire to correct the mark it's made on your skin. They train us to see these things and work to correct them. My favourite arsenal for this is still Dermaologica's Skin Hydrating Masque which takes a heavy night's drinking and several doses of caffeine out of your skin and does a little temporary repair work to the damage cigarettes cause. Trust me, when you've signed a contract promising not to smoke, to drink two litres of water a day and to follow every cup or glass of caffinated drink with eight glasses of water all you feel seeing someone who's allowed to indulge is pure envy. My skin was like soft marble in those days and whenever I applied make-up I looked like a porcelain doll. Now I'm happy drinking gallons of coca cola and using a little concealer and a few face masques, LOL!

  • February 11, 2011
    2:57 pm

    Little Amanda – have you tried powdering over the eyeliner with a little matching eye shadow? It sets the liner in place. (apply lightly using a small make-up brush or the pointed tip of the usual sponge eyeshadow applicator that comes with most shadow compacts, then blow upon your eyelids to remove any loose powder. Always remember to remove any loose powder from an applicator before application by tapping it first. And if you find your powder dropping onto your face as you apply it , just use a little tissue under the eyes during application)I'd also recommend making sure that the base under your eyeliner is a good one (a foundation over your eyelids top and bottom that isn't slidey to the touch will do. It's also worth making sure that your moisturiser isn't too heavy) and a dusting of light loose powder to set everything. Elizabeth Arden's Pure Finish Mineral Powder is phenomenal. It can be used in place of foundation, or as a setting powder. It's ultra fine and it makes your skin look beautiful. I've had so many compliments on the appearance of my skin since I started using it and like any good powder it stops your make-up "slipping".I'd also check to see if your mascara and liner choices make your eyes a little sensitive. If your eye starts watering slightly immediately after application you're bound to emerge panda eyed.