Maureen Burke—Midnight Velvet Beauty Expert



Get hair and makeup advice from a pro. Maureen has been making actresses,
musicians and models look fabulous for over 20 years, and now she's here to help you
bring out your natural beauty. Check out her latest application tips and makeup advice.

July 25th, 2014

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Rich & warm Fall colors adorn our Cover Model’s beautiful face. Get this look yourself by applying St. Tropez Blush to the apples of your cheeks over your m. vie Mineral Foundation.

The eyes are soft yet smokey. Apply the Tiramisu Eyeshadow all over your eyelid. Then shade the outer corner of the eye through the crease with the Bark Eyeshadow. Also, smudge a bit of Bark Eyeshadow under the lower eyelashes with the mini Chisel Brush. Softly add Pebble Eye shadow to the brow bone  and highlight under the arch of the eyebrow with the Candlelight Eyeshadow. Bark Eyeshadow can also be used to fill in the eyebrows with the Taper Angle Brush then blended with the Spooly Brush.

Black Eye Pencil is used to define the inner rim of lower inner lash line. Finally followed by a couple coats of our Smoke Mascara and voila! Eyes that speak volumes.

Finish off your new “Fall Face” with the perfect pout.  Cherry Bomb Lipstick is topped with 2 Cents Lip Polish. There you have it… Soft, Sexy and Smokey….Your new “Fall Face” the MV way!

XOXO

Maureen

P.S. You can also get this look with the Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad as well:)

P.S.S. Try out this Look & share a photo! Email it to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

 

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July 18th, 2014

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There’s nothing as refreshing for your makeup and your skin as a spritz of our m.vie Mineral Mist. Read what some of our customers wrote about this fabulous product:

Our beautiful customer from Waverly, OH writes:
I am an older lady (almost 74) who chooses her makeup with great thought. I find that the m. vie mineral products are the best on the market, and the Mineral Mist is like magic! It soothes and refreshes and leaves a light glow on your skin. It sets your makeup so you require no retouching throughout the day. You will really miss out if you do not try this product. You must try the starter kit as I have found the mineral qualitySoot the best I have seen. I will never use another brand.

Another lovely lady from Milwaukee, WI writes:
refreshing and calming to my skin, spirit and mind

And finally, Lorrie from San Diego, CA writes:
This smells lovely and is full of good ingredients for the skin, I used Evian water before this, but I am enjoying this great scent of lavender, etc…I use it to set my make-up when it is done and for a pick me up to freshen my make-up after having it on all day, seems to have a soothing and cooling effect and leaves your skin dewy and healthy looking. It is a little bit pricey, so I will have to use sparingly, but I do love it and the scent is invigorating and relaxing at the same time. :)

Personally, I store an extra bottle in the fridge for an added cooling effect. This is one of my favorite Summertime treats for my face and frame of mind. The lavender has an amazing calming effect on the mind and body. Stay cool and Enjoy!

XOXO

Maureen

 

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July 8th, 2014

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Our gorgeous MV model pictured here represents the quintessential Summer look. A fresh face with a bit of color is achieved by using 4 key items: Mineral Foundation, Lavender Mist, Bronzer and Blush, applied in that order.

And as the warmth of Summer is upon us, I’m sure you’ve all noticed that you’re a bit more dewy than usual? Blotting papers are an easy solution. They are easy to carry even in the smallest of purses:) I never leave home without them. :)

Finally, there are always several brightly colored Lip Polishes or Shines to be found in the bottom of my bag. Essentials for sheer, Summer color and shine!

Put your best face forward this Summer by adding some m.vie to your beauty regime:)

XOXO,
Maureen

P.S. Try out this Look & share a photo! Email it to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

 

 

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June 16th, 2014

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Q: “How do I make the whites of my eyes whiter?”

Good question, other than eyedrops and a good night’s sleep, there is a little trick to try. Simply apply a Navy Blue Eye Pencil to the inner lower rim of the eye. The blue appears to brighten the whites of the eyes:)

XOXO

Maureen

P.S. Have a question for Mo? Email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

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May 30th, 2014

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As much as I’m a fan of sunscreen all year round, I believe a few added measures of protection, especially during the Summer months, are a favorable addition to your beauty regime.

In addition to a sunscreen the m. vie Mineral Foundation provides added protection to the face. The minerals themselves deflect the sun’s rays to an extent while other are wonderful ingredients such as green tea extract, lavender and ylang ylang keep the skin calmed and nourished.

Also, when spending time outdoors in the garden or at the beach, a hat is a wonderful deterrent to the sun’s powerful rays. Try to maintain good skin and prevent any possible damage that too much exposure to the Sun may bring by practicing some if not all of the above solutions.

Here’s to some fun in the Sun!!

XOXO

Maureen

 

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May 23rd, 2014

St. Tropez Strapless Maxi Dress

Even if you can’t quite get to St. Tropez, you can at least look the part in Midnight Velvet’s St. Tropez Strapless Maxi Dress. This easy breezy dress is a must for this Summer. Dress it up with strappy heels or dress it down with some cute flats.

The m. vie Mineral Makeup Pastel Punch Collection is the perfect accessory to compliment the vibrant colors of the Maxi.

Don’t forget this Season, it’s all about the bling… Bigger is better! Please check out the amazingly hip earrings and necklaces that MV is touting this Spring/Summer:)

Send us a photo of your summer look. :) We’d love to see!  Upload it to our Facebook  page or email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com!

XOXO
Maureen

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May 18th, 2014

 

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I was noticing some of you wrote a review our m. vie Mineral Makeup Starter Kit. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. I’d like to acknowledge a few of these reviews and comment as well.

Eva from Portsmouth, VA writes: I love, love, love this product it was the first time I have ever used mineral make up and I can’t believe how awesome it is. I will never wear foundation again. It was a perfect match because I have very fair skin that burns easily. I have received so many compliments on how beautiful my skin looks. It is truly amazing. I was hesitant to 

purchase this product because I also have very sensitive skin but I have only had positive results. It is well worth its price and I will purchase it time and time again. My mom who doesn’t wear make up is asking for some. I am extremely satisfied.”

My Response: “Wow Eva, we couldn’t ask for a nicer review, thank you! Yes, the minerals help protect the skin from outdoor elements and some of the ingredients like green tea extract and lavender are calming to a sensitive skin. Glad you you are enjoying the product!” 

Millie from Archbald, PA writes: “Foundation was perfect for my face. Coverage is great. Blush and lipstick were too dark, though.”

My Response: “Thank you Millie. So glad you like the foundation, it’s my favorite too. Try tapping the blush brush once the product is on the brush. This allows for a softer application. Then go over the blush with the excess foundation on the foundation brush. This helps to blend the blush. Also, if you add clear lip gloss to the lipstick this will soften the color. At least you can get some use of the colors. Hopefully, you will try other colors the next time.”

Candis from Tampa, FL writes: “After using the mineral makeup, I do not want to go back to liquid or regular makeup. I can see why women love this product :D

My Response: “Yes, Candis, I agree. This m. vie Mineral foundation is a much more natural look and feel compared to a liquid foundation.”

Shirley from Chicago, IL writes: ”The makeup was very nice. The container too small for that price.”

My Response:  “Hi Shirley. Yes, the containers are smaller in the starter kit than if you purchased them separately. This makeup is different that most as it is such a high quality product, it is very concentrated and a little bit goes a long way.”

Thank you again Ladies for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I learn so much from you all everyday!

XOXO
Maureen

P.S. If you have questions about our m.vie Mineral Makeup Starter Kit, check out How & Why Mineral Makeup Video:

Simple “How and Why” mineral makeup application tips from Maureen Burke

 

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May 18th, 2014

Midnight Velvet's Zulima Block Print Dress

I love a modern, sleek look anytime of the year. However, the new Zulima Block Print Dress is a go anywhere kind of dress for this Summer.

I would feel comfortable in this dress with flats attending an afternoon pool party or changing in to heels and adding this choker/bracelet set for more of an elegant evening look.   The straight, center parted hair adds to the modern theme. If your hair is naturally curly you can achieve this look with the help of a flat iron.

The makeup is clean, yet showcases very defined eyes, brows and lips.   The eyes are defined with a Black Eye Pencil on the the top lash line blended over with the Onyx Eyeshadow. Followed by several coats of Smoke Mascara.   I applied the m. vie Bark Eyeshadow in the eyebrows with our Tapered Angle Brush. Then the brow color was blended with the Spooly Brush on opposite end of the brush.   The m.vie Lipstick in mauve completes this glamorous look topped with Bronzeberry Lip Shine.

Send us a photo when you you try to get this look. :) We’d love to see!  Upload it to our Facebook page or email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com!

XOXO
Maureen

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May 9th, 2014

 

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Ok, let’s face it, we are all looking for the answers when it comes down to slowing down the aging process. As opposed to looking at plastic surgery as an option, I will try every cream and serum on the market first! Some of these lotions and potions come with an exorbitant price tags and others, not so much. I’m pleased to tell you that there are some good things to be found at the “in between” price point.

 

Merle Roberts has come out with their Platinum Anti-aging Skin Care Kit. This kits contains four very important products to assist you in maintaining that youthful glow: Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser, Intensive Anti-Aging AM/PM Cream,  Intensive Anti-Aging Neck & Décolleté Cream and BB Cream.

 

I’ve ben using this for a few weeks now and I am happy to tell you, I’ve seen a change in my skin…for the better. If you have been consistent with your skin care and it has been working for you, great! However, it is also a good idea to change it up once in a while as your skin gets, bored, shall we say?

 

Check it out for yourself and please let me know what you think:)

 

XOXO

 

Maureen

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April 12th, 2014

Root Cover and Applicator Brush by Grayce Root Revive

Root Cover and Applicator Brush by Grayce Root Revive

Q: “I am starting to get some gray hair. If I don’t want to start coloring my hair, is there anything I can do to minimize the gray?”

This is a great question. There are more of us experiencing very similar situations with premature, unwanted “sparkles” (grays) in our hair these days:) I’ve found Root Cover by Grayce Root Revive to be a great temporary fix:) There are many shades of these easy to use powders to match different hair colors. Simply apply with a brush to the roots and the hairline and voila grays and white hairs are covered. These powders wash out with your next shampoo:) Love it! 

 

XOXO

Maureen

P.S.  If you are already coloring your hair, this is wonderful option to hold you over between visits to the salon:)

P.S.S. Have a question for Mo? Email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

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