Revlon ColorStay Quad in 540 Inspired (see my review here)
love & Beauty Bronzer (see my review here)
NYX Slide on Pencil in Sunrise Blue
I have a hard time wearing color on my lids but I wanted to find a way to wear this spring’s turqouise trend on my eyes. I came up with this simple smokey eye that’s subtle enough for me to wear but still has a pop color.
1. Apply Foundation and eyelid primer
2. Apply shade 2 of Revlon Quad from lashline to crease
3. Intensify color using Urban Decay’s Flipside shadow
4. Apply shade 4 from Revlon Quad into crease. Blend.
5. Apply a small amount of love & beauty bronzer to the center of your lid for added depth
6. Using NYX slide on pencil smudge under lower lashline and onto lower water line
7. Smudge love & beauty bronzer underneath lashline and apply to tear duct
8. Add lots of both Mascaras for a dark and defined lashline
9. Contour with the Milani Bronzer and then blend out as a blusher
10. Use the love & beauty bronzer as a higlight along the tops of your cheek bones
11. Apply lipstick and gloss
I’ve been loving the last few drugstore foundations I’ve purchased, including my Revlon Nearly Naked in the shade 130 Shell. This foundation gives you a great natural look while still covering the majority of your imperfections. I’ve read a few reviews saying this left people with oily skin after a few hours, but I have oily skin and I haven’t had any issues with shininess or oil. This picture below is actual my makeup after an 8 hour workday with no touch-ups so the staying power is really good on me. I do use a primer, my favorite at the moment is the Smashbox Photofinish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting Primer. I also always powder my t-zone. Their is no fragrance detectable to me with this product and I have been blending this with a round-top buffing brush. The only con of this product for me is the packaging, anytime you have a foundation without a pump things can get a little messy. I give this foundation an 8/10
The rest of my makeup is what I’ve wearing on a daily basis lately. It takes me 10 minutes and all of these products last all day for me with no need for any real touch-ups. For my eyes I use my Too Faced Natural at Night Collection. I apply nightcap from my lashline to my crease and Cocoa Star in my crease. I use spotlight as my highlight. You could use any mid-tone brown for this with a deeper brown in your crease. The key is keeping everything soft and blended. Then apply a bright pink blush, I used my Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush and for my lip I used this New York Color Smooch Proof Lip Stain in the shade Persistent Pink ( This lip stain costs less than 5 dollars!) . I skip the eyeliner to save time and use a few coats of mascara for definition. This is a fresh and easy look that would be easy to replicate with products you probably already have.
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I love using any sort of garnet or rust colors because I think the undertones really make the green in my hazel eyes pop. The Lorac Pro Palette has a very nice garnet shade conveniently named garnet and I like this one because it isn’t too red as to make you look sick or tired. I use the gold shade in this palette in the center of my eye to add dimension to my lid. To intensify everything I used lots of Benefit’s They’re real mascara and a Kohl pencil to line my upper and lower waterline. On my lips I used Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait. Revlong lip butters are one of my favorite lipsticks and I like this color because it’s still somewhat neutral without washing you out. On my cheeks I’m wearing a mix of L’oreal Project Runway blusher in the color The Muse’s blush mixed with Smashbox blush in the shade everlasting.
NYX’s Matte lipstick Indie Flick is probably the most fun red lipstick I own. This color has a serious orange undertone that adds a brightness that really makes this shade pop. Red Lipstick can be very high maintenance but this entire face takes me 10 minutes and I’m out the door. I keep the eyes simple by using the shade Nightcap in the Too Faced Natural at Night Palette. I blend this all over the lid and slightly above the crease then using the same color I smoke out my bottom lashline. I used Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara and lined my upper and lower waterline with a black NYX pencil. I contoured and added color to my cheeks with the BH Cosmetics 10 color palette sticking to the warmer shades. Then just throw on Indie Flick and I’m out the door.
Over Christmas I was able to get my hands on the Lorac Pro Palette. This is an amazing collection of shimmer and matte shades and probably the most versatile grouping of shadows I own. The texture of this product is buttery, pigmented with little fall out, even when using the darker shades. There isn’t one color that I don’t enjoy or was disappointed with. In a humble attempt to show the wide range of looks you can create with this palette I’ve put together a day and and night look using only these shadows.
For this look I applied the shade cream all over my lid and deepened and defined my crease with Taupe. I took sable and smudged it beneath my lower lash line to add a bit more dimension. I used L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense liquid line to create a quick cat eye and lined my lower water line with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I finished off my lashes with a quick coat of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I used Revlon’s Soft Nude on my lips and Tarte Flushed on my cheeks.
This look only requires 2 shadows and takes about 2 seconds to complete. I swept the shade pewter all over the lid, staying below my crease. Then for some definition I took the matte shade black and concentrating the color at the outer v of my lid blended out the shadow, then I took whatever was left on my brush and deepened my crease. Taking a pencil brush I then applied black under my lash line and finished everything off with a few coats of Maybelline’s new Rocket Volum Express mascara. Pewter is such a pretty and unique shade and gives you such a rich smokey look without looking too harsh. On my cheeks I wore Tarte’s Amused blush and I added a quick layer of L’oreals Color Riche Caresse lipstick in Merino Mauve.
This is one of my favorite winter looks because a bright pink cheek really wakes up dull winter skin and concentrating eyeliner only under your lower lashes is a fun twist to the same everyday look. I find not lining around my entire eye also helps open up my small eyes.
What I Used:
Foundation: Makeup Forever HD foundation and Laura Gellar Balance-n-Brighten in shade tan, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Cheeks: Wet n Wild coloricon blushers in Pearlescent Pink and Heather Silk
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Smashbox eyeshadow quad, Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx, Laura Gellar Baked Eye Shadow/Eye Rimz in the shade black cherry, L’oreal Carbon Black Mascara
Lips: NYX Summer Love topped with Bonne Bell liplites in strawberry parfait
Brushes: Crown Brush foundation buffing brush, Crown Brush Kabuki Brush, Sonia Kasuk angled face brush, BH Cosmetics Fluffy Shadow Brush, Pop Beauty dual-ended eyeshadow brush
1. Apply primer with fingers
2. Dot face with Makeup Forever HD foundation then buff in with foundation brush. I usually add a bit more of this foundation over my problem areas to get more coverage.
3. Buff in Laura Gellar Balance-n-Brighten with Kabuki brush. I like the finish I get when I use this powder and it adds a little additional foundation coverage
4. Apply eyeshadow primer with finger tips.
5. Using a light flesh toned eyeshadow apply color all over lid with a fluffy shadow brush. This will help brighten your eye area. If you’d like to add some slight definition to your crease take a light brown matte shade and apply to your socket area. I usually skip this step but if you like a little more depth to your eyes the darker shade will provide that for you.
6. Take eyeliner and line under lash line. I usually use a pretty heavy hand during this step because I like a more dramatic eye. Next, take a black eyeshadow and smudge out the line with a brush. I like using a shimmery black for this look to keep things from looking to severe. You can smoke out the eyeliner as much as you like. Clean up any fall out with a q-tip!
7. Line your lower water line with the black liner and then apply your favorite mascara.
8. Apply a bright pink blush to your cheek! I love layering my blushes so I used 2 for this tutorial. If you use these Wet n Wild blushes don’t forget they are very pigmented! Make sure to tap off excess powder before applying to face. Since I have a very round face I like to apply blush like I would a contour color on the tops of my cheeks and blending all the way back to my hair line. Buff out the color with a kabuki brush to keep it from looking to clownish.
9. Add a pinkish nude lipstick, my favorite is summer love by NYX, then top with lip gloss.
I love wearing this look because the eyeliner is subtle but still has an interesting twist and the red lip is super easy to wear. If you’re too shy to wear red go with a nude lip but add a little extra of the pink blush!
What I Used:
Foundation: Maybelline Super Stay Foundation in Pure Beige
Concealer: Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Contour: NYC Bronzer Sunny
Highlight: Smashbox Duo Blush in Passion/Shimmer
Lips: Elf Conditioning Lip Balm in Romantic Rouge
Mascara: Benefits BadGal Lash in Black
Eyeliner: L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense and Wet n Wild Coloricon liner in white
Eyelashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (My Favorite)
1. Apply Foundation. I use my fingers to blend the Super Stay foundation in.
2. Powder any areas that might get shiny ( I usually stick to my nose, chin and the forehead) and then your cheeks since you will be using powder blush.
3. Apply black eyeliner to upper lashline, wing out the tip at the outer corner of your eye
4. Take your white eyeliner and trace along the black line you just created. If you overlap the white on the black go back in with the black liquid liner and redefine the edge of your black line.
5. Apply blush to the cheekbones and apples of your cheeks.
6. Take bronzer and contour underneath your cheekbones.
7. Apply shimmer highlight to top of cheekbones and under eyebrows.
8. Apply mascara and false lashes. Once lashes are applied sweep on one more coat of mascara to blend your falsies in with your real lashes.
9. Fill in brows
10. Take lip brush and apply Elf conditioning lip balm in romantic rouge
What I Used:
PRIMER: Fusion Beauty Illumifil
FOUNDATION: Revlon Photoready shade Natural Beighe
CONCEALER: Maybelline Lumi Touch in shade Radiant
BLUSH: Wet n Wild in Heather Silk
MASCARA: Maybelline Falsies in Blackest Black
EYEBROWS: NYX Eyebrower Shaper Wax pencil, filled in with the darkest shade of the Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad
EYESHADOW: Tarte’s NeutralEYES volume II palette, shade buttercream and L’oreal Hip Duo Shade saucy
LIPS: NYX jumbo lip pencil in Pecan and Bonnebell Liplites in Strawberry (milkshake or something like that)
BRUSHES: Crown Brush powder brush, Real techniques buffing brush and pointed foundation brush, Crown Brush Kabuki Brush, Crown Brush eyeshadow brush, and Smashbox shadow liner brush, Beauty Blender Sponge
EYELASHES: Eylure Naturalites #205
1. Apply primer, blend in with fingers
2. Dot on your foundation, blend with buffing brush
3. Apply under-eye concealer, blend with beauty blender. (I apply under eyes and under my brows)
4. Apply buttercream eyeshadow all over eyelid
5. Take the black Kajal eyeliner and line upper and lower lashline about 3/4 from outercorner of eye.
6. Line waterline with Black kajal eyeliner
7. Take blue kajal eyeliner and trace above black eyeliner, extending past the outer-corner of your eye
8. Take your shadow liner brush and using a golden shade trace the blue eyeliner, using this to stop smudging and soften the edges of your line
9. Apply mascara and false lashes. After your eyelashes are on see if you need to exaggerate the shape of your eyeliner more. I find when I wear very thick eyelashes I need to usually extend my eyeliner more and bring it underneath my eye a bit farther down to balance everything out.
10. Apply pecan lip pencil and top with Bonnebell pink lip gloss
11. Fill in brows, I like to do this last so I can see how strong I need to make them to balance out the rest of my makeup
Looking for a more natural looking way to give your eyes a full and glamorous look? I’ve been “minking” my eyelashes for the last week and it’s fast, easy and looks beautiful!
What You Need:
1. A good eyelash curler
2. A volumizing mascara in the shade brown
3. A lengthening mascara in the blackest shade you can find
1. Give your eyelashes a good curl with your favorite eyelash curler
2. Apply 2-3 coats of your most volumizing brown mascara from root to tip. Try and focus the most product at the roots of your lashes. I’ve been using Maybelline’s The Colossal Volum’Express in the shade Glam Brown
3. Apply 2 coats of your blackest mascara to just the tips of your lashes. I’ve been using Maybelline Lash Stilleto because it’s lengthening and I think the black dries with a slightly glossy finish.
And that’s it! Super easy and a fun way to mix up the same boring black mascara that you wear everyday. Your eye lashes will look fuller and longer than ever! Give it a try and let me know how you like the results!Read More
When I first started watching youtube videos and reading beauty blogs one of my main concerns was making my makeup last longer. I’ve always had oily skin and only a few hours after application I would have to be retouching my foundation and blush, especially in my t-zone area. The worst part would be how blotchy I would look, because of my oily areas it always wore off unevenly. Yuck! Fortunately after doing my research and trying a number of products out I have come up with a way to look fresh all day.
So for those of you looking for some tips on tricks on how to keep your makeup looking flawless throughout the day and evening here are the steps I follow!Read More