Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sultry Holiday Makeup 2014

Happy December! 

With the holidays here, I'm sure you have plenty of office parties, family get togethers, and other special occasions. For all these festivities, it's helpful to have a go to makeup look that is sophisticated but glamorous for a polished and photo ready look. Watch how to achieve this 2014 Holiday makeup look below and check out the products I used. 

   Products Used:
   Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector
   Makeup Forever HD Foundation 123 & 155
   NYX HD Concealer
   Makeup Forever HD Powder
   MAC's Blunt Powder
   Lorac's Tantalizer Bronzer
   BH Cosmetics Blush Palette
   BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
   MAC's Handwritten eyeshadow
   MAC's Nylon eyeshadow
   NYX lip liner in Deep Purple
   MAC's lipstick in RubyWoo






Here are some of the main products I used, watch the full tutorial for all products. I am obsessed with Bobbi Brown Correctors for dark circles and discoloration, it just works wonders for me and most medium-dark skin tones. I always start off with Bobbi Brown's Peach Corrector around the inner corners to brighten the eye area. I then used Makeup Forever's HD Foundation in 2 shades (123 & 155), one that matched my skin and one slightly darker to create a natural contour. 




To set my foundation and concealer, I used  Makeup Forever's HD Powder and MAC's blush in Blunt to contour. It's always best to use different powder shades to set the different shades of your skin. This helps create a more natural finish and won't ruin the hard work you did to transform your skin with the foundations. 


For the lips, I used NYX lip liner in Deep Purple for a plum base and to help darken any lip color I apply over. As beautiful as MAC's Ruby Woo is, I wanted something more sultry and purple based, so using a darker lip liner helps transform the red color. 

Using a variety of eyeshadows from BH Cosmetics to MAC, I created a neutral golden smokey eye, with a hint of plum for that holiday touch and glow. Don't be afraid to add some color to your holiday makeup and always use golds to give that nice warmth to the skin. Happy Holidays! 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Sexy Bombshell Makeup

After looking not so pretty as a zombie for Halloween, I wanted to do something more bold and beautiful with this enticing bombshell makeup. This look is actually quite simple, it's all about blending, a good eyeliner and creating a warm, flawless face. Watch the tutorial below and try out this look yourself!


   Products Used:  
   Loreal True Match Foundation: 
   Natural Beige & Cool Tan
  MAC's Paint Pot: Soft Ochre
  BH Cosmetics Palette
  MAC's Smolder Eyeliner
  Loreal VoluminousMascara-Carbon Black
 Maybelline Translucent Loose Powder
 MAC's Powder-Blunt
 Mac's Mineralized Highlighter-Soft & Gentle
 MAC's Cream Highlighter-Pearl
 Wet n Wild lipliner-chestnut
 Revlon Matte Lip Balm-Complex







Step 1: Foundation
Our skin is not just one color tone so it's always best to use different foundations/concealers to create a natural and even skin tone. I used a shade close to my skin tone with a warm undertone. I then used a darker tone for the areas I want to contour or bring back. I quickly mapped out my features to achieve more dimension and I used my fingers to do so. It's completely fine to use your clean fingers because the warmth of your skin blends the product very well. Now for bridal makeup or anything more glamorous, I will use a more intricate foundation routine, but for this look I wanted to show how easy it is to apply foundation on yourself and quickly. 
Loreal True Match Foundation $7


Step 2: Eye Makeup
I used 3 shadows from the the BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow palette, but you can use any brand you prefer. The shadows are simply a matte cream-white, a matte soft-warm brown, and a dark navy-gray with some shimmer if desired. After applying an eyeshadow base, use the matte white color all over your lid. I like to apply a neutral all over first, to help with blending later and to brighten the lids. I then applied the soft warm brown in the crease and the dark gray towards the inner part of my crease. I have quite prominent features so I wanted to enforce that more by blending the darker color towards my nose and inner crease area. Depending on your eye shape, this helps widen your eyes. Below are some suggested shadows to achieve this look.


             
               NYX-Kiss the Night $7                                                            NYX-Dance of Tides $7                                    NYX Smoke & Mirrors-$6 






                        

         
         Stila-Chinois $13                                                                        NARS-Bengali $25                                                        UrbanDecay-OilSlick$18

Step 3: Eyeliner
Use a creamy black eyeliner to line your top and bottom lash line, and your lower waterline for a more intense look. I always set my liner with a black eyeshadow to lock in the color and then apply false lashes close to my lashline. I'm a big fan of Ardell demi wispies, the #105s or the Huda Beauty lashes in Claudia or Giselle for a look like this. To ensure your lashes look more natural, apply liner over the lash band. 

                                                                   Loreal Voluminous Mascara-Carbon Black $9     Mac Kohl Liner-Smolder $15 


Step 4: Highlighting & Contouring
Again for a more a glam look I would use different techniques but for a simple contour, I used a darker powder. I then used a cream highlighter to make my cheekbones and facial features stand out more. This is optional, but I wanted to add a bit more of a warm glow, so adding some gold shimmer bronzer to the tops of my cheeks helped achieve that.


  
                  Mac Powder-Blunt $19.50           Mac Cream Base-Pearl $21           Mac Mineralized Bronzer-Soft & Gentle $32

Step 5: Lips
I always love nude or pink lips, especially with a dark eye. I hear a lot of women complain that when they try a nude lip they end up looking less lively then intended. I generally follow this rule that if you're cheeks are warm toned then your lips should be as well. So if you have a coral blush on, try a red lip liner with a nude lipstick over. If you have a cool pink blush on, try a mauve lipliner with nude lipstick over. Sometimes using darker lip liners can help create more depth, so you don't look washed out. For this look I used a dark brown lip liner with a matte nude/taupe color over.


Revlon Matte Balm-Complex $8                           Wet n Wild Liner-Chestnut $3

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easy & Affordable Zombie Makeup-Halloween 2014

With Halloween just a few days away I put together this quick, easy, and affordable Halloween look. This Zombie makeup for Halloween 2014 requires minimal product, you can basically use the makeup products you already have. You also need white face paint, scar wax/creepy skin or liquid latex, and of course fake blood! I bought these Halloween makeup products in a package from Target for $6. You can also get these supplies at any Halloween store, Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, or any local store. These products are also sold separately, usually ranging from $1-$5 each.

As for the actual makeup, pull out your black eyeshadows, dark browns (both warm and cool toned), dark purples, and black eyeliner.

Products Used:
Maybelline Superstay Silky Foundation
(use whatever daily foundation you want)
White Face Paint (Usually $1)
Makeup Forever HD Powder
( you can even use baby powder)
MAC's Soft Brown
MAC's Brown Down
Naked 2 Palette-Blackout
Urban Decay's 24/7 Liner-Perversion
BH Cosmetics Palette









Zombie Makeup:
Mix the white face paint with your foundation to get a more realistic skintone. You can use only white face paint to have a more intense look, but I prefer to just make my skin slightly more pale. Don't forget to set everything with powder, if you don't have makeup powder you can use baby powder, you just want the paint to stay put.

Make sure to use a creamy black liner for the eye lids. This is a base for your shadows and helps create the desired shape. Use black shadow to set the liner.

Use softer browns and plums to blend any harsh edges of your black makeup, including the lower lash line. These eyeshadow tones will give you more of that zombie appeal. Use a fluffy shadow brush or even a small blush brush to blend, you want the eye makeup to look soft and diffused.

Use the same shadows to contour your cheeks and nose, zombies don't seem to gain weight from all the people they eat so contour for that "sunken" look ;)

I used black eyelash glue to create the shape of my bloody face pattern because it gives the look more texture. The dark gray color also adds to the shading. I then applied scar wax in various places, you can freestyle whatever look you want.

Next just shade the outer areas with dark colors like black or purple to create a bruised or decayed look and apply red shadows towards the center. Finally, apply your fake blood however you find fitting! Don't worry about mistakes because this look has no rules and any blood smears just add to the look. Show me your zombie makeup look and have a Happy Halloween!
 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonder Woman Makeup-Halloween 2014


Wonder Woman to your rescue! This is one of my favorite Halloween or costume looks, because the makeup is so fierce and the costume is very simple to recreate. You can learn how to accomplish this look by watching the tutorial below and check out the products I used. Happy Halloween!



Products Used: 
MAC's Prep & Prime
Bobbi Brown's Peach Corrector
Graftobian HD Foundation Palette
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette
Neutragena's Healthy Skin Concealer
Makeup Forever HD Powder
Loreal True Match Concealer Crayon
Benefit's Push Up Eyeliner
Ardell 105 lashes, trimmed
NYX lip liner-Hot Red
NYX lip cream stick-Candy Apple


For this this look, I used a more cost effective method to create the Wonder Woman headgear. I bought a gold glitter headband from Claires or you can get a cheap on from Amazon ($3-$5). Using red construction paper, I cut out a star shape and used eyelash glue to apply it to the headband. 

You can also use makeup to create your headband. Using black iner to outline the shape and fill it in with yellow and gold cream shadows. Use red eyeshadow or lipstick to create a star on top and shade the design with dark browns to make it more realistic. 

For the most realistic look, you can find Wonder Woman full costumes and accessories on Amazon or your local Party City/Halloween store. Show me your best costume look and hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!











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