Monday, October 8, 2012

Tutorial: Candy Land

 Strangely enough, my inspiration for this look came from a new lip liner I picked up. I purchased a hot pink lip liner and though it would make a pretty base for a pink cut crease. All of the colors I used to create this look are from the Coastal Scents Original 88 Palette. If you'd like to recreate this look, keep on reading!

As always, start by priming your lids with an eyeshadow primer (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion). Then apply a white base (I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk).

Using a hot pink lip liner (I used NYX Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia) lightly trace a rounded line a little above your natural crease. Connect the line right along your lower lash line.

Using a precision brush (Mine is by ELF) pull the pink up and outward and blend out.

Take a domed contour brush (Mine is by ELF) and blend a hot pink eyeshadow (I used Coastal Scents Original 88 Palette, colors shown below) over the pink lip liner.
Using a light pink eyeshadow, blend out the hot pink with a clean blending brush. Blend upward towards your brow.

If needed, re-apply your white base to cover any fallout or mistakes you may have made.

For this look, we use four different colors on the eyelid. You're going to want to place each of the colors on 1/4 of your lid. Begin by patting a lime green eyeshadow onto the first 1/4.

On the second 1/4, pat a teal eyeshadow. Lightly blend the two colors as you work the teal onto your lid.

For the third 1/4 pat a cyan eyeshadow onto your lid. 

Fill the last section of your lid with a purple eyeshadow. Be sure to bring the color down along your lower lash line as well.

For this look we don't want to take away lid space, so lightly line your upper lash line with black eyeliner (I used Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Black). I recommend using liquid eyeliner.

Line your waterline with an iridescent purple eyeliner (I used Sephora Eyes Pencil 504).

Lastly, apply a few coats of your favorite black mascara (I used L'Oreal Double Extend with Lash Boosting Serum). All done!

Colors used are circled in pink.

Friday, September 14, 2012

How To: Compliment Your Eye Color

Finding the perfect eyeshadow to compliment your eye color involves a little bit of color theory using the color wheel. I promise you, it isn't as hard as it might sound! You don't need to be an art major to figure it out, I'll show you how!

In order to figure out what shade is going to compliment your eyes the best, locate the color of your eyes on the color wheel. Now directly across from your color is going to be the color that compliments your eyes the best. For example, I've got medium blue eyes. Directly across from my medium blue would be orange-brown. Easy peasy!

Blue Eyes

To compliment blue eyes, you're going to want to stick with shades of brown, gold, and orange-brown. Warmer shades would be preferred to offset the cool tones blue naturally has. Also, avoid using blues that are around the same shade as your eyes because this will make them look dull. As for mascara and eyeliner, stick to browns. This will help to really make blue eyes pop.

Green Eyes

This is the eye color I secretly wish I had! Green eyes look amazing paired with plum or violet. bronze, gold, and copper looks great too. You'll want to use warmer colors with green eyes. Avoid silver, white, or blue. Those colors tend to create a washed out look. For mascara and eyeliner, use brown or brown-black.

Brown Eyes

Brown eyed girls (and guys) have it easy. You can use pretty much any color you want! Blue, green, and purple look best with brown. Earth toned and cooler colors also work well with brown eyes. If you have light brown eyes with flecks of gold, using eyeshadow that has gold shimmer to it will really help bring out the gold in your eyes. Try to avoid brown. For mascara and eyeliner, use black.

Hazel Eyes

Deep green, lavender, and violet really make hazel eyes stand out. Pale pink and light purple look great as well. Pick shades that have yellow undertones. Also, gold will bring out the gold in your eyes. Black mascara and eyeliner work best, it really contrasts with hazel.

At the end of the day, makeup is makeup. Have fun with it! This guide is just to help you compliment your eye color. You can still branch outside of the colors I've suggested, I certainly do!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tutorial: Hunter

I've neglected my greens far too long. This is a color that looks great on pretty much anyone, so I decided to give green a little love and came up with this eye look. Let's get started!

First, start by priming your eye (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion). Next, use a dark green cream eyeshadow (I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Mossy Green) as your base. Then apply a light brown (I used L'oreal Hip Shadow Duo in Shady) from your crease to your brow.

Apply a medium green (I used L'oreal Hip Shadow Duo in Devious) all over the lid.

Using a crease brush (Mine is by ELF) take a darker green (I used L'oreal Hip Shadow Duo in Riotous) and blend from the outer corner up into your crease.

Next take a light green (I used Went 'n' Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone) and apply to your inner corner, taking the color slightly up into your crease.

Using a precision brush (Mine is by ELF) take the same darker green you used in your outer corner, and blend into your lower lash line.

Tightline your upper lash line, then line your lower lash line only about 1/3 of the way in.

Add a few coats of your favorite black mascara (I used Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara). That's it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How To: False Eyelashes

One of the easiest ways to take your eye look up to the next level is to add a pair of false eyelashes. Seems easy enough, right? I'll be honest with you. The first time I ever tried to put on a pair of fake eyelashes, it was a mess. I glued my eyelashes together, and the false ones weren't on very well. I've got good news though, it isn't as hard as it seems! I'm going to share with you my technique, and give you a few tips and tricks along the way. Remember, practice makes perfect!

There are two very important things you need to do when you first buy a pair of falsies. First, you need to trim them down to fit your lash line. Put them up against your lash line, and see if you need to trim. If you do, you're going to trim from the outer corner end. If you trim from the inner corner, you're going to create a rough and pokey end that is going to rub against your eye. That's obviously not good. Instead, trim from the outer corner. Start snipping in very small increments. Snip, hold against your lash line, and see if you need to cut anymore. Repeat this process until you've reach your desired length.

Secondly, if your eyelashes came with any glue, immediately throw it away. You're probably saying "What? Why?!" but please trust me. I highly recommend using Duo Eyelash Adhesive in white/clear. It starts off as a white glue, but dries clear. Its waterproof, and hands down the best eyelash adhesive. The nice part is you can pick it up at your local drug store too, and it's about $6-8.

Invest in a pair of cheap tweezers solely for applying eyelashes. They do make special tweezers for false eyelash application, but those aren't required. I use a a pair I picked up for maybe $2.They have a very blunt tip so I won't risk damaging the lashes when holding them. They also have a nice flat end I use to apply the glue onto the falsies.

So you've got your glue and your trimmed eyelashes. Let's get started then!

First you're going to start by putting a dot of glue on a clean surface. I usually put it on the actual plastic case the eyelashes came in, or even on the back of my hand. Taking your tweezers, dab the flat end into the glue.

Take one of the fake lashes in your hand and hold it between your thumb and pointer finger with the strip side facing you. Take your tweezers with the glue and run a thin strip along the strip. Apply a little more to the ends. This will help prevent your lashes from pulling up at either end while you're wearing them. Now wave the lashes back and forth or blow on them for about 20-30 seconds. This is going to allow the glue to get tacky. Once the glue is tacky, take them between your tweezers.

While slightly looking down, place the falsies as close to your actual lash line as you can right in the middle of your lash line.

Once that's in place, use the tweezers to pull and place the lashes to your inner corner, then lastly your outer corner. Don't freak out if you've got globs of white, they will disappear! Once you've got your lashes where you want them, gently squeeze at the base of your lashes into the fake ones.

Once they've dried, apply a few coats of mascara to help your lashes blend in with the falsies. I like to run some black liquid liner over the lash band to help cover any noticeable or shiny dried glue. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: OCC Nylon Lip Tar

If you haven't heard, Sephora is going to be carrying OCC's Lip Tars coming September-October! OCC and Nylon magazine have collaborated and created a limited-edition online exclusive Lip Tar. It's named Nylon, but I would have named it something along the lines of neon pink bubblegum heaven. I ordered this baby, and three days later it came to me all safe and sound, and ready to play!

I couldn't contain my excitement when I saw how vivid and neon this color is. 

If you aren't familiar with OCC's Lip Tars, they are incredibly long lasting lipsticks that come in tubes. See how much I swatched on the back of my hand? You use less than that when applying it on your lips. If you use too much product, it will feather and bleed and be extremely messy. Once you get the hang of it you'll absolutely love it. A tiny amount is all you'll need, and you'll still get that vivid color. You have to use a lipstick brush brush to apply this, using your fingers wouldn't be advised.

As for wear time, I got a solid 5 hours of wear before it started to fade. It dries down to a semi-matte finish but it still will transfer after it has dried (I made the mistake of kissing my boyfriend goodbye while wearing this, and he had a bubblegum pout of his own!). It can be a little drying after wearing it for so long, so make sure you moisturize your lips before wearing it. I seriously can't get over how lush that color is, you just need to see it for yourself in person! If you want this for your Lip Tar collection, don't wait too long, like I said it's limited edition! You can pick it up for $16.00 at

Tutorial: Bridal Request

This was a request asked by a friend of mine who is getting married at the end of this summer. She has decided to do her own wedding makeup, and wanted a a smokey brown eye and light natural makeup for the rest of her face. Also, she has brown eyes and she wanted her eye makeup to make her brown eyes stand out. Before we get started I'm just going to share some tips with you on bridal makeup!
  • You are going to want to use long-lasting, all-day makeup products. 
  • Opt for waterproof eyeliner and mascara. 
  • Seal your makeup with a finishing spray.
  • When using primer, avoid products that have any SPF. This reflects when photographed.
  • Be careful on which and how much finishing powder you use. This can also reflect light when being photographed. 
  • Avoid using too many products with shimmer or glitter in them. Keep the shimmer to your eyeshadow and highlighting.
  • For lips, try using a lip stain with lipstick over it. if the lipstick starts to fade, you'll have the lip stain underneath to keep color on your lips.
  • You could also prime your lips, fill them with lip liner, then apply lipstick. This is the technique I show below.
  • If you are going to be doing your own bridal makeup, test it out before the big day by doing your complete look, then photographing it to see how it is going to look.

For foundation, you're going to want to start with a primer (I used Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer). If you have large pores like me, you might also want to use Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional.

This is a lightweight and breathable balm that fills in your pores and softens the look of your skin.

Then use a lightweight foundation (I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Shade 4.0). Now you can apply your foundation with a buffing brush (I used Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush) or a beauty blender sponge. Either a buffing brush or beauty blender will give you a very airbrushed and well-blended look. Next, use a concealer any necessary areas. For me this would be under the eyes, around my nostrils, and just a few dots for extra coverage on blemishes.

Use a setting powder (I used Urban Decay Razor Sharp Finishing Powder) and buff it into your foundation with a Kabuki face brush (Mine is by E.L.F). Contour your cheeks lightly with bronzer (I used Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer).

Then lightly apply pink blush (I used Rimmel Powder Blush Tickle Me Pink) to the apples of your cheeks with a stippling brush (Mine is by E.L.F). Spray a setting spray (I used Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray) to seal your makeup in place.

For eyebrows, fill them in with a pencil one or two shades lighter than your hair color. Use light, soft strokes in the direction your hair grows to make it look natural.

Use a brow powder or eyeshadow about the same shade of the pencil and lightly apply to your brows. I like to use a soft precision brush to apply the powder.

Then clean up your brows buy using a concealer under the brow. This will create a very clean line and help hide any little hairs not quite ready to be plucked. Now we can move onto our eyes.

As always, start with an eye primer (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion). Then apply a light brown a few shades darker than your skin tone (I used  L'oreal Hip Shadow Duo Shady) all over the lid.

Using a warm brown (I used Maybelline Eyeshadow Indian Summer), blend slightly above your crease up towards your brow.

Blend out the warm brown with a vanilla (I used Urban Decay Foxy) up towards your brow.

Highlight your brow bone by using a shimmery peach (I used Urban Decay Bootycall).

Next, take a shimmery vanilla (I used Maybelline  Expertwear Eye Shadow Enchanted Forest) and pat that lightly on your lid.

Take a clean blending brush (Mine is by Urban Decay) and blend a warm dark brown (I used Coastal Scents Original 88 Palette, color is shown below) into the outer corner, bringing the color slightly up into your crease.

Line your upper and lower lash line lightly with black eyeliner. Use a sketching motion to apply lightly and build up to desired thickness.

Taking a dark purple (I used Coastal Scents Original 88 Palette, color is shown below), blend along your lower lash line. Purple is a great color to make brown eyes stand out.

Next, apply a few coats of a good waterproof mascara (I used Covergirl LashBlast).

Lastly, line your waterline with black eyeliner. For the complete look, I did add a pair of natural looking false eyelashes (I used Ardell Lashes #124 Demi Black), but completely forgot to do a close up photograph of this. Sorry about that!

For lips, we are going to start with ELF Lip Lock Pencil. This will fill the lines around your lips and prevent feathering. Also use a lip primer (I used Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion); this will lock in your lipstick for all-day wear. Then line and fill your lips in with a nude pencil (I used NK Lip Pencil in Nude). This will also help keep the color for longer.

Using a lip stick brush (Mine is by Makeup Forever), apply a warm pink lipstick (I used Revlon Lip Butter Strawberry Shortcake).
Here is the final overall look. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Colors used are circled in pink.