Daytime Smokey Eye Look Featuring Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

Now that I work in a more conservative environment, I have had to tone down my makeup (boo!). That is why I am so thankful that I bit the bullet and bought my Naked 2 palette. It has come in very handy for the more neutral makeup looks that I have been wearing. I thought I would share what I consider to be a soft, work appropriate, daytime smokey eye look that I definitely have on rotation.

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My go to “work appropriate” daytime smokey eye and neutral lip.

 

Step 1:

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I began my eye look by priming my eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love using this primer because it has color neutralizing properties that counteract any discoloration that my eyelids might have. I then used a shimmery champagne eye pencil all over my mobile lid as an eye shadow base.

Step 2:

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Next, I placed a cool toned mauve eye shadow right above my crease and blended it out and upwards. This color created a nice transition for the other shadows I would be using.

Step 3:

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I then placed Suspect, a shimmery cool toned light bronze, from the Naked 2 Palette onto my mobile eye lid and blended it out into the mauve transition shade. I also ran it along my outer lower lashline (about 3/4 of the way in). I also filled in my eyebrows using an eye pencil, eyebrow powder and set them with a brown tinted eyebrow gel.

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I placed Pistol (also from the Naked 2) a shimmery, cool toned dark brown into the outer V of my upper eyelid and along the outer quarter of my lower lash line. I then blended out the color, adding more Pistol until I reached my desired intensity. I then took Bootycall a satin finish champagne color from the Naked 2 palette and applied it to my brow bone for a subtle highlight.

Step 5:

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To complete my eye look I added a metallic taupe-pewter eyeliner to add definition to my upper lash line. I used this color instead of black eyeliner to create a softer eye look. To make my upper lashes appear fuller I tight lined my upper lash line with a long-wearing black eye liner. I then placed Verve (Naked 2) a light silver-bronze shade into my inner eye area. This just opens up my eyes and makes me look more awake.

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To complete the look I added 2 coats of black mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat of a plum colored mascara to my lower lashes (I like using mascara in shades of purple on my lower lashes to emphasize my green eyes). I then added a matte mauve blush to my cheeks and mauve lip gloss to my lips. I also lightly highlighted and contoured my face.

Products Used:

On Face: YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Boscia B.B. Cream Oil Free SPF 27 PA++ mixed with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale (used to counteract the darkness under my eyes), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheekbones and nose), Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer andBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in 02 Brown and 04 Blonde, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 380 Medium to Dark Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie (used as an eye shadow base), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve (used as transition shade), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Bootycall (used to highlight my browbone), Suspect, Pistol and Verve, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (used to tightline my upper lash line). Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black (on upper lashes) and Benefit BADgal Plum mascara.

On Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

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All my dirty brushes…they really need a bath!

If there is one thing about makeup that I dislike, it is cleaning my makeup brushes. I would put it off indefinitely if I could. In reality they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. I try and clean mine once a week, if I am only using the brushes on myself. If I am doing another person’s makeup I clean them before each application to keep things sanitary. In a perfect world I would clean them after each of my makeup applications but #aintnobodygottimeforthat! Here are the steps I take to clean my brushes in the easiest possible way.

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When cleaning my brushes I prefer to use Dial hand soap. It is very inexpensive, has anti-bacterial properties to sanitize my brushes, yet is gentle to the brush bristles at the same time. I apply one pump (the size of the pump depends on what brush I am needing to clean) to the outside of my hand.

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I gently rub the brush bristles into the soap in a back and forth motion. That way the soap will work it’s way into the bristles and break down the makeup. Depending on how dirty your brush is this step may need to be repeated multiple times.

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After working the soap into the bristles, I rinse the brush in lukewarm water until all the makeup product is out (repeat previous step until all remnants of makeup are gone) and the water runs clear. Then I gently squeeze out the excess water before blotting either side of the brush on a paper towel.

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After blotting, I reshape my brush to it’s original form.

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After I reshape each cleaned brush, I hang them to dry on my benjabelle brush tree* (I place a couple sheets of paper towel underneath to catch any falling water from the brushes). I love this thing! By hanging the brushes upside down, the excess water is forced out and the brushes dry more evenly and much quicker than lying them out flat. I leave them hanging overnight.

 

* I highly recommend the benjabelle brush tree if you have a lot of brushes to clean. It makes cleaning brushes so much easier. They come in different styles and colors, depending on your needs. The style I chose is the Sunflower (since it had openings for large and small brushes) and cost $39.95. You can purchase them at several online beauty websites such as Beautylish.com or from benjabelle.com.

 

Easy Summer Makeup with Colorful Liner

This is a favorite go-to look of mine, when I am in a hurry and want a more bold eye look. The warm bronze tones make it a perfect makeup look for the summer months. I love using duochrome eye shadows. They give the illusion of more than one eye shadow color being used and looks like you put in WAY more effort than you actually did. I love pairing the shadow with a bright eye liner in the lower water line (usually a bright blue or green, for this look, I used a bright metallic teal). If you aren’t feeling the colorful eye liner a brown or nude in the water line would also work.

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I started the eye makeup by priming my eyelids. I used a color correcting eye primer to prime my eyelids from my upper lash line to my eyebrows and along my lower lash line. I then used a bronze cream shadow as an eye shadow base and to intensify the color of my eye shadow. If you want an even more intense shadow look you can use a black eyeliner or cream shadow as a base. I applied the cream shadow from my upper lash line to just above my crease and along my lower lash line. I did not put any of the product in my inner eye area.

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Next, I applied a matte warm medium toned brown eye shadow as a transition shade to my crease and blended upwards towards my brow bone. For my brow bone highlight I applied a matte cream colored shadow.

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I applied a blue brown duochrome eye shadow to my mobile eyelid and blended it out to just above my crease (this one is from Wet n’ Wild and is an excellent, inexpensive dupe for Mac’s Club eye shadow & Blue Brown pigment or Make Up Geek’s Insomnia pigment). I also applied the shadow to my lower lash line. I added more of the eye shadow to my outer eye area and blended well. The more you blend the eye shadow the brown pigment comes through.

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I wet an angled brush and used a dark brown eye shadow from the same Wet n’ Wild palette (Comfort Zone) and used it as an eye liner along my upper lash line. I kept the line very thin (I wanted the focus to be on the eye shadow and bright color in my waterline) and angled it slightly upwards at the ends to lift my eye. To make sure I had a clean canvas, I took a dry cotton swab and ran it along my lower waterline to clean any makeup residue than had gathered there. Then I applied my teal eye liner to my waterline. To make the eye liner super intense, I waited a couple of minutes and added another layer of eyeliner. I then took a flat liner brush and with pushed some of the duochrome shadow along the very base of my lower to cover and skin showing between my lash line and waterline. I then blended more of the transition shade to my crease area for a more blended appearance of my eye shadows. I then added a shimmery white shadow to my inner eye area to make my eyes appear more wide and awake.

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To finish the look I lightly filled in my eyebrows with a brow pomade, added 2 coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I then bronzed up my skin with a matte bronzer, added a peachy golden highlight to my upper cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose. I then completed the look with a peach toned blush and lip gloss.

 

Products Used:

On face: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 buff beige, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX blush in Summer Peach, NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow in Girl Talk (used as a highlighter), Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer

On Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio in 25 Bad to the Bronze, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Ulta Eye Shadow in Sable (transition shade), Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow palette in Comfort Zone – Definer shade on right hand side used as main eye shadow and the Definer shade on the left was used as upper lash line eyeliner, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Palette in Walking on Eggshells, I used the Browbone shade (inner eye highlight), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie (used in lower waterline), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, and Avon Astonishing Lengths mascara in Black

 On Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

Easy Peasy Makeup Look

I find the process of applying makeup to be quite therapeutic. I can easily take an hour or more to apply any given makeup look, while enjoying every minute of it. However, there are some times when I just need to get my butt out the door, so spending an hour doing my makeup is completely out of the question. I thought I would share one of my go to easy, 10 minute makeup looks.

Step 1: I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my brow bone. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to  counteract any redness and hide any veins.

Step 1: To prep my eyes, I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my eyebrow. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to counteract any redness and hide veins.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease.  added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the illusion that my eyes are farther apart then they are. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.  When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream  shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease. then added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the appearance that my eyes are farther apart. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.
When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

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Step 3: I lined my upper lash line with a creamy black gel liner. To make my lashes appear fuller, I used the same gel liner to tightline my upper lash line. In a time crunch,  I usually reach for a gel liner and apply it with an angled flat brush, which allows for quick and precise lining of the eyes.

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Step 4: To give the illusion of bigger and more awake looking eyes, I applied a nude colored eye pencil to my lower waterline. I applied 2 coats of mascara to my upper lashes and 1 coat of mascara to my lower lashes. Finally, I filled in my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and finished with a brow gel to add more depth and hold the hairs in place.

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Step 5: I applied a mattifying face primer before putting on my full coverage foundation (by using a full coverage foundation, you will have less blemishes to cover, which in turn, will save you a bunch of time-especially if you are blemish prone like me) then used a concealer to hide any blemishes the foundation didn’t cover. I also applied concealer underneath my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. Next, I applied my lipstick to both my lips and cheeks. Not only is this a time saving move, it creates a more cohesive look. I then lightly applied a translucent face powder to set my makeup. As a final step, I applied a shimmery, off-white eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Products Used:

On face: No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 102 Shell Beige & 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), NYX lipstick in Chic (used as cream blush), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Kevyn Aucoin The Prime Color Creme Eye Shadow in Decadent (applied to eyelid and crease), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Clinique brush-on cream liner in 02 True Black (used on upper lash line and tightline), NYX Wonder Pencil in Light (used in waterline), YSL Shocking Mascara in black

 On Lips: NYX lipstick in Chic

 

 

Easy, Colorful Spring Makeup Look

 

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Spring Makeup – Shimmery eyes with a pop of purple paired with rosy lips and cheeks.

 

I love Spring! From the weather, to the flowers (I’m a sucker for tulips), to the pastel color palette…I love it all! I thought I would share a spring look I created, using the pastel colors that I love. The inner eye color can easily be substituted out to more flatter your eye color e.g. green for brown eyes, bronze/copper for blue eyes. The step by step instructions on how I achieved my eye makeup are listed below. Happy Spring!

 

Step One:

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I started my eyes off by priming them with a color neutralizing eye primer. Then I applied a white eye shadow pencil to my upper eyelid, inner eye area and lower waterline.

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I blended out the eye pencil with my finger, making sure to pay extra attention to my inner eye area.

Step Two: 

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I applied a shimmery light champagne color over the white pencil on my upper eyelids, to add depth to the look, I added a cool toned light brown eye shadow, right above my crease and to my lower lash line.

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After blending out the cool toned brown transition shade, I applied a sparkly white shadow to the center of each eyelid (I applied it with a damp brush to intensify the eye shadow’s shine and intensity) and lightly blended it outwards.

Step Three:

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To keep the look light,I tight lined my upper lash line with a shimmery dark gray eye pencil rather than my usual black and lined my waterline with a shimmery light lilac eye pencil (over the white pencil).

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Next, I lined my upper lash line with a blue-based purple eye pencil. I kept the line very thin, since I only wanted to use the liner to add definition to my lash line.

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For a bright pop of spring color, I applied a shimmery, glittery lavender shadow to my inner eye area (I used a wet pencil brush to apply the color in order to get the exact placement of shadow that I wanted). To make sure the color was as intense as I wanted, I applied the shadow in a couple of layers.

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Next, I applied a matte, pink-undertoned, white eye shadow to my brow bone. I made sure to blend this color into my transition shade to keep the look from looking choppy. To finish the eyes, I added two coats of mascara of black mascara to my upper lashes. I used a sparkly, purple mascara on my lower lashes.

 

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To complete the spring theme of the look, I highlighted my cheekbones, the bridge and tip of my nose and cupid’s bow, I then applied a cool pink lip butter on my cheeks and lips for an extra dewy effect.

 

Products Used:

On face: Benefit the POREfessional face primer, Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used as a highlighter), Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA (used as a cream blush)

On Eyebrows: Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow In Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay eye shadow in Last Sin (applied to eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Undone (transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (applied to center of eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Grifter (applied to inner eye area), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Daylight (applied to brow bone), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Gunmetal, Avon Color Dazzlers Sparkling Eye Pencil in Daylight, pop glitter stix Le Crayon Liner in Freesia (used in lower water line), Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (first coat upper lashes), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (second coat upper lashes), and Sephora Glitter Mascara in Majestic Purple (applied to lower lashes)

 On Lips: Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA

 

 

 

Night Out St.Patrick’s Day Makeup Look

I wanted to create a fun, green smokey eye makeup look anyone could rock for St.Patrick’s Day (or, really any time). Below, are the steps I took to achieve this smokey eye.

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Green smokey eye with neutral blush and nude lips.

Step One:

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line.  For an eyeshadow base, I added a white eye pencil (using a white base will make my eyeshadow colors pop) to my upper mobile lid, inner corner of my eye and lower lashline. I then blended this out with my finger. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. i blened the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. I blended the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.  I also filled my eyebrows in with a warm, medium brown eye pencil. Please excuse the color variance in these first step photos, I forgot to turn on my flash :(

Step Two:

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To create some depth to the look, I added a shimmery mid-tone green to my outer V and outer third of my lower lash line.

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I then blended the shadow into my crease (roughly halfway in). I also blended the shadow along my lower lashline.

Step Three:

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To add more vibrancy to the look, I added a shimmery bright green to the center of my lid.

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I then added a deep, dark green to the very outer corner of the upper eyelid and blended lightly, as to not spread the color too far. I did not add this color to my lower lashline.

Step Four:

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I applied a black liquid liner to my upper lashline, making the line thicker on the outer edge. Next, I added a shimmery, metallic teal shimmery eye pencil to my lower waterline.

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I then added a combination of very light toned eyeshadows to my inner eye and brow bone for a nice highlight.

Step Five:

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I finished up with adding lots of mascara to my upper lashes…i forgot to add mascara to my lower lashes…woops. But, if I was recreating this look, I would definitely add it. As a final step to my eyebrows, I shaped them using a medium brown eyebrow pomade and followed with an eyebrow gel.

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For an added playful feel, I added gold glitter to my inner eye area.

Final Look:

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To keep my eyes as the main focus of this look, I added a mixture of matte blushes in a cool, dusty pink shade and a terracotta shade. I added a warm, champagne highlight to my upper cheekbones, above the apples of my cheeks and alonf the bridge of my nose and above my cupid’s bow. I then lined my lips with a nude lip liner and topped it off with a matte nude lipstick.

 

Products Used:

On Face: No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (used as my face primer), NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream in Light to Medium (mixed these two products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (used to set my base and control oil), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect (used as highlight), Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid, inner corner and lower lashline), Ulta eyeshadow in Sable (used as transition color above crease), Sephora light green eyeshadow and light colored eyeshadows, no names provided, from a holiday palette (used all over mobile eyelid,lower lashline, inner eye, and brow highlight), Urban Decay eyshadow in Damaged (applied in outer V and outer lower lash), Urban Decay eyeshadow in Homegrown (applied to center eyelid), Urban Decay Poison (applied to very outer of upper eyelid), Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Black (used to tightline upper lashline), Loreal Lineur Intense in Black Mica (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Junkie (used to line lower waterline), Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (used in inner eye area), Urban Decay Perversion mascara and Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black

On Lips: No7 Line & Define Lip Pencil in 20 Nude (used to line and fill in lips) and essence lipstick in 11 Nude Love (review on lipstick in future post)

 

Valentine’s Day Look #2 – Pink Shimmery Eye with Red Matte Lip

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Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

 

For my second Valentine’s Day look, I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I decided to go with a strong red lip paired with a pink, shimmery eye. I chose a matte formula liquid lipstick (for the staying power), since most likely your Valentine’s Day plans will involve drinking and/or eating and hopefully lots of kissing. Sadly, this lippie did not even come close to my expectations (I will have a full review on this line of products in a future post). Here is a step by step tutorial of how I did my pink, shimmery eye.

 

Step One:

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I started by priming my entire upper eye area and lower lash line, with a matte, tinted eye primer. I chose this primer to cover any discoloration on my eyelids since I would be using light colors on my eyes. Then from my upper lash line to crease I applied a matte white eye shadow pencil to act as a base and really make the eye shadows I was going to use pop.

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I also added a translucent face powder from my crease to my eyebrow, which helps the powder eye shadows blend better (I do not do this step if I am working with creme shadows).

Step Two:

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Next, I added a soft cool pink eye shadow to my crease. Then I blended it out and up, to create a transition shade for all of my eye shadows.

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I added a sparkly off-white eye shadow over the white base on my eyelids. I went over this with a shimmery, pale pink loose pigment, and blended this into my transition shade.

Step Three:

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I used a bright fuschia eye shadow with a satin finish formula in my crease to add more depth and definition.

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I made sure to blend this color really well with with a fluffy blending brush, using wind shield wiper motions (back and forth).

Step Four:

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I then wet a flat shader brush and dipped it into my loose pigment, that I had used in step 2. I applied this to my eyelids, to make them really sparkle, as well as, cover some of the fuschia shadow that had gotten on my eyelid during the blending process. I blended only the edges of this shadow, as to not disrupt it’s intensity and sparkle. I tightlined my upper lash line with a black pencil eye liner, before adding a black liquid liner to my upper lash line. To lift and open up my eyes, I added a small wing at the end. To give the illusion of bigger eyes, I lined my lower waterline with a shimmery, white eye pencil. I then used the same sparkly, off-white shadow to highlight my inner eye area and a matte white shade with a hint of pink undertones to highlight my brow bone. I finished up by adding 2 coats of mascara (one coat thickening, one coat lengthening) to my upper lashes and one coat of mascara to my lower lashes.

 

 

Products Used:

On Face: Lancome La Base Pro  makeup primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation in shade 30 (I wanted a full coverage foundation, since any red on my face would be magnified by wearing a red lip), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light (to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose) and 20 Sand (to cover blemishes and any redness not covered by my foundation), NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used under eyes to counteract any purple tones), Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used all over my face, to combat oiliness), Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour nose), e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion, Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used for cheek highlight)

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eye pencil in dark brown and Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in medium brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used over eye are to make primer less tacky and blend eye shadows), NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (used as an eye shadow base), Urban Decay X-Rated eye shadow (used as transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used on eyelid and inner eye), Urban Decay eye shadow in Junkshow (used in crease), Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used over Bobby Dazzle), Urban Decay eye shadow in Tainted (use along lower lash line), Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Daylight (used as brow highlight), Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tightline my upper lash line), L’oreal Liner Intense liquid eyeliner in Black Mica (upper lash line), Tarina Tarantino eye liner in Crystal Gun (in lower waterline),YSL Shocking mascara (for length), Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara  in Excessive Black(for volume)

On Lips: Dior Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red (lined and colored in entire lips), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (used all over lips)

 

Valentine’s Day Look #1 – Smokey Eye with Pink Lip

 

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The first Valentine’s Day look I wanted to share with you, is this brown smokey eye, paired with a rosy cheek and pink glossy lip. Here are the step by step instructions I used, to achieve my smokey eyes:

Step One:

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First, I primed my eyelids and lower lash line with an eye primer. I also added a champagne cream shadow pencil to my eye lids as an eye shadow base, to help my eye shadow last longer.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow  to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

Step Two:

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow to my entire eyelids and lower lash lines.

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow from my lash line to my crease and lower lash line.

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I made sure to blend this color with the transition color, I had placed in my crease.

Step Three:

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Then, I followed with a medium brown shimmery eye shadow which I placed in my outer V of my eye and blended it out, bringing some of the color into the crease.

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next.

Step Four:

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To add even more definition to my eyes, I added a satin finish, very dark brown eye shadow to the very outer corner of my eye in a small diamond shape. Then, I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. I also added a matte black shadow over the liner in my water line to add depth and longevity.

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I also lined my upper lash line with a smudgeable black eyeliner and smoked it out with some matter black eye shadow (same shadow I used in my waterline), I then added a shimmery cream color eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Step Five:

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

 

To finish my look I added a shimmery rosy pink blush to my cheeks. I highlighted my cheekbones with a champagne gold highlighter. Lined and filled in my lips with a pink lip liner, added a cool toned pink lipstick and added a creamy pink gloss to the center of my lips.

 

Products Used:

On face: Tarte Clean Slate face primer, Loreal True Match foundation in W3, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour cheeks and nose), Urban Decay highlighter in Craze (cheekbones and bridge of nose), Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
 
On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
 
On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), Wet and Wild Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid), Ulta eye shadow in Sable (used as transition color in and above crease), Bare Minerals Ready eye shadow in Cognac (used on entire eyelid and along lower lash line), Urban Decay eye shadow in Ambush (used in outer V and blended into crease), Urban Decay eye shadow in M.I.A. (used in very outer corner of eye and outer quarter of lower lash line to add depth and definition), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No. 65 Lazy Afternoon – White Beige Matte (used to highlight brow bone), Wet and Wild Walking on Eggshells Palette, light shimmery cream color (used to highlight inner eye area, Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tight line my upper lash line), Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last eye liner in Black Point (used to line my lower waterline), Urban Decay eye shadow in Blackout (went over Black Point in waterline for extra staying power), and Sephora Nano eye liner in Midnight Black (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (added to my top and bottom lashes)
 
On Lips: Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose (used to line and color in my lips), NARS Roman Holiday lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair (added to the center of my lips)

ColourPop Shadows Eye Look

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I thought since my previous post was on how awesome these shadows are, I needed to back up my claims and show you how well these little babies perform on the eyes. One of the reasons I love these shadows so much, is because of how easy they are to apply. Just a small dab of your finger, into the pot, gives you enough product to cover your desired area. You can also use a brush to apply the product (which I do, for more precise application), however, when using a brush, be prepared for the product to lose some of its intensity and luminosity. Below, are the steps I took to achieve this eye makeup look.

 

First, I applied Urban Decay primer potion in Eden, to my entire upper eye area and lower lash line.  Next, I used my finger to apply I <3 this to my entire eyelid stopping just above the crease. Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it's only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

First, I applied Urban Decay primer potion in Eden, to my entire upper eye area and lower lash line. Next, I used my finger to apply I <3 this to my entire eyelid stopping just above the crease.

I applied two layers of shadow for extra intensity and shine.

Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it's only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it’s only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

Using the same elf brush I applied So Quiche shadow to my outer V and

Using the same elf brush, I applied So Quiche shadow to my outer V and brought it lightly through my crease. I also took So Quiche along the outer third of my lower lashline.

Then I took a fluffy brush and blended the shadow, so there would be no harsh edges. These shadows are super easy to blend.

Then I took a fluffy brush and blended the shadow (I didn’t want there to be any harsh edges). Another bonus, these shadows are super easy to blend.

To show the versatility of these shadows, I used the shade Cricket as my eye liner. Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

To show the versatility of these shadows, I used the shade Cricket as my eye liner.

Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

Using my pinkie finger, I dabbed Girly into the inner eye area to brighten up the look.

Using my pinkie finger, I dabbed Girly into the inner eye area to brighten up the look. I also brushed translucent powder (Rimmel Stay Matte) along my brow bone for a subtle highlight

I then finished my look with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay (a review will be in a later blog post).

I finished my look with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay (a review will be in a later blog post).