Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Oh winged eyeliner, how I love thee!!!

If you are new to winged eyeliner it can be quite intimidating, but it doesn't have to be difficult. There are a couple of different methods to create the perfect cat eye, but this is the one that works for me.

  1. Matte black eyeshadow
  2. Small angled brush (I use the MAC 208 pictured below)
  3. Liquid liner (or you can use gel liner, but I personally find it more difficult)

STEP ONE: Apply primer and eyeshadow. (I use Urban Decay Primer Potion, and the eyeshadows above are by MAC in the shades: Naked Lunch, Era, and Vanilla)

STEP TWO: With small angled brush and matte black eyeshadow, line the outer two thirds of your top lash line. Then line the very outer corner of your bottom last line -- extending the line up to make the wing. You can go much farther than I did, but I prefer a small wing.

The wing should appear to extend from your bottom lashes and point to the very end of your eyebrow. This doesn't have to be exact, but it is a good rule of thumb.


STEP THREE: Fill in the area between the end of the wing and the upper lash line with the matte black eyeshadow. You can stop at this step for a less dramatic cat eye, which I often do... Just curl your lashes and apply mascara, and you're all finished.

STEP FOUR: Apply liquid liner. I like to use Revlon ColorStay liquid liner, but use whichever you think is easiest. You want to make sure that it has a felt tip applicator because these allow for the smoothest application. Also, when you initially take out the applicator, be sure to wipe off a little of the extra product -- much like one would do with a mascara wand. The line should be thinner the farther you go towards the inner corner. Do not try to make this line in one swipe -- doing this takes away your precision --instead take small strokes. In the inner corner I dot the eyeliner along the lash line and then use small strokes to connect the dots and smooth the line.
STEP FIVE: Line your upper and lower waterlines, curl your lashes and apply mascara.
 Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to achieving a perfect cat eye!! I don't always use the eyeshadow in steps 1-3... you can always just go for it and use the liquid liner first. Using the eyeshadow helps a lot in the beginning when you are trying to visualize the correct angle for the wing. If you mess up, simply take a cotton swab with a little bit of make up remover on it and wipe away your mistake.  Another tip is to look at your mirror in a downward angle. This helps to smooth the eyelid and makes it easier to see how close you are getting the liner to your lashes.
I hope this was helpful! Do you use liquid or gel? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to subscribe!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Sugar Plum Inspired Daytime Look

Without Liquid Liner

 With Liquid Liner
This is an easy and wearable purple eye, that is appropriate for work or school. The key to making most looks daytime appropriate is using a light hand and making sure to BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!! My favorite brush to use is the MAC 217. If you don't have the 217 just use any dome shaped blending brush. A less expensive brush version is the Sonia Kashuk blending brush, which can be found at any target.
Shadows used:

MAC Satin Taupe (metallic purpley taupe): Inner two-thirds of lid to crease

MAC Nocturnelle (dark purple with shimmer): Outer third of lid to crease, and line bottom lashes

MAC Kid (matte light brown -- two shades darker than yor skintone): Blend crease and transition

MAC Vanilla (matte off white): Highlight

MAC Vex (multi-color shimmer): Inner corner

MAC Carbon (matte black): Line top lashes

You don't have to purchase these shadows necessarily... Just use something you have that is similar in color and finish.

In the first picture I used a matte black eyeshadow (Carbon) on a small angled brush (MAC 208) to line my eye and create a small wing... You can stop there for a more natural look, or you can use the shadow as a guideline when creating your winged eyeliner using liquid or gel liner. I like to put on one light coat of mascara before using liquid or gel liner because it keeps my lashes out of the way.

I hope this was helpful and I will be experimenting with different lighting to take the best pictures possible for future looks.


Nail Polish Savior -- Amazing Top Coat!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nail Xtreme Wear Review and Pictures

I decided to do a little experiment and paint my nails, but only use top coat on one hand to see how well this product actually works. It goes on smoothly, and isn't thick or goopy like many top coats tend to be. Dry time was pretty fast, and it added a lot of shine. The hand that didn't have this product chipped by the end of the first day, and also the nail polish color started to fade.


This was after three days of wear!

If you use any top coat it will extend the life of your nail polish, but I don't think I have ever gone three days without atleast one chip!

What's your favorite top coat?