Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MAC: GREEN SMOKEY EYE

 
 
 
 
My favorite look for a night on the town... Or to the grocery store :)
 
As always, if you'd like to recreate this look, you don't have to use the exact items that are listed below... Just something similar in color and finish.
 
 
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PRODUCTS USED:
 
    EYESHADOWS
MAC Greensmoke -- Lid
MAC Wedge -- Transition (crease and slightly above)
MAC Smut -- Outer V and crease
MAC Era -- Blend
MAC Vanilla -- Highlight
MAC Vex -- Inner corner
MAC Humid -- Lower lashline
MAC Omega -- Eyebrows
MAC Espresso -- Eyebrows
 
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl -- Smudge on lid as eyeshadow base and waterlines
Clinique Cream Liner in True Black
Loreal Voluminous Mascara
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Brow Pencil in Fling
MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC25
 
 
     BRUSHES/TOOLS
MAC 217 (2)
MAC 239
MAC 219
MAC 208
MAC 210
MAC 227
Lancome Lash Curler
Brow Grooming Brush (I don't know what brand)
 

 
 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

EYEBROW TUTORIAL -- Filling in Thin Brows

 
 


As you are about to see I have very thin eyebrows... they are naturally sparse, and I over plucked for about 10 years. Currently I'm growing them out but it doesn't seem to be doing much good. Anywho, on with the tutorial. Here are some important tips and tricks when filling in your brows:


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  1. Eyebrow grooming brush/spoolie
  2. Eyebrow pencil
  3. Eyebrow powder (2 shades)
  4. Angled brush
  5. Brow gel (optional)




1. Determine the shape of your brows: In my opinion, it is always best to go with the natural shape that you already have, just making small adjustments. Line A - your brow should end in line with the outer corner of your eye. Line B - The highest point of the arch should be right over the outer edge of your iris. Line C - The beginning of the brow should be in line with the edge of the bridge of your nose. Line D - The bottom of the eyebrow should be in a straight line to the arch. You can take a white pencil and put dots where Line A-C should hit your brow, if that helps you in the beginning.
 
 
 
2. Pick the correct colors for your eyebrow. Using two different shades in colors that suit your eyebrow will help to create the most natural look. If you have hair that is warm or has red tones in it use a warmer color, and the same goes if your hair is an ashy color. For example, a blonde or person with ashy eyebrows like myself would look strange if I used a pencil/powder with any warmth (red undertones) in it.
 
3. Use a pencil and a powder. The pencil is used to determine the shape and fill in bare spots, and the powder will softly fill in thin areas.
 
4. Use clear brow gel. If you have hairs that march to the beat of their own drum, use a clear brow gel to set the brows in place.
 
 
 
 
STEP ONE: Use a spoolie or eyebrow grooming brush, and brush the hair upwards. You can also trim the hair if they are extremely long, but be VERY careful... One snip too short, and the you may have a tragic turn of events. I choose not to trim my brows.
 
 STEP TWO: With a pencil that is close to the same color of your brows, draw a smooth line on the bottom of the brow to determine shape. Use short strokes while doing this. If you have darker brows, I would stop the line a little after the arch, because it can look very drawn on. You can use the powder in a later step to fill in the tail.
 
 STEP THREE: Using that same pencil, make small strokes in the direction the hair grows to fill in the bottom of the brow. Our goal in this step is blending the line from Step Two into the brow. Leave the top and front of the brow bare.
 
 STEP FOUR: Using an angled brush and the lighter powder, fill in the front and top of the brow. Then, use the darker shade to emphasize the arch and other sparse areas. If you are going to use brow gel, you would apply now.
 I use MAC eyeshadows to fill in my brows, and Omega is one of the most versatile and most popular MAC shadows used on brows. Here are some other colors that I recommend, although you don't have to stick to the categories specifically. I, for example, use Omega and Espresso and have blonde hair.
 
Blonde: Omega
Brunette: Brun, Charcoal Brown, Mystery
Redhead: Cork, Espresso
 
 
 
 
PRODUCTS USED:
 
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Brow Pencil in Fling
MAC Eyeshadow in Omega
MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso
 
On the eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Urban Decay Stray Dog Eyeshadow
MAC Cork
MAC Vanilla
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Loreal Voluminous Mascara (it's almost out, so they aren't looking very voluminous!)
 
 
So, that's how I do brows... Now, if yours aren't as thin as mine, you may just need a little powder. I hope that was helpful, and enjoy the rest of your day!
 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

MY MAC PALETTES

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I have my MAC eyeshadows organized into an Everday Palette, a Bright Colors Palette, and my Neutrals Palette. How you organize your shadows really depends on you and what colors you have. When organizing I think it's important to have one palette that you use as your "Everyday" palette, because it is much easier working from just one on a day to day basis... but hey, that's just my opinion!

When it comes to organizing the shadows within the palette, I try to make a gradient from the top left down to the bottom right. So, you would put the lightest shade in the top left corner and then put the next two lightest shades beside and below it. This can be seen the easiest in my Neutrals Palette. I do not take the finish of the shadows into account.

The Bright Colors Palette is organized a little differently. For my kit, I don't think it's necessary to have an entire palette devoted to different colors, like a blue palette, green palette, etc... So I have them in one palette and they are in groups of three going downwards according to color.

My Everyday Palette is organized with the gradient in mind, as well as grouping similar colors. It's hard to describe how I put that one together; I just tried to make it aesthetically pleasing. If you want to hold 26 shades in the palette rather than 15, you can pop out the divider and then glue down the metal sheet to the palette, like I did below:


EVERDAY PALETTE (Click to Enlarge)
 
 
  
Top Row: Gesso, Blanc Type, Vanilla*, Kid*, Era*, Omega*, Cork
 
Second Row: Shroom, Nylon, Dazzlelight*, Vex*, Naked Lunch*, Espresso
 
Third Row: Sumptuous Olive*, Club*, Humid*, Bronze*, Patina*, Mulch, Brun
 
Last Row: Cranberry, Sketch*, Embark, Sable, Satin Taupe*, Smut*
  
 






NEUTRALS PALETTE (Click to Enlarge)

Top Row: Mylar, Jaunty, Ricepaper, All That Glitters, Copperplate*

Middle Row: Malt, Jest, Woodwinked, Twinks*, Knight Divine

Last Row: Wedge, Tempting*, Brown Down, Handwritten, Print







 







BRIGHT COLORS PALETTE (Click to Enlarge)
 

 Top Row: Lucky Green, Gorgeous Gold, Expensive Pink, Shale, Beautiful Iris

Middle Row: Greensmoke, Shimmermoss, Amber Lights, Star Viotlet, Satellite Dreams

Third Row: Plumage, Contrast, Coppering, Plum Dressing
 
 

 
 

 I like to keep Carbon in a quad because it has a slight crack in it, and the last thing I would want is Carbon exploding in my palette and ruining all my other shadows.

I plan on making more detailed blog posts about each palette describing colors and showing swatches. Please leave a comment below if you would like to see that!
 
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

EVERYDAY SMOKEY EYE TUTORIAL

 
 
 
You don't have to be Jersey girl to love a good smokey eye!! In today's post I'm going to show how I do a neutral, everyday version of this look. So, what makes a smokey eye a smokey eye? Well, it's placing your darkest color near the lashes and creating a gradient towards the browbone. A gradient is when you go from the darkest color to the lightest color gradually. You can do this look with any colors you wish, as long as the darkest color is by your lashline and your crease has a transition to the browbone. Keep reading to learn how to create this look!!

 
  
STEP ONE: Fill in brows and apply primer (As always, I use Urban Decay Primer Potion)


 
 STEP TWO: Apply transition shade. A transition shade is a color that is 1-3 shades darker than your skin and acts as a... well, transition from your lid to your highlight. Apply this color in and right above the crease. In order to get the right effect, you want the transition shade to be a matte or satin. Also, it is important to apply the transition shade before any other colors. I am using MAC Era, my new favorite!
 STEP THREE: Apply lid shade. I am using Brown Down by MAC but any dark brown will do. Brown Down is a matte -- you could also use one with shimmer, you'll just have to make a small adjustment in the next step. Also, leave the inner corner bare, because we want to highlight that area later.
 STEP FOUR: Apply highlight (MAC Dazzellight) to inner corner and browbone, and apply lid shadow (MAC Brown Down) to lower lashline. This highlight has shimmer, so if you used a shimmery lid shade I would use a matte shadow in this step. The reason I recommend that is because if you use only shimmery eyeshadows for a look, it can be a bit too much -- kind of like a disco ball :)
 STEP FIVE: Apply liner, curl lashes, and apply mascara.
 
 
When doing a smokey eye it is usually a good idea to do foundation last so that the darker eyeshadows that you're using don't fall down and ruin it.
 
 
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WINGED EYELINER -- CAT EYE TUTORIAL




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.

WHAT YOU NEED:
  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

MAC: EASY PURPLE DAYTIME LOOK

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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?