Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 5, 2013



I honestly was never one to contour... and to be perfectly honest I didn't start wearing blush or bronzer until about 2 years ago -- and I'm 27! I just never really thought it was necessary because I really liked to put the focus on my eyes. Well I'm here to tell you ladies, contouring changes lives! Please click to enlarge.

You'll want to contour on top of liquid foundation -- powder foundation doesn't work well. After you have applied the foundation let it set, which usually takes a couple minutes. You can do your eye makeup in the mean time. Line A is where the contour should be -- in the hollows of your cheekbones, parallel to your jaw. The imaginary line is from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth. If you have a round face then keep the contour high because the lower it is, the rounder your face will look. If you have a thin long face you will want it a little lower. Line B is where the contour should STOP. It will look very strange if you bring it in any farther. This line is at the corner of your eye.

Using a matte contour powder and a contouring brush (MAC 109), apply with the most amount of product near the hair line and fade as you go forward. I used a mixture of Benefit Hoola and MAC Harmony. I prefer using Harmony on its own, but it wasn't showing up enough on camera. Please note that this is a VERY strong contour for the sake of the tutorial and I typically would use a much lighter hand. It is difficult to see but I also took the contour onto the temples, top of the forehead, and on the jawline.

With your contouring brush blend the contour. It is very important NOT to blend the contour downwards. I'm not sure if this will make sense, but you want to blend it into itself, using small circular motions. If you have to blend upwards a little, that's ok. If you bring it too far down your cheek, use your foundation brush to clean up the line and blend again softly.

Apply blush to the cheek bones with whichever brush you feel comfortable. I used the MAC 168. You want it to sit on top of the contour and blend in with it. They should not look like two separate entities, nor should it look like one big blended mess. You want the contour color to gently blend into the blush color. If you have a round face do not apply the blush to the "apples" of your cheeks. This will make your face appear more round.

Apply highlight to the top of the cheek bones. Be careful with this step because using too much highlight or one with too much shimmer will make you look like a drag queen -- I LOVE me some queens by the way! Have you seen this season of RuPaul's Drag Race? I'm loving it!!! Anyway, one of my favorite products to use is MAC Vanilla pigment, and I apply it with my fingers. I feel like it goes with just about any look.



Cargo Foundation in F-20
MAC Harmony
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Vanilla Pigment
MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC 109 Brush -- Contour
MAC 168 Brush -- Blush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush -- Foundation

MAC Naked Lunch
MAC Cork
MAC Vanilla
Almay Liquid Liner in Brown
Benefit They're Real Mascara

MAC Omega
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde

MAC Politely Pink
MAC Cultured

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to subscribe! Leave a comment below! Have you tried contouring? What's your favorite product/brush to use?


Monday, February 4, 2013


A daytime, work appropriate look was requested by one of my readers. I decided to take it a step further and show how to do professional looking makeup that is subtle and wearable for daytime. There are four different components to the eyeshadow: lid shade, transition, crease, and highlight. You can change the colors you use, but just stick to the general guidelines.

STEP ONE: Fill in brows and apply primer. I went for a very strong brow, just for fun :) I used Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and MAC Espresso and Omega for my brows, and Urban Decay Primer Potion.

STEP TWO: Apply MAC Patina to the lid with a flat shader brush (MAC 239). If you don't have Patina, use an antiqued gold color... something close to the color of your skin tone! You don't have to be extremely precise because we are going to blend it out in the next step.

STEP THREE: Apply matte transition shade with a big fluffy brush (MAC 224). I used MAC Soft Brown because I wanted it to be a very warm look; warm colors make blue and green eyes pop!

STEP FOUR: Deepen the crease with a medium matte brown using a crease/blending brush (MAC 217). I used a mixture of MAC Cork and Mulch, but any matte brown will do. Try to keep the color concentrated to the crease -- don't over blend into the transition.

STEP FIVE: Apply brow highlight. I used MAC Vanilla which is a Velvet (mostly matte with tiny amound of sparkle) You can use either a shimmery or matte highlight for this look.

STEP SIX: Apply Liner. I used a brown gel liner by MAC called Dipdown, and winged it out slightly using a MAC 210.

STEP SEVEN: Apply liner to waterline, curl lashes, apply mascara. I used MAC Coffee Pencil, Lancome Lash Curler, and Loreal Voluminous Mascara.

I hope that was helpful!



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:

  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
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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Thursday, January 3, 2013


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.
Hope that is helpful!! Leave a comment below and don't forget to subscribe!

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!