Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Simple & Sexy; Nude Glam

So I have to admit, this look was slightly inspired by Khloe Kardashian's Cosmo UK cover- simply because I love a good nude/bronzy makeup look! To me, this look not only embodies sexiness and confidence, but is perfect for so many different occasions. Whether it be a girls night out, hot date, or the everyday glam girl, this is a look you will definitely own!

This makeup really plays up all your features by using tones and colors alike. Voluminous, wispy lashes draw an emphasis toward the eyes, while the variations of shadows help to shape. Concentrating the darker colors toward the outer crease lifts the eye; with the lighter-shimmery colors on the inner corners and lid gives the appearance of a more almond shape. 
--Which they say is the most intriguing.-- 

Another favorite element this look embodies is a fierce glow. I adore how Khloe's complexion, although very contoured and highlighted, was very luminous. While I added a bit more blush for added definition to the cheeks, I ultimately applied highlight to all the high points of my face- not just the cheekbones. 

Tie everything together with a gorgeous nude lip. I used a variety of different products in different colors to literally shape the lip, giving a more pouty appearance. By keeping the outline of the lips darker, gradually fading into lighter colors towards the center you not only create an ombre effect, but fuller looking lips. The great thing about this trick, it works with or without overdrawing your lip line!

Tousle your hair, and werk that sultry nude-itude!

*products used:
LORAC: Behind the Scenes- Eyeshadow Primer
LORAC: Au Naturel (brow bone)
NYX: Maybe Later (transition shade)
LORAC: Smokin' (outer crease/lid)
CROWN BRUSH: 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette- Light Gold shade (inner part of lid)
LORAC: Shimmer (inner corners)
NYX: Wonder Pencil- Light (lower water line)
MAYBELLINE: Pumped up Colassal Mascara
BENEFIT: BadGal Lash
NYX: Eyebrow Cake Powder- Gray Taupe & Dark Brown

SMASHBOX: Hydrating Primer (t-zone)
LAURA MERCIER: Radiance Primer (rest of the face)
REVLON: Colorstay Foundation
L.A GIRL: HD Concealer- Classic Ivory (conceal dark circles)
MAC: Prolongwear Concealer- NW15 (conceal undereyes)
COVERGIRL: Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer- Light (highlight face)
BEN NYE: Cameo (to set undereye area)
LAURA MERCIER: Bronzer 02 (warm up face)
ANASTASIA BH: Fawn (to contour)
MAC: Mocha + BENEFIT: Hervana (blush)
 PHYSICIANS FORMULA: Mineral Glow Pearls- Beige Pearl (highlight cheekbones/nose/cupids bow)
ANASTASIA BH: Sand (highlight the rest of the face/t-zone)

NYX: Lipliner- Nude Truffle (line/overdraw lips)
NYX: Lipliner- Nude Beige (fill in lips/blend lipstick)
MAC: Fleshpot
NYX: Butter Gloss- Fortune Cookie


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey; Valentine's Day Glam

With it being Valentine's Day this weekend, and the release of the most anticipated "romance" movie of 2015, I wanted to do something a little more dramatic and smokey than your typical Valentine's Day themed makeup. This glam not only ties into the seductiveness of Fifty Shades of Grey, but is also a look that literally any makeup lover can re-create!

This sultry eye look consist of the same three colors on both the lid and lower lash line, with a hint of shimmer in the inner corners. 

You can totally swap the winged liner for a simple line, or ditch the liner all together and rock lots of flirty lashes.
By having skin bronzed and glowing with subtle contours, the focus remains on your mysterious gaze that even Christian Grey himself couldn't resist!
 I opted for a flesh toned liner in my water line vs. black to help brighten eyes, giving off the illusion of a more doe-eyed look. 

Even though this makeup is on the more dramatic side, it is still soft and flirty enough to rock this Valentine's Day. Finish with a baby pink pout, and you're ready to celebrate confidently with your boo, your girlfriends, or your selfies!

*products used:
URBAN DECAY: Primer Potion
STILA: Pure (brow bone)
NYX: Maybe Later (transition/crease color/smoke out lower lash line)
TARINA TARANTINO: Eyedream Hypershadow- Chain (lid/lower lash line)
CHANEL: Jersey Ambre- Taupe (outer crease/lower lash line)
CHARLOTTE RONSON: All Eye Need Palette- Lake, Shimmer Taupe Shade (inner corner highlight)
NYC: Liquid Liner
NYX: Dream Wonder Pencil- Light (water line)
MAYBELLINE: Great Lash Mascara
ARDELL: Individuals- Medium
NYX: Eyebrow Cake Powder- Dark Brown & Gray Taupe

SMASHBOX: Hydrating Primer
REVLON: Colorstay Foundation + NYX: Born to Glow, Liquid Illuminatior- Sun Beam (mixed together to give a more dewy finish)
L.A GIRL: HD Concealer- Light Ivory
MAC: Prep & Prime Concealer
ELF: HD Under eye Setting Powder (to set concealer)
L.A GIRL: Mineral Pressed Powder- Light Ivory (to set foundation)
STILA: Soft Clay Bronzer
MAC: Taupe (to contour)
SEPHORA: Light Beam (highlight high points of face)


JCAT BEAUTY: Roll it Up Lip Liner- 102
MAC: Fleshpot
NARS: Turkish Delight

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Katy Perry Super Bowl 2015 Glam

To me, Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food, the company, and of course the half-time show!

I thought Katy Perry's glam for the Super Bowl was absolutely perfect; classic Perry makeup with a twist! Incorporating glitter brought a playful element to this traditional liner look, and is great inspiration for Valentine's Day. By using a mix of both gold and silver, you not only compliment every skin tone but every color tone as well. 

Katy's eyes and lips were definitely the focus for this look, and while there was a subtle highlight and contour to bring definition to the face; Perry's makeup artist chose to keep tones neutral to not compete with her stand out features. Finishing off with a pop of color to the cheeks to compliment the bold colored lips.

*products used:
URBAN DECAY: Eden Eyeshadow Primer
BH COSMETICS: 88 Color Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
LAURA MERCIER: Gold Thread Liquid Liner
NYX: Glitter- Silver
NYC: Liquid Liner
NYC: Velvet Eyeliner- Black(lower lash line)
MAYBELLINE: Pumped up Colossal Mascara
NYX: Eyebrow Cake Powder- Gray Taupe & Dark Brown

SMASHBOX: Hydrating Primer
REVLON: Colorstay Foundation
L.A GIRL: HD Concealer- Classic Ivory(to color-correct)
MAC: Prolongwear Concealer(to conceal)
COVERGIRL: Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer- Light(to highlight)
L.A Girl: HD Concealer- Almond(to contour)
LAURA MERCIER: Bronzer 02(to bronze/deepen contour)
MAC: Mocha
ANASTASIA BH: Sand(to highlight)

NYX: 824 Orange
NARS: Red Square
SEPHORA: Rouge 04

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Top 5 Beauty Favorites

This year, I've decided to do a top five favorites of each month vs. the usual long list of products I fall in love with. Because let's be real, I could talk and talk and talk about thousands of different products each month but no one really has time for that.
Sooo, without further adieu, my top 5 beauty favorites for January!

Covergirl, Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer in Light:
Being on the fairer side of the complexion spectrum, I have a hard enough time finding a good high-end concealer that is going to correct AND highlight, let alone a drugstore one. Enter this baby to cure all my concealer woes. This product is lightweight, oil-free, and blends out beautifully. Wear it alone for a more natural finish, or pair it with a color-correcting concealer for more coverage.

ELF, Small Tapered Brush:
This brush has literally replaced all my other "fancy" setting makeup brushes! Tapered but still dense, this brush packs on powder without looking cakey or smudging previously applied product. Fits perfectly under your eyes and in your budget - he retails for only $3!

Color Club Nail Lacquer, Miss Bliss:

One word, hologram.
This color was on my nails throughout the entire month of January. Not only does it shimmer and shine beautifully when the light hits just right, but it is long lasting and durable. I could rock this polish a good week and a half without any chipping or cracks! Comes in a variety of 9 out of this world shades.

Forever 21's Love & Beauty, Shimmering Illuminator Powder in Champagne:

You may have noticed this is the main highlighting product I've used in my most recent post, but that's because I'm literally obsessssed with it! This powder gives you that perfect glowing, dewy finish with just a flick of your brush. Personally, I would name it Pink Champagne, for it does have more of a pink undertone, but still pairs nicely with all makeup looks.

Crown Brush, 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette:

I'm usually more of a matte eyeshadow type of girl, but I rediscovered my love of shimmer in January. This was my go-to palette all month long, for you can create such a variety of different looks! I prefer using eyedrops to give shadows a more pigment like consistency, but they wear beautifully on their own as well. I especially love the lighter shades for my inner corners and brow bone.

*nails: NYC- French White
*ring: BCBG

Until next month...