Ombre Eyes 

Occasionally I will opt out of my usual smokey eye and go for a different look during the day…today was one of those days and I wanted to share this great ombre eye look with you.  It is pretty easy to do this with any color family you want…or you can fade into different color families–whatever floats your boat!  I chose a kind of dark charcoal into dark and light pinks for today and kept all the shadow off of my lower lash line.  But you can also turn this into a great smokey eye if you drag some of that color down to the lower lash line!

Products Used:

MAC Eyeshadows in “Scene”, “Star Violet” and “Girlie”, Maybelline Eyestudio gel liner in “Blackest Black”, “MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Black Bean”, Revlon Just Bitten in “Darling”, Red Cherry #68 lashes (not pictured)

PREP:

Conceal the entire lid up to the brow, all around the eye and underneath the eye.  Set with powder.  Apply your eyeshadow primer, I used MAC’s Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”

Step 1:

Using a stiff brush, apply “Scene” to the entire lid of the eye…stopping at the crease.  No need to be perfect yet.  It should look something like this:

Step 2:

Using a stiff brush, apply “Star Violet” right above “Scene”…It will pretty much be in the crease of the eye and a bit above…it will look something like this:

Step 3:

Using a stiff brush, apply “Girlie” right above “Star Violet”….it will end right around the brow bone like this:

Step 4:

Using your NYX Pencil…apply liner right on the lash line.  Using a bullet brush or a smudger…blend that line upwards so that it gets lighter as it goes away from the lashline.  Apply you gel liner to create winged eyeliner.  Some tutorials can be found here and hereApply your false eyelashes.Go over any excess glue with gel liner.  Apply a coat of mascara to blend your false lashes into your real lashes.  Apply your highlight from the brow bone into the inner corner.  Using your big fluffy, blend your shadows together….I start by blending “Scene” into “Star Violet” and then “Star Violet” into “Girlie” and then “Girlie” into your highlight.  Your final product should look something like this:

and this:

I love these Red Cherry lashes….they are always a nice switch up from my Andrea #33’s and they just give a lighter look because they aren’t as dense.  I added some Revlon Just Bitten Balm in “Darling” to my lips because it has a nice pinky/purple tint.  Hope y’all enjoyed!

Erin



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Drugstore Glitter! 

I am banning myself from the drugstore for a little while…I can’t keep myself under control when I’m in there and I need to get it together…seriously. In fact, after I photographed these colors to write this post, I ran to Walgreens because I realized I had run out of my quick dry topcoat…and then I proceeded to purchase three more glitter nail polishes. –I told you it’s a sickness.   I already have a ridiculous nail polish collection and now it is overflowing with the addition of all of these great new glitters.  I freaking love some sparkle….heck if I could find more sparkly shoes and tops I would go head to toe in the stuff.  Lucky for my husband, family and friends, my nails are the only place I have taken this addiction so far.

Let me introduce you….

Essie Luxeffects in “Stroke of Brilliance”

This was an exciting find this past week when I was running errands with the hubby.  I have had the entire Essie Luxeffects collection for a loooong time-and this one wasn’t in it…which made me wonder why it just popped up.  Apparently, it started showing itself a month or two ago but it is just now making an appearance at my local drugstores (….is it sad I am there enough to know?).  Anyway, I adore all of the luxeffects to use alone and on top of other colors…they are fantastic and this one is no exception.  It’s pretty blue glitter looks awesome opposite some of the muted colors coming out for fall.

Wet N Wild Fergie Collection in ” Hollywood Walk of Fame”

I about died when I saw this….there was no way you could have pried it out of my fingers when I found it…and I would have been willing to pay much more than the $3 price tag.  This can be a little difficult to get on…especially if you want an even amount of stars on each nail..but it is sooo worth it because it is absolutely adorable alone or over polish.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink”

This is actually a long time favorite of mine….I wore it so much last year that I was over it and traded it in for matte nails…..but now I am obsessed again.  I love this polish because it looks so good by itself when you wear a few coats.  It covers the nail completely and is really gorgeous.  It is also great on the tips of nails over another color.

Here is a little glimpse of what they look like on…I was so excited to show them that I didn’t want to have to paint my whole hand 3 different times and hold out on doing this post.  Soooooo I quickly painted three different nails just so you could see the coverage…sorry they are a bit messy:

There are soooo many possibilities with these polishes!!  I cannot wait to do some different combos!  Here they are in all their glory one more time for ya:

Love them all and I hope you do too!

Erin



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Get yourself a blending sponge! 

So I’m sure you have all heard about the Beauty Blender sponge by now.  When it first came out it was being snatched up and given rave reviews left and right.  I have to admit…I was late to the game.  It wasn’t that I didn’t believe people (well maybe just a little bit was because of that…I mean you never know who is getting paid to say it or who is saying it just because it was sent to them for free right?) but it was mainly the almost $19 price tag for.one.sponge.  That is not cost effective for me to use on clients even if it is amazing.  First, sponges don’t last that long.  Second, I am a clean freak with my tools and unless I can disinfect it quickly and efficiently then I don’t want it (a sponge is not an easy thing to disinfect….as you can imagine.)  So unless I had enough for each person I did that day that I could disinfect later, this relationship wasn’t going to work.  Third, I don’t even use a brush when applying foundation because (I feel)  it can soak up a lot of product and I like to warm my silicone foundation up anyway.  But I did eventually purchase one for personal use…and I got hooked…crap@#^*%^!!!  Now, after discovering the glory of the sponge, I just had to have it for my clients….so off I went for a solution and that is where I found this:

Where did I find it??  At Walgreens for $5….(on sale from $7.99).  Now, there are sooooo many of these sponges cropping up everywhere…Sonia Kashuk makes a pricier one for Target.  MAC makes one for around $18 and CVS carries one as well (it is super small in person).  Anyway, my point is that people are making them under other private labels and there are more affordable options out there.  So-how do you use it.  Run it under some water and wet it.  Ring it out.  Put your foundation on the back of your hand.  Pick up your foundation on your sponge and apply it to your face using the “press and roll” method.  Voila!!  A nice, even and beautiful foundation coverage.  I even put on a nice sheer layer, then powdered and then applied another layer to areas that fade faster…still a wonderful finish.  This has now joined the ranks with my Sensual Skin Enhancer, MAC Paint Pot and Maybelline Eyestudio Gel liner as a must have.  It makes foundation go on beautifully!!!  Don’t believe me? Go pick one up for $5 when they are on sale again…If you hate it you are only out $5 instead of $19..But if you love it then you can thank me later!!!

Erin



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How to set your makeup…and give your powder staying power! 

This is an especially helpful post to help combat the ridiculous heat we are having that can often wreak havoc on your makeup!!! Powder can really be your friend in times like this….as well as any time that you want to make sure your foundation or concealer is set so it doesn’t move all over the place!  So what is the secret to really setting your foundation with powder?

Ta da!!! The powder puff!  You thought these babies were obsolete by now right?  I have to admit…I have thrown a few of these away in my day….mainly because in the winter I tend to stick with a brush to apply my powder to set my foundation because I don’t need that much….Somehow you just seem to accumulate them, especially if you buy a lot of powder like me.  Anyway-this is your key to maximum powder potential!  Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you apply powder with a brush it seems like it is actually taking off your makeup instead of setting it?  Often, this is because we are in a hurry and are using a back and forth motion to apply powder with a brush instead of a stippling motion.  Essentially when you do this you are just wiping of some of your foundation! It is times times like this when a powder puff can be your best friend.  This is how you do it:

1.  Dump some of your powder onto your puff:

2.  Push that powder into the puff.

3.  Tap or flick the puff to get the excess powder off.

4.  Apply your powder.  You can do this using the whole puff by pressing it on or you can wrap the puff around your finger and press and roll it into the skin.  (the same way we apply makeup with a sponge!)This method will really get the powder in there.  (Sometimes when I am in a hurry I just pat the puff all over my face…so don’t feel chained to the press and roll method)

5.  You may have excess powder on your face….this is when you can use your powder brush to dust the excess off.

You now have a flawless and perfectly set face!!!  I truly believe that this helps to set your makeup better and make it last longer….pressing and rolling really gets it into the skin to set it.  You control the amount of matte coverage you get with the amount of powder that you “grind” into the puff and the skin.   If you still like your brush, which I also still use for some powder applications, just make sure you are tapping it on instead of wiping it on so that you don’t disturb the flawless foundation application you worked so hard on!!! After my powder application, I like to follow with a setting spray…I like that it kind of “seals” everything in and in a weird way it kind of blends the powder into everything!

Erin



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Pink shimmer and gray 

I love, love, love pink and gray right now…maybe it’s because you can’t get away from the pastels and gray that are all over pinterest….or maybe its the kind of Deco quality that it has…I don’t know–but I’m hooked.  I often do a matte pink and gray eye…I also do a kind of white shimmer and gray eye a lot–I love them both and will continue to do them but I have just added in another gray eye look curtosy of a  recent clients request.  Let me introduce you to the pink shimmer eye.  My client wanted an eye look that was very light on the lid..with just a touch of pinkness or color and then a lot of dark smokiness.  She had very round eyes and wanted to elongate them so we stuck with a lot of lightness on the lid, a nice exaggerated outer “V” and a great cut crease.  It was a great look on her and I will share the photos when the wedding day comes.  For now, I hope you enjoy this elegant and soft look!!  If you don’t have these exact colors, use a lighter blue/gray for scene and a darker gray for print.  I used LORAC’s “Unreal” from their “Unzipped Palette” all over the lid..it is a kind pinky/goldy shimmer.

Products Used:

 

MAC Eyeshadow in “Scene” and “Print”, LORAC “Unreal” from their Unzipped Palette, MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”, “MAC Lipstick in “Please Me”, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”

PREP:

Conceal the entire lid up to the brow, all around the eye and underneath the eye. Set with powder.  Apply your primer all the way up to the brow–I used MAC’s Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”.

Step 1:

Using a big fluffy, apply LORAC’s “Unreal” across the entire lid…stopping at the brow bone.  It will look something like this:

Step 2:

Using your tapered big fluffy, apply “Scene” to the crease and the outer half of the eye…don’t go over the pink that touches the brow!!  Make sure you leave a bit of it showing so you have something to blend your grays into….keep a nice diagonal going on the outside by applying this shadow in a “V” shape.  Is should look something like this:

Step 3:

Using your bullet brush, apply “Print” to the crease and the outer “V”. Drag some of that color down onto the outer half of the lower lash line.  It should look something like this:

Step 4:

Using a stiff brush, apply your highlight from the brow bone down into the inner corner.  Using your big fluffy, blend, blend, blend all your colors together.  Apply your fake eyelashes and go over any excess glue with gel liner. Apply a coat of mascara to blend your lashes together.   Apply gel liner to your water line…smudge any excess into the lower lash line with your bullet brush.  Using your bullet brush, pick up some “Scene” or “Print” (depending on how smokey you want) and apply it to your lower lash line.  Your final product should look something like this:

and this:

I added some cotton candy pink blush and some MAC “Please Me” on my lips because I wanted everything nice and airy-very bridal :) “Please Me” is a gorgeous pink but it is pretty matte so keep that in mind if you like some moisture!

Erin



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