Monday, April 20, 2015

Special Event & Bridal Makeup


This makeup look is simple to re-create and is perfect for any special occasion or for a bride on her wedding day! It uses all neutral shades and has a delicate sculpting in the outer portion of the eye. This sculpting technique adds drama without being too dark or overwhelming, and can be done with any color combination. For the entire eye look, I used Stila's Eyes Are The Window 'Spirit' Palette. The shadows are super versatile and extremely easy to blend. The palette is also very compact, perfect if you are looking for something to travel with.




































Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to prevent creasing and ensure long-lasting color payoff, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Shade the outer half of the crease with a matte, light brown shadow, I used 'Puppy' from the Stila Spirit Palette.
3. Draw a base over the whole lid with a champagne-white pencil and top it with a champagne eyeshadow, I used the Sephora Collection 12hr Contour Pencil in '#06 Blonde Ambition' and 'Kitten' from the Stila Spirit Palette.
4. Using a small brush, sculpt the outer crease with a deep brown shadow, I used 'Espresso' from the Stila Spirit Palette. Make sure to blend with a slight upward movement to define and open the eyes.
5. Line your top lashes with a liquid liner, making sure to keep it thin, this is just to hide the lash band. Then add false lashes for extra drama, I used an Ardell pair in #110.
6. Highlight the browbone with a matte cream shadow, I used 'Chinois' from the Stila Spirit palette.
7. Line the lower lashline with a light gold pencil and set it with shadow, I used the Sephora Collection 12hr Contour Pencil in '#07 Girl Talk' and 'Oasis' from the Stila Spirit Palette. I also added a bit of the 'Espresso' shade to the outer edge of the lower lashline to tie the look together.
8. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Brown'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient in 'Ethereal' (under eyes) & Mac Careblend (face)
Blush: Milani 'Luminoso'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier Baked Radiance #01

Lips
Liner: Palladio Herbal Lipliner 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Mac 'Modesty' & 'Creamcup'
Gloss: Laura Mercier 'Bare Pink'


Monday, April 13, 2015

Purple and Gold Eyes

Deep purples look great on everybody, and they are one of the easiest colors to experiment with if you are looking to try something other than basic neutrals. I combined the purple tones with a bright pop of champagne-gold to keep the look from being too dark, and I only shaded the outer corners of the eyes to give them a large and cat-like effect. If bright colors aren't your thing, try this elongated shadow shape in tans and browns!





























Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to prevent fallout and ensure long lasting color application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Apply a light, shimmery champagne color over the whole lid, I used 'Kitten' by Stila.
3. Apply a raspberry-purple shadow to the outer corners of the eyes only, sweeping upwards and outwards to create a winged effect, I used 'Jilted' from the Urban Decay Electric Palette.
4. Deepen the outer corners with a dark purple shadow using upward and outward sweeping motions, I used 'Urban' from the Urban Decay Electric Palette.
5. Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with a light gold, I used 'Oasis' by Stila.
6. With a black liquid liner, line your top lashes in a super thin line, then add false lashes or mascara for extra drama. I used Ardell lashes in #110. 
7. Apply a deep purple pencil liner on the outer half of the bottom lashline and a champagne-gold pencil liner to the inner half of the lower lashline. Blend at the center for fluidity.
8. Highlight the brow bone with a matte cream colored shadow.
9. Fill in the brows to complete the look, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Brown'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient 'Ethereal' (under eyes) & Mac Careblend (face)
Blush: Milani 'Luminoso'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Hourglass Ambient 'Ethereal'

Lips
Liner: Palladio Herbal Lipliner 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Mac 'Modesty' & 'Creamcup'
Gloss: Laura Mercier in 'Sparkling'

Monday, April 6, 2015

Magenta Lips and Simple Eyes

I put together a simple spring look that only takes minutes to do, but leaves you feeling fresh and colorful. The Illamasqua lipgloss is the one piece that I really recommend trying, it is super long lasting and the color changes depending on what lipstick you place it over!



























Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure long lasting color payoff, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Place a white shimmery shadow across the entire lid, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Cassiopeia'
3. Shade the outer corners of the eye with a cool toned shimmery brown, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Himalia'.
4. Place some shimmer onto the lid for a fun pop, I used Stila Magnificent Metals Foiled Shadow in 'Pixie Dust'.
5. Add mascara to the top lashes and on the outer corners of the bottom lashes to open the eyes.
6. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Brown'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient 'Ethereal' (under eyes) & Mac Careblend (face)
Blush: Hard Candy 'Living Doll'
Bronzer: Nars Laguna

Lips
Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm-Stain in 'Darling'
Gloss: Illamasqua in 'Boost'


Monday, March 9, 2015

Champagne & Bronze - Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows

My standard eye look is warm neutrals, you all can probably tell by the amount of tutorials that I've done using my Anastasia Lavish Palette, but if you haven't, I've linked them at the bottom. Even though the Lavish Palette was limited edition, you can still purchase the individual colors here.
A few days ago I stopped by the Sephora that I used to work in to see all of the new goodies, and one of my friends applied the prettiest new highlight for me! It is the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in Pink/Beige, and it's stunning! I'd seen it in photos but I hadn't realized how pearlescent and shimmery it was, with reflects of pinks, silvers and blues. There is also a goldish one for darker skin tones, so I'd highly recommend going to take a peek!

Anastasia Eyeshadows

Anastasia Lavish Palette

Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to prevent creasing and ensure long lasting and intense color payoff, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Shade the crease to add definition, I used 'orange soda' along the entire length and 'sienna' on the inner and out edges to darken.
3. On the center of the lid, I added some pencil strokes with my Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in 'pink opal' and topped it with Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #940.
4. Re-darken the outer edge with a mix of 'sienna' and brown shimmery color called 'rum cake'.
5. In the middle of the crease where the eye curves the most, add a cranberry shade for dimension, I used 'pink sapphire' from the Lavish Palette.
6. Add winged liner and mascara, I used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper'.
7. On a pencil brush, take a tiny bit of black shadow and deepen the outer-most edge of the crease, I used 'black diamond' from the Lavish Palette.
8. For the lower lashline I used a mix of 'orange soda' and 'sienna' and then added black liner on the outer two thirds, and brightening the inner corners with the same Laura Mercier pencil.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Too Faced BulletProof Brows in 'Brunette' and my Anastasia Brow Gel in 'Caramel'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Benefit Stay Don't Stray & MAC Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient in 'Dim' and 'Ethereal'
Blush: Nars in 'Goulue'
Bronzer: NYC in 'Sunny'
Highlight: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 'Pink/Beige'

Lips
Liner: Palladio Herbal Lipliner in 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: MAC 'Peach Blossom'


Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo Pink Beige

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Below are links to other looks I've created with the exact same shadow palette!



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nicole & Chris Wedding

A few months back I had the pleasure of doing wedding makeup for this lovely bride, also named Nicole! She wanted a classic yet defined makeup look to go with her gorgeous dress, so we stuck to matte neutrals for her eyes and shades of rose for her cheeks and lips. Scroll to bottom of the post for the product details! 

I love these shots that Greg and Melissa, of Greg Lewis Photography captured! It's so nice when a wedding photographer is able to catch every single detail of the big day!


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Bride's Makeup Details
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation
Temptu S/B Foundation (Airbrushed)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in 'Dim' and 'Incandescent'
Smashbox Blush in 'Carnation' and 'Rosy'
Sephora Lip Pencil in 'Royal Rose'
MAC Lipstick in 'Craving'
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette & Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner
Ardell Demi-Wispies


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Soft Spring Makeup

It feels like it has been blizzard weather for the past month, and I am more than ready for spring! I put together this soft, feminine look perfect for the warmer months ahead!


1. Prime the eyes to ensure long lasting shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Blend a matte warm brown shade into and slightly above the crease, I used 'Toast' by Bobbi Brown.
3. Deepen the crease and add definition to the eye with a neutral brown, I used 'Taupe' by Bobbi Brown.
4. Dust a shimmery brown into the crease and outer third of the eye to add dimension, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Himalia'.
5. With a damp brush, pat a shimmery pastel shade onto the lid, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Cassiopeia'.
6. Add mascara to the top lashes and outer corners of the bottom lashes to open the eyes.
7. Fill in the brows to finish the look, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Medium Brown'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Besame Vanilla Powder
Blush: Hard Candy 'Living Doll'
Bronzer: NYC 'Sunny'
Highlight: Sephora Collection Midnight Magic 'Holographic 03'

Lips
Liner: Palladio Herbal 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Mac 'Cream Cup'
Gloss: Laura Mercier 'Sparkling'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A+ Beauty Products

Tomorrow starts the first day back at my tutoring job, which means helping students with tons of math homework! With grades on my mind, I compiled a list of my Top 10 favorite beauty products that earn an A+ in my book.






1. Beauty Blender: The best tool I've ever used for achieving flawless foundation and concealer. Read my review here, and get an extra Beauty Blender tip here.

2. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: A silky smooth, natural looking foundation that photographs beautifully and feels invisible. Read my review here.

3. Mac Pro-Longwear Concealer: The best concealer I've found for my stubborn dark under eye circles. I guess that's what you get when you're Italian :)

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders: These powders make you look like you're glowing from the inside out and are the perfect setting/finishing powders for any foundation. My favorites are Ethereal, Dim and Diffused.

5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: The steadiest and most fool-proof liquid liner I've ever tried. Super long lasting, it took me a year to finish one up!

6. Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: The shade 'Himalia' is described as a 'shimmering topaz' and is my favorite everyday shadow. They can be applied damp or dry with stunning results.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Whether you are looking for natural brows or bold ones, this pencil lets you control every stroke.

8. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick: These lipsticks are addicting, they are literally Jolly Ranchers for your lips. My most worn colors are #12 Coral Incandescent, #14 Coral In Touch, and #5 Fuchsia in Excess. My favorite natural pink is #8 Pink In Confidence.

9. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask: The most hydrating and non-sticky balm of all time. It also looks beautiful over lip-stains or lipsticks and can be used as an over-night treatment.

10. Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Elegance in a spray bottle, this mist makes you feel hydrated and refreshed and it's decadent mix of herbal scents makes you feel like royalty. Read my review here.

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What products earn an A+ for you?