Monday, October 13, 2014

Lime Green & Orange Eyes (Urban Decay Electric Palette)

If you know me, you know that lime green is one of my favorite crazy colors to wear on my eyes. It's such a fun color and it complements brown eyes so well! I added some orange-y tones into the crease for contrast and I think it really warms up the look. What is your favorite crazy eyeshadow color?



































Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure longwear, crease-proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Blend an orange-y brown color into the crease, I used 'Toast' by Bobbi Brown.
3. Deepen the crease with a darker brown, I used 'Taupe' by Bobbi Brown.
4. Press a bright, lime green shadow onto the middle of the lid, I used 'Freak' from my Urban Decay Electric palette.
5. Press a tiny bit of a deeper teal green onto the outer corner of the eye, I used 'Fringe' from my Urban Decay Electric palette.
6. Draw a yellow pencil on the inner third of the eyelid and set it with a yellow eyeshadow, blending it into the green. I used my Sephora Contour Pencil in 'Banana Split' and a yellow MUFE shadow.
7. Line the lower lash with the same yellow pencil, pat the yellow shadow on the inner corner to set it, and blend 'Toast' on the outer edge. 
8. Draw on liquid liner, shaping it so that it's super thin in the inner corner and gets more dramatic towards the wing.  
9. Highlight the browbone with cream colored shadow, I used 'French Vanilla' by Clinique.
10. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Taupe'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Diffused'
Blush: Illamasqua 'Lover'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lips
Liner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip #24c
Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #39 
Gloss: Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Gloss #7

Click the links to see my other looks using the Urban Decay Electric Palette.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Sugar Salon West Hartford Grand Re-Opening

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending Sugar Salon's grand re-opening in West Hartford. The salon is funky and stylish and Angela and her team are super fun & talented, so be sure to visit them if you are looking to update your style! Check out their website for more photos and information.










Angela was also the creator of 'Beauty from Desk to Drinks' which was a 21 day beauty & health series, focusing on how to achieve great makeup, hair, skin and wellness on a busy schedule. I was on her panel of experts and you can see my interview here where I talk about what to apply if you only have 5 minutes to get ready in the morning and give you a peek at my makeup must-haves.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween is Coming!

Happy October 1st! Halloween is fast approaching and it's my favorite holiday by far. Here are links to the Halloween tutorials I made last year. I did three dramatic options, and three wearable ones; which is your favorite?


























Comment with what looks would you like to see tutorials for this year!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Catherine & Brian's Beach Club Wedding

Catherine's wedding was such a pleasure to take part in! She and her bridesmaids were stunning and so much fun to work with. Alicia Ann Photographers captured these beautiful moments, check out her blog post to see more of Cathy & Brian's wedding. 


Catherine's Makeup:
Temptu Airbrush Foundation
Graftobian Concealer
Naked 1 & Kat Von D Monarch Palette
Nars 'Goulue' Blush & 'Laguna' Bronzer  
Mac 'Twig' Lipstick & Palladio 'Naked' lipliner
Anastasia Brow Wiz
Ardell Demi Wispies




































Check out more of Alicia's beautiful images:


Venue/Caterer – Woodway Beach Club
Bride/MOH Hair – Ashley Graff – Visual Changes
Bridesmaids Hair – Donna Puma – Beauty at Your Door
Ice Sculptures – Ice Matters
Dress Boutique – RK Bridal
Cake Designer – Michael Joseph’s Fine Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

Smoky Brown Eyes & Red Lips

Fall is all about deep colors and warm, rich tones,  so I put together this smokey look which should take no longer than 15 minutes to recreate, and the lip color will last you all day long! 




Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure long wearing, crease-proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Take a matte, cream colored eyeshadow and apply it to the eyelid up to the brow bone.
3. Blend a matte, medium brown shade into the crease and soften the edges until it looks warm and smokey. Also run this color along the bottom lashline with a pencil brush.
4. Deepen the outer portion of the eye with a dark brown shadow making sure to blend well for soft definition. Also blend this color lightly along the bottom lashline, just in the outer corners.
5. Smudge on a chocolate brown liner and add mascara.
6. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.

Face

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Ethereal'
Blush: Illamasqua 'Crush'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lips
Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #10


Monday, September 15, 2014

Speckled Fall Eyes

I created this look because I love all the earthy tones that the fall season brings out and these types of warm neutrals look great on everyone! Earlier this year I picked up a whole bunch of Stila liquid and pencil liners at The Makeup Show, and I finally got to put them to work in this fun look. I would suggest checking out Stila's liners if you like to play with color as they have a vast selection and are felt-tipped making them very easy to handle.



























Eyes
1. Prime the lids to ensure longwear, crease proof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Dust a matte cream colored shadow from the lid up to the browbone.
3. Blend a matte brown shadow into the crease for soft definition.
4. Draw on a winged line using a deep green color and extend it towards the browbone, I used my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in 'Olive'.
5. Trace the green line with a burnt copper shade, I used my Stila liquid liner in 'Amber'.
6. Trace the inner corner of the lower lashline with a white pencil, I used my Stila Smudge Stick 'Alpine'.
7. Thickly line the outer corner of the bottom lashline with a berry pencil, I used my Stila Smudge Stick in 'Deep Fuchsia'.
8. Draw on little dots extending them in a triangular shape from the wing, I used my Stila liquid liner in 'Snow'.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear 
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Ethereal'
Blush: Nars 'Goulou'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lips
Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #10

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gold Glitter & Pink Lips

I love wearing unexpected colors on my eyes, and pinks are one of those colors that people will tell you to stay away from because it can make you look sick. While that is true in most cases, if you get the right shade of hot pink, it can really make brown eyes pop!


Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure longwear, creaseproof shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Apply a shimmery gold shadow all over the lid.
3. Blend a matte dark brown into the outer corner and crease for definition.
4. Blend a tiny bit of hot pink into the outer edge of the eye overlapping it with the brown, I used Nars blush in 'Desire'.
5. Draw a yellow pencil on the inner corners of the eye and set it with a yellow shadow, I used a Sephora Collection liner in 'Banana Split' and a bright matte yellow shadow by Make Up For Ever.
6. With a skinny brush, pat hot pink shadow along the length of the bottom lashline, I used Nars blush in 'Desire'.
7. Place gold glitter in the center of the eyelid, I used Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner & Mascara in 'VIP Gold'. If you want to be fun, use eyelash glue to add little stars to the corner of the eye.
8. Line the top of your eyes with a black pencil and add mascara and false lashes for more drama, I used Ardell Demi Wispies.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Medium Ash'.

Face
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting in 'Ethereal'
Blush: Nars 'Desire'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lips
Lipstick: Sephora Collection Luster Matte in 'Electra-Pink'