Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Makeup for Brown Eyes

Hi everybody!
I know that with all the makeup out there, and with so many colors to choose from, it can be hard to decide what looks best, as well as execute flawless eye shadow.

 With that in mind, I have decided that I am going to start a four part blog discussing 4 eye colors and what shades work best with those eye colors. Each shade will have one or two articles depending on how much there is to consider. Here are the four shades I am going to consider:
1. Brown Eyes
2. Green Eyes
3. Blue Eyes
4. Hazel Eyes. 

OK to start: Brown Eyes. Truly people with brown eyes can consider using just about any shade of eye shadow/eye liner. However, what works best for one brown eyed person may not be suitable for another.

First lets consider the most common tones used on brown eyed people. I personally have dark brown eyes and I prefer dark colors to match with. Take for example the photo on the right. I love using these colors, they both highlight and give my eye lids good color to them. Also, instead of using just brown or black eye liner, I like to mix it up with steely grays and whites. I love using white underneath my eye in my water line to brighten up my eye and make it look bigger.

Now that we have a base, lets consider other more flashy colors. For example, brown eyed people can really rock the bright blues and sparkly grays. However, I don't recommend wearing any bright lip colors with your bright blue eyes. Just to keep that in mind, as nobody wants to look like a certain character from a certain show named Mimi.

Also, purples and pinks are really nice with brown eyes. My favorite way to use purples and pinks is to use light fleshy pink tones with dark purples to create the smokey eye look. Also, this gives variety to your looks and makes for a fun night out makeup look. The look on the left was created using urban decay's naked 3 palette. It's my favorite one, and
i wish i had one of my own....anyways, back to the subject.

There are your first two color schemes. My next post will consider a few more options for brown eyes. After that, I will be on to the next eye color, green eyes. Thanks for reading!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Best Makeup Removal

Today I want to talk about the three best products to use when removing your makeup before bed. I have two actual removers, and a cleanser that I use for taking off my makeup/getting my face spotless. I have tried many different products, and this is what I have found to be the best for oily skin.

Step 1. I use an eye makeup remover that is oil free, and good for all skins. It is Mary Kay eye makeup
remover, and it is literally the best out there. I use a cotton pad to get it off, I hold it there with the remover on it for 2-4 seconds. Then I wipe straight across my lid, removing both eye and eyebrow makeup. Its a clean sweep, and you can see the results right there on the cotton pad. Good stuff!!!

Step 2. To get my foundation/highlighter/contour makeup off I use Neutrogena's makeup remover cloths. They are gentle and practically harmless, and they feel good on my
skin. Again, with this product, you can see the results on the towel. After I am done there is a significant amount of makeup on the towel and not on my face. This makes step three really easy.

Step 3. I now wash my face using Mary Kay's 3 in 1 cleanser for combination to oily skin. This gets off the rest of my makeup, and it cleans my face up for my nightly skin
care routine, which i talk about in my other blog. I love how fresh and tight the skin on my face feels after using this product. So refreshing!

Ok that's basically it. Pretty simple and easy. You can buy Neutrogena's makeup remover cloths at any grocery/drug store. As for the Mary Kay items, you can go here and buy from me under the consultant Amanda Younger, or any other consultant in your nearby area, or you can go to a local fair and meet a Mary Kay consultant at their booth! That's all for me for now!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The right way to contour

Hi all,
Today I will be discussing the right way to contour your face. We will discuss how to do this using three different liquid products:
1. Foundation.
 2. Concealer.
 3. Bronzer.
 First, let's discuss product. Your foundation should be the color of your skin. It should even skin tone and reduce redness. It should NOT be the product you want to make you look tan.
Next we want to talk concealer. This should be at least 2 shades lighter than your foundation, as well as your skin tone. This is also called highlighter, being that it will bring out the features you like in your face. You don't want this to be too light, as it can cause shine.
Third, you want either a concealer, actual bronzing product, or a foundation that is one to two shades darker than your foundation/skin tone. However, you don't want more than two shades darker, it will make the rest of your face look washed out.

Ok, now let's talk technique. Before you begin, make sure your face is clean and has been moisturized. Now put on your foundation. This creates a base for your contour.

Now, refering to the picture, make your lips puckered and apply the concealer(highlighter) to the light areas as shown. Then use the bronzer(foundation, concealer, etc.) to the areas where your cheeks go in, where the top of your head is, on the sides of your chin, and the indents of your nose.

Now you are ready to blend! Do this with either a cosmetic sponge (these are best) or a wet foundation brush that is clean. Start in the light areas and work out towards the dark bronzer. Never go from the outside in. Always work from the inside out.

When you are finished, it should look natural, while also catching light to give a soft look to your face. Try it out and comment pictures of your efforts! I would love to see them! If any of you have trouble getting the look you want, shoot me a message and we can talk about what you need help with.

That's all for now, see you soon!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to apply with brushes

Hi there! Today I am going to discuss the importance of using brushes when applying makeup. I don't use them for everything, but I do like them for a lot of things. For one, I feel that eye shadow has more of a pop of color when using brushes. This is because the concentration of powder is more when you use brushes. To keep it simple, use the chart below for reference.

Refer to this chart for help on what brushes to use
Basically I use brushes for dramatic looks. I use them for shadow as mentioned before, but I also use them to fill in my eyebrows. I love the small angle tip brush for eyebrows. I have two of those, one also for my gel eye liners that need to be applied via brush.

I also use brushes for the obvious things, for example blush and powders. However, many people don't know the importance of applying liquid foundations and concealers using a brush. It creates continuity and allows for less makeup to be used. Many people just use their fingers, and that is more than fine. However, for a more fluid look and a clean looking, seamless face, use a brush. It really helps.

That leaves the question, what if I can't afford a fancy foundation brush? Well, you don't need a fancy brush to get the job done. There is a product line that is extremely reasonably priced, as well as pretty good quality. It is called E.L.F, which stands for Eyes Lips Face.
Use the link above to view their awesome product line.

What about eye shadow application? I love Mary Kay's eye brushes, they are soft and hold on to powder really well. I use their smudge brush, their crease brush, and their eye color brush. These work very well, especially if you just lightly dab them in water and wipe them on the back of your clean hand before. I love them! You can get these from this website here.

That is all I have for now folks! Hear from you soon!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New tips coming soon!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been posting.

I need some ideas to work on, I was hoping my viewers would comment and let me know what they would like to see me do articles about. If you could be so kind to let me know in what areas of makeup you would like some help with this would help me greatly!

Hope to hear from you soon, and looking forward to writing new blogs!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How to get bold eyes

Today my discussion will be based on this video: Beginner Eye Makeup Tricks, by the makeup chair. Unless you watch the video, it might be a bit confusing what i am talking about. Let's get right into it shall we?

OK, step one: Apply eye primer. This is important. Why? 1. It helps keep your makeup on all day as well as keep oils from making creases,  2. It helps moisturize, and 3. If you buy the right one, it helps keep "smile" (you know the little wrinkles you get in the corners of your eyes??) wrinkles at bay! Another suggestion she makes is "to take some of your concealer and to set as a base with a powder to keep it lasting longer".

Step two: Pick your eye shadows. She suggests three to four different shades, a highlighter, which is lighter
than your skin tone. She suggests at least one shade, but i prefer at least two shades lighter. Next, she suggests a "matte mid tone" shadow to help smooth things out and blend things together. Three, this one is important. You need a contour shade. "This should be at least two to three shades darker than your skin tone" she says, and it helps create shadows. They are using a fourth shadow, a black one. As she does, it is important to go lightly with this one.

Step three: Pick your brushes. She uses double ended, I don't have those, but I can get by with just three for this look. I have a eye color brush, and eye crease brush, and an eyeliner brush, bigger than your normal eye liner brush. You can look at the brushes I am talking about here.

I use my brushes a little differently, as i don't have a flat brush. I take the color brush and dip it lightly in water, rub it off on my hand. Then I swirl the color brush in the color I am about to use. After that I clean the brush and do the next color. Watch the video to see how she does her eyeshadow, it really is amazing.

Important: Blend in from the outside! This is very important so as not to get makeup all over.

Step four: Curl you lashes, if you want, and put on mascara. I also put a little dark eyeliner on to help my eyes pop. She makes another important point, "don't pump your mascara". What I do is I take my mascara, open it, and pull straight out. Afterwards i wipe my wand to decrease the chance of clumping. It really helps. It might feel like you are wasting product, but it is worth it to wipe it off.

One more thing: If you want your eyes to look bigger and bold, put a dark eye liner on the top lid, outside the water line. Then on your bottom lid take an eye crayon or eye pencil that is white and apply it to your water line. Wipe the excess and Viola! Bigger bolder eyes!

Thats all for today, again check out the video! She has other great videos subscribe to her channel!
I will be coming out with videos soon, I will keep you posted!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hello, and Welcome!

Hi there!

This blog is about makeup tips. What kind of makeup tips? All kinds! Some to make your life easier, some to give you that bright color you have looking for, some for eyeliner pop and some for eye pop.

Tune in to this blog to get tips not only that I have come up with but also those that have been shared by many others as well!

I will be sharing links to videos, picture tutorials, and so much more. Stay tuned!