Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
The next look I'm going to describe is a bit beyond the basic look but not a full on evening out makeup look. It's something you would wear to work or when you want to feel a little more polished.
1. Start with a light to medium coverage foundation. You can use a primer if you so choose as it will help even things out but it's not totally necessary. If you have super clear skin you could mix together a bit of sunscreen and foundation and use this in the place of just foundation for a very light coverage with sun protection.
2. Conceal darkness under the eyes and then using your skin matching concealer or foundation stick conceal any blemishes and areas of redness. For blemishes remember to pat around the blemish (not over top) to blend.
3. Apply powder to set your makeup. Concentrate on areas with concealer.
4. Take a medium shade of eyeshadow in a neutral color or a contrasting color (to make your eye color pop) and apply it from the lash line to just above the crease. We'll save contouring for a more dramatic look later on.
5. Take your hilight color from the basic look and apply it to the brow bone and just above your cheeks.
6. Take a grey, brown or black liner and line the top lid close to the lashes. I like to use a powder and brush for liner during the day. I apply powder to the brush (angled), place the brush against my lashes and wiggle it back and forth gently. This gets the color inbetween the lashes and makes them look thick without having a noticible line.
7. Optional - fill in your brows with powder and an angled brow brush.
8. Curl your lashes and apply a coat or 2 of mascara.
9. Apply a natural looking blush and for a pop of color that will last a bit longer, take a bright pink and apply lightly to the apple of the cheeks.
10. Apply a natural pink, peach or browny pink lipstick and or lipgloss and you're finished.
I'm still in my pj's now so I haven't taken any pictures. I'll update later with some phots.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
On the right is the Peach Cheek Tint. It almost looks coral rather than peach but it's a very nice color on. Next time I'm at the store I'll probably buy all the other colors!
For eyeshadows I picked up some pretty neutral colors, but they do have some brights as well. The colors on my hand are:
I don't mind the shadows for the price, but I wasn't thrilled with the application. I found them hard to apply and blend. They are ok if you want to try out a new look and don't want to shell out a bunch of cash on something you aren't sure you're going to like.
I didn't try the eyeliners - but these are the colors I picked up. One is a grey/blue and the other is purple. Just for funsies.:)
I would definetly buy the cheek tint and lipsticks again but probably won't purchase any more of the eyeshadow.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Wow - this angle makes my nose look huge! HA!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Not only did it cover my circles, it had a very silky texture and dried to a matte finish. For only $7 CDN I coudn't really go wrong. I think I have a new favorite concealer!
Pre - concealer (ug yes I need to pluck!)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
For a subtle glow. To top it all of my husband has no reason to freak because I used $55 worth of Shoppers Optimum points!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Now that the snow is melting and the temperature is rising you're probably ready to expose some more skin. It's essential to make sure you cover any exposed skin with an a broadspectrum suncreen with an SPF of AT LEAST 15 everyday. This includes face, ears, neck and hands).
Sun damage is the numero uno cause of wrinkles, not to mention skin cancer and age spots. If you want a sun-kissed glow, try a bronzing powder, sunscreen with self-tanner or add a bit of bronzing gel to your sunscreen.
With the plethora for options available all year round, there really is no reason to bake your skin. Unless this is the look you are going for:
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So I went to pick up a USB cord for my home office printer (stupid thing didn't come with one!) and I had to go through the drugstore. While I was there I coudn't help but look at the makeup. I found this Sally Hansen lip stuff they don't have anywhere else in town and decided to give it a try. The price was right. I love it. I take the "Fully Fabulous" SPF 15 Lip Shield and then layer the "Fresh" Natural Butter Lip Shine over top. So purty!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The point I'm trying to make is that it all depends on a variety of factors such as your skin tone, hair color, eye color etc. It's going to be a lot of trial and error. Something that looks awesome on your best friend might not look great on you and vice versa.
That being said, there are some ways to narrow things down:
Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they green looking or blue, or a combination of both?
If they are blue you probably fit more into the cool range of things. You can probably wear blues, purple, grey, silver, white, black.
If they are green you are probably warmer toned. You would look at warm colors such as yellow, orange, red, peach, gold and ivory.
In between cool and warm is the neutral zone: pink, brown and green (bet you didn't know pink and green were neutral did you!)
That will give you someplace to start your search. Additionally you can look at eyeshadows in terms of your eye color.
Blue eyed people will ususally look good in:
- light grey
- greyish brown
- purpleish brown
People with green eyes will usually look good in:
- yellow toned beige
- moss green
- greyish brown
People with brown eyes will ususally look good in:
- grey beige
- medium brown
- khaki green
Sometimes you have to go a bit out of your comfort zone to find something that looks really fantastic on you. Thats' how I found my holy grail of lipgloss. (To follow in a seperate blog)
I've found you can get wonderful foundations, concealers, mascaras and lipstick/gloss at the drugstore. That's where I get most of mine (well except concealer - I have super dark circles so I need HEAVY duty coverage). There are two things I reccomend people splurge on: 1) eyeshadow and 2) blush. The reasons are the same for both. Professional eyeshadows and blushes are highly pigmented meaning a little goes a long way. You need to use a lot less than you would a cheaper version. (Oh and please don't ever use the tiny brush that comes with drugstore blushes to apply your blush unless you want to look like you have racing stripes on your cheeks!)
If I have a chance, later I will come back and post some of my favorite drugstore finds.
Well fast forward to now. I still have a full time job that I like but I decided this is something I want to do for fun. I really enjoy makeup and I hope to be able to help others.
Thats the long and short of it. I hope I have time between my full time job in marketing and my new freelance job to come here and update this blog with little beauty tips, tidbits and advice.