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Fun Grey Smokey Eye

16 Sep

Hello everyone! Please forgive my absence for the past little while, school just started up again and it’s been pretty hectic. I decided to post this look because it’s pretty simple and something I wear often, especially during the fall. I didn’t mean to use all Tarte eyeshadows, all my greys and silvers just seem to be by them.

A lot of the colours I used are from the Tarte for True Blood palette; which doesn’t seem to be on sale on their website anymore but is available on Amazon. I love this palette, it has amazing fall colours and a good assortment of mattes, shimmers and glitters.

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The Look: A soft matte grey smokey eye with strong silver glitter on inner lower lash line.  I like this look because it’s versatile; skip the underneath-the-eye steps for a sophisticated office look and add the glitter later when you’re going out. It doesn’t have to be silver; any colour glitter would look great. A slight bronzer contour and a light pink matte blush on the cheeks complements the dark eyes and a neutral pink glossy lip completes the look.

Good for: This look can be adapted for day or night, office or night-out. That’s why I love grey!

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EYES

MAC Brun Eyeshadow (to fill in eyebrows)

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in tough as Taupe

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Pebble (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Buttercream (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Soft Beige (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Stake (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The True Death (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The Light (from True Blood palette)

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 156 Rhône

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner in 931 Black

L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense

Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer Eye Pencil in 155 Silver

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara in 01 Black

FACE & LIPS

Elizabeth Arden Skin Basics Velva Moisture Film (as base)

Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation in 130 True Ivory

Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation in Classic Beige (foundations mixed)

Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 02 Medium

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Finishing Powder

NARS Bronzer in Laguna

NYX Blush in PB06 Peach

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lip Gloss in 154 All American Girl

This is how I created the look

1. Apply a grey/taupe eyeshadow base (Maybelline Tough as Taupe) with your finger; gently rub around they edges to blend.

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2. Add a light grey eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Pebble) over the base, blend edges out.

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3. Add a dark matte grey shadow (Tarte Stake) to the outer 1/3 of the eye and blend inward. Blend again with the brush you used to apply the light grey for a seamless transition of colour.

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4. Draw a slate grey eyeliner (Annabelle Rhône) to the outer 1/3 of the upper and lower lash line and blend. Blend the shadow on the outer eye so it’s rounded, not angled.

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5. Blend a small amount of matte peach eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Buttercream) in the crease.

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6. Draw a silver eyeliner (Wet n Wild Coloricon Silver) to the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line and blend it out.

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7. Pack a glittery silver eyeshadow (Tarte The True Death)  on top of the eyeliner you blended.

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8. Draw a small amount of black liquid liner to the upper 1/3 of the upper lash line, don’t angle it. Tight line underneath the upper lashes with a black eyeliner.

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9. Tight line bottom lash line with the grey eyeliner and add your highlight and mascara (I used Tarte The Light for the brow bone and Matte Beige for the inner tear duct).

Done! Would you wear this during the day, or out at night?

– Julia

Matte Blue Ombré Eyes

16 Aug

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This is a look I created while I was playing with my 88 palette from Coastal Scents. I went for the blues shades to come up with a look I wouldn’t normally wear. I went pretty full out, using bright, vibrant blues. I think most people would normally shy away from this colour, it’s a really fun look if you use it in the right way.

I know some would disagree, but I think for the right occasion this is a very wearable look.  I kept the shadow only on the top lid and under the crease, so the blue doesn’t look like it’s taking over. You could add some blue to the lower lash line, black winged liner and false lashes for a more retro look. Don’t be afraid of looking like Mimi!

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The Look: Electric blue ombré eyes with a pop of shimmer in the centre. I used matte eyeshadows so the gradation of colour would be more visible. I used blue eyeliner instead of black so the focus is on the blues. A hint of berry blush and slight matte bronzer contour on the cheeks. I used a sheer peach lipstick and lipgloss to counter the coolness of the eyes.

Good for: This would be fun for a night out to a club or party. You could also add some more colours and wear this as themed makeup for a sports team or something. (I could probably rock this at a Blue Jays game!)

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EYES

Coastal Scents 88 Color Eye Shadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Illusion Palette (blue side)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Pebble (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Sephora Nano Eyeliner in 16 Azure

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 935 Moody Blue

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

Bourjois Volumizer Mascara

bareMinerals Brow Color in Dark Blonde

FACE & LIPS

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation in 150 Classic Ivory

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer in 02 Light Medium

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Finishing Powder

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 075 Peach

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in 022 Sunset Peach

Ok here’s how to create the look:

1. Draw a blue eyeliner on the outer and inner corners of the eye, staying under the crease. Blend edges.

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2. Place a matte, medium-dark bright blue over eyeliner, blend edges.

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3. Take a lighter matte blue eyeshadow and blend the first shade toward the centre of the lid.

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4. Clean the centre of your lid with a Q-tip. Wet your brush and pat a light shimmery blue in the centre of the lid.

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5. Go back and re-apply colours that have faded, always staying under the crease. Blend a matte taupe to the crease to add depth.

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6. Draw a dark blue eyeliner (NYC Moody Blue) on the upper water line and highlight brow bone with a matte cream eyeshadow (MAC Blanc Type).

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7. Add the shimmery blue shade to the tear duct area. Curl lashes and apply mascara on upper and lower lashes.

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Done! You can re-create this look with absolutely any colour! What colour would you try it with?

– Julia

Winged Liner, Coral Lip

1 Aug

After spending last week painting my room and looking like crap, I wanted to do a glamorous look today.  It was tough because all my makeup is packed away while I’m redoing my room, but this is what I came up with. I actually really like how it turned out!

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This is a classic combination: basic neutral eye, black winged liner and bold lip. This suits absolutely everyone; you just have to make it your own with the lip shade you choose. I love the way the peachy eyeshadow looks over the bronze base. It really pops over the darker colour and looks beautiful with the dark plum-y brown. Ok here is the breakdown.

The Look: A shimmery, light peach on the inner eye, blended into a dark bronze. Thick, black winged liner, dark brown blended into lower lash line with a flesh coloured pencil in the water line to open the eyes. Contour the cheekbones and temples with a matte beige-taupe applied with a tapered brush. I used a vivid matte rose-red just on apples of the cheeks and applied it with a fluffy angled brush. i used a bright matte coral on the lips.

Good for: Date night (wear it more than once with a different lipstick), formal occasions, with an LBD. A great look for when you don’t know exactly what will go with your outfit.

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PRODUCTS

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

MAC Strobecream (for cheek highlight)

MAC Blush in Harmony

MAC Blush in Frankly Scarlett

MAC Eyeshadow in Jest

MAC Eyeshadow in Magnetic Fields

MAC Eyeshadow in Brulé

MAC Select Cover-up Concealer in NW20

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze

Clinique Gel Liner in True Black

Bourjois Volumizer Mascara

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 909D Coral-ine

1. Apply a bronze cream eyeshadow as a base, concentrating it on the outer corner. Blend the edges with a brush or your finger.

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2. Pat a shimmery light colour on the inner half of your lid.

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3. Add a dark taupe-bronze to the outer third of your lid in a V-shape (along lash line and into outer part of crease).

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4. Blend crease until line is softened. Next, use a matte colour close to your skin tone to blend and tone down the shimmery colours.

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5. Draw a black gel liner close to your lash line.

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6. Draw the flick at the angle you want your liner to be.

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7. Adjust your line until it’s smooth and looks the way you want it to. Draw underneath your top lash line, filling in gaps between your eyelashes so there is no skin showing through.

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8. Line your bottom lash line with a brown waterproof liner and blend it out with the brush you applied the darker colour with.

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9. Line your lower water line with a skin coloured pencil. Curl lashes and add mascara. (At this point you could add fake lashes if you wanted, but this mascara is extremely volumizing and I didn’t think I needed them)

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That’s it! So, what do you think?

What are your favourite lip colours to wear with a basic liner?

– Julia

Bright Orange Eyeliner

16 Jul

After spending a wonderfully relaxing week in Vermont, I’m back with another look! I’m trying out my new liquid and powder foundation from the Extra Virgin Minerals line at The Body Shop. I will be doing a full review, but let me say I’m not sure the liquid foundation is a good choice for my oily skin during this hot, humid summer.

I was walking through the drugstore and saw this beautiful GOSH orange eyeliner on sale for $3.00 so I had to have it! It’s a great, long-lasting liner. My only complaint is that the brush is a bit flimsy, but you can just use your own brush.
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The look: Thick bright tangerine liner slightly winged. I used a gold pencil liner in the waterline to tie it together, but you could skip this step. I used a big, round fluffy brush to apply bronzer on the cheeks, temples and jawline. I used the same brush to apply a light pinky-brown blush.

Good for: Everyday. Going to lunch, running errands etc.

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This look easily pairs with most lip glosses, I think lipstick would be a little too colourful! I chose two glosses to show the difference. The first is a vibrant, cool-toned pink gloss that goes on semi-opaque.

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The second is one of my favourite everyday glosses: a sheer peachy-pink with fine gold shimmer.

Here are the products I used:

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EYES

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

L’Oreal Color Infallible in 016 Coconut Shake

essence Eyebrow Designer in 04 Blonde

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Tease (5th one from top)

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Bootycall (3rd one from top)

GOSH Extreme Art Eye Liner in 03

MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge

L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Waterproof Mascara

FACE & LIPS

MAC Fix+

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation in 205 Rose Vanilla

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Powder Foundation in 202 Natural Vanilla

NARS Duo Concealer in Custard/Ginger

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

MAC Blush in Blushbaby

NYX Lip Gloss in Dolly Pink

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in 008 Peony

1. Dampen your brush and apply Coconut Shake (light cream-beige) to the lid.

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2. Add tease (matte, mauve tinged brown) to the crease.

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3. Draw the liner on in your desired shape.

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4. Trace bottom lashline with Powesurge (neutral gold) and apply to waterline.

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5. Add highlighter to brow bone and tear duct and finish with mascara.

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I hope you like it, let me know what you think!

– Julia

Summer Daytime Makeup: Teal Eyeliner

1 Jul

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Doing your makeup on hot, humid days can be a challenge. You want to look put together, but don’t want your makeup running down your face in an hour. This is the makeup I wore Friday, in 32 degrees Celsius heat PLUS humidity, and it lasted perfectly.

One of my go-to summer looks if coloured eyeliner and the brighter the better. I chose a waterproof eyeliner (and mascara) for this look. I tend to get oily eyelids and liners and shadows end up creasing on me by the end of the day. Waterproof liners are great for absurdly hot days and long nights out because they don’t budge or run. If by the end of the day you suffer from the dreaded raccoon eyes, try switching to waterproof.

Here is what I used:
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EYES: 

MAC Paint in Bare Canvas (not pictured)

MAC Eyeshadow in Patina

MAC Eyeshadow in Wedge

MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom

N.Y.C. Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Teal

essence Eyebrow Designer in 04 Blonde

FACE & LIPS

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Original

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in 2.0

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

MAC Blush in Melba

Maybelline Age Rewind Finishing Powder

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Gotta Dash!

BRUSHES

Coastal Scents Angled Blush Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

Coastal Scents Flat Stippling Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

SpaResource Stippling Brush

Coastal Scents Large Liner/Brow Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

Coastal Scents Detail Shadow Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

e.l.f. Mineral Blending Eye Brush

Coastal Scents C153 Eye Shader Brush (old Coastal Scents numbering)

1. After priming your lid, place Patina (or any neutral gold) on the lid.
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2. Blend out with a crease blending brush.
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3. Draw liner on upper lash line. I kept it to the outer third but go as far in as you’d like.

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4.  Blend out the line with a small detailer brush. I kept it to the outer third but go as far in as you’d like.

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5. Draw and blend line on lower lash line.

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6. Blend Wedge (matte colour a few shades darker than your skin tone) into the outer part of the crease to add depth.

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7. Add Shroom (shimmery cream colour) to inner corner and finish with mascara.
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I applied bronzer with a large duo-fiber stippling brush; this gives a naturally bronzed look because it doesn’t pick up as much product as a natural hair brush.  I wouldn’t suggest a shimmery bronzer for doing this, at least not during the day, as it can overwhelm your face with glitter.

I used my favourite matte peach blush to offset the cool teal colour on the eyes and a peachy-coral glossy lipstick.  You could also use a lip gloss if you prefer.

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Overall I really like this look and will definitely be wearing it again. You can change it up by substituting any colour of eyeliner or blush to suit your complexion or preference. So what do ya think?!

– Julia

Warm Summer Smokey Eyes

22 Jun

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This is a look that I usually wear in the summertime and I like it because it’s a little different than the usual brown/black smokey eye. The warm rose gold and copper tones make it daytime-appropriate; adding black eyeliner to the waterline changes it to a sultry night-out look.  Using a base with colour (cream eyeshadow, paint pot etc.) would make the look pop even more! I think this look would be great for any eye colour, but particularly flatters green and hazel eyes.

Here is what I used and how I did it (concealer not included in picture):

EYES:

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kuala Lumpur

Sephora Nano Eyeliner in 05 Chocolate

MAC Eyeshadow in Embark

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Elegant

Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara

bareMinerals Brow Color in Dark Blonde

FACE & LIPS:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation in 150 Classic Ivory

Maybelline Age Rewind Finishing Powder

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer

essence Silky Touch Blush in 40 Natural Beauty

MAC Blush in Harmony

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer in 02 Light Medium

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 902C Bare it All

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Peach Petal

BRUSHES:

Coastal Scents Angles Blush Brush

Eco Tools Foundation Brush

MAC 139 Contour Brush

Clinique Powder Brush

GOSH Concealer & Shadow Brush

e.l.f. Mineral Blending Eye Brush

Coastal Scents Pro Blending Brush

Coastal Scents Synthetic Detail Brush

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1.  If your eyeshadow tends to crease, start with a primer all over the lid.

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2. Place the rose gold colour over the lid.

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3. Add the berry colour to the outer third of the lid and crease, dragging towards the rose gold.

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4. Blend crease to soften berry colour.

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5.  Add berry shadow to outer third of lower lash line.

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6. Draw brown eyeliner to outer third of upper and lower lash line, blending with a dark matte brown (Embark).

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7. Add brown eyeliner to waterline

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8. Finish with mascara and highlighter.

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I contoured my cheeks with MAC Blush in Harmony, a matte beige-brown colour and added a pink-brown blush with subtle shimmer to the cheeks, blending back toward temples. The peachy-nude colour on the lips completes the earthy-nude look, which compliments the eyes.

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(Please excuse my funny faces, I wanted to get it from all angles)

Thanks for visiting, I will be posting more looks soon so please leave a comment so I know what you think!

– Julia