Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Some looks I'm loving today!

Today I stayed home waiting for UPS to deliver my replacement iPhone, so obviously I had a lot of extra time on my hands. And obviously I spent the entire time online looking at makeup and such. I found a few looks that I really liked:

Classic red lips, with sophisticated eyes:

This look is an easy one to do, and even easier to pull off, especially if you need to look sophisticated for a night out.

1. Apply primer, concealer, and foundation as usual.

2. Dab concealer around the edge of your lips to keep your lipstick in place.

3. Lightly powder entire face with a dense brush to keep shine away (we're going for a matte look here). I recommend Sephora Mattifying Compact Foundation.

4. Using a black liquid eyeliner, line the top eye as close to the lash line as possible. Keep the line relatively thin, as the eyes are not the focus for this look. Wait a few seconds for the liner to dry, the take a stiff angled eyeliner brush and use it to apply matte black shadow directly on top of the liquid liner. Use the brush to fill in any spots the liquid liner couldn't get near the lash line. Next, curl your eyelashes, and apply a black mascara.

5. Find the right red lipstick shade for you. The rule of thumb is to follow the undertones of your skin. If you have peachy/golden undertones, go for an orange based red, like Kat Von D's Painted Love Lipstick in Stiletto. If you have rosy undertones, or pale skin, opt for a pink based red, or a red with blue undertones, like Clinique High Impact Lip Colour in Red-y To Wear.

6. For extra protection from lip color bleeding, line your lips beforehand with a nude color lip liner or a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade.

Golden Eye:

I love this glow-y bronzed look. Not sure who it is, but I came across the picture while on a Google adventure.

1. Apply your usual face makeup, i.e.: primer, concealer, foundation, etc.

2. Use a large blush brush or blending brush, and buff on some bronzing powder. Apply to cheeks, chin, and forehead (basically wherever the sun would naturally hit) in a sweeping manner. Blending is crucial, especially if you want it to look natural.

3. Using an eyeshadow brush (almost any one will do) apply a peachy bronze eyeshadow to the outer edge of your crease, and extend a little bit below, underneath the lower lash line. Next, use a shimmery golden eyeshadow across the entire lid. Sweep the shadow all the way to the tear duct, and follow underneath the lower lash line until you reach the peachy bronze shadow.

4. Make sure to either wipe off the brushes in between color changes, or use different brushes altogether. Next, use a shimmery bronze (no peach, just brownie colored with a little shimmer) to apply to the inner area of the crease.

5. Now that we are done with the shadow, use a dark brown or black liquid eyeliner to line the eye. Start with a very thin line extending from the tear duct, to the other end of the eye, gradually getting thicker. An easy way to get the line thicker as you go along is to just follow your lash line and gradually pull away from it, then fill in the empty space later. (here is a great 3 minute video tutorial on applying liquid eyeliner!)

6. Use the same liquid eyeliner for the bottom, but instead of following the lash line, line the water-line. Finish the look with a fabulous thickening mascara, like Covergirl LashBlast Mascara.

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