Friday, February 26, 2010


Alright so lately I've been wearing a lot of cheetah print. My Coach purse is gray cheetah, the shirt I wore yesterday was pink cheetah, the cardigan I wore last week is blue cheetah, obviously, I have a cheetah obsession. Now this may be going a bit above and beyond, but when one of my friends started playing around with this look, I was completely inspired to try it on my own! What is it? Cheetah print eyeshadow! Ok so I know its kind of overwhelming for an everyday look, but how fun would this be for a night out or a cool party?

You can use any colors to create this look, and it is surprisingly easy to do!

1. Apply any colors eyeshadow on lid, crease, and brow bone. Velvet-y looking eye shadows will work best, but shimmer ones look ok too. Use any technique you want, and feel free to use colors you wouldn't normally use for an every day look.

2. Sweep a black or dark brown liquid eyeliner across your lash line, and be a little more dramatic than you usually would. Wing out the ends, and on the bottom lid, sweep a little further in than you usually would, right to the edge of your tear duct.

3. Using a different colored eyeliner from the one you used before (and in pencil form), create small little "blobs" underneath your brow bone, not too far inwards.

4. Outline the "blobs" with a liquid eyeliner in crooked little half moons, and don't worry about being a little messy, this is not a "clean" look.

5. Enjoy looking fierce on your night out. Below are some products I recommend for this look.

Benefit Cosmetics Velvet Eyeshadow
I particularly like Dandy Brandy, Nice Melons, and Leggy for this look!

Liquid Eyeliner:
Layer "Midnight Cowboy" over a black or brown Stila Smudge Pot for a glittery, glamorous look!

Pencil Liner:
Any pencil liner will do, but I love the way that Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil glides on creamy and stays on all day.

*A note to end on---Don't forget to prime your lids, or else your cheetah print might smudge right off! I love Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rosy Cheeks...

Everybody loves a good blush. The right pink will make you look younger. The perfect rose will give you a sexy edge. A good peach creates an innocent look. But which blushes work? Let's take a look at a few different types of blush.

Powder Blush

Benefit's Dallas Blush is one of the best powder blushes I've ever used. The color is a dusty rose, but has a little bit of bronzer in it. I love the rectangular little brush it comes with. Use it at an angle and sweep from the apple of your cheek towards the ear for a romantic glow.

Cream Blush

Nars The Multiple in Orgasm is a gorgeous peachy pink shimmer that does three jobs in one; sculpts, highlights, and shades. Apply with fingers for a pretty glow, or apply directly with makeup stick and blend for a deeper color.

Cheek Stain

Not only is Benefit's Posietint a beautiful pink shade, but it works double-time, acting as both a lip and cheek color. The key to using a liquid formula is to moisturize beforehand, and apply quickly with fingertips, blending carefully. Start at the apples of your cheek and sweep towards ear. To use as a lip color, dot on lips and blend with fingers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3 Steps to Smoky Perfection:

Everybody wants the perfect smoky eye, but nobody wants to spend twenty minutes doing it, so here is a quick, easy way to get a perfect smoky eye:

Step 1- Lining
Run a creamy black pencil around the inner rim of your eyes. Wedge into upper and lower lashes, and don't be afraid to get messy--you're just going to blend it out anyways.

Step 2- Blending
Use your finger or a makeup sponge to gently blend outward.

Step 3- Shadow
Smudge black eyeshadow from the eyeliner to your crease. Use a shimmery gray shadow to sweep on crease and extend a little beyond. The more you blend, the better!

Products to Use:

Creamy Eyeliner-Urban Decay Ink for Eyes is extremely blendable, glides on smoothly, and stays on all day. I like the shade "Zero". I swear it is one of the blackest blacks I've ever used.

Smoky Shadow- Shimmer Smudge Pots are great if you can handle a cream eyeshadow. The shades "Black" and "Black Cat" would be perfect for this look, but if you don't think you can use a cream shadow, stick with the Sephora Collection Colorful Mono Eyeshadow. The shades "Must Have", a matte black, and "Black Flame", a shimmery gray, are great for doing a smoky eye.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Favorite Hair Stuff!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I have those days where my hair just won't work with me. It seems like I'm battling a frizzy, limp, static covered monster every other day. Those are the days when I root around under the bathroom sink and in my makeup drawers to try and find some magical product that will transform my hair into some silky semblance of pretty. Over the years I've found just the products that do that:

FX Special Effects Silk Drops-

I don't think I've ever used a more amazing product in my life. Since I live in Georgia, the humidity is constantly wreaking havoc on my easily frizzable hair. I've found that using this product keeps my hair tame enough to manage on even the steamiest days. I use 3 or 4 drops of this stuff on the ends of my towel dried hair after I get out of the shower, and then 1 or 2 drops after blow drying and styling my hair.

Just drip a few drops on your hand, rub your palms together for a few seconds, then smooth on the ends of your hair.

Pantene Pro-V Extra Straight Shampoo & Conditioner-

I've heard the rumors about Pantene being bad for your hair, and to my relief, after a little research I've found out that it's simply not true. Pantene Pro-V are some of the best hair products out there. The shampoo is one of the most moisturizing ones I've ever used, and doesn't weigh my hair down at all, which is easy to do since my hair is so thick. The conditioner always keeps my hair feeling soft and looking shiny, especially if I rinse it out with cold water. Pantene Pro-V Extra Straight Shampoo & Conditioner is something I can always count on to keep my hair looking great.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Hairspray-

I hate hairspray. It makes your hair feel crusty and sticky and stiff, and I avoid it like the black plague. However, I have to say Garnier Fructis' hairspray really isn't that bad. I use it on my extra frizzy days when nothing else will do. I style my hair as usual (air dry, then straighten), then spray on a sparse amount of this stuff. The trick to keeping hair from feeling stiff is to brush it through the hair before it dries completely. Comb and repeat until hair no longer looks like a poodle.

Alright so those are a few of my must have products, good luck , and happy hair days!

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.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My First Post!

Hi! Welcome to my beauty blog, pretty in pink lipstick! My name is Adara, and I'm 17 years old living in Georgia. I love any and all things beauty, and could play in makeup for days on end. Recently I started getting serious about finding a career in the beauty industry, and I've decided to start a blog to see if I've got what it takes. Anyways, I'm pretty new to the blogging scene, but I'm sure it can't be that hard. I'd like to do makeup tutorial videos and blog about makeup and post pictures of the makeup ideas I have. So, follow closely, send me feedback, and maybe we can all learn something! Enjoy!