One of the many things that I love about working with makeup is the way it makes me feel- When someone feels refreshed and revitalized by something as small as a new color of lipstick, it can turn the day around. When I apply makeup in the morning it kind of forecasts the way I am feeling that day- it reflects the mood I am in. (When I contour Im usually feeling organized, when Im in a bad mood I do smoky eyes, etc) Which leads me to my point- don’t be afraid to try something new! Bright colors (particularly on the cheeks and eyes) can be a fantastic way to add personality to your look, a pep in your step, and perhaps a new found love for an unexpected color. Forecast a bright day and suprise yourself with something new- a different shade of blush (in a brighter pink or orange hue) can be an easy way to start out. Dont be afraid of new colors. Theres nothin like experimentin’!
some eyeshadow basics!
There are beautiful girls everywhere who seem to think there is one way to do eyeshadow (If you are going out to a party, there is more you can do than pile on the dark shadow and eyeliner). I think these are some exquisite photos of some options of eyelooks that (depending on color choice) can be bold and bonita or subtle and soft.
before anything: apply eye primer. Creasing eyeshadow aint cute.
eyelook 1: Using two different tones of the same color, apply the lightest color to the lid and blend the darker color upwards from the crease. For an eye-widening look, try blending the darker color from the outer corner of the crease to the middle of center of the crease.
eyelook 2: With a trio of colors, apply the lightest shadow to the entire lid, the medium shade from the outer corner of the lid to the middle of the lid, and the darkest color on the outer corner. blend blend blend!
eyelook 3: Repeat the same steps as eyelook one, but try a cool color for the eyelid, and a warm color for the crease.
eyelook 4: This look is especially evident on this model because she has deep set eyes and a pronounced brow bone- however, the eyeshadow increases the depth of the eyes. Also, matte shadows help achieve this look (something with added sparkle may not show as much contrast. Start by applying a white matte shadow on the entire lid. Use a deep gray or black to blend from the outer corner inwards. Add the dark gray or black to accentuate the crease. For added drama (this look in particular) put to use a deep matte purple and blend from the entire crease upwards to the brow bone. To highlight, add a lighter purple of lilac directly on the brow bone. It may be helpful in this case to mimic the shape of the crease of your eye, or mimic the shape of your eyebrow (it depends upon which illusion you would like to make).
Today I decided to do a little beauty tribute to the women that inspire me because they are creative, exquisite, and overflow with style and class despite the challenges their careers have presented them with. (they are listed in no particular order).
Mainly, they are fearless.
Emily Browning is pictured first- she has her own sense of style, and only chooses to take on roles that challenge particular stereotypes. For instance, she was offered the role of Bella Swan for the Twilight series- but she wasnt really feelin it. Even though it would have made her exponentially more wealthy and famous, she turned it down because she did not like the character she was cast to be. BOSS.
Gwen Stefani- need I say more?
Misty Copeland- This woman is everything. She is the first African American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, started dancing when she was 13, and even though she does not have the typical body type of the Balanchine dancer, she is so talented and positive that ABT couldnt even stop her.
Etta James- perfection. Talent, strength, and beauty. I am overwhelmed just thinking about how many challenges she had to face. But her challenges just made her stronger and fueled even more artistry and passion.
Today, I just want to endorse a few products for eyes that have worked out really well for me. I think they are all worth a try, mainly because I like to play around with many different looks and colors- the Makeup Forever Flash Palette allows for pretty much any look, and has so much product! I love to mix colors- with the basic color wheel, anything is possible. (dont limit the palettes use to just eyes! it can be used for anything and is great for stage makeup!)
The Stila Waterproof Eyeliner Pen and YSL Waterproof pencil are the only two eyeliners that will actually stay on my eyes without smudging. They both have great pigmentation, are easily controlled, and go on smooth. Same with Voluminous by L’Oreal. If you wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes and then brush upwards towards the end of the lashes it makes your eyelashes less prone to breakage.
Once you go Urban Decay Eye Primer, you dont go back. Unless you are planning on swimming in olive oil, its not going crease your makeup.
The Look Good…Feel Better program is truly incredible- check out their mission statement- if you are a makeup professional or just interested in getting involved, volunteer!
Thanks to Zooey for telling me about this organization!
I used to work with this girl who would always do her makeup so that her eyes looked like a sunrise or sunset- the colors she used were fantastic and always well blended. I started to use brighter colors and it makes me happy! Here are some fanastic examples of how to use bright tones-whether it be bold color-blocking, or subtle contouring- these photos exemplify brilliant use of brights!
shoutout to Sugarpill Cosmetics/Chaos Makeupartist/Makeupforlife
Sephora Pantone :)