Sunday, January 31, 2016

Aries Glittered Fire Makeup Tutorial

         Why hello there ;)!  Rather doing someone apart of my Valentines Day series I decided to channel my inner self and pour my soul out onto my skin.  Hopefully that does not sound vial, but red is my spirit color and I decided to do a fiery look surrounding it!  Over the course of the next month be prepared for my zodiac series.  It will contain a look for each sign with complementary shades, do be noted this is my take on the Zodiac auras!  Today happens to be Aries because not only is it the first sign it happens to be mine.  Just as the sign goes fiery shades such as red, copper, and yellow are used with a subtle golden glow.  Aside from this being part of a Zodiac series it defiantly can be changed up for any special occasion, party, hell or if you just want to be fabulous.  I used two glitters along with two pigments, for you guys this means be prepared with tons of brushes and paper towels with optional tape.  Also before we get into the look- I used a mint glitter to even the tones out, highly suggest you follow along rather choosing a straight out bright yellow glitter!

                     When I think of myself, I think of clean and clear outlooks on life.  That is EXACTLY how your skin should be for this look, any imperfections will effect the glow!  Now, when I say imperfections I am not referring to blemishes, strictly dry skin or oily skin.  Both are tamable, so get to it!  Since I use  Peter Thomas Roth's FIRMx Peeling Gel once a week as a chemical exfoliation treatment, I delved right in!  This stuff is the best because as your roll you can visibly see the dead skin cells coming off, plus if you allow the enzymes to set for a few minutes more exfoliation is given.  After a few minutes of rolling around, especially around my nose (SUPER dry spot for me), I then allowed it to set and followed through by washing it off with steamy water!  A LOT of people tend to go for cold water but always remember hot water opens pores, cold water shrinks pores, meaning you're working against yourself if you wash your skin throughly with cold water throughout the entire routine.  After my skin was ridded of the FIRMX gel I then applied a light coating of  Fresh's Seaberry Oil to all zones of my face, I made sure to bring it down my neck as well reaching out towards my hairline.  Depending on what hydration system you use is how long you should allow it to sink into your pores, for example my oil is rather thick so compared to regular light oils I average 6 minutes drying time!

                   In the midst of my Aries look I actually was flip flopping between doing my mom's makeup and my own (I'll show you some photos later!), why is this important? Well, I allowed the oil to set a tad longer than it should have. After a good 15 minutes of time I moved into the priming stage, opt in for a primer that contains radiant particles rather matte or natural finishes, this will add to the "fire" effect and form a radiant glow for the products to come.  I chose my absolute FAVORITE primer, Natasha Denona's Face Glow Hydrating Primer, and gently smoothed it out on my skin starting from the center of my face, dragging it out towards my hairline!  Being this product has long term skin benefits and is buildable in coverage, I applied a second coating over my nose since as I said previously I tend to be super dry there.  I let the primer set for 5 minutes (very quick drying) and proceeded to the foundation process :)!

                        A flawless complexion is a MUST for this look, however once again it can't be too matte or "natural" in appearance!  Honestly, I LOVE Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation however the packaging is not ergonomically pleasing (super annoying when it comes to pouring it out onto the back of your hand, the foundation is runny too which makes it a nightmare to deal with for the consumer).  If anything I would stick with this line of foundation for the makeup look just for the reason it has buildable coverage and leaves a your skin but better look! With as close to a pea-sized amount as possible onto the back of my hand I poured out a small amount of product. I gently took my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush and stippled it into the foundation (too warm it up) and began to pat it onto the left side of my face with fluid stippling and buffing motions.  With this foundation in specific, buffing motions should be only used for the outer rims of the face (jaw line, chin, hairline's) and it should be kept to a minimum of downward stroking motions!  After building up a decent amount of coverage to all zones of my skin I let the formula sink into my pores for about 2 minutes, this step is completely optional (the waiting process) only because the cream contouring softens up the product once more, I just enjoy the satisfaction of the product drying down.

                 The cream contouring got a tad whacky.  Normally I NEVER use pink toned highlights but for today as I had completely hit the pan of my regular G10/N10, it had to do!  I think this is sort of a good thing only for the reason I can weave in some tips on how to rock the wrong color (NOT THAT YOU SHOULD HAHA).  When it comes to cream contouring you can use just about any tool you want, wether it be your fingers or a brush, its the placement that matters!  Using a Sephora #20 brush I began to highlight my features using P10 from CoverFx.  Basically, highlighting shades should hit the areas you want to "brighten" or in some cases widen!  I drew two upside down triangles that extended out towards my hairline (this brings light to the center of the face), as well as one single line from the tip of my nose up to my forehead that sprouted out into two separate lines hovering over my brows (creates a gradience up to my forehead and focuses light on the bridge of my nose).  The final step take was a single line from my left jaw to right jaw passing over the chin, use my contouring areas as a GUIDE never for granted!  With that same #20 I then contoured the sides of my nose along with my cheekbones, jaw line, and on my temples (I rarely contour the temples however the bronze tones will work in my favor for this look in specific) using Cover Fx's N100. Blending is SUPER simple, its really the placement that freaks people out!  When blending I like to use my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush, and I tend to stick with light stippling motions with the occasional upward/downward stoke on areas needing that "uplifted effect".  For example, if you blend upwards on your cheek contour rather stippling it in completely, it'll form the illusion of higher draw cheekbones.  On the other hand, if you blend downwards or in large circles it hinders your goal of intense contours OR perhaps just chiseled+defined features!  Due to me using such heavy creams it is extremely important for them to dry out for a few minutes, just as described in my Bombshell Tutorial, if you go forth the creams will get all over the powder formulas and won't form a flawless complexion!

                        Once everything reasonably dried down (yes I am impatient) I then moved forward into bronzing!  Now, if you happen to not have the Makeup Forever Bronze Fusion powders and still want to mimic this look opt in for honey tones, NOTHING pertaining to oranges or dark browns!  With my handy dandy Mac 168 brush I swirled my brush into the gel like powder and gently brushed it on my skin starting from the temples moving down to my cheeks and finally to my jaw line.  For that strong women appearance a powder contour should be done, it just offers more defined features and encompasses what an Aries is, a fighter.  Using Sombre from the Shade+Light Pallet, I blended the shade into the hollows of my cheeks and slightly up to my hairline with the same 168 brush.  I then defined the sides of my nose by drawing two harsh lines using a 219 Mac pencil brush, and with the 168 brush buffed out the harsh lines!

                     Choosing a blush that mimics golden peach or coral tones is the best idea for this look, avoid using pinks!  I chose Becca's Beach Tint in Guava/Moonstone primarily because it gives off a beautiful glow that accents the illuminators to come extremely well.  I went ahead and applied this right from the container using my ring+middle finger together.  Starting from the apples of my cheeks up I gently patted the cream-powder formula on and made sure to blend up towards my hairline!

                       When it comes to the illumination process it is EXTREMELY important you know your high points.  For most, if not all people these areas are the bridge of your nose, cheek bones, chin, cupid's bow, and forehead.  Each area needs a different level of glow, meaning on the chin it'll be more subtle in tone than on the nose!  Also keep in mind adding a illuminator can fix crookedness, know your face!  The first thing I did was form a tacky base using Nars's Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana.  With a pea-sized amount to the back of my hand, I gently brushed the glow on using Sephora's Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush.  I heavily concentrated the product around the C's of my eyes (from the top of your brow down to your cheekbones) as well as on my cupid's bow as these two areas pop more on my face.  Just as the blush mimicked peach/coral tones, so should the following powders!  Using the same Teardrop Highlighter Brush I brushed Champagne Pop onto my cheekbones as well as down the bridge of my nose, and on my cupid's bow.  This product was HEAVLY applied, meaning several layers to get a substantial almost photoshopped glowy appearance.  To form a more eye catching glow I then took Starlight and smudged it right in the center of my cheekbones (adjacent to under eye area) as well as on my forehead and chin!  This look defiantly requires a buttload of glow, but in the end it is SO worth it.  

                         Right after the eyes were complete (you probably have glitter fall out, don't worry that'll be dusted off in a few minutes) I started to fill in my lips using L'oreal's Ginger Spice lip color! Being this look hinders a warrior's personality the ginger toned lip color is PERFECT, not too red and not too brown, just rustic!  I topped the lip color off using Abh's Warm Bronze for a furthered warm lip tone as well as glossy touch. I literally had a mini Lillee attack when I noticed my MUFE HD powder was almost gone.  Despite this I still went forth and set my face using Laura Mercier's Setting Power THOUGH it isn't my favorite.  I applied the powder to my under eye area, on my forehead, between my cheek and jaw contour and on my chin.   To finish things up in the setting department I sprayed on Urban Decay's All Nighter spray.  As an added tip for those executing this look- since the setting powder used is yellow this counteracts the pink tones from the cream contour and in some areas gives off a peachy complexion which is perfect since the look resembles fire!
*ELF Smudge Pot- Gotta Glow
*Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan(s): Cocoa Bear, Peach Smoothie, Corrupt, Mocha
*Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Pigment(s): Penelope, Asylum 
*OCC Glitter(s): Mint, Gold
*ABH Creme Liner in Jet+ Coral Reef 
                     Strong brows are an absolute must for a strong warrior princessa (don't ask).  For this you should groom beforehand, meaning pluck or shave away the fur! To form strong eyebrows one of the first things I had done is spoolied through each brow using my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush.   Then, going into my ABH Pomade (be sure to choose a color that is complementary to your natural coloring, otherwise it might throw off the look) I lined my lower and upper brow's, proceeding into filling them in with light upward brush flicks.  I finished up by giving one last spoolieing!  Right after the brows I applied Elf's Smudge Pot in Gotta Glow to my entire lid area and smudged it upwards towards my brow bone's.  To show how much pigment I built up I used a variation of two photos (from the top left 1-2), in the first photo it shows how I just smudged the gold on as a base however in the second it shows how I then patted on the pigment.  All of this was done with my ring finger, however a brush shall do!

                         Once I had a decent amount of pigment on the smudge pot I moved along to the crease, don't focus too much on the lid shade being it will be smothered in glitter ;).  Before getting into details be noted that at least one fluffy blending brush is needed as well as a corse one since a major gradience if formed.  Using Sephora's #27 Brush I gently blended Peach Smoothie into my crease using side to side motions.  Try to hold a good amount of pigment with this shade rather making it transparent, work in layers AND DO NOT apply a lump sum to the crease!  To start adding warm tones to the crease I then took Cocoa Bear.  Using my Mac 217 Brush I eased C.B. into the inner V with side to side motions with occasional patting motions on the outer lid.  Just like Peach Smoothie heavily concentrate this color, it should be visible.  To keep the high pigment but still have a gradience simply take the #27 brush (or fluffy brush) and side sweep the crease!  The last color swept into the crease is Mocha, this shade was added just for the purpose of drama and aded depth (avoid super dark browns).  Just like the shades before mocha, focus on side to side motions that concentrate in that specific area of interest.  For this shade I gently patted it onto my outer lid and scooped the color inwards following just a tad below the creasing of my eye socket (with the 217 Brush). 

                  At this point the crease is finished, start working on the fun part, glitterizing! Before anything I mixed Mint & Gold together in a tiny pan, and I also uncapped all the other pigments that will be used! I took a pea-sized amount of Too Faced Glitter Glue and slightly warmed it up on the back of my hand. I then proceeded to smudging+patting it onto my lower lash line's as well as onto both lid's.  Know that the lower lash glue might dry up, pace yourself!  Using my index finger, with the other fingers holding a paper towel under my eyes, I gently patted on the mixture of Mint & Gold to my entire lid.  These two shades will need some product build up, work in layers and continue patting on until you're satisfied with the shine!  After doing so I quickly went into Asylum using a Mac 219 and patted it under my entire lower lash line.  As modeled in image 6 I also added some of the Gold glitter for a out of this world shimmer ;).  The next pigment used is Penelope (my absolute FAVORITE), this color was sharply applied to the inner corners of my eyes, don't worry if the lines are not precise at the moment, once the eyeliner is applied everything balances out!

                       The waterline was rather intricately done, the first thing you should do is get the easy part out of the way- lining your upper lash line in an Egyptian styled wing.  It is probably unclear now, however from the transition of photo 7 to 8 I ended up smudging it out a tad (we will get into that in just a few).  Once you have your sharply lined winged liner, move forth to doing the waterline!   Using the back end of an Urban Decay Naked 3 brush (shader side) I smudged Jet onto the inner and outer thirds of my waterline avoiding the mid area.  Jet happens to be the darkest black I have EVER bought, plus the fact it lasts all day long defiantly an investment to make! After you have set the groundwork for the orange toned liner, begin to smudge Coral Reef right onto the clean space.  As you smudge there will be a notable gradience. This probably will KILL your eyes (sorry :)) but I took a pink sized amount of Asylum and patted it onto Coral Reef for a bright red appearance (this is why in my final photo the orange turns red).  To explain what I wrote above about the smudging transition in photos 7-8, I took Corrupt by Makeup Geek and with a pointed 219 brush took it right under my lower lash line smudging in towards the triangle in my tear duct area. 

                            Finish off the look with a few coats of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes to your bottom and upper lashes.  Though many hate when this occurs, try to "smudge" the mascara on this way a darker black line is formed under the lash line.  Top everything off with some fabulous lashes- I went for subtle lashes just so you can really make out the upper shadow look, anything overly dramatic would take away from the bronzed appearance! By the way, I got paranoid and deiced to brighten the lid shade by patting on Champagne Pop, this is probably why it appears more shimmery than glitter in the final photos.  

           This is the look I had done on my mom, as previously mentioned in the beginning of this blog post!  It mimics the same glitter style done here just with the usage of green hues (OCC Mint glitter on the lid).  Just like me with the issue of my cream contour running out I had to switch to alternative methods of using a lighter foundation, all in all it came out rather well being I multitasked!  If you guys have any requests for Valentines Day email me at OR you can private message me on Insta/Twitter @ Thaeyeballqueen :)!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sensual Valentine's Day Bombshell Makeup Tutorial

              For the next few weeks I will start rolling out my Valentines Day looks, I have heard ALLLL your requests and will be sure to execute them!  This one is more of a Victoria's Secret bombshell look but it can easily be altered in the manner of being alluring with the switch of a lip color or  the deepening of shadow shades.  Finally, I have broken apart from my Natasha Denona line (FOR NOW) just for the reasoning I want to give your guys a diverse outlook on my tutorials!  Be noted that this look in specific can be changed to have an everyday twist.  For example, without lashes, less of a harsh crease, and a toned down pink lipstick this can be the ultimate sexy everyday smokey eye, you just gotta' be the right person to fit it!  While this look encompasses a slight bit more products than usual it is only due to the factor I mixed and matched different pallet colors; there is always a way to compromise especially with pallets containing the same tones.  Anyhoo be sure to check out the gothic opposite to the look and be sure to prep your skin well, flawless skin is a main focus here :)!

                             As mentioned above, having flawless skin is a must in this look (heavily ties into the gothic opposite because the same techniques are used, however this is done with an "angelic" touch).  Just a quickey- I actually took a shower beforehand and braided my hair in two french braids, this gives a super beachy hair style, and yes hair tutorials are soon too come ;).  In the shower I used my usual  Murad Time Release Acne Cleaner (helps clear up my complexion) and then followed through by steaming the foam off with hot water.  As always I set everything with Fresh's Seaberry Oil.  Just for the sake of replicating a Victorias Secret Bombshell adding a touch of oil to your routine won't kill ya', it'll just bring a lit from within glow and offer a tad more moisture.  If you happen to have breakouts this is a good idea because despite having cluttered skin,  it is clean and dry patch free thus making it super easy to perfect, plus the fact in some cases oil can tame acne!

                   Just as always, right after allowing the oil to seep into my pores I moved along to the priming stage.  For a look like this defiantly pull out the green/peach/yellow primers (color correcting) it will help draw focus to the eyes as well as lips!  I however opted in for using the equivalent to a clear BB/CC cream, Natasha Denona's Face Glow Hydrating Primer.  Though this is a hydrating and colorless base, it defiantly has improved my skin and preforms well in covering surface area imperfections (fine lines, dry patches, weird looking acne marks).  When it comes to jarred primer I like to take a finger tip sized amount and dash it on each zone of the face (left cheek, right cheek, forehead, chin) and then gently blend it out towards my hair line!  Always remember to blend out past the actual face for the most natural finish (if you prime one spot and do not primer the other a noticeable difference is seen).  I allowed this priming base to set for a good 5 minutes, remember every base requires different steps.  Before moving on I'd like to elaborate on my last statement just to avoid confusion- people using color correcting primers have to wait longer amounts of time than those using universal priming bases due to the extra benefits woven in!  On the other hand, those using acne fighting bases might need to follow through with another treatment.  Always use my information as guide, develop your own way's!

                   Next up is the foundation application!  It took me a total of 6 minutes to decide what foundation I wanted to use (as many of you know I adore the ND Face Glow, tough life breaking apart from it).  This process went by super quick despite the sad moments that occurred since I used a rounded  Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush. With exactly one pump of Becca's Full Coverage Creme I began to gently stipple on the product in a circle opened by a surrounding circle.  I continued the stippling process until I finally reached my under eye area and at the point buffed the product out to my hairline.  The same method was taken onto the other side of my face along with a light brushing on my forehead and chin.  Be sure to choose a skin tone foundation with lots of pigment present, the least of your worries should be color matching at this point!  Allow your foundation to set anywhere between 1-2 minutes before moving onto cream contouring (NOT optional).

               As said before, cream contouring is not optional today!  If you want that flawless model like skin, it's a must.   This step is actual not quite difficult as most put it out to be, it requires just the knowledge of blending skills and placement skills.  For example, just because one might have a shaky hand this doesn't impede the process, easily the creams can be dragged around when you use a fluffy blending brush, or perhaps sponge.  The power lies within you guys, just have to know your face and what looks best!  For me, started off by drawing two upside triangles under my eyes, one line from the tip of my nose up to my forehead which sprouted into two lines hovering my eyebrows, and one line from my left jaw to my right jaw using ABH Banana and my ring finger!  With that same finger I took N100 and contoured the sides of my nose and hollows of my cheeks, for a little extra definition I took the darker cream onto my crease and under my lip this enhances the lips and defines the eyes more.  To blend all the creams in I used a simple Elf Ultimate Blending Brush.  Basically working from the lower half of my face up I used consistent light patting/stippling and buffing motions.  This brush is ideal for any blending primarily because it has a rounded surface with duo fibre bristles thus, really get's in there unlike other brushes!  Once you have blended your creams in, or perhaps liquids (you can use different color foundations to contour/highlight), allow it to sit for a few minutes.  If you go straight into powders they will cling to the creams and have little pigment!

                       Speaking of powders the first thing used after the contour is Benefit's Hoola Bronzer!  As said in many of my blog posts, it is extremely important to incorporate a bronzer in your routine.  You might be asking, "well...why?"  Without it, especially after cream contouring, you'll have a grayish skin tone, which is where the help of a bronzer comes in since it adds warmth!  If you happen to opt in for a matte bronze such as the one I used you can go forth and skip the extra step of powder defining the contour!  Besides all of this, with my Mac 168 brush I brushed the bronzing powder from my temples, down to the hollows of my cheeks and finally to under my jawline.  These are areas the sun would naturally hit, sans the sides of one's nose.  I prefer to keep the nose taupe in tone rather bronzy just because it creates a more shadowed effect!  To define my cheekbones and nose a tad better I took the contour shade from Smashbox's Contour Kit and with the same Mac 168 I eased the dark brown in.

                      Avoid using any reds or purples for blush, stick to bright bubblegum pinks to form a sweet flush!  I opted in for Stila's Watercolor Blush in Water Lily since it has gold reflections, which accents the shadow and highlight color used well!  With my ring and index finger together I gently patted+blended the pink on starting from the apples of my cheeks moving up to my hairline.  Since I was already using my fingers I decided to switch up my regular illuminizing routine!  Using Benefit's High Beam I brushed single lines on the high points of my face; the bridge of my nose, my cheek bones, under my brows, cupid's bow and on my chin/forehead.  With those same two fingers as modeled on the right, I gently tapped and blended the product downwards into my skin.  To set the glow I dusted on Sephora's Stardust with my Elf Concealer brush, this was applied to any areas the liquid touched!  Be sure to choose golden or peach toned illuminizer's anything pink will reflect poorly against the shadow and lipstick shades (if you follow my look to a t).

                      Right after my eyes were finished up I proceeded to applying a light coat of LBB to my lips.  For an extra shine I took Zoe from Buxom and applied the gaze to my entire lip area, if you want a "plump" effect simply highlight the cupid's bow more OR SLIGHTLY over line the top and bottom lips!  Using anything with slight magenta tones is the way to go with this look, offers a "sweetheart" appearance while a red while yield a sexy vixen look!  To set my face I took my Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush and gently dusted Laura Mercier's setting powder over all zones of my face (generally areas you highlighted such as the under eye area, forehead, chin, between the cheek/jaw contour ect.).  To just ensure my makeup remained fresh and kiss proof all day I sprayed on Urban Decay's All Nighter, this stuff is the bomb if you happen to be using accident prone makeup (easily slips off, wears harshly off during the day, or flakes).  

*Lorac Unzipped Pallet, Unbelievable, Untamed, Undercover
*Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Pallet, Sprinkles, Almond Truffle, Mocha

                 Just as always use the photos above as a guide to what steps were done, each individual picture  represents a technique explained down below!  With that being said, in the first photo I had primed my entire eye and done my brows.  These are two general steps you should work to include in ANY makeup look you want to execute!  To not be redundant in what I say weekly, I moreover spoolied through my brows, lined them, filled them in, and then gave them an extra spoolieing with my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush.  After doing my brows I smudged Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk over my entire lid area and made sure to blend it under my lower lash line as well as up to my brow using my ring finger!  If you crave a smokey eye perhaps you could experiment with a black base, for the sake of mimicking a sensual "bedroom" eye makeup look white or neutral tones is the best way to go, plus the fact it enchases color tremendously.

                       The first shade added to my lid is Unbelievable.  As you can see throughout the course of the photos the shade turns like a seashell pink, don't worry the reason for that WILL be explained.  With any stiff eyeshadow brush (Mac 239) OR your finger gently pat the shimmery shade over your entire eyelid.  Due to the high shimmer reflects it is best to work in layers and build up the color!  With that same 239 brush I then took Sprinkles from the Chocolate Bon Bons Pallet and patted it in the inner third of my lid.  After building up decent pigment I then swiped the brush across my lid with an EXTREMELY LIGHT dusting (this is why Unbelievable turns peachy in tone). 

                       In order to build drama in the crease you must be sure to work your transitional shade in well!  I opted in for the color Almond truffle primarily because it accents the warm/cool mixture in tones well.  Using a fluffy blending brush (Sephora #27 Brush) I gently blended the color into my crease with a variety of side to side and circular motions.  Though the color will expand outwards drastically you want to avoid blending up to the brow OR below the lash line!  Switching to a denser blending brush, I took Mocha and eased it into my inner V with very slight side to side motions.  When it comes to the inner V don't be afraid to pack on pigment, be sure to also follow the creasing of your eye socket, this helps to form a clean line as well as open your eyes up more!  Now the major part comes into play- if you truly want a sexy and smoked out eye defiantly don't skip this step, however if you're looking for a soft angelic smokey eye stop here and move onto the eyeliner.  With that same Mac 217 Brush, I began to pat Untamed onto my outer lid area.  Once the shade was patted on I then followed through by tracing the line of my eye socket and gently flicking my brush up towards the other colors (basically circular and side to side motions with a little twist!).

                        Though the photo is not present (got really into the look and forgot to snap a picture), I smudged most of the shades used onto the lower lash line.  The gradience follows as; Untamed, Unbelievable, Sprinkles, Undercover.  These shades can be alternated anyway you'd want however the way it goes from dark-light provides an eye opening appearance and more sultry look! Speaking of dark-light, I HEAVILY smudged on Bobbi Brown's Gel Liner in Black Ink with a Mac 209 Eye Liner Brush.   Not only was the black applied to my waterline and taken all the way into the tear ducts, I also made sure to heavily line my upper lash line/upper waterline with a mini flick at the end. Just to avoid confusion- when I say "heavily lined" I am referring to me smudging the black so it appears to be a thicker and smoked out line!  I began to finish the look up by applying several coats of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes to my lashes (focus on smoking the lower lash line out with the mascara of your choice, this will help bring a sensual vibe).  The last step is to choose super fluffy lashes and apply them!  I personally am loathing at the fact I lost all my House Of Lashes Iconic's, but as a reference point, choosing lashes of that style will hinder the goal here which is to form a sexy sensual vibe!  With that being the case I lightly applied a coating of lash glue to the 110 lashes and proceeded to positioning them onto my upper lash line.

                       Hopefully you guys enjoyed this look as much as I did (thank you for recommending it Anastasia!)  If you want to see my other look with the Lorac Pro you can click on this link :): Feathered Romance.  The look mentioned previously is just as good for Valentines day and offers an alternative to beauties with brown/hazel eyes who aren't into rose tones!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Glittery Winter Purple Makeup Tutorial

                Welcome back beauties!  Aside from all the smokey eye's I've been throwing towards you all, I decided to channel my inner snow bunny and use glitter because who in their right mind DOES NOT LOVE GLITTER?!  A few things to keep in mind with this look is: fallout will be super prevalent, the lips should not be changed to anything other than a soft pink laced with gold, and tons of blending brushed must be equipped unless of course you have quick drying brush cleaner handy.  This look came about due to the MAJOR blizzard occurring outside, and when I say major I'm talking 2 feet of snow!  You guys know me, snow correlates instantly to glitter and blue/purple seamlessly follow through in the color scheme.  By the way I followed through with the video style I did in my last tutorial sans the poor lighting, everyone seemed to enjoy that one a lot!  One last thing I will say before getting into the look details (literally rambled like this in my video too) is this look can be done for ANY occasion.  Wether it be a date night out or just some Winter fun, defiantly a must learn :)

*Hourglass Ambient Bronzer- Luminous Bronze Light
*Nars Multiple Stick, Copacabana
*Mac Angel, Creme De La Femme + Lime Crime Snowsicle 

                             Prior to filming I had a mini freak attack!  Let's just say yesterday I filmed and it came out crappy.  As result my skin ended up dry, think of a sponge- not a cute look.  The one product that saved my life, literally, is  Peter Thomas Roth's FIRMx Peeling Gel!  After a smooth rolling application of this onto my skin and allowing it to set for a good 2 minutes (the enzymes work double duty when you either roll for 2 more minutes or allow to set flat like a mask on the skin) I gently washed it off with warm water.  The difference is AMAZING once removed, forget the setting oil, dry patches say no more!  Despite my hero worship, I applied Fresh's Seaberry Oil onto all zones of my skin moving out towards my hairline.  I let the oil sink into my pores a tad longer than usual because eating soup is way more important, oops :).

                    Once my face oil was dry enough to move onto the next step I whipped out my favorite primer, Natasha Denona's Face Glow Hydrating Primer!  I'm telling you, anyone with dry skin PLEASE try out this brand and stop upsetting yourself the difference is like day as night.  For example, when I applied my TF Born This Way dry patches showed up everywhere, on the flip side with my ND Face Glow my skin was hydrated and healthy looking!  Point is, at least check it out especially with the heat of Winter caging in on most of us and causing terrible skin conditions.  Moving along besides that, I applied a finger tip sized amount to EACH zone of my skin and blended out to my hairline.  If extra hydration is needed simply build the product up (I had to do so on my nose), then allow to dry for a few minutes.  

                    One of the best part's to this look is the application process is breezy, meaning goes by quick with these select products!  With exactly one pump of Natasha Denona's Face Glow Foundation on the back of my hand along with my favorite Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush I gently began to stipple the product onto my left under eye area.  I tend to not go for the "center of your face" method (starts from the nose), I like to begin where most coverage is needed and work from there!  With that being said I stuck to stippling motions and made sure to extend the product to my hairline.  If you happen to be using a foundation darker OR lighter than your skin tone be sure to blend down to your neck and any other areas needing that spot application!  There was a tone of extra product left over, as you might of guessed the excess was applied to my chin, nose and on my chin.  I allowed the glowy foundation to set for around 4 minutes, especially if you're NOT cream contouring it is important to either a; build up the coverage or b; allow it to set a substantial amount of time.

              Just as said in the previous paragraph, if you do not use cream contouring methods foundation coverage is important!  Since today I happened to go through with one of my favorite things to do all shall be explained here.  With a Sephora concealer brush I took G10 on my under eye area in upside down triangles that extended towards my hairline as well as a huge smudge on my forehead that stemmed down to the bridge of my nose.  For some extra depth I also too the shade from my left jaw to my chin and back around to my right jaw!  For contouring purposes I chose a neutral shade this way the look still mimicked a frosty Winter angel look.  With N100 I contoured the sides of my nose as well as the hollows of my cheeks and on my jaw line!  Blending in is actually the least complex thing you can do when it comes to contouring, its about the placement.  Using my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush I stippled the cream's in with a variation of patting and downward stroking motions.  As explained in the video some cases inhibit the usage of upward strokes, these cases are slim and situate around the cheek contour lines!  By brushing + patting the product upwards it creates and uplifted appearance that doesn't work against you.  If you must, allow the creams to set.  I personally just move onto the next step but everyone is different!

                               Straight off the bat I moved into Hourglass's Ambient Bronzer.  This provides a seamlessly chiseled effect and adds a tremendous amount of warmth back to the skin!  If you happen to not be a fan of bronzers, I still suggest using one just opt in for a matte one that doubles as a contour setter.  Using my Mac 168 brush I buffed the light bronze in from the hollows of my cheeks, up to my temples, and down around to my jaw line.  Avoid contouring with this (adding to the sides of your nose) since it contains shimmer particles.  With that same 168 brush I then went into the dark bronze shade provided by the MJ #instamarc pallet and depend up my cheek contour just a bit along with chiseling the sides of my nose!

                          When most think of Winter they gravitate towards frosty pinks.  Today I'm here to push you out of that logic, time to embrace just bitten cheekies that hinder a light pink glow!  The product in specific I am referring to is Nyx's Cream Blush in Glow.  Any cream blush in the light rose spectrum will do however this one in particular contains the "just right" appearance I was going for!  With the Elf Ultimate Blending Brush that was used previously for cream contouring, I gently stippled the brush in the product and began to pat it on from the apples of my cheeks up the my hairline.  This blush in particular works great in terms of coverage and build up methods, be careful on the amount you use!

                          One of the most important things to keep in mind is a NEUTRAL GLOW!  Moving outside the barriers with a pink or golden hue will throw off the entire look, try to stick with things that melt into your skin and look super natural, yet glowy!  To achieve this skin like glow I first took Nars's Multiple Stick in Copacabana and smudged it on the bridge of my nose, on my cupids bow and  on the "c's" of my eyes.  Using two fingers I gently blended the cream in, using a brush in nonsense!  This is essential a powder product thus the bristles from a brush would diffuse it too much!  Speaking of bristles from a brush, to set the cream-powder formula I dusted on Natasha Denona's Face Shimmer to the exact areas Copacabana was applied using a Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush.

                     Right after the eyes were completed I moved forth in jazzing the lips up!  The three lip products used were Mac Creme De La Femme, Mac Angel, and Lime Crime Snowsicle.  As you might of guessed the first thing I had done is applied a nice coating of Creme De La Femme to my lips with Angel topped in the center for a tad of brightness.  For a more snowy appearance I then patted on Snowsicle and continued to layer it on this way the glitter particles were prevalent.  To finish things up I applied a hefty amount of Makeup Forevers HD Powder to my under eye area and on my T-zone using that same Teardrop Highlighter Brush!  I also sprinkled a good amount of Urban Decay's Setting Spray to every zone of my face, it helps to move your head around during this process for precise application.

* Too Faced Le Grand Palais: Cobblestone, Champs Elysees, Yule Log
               Hopefully all of these products DO NOT overwhelm you, when explained they all sort of fall in place!  For example, you can't use the glitter without the glitter glue- all conventional no fluff.  One of the first things done is my brows!  I decided to film the process differently than usual just so an ideal view was shown.  The concisest version available for those who know there stuff is- spoolie, line, fill, spoolie.  All of this was done using my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush, in the rare occasion of a line that is too thick I simply too the concealer brush used for contouring and smoothed right over the line!  Right after the brows the next thing to do is smudge Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over the eye area.  I highly suggest using a white base rather skin tone or straight up black because the white helps white shadow be more vibrant!  I made sure to take this on my lower lash line as well.

                    Once the primer was applied and smudged all around my eyes I began by applying the first shade to my lid, Tako!  With a Smashbox Full Exposure Brush (I opted in for a brush that grabs tons of product, even for the most stubborn of products) I gently patted the pure white over my entire lid area.  Do no stress how pigmented the white actually is because right after two layers I took Elf's Perfect Finish Hd Powder and patted it directly on-top!  This powder is SUPER white and when applied reaps no fallout, defiantly a winner for 6 dollars.  By this point the lids are decent enough to use as a guide for the crease, if you happen to get shadow fallout on the lid don't worry glitter is applied right on-top, which covers a lot!

                          Using a super fluffy Sephora Blending brush I took Cobblestone into the crease!  This is a fairly neutral taupe that works with tons of shades, I suggest starting off with a light amount and working your way up in pigment.  Keep in mind Cobblestone is a transitional shade, be sure to use large circular motions along with side to side motions to evenly diffuse the shade.  To begin bringing the icy feel to this look I went into Champs Elysees'.  As expected this color lacks pigment, but I chose it primarily because it acted like a transitional shade for the inner V colors to come!  With a dense Mac 217 Blending Brush I softly blended the shade in following my eye socket crease.  If you must go back in with the same motions, but more pigment! For some added drama and depth I then smudged in Yule Log.  This color is odd because while it appears like a dark bronze it conforms to other colors.  For example, when applied in the inner V on-top of Champs Elysees' it turns purple/blue!  At any rate I blended Yule Log in the inner V with slight side to side motions, I focused on concentrating the color rather diffusing it.  The last color added to the crease is Bondage.  This was a last minute idea but I wanted to add the purple touch back, just like Yule Log I blended this right in the inner V!  Once you have the crease shades set take a fluffy brush and just blend everything out with side to side motions this way lines are less harsh and appear gradient. 

                    By this most most of the eye is completed all that is left is the glitter and liner (two awesome parts)!  First off, I took Urban Decay's Liner in ACDC and lined my lower lash line with a semi-thick line.  If you must, go over the line twice for optimal glitter reflections.  As you might of noticed there is a gradience on my lower lash line from dark purple to pure white.  After the glitter glided on (didn't record this due to the time) I took Bondage and with my finger patted it on the outer lash line, left the mid lower lash line along and then EXTREMELY HEAVILY applied Elf's HD Powder to my inner corners slightly smudging it with the mid lower lash line.  

                    Before applying the glitter to your eyes be sure to apply a sticky glitter bonding glue first such as the Too Faced GG!  I took a pea-sized amount of the product and gently patted it onto my lid avoiding the outer lid area.  Then, I mixed together a small amount of MUFE N3 and BH Cosmetics Silver.  Using my Full Exposure Brush I began patting it on the pre sticked areas, I happened to not use any protective guard under my eyes you guy's might want to as these two glitters vary in size and have extreme fall out!  Build up the glitter to your desired amount.

                 Start finishing up the look by lining and defining your eyes!  I went in for a SUPER dramatic winged effect that I actually changed to an Egyptian style when it came time to take photos. Using Anastasia's liner in Jet and a Sephora #92 Liner Brush I gently applied a thick line of the black to my waterline and with side to side motions slightly smudged it onto my lower lash line.  While working on the water line I extended the shade to my tear duct and flicked it outwards then up, like a triangle.  From that triangle I then switched to Stila's Eyeliner Pen and took it up to my upper lash line!  The finishing steps involve applying a few coats of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara and applying some Andrea Falsies :)  

Hope you guys enjoyed this switch up! If you have any other ideas always let me know ^_^  Be sure to check out some of my other recent looks; Orange Soda Smokey, Gothic Winter SmokeyRustic Wearable Makeup.