Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spring Bronze Copper Goddess Makeup Tutorial Ft. BH Cosmetics

                     There has been a ton going on for me these past few weeks, so what can I say I splurged a little on cosmetics, oops. A huge Bh Cosmetics purchase at my front step in the A.M. def sheds light! Normally I steer clear of double or triple posting (a haul swatch post soon WITH a haul video next week), but I am super eager to share this with you guy's being I MOSTLY (some high end products were substituted) only used BH Cosmetics with this makeup look plus the fact it's a good edition to my bronze/copper series. Before getting into details be sure to check out my Light Golden Bronze Makeup Look, Copper Bronze Smokes, and Everyday Makeup Routine: January!  The links posted are all part of that "coppery bronze" spectrum of things and work well for everyday wear :).  This is currently my go-to makeup look, since Spring is on the rise some key factors are brighter copper's and more dewy skin...and also some glitter hehe! This look took me under 30 minutes, be sure to plan your time AND also be practical some things you don't need for everyday usage such as red glitter underneath your eyes, it might cause irritations and I personally DO NOT recommend constant usage as much as I lovvvve glitter. Throughout this I will also be listing alternatives (bh style)! 

*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana 

                             I had absolutely no idea how I'd like the Bh Cosmetics foundation so I decided to set up a precaution with ONLY applying a light layer of my Fresh Seaberry Oil.  As being someone with seasonally dry skin the worst thing that could happen is foundation clinging to patches, especially with the foundation ONLY being $4.00, cheaper than most drugstore foundation(s) ton's can go wrong! I actually hadn't planned on using the foundation for myself but I figured if I'm going to use it on a client I wanna make sure it's freaking amazing first.  You guy's have no idea how difficult it is to speak about a product you're going to review in an hour, argghhhh!!  ANYWAYS, I allowed my facial oil to set in TWO light layers, yes two, for a good 20 minutes before moving into my uber hydrating primer.

                          Dah-Nah Nah Nahhh, the uber hydrating primer is the infamous Natasha Denona Face Glow!  I am actually really surprised more people don't use this, it has long term effects that have really benefitted my skin, in fact on my previous blog post I gave a mini essay on how fabulous the product is all season around.  You MUST know your products inside and out!  For example, if the foundation you buy has a matte finish perhaps a matte primer is not your best bet.  In my scenario the foundation is moreover a natural coverage/finish making choosing a primer simple, but not simple in the aspect ratio some natural finishes dry me out!  I'm like the energizer testee' bunny, I try out shit for you guy's and reap the discriminates WOO HOO.  Basically I took the primer across all zones of my face with smooth blending out motions starting from the center moving out towards my hairline!  I wasn't sure on wear time (has some negative reviews on that), so I made sure to have as even of a priming base as possible this way product wore off (hopefully not) evenly.  I let the primer set for 5 minutes just to make sure everything evenly soaked in my pores :)!

                                        If you have SUPER light skin, this foundation line will not be for you, straight off the bat the shades go from my skin tone (Light Olive leans more pink honestly, so its not a perfect match for me) to a deep gorgeous ebony color.  I took only one pump on the back of my hand (best to start small and work up) and started to work up a stippling storm on my right cheek using my beloved Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush!  Do be noted this foundation is a tad hard to blend with being it is complete liquid and doesn't quite melt into the pores, with this I really had to focus on stippling motions to prevent a cake like appearance.  Generally with any foundation you use stippling and slight buffing motions are the way to go, find your beat and stick with it!  I actually had some dry patches visible after application so I went over everything once more with another layer and that seemed to combat the dryness, you guys should try out the MJ Face II brush by the way, it handles product's with water like bases very well. 

              Guess who contour teased alllllll of you yesterday evening? Muuuuahhhh. You all thought this contour went along with my Springy Orange makeup, SIKE!  I didn't want to spend an extra 10 dollars on their cream contour kit so I indulged in my own contour creams, I don't think you guy's mind too much :).  First off, I took my N0 and highlight my under eye area with extended inverted triangles, the bridge of my nose extending up towards my forehead, and from my left jaw to my right jaw all using my Sephora #20 brush.  The placement of my contour was slightly different today as you might of noticed based on the photo pictured to the right.  Not only did I take N100 on the sides of my nose and on the hollows of my cheeks, I also dashed singular lines on my temples to add to the "bronzed" out look! Once I had my placement set I then promptly blended the creams in using my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush. Surprisingly there was ZERO issue's blending, which I thought there might of been due to the watery texture!  I just stuck to light buffing motions and stippling motions on areas needing more coverage.  The very fact I used a heavy cream contour helped correct the original foundation shade to more golden tones, which is a bonus!  As an alternative to the cream's I used you guys should try out their Studio Cream Contour Makeup Pallet, tell me how it is ;).

                             I have not used my Elf Bronzing Powder in FOREVER, It's been about 5 months! I only touched it once for my Drugstore Back To School Tutorial, and it went rather well being I used it as an eyeshadow too.  Moreover using my Mac 168 I gently brushed the product across my temples around to the hollows of my cheeks and down to my jaw line with swift blending motions in a "3" shape!  Remembering the "3" is very important as it will be a fundamental movement in contouring and blush usage.  Once I had the bronze shade blended into my skin I had an urge to deepen up my contour a tinnnnnnnny bit, so I went into Mirage Filter and with the deep bronze contoured my cheekbones, the sides of my nose and under my chin with the same 168!  Once more, the BH alternative would be their Powder Contour & Blush Pallet, I actually REALLY wanted to buy this but yanno, budgets LOL. 

                                   Why the hell anyone would want a SUPER sparkly brush is beyond me, but hey I like shimmer so I bought the Bombshell Blush! I brushed the blush onto the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline using my Sephora #74 Blush Contour Brush.  This method of application gives a more "uplifted" look plus it'll keep your blended lines clean cut!  Keep in mind this look is for Spring, try to choose bright blushes that lean more pink/coral in tone.  I totally forgot I had the Floral Blush Duo so I took my finger and gently blended on the deep pink shade to the apples of my cheeks, it gave a "brightened" appearance and made the look much prettier :)!  Since I already have mentioned the Floral Blush Duo, to highlight my skin (very important) I basically took a dollop of Nars's illuminator onto the back of my hand and with my middle + ringer fine together I gently patted the product onto my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.  Switching to my favorite Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush, I then dragged the light lilac pink shade across all high points of my face (cheekbones, nose, forehead, chin, cupid's bow)! Another last minute thing was taking the Wild & Radiant Pallet and brushing the second shade across ONLY the area near my eyes, dunno why I had done this I just really liked the shade ahah (putting it near the eyes creates depth to the glow).

                               After the eyes were completed (literal breeze to do) I first applied Princess liquid lipstick with one light layer and then layered on Muse with two coatings!  This duo gave me the perfect medium pink hue, I was actually quite impressed with the wear time of these. Especially with the heat picking up in the Springtime its important to have a good translucent powder handy! Using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder and a Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush, I brushed the product across my t-zone and under my eye area.  I then went along to fully ensuring my makeup stayed fresh all day with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray
*BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 28 Eyeshadow Pallet: C6.R1 + R2, R4 + C7.R4
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil, Smog + Demolition 
                              For some reason this look reminds me a tad of my Glam Rustic Smokey Eye, literally if the lids were kept a matte taupe it's the same look just this adheres for everyday wearers.  One of the first things I had done, and one of the first steps anyone should have in their makeup routine after powder (unless you do eyes first) is grooming and filling in your eyebrows!  Eyebrows truly do shape the face, take your time with this the eyeshadow is an absolute breeze. I like to go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush and spoolie through each brow to make sure each hair is going in the same direction.  PLEASE excuse me for not having a step-by-step photo, I was sooooo eager to try these products out and share with you guy's a look + my findings!  At any rate, getting back to spoolies, once I had spoolied through I then went into my Dipbrow Pomade and lined the upper+lower brow with firm motions.  I made sure that the two lines connected at the tail end of my brow and at that point I then proceeded to lightly filling in the sparse area's with upward strokes!  To finish things off I gave my brows one last spoolieing, this disburses the product and leaves a less "harsh" effect.  I couldn't find a brow shade close to my natural hair color so I left the brow products alone from BH, however the alternative to ABH would be their Studio Pro Ultimate Brow Pallet

                          The primer you choose REALLY does not matter, I just had my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil handy from my previous tutorial so I decided to use it!  I simply smudged the creamy eyeliner across both my lids and then blended upwards towards my brow bone using my ring finger. Make sure you also apply some of the liner to your lower lash line, this will help the glitter stick better (I didn't feel like using a glitter glue, it's a pain in the butt to remove)! Now, I HATE giving you loves the format "C___, R___" but the shadows are un-named hopefully you can follow along :).  I was not quite sure how the pigment would be of these since although they swatch beautifully it might not be the same on my lids (oils mess with shadow's sometimes, sort of like Colourpop shadows)! With that being said, using my dense Mac 239 brush I gently yet firmly began to pat C6.R2 to my entire lid area.  This really did not require much pigment build up so I only applied TWO layers of the shadow.  Since I was in the same column area I then took C6.R1 and popped it right into the inner corners of my eyes using the side of the flat shader brush!

                       Switching to a blending brush now, preferably dense to pick up the shimmer particles fully, I went into C6.R4 EAGERLY like literally this is my favorite shade out of the whole freaking pallet! Using my Mac 217 brush I gently blended the warm reddish copper into my crease using side to side sweeping motions.  I really wanted an intense impact so I actually went back into the color and built up on it once more!  To soften the crease up a tad for a faded look (blends into a light peach shade) I took my Mac 224 and swiftly softened the crease up, I avoided hitting near the lid area just because this is where C6.R4 should be most intense.  To add some drama to the crease I went into C7.R4 and went CRAZY on adding pigment!  Being this shade was softly blended into the inner v I made sure to make the rustic brown as deep as possible, to do so I simply continued to work in light layers and made sure to only stick to ONE concentrated area (the inner V, just follow the creasing of your eye socket). 

                            Here is the optional step I have been referring to quite a bit throughout this blog post tutorial- glitter. Rather adding the glitter you could outright take C6.R4 and blend it below your lower lash line using a small shader brush like Mac 219, this would be more convenient in the morning hour's and will once more take away the irritation of glitter particles! IF you want to be daring simply take the red glitter (put some into the cap) and pat the product onto your lower lash line with SUPER firm motions.  There is little to no fall out with this, however during the day there will be so if you're wearing this for a special occasion lasting more than 1 hours use a glitter bonding glue base like the Too Faced GBG! A super important part of this look is the liner you choose, if it's a dark shade that is NON metallic a more dramatic look will be yielded.  On the other hand, if you go along with what I did using a light bronze it'll form a gorgeous contrast and form a more "Spring" time appearance!  Smog is one of my FAV liner's by Urban Decay so I went to smudge town with this one on my upper lash line and on my waterline.  Do be aware this will not last very long in the waterline SO you can easily pat a shadow on top with a corresponding hue such as C6.R2! For added drama I tightlipped my upper lash line with Demolition, this just made my lashes look 10 times fluffier and thicker.  Speaking of lashes, I went into my favorite Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash Mascara and gave myself a hefty amount of coatings on both my upper and lower lashes!  This is NOT waterproof so on a normal going out day I'd top it off with ABH's Water-poofer Mascara (really works guys, invest in this).  

                        I AM REAAAAALLY hopefully you guy's will enjoy these series addition's I have come out with, a bronze/copper look is a staple in ANY woman's makeup regime and it should change with the seasons just like your clothes do.  For example, my Fall Copper Bronze Goddess leaned very warm in tones an I was super glowy.  On the flip side of things my Spring Time Copper Bronze Goddess look (this one haha) leaned very warm-pink in tones with a brightened effect! Find what works for you, only use my work as an example :). BTW I am working on my hair tutorial I mentioned to you guy's a week back, fear not it's soon to come, I just have to go forth in finding the final clip!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Springy Orange Smokey Eye Leo Zodiac Makeup Tutorial

                       Leo's are one of my FAVORITE'S out of the complete array of Zodiac signs. Compassionate and fiery, whats not to love?  Between you and me, this look was a great step away from all the blues and purples I've been doing, change can be a good thing if the beholder see's it that way ;)! Two thumbs of for me by the way, if you guys haven't noticed NATURAL LIGHTING was used today, it's been over a month or two I believe (last look with natural lighting was my Sugar Plum Fairy, early January). Before getting into some upcoming events I'd like to answer this question to all of you as a whole- "for the rest of the months to come will all you be doing is the Zodiac series?", NOOO of course not!  Guys, this is just because you responded so well to the original Aries Glittered Fire, obviously just like with that look there will be a variation.  For example, when I first posted the Aries makeup I intertwined Valentines day looks!  You can def start expecting everyday looks (bronzed goddess Spring edition) as well as fun and colorful Springtime inspired hues. I actually never have done any spring like makeup looks so it'll be an interesting few months for me! Do excuse me for the delay in video once again, I've had strep throat this whole week, not a fun endeavor.  

*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana 

                               For such a striking bout of colors an even skin tone is extremely important, not that it always isn't for any makeup look, just more so with this being orange-yellow hues are prevalent. My one quick fix for anytime I have some skin issues, wether it be oiliness or dryness is my Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel. This product is a keeper; visibly rolls off dead skin cells and leaves behind a matte radiance, what more could you ask for?  I reallllly need to get my hands on my typical morning cleanser but sadly I haven't, it's causing some major skincare issues for me.  Thankfully I have these amazing interchangeable masks and exfoliators, each are perfect for my sensitive skin!  After washing off the peeling gel with some warm water I proceeded to entrenching my skin in my Fresh Seaberry Oil.  The interesting part about this thick oil is it works all year around.  For instance, last Summer when my skin was an oil slick the omega oils combated it and prevented further acne breakouts.  This Winter the same conundrum occurred, dry skin say bye bye bye!  Be sure to allow whatever product(s) you use to set in for an allotted amount of time, your pores should be happily drinking the hydrating serums/oils/creams :)

                                  You guy's know I'm a stickler for my Natasha Denona Face Glow Primer, if I could buy jars full, I would.  This has to be the BEST primer I have ever used, in fact I have tried it on clients with OILY SKIN and it actually helped to combat the excess oil's, plus the fact they reported back to me (I did a tiny study hehe) that during the day their face remained neutral, meaning it didn't get too dry or too oily, which is always a good thing! With all of that good stuff being said, I simply took a finger tip amount of primer onto my...finger? (somehow that sounds very odd but its oh so true) and began to evenly spread the product out from the center of my face to towards my hairline.  Using this method will be the most effective way of applying primer, however if you're anything like me HAVE FUN WITH IT and slosh it around just as if you were smoothing in a morning cleanser, yes I'm still on the cleanser don't judge me!  I will not use any other primer than this, so for the drugstore tutorial circulating around expect N.D. nothing less nothing more.

                                          I'm starting to question the importance of foundation in this look being I go so heavy on the cream contouring, then I realize HOLY HELL I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION STOP IT LILLEE.  I randomly selected Becca's Ultimate Coverage Foundation in Sand just for the reason the bottle is very unique, most foundation's show the product inside with either glass containers OR with a peep hole/ peep strip on the outside packaging. Using my fabulous Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush and exactly ONE pump of the foundation (literally all you need is one pump, it's amazing) I began to evenly stipple the product onto my left cheek, specifically under my left eye which can be the identical of "center" of the face.  Makeup is not an easy task, I know, however if you have the right motions NOT much can go wrong...not much.  Okay, basically in the middle of my foundation I saw a dry patch (I must of missed it during the cleansing stage) and had a freak attack of applying tons of the creme foundation to the spot. DO NOT do this, simply get an oily and mix it into the current foundation present on the back of your hand THEN proceed to stippling it on.  I wish I would of done that prior than wasting a full pump but whateves.  In my opinion, don't bother with allowing the foundation to dry because cream contouring will simply swish around the product anyway!  The purpose of the foundation is to a) make ourselves happy that we all can look spiffy with one layer and b) to even things out a tad, wether it be blemishes or discoloration its better to start with a light layer and work up.  

                         I'm actually really happy I decided to go with N0 rather N10, though a complete difference in shade's it helps to brighten my features up tremendously!  It's sort of like my complex with contour shades, I choose the second to DARKEST shade, it just works better with my complexion.  This all stems back to do what works best for your skin as well as face shape since this is a contouring step!  What works for me might not work for you, and vice verse.  The key factor of why all of you loves bother reading is for technique purposes (TOTAL SARCASM YOU ALL LOVE ME MWWHAHAHA LILLEE NATION)!  As pictured on the photo to the right, N0 was used under my eyes, on my forehead, and on the area circulating around my chin/jaw.  One thing to remember is extending your lines, the simple extension from cheekbone to hairline could make the difference of dim lit face to brightened features!  For contouring (seems to be a popular thing again) I took my Sephora #20 brush and gently lined the sides of my nose using N100. As a personal thing, I like to ad a dash right on the tip for added dimension!  I then took the contour shade right onto the hollows of my cheeks and on my jaw line (personal thing once more, I added a line under my lower lip). This is a perfect example of what works for me might not work for you- some like to contour their foreheads, I personally don't because my forehead just requires some light shed hence why I keep my lines straight not widened! Blending is super simply, stipple and shut up about the pain of your hand :).  Steering away from the Beauty Blender Pro (major breakouts from the sponge, it presses makeup INTO the pores while brushes simply brush over) I went to my favorite Elf Ultimate Blending Brush, with some quick bouncing motions upon my skin the product's seamlessly blended together well.  Just as a tip- if you're using a brush be sure to occasionally wipe the bristles off against a paper towel, it'll help keep the contour separate from the highlight!

                                  It took me a few minutes to remember which bronzer I had used, I really was sick come to think of it BUT I PULLED THROUGH with this fabulous look :)! First off, I allowed the contour creams to set for a good 3 minutes.  The Cover Fx creams happen to contain a lot of oil which does not mix well with powder formulas!  Once my face started to matte down a tad I picked up my Mac 168 brush and swirled it into the Bobbi Brown Golden Light Bronzing Powder. I of course tapped off excess on the side of the container before application, working in layers is your best bet!  I simply brushed the product from my temples down to the hollows of my cheeks and around to my jaw line.  Though I never put my input on steps such as these, bronzing wise I'd suggest a matte bronzer just to keep attraction on the eyes, shimmer will detract as hard as that might seem to believe!   For a seamless appearance I went into the dark bronze powder provided in the MJ #instamarc pallet. With the same Mac 168 brush I blended the powder right across the hollows of my cheeks and sides of my nose. Not only does adding the contour powder add more depth, it forms a nice gradience of color which looks a hell of a lot more natural than straight lines smudged around!  I am not a fan of powder highlighting, if you want to use it for this look go for it.  I just feel I use SOO much on my under eye area and such it's ridiculous to pack on more product! 

                                      I absolute love my Becca Beach Tint, def need to get my hands on some more of these!  Be sure to check out my haul blog/video for some swatching (don't you love self promotion LOL).  With the Elf Ultimate Blending Brush that was used from the past 2 previous steps I gently stippled the brush into the product then proceeded to patting it onto the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline!  Using this method of apples-hairline gives an uplifted appearance and adds tremendously to the contoured look, it DOES NOT however work for everyone.  Since the beach tint is super radiant I decided to pump up the glow with several brushed layers- before freaking out, just read.  First things first I took a pea-sized amount of Nars's Liquid Illuminator to the back of my hand, there was a separation of oil-shimmer particles so I actually had to warm the product up a tad by mixing the mixture back together!  After doing so I took my ring and middle finger together and began to gently pat the product onto my cheekbones (up to my hairline for added depth), on the bridge of my nose (mostly on the tip and center bridge), and on my cupid's bow.  Be sure to choose an illuminator that isn't too pink and not too bronzy in tone, this will detract away from the sunny aspect this makeup look as a whole brings! With that being the case, I took my Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush and brushed over the liquid illuminated areas with Mac's Lightscapade Skin Finish powder.  I built up quite some pigment on this just to ensure when in natural lighting every angle would "pop" off the screen! 

                              Sadly not much was done for the lips, I know you guy's are sooooo bent out of shape from that factor *eye roll*.  I have been dying to use Milani's lipstick in Sweet Nectar, literally it has been in my lipstick rack for two weeks!! All it took was two full coatings and bam, neon orange.  The best part about the Milani Color Statement line is each shade requires only one swipe, I just went for two for added shine! A slight bit of baking was done right before the lash application, I simply took my Laura Mercier Powder and patted it onto my under eye area, between my jaw and cheek contour, on the sides of my nose, on my chin and forehead using a damp Beauty Blender Pro.  Once I had my lashes fully on and did some minor touch ups I proceeded to blending the powder gently out using Sephora's Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush.  Everything was set with a light layer of Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray :)! 
*Sugarpill's Burning Heart Pallet, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love +
*Lime Crime Venus Pallet, Muse + Shell
*Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow,  Penelope
                                When stepping into this look do be aware IT IS NOT as hard as it may seem, all you should need is two blending brushes and one flat shade brush, the rest is history...well and some good brows too!  Having clean cut sharp edges is SUPER important, just like with bright colors you DO NOT want to detract away from the main focus, plus the fact Leo's are the lion's of the bunch making them precise and feisty.  Using my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush I first began by giving each brown a gentle spoolieing too ensure the hairs all went one direction, left or right depending on the eye.  I then went along to getting my Dipbrow in Caramel, in which I noticed I left the jar open which froze it solid, joy. The basic method I use for brows is lining the top and bottom brow with straight thick lines, in which connected at the tail of my brow(s) then filling them in with light upward brush strokes.  I give my brows a last spoolieing to ensure the product evenly disburses out! Once my brows were set I then moved forth in smudging Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil to my lid area.  Using a strong white base is SUPER important, you really want to make sure the shades pop!  I made sure to bend the milky shade up to my brow bone and around to my lower lash line.  

                               Rather using the technique of get the lid shade placed then work on the crease I out right began with washes of color, especially with such vibrant colors that seamlessly "gradiate" into each other the wash method is helpful and less time consuming!  With my Mac 217 brush I began to pat on Buttercupcake to my entire lid area with light patting motions, only occasionally did I dust the shade around.  After the lid had a good pigmented base I then worked on easing the shade up into my crease with side to side motions. As you work on the side to side motions you'll see that your hands natural move upwards, thus naturally disbursing the product out evenly as you blend! Once Buttercupcake was set I went over the shade once with my Mac 224 to swiftly soften the bright yellow up.  Herrrrrreee comes the fun part, be especially careful with how you place Flamepoint it'll peep out during the final touches!  Switching back to my Mac 217 I swished my brush into Flamepoint and began blending the color onto my lid with side to side motions, for this I followed the natural creasing of my eye socket just to ensure the shade corresponded to my eye shape well.  Do be alerted that the color MIGHT fade out as you progress with deeper colors, don't fret towards the end I smudged my finger into flamey and patted it right in the center of my lid, like a halo eye!  The next defining shade that really helps build up drama is Love +, with the same motions used previously I gently yet firmly eased the shade into my crease AS WELL AS inner corner's of my eye.  This effect helps the orange shade really stand out! Make sure when it comes time to deepen things up (like right now HAHA) you keep your colors in tact, meaning if Buttercupcake begins to fade be sure to blend a tad of the yellow back on.  Black is NOT an acceptable color for this look, shocking I know, it'll only deepen rather righten which is not the effect I am going for here!  Using Muse from the Lime Crime Venus Pallet and my handy 217, I followed the same method of using the natural crease curve to blend in the shade BUT this time I keep the color more so on the outskirts just to prevent the shades mashing together too much.

                              By this point the crease is pretty much done with, move along to the lower lash to amp things up a bit ;)! With a Mac 239 flat shader brush I promptly pressed NOT SMUDGED on Penelope Pigment by Sugarpill across my lower lash line.  Blending the pigment out will cause a ton of fall out, plus glitter particles disappear, which isn't what we're going for here! Once I built up a decent amount of pigment on Penelope I moved along to smudging Shell into the warm copper just for a highlighted effect, this will brighten up your eyes tremendously.  Always know dark shades near the inner corners brings the eyes close and light shades bring them apart, if you have far set eyes work with adding Penelope closer to the inner corners!  As you might of guessed the next step up is liner, and this time around go heavy with it.  Before doing anything consisting of the upper lash line I went ahead and did things ass backwards, meaning I first smudged on Jet to my lower lash line using  my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush THEN lined my upper lash line with Kat Von D's Tattoo liner!  We all have our own beat and rhythm, find what works for you and stick with it love.  The lashes are a major part of this look, def coat up on the lower lash line with mascara (Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash) and be sure to give you upper lashes some love too!  After some deep thoughts I decided to give Kiss's Ritzy another chance, and I definitely DO NOT regret it!  Be sure your lashes are thick and extremely striking, anything less will not stand up against the bright yellow-orange hues, kinda like a Leo's mentality.  

                     Now that you're ALL prepped for Spring and the lime light be sure to check out my Sunset Eyes Tutorial, mainly the Burning Heart Pallet was used here thus making it a perfect alternative for those seeking smokier AND glitter effects! I really hope you guy's enjoyed this one, however another look will be posted in just a few so be sure you're following me on Instagram and Twitter for updates :).  OO also you guy's have a rant video too look forward to in just a few hours, I just gotta eat some food and record (I get low blood sugar and turn into beastly Lilz). Thanks for your support loves xoxo Lillee, it's been a hell of a journey but your support has made all of this possible! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Frosted Shimmery Winter Blue Cancer Zodiac Makeup Tutorial

                           Happy Monday gorgeous ;)!  Not only have I done the next sign in the Zodiac series after Gemini, I made sure to make it wearable enough ANYONE could complete this makeup look.  I apologize for the delay in my video tutorial, but as most of you know from Instagram I just bought Adobe Premiere Pro CC, new program calls for tons of learning curve's! Moving besides the delay, this was one of the most misunderstood signs IN MY opinion.  For example, when I was googling some inspiration all I saw was shades of matte white.  The thing is, Cancer's have a pearlescent spectrum that involves light blue and lilac!  No where near a matte white.  Just as I say in EVERY blog post involving the Zodiac series, this is my interpretation, everyone has a different concept!  Do be noted drugstore products were used, yay!!!  A ton of you will be happy because I used one of my FAV drugstore foundations as well as a drugstore cream shadow that worked amazing on the lids.  Be prepped with some blending brushes and a Beauty Blender, this look get's messy ;)!  If you have any special requests besides the Zodiac series just email me at I love hearing the input you guy's have on certain looks.  For instance, with my Seashell Pink Vday look that was ALLLLL you guy's, not me, and it turned out fantastic!  

*ABH Illuminator, Starlight
*Sephora Matte Luster, Pink Flush + ABH Liquid Lipstick, Sweet Talker

                               Being I had planned to use a drugstore foundation for this makeup tutorial, having extra clean skin was a must!  Probably many of you know this but drugstore foundations are notorious for clogging pores, needless to say scrub a' dub dub ya' face ;).  I went for my Origins Rose Clay Mask primarily because I'm lazy (wayyyyyy too much work to exfoliate, then rinse, then get bothered by dry patches still present) and it's a 3 in one!  Meaning, as soon as I let the MASK dry onto my skin, after a few seconds of water activation the mask turns into a gel/scrub formula which obviously is amazing because it works to brush off any dead skin cells with giving me nice morning cleanse.  I actually have a mini review on this located on my Instagram, definitely check it out!  Besides my self promotion, after the mask was fully off my skin, I patted my face dry and applied a beaker amount of Fresh's Seaberry Oil to all zones of my face.  Oil's generally take longer to absorb than creams so be sure to know your product inside and out, whatever you apply sinks in!

                                  Today was the day of the beauty blender.  I swear, everything including my facial primer was applied with a beauty blender.  As all of you guys know my holy grail is officially Natasha Denona's Face Glow Hydrating Primer!  For quite some time I was very fond of the Hourglass N28, until I realized it did shit to tame dry patches. Interestingly the hydrating primer works long term, in other words even without makeup usage on top it works to remove patches!  To apply the primer I used my Beauty Blender Pure and evenly stippled the formula out from the center of my face out to my hairline!  Be sure to expand out towards the hairline because if your foundation is the wrong shade, oxidizes, or flakes off during the day, a noticeable difference will be seen.  I allowed the primer to set for a good 5 minutes until I went into the next step!

                                 While it is not the first time I used the Fit Me! foundation by Maybelline, I experienced the product in a new way.  A few months back I had done an ALL drugstore tutorial, though I never posted it, it was completed.  The issue with that drugstore tutorial was the foundation was complete and utter poop!  From August on I was anti-drugstore, like even Nyx was a no go for me.  Then a week ago I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a few products, which I teased you guy's with on Twitter with!  Let me tell you- BEST decision ever.  Each product I bought (you'll find out soon in a HUGE haul video) is super practical and works amazing for my skin!  ANYHOO back to the foundation application.  I wish this had a pump but sadly it doesn't, so I poured out as close to a quarter sized amount onto the back of my hand!  Then going into the product with the fat side of my Beauty Blender Pro I began to stipple the product onto my skin.  There really is no method when it comes to blending with the Beauty Blender, as long as you stick to bouncing/beating/buffing motions, all should go well!  Since I moved right into the cream contour process I didn't bother allowing the foundation to dry.

               As I explained in my tutorial (basically giving you a preview here because of the delay, I feel SUPER bad about not posting on my normal schedule) I tend to choose shades 7 shades lights, and 7 darker.  I don't go by the classic rule of 5 shades lighter blah blah blah- it does not give me the desired appearance I prefer! With that being said, I used N10 by Cover Fx and cream highlighted features I wanted to "bring out" more!  These features happened to be my under eye area, my forehead, my nose, and from my left jaw to right jaw.  The funny part here is I used an Urban Decay Naked 3 Brush to place the product, you don't ALWAYS have to use a brush because it is labeled "contour brush" or "concealer brush".  If you view the image above (you totally should), you will be able to see more in depth the area's I had highlighted.  For example, though I had said I highlighted my under eye area, the more specified version is upside down triangles extending from the bottom of my nose up to my hairline!  To contour I took N100 and drew thin lines on the hollows of my cheeks, on my jaw, and on the sides of my nose. Keep in mind these are area's I prefer to contour/highlight, everyone has different needs!  For example, someone might prefer to go with a peach neutralizing shade BEFORE doing the contour/foundation process, or someone might not contour their nose and go for the temples.  All depends on you, just use my technique as a guide :)!  As you might of guessed I blended evvvverything out with my BB Pro, once more.  Most people prefer to start from the center of the face and work side to side, for me I like to begin from the left jaw line!  It just makes more sense to me to stipple in the jaw contour-highlight and buff the edges as I go.  You should allow the cream's to settle into your pores for a few minutes, mixing cream with powder formula's never yields the best results!

                              Generally speaking a bronzer should be to add warmth TOO ONLY 2 distinct areas, the second is quite iffy.  If you happen to opt in for a matte bronzer, which has its benefits for this look, promptly move forth in brushing the product across the sides of you nose as well as from the "3" of your face.  For me I went for a shimmer bronzer because it complemented the whole dynamic of the look much better!  Do keep in mind a few things; matte will make the shimmer more prominent, and shimmer will exude off shimmer.  With that being said, using my Mac 168 brush and Hourglasses Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, I brushed the powder on the temples of my face down to my cheekbones and around to my jaw line!  These are area's the sun naturally hits.  I avoided bringing the product to the sides of my nose only for the reason shimmer particles will not slenderize, they focus light and in the case of the sides of one's nose that'll make it appear wider. Thought very optional, after bronzing my skin I decided to deepen up my contour just a bit using the Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powders! With the same Mac 168 brush I simply re-contoured my cheekbones and the sides of my nose with fluent brushing motions.  Adding this step forms a gradience which at first glance to anyone is MUCH more natural in appearance than one large streak of contour/bronze!

                                      Anything other than Nars's Gaiety Blush is pretty much a no-go. Try to avoid medium bright pinks such as Tarte's Dollface blush as well as super bright pinks leaning towards Mac's Well Dressed Blush!  Gaiety consists of the perfect balance between a beautiful flush that's easy to tone up or down as well as an extreme pink contrasting very well against the blue shadows.  Though I'd love to describe the fancy maneuvers done too get Gaiety at its full potential, nothing special was done here! For instance, I simply brushed off excess contour powder from my 168 and proceeded to applying the brush from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline in smooth fluid motions back and forth.  I also made sure to work in layers JUST in case I wanted more intense pigment! If you want to change things up and use a cream blush, I highly suggest Nyx's Glow only because it is light yet very luminous on the skin which will compensate for the bright flush applied in this step.

                                      The illumination process is EXTREMELY important for this look, more so than any other makeup tutorial apart of the Zodiac series! IF the wrong shade is chosen it will completely throw off the look, so will the usage of the product in incorrect high pointed areas. To begin I started by taking Benefit's High Beam onto the bridge of my nose, the high points of my cheek bones, on my cupid's bow, and on my forehead.  The main purpose for this product is to scout out area's light naturally bounces off of to form the illusions of higher pulled cheekbones, slimmer nose structures, as well as just a healthy glowy appearance!  After placing High Beam on the area's of my preference, I then picked up my Beauty Blender Pro and gently dabbed the product in with light stippling motions.  Using the same BB I smudged the sponge into Abh's Starlight and proceeded on too smudging the shade onto my cheek bones with light yet firm side to side motions, I occasional used patting motion's to diffuse the shade into my hairline.  Notice how Starlight is a VERY pale gold/white, this is the spectrum you want to stay in.  Anything leaning towards peach (Champagne Pop) or gold (Opal) will bring a different aspect to this look that is not welcomed! Even though Starlight gives of a gorgeous glow, extra shimmer particles were needed, this is a Zodiac makeup look after all.  Using the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated powder in Illuminated I smudged the shimmer across ONLY high points, I avoided the diffusing out method.  For example, Illuminated was applied ONLY on the one area light natural hits on me, not the full cheek bone going up to my hairline! The same concept goes for the bridge of my nose, light naturally only hits midway up the bridge, so as you probably guessed I dabbed a tiny bit right at the midway point.  Avoid any pink highlighters for this, it'll detract away from the lippppppps!

                 Ahh will you look at that, lip's are the next step RIGHT after the eyeshadow was completed!  This step is fairly simple and requires no skill level at all, besides the common knowledge of staying within the lines and using side to side motions for blending purposes. The first lip color applied is Sephora's Pink Flush, I made sure to apply a very light coating this way it would be easier in the mixing process, plus when working with liquid lipsticks less is more!  I have just noticed this IS NOT for sale any longer however Electric Pink Luster is a great dupe, if not the same shade :).  To finish up I went into my favorite mid-toned pink by ABH and added a second coating right on-top of Pink Flush!  Before adding setting powder/spray I kept my mouth open for 2 minutes just too ensure the lipstick dried down fully. One thing to keep in mind is Sweet Talker leans different on everyone!  For me, it is more of a very light pink however for most extremely coral in tone.  Be sure to test out whatever works best for you beforehand! Do excuse my crusted nose, being sick is not something I am fond of.  
                                      Once my lips were dried I proceeded to patted Mac's Prep + Prime right under my eyes to ensure fine lines blurred out, not that I have any but it forms more of a "photoshopped" appearance as the result is near perfect.  You might be wondering why I did not list this in the products, the reason being I have NOT a clue why I opted in for this powder, it really is useless to this look, but you read the part of it so enjoy the little tongue twister of "prep plus prime". Lately I have been gravitating towards my Laura Mecier Loose Powder more so than my MUFE HD Setting Powder, though it might be due to me having no stock of the HD powder, the L.M. tends to work extremely well with my skin! With that being the case I gently patted on the powder using a dampened BB.  I applied to my under-eye area in the exact positioning of my highlight, in between my cheek and jaw contour, on my forehead, beside my nostrils, and on my chin! After applying lashes and such (I used the baking method for only 3 minutes) I then took my Sephora Pro Small Teardrop Highlighter Brush and gently dusted the excess product off.  In the tutorial this had to be one of the MOST boring of all setting spray moments, but I didn't want to drag the video on any longer than it had been, to keep it concise as I know most are eager to find out what was done on my lids all I had done is sprayed 6-10 X shaped lines a few inches away from my face and with my free hand waved it up and down like a fan to dry the spray!
*Revlon Cream Eyeshadow Pallet, Black Magic (light pearl shade)
*Tarte Tartlette Pallet: Free Spirit, Force of Nature 
*Abh Illuminator, Starlight 
*Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow, Glitterati + Baby T
*Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan(s): DayDreamerMermaid
*Andrea Modlash Lashes, Black 21 
                                    YAAYYY!! I had such a good brow day it was unbelievable.  Ever since I bought a new and improved Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush, my eyebrows have been sharp!  The inside joke here is within every blog post I alter between hating and loving my brows- it's a Romeo and Juliet thang. The good news is while the list above looks overwhelming each shadow is practical and relates to one another, thus making it not so overwhelming in reality! Anyhoo, just as always I spoolied, lined, filled and spoolied once more.  You guy's can go ahead and choose whatever brow shape you fancy; strong brows, soft brows, they all work for this! Once I had my brows done I moved straight into priming my lids, I was actual quite surprised with the quality of Revlon's Cream Eyeshadow pallet in Black Magic.  Normally cream shadow's are greasy and all shades of yuck! The Revlon one however was very creamy and smooth on the lids, it also help my shadow a remarkable amount of time.  Since the shades aren't named, using the first shade (pearly) I dipped my finger in and smudged the color all over my lid blending up to my brow bone!  You want to make sure all zones of your eye is drenched with this cream color. 

                                     The first few colors placed on the lid involve all but a finger, literally haha!  Lillee's gone tactical ;). The primary shade's you'll need is Anastasia Beverly Hill's highlighter in Starlight and Colourpop's Glitterati! If by any chance your illuminator is already a pale off white just opt in for that, having ABH Starlight is not a necessity, it just adds to the look (for those of you who know me, you'd be informed this is satire- OF COURSE YOU NEED STARLIGHT OH MY GOOOOD, YOU GOTTA SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND GIRL). Okay, moving besides my odd sense of humor- I smudged on Starlight with my ring finger in a single layer to my lid.  Avoid more than a single layer for the simple reason Colourpop shadows require some stickiness to have full fledge pigment. BE SUPER careful with Glitterati, too much will yield a gold hue, simply smudge your finger in the pan once and then proceed too smudging it onto your mid lid area!

                                While trying to find the link for the Tartlette pallet I freaked out a tad- for some odd reason there is now a matte pallet of the Tarte In Bloom Pallet...and it's named Tartlette.  Completely confusing! Besides that you want to make sure your transitional shade is peachy and "barley there".  It's just to create a dimension to the lids as well as a guide for the bright blues too come!  Mixing Free Spirit and Force of Nature together with my Mac 217 brush, I gently YET firmly eased the mixture into my crease with side to side motions.  Be sure to avoid any circular motions, this will just eliminate the pigment containing loose shimmer particles that was placed on the lid prior to this step! After I had a peachy transitional shade set (closest to my undertones) I moved forth in adding the first bright blue, Fresh Water.  Most of you know this is my absolute favorite shade by mac, it's stunning!  With the same Mac 217, I softly blended the summer blue into my crease.  I personally was not in the mood to build up pigment so I went in with a lump sum and worked on blending it in with side to side motions.  Here is where it is acceptable to use tiny circular motions because it adds to the gradience of blue-skintone.  The next shade up is a mixture of Mac's Atlantic Blue and Electric Eel!  These two together make a gorgeous azure blue, which compliments a bright pink lip extremely well.  Just as I blended in Fresh Water, these two colors were transitioned in with side to side motions and ease of touch!  Try to aim for intense pigment rather wishy washy shades, that isn't what this verdict sign is about. 

                                       In the video I was babbling about Nyx and Idol Eyes- no clue.  The one true outcome from that babble is I mixed Frostbite and Idol Eyes together and placed the mixture right in the inner corners of my eyes!  Don't be afraid to build up pigment with Idol Eyes, the more icy purple's, the better.  When it comes to deepening up the crease work in CATION, if you add too much black/dark blue it becomes an uber smokey eye.  If you don't add enough black/dark blue it becomes flat!  Using Baby T by Colourpop (my favorite shade by them) and a Mac 239, I first began by promptly lining my lower lash line, just too add some depth.  This whole endeavor lead up to me PATTING NOT BLENDING Baby T right into the inner v of my eye! I made sure to work in flat patting motions for the sake of craving a deep ocean blue.  Going back to the concept of black can steer smokey or too flat, I actually did incorporate Mac's Carbon into this look!  Generally I opt in for my Makeup Geek Corrupt, but that shadow is WAYYYY too pigmented. Switching back to my Mac 217, I gently steered Carbon into my crease starting from the outer curvature inwards.  In other words, starting from the outer V in I softened the deep black in!  Work in layers for this one, harsh pigment techniques such as the one that was used with Fresh Water will work against you. 

                              As you progress along with the crease it is inevitable the lid shade will be altered ever so slightly, meaning it'll have a blue tint!  Before I had the grand idea to add Heroine into my crease I actually moved along to finishing my lower lash line up.  To do so I used my Mac 239 and starting from where Baby T left off I smudged Mermaid in! The lower lash line was really done to encompass ALL shades in the cancer spectrum.  Though the colors appear faded and light, I wanted to bright the "light", to do so I added ONE fairy like shade which happens to be Daydreamer by Makeup Geek.  This shade was smudged right into the inner corners of my eye (put right up against the mix of Idol Eyes & Frostbite).  It took me a while to plan this out and the decision sat between to use glitter, to not use glitter. I decided to give glitter a go because I freaking love it!  As a Giselle I modeled in the video how I applied specially the Bh Cosmetics Silver glitter to my lids.  Simply tilting my head back I patted on the glitter using a Mac 219, no exact focus point was used I just wanted to get some shine on my eyes!  The grand finale of glitter was to sit upright and shake my head around, just to uh...remove excess glitter.  I swear, I was not woozy on anything! After the glitter was set I then FINALLY had the epiphany too add on Heroine to the crease.  This shade really smoked things up without being too harsh, which is the effect I was going for!  Switching back to my Mac 217 I roughly blended in Heroine for optional pigment.  After blending in the deep blue I switched to my Mac 224 and swiftly softened the harsh lines in my crease up!  Especially if you're applying a ton of vibrant pigment to your lids a fluffy blending brush is quite handy. 

                             What better brush to have than a multi purpose one?!  I doubt I am the only human being who uses their eyebrow brush as a gel liner brush too...right?  WHO CARES ITS AMAZING.  With that Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush I promptly lined my upper lash line and proceeded to lining my waterline with swift side to side motions using my Bobbi Brown Gel Liner.  I made sure to smudge the gel liner a tad onto the outer part of lower lash line for more drama! Do be noted it took me 20 minutes to get a perfect wing, precision is KEY here.  Also be aware that the line is not as black as I normally make it, it sort of fades out!  After all of that fun stuff with lining I then moved forth in dolling my lashes up with Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lash Mascara.  This stuff is amazing and  works on all types of lashes, my go to! Be sure to use falsies BUT avoid overly dramatic ones, it'll take away from the beauty of the blue-teal gradience.  Being my mom is a Cancer (this look is for her, she doesn't know yet!) I took some key notes from her from the years of doing her makeup for special events and clients!  Some of the major things that come up is "I LOVEEE lashes", and "Oooh I love pink lips".  Two lines, I made true. 

              Hopefully you guys' enjoyed this look JUST as much as I enjoyed creating it (hopefully my mom loves it too, hehe)!  If you're interested in the other Zodiac series makeup look's simply click the links provided here OR go to the drop menu labeled "Zodiac Series"-> Aries, Taurus, Gemini!  ALSO I highly suggest you guy's add me on snapchat (Blondeykyle) because I post fabulous snaps and sneak peaks of what is too come, and no a dog makeup tutorial IS NOT in my upcoming events, however PERHAPS an everyday March tutorial never know, or do you? Hehe I'm just messing with ya', or am I?  OK I'll stop now.  Here to inform you I have a few SUPER similar look to this-> Snow Queen (more white based)Icy Winter Blue (SUPER glittery)Powdered Blue Halo (much more smoked out, however does encompass Daydreamer by Makeup Geek).  Anyhoo, I'm getting off the toilet now and going back to bed, unsickafied Lillee here we come,  seeya lovelies, till next time (Leo look is going to be HOT HOT HOT) <3!