Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wearable Halloween: Vibrant Candy Corn Inspired Glittery Halo Eye Makeup Tutorial

                              Over these past few days it is safe to say I have been quite the tease! Finally the unveiling has begun, and now it can be revealed, Candy Corn is the food concept, while warm yellow and orange tones hinder behind. The funny part is one of you love bunnies suggested an orangish yellow smokey eye via Instagram the other night, interesting how some minds connect, isn't it?! For starters, this isn't necessarily a walk in the part tutorial, eye makeup wise. It'll require blending skills, and application logos, however as being the optimist I am, I formally believe ANYONE can achieve a likewise outcome if they put their mind to it, and remain patient.  With uber simple, and breathable face makeup the focus shifts to the eyes, and the lips! Make sure the colors you choose are contrasting, YET in the same spectrum if you're unable to obtain the products listed below. By the way, I shall be beginning a WEARABLE Halloween series starting with this tutorial! All in all, it'll entail tutorials anyone can do, that happen to double as normal glam makeup looks, without the heavy face paint and scary concepts. Hope all of you enjoy, annnnnndddd Happy Friday :)!
Time to Complete This Tutorial: 22 1/2 Minutes
Notes: Natural Skin Finish, Vibrant, Eye Catching, Halloween, Wearable, Daring

*NYX Cream Blush, Boho Chic
Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; One (1) Pump of Primer
*ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick, Dohee

                     As many of you have noticed, lately, face makeup has been a thing of the past for me! Since I am a free spirit, you can only imagine how being worn down by cosmetics, something I love, can feel. You shouldn't apply makeup, to wanna' remove it within an hour, and honestly, last year, that's how I felt! With a touch of glow, and a hint of color to my skin, it's lifted my mood drastically as I LOOK like myself, and it's increased my patience level, as I'm not sitting at my vanity for an hour trying to mold myself into someone...SOMETHING, I'm not. While I realize the Wearable Halloween series, perhaps, isn't fitting for some who dig high glam looks, I do think for people whom share the same airy concept as mine it'll work well! Besides the fact, makeup is what YOU make of it.  If you want too add a setting powder, go for it girl! Skin care, is key.  Especially for wanting to rock minimalist inspired makeup looks, despite ANY skin condition you have, indulging in a bit of care doesn't hurt! Keep in mind anyone, even those with blemishes, or dry skin, can rock this look, you just have to manipulate your products. For example, if you have a huge patch of breakouts, and ALWAYS use high coveraged' foundations, try opting in for high coverage, concentrated pigment CONCEALERS, as they spot correct, and still make one look as if they have skin, not a mask on! For myself, I went with a combination of my Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, because easily I could form any intensity of coverage I wanted while still yielding a life like appearance.  Anyhow, enough with my gibber gabber! To being the makeup I pumped a full squeezing of the Marc Jacobs Primer onto the center of my palm, then began smoothing the creamy formula across all planes of my face starting from the center, managing out towards my hairline.  Although it is around that time of year where cold weather is beginning to kick in, it's always a smart idea to use a primer before hand, especially if you have skin concerns, since in the long run you could actually USE LESS product then intended! As far as the foundation goes, I smudged tiny dashes of my ABH Stick onto the 4 (four) high points of my face, those being onto the tops of my cheeks, and on the center of my chin and forehead, then with a Morphe M439 began softly buffing the product in with a series of wide circular blends, and small stipples for areas needing coverage. 

                  With such overpowering colors, you don't want the blush to be clownish! Save that for October 31st, wink ;). I chose Nyx's Cream Blush in Boho Chic. Baby pinks work for a variety of skin tones, and give just the right balance between "flush" and "blush"! Flush, means a skin tone, blush means color. Of course, if baby pink doesn't agree with your deep skin, go with what looks most natural! Being I had my M439 handy, I went ahead and swirled into the oiled product, then proceeded to stippling it onto my cheeks starting from the apples moving up towards my hairline.  By using the SAME brush that was used for your foundation, or even sponge, you gradually soothe the color down to a more natural hue ("flush"), while still achieving some color, that's where the "blush" idea comes in handy! Glow wise, I've been lovin' using my Fresh Seaberry Oil as a light reflective coating onto the 4 (four) high zones of my face. The truth of why I switched from the heavy glow effect I had current for quite some time, is I had tiny bumps across those EXACT areas any glow product was applied...despite how lightly I applied the products, and even the type of product I used! It seems the Fresh Seaberry Oil works better as an illuminizer, than an actual hydrant for my skin. I personally, like squeezing a drop onto my fingers, rubbing the tips together, then lightly patting it amongst those reflective areas. Interestingly, paired with a setting spray, such as Mac's Fix+, it's rather long lasting, too! A demure orange is your best bet to achieving a balance between vibrancy...and more vibrancy. I mixed ColourPop's Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in Dohee, with a light coating of Melon Lipgloss by Anastasia Beverly Hills softly disbursed onto the center of my lips to achieve a plumped effect!
*Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Eyeshadow Pallet: Row 2, Column 6 (outer corners, inner corners, lower lash line); Row 2, Column 5 (transitional crease shade); Row 5, Column 4 (center of lid, lower lash line); Row 1, Column 1 (inner corners)
*Morphe Brushes 35 Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Pallet 35OS: Row 3, Column 7 (outer corners, inner corners, lower lash line)
*Violet Voss Glitter, Goldie 
*OCC Glitter,  Gold
*Colourpop Creme Gel Liner, Puppy
*KoKo Lashes, Marilyn

              Let's get down to business ladies! When I fill my eyebrows in, typically I keep them VERY thin, yet noticeably thick. Being I am competing against other orangish yellow hues, and my eyebrow shade in Anastasia colors is Auburn, I decided to make them a tad thicker than usual, this way they'd stand out! Once I had that taken care of, I scooted along to the shadow application, IF you want to apply primer, go for it :). Why don't I? Well, it's darn inconvenient when you're eager to apply colors, and since my lids aren't overly oily, my shadows remain the same as applied during the morning hours, throughout the evening long. All you shall need is THREE brushes, one fluffy blender, one flat shader, and one mini shader! Nothing less, nothing more. Swirling into Row 2, Column 6 from the 35U pallet Morphe produces, I softly fluffed the color from the outer corners of my eyes into the inner corners, and finally onto my lower lash line using a Morphe E22! Think of this orange as our blueprint to where the other shades shall go. Before adding depth, I swept Row 2, Column 5 into my crease to ensure a disbursed out effect would occur when Row 3, Column 7 was added for extra dimension! Halo Eyes tend to be trickier than typical smokey's simply because the color disbursement is unusual, yet VERY flattering to the human eye.  Don't give up! 

              Candy Corns, as we all know have a gradual color range from white, to yellow, to orange.  I took this concept down below to my lower lash line by smudging Row 3, Column 7 across the outer third with a Mac 231, followed by Row 5, Column 4 posing as a yellow onto the center of my lower lash line, and Row 1, Column 1 onto the tear ducts to mimic a white.  I actually wanted this shade to drastically POP against the other colors, so I took Goldie, a loose glitter by Violet Voss and with my pinky finger patted it directly onto the tear ducts of my eyes!  Since we're already gettin' messy, I smudged my finger into Row 5, Column 4 once more, and thickly smudged it straight down the center of my lids, then with a 231 softly blended the shade in. As you might of guessed, this beautiful yellow was topped off with OCC's Glitter in Gold! Ever try mixing an oil with glitter, instead of a glitter glue? TRY IT! Trust me. Black and orange have always been a Halloween color scheme, so pop out that black liner and get busy! I chose Mac's Creme Liner since I wanted precision, and heavy, true black winged lines.  Unlike most times, I DIDN'T line my waterline with excess product left on the brush (Mac 242 Shader Brush was used to apply the thick cream activated with water), instead I smudged ColourPop's Creme Gel Liner in Puppy straight across for a beautiful melody of hues. After this point, EVERYTHING should be simple! Literally, all I did was coat my lashes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, then applied my KoKo Lashes in Marilyn.  Phew, was that a tutorial, or what?! IF you have any more suggestions, feel free to comment below em', or personally write them to me! Love you all, XOXO, your Lilz!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quick Purple Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial FT. Too Faced Cat Eyes Pallet

                 MEEEEYOW! In all the years I've owned my Too Faced Cat Eyes Pallet, I believe there has only been three occasions in which I have actually picked it up, and physically used the shadows. Isn't it odd since I myself LOVE kitties?! For today, being I've become fascinated once more by the beautiful array of hues, I put together a stunning and easy to complete dramatic purple smokey with slight traces of pink glitter for a girly touch. You shall find the face makeup to be VERY simple, too! Remember, oil's are your best friend, whether your skin is oily, or quenching for hydration. Manipulating certain products, and using them either as a mixing base, OR a glow product can be quite beneficial to your overall skin health! Read below to find out more on how to complete this tutorial, XOXO.
Time to Complete This Tutorial: 16 Minutes
Notes: Sensual, Long Lasting, Natural Glowy Finish

*NYX Cream Blush, Tickled
*Mac Lipstick, Creme De La Femme

                   See, I told ya' the face makeup was zippidy quick! Personally, I was on the go today, and seeing as many of you beauties have literally 15 (fifteen) minutes or less in the morning hours, I felt this smokey glam was my perfect way in on showing you loves a favorite combination of mine constrained to this time period. Anyhow, yielding a well standing primer is an absolute must! Try opting in for a priming potion catering most to your skin conditions. In my case, I have entered a huge dehydration circle of love...sadly! With that being said, I chose Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, since it provides an adequate barrier between facial makeup, and future makeup to come, while releasing tons of hydrates to one's epidermis layer. Digging up exactly a pea sized amount with my ring finger, I smeared in full the primer across my left cheek, then taking my left HAND, began smoothing the creamy substance in with a variety of large circular and massaging motions! As far as foundation goes, I wanted to remain in the dewy spectrum of things, as dewy foundations tend to make one seem as though they're wearing a made up face, when they truly aren't. Pricking my Morphe M439 firmly into the spongy cushion L'oreal's Lumi Cushion Foundation contains, I softly brushed the bristles across my chin in simultaneous patting motions, until I achieved a full beat and pattern of tiny stippling motions! The more you stipple, the higher coverage that shall be achieved. Do be noted DEWY FOUNDATIONS, and DEWY PRIMERS, never dry down completely, although you will see a visible sinking in! If you happen to have oily skin, by this point I'd advise you to apply a decent setting powder before applying facial oil as a highlight, since it'll hold your makeup in place for longer bouts of time, as opposed to no setting powder. For a slight pop of color, and before setting my M439 brush down, I swirled into Ticked Cream Blush by Nyx, swished excess across the back of my hand, then proceeded to firmly patting the shimmering pink with gold notes across my cheeks starting from the apples moving up towards my hairline! 

                Facial oil can be tricky, especially when mixed with highly concentrated pigments such as those found in foundation and blush. Instead of going through the obstacle of reapplication, I chose a rather thick, yet slightly dense oil, that being Fresh's Seaberry Oil, and DIRECTLY dropped single droplets onto the high points of my face, with my head tilted back to prevent leaking, then with my ring plus index finger stuck together went ahead and patted the oily substance in until a youthful, yet natural dew appeared. The beauty of oil, unlike creams, is you can create your own highlighting products! For example, let's say you have a powder highlighter, but would much rather it as a creamy glow. How does one do this? Simply scrape off a few particles of the powder, mix it in with one drop of oil, and viola, creamy perfection! In my studies this combination creates a much more long-lasting finish, in comparison to straight highlighters in pot or stick form. Lip wise, I chose Creme De La Femme by Mac Cosmetics, because the plumish hues complimented the shadow well! Try sticking within the range of plums, to frosted pinks. Lastly, to set my skin, I sprayed on Mac's Fix + in grand quantities to ensure a few hours of wear would occur!
*Too Faced Cat Eyes Pallet: Kitten (inner corners); Pussy Cat (lid, crease); Jungle Love (crease, lower lash line); Panther (lower lash line, inner v)
*KoKo Lashes, Marilyn
           Considering most people are NOT thrifty in the terms of makeup, today I shall introduce a known, but often forgotten method of creating eyeliner, from eyeshadows! First off, it's always smart taking care of one's brows as they frame the face and set the stage for all eye makeup to come. As always, I took my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and softly filled in both of my brows with soft flicks to mimic REAL brow hair! Using a primer in the morning is obviously and keen factor as to why most people's shadows remain on all day long, but being Too Faced normally formulates their shadows WITH PRIMER, it's unnecessary. The first color applied all over my lids, sorta' as a wash of color is Pussy Cat! Using a super fluffy blender, my Morphe E22, I swished the iridescent purple across my lids and slightly into the creasing of my eye sockets with side to side blends. For a bit of added dimension, I not only switched brushes, but I also switched colors to Jungle Love, and a Morphe M433 for precision! Jungle Love is NOT a shade to mess with-- work in light layers, or preferably soft and gentle smudges situated mainly near the outer creasing, since one can easily run into an issue of black panda eyeballs. Smokey eyes plague most, but once you get the hang of em', they truly are a women's best friend since they're quick, and sexy! Speaking of sexy, to open the eyes up, I dragged Jungle Love under my lower lash line, followed by a pinch of Kitten, then swirling with light pressure into Panther deepened up Jungle Love in both my crease (inner v), and lower lash line with a few dark black smudges. 

               Here is where oil comes in handy, once again! Scrapping a bit of Panther's particles onto the back of my hand (you can use the back of your brush, it'll waste LESS product as opposed to an actual spatula), and using one drop of Fresh's Seaberry Oil, I swirled Morphe's G11 brush into the newly oiled substance, then proceeded to smoothly lining my upper lash line with thick black flicks! Excess was taken across my waterlines, and smudged thoroughly across my lower lash line, this time, however closer to the roots of my lashes to yield a smokier effect.  Lash wise I coated my natural follicles with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, then applied KoKo Lashes in Marilyn! Always keep in the back of your head the idea withheld throughout this entire tutorial is "makeup with ease".  That means, if falsies stress you, FORGET EM', glam up your natural lashes with super lengthening and thickening scara'! IF purple eyeshadow is too much out of your comfort zone, that's okay, go for an Egyptian gold hue, which might I add IS provided in the pallet.  What works for me, might not work for you, I can only impose the knowledge I have amongst you beauties and try to help those afraid shimmer out of their comfort zones! Hope you love bunnies enjoyed, stay tuned, XOXO, your Lilz.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 4 Light to Medium Mac Autumn Lipsticks (Swatches)

                  Being we're officially four days into Autumn, I decided a top 5 Mac lipstick post accompanying the season was quite suiting! Autumn can be broken up into two sectors, one with light tones, and another with deep and sensual hues. For today, I decided to kick things off with a light to medium mashup, because I do know it's back to school time for most, thus the lighter colors might be of a more helpful nature! M.A.C. Cosmetics, which is known in formal as Makeup Art Cosmetics happens to be a company surrounding tons of controversy due to the suspected animal testing and such. According to their website, they state the following, "Decades ago, M•A•C was one of the first beauty companies to use alternatives to animal testing. Alternatives exist, but they aren’t accepted everywhere. Even though we don’t test on animals ourselves, but because of requirements by law, our products or ingredients can be tested on animals in places like China. If we had our way alternatives would be accepted everywhere, and we are trying to make that happen. We recently partnered with the INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES (IIVS), whose mission it is to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide." Essentially, their company DOES NOT support the cause of animal testing, however due to different laws and regulations in certain parts of the word, it is REQUIRED.  Ever wonder why some companies refuse to ship worldwide? Now you understand, partially, that answer! 
                               From dainty nude, to intensive pink laced with gold, these are the shades that remind me MOST of Autumn! Pictured above is both a swatch on my lips, up close, and a swatch from afar this way you beauties can see the shade in both perspectives. Speaking of perspectives, my skin tone in MAC products, although I react horribly most, is NC20.  Keep in mind the spectrum of MAC, works backwards. If you're a "NC", neutral cool, you have a yellow undertone. Although it makes sense, to most this can be confusing since cool tones are NORMALLY associated with pinks in one's skin! Anyhow, going along with the said ideology, "NW", neutral warm, means you have a pink undertone.  I think you loves get the idea!  Below I shall be listing each lipstick, along with a link to either dupes, OR the actual product, with a short description of WHY I fancy each most.
1. Mac Lipstick, Brick-o-la
                           This mid-toned berry leans VERY coral like on me, which is quite odd since when swatched (view photo above), it appears to be a pinked plum! The formula is an amplified creme, thus you can expect INTENSE pigment within one swipe that lasts a few hours, leaving a beautiful stain behind. Why this color? Berry's have always been associated with Fall, but, a berry that CAN shift coral depending on your skin? I think yes. Always make sure to TEST your products out first before purchasing, OR make sure you order from a website that guarantees quick returns! 

2. Mac Lipstick, Shy Girl
               Shy Girl, a creamy coral beige is probably gonna' be your best friend! Fitting with a variety of makeup looks, INCLUDING purple eyeshadow, this lipstick, featuring a creamy formula is def a keeper, because it'll last ALL Fall long, and literally, lasts hours upon no removal. Being this color isn't too warm, it's flattering on a variety of skin tones, as well!

3. Mac Lipstick, Plumful
                      Ohhhh, Plumful. One of my FAVORITE'S! Plumful, coming in a Lustre finish is described as a "blossoming rose-pink".  This lipstick, in my opinion, experiences more PURPLE tones then anything, but this could be due to a clashing of undertones! This shade happens to look the most different between the warm, and natural lightings. Though quite the downfall, I think it's expected for shades in-between to lean differently upon certain conditions!

4. Mac Lipstick, Creme De La Femme
                            Similarly to Plumful, Creme De La Femme exhibits plum hues as well! Described as a "pink laced with gold", the pink is visible, just not as girly as expected. I picked this beauty up many Fall's ago simply because I KNEW it would be a good luck shade! Call me cliche, but it actually has brought me some quality luck. Pairable with lilac shadows, and even smoked light bronzes, this truly is a MUST HAVE shade!

                        Hope you love bunnies enjoyed! Please stay tuned for my "Dark Mac Autumn Lipstick" selection, along with a tutorial to the purple eye makeup look provided above in the afar swatchings. Love you all, XOXO, your Lilz!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wolfy Fox Inspired Theatrical Halloween Makeup Tutorial (Intermediate)

                                  After reading the title in my head a few times, it finally registered what exactly it reminded me of! That my friends would be Wolfie from Barbie's Princess and the Pauper movie...which is still to this day, one of my favorites! Since I couldn't decide whether the final outcome appeared more wolf, or more fox, I sorta' morphed em' together. As you can see from the images depicted below this paragraph, I have the coloring of a wolf pup, yet the eye definition of a true red haired fox! Although unlike most artists I kept the face makeup undefined, in terms of forming a muzzle, and such, I do feel it is still appropriate for those of intermediate levels irking on professional stances. Keep in mind, makeup is what you make it! If you wanna' throw on actual faux fur for a real life effect, GO FOR IT. One thing I will recommend is getting fox/wolf ears, that would truly make the final outcome spectacular! Hope you love bunnies enjoy, let's get to it.
Time to Complete This Tutorial: 54 Minutes Total
Notes: Animalistic, Inspired, Halloween, 
Eye Catching, Wearable (for parties), Long-Lasting

Orange mainly was used as a skin base.
White shade used for tonal fur appearances.
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid LipstickAmerican Doll

*Lime Crime Venus Pallet: Venus (lids);
 Muse (crease, lower lash line); Icon (inner v, lower lash line)
*Makeup Geek Gel Liner, Immortal
*Huda Beauty Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

              Eight products sound good? I realize Halloween has become an extremely overhyped, and expensive holiday. No-one, of normal stance goes out to purchase a $500.00 costume with makeup products to boot! With that being said, each product listed above is a MUST, although some can interchange with drugstore products such as the shadow pallet, and eyeliner used. Do be noted, I work with things that react well to my own complexion, sometimes you must put a bit of money forward, as an investment, too seek the results you desire! One of the first steps you should take to achieving a foxy/wolfy appearance is washing your skin thoroughly. Makeup of this nature has pore clogging properties, thus you should take certain steps to prevent these downfalls beforehand with a gentle cleanser, and thick moisturizer attaining to YOUR needs.  Unlike most of my blog posts, today I am HIGHLY stressing the fact you must cater to what your skin condition is, because theatrical makeup, as amazing as it is, can often times slick off during the day, thus your dry patches might become uncovered, and your oily skin will...well, slip away. A quick fix, if you're on a  tight time schedule is choosing a multi-action primer!  I suggest choosing one that creates a barrier between your actual skin, and the makeup to come, since this'll once again prevent PORE CLOGGING.  For me, I went with the Marc Jacobs Under Cover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, simply because this bad boy hydrates my complexion in one straight shot, and prolongs makeup wear by forming a slick layer on top of my natural skin, which as you beauties know disguises MOST skin conditions! As far as forming a base goes, I picked up my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush, swirled into the orange shade provided in Wet N' Wild's Beauty Fantasy Makers pallet, and began evenly disbursing it across all planes of my face with fluent circular and stippling motions. After fully covering my face, I took excess product and smudged it across my neck, moving just above my breasts stretched horizontally to both shoulders. A flat base, is a boring base! For a bit of foxy definition, I picked up a STIFF fan brush, lightly brushed against the pure white mixing base, and softly pricked it onto my skin, and chest, until a believable texture was yielded! As far as my nose goes, I kinda' wanted something unique. Who walks around with a furry nose? MWAAHHH! Using Makeup Geek's Gel Liner in Immortal, I went ahead and created a circular object center of my nose, then started flicking out tiny hairs beginning from the top of the circle, and working clockwise to the start again! To settle the makeup in, I coated my lips ONCE with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll (my lips had product em' already, thus American Doll was very subdue), then spritz on a bit of Mac's Fix+ to ALL angles of my face (try moving your head around as you spray). Setting powder is optional, as I didn't use it since it'll mattify down the makeup and make it seem animalistic!

                 Onto the eye makeup we go! This probably will be the easiest of steps, because the shades I used blend nicely into my new orange skin tone, thus you can be obtuse in your blends without worrying if your line are sharp or not. With only one brush, and one pallet, we can do this! Picking up my Morphe E22 Pointed Blender, I began by swishing into Venus a few times until optimal pigment transfered to my E22 bristles. Once noticeable opaqueness was seen, I softly smudged the shimmering pinkish red onto my lids and slighting into my crease with side to side blending motions! With ALL shadows used, everything will be transferred from the lids, to the crease, and finally to the lower lash line. To yield a tremendous amount of vibrancy, and definition, I switched forces to the color Muse, and as you might of guessed, blended it throughout my crease with tiny circular motions while brushing down under my lower lash line! Icon, from the same Lime Crime Venus Pallet was scarcely used, but still prevalent in this tutorial. I mainly smudged the deep reddened brown onto the inner v of my eye socket, and brought excess down to the outer third of my lower lash line for added drama! Today's eyeliner was a full coating.  As you can see, I aimed for not only lining my waterlines, and lower lash lines, I formed an Arabian sort of effect by connecting both to a straight wing flicking out from the outer corners of my eyes! For the lashes, the thicker, the better. I paired L'Oreal's Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara with Huda Beauty's Scarlett just because the duo widens my eyes, thus giving it more of a FOX look. Till' next time my love bunnies, XOXO, your Lilz!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fruity Green & Peach Fall Makeup Tutorial

                      Fruity fall might sound a tad odd, but lime green paired with soft notes of peach, and a delicate pink grapefruit lip, truly has no other words to describe the final outcome! Unlike the other tutorials I've been posting these past few days, this one in particular stands out, not because of the color scheme, because of how SIMPLE it can actually be. I categorize "simple", by not only the total amount of time a look takes, but the steps taken to complete it! Using this makeup look as a close example, not much was done other than a few blends, and a few smudges, that's the beauty of color.  Looks of this nature always seem extravagant, due to the eyes focus being on the amount of hues present, and textures used, but in reality it tis' all a mind game! I hope all of you enjoy, and for those experimenting with color, always remember color comes in many forms, and many textures. It's not always neon, nor always matte, is my point! Do be noted, I made sure this look was EXTREMELY long lasting, and melt proof, due to the current heating situation taking place on much of the world.  Cool weather, where are you?!
Time to Complete This Tutorial: 26 Minutes Total
Notes: Glowy Skin, Fruity, Vibrant, Eye Catching, Long-Lasting, Melt Proof

*Nars Multiple, Copacabana
Quarter Sized Amount;  Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer
*Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallet, Incandescent Light
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid LipstickAmerican Doll
*Dose of Colors Lipgloss, Bellini

                 Assuming all of you beauties take care of your skin prior to makeup application, for today we shall jump straight into the product list! Rather spending an extra 2 (two) minutes blending primer onto my skin, I created an equal ratio between my Marc Jacobs Under Cover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer and Nars's Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi by pouring equal counterparts of both products onto the back of my hand.  Currently I have a HUGE hormonal breakout (betcha'd never know that from how well this foundation covers), and with breakouts comes enviable dry patches, so by creating a concentrated NEW formula, you actually increase the skins flexibility to take on sheer foundation, and build up without caked effects. Anyhow, no mixing is required before application since paired with a dense blender, or bouncy sponge, the products should gradually mix together! With that being said, pick your poison, in the terms of tools. I went with my classic Morphe M439, and began softly buffing the foundation to primer concoction onto my skin starting from my left cheek working inwards with stipples, then counter-clockwise outwards, down towards to my chin. Always remember the fact foundation can double as concealer.  IF you had a HUGE pimple that turned into a dry patch, which is essentially a scab, wait for the foundation to thicken on the back of your hand, then use the thick and creamy formula onto the flakey parts of your face.  It's guaranteed to cover ANYTHING! Personally, I'm one of those people who prefer to use the LEAST amount of products possible as clutter ruins my inner chi. Rather digging up another brush, I swiftly transitioned my Morphe M439 into a blush expert blender, and stippled firmly into Inglot's Cream Blush in 91 to only blend the warm peach thoroughly onto my cheeks with a variety of pats, and pricks. Before setting the brush down, I quickly smudged Nars's Multiple Stick in Copacabana onto the high planes of my face, then as you might of suspected, lightly blended the cream to powder formula in!

              In my opinion, Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Pallet is underrated! Though I feel its due to the majority not understanding the way in which this pallet works, it's truly sad. People will be people as they say! Instead of a super glowy and flashy radiance to my skin, I was feeling an inner glow vibe. With that being the case Incandescent Light was brushed on top of Copacabana using a Mac Duo-Fibre 159 Brush-- layer as pleased! As far as the lips go, I first applied my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll then topped it off with one coating of the Dose of Colors Lipgloss in Bellini. Bellini is SUPER pigmented, and opaque, so you should achieve a lightened effect, regardless. Setting wise, I skipped the loose powder, and firmly patted Bobbi Brown's Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in the shade 1 Warm Ivory across the center plane of my face, which is better known as the under eye area, and sides of one's nose! Not only does this set the makeup in place, drastically, it helps ensure the fact runoff from the lower lash line WILL NOT occur as the skin is tight, and in place.  For a little extra insurance, I spritz on the Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ formula! This, unlike other setting sprays will help hydrate the epidermis layer, without causing strenuous tearing, or pore clogging attributes.

*Morphe Single Eyeshadow Pan(s): Tokyo Tea (lid); Cafe Macchiato (inner v)
*Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan(s): Peach Smoothie (crease)
*Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art, Peach Prism (cream eyeshadow side packed up under lower lash)
*Colourpop Creme Gel Liner, Puppy
*Makeup Geek Gel Liner, Immortal
*Huda Beauty Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

                Ittttttttssss eye makeup time! You loves know what that means! Alright, to begin, as always, I filled my brows in with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn with my G11 Morphe Brush, then moved straight along to the shadow. I was super eager to work out this look as Tokyo Tea has been on my mind, as a lid shade, for quit some time! Oh man, I spoiled the beginning of the shadow application.  Poo. Tokyo Tea was smudged across my lids using a Mac 239 brush! I made sure to continue building up pigment, until I was satisfied with the finish, and vibrancy left behind! Switching brushes to a Morphe E22, and shadows to Peach Smoothie by Makeup Geek, I heavily saturated my E22 bristles in the peachy color, then went forth in dusting it throughout my crease with a series of tiny circular motions, and defining side to side blends. For just a bit more of definition, I lightly went into Cafe Macchiato by Morphe, and softly applied it to the inner v of my eyes by following the NATURAL creasing my eye sockets make when both eyes are wide open! By blending the darker shadow in this area, you create a much more flattering crease line, as it'll make your eyes "POP", much more as opposed to an eye widening inner v technique would (applying shadow from the outer corners in, above the natural crease).

                  As you loves know, my mom surprised me with a few Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art duo's last week! Being I fell IN LOVE with Cobalt Crystal from my Chic Frosty Shimmering Blue Makeup Tutorial, I just knew Peach Prism was a MUST wear for today. Using the cream eyeshadow side, ONLY, I smeared it straight from the doe applicator across my lower lash line, then taking my ring finger gently patted the product in to assure a smooth drying time would occur! It's much smarter working from top to bottom, soooooo, since I was already down below, I decided to take care of my waterline by smudging ColourPop's Creme Gel Liner in Puppy straight across.  The orange REALLY makes the green tones visible, as a friendly contrast is prevalent! For the upper lash lines, I lined them thickly with Makeup Geek's Gel Liner in Immortal using that same Morphe G11 as used prior for my brows, then went along to sprucing up my lashes.  Do be aware the type of lashes you shall choose is based off of your reference! That's the beauty of this look.  It's quite wearable, thus you could potentially choose low volume falsies. I myself, first applied my Mac Cosmetics Zoom Lash in Beets Me, then topped everything off with one of my favorite false lashes, Scarlett by Huda Beauty. Hope you love bunnies enjoyed, please stay tuned for a few new reviews comin' down the pipe! XOXO, your Lilz.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chic Frosty Shimmering Blue Makeup Tutorial

                    Welcome back cutie patooties! I am pleased to see MANY of you enjoyed my Enchanted Princess Giselle recreation tutorial.  If you create your OWN makeup look based off of my Giselle, be sure to tag me on Instagram with the tag #thaeyeballqueen, I love sharing out fun inspired looks! Speaking of Enchanted, that posting marked the end of the pink reign-- for about four blog posts in, I have incorporated a wide usage of pink as it tis' a beloved color of mine.  With realizing the world is simply not in all shades of pink, for today I've amped up a classic frosty smokey eye with a neutral peachy yet demure lip color! Easily, anyone of ANY skill level could replicate the makeup presented down below.  You must have patience. Steady aims (firm grip, focus on blending) are in all honesty unnecessary, since two crease colors were used-- not much definition is needed! Hope you beauties enjoy this tutorial as much as I did generating it, love ya XOXO. 
Time to Complete This Tutorial: 22 Minutes Total
Notes: Glowy Skin, Low End + High End, Simple Color Spectrum, Long-Lasting

Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; One (1) Pump of Primer
*Nars Blush, Gaiety
*Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlight, Pink Light
*Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick, Musk
                       Let's begin, shall we?! Primer, used as a preparatory coating base prior to actual product application, sadly is often forgotten or misused in many makeup routines. As said countless times by myself, ALWAYS choose a primer that'll benefit your overall skin conditions at that moment in time! If you'd take note, I typically ONLY use my Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer.  Being I have yet to find anything that cures my dry skin, as it is a family trait, this bad boy hydrates enough to yield a supple complexion sans dry patches! Proof? I'm able to use a combination to OILY skinned foundation.  How's that for hydration? Anyhow, back to the blog post tutorial.  Using a pump of the Marc Jacobs Coconut primer, squirted promptly onto the center of my left palm, I clenched my hands together this way a product disbursement would occur, then began softly smoothing the creamy formula onto my skin starting from the center of my face, evenly blending towards my hairline! After waiting a good 3 (three) minutes to see visible sinking in of the product, I picked up Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in my shade Ivory, then went ahead and smudged tiny heart imprints across the 4 planes of my face. I happen to have a huge dry patch on my right cheek, so I coated the patch few times BEFORE blending in! Using a freshly washed Morphe Brushes M439, I softly, yet firmly, buffed the foundation into my skin using a variety of WIDE circular blends, and slight stipples for the dry patches. Wow, I didn't realize how SIMILAR the product list is between this blog post and my previous until now! Moving along to blusher, I chose Gaiety by Nars simply because the bright and powerful pink adds a sweet touch to the overall face makeup.  With my Sephora Collection #74 brush, I swiftly swirled, and blended, the build-able coverage blush across my cheeks beginning from the apples going up towards my hairline!

                      Just as said with my sneak peak post on Instagram, the Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder product is sensational! Though it holds up well staying power wise, and typically falls between a cream and powder, my dry skinned loves know the benefits TRUE cream products can bring prior to any powder application. With that being the case, I first smudged on Revlon's PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlight stick in Pick Light onto the main high points of my face, then blended Grace Star Powder across those exact zones with a Mac Duo-Fibre 159 Brush! I tend to concentrate my highlight down the center of my nose and on the APPLES of my cheeks. Finding an adequate lip color was a difficulty today, unfortunately! Red? Yeah...not gonna' cut it, unless you'd fancy an 80's look. Perhaps a light pink! Suitable...but too basic.  A brown-pink that's sorta' peachy? Never though of it, but whhhhewww-weeee, does it look hot against the frosty blue hues.  Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick in the shade Musk, highly coveted, is one of my all time favorite colors, can't ya' tell by this wink ;)? To set my skin I quickly dusted Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder under my eyes, and on the sides of my nose with a Sephora Pro Large Teardrop Brush, thhheeeeennn sprayed on Mac's Fix+ to not only rejuvenate the makeup, but to prevent powdery and cakey finishes in future wear time.
*Morphe Brushes Eye Shadow Pan,  Breakfast At Tiffaneez (all over lid/crease color)
*Mac Cosmetics Eye ShadowElectric Eeel (inner v)
*Jesse's Girl Cosmetics 2016 Masquerade Pallet: Row 1, Column 3 (inner corners); Row 2, Column 3 (across lid)
*Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Pigment, Grand Tiara (eyeliner)
*Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art, Cobalt Crystal (glitter side packed up under lower lash)
 *Mac Kohl Liner, Smolder
*KoKo Lashes, Bella
             Is it me, or do you beauties enjoy elaborate looks of this nature to a higher level than my dark smokey eyes? Despite many of you asking for a wider variety of neutral makeup looks, my colors always do the best, as far as reactions go. Anyhow, to begin the eye makeup I filled my brows in using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in my shade Auburn with a Morphe G11, then brushed over excess foundation left on my M439 bristles across my lids!  Always keep in mind, concealer acts as JUST a good priming base as primer itself. Interestingly, the overall "how-to" for the eye makeup lies restfully between a ton of washing over blends and a bit of precision glitter wise, other than that, as said earlier, a beginner COULD take this on! With that being said, swirling heavily into Breakfast At Tiffaneez by Morphe Brushes, I began softly blending the shade across my lids with side to side blending motions, then took the color down to my lower lash line with slight circling gestures, anddddd cradled everything back up towards my crease. Breakfast At Tiffaneez should be more or less a transitional and all over lid/crease shade! To maintain the fair color spectrum, I only went one shade in depth, that being Electric Eeel my Mac Cosmetics. Whether you choose to go vibrant as I did, or muted, the color should STILL be lightly smudged into the inner v, with considerable pressure, I used a M433 Morphe Brush to accomplish this. As you loves can see a bit of shimmer is prevalent! Being I just reviewed the Jesse's Girl Cosmetics 2016 Masquerade Pallet, I felt it was the prefect time to ACTUALLY use it. I first applied Row 1, Column 3 onto the inner corners of my eyes with my ring finger, surprisingly, then patted Row 2, Column 3 across my lids for a touch of icy blue shimmer! It's up to you in the mannerism of what tool you'd fancy using.  Fingers, with drugstore products, especially creamy shadow, comes naturally to me.

               Eyeliner is probably the easiest thing about this whole eye makeup look! Think about it.  All you must do is firmly pat in tiny systematic pushes a glittering silver, and all is set! I went for Sugarpill's Loose Eyeshadow Pigment in Grand Tiara, because this unlike other pigments DOES NOT require a base, and has instant pigment. As you might of guessed, I packed on the glimmering silver across my upper lash line, following the formation of a typical cat wing with the G11 as used in the prior steps! I haven't had a chance to use Revlon's PhotoReady Eye Art, that was gifted so graciously to me by my mommy, so today I got a bit of Cobalt Crystal action.  Simply said, using the glitter side ONLY, I gently packed on the glittering texture to my lower lash line until a noticeable amount was present! This actually takes time to dry, for future references. The last three steps include smudging Mac's Kohl Liner in Smolder across one's waterline, applying a mascara of your choice (L'Oreal Miss Manga), as well as falsies of your choice (KoKo Lashes Bella)! The reason why I always say "of your choice" when it comes to lashes is I realize many beauties have their preferences, its smarter realizing someone might pair more dramatic falsies with this shadow style, since everyone's face looks different depending on the lash style.  I hope you cuties enjoyed, love you all, XOXO, your Lilz!