Sunday, October 30, 2016

Soft Golden Goddess Halloween Makeup Tutorial | Morphe Brushes 35OS Pallet

                   After all these makeup tutorials, there is one look I've chosen to channel in full force this October 31, that being a golden goddess! A classic, really, but everyone has their different spin on the look, some being more wearable than others. Since I wanted to yield ethereal vibes, I kept things VERY golden, yet extremely light in tone, thus making it an out of this world look without a lot to be done! Ahem, calling all beauties who still need makeup ideas, look no further than this one.  All you shall need is the Morphe 35OS pallet, or a bunch of light gold shadows of different hues...even the glow is eyeshadow! Hope you cuties enjoy, and ONCE AGAIN, stay safe tomorrow night.

                        Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! 

Time to complete this tutorial: 17 Minutes (professionals/myself)
                                                   28 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Genius Gel Foundation, 14 Ivory Medium  
Mac Cosmetics - Mineralized Blush, Uplifting (Limited Edition, 14')
Morphe Brushes - 35OS Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Pallet: Row 1, Column 1 (glow)
L'Oreal Paris - Colour Riche Lipstick, Golden Splendor
Mac Cosmetics - Prep + Prime Fix+

                Before bronzing fanatics get excited, I'm here to say all you'll need is a strong coral blush, and an intensive pale gold highlight, or a highlight corresponding best to your skin tone! Again, this tutorial is a walk in the park in comparison to my other Halloween looks, so treat it as such. To begin, I created a concentration between my Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, to the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation, in my shade 14 Ivory Medium. Simply said, one pump of each was plopped directly onto my Morphe M439 bristles, and from there I softly swirled the brush against my skin, which not only mixed the 1:1 ratio, it began covering all imperfections. Especially with a concept of ethereal beauty, one must ensure their skin tone is even, and flawless! With that being said, work in light layers, and DO NOT cake on the product, if anything conceal what's needed later on with a powder, or with a thickened foundation adequate enough to be used as concealer. Blush is probably my most favorite thing about makeup, which is interesting because for the longest time I despised ANY pop of color. Today however I really got to pile on the glow with Mac's Uplifting Mineralized Blush! This happens to be a limited edition, but any coral with gold veins shall do -- the product was dusted directly onto the apples of my cheeks and up towards my hairline with a Mac 159 brush.  Uplifting has tiny, yet noticeable reflective glitter specimens, thus making it perfect for Halloween makeup (similar to Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated Powders)!

                  While I could of used a pale gold highlighter, actually labeled "highlighter", I thought it would be interesting to get more usage out of my 35OS pallet by smudging Row 1, Column 1 shadow onto all high points of my face! Anyone who owns the 35OS, knows the creaminess these shadows hold, so applying with my fingers was not an issue at all.  In fact, I smeared excess onto my lips, then coated left over product with my L'Oreal Golden Splendor Lipstick. Golden Splendor probably was my most coveted purchase of the end of 2016, I use it more than I should since golds can be taken for frosts, but in all honesty, the pigment is incredible, and the staying power is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Speaking of staying power, to ensure my makeup would remain in place all day, I sprayed on a bit of Mac's Prep + Prime Fix+.  While applying the setting spray, I like to move my head around, and rock it side to side this way ALL angles would reach the product!
Morphe Brushes - 35OS Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Pallet: Row 1, Column 1 (inner corners) Row 2, Column 1 (lids, lower lash line); Row 5, Column 2 (crease)
Revlon Cosmetics - ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner, Black Out
Mac Cosmetics - Lip Pencil/Liner, Spice (waterline)

            Brows, they're SOOOOOOOOOO mainstream! Okay, that was a joke...ha-ha?! My main purpose for keeping the brows bare was to keep all focus on my eyes, and the glow. Harsh brows would simply remove the ethereal aspect of this tutorial, and not make matters unique! As you love bunnies can see from above, and to the left side of this paragraph, the eye makeup is EXTREMELY wearable. Perhaps an everyday Fall-Winter transition look? Wearability, with an ease my friends, because only 3 eyeshadows were used, and even a lipliner I believe many own was thrown in there. Anyhow, let's get into the full details, this shouldn't consume too much time! Swirling into Row 1, Column 1 with a Sephora #18 brush, I carefully placed the frosty eyeshadow towards my inner corners, then quickly switched shadows to Row 2, Column 1. This pure gold was dusted upon my lids in two firm strokes (fix+ was applied on the second application for a metallic effect), then was taken into my crease, and towards my lower lash line to soften up the remaining product! To finish up the eyeshadow, Row 5, Column 2 was taken into my crease. As you might of guessed, I concentrated the pigment towards my inner v, but ultimatlety blended the color out, and up towards my brows. 

               Some of you cuties might opt in for using dark brown eyeliner, instead of pitch black, but I personally think black defines the eyes better and creates a wider, plus larger, look to em'. Emphasizing that larger eye effect, once I applied on L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara, and plopped KoKo's Lashes in 502 across both upper lash lines, I went over the false eyelash band with Revlon's ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner, and created a half Arabic eye, without the flick. Obviously, you can create heavy wings, but once again, as I've drilled in your pretty little skulls (yes, very Halloweeny of me), ETHEREAL IS THE GOAL! Without being too harsh of a color, I finished up the entire look by gliding on Spice liner across both my waterlines. Think soft brown with gold, rather instant brown, or black! Please know lip liners are not necessarily eye safe, so use at your own risk, I'd hate for you loves to have twitchy eyeballs...been there, done that! Hope you loves enjoyed, stay tuned for my full blown Halloween blog post which will have a list of my so far completed theatrical tutorials, this way things will be easier for you guys to navigate. Love you all, XOXO, your Lilz! 

Wearable Halloween: Dramatic Soft Black & Shimmering Orange Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

                The night before Halloween, oooooo SPOOKY! By this point, most people have their costume chosen, makeup included, but what if you don't, and really despise theatrical looks? Realizing some would rather not get glammed up, in that mannerism, today I created a wearable tutorial reminiscent of the Halloween spirit. As you beauties know I created a Wearable Halloween series several weeks ago, to combat those loves out there looking high and low for spooky, yet sensual makeup tutorials! Interestingly, out of the entire series, I missed the most classic combination of all, black and orange. Luckily, a day before the holiday strikes, I noticed this! Anyhow, please enjoy cuties, and PLEASE stay safe tomorrow night. Especially with the creepy clown sitings, it's not a good idea to go anywhere alone, even to a party!

                        Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! 

Wearable Halloween: Vibrant Candy Corn Inspired Glittery Halo Eye Makeup
Wearable Halloween: Contrasting Green and Plum Dark Witchy Makeup

Time to complete this tutorial: 23 Minutes (professionals/myself)
                                                   60 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)

L'Oreal Paris - True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, W2 Light Ivory
Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; One (1) Pump of Primer
Becca Cosmetics X Jaclyn Hill - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, Champagne Pop
 Marc Jacobs - Le Marc Lip Creme, Cora Cora 
Bobbi Brown - Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, 1 Warm Ivory

              With makeup this dramatic I really wanted to keep the skin simple, yet clear! Yes, you might see a few scabs, but in all honesty I'm not in the game of creating more breakouts, or peeling off skin. With that being said, kicking off the tutorial into full bloom, I squeezed out one pump of my Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfecting Coconut Primer, by directing the glob center of my left palm, then rubbed my hands together, and proceeded to softly massaging the coconut essence into my skin starting from the center of my face, moving out towards my hairline. I find it helpful to DOT the product onto all main planes of one's face before blending, it'll evenly distribute all given product! To clear up my complexion, and yield a radiance I pulled out my L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in the shade W2 Light Ivory, and went to blending heaven. I find this product works best with a SUPER dense blender, such as Morphe's M439! Personally, only two coatings were needed, but for the scabs I allowed product to harden on my finger tips, then gently spot corrected with tiny pats. Ah-hah! Concealer alternative my friends, you're welcome! While I could of applied blush, it would of taken away from the creamy effect I was aiming to yield. Plus the fact, black and orange are extremely overpowering shades, hence making it smarter to keep your skin as it is with a slight peachy glow! Speaking of glows, I dusted Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics onto the high points of my face, with a main emphasis on my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose. From here I went straight ahead the the lip department, and evenly applied Cora Cora by Marc Jacobs Beauty onto my lippies! This color is ACTUALLY a deep coral, but for some reason it turned into a subdue orange, perhaps it's a contrasting issue...weird. For clean up purposes I pulled out Bobbi Brown's Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in the shade 1 Warm Ivory, and with a dry Beauty Blender Pro, I softly yet firmly patted it across my under eye areas with stipples, and sweeps to dust away excess pigments. Before moving ahead to the eye makeup, please know a dry beauty blender can be VERY effective in applying powders, less absorption occurs, at-least in my findings! 
 Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Sugarpill Cosmetics - Pressed Eyeshadow, Flamepoint (wash of color)
Morphe Brushes - Individual Eyeshadow Pan, Spice (crease, lower lash)
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pan, Corrupt (all over lids, lower lash line)
Sugarpill Cosmetics - Loose Eyeshadow Pigment(s): Penelope (inner corners); Stella (lids) 
Revlon Cosmetics - ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner, Black Out
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Smolder 
Huda Beauty - Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

                Think of the eye makeup as a messy explosion of COLOR! Now, I know my perfectionists out there shall have something to say, but Halloween does not have "perfect" in the word, its what you make of it. With that being the case, after glowin' up my skin I went ahead and defined my brows by using Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn! I went for a thinner, yet fuller shape this way it could better prepare my face for a dramatic smokey eye, remember brows can change the face drastically, work em' girl. Smokey eyes when it comes to me can be popped out within 6 minutes, how? There are three basic things to know! DARK Smokey eyes consist of 3 or more shades, and are generally a gradience between light, your all over shade, medium, your crease shade, and dark, your base shade that smokes around the entire eye. Once you get into a rhythm of blending, smokey's become easier by the minute! Let me lead by example. Swirling into Flamepoint by Sugarpill Cosmetics with a Sephora #18 brush, I softly swished the color across both my lids with side to side blends, and made sure to bring all excess product up into my crease, and down below my lower lash line. Flamepoint will be peaking above the darker shadow, so it's best to build up pigment before moving ahead! For a bit of extra pigment, and to give Flamepoint a push, I dusted Spice shadow by Morphe Brushes into my crease with a fluffy #31 Sephora Collection Blender.  Use Spice to ease up both oranges! We've added our medium shade, it's now time to smoke things up. Reverting back to my #18 brush, I took a hardy amount of Corrupt shadow onto the bristles, then began firmly applying the color to my lids! I found it best to start in a sheer coating, then to build up as I went.  As I built up, the shadow gradually migrated out into my inner v, and under my lower lash line! Since I was already down below by this point, I glided Smolder Eye Kohl by Mac Cosmetics across both my waterlines, and then lined my upper lash lines with Revlon's Black Out liquid liner. Pausing the tedious steps, I went back to my shadow, and firmly patted Stella across both my lids (ontop of Corrupt), and Penelope loose eyeshadow pigment towards the inner corners of my eyes! This is where things got messy -- as a pre-warning, do be aware fall out is inevitable, and the spreading of shadow as you apply will create a grunge like effect. Gosh, this reminded me of how meidicne commercials list out the side effects, and one of em' says, "you could possibly die." ANYHOW, to finish up I coated my natural lashes with L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara, then applied my favorite Huda Beauty Lashes in Scarlett. Aim for tons of drama with this, loves! Hope you all enjoyed, yes this was shorter than usual, but it's actually a simple look, Love you all XOXOX, your Lilz.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dramatic Deep Navy & Cream Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial

                       Whew, I'm on a ROLL today! As always, from my sneak peak posts, here is the final tutorial.  I wanted to try out something I've never done which is color blocking, in a complementary mannerism. It sounds a tad wonky, but essentially this means to choose drastically different colors, that sorta fit together, such as bright cream, and deep grape with navy! Color blocking is generally two bold shades, but I'm taking it from the approach of bolds contrasting light bolds. This is a bit more complex than my typical smokey eyes, since it was a free hand done tutorial with small details that truly count, but with the right mindset, and with adequate time I'm sure anyone of any skill level could complete the eye makeup flawlessly. Hopefully you cuties enjoy, it seems many of you have been waiting all night for this post! Cut crease, here the love bunnies come. 

                        Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! 

Time to complete this tutorial: 32 Minutes (professionals/myself)
                                                   1 Hour (beginners/ intermediate)

NYX Cosmetics - Cream Blush, Boho Chic
 Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; 1 Pump of Primer
Mac Cosmetics - Mineralized Skin Finish, Lightscapade
ColourPop Cosmetics - Lippie Stix, Skimpy 

             It's not the face makeup that consumes the full 32 minutes, it's actually the eye makeup, although it typically is time constraining for me! As simple as it might seem, just a flick of blue, one must really put the pedal to the metal and blend slowly, otherwise it'll be too disbursed, or not as defined. Yes, I am mentally preparing you all, MWAHAH! Since I was planning to use my Cover Fx G20 Foundation for cut crease clean up, I decided it'd be smarter to use it as an all over base, too. With that being said, right after priming my skin with the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, I clicked open the Total Cover Cream Foundation container, and firmly streaked my Morphe M439 brush bristles across the circular cream layer. Once it appeared that an adequate amount of product adhered to the bristles, I began buffing G20 onto my face starting from areas needing the most coverage that being on my forehead, to areas that need a sheer coating for a color balance, my cheeks. Cream foundation tends to stump most as it CAN cake up, and CAN look oily as the day progresses, but I've found the Cover Fx foundation line to be flawless, and always yield me a creamy complexion! I personally enjoy makeup that blends in, so while still having foundation on that M439 brush I swirled into Boho Chic by Nyx Cosmetics, and lightly stippled it onto the apples of my cheeks as well as up towards my hairline! The ratio of foundation to blush should be 2:1, thus making it a hint of color. You're welcome for the tip ;)!

                Being my main goal was creamy skin, Lightscapade, a sheer highlighter by Mac Cosmetics felt to be the best suiting glow wise.  The skin finish was dusted across my cheekbones, as well as down the bridge of my nose with a Mac 159 brush! I tried avoiding the tip of my nose because I have a bit of a breakout there, and I'd much prefer the scab to heal naturally without interference. The lips are rather simple, just a few coatings of Skimpy Lippie Stix by ColourPop Cosmetics -- stick within the light pinky nude range, this way all focus stays towards the eyes! To set the cream foundation, and to ensure it would remain put all day, I brushed on Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder across all 4 planes of my face (under eyes, sides of nose, and a bit on the forehead/chin) with a Sephora Pro Large Teardrop Brush.
 Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Morphe Brushes - Cream Eyeshadow, Dusk (cut crease outline)
Morphe Brushes - Single Eyeshadow Pan, Grape Day (cut crease shade 1)
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pan/ Foiled Eyeshadow Pan: Boo Berry (cut crease shade 2); Vanilla Bean (lid shade); Corrupt (cut crease shade 3)
ColourPop Cosmetics - Super Shock Eyeshadow, Baby T (lower lash line)
Urban Decay Cosmetics - Electric Pallet: Revolt (inner corners); Gonzo (center eyeliner color)
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Smolder 
Huda Beauty - Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

              For some reason as I started typing out this blog post, I got super hungry. So here I am, your Lilz, chewing on cereal. Yum. With this tutorial I suggest that you cuties analyze ALL the eye makeup photos first before reading! Why? Well, people of this generation respond better to pictures, but the true reason is because there are two striking details. A defined cut crease, and an ombre/halo like eyeliner style! Obviously you can choose to go without either or, but I feel the touch of blue truly brings the full eye effect together, this goes for the defined crease, too. Anyhow, to kick off the look I filled both brows in with Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn, then pulled out the Morphe Brushes Cream Eyeshadow in Dusk. Dusk is simply a deep navy blue, thus it is easy to replicate, only saying this because Morphe no longer sells their beautiful cream shadow line! Using a Mac 212, I swirled into Dusk, then wiped excess off onto the back of my hand. From the remaining product, I carefully sculpted out my desired cut crease line with soft, and thoughtful strokes! Remember, a cut crease is almost like winged eyeliner, follow the natural bulge your eye socket makes, and all should go well. Here is where things get a bit funky, and where most mess up! First off, many like to at this point smoke out the original cut crease line, but I like to skip ahead to the actual shadow for smoking purposes. With that being the case, switching brushes to a Mac 231, and shades to Grape Day by Morphe Brushes, I carefully smudged the grape color across that cut crease, while line making sure to drag all colors UP, in small blends. To increase the blended effect, Boo Berry by Makeup Geek was added as cut crease shade 2, and a transitional to swish all shades together! Just like Grape Day I opted in for using tiny smudging, and blending motions this way my desired gradience could be achieved. Don't freak out if the original definition line fades, simply add a black such as Corrupt, and go in, once more with patchy tiny strokes! If needed, go over the finished blend with a tapered blending brush. 

              The cut crease is finished, now what? Well, a bit of clean should be done, especially since a cream eyeshadow will be added, we want it to appear PURE. Using Cover Fx's Cream Foundation in G20, my skin shade, I used a Mac 239 brush to fully sculpt out my lids, and clean up frayed lines. Generally one should start from the inner corners while holding their head back, then guide it along the definition line. To mattify the cream down, QUICKLY (can crease and ruin the smokey effect we just created...been there, done that), I patted Vanilla Bean by Makeup Geek straight across the G20 cut out lid line, be sure to pack up adequate pigment. Putting the upper lash line on hold for just a few seconds, I shifted focuses to my lower lash line, and smoked Baby T by ColourPop straight across by using my Mac 212 Definer Brush! Before moving back above, I popped Revolt from Urban Decay's Electric Pallet right onto the inner corners of my eyes, silver contrast navy beautifully. Here comes the eyeliner, not quite tricky, but it can plague some! I felt using a Kohl liner would be my best bet since it's easily smudged, and a little can go a LONG way. Using Smolder by Mac Cosmetics, I first glided the deep black across my waterlines, then took it above to my upper lash lines, and with a few side to side tugs yielded a perfect wing. As a tip, a quick way to get a sharp wing with pencil liners is by placing your nail to the angle you want your liner and going over it, kinda' works like the tape effect! For that pop of blue Gonzo was gently placed center of that liner with a few pats, and tiny side blends. When one's eyes are open, the blue isn't noticeable, but all the action comes alive when the eyes are closed, or to the side! The last two finishing steps include coating your lashes with your favorite mascara, mine is the L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara, and applying a thick set of falsies, I put on my dying Scarlett by Huda Beauty lashes. They seriously are falling apart, but I've had them 5 (five) months, and they've been worn constantly. Pretty good for the price! Thank's for reading cuties, XOXOX, your Lilz!

How I Deal With Hate

                         This will be a short blog post loves, I just want to address a few things I've come across in the past few hours due to my lip tutorial going viral on Instagram. First off, hate is inevitable, but the negativity can also turn to positivity! For example, from all these people tagging their friends, and making fun of my lips, they actually increased my views, and landed the post on Instagram's first page. From that page landing, I've also gained 100+ followers, within the few hours my lip tutorial has been live! Funny how things work. Below is a few anon quotes, and statements on how I divert hate, and deal with it head on! Please, if someone has torn you down, KNOW that many people support you, for YOU. Often times we focus more on the bad, then the good.  I see both sides. By the way, a TRUE makeup artist does not respond to hate with ignorant actions such as being spiteful with applying more makeup, to make that clear. Also, this blog post was done to HELP others out there experiencing the same thing, not because I am upset, those days are long gone. 

Psychologically why does one hate?
Jealousy - What they CAN'T do, or have. 
Ignorance/Pettiness- Doesn't see the full picture out.
Anger - Inside, they're upset.
Insecurities - They feed off of negativity.

Here is how I respond to hate:
Jealousy - Block, they will continue bantering.
Ignorance/Pettiness- Don't bother educating, they will also continue proving their "point".
Anger - I'd rather not have to transform into a tiger, this shall get a block.
Insecurities - Fragile people who speak big words, I'd rather not upset them further. 

"Your work is sloppy."
                        Number one, this is a classic "let me hate" statement. Ironically the woman was a makeup artist, this just told me she is angry with the amount of views, and likes I get. Jealous, rather. With someone like this, I simply block em', end of story, because they're the types who will continue bashing you with no care in the world, and TWIST everything to make it seem as if YOU are the bad guy. While I wanted to say I work sloppy first, then clean up frayed lines, truly wasn't worth my time. Can't have a discussion with ignorance, nor one who name calls.

"This is horrible. Overlining is so obvious."
                To just sum up the broader amount of comments, although 500 people, in counting seemed to really enjoy my tutorial...THOSE BAD APPLES, YOUUU! Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but those opinions can be rather harsh at times, thus making it a smarter idea to zip tha' lip. Do you really think no-one will reply, or to some more sensitive take it to heart? I have seen A TON of makeup artists discontinue posting their looks due to hate. Congrats, but you can never tare down Thaeyeballqueen ;). It actually is quite hysterical when someone comments this, to me at-least, because if you view the captions, and even my accompanying blog posts, you shall always see, and read, the meaning behind the things I do! Pity on them for not delving in, what a loss, wink. This too, results in a blocking, too much negative energy. Besides, these types of people are usually passive aggressive, thus making it ridiculous to reply. 

"You should embrace who you are, small lips too."
                           Yes, I totally agree, but once again someone didn't do their homewwwooooork! Number one, my message is positive, so all these hate comments, have nothin' on me. 
Number two, I NEVER wrote to not embrace who you are. In fact on the blog post, if of course you looked thoroughly before making a statement, it said to EMBRACE your natural lips, but give em' and oomph if needed, and if wanted. Again, something worth blocking, but this one got under my skin a tinge, because the person was 100% ignorant. Funny part is my manager began commenting, and she started complying to what Rene had to say. Insecure people, make fun of others. 

"Why do you hold your face like this? Unnatural and creepy."
                        Now, having the username Cheesy Meatballs without ANY followers, is quite telling, but I shall prevail, and not tear this las/lad a new....holding my French in. This person tried taking a calm approach telling me, essentially my face is unnatural, weird, and that she means NO HARM. Huh? The person, also went into detail to prove their point! For example, they said my brows are TOO ARCHED, my eyes TOO BULGED OUT, and my lips, TOO UNNATURAL. I see someone had a bad day looking at me, wink wink. Interestingly, my eyes are just huge, and my brows just arch up when I smile. I guess my unique look isn't ideal to a meatball, granted I have a feeling the person is a teenager, hence why I proceeded to blocking on the third comment IT had to say. Do be sure to view my posing guide, loves: "How to Find Your Best Selfie Angle".

"Cake face. Too much makeup."
                                   Really? I find it hysterical how I only apply foundation, blush, glow, eye makeup, lipstick, and setting spray, and that is still too much.  What is the correct amount ever? I use what I want to use, and what I feel is necessary. Unlike most I do not contour, nor bronze which takes out a huge chunk of the products used. Call me cake face all ya' want, and tell me I wear too much makeup until the cows ride home, because at the end of the day I can breath in the products I wear, and one can see my natural skin underneath. Point blank, onto the NEXT. 

"SMH, overlining too much. White people these days."
                               For those confused, as I was at first, "SMH" apparently means shaking my head, although ironically while reading this I did just the same. Man, aside from her opinion, why bring race into this? Why? Nowhere did I write I am plumping my lips up to look like the ___ race. In fact, I excel off of my unique look, hence why with this comment I believe everyone can tell it is pure ignorance. Just like Cheesy ovah' there, I shant attack because she was a little girl in grade 7. I will, however address the absurdity that the younger generation thinks this way. 

                  My ending message is actually THANK YOU. Thank you all for increasing my followers, or as I call em' my love bunny count. Kim K has the correct idea, she has the millions, those commenting hate, DON'T. Anyhow, getting into the cosmetic business ALWAYS yields some form of hate. Whether they think your face is too squashed (yes, someone has said this), or that your lips are TOO BIG, you'll never be perfect even when you are inside and out. Getting made fun of because my eyes are huge? Most people wear contacts to get my eye color, and eye shape, so please. Making fun of my pose, because unlike most I'm happy? Huh? You gotta' take this all with a grain of salt, and realize the supporter count is much larger than the hate.  Please check out my "This is ME, who are you?" posting to find out a bit more on my thoughts about this! Have a good day my cuties, stay tuned for my navy cut crease posting. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to Create Plump Lips WITHOUT Injections

                       Happy Thursday love bunnies! It has come to my attention that many women, and men, feel lip injections is something of the ordinary as it's become widely popular. Not only does an injection to the lips change your overall face, putting a foreign substance into the skin cannot be a healthy matter, despite what any surgeon will tell ya'.   Now, what stymies me is the fact all these makeup lovers turn to surgery when with the simple addition of measurement one can create the SAME thickening effect, on their lips! Isn't the point of makeup TO HAVE FUN? What fun is it if you create an alternative reality? This tutorial is to promote the art of cosmetics, and to NOT promote surgery - makeup is temporary, and can be fit to your needs based on your mood in the moment, lip injections have made many a person unhappy and dissatisfied, the pros weigh out the cons. Anyhow, if you have thin lips, or perhaps wide lips, hopefully this can help ya' out a bit since I do know how uncomfortable it can be when you want to wear your favorite lip shade, and it barley shows up! Always embrace who you are. Thin lips, plump lips, it doesn't matter, that's what makes YOU, you! I just felt this tutorial could be beneficial to those who hold the same principals of NOT altering the face permanently.  Please be aware that the overlining I do is NOT drastic, it's about .5 inches out of my natural lip shape, hence more natural than most makeup artists make it out to be! Read the disclaimers and concise information I typed pout below for a to the point explanation. 

                        Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! 

                  Overlining is temporary, and can be customized. Injections last a few months, but you must entrust someone to give you an ideal shape.  Many walk out displeased.  Overlining is pain free, and simple to do.  Although injections yield a plump shape all year around, you must live with the final outcome, and live with the fact due to insecurity, you changed. The difference between overlining and injections when it comes to insecurity, is the overlining is done in a natural, if even noticeable plumping manner.  Injections are done on purpose to increase the collagen in one's lips, for a plumper effect, hence think of it like getting a brow lift, it's done to CHANGE the shape, while overlining is done to IMPROVE the shape.

                           Starting off with your bare lips, begin to analyze what you'd like to see. I find it easier when I apply chapstick beforehand as the full lip shape appears defined! Do you want thicker lips (inches bigger on the upper and lower lips)? Or, would you rather a natural increase (perhaps a half an inch larger completely)? Besides figuring out your wants, take into account your FACE SHAPE. You could either do a trial and error task, which is continue defining until you're satisfied, or realize if your lips are pin straight, top and bottom, perhaps a natural lift with gloss would be beneficial to you! Viewing above to my collage, and to the left of this paragraph, you shall see my natural lips have a sorta' flip on the top, thus making it a bit easier for me to gauge the thickness I desire, NO this is not a mustachio (HAHA), it's a bit more prominent from the darker lipstick I wore a few days ago, and this terrible Winter chill comin' in.  ANYHOW, my upper lip is a bit thinner than my lower lip, so I decided an overall increase in size would be beneficial to me! Starting out with a bit of lip liner (Tarte Moodring), I carefully traced my entire lip shape with a color identical to the lip shade I was aiming to apply, overlining is not done on this step, it's simply a guide to know where my natural lips extend out to. Switching to the actual lip color (ColourPop LBB), I carefully traced about .5 inches outside of my natural shape, not worrying if frayed lines appear, and gradually colored in both lips! Once I fully applied LBB on, and increased the size, I pulled out my lip brush and cleaned up any lines to yield a crispness. As you can see, the pout I created is not overpowering, and still can be taken for my natural lips since I simply widened the edges, and plumped up my upper lip! 

                            Besides overlining you can endure a few other steps to increase size through lighting tricks! You've probably heard of applying highlighter to your Cupid's bow, and to the center of your lips topped with a lighter lip gloss. Yes, this can increase the size drastically, but be aware the goal isn't to look like a frosted snowflake, the goal is to yield plumper effects. Trust me, a pinch of highlighter with the right lighting can make any one's lips, POP! Hopefully this helped some you out, please stay tuned for the Instagram video that'll demonstrate everything presented here a bit better. Also, check out my Photo Series, specifically the "How to Find Your Best Selfie Angle" post, since I feel it ties into lips quite well. HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEN, XOXO, your Lilz. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mythology: Springy Meadow Nymph Makeup Tutorial

                   Calling all PETAL pushers to the stage, because the Springy Meadow Nymph has surfaced! I was quite surprised from the anticipation you loves evoked through likes, and comments on my sneak peak text statement last week, on Instagram. Being the other two Nymphs were of an intermediate to expert skill level, despite me still believing ANYONE could of done the Ocean, and Woodsy tutorial's, I decided to make the Meadow Nymph delicate, cute, inviting, and much easier to complete for the average beauty out there! Understanding the concepts of extended soft cut creases (almost looks like a halo eye), and slight frecklage creation will make your final outcome a direct replication of what's pictured below. Grab those butterfly pins love bunnies, because it's now time to MAKE UP! 

           Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly!

Time to complete this tutorial: 29 Minutes (professionals/myself)
                                                    42 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Stick Foundation, Ivory 
Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; One (1) Pump of Primer
Nars Cosmetics - BlushGaiety
Hourglass Cosmetics - Ambient Lighting Pallet, Incandescent Light 
 Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Lime Crime - Velvetines, Cupid
(Applied with fingers, then wiped off softly)
Mac Cosmetics - Prep + Prime Fix+

Ashland - Mini Butterfly Pack (sold AT Michaels store only)

               Getting the base out of your way first will be of beneficiary stances, and yes I am talkin' to you backwards bunnies who do their eye makeup first! Trust me, once you have the face makeup set, the eye makeup is an absolute BREEZE, since the idea isn't sharpness, the idea is softness, which can be yielded by blending vibrant colors for a few minutes without a worry in the world (those who do eye makeup first are sticklers for detail, hence me advising the reverse). With all that being said, to begin, I squeezed out a pump of my Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut Primer, and from that pump gently disbursed it across my skin starting from the center zone of my face, going out towards my hairline! DO NOT neglect the hairline, especially with an excess of blusher being called for.  Essentially, in the long run you cheat yourself since the difference between face primer, and no face primer is quite drastic! For an even base I smudged the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Ivory across the 4 (four) planes of my face, those being on the tops of my cheeks, the center of my forehead, and center of my chin; then with a cleaned Morphe M439, I softly buffed the creamy foundation in with a series of circular and slight stippling motions. Anyone with striking skin conditions such as dryness, or oiliness make sure symptoms are combated to the best of your abilities during the base stage,  because blush has a tendency to fade off, and sometimes can streak off during wear time, although I've never experienced this with my Nars Blush, but as head love bunny, I think of everything, hence I am pre-warning. Speaking of that Nars Blush, with my Mac 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, I firmly swirled several times into Gaiety blush, and followed through by concentrating the intensive pigment on the tops of my cheeks, better known as the apples! Don't fear adding a bit more pigment if you're not quite satisfied, the more flushed, the sweeter the overall effect shall look. I almost forgot -- take excess product on your brush, and swish it under your chin, the balanced pink effect will look fairy like!

                Time to freckle and glow up! Remember my Frozen Princess Anna Halloween Makeup Tutorial? Well, the method to stipple on freckles is exactly alike, so if you'd enjoy a further insight be sure to check that blog post out. First off, it's smartest to take care of a gentle glow, before applying a layer of auburn on top! I went with Incandescent Light from Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Pallet, and smudged the product across the high points of my face with an emphasis on my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose (Mac 132 Brush). For the freckles, I kept consistent with my regular eye brow color since a, freckles are reddish, and b, red tones look amazing on my skin! Be sure to have handy a sturdy, and medium sized stippling brush, I chose the E.L.F. Cosmetics Studio Stipple. Dipping into my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn, numerous times, I began slightly PRICKING with optimal pressure the brush bristles across my left cheek, up the hill to the bridge of my nose and back down to the top of my right cheek. Continue this process until the freckles are noticeable  IF the pigment seems too intense, stipple your foundation brush on top of any freckle spots. As weird as it might seem, excess product always lingers along, and dense brushes tend to buff things out well. For a pop of color on my lips I applied Lime Crime's Cupid with my fingers (gentle pats), then with a cleaned paper towel softly blotted the rosy shade to yield a faded, almost "BLOOMING" flower effect, any mid-toned rose shall do! Ahhh, finally the last two steps. Usually I'd apply a setting powder, but I felt the final outcome was so flawless, only a bit of setting spray was needed to secure everything in! As you might of guessed, Mac's Prep+Prime Fix+ in four spritzes was applied generously to my skin, I like to rock my head around this way every angle touches the Fix+. You might be wondering what the last step is since only a certain amount of products were used, but luckily it's a simple one! Pulling out two butterfly pin's (embellishments) from Ashland's Mini Butterfly Pack, I placed two into my hair, one surfacing near the head of my braid, and another as a barrette of sorts. These are exclusive to all Michaels Art's and Crafts stores, so get em' while they're HOT! 

 Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Morphe Brushes - Single Eyeshadow Pan: Tokyo Tea (center of lid, lower lash line);  Pretty in Pink (transitional shade); Magical Magenta (crease)
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pan/ Foiled Eyeshadow Pan, Curfew (softly brushed into crease)
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Smolder 
Huda Beauty - Classic False Eyelashes, Scarlett 

                 Originally I wanted this to be a sleek cut crease, then I realized a soft and delicate woman isn't wearing sharp makeup, she's wearing something elegant, and something that resembles a fairy's kingdom, hence me taking the approach of very gradient, and almost halo eyeish shadow blending.  Anyhow, enough of my gibber gabber, let's get into the full details! To start off the whole shebang, I defined my brows by using Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade, in the shade Auburn, naturally.  From there I popped out, and swirled into Pretty in Pink by Morphe Brushes, then with a #31 Sephora Brush softly blended the transitional color into my crease with a series of side to side blending motions, and tiny circular blends! Before adding a hint of green, I sealed the deal with a wash of Magical Magenta all throughout my crease followed by Curfew by Makeup Geek to yield extra definition and build up drama. Be sure to carefully swish both colors towards the outer third, and inner third of your lids while building up pigment for a vibrant effect! Speaking of vibrant effects, with a Sephora #18, I brushed Tokyo Tea by Morphe Brushes across my entire lower lash line, then popped it onto the center of both lids.  If you wish to have a contrast of hues, add Humid by Mac Cosmetics towards the outer third of your lower lash line! Not only will this make your eyes seem larger, it is quite pleasing to one's senses. I chose to leave this step out because it is EXTREMELY optional. 

              It's funny how when it's Winter I pop out the Summer tutorials, and when it's Fall I pop out the Spring tutorials...go figure! In the terms of finalizing steps, Mac's Kohl Liner in Smolder was glided along my waterline, with L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara coated onto my natural lashes, sealed with Huda Beauty's Scarlett. Again, this tutorial is the MOST simple out of the other Nymphs, so hopefully beginners out there you can tag along! Enjoy my cuties, and thank you for reading, XOXO, your Lilz.