Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Series: Cinnamon Spice & Sweet Pink Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

            If you cannot decide whether you're naughty or nice, try out my cinnamon spice, and everything...PINK makeup tutorial! Trust me, it's the perfect balance between sexy, and feminine. Plus the fact it doubles as the perfect Christmas/holiday makeup look, since it is glam enough to be considered "special occasion" makeup, and well suited enough to hold on for family gatherings. I hope you cuties enjoy, and thank you for your constant support, XOXO :)!

    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! Acts of "blurring" are NEVER done. Skin, is skin. If my makeup is not up to par on the lens, then it is not something I shall introduce to you beauties, though this has never, and will be never the case. Information stated below is both cited, and from my own studies. NOTHING has been copied, everything is my ideas, or shared concepts.

                   To not include imagery of FALSE advertisement my skin type is dry/senstive, and any redness, or scabs happen to be hives from nerves. With that being said, product recommendations, and your ability to relate might fluctuation, so feel free to ALWAYS ask me questions, this way you don't end up spending money on the wrong items (for example, I use coconut oil as a base to sooth my hives, but for others this can be too oily, and NOT affective in curing one's acne, in which I don't have. Hives come, and go, and can sometimes last only 3 hours, so again, always ask before actually investing in products).

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

L'Oreal Paris - True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, W2 Light Ivory
Jeffree Star Cosmetics - Velour Liquid Lipstick, Pumpkin Pie

                                  Simple face makeup is the best, because it not only shows one's true beauty, it enhances to a natural level, where you can still tell it's your little Aunt Sue, but you can also tell she has had a slight makeover! For today I wanted an uber glowy finish, so I pulled out the big guns with Shea Moisture's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a priming base, and L'Oreal's True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation as my foundation and glow enhancer.  Obviously to begin I scooped out one chunk of Shea Moisture's Coconut Oil, massaged the product between my fingertips to yield an oily finish, then I proceeded to softly blending the product across my face starting from the center near my nose, spreading out towards my hairline! Especially for holiday makeup, you want to ensure your face stays put, so it's best to form an even base, where all grounds are covered. Being I had some redness, and using just a moisturizer doesn't cut it for long wearing makeup, I went ahead and stippled into my L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation, in W2 with an E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush, to only softly stipple the product across my skin with repeated up and down pats. This product has a tendency to emphasize any under-eye bags, so I avoided applying anything there, I just kept focus on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and of course on area's of redness. Be my guest if you'd desire applying a setting powder on-top, I just despise the heaviness this yields for me! For my lippies I applied Pumpkin Pie Velour Liquid Lipstick, by Jeffree Star Cosmetics, and I made sure once dry to smudge the color in a tad, since it features a micro-shimmer of pink. As I've said time and time again in this Holiday Series, liquid lipsticks are your BEST bet during the holiday's due to them having a long-wearing nature! However, if you're "okay" with reapplying a classic creamy lipstick, go for it girl :). For those not daring enough to rock an orange lip, I tried this out with a mauve pink, and it looked fabulous, just make sure you choose something LIGHT enough!
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Shadow, Brun (EYEBROWS)
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pans: Pretentious (lower lash line); 
Cocoa Bear (all over color)
Morphe Brushes - Single Eyeshadow Pans: Stunner (inner c, lower lash line);
Spice (center lid); Pretty In Pink (inner third of lids)
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Teddy
Ciate London - Wonderland Mascara
Huda Beauty - Classic False Lashes, Sasha 

                       More of a complicated smokey eye than usual, yes, but once you get the hang of things, it truly is a blending dream! How? Well while placement is an issue for most, you really don't have to stress any of this since for today we shall work on smoking things out FIRST. With that being said, right after filling in my brows with Brun Eyeshadow by Mac Cosmetics, I pulled out my Morphe M433 Brush, swirled into Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek Cosmetics, and buffed the shade across my lids, up into my crease, and down towards my lower lash line with fluent circular swishes. From there I switched to Stunner by Morphe Brushes, and carefully concentrated the color into the inner c of my eyes, making sure to use slight side to side blends that ultimately hugged the natural creasing of my eye sockets. Do try to blend from the outermost corners of your eyes, dragged down to the lower lash lines this way a smokier, and more defined effect will occur! Being I finished up the all over color step on my lower lash line, I decided to sweep Pretentious by Makeup Geek Cosmetics towards the inner third of my lower lash, followed by a hint of a foiled effect created by adding water to the shadow. PLEASE know adding a goldish bronze to an orange, and pink combination can fall weird to the human eye, so try to choose something that's a cross between PEACH, and of course gold (Mac Amber Lights is a good swap for Pretentious). Finishing up the eyeshadow, with my finger I patted Spice by Morphe Brushes onto the center of lids, then I patted Pretty In Pink, a cotton candy hue towards the inner thirds of my lids with side to side blends, making sure to not diffuse the color too much, but enough a blend occurs! From there, I smudged Mac's Teddy Eye Kohl across my upper lash lines, and waterlines, then I coated my natural lashes with Ciate's Wonderland Mascara. I highly suggest sticking with a BLACK mascara, using something brown will not bring enough contrast to the overall makeup look! As far as falsies go, I chose Sasha by Huda Beauty, which is a less dramatic twin to my favorite Scarlett lashes. Lashes can COMPLETELY change your final makeup look so do take time picking out what you'd fancy most! Dramatic yet thin lashes are feminine, while SUPER dramatic, and full lashes will yield a sexy, and glamorous vibe. Anyhow, happy holidays love bunnies, stay tuned for some swatches of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lippies I purchased sometime this week!