Ready for round three of this Tell me More "better self" series? Good! If you missed the past two posts, you might want to get all caught up first.
Since my last post was all about getting healthier, more even skin with a few products I really love, now it's time for the fun part... color! There are TONS of super-cool, fancy ways to do eye makeup and lipstick application, but today, I'm just going to be sharing with you my quick, everyday makeup routine.
First, I start with a nude shadow like Urban Decay's Foxy and with an Eye Shader Brush run a bit all over my lid, from my lash line to the top of my brow. Then with the same brush I use a bit of Maybelline Vanilla, or any other sort of very light/white shadow and swipe a small amount right below my eyebrow and on the inside portion of my eye. Doing this helps create bright spots on your lid that you want to stand out, or not appear as dark. Putting a little white shadow in these two places helps give the illusion that your eye is wider and brighter.
Next I use my favorite NYX matte gray shadow; Craving. With a blending brush I apply a bit to the crease of my eyelid and then feather it out a little, making sure not to go much higher with this color than the arch bone on my lid. After that's done I go back with a little more Craving and dab it directly on that crease again, to darken up JUST that area. Giving my shadow some dimension.
You don't want to go too close to the inner part of your lid, because then it closes your eye, and also makes it look like you have dark circles.
My next step is liner. Thanks to Becki, lately I've been obsessed with Lorac's liquid liner. You can get it in a few different shades, but I usually go for the black.
Carefully, I start at the inner potion of my eyelid along the lash line and draw a very thin line, then as I bring the line across my lid and to the outer part of my eye, I thicken the line up and sweep it out/up towards my brow. Below you can see a before and after.
It's definitely resembles a cat-eye type look but in a very minimal way, giving more round-shaped eyes a sexier, brighter look.
Then, with my retractable NYX pencil liner in dark gray, I run a teeny-tiny amount right along my bottom lash line, to darken them up a little.
This next step isn't something I do ALL the time, but it's definitely a good way to give your eye an extra little pop! Take some white liner, I use NYX Pure White, and put a little right along the inner most portion of your lid.
Make sure to go above your black liner, and not over it. If you've had a long night or your eyes are a bit red, this technique will help them to appear more awake and alert. Once that's all done you can add some mascara to your lashes as well.
Here's what my finished eyes typically look like.
To finish off my eye makeup I personally like to define my brows. Using Benefit's Brow Zings in light and an angled brow bush I line them a small amount to make them stand out.
And then my last step to finish the whole look is lipstick, of course! About 90% of the time I use Mac's Plum lip liner to define my lip shape and then fill in with my favorite Sugar Frosting lip Butter by Revlon.
But if I'm going somewhere a bit fancier or want to dress up my everyday makeup, I'll use a deep pink, coral or red to make everything appear more dramatic. The color I have on below is Revlon's Raspberry Bite.
The best thing about these super simple techniques is that they're easy, quick and just by changing your shadow and lip color, you can get lots of different looks for ANY outfit!
I hope this helps some of you who have had questions about brands, colors and all around makeup application. While I appreciate my freckles and naturally red cheeks SOME times, it's nice to sport a more glamours, dolled-up look when I'm heading out to meetings or doing lunch with friends.
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