The one thing I see a lot of times with prom makeup is that everyone wants to go for the smoky eye. The smokey eye can tend to be very dark and very harsh. What I like to do instead is pick a really gorgeous color such as a shimmery purple and use that to enhance the eye.
Use a simple black liner on the top of the eye near the lash line and then apply the pigment.
Choose a simple nice shimmery pigment, as these tend to blend well, and create a illuminated look for the eye. I chose a really beautiful bright purple shimmer pigment by OCC cosmetics.
As you can see in the vidoe I'm keeping it close to the lash line where the black eyeliner is and with feather-like strokes slowly moving it up toward the center of the eye.
This graduates the color so that the most intense part of the color is near the lash line. As you can see in the video, it instantly gives a really beautiful bright look that isn't as dark as most of the smoky eye looks for prom.
By having a lighter color, enhancing that black liner it's a softer, more vibrant version of the smoky eye.
To make it even more formal for your prom, take that color and with an eyeliner brush, bring it under the eye as close to the lash line as possible.
By using a deeper shimmer pigment instead of darker eye shadow colors, you get a soft romantic look that is still formal and a lot more fancy than the normal colors that you'd wear to school.
Remember the days of plucking your brows down to what felt like their very last strand? It was time consuming and although on trend, in hindsight not very attractive. Thank God in today’s beauty world, brows are back!! This look is all about a strong but structured brow to give your face natural drama and dimension. Here are the tools you’ll need to achieve this look:
White out: Before shaping brows, use a white eye pencil and an eyebrow stencil (we recommend one by Senna Cosmetics) to determine your best arch and trace it out.
Pencil me in: Next, use a brow pencil to fill in the shape of the brow and then use a brow powder to give the brow more depth. To choose the right color, follow this simple rule: for blondes, go one shade darker than your hair color, for brunettes go one shade lighter. Redheads should try to stay as close to their shade as possible or choose a very light brown.
Shape n Tweeze: Now that you have the size and shape you desire, use tweezers to pluck stray brows. Be careful not to over pluck as more is more here, and no one wants a repeat of a bad early 90’s brow (Sorry Pam Anderson!)
Welcome back brows: Guilty of over plucking for the last decade and now have little brow to speak of? No worries, the latest brow serums, like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills, are guaranteed to bring awesome back to your arch. It may take a few months of consistent application, but no one ever said beauty was easy right?
With each passing birthday, our lips lose a little volume and our hair -- on our heads and lashes -- tends to get thinner. Plus, as we age, our eyelashes begin to straighten, which also makes them look less lush. But you don’t have to feel deflated about these changes. Instead, you can fatten up your best beauty assets with a few fast, simple tips.
Plump it up: Get lush lashes
Choose the correct product. Stroll the makeup aisles at any drugstore or department store and you can easily become overwhelmed by what seems to be a thousand mascaras in an array of categories from lengthening to curling -- and everything in between. “For fuller lashes, choose volumizing mascara,” says Mari Shten, a NYC-based makeup artist.
Be a curly girl. “An eyelash curler is the key to taking your mascara the extra mile and really giving your lashes that ‘wow’ factor,” says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. For best results, try this trick: “Heat your lash curler up with a blow dryer, let it cool for five seconds, and then curl,” suggests Stephanie Flor, celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist whose clients include Mariah Carey and Kathy Griffin.
Prep before you swipe. Apply loose powder before putting on mascara. “This will prevent the lashes from sticking together so you can more evenly apply the mascara,” says Flor. Or try using a mascara primer. “It has extra fibers that stay on your lashes and make them fuller and longer,” explains Shten. Apply one coat of a primer. Then, while the primer is still wet, apply a coat of mascara on top of it.
Rework your wand. Bend your wand sideways to create an easier application. “The wand doesn't come with the natural eye shape,” explains Flor. “By bending it sideways you're able to get really close to your lash line. This is my secret and everyone loves it!” How to: Use a napkin to hold the brush; then, bend the area where the mascara brush connects with the stick part of the wand.
Wiggle while you work. Start with the mascara wand as close to the roots as you can get and then wiggle it upward toward the tip. “That will lift lashes up and give the effect of longer lashes,” says Shten. Start at the outermost corner of your eye going inward toward the nose. By coating the ends with the most mascara, it gives lashes a thicker look.
Brush it out. For a more dramatic effect, brush lashes to separate them. Kashuk suggests a metal-toothed lash comb. Then, apply a second coat of mascara. “Don't forget lower lashes. It creates extra dimension,” says Shten.
Top it off with liner. Take a soft black or black/brown eyeliner (depending on your coloring) and apply it on the upper lid really close to lashes. Use an angled brush to blend the line into the lashes. “This will instantly add fullness,” says Kashuk.
I'm addicted to eye shadow and lipstick, which means I try a little of everything. I don't believe women should have to stick with pastels, browns and translucent glitter (if they're feeling brave). You have more options. Take a look at eye shadow colors the next time you're out shopping. Notice all the bright greens, blues, purples, oranges, etc. You get the picture. They're pretty right? Don't walk away from them.
Believe it or not, you can pull of this bright beauty trend, especially during spring and summer.
Start by choosing a bright version of one of your favorite colors. For example: I know paler versions worked well with my complexion, so I chose a bright green to start my experiment to see what does and doesn't work.
Start with something similar to a color you're already comfortable with. It'll make the transition from normal to bright easier.
You don't have to be an expert makeup artist or a runway model to make your eyes look good with a bright eye shadow.
Start by applying a pale base color. This helps blend the bright color and helps you avoid more of a clown hit by a flower look.
If it still too bright or bold for comfort, blend in a neutral color with a bit of shine or sparkle. The light reflects, creating more of a glow than straight neon.
One mistake most people make at first is trying to color coordinate. Never try to match your bright eye shadow with your outfit exactly. Bright green shirt plus bright green shadow results in a not so cute leprechaun. Don't make this mistake. Use colors that compliment each other, but not something that's identical.
To avoid the amateur look, use bright shadow as part of a smokey eye look. Darker colors compliment bright colors perfectly. Buying color palettes with light, bright and dark shades takes the guess work out of finding the right color combo.
As with many makeup styles, your look should change for different situations and times of day.
For day or professional situations, tone down the brightness. You don't have to go full out pale, but take a little easy on the layering.
When you leave work, brighten it up! Be brave.
Go bright and have fun experimenting with different colors to see what works best with your skin and I promise you'll wonder why you ever stuck with dull colors!
Recently, I was asked to try out Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 Foundation and truly put it to the test. The newest formulation claims to last you throughout your day while keeping the skin shine free. One of the main selling points is that the foundation includes three products in one. Primer, Foundation, and Concealer in one simple step.
Honestly, I was extremely curious and my inner beauty sleuth happily took the challenge.
I invited filmmaker Zach Taylor to come and follow me around for one day and capture on film how the foundation held up. He filmed me blogging, walking my dog Arthur, cooking, and finally ending my day with a glass of wine (everyone has that ritual...right?). Even Mike mentioned how "pretty" my makeup looked when he came home. It's true. My makeup looked fresh, and had an amazing coverage without looking cakey.
But, the true endorsement....I am still wearing this foundation. I even wore it last week during the two day (and 10 hour) LuckyFABB conference, where I am hanging out with some of the industries best and most critical beauty and fashion bloggers. I loved it that much!
For the price point, this is an incredible foundation. The coverage is medium-full, and provides a semi-matte finish. You don't even need to use powder! Another great bonus is the SPF 20 in the formulation. Perfect for Summer! Seriously, in love.
Apply the foundation before any concealer. This has a great coverage, so you might need less concealer than you thought! Personally, I only needed a small amount of color corrector to battle my dark circles.
Let the foundation set before applying powder. Honestly, the foundation does a fantastic job of setting to a soft powder finish, so be careful when applying any type of powder. Just alittle on the T-Zone is all that is needed!
Use a dome shaped foundation brush for application. This gives an even finish, and can help apply foundation in the smaller areas around the face, such as around the nose and under the eyes.
If you are struggling finding your perfect shade, try mixing two complimentary colors. I use a small plastic dish to mix my colors at home. This is a great way to slowly add more warmth during the Summer months.
As most of you know, I am a big proponent of discovering the quickest, easiest ways to look your best. We all have less than five min in the morning to get ready, so finding ways to speed up that routine makes life so much easier.
I also love a great how-to video, and scour YouTube for the latest tips and tricks (even us makeup artists love to continue learning from our fellow trainers!). The videos below demonstrate some of my favorite techniques for fast, glowing beauty.
Video #1 shows you how to recreate the Spring/Summer bronze look, that is an all time favorite of mine. Nothing is faster, or easier than giving yourself a speedy all over glow with a bronzer. You will look healthy, awake, and sexy. Pronto.
My two favorite steps from the video are the stunning universal bronzer by Pixi (I bought it, and Looooooved it), and her primer which left a stunning glow.
TIPS: Use the bronzer is circular motions across the temples, the cheekbones, the tip of the nose, and the tip of the chin for a natural look.
The next video I loved because it shows a speedy alternative to your everyday ponytail. This sexy, boho braids! I tried it myself on a day when my hair was blah, but I needed something more than a bun.
I have to admit that when it comes to cosmetics brands, I usually find one or two hero products that I adore, and then kind of feel "meh" about the rest. It comes in waves, and I usually feel like my love affairs are brief, passionate, and unfortunately sometimes fleeting. Like all of us, I can be fiercely loyal to my old tried and true brands that I have been using for years, and even sometimes (sheepishly admits) can get in a "favorite makeup rut". Yes, even us beauty gals do it too.
Enter IT Cosmetics by Jamie Kern. I have fallen in love with this brand. I was given a sample to try out a few weeks ago and did a review of the products that were a special QVC promo (see the original post here), and knew then that I had found a brand worth exploring. Their products seemed innovative and the payoff was impressive.
So, being the very dutiful beauty blogger, I tried out some more products that seemed to fit my everyday needs. Here are my newest obsessions:
Bye Bye Under Eye: This little goodie is going on my list of favorite concealers. It is a powerhouse of a product that is waterproof and covers even the darkest of circles (which I have in spades). I also love that the undertone is peach, therefore eliminating my need for an extra color corrector.
Airbrush Illuminizer: Another new addition to the favorites list. I have afew foundations that this product has helped bring back from the dead. It imparts a very subtle glow to the skin, and illuminates any foundation you buff it over. The first time I wore it, I let out a "oooooh" sound....and then my boyfriend said I looked extra pretty that day. Enough said.