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How to Accentuate Eye Color

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My number one tip is most eye colors look amazing with a slight tint of bronze eye shadow. That color is universally flattering on everyone. As you can see in the video above, we have a beautiful green blue eye color on our model  and I used an eyeshadow to show you how that bronze really helps to pop out her eyecolor. This is my number one palette for almost everybody. These colors are completely universal and enhance every eye color but for right now we're going to focus on this beautiful bronze.
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  • I'm going to place this color right near the eye line and softly enhance. You don't want to go too high up, you want to stick to just this tiny little almond shape.
  • I'm subtly pressing in the eye shadow. Instead of sweeping all over and getting the eye shadow to go everywhere, a simple step is to press it into the eye like so.It makes it really easy to apply. The brush I recommend is what's called a pencil brush. You can find these at any counter and it is a dome shaped eye brush. This gives you precision and helps you to get really close to the eye line.
  • As you can see, the eye color instantly popped. I'm going to add a little bit more under the eye and because I'm using that pencil eye shadow brush, I can very easily use that tip to get a tiny bit under that eye color.

And there you go, that's the easiest and quickest tip to enhance any eye color. Look for beautiful soft bronzes, you can even in a pinch use your bronzer for an all in one product. If you are also looking to maybe pop a certain color, look for purples, deep navies and deep greens as well.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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Everyone knows how much I love a good concealer, and one of my staples for the past 17 years has been Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer.

Recently, I was asked to try out some other Double Wear products, and it only confirmed my love and loyalty to the line.  In fact, this weekend is my wedding (squeee!!!)  and I will be using my new Double Wear products for my rehearsal dinner. We are getting married in Temecula, and thanks to the CA heat wave, I need a foundation that will withstand the heat.  This will do it, and I know that I won't have a makeup meltdown disaster.  

I went to the Estee Lauder counter to get i-matched, and we decided I was a firm 2.0.  It couldn't have been easier to color match!  I decided I wanted to have a glowy, but medium coverage, so we combined the Double Wear BB Cream and the Double Wear Light foundation to a customized look.  I also grabbed up the Double Wear highlighter, which is my new obsession.  The coverage is more opaque than normal highlighters, and could work well as a concealer replacement if you are not riddled with under eye circles like I am.

Honestly, I will be using these three new products on a daily basis.  It gave me a gorgeous glow AND didn't budge all day.  If it is good enough for my wedding weekend, than it is good enough to be added to my permanent makeup wardrobe.

How it Works

  • Double Wear Makeup is formulated to last 15-hours and helps to maintain a worry-free fresh and natural look through heat, humidity and nonstop activity.
  • Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes.
  • Feels lightweight and comfortable.
  • Fragrance- and oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and non-acnegenic.

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Bridal Makeup Inspiration

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Today, I used one of my favorite "flushed and natural" blush and lipgloss combination.  These two colors and products look good on everyone! I am always thrilled with the results.  This is another "from my kit to my personal cosmetics case" find.   This is something I may be wearing on my own wedding day...definitely in the mix for now.  So, let's get to it!

MAC Dollymix Powder Blush: This may look extremely bright in the pot, but it is actually a beautifully sheer soft rose with a gold shimmer. Apply it lightly with your blush brush.  The color can go anywhere from very sheer to very bright, so you can customize it to your skin tone and personal preference.
I have used this color on every skin tone, and it gives the "perfect flush" every time!!

L'Oreal Paris Color Juice Gloss in Watermelon Crush:
This is a beautiful rose.  Sheer, shimmery, and perfect.  The gloss is not tacky, and stays on forever! This is another find that works on everyone.  And the best part is it's available at the drugstore....so next time your running your errands, go grab yourself this amazing gloss.
 

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Quick and Easy Office Makeup Looks

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I can't tell you how many women I've seen who don't know the difference between office makeup and night out makeup. The two couldn't be further apart. When you're at the office, your look should be more toned down. The best part about office makeup is it's quick and easy to pull of stunning looks that will still make you look amazing in little time.

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Keep It Natural

Avoid extremely bright or bold colors. Instead of focusing on your work, most people will be distracted by your makeup. Great for a night out, but not so great for ensuring people take you seriously. Stick with neutral colors such as browns, peaches, light pinks and even soft lavenders for eyes, lips and cheeks. Instead of liner, use a black/brown or brown mascara to make your eyes pop.

Use a lightweight matte foundation or tinted BB cream along with concealer. If you have dark under eye circles or redness, a brightening concealer or multi-color concealer will take care of trouble areas. Add just a light dusting of pressed powder to set your look. Avoid bronzers as they can often make you seem too glowing or tan. Trust me when I say you'll like bright eyed, professional and beautiful.

Just A Little Shimmer

If natural isn't your thing, no problem. Just by adding a little bit of shimmer to your look, you can drastically change how you look without over-doing it. Start a medium coverage concealer and finish with an all day liquid foundation with SPF. Once again, an all in one tinted moisturizer will work perfectly. Use a sponge to apply to better blend with the concealer. Set with a translucent powder with just a hint of sparkle. Your face will instantly light up without looking like a glitter bomb.

Apply a cream based shadow. Once again, choose a light or medium tone color. Dust a slightly lighter shade of a shimmer based shadow over the cream. If you really want to do more with your eyes, apply an extremely thin line of light brown, hazel or gold liner to your lower lid. Apply a lighter shade to your upper lid. Follow up with mascara.

Finally, apply just a hint of blush to cheeks. With the sparkle of your powder and eyes, you don't want to go overboard here. The entire object is a brighter face with eyes that really pop. As an added touch, use a clear gloss over your favorite pink, peach or even red lipstick. If you use red, ensure you eyes and blush are toned down.

Overall, just keep it simple. I say let your confidence shine through and you'll look great no matter what.

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Get The Look: Katey Segal

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Since last week was all about the finale of Sons of Anarchy, what better way to kick off the week, than with the beautiful Katey Segal. 

"Katey always likes to keep her look fresh, so I use shadows instead of hard liners on her eyes for a soft focus look! -celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell"

FACE:

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EYES: 

  • To create a softer version of a smokey eye I used warm neutral shadows, starting with Nars shadow in Fez along her lid and under the eye then I tap on Nars Bengali along the top lash line and working it up at the outer corner for a little dimension.
  • I like to line the upper waterline with Chanel Eye Pencil in Ambre, it makes the lashes look more dense.
  • I then defined her brows with my favorite Brow Pencil, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown and lengthened her lashes by swiping on two coats of Makeup For Ever Smokey Lash Mascara in Black and I added a few single lashes.

LIPS:

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Holiday Makeup Made Simple

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As the holidays swiftly approach and we find ourselves surrounded by an array of social gatherings, it’s easy to have a total meltdown, wondering how you’ll ever get that gorgeous holiday glow! Well fear not, getting your holiday glow on is easier than you think, and I can get you there with a little help from a few of my favorite products.

Lips:
When it comes to holiday glam, red lips are always a sure bet. Red lips not only signify beauty and style, they are the easiest way to add class to any look. For lips that enchant, try NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade, “Lana”. One word of advice for red lip lovers, keep everything else to a minimal. With lips this bright, both eye and cheek makeup should be applied with a light hand, so keep the other areas a bit on the neutral side.

Eyes:
Much like the holidays themselves, holiday eyes are all about the sparkle! To create eyes that truly pop, apply Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade, “MoonSpoon”. This sparkly shade has enough pop to allow your eyes to be the focal point of the party without being too glittery. Apply to lids and under the eyes, and then follow with several coats of black mascara.

Cheeks:
Cheeks are another way to simplify holiday glam. The look of a beautifully flushed cheek is often more than enough to dress up any face for a holiday party. For cheeks that look perfectly flushed, try M.A.C. Casual Colour in the shade, “Baby Pink”. Start near the apples of the cheeks, and sweep upward toward the temple. Remember, much like the red lip, the class of a fully flushed cheek can be ruined if other features are too heavy, so stick to a light colored gloss for lips, and neutral eye makeup.

Glowing Skin:
Nothing is sexier for the holidays than skin that looks as if it’s lit from within. While some of us were blessed with perfect skin, the rest of us are blessed enough to have a good highlighter on hand to fake it! Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter is one of my absolute favorites. It’s not quite as thick and glittery as some other cream highlighters, and even comes with a small sponge for blending. For gorgeous skin, lightly dot highlighter on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes, and just above the brow bones. Then just blend with a sponge or fingertips and voila, a perfect holiday look!

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So the next time you’re invited to a holiday get together, don’t shy away. Instead grab your favorite party dress, pick your beauty focal point, and R.S.V.P. YES!

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Flu Busting Beauty Secrets

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For the past two weeks, I have resembled a red headed version of Elmer Fudd.  A summer time flu took hold, and knocked me off my keister.  DayQuill, and an overabundance of Orange Juice has left me extremely light headed and completely void of any blogging skills whatsoever! 

And, as much as I would have loved to have hidden away in my apartment watching reruns, these past two weeks have been busy ones!  

So, yet again, I look to my beauty closet to save me and help me fake a well rested (and not half dead) appearance.  Actually, I have used this formulation of skin boosting serums, soft lit makeup, and vitamin loaded juices for days when I am exhausted.....flu or not!  This simple beauty plan is great for days *or weeks* when you are exhausted, travel weary, or overworked.  It fakes a good nights sleep perfectly.  

Flu Busting Beauty!

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The illuminating magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation! I couldn't ask for anything more when I am feeling pale, ghastly, and all around sickly.  If you are a fan of Touche Eclat (who isn't really?), than you will adore this foundation. Light, hydrating and luminous.  It brings back the glow!

This concentrate of essential oils and botanical packs a punch. It diminishes the tri-fecta of tired; puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. 

In desperation, I grabbed this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and I am so very glad I did.  This little set saved me when I was too tired to think of what makeup to apply.  The colors are uber complimentary, soft, illuminating, and super flattering.  I looked polished without trying! 
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