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Cosmetics to Conceal a Dark Circle

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Today we're gonna be talking about cosmetics to conceal a dark circle. Now dark circles can really be a frustration for those of us that suffer from them. I know, I'm one of them. They can instantly make you look really tired and just kind of take down the look vibrancy of your face. It's one of my biggest frustrations. But, the good thing is there are a lot of amazing concealers and correctors out there that can make you look wide awake and absolutely banish those dark circles. These are a few of my favorites. I absolutely love It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. I mean the name just says it all. It's very dense, it has a great amount of coverage, and the colors are all a peach base, which is the key to banishing those blue undertones of your dark circles. Another one that I love is new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It has a light reflecting quality to it, once again a beautiful peach base, really really wonderful for those days when you don't need as heavy as a coverage, but still want to make sure that you have that brightness under the eye. And last but not least, I absolutely love SmashBox Cosmetics Photo Op Under Eye Brightener for midday touch ups. It has a really nice kind of shimmer to it that's not too overwhelming and helps to really brighten up the look of the eyes during the day when you might be getting a little bit tired and those circles tend to pop back up. So I hope that helps, and I hope that you try out these cosmetics to help your dark circles.

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How to Find Out What Eye Shadow Suits Your Eyeliner

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If you're wearing a dark brown eyeliner

  • You can enhance it with a bronze
  • with a deep mahogany brown
  • any other type of brown color.

If you're wearing black eyeliner,

  • you can even try and enhance that with a slate steel gray
  • Or even dark navy blue.

Or like with my model in the video above, she has on a gorgeous purple eyeliner. We enhanced that with a plum shadow.  Now, this purple shadow just automatically enhance the eyeliner that was already there. By simply applying the eye shadow right over the eyeliner, you're not only enhancing the longevity of your eyeliner, but you're giving a really beautifully smoky look to the face. 

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How to do Eye Makeup if your over 50

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And today's question is how to do eye makeup if you are over 50. In the video above, I'm going to show you how to do a simple and classic look.

  • The trick with makeup if you're in your 50s or older is that you want to keep it clean, classic and simple. You don't have to go completely matte like a lot of the people say you do. I actually tend to disagree with it. A little bit of sheen or soft satin shimmer looks stunning.
  • As you can see right now with our stunning model I've added a little bit of a bronze glow to the top of her lid to really pop it out. This is a perfect every day look. As you can see above I did one shadow a beautiful deep bronze that had a bit of sheen to it.
  • Now this made her eyes really stand out, brought out her eye color and is the perfect look for day time.
  • If you want to pump it up for night I suggest a liquid black felt tip eyeliner. And a deep matte dark brown eyeshadow. You want to hold your eye taught and lift upwards. This will actually lift the eye. Slowly follow the base of the eyelash by pushing into the eyelash in tiny feather like strokes. Once again look down. Pulling upwards this will give you a firm base to line your eyes and also help to lift the eye.
  • Push that liner down in feather like strokes. Next you want to go over that eyeliner with a deep matte eyeshadow. This softens it up and keeps it from looking harsh. As you can see I'm simply just blending it over that liner.
  • If you have any fallout from your eyeshadow simply use a fluffy brush to just sweep that away.
  • Once again, with a thin pointed eyeshadow brush blend that dark brown eyeshadow over the black eyeliner to soften.
  • As you can see that defined the eye without overwhelming it. You want to keep the eye classic, clean and simple. 

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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.
In the video above:
  • 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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How To Apply Wedding Party Makeup

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The first rule of thumb is that your bridal party's makeup should be natural, sophisticated and somewhat in uniform. You don't want one bridesmaid with no makeup at all and then another bridesmaid with full face of makeup on. Not only can this be distracting in pictures, but it can also take away from the bride and her beautiful look on her special day.
  • So, as a rule of thumb, you want the bridal party to have a similar look in their makeup.
  • Keep the makeup classic, but enhance the eyes a little bit for this occasion.
  • Add a half lash of false lashes on the corner of the eyes to open up the eyes
  • Use a slightly dark liner, or black liner with a little bit of the plum eyeshadow shaded over to add some color (plum enhances any eye color!)
  • Put bronzer on the face to warm up the skin
  • Use a soft pink blush to brighten up the face and give some color.
  • Last but not least, add a soft pink lip gloss.

As you can see, this type of makeup look will look great on almost all types of skin tones and will make any one of your bridesmaids feel beautiful and polished.

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Tips on Applying Bridal Eye Makeup for Photos

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This month I will be dedicating a lot of my posts to bridal beauty, because in less than 30 days I will be a bride!  Yep, this gal is getting married and I can't wait to share some of my best bridal beauty tips with you. 
 
My first tip is is to keep the palette neutral but with some really beautiful pops of shimmer bronze and deep deep browns. That way you still have a lot of emphasis and definition on the eye without putting too much color in it that can compete with whatever dress you are wearing for the occasion.
 
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In the video above, you can see that our lovely model already has some bronze eye shadow all over. This instantly adds a kind of subtle smokiness.
  • Now, to really make this pop for the wedding we're going to add a black eyeliner near the lash line and then a little bit of a deeper dark brown eye shadow on top to smoke it out.
  •  First, you want to pull the eyelid back taut and if you are doing this on yourself, you simply look down towards the mirror and in tiny feather-like strokes, push this black eyeliner down towards the base of the eyelash.
  • Next, you want to take a very deep dark brown as you can see right here, I'm using this brown color from this palette and you're going to smoke it over that black shadow. As you can see, this really helps to soften the line and stop it from looking too harsh.
  • For added definition, just add a tiny bit of that dark brown underneath the outer corners of the eye and there you go, a simple classic yet defined look for applying makeup at a wedding party for photos.
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How To Bring Out Indian Skin

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One of my favorite tricks, is good, old fashioned bronzer and a highlighter. These give a really beautiful glow, and helps to enhance the beautiful yellow and orange undertones of the India skin tone.
  • Use a bronzer that is not too pink and has a really beautiful yellow base.
  • You want a beautiful bronzer that does not have a lot of shimmer in it.
  • When applying the bronzer, you want to hit the places where the sun naturally hits the forehead. So, the forehead, the cheek bones, and a little bit on the chin.
  • With the highlighter, you simply want to hit the top of the cheek bones, make sure it's blended, a little bit on the top of the eyelid. And then, you can even do a tiny bit right there on the pout to make the lips look fuller.
  • You can continue to add a little bit more bronzer, if you feel you want some more color to the cheeks.
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