Thursday, December 22, 2011

*Get My Daily Look*

I have gotten many compliments on my hardly made-up face. I'd like to thank all of you that admire my daily look! I would like to let you know what products I use for skin care and makeup.
*Tip - I have very dry skin - the skin care I use is not made for every skin type.

I first make sure my face is all squeaky clean! I have just started using the Neutrogena Wave with the Gentle Exfoliating Pads. LOVE IT! Perfect while in the shower, you throw out the pads when done - super easy!

Once out of the shower, I use my Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover on a tissue to clean around my eyes to make sure I have no mascara left on my lashes or around my eyes.

I have been using Avocado Oil as a facial serum lately due to the colder weather, my skin has been even dryer than usual. I apply the oil with my fingers all over my face (not eye area), and let settle into my skin. The oil is super hydrating, I haven't even needed to use moisturizer on top of it.

Once my skin care routine is all done, I apply my Estee Lauder Double Wear Pressed Powder in Shell Beige over my entire face, and down on my neck, with a face powder brush.

I use MAC Blush in Cubic on the top of my cheek bones and then I apply La Bella Donna's Vision of Lights in Sunset lightly to my whole face - adds a light shimmer - love that!

Once my face makeup is done, I use my cheapie mascara - which is a favorite of mine - Maybelline's Turbo Volum' Express - in very black & waterproof (of course). Throw on a little black eyeliner  - I use black eyeshadow with a angled brush - on my lash line on top and bottom. Any black shadow will do, I use MAC. On some days, I then add Too Faced's Glitter Liquid Eyeliner, sometimes I just leave the shadow liner as is.

Fill in my brows - and I'm all set! Takes all in all about 10 minutes, you look made-up but not overdone - and the makeup can work with any skin tone.

Thanks again for all of your compliments on my makeup - I know you can achieve the same for yourself - you just need the right tools!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Party this Weekend? Let Me Help You Get Ready!

The weekend before Christmas is probably the most popular weekend for Holiday Parties! I know I have three in only two days! Many of you may even have more! Running around from party to party may make you crazy, but lets make your makeup steps as simple as possible! No need to make yourself more stressed than probably already are!

Depending on your style, and what types of parties you are attending, your makeup may change. Below are some popular looks that can be lightened or darkened to your liking.

Jewel Tone Colors -
A few of my friends, myself included, love the Jewel Tone trend that is sweeping across holiday parties, and even day time events, this season.

You may feel that it's hard to choose shadow and lipstick colors to go with these vibrant dresses, but don't worry! I will help you! Dresses like these (or shirts of these tones with black or navy pants) are bright, fun and playful - yet still appropriate. Choose to keep your makeup more natural, you don't want your makeup to be competing with your outfit - the outfit comes first when it comes to Jewel Tones. Using colors like MAC's All That Glitters, Bronze, & Antiqued are perfect shades to compliment any bright color. Using your lighter tone, apply to the full lid, and use the darker tones together and blend to your crease and outer lid area. If you want to add a little more va-voom - apply the darker tone under your bottom lashes for an additional "pop" of color! So fun!

I always go with a nude sparkly lip. MAC's Hug Me with Bare Necessity Gloss is my go-to! Chanel's Glossimer in Constellation is also an amazing sparkly gloss! Either will finish your look..perfection!

Your Basic Black -

Many people opt to wear their LBD (little black dress) or black pants and top. Always chic (if you wear it right - wink wink!). Always in style.

Black is always the easiest when it comes to choosing colors to wear - everything matches! You can choose to keep your makeup natural, or go with jewel tones for the eyes to make your look more fun and festive!

For fun blue/turquoise makeup to "pop" your eye color (like below),  I'd start with MAC's Blue Absinthe from the inner to mid sections of the lid with an eyeshadow brush. Then use a new brush using MAC's Contrast and a little bit of Nocturnal for the outer lid and crease, blending them nicely into each other to create the wave of color over the eye. Use the Nocturnal under the bottom lashes for a smokey effect. It looks difficult, but as long as you have the right brushes, it is not! Try it out and give yourself a little extra time if you aren't used to doing your makeup that elaborate.

No matter which look you choose, have fun with you outfit and style and don't hesitate to try something new!
*Remember - you can purchase similar colors at your local drugstore and get the same effect - I always recommend getting good makeup brushes - they make the difference in your application no matter which brand cosmetics you purchase.

Enjoy the Party! Drink Responsibly!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

There's more to Kim K than her butt! She has the illusion of perfect skin..and so can you!

Kim K is known for many things, her perfect hair, her perfect butt..but she's also known for her perfect skin! How does Kim get her makeup to look so flawless all the time, you may ask. There are tricks and techniques that you can apply on yourself to help achieve this look for your next party, or even for everyday!

First, make sure skin is properly cleansed, and the correct moisturizer for your skin type has been applied. If you don't know if your moisturizer is correct, then have someone that knows about skin, help you. If you aren't using the correct moisturizer, your skin can't look flawless!

Apply your eye makeup as you'd like. If you put a lot, or a little makeup, is your choice - have fun with it! Once done, clean - with a makeup wipe - any makeup that may have fell onto the skin below the eye. You don't want that getting into your pores, and you definitely don't want to apply product over that makeup.

OK, so now for the flawless skin part - I always start with applying a face primer over the moisturizer. I love Laura Mercier Foundation Primers. They have created a perfect primer for each skin type, so you know you will achieve the right amount of protection. Apply over entire face.

Once that has set in, I opt for Cle de Peau Concealer ($70) - even though it is a bit pricey, I believe it is the best! I have not been able to find another concealer that covers dark circles and fills fine lines as well as this one! I find that this concealer does its job no matter what skin type you may have. Also, since you are using it just under the eye, this stick will last a while (making the price worth it!).
Using your brush, bring the concealer down and over the top of your cheek bone, and up the side of your nose towards your bridge. This way, if your going to be photographed or not, your skin under your eyes is as bright as can be!

Now that you look like a raccoon with opposite colors (your very light under your eyes instead of dark) it is time for foundation! Again, just like moisturizer, you need to be using the correct foundation for your skin type. Not all foundations are made for everyone. Also, to get this flawless look, you need to use a medium to full coverage foundation. It needs to have enough coverage to fill fine lines and any discolorations you may have.
*Tip - If you have very dark spots, or spots that may need extra coverage - apply concealer over those spots first, then apply foundation.

Once the foundation is applied, which can look somewhat streaky if you used a brush, you want to use a medium coverage foundation powder to set your foundation, as well as add another layer of flawlessness (yes, that is a word I made up - hehe!)
Once you have applied a good amount of powder, with a brush, in circular motions around your face, you will notice that the powder gave your face an airbrushed effect.

Apply a little bronzer if you feel you need to, and always, always, always add blush. Apply to the top of your cheek bone, or under it, depending on if you want to highlight the top and/or create contouring.

Add lipstick and you're all set! Perfection!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to Achieve Jene's Mad Fashion Makeup!

Jene Luciani is a Celebrity Stylist and the Author of The Bra Book - which is a must have for all women!

I decided to write a guest blog for Jene's Jems (her blog) on how I created her look for her Mad Fashion Screening Party! That way you can re-create it using the same (or different) colors, for your own holiday party!

Click Here to check out Jene's Blog and What I have to say!