Day to Night Tutorial + Long Wearing Lip

Here are some of my tips for taking your day time makeup into the evening! Sometimes a lip color is all you need to feel like you’re ready to go out after a long day at work or school. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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PRODUCTS:

MAC Fix+ Spray
MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows – Grandstand, Magic Act
Tarte Gifted Mascara
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
NYX Lip Pencil – Natural
Viva Glam Miley Lipstick by MAC

Ariana Grande Grammy’s Tutorial

Today’s look is inspired by the lovely Ariana Grande! She generally rocks a cat eye, nude lips and not much on the face. I threw on a pair of feline lashes for some added drama, which is totally optional. I added a bit of Hoola bronzer as well but I forgot to press play when I did so you just don’t see the application of it, but it’s there. Ariana is much more golden than I am so I wanted to duplicate that a little bit. This look is insanely simple + you should all try it! The picture I used for reference is below!

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PRODUCTS

  • NARS Sheer Glow – Mont Blanc
  • Revlon ColorStay – 180 Sand Beige
  • MAC Prolongwear – NW20
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Drama
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow – Purely Naked, Corrupt
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Afterglow
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Blackest Black (partially, had to toss it mid tutorial cause it was really dry!)
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Immortal
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara
  • House of Lashes – Feline
  • House of Lashes Adhesive
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • NYX Lip pencil – Natural
  • Stila Lip Gloss – Amaretto

MUSIC

Courtesy of the YouTube Music Library: “Show Your Love” – Otis McDonald

Gaga Goes Green at the Grammy’s

How’s that title for some alliteration? Lady Gaga looked absolutely stunning at the Grammy’s this year. She went for a very classic look in a gorgeous sparkly dress that was quite deep cut, a platinum gray wig + a beautiful green  and silver cat eye. Recreating this look was actually quite difficult! It took a lot of blending + adding color, and I had to spray my brushes with MAC Fix+ a few times to try to really intensify the colors. Also, how about that performance?! Perfection. She put a red lip on to sing with Tony + she totally nailed the sassy jazz singer look.

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PRODUCTS

  • NYX Infinite Shadow Stick – Blackout
  • Smashbox Studio Pop Eye Palette – Nude, Emerald, Lunar, Obsidian
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – Mont Blanc
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Light
  • Sonia Kashuk Undetecable Cream Bronzer – Warm Tan
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Makeup Geek Blush – Bliss
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow – Medium Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Drama – Deep Brown
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara – Jet Black
  • NYX Lip Pencil – Natural
  • NYX Butter Gloss – Apple Strudel or Maple Blondie (don’t remember!!)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray
  • MAC Fix+

MUSIC

January ’15 Favorites

The end of January has come + gone so you know what that means…we get to share our favorites! I had quite a few this month + probably could have included more products but these really stood out to me. Please share your favorites down below + add to my ever growing wish list.

ALSO! If you like the makeup I am wearing in this video, have no fear, a tutorial is on it’s way 🙂

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Products

  • Revlon Photoready Foundation – 003 Shell
  • Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator – 100 Bare
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows – Grandstand + Mesmerized
  • Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse
  • Nume Curl Jam Set
  • M-61 Skincare Fast Blast 2-Minute Vitamin C Facial Mask
  • Caudalie Divine Oil
  • Bath + Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lotion – Night Time Tea
  • Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Evening Look Featuring Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

I love me some Makeup Geek + the new foiled eye shadows are absolute heaven in a pan. Creamy, insanely pigmented, metallic goodness. Watch below for a tutorial perfect for a night out!

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Products:

  • Revlon Photoready Foundation
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Revlon ColorStay foundation
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil
  • Maybelline Brow Drama
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Latte, Unexpected
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow – Mesmerized
  • Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner – Black
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Makeup Geek blush – Bliss
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick – 17

Date Night Makeup

For this look, I practiced what I preach…I was bold + went outside my comfort zone! I was watching a Jaclyn Hill tutorial recently + she was wearing lashes by a brand called Lashes by Lena. They. Were. STUNNING! On JH’s big, beautiful eyes they looked so soft and lush. And there was a coupon code. Queue  me racing to the website to buy my very own pair of Bianca style lashes. In the box, they don’t look like anything insane. But on my tiny eyes, oh honey! They are a commitment. I was shocked when I applied them. I was tempted to take them off but then I thought, screw it, let’s just finish off the look + see how I feel. And let me tell you, I ended up loving them. I wore them for the rest of my day, including a stare-filled trip to the grocery store (they don’t bite, people!). Once I trimmed them to fit my eye size, they were great. But every time I looked down, I could definitely notice them on my eyes + I could feel them. Maybe it’s just my inexperience with lashes, who knows, but I will definitely be pulling them out for special occasions in the future.

In addition to a big, fluttery lash I went for glowy skin, cause who doesn’t want that?! Using light infusing primers, a damp sponge + cream products help to accomplish a lovely, healthy dewiness. For the lips I chose an insanely long wearing liquid lipstick by Stila in the shade Beso. You can easily adapt the look + use whatever colors your heart desires!

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • Revlon Photoready Foundation – 003 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Foundation – NW20
  • NYX Liquid Illuminator – Sunbeam
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline Define-a-Brow – Medium Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Drama – Deep Brown
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Latte, Mocha
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Blackest Black
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara
  • Stila All Over Shimmer – Kitten
  • NYX Cream Blush – Natural
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

Monday Thoughts

Writing a beauty blog + maintaining a YouTube channel could be viewed as the ultimate form of narcism, as it requires me to plaster my face all made up on various bits of the internet. Believe me, I don’t always look that way, and beauty isn’t the only thing in life I care about. I work a full-time job as an advocate, I am passionate about womens’ issues, I sometimes sing and perform, I’m a fairly avid reader. But my greatest passion is beauty…I am a total product junkie when it comes to makeup, bath and body, hair + nails. Through this passion I have discovered a whole community of people who share this adoration, people who I can connect with + learn tips from, read reviews + help me add to my ever growing wish list.

One night a few years ago I couldn’t sleep so I went on YouTube and searched, “Makeup for small eyes”. I clicked on a video by a user called Makeup Geek & was captivated by the transformation made with makeup by this bubbly, intelligent woman. I never thought to look to other people on YouTube for this kind of advice. The most I had ever used YouTube for was figuring out how to fold the dreaded fitted sheet. Further searches provided tutorials for everything imaginable…the perfect red lip, a smokey eye, looks appropriate for all seasons and occasions. I was hooked. I had always liked picking up new cosmetics, hair products and nail polish but through this new medium my knowledge expanded, as did my collection of products.

My boyfriend watched this transformation in me and eventually asked me why I wasn’t making videos to post on YouTube, why didn’t I have my own blog? Over time he gifted me all the necessary components to creating my own content. A camera, lighting, backdrops, software. One day I stopped saying, yeah maybe, and actually committed to a blog + channel of my own. I usually keep my passions close; I was afraid to sing in front of people for fear that they would tell me I wasn’t as talented as I thought. The same went for my makeup application skills…what if people didn’t think I was good enough or worth watching?

It finally clicked for me that no matter what, I have my blog and my channel because I have a passion, I do it because it is genuinely fun to create original content about this topic I love so much. To me, makeup is a form of creative expression. Creativity is a powerful thing, one that can relieve stress, take your mind off the worries you harbor.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

I will never be the most talented, I won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s ok. I have had the opportunity to connect with some insanely kind human beings through this medium, people who share this passion and are excited about the same things I am. It’s nice to feel connected, to encourage and to inspire. That’s all I really want to do here. I want to inspire people to go outside their comfort zone + try something new with beauty. While physical beauty certainly shouldn’t be valued above all else, exuding confidence because you feel beautiful isn’t such a bad thing.

I hope this has given you a little insight into why I started my blog + why I continue to post. I am always striving to make improvements, make it more appealing, more interesting. My goals here are to hone my craft, be open to new ideas, to have a little community here that is supportive + kind, building each other up instead of spreading negativity. If you’re along for the ride, I’m psyched to have you here! Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, engaging. Let’s have some fun!

❤ Amber Rae

 

2014 Makeup Favorites

Reaching the end of the year always calls for reflection which usually spawns lists of what we have most loved over the previous 12 months. Some people chat about movies, music or adventures but over here on Amber Rae Beauty, I am all about the cosmetics! I decided to present my makeup favorites to you in a fairly non conventional way (for the YouTube community, at least) and do a quick tutorial using all of the products I most used + loved. What did you love most this past year?

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Products:

  • MAC Face + Body – N1
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • MAC Blush – Warm Soul
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Makeup Geek eye shadows – Latte, Beaches & Cream
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Tarte Mascara Lights, Camera, Lashes
  • NYX Lip Liner – Natural
  • Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick – 1995

NYE Collaboration Featuring the Naked 3 Palette

New Years Eve is the time for glitter, sparkles, bubbles (in beverages, of course). This look was created as part of a collaboration with a subscriber who reached out to me named Sondra. We decided that we would both use the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to create looks fit for a NYE party. In addition to makeup, I also tackled nails + hair. Sondra will be bringing you an outfit as well as makeup so make sure to head over to her channel. Doing this collaboration was so much fun! I hope this is the beginning of something new for my channel. Huge thanks also to my good friend Barrington Beats who has allowed me to use a couple of his mixes as the soundtrack to my video. If you want to hear ore of his stuff, you can find him here.

I quickly want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me throughout 2014. If you read the blog, watch the videos, or tell someone else about my little channel, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I started my YouTube channel and this blog because I truly love all things beauty + absolutely adore the beauty community already established on the web + wanted to be a part of it. Words cannot properly capture the excitement I experience when one of you tells me you tried a technique I used, watched a video I posted or learned something new. That’s the point of all this! I only hope to grow and improve in 2015 and bring you better content. Being able to share my passion has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!

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Dat cheek shine…thanks Makeup Geek pigment!

 

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Happy New Year everyone!

 

Nails

  • Nailtiques Formula 2
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy – Double Down
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

Face

  • NARS Sheer Glow Fundation – Mont Blanc
  • Tarte Under Eye Corrector – Light/Medium
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium Deep
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil – Milk
  • Naked 3 – Strange, Limit, Noonerm Blackheart, Mugshot
  • Maybelline Gel Liner- Black
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara – Jet Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • Makeup Geek Blush – Romance
  • Makeup Geek pigment – New Years Eve
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquer – Nova

Hair

  • Nume Wand – 1″ Barrel
  • Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray
  • Big Sexy Hair – Pow! Powder Play

Classic Holiday Red Lip

I planned on doing a voice over for this, however, our family suffered the loss of most adored feline friend + I just can’t bring myself to record something. I have instead used music from a Christmas EP I recorded last year with my boyfriend as the soundtrack + have listed all the products below + in the description box. Please give all your loved ones, both human + furry, lots of hugs, kisses and cuddles and tell them every single day how much you treasure them.

This look is your classic holiday makeup, complete with a long lasting red lip + lots of shine.

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • MAC Face + Body – N1
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Makeup Geek eye shadows – Purely Naked, Latte
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Afterglow
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Black
  • Rimmel Eye Liner – Nude
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Revlon Oh Baby Pink Blush
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • MAC Fix+ Spray