Taylor Swift Blank Space Tutorial

Can we take a second to bask in the gloriousness (don’t even care that that’s not a word)

of all that is the Blank Space music video? I think it’s hilarious, well put together and of course, THE OUTFITS! THE MAKEUP! Taylor, be still my heart! My favorite song off the album has been brought to life in such a beautiful, playful way. So naturally, I had to do a tutorial doing one of the looks. They’re all essentially the same – bold cat eye + some shade of red lip with a contour and matte skin. The one I chose to do features a more raisin lip + what looks like some cool gray smoked out on the lower lash line + on the lid. I kept it drugstore for you guys this time around, let me know if you’d like more of that!

 

Photo that I used as inspiration

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Products:

  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – 103 True Ivory
  • NYX HD Concealer – CWO4 Beige
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy – Brunette
  • Makeup Geek eye shadows – Beaches & Cream, Stealth
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Black
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator – 003 Extreme Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • NYX Lip Liner – Deep Red
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Raisin Rage

Glittery Autumn Eyes

I am fully indulging in all things Autumn…candles, apple recipes + of course, makeup. This look is one of my absolute favorites I’ve ever created. The technique is called Tulip eyeshadow placement, which is fancy for placing your dark shade on the outer + inner corner and putting a lighter pop on the center of the lid. This technique can be used with any color combination your heart desires! Honestly, this was my first attempt at doing this and was psyched with how it turned out.

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Products:

  • Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation – 200 Sand Beige
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer – 10
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Bitten
  • Makeup Geek pigment – Birthday Wish
  • NYX Pencil – Milk
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper
  • Cynthia Rowley Black Eyeliner
  • Model Co VolumEyes Mascara
  • Doll 10 Highlighter – Champagne
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – 01
  • NYX Lip Pencil – Burgundy
  • Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick – 107
  • Be a Bombshell Cosmetics – Smooth Criminal Powder

Upside Down Blue Smokey Eye

Well that’s a mouthful! This look focuses on a bright blue eyeliner on the lower lashline + features soft definition and cat eye on the upper lid. It’s an unusual but interesting way to wear color on your eyes + a method I like to employ often. You don’t have to have the same products as I do – I am showing you a technique that can be achieved with any colors + products you have! Have fun, be bold. Enjoy!

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Products:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – 130 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline “The Nudes” Pallete
  • Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Liner
  • NYX Doll Eye Mascara
  • L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner – Blue
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow – Nautica
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – Light
  • Revlon Blush – Melon Drama
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • Gerard Cosmetics lipstick -1995

Autumn Chickadee

Fall is upon us & I could not be more excited. Using two unusual shades of Makeup Geek eyeshadows I created this simple fall inspired look!

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Products:

  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer
  • L’Oreal True Match in W4 + Revlon Colorstay in 180 Sand Beige
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW20
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows: Peach Smoothie, Chickadee, Sensuous
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Smoldering Plum
  • Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
  • NYX Doll Eye Mascara in Black
  • NYX Lip Pencil in Natural
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 130 Rose Velvet
  • MAC Fix+

The Scariest C Word of Them All – Contour!

Lately I have been getting quite a few requests for contouring so VOILA! Here is how I contour! I do my best to explain why it’s important & what it does, and show you guys how to actually do it.

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Contouring adds dimension back into your face after applying foundation. The purpose of foundation is to create a blank canvas and even out your skin tone which leaves skin looking flat and lifeless. That’s where your cheek products come in! Contouring allows you to add the natural shadows back onto your face using a cream or powder. I think that part is personal preference – do whatever you prefer! As far as choosing a shade goes, pick something that mimics what the shadows of your face look like naturally. Many people use bronzer, which is alright so long as they aren’t too red toned; You want something on the cooler side.

I am no expert in this but these are the tips and information I have learned through many hours of watching others & reading up on it. Hopefully you leave this blog feeling inspired to do this on your own face!

Please leave me a comment or question down below if you need anything to be clarified!

 

Smokin’ Hot

I’m really having a Gray moment. Maybe it’s all the dreary New England weather but who cares, I’m loving it. So much so that I had to paint my nails Essie’s Smokin’ Hot AND film a tutorial for a gray smokey eye. Smokey eyes really aren’t as complicated as everyone thinks they are – you just need a few shades of the same color & to blend the heck out of it! I hope this tutorial is helpful & inspires smokey eye confidence. I used gray but you can really use any color your heart desires – purple is one of my favorites! Please leave any questions or comments down below. Enjoy! xx

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Products:

  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Twinkle
  • Smashbox Studio Eye Pop Palette – Smoke, Obsidian, Vanilla, Champagne
  • MakeupGeek eyeshadows – Moondust, Shimma Shimma
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation – 180 Sand Beige
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 10 Light
  • Revlon Colorstay Aqua powder – Translucent Light/Medium
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Exposed
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick – Get Ready
  • NYX Butter Gloss – Maple Blondie

Sittin’ Pretty On the Throne with Lorde

Lorde was a music recommendation from a coworker last summer & I was immediately hooked. At the time she only had a couple EPs out & I listened to them on repeat constantly. She was my little secret & then Royals hit the radio. Lorde is insanely talented. She has her own unique sound & even more exciting, her own unique look which I really wish I could have pulled off at 17. Hell, she IS who I wanted to be when I was that age. She’s so effortlessly cool & mysterious & I just love her. Click the link below to see the photo that inspired me.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grammys-2014-beauty-lordes-lipstick-673905

Her makeup looks run along the lines of winged liner, contour, dark lip. Her Grammy look was no exception & I just had to give it a shot! Below is the photo I used as inspiration as well as my step-by-step tutorial & product list. I had so much fun recreating this look & have a feeling this won’t be the last time I wear this lip combination.

Now go listen to Pure Heroine!

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Products:

  • Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser
  • Palladio Herbal Foundation – Nude
  • Neautrogena Brightening Eye Perfector – Buff
  • Revlon Colorstay Aqua Powder – Translucent Light Medium
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo – Barely Branded
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Shimma Shimma, Mocha
  • Maybelline Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – Blackest Black
  • NYX Blush – Taupe
  • RevlonSuper Lustrous Lipstick – Black Cherry
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Bordeaux
  • Maybelline Eleixir – Caviar Couture