Concentrate the mascara on the roots! Why? Because that’s where you can add fullness and volume without the lashes getting clumpy. A few months ago I started playing with this technique of “stamping” the brush three times across ONLY the roots and couldn’t believe how effective it is! Still apply mascara all the way through the lashes first, but then instead of leaving it like that, take another mascara wand and press it against the roots then pull it away, keeping it from ever touching the tips. The result is night and day. And if your lid space is on the smaller side, you don’t have to use eyeliner to open up the eye and therefore don’t lose any surface area. The root stamp almost creates the illusion of liner, but when you blink or look down, there is no liner, just lots of lid, taking it one step further than tightlining! Here’s how: READ MORE…
I love this look for Homecoming, New Year’s or any time you’re feeling really festive! And because the glitter is light and paired with a light shadow instead of a dark smoky eye, it’s more wearable than you might think. Just know that it’s compliment-intensive so be prepared to say “oh thank you” a lot! Here’s exactly what I did on singer-songwriter Lexie Hofer above:
- A Pale Pink Shadow — Lexi’s wearing Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadow in Pink Smoke.
- A 2-Dimensional Glitter — I used NYX Sparkling Glitter Powder in Snow (they’re becoming hard to find unfortunately but MAC Glitter in Reflects Gold is gorgeous too)
- A 3-Dimensional Glitter — I layered NYX Sparkling Glitter Powder in Disco Ball on top.
- Black Liquid Liner — I used Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner because the ultra-fine brush is super user-friendly.
- Scotch Tape
- Black Shimmer Eye Shadow — I used Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond because it’s softer than a matte black shadow.
- Your Favorite Mascara — I used Maybelline Great Lash.
- Apply the light pink shadow all over the lid and crease.
- Press your finger in any kind of balm to get it slightly tacky. MAC Pro has a Mixing Medium that works great, but if you don’t want to make the investment, use a light layer of lip balm. Then press it in the 2-D glitter to load a light layer and stamp it across the lid.
- Press your finger in the 3-D glitter
- Stamp it across the lid and crease.
- Line your upper lid with the black liquid liner. Wing it out and up for a cat eye (optional).
- Wrap your finger with Scotch tape, making sure the sticky side is on the outside. Press it wherever glitter has dropped down on your cheeks to pick it up. Revisit my Glitter Picker Upper Tutorial for more details!
- Sweep the black shadow along the lower lashline (I concentrated it on the outer half but you can certainly apply it along the entire lashline).
- Finish with a couple coats of mascara.
I paired it with a hot pink lipstick (Dior Addict Extreme in Lucky) but you can rock a red too!
The obvious way to do a two-toned lip is one color on the top lip and a different color on the bottom. But that wouldn’t really need a tutorial, now would it?! This version is a little more wearable in my opinion and incredible pretty. I love playing with different textures and the matte liner with the glossy stain is very eye catching. It also creates a slight illusion of volume, which is never a bad thing! Don’t dismiss it without trying it, please… If it’s not for you, you can merely wipe it off and do something else. But you might be happily surprised. Here’s how to pull it off: READ MORE…
With Homecoming just around the corner, here’s a gorgeous makeup look to get you inspired! And for those of us who’ve already graduated, try this look on your next night out! It’s very feminine and looks especially gorgeous with green and hazel eyes because purple is the complimentary color of green (revisit my Green Eye Shadow Focus Guide and Hazel Eye Shadow Focus Guide) and looks stunning on brown eyes as it brings out any green or yellow flecks in the brown (revisit my Brown Eye Shadow Focus Guide for more ideas). Those of us with blue eyes can definitely rock it too (I have!) but it won’t pop as much (revisit my Blue Eye Shadow Focus Guide for other inspiration). Then pair it with a peach cheek & lip and an LBD like I did on Brook Power above! Here’s how: READ MORE…