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Makeup Tutorial: Valentine's Date Makeup

Valentine's Date2I wanted to create a fun eyeshadow look that used a cranberry eyeshadow color, but was still very wearable for daytime. The cranberry color can be very loud, but because I only apply it in the crease and outer half of the lid it's not terribly overwhelming. I've worn this look on the weekend a few times, and every time I do my husband says he really like how my makeup looks that day. So I thought this would be a great look for a Valentine's Day date. The video tutorial and list of products are below!

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Products

Maybelline Color Tattoo: Just Beige Lorac Mega Pro Palette: Camel (dupe is Peach Smoothie by Makeup Geek), Sand (dupe is Kitten by Stila), Mulberry (dupe is Bitten by Makeup Geek), Espresso (in original Lorac Pro palette), Cream (in original Lorac Pro palette), Black (in original Lorac Pro palette), and Vanilla (dupe is Vanilla by Maybelline) Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Volum’ Express Mascara: Very Black Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Fair Cover Girl Clean Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin: Buff Beige Bare Mineral Matte Foundation: Fairly Light Wet n Wild Blush: Heather Silk New York Color Brow Kit: Brunette Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain: Honey

Music

Track artist: Venice Beach Track title: Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

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Holiday Makeup - Perfect for Traveling!

dsc_00030-cropped2The past few years my husband I always traveled over the winter holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years) to our families or friends homes. Some times we would spend the night one of our parents' homes, and other times we would we be driving most of the day. So I decided I would share a step-by-step tutorial for holiday makeup look that's perfect for those traveling, and only use products that are compact and long-lasting.  

 

Step 1: Toner and Moisturizer!

The best way to get your makeup to last all day and apply easier is to moisturize your skin. Plus it's always good to moisturize everyday, because will keep your skin from drying out this winter. I normally use a toner on a cotton ball all over my face, then apply a moisturizer and eye cream to my face, and Vaseline to my lips every morning. Be sure to give your moisturizer a few minutes to absorb into your skin before applying make-up (perfect time to get a cup of coffee and eat breakfast, finish packing, or do your hair!).

Step 2: Apply and Set Concealer & Foundation

dsc_00007I love using mineral foundations for everyday looks and while I'm traveling, because you don't have to worry about it rubbing off your face leaving your face looking patchy. Since I am using a mineral foundation for this look, I apply and set my Maybelline Fit Me concealer with Covergirl's Clean Pressed Powder on my under-eye circles and blemishes first. Then, I apply Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Fairly Light all over my face on a kabuki brush. This foundation is perfect for travel with its click, lock and go lid.

 

 

 

Step 3: Apply Blush

dsc_00009Use a blue-toned pink cheek color to give your face that "I just came in from the cold" flush to your cheeks. Today I'm using Wet n Wild's blush in the color Heather Silk.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Fill Those Brows

dsc_00013Your brows help frame your face, and for me are a must-do step. I recently found (and fell in love with) New York Color's (NYC) brow kit - it's super compact, long-lasting, and affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Apply Waterline Color

dsc_00014One of the worst parts of traveling is lack of sleep; either you're waking up early to go somewhere, or you're getting terrible sleep in a bed that's not your own. So to fake a good nights sleep, put a white or cream-colored eyeliner to your waterline.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Apply Eyeshadow Base or Primer

dsc_00015To help my eye make-up last all day I'm going to apply a nude eyeshadow base called Just Beige by Maybelline all over my eye area.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Apply Lid Color

dsc_00016For all the eyeshadows in this look I'm using Urban Decay the Naked Basic palette. The first shadow I apply is a light-colored, matte, peachy eyeshadow all over the eyelid called WOS.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8: Apply Transition Color to Crease

dsc_00018Next I'm applying Naked 2 on a large, fluffy brush to my crease, which is a matte color that is close to my skin tone. This will help the darker crease color I apply next blend with the rest of the lighter shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9: Deepen the Crease Color

dsc_00019To darken the crease color and give it a little more va-va-voom, I'm adding a matte medium brown shade called Faint. Keep this color concentrated in and slightly above the crease, and take the few extra seconds to blend it seamlessly with your transition color.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10: Apply Brow Highlight Color

dsc_00020I use the warm, light-colored, matte, eyeshadow called Foxy to highlight under my brow bone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 11: Apply Inner-Corner Highlight Color

dsc_00021For the last eye shadow I use the satin, champagne color called Venus and place it in my inner-corner/tear-duct area. Doing this is makes your eyes appear wide-open, thus making you look more awake.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12: Winged Eyeliner

dsc_00022Use your favorite black liquid or gel eyeliner, and make a slight cat-eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 13: Curl Lashes and Apply Mascara

dsc_00024Curl your lashes and apply 2 coats of a long-lasting black mascara. I love using the waterproof version of Maybelline's The Rocket Mascara in Very Black, because it's clump-free and will keep your lashes curled all day.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 14: Lip Color

dsc_00026To finish off this look, apply a cranberry colored stain or lipstick. I used Wet n Wild's balm stain in Lady and the Vamp. This balm stain is awesome, because it will give a wash of cranberry color to your lips and also last through two servings of dinner and dessert.

 

 

 

 

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What's your favorite holiday look, bold lips or glittery eyeshadow? 

My Go-To Makeup for Fall 2014 - LIPS

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Here's the last installment of my fall product trilogy, lips. Don't forget to read the first two posts - face and eyes!

 

Vaseline Jelly

_DSC1422Step 1 to good lip care is hydration! This product has been best way to hydrate my lips. It's definitely messier than a lip balm in a tube, but I don't think I'll ever go back. This has been my lifesaver in the winter months when it's dryer inside. If you have terribly dry, flaky lips that don't seem to get the hydration they need from chapstick, you have to give this stuff a try. It's also great when your lips are chapped, and the corners crack. If you use this 2-3 times a day, they'll be good as new within a few days.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

_DSC1424This has been my everyday lip product the past few months. It's so easy to put on at my desk without a mirror, and it's very hydrating. I love this color because it's the "my lips but better" color, so it's perfect for an office setting or everyday wear. Since it's a lip stain it also mean you don't have to constantly touch-up throughout the day - I only apply it 2 or 3 times everyday. Plus the minty scent/flavor is very refreshing.

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Lipstick in Fergie Daily & Ferguson Crest Cabernet

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If I'm going for a bolder look, I have been grabbing my Fergie Collection lipsticks. When I do a bold eye I use the nude color called "Fergie Daily," and when I'm going for a bold lip I use the burgundy color called "Ferguson Crest Cabernet." This lipstick is very creamy and, as I say about all Wet n Wild products, they're pigmented and affordable. If you want to try a nude or cranberry lipcolor for the first time, these are great. Honestly, that's why I originally bought them, and I've fallen in love with them.

Thanks for reading!

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