Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Eve Makeup Look

Here is the look I created on Christmas Eve. Because I get together with my family in the evening on Christmas Eve, I wanted a dark sultry look for my eyes and lips. Normally I don't like pairing a dark eye with a dark lip but a bold lip complimented this look very well.

Alright so before I put anything on my eyes I apply my moisturizer all over my face.

1. On my brows I'm using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade which I love because it reminds me of MAC's Dipdown Fluidline which is what I was using before. I like doing my brows first because it serves as a guide for my eyeshadow placement.

2. Apply your favorite primer. Mine is MAC's Painterly paint pot. I like this one because it has a nude/pink undertone and it's thicker than most primers but it makes my eyeshadow last a very long time. No joke, my eyeshadow will last me 12+ hours.

3. The first thing I do is add color to my crease. For this look I took Makeup Geek's eyeshadow in the color Latte. As I've mentioned before, I always use MAC's 224 blending brush to add my transition colors. I love this brush, haven't found anything that I like better.

4. To add more depth, take the color Mocha (Makeup Geek Eyeshadow) with MAC's 217 brush and place it in the crease as well but keep the color below Latte. You don't want to blend this color too high up because it is a darker brown shadow.

5. If you wish to add a subtle highlight to your brow bone, take the color Shroom (MAC) and softly pop it onto your brow bone. I sweep it across very lightly.

6. For my lid, I wanted a metallic look so I took Moondust (Makeup Geek) and I applied it wet using MAC's 242 brush and some Fix + also by MAC. This gives it more of a foiled look which is what I was going for.

7. To smoke out the look I added Corrupt (Makeup Geek) on the outer lid and crease.

8. The liner I used is MAC's Point Black Liquid Liner. This liner does not have a matte finish but I like that it's very black. You can always go over it with Blacktrack Fluidline to give it a matte finish.

9. My lashes are of course House of Lashes in the style Noir Fairy.

10. My lipstick is called Merlot from the brand Frankie Rose Cosmetics. This is a new brand I'm trying and I am honestly pleased with the pigmentation of the lipsticks and some of the other products that I've tried. I will post a review on their products soon.

If you don't like the red lips you can certainly substitute this look with a neutral lip.

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Bridal Makeup Using Makeup Geek Products

Hi Everyone sorry for the lack of posts but today I will have couple postings for you since I've been behind. This look has been one of my absolute favorites. Everyone knows I'm a sucker for MAC since it's what I've been using since I started wearing makeup BUT I recently found an admiration for Makeup Geek products. I don't lie when I say these are just about as good, if not better than MAC eyeshadows for a better & affordable price. These eyeshadows are very pigmented and blend so easily.

Ok so when I started doing my makeup I had no intentions of creating a bridal look but when I finished, I thought this was perfect for any bride. The whole look is just so beautiful, the champagne colored lid just glows.

To achieve this look, follow the steps below:
  1. 1. Start by priming your eyes using MAC's painterly paint pot. You can use your finger to apply this evenly from your lid to brow bone.
  2. 2. Using MAC's 224 blending brush take the color Peach Smoothie and blend it all over your crease.
3. Take that same 224 blending brush and take the color Cocoa Bear and blend it over the Peach Smoothie. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines.

4. Next, to add more depth to the eye, take Bada Bing eyshadow with MAC's 217 blending brush and  place it on the outer crease and lid. Make sure to blend it into the Cocoa Bear eyeshadow. If you need to go back and add more Peach Smoothie or Cocoa Bear to help blend out Bada Bing, feel free to do so.

5. Now, before applying the pigment on your lid, take any glitter adhesive that you have. This will prevent the pigment from creating any fall out. My go to glitter adhesive has been Too Faced Glitter Glue. Apply this all over your lid with a flat shader brush. I used MAC's 242. Go ahead and take Afterglow pigment and place it all over your lid while the glue is still tacky.

6. Go back in with your 217 brush and the color Bada Bing just to intensify the outer v a bit more.

7. For eyeliner, I used a waterproof liquid liner. Very important to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara on your wedding day. I used MAC's Point Black Liquid Liner.

8. For lashes, I've been using House of Lashes in the style Noir Fairy. These are my absolute favorite and I haven't found any other lashes that I like better than these. They are a bit pricey but you get a better deal when you buy the pack of 3 pairs. Once you have your lashes on, apply a few coats of waterproof mascara.

9. For my lower lash line, I applied MAC's Smolder eyeliner (not recommended for brides because it is not waterproof and smudges easily). I also applied some Cocoa Bear to blend out that black eyeliner. Apply a few coats of waterproof mascara to your bottom lashes.

*For my brows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the color Dark Brow*

I've been asked what color blush will compliment this eye makeup. Honestly, I think anything will work. This eye has very warm tones and can be worn with pink or orange toned blushes. What is my favorite? MAC's Warm Soul Mineralize Blush.

On the lips I'm wearing Stripdown lipliner, Peachstock lipstick and Enchantress lipglass (All by MAC)

Below are the websites where you can purchase the products I used.

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Makeup Geek
House of Lashes

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gold Smoky Eye

I'm back with a new blog. So since I posted a holiday look yesterday, I wanted to also post another holiday inspired makeup look for those of you who like the warm tones. I actually wore this makeup for Thanksgiving but I also think it can be worn for Christmas or New Years Eve with maybe a splash of glitter on the lid.

So again, I like to start by filling in my brows first. For this look I just used MAC's Dipdown Fluidline using MAC's 266 brush. If you're looking for something similar, Anastasia Beverly Hills just came out with Dipbrow Pomades in different shades. I will post a review once I purchase those. Don't forget to set your brows with brow gel. For this look I used Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel.

For the eyes, start off by using a primer. I always use MAC's painterly paint pot. I've tried different eyeshadow primers and this one is the one I always go back to.

I start off by taking MAC's 224 blending brush and the color Soft Brown (MAC). Apply this color all over the crease and diffusing it as you blend it up towards your brow bone. To intensify the crease a bit more, take Saddle (MAC) and blend it into that Soft Brown. These colors are going to be your transition colors. Now to have a nice gradient transition from the lid to the crease, take Ground Brown (MAC pro color) with MAC's 217 brush and place it slightly right above the lid and blend it into those 2 colors you have already placed.

Now for the fun part, take Too Faced Glitter Glue (works amazing with pigments too) and take a flat shader brush. Pat that glitter glue all over your lid and take Goldilux Pigment from Sugarpill Cosmetics and place it on the lid. The glitter glue is amazing because it keeps the pigments in place and prevents any fall out. I use to wear the pigments alone and by the end of the day I had pigment fall out all over my lashes.

If you like the way it looks, you can stop here or if you want t go for the smoky look, take Urban Decay's Blackout eyeshadow from the Naked Palette 2 or if you don't have it, any matte black eyeshadow will work. This eyeshadow is very intense so a little goes a long way. I used my 219 brush (MAC) and placed it on the outer v of my eyes. Make sure to blend it very well.

For my eyeliner I use MAC's 210 brush and Blacktrack Fluidline (MAC).

Lashes are by House of Lashes in the style Noir Fairy (black).

If you like this look and would like to see more of my work make sure to check out my instagram page @muastephnicole

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mauve Holiday Eyes

The holidays are coming up and I know most of us are looking for outfit ideas, hair styles and makeup looks. Most women go with the traditional gold or smoky eye. I've created something a bit different but very easy to do.

I always start with my brows first. I feel that by having my brows filled in, it helps frame the face and serves a guide for my eyeshadow placement.
  • Start by taking a concealer. I use MAC's NC15 and an angled brush to outline my brow. I do this step first so I know where to fill in my brow.
  • Take MAC's fluidline in Dipdown and brush 266 and draw out the outline of your brow. Once you get to the inner part of your brows, you want to release pressure off the brush to create a nice gradient effect.
  • To fill in my brows I use whatever Dipdown is left over on the brush and then I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder in medium brown.
  • Set your brows with clear brow gel to keep those hairs in place.
For the eyes always start by applying an eyeshadow primer. My favorite primer and the one I use 99% of the time is MAC's Painterly paint pot. I love the consistency of it and it doesn't crease.

  • Crease: Uninterrupted prolong wear eyeshadow (MAC) using MAC brush 224. I blend this into my crease and diffuse it blending it up to my brow bone. Next take Deep Damson (pro color) eyeshadow and place it in the crease right above the lid. Make sure not to blend too far up. You want to keep that first eyeshadow as the transition color.
  • Lid: Kitschmas pigment. I got this pigment in the MAC 2013 Holiday pigment and glitter sets. I've had my eye on it for a while so I was happy to see that it was part of the pigment/glitter sets. **Here's a avoid pigment fall out, I use Too Faced Glitter Glue and I apply the pigment over it.
  • Liner: I'm using MAC's penultimate in Rapid Black. I normally use Blacktrack but I wanted something darker and slick.
  • Bottom Liner: In my waterline I'm using infinity eye pencil from Frankie Rose Cosmetics. May I add that this liner is super soft and intense and I absolutely love it. Right below my waterline I used Pink glitter (also from the MAC holiday sets) and I adhered it using Too Faced glitter glue as well.
  • Lashes: I've been obsessing over these lashes for a while now. These are by House of Lashes and are in the style Noir Fairy (black). Don't forget to add some mascara to your lashes.

That's all there is to this look. Hope you all try it out. For more looks visit my instagram page @muastephnicole.