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Makeup Monday: Signature Smokey Eyes

#MakeupMonday: Signature Smokey Eyes from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

The look that most people ask me to teach them is the classic smokey eye. You know the one: dark, smudgy, and sultry. Popularized in the 2000’s by edgy rockstars like Avril Lavigne, it’s now a classic and chic look for anything from “red carpet” events to weddings.

#MakeupMonday: Signature Smokey Eyes from BeeyoutifulSkin.comIt looks like an advanced technique, but it’s actually pretty simple! The key is to choose a deep shadow color and two brushes: one for laying the color on heavily, and one for blending the edges to create the signature “smoke” effect. While black is the most classic color to use, you can customize it to your preferences by using any dark shadow; browns, purples, blues, and grays all make a lovely smokey eye. Today I’m going classic with deep gray and black shadows.

Before we begin, here are three quick tips.

One: Always prep your skin by cleansing and moisturizing immediately before applying makeup.. Clean, freshly moisturized skin is going to hold the color longer, look smoother, and your shadow will go on with a truer color.

Two: For an eye look that uses dark shadows, I prefer to do the eyes first, before applying my foundation and concealer. The reason for this is that dark shadows have a way of sifting down onto your undereye and cheek areas, and if you’ve already applied your face makeup, it’s just going to get messed up, then you have to do damage control. If your skin is bare, you can easily wipe off any misplaced shadow and then proceed with your face makeup on a fresh canvas.

Three: Dab a little bit of moisturizer onto your lids (or close your eyes and lightly spritz with our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner) to make them slightly tacky right before applying your shadow. This will intensify your shadow color and give it longevity.

Okay, NOW let’s get started!

First highlight your brow bone area with a neutral, subtly shimmery shadow. My fave is Champagne Pearl, and I use our Large All-Over Brush. This is what you will blend your dark shadow into, so it’s important to apply it first.

Now, grab your dark shadow and a flat, precise brush like our Small All-Over Brush or the small brush from our Seven-Piece Brush Set. Work the shadow into the bristles really well, then tap off any excess back into the lid of the container. Using a stamping (not sweeping) motion, apply the shadow to your lids, from your lash line to your crease. Don’t worry about blending yet, that’s next…

Using the blending brush from our Seven-Piece Brush Set (you could also use either the Angled Sculptor Brush, or the Pointed Sculptor Brush as well), blend upward into your crease and outward toward the outer corner of your eye. Don’t extend too much beyond your eye socket bone, as that can end up looking messy, or a little like Cleopatra! The idea you’re going for is blurry, no harsh lines, and fading the color into nothingness on the edges. Kind of like… oh! SMOKE! 😉

Next, using a very light touch, take some of that shadow around the outer corner of your eye and down under your lower lash line. Again, think wispy and well-blended, not harsh and heavy. I like to use the domed blending brush from the Seven-Piece Brush Set, but you can also use the Small All-Over Brush.

Black liquid eyeliner will define your eyes and give depth to this look. Use our Eyeliner Brush and Matte Black to create a deep line from inner corner to outer corner. If you like, you can line your waterline too (the part of your lid that touches your eye). I demonstrated that technique here.

Finish everything off with a few coats of your favorite mascara.

Now that your eyes are done, take a dab of soap and water on a cotton round underneath your eyes to clean up any shadow that may have fallen down. Then you can apply your foundation, blush, and contour makeup. I prefer to keep the blush and lip color very subtle; the eyes are the star of this look!

Makeup Monday: Six Versatile Ways to Use Mineral Eyeshadow

six Versatile Ways To Use Mineral Eyeshadow from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

Did you know that our mineral shadows can be applied in several different ways? You’d think that what you see is what you get, but that’s not true! There are a few different techniques and application methods that all give different looks; these shadows are really super versatile!

1. Dry

This is the most common application method for eyeshadow in general, and ours is no different. For this method, use a clean, dry makeup brush (no q-tips or sponge applicators!). Tap a little shadow out into the lid of the container, then swirl your brush around to work the makeup into the bristles. Tap off any excess back into the lid, then using a stamping motion, apply to your eyelids. The effects range from barely-there color, to intense and rich, depending on how much product you use.

#MakeupMonday: Six Versatile Ways To Use Mineral Eyeshadow from BeeyoutifulSkin.com2. Foiled

Foiling eyeshadow gives you a much different look than a dry application method! The color turns out much more saturated and shimmery, and it’s generally a more intense look. You’d be surprised how much different your colors can look when using a foiled color as opposed to dry!

To foil, start by tapping out some shadow into the lid, then dampen your brush with water (not too much; you’re going for a thin paste consistency) and coat your brush with color. Then apply to your lids in a smooth, “painting” motion, keeping your lid closed until the shadow dries.

It’s harder to blend using this technique; the shadow generally stays right where you put it. I typically use this on my lids, then use a darker shadow to blend in my crease, creating a smoky edge between the foiled shadow on my lids and my brow bone highlight. Very glam!

3. Eyeliner

Did you know that any of our dark shadows can be used as eyeliners? You can use them dry for a soft, smudgy, smoky line, or you can apply them wet for a dramatic liquid liner look.

To start, tap out a little of your liner color into the container lid, then for the dry look, swirl your liner brush into the shadow, and be sure to tap off the excess well. Start at the outer corner of your eye with the point of the angled brush toward the corner. Set the brush right above your lashes and just wiggle it back and forth a bit, keeping the brush in contact with your lid. Pick it up, and repeat the little wiggle all across your lid until you reach the point you want to stop your liner. If you are not taking your line all the way into the inner corner of your eye, you’ll want to taper it off softly rather than stop it abruptly. Repeat the same on your lower lids.

For a liquid liner application, you’ll want to dampen your brush slightly before swirling it in your liner color. Don’t get too much water, as this will dilute the color too much and you’ll end up with a faint line instead of richly pigmented line. (Think of turning your shadow into a paste, rather than making colored water in the lid.)

The application technique for liquid liner is basically the same as for dry liner; you just may want to drag your brush a tad rather than wiggle it to create a smooth line. Once you get the hang of it, applying liner with a brush is SO MUCH EASIER than dragging a waxy pencil across your lids, resulting in a crooked or lopsided line.

And don’t be afraid to experiment with color! Matte Black and Rich Earth are the basics, but you can also try Navy ShineDeep Plum, or even Pure Gold for some real pizzaz! Really, any shadow can be used as a liner… play around!

4. Lip Color

Powdered lip color? You bet! Because our shadows are nothing but minerals, they are completely safe to use as lip color, plus, they mix really well with oil-based lip balms for a smooth, even finish.

All you have to do is apply a colorless lib balm (like our All-Natural Lip Moisturizer to your clean lips, then using our Small All-Over Brush, pick up some of your color, and sweep it onto your lips. The shadow will mix with the balm to create a lipstick-like finish right on your lips.

Technically, you can use any shadow or blush color for this, but if I were you I’d stick with the rosy-hued ones (unless you WANT to look like Kesha, that is! And if you do, hey, I’m not stopping you!).

5. Highlight

In our Contour and Highlight video, I showed you how to use our Champagne Pearl eyeshadow as a cheek highlight. As a recap, all you have to do is dust a little dab of the shadow along the upper ridge of your cheekbones to accentuate your bone structure. You can use our Flat Brush, our Large All-Over Brush, or even your good ol’ fingers!

6. Brow Fill

In my experience, 99% of women need to do at least a little bit of eyebrow shaping and/or filling. This is especially true as we age (sad, I know!), since we tend to lose fullness in our brows. To pick a brow color, you’ll want go just a shade lighter than your actual brows for the most natural look. Apply with our Angled Eyeliner Brush with the grain of hair growth. Following the natural line of the brow, work the color all the way down to the skin; this will ensure your color lasts all day and looks the most natural.

Honorable mention goes to using Matte White as an additive to our fairest foundation colors if you have extremely light skin and even the lightest foundations are still too dark for you. Add in a little Matte White to get just the right shade that works for you skin.

So, you can see how versatile our eyeshadows can be, with just a little bit of creativity! Have you experimented with any of these techniques… or come up with one of your own? Share in the comments or on Facebook!

Makeup Monday: Easy Everyday Eyes

Makeup Monday: Easy Everyday Eyes from BeeyoutifulSkin

Today I’m going to show you a simple eye look that you can wear everyday. This look is like a great pair of jeans: it always fits and flatters, goes with anything, and can be dressed up or down. So grab your eyeshadows and the fresh clean brushes we talked about in last week’s post, and let’s get going!

Makeup Monday: Easy Everyday Eyes from BeeyoutifulSkinThe basic idea is that you’ll want to follow the two simple art principles of highlighting and contouring, as applied to the eyes:

Highlight

  • brow bone
  • inner corner
  • lid

Contour

  • crease
  • outer corner
  • And lastly, you’ll want to define the lash line with eyeliner

We’re going to use three colors: a light, a medium, and a dark. You can use neutrals, or you can go bold, but the concepts are the same. If you’re new to eyeshadow, I recommend starting off with neutrals, then experimenting with different color groupings, and then adding pops of bold color. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Today, I’m using Champagne Pearl for my light, Lavender Shale for my medium, and Matte Black for my dark.

So let’s get started!

First, wash and moisturize. (Always!) If you have oily skin, you can prep your lids with a dab of foundation; your shadow will last much longer!

Now take a medium-sized flat eyeshadow brush (our Large All-Over Brush is perfect) and apply your light shadow along your brow bone, in the center of your lids, and in the inner corners of your eyes. Use a stamping motion, not a sweeping one. This will give you the most precise application, the truest and most pigmented color, and will minimize “fallout” (when your shadow ends up dusting down underneath your eyes, making a mess). Basically just keep your brush in contact with your skin as much as possible, and press/tap rather than sweep/flick.

Next, grab your medium shadow and a crease brush like our Angled Sculptor Brush. You’re going to swirl the shadow into your crease area, starting in the outer corner and working your way to about two-thirds in toward your nose. Be sure to blend well!

Lastly, finish off with just a bit of your dark shadow in the outer corners, making a slight “V” shape following the natural line of the corner of your eye. I use the domed brush that is found in our Seven-Piece Brush Set; its rounded shape and domed top get the color right where I want it, just on the outer 1/3 of the corner. Again, blend blend, blend. You don’t want to see a distinct line where the shadow stops. Think wispy like smoke!

I personally don’t consider any eye look complete without eyeliner. So, line your eyes using our Angled Liner Brush and your dark color. You can either apply the liner dry for a soft, smoky (and more casual) look, or moisten your brush slightly and apply it wet for a more dramatic liquid liner look. I’d detail this in the video!

Add mascara and you’re set!

Makeup Monday: All the Brushes You’ll Ever Need (And How to Care For Them!)

BeeyoutifulSkin Makeup Brushes

So let’s talk about brushes for a sec. More specifically, let’s talk about our seven-piece brush set. This brush set is like a tiny, complete toolkit for your face; it has every basic brush you’ll ever need. Not to mention, they are soft, luxurious, vegan, and superior quality, designed to last for years with proper care. (How do you care for your brushes? I’ll cover that in the video!)

Let’s discuss each brush and how to use it!

BeeyoutifulSkin Makeup BrushesFirst up, we’ve got a fluffy foundation brush on a handle. I know that’s not a snappy, cute name (like, say “kabuki brush”) but make no mistake, this brush means serious business. It’s large enough to give beautiful, even coverage all over your face, yet compact enough for easy travel.

I love this brush as a fully-functional multi-tasker: use to do a full-face application of your foundation, or do a quick touch-up with a light dusting of foundation to eliminate mid-day shine. This brush has got you covered. Literally.

Moving on to the blush brush… This brush is the perfect size to puff your blush on the apples of your cheeks, or even to apply contour makeup. Its dense, soft bristles leave a perfect finish every time, whether you want a bold application of color, or just a soft hint.

Now let’s take a look at the eye brushes, all five of them! Yes, you actually get FIVE eye brushes in this set, in addition to the two face brushes. I know, that’s kind of amazing at the price point of this set, and you might imagine that brushes would skimp on quality. But no. These brushes are exactly the same as their full-sized counterparts, they just have a shorter handle for portability. Honestly, sometimes I even *prefer* to use the shorter brushes all the time because I like the control that the short handles give.

First, we have the larger of the flat eyeshadow brushes (it’s similar to our Large All-Over Eyeshadow Brush). Of course, you can use it for applying any shadow to your lids, but I think it’s particularly perfect for applying a neutral shadow (like Champagne Pearl) all over your lids, brow bone to lash line, in a few quick motions. I also use it to apply Champagne Pearl to my cheekbones as a face highlighter. Because of its size, it’s great for getting color all over your lids quickly.

Next, there is a shorter version of our Small All-Over Eyeshadow Brush. This brush is ideal for applying darker shadows precisely to your lids, and I also love it for getting a highlight of Champagne Pearl into the inner corners of your eyes. Also, this brush can do double-duty as a lip brush! Yes, you can actually apply mineral colors to your lips to get a richly-pigmented lip color… more on that in the video.

Then we have a little miracle-worker brush that isn’t found anywhere else on our site. I call this the Blender Brush. You’ll recognize it by its round shape and domed tip. Use this handy brush to add a deep accent color to the outer corners of your eyes, blending up into the crease. You can also use it without any shadow simply to blend the edges of your shadows, creating an expertly-blended, professional look. Blending is key to almost any eye look, and this brush really gets the job done.

The short version of our Eyeliner Brush rounds out your eye look by applying your liner either wet or dry, and doubling as a brow brush to apply your brow filler color. If you’ve never used a brush to apply eyeliner, you’re in for a treat! It’s so easy to get a smooth, perfect line with a large angled liner brush.  Admittedly, it can be a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to go back to using a pencil again. I explain the eyeliner technique in great detail in the video below.

We’ve also included a mascara wand, which is handy for taming unruly eyebrows, or for smoothing out a clumpy application of mascara.

Yes, we have other (also awesome) full-size brushes that are amazing tools for specifics looks, but these seven are the ones I’ve found myself reaching for over and over again for my daily looks. It’s just a bonus that they all come in a handy case (with a pocket to hold small essentials!) that is perfect for tossing in a gym bag, a book bag, or an office attache.

Whether you want to transform your daily makeup to an evening look, or you regularly get ready for your day in the locker room after your morning workout, or you just want all your basic brushes in one handy case, this set can’t be beat.

Oh, and did I mention it’s currently on sale? Yep, it’s just $25 until the first of May. That’s close to half-off, you guys, so GRAB ONE before our limited quantity runs out!

Makeup Monday: Day-To-Night Makeup in 5 Minutes

Makeup Monday: Day to Night in 5 Minutes from Beeyoutiful.com

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I think I’m going to coin the phrase “T.G.I.M.” because I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so excited about these makeup posts that it’s almost made Mondays un-Monday themselves.

Today, let’s talk about taking your day makeup and turning it into a simple yet glamorous evening-appropriate look with minimal effort.

Makeup Monday: Day to Night in 5 Minutes from Beeyoutiful.comSometimes it happens: you’re out running errands and you get a call from a good friend to meet for appetizers, but you only have 10 minutes to go home and freshen up. Or maybe you’re at work and your coworkers suggest hitting happy hour. You might have been in class all day and need to freshen up before catching up with friends at an evening production at the college theater.

Or perhaps, like me, you’ve been wearing your everyday makeup around the house all day and your husband calls to surprise you with an impromptu date… in 15 minutes! (Hey, a girl can dream!) Whatever your situation, sometimes a girl just needs to glam up a bit without doing the whole wash-face-and-start-from-scratch routine.

So let’s start with the day look that I outlined in my No-Makeup Makeup Look… this assumes that you have on the basics: foundation, concealer, blush, mascara, a little liner on your upper waterline, and you’ve filled your brows. Perfectly acceptable for daytime. But now, let’s get fancy!

Side note: Admittedly, I can be rather messy with eyeshadow and liners. I’d rather not mess up my freshly applied foundation and concealer if I drop some black liner on top of it. So when applying intensely-colored eye makeup, I prefer to start with my eyes, that way if any shadow does accidentally fall down onto my under-eye area, I can clean it up easily and then freshly apply my foundation and concealer.

Alright, let’s get started. Take Gem Mine, a deep, rich silvery-blue shadow, and apply it in the outer corners of your eyes with our Angled Sculptor Brush. You’ll want to blend well and keep the darkest color on the outer third of your lid, getting softer as you work inward.

Next, freshen up your highlight color (I love Champagne Pearl) under your brows and on the inner corners of your eyes.

Now, bring on the drama with liner! I like to moisten my Angled Liner Brush with a drop of water, then mix some Matte Black shadow in the lid to create a liquid liner. (Careful not too water it down too much; you want it nice and pigmented!) Starting on the outer corner and working inward, line your eyes. If you like, you can bump up the wow factor by tightlining (applying liner to the upper waterline).

At this point, wipe off any dark shadow that may have fallen on your under-eye area, and then freshen up your concealer and foundation. Don’t forget to touch up your blush, too! Dim evening lighting has a way of washing us out, so don’t be afraid to really warm up your color, blending everything well, of course.

Lastly, let’s complete the look by adding shadow and liner to the lower lids, creating a sultry smoky eye. Dab a bit of your Gem Mine on the outer third of your lower lids, tapering off the color as you work inward. Add a bit of black liner to your lower lid and waterline if you want seriously glam peepers.

Finish off by freshening your mascara.

Voila! You just spent five minutes transforming your fresh-faced daytime makeup into a glamorous, mysterious smoky nighttime look. Now how about that date?

Makeup Monday: The “No-Makeup” Makeup Look

The No-Makeup Makeup Look from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

I confess: I am a makeup junkie. I love going all out and doing a fab smoky eye, or a bright lip, or a glam metallic look… but there are some (many!) days when I was up half the night, am on my third cup of coffee, and time’s ticking.

5There’s nothing “important,” per se, on the schedule, I really just need to look not tired, knowhatimean? Or maybe I’m going to the gym and don’t need much, just a little perk. Then there are the times when I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard, like say… volunteering for Neighborhood Clean-Up Day or taking the kids to the park.

Enter the “no makeup” makeup look.

It’s pretty minimalistic; just covering the dark circles, lending a glow to your skin, and barely enhancing your flirty bits (eyes + lips).

Start by cleansing and moisturizing your face (always!). Then dash on some foundation with our large kabuki brush; it covers a lot of ground at once, so you can do your whole face in about 30 seconds. Then I always dab on my foundation a little more under my eyes with the Flat Brush to get heavier coverage where it’s needed. Goodbye, dark circles!

Next, take black eyeliner (or brown, if you’re blonde) and, using an angled eyeliner brush, “tightline” your upper lids. This means you pull up on your upper eyelid a bit and put the color right on that bit of lid that rims your eyeball (called the waterline). It’s odd at first, and kinda tickles. But once you get used to it, it’s really no big deal.

I leave the lower waterline bare, but the color usually transfers a bit anyway, which I don’t mind. I prefer tightlining for this look rather than a traditional eyeliner application (on the lid above the lash line) because it doesn’t LOOK like you have eyeliner on, but it still adds fullness to your lash line. It’s like magic, really.

The No-Makeup Makeup Look from BeeyoutifulSkin.comThen using Champagne Pearl eyeshadow and our Large All-Over Eyeshadow Brush, stamp a bit of shadow all over your lids, brow to lashes. It gives just the right amount of brightness and shimmer without looking either chalky-flat or overly sparkly. Pay attention to the inner corners of your eyes (near the bridge of your nose) because it tends to get dark when you’re burning the midnight oil. (Pro tip: stamp, don’t sweep your shadow on; it will go on more opaque and last longer.)

If you like, use the Angled Eyeliner brush and your liner of choice to do double-duty on your brows. (Most of us need to fill our brows. At least a little.)

Now sweep some blush right on the apples of your cheeks. Smile… the part that chubs up a bit? That’s the apple. I’m currently crushing on our Pinky Pink blush; I love the bright sheer wash of color for springtime.

Curl your lashes. I like to warm my curler a bit by running it under hot water right before I use it. Longer lasting curl that way! Then layer on your mascara. (Note: We currently do not carry a mascara because we are still working on the perfect formulation that both performs well AND meets our stringent purity guidelines.)

A dash of our lightly-colored Lip Shimmer finishes things off! Kiss Of Ruby is perfect for my coloring.

That’s it, you guys. This whole process takes me maybe 3 minutes? Seriously, less time than it took you to read this step-by-step guide. And then I feel awake and ready to tackle my day. After one more cup of coffee, that is…!

Makeup Monday: Contouring 101

Makeup Monday: Contouring 101 from BeeyoutifulSkin

Contouring with makeup. Sounds like an intimidating professional technique that makeup artists use on models and Hollywood actors, doesn’t it? At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about the technique that is sweeping through the makeup industry. It sounds advanced, but it’s not all that difficult once you understand two simple principles:Makeup Monday: Contouring 101 from BeeyoutifulSkin

Dark recedes. 

Light brings forward. 

Ask any woman what color is most slimming and 99 out of 100 will automatically answer “black”. We’ve heard of the miraculous slimming abilities of dark colors in clothing, but did you realize that makeup has the same effect? Specifically, darker makeup gives the illusion of making a facial feature look smaller. That’s principle number one.

Secondly, light colors make an object look larger (sadly, this is why I own exactly ZERO white pants). In makeup terms, that means lighter foundation or eyeshadow has the ability of making the area it’s applied to appear larger, visually bringing it to the foreground. Enter principle number two.

Now that you are armed with this technical knowledge, you can apply these principles to your face using slightly lighter and slightly darker products than your skin, and miracles can happen. If you have a round face shape (like I do), contouring can help create higher cheekbones and a less… cherubic appearance, shall we say? If you have a double chin, darker makeup can make it recede into oblivion. If you have a broad forehead, a few expertly-placed swipes of dark makeup can make it less one-dimensional.

Now, before I go any further let me just say that there is probably a third principle that you must keep in mind: the power of blending. If you apply darker makeup and do not blend well, you can end up just looking like you have dirt on your face. Or something went horribly wrong at the spray tanning salon. Either way, not cute. Blend, ladies; blend!

So let’s talk specifics and get into some simple step-by-steps to basic face contouring.

Start by cleansing and moisturizing your face. Always, always apply makeup to a fresh canvas; your makeup will go on more evenly and perform better than if you apply it on dirty or oily skin. Now get out your contouring makeup.

  • Your usual foundation
  • Matte bronzer, or a foundation in a deeper shade than you usually use. General rule of thumb is to go about two shades darker than your skin.
  • Highlighter
  • Blush

(I’m using our Warm Bronzer, Pinky Pink blush, and our Champagne Pearl eyeshadow as my highlighter.)

The tools I’m using are a foundation brush, a blush brush (found in our seven-piece brush set), a mini foundation brush, a flat brush, and my good old-fashioned fingers.

Alright, let’s dig in.

First, apply your usual foundation all over your face, as you usually do. (Have you seen our tutorial of the various methods of applying mineral foundation? If not, stop now and watch that first to get the best application possible.) We’re creating the even, smooth, creamy backdrop upon which our magic will shine.

Time for Principle Number One: Dark Recedes.

Beak out your dark color and the small brush. Take a look at your face and notice your ears… see that little nub on the inside nearest your cheek? It’s called the tragus. That’s where you want to start with your dark contour. Suck in your cheeks and aim from the tragus toward the hollow, using downward strokes and lighter pressure as you go. Don’t be shy; at this stage you want to SEE that color on there. We’ll blend it later.

At this point you can also put some contour on the outside corners of your forehead; this will narrow a broad forehead. Sweep some on on your neck right underneath your jawline, which will sharpen your jaw and recede any double chin you may have. If you have a wide nose, run a little along each side of your nose. You can even dab a little under your lower lip to give the illusion of a fuller lower lip. Pout: perfected!

Next step: BLEND. This is important. Do not skip this. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars. The last thing you want are racing stripes running down the sides of your face. Rather, you want everything to look like “maybe she was born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline”, you know? So break out the fluffy powder brush (no powder necessary) and give it a good swirl over everywhere you applied the contour, just barely blurring the lines, leaving the shadowy illusion of depth where you applied the dark makeup.

Now it’s time to use Principle Number Two: Light Brings Forward. 

Grab your shimmery, light colored makeup (I’m using our eyeshadow in Champagne Pearl; it’s not just for eyes only!) and a flat brush. You can use a large one like our Flat Brush, or a smaller one like our Large All-Over eyeshadow brush. Or you can even use your fingers! Dip your instrument of choice into your light makeup and dab it onto the tops of your cheekbones, almost into the eye socket, but not quite. You can also run it down the length of your nose, dab it in the cupid’s bow of your upper lip, and touch it along your browbones. These areas will now subtly catch the light, bringing them forward visually, and making your skin glow.

Lastly, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and you’re all set. (What are the apples, you say? The part of your cheek that chubs up a bit when you smile. It’s cute.)

That’s it. You’re contoured, baby! It sounds slightly more complicated and advanced than just using foundation and calling it a day, but once you get the hang of it, it takes about a minute, tops. It’s not supposed to be a dramatic difference, but one of those things where people will wonder what’s different. (Did she lose weight? is it her haircut/color? There’s something subtly different…!)

Have you used these two principles of light and dark to enhance your own natural beauty? We’d love to hear your feedback! 

Makeup Monday: 3 Mineral Foundation Application Techniques, Plus Concealer Tips

BeeyoutifulSkin.com mineral foundation application techniques

BeeyoutifulSkin.com mineral foundation application techniquesNow that you’ve discovered a foundation shade to match your skin tone, let’s talk about actually wearing your new makeup. Did you know that there are several ways to apply BeeyoutifulSkin’s mineral foundation? Most people who have used mineral makeup before are familiar with the classic dry buff method, but there are a couple of other techniques that will give you different results. Try them all out to find out which one works best for you!

Dry Buff Method

This is the classic approach to applying mineral foundation, and for good reason: it’s quick and simple, easy to master, and you can customize the amount of coverage you get by varying your brush pressure and amount of product used, giving a soft, glowing finish to your skin.

To begin, cleanse and moisturize your skin as usual. (This step is important to do before applying makeup; it eliminates excess oils and “daily dust”, and preps your skin to be the best canvas for makeup to adhere to.) Tap out a bit of foundation into the lid, and swirl your foundation brush around, being sure to get the makeup worked up into the bristles. Tap off any excess foundation back into the lid.

Then, using medium pressure and circular strokes, buff the foundation into your skin. I like to start at the forehead and work my way down, finishing by blending the jawline into the neck. The key here is the circular motion and consistent pressure. This will give you actual coverage, as opposed to just dusting it on like you would a traditional setting powder. Finish your foundation with a spritz of our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner, if you like.

“Air-brush” Method

This technique will give you an even, smooth finish with full coverage, requires a bit more buffing than the dry method, but the super soft, “perfect” look is well worth it. This is currently my favorite way to apply my foundation.

Again, start with a freshly cleansed and moisturized face, then mist our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner on your skin. Tap out a bit of foundation into your lid, then mist your foundation brush with the toner as well before swirling it in the makeup. What you’re going for here is not a sopping wet brush, but a fine mist that will mix with the foundation on the brush, coating the bristles lightly.

Working quickly, buff the moist foundation into your skin, being sure to buff until dry, paying close attention to blending well at the hairline and jawline. I like to add a final dash of Laveshmint Hydrating Toner once I’m done; it acts as a setting mist, and also moisturizes your skin right through the makeup. (Pro tip: carry it in your handbag in the summer to spritz on your face and neck! The cool of the peppermint oil will refresh you and keep your skin moist in dry, hot weather.)

Liquid Method

I recommend this application if you have dry skin (like me!) or simply prefer the familiarity of liquid foundation. You have complete control over how much coverage you achieve, from tinted moisturizer (lightest) to thick, rich cream (fullest) because you are mixing it yourself. If you struggle with dryness, sometimes mineral makeup can enhance that tight feeling, and leave you less-than-glowing… but by using the liquid method you moisturize and cover at the same time.

To start, cleanse and moisturize your face (yep, I’m going to say that every time; it’s that important). Then in your foundation lid, or on a saucer if you prefer, mix a dollop of your favorite moisturizer (I love our Laveshmint Moisturizer!) with just a sprinkle of foundation powder. Experiment with ratios to come up with the coverage that’s just right for you.

To apply, you can either use your fingers, a makeup sponge, or for the best coverage and professional finish, I like to use our flat brush. Be sure to blend well, especially around the hair and jaw lines; this technique is the least forgiving if you don’t blend, blend, blend!  You might like to dust on a light, dry coat of foundation if you want a matte finish, or if you’re going for a more dewy look, go without. Again, you can spritz on some of our Laveshmint Toner for staying power and extra hydration.

Concealer

Lastly, let’s talk about concealer. You’ll notice we don’t offer a separate product to cover blemishes and dark circles… why is that, you ask? Well, unlike most mineral makeup, our foundation is made without fillers, thus it’s a very concentrated product, already at (or above!) the pigment levels of most mineral concealers. Truly, a little goes a long way when used as a foundation.

Our foundation powder will also perform well as a concealer with the right brush, using any of the above methods. You can use our Large Flat Brush to conceal dark under-eye circles, the Pointed Sculptor Brush works particularly well with the dry buff method and the airbrush method, or try the Large All-Over Brush with the liquid or dry buff methods. Be sure to blend the concealer-covered areas seamlessly with the rest of your foundation for even, flawless, glowing skin.

Makeup Monday: Matchy-Matchy (How to Find Your Perfect Mineral Makeup Foundation Shade)

Hello, and happy Monday!

I thought I’d start at the very beginning (…a very good place to start, so says Maria Von Trapp), and here in makeup-land that means color-matching your foundation to your skin. If you think about it, it’s called “foundation”, indicating that it’s what all your other makeup is built upon. If you have a weak foundation, all the rest of your makeup will look “off”. If your foundation is perfectly matched and expertly applied, your skin is a flawless, glowing canvas, allowing the rest of your makeup to really shine.Makeup Monday: Matchy-Matchy (How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade)

(Also, I love matching things… I’m a hopelessly matchy-matchy person. You know those people who can pull off pattern mixing like it’s no big thing? Yeah, I’m not one of those. I was the little girl who squealed with delight when her turquoise highbrow matched the turquoise part of the flowers on her shirt, which matched her turquoise shoelaces. I’m not even kidding. So matching is kind of a big deal to me. Anyway, back to makeup.)

The first thing you need to do is determine your skin’s undertone, which will either be warm or cool. If you follow us on Facebook, you will have seen that I posted an easy little step-by-step guide to help you figure out your undertone. (If you don’t follow us on Facebook, what are you waiting for? DO IT NOW!)

Once you have decoded your skin’s secret undertone (maybe a tad dramatic, but it can act like a code: if you get it wrong, everything else will be wrong too), you are all set to begin the color-matching process. We have handy color-matching kits that include several samples of foundation in various shades and undertones.

Pop over there and check them out… they’re grouped by shade (light, medium, or dark) and each contains both cool and warm-toned foundations. The great thing about these kits is that they come with a travel-sized kabuki brush (so cute!) and a coupon code for TEN DOLLARS OFF your foundation purchase. So even though you’re paying for the sample kit, you’re getting $17 worth of freebies and discounts. Totally worth it!

Now that you have your undertone figured out and your sample kit in hand, let’s dive right into the matching process, shall we? I’ll show you exactly how to do it in a step-by-step video!

First, wash and moisturize your face, and wait about 10-15 minutes for your skin to dry and return to its most normal state (scrubbing can stimulate blood flow, temporarily skewing your coloring). Then, find an area with a lot of indirect natural light; this will give you the truest color.

Next, hold up each baggie to your jawline and set aside the ones that are obvious “no’s”. Once you’ve narrowed it down to about three “maybes”, it’s time to start matching!

Pour out a pea-sized amount onto a plate and swirl your brush around in it, being sure to coat the brush really well- don’t just leave the foundation sitting on top of the bristles. Buff it into a quarter-sized area on your jawline. Now wipe your brush off on a dry paper towel and repeat with your other “maybe” colors, putting each one next to the other so you can compare. What you’re looking for is the makeup that disappears into your skin without an obvious line where it the makeup ends. Once you’ve found The One (cue the Hallelujah Chorus), mark the baggie so you remember it (!!) , and get thee over to the store and order that bad boy straight away! (Don’t forget to use the coupon that came with your sample kit!)

And now for the fun part: we’re giving away one foundation matching kit to one lucky reader! To enter, visit us on Facebook and follow the Giveaway instructions!

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. Next week’s Makeup Monday post will be about mineral foundation application techniques. You should have your foundation by then so you can follow along; I’ll show you three different types of applying your brand spankin’ new foundation to get the look that’s best for you.

See you next week!

~Rosanna

Makeup Mondays: A New Blog Series With Rosanna

MAKEUP MONDAY from Beeyoutiful.com

Hello, Lovelies! I’m Rosanna, and I’m joining the Beeyoutiful team to support our mineral makeup line. I’ll be writing blog posts on makeup tips and tricks, meeting up with you across BeeyoutifulSkin’s social media (find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!), and hosting great giveaways. So that means I get to play with makeup and chat with you about looking pretty! (I know, it’s a rough job, but somebody’s got to do it!)

MAKEUP MONDAY (1)I may have met some of you at the 2012 and 2013 Weston A. Price Foundation events in California and Georgia; I was honored to get to work the Beeyoutiful vendor booth as we debuted BeeyoutifulSkin. Thank you all for such a warm reception!

My interest in beauty began like it does for many little girls: I watched my mom put on her makeup and “get pretty”, and I counted the days until I could wear makeup like the big girls. My mother was very accommodating of my interests by letting me play around with her makeup, showing me how to apply a touch a blush to my cheeks, a dab of pink gloss to my lips, and eventually let me blink some mascara on my lashes.

Because of Mom’s positive attitude toward beauty, and her guidance as I experimented, I developed a healthy perspective on outer beauty and inner value. Since then, I’ve been passionate about fashion and makeup; throughout my teens I voraciously read books from the library on makeup application tips, practiced on my friends during many a late-night sleepover, and tried out all different looks on myself (90’s goth, anyone?) as I found my own personal expression of beauty.

I started working professionally in the cosmetics industry in 2007 in chilly Minneapolis, Minnesota as a makeup artist for a mineral makeup brand, and then worked at a Nordstrom cosmetics counter. After my husband and I had our first baby (a lil boy, who would proudly tell you that he’s “five-n-a-half now!”), I started branching out on my own as a freelance makeup artist, doing makeup on location for brides, wedding parties, proms, fashion shows, photoshoots, and the like. It’s an amazing experience to be there for important milestones in women’s lives, and to witness their friends and family supporting them.

I’m so excited to be representing BeeyoutifulSkin as a company that values authenticity and truth in its products. I’m most happy about the fact that we are a full-disclosure company, as that is so rare in the cosmetics industry today.

The more we learn about the effects of what we put on our skin, the more important it is that we KNOW what is in our skincare and makeup, and to use that knowledge to make informed choices. Because of BeeyoutifulSkin’s honesty and commitment to the strictest standards of purity, it’s a makeup line that you can feel good about letting your little girls experiment with as they stretch their wings and express their own inner beauty.

Stay Beeyoutiful~

Rosanna

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