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Makeup Monday: 7 Tips For Wearing Bold Lip Color

#MakeupMonday- 8 Tips For Wearing Bold Lip Color from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

With Fall and Winter right around the corner (I know, it’s still hot here too, but give it a few weeks!) bold, intense lip colors are going to start cropping up everywhere. Bright lips can be a very intimidating look to even attempt, let alone pull off with panache. I used to always keep my lips neutral because I thought they were too big and might look clownish if I wore red lipstick.

Maybe you think your lips are too thin… or uneven…or your teeth aren’t nice enough… or you’ll mess them up right away…or a bunch of other excuses I’ve heard women use for shying away from trying a bright lip color. But you know what? Pretty much anyone can wear intense shades on their lips, if you know how to do it best for you.

#MakeupMonday: 7 Tips For Wearing Bold Lip Color from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

There are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Shade

Choose either a warm or cool shade based on your skin’s undertones. Also, if you have very thin lips, choose a bright, perky shade rather than a very deep one, as dark colors tend to minimize. If your teeth are less-than-white, stay away from orangey shades as they can make the teeth look even less white. (Then brush with baking soda to gradually and gently whiten your teeth!)

2. Prep

Prepare your lips by doing a little bit of exfoliation. I lightly scrub my lips every few days with my toothbrush after I brush my teeth; it takes about 4 seconds longer than usual and keeps the flakey, dry skin away. I also keep lip balm on my lips all the time. This is a comfort thing for me; I don’t like the feeling of dry lips. But it’s a good habit to get into to prevent chapped lips. Right before you apply your bright lip color, use some balm while you do the rest of your makeup, then blot it off. This will ensure your lips have absorbed the pure moisture and are ready to hold the color.

3. Define

Use the Flat Brush to touch up the skin around your lips with a bit more foundation; since you’re drawing attention to your lips, you’ll want to make sure your foundation is flawless right around your lips. Apply Lip Balm to your lips, then dip your Small All-Over Brush into the color of your choice (you can use any blush or eye color to customize your look). Outline the natural line of your lips with the brush, then fill in your line with more color, making sure to get the color all the way toward the inside of your lips.

4. Balance

To keep your look from being too “made up” and garish, use very minimal eye makeup. I like a dash of Champagne Pearl or Sandstone Cream all over my lids, a very light dusting of a neutral in my crease (I love Lavender Shale or Cinnamon Rose) and Matte Black Eyeliner, applied sparingly.

Mascara is a must! You can still contour and highlight your skin, just be sure to use a light touch of blush in a color that has the same undertone as your lip color.

5. Pack

Bring your color (and a mirror!) with you when you go out. You can go all 1940’s movie-star glam and pull out your shiny makeup mirror from your evening bag and touch up right at the dinner table… or you can do what I do and dab on a refresher in the rearview mirror of my car. 😛

6. Retrain Your Brain

If you are trying something different than your usual look, you will probably have a little freak-out moment (I think mine went something like “OHMYGOSH, huge red lips! Take it off!!”) but if you give yourself some time, you can train your brain to recognize the “new” as “normal”.

7. Confidence

You may feel slightly self-conscious when wearing a bold lip for the first time in public, but nothing, and I mean nothing beats self-confidence. Hold your head up high, look people in the eye, and smile… rock what ya got! Chances are, people might not even realize that your makeup is different, but they will notice your boost of confidence. And you definitely don’t need lip color to do that, though it helps sometimes!

Do you incorporate bold lips into your looks on a regular basis? Share any tips we might have missed in the comments or on Facebook!

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Makeup Monday: Bronze Beauty

#MakeupMonday: Bronze Beauty from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

I don’t know about you, but I love a warm, bronzey glow to my skin in the summertime. But I don’t always have the time or desire to sit in the sun to get said summery glow.

Enter bronzer! With bronzer, without even leaving your house you can transform pale skin into warm, sun-kissed skin that looks like you spent the weekend at the beach!

Top it off with golden-bronze eyes and you have a full-face look that is both gorgeous and laid-back… which is pretty much the definition of “summer” in my book.

#MakeupMonday: Bronze Beauty from BeeyoutifulSkin.comYou will need:

First, let’s start with the face. Always cleanse and moisturize before starting your makeup routine; it will create a smooth, clean “blank canvas” upon which your makeup will really shine. Apply your foundation to your clean, dry skin as you usually would.

Now for the fun! Grab your bronzer and swirl your foundation brush in it, being sure to tap off any extra. Start at your forehead and sweep the color underneath your hairline and around to your temples. Then hit the bridge of your nose and your chin. Swirl some color underneath your cheekbones and jawline to create some contouring as well.

Now hit the apples of your cheeks with Warm Rose blush, and the tops of your cheekbones with a dab of Champagne Pearl to highlight them and add some glowy shine.

For the eyes, highlight your brow bone and inner eye corners with Champagne Pearl using the Large All-Over Brush, then take Twinkle Wood on the Small All-Over Brush on your lids from the crease to the lash line. Deepen your crease with Harvest Oak using the Angled Sculptor Brush.

Now, using the Smudger Brush, mirror that same pattern underneath your lower lash line. First use Twinkle Wood to about 3/4 of the way in to your inner corner, then Harvest Oak from your outer corner to about 1/3 of the way to the center. For an extra pop of shimmer, add a dab of Pure Gold right in the center of your lids (where your pupil would be if your eyes were open) and on the inner corners, using the Small All-Over Brush. Use the Eye Liner Brush to finish it all off with a soft line of Deep Brown and a coat of mascara.

Mist your whole face with Laveshmint Hydrating Toner to settle the minerals on your skin, and to give a dewy finish. And bonus: it’s cooling and fresh! I like to carry the bottle around with me for a spritz of cool moisture during the hot summer days.

Use our Kiss Of Coral Lip Shimmer to keep your lip tone warm and natural with this sunny look!

Makeup Monday, Inspired by Nature: Ocean Eyes

#MakeupMonday, Inspired by Nature: Ocean Eyes

Water… sparkly turquoise, deep navy, alluring azure, even shades of blue-gray and greens. These are all cool, summery colors that evoke a feeling of calm and tranquility.

But when it comes to makeup? I don’t know about you, but when I think of blue eyeshadow, I usually think Mimi or chalky 1960’s. Not exactly the most flattering or chic looks out there, no doubt.

But bright blue eyeshadow can actually be done in a very modern, fresh, and non-cartoonish way. The key is to pair it with sophisticated neutrals, allowing the blue to be a “pop” of color set against a background of mellow grays or browns.

I love the way blues play off of browns, so I’m going to base today’s look on bronze and turquoise… like driftwood on a Caribbean sea.#MakeupMonday, Inspired by Nature: Ocean Eyes

You’ll need:

Start off with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin; your makeup will go on smoother and last longer!

We’re going to start off by building our “backdrop” for the lovely blue… grab your Champagne Pearl shadow and the small all-over brush, and stamp that color up underneath your brows. Take Silver Snow Base and dab it into your inner corners, and extend it just a little on your lower lash line, brightening up your inner corners and creating contrast for the colors to come.

Next, using the same brush (wipe it off on a clean towel between colors!), grab up some Chestnut Brown, and stamp it across your lids, from crease to lash line. Deepen your crease with Twinkle Wood eyeshadow applied with the Angled Crease Brush.

Using the small all-over brush, dip just the end (not the flat part- stand it on end) into the Twinkle Wood and follow your lower lash line to about 1/4 of the way in to your inner corner, creating a soft bronzey glow under your eye.

Now that you have your lovely backdrop, let’s add the fun! Grab your (clean!) Small All-Over Brush and dip the tip of it into your Maui Blue and start dabbing it on the outer corner of your crease, working inward. Blend well, adding more blue as you go.  Continue the blue around the corner and under your lower lash line as well, meeting up where you left off with Silver Snow Base.

Set it all off with a line of Deep Brown, either dry and smoky, or wet and dramatic. Pair with a light, clear blush and natural lips. Don’t forget to contour and highlight for a beachy glow!

Now go hit the Maui waves! Or at least grab a cold drink and pretend you can hear the seagulls…

Makeup Monday, Inspired by Nature: Lovely Lilac Eyes

#MakeupMonday: lovely lilac eyes tutorial from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

There’s really no flower that says “spring” quite like the lilac, is there? These pretty pale purple blooms usher in the season change with their abundant blossoms, and can fill a room with their lush fragrance. I get all giddy inside when the first buds appear on the lilac bushes around town because I know that soon the very air will be awash in the essence of Spring.

I’ve always loved wearing purples on my eyes; they particularly complement brown eyes and can look exotic and daring. But lilacs are more on the “sweet” side, and this soft, springy, light eye look is perfect even into the summer. Wear this look with a fancy dress for a summer wedding, or dash it on quickly with your favorite cutoffs; you’ll look cool and pulled-together. #MakeupMonday: lovely lilac eyes tutorial from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

Products needed:

Start off with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. Next, using your Small All-Over Eyeshadow Brush, stamp Champagne Pearl eyeshadow from your brow bone to your lash line. Then grab your Angled Crease Brush and Misty Purple eyeshadow, and lightly add some definition to your crease area, staying a smidgen higher than the actual crease line. Keep the color very light, just enough to deepen your crease and set the stage for the Violet Dewdrop eyeshadow.

Speaking of which, now’s the time to add that Violet Dewdrop! Wipe your Angled Crease Brush on a fresh paper towel to clean it, then lightly apply the lilac color in your crease and slightly below, just underneath and slightly overlapping the Misty Purple.

Now take your Small All-Over Eyeshadow Brush again, and dip it point-down into the Misty Purple. Apply this right underneath your lower lash line, starting at the outer corner and getting fainter as you work your way inward toward your nose. You’ll want to fade it off completely about half-way in. Repeat the same action with Violet Dewdrop, applying it from about one-third from your outer corner, and continuing into your inner corner.

To accentuate and brighten the inner corners, apply a touch of Silver Snow Base to the inner corners of your eyes, pulling some color along the lower lash line, meeting up with the Violet Dewdrop.

Now, line your eyes. I’m using Matte Black because I love the contrast, but you can also choose to go with a softer brown such as Rich Earth or Deep Brown.

Finish the look off with a coat of mascara and a spritz of our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner to keep you cool and fresh like a lilac all day. (Hey, lilac and lavender are both purple, right? It works!)

Makeup Monday, Inspired by Nature: Forsythia Eyes

forsythia eyes nature-inspired makeup tutorial from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

Starting today, I’m going to do a series of eye looks that are inspired by the colors all around us in nature. Rich earth tones, shimmering blues, sunny yellows, glowing greens, and of course all the exploding pinks, oranges, and purples of flowers. Let’s explore how to borrow these hues from the earth and use them to highlight our own natural beauty!

Earlier this year I got to thinking about using “nature colors” to spice up my makeup routine, and my mind immediately went to forsythias. They are one of my all-time favorite flowers: not only are they a pure, bright yellow, they also are almost always the first sign of spring in the desert regions where I grew up. Their sunny petals make a stark contrast with all the soggy brown and gray around them. In my mind, seeing my first forsythia bloom is better than seeing a robin!

forsythia eyes nature-inspired makeup tutorial from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

Now, yellow might seem like a strange color to wear on your eyes, and while it is unexpected, it can be incredibly flattering to all eye colors, and it looks sophisticated and intentional if done right. Since it is a bright color, I’m going to use rich browns to balance it out, which is appropriate since forsythia flowers happen to bloom on brown, leafless branches.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Products you’ll need:

First, cleanse and moisturize your face. I like to work on my eyes first before applying my face makeup (foundation, concealer, blush, etc.), because if any eyeshadow happens to sift down onto my face as I’m working, it’s a lot easier to wipe it off bare skin than to try to preserve my newly-applied foundation.

Start with Champagne Pearl on the Small All-Over Eyeshadow Brush and stamp the shadow up underneath your brows and into the inner corner of your eyes. Wipe off the brush a few times on a soft cloth to get most of the Champagne Pearl off.

For the crease, use Chestnut Brown and our Angled Crease Brush. Working from the outer corner inward, lightly apply Chestnut Brown, keeping the outer corner darker, and getting lighter as you work inward.

Now for the yellow! Again using the Small All-Over Eyeshadow Brush and a stamping motion, apply Pure Gold over your lid, from the crease down to the lash line, and from the inner corner to the outer corner (the part that actually covers your eyeball when your eyes are closed). If you’d like a soft yellow, apply Pure Gold dry. If you’d like a more dramatic, vivid yellow, you can “foil” the shadow by moistening your brush with a little water and applying the shadow damp.

Deepen your crease by using a bit of Rich Earth on your Angled Crease Brush, just in the outer corners. This will really make your yellow pop! Be sure to blend well.

forsythia eyes nature-inspired makeup tutorial from BeeyoutifulSkin.comLastly, use Deep Brown and our Eyeliner Brush to set off the shadows perfectly with a deep brown liner. You can either do a softer dry liner, or a more defined liquid liner by dampening the Eyeliner Brush and applying Deep Brown as a liquid liner. (Give winged eyeliner a try!)

There you have it, ladies: springy forsythia-themed eyes!

I would pair this eye look with your perfect foundation shade and a warm, rich blush like Cherry Bloom on cheeks and lips.

See you next week!

Makeup Monday: Simple Winged Eyeliner Tutorial

#MakeupMonday: Simple Winged Eyeliner Tutorial

Remember those old advertisements for Red Bull energy drink? I always think of their tagline when doing winged eyeliner: “Red Bull gives you wings!” I don’t know about Red Bull’s abilities, but I today I’m going to explain how to get perfect wings on your eyes, every time.

To start, cleanse and moisturize your face, and then apply neutral eyeshadow. I’m using Champagne Pearl from brow bone to lash line.

#MakeupMonday: Simple Winged Eyeliner TutorialNext, get out your Angled Eyeliner Brush and moisten it a little with just a little drop of water. You don’t want much! Now tap out a bit of Matte Black eyeshadow into the lid, and mix it with the droplet of water on your brush. The idea is to create a paste more than colored water; this will give you very opaque, pigmented liner (colored water will just make a gray mess).

I like to start by lining my eye completely first, then adding on the wings afterwards. Start wherever seems natural for you: sometimes I start in the center of my lid and work out, sometimes I start right in the inner corner; I just go with what I’m feeling in the moment. Like Bob Ross: you decide. Happy trees. (Okay maybe not!)

Once you’ve got your upper lid lined, add the wings! Grab up some more liner mixture on your brush and with the long end of the angle pointed outward, set the brush down about half its length past your lash line, and pull *inward*. This is the key to even and sharp wings. Some people have mastered the outward-flick, but I find that if I flick outward, I can end up with one side longer than the other, and I sometimes run out of liner on my brush, ending up with a less-than-crisp looking wing.

If you want cute little flirty wings, stop here! If you want a bolder, more dramatic look, read on:

To create a thicker line and wing, repeat your wing action of setting your brush at the outer corner of your eye, and this time angle it a little flatter, almost making a straight line connecting to your existing line around your eye. Think of making a triangle with the outer point of your wing, the actual corner of your eyelid, and the existing line around your eye. You may need to go back and fill it in, depending on how thick you want your wing. Remember to re-load your brush with more wet liner and you’ll get a solid line every time.

This is a slightly tricky look that takes a bit of finesse, so don’t worry if you end up having to practice a few times to get it just right. I’m such a nerd that I’ve actually practiced at night on a bare face… it’s hilarious seeing my husband’s bemused look when I’m chilling in my PJ’s before bed with this dramatic winged eyeliner. All in the name of fashion, Dear!

Have you attempted wings before or are you new to this technique? Let me know in the comments here on the blog or on Facebook how your attempts turn out!

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!

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