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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! 

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