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Makeup Monday: Rich Brown Shadow For Any Color Eyes

#MakeupMonday: rich brown eyes from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

Now that Autumn is nearly upon us, my makeup choices are taking on a richer, warmer tone. And what is richer and warmer than brown? It makes me think of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, and the smell of the earth after the rain.

We carry a wide assortment of brown shades, from cinnamon to milk chocolate, to deep, rich coffee, and in matte and shimmery finishes. Brown shadows complement all eye colors! So choose your favorite deep shade for this look; it doesn’t matter which one, but you’ll probably want to pick a fairly deep shadow as your main color.

This eye look is super simple; you really only need three (four if you want to get fancy) basic colors, but it turns out as rich as a steaming cup of dark coffee. Let’s get brewing… err… started! #MakeupMonday: rich brown eyes from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

You will need:

Using the All-Over Brush, apply Matte Cream on your brow bone, just under your brows and down to your crease. Wipe off the brush on a clean towel and then moisten it with a little bit of water. You don’t want it too wet; just enough to dampen it.

Tap some brown out into the lid, and dip your damp brush  into your brown. Make sure to coat your brush evenly with the color! Now, stamp your brush on your whole lid, from the crease to the lash line. You can layer the color on for a deeper look if you like. Give it a minute to dry (keep your eye closed!).

Now, grab your Pointed Sculptor brush and dip it on your mid-range brown. Swirl it in your crease, blending the edge of the deep brown into a soft, smoky blur.

Don’t forget your lower lid! Using the Smudger Brush, extend your deep brown under your eye along your lower lash line, being sure to blend very well. Once you’ve got it all blended nicely, line your eyes with Matte Black Liner and add a coat of your favorite mascara.

This look goes best with a warm-toned blush (I’m wearing Warm Rose) and a fairly neutral lip color.all brown eye shadows from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

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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, The Necessary Neutrals: Shimmery Silver

#MakeupMonday, the Necessary Neutrals- Shimmery Silver

Silver can be a bit tricky to wear, because if you just slap on one bright shade and call it good, you can end up looking like you’re wearing fishing lures on your eyes. Not exactly the look most of us are going for, I’d imagine!

The key to wearing silver shadow well is to layer a brighter silver with a deeper, more muted pewter to give contour and nuance to your look. It’s not as complicated as you might think!

Follow along with my tutorial and you’ll get a subtly shimmery silver look that can be tailored for daytime or evening.#MakeupMonday, the Necessary Neutrals- Shimmery Silver

You will need:

Let’s get started!

Grab your Small All-Over Brush and Matte White Base; stamp the shadow up underneath your brows and just down to your crease area to highlight your brow bone. I prefer using our Matte White Base over the more shimmery white shadows we carry because I think the matte (non-shimmery) finish balances out the glitzy silver we’re about to use.

Now, after wiping your Small All-Over Brush on a clean, dry cloth, dip it into Deep Silver and stamp it all over your lid, from the crease to the lashes.

Next, define your crease and add depth by swirling Slate Blue into your crease with the Pointed Sculptor Brush, starting at your outer corner and working inward, getting lighter as you go. Mirror this progression on your lower lid by using the Smudger Brush with Matte White on the inner corner, Deep Silver in the center, and Slate Blue on the outer corner of your lower lash line.

Finish the look off with Matte Black Eyeliner (dry for a smoky look, liquid for a sharp, dramatic look) and a few coats of your favorite mascara.

To balance the cool tones of this silver eye look, choose a warm-toned blush such as Cherry Bloom or Warm Rose. Keep your lips neutral for the most sophisticated vibe.

Have you tried silver eyeshadow? Did you love the look you created or did you find it hard to get it just right? Share your experience in the comments!

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Makeup Monday, The Necessary Neutrals: Cool Mattes

#MakeupMonday- Necessary Neutrals (Cool Mattes) from BeeyoutifulSkin.com

It’s super fun to jazz up your makeup routine with splashy colors and dramatic looks, but let’s be honest, on a daily basis most of us reach for the neutral look that we know works. It matches everything, is basic without being boring, and is a comfortable no-brainer when you just want to look “done”, but not glammed up.

What I love about matte shadows is that they can be dressed up with minimal effort when the occasion calls for it, but they never look overdone.

#MakeupMonday, Necessary Neutrals: Cool MattesNeutral eye shadows are basically like your best pair of jeans: you can cuff them and wear them with flip-flops and a basic white tee for taking the kids to the park, or you can pair them with a swanky top and heels for a night out on the town.

The right combo of neutral eye shadows kinda do the same thing for your eyes! You can dash them on lightly in 5 minutes and you’re instantly pulled together for anything your day throws at you, or you can build the richness and depth of the velvety color for a more glamorous and sophisticated special event look. Either way, neutral eye shadows are a staple in any woman’s makeup bag!

Last week we put together a warm-toned neutral look, and today we’re focusing on a cool color combination. Here’s what you’ll need:

Start with Matte White Base and apply it with your Small All-Over Brush from your brow bone to your lash line. Take care that you apply it very lightly, otherwise you’ll end up with chalky white lids, which is not exactly the look we’re going for here. Think light and bright.

Then use your Angled Crease Brush and dip up a bit of Lavender Shale, applying it lightly to your crease area. You can build drama and intensity at this point if you like, or you can leave it light; just enough to define your crease. Be sure to blend this really well; you want to make it look like a fluffy storm cloud, rather than a block of color.

Now you can take the Smudger brush to your lower lid and echo what you just did on top: first grab some Matte White and bring it down from the inner corner along your inner lower lash line, right about half way around your eye. This will brighten and visually enlarge your eye. Then do the same on your outer corner with Lavender Shale, smudging a soft, blurry line under your lower lid to about one-third to one-half way around your eye. I love defining my eyes this way as it’s softer than a bold, dark line, and tends to look fresher and brighter for daytime. It also distracts from undereye bags! Win-win!

Now line your upper lash line with Matte Black on the Eyeliner Brush. Experiment with a dry line or a liquid line to strike your perfect balance of casual or drama. Finish your eyes off with a coat of your favorite mascara and you’re set!

Our Pinky Pink Blush coordinates perfectly with these cool neutral colors; apply it to the apples of your cheeks with our silky soft Chubby Blender Brush.

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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: 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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