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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: 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!