Creating the Perfect Plum Pink Smokey Eye

Quote: “Yesterday’s eyeliner can be today’s Smokey eye if you believe in yourself”

Question: How to create a Smokey eye that isn’t too dramatic?

Fact: A perfect Smokey eye can create a youthful, alluring and sexy look for your eyes.

From cut crease to natural shadows, the smokey eye look is the most alluring masterpiece. Not only is it super easy to create and perfect, this look can be changed and contrasted with tons of color schemes and makeup genres. If you’re going for more of a dramatic runway look just add darker browns or blacks in the outer creases of your eyelids. Whether you’re planning on attending a family event or going out with friends, the Smokey eye can range from natural to glam in the snap of a finger.

Step 1: (Optional) Apply a cream or liquid primer over your eyelids to create a strong and smooth base for your eye shadow.  – Urban Decay Eye Fix 20$

Step 2: Using a more compact eye shadow brush, apply a tan base to upper eyelid and sweep the powder close to the outer crease for more of a dramatic look. Make sure to tap excess eye shadow before apply to prevent non-blended shadows. – Anastasia Modern Renaissance 40$

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Step 3: With a fluffier brush, on the eyelid platform, choose a darker pink or plum color to create a contrast for your smokey eye. (“Love Letter” or “Red Ochre” in Modern Renaissance palette)

 

Step 4: Sweep a brown or black shadow in the eye shadow crease towards the outer part of your eye with a fluffy brush. Ladies, don’t forget to blend, blend, blend! This simple step can make your Smokey eye go from a ten to one. (“Cyprus Umber” in Modern Renaissance)

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Step 5: Then with a very compact brush add a sparkly shadows to the center of your eyelid. Make sure not to apply to much, we want to be able to see your contrast and blend job with the other shadows. (“Vermeer” or “Primavera” in Modern Renaissance)

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Step 6: Apply a tan shadow on the lower eyelid to connect your shadow from the outer crease. You can also add black eyeliner to your water line if needed.

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Step 7: (Optional) Apply mascara and falsies for a finished touch. – Ardell Lashes 5$

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The smokey eye look has become a popular sported makeup look for many celebrities, and even though they pay someone to create their makeup looks, by simply following these instructions the blending and smudging needed for this look will become natural over time.

 

Braids for Days

Quote: “A girl without braids is like a city without bridges.” -Roman Payne

Question: Are braids for every hair type?

Fact: Braiding hair has been around for thousands of years, and has been a big part of many cultures worldwide. 

 

Gone are the days of simple, straight braids. Just adding a braid or two to your look can change it in a variety of ways! They can be so versatile. Fishtail braid your hair and pair it with a leather jacket and voila, the perfect edgy look. Add the same braid to a white flowy dress and you have a cute, summery, boho look. You can dress up an outfit with a swept-up braided ‘do, or throw it up in a braided bun for a quick and cute on-the-go fix. 

The possibilities are endless and experimenting is what can make braiding so fun. Get together with friends sometime and have a “braid party” taking turns doing each other’s hair and trying new braids out! Braiding has been a communal activity for thousands of years, and can be the center of fun times (and great hair!)

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Save Time, Sleep In, Slay your Makeup

Quote- “Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude, and heart” - Kayla Itsines

Question- How long does it take you to do your makeup?

Fact- 69% of U.S. high school students get fewer than 8 hours of sleep on school nights, and 40% get 6 or fewer hours. - CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Cliff Hanger- The Quickest Makeup Routine You’ll Ever Read!

There comes a point in your high school career where you are willing to sacrifice your appearance for that extra 5 minutes of sleep, but it doesn't take as long to look cute as you may think it does. Follow this quick, 10 minute or less, makeup tutorial and you’ll get your extra sleep and look cute doing it!

Step 1: Focus on your problem area. For example, if your skin isn't looking it’s best that morning, spend the majority of your time on your base. Swiping a little powder all over will even out your complexion and erase redness.

Step 2: Brows, brows, brows! Your eyebrows are the framing feature of your face! They draw attention to your eyes so make sure those caterpillars are tame! A little brow pomade and brow gel will take you far!

Step 3: Use your bronzer as eyeshadow! Adding bronzer to your eyes is a quick way to add some depth and dimension.  Just swipe the bronzer all over, focusing it in the crease. It’s natural yet with a little mascara, it adds something extra.

Step 4: Make that highlight POP! Highlighting is perfect for school days because it will make you look hydrated and awake even though you're probably not. Swipe some product over the cheekbones, nose, and brow-bone!

Step 5: Spritz your face with a little setting spray to make sure your makeup is still flawless at the end of the day!

Incorporate this tutorial into your routine and watch how much time you’ll save!

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A Girl’s Guide to Contouring

Quote: “I Came I Saw, I Contoured”

Question: How can you determine what color contour fits your skin tone?

Fact: Contouring is when you use a matte powder, cream, or pencil product that's two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you'd like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.

 

If you’ve never tried contouring before, trust me it’s not as hard as people make it look. You don’t have to cover your entire face with dark and shiny shades. The hardest step to contouring is trying out different shades that fit your skin color. If you skip this step you may end up applying a color that will ruin your whole look. So let’s get this show on the road.

Don’t Wild Out On Bronzer

Like I stated above, it may take a while for you to find your perfect bronzer, but when applying a little goes a long way. That’s a major key when contouring, you want to define your cheekbones, nose and jaw line not cover your entire face with something that’s 3 shades darker than your actual foundation.

Choose the Product That Fits Your Skin

Figuring out whether you have oily or dry skin can really determine if you should use liquid or powder bronzer and highlighter. If you want more defined areas I suggest you use a liquid bronzer because it’s easier to blend in with drier skin. If you have oily skin, I suggest powder so you won’t have to worry too much on the blending and smudging.

Proper Tools + Proper Makeup = Flawless Contour

Blend, blend, blend and blend!! Without blending brushes no one’s makeup would look anything but chaotic. Now I’m not saying to spend 100 dollars on one blending brush but make sure you get one that suits your products and protect it with your life. With liquid foundation I suggest using a blending sponge and with powder a compact, angled brush.

 

Ready, Set, Contour (Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit)

1.    After applying your foundation, the first step is to apply the cream contour under your eyes, upper and lower cheek bones, center of the nose, center of forehead and chin.

2.    You’re then going to apply your bronzer on the top area of your forehead, center of cheek bones and the outer parts of your nose.

3.    You would do this with either powder or liquid contour. After you’re done applying, you will blend with your preferred brush.

4.    After the blending job, you will apply a highlighter with a fan or angled brush to the areas you applied your cream contour.

Just like I said before, contouring isn’t about how much or how you apply it. It’s all about the colors you choose and how much. Contouring is one of the easiest ways to get that celebrity glam look.

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Taking Care of Your Skin This Summer

Quote: “Glowing skin is always in”

Question: How can I take care of my skin this summer?

Fact: Daily sun protection helps to stop the oxidation that causes blackheads to look black.

      Summer is the perfect time to focus on your skin and give it a break from all the makeup. You can focus on getting a natural tan by skipping the bronzer. Your pores can get a breath of fresh air and you can focus on enhancing your skin without the foundation. 

For example, wear makeup just the weekends or special occasions. During the week day, let your face breathe pamper by using face masks, creams, and oils. These are a few products you can use to keep your skin feeling fresh.

Face Wash

    Try Aveeno’s Positively radiant skin brightening daily scrub. This face wash leaves your skin feeling hydrated, fresh, and clean. It includes exfoliating granules which remove impurities from the skin. It also leaves the skin feeling softer and brighter, perfect for the warm weather.

Moisturizer

   A favorite is the Cetaphil daily moisturizer. It's made for all skin types and includes sunscreen. This moisturizer is lightweight, which does not leave your skin feeling oily. Instead it leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. 

Oil

   The Body Shop’s tea tree oil is perfect for getting rid of those stubborn blemishes. It helps to even skin tone and hydrate as well.

Masks

    Freeman’s avocado and oatmeal clay mask is great for nourishing your skin. It really gets in your pores to remove unwanted dirt. After using this mask, your skin is left feeling radiant.

Other

   ZO skin health’s exfoliating polish is excellent when you want to go an extra step to keep your skin feeling fresh. This polish gets rid of dead skin while adding a refreshing feeling for your skin.

   For those stubborn blemishes, try Mary Kay’s clearproof acne treatment gel. Apply a pea size amount to the blemish and the gel works to remove and decrease it.  

    Aveeno also has a night cream which benefits your skin in many ways. It helps with tone, dullness, dark spots, texture, and blotchiness. This cream overall leaves your skin feeling ready for the day.