Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part IV

Gilded gold and forest green is always a good pairing, but it’s also completely festive! The rich evergreen in the pine trees… totally something key to winter/holidays.

Emerald green and gold is a bolder, brighter take on the green and gold pairing for the winter and holiday seasons. This is probably one of my all-time favorite looks that I’ve done!

Classic smoky eyes are never a bad way to go when you have a party or special occasion to attend!  You can always add your own twist by making it bluer, grayer, smokier… whatever!  I like to pair it with a golden-glossed nude lip.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part III

Smoky golden browns can also be the focal point of your holiday look, rather than the lips. Black eyeliner paired with a pop of gilded gold liner really brought this look together for me.

Less can definitely be more when you want to wear your favorite bright holiday red lipstick/gloss! One of my favorite ways to wear bold lips is by simply wearing a little colored liner (gold is always a go-to for me) on the lower lash line, lots of mascara, and that’s about it!

Ultra black smoky eye with an icy twist is a great way to go wintry without being subtle. The usage of both Vex and Pink Opal pigment really give it that ice princess feel and make it not just straight black.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part II

Subtle, cool-edged neutrals are another way to define eyes and still wear a bolder lip color. The black eyeliner on both the top and upper lash lines (but note you can always modify this!) really give eyes more definition and make them *pop* without being too much. I’d pair this with a bronzy plum, bright blue-based red, or a deep berry for the holidays.

Taupe-y browns also work well when you want a bolder, more holiday-esque lip (which always have a tendency to be bold, bright, or deep). I never thought such a smoky brown eye would really work with a darker lip, but this worked fabulously (IMO, obviously!) with an ultra rich, magenta-pink lip.

Soft gold with amber work together to create a muted sunset-ish kind of look that’s got the holidays written all over it without it being in bright lights. I’d pair this with either a deep bronzy red or a bronzy nude.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part I

Bright gold, soft coppers complement coppery, bronzy red lips well for the holiday season. This kind of look lets you have plenty of color on the lid while still wearing a bolder lip color.

Bronzy golds, subtle green is festive, holiday appropriate, and yet not the typical gold/neutral/smoky eye either. It can work with a light or medium lip color, depending on what kind of look you want to go for.

Soft, warmed-up neutrals are not only appropriate during the summertime, but they’re the perfect way to dress-up eyes and wear a bold, bright red lip color. They’re soft, natural, and don’t take any attention away from the beautiful red lip that would make this a great holiday look.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Build a Quad: “Sunset Style”

There’s one look that I do often, even if the shades themselves are interchangeable, and it’s what I’d call a “sunset eye.” Like it sounds, it includes the colors you might see in a sunset: bright yellows, fiery oranges, coppers, and reds.

This quad includes: MAC Goldmine eyeshadow (bright, true yellow gold), MAC Coppering eyeshadow (a coppery-red bronze), MAC Passionate eyeshadow (matte deep fuchsia-pink), and MAC Rule eyeshadow (a matte lightly burnt orange). If you wanted a more autumnal quad, you could easily swap out Passionate for MAC Antiqued eyeshadow, as well.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Goldmine all over the lid, Rule on the outer lid, Coppering in the crease
  • Goldmine on the inner third of the lid, Rule on the middle of the lid, Passionate on the outer lid, Coppering in the crease
  • Rule on the inner half of the lid, Passionate on the outer lid, Coppering in the crease
  • Goldmine all over the lid, Passionate on the outer lid, Coppering in the crease

A few looks I’ve done that can be replicated with these shades…

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Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Embrace the warmth of summer, lay down in a grassy SPOT of GREEN, and feel summer wrap its arms around you.

A lovely light grassy green melted all over the inner lid to add a bit of pop, vavoom–muted by a pale peach and brighter, yet still soft, orange on the eyelid. Add dimension to the look by lightly brushing in a dark, faded brown into the crease. Finish by dusting an impossibly light beige on the brow bone and inner tear duct to highlight. Line lower lash line and upper water line with a smoky brown to define eyes, and add a few coats of black or black-brown mascara to pull it all together. Pair with a flurry of peachy lips with a shimmery, bronzy highlight and coral lips to match.

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