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Pictorial: How to make your lips appear fuller

1) Apply a little lip balm to your lips, then add concealer to the center of your bottom lip. This highlights the lip and attracts light, automatically making them appear fuller.

2) Line just outside the lips, creating the desired shape.

3) Fill in the lips with your choice of lip color. Apply it lightly to the bottom lip where you placed your concealer, you don’t want to cover completely what you were originally trying to highlight.

4) Blend!

Today’s focus was sharp lines/definition. I always try to have a focus when I do my makeup because it makes it easier to practice certain techniques and devote time to certain areas of my face. I used NYC liquid liner for my eyes, Laura Mercier Moisture foundation to contour, and MAC pink treat to line my lips!

Note: This if my ‘Barbie’ lip combo. I’ll put a pictorial up for this soon :)

Sephora Collection Microsmooth baked blush duo in Tangerine Tease - my new favorite blush! It looks great on ALL skin tones and gives the face some fun color, even when paired with a dramatic eye. It’s not too pink or too orange-y, not too shimmery and not too matte. It’s the perfect in between and I love mixing the two colors for the perfect shade. The color can be built up from sheer to be super pigmented. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other shades in this line, xoxo!

Make your own at-home makeup brush cleaner!

As an aspiring makeup artist on a strict budget who’s still slowly building their kit, I can’t afford to continuously buy new makeup brush cleaner. I used to use bareMinerals quick change brush cleaner to clean my brushes in between applications, and their makeup brush shampoo to clean my brushes monthly. They’ve always worked great for me but like all good things they eventually come to an end :(

So I now use items from my home to create makeup brush cleaner in order to save money, and they work just as efficiently as the bareMinerals cleaner I previously used (and loved).  

To clean my makeup brushes weekly/monthly I mix together one cup of warm water, one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. I sometimes make larger amounts and store them in bottles that I got from a drugstore. After cleaning my brushes with the solution I run them under lukewarm water to to complete the process.

To clean my makeup brushes between makeup applications (which is very important, if you used a blending brush to blend our your brown eyeshadow, you should probably clean it before using it to blend out your pink eyeshadow) I mix together water and isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle. I mix equal parts and viola! I spray it on a paper towel and swirl my brush in it for a quick clean. I do not spray it directly on my brushes. 

Hope this helps! Xoxo

Beautips for applying mascara with the results you want!

+ Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the tube, this pushes air in to the tube causing the formula to dry out quicker and become clumpy and it won’t perform well. Instead twist the wand back and forth inside the tube and then pull out (hehe)

+ Wipe off any excess mascara from the wand and from the tip to prevent lashes sticking together due to too much mascara being applied

+ Do your bottom lashes first, wiggling the wand in a back and forth vibrating motion

+ Invest in a mascara shield! These are great especially for applying mascara on other people. They help apply the mascara more effectively without limitations. And by limitations I mean they pesky way you have to position your head, or the carefulness you have to consider because you don’t want to get mascara on your eyelid. You can go all in with a mascara shield

+ To make your lashes appear even longer, apply a gel/pencil waterproof liner that is the same color as your mascara to your upper waterline

+ Use a lash primer like this one from Lancome. It does everything for your lashes that a face primer does for your foundation. If you’re a beauty insider at sephora right now and have at least 100 points, they’re offering a mini version of this lash primer as a gift for a limited time or until supplies lasts :)

+ When curling your lashes with a lash curler, start as close as possible to the base of your lashes (without catching any skin, ouch) and pump the curler for about 10 seconds. Repeat this in the middle of your lashes, and at the ends. Be sure not to pump too hard though (hehe), it’ll create bumps in your lashes that are far from flattering

+ Don’t forget the lashes that are more towards the inner corner of your eyes… They need love too

+ Some great mascara that do the job: DiorShow, Benefit They’re Real, bareMinerals Lash Domination, and L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

My eyes the other day! I used: Urban Decay eye primer original, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Urban Decay Naked 2, bareMinerals golden peach primer for the gold with Half Baked on top. I didn’t feel like wearing lashes, I actually hate falsies because I don’t like anything too heavy on my eyes (they get irritated easily), I used: Lancome Cils Booster XL, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, bareMinerals Lash Domination. 

Xoxo

I paired a berry lip with a silver/gray eye for this look. I didn’t wear lashes because I wanted the focus to be more on the lips than on the eyes. The products I used are as follows :)

Face: MAC Prep + Prime Radiance, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Almond, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set.

Highlight: MAC Prolongwear concealer, set with Ben Nye Banana Powder. MAC Trace Gold. bareMinerals Illuminating Veil. 

Contour: NARS Casino Bronzer.

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original. Coastal Scents shadows. Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (Bootycall, Buck). Lancome Cils Booster XL. Benefit They’re Real. bareMinerals Lash Domination. Smashbox Stay All Day Waterproof. 

Brows: MAC Fluidline Dipdown. MUFE Full Cover Concealer to clean up. bareMinerals brow gel. 

Lips: MUFE Full Cover Conealer to prime. MAC Diva. MAC Flat Out Fabulous. Sephora Collection Everlasting Purple.

I set my makeup with Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray as always! Xoxo

Today’s look! Soft with a pop of blue eyeliner.

The eyeliner I used is Lancôme’s Artliner (I will be doing a review on this next) Shadows are from Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and UD Naked 2 Palette, with bareMinerals Steam in tear duct. Lashes are Red Cherry #43. Brows are a dark brown eyeshadow by Coastal Scents. Face is Hourglass Mineral Veil MAC Prolongwear foundation and concealer, NARS Laguna, MAC Peachtwist, and MAC Mineralized Skin finish. Lips are MAC Nice N Spicy Prolongwear liner and Sephora Nude Lip Stain.

I set my makeup with Urban Decay All Nighter. Xoxo!

This is a completely UNRETOUCHED photo of my makeup from yesterday. No filters or smoothing, this is what my makeup naturally looks like in good lighting (I took this in front of the window in the morning).

Played with some contouring techniques! Excuse my un groomed brows. This looks harsh now because I haven’t added the rest of my face yet (lol). For the contouring I used Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme foundation and NARS Casino to set it.

I have a much rounder face which is hard to notice here because of my contouring (yes contouring actually works) so this is how round face types should contour their face. Their is a common misconception that there is a “universal” contouring method but not everyone has the same face shape, so different lines and shading should be placed in different places. I’m thinking about doing a small chart soon with different face shapes and how contouring should be done with each one, but I’m still learning :)

My favorite makeup artists and gurus from YouTube and Instagram!

Everything I know about makeup I have learned through makeup artists on YouTube and Instagram. I constantly watch videos and keep up with my news feed to see the latest tips, tricks, and looks. Here is a list of people I’ve been following for years and have learned so much from, in no particular order.

1) Gossmakeupartist - I discovered him through YouTube and I check back for new videos every week. He films reviews, tutorials, and shares some of my favorite makeup secrets that I still use to this day. He has recently come out with his own line of makeup brushes that I plan on purchasing myself soon. Follow him for some tricks you never would have thought of!

2) Naohms Instagram and YouTube - I followed her on Instagram for a while first, and then discovered her YouTube. She is the cutest! She makes some of the best tutorials and pictorials that are easy to follow, as well as product reviews and she even shares her own makeup and skincare routines along with her favorite products and does a giveaway every once in a while. Follow her if you’re a beginner who wants to learn some of the basics!

3) Beatfacehoney Instagram and YouTube - I love keeping up with this woman because she’s so driven and passionate about what she does. She went from MAC to working with Nicki Minaj and Brandy and her positivity on her instagram posts is inspiring beyond belief. She keeps me motivated! Not to mention that she is my go to when it comes to learning how to do dramatic looks, her techniques and flawless application is something beginners and professionals can learn from. Follow her if you need that extra push!

These are my top 3 favorites! Here is a list of Instagram makeup artists that I also keep up with who do some of the most beautiful looks! I love imitating other makeup artists looks in order to challenge myself and it’s a great way to get noticed on Instagram.

Jen_ny69, stjima, dressyourface, chrisspy, hellofritzie, jennhunny83, vegas_nay, pipsqueeak, mac_daddyy, erika_nc25, ssssamanthaa, depechegurl, missj15.

Today’s eyes: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. MAC Pressed Pigment in Deeply Dashing (Love these pressed pigments by MAC! I want them all!). Lit Cosmetics lit kit. Lashes are Red Cherry #43.

Brows are Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder cleaned up with MUFE Full Cover concealer.

Beyonce inspired look from her music video “Mine”.

All shadows are coastal scents shadows, except for the tear duct which is Urban Decay Bootycall. Eyeliner is Dior Art Pen and NYC liquid eyeliner. Lashes are Red Cherry. Eyebrows are MAC dip down cleaned up with some concealer.

Hope you guys like! Tell me what other looks you would like to see! Xoxo

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Today’s makeup!

Face: Smashbox Primer Light, Smashbox Liquid Halo, bareMinerals mineral foundation, Sephora Collection Tangerine Tease blush

Contour & highlight: bareMinerals warmth, MAC Prolongwear concealer, MAC Trace Gold

Eyes: Coastal Scents (purple), Urban Decay Naked 1, Smashbox Full Exposure, Diorshow mascara, bareMinerals Lash Domination, Red Cherry #747XS

Brows: bareMinerals brow powder brunette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Dark Brown MUFE Full Cover concealer

Lips: bareMinerals Iced Coffee

Xoxo

My eyes the other day. I used Lancôme’s 24 hour Artliner for the blue.

Review anybody? For the most part I love this eyeliner! They come in ten vibrant, super pigmented colors. The color I’m wearing is called Sapphire. It has a precision foam tip which kind of reminds me of the felt tip eyeliner brushes, which I always find easier to use than a regular brush. It’s more controllable and easier to keep steady which is great for beginners who find creating straight lines difficult.

However, the formula is inconvenient for removal. Yes they are definitely 24 hour wear, I went to sleep and woke up with it still intact (excuse my laziness when it comes to proper skincare), and they are so waterproof they’re almost TOO waterproof! I use Neutrogena makeup wipes to remove my makeup which I love, and I had to rub the shit out of my eyes to get it all off and they usually do a great job at removing waterproof makeup. After washing my face and doing my normal routine when removing makeup I still had some of it left and stuck to my lashes. I had to use oil and wash my face one more time to get it all off. The way the eyeliner dries is very vinyl-like, so you can peel it off your eyes if you wanted to. Which also means - WARNING - do not get this on your natural lashes!!! It clumps to them and makes your lashes stick together and is even more difficult to remove, and painful. Some of my lashes got snatched out. I suggest cleaning the handle of the brush of excess liquid before applying the liner itself!

This is not something that would keep me from purchasing all the beautiful colors however, I can deal! Review the pros and cons I’ve listed and determine whether this might be a product for you! Xoxo

When keeping it real goes... RIGHT!

I just (literally) started following another amazing makeup artist named Lyllie, or nxtlvlartst, on instagram and just by going through her posts for five minutes I’ve learned a great deal from her. One of them being a great and simple technique for contouring your nose, which many people get wrong! I’ll be doing a tutorial on it some time this week and posting it for you guys. But I also watched a few videos she posted on why she doesn’t mention the brands she uses in her different and FLAWLESS looks, as well as why she doesn’t have any sponsors. 

I think I speak for many aspiring makeup artists when I say how frustrating it is to follow such great artists on instagram and see their looks, but feeling like I can’t duplicate them because they never mention what products they use or the secret to their grand finale. Lyllie however has made a good point in why she doesn’t share the products she uses… She doesn’t do commercials, the products she uses may be no-name brand, and she doesn’t like that it limits people. This was my favorite, she mentions that if she is using an expensive high end product and a young girl (such as myself) with a limited budget sees her videos and posts mentioning the high end products that she is using, the girl might feel like they can’t achieve the look because they don’t have nor can afford the specific product. She doesn’t want to shatter dreams. She wants to make sure that anyone can achieve any look with affordable products. She also mentions that she promotes individuality and technique and NOT other people’s products because she is not a walking billboard. I absolutely wanted to bow down to this woman after that. She changed my entire outlook and my frustration has turned in to understanding. I love that she is considering the dreams of other aspiring makeup artists like myself who just can’t afford to use such expensive products all the time. Granted I do own high end products but in the process of building my own kit, I can’t afford to get them in every shade and color. This perspective motivates me to be my own person and work with what I have, nothing better than a challenge!

Lyllie also goes on to explain why she doesn’t have sponsors. Her answer? She just keeps it way too real. She confirms that she does receive offers and free product all the time, but the problem is that she is too honest for their liking. The brands sends her the product, she tries it out, and then sends them an email with her opinion on the pros and cons of the product and asks for permission to post. However, the brands don’t like her cons. Therefore, she doesn’t post. As she said before, she is not a walking billboard. She is here to give honest opinions. Why post all the pros about a product and not the cons, leading people on to buy a product that in reality may not be all that’s it’s cracked up to be? That's lying and I applaud Lyllie for speaking out on it. It made me realize how many makeup artists I am following on instagram right now that are NOT keeping it real! They all post these products that they receive for free from brands, and rant and rave about them and all the pros. But what about the cons? Not every product is perfect and not every product is for everyone. It’s starting to make me question the validity of these makeup artists, as talented as they are it seems like they just want the free product to have in their kits *sad face*. They would post all these products they receive and after seeing their over-the-top positive reviews on them I even thought about purchasing the products myself! Smh. I think we need more makeup artists like Lyllie, who keep it real and consider other’s dreams always!

Follow Lyllie for inspiration, reviews (on products that she purchases with her own money and not products she gets for free), beautiful looks, and tips!