The Ardell lashes I like to use for natural looks are the wispies and demi wispies:
The wispies are longer towards the center and will make your eyes appear larger and more doll-like.
With demi wispies, they are longer towards the outer edges. This will help your eyes appear more elongated and give more of an almond shaped eye.
Both the wispies and demi wispies have an invisible band which help to make them appear even more natural.
Some other Ardell lashes that are natural are:
You can also try Ardell’s Lash Accents which are smaller pieces you can apply to the outer edges of your lashes to make them appear longer, but it’s a much more natural look because it isn’t a full strip.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions :]
I think EcoTools brushes are good. I haven’t used all of them, but the ones I do have I’m definitely satisfied with.
As far as eye shadow brushes, you can check out a post I did that talks about some core eye shadow brushes I recommend you have in your collection. I give some different brush options ranging from high end to drugstore.
You can see the post here.
Hope this helps!
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^^ Hey anon with straight lash problems, here’s some great tips ^^
You’re doing the right thing by curling your lashes then applying mascara. I don’t ever recommend curling your lashes after you’ve applied mascara.
What you can try is putting the mascara on the tops of your lashes as well. By doing this and sort of twisting/rotating the brush as you do it will help to further curl your lashes.
I hope this helps!!
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A lot of people go by the rule of focusing on one feature of your face, so if you do a bold eye you should do a subdued lip and cheek, likewise if you do a bold lip, do a subdued eye and cheek.
A silver smokey eye is a pretty bold eye look. A red lip is definitely a more dramatic lip. So by the rule I outlined above you should pick one or the other.
HOWEVER, I think you should do what you like. I don’t think there is anything wrong with weaing a bold lip and eye together, especially if you’re going to an event at night. Just go with what makes you feel most beautiful :]
Here’s a look where Emma Stone has a silver smokey eye and red lips and I think she looks gorgeous!
Image source: http://www.shanicexoxo.info/2011/10/emma-stone-style-watch-help-premiere.html
First, here are some great blue eye shadows worth checking out:
- NYX Atlantic
- MUFE #159
- Sugarpill Afterparty
- Revlon Venetian Blue
- MAC Blue Calm
Here are all of the images that I’ve tagged as “blue” on my blog: http://makeupchronicles.tumblr.com/tagged/blue
This is a look I did a few weeks ago that has teal, gold, and brown blended together.
I got a lot of compliments on my eye makeup this particular day. I definitely think you could swap out the teal for a truer blue. And the brown and gold will really help to warm up your eye.
You have to be careful when using blue around your eyes, it can make you look like you have a black eye very quickly if you aren’t careful and make sure to use colors to help warm up the look when blending out the edges.
Here is a tutorial for a GORGEOUS blue look by Pixiwoo:
Hope this all helps! :]
Ohhh, that sounds gorgeous!
This is really pretty:
More pinky nudes will look better with silver in my opinion. Some drugstore lipsticks you can try are:
Revlon Pink Pout
Revlon Soft Nude
NYX Strawberry Milk
NYX Summer Love
Wet ‘n Wild Pink Champagne
L’Oreal Caring Coral
First, if you face shape is oval…you can pretty much get away with any shape you’d like. If you’re fuller through your cheeks, you face shape may be more round or even heart shaped or diamond shaped.
For hair, you could possibly try something like this if you want to wear it down:
I still like the idea of braids or twists. I think they are really fresh for this season.
Since you undertones are cool, you can swap out the gold in the look I suggested for silver. Navy will look really pretty with silver as well. For you cheeks, I’d go with something pink. Peach or coral would be better suited for warmer skin tones.
Hope this works a little better. Lemme know what you think!
I love navy on fair skin. Good choice :]
For hair…It’s really going to depend on your face shape, I really like low styles. I think they’re more classic. You can add a youthful twist to it by adding braids to the front. This will also help keep your hair out of your face while you dance the night away :] Maybe something like this:
What do you think?
For the makeup, I thought I would describe two different looks, one that plays up the eyes, and another that’s all about the lips, and from there, you can tell me which one your prefer and if you’d like, I can show you the look on myself so you can see exactly what I meant.
Look 1: Gold smokey eye with a nude lip
I think this would be a fun look for prom and if you have warm undertones would look really great on you. It’s a great look to really play up your eyes.
For the eyes: Apply a nice warm gold to your entire lid. Then take a navy and smoke out your outer corner. Using that same navy shadow, smoke out the lower lash line as well. Then apply a lighter gold to the inner corner of your eye to really make your eyes pop. Next take a navy blue pencil and line your water line. Blue next to your brown eyes is really going to make them light up. Then add some black liner to our upper lash line. Add a little flick at the end to play up the almond shape of your eyes. Finally add mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Add some falsies as well if you’d like the extra drama :]
For the cheeks: I’d go with a nice coral color. Maybe something like e.l.f.’s Candid Coral or NARS Orgasm. Make sure to keep the blush light so that you don’t have too much color on your face and competing with your eye makeup.
For the lips: I’d go with a nude lip. If you have a natural color to your lip you can neutralize the lip color by applying foundation over your lips.
Look 2: Winged liner with a red lip
I love a winged liner with a red lip. It’s super classic, think pin-up looks. I love red lipstick with navy. This look is all about the lips.
For the eyes: You can add a little bit of color to your lid and through the crease, but it’s really all about the liner. You’ll want to create a nice winged liner.
For the cheeks: Try something peachy or light pink. This will give a nice natural flush for fairer skin.
For the lips: Go with a nice bold red lip. When applying your lipstick, you’ll want to make sure you use a lip liner so that your lipstick will last as long as possible. Also apply the lipstick with a lip brush. This will help push the product into your lips. Blot after you apply your lipstick to get rid of any excess product. You can also outline your lips with concealer. This will help make your lip line look super crisp and keep the red lipstick from bleeding.
I hope that helps! If you like either of those looks and would like me to show you on myself I’d be more than happy to. Just let me know. Have a great prom!! :]
Today’s lipsticks come in a variety of different textures and finishes. You might be wondering what finishes will give you the certain type of look that you’re going for.
Beautylish has a great article that talks about the different types of lipstick finishes and I thought I’d share.
So recently I purchased Revlon ColorStay Foundation and was hooked. This was my first drug store foundation and I was really, really please with it. It’s a great foundation, you can see my review of it here.
Since Revlon had me impressed with the first foundation I tried, I figured I would give another of their foundations a go.
So here’s what I got:
Foundatoin: Revlon PhotoReady™
Here’s what this foundation claims to do straight from Revlon’s website:
“Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup - for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.”
NOTE: Don’t get this foundation mixed up with the Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush™ Mousse foundation. The one I’m reviewing a liquid and not a mousse.
Flawless finish? I’d say so.
I am in love with the formula of this foundation. It’s lighter than ColorStay, and even though that foundation seemed pretty light on my face, this feels like I have absolutely nothing on my face. It evens out my skin very nicely. The thing I really like about this foundation is that since it’s not as heavy as ColorStay you can achieve a lighter coverage, but it is still very buildable.
Is it sad that I LOVE that this foundation has a pump? I basically squealed in the store when I saw it. I think it just helps so much when getting out the right amount to apply. You aren’t going to get more foundation than you need, and when foundations don’t have pumps, the top of the bottle gets all caked up with dried up foundation.
Has staying power, but won’t keep you completely matte all day.
Just like any other foundation, you’re going to get the most out of it when you apply a primer and set it with a setting powder. I definitely can go 8 to 5 without having to retouch my makeup. It’s definitely not as good keeping you matte as ColorStay is, but this foundation probably isn’t the best one for oily skin types, because its finish is more luminous, and that might make you look a tad greasy if you have oily skin.
This has become my new go to foundation for the moment. I’ve very, very happy with it. It gives great coverage, and I like the finish better than ColorStay. It makes your skin look more like skin and less like you have on makeup.
I love that it’s got a pump and you can get just the right amount of foundation. Has a really nice color range for foundation. The only thing ColorStay has over it, is that is has different formulas dependent on your skin tone which I like is so great. If this foundation had that, it would be untouchable as far as drugstore foundations go.
- Nice shade range
- Foundation gives coverage, yet still provides a luminous finish so that your skin still looks like skin.
- Has a pump!!! :]
- Nice staying power
- Probably not the right formula if you have oily skin
- Doesn’t have multiple formulas for different skin types like ColorStay
Rating: 4.5 / 5
I’m in love with this foundation and I think it’s definitely one to check out and see how it works for you.
I went back through my posts and realized I haven’t given much love to blushes and I need to correct that :]
So, with that being said, I thought I’d share with you guys the blushes I love and that work best for my complexion.
To give you an idea of my skin tone, I’m NC45 at MAC:
Now onto the blushes!
1. NARS Blush in Torrid
This is by far my favorite blush at the moment. I love coral blush on my skin tone. This blush also has a subtle gold shimmer to it, so it does double duty as a blush and highlight when applied to the tops of my cheek bones. I love NARS blushes because they give such a great finish. They go on so smooth and and aren’t chalky at all. It’s not a super pigmented blush, but I think that’s why I like it more. I can build it up to give myself more of a flushed look if that’s what I’m going for or I can just have a nice subtle wash of color.
2. Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Spice Wine
This blush is a nice brownish pink that also has some golden flecks in it. I feel like this color works great for me and gives me a look of a natural flush. This was the first blush I ever bought and I’m still coming back to this color.
3. bareMinerals Blush in Giddy Pink
I was scared of this blush when I first saw it. I thought it was going to be too bright for me and make me look like a bit of a clown, but I was definitely mistaken. This color is fabulous. It’s a bright pink, but it’s a warm pink so it works well with my skin’s undertones.
4. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine
If you haven’t tried the Dream Bouncy Blushes yet from Maybelline, I think they are definitely worth a go. They’re an interested formula. When you touch them they have a creamy, spongy feel to them…and they really do kind of bounce back. This color looks like it’d be pretty dark, but the great thing about the blush is that it’s so buildable. I can get a very light application or build up to something more intense. Also, since it’s more creamy, it lasts so much longer and gives my skin more of a glow and never looks dry or chalky like some other powder blushes can.
5. bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Warmth
I guess this is more like a bronzer in that you can apply it all over your face, but I just love this product. I really works for so many different skin tones and it gives your face this super healthy, sun kissed glow.