Extended Wing Eyeliner

I haven’t been making many “look of the day” posts because my makeup has been way too consistent lately. You could call it a rut since I’ve been doing the same sorts of things over and over, except that I’m happy with it and “rut” has kind of a negative connotation.

So yesterday after prepping with Meow Cosmetics and Hourglass products, I started with the typical neutral cut-crease that I often do, then I switched it up by flicking the liner out a little further for a bit more drama. That little change made it feel post-worthy.

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Products used:

Meow Cosmetics Indelible Gel Eyeliner in blackout ($14.25).
Essence Stays No Matter What 24 Hour Volume Mascara ($4.95).
MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm ($30) in Natural.
It Cosmetics Luxe Anti-Aging High Performance Eye Shadow Palette w/Dual Brush ($38).

 

Shimmering Nude Eye Tutorial with Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette

I don’t do a lot of tutorials, but I thought I’d try something different and see if you guys like. So first up,  is a simple look that I’ve been really into lately. This is a high shimmer “wet look” lid that looks fresh, but a little sultry.

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I’m using the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection ($36), which I really like. The shimmer finishes are absolutely perfect for this kind of look (which is why I got it), but this tutorial would work with whatever shimmery shadow you like best. The key is to get a base shade that will look bright against your skintone.

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1. Prime those lids!

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2. Apply a bright, shimmer shadow (preferably on with a gold highlight to it) like “Satin Sheets” over the lid.

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3. Softly blend a grey shimmer shade (“Sugar Walls” or “Lap Dance”) into the crease a fluffy brush is best to get the diffused texture you want in the crease.

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Blur out the crease so it’s nice and blended.

4. Take a matte grey (“Garter Belt”) and blend over the shimmer in your crease to build definition.

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Be sure to smudge a little along the outer half of the lower lashline to softly define.

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*Tip* if the crease color ends up getting too far into your lid, add a bit more of your shimmery base color to brighten it back up! No need to start over!

Make sure to also apply some of the shimmer shadow into the inner corner of your eye.

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5. Take a light, matte shadow in a nude or white color (here it’s “In the Buff”) and concentrate it under the browbone.
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Pull it down from the browbone and blend, which will diffuse the shadow from your crease and smooth any harsh lines.

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6. Take a dark shadow like a brown or black (here I used “French Tickler,” a black with gold sparkle) and trace along the lashline, starting at the outer corner, and pulling in. Because of my eye shape, I taper the line down around the middle of my eye, but you can also draw the line the whole way to your inner corner if that’s more flattering for you.

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The reason I use eyeshadow instead of regular liner here is twofold.

First, it’s a lot easier to change, especially if you aren’t comfortable with getting that perfect cat eye shape. If you aren’t happy with your results, just blur it out by running a brush over it (if it’s too thick) or add more and more as needed (if it’s too thin).

Second, the line will be a little more diffused, which makes it extra smoky and sultry.

Important almost final step!

7. If you have some shadow fallout under your eyes, don’t wipe it off! that will just smudge it more. First use a fluffy powder brush to flick away excess,

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then brush the face powder of your choice over the area and blend.

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8. Add mascara (and brow powder/pencil) and you’re done!

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DONE! Now you have softly smoldering eyes worthy of an old Holywood star.

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P.S. I’m wearing Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99) in Ingenue on lips!

Dark rose eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

It’s Naked time again! Today I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52) for a deeper rose look by sweeping the shimmery, dark pink-mauve Buzz all over the lid, then diffusing the edges with Limit, which is essentially the same shade in a matte finish. Strange is on the browbone, Dust is in the inner corners and blended into the lid and I’m wearing Darkside as a liner.

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I’m also wearing Stila MAJOR Major Lash Mascara ($22), which I really like (lots of thickness and no smudging), plus  Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($15) with POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia ($14) layered over.

Stay tuned for more Naked (3) looks!

Holiday Haul Part III: Meow Cosmetics Review

Final hauliday post – Meow Cosmetics.

I’m easing my way into wearing foundation, so I recently started using Bare Minerals again (or Bare Escentuals, whatever they’re called). I used to really like it, but now that I’m using it again… I hate it. It cakes on and it settles in my pores and fine lines, making them look much worse than they are, plus the finish gets kind of waxy and shiny if I apply too much. Primer and finishing powder only does so much to help the problem. I don’t know if the formula has changed or if it’s just my skin, but I really don’t like it anymore. So I’ve been shopping around for a Holy Grail foundation. I tried the Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation in my last post and it was ok, but no HG. I’ve also heard great things about Silk Naturals’ mix-your-own powder foundation, but that seemed like a hassle. Then I found Meow Cosmetics.

Meow’s foundation line is overwhelming, to say the least. They have *86* shades across 14 different undertone groups. The website could really use a re-design and the names are kind of confusing since there’s a cat theme to the line, but stay with me. This is a good product and shade-wise, there should be something for everyone here.  The shades range from almost pure white to very dark, although not all undertones are available in the deepest tones. There are also three formulas- a regular, a sensitive skin regular and a full coverage depending on what skin type you have. I’m cool-toned pale olive with some peach (I think), so I snapped up samples in everything that looked even kind of close. Samples are $1 each, but full sized prices vary. See note below the swatch for full pricing info.

When I got them I was surprised by how light they are. I usually wear the lightest or second lightest foundation in any range (the palest ones are usually too pink for me), but even the next-to-lightest depth of my favorite shade looked almost white in the bag. I guess I’m not as pale as I thought, and they really aren’t kidding that some of these undertones run light. The “breed” that I liked the most was Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Chartreux, which has both peach and yellow undertones. While the depth I chose was slightly too pale, I made it work and WOW, I’m glad I did.

The finish is so smooth. It seems impossible to over apply, it feels great and it diffuses the same imperfections that the Bare Minerals foundation amplified. I tried wearing both foundations, one on each side of my face and the difference is obvious. Look at the comparisons below:

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I think the difference is staggering. Meow is a much better value, to boot! Depending on the formula you choose, the large Meow jars cost $23.45-$28.95 and contains 22-30g net weight of product. The smaller size is $12.75-$16.75 and contains 6-8g. The standard size bare Minerals foundation jar contains 8.5 g of product for $27. So you can get the “small” size of Meow Cosmetics standard coverage foundation and get almost as much product as in a regular Bare jar for less than half the price.

But really, look at how smooth it is when not in an extreme closeup! I was really astonished at some of the pictures I took, the skin looked so airbrushed. LOVE.
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Now I have to decide if buying a full size jar of this magic qualifies as a replacement purchase during my NO BUY period, or if I have to use up my stupid Bare Minerals before I can buy it.

Anyway, I got a few more things as well. I got samples of their tinted shimmer powders, Crystalline Cat in Quartz, Topaz, Opal and Moonstone ($9.95 10g-$13.95 20g). These are too colorful to use as a finishing powder on my skin, but they make really great blushes. Very sheer and diaphanous.

Then there are my Indelible Gel Eyeliners in blackout and black cherry ($14.25). These are really nice, standard gel liners. They’re creamy and opaque, but they’re very small (the same size jar as a standard mineral eyeshadow), so for the price I think I could do better. I don’t regret getting the black cherry, though. It’s a beautiful black color with ruby microglitter. it changes from brownish-black to dark red depending on the light and I really love it.

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And the last part of this order was a full size ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7). Based on the swatch, I thought it would have more of a rosy undertone, but it’s actually a pale, golden orange. It’s very pretty, but not quite as interesting as the Silk Naturals shadows (that are also less expensive). I just wasn’t as excited about Meow’s shadow selection for some reason, even though they do have a lot of pretty colors. I think it’s because they focus more on bold, opaque shades, so their softer shimmery shades are all kind of one-note and all appear to have the same gold highlight. Since I like using pressed shadows for my dark colors and loose shadows for sheer washes, they didn’t really have the complicated, nuanced colors I was looking for in a mineral eyeshadow. It’s more of a personal preference. I have more shadow samples from them on the way, so I’ll update later. Quality is great, though!

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For the full face look, I’m wearing the ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7), Black Cherry  Indelible Gel Eyeliner ($14.25), Crystalline Cat Glow Powder in Quartz ($9.95) as a blush, Meow  Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Sleek Chartreux ($23.45) and Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Inspired ($26)
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And then I placed a second, Cyber Monday order that hasn’t arrived yet. This is the list, to be swatched later:

Full Sized Primp & Preen: Top Cat Finishing Powder ($16.25)
Eyeshadow samples from the Santa Baby collection in Platinum Mine, Duplex and Kisses ($8).
Sample of Untinted Crystalline Cat Glow Powder ($12.95).
Camo-Cats Concealer samples in Green, Yellow, Sleek Chartreux, Inquisitive Chartreux, Yellow Undereye, Lavender Undereye, and Sleek Chartreux Undereye ($10.25-$16.25)

I wish they were here now!

Smoked out liner for simple, sexy cat eyes.

Tonight I wore an intense, black, smoky eye/cat eye hybrid. I applied a soft taupe over the entire eye, then used a line of matte black eyeshadow along the lashline and smudged it up and out for a softer version of my favorite cat eye liner. Even though it’s less harsh, it still has a lot of impact. Super easy, too!

I used NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($9.99), a coat of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara ($23) and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude ($20).

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Minimal Makeup, Maximum Impact

Today was my first day back at school, so I went low maintenance. Only 3 products, people! I don’t have much time to spare before morning classes, so my routine gets stripped down. All I’m wearing here is my  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($18) in a flirtier kitten eye liner shape, a coat of  Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula Black Onyx ($16) and most importantly, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick-Kate Moss Collection No. 9 ($5.19).

This lipstick is really great, I don’t know why I’ve neglected it recently. It’s a bright, poppy fuschia red on the first coat, but as you can see below, it builds to a much deeper pink-red color with extremely cool, blue undertones. It’s simultaneously bright and dark, playful and serious. Love it.

Fuchsia-red Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick-Kate Moss Collection Number 09

This top picture is probably the most accurate to the intense, vampy plum red shade.
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Morbid Monday Morticia Makeup

Today I did a hooded eye, with a gradient of dark brown, charcoal and black from my  120 Color Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition ($16.95-$29.95) in the crease, a shimmery taupe on the rest of the lid and white on the browbone and inner corners. I feel like it has a spooky sunset look to it! Then I lined the upper lashline with a heavy, winged line using NYX Collection Noir Black Liquid Liner ($5.99), plus a short, slightly angled line along the lower lashes. I finished with two coats of Diorshow Mascara ($25)

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I highlighted and contoured with my Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette ($30) and I’m wearing  e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural ($3) on lips.
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Bardot-Meets-Rockabilly-Pinup Hair and Makeup

Today I started with my hair and let the rest fall into place. For the last year I’ve been slowly  trying new things with my hair. My hair is thick, wavy and extremely frizzy, so my few attempts to style have historically been frustrating disasters that end up with me giving up and falling back into a ponytail. I’ve decided that this can’t continue and I’ve been experimenting a lot with mixed results. Branching out is good, though, so I’d rather take a few risks than end up stuck in a ponytail rut forever.

Last night I slept with my hair in pincurls and while not perfect, the results were fun and looked good enough for a first try, but it was still frizzy. I decided why fight nature? I piled my hair into a messy, curly, crazy Brigitte Bardot-inspired updo with a fun red ribbon bow headband. I’m still obviously figuring things out, but I really enjoy learning more about hair.brigitte bardot bow headband messy updo

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So enough about hair, here’s the makeup. I mixed OCC Lip Tars in Electric Grandma and Kava Kava ($18 each)  for a peachy-pink neutral lip, then paired it with an 60’s style cut-crease smoky eye and extra big eyeliner. Brigitte tended to line around her entire eye, but that is often unflattering on my close-set eyes, so I made up my own version by smudging a warm brown eyeshadow along the outer lower eyelid in place of harsh liner. The shadow is all from  TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette ($36). I used several shadows to create a multi-dimensional look, including Sassy, Stubborn, Sultry, Sophisticated and Sexy. You probably noticed that the cut crease is a little smudgy and imperfect, but that’s more authentic to how makeup used to apply back in the day.

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The liner is  NYX Collection Noir Black Liquid Liner ($5.99) and I added a coat of Diorshow Mascara ($25). I’m also wearing the pink blush from Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30). I think the whole thing has kind of a rockabilly feel when all is said and done. I’m into it.

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Tropical Citrus Pinup

Sometimes I chose the look and sometimes the look chooses itself. Tonight I was going for something really simple using my Nyx Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in Lagoon ($5.49), and the color was so playful that I had no choice but to make the rest of my face just as cheerful.

I paired the liner with some warm citrus and bronze shades from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Cool Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($19.95) and finished with a coat of L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

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In addition, I’m wearing all three shades of my Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30) on cheeks and Electric Grandma OCC Lip Tar mixed with Authentic Lip Tar ($18 separately, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) on lips. Oh, and we can’t forget my crazy red, gold and black Stanley Cup nails.

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Oh, and how awesome is that necklace??? Rockin’ that Miss Cleo swag.

Warm Neutral Eyes with Poppy Purple-Pink Lips

Tonight I wore a soft, neutral eye with a golden shade and a dark taupe from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Tropical Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50 – $19.95 depending on promotion) and did a thin cat eye with my new Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($18). I really like this liner so far, the tip is a weird hybrid of the typical felt nib and a brush tip. I can’t quite figure out what it’s made of, but I normally hate the inflexibility of a felt tip and this is much more precise. The tip is really fine and it lets me get perfect, tiny points on my liner. Pretty great.

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For lips, I mixed my new OCC Black Dahlia Lip Tar ($22.50 in a set with a matching nail polish) with my hot pink Pretty Boy lip tar ($18 alone, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) to make a bright berry color. The Black Dahlia was still super thin and prone to feathering even when mixed, so I quickly realized I needed to use lip liner, but I still think the resulting color was worth it.

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