Hot Pink Matte Lipstick

Today I went for a light, fun look primarily using NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa ($5.99), a super bright fuchsia color, on my lips.

I left everything else super simple, all I’m wearing on my eyes is Tequila, and Downtown from the Kat Von D True Romance Palette in Ludwig ($34) plus Orbi from the same palette patted into the lashline as an eyeliner.  I’m also wearing my standard  Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20) and  NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic ($6.99) on apples of cheeks.

Kat Von D champagne shimmer eye.

One thing that’s cool about the Matte Lip Cream is that it can go from matte to creamy looking just by adding lip balm.  The cream is extremely long wearing and the balm actually extends the life of the lipcolor.  The closeups below show the difference in finish with the balm or with the product alone on lips.  I really like it in either finish. More on the lip cream here.

I really love this color, super fun!

Elizabeth Taylor Makeup Inspired by Liz and Dick

Tonight I sat around and drank some boxed wine while watching Lindsay Lohan’s Liz Taylor impersonation on Lifetime.  Yes, I am a classy broad.  My main takeaway from the movie was that I really wanted to wear the entire wardrobe as well as a less smudgy version of the makeup.  I may not have the clothes, but the makeup is clearly within my reach.  So here’s what happened at my house after this 1 AM revelation:

To accomplish this, I applied MAC Eyeshadow in Bitter ($15) over the whole lid, Starlet Intense Eyeliner in Chocolate ($11) just above the crease and NYX Single Eyeshadow in Wild Fire ($5) over the brown eyeliner in the crease and across the lower eyelid.  I lined the entire eye in an exaggerated cat eye with NYX Super Fat Eye Marker ($9.99).

I thickened up my brows with the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Dark ($6.49) and added a coat of Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20).

For the lips, I layered NYX Round Lipstick in Miracle ($4) over Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline ($19) and on cheeks I’m wearing the bright pink and dark rose blush shades form the NYX Makeup Artist Kit ($29.99).

liz taylor costume

Add a black wig and a leopard scarf and I think it’s convincingly retro for a 10 minute costume.

Oxblood Lips Two Ways

Today I was playing around with dark red lipstick (you may remember my quest to find it last year) and did a couple of eye looks to match my now-trendy oxblood lipstick.

The lips and cheeks are the same in both looks, the lipstick is a mix of NYX Round Lipstick ($2.99) in Decadent and Raisin and I’m wearing NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose ($5.99) along the outer cheek and temple and TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) both as a facial highlighter and as an eyeshadow in the inner corners of the eye.

The first look is more day-appropriate and accessible.  I patted Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow ($14) in Mai Tai (discontinued, but The 70’s is a close match) all over and lined the outer half of the upper and lower lashline with the plummy shade of NYX’s Trio Eyeshadow in Lake Moss ($7) and added a coat of Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20).

The second version is much gothier.  I patted Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow ($14) in cupcake and did a swoopy double-winged liner with Bare Escentuals Liner Shadow ($14) in Minx (Humor is a dupe).

Look how angsty I am!

I drew a short line of  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Gunmetal ($19) between the upper and lower line to smoke out the two-line look, although you could add any color for contrast (or leave the space empty).

Party Makeup! Emerald Glitter Eyeliner

Ok, so I haven’t completely given up on fun, bright makeup.  This is a quick, casually-festive look I wore while entertaining for Thanksgiving.  I was looking for a low-key way to jazz up my cozy cooking clothes so I could prepare dinner and still look like I put some effort in for my friends.

To create this super quick and easy party makeup, I started with a sheer wash of Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow in Poodle ($18), then did a quick cat eye along both upper and lower lashlines with  NYX Collection Noir Black Liquid Liner ($5.99).  I traced over that line with UD Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Stagedive ($18) on the upper lash and in Meatalhead ($18) along the outer half of the lower lash line.  I love the gorgeous emerald eyeliner combined with the lavender.

To soften the effect just slightly, I blended UD Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion ($18) from the inner corner into the darker green for a subtle ombre effect.

I topped it all off with another pass of the black liner to add precise definition and create a crisp look (this step makes a big difference!), then a few coats of  Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20).  Liner this intense needs dark lashes.

Another reason I really like doing something like this when I need a quick party fix is that it really doesn’t require much additional makeup on your face.  The only other product I’m wearing is NYX Mood Gloss in Sensual ($4.50).  Glitter eyeliner speaks loudly enough by itself, so you can complete a fun look in less than five minutes.

Who wants green bean casserole?

Neutral Smoky 60’s Eye

I’m trying to get back into the swing of this blog again.  In the last year I studied for the LSAT, planned my wedding, watched my child enter his terrible two’s, rented out my house, moved to a new state and started law school.  Life has been hectic, but I’m finally getting used to my new routine.  That means my makeup blog is back!

So I’ve been doing a lot of neutral eyes and red lips these days (keeping my standard cat eyes, of course).  I think I’m using fewer bright colors partially because I’m mourning the loss of my warm climate and partially because I’m trying to get used to a more conservative classroom environment.  Regardless, I’m having fun with the change.  Here’s how I did it today:
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Lipstick: Buxom Lip Tarnish in Scandal ($19) over Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick in Brooklyn ($19).  Brooklyn is one of my favorite lipsticks right now, the color is a lovely, subtle red that pairs well with any kind of eye makeup and the minty tingle isn’t as extreme as most Buxom products.

Eyes: light coat of Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20), NYX Collection Noir Black Liquid Liner ($5.99), NYX single eyeshadow in My Favorite Color ($4.99) on center of lid and highlight, BH Cosmetics individual shadow BHWS05 ($1.95) on upper half of crease, MAC eyeshadow in Mulch ($15) on lower half of crease, TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Shadow in Matt Battali ($34.50 for pallette of 9) in outer corner and BH Cosmetics individual shadow BHWS15 ($1.95) along outer half of the lower lashline. Lining the lower eyelid in a dusky shade like this is one of my favorite tricks at the moment.  It’s an easy way to transform a fresh, daytime look into a more sultry night look.  Instant bedroom eyes!

Face: NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic ($6.99) on apples of cheeks, TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) as an all-over highlighter for a pretty glow.

And there you have it!  My love for the 60’s is only increasing as I get older (and curvier), so this retro infusion is becoming more and more of a standard look for me.