March 20, 2014

Makeover Monday...on a Thursday!

I've known Stephanie (better known as Steph around these parts) since junior high. She was a blonde back in those days. Steph has always been a looker with incredible and expressive eyes. She is one of the funniest broads I know and I am very grateful she keeps coming around to hang out with me. I dig this chick. Check out her incredibly stylish and useful home/design/decor blog here. Steph started coloring her hair dark back before she and I reconnected in our adulthood and it totally suits her! I have been dying to do her makeup for ages and tonight I was able to do a "no makeup, makeup" look for those times you want to look perfectly flawless but don't want to look like you're wearing makeup. Then we kicked it up a notch and did a deep berry, vampy lip and deeper contouring as well as a sexy, tousled side fish-tail braid. The very cool part is we went from the natural "day" look to the deep "vamp" look in less than 5 steps! This would be a great way to transition your office or everyday look to a night out with the gals or drinks after work in a few easy peasy steps.

Here is our before and after "I'm not wearing any makeup" makeup look (products used below photo). As usual with all my before and after shots, there has been NO retouching to any photos, no filters, nothing but a lot of natural and artificial lighting. She already looks perfect before, but we just enhanced things a bit to make her feel more put together and refined. See how much more awake and alert she looks? Eyes are brighter, skin is glowing and face is instantly slimmer!
Here's what I used:
Primer | Foundation (color "Ivory") | Concealer/Highlighter (color "Ivory") | Concealer (color "NW20") Contour (color "N7") | Blush (color "Orgasm") | Powder | Brows (color "brunette") | Eyelid (color "Riviera Rose") | Eye crease (color "Trax") | Eyeliner (color "Graphite") | Mascara (color "Black") | Lip liner (color "Innocent") | Lip cream (color "Natural")

To take this look from day to night, all I did was deepen her contouring underneath her cheekbones (using the same contouring product as her day look) and along her temples, and added a powder highlighter right above her cheekbones. Then I added another coat of mascara and deepened her crease color with a deeper shade, then dragged a pretty copper along her upper and lower lash lines. Then I lined her lips (color "Couture") and added a very deep berry shade of matte lipstick. Literally 5 steps and she went from.....
Oh, I also teased the crap out of her hair and gave her a quick messy fish-tail braid to sass things up a bit. You could also do a fun messy low chignon bun or a trendy top knot if you aren't up-to-snuff on your self-braiding skills. I can't get over how flawless her skin looks. This, my friends, is the power of the Beauty Blender sponge (well, that and good genes).

Steph had her lash extensions done recently and it just made me want to get mine done even more! If you are in Washington and around the South Sound area, check out her lash guru HERE. Steph just raves about her and I can attest first hand that they were done flawlessly.

I had such a blast doing this makeover and will try to do more of them so I can post them here for y'all to see! It's much nicer for my readers to get to look at faces other than my boring old mug every once in a while, amIrightoramIright?? Just for funsies, here is a before and after shot with her makeup-less face next to her dramatic look so you can really see the transformation:
Thank you SO much, Steph for being my beautiful model! And now I leave you so I can go grow out my hair so that I can give myself fist-tail braids EVERY SINGLE DAY.

10 comments:

  1. What a great makeover! She looks beautiful with or without make up :)

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    1. Thank you! I agree, she is a natural beauty without makeup! Makes my job so easy :)

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    1. Thanks, Kari! It would be my pleasure to do your makeup! Josh said you guys got a beautiful new place! Maybe we'll come camp on your property!

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  3. Beautiful! Love all 3 pics, Steph is such a pretty gal and what fun make up!
    Teach me to contour!! I don't get it :/

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    1. Thanks, lady! She's a beaut! I'm thinking I should do a post on highlighting/contouring next.....

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  4. Wow, you are so talented with applying makeup, love how natural the foundation looks and thats a stunning lip shade.

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    1. Thank you, Sam! It was fun :) Isn't that lip color beautiful? The crazy thing is it is a Wet n Wild lipstick that cost less than $3! It's called "Cherry Bomb". One of my faves!

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  5. Hi! I'm new to your site and already loving it!! Do you have any step by steps on how you applied and used the makeup - like what comes first and how to use it? I love her effortless look, but have no clue how to get it! Thanks in advance and sorry if you have this somewhere else already on your site, like i said, I'm new! :)

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    1. Welcome! So happy you found me! You know that's a really good question, I noticed I mentioned all the products I used but didn't really explain in depth the start to finish steps! I think what I'll do is write an *UPDATE* to this post including the step-by-steps so that you can replicate it at home! I'll get going on that before the weekend rolls around :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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