December 11, 2015

Day to Night Look Perfect for Holiday Parties

It's that time of year! Among many other things, tis the season of countless holiday parties. Now I don't know about y'all, but I don't like applying my makeup twice in one day. That may come as a surprise, seeing as, well, makeup is LIFE, but let's get real WHO HAS THE TIME?! I'm going to show you two different looks using the exact same kit so you can do your face for the office (or daytime) then make a few super simple updates to kick your look into nighttime mode.

First things first, I used the Borghese 9-Piece Skincare + Color Collection Set. You can buy all these products individually, but as a set it's only $75 (instead of $207)! That's a whopper of a savings! Use that extra cash on dirty martinis, or groceries...whatever! This is a no judgment zone. I'll list the products individually as I go so that you can see the product info, but here's what you get in the set. I would spend $75 on the eyeshadow palette alone. It's that good.

For my daytime look

1 | I applied the Prima Viso Face Primer all over before I applied my foundation with a dampened Beauty Blender.
2 | I then highlighted and contoured my face using the step-by-step detailed in this post.
3 | I applied a warm, apricot shade to my cheeks, filled in my eyebrows with my favorite pencil, and dusted my whole face with loose powder
4 | I used the Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette (holy pigmentation, Batman! This palette is INCREDIBLE. The shadows are so rich, creamy and chock full of pigment!) Here's what I did:

For the lid, I used the included brush (larger side) to apply shade "Impact" all over my eyelid but stopping at the crease.

For the crease, I used the included brush (the smaller pointier side) to apply shade "Wane" only in my crease. Then I blended it slightly upward just up to my brow bone. 

5| At this point, I just applied the Eclissare ColorEdge Eye Pencil in "pitchblack" to my upper lid and very lightly onto my lower lid and very subtly smudged it out. I am typically a liquid liner gal, but this pencil is soooo creamy! It doesn't tug or pull when applying, but once it's set, it's SET. I had this liner on for hours and it never transferred or smudged onto my brow bone which pencil liners always manage to do no matter how waterproof they claim to be. This may be a new Holy Grail pencil liner!
6 | I curled my top lashes and then applied the Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara in "black" to top and bottom lashes. Now I chose to apply my false lashes for the daytime look for a couple reasons: one being I like a little drama even for the daytime. Falsies really open up the eyes and give you that wide doe-eyed look. Secondly, there's nothing worse than trying to rush from work to a party, trying to refresh your makeup, toss on some fresh deodorant, slip into stilettos, etc. The last thing you're going to want to worry about is applying false lashes under pressure. But hey, if that's your thing, you do YOU, Boo Boo.
7 | For my lips I just lined them with a nude liner, filled them in, and then applied the Eclissare Color Eclipse Color Glass Lip Gloss in the lighter shade in the kit called "Simmer". I'm not much of a gloss gal, but this one is fantastic. It's shimmery without being glittery (read: cheesy) and it really added a lovely pearlescence to my nude lip. kick it into overdrive, just add these few steps and you're ready to party like it's 1999!

1 | I added a deeper shade to the outer corners of my eyelids and blended it up into the crease to make it a bit more dramatic. I used shade "Downfall" for this. I popped a second coat of mascara onto my lower lashes and deepened up my liner as well.

2 | I used a clean blending brush to apply a pretty shimmery color to my brow bones for a little extra punch. For this I used shade "Afterglow". I also applied a tiny bit of this color the the inner corners of my eyes. A little beauty "hack" for you is if you have a really lightly packed brush (a light fan brush works brilliantly) use this same shade and lightly dust it over your cheekbones, on the tip of your nose, and on your cupid's bow. Boom! You're highlighted and you didn't even need to pack an extra product!

3 | I deepened my blush to a spiced plum shade so I wouldn't become washed out by my newly emphasized eyes and lips.
4 | I lined my lips with a deep berry liner and then filled them in. I topped them with B Moisture Advanced Care Lip Color in "Grappa". I'm not kidding when I say that this color is universally flattering. For those of you looking for the perfect TRUE berry shade without the purple undertones, this is your winner. Just like the shadows, it is so creamy and pigmented! This shade belongs in everyone's bag for the holidays this year.

And that's it! You just took your look from day to night in 4 easy steps! My hair took less than 5 minutes as well. I made a deep side part (parted to the right), and then pulled my hair over to the opposite side and secured it in a super low chignon bun. Spritz with a light hold hairspray and you're good to go!

December 9, 2015

Hightlight & Contour Made Easy with PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour

So.....when did highlighting and contouring your face become such an event?! It's always funny to me as a makeup artist when the simplest things become so convoluted that they turn into this big, bad, intimidating technique that people don't think they can do at home themselves. Just like any other makeup "technique" (winged liner, false lashes, the perfectly lined lip) highlighting and contouring takes a bit of practice, but it's not as scary as you might think!

Enter PÜR Cosmetics {new} Cameo Contour Stick. I fell in love with PÜR when I discovered the BEST CC Cream I've ever used about 3 years ago. That's saying a lot. I've used them all. Anyhoo, back to the Contour Stick. This thing is like a magic wand! The coverage of the foundation end (the lighter shade) is a medium to full coverage and dries to a beautiful powder finish. The contour (deeper shade) end is PERFECTLY cool-toned which is a MUST for contouring. We're creating shadows here, and shadows are gray toned, not bronze. I'm the shade "light" but this guy also comes in medium, tan, dark, and deep.

With the exception of identical twins, no two faces (or facial structures) are exactly the same. If they were, we'd be able to create an exact road map of where to place product to achieve the perfectly chiseled mug. Instead, we have to work by guidelines. Luckily for you, this box comes with an enclosed cheat sheet, and if you lose that, there's one on the box as well!

I'm going to break this down real simple for you guys out there that have been intimidated or maybe unsuccessful at this highlighting and contouring technique. But before I do I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready? Highlighting and contouring is just adding dimension to your face. That's it. I feel like once you look at it like this, it makes the process a bit more subjective on how and where YOU place your dark and light shades. I'll elaborate...

 Before highlighting and contouring | Just looks like a big ole flat face comin' at cha! We're about to fix that.

All you're doing by contouring is shading the areas you'd like to "recede" or slim. All you're doing by highlighting is bringing forth the areas you's like to emphasize or "bring out". It's literally that simple. You may be saying to yourself "but wait, I'm still confused"...Go grab a mirror. Go ahead I'll it?

Highlighting is a bit easier so let's start there. I typically highlight the center of my lower forehead, down the bridge of my nose, the inverted triangle beneath my eyes, center of chin, and below my cheek contour.

Whoa, now! Don't get scared off! Things are just getting good!

Now look into the mirror and make a fishy face (pucker up and suck in your cheeks). Can you see that hollow area? That's where you're going to apply your darker contour shade. If you're still unsure, take your fingers and find your temple. If you kind of roll your fingers down you should be able to feel your cheekbone. We all have them! Some of us (*cough* me *cough cough*) have some seriously ample cheeks padding them making them harder to locate, but I promise they're under there! Once you've located your cheekbones you should be able to roll your fingers down again and feel it "drop off" into a hollow area. BINGO. There's your contour area. Just make sure you don't bring it down too far into your jaw area. If you do, I'll show you how to fix that before we're finished. If you have a tiny forehead, skip the forehead contouring. If you're like me and have what my husband lovingly refers to as my "fivehead", you'll want to take your contour shade around the outer perimeter close to your hairline (see photo above). Then I contour down the sides of my nose to slim it a bit, and lastly along my jaw and just under my chin.

And now we blend. Blend blend blend. Then blend some more. The PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Stick that we're using comes with it's own amazing blending sponge. This is super similar to the Beauty Blender except PÜR's comes with a flattened, angled area that makes it extremely easy to press into the skin and wedge up under the eye area. I hold mine under luke warm water, squeeze out the excess, then squeeze it again into a clean, dry towel. You want it just slightly dampened and softened up. I highly advise starting with your light shade first as opposed to the darker shade. Other wise you'll end up with dark product on your sponge and your light areas won't be so light anymore. You dig? Now if you feel like you blended your dark shade too far down on your cheeks and it looks like a big, ugly mess...fret not! Just grab your Cameo Contour stick, apply the light end starting at the corner of your mouth and drawing out towards your earlobe. Carefully blend that area in an outward motion. You'll know you've blended properly when you can't see any harsh lines, but you can see the subtle shadows.

And voila! You're so multi-faceted it's ludicrous! All of a sudden you have peaks and valleys on your face that would make a third-grader's diorama project envious! No more giant, puffy face! I can actually see angles and hollows as opposed to my first picture that just looked....blah...and well, to be frank, about 5 pounds fuller. Oh hiiiii, chin! Oh hiiiiii, jaw! I knew you were in there somewhere!

Of course the fun doesn't stop there. Once you've created this beautiful, dimensional canvas, you're going to want to swirl some blush onto your cheeks, maybe a dusting of a shimmery highlighter on your cheekbones, and don't forget your lips and eyes!

A subtle difference, but one that takes you from "mall walker" to someone who doesn't have to pay for their drinks all night.

You can find the PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Stick on the PÜR website, at ULTA, at Kohl's, and a few other retailers listed here. I highly suggest getting your mitts on it if you are interested in making your life a whole lot easier and your face a whole lot sexier.
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