Soft makeup for (almost) every day

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Wow, it really has been a long time since I’ve done one of my makeup posts. But in all honesty, since I have gotten my skincare routine down, my need for lots of makeup all the time has become less and less. It definitely is one of the perks. I will do a separate post on what has worked for me. So in the meantime, I’ll show you one of my easy breezy everyday looks – what I like most about is that depending on how casual or dressy I need to be, I can easily add or take away elements without complicating things. My makeup like this, takes 15 minutes tops (when you want to add a complicated eyeliner or a really defined lip, that’s when it can take more time).

We’ll start with four photos of small changes
Top left – bare faced, but washed and moisturized.
Top right – eyebrows lightly filled in, under eye concealer making me look alive again, and foundation/makeup if needed.
Bottom left – an easy lined eyeliner with a thick and bright color pencil.
Bottom right – just some mascara.
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Good enough to leave the house if you had to! And I often times can and do. But this is where I think you can make big changes – contouring with blush and adding color to your lips.

A blush that compliments (but doesn’t overwhelm) your face can be a BIG change to the whole look. It took me a long time to figure out which worked best for me. Which is why I loved going to places like Sephora and Ulta to find a good match while testing products. Let the counter people help you, they are great at helping you find things that definitely don’t work (or find a great make-up artist that can). I broke my last blush, so I went budget for this one, but it has proven itself quite well.
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I could have added a bold red lip here, but didn’t because I was just going to hang out. So I chose a soft glossy pink that complimented the gold tones of the eyeliner. But I have some orange hued lipcolors that I think could work well too. Life is too short, have fun with your lipstick.
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Below, I’ll share and discuss the products I used.

Previously, I had been using a small Milani eyebrow kit. It works well, but I found the eyebrow colors a little too strong for every day. I trusted their brand for brows, so I decided to try their eyebrow pencil – and I’ll say, it does everything I wanted it to do! It’s easy to apply and looks more natural than the brow shadows. Purchase HERE
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Benefit Boing duo has been the only undereye concealer that has worked for me (I’d love to hear if any of you have any other recommendations). Purchase HERE
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This makeup is special and was definitely a splurge (when I’m not wearing a more basic BB cream, I wear this). I visited Korean beauty store The Face Shop for a mask, and walked out with a sample of this amazing CC cream. I was shocked at how well it worked! It was more expensive in store than it was online, I should have checked online first, but now I know for next time. Purchase HERE
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Like I mentioned, I had another blush, it fell and broke, and I needed another quickly. I was bummed, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I had heard a lot about NYX products from my sister, so I gave this one a try. I only have good things to say about it – great color and staying power. I also don’t have to worry about looking like I’m from the 80′s – the colors so far have been natural. Purchase HERE
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Having a sister that is a beauty junkie (sorry if you’re reading this Diana) has it’s perks – I get her makeup when she upgrades. I had griped to her about hating all mascaras (after wasting a free mascara coupon from Sephora with a bad one that shall be kept nameless) she gave me this one to try. I like it so far, even though the wand is a little wonky. A few people proclaim this one is on par with Dior mascara (haven’t tried that one so I can’t compare). Purchase HERE
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A friend that is a makeup artist gave me a tip about these Nars eyeshadow pencils, and now I’m hooked. They last a long time and have great colors with lots of dimension. The gold color is so shimmery and bright! Purchase HERE
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I have been wearing and raving about these Revlon balms for quite some time. I LOVE them. It started with their Twilight line, which they’ve renamed, cause you know. Then came a matte line. And now they have this metallic/glossy line. I like them all. They moisturize your lips and have great color. The lasting time could be better, but you can’t beat the price. Purchase HERE
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I hope these posts, even though few and far between, inspired

Holiday makeup ideas: green eyeshadow

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And for the last difficult to easy, holiday makeup transformation, I take on the green eye shadow. Which after blue, is the hardest color to wear sometimes (blue eye shadow will forever be the most impossible color to wear!). Green eye shadow by itself is just not that fun.

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Using a L’ancome sample palette for eye shadow that my sister gave me (came free with a purchase). Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation and mini They’re Real mascara. Urban Decay’s Glide on pencil. And L’oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum (the lipsticks in the Infallible line are THE best long wear lipsticks I’ve ever tried).

The trick here is that when you have an eye shadow that has a metallic tint to it, you can gently dip your brush in a little bit of water. This has a few positives to it – it intensifies your color, making it more rich and metallic, but also it makes the shadow last longer! I thought adding black eyeliner would also make the green more fancy for a night out, especially for a NYE party! In hindsight, I probably should have used a red lipstick instead of this dark plum one, but oh well.

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Thrift Eye, L'ancome green eye shadow, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Benefit They're Real mascara, Urban Decay Glide on pencil, L'oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum, nye makeup, new years eve makeup, holiday makeup, green eyeshadow

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Now…to figure out what I’ll actually do on NYE!

Holiday makeup ideas: purple eyeshadow

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Thanks for the great feedback on the other post – next, I thought I’d try an equally difficult color, purple! I used the same Nyx palette here to find the right purple.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L’oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Purple alone looks like I got punched in the face, not quite the look I’m going for.
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I have this awesome purple liner in a Birchbox box a while back and have always loved it! So I thought the purple on purple would work well together. I also wanted to go with a berry color lip here to compliment the purple hues, I think it worked well together!
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Thrift Eye, Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara, holiday makeup

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Pink was a difficult enough color to wear, would you rock the purple eye-shadow instead? Maybe they aren’t your style? Wait til you see the next color I have up tomorrow!

Holiday makeup ideas: pink eyeshadow

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As the New Year approaches, I thought it would fun to play with some makeup again (you can see my past makeup tagged posts here) to explore some ideas on holiday makeup but also to challenge myself to use colors that are in my book, quite difficult to wear. So I will be experimenting with three different color eye-shadows, in this post I chose to use pink!

These warm colors are difficult to wear because it can easily turn into a look that says I’m wearing makeup for the first time or hey, I’m in the seventh grade wearing my mom’s makeup. Worse being that lately, I’m sooo guilty of wearing the same eye-shadow Monday through Friday for work! It’s a challenge to break out of your own box, but playing around with makeup is too fun to not experiment!

Here is my base face – foundation is on, under eye concealer applied, and eyebrows filled in a bit (if you’re dying to see me with no makeup, explore that makeup link in the first paragraph).
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Sorry, had to capture this photo with my iPhone.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, I used the far right color called Prune. Revlon Colorburst matte in Showy Flamboyante (heeey) #220. Benefit’s They’re Real mini mascara. And an older Urban Decay palette – I used the Half Baked.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

So as to try something new, I thought an exaggerated cat eye swoop just in the pink eye-shadow would be fun. But see how it looks kinda plain just as the pink color? That’s where adding the rest of the details really completes the whole look.
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

Add a little bit of gold shadow to your lower lash line to get some contrast. A dramatic mascara makes your eyes pop. This one is new to me, I like to buy sample size mascaras at Ulta so I can find one I like without investing in a whole tube. Add and equally bright lipstick to compliment the eye-shadow and you’re set!
Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon Colorburst matte Showy Flamboyante #220, Benefit Real mascara, Urban Decay palette Half Baked
Photos by Jorge Novoa

How do you feel about a pink eye shadow? Check back here soon so you can see my next color!

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