I think Lily Collins has the perfect face for any type of look but this year has been really astonishing in the Golden Globes red carpet: everything was great, her makeup, her dress and her hair matched with perfection, looking like a real modern princess.
Last Sunday she wore a Lâncome total look in rosy matte eyeshadows and matte red lips created by her makeup artist Fiona Stiles. What surprised me was that Stiles created the eyeshadow tone using pale blushed color lip liner as a base and a petal blush to intesify the color! For the perfect matte lipstick shade that would match Lily’s dress she chose Lâncome l’Absolu Rouge in Souvenir, after trying several shades together with the artist.
I was so in love with this look that inspired me to create a similar look but with a daily twist. Instead I decided to use more neutral colors such as brownish pink tones. Here you have the result:
Obviously it is quite different as I don’t attend to red carpet events, maybe I go to the movies once per week! To me would be strange to wear very dramatic makeup on a Sunday afternoon so I prefer this natural approach for my look. For the eyeshadow I’ve mixed and blended Strawberry and Caramel tone with a little bit of Cherry from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. For my cheeks I decided to use Sleek blush in Flushed (a shade that I totally love), and for the lips I picked Kat von D Everlasting lipstick in Double Dare, a brownish pink tone perfect for a day makeup. These days I’ve been having problems with some spots so I chose Fit me matte foundation in Buff Beige by Maybelline applied with my beige Beuty blender. I concealed my under eyes with Nars Radiant Concealer in Vanilla and Laura Mercier Loose Setting powder. For the final touch, as usual, I’ve used my Better than Sex Too Faced mascara. Hope you like it!
New year is coming! I’ve been thinking about a look which matches my personality, that’s why I’ve decided to create a smokey-eyes/nude lips makeup. New year is a special night, a night to forget some things of your past and start with new aims in life. This year has been quite difficult in some personal aspects, that is why I want to approach this 2017 with a reinvention of the classical smokey eyes, put on my best dress and dance all night!
I’ve given a twist to the shades of Indigo Blue: defined as a very special grey stone with blue tones as a result of a combination of white fragments distributed through the stone in an unequal way.
I think this color is great to accentuate brown eyes and create a really cool look for brunettes. The products I used are:
Lancome Genifique serum and Visionnaire moisturizer.
Born this way Too faced foundation in Vanilla.
Nars radiant creamy concealer in Vanilla.
Too faced Insurance eye primer: for eyelid and pre-concealer.
Essence trio palette ‘Secrets of the past’.
Nabla indigo blue eyeshadow ‘Baltic’.
Laura Mercier loose setting powder.
Chocolate Bar Too faced palette: Hazelnut, Haute Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate.
Christian Dior Jazzclub makeup clutch Smokey Jazz 001: shimmer white eyeshadow.
Better than sex Too faced mascara.
Shu Uemura eyelash curler.
Nars eye pencil in dark brown Mambo.
Bobbi Brown charcoal eyeshadow used as eyeliner.
Too faced Hangover blush.
Bobbi Brown nude lipliner.
Nars lipstick in Damage.
Estée Lauder Pure Crystal lipstick in Baby Crystal.
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray.
After moisturizing and use the eyelid primer in the skin, tap a matte eyeshadow on your eyelid giving a proper triangle shape.
Apply more primer on the matte eyeshadow.
Apply some indigo blue shimmer eyeshadow on the matte one.
Use some micellar water to avoid any eyeshadow powder under eyes (any time you need to do it).
Use a fluffy blending brush with a soft brown matte eyeshadow to your crease. Make small circular motions to lay color down and windshield wiper motions to soften the line and blend. That’s the most important step when it comes to smokey eyes. For this I’ve used two shades of brown, but if you want it more dramatic you can use a gray tone as well.
Next, with your finger, apply some shimmery white eyeshadow to give more electricity to the look.
Apply a dark brown eye pencil on your waterline and on top lash line.
Water the charcoal eyeshadow and use an eyeliner brush to create a natural and edgy smokey eye, depending on your taste you can exagerate it, giving more or less intensity.
Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. You can do this step before applying eyeliner.
Use a small pointed blending brush to unify your look, also along lower lash line.
After applying more micellar water, apply the concealer as usual. I use my fingers as they give a more natural look thanks to the temperature of my hand.
Apply your foundation before or after working on your smokey eyes with a beauty blender or your hands. Set everything with a loose setting powder.
Apply some blush on your cheeks.
Use a nude lip pencil to shape your lips and fill them in with a brownish tone. Use a beige gloss or lipstick to soften the tone and get really nude lips.
Finally apply some setting spray all over your face, which will prevent caky effect on your makeup and will set your look.
I’ve based today’s look on winter colors: silver eyeshadows and wine matte lipstick. This is a great combination for dark cool undertones like mine which also match perfectly with silver jewellery and gray tops.
Knowing your skin tone and what colors suit best, for both clothes and makeup, can make a difference to your entire look. To get it I’ve been faithful to Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay, its Pistol and Verve cool tones. Verve is an amazing pearl shade with shinny finish and highly pigmented. Pistol is a brownish gray tone with also a shimmer finish, one of my favorites for an evening look or a special occasion.
I think silver tones provide a beautiful contrast to warm brown eyes, and fit very well with wine or plum lipsticks. Here I leave some swatches so that you can get the idea.
For this look I’ve used the following products:
–Bareminerals Matte foundation in Medium tan.
–Kat von D concealer in Cool.
–Bareminerals powder concealer in Summer Bisque.
–Laura Mercier loose setting powder to set the concealer and foundation.
–Kat von D Shade and Light contouring palette.
–Urban Decay Naked 2 palette Pistol and Verve tones.
I’ve always been a big fan of simplicity and naturality when it comes to makeup and this is something that I learned years ago from my guru: Bobbi Brown. Some days ago I heard she is leaving her makeup brand by the end of 2016.
She is a professional makeup artist who became well known for her natural approach in contrast with the bright colors used during 80’s and 90’s. She was an example of an enterpreneur woman: released her own brand together with a chemist and was successful.
I can remember the first time I went to her makeup store: I was seventeen and had some clues on makeup, but wanted to learn more of this amazing world full of possibilities. That was when I found out that her lipsticks and foundations would be part of my whole life. She has used real women as models since she started her career, something that caught my attention from the very beginning, as she was showing the inner beauty and strong points of each women: this is the aim of makeup.
Here is a list of my favoriteproducts:
-Stick foundation and compact foundation: I love their natural coverage and texture. They hide imperfections without looking heavy on my face and last the whole day.
-All her lipsticks: really creamy and smooth.
–Blushes: their texture is smooth and blend perfectly. They are really pigmented and last all day and night.
–Shimmer Brick: I’ve loved it for years! I apply it on top of my cheekbones to give a nice glow.
–Eyeshadow in Charcoal and eyeliner brush: I mix it with some water and create my own eyeliner with a natural twist for every day.
-Long-wear gel eyeliner: highly pigmented and waterproof.
–Corrector and concealers: creamy and moisted. With different neutral shades and perfect coverage.
Hi guys! A week ago I had the opportunity to try out Novex Bamboo Sprout Shampoo. It has been in the right time as the last few months I had trouble managing my hair. It’s always been soft, straight and smooth, so I wanted it back as it used to be! I don’t really know the reasons why but these months I’ve been feeling it messy, weaker and more rebel in the mornings.
After trying other products (even lotions) with failure, I decided to give a chance to this one and it was a great decision! After using it for a week I fell in love with the way my hair looked like, healthy and full of shine. Now I also feel it stronger and easer to manage than before.
I’m looking forward to try all the products of the Bamboo Sprout line which I think I’m going to purchase and also the Keratin line, as I’ve heard very good reviews.
I really notice a difference in my hair so I think it worth a full post on the blog. I would recommend it to all if you without a doubt!
For this season we have many options: from nude to glittery, depending if we want to get a natural look for casual days or more intense for special nights out. I love matching eyeshadows and lips with nail polishes, so I choose a similar colour.
BURGUNDY AND PLUM
Get inspiration in grape and wine colours! to me the sexiest together with red lips. I prefer to leave the rest of the face fresh and natural, just with the mascara and a blush which fits the lipstick tone.
BACK TO CLASSICS: RED AND GOLD
I love the classical Chanel look with golden eyeshadow and red matte rouge for special ocasions. These festive days are a great chance to try these colours, but I always prefer them with a natural twist.
SMOKEY AND GOTHIC
The key with gothic look and smokey eyes is pointing out the eyes and use a nude lipstick. Smokey eyeshadows can be more natural in grey or brown shades during daytime and blacker at night. Here are some ideas and steps for your looks:
I love autumn colours and all its shades: bronze, beige, brown… I always use my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, it’s got great pigmentation and it is easy to blend.
I follow Kat von D as a tattoo lover but her makeup line is amazing! I fell in love with this palette the first time I saw the packaging: inspired on butterflies. Its colours are great for brunettes with mediterranean skin tones like mine: subtle and electrical at the same time. It contains 12 cool tones: purple, violet, navy, pearl mauve… some mettalic and a few matte. All of them with awesome pigmentation.
TATOO LINER TROOPER
It’s precise and easy to use. I tried it to go out and stayed all night, so the formula is perfect. It is an intense black liner.
Creamy and blendable at the same time, very pigmented and resistant. It hides my dark circles and blemishes with a flawless finish.
SHADE AND LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE
I’m not into contouring technique as I prefer natural makeup, but I must say that once I tried it and I saw it on my face I loved it.The powders are super fine and pigmented at the same time. It gives a healthy look at the skin without being fake. It suits all skin tones as there is a variety of subtle shades.
First of all let me apologize for any possible language mistakes! I am a common girl from Barcelona who teaches English and History and who also loves advising normal people how to look like a super model! just kidding…
My name is Sara. So what am I doing here talking about all this stuff?!
Well I love arts and writing, so here I am mixing my two passions. I consider makeup as an ART. I’ve been into makeup since I was a teen with spots to be covered, little by little I’ve been improving my experience with loads of curiosity, research, lessons and with self discipline.
I would like to bring my experience to regular women who care about their appearance but who don’t have a clue where to start from and want to keep it simple and natural. I also want to help teens to go through this difficult acne and insecurities time and men who want to look hot!
I hope to be helpful and also learn from all of you too!
These are some of my “essentials”:
MAC “Girl about town” and Chanel rouge, The Balm Mary Loumanizer to highlight cheekbones, Too faced “Better than sex” mascara: amazing eyelashes. Also Too faced “Shadow insurance” lid primer. Kat von D black eyeliner for those who want to create cat eyes without failing! Bobbi Brown products, of course! Eyeshadows: the one and only “Naked 1, 2 and 3” from Urban Decay; Dior‘s pigmented palettes and Estée Lauder awsome shades