Thursday, June 20, 2013

Laura Mercier Face of the Day

I haven't used my Laura Mercier eye and cheek palette I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary 2012 sale in a while, I've been in a purple-y kind of mood so I thought it'd be a good time to bust it out again. I've also been going back to my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Soft Porcelain more due to my skin texture issues (foundation polka-dotting pores during application). Figured I'd just keep going with a nearly all Laura Mercier look!

I used the purple shade all over the lid, a little of the taupe in the crease, the sparkly pink on the inner half of the lid and the light matte pink color at my browbone. The shades aren't super pigmented, but feel fairly soft and easy to blend. They look a touch muddy in my pictures, but I had taken these in some awful lighting and did a lot of editing to get them vaguely passable.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Purple Smoky Eyes Face of the Day

I felt like purple today! I wanted to do something that had more color on the lower lashline and I had decided it shall be Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Ransom and somehow MAC Extra Dimension shadow in Ready to Party (Glamour Daze collection) would be involved.

This is the final look I came up with. I used UD Ransom liner over most of the lid and blended it out with a brush, then layered some more over at the lashline. I also applied it to the outer two thirds of the lower lashline and smudged it out. It's not the best liner, especially compared to most Urban Decay 24/7 liners - but it seems universally difficult to do a really good purple liner. I used the deep blue-purple shade from Too Faced duo Skinny Dip on the outer half of my lid and barely blending into the crease. It contrasted nicely with the more pink undertone of Ransom.

I used MAC Extra Dimension Ready to Party all over the inner corner and inner half of the lid, somewhat overlapping where I pulled in the Skinny Dip shade. I did some cleanup and made an effort at defining a line between the shadow and my brows with NYX Milk cream shadow and LORAC Baked Matte Satin in Posh (discontinued) but it didn't go so well - mainly because the brush I used that I thought was clean, was not. Hah! No wonder it went all murky.

To finish off the eyes, I used L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso in my waterlines and Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Dark Brown.

On the rest of my face:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop (underneath the shadow, of course ;) )
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (for brows, discontinued)
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Ultra Light (all over nose, cheeks, around brows - applied sparingly!)
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque
  • L'Oreal Caresse lipstick in Sheer Linen
I'm still giving my chin time to breathe after a spazzy breakout on the right side (hence the convenient posing featuring my left side in pictures lately!). I, as usual, introduced a couple new products into my routine at one time and had a couple days where it was getting abused more than usual before the breakout. So, I'm scaling back and letting it heal and trying to determine what all was the culprit - or if it was just an overload of everything.

Hope your day is going well and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Yet Another Winged Liner Post, Tips from Sharon Farrell

I rather recently found Sharon Farrell on youtube, she posted a great tutorial for eyeliner basics/tips/tricks called HOW TO APPLY PERFECT EYELINER EVERY TIME! She had tips I'd seen but one I'd never seen and one I'd never actually tried. Of course the night after watching it, I had to give them a go. I constantly struggle with finding the easiest way for me to apply winged liner. I have a few little things working against me that cause me stumble - loose skin at the outer corner, two creases that go a little past the corner, slightly rounded eyes that are ever so slightly downturned. Click here for all my liner posts, seems to come up quite often!

First tip! Using a nude or white liner to draw in the angle and use as a guideline for the liner. I did not take a picture of this because I was just futzing around originally and hadn't planned to write a post about it. I used a concealer pencil that came with my Hard Candy Glamoflauge that I never use otherwise, this being one of the few liners I have that aren't waterproof. Obviously you want something that's easily wiped away if you need to adjust it. I find my right eye especially difficult to match up with the left. The creasing/bunching is a little more pronounced on that side and even if I think both eyes look good - they often will be noticeably uneven.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tightlining Methods and Common Issues Video

In my Spring 2013 Favorites video, we were chatting about some issues with tightlining. I got inspired to make a video with the different techniques I use and a few tips for some common issues. I love tightlining and use it quite regularly, it's a fast way to boost the look of volume in your lashes - especially useful for lackluster mascaras.

(video link here)

Tightlining can be called invisible eyeliner and technically should not include your upper waterline. Ideally, the liner is just in the underneath root of your lashes.

In the video, I went over three main techniques/products I use. I thought I'd include some screenshots in this post in case you didn't want to watch the whole video that will hopefully help.

Tightlining with a Pencil, Problems with Transfer

Most times, people show tightlining as this (I have as well, many times):