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Fresh Face for Spring

Fresh Face for Spring

Welcome to my first makeup post! Here I add the disclaimer I am not a makeup professional, so please be gentle. 

Growing up makeup wasn’t widely campaigned in our household. My mom rarely wore it and honestly besides one fateful afternoon of using my moms pastels (out of curiosity, I swear!) on my eyes I had no desire. 

It wasn’t until about 17 did I become remotely interested in wearing makeup. Even then it was a little eyeliner here, foundation there and maybe. . .just maybe mascara. But lip color. . .blush. . .eek! No way. What am I a stage performer?!

Big events would come along, I would have my makeup done at makeup counter in the mall and walk away slightly dazed and a bit battered. . .what just happened? 

Then came marriage and adulthood and finally after all this time of being blind I saw the light. The Sephora counter lights in fact. . . the beautifully packaged goods so neatly presented drew me in. After over an hour and a slight dent in my bank account I became a makeup fan. Since then leaving the house without makeup seems cruel and not just to all who see me but I have so much fun putting makeup on.  

Only now do I understand the whole world I was missing. It wasn’t as bad as I thought! Years later looking back and grateful for all the help of makeup professional, friends, and makeup tutorials and tips. I feel I have slowly emerged from the cave of bare face and feel eventually I will emerge victorious and achieve the perfect red lip and winged liner.

Goals.  Fresh Face For Spring

Fresh Face for Spring

Shop this Fresh Face For Spring Look:

Aqua Glow Serum Foundation , Aqua Glow Serum Concealer, Convertible Color 5 Pan Palette & Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Stila

Butter Bronzer – Physicians Formula 

Intense Moisture Balance – Dermalogica 

Primed & Poreless Primer – Too Faced 

Eye Shadow Base – NYX

Color Stay Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow – Revlon 

This Post was sponsored by B-glowing and Physicians Formula for Fred Meyers. All thoughts and opinions are genuinely mine. 

how to get perfect brows every time

Eyebrow How-To

how to get perfect brows every timeEyebrows make such a big difference.  I’ve heard it said they account for 70% of our face.  I’m not really sure exactly what that means, but it sounds impactful.  Haha! Bottom line is: well groomed and full brows can pull the whole face together.  (and make your eyes look bigger. see below.)Eyebrow tutorial

For many women all that means is they need to get their thick brows tamed.  But for women like me who are just born with naturally sparse brows (or went a little wild with the tweezers and learned the hard way those hairs don’t grow back) it means filling your eyebrows in.

And filling in your eyebrows can be scary!! Visions of grandmas with harsh dark brown marker lines over their eyes may fill your mind.  The last thing you want is for people to know you fill in your brows, right?  It should just look like you woke up with them.  Follow the steps below and I promise you’ll get perfectly shaped brows every time.

First: Select a good brow pencil.  Personally, I feel this is a makeup product to splurge on.  I’ve tried many drugstore eyebrow pencils and they always disappoint.

A few I love:

  1. MAC mechanical brow pencil. Pros: It is self sharpened and the colors are fantastic. At the low end of the price range for department stores-$16.50. Cons: You can’t get tell when it’s running out and it doesn’t come with a brush to soften the strokes.
  2. Laura Mercier eye brow pencil. Pros: Fantastic color options.  Comes with brush and sharpener.  Cons: The pigment isn’t as rich as it used to be, but only those that used the original pencil would notice.  Other than that I truly can’t think of a con.
  3. Bobbi Brown eye brow pencil. Pros: Great colors. Excellent pigment. Comes with sharpener. Cons: Does not come with brush. At the high end of the price range at $24.
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills “Perfect” brow pencil.  Pros: Great pigment. Comes with sharpener and brush. Knowing you use the same product as Oprah. Cons: $23 isn’t cheap. Knowing you use the same product as Oprah.

Ok, now you have the right brow pencil.  Next, measure out where your eyebrow should go.  Use the handy dandy guide I made below:how to get perfect brows every timeUsing soft, short strokes gently fill in your brows.  From point A to point B it should be a gradual, strait incline. (no McDonald’s arches here!!!) From point B to point C it should gradually taper to a point in a decline.  Whether you prefer your brow slightly rounded, or more structured, it should look natural and complement your face if you follow these guidelines.

voila!

I hope this helped!!! What are your favorite brow products?

 

How to Achieve the Perfect Red Lip that Lasts for Hours!

When I worked in cosmetics one of the most asked questions was “how can I wear red lipstick?”.  For each person the answer is slightly different.  If you’ve never worn a bright color on your lips but you want to try red lipstick I recommend starting with a sheer red and working your way into it.  But for those of you who aren’t afraid of a bright lip (I applaud you!) here are some helpful tips on how to achieve that perfect long-lasting red lip.  (hint: you don’t need a long lasting lipstick!)

How to Get Free Makeup at the Department Store, told by someone who used to work behind the makeup counter.

How to Get Free Makeup at the Department Store

How to get free makeup at the department store.  Read on for my do’s and don’ts. How to Get Free Makeup at the Department Store told by someone who used to work behind the makeup counterI worked at a makeup counter for… well, a long time.  (A department store that shall remain nameless.)   In this post I will give you a breakdown of what works and what doesn’t at getting (I think the kids call it SWAG these days?) free makeup when you visit the cosmetic department. Read More

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