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Random Moment: “Dear Pa,

I don’t think this is what you expected when you taught me to paint at 2.”

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars* (clockwise from top-left):

  • Ophelia
  • Pageant
  • Marion
  • RX
  • Yaoi
  • Belladonna
  • Narcissus

Polka-dot makeup pouch: Kate Spade New York

*Important note: I took the picture in low indoor-light and increased the exposure setting, so the colors aren’t accurate. (Most of them are much stronger in real life.)

[Requested] Highlighting 101: Understanding Your Facial Structure and Choosing Products to glow, illuminate, and sculpt your face.

Note: Demo in one of the images above was done with deliberatedly exaggerated contouring and highlighting so you can see where everything goes. I never wear it so strong in daily life!

Highlighters are used for various reasons; 

  1. To bring out a dewy, polished glow to the skin
  2. Illuminate certain areas of the face and make yourself look fresher and more awake
  3. To sculpt the face and bring out (or subtly alter) bone structure

Depending on what your primary need is out of the 3 above, you will need to go for slightly different products. 

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Blue Lagoon Tutorial: Color-block Eye Look with Nude Lips

I got a request recently for looks to wear with nude lips.  One fun option is to wear a colorful eye look with it, because you can get away with a lot more colors on the eyes than you would if you were wearing a stronger lip color.

I’m placing 3 strong colors side by side (coppery-bronze, a golden-aqua, and a vibrant purple). 

You will need:

  • A navy base - I used an old Sasatinnie blue gel liner, but any metallic pencil would work.
  • A bronze/tan shadow - I blended a whole bunch of peachy tan browns from the 88 Warm palette but you can just use any brown soft tan shade you have.
  • A medium blue-green shimmer - I used Lakeshore by Coastal Scents, which reflects gold. You don’t have to use a duochrome like I did. A nice strong aqua or teal would work just fine.
  • A strong, bright grape - I used a Coastal Scents hot pot again, in Amethyst.

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The Copper Cat - Graphic Winged Eye

This is an updated recreation of a winged graphic eye, below, that I did awhile back, except this time, I used a copper metallic shadow instead of purple. You can always switch the lid color according to your preference.

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This latest version is a little more precise and not quite as dramatic, so it’s up to you which version you prefer to try.

This eye shape can be done for:

  • Mono-lids, hooded lids, regular lids
  • Any eye color; though copper looks especially good with blue eyes, or if you are a woman of color.

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Navy Pearl: Inky-blue nails with Pale Blue-green Pearlescent Glitter (How to do glittery nails without glitter polish)
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I’m no nail maven. I do my own nails every week, but I certainly am not a pro when it comes to nail art and techniques, so do excuse the imperfection!
This is just a quick overview of how you can use any glitter as a nail polish without having to dunk a lot of it into clear nail varnish, using the last zodiac shade (there is a 13th but that one is not one of the 12 signs). How many of us have run out to buy little bottles of clear varnish and then dipped tons of precious glitter in? 

There’s only one special tool that I use to get intense glittery nails without having to commit so much extra product up-front. 
Base coat and top coat
Nail varnish (I used L.A. Girl Disco Brights in Dance Studio)
Glitter (Lime Crime’s Pisces, a translucent baby-periwinkle with green and gold reflection)
Special tool: Small synthetic bristle fan brush (see step 3 image below; you should be able to get this in an art store for just a few dollars)

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Step 1: I first apply the usual base coat and then 1 coat of varnish (or until the base color is ALMOST the opacity you want). You want to leave the final color-coat for later.
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Step 2: Work finger by finger. First paint on the final coat of color on that one nail, and then dip the damp tip into a mound of glitter. You should get a very thick coat of glitter right there. 
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Step 3: Then quickly with your fan brush, press into the glitter and then lightly tap the flat of the brush over the glittery sections, moving inwards away from the tip slowly. You should deposit less glitter the further in you go. If you are light-handed there shouldn’t be any varnish getting onto the brush itself. If it happens, just quickly pinch the brush hairs between a sheet of tissue and pull away to remove.
This creates a gradient effect instead of a harsh line between the navy blue and the sparkles.
Repeat on all the other nails.
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Step 4: Let everything set for a bit and then apply clear top coat. You want to get a generous drop of varnish onto your brush so that you can cover your nail with 1-2 strokes max. The more strokes you do, the more likely you are to smear glitter off or create gaps and patches around the tips.
And that’s all!

Navy Pearl: Inky-blue nails with Pale Blue-green Pearlescent Glitter (How to do glittery nails without glitter polish)

I’m no nail maven. I do my own nails every week, but I certainly am not a pro when it comes to nail art and techniques, so do excuse the imperfection!

This is just a quick overview of how you can use any glitter as a nail polish without having to dunk a lot of it into clear nail varnish, using the last zodiac shade (there is a 13th but that one is not one of the 12 signs). How many of us have run out to buy little bottles of clear varnish and then dipped tons of precious glitter in? 

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Requested: Updated Favorite Hot Pink Matte Lipsticks!

Who says you need to wait for Summer to pull out the bright pinks? Brands like Chanel have already pulled out the show-stoppers with bright matte pinks.

Here are 4 options I love, from a warm primrose to an electric neon pink:

  • Primrose (pink with a coral hue): Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Evil Pink (love that name!)
  • Fuchsia (pink with a bright red tint): Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in 996 Don’t Blink Pink
  • Magenta (pink with a purple undertone): NYX Matte Lipstick in Sweet Pink
  • Neon pink (pink that’s, well - neon): Barry M Lip Paint in 52 Shocking Pink
You’ve probably seen me wear these shades before, so it’s really nothing new. But while there are equals (MAC Candy Yum Yum = Barry M Shocking Pink, and Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Eclatante is a slightly less intense Evil Pink), few will outclass these in intensity.

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