Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ashley Benson Inspired Hair Tutorial

Oh boy - look at that hair! Can anyone believe that I want to grow it out longer?!? Seriously. I might have lost my mind over here. lol. I've changed up my posts again and am really playing around with the formatting. I changed the photo size to be smaller but I think I prefer the larger size - thoughts? I've definitely decided that I like the graphics over (some or all?) of the images - still working on this though as to what it will be and the rest of the overall layout. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I'm really just starting this blog.

Anyways, I am sooo late joining the Pretty Little Liars band-wagon... but better late than never. Pretty Little Liars won at the Teen Choice Awards a couple weeks ago and I loved Ashley Benson's look, especially her hair pulled to the side - it was simple yet elegant, so I really wanted to do an *inspired by* look. So here we go:

Step 1: Start with un-washed hair to help create messy curls and give your hair more texture. You're just going to curl your hair using the NuMe Pearl Curling Wand (or any other bubble shaped wand) to create textured, un-even curls. I curled from about half way down in the back and gave the front a little more curl which created a "V" shape.

Step 2: Softly pin in a small section of hair back on the opposite side that you parted your hair on.

Step 3: Leave a few curls out to frame your face, and wrap the rest of your hair around back covering the bobby pin you just put in.

Step 4: Pin that back - easier said than done, I know! I have really thick hair and if I were to try to pin half of my hair back, it would take 5 million bobby pins, seriously. So here's a trick - I attempted to photograph this, so hopefully that will help show what I mean. Basically you're going to pull a small section from the base of your neck out and wrap that up over the entire section. Then you're going to pin just that small section down and that will hold all the hair back. I still had to use two bobby pins though - the downside of thick hair... *tear* I know. =) Then to cover the bobby pins, I draped some of my hair that wasn't pinned down over the top of it.

Ta da! Hope you guys enjoyed and let me know if you have any requests or feedback!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cinderella-esque Eye Makeup Tutorial

Who doesn't want to be a princess? Especially a Disney Princess! I went a little crazy when the first Disney Sephora collection came out. Just a little crazy - I mean - Disney and makeup...together? How could I not?!? The first few times I used the quad palette, I didn't like it at all. I was putting way too much of the light gray on and it just isn't a color that looks good on my skin. I finally found a way to use the quad for a pretty pretty princess look. =) So here it is - a tutorial using the Disney Cinderella quad palette from Sephora.

Step 1: Apply the nude shade to three quarters of your lid leaving the outer quarter bare.
Step 2: Apply a light wash of the light gray color into the crease.
Step 3: Use the dark gray color to make an angle on your outer crease and into the lid.
Step 4: Apply the light gray softly on your lower lash line on the outer third to half.
Step 5: Apply the dark gray on the outer fourth of the lower lash line.
Step 6: Use the white color as a highlight on your inner corner.
Step 7: Lastly, curl your lashes, apply mascara, and you're done!

What do you guys think? Any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated. I'm toying with the idea of changing up the formatting of the tutorials too, so let me know what you think of that as well. Hope everyone has a great rest of the day!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Smokey Storm

Hang on to your seat here folks. There's a storm rolling in and it's going to be beautiful! When I started this blog, I didn't think I would feel the passion for the makeup tutorials like I do right now. I have this urge to do one every single day, maybe twice; I'm just having so much fun with it. Of course, being the weekend, that sounds like a fabulous idea, but during the week? When I'm already getting up at 5:40 every morning? And now I want to get up earlier to work on a makeup tutorial? Psycho. Seriously lol. So right now I'll settle for frolicking deep in the lands of makeup on the weekends.

For this tutorial, I'm using two different eyeshadow palettes. The first is Bobbi Brown's Caviar and Oyster palette and the second in Urban Decay's Naked2. I'm pretty sure you can buy the Urban Decay shadows separately, but I think some of the Bobbi Brown ones are a special edition for the palette - at least I didn't see them on the website. I'm not a person who wears a dark smokey eye like this, but I still think it's fun - like playing dress up when you were little! =) I'll admit it's quite a long tutorial. I thought about editing it down, but since I actually did all of these steps, that wouldn't be a true tutorial. So. Here's the truth - sometimes you layer 5 million things on your face. Oh well.

Step 1: Apply a base to your eyes. I'm using Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt. I only applied this on my lid, not up into the crease. You can see it's quite sparkly, but that will work to our advantage later.
Step 2: Apply a softer matte grey to the inside third of your eye. I'm using Bobbi Brown Grey Sky. This will actually cover most of the sparkle from the base and help give your eye some depth.
Step 3: Apply a medium dark color to the crease. I'm using Bobbi Brown Plum Steel. This shadow also has a shimmer to it, so it blends in nicely with the base I used. It's got a slight purple tint to it as the name suggests - actually it's probably one of my favorite eye shadow colors because of the subtleness.
Step 4: Next apply two dark matte shades to the outer corner. I layered Urban Decay's Blackout on top of Bobbi Brown's Rich Caviar. As you can see I didn't bring my color all the way to the top edge of my crease. Because of the shape of my eye, this looks better on me, but if you prefer, just bring that into your crease.
Step 5: Apply a light shimmer to the bottom center part of your eye. I'm using Urban Decay's Verve. This will brighten up the part of your lid that you will see when your eye is open and the light color will make the center stand out more, rounding out your eye.
Step 6: Next, apply your eyeliner. I'm using Revlon's ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen to draw a very thin line on my upper eyelid, and I'm using Maybelline's Unstoppable Soft Kohl Liner on my bottom water line.
Step 7: Take the same matte grey shade you used for the inner third of your lid (mine was Bobbi Brown's Grey Sky) and apply that softly just below your water line on the outer 3/4.
Step 8: Take a dark matte color and layer that over the top of the outer 1/4 of your lower lid. I used the same color I layered on earlier in the outer corner of my top lid - Bobbi Brown's Rich Caviar. Make sure you take this all the way to the outside of your eye and it blends where it meets the colors in your top lid.
Step 9: Now that we're done with the top and bottom lid, I add a highlight to the inner part of my eye. I used Bobbi Brown's Pink Opal. It's not a very strong color, so the camera didn't pick it up, but I swear it's there. =) At this point I usually start to see my shadows settling into each other (thank you oily eyelids!) so I like to go back and intensify the colors. I just added more of the inner matte grey and outer matte black. Then, since I'm done with the shadow, I clean everything up. With such dark eyeshadows, I usually always have fallout, so I just touch everything up with a little concealer. (You could always do your eyes first and then do your foundation/concealer.)
Step 10: And last but not least, curl your eyelashes and apply a bunch of mascara. I'm in love with L'oreal's Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. It's super hard to work with since it's so thick, but it if you have the patience it gives you great results.

And wa-la!! A fun smokey eye! I hope you enjoyed and let me know what you think!