Gothic Smoky Sex Kitten Halloween Makeup Look and Tutorial

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   Even tho my makeup style is mostly  vintage pinup and old hollywood glam, I love trying new makeup looks and doing different tutorials. I definitely rocked gothic makeup in high school, surprise surprise but at times I went a little too heavy handed with my black makeup. For my “Mrs. Freddy Krueger” and my “Gothic Halloween Beauty” shoot, I wanted to create a dark and smoky look infused with glitter and glam and I’m very happy with how it turned out. Here are the makeup products I used and how I applied them.

FOUNDATION: Marc Jacobs Re(mark)able, Ivory 10.

EYESHADOWS:

   The first eye color put on my lids was the color ‘Vanity’ from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics “Beauty Killer” palette. After wetting a synthetic brush with my MAC prep & prime, I then applied ‘Black Rainbow’ also from the Beauty Killer palette over ‘Vanity.’ Wetting the brush and then dipping it into ‘Black Rainbow’ makes the black more intense  without looking blotchy and makes the sparkle really pop. Under the brow bone. I used an eyeshadow color that I never use….. shimmery white shadow. I really dislike white shimmer shadow but it happened to work with this look. I used the color ‘Lily’ from my Models Own “Vintage Rose” palette which is a fabulous palette with eyeshadow like butter so atleast I was using a white shimmer from a palette I love. I applied it just underneath the brow bone and blended it out to give my shadow colors a nice gradation.

   I love Stila’s metal metallic (Glitter and Go) liquid shadows and recently had purchased the color, ‘Molten Mignight’ which is black shadow with glitter. I used it as eyeliner as well as in the inner corners of my eyes and applied it with my finger to intensify it. The last eye shadow I used was Colourpop’s Super Shock shadow, ‘New Magic’ from the “Dusk Till Dawn” collection. These are one of the best glitter shadows I’ve ever used and they are cream and feel soft and bouncy while the glitter is mess free which I love. Again I used my finger to apply the beautiful white glitter barely in the inner corners of my eyes but not so I covered my Stila liquid glitter shadow. I used the white glitter closer to my nose. I then also patted ‘New Magic’ under my eyes, dragging it towards my cheeks.

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OTHER EYE MAKEUP PRODUCTS:

The rest of my eye makeup included me taking a flat shadow brush and smoking out a little ‘Black Rainbow’ under my eyes. I also used my Urban Decay 24/7 waterline eye liner as my only liner in this look. I used my new favorite mascara, “Lights, Camera, Lashes” by Tarte and Anastasia’s “Dipbrow” in ‘Chocolate.’

LAST MAKEUP PRODUCTS TO COMPLETE MY LOOK :

You May not be able to tell in every photo but I did use blush and highlighter. For blush I used ‘Romantic” from Stila. For highlighter I  changed it up a bit. For my highlight, I used ‘Wink’ which is actually a shimmer shadow from the “Feline Fancy” palette from one of my all time favorite makeup companies, Sugarpill Cosmetics. I can’t rave enough about them.  For my lips, I used their brand new limited edition liquid lip color, ‘Trick’ which is a gorgeous witchy matte black color with metallic green and orange sparkles. It was the absolute perfect lipstick to complete this look. 

I had a lot of fun creating and wearing this makeup look. I hope you try recreating this look and try one or all of the products used. I’d love to see all of your spooky sex kitten looks. 

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Difference Between French Girls and American Girls Regarding Makeup

I briefly lived in Paris many years ago and have a lot of French friends. I also have a huge collection on French novels, Style tips, French mannerisms, and more. I thought this would be a great topic to talk about.

DISCLAIMER: OBVIOUSLY NOT ALL FRENCH AND AMERICAN GIRLS DO THIS AS A MAKEUP ROUTINE, BUT THE MAJORITY DO FROM MY OBSERVATION AND TALKING TO MY FRENCH friends.

When it comes to French women, they tend to wear a lot less makeup than Americans. Nowadays in American, people tend to wear a full face of makeup, from huge coverage foundation, a bunch of eye shadow colors, a lot of contouring, fake lashes everyday, etc. (I sometimes do this too, except for maybe the contouring which I only do on some photoshoots.) 

French Girls are different. They would rather spend their money on skincare, the best they can afford to make sure their skin looks the best without covering it up with a lot of makeup.

The French girl’s philosophy is to enhance their natural features, (which has a very retro and vintage flair about it which you all know I love,) that give them their “joie de vivre.”

Here’s a typical routine most French Girls have with their skincare and makeup:

For skincare they use gentle cleansers that work for their specific skin type. They apply their eye cream, and they prime the skin. But when they do prime the skin, it’s usually a primer that doubles as a moisturizer such as BOBBI BROWN’S FACE BASE. Unless their skin needs a lot of coverage, they usually will use a BB or CC cream with some sunscreen instead of foundation. Like I said before when it comes to French makeup, the ladies are more interested in naturally glowing from within.

When it comes to applying concealer, the like to use it under their eyes for brightening and on any blemishes or imperfections. A lot of Americans love applying the concealer every where to brighten their whole face which can feel heavy on the skin and/or clog your pores. After the French apply their concealer, the use either loose or compact setting powder to set their makeup by gently pressing it into the skin with the concealer, either with a beauty blender a powder puff, or a kabuki style brush. They don’t tend to swirl the powder around the face for fear they might wipe off some of their concealer, foundation, or BB/CC cream.

When it comes to eye makeup, there are different ways French ladies do this look. The first way is to just curl your lashes and apply a beautiful mascara. The second way is for French women to use eyeshadow but it usually tends to be a neutral color, a pastel color all over the lids. Then curl their lashes and apply mascara. Very subtle and chic. The last way French women tend to their eye makeup is to do the above steps but add a little eyeliner to the top only and even bring it out to a little wing. (Of course this is my favorite look because it’s the most my style and has a very retro and vintage look to it.

For Brows, instead of changing the shape of their brows like some American girls do, French girls keep their natural shape and usually just fill in with a pencil if they need to.

For Blush, they add so a hint of blush just to give a nice healthy flush to the apples of their cheeks. Some French girls also use highlighter on their cheekbones but’s a subtle highlighter and they don’t really high light any other part of their face, except for sometimes the Cupid’s bow.

And for Lipstick, French ladies stick to classic colors. It’s usually no lipstick or a gloss, a light pink or nude color, or the classic French signature red lip.

Another cool thing about the French and how they do their makeup is that when they are going out in the evening they usually don’t have to reapply their whole face. They’ll just out dark eyeliner or dark shadow on top of what they already have for a smoky eye look, make a little shadow or liner underneath, and a darker lip shade.

Here’s me with my French Style Makeup Look of Today:

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The Makeup I used in this French inspired look:

Bobbi Brown Face Base

Lorea’l Pro-Matte foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in FAIR

Laura Mercier translucent powder

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for under eyes

Eye Shadow: “Reflection” from the Urban Decay, “Through the Looking Glass,” palette.

Eyeliners: Revlon luxurious color eyeliner in Black, smudged and Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining  pen in black.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown

Shiseido eye lash curler 

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara in Black

Highlight: Urban Decay Afterglow in “No Angel” and “Wicked.”

Blush: Stila convertible color dual lip and cheek cream in “Petunia.”

Lipstick: Meet Matt(e) Hughes, long lasting liquid lipstick in “Sincere” by TheBalm

 

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Vintage/Pinup Autumn/Winter Makeup Look

 

This look was really fun to create and even though it isn’t the classic vintage makeup look, it still has mostly vintage elements to it. Enjoy and below are all the products I used.

Primer: Bobbi Brown  Vitamin EnrichedFace Base

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, Matte/Poreless in 112 Natural Ivory

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in “Fair”

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Eye Shadows: “Tako” by Sugarpill and quad palette, “500 Addictive,” by Revlon Colorstay

Eyeliner: “Schwing,” by The Balm.

Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in “Black/Noir 867.”

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in “Chocolate,” by Anastasia of Beverly Hills.

Highlighter: Urban Decay Afterglow Palette in color “O.N.S”

Blush: Stila Convertible Color Compact in, “Lillium.”

Lipsticks: Jeffrey Star Cosmetics, velour liquid lip in, “Deceased,” and “Delicious.”

Brushes: For inner corner of eyes and under brow bone, I used the Rose Gold mini MAC Cosmetics brush in “535SE”

                 For base shadow, I used Morphe “M433”

For crease, I used Lab, Put A Lid On It, Angled Brush.

For my Highlight Brush, I used my fabulous smaller red rose highlight brush from Story Book Cosmetics.

Setting Spray: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

 

How to Quickly Turn Your Everyday Makeup Into a Holiday Look

Since we are in the holiday season, there are usually a lot of events and parties to attend, but sometimes you may not have a lot of time to get ready or you need to go straight to a party from work and won’t have time to redo your entire makeup. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to amp up your daily makeup to a more holiday look. All of these are super quick to do and will save you a lot of time. All the items I talk about are small and easy to throw in your purse with no hassle. 

One quick tip: Besides makeup, it’s also a good idea to keep an extra outfit and handbag in your car so you can change on the go without having to stop at home. Also take a bag, even if it’s a ziplock bag that you can put your jewelry in it and put it in your purse so you can quickly take your work jewelry off and replace it with some sexy diamond and bling.

 

 

 

Feel free to use one of these ideas or all of them together. Whatever suits your fancy and will make you feel festive and fabulous!

1. Highlight: Even if you wear highlighter during the day, you can layer it to make it more blinding and beautiful. Use one that has more sparkle to it. You can also intensify you regular highlighter by wetting your brush with a makeup spray such as MAC Prime and Prep Fix or Studio Fix or and then apply it.  The highlighter shown here is “Gator Wings,” from Tarte’s “Swamp Queen” palette.

2. Pigments: Shimmery and glittery pigments are perfect for a glamorous holiday look. There are tons of pigments out there, pressed and loose, and come in every color you can imagine. Just make sure you get pigments that are for the face instead of just going to the craft store to buy a jar of glitter. You obviously don’t want anything to irritate your skin. You can wear and play around with pigments. What I like to do is to take a detail brush, wet it, and apply it over your regular eyeshadow. I think it’s a cool look to also apply a tiny bit on top of your lipstick. 

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3. Metallic Eyeshadows: Metallic shadows, especially liquid metallic shadows are very popular and come in a huge variety of colors. You can get very creative with these. I find that the liquid helps you control your application better. You can use them as eyeliner, put a little in the inner corners of your eye to brighten and make them pop more, or cover your entire lid. However creative you are feeling you should do.

Another thing I like is roll on eyeshadows. Especially when they have a little shimmer. Like liquid shadows, I feel the roller helps you control where you want to place your shadow. You can even use them as a highlighter.  

For metallic eyeshadows, I love Stila’s Magnificent Metals. I love rose gold so of course, my favorite metallic shade is “Rose Gold Retro.” I also like the roll on eye shadows by NYX, especially in the “Nude” color.

4. Waterline: This is the easiest tip to do. Applying eyeliner to your waterline instantly changes your day look into a smoldering sexy look. For this, I like “Waterline 24/7” by Urban Decay.

5. Lip Toppers: These are pretty to wear on top of your lipstick or even just by itself. It’s a two second way to glam up your makeup. Just apply a little to just the center of your lips to give them dimension. I love the lip toppers by Jouer cosmetics. The colors are lovely and smell delicious like vanilla. My favorite is again the rose gold. 

These  are again just ideas.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and that everyone has a very happy holiday!

 

 

October/November Hits or Misses

Here is my latest Hit or Miss video for both the month of October and November since I didn’t do a video last month. Enjoy. If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned, leave them here in the comments or on my youtube channel. Also if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my youtube channel. Thank you and enjoy!

Summer Natural look with Few Products, Tutorial

 

IMG_0983-4I did this naturally painted look on me yesterday while I was testing new techniques, colors, and products to see how they look and go together and came up with this beautiful look for summer.

   I decided to do this look be cause it’s sweltering outside and you shouldnt feel the need to cake on glam makeup. This is a natural look which can still be turned into a rockabilly look. These are just suggestions. If there’s something you want to add to this look, like some winged eyeliner, please feel free to add it. This is just glamorous sultry look.

HERE’S THE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW I DID THIS LOOK AND MY BEAUTY REASONS AND WHY I CHOSE THEM! ENJOY!!!!

BELOW THIS VIDEO ARE THE PRODUCTS I USE IN THIS TUTORIAL:

 

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MAKEUP  MENTIONED AND USED:

Stila: Once Step Correct

Bare Mineral Matte Foundation in, “Fair”

Giorgio Armani, luminous silk foundation  in “2”

M.A.C Studio Fix, “A75.”

Stila: Perfect me and Perfect Hue, “Fair/Light

Urban Decay after glow, “SIN.”

Highlighting ECO Tools FAN BRUSH

SHISEIDO eye curler

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS, LIP AMMUNICATOPMS, “CELEVRITY SKIN.”

   MAC PREP AN PRIME FIX

 

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Makeup Favorites

I did these videos because I was recently asked about what my favorite makeup products were in terms of my every day and/or emergency “go to” items, such as favorite lipsticks, powders, highlighters, etc. I did two videos because after filming the first one, I realized I forgot to include a few things. Oops. No biggie….hahaha. They were both fun to do and I hope you enjoy them.