Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gloss48.com Haul

This post contains products sent for consideration

Gloss48.com Haul

I recently discovered a fun new beauty site called Gloss48. This site features some of the top beauty brands offering special sales, exciting brands and a blog too!  If you love shopping for makeup, you are definitely going to want to check out this site. They feature different beauty brands at a special price each week so that you can try out that new lip gloss everyone is talking about at a fraction of the price.  Gloss48 was kind enough to send me a gift card so that I could pick out some products to try and review for you guys. The site currently features a large variety of cruelty-free brands that I love such as Christopher Drummond Beauty, Senna Cosmetics and Armour Beauty. 


Above look using Senna Cosmetics Palette
and Armour gloss in Lucy

My shopping experience on the site was fun and simple. You can search by brand or product type, and each product has a description as well as a little blurb about what makes the item unique and special. I purchased 2 items from the site so far.  The first item I got is from Senna Cosmetics. Their Haute Nudes Sultry Multi Makeup Palette includes 6 eyeshadows, a blush, a highlighter, mirror and 3 brushes for application. I've used other products from this brand before and everything is professional quality. If you aren't a pro, don't worry, this palette comes complete with a guide showing you how to create two distinct looks. There are a lot of "nude" eyeshadow palettes on the market, and I probably have most of them. I can honestly say this is one of the best nude palettes out there. You get five matte shades, and one shimmer shade for eyeshadow choices, all of which are super pigmented and blend like a dream. The palette also includes a sheer matte blush and powder face highlighter.  While I don't typically  use brushes included with palettes, the ones included here are actually usable and especially helpful for travel.  The small eyeshadow brush is quite nice to apply eyeshadow along the lower lash line, and unlike most palettes, they included a brush for lining the eyes if you want a bolder look.  I think this palette is especially useful for women over 30 years old, like me who have a need for more sophisticated makeup choices.   Again, I can't express how easy the eyeshadows are to blend. It can often be difficult to find good matte eyeshadows that are of this texture and pigmentation. The color selection chosen here really allows  you to create an effortless look for day or night.



 Everything you need in the palm of your hand!
 Eyeshadow colors from top left to right: New Moon, Sand, Tiger Lily, Palomino, Tigress (shimmer), Havana
Bottom left: Blush in Passion
Top left: Sunkissed highlighter

The second item I purchased is from Armour Beauty. I own several lip gloss colors from this brand, and they are by far my favorite lip gloss of all time. The color I chose is called Lucy. It's a brightly pigmented orange that wears more like a high shine liquid lipstick. The color is long lasting and when it does eventually fade, I noticed that it fades evenly leaving a flattering stain on the lips. This is THE color for Spring & Summer and will look good on just about every skin tone. If it is too bright for your personal taste, you can sheer it out for a light stain of color, but I think the pop of color on the lips just brightens up the whole face. 

 My order arrived nicely packaged with the Gloss48 logo on the box and a little personal note.
The first picture, and the picture above show me wearing Lucy gloss applied to bare lips. 

Overall, I am very happy with my first shopping experience with Gloss48, and I look forward to trying out more exciting products from this site. For a full list of brands offered by the site you can click here: 

Have you checked out Gloss48 yet? Share your beauty buys in the comments below. 


*I was provided with a gift card to explore the site. I chose the products myself, and all of my reviews are completely honest. I do not accept compensation in exchange for positive reviews. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

High-End Favs

All Products In This Post Purchased By Me

High-End Favorites

I hope you enjoyed my recent tutorial series.  Now that you have seen some of my go-to looks, I thought I would share some of my favorite products that are the magic behind my makeup creations. While I use products at all price points, there are certain higher end products that I truly feel are worth the splurge. I've tested tons of products and honestly feel that the top five in this post are worth their higher price tag. For more of my high-end favorites, check out my Pitnerest board. My user name is MakeupMattes1.  I recently created a board called High-End Favs where you can see all of my favorite products and brands at a higher price point.  In keeping with this theme, I will also be doing a post of my favorite budget friendly buys to help guide you through which drugstore products are truly a steal.

Here are my top five favorite high-end beauty products:

#1 Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum -   This is one of the first items I tried from the brand Hourglass. I have repurchased it multiple times over because it is truly a staple in my kit.  As the name suggests, this is a dual purpose product. It can be used both as a skin serum, and as a primer under your makeup.  In the winter, my skin tends to be much more on the dry side, and this primer has been a life saver to help nourish and hydrate my face. This product feels super luxurious and contains 14 essential oils as well as vitamins to nurture and rejuvenate the skin.  At $65 an ounce, this product is not cheap by any means, but the result it provides, makes this well worth the hefty price tag in my book. If you have tried primers before, but haven't really liked them, I suggest you try this one.  Everyone I know who has tried this just loves it. If there is one thing worth investing in, it's your skin. 


#2 Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer - While this product is sold as a tinted moisturizer, I really think of it more as a foundation that works well for those with a drier skin type.  This product contains SPF15 and helps even out skin tone while leaving a healthy looking dewy glow. The coverage is light, yet this can easily be worn solo with a little added concealer in spots that need it. I especially recommend this product for those with more mature skin that don't want to wear a heavy foundation. If I could only have one foundation for the rest of my life, it would likely be one from Hourglass. It doesn't look like I am wearing foundation when I have it on, it just looks like I have really amazing skin. Isn't that what we all want from our foundation? 

 Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer Retails for $55
Above swatch in the color Ivory 

#3 Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette - While many brands make brow gel, this one is my Holy Grail.  This tube has made countless trips with me, and when I am packing light for a trip, is the one thing that always gets packed first. In my professional kit, I use the clear shade, but personally, I tend to favor Brunette.  On days when I am particularly lazy and don't feel like doing my full brow routine, I can still brush through this tinted brow gel for a more complete look.  I have tried other tinted brow gels from other brands, but Anastasia just gets the color perfect, and no other brand holds my brows in place all day like this one does. This product also helps thin brows look a bit fuller and thicker. With full brows still quite popular, I highly recommend this product for everyone. It comes in quite a few shades so you are sure to find one that works with your coloring. 

 Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel Retails for $22 at Beautylish.com
  Above is a swatch of Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette

#4 Too Faced Shadow Insurance: This eye primer is an absolute staple in my kit. I use this as the base for nearly every eye look I create. I literally use this every day and can't imagine my life without it. I always keep multiple tubes handy and on the rare occasion I have tried to do my eyeshadow without it I notice a huge difference. I used to use Urban Decay Primer Potion, and I have to say, this product is much better. I find I am able to get a much longer wear time with my eyeshadow.  With this layered underneath, most of my eye looks stay looking fresh an average of seven hours before any noticeable fading or creasing. 

 Above is a mini size that came included with an eyeshadow palette
TFSI retails for $20 for the full size.
This product provides full coverage on the eyelids to help 
block out any veins that show through the lid. It is my HG eyeshadow
primer, as it prevents creasing and creates a smooth base for eyeshadow

#5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar - The primary lip product I use in my professional kit is OCC's lip tar. They come in a large variety of colors, which come packaged in a convenient squeeze tube. I love that I can just squeeze a pea size amount onto my palette and mix colors to create my own unique shade. These are completely vegan, and the brand does offer a makeup artist discount if you shop through their site. The original lip tar is a matte formula, but the brand has now branched out to create stains, and metallic formulations as well. I even mix in loose pigments with these sometimes to create a truly unique look. These are super opaque and each comes with a mini lip brush. I purchased many of mine in sets and use the full size lip brush from the brand to apply. These are basically liquid lipsticks that are super pigmented. I love the matte formula best, as they can be turned into a metallic, or gloss can be layered over top for added shine. I also love that the brand makes a white and black shade which are great for mixing. The color selection is unparalleled, and these are an absolute must have in my book.  The 0.33 oz. size retails for $18, but sets are often available at a better value.  The brand offers full-size and mini tubes now, which is quite convenient, as it is quite difficult to finish an entire tube since you need so little product per each use. 

 Above is the full size tube which is 0.33 Fl Oz.
Above is a swatch of the color Memento (matte midtone pink plum)

I hope you enjoyed this look at my favorite high-end beauty products.  Please make sure you are subscribed so you never miss a post!  

Please share your favorite high-end beauty products in the comments below. 

*All products in this post were purchased by me. I was not paid to write about these products. 

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Special Event/Party/Holiday Look - Tutorial

 All Products in this post purchased by me
 
Special Event Makeup 
 This is the final look in my tutorial series. I have included links to the other three looks at the end of this post. This is my go-to look for special events. I'll often wear makeup like this to parties that are a bit more formal, holiday time, or any occasion that calls for something just a bit more glam than normal. You may notice this is not largely different from my "date night" makeup tutorial.  However the one thing I always wear to special events is a red lip.  There is just something so glamorous and festive about red lips.  It always makes me feel more confident and because my eyes are so large, a bold lip really helps to balance out my face. The shade of red may change, sometimes I'll wear more of a berry red, sometimes more of an orange-red. I may also opt for matte versus glossy depending on the look I am going for.  I wore red lipstick to my high school prom, my wedding and just about every other special event in my life that I can think of. 

Red lips flatter all skin tones. You just have to find the perfect red for you. I may do a separate post on finding your perfect red lippie in the future.  Please comment below if you would like me to write a post about red lipstick. The lip color I chose for this tutorial is one that works on most skin tones, and one that I use a lot, both personally and professionally. It works great on brides who prefer a red lip, and paired with a liner and prepped properly, OCC's Lip Tar in NSFW is a great long wearing formula. It is a true classic red.

Here is how to create the look:
 
Base: To begin, I started with Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory.  This product has a great amount of coverage for a tinted moisturizer, and almost wears more like a foundation while looking very natural on the skin.  It does contain SPF 15, but I have not found that it creates any sort of flashback when photos are taken.  Whichever base you choose, I suggest one with very low or no SPF because photos are often taken at special events, and sometimes the camera's flash can create an unflattering flashback effect.  If you need something extra long wearing, you may want to layer a primer underneath.  I also applied lip balm at this point so that it could sink in while I was applying the rest of my makeup.
 
After my base was applied, I gathered the rest of the tools I needed to create this special look:
 
 
 
 For added moisture, I applied a few spritz of Fresh Rose Floral Toner. I nearly always use this after my foundation application lately, as I find it helps settle the makeup into my skin for a more natural looking appearance.

Concealer: To help add light to the face and hide any imperfections I used Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow.  This is a highlighting/concealing click pen with a brush tip applicator. Think of it as a cruelty-free, and much more affordable version of the Touche Eclat.  However, while this product does add some luminosity to the face, it does not create any camera flashback.  I applied this under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, to my cupid's bow and anywhere else I wanted to conceal and/or add a bit of light to the face.  

I used a small flat foundation brush to gently pat and blend the concealer into my tinted moisturizer so that everything looked seamless. 



 I used the bdellium tools 947 brush from the yellow 
bambu line to gently pat and blend in my concealer
 
Powder: To make sure the concealer was set, I applied a light dusting of Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder in Light.  This powder is great for all skin types.  Remember that silica powders, which are those white powders that are very popular now, are wonderful for taking away shine, but they will not set concealer the way a regular pressed or loose powder will.  This powder by Cover FX, sets your liquid and cream products, while taking away shine, leaving behind a natural looking glow. Don't be afraid of the name of this powder. While it is called "Illuminating," there aren't any visible sparkles or shimmer in this powder, yet it leaves skin with a light fresh luminous looking finish. 
I used bdellium tools 980 large brush 
from their pink bambu line to powder
 
Eyes: I almost always start every eyeshadow look with a good eye primer. For this look I used my old stand by; Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I've been using this one for a long time because it works very well and does exactly what the company claims it does. It helps prevent eyeshadow from creasing, makes eyeshadow color appear more vibrant, and helps lock your shadow in place so it stays looking fresh all day and night. If I'm not using a brush, I generally like to apply this product with my ring finger because it is the weakest finger.  This avoids any unnecessary pressure or tugging on the delicate eyelid.  
 
Next, I applied e.l.f. Cream Eyeshadow in the color Dawn (beige-gold shimmer) allover my eyelid using a fluffy brush.  Using a blending style brush helps achieve a nice light layer of product while blending the color at the same time. Using the same brush, I picked up e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in the color Copper and applied it through the natural socket of my eye (crease). After placing the color, I went in with a clean blending brush (one with no product on it) and used it to blend out any harsh edges.  
 
 After priming, I applied a shimmery cream shadow to lid
 
 Then, I blended a copper cream liner through the eye socket
 The brush used here is Coastal Scents BR-B-S06 from the elite set
 The clean brush I used to blend is
from Christopher Drummond Beauty 
This Shadow Blender brush is one of my favorites
in my kit, and I actually own multiples of it so 
I always have a backup.  
 
Then switching to a pencil brush, I applied that same Copper Cream Eyeliner along the outer third of the lower lash line. It is important to start at the outer corner of the eye and blend inward so that you get the darkest color concentration at the outer edge.  Notice when I apply and blend my eyeshadow, I keep my eyes open.  If you apply your colors with eyes closed, they may look very different once your eyes are open!
Brows: First, I brushed through my brows with a spoolie. Then, using an angled brush (I used Sedona Lace 561 from their synthetic set), I applied Illamasqua Eye Brow Cake in the color Motto to any sparse areas of my brows. This is my holy grail brow color because it is the perfect taupe shade and most closely matches my natural brows. You will want to use light feather like strokes to gently fill in your brows. Then comb through once again with a spoolie to blend the color.  Many people skip this step in their makeup routine, but it is such a crucial step to achieving a professional makeup look. This step is especially important when wearing a bold lip because it really helps to balance out the face. 
 
 
Powder Eyeshadow: The reason I did brows in between my cream and powder eyeshadow application, is that I really wanted to give the cream products a chance to set. The cream shadow and liner I used in this look will set on their own after a few minutes, serving as the perfect base for this eye look. For powder eyeshadow, I chose the new Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette For Face & Eyes from Physicians Formula. This is a great drugstore find because it is a multipurpose product.  As the name implies, you can use a larger brush and apply this product as a face highlight, or using eyeshadow brushes, pick up each color individually and use them as eyeshadow. This Natural Nude palette contains all shimmery shades in colors that range from light beige to deep copper. The darker shades can even be used as eyeliner when applied with a slightly damp brush.  Those with fair skin tones can also use the deeper half of the palette as a shimmery bronzer!

Using a flat shader brush, I picked up a light shimmery pink from the center of the palette. You can choose whichever color best suites your skin tone to highlight your eyes. Using a patting motion, I applied this color to the eyelids over the Dawn cream eyeshadow applied earlier. Switching to a fluffier brush, I applied the deepest Copper color from the palette into the crease of the eye over the Copper cream shadow applied earlier. I then switched to a larger clean brush to blend out any harsh edges.  Then, going back to my pencil brush, I applied the Copper powder eyeshadow along the lower lash line over the cream shadow I applied earlier. 




 I used Coastal Scents BR-C-S06 to apply a copper shade to my crease

 To blend edges, I used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
 
Lashes: DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!  I curled lashes using an eyelash curler. My favorite is the one from Billy B. which is available at Beautylish.com. Next, I applied a generous coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.  I have really been loving this mascara, and it made my top 13 of 2013 list for a good reason. In my opinion it is absolutely one of the best mascaras on the market. While it does not claim to be waterproof, I haven't had any problems with it running down my face on rainy days. However, if your special event happens to be on a rainy one, or one where you expect tears of joy, simply make sure your final layer is Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat for extra security. 





If you get any smudges, simply wait for the mascara to dry completely and remove it with a dry cotton swab or one dipped in a tiny bit of primer as not to ruin your eyeshadow. Sometimes I'll even take a cotton swab and gently push the lashes up while wet to make sure the curl really gets locked into place. Spending a little extra time on your lashes will help eyes look big, open and beautiful. 



 
Liner: I realize most people apply eyeliner before mascara. I like to do my first coat of mascara and then liner because this way I can push the gel liner right into the lashes, the curled lashes serving as a barrier. I used a thin flat angled brush to draw a line of gel liner along my upper lash line. I didn't do any sort of wing or flick, I just followed the natural shape of my eye.  To make sure there weren't any gaps between lashes, I then switched to a push liner brush and working from underneath the lashes, pushed the liner up and painted the under side of my lashes with the gel liner. For this look I used Wet n Wild gel liner in Black. For some reason, I just discovered this product recently, and I have to say, this budget friendly buy really does work just as well as the high end gel liner I'm used to. I am truly blown away by how well this product works because it is so inexpensive! 


 
Once liner was applied, I applied another couple of coats of mascara until I achieved the length and volume I wanted on my lashes.  If you prefer, you can also try a pair of falsies for a super glam look. 

Blush: If you prefer bronzer, you can use that in addition to or instead of blush. I only used blush for this look, as I tend to favor blush alone in the Winter and Spring, switching to bronzer in Summer and Fall. The blush I used is Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry. I have really been loving this blush and use it quite often. It is quite pigmented, so I like to use an angled blush brush to swirl all three shades together, and then starting at the back of the cheekbone, lightly pat on the color moving inward toward the center of the face. I then used circular motions to diffuse the color. To make sure there weren't any harsh edges, I went back in with the brush I used to apply my setting powder and lightly went over the edges of the blush in a back and forth motion to blend everything together. This blush is shimmery so no added highlighter is needed. It adds a lovely glow to the face all by itself.


Lips: Finally, I finished off the look with red lips! I first wiped off any remaining lip balm from my lips, then used Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in True Red. You want a red lip liner that matches the lip color you are going to use on top exactly.  Choose a long-wearing formula so that you don't have to worry about constantly reapplying at your special event.  Line lips with the liner, but also fill them in completely to serve as a base for your lip color. I then filled in lips with OCC Lip Tar in NSFW.  I actually used an e.l.f. flat eyeliner brush for this, because the small size of the brush head really let me get the corners of the mouth and perfect the edges.  I then blotted off any excess, and went over the edges with lip liner again to fix any unevenness. 



Here is the completed look: 

 Above photo with flash, below without



I hope you enjoyed reading my tutorial series as much as I enjoyed writing it. Red lips look great on just about everyone. I believe every woman should have a red lipstick in her makeup collection that makes her look and feel great. What is your favorite red lippie?  Please share in the comments below. 

Here are the other three tutorials in the series:


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Evening Look (Date Night)

*This post contains both products purchased by me as well as some sent for consideration

Evening Look (Date Night)-Tutorial

Welcome to part 3 of my makeup series.  Don't forget to check out parts 1 & 2 in the links below.  This post is my go-to evening look. It's perfect for a date, drinks out with friends or anytime you need to look a little more put together for a night out. Evening is definitely the perfect time to wear a bolder look. The general rule I like to chose, is to pick your favorite feature and play that up.  For example, if you love your eyes, play them up! Go with a smokey eye, or a bold liner, and pair with a neutral lip.  Luscious lips?  Rock a bold lip with nude eyes.  Perfect skin? Play it up with some contouring and highlighting. I tend to take a little bit more time for my evening look.  

So put on your favorite music, light some scented candles and lets get started!

Prime: I've been testing out this new CC primer from Tarte Cosmetics. It comes in a stick format, and has corrective properties to help neutralize redness in the skin while adding a brightening effect. This will give your makeup a matte finish, so I do not recommend it for those with overly dry skin. I applied this product directly from the stick to my T-zone and blended it out with a sponge. If you don't have this product, just use your favorite face primer instead. 


Foundation: For evening, I like to use a good quality foundation. During the daytime, I tend to favor BB Creams or tinted moisturizers, but for nighttime, I like a bit more coverage. One of my favorite high end foundations is Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation. I find this one especially great during these cold winter months, because it really does add a bit more moisture into the skin, while still providing real coverage. I applied this using my new Zoeva 124 Grand Stippling Brush. I buffed it into the skin using circular motions.  This face brush works great! I just got it, so I'll test it a bit longer before I post a full review on it.




Correct/Conceal: Next, I cover up my under eye circles using a double ended roller ball from Physicians Formula. One end is a yellow based corrector, and the other end provides light concealing.  The cool metal of the roller ball helps depuff the under eye area.  This product doesn't quite provide enough coverage for me, but it is a good base for my other concealing products.  Before layering anything on top, I use a synthetic brush to blend the product under my eyes. Be sure to use a brush that is very soft, as the under eye area is extremely delicate. For added coverage, I applied a new concealer I am testing from Arbonne. It has a light creamy texture, and you only need a tiny bit.  I used this product under my eyes and on any blemishes around the face. To add light to the center of the face, I used a highlighting concealer pen from Trish McEvoy and applied it under the eyes, to the bridge of my nose, and the center of my forehead. You can apply any lighter concealer to your face on any areas that you want to highlight or bring forward. Use the same synthetic brush we used earlier to blend everything in. You want to really take your time with these steps to help create the perfect canvas for your makeup. 






Powder: Now we have to set all of that concealer. To keep the skin looking matte, yet healthy, I chose a translucent loose powder by Lavera. This is a vegan setting powder, that helps control shine without ever looking cakey.  Another great choice is Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder which is great for winter because it also has moisturizing benefits, while still controlling shine. While the finish is luminous, it's not at all shiny. If you prefer a matte look, Cover FX Matte Setting Powder is another great choice. I applied this using my large Kelley Quan New York powder brush. I love using this brush for setting powder because it's so soft and fluffy, that it deposits a nice light coat of powder without disturbing the foundation underneath. 



Eye Primer: I always apply an eye primer before my eyeshadow. It makes such a difference for me, I don't know what I'd do without it. Even if you don't normally wear one, if you are going out for the evening, it is a good idea to try one out. It will make sure your eyeshadow look stays perfect all night. I chose one from NYX.  This Eyeshadow Base is white, which will help the eyeshadow colors appear more true. To get a nice thin layer of primer on your eye lids, I recommend applying and blending with a synthetic brush. 



Eyeshadow: You will need five eyeshadow colors for this look. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to see the five eyeshadow types everyone needs. You will need: a matte highlight shade (one that matches your skin tone or is slightly lighter), a shimmery shade that works great solo for the lid, a contour color (try a matte dark brown), a transition shade (a warm lighter brown), and a liner shade (matte black).  The actual colors you use can vary as long as you stick to these types of shadows. I was able to find all five shades I needed in the NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette called The Runway Collection. This is a great, and super affordable little palette of shadows that will easily fit in your makeup bag.

Eyeshadow Application: First, chose your matte highlight shade. I chose a cream color from the palette. Pick up the color using a flat shader brush.  This will serve as a base for our look. Apply to the lid, under the brow, and on the inner corner of the eyes. 




Next, choose a shimmery shade for your lid. Flip over your brush and pick up the color right above the cream shade in this palette. Using a packing motion, pack the color onto your eye lid, stopping in the natural crease of your eye. The shade I chose is light, but has some nice shimmer to it.  Shimmer shadows are particularly pretty for evening makeup looks.



Using the same brush, pick up a dark matte brown using the tip of the brush.  Apply this shadow along the lower lash line smudging it as you you along. Start at the outer corner so the darkest concentration of color is there and sweep inward toward the inner corner of your eye. 




 
Liner: We are going to use matte black eyeshadow for liner. Using a push liner brush, pick up some matte black shadow. Push the color underneath the lashes along the top lash line.  This will give the appearance of thicker longer lashes. Simply push and wiggle the brush until you get the desired effect.



Now go back to your flat shadow brush, and using the tip again, pick up just a touch of the matte black shadow and work it along just the edge of your lower lash line, pulling the line out slightly. Use a clean brush to blend out the edge, pulling the color into the outer corner of the eye.


Using a fluffy crease brush, pick up the dark matte brown and sweep lightly into the natural crease of your eye. I find a duo fiber brush helps with getting a nice light layer of color. Just above that, chose a transition shade, a slightly lighter brown and sweep lightly in between the dark brown and your cream highlight shade we applied earlier.




After your colors are applied, it is always helpful to take a clean blending brush and blend over any harsh edges.

Brows: To frame the eyes, we want to make sure brows are neatly groomed. I like to run through the brows with a clean brow brush first.  Tweeze any stray brows if needed. Now, choose a matte cool toned brown shadow or brow powder and fill in any sparse areas using an angled brush. I used my Kelley Quan Wave brush, which is my absolute favorite brush for brows. Set everything with a clear brow gel.




Liquid Liner: Since this is an evening look, I decided to add some liquid liner to really play up my eyes. You can use any color you prefer, and black will definitely work here.  However, I decided to try something a little more unexpected, so I used a bright blue. To make sure the line is super precise, I applied it using the Zoeva Winged Liner brush. Use a Q-Tip to clean up any smudges.

Lime Crime Liquid Eyeliner in Lazuli (Bright Blue) 

Lashes: Curl lashes and apply generous coats of your favorite mascara. My favorite currently is Too Faced Better Than Sex. 




To make sure lashes are super separated, comb through lashes with a metal lash comb.  If you have trouble with curling your lashes, I recommend trying a heated eyelash curler, which I use almost exclusively in my professional kit. 
If desired, apply a waterproof rose gold liner in your waterline. 

Cheeks: For blush, I used the new Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Rose. To the cheekbones, I applied Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar as a highlight. 




Lips: For lips, I applied Ilia Lipstick in Neon Angel straight from the tube. I blotted it, then applied Nuance by Salma Hayek Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Nectar. It's a very sheer, but high shine peach color, that still allows the lipstick to show through. Blot to remove any excess.



If desired finish the look with a spritz of setting spray. I'm really enjoying the ones from NYX currently, and find they are perfect for getting my look to last all night long. 

Here is the finished look:





I hope you enjoyed this makeup tutorial.  This is my go-to evening makeup look.  I usually use black liquid liner, but decided to switch it up for fun. What is your go-to evening makeup look? Please share in the comments below. 

Brushes used: Kelley Quan New York, Zoeva, Crown Brushes

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*This post contains both products purchased by me and samples sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. I do not get paid to write reviews or recommend products. I do not get any commissions if you purchase any of the products mentioned in this post.