Teal Underliner- Why Not

I’ve been on a bit of a blog break. I fell victim to a vicious cold and let’s just say that red, chapped skin is not a camera’s friend. I’ve fully recovered from the mouth breathing and snot-bonanza, so I’m excited to sit and play with makeup again. I always feel a little more adventurous with my makeup when the weather is nice. There’s something about a lot of sun and a bit of warmth that makes me brave, so I dug out some teal eyeliner and decided to have a go…

Now that the weather is warming and heat and humidity are on the rise, I have to change up my foundation routine a bit. I can’t powder my skin to death they way I usually like to, so I have to embrace a bit more transparency in my coverage when the humidity attacks.

Oh, and I also got a haircut (FINALLY.) I was attempting to grow it out, but the mushroom mullet look didn’t agree with me, and if I let it get long again, it would always end up in a ponytail anyway, so short hair it is.

You all know the foundation routine by now. Bye bye redness:

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Oh, and two more things for this post. One- please ignore the RAGING sunburn on my shoulders. I was an idiot and in the sun too long without proper protection. I’m still annoyed at myself about it. Two, please ignore the plastic shirt hanger sticking out of my top. I didn’t see it until I processed these photos, and I was furious enough that those little plastic bastards are now in a thousand pieces in my trash can, but not so furious to reshoot. So ignore. Thanks.

One sort of new step in my routine is adding a bit of highlighter right under my brow line on the brow bone. My eyelids are already starting to sink, and my eyebrows are lowering slowly but surely. This step helps give the illusion of lift where I need it. The highlighter is a Chella Highlighter Pencil and the finish is smooth, and it’s not too bright.

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Next, prepped primed the lids then built color at the outer corner using my Makeup Geek shadows:

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Because I have such a deep crease, and not much space between my crease and brow bone when my eyes are open, I really try to get the shape I want by placing the shadows with open eyes (before closing to blend.) If I closed my eye and did lots of intricate color placement and blending, it would all disappear when I opened my eyes. My lid and crease space all but disappear, so keep this in mind. I place shadows above my natural crease and blend accordingly. If your work disappears with open eyes, do the same.

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Next, I took a bit of ‘snakebite’ from my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette on the outer corners and up on the lid to add a bit of golden brown warmth.

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Finally, for a bit of pop, I went back to my Makeup Geek Shadows and patted a bit of the shade ‘Shimma Shimma’ on the inner portion of my eyelid for highlight.

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I like the outer-to-inner gradient effect. I think this placement style flatters my eye shape, so I wear it a lot.

Next, and in no way surprising to anyone, I lined with some gel liner and tightlined. Eyeliner really evens out the asymmetry in my eyes and gives a structure I like.

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To finish the top, as always, mascara mascara mascara. If you are wanting extra length to your lashes, do like I do and swipe the backs of your lashes at the very ends. It coats the backs of the lashes and provides that extra bit of length.

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In my attempt to keep my skin fresh looking, I lightly dusted with powder to set. For my blush, I was recently inspired by Sharon Farrell to dust off my good ol’ Benetint and use it to achieve a natural flush without adding more powdery blush to my face. Her technique is spot on, so if you have one of the Benefit cheek stains, this works brilliantly. I used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, but any small dense synthetic brush will work great. Apply the tint in small swipes then, WITHOUT DELAY, stipple stipple stipple until you blend the stain out to a beautiful natural finish. Repeat for more color. I really really liked the outcome. One note about the technique: if you have Benetint, you’ll apply it straight to the face. If you have Posietint or Cha-Cha tint (both of which I have and use), you’ll apply it to the bristles of the brush first since the consistency of those is a bit more gelatinous.

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Again, ignoring the sunburn and the plastic hanger thing, I think the result is a natural flush:

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Because he’s a gentleman, my husband also came in and offered to stand behind me so I’d have a new background for the shoot.

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If teal eyeliner isn’t your thing, you could always stop here. Slap on a bit of bold lipstick and call it a day. Because I planned on applying lots of teal eyeliner, I added a bit (and I mean a very very very bit of concealer right in the inner corner of my eyes to counteract any natural blue or purple tones there.

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All that’s left is to add as little or as much teal eyeliner as you’d like. I ran it along my inner waterline (then did it again after about a minute to really make sure it set) and also along my lashline, pulling it down just a bit for the added color payoff.

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I added a bit of mascara to the bottom lashes, and called it a day. I think this is a fun summery look. I wear it like this when I’m feeling particularly sassy and looking for a way to play with color.

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And as always, here’s a shot of what I used to create this look:

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