Going Formal- Fancy Party Makeup

This past weekend, my company celebrated 100 years of service. 100 years. That’s an amazing milestone worthy of an over-the-top party. The Centennial gala had been in the works for over a year now, and you know I’m a makeup nerd when I couldn’t stop thinking about how it would be an excuse to USE ALL THE MAKEUP THINGS (aka highlighter, highlighter, and more highlighter). When I’m doing fancy party makeup, I try to remember two things: low lighting and photography. I can really pile on the glow because it looks great in mood lighting and I can be more heavy handed with face products because it photographs beautifully.

Since I knew I’d be taking my time getting ready, and really piling it on, I sat down at my makeup station to document. When I sat down, I only knew one thing- the look must have falsh lashes and lots of highlighter. The rest? I winged it.

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Cool Toned Makeup for Cool Toned Weather

I HAD THE DOORS OPEN ALL WEEKEND. Sorry. I’m so excited. After endless 90 degree days, this 60 and 70 degree weekend weather was divine. I’m ready for fall. It’s by far my favorite season. All the sweatshirts. All the leaves. All the endless cups of hot coffee (and none of them pumpkin flavored).

As you may or may not have noticed, I have a thing for warm-toned eye makeup and lipsticks. I like changes in the weather to motivate changes in my makeup routine, so I decided to gather my cool-toned eyeshadows and the holy-grail berry lipstick (in 107) and see what I could make happen.

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Five Great Orangey Red Lipsticks to Help Beat the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot. Face meltingly, makeup destroyingly hot. When it gets this gross outside, and the heat and humidity make sure I look like I’ve just come from a workout- no matter where I’ve been-  I have to rely on a pretty light makeup routine to keep my skin happy. When minimal eyeshadow and light foundation are a must, the best products in my makeup bag are my lipsticks.

I’m sure there’s some #science to back up my summer-makeup-theory: if I wear lipstick as bright as the sun, the heat deflects and keeps me cooler. Sound unlikely? Yea, but that’s what delusion is for.

Anyway, I love orangey lipsticks. The love really kicked into high gear when I found an old lip crayon for this tutorial, and realized how much I really dug wearing such a vibrant warm pop of color, especially now that my hair is lighter. Here are my five favorite orangey-red lipsticks to help beat the summer heat.

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Warm Copper Smokey Eye

Sometimes, when I’m going through my makeup looking to get inspired, I stumble across a shadow that I think “I’ll never wear that” and that’s motivation enough for me to try something with it. This time, I noticed I had a few copper shadows lurking around that look beautiful in the pan, but have never made it onto my eyes. I sat down to have a bit of a play around, and I really loved the outcome.

On this particular day-red cheeks for days. So I covered it a bit with some yellow-based concealer before applying a light layer of foundation.

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Product Empties and Reviews #1

My favorite posts to read are always the ’empties’ posts. I’m really interested in the products people use to the end (not easy when you are a beauty/skincare addict) and I’m always fascinated to find out if they’d recommend or repurchase the product. I saved a drawer full of products I used up and thought I’d share with you more about them.

Since this post is epic, here is a list of the products I reviewed so you can skip ahead if you are only interested in a few:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara- Waterproof- Very Black

Most of it is skincare. Take a deep breath. Here we go…

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My Daily Makeup-Keeping it Fresh and All About the Lashes

I’ve been on a minimal makeup kick. Winter is always the season I wear more makeup all around- once it starts warming up and the humidity rises, I have to change my game plan. Higher humidity=higher chance for cakey-ness. It’s also true that piling on makeup isn’t necessarily the secret to looking youthful and fresh, and while I’m in no way complaining about getting older, I don’t want to practice any habits that age me unnecessarily. Keeping that in mind, I’ve done the impossible- I’ve gone without my signature black eyeliner for almost two weeks, and I’ve kept my foundation routine as light as I feel I can while still evening out my skin tone.

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Makeup 101- Brush Basics

It’s a big wide brush world out there. So many choices and so many purposes. Brushes can make makeup application more fun, and also help get the most out of your product, but there are SO MANY variations that many makeup beginners are intimidated. I pulled my most-used brushes out of my collection to share what I think are some great basics. So pull out a notepad, THROW AWAY THE SPONGE APPLICATORS and dig in…

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How I Wear A Classic Red Lip

I love red lipstick. It’s a problem, really. My love of all lipsticks is well documented, but I have a soft spot for the classic red. Too many people reserve their red lipstick for a super formal event, or for evenings out, but my favorite way to wear red lipstick is in a casual way. Red lips,  with a plain t-shirt and jeans is the perfect running errands get-up when I want to be polished.

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