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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Building the Palette of My Dreams with Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Makeup palettes are the best and the worst. They always look so beautiful on the shelf- all the shadows staring back at you with their promises and potential. But let’s be real- there are always shadows that go unloved and unused. I have several palettes that contain my most favorite shadows, and those same palettes have shades that I’ve barely touched. Therefore, logic dictates that the best palettes are the ones I can build from scratch.

Enter the z-palette. Perfect way to build a palette full of shadows I know I’ll use. For me, there is one brand that delivers on the two most important makeup factors- quality and value- and that brand is Makeup Geek.

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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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My Version of Glam

If you saw my last post, you know that day to day I try to wear my makeup as naturally and fresh looking as possible. Occasionally I feel like having a bit of fun and I can really pile it on. This look is about as glam as I get (and about as complicated). We’re talking a full face- foundation, heavier eye makeup, highlighter, contour, the whole lot. Every once and a while it’s fun to get a little intense. Continue reading

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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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…

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Bobbi Brown Hot Collection Art Sticks- My Latest Obsession

Vibrant. Beautiful. That’s about all you need to know about the Bobbi Brown Art Sticks from her recent Hot Collection. I’d read some of the hype and reviews on these products, and when I saw the swatches of the Orange art stick, I was intrigued. I’m in search of a dupe for the now-unavailable orange lip color I used in this post. Once I got my hands on it, I wore it every day for a week and I knew I had to have another. On a girls shopping trip with my mom, I picked up the Pink one, and I’m SOOOOO not sorry. It’s gorgeous. They are large pencils (sharpeners included) and they apply like a dream. Smooth, pigmented, and most importantly- comfortable. If you want a brilliantly bold treat for your lips, snatch these up. I’m pretty sure the Berry one will be on it’s way once I save up the pennies…

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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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