Matte eyeshadows have become my life. It may be the fact that fine lines are showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I’m really into single-shadow looks in a matte formula. And with Spring right around the corner, I’ve felt the need to simplify my routine. Second only to not having to grunt my way into tights every time I wear a dress, changing my makeup routine is what I look forward to the most. And recently, I’ve been compelled to sweep on a matte shadow, slap on some mascara and call it done. I know this will be my go to Spring makeup.
It’s been a while. Life happens. It’s only been recently that I felt ready to sit down with the camera and play with makeup. The recent purchase of this beautiful Stila palette didn’t hurt:
I’ve had this palette on my Sephora wishlist for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger when I got a bit burned out on defining a crease, wearing liner, etc, and all I wanted to do with my makeup is wash a one-sweep shadow over my lids, sweep on mascara and go. Turns out, this palette is great for both of those options, and since I bought it in December, it’s all I’ve used.
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.
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.
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.
New hair means new makeup routine. I’ve had my hair platinum now for about a month, and I’m only just now starting to figure out how I like to wear makeup on a day-to-day basis.
After quite a bit of experimentation, I’ve landed on a look that I wear almost every day of the week and it’s brown, brown, and brown.
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
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.
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…
It’s no secret that I live to wear makeup. It’s where I can express some creativity and have a little fun in my day-to-day. As much as I love it, I also like to keep it relatively restrained. I can admire the airbrushed looks favored by certain beauty bloggers, but I don’t find that aesthetic suits me. In my twenties, I was more experimental with makeup and willing to really push my comfort zone. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know what suits me best, I know what flatters me the most, and I know where I should play it safe and where I can play around a bit. I own every neutral shadow ever made, so after I’d seen the raves and raves and raves and raves about the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows, so I made it a point to get my hands on a few. After playing with some of them, I decided to do a little bit of drama, the way I’d wear a full-on eye.