Recent Eye Routine: The “Smudgey” Look

Very rarely do I purposely try to look messy or “smudgey” – in this case – however, as of late, I’ve been going for the effortless look. The funny thing about looking effortless is that it takes so long to make it look like you just threw any particular look together.

Remember all that marketing geared towards the “bedhead” look, yet it took so many products and time to achieve it? And, weird how all the tutorials out there for “natural makeup” takes just as long as a dramatic look? Well, this is no different. :)

My smudgey look is still structured because I don’t want to look like I’ve partied all night, then slept in my makeup, and then walked around in public the next day. “Smudgey” to me revolves around the idea of using cream products to get the look down, and then using powder products to lock it in place. After all, we don’t want the look to continue smudging throughout the day.

My tools:
-MAC eyeshadow “Jest”
-MAC eyeshadow “Satin Taupe”
-MAC eyeshadow “Charcoal Brown”
-KOJI eyelash curler
-Shiseido mascara base + Majorilca Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara + L’oreal Voluminous mascara
-Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa”

The look itself was very simple – and the key to it all is blending everything sloppily.

First, I applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa” and blended it in with my fingers. I concentrated most of the color in the outer corners, then added MAC “Satin Taupe” over everything covering my entire eyelid. While that sets, I take the “Cocoa” and line my lower lashline smudging it before it dries. MAC “Jest” is a peachy pearlescent shade that I like to apply in the inner corners to brighten the look – that way it still looks somewhat put together. I blend MAC “Charcoal Brown” in the crease line to fade the top portion of the color, so that it doesn’t have a stark line.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and apply my base and mascara. After it dries, I used L’oreal Voluminous mascara to add clumpy volume. The clumps are intentional and add drama to the look. I kept my eyebrows light because I felt that my eye look was already drawing enough attention for the most part. I personally think this is a great look to wear with a messy top knot bun, denim cuffed shorts, and a loose top. It’s an effortless-looking look that is still fun and dramatic, yet unsloppy. There is a fine line between intentional sloppy and hot mess, right?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

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Bronzey Smokey Eye

I was in the mood for a bronzey smokey eye that would be daytime-appropriate. I know that smokey eye makeup isn’t necessarily reserved only for nights out; however, by doing this during the day, I am stepping out of my comfort zone.

My look here is simple, just like pretty much the rest of my makeup. I don’t have lots of excess eyelid space and I have to work with what I’ve got. So, I stuck with some basic colors to do the trick using only 2 colors.

I used MAC eyeshadows in “Handwritten” and “Bronze.” The color “Bronze” is applied to the eyelids and “Handwritten” is used to smoke up the outer corners of my lids. By doing this, I’ve created depth and slight dimension. I noticed that only using “Bronze” makes my lids look incomplete and flat, so I like to use a darker and more smokey tone for the crease area.

As you can see, on their own, both shadows are quite cool. I prefer that effect espcially with smokey looks so that it’s not too overwhelming or smoldering for daytime. I used a dark brown eyeliner for my lower lashline to complete the look, along with using MAC “Espresso” for my brows.

To complete the bronziness, I used my new Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in “Sable Beige.” I’m loving this bronzer and I find that it’s so great for those who have fair skin. If you’re interested in learning more about this product, please refer to its own post.

As always, thanks for reading – and apologies for such a brief post. :)

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

What’s On My Face?

Many of you have been asking for posts on routines/looks so this is my take on a “current routine” post. As I’ve stated previously, my looks don’t change much day-to-day because I like the rather neutral look. However, since my products are constantly on rotation, it still makes the post worthwhile (or, at least I hope).

The products:
“Teddy” eye kohl by MAC
“Sketch” eyeshadow by MAC
“Nepal” eyeshadow by NARS
“Taupe” eyeshadow by NYX
Shisedio mascara base
MJ lash expander frame plus mascara
Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
KOJI lash curler

The eyelid:
“Nepal” is placed in the inner 1/3 of the lid and “Sketch” is lightly blended in the crease and the outer portion of the lid. I used the MAC 217 for all blending purposes. “Taupe” was placed above my crease to blend the top portion of the look together. I like to use “Taupe” for this much of the time because it’s a neutral, skin-tone shade that leans a bit brown and provides good contrast. That way, it doesn’t look like colors appear out of nowhere.

“Teddy” eyeliner was used to line my lower lashline. This is an impressive dark brown eyeliner that has subtle shimmers. It’s not stark like black, but not as dull and uninteresting like your regular dark brown eyeliner.

* For eyebrows (products not pictured), I used MAC “Espresso” with an angled liner brush.

The lashes:
As always, I curled my lashes with my KOJI lash curler, added mascara base, and layered my MJ mascara over it to hold the curl. After it dries for a few minutes, I coated My Blackest Lashes over it for maximum volume, thickness, and darkness.

The rest of my face is quite simple. For me it’s all about face products that will make it through a hot Texas day. Prior to makeup application, I used my Hydra Beauty serum and skipped the moisturizer. This, on its own, provides an instant moisturized and plumped effect – yippee! Afterwards, my trusty sunscreen was applied before applying my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B10.

For this, I used Sephora’s buffing brush for an airbrushed effect. MAC’s “Pink Tea” blush was applied using the MAC 116; “Phloof” eyeshadow (MAC) was used as a cheek highlight because of its opalescent pinkish glow that it gives the skin.

Strangely, I don’t enjoy using “Phloof” on my brow bone like everyone else as a brow highlight. It’s just so pinky-white that it look unnatural and too obvious. For months this color went neglected until I thought about putting it on my cheeks as a regular highlight.

It’s a little unconventional, but I think it’s a great multi-tasking product (and it’s super for traveling since it’s the size of an eyeshadow).

Technically, the Hydra Beauty Serum and Shiseido sunscreen are skin care items. However, without them, makeup application would be pointless. It’s important to prep the skin well before anything so that your SKIN looks good. In my opinion, if your skin is looking good, so will your makeup.

Last year, I noticed the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation lasted surprisingly well when it got hotter. Also, the light texture is great so you don’t feel like you’re sweating your makeup off. “Pink Tea” blush is so pretty and it’s not just your regular, average pink color. It’s a milky tone that gives a bit of a glow to your cheeks – unfortunately, it’s SO similar to “Well Dressed” so I ended up returning that one.

How has your routine changed now that it’s warmer?

Thanks for reading.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

EOTD: Eye of the Day

Happy Sunday, all. I hope your weekend was as eventful as mine! And, as always, a weekend isn’t a weekend without some shopping. Anyone get aynthing good that they would recommend?

It’s been highly requested that I demonstrate how some of my favorite products are used. As I’ve previously stated in other posts, I’m a neutral-colors gal so many of my eye/makeup looks aren’t exciting with fun colors, shimmers, and false lashes. Because of the atmosphere I work in, I try to keep everything I wear (clothes, makeup) on a very low-key yet sophisticated level. Some of you have asked where I like to shop for clothes – and, I’d have to say that I enjoy Banana Republic, Gap, Nordstrom, and Nordstrom Rack the most. The biggest tip I can give you is to hit up outlets and sales often, and to become a ‘member’ at these stores because you save SO much more that way. Also, you’re able to participate in member-exclusive deals and events.

Another thing to keep in mind is to know where to invest properly, because some key items in your closet are worth shelling out money for because of the quality and longevity. Some items to keep in mind that are worth investing in are black slacks, dark denim jeans, a coat, a blazer, and black leather pumps. Aside from these items, everything else can be purchased for less pretty much wherever, depending on your taste and preference.

Anyway, back to the EYE OF THE DAY – featuring my favorite Burberry eyeshadow (that’s been previously reviewed).

1. “Pale Barley” eyeshadow by Burberry
2. Shiseido mascara base
3. Majorilca Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara (Japan)
4. L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in “Carbon Black”
5. MAC 217 brush (blending)
6. MAC 263 brush (angled brush – brows)
7. MAC “Charcoal Brown” matte eyeshadow
8. KOJI No. 73 eyelash curler (Japan)

Eyebrows: I used MAC “Charcoal Brown” eyeshadow and the MAC 263 angled brush to fill in my brows. This seems to be a versatile color for brows because I know various people who use this color who range in skin tone, hair color, and ethnicities. I prefer a dark, warm brown color for my brows since I don’t have stark black hair naturally.

Eyelids: No primer – just “Pale Barley” applied onto my lids using the sponge tip applicator (which, by the way, is superb for applying a solid layer of color). Then, I take “Charcoal Brown” again and add to the crease of my eyes and blend it with the MAC 217. Essentially, this is just for some mild definition. Also, “Charcoal Brown” is added to my lower lashline as well.

Eyelashes: I curl my lashes using my KOJI curler and apply Shiseido’s mascara base. I follow that with my trusty (and super water proof) Majorilca Majorca mascara to hold my lashes up in its curl. After a few minutes of working on other areas of my face, I come back to my lashes and apply L’Oreal Voluminous mascara on top of everything for volume and thickness.

As always, thanks for reading.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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