Monday, December 5, 2011

Dare to Try! {Make Up Tutorial}

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before and after

I am such a lover of make up. I would almost consider myself a collector. And it doesn’t just sit in a drawer, it gets majorly used on this face. I’ve had acne problems since elementary school, and just because I grew up didn’t mean my face did too. I feel like I’m really putting myself out there with this before picture. At least I’m having a bit of a clearer skin day, and I’m guessing my blemishes stand out as much brighter to me than the do to the rest of the world. I feel like I look sleepy and slightly puffy before the make up goes on. Thanks to girls at make up counters, endless episodes of What Not to Wear, and a lot of trial and error, I feel like I’ve found some easy to use tricks that go a long ways in the effects of make up.

My two favorite elements of a clean looking, simple face are cover up and eyeliner. And the key to both is creamy.


I have very sensitive skin that reacts to anything less than expensive, so we have to take my face into account when we set our budget. But I know there are very affordable options in drug stores. I like a creamy, thick concealer that I have to apply with a brush. I load the brush up, then warm the concealer on my palm by mixing it around, and then apply it to all my red spots and under my eyes. I don’t use the applicator brush to blend, just apply. Then, using a foundation brush, I blot the concealer until it blends with my skin while covering up the blemish or red spot. After that, foundation gets applied. If I feel like the foundation wipes away some of the concealer, I’ll blot a little more of the cover up back on.

light shadow

I still hear the words of Aunt Becky from Full House telling DJ that make up is used to enhance our natural features, not create new ones. So I keep my eye shadow simple. I start with a creamy eye primer (you can already see how much bigger my left/your right eye is looking with the primer). Then I brush a white/neutral shadow across my entire eyelid, all the way up to the brow. This is followed by a light brown in the crease of my eyelid. I like to go a little heavier on the outer corner. It’s still really neutral at this point, and you can hardly tell the difference between the eyes in the picture above. But trust me, it makes a really nice, soft pallet to work with for the eyeliner.


The eyeliner is where I really have fun. I lay it on thick. I go thicker on the outside and thin on the inside, but there’s quite a bit there. I love a nice, creamy eyeliner. It goes on so smoothly and is easy to fix and work with. A sharp point is really essential. I only apply a little bit and lightly to the bottom lid from the outside corner to about 1/3 of the way in. Then, using an eye shadow brush, I smudge that shadow like crazy. At the corners where it’s the thickest, I smudge it up quite a bit toward the crease. It creates a nice, subtly dramatic affect when your eyes are open and you smile.

Then some mascara finishes off the eyes, followed by blush and mineral powder. If I’m wanting a slightly more glamorous look, I’ll brush on some shimmer shadow on my eyes and cheeks.

And there you have it, my tips for making a subtle yet polished face. (Complete with a messy mirror… thanks for accepting me for who I am—zits and unkempt mirror and all.)

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  1. Beautiful! You look lovely with and without your makeup. I love that your makeup is subtle, even though you say you're wearing quite a bit--one thing I've been nervous about with makeup (I'm not very adventurous!) is looking TOO made up and fake, but you do a great job of just enhancing what's already there without looking over the top.

  2. Very nice, you look lovely. Perhaps next time u can add a close-up of the eye work?


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