Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ten-Step Guide to Perfect Makeup

Hello everyone!

Wow, life has been pretty crazy lately.  I have been so busy with work, family, and trying to maintain some type of social life.  I am going to post more often...even if it's just quick tips.   Hope everyone is doing and feeling great!

In my mind, makeup is simple.  When you  know how to apply it, it should only take five to ten minutes.  Practice is the key.

Step 1: Concealer

Under eye concealer should be one to two shades lighter than your skin tone.  If the concealer looks ashy, it's too light.  If it looks yellow, it's too dark. 

Applying concealer on the spot next to the inner corner of the eye will open up your eyes and give you a fresh, bright-eyed look.

Step 2:  Foundation

To find the perfect shade, swatch a few shades on the side of the face and forehead and check the colors in natural light.  The shade that disappears is the right one.

Use a brush, sponge or fingers to apply.

I have two shades of foundation--one for winter months and one for summer.  Blend the two for spring and fall :)

*For a sheer, casual alternative to foundation, use a tinted moisturizer to even out skin tone.

Step 3:  Powder

Dusting a setting powder over the face will ensure long-lasting results.

I love Makeup Forever High Definition setting powder.

Step 4:  Blush

Smile and apply a natural shade of blush on the apples of the cheeks.  Blend up toward the hairline, then downward to soften the color.

For an extra glow, add a luminous highlighter on top.  Dot three dots on top of your blush and blend.  I love High Beam by Benefit.

To add a warm tint to skin, use a bronzer on areas where the sun normally hits the face--cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.

Step 5:  Lipstick

Start with clean, smooth lips.

Neutral lipstick shades and sheer formulas can be applied directly from the tube.  Use a lip brush to apply darker, or brighter colors, which require precise application.

Step 6:  Lip Liner

To achieve natural-looking definition and to keep color from feathering, line lips with a lip liner AFTER applying lip color.  Use a lip brush to soften and blend any hard edges. 

Step 7:  Brows

Define brows using shadow or pencil in the color of your eyebrows.  Revlon makes a great pencil/gel combo.  Try it out!

Step 8:  Eye Shadow

Sweep a light eye shadow color from the lash line to the brow bone.  I like NYX-nude

Dust a medium eye shadow color on the lower lid, up to the crease.

Apply contour color if needed to add depth to eye. 

Step 9:  Eyeliner

Line the upper lash line with a dark shadow color. You can apply damp or dry.

After lining the upper lash line, look straight ahead to see if there are any gaps that need to be filled in.

Step 10:  Mascara

When applying mascara, hold the wand parallel to the floor and brush from the base of the lashes to the tips.  Roll the wand as you go to separate the lashes and avoid clumps.  Always apply two to three coats.

If you choose to curl lashes, do so before applying mascara.


Remember,  this is for a quick, day look. Most of the time for a night look (with heavier eyeshadow), I do eyes first so that I can wipe off any excess eyeshadow that will fall.

Make it your own, practice, and have FUN!

Please keep the questions coming--they are the inspiration for my posts.  Have a great week.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lipstick Trend

Hey everyone!

Lipsticks come in all shapes and sizes.  One particular trend that I've seen a lot in spring forecasts is the "Matte" finish.  Personally, I've always been a fan.  Matte lipstick requires some rules of application; so, allow me :)


1.  Exfoliate

With a matte finish, lips are not being hydrated as well as with a gloss, so they show flakes and dryness.  Scrubbing your lips will allow for a smooth canvas to apply the stick.  I recommend The Lip Scrub. You can buy this at Blue Mercury.

Retails for $25

Using a washcloth or toothbrush to exfoliate lips works as a quick option. 

2.  Hydrate

Follow up the exfoliation by applying lip balm.  Blot a few times after to make sure you do not have too much on!  My favorite is the Burt's Bees chapstick.

Retails for $5

3.  Color

After blotting excess lip balm,  now it's time to apply the color!  Pick a color that works with your skin tone and is appropriate for the season.  A pale pink or nude always make a great option. 

Nars Pure Matte. $25
Sonua Kashuk for Target.  Velvety Matte Lip Pencil. $7

Loving this trend.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading :)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Self-Tanner Review

Hey FaceFirst Followers!

I recently tried a new self-tanner and wanted to give you my breakdown on it.  It's Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Gradual Tan Moisturizer SPF15.

Retail $12

Vicoria's Secret Daily Glow is the updated version of VS's last gradual tanner, Bare Bronze Daily Glow. That one was a favorite of mine for both scent and effectiveness, so I was curious to try the new version and see if anything had changed.

Well, we know there's now SPF 15 in it -- that's a plus. And the scent is the same (praise the beauty gods!). I love the smell of this tanner; it's beachy, tropical and coconutty.  This new Beach Sexy gets you tan, but not as quickly as the old one (it comes in only one concentration).

Overall, though, a great pick!  Or if you're just looking for a great gradual self tanner that smells fabulous and protects you from the sun's rays, go for it!

Hope this helps you achieve a sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin in the sun!

Keep the questions coming guys.  Thanks for reading.  Until next time...