POP OF COLOUR!

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It’s finally spring! It’s still a bit chilly here in Toronto, but I found incorporating bold colours into my makeup has definitely been putting me in the spring mood. Here are 3 simple ways to add a pop of colour to your makeup, to give you that fun and flirty look!

LIPS

popofcolour_03 Wearing a bold lip has to be one of my favourite ways to take a simple look and kick it up a notch. There are a ton of vibrant colours on the market right now that certainly shout spring! I absolutely adore the Kat VonD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ayesha. It is a beautiful, soft lavender that I have been obsessed with. If this colour is a bit out of your comfort zone, don’t worry because there are plenty more colours to choose from!

WINGED LINER

popofcolour_01I was thrilled to see a bunch of brands coming out with coloured liners. It’s such a simple way to take your everyday winged liner to another level. For the look below, I used the NYX Vivid Brights Liquid Liner in Sapphire Blue to add a pop of colour to top of my black wing. This added a playful element to an otherwise classic look. You can definitely skip the black liner and apply a coloured liner on its own. It’s such a fun and simple way to change things up. I am loving this trend!

TIP: To maximize your products, use your liquid lipstick as eyeliner. It works just the same!

LOWER LASH LINE

popofcolour_02You can either use a shadow or a pencil to achieve this look. Just line and smudge the colour on your lower lash line. You don’t have to be neat or precise, but it will look great every time. I used a teal shadow from the Morphe 35U Palette to create this look. You can even take it into the inner corner for some extra dimension; it’s completely up to you! This has to be the fastest and easiest way to pack a punch with your look this spring.

These are 3 effortless ways to add a pop of colour to your makeup. They take no time at all and can completely transform your look in a matter of minutes. Let me know if you guys try any of these techniques!

FAVOURITE CONCEALERS FOR HIGHLIGHTING

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In the last few months I have added highlighting to my every day routine. I noticed that this makes a huge difference with my makeup. It gives my face a lot of dimension, giving me a bright and awake look. I use these products under my eyes, down the center of my nose, my cupid’s bow, and the middle of my forehead. It gives my face that extra bit of light and I have really been enjoying this process! Below is a review of highlighters I have been using to achieve that glow.

MAYBELLINE FIT ME – 25 MEDIUM

This is my everyday highlighter and I have to say I am quite impressed with it. The formulation is creamy, lightweight, and does not crease. It keeps my under eyes hydrated and smooth throughout the day. It doesn’t provide heavy-duty coverage, but it does just enough to brighten up those specific areas for everyday wear. It comes with a doe foot applicator, which allows for an easy effortless application.

Purchase: $7.96 for 0.23 at Walmart

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER – BISCUIT

I use this highlighter for days where I am going for a full face of makeup. It is creamy and has good coverage to achieve that flawless look. This also has a doe foot applicator for easy application. The great thing about this line is that they have a ton of colours for every skin tone! If you are having a hard time finding a good concealer for your skin tone, this is worth trying!

Purchase: $36 for 0.22 oz at Sephora

MAKE UP FOREVER ULTRA HD CONCEALER- Y31

This is more of a heavy-duty concealer, again for those days where I am going for a full face of makeup. It has great coverage but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey at all. This concealer comes in a tube, so to apply just dab little dots where you want to highlight. You only need the smallest amount of product, as a little goes a long way. I purchased this at Sephora for $32.

Purchase: $32 for 0.23oz at Sephora

 

APPLICATION

I use the applicators and create a triangle shape under my eyes and on my forehead, as well as a line down my nose and Cupid’s bow. I then use a damp beauty blender to blend the product into my skin. This allows for a seamless transition and also soaks up any excess product that’s not necessary. I set my highlighter using the Sephora Bright Set Pressed Finishing Powder. This will ensure the concealer stays put all day and does not crease.

Highlighting is great technique to use whether you want to do some dramatic highlighting and contouring, or to simply brighten up the face. It’s really up to you! Let me know if these products give you that glow you were looking for!

 

MAKEUP STARTER KIT

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If you are someone looking to start wearing makeup, you may find it intimidating. There are so many products and techniques out there, which can be overwhelming for someone just starting out. Here are a few products that will help you get the ball rolling! These will help you achieve a simple, everyday makeup look.

CONCEALER / FOUNDATION

I suggest starting off with a concealer if you are not used to wearing any makeup at all. This will provide coverage for those troubled areas without it being too heavy. Once you are comfortable with that, you can work your way up to a foundation. Finding a good foundation to work with your skin type is really about trial and error, so don’t fret if you don’t get it right in the first attempt!

POWDER

This will lock in your foundation and concealer. If you choose to stick with only applying concealer, this is a great lightweight option to add some extra coverage.

BLUSH / BRONZER

Now that you have a flawless base, you want to add life back into your face. Blush or bronzer will give you some colour and definition. Bronzer will help you achieve that sun-kissed glow whilst blush will give you that pretty, rosy cheek.

MASCARA

This has to be my favourite part! Adding mascara will open up your eyes and make you look awake. To enhance this process, you can start off by curling your lashes to lift them up and out. Then apply your favourite mascara. When mascara is the only product on my eyes, I apply a few coats to make sure they are as long and as full as I can get them.

There you go! A simple everyday look anyone can surely pull off. Take a trip to your local drugstore and scope out the products. There are a ton of great products you can find, especially if you are just starting out. Be warned, this post may be the first steps towards a very unhealthy obsession with makeup. It is inevitable.

DIY: HALLOWEEN HEADPIECE

Here are two super easy, cute DIY projects to rock for those upcoming Halloween parties. Most of the materials used are actually items I had lying around at home or that I picked up from the Dollar Store, making these accessories super inexpensive. It’s always fun to put your creativity to work. You just need to pop on your headpieces, add some fun makeup, and you are good to go!

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DEER ANTLERS:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

– Headband

– Twine

– Assorted flowers

– Sticks

– Wire

– Glue gun

– Wire cutters

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STEPS:

  1. Wrap the headband in twine. You can choose to wrap your headband with any material, but I went with twine as it works well with this rustic look.
  2. This is the fun part! Head outside and grab any sticks that you think will look like deer’s antlers. Use the wire to secure the sticks to your headband.
  3. Take a variety of flowers and arrange to your liking.

CAT EARS:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

– Headband

– Black yarn

– Assorted beads

– Wire

– Glue gun

– Wire cutters

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STEPS:

  1. Take your wire and bend it into two triangles. You can choose to make them as big or as small as you like. Just remember to account for some extra length so you can wrap it around the headband.
  2. Arrange the beads to a pattern of your liking, and feed it through the wire. Put a dollop of glue at the ends to keep them from falling off.
  3. Take the remaining ends of wire and wrap them around the headband to secure in place.
  4. Lastly, take some black yarn to wrap everything up to give it a finished look!

There you go; fun and quick DIY projects to give your costumes a personal touch. You can definitely use these as templates for other costumes as well. The cat ears can easily be used for a lion costume by changing up the colors. The deer headpiece can even be used for a Mother Nature costume by changing the placement of the sticks. The possibilities are endless! I hope everyone has a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

CLASSIC & FLIRTY: VALENTINES DAY LOOK

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This is a classic and timeless look, perfect for Valentines Day! It’s clean and simple, but definitely makes a statement when paired with a bold lip. I wanted to do a neutral eye with long lashes for a super girly and flirty effect. For the lips, one can never go wrong with a daring red, which pairs perfectly with this eye makeup. This look is super easy to recreate and you’ll surely impress your date!

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STEPS:

  1. Prime your eyelids to give the eye shadow a nice base.
  2. Apply a matte brown eye shadow in the crease and pat on a cream colour shadow to the lid. Go into the crease and blend the colours to create a seamless transition.
  3. Draw a line along the lash line and flick out to create a cat eye effect. I prefer a thicker line for a bolder look.
  4. Apply black liner to the bottom waterline starting from the middle to the outer corner and blend out. To brighten up the eye, use a shimmery pearl colour and apply to the tear duct and brow bone. Lastly to get those eyes looking really flirty, pop on a pair of long wispy lashes! If you prefer mascara, grab something that will lengthen the lashes. Don’t forget to put mascara on the bottom lashes as well!

Use your favourite face products to complete the rest of your makeup. To finish off the look, apply your go-to red lip! This is a natural look so you can definitely pair it with any lip colour.

I’ve listed all the products I used below for your reference. Remember, you don’t have to use the exact same products I did. Find similar ones that work for you to recreate this look! Hope you guys enjoyed!

EYE PRODUCTS:

  • Base:Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Crease:Mac Eye Shadow in Saddle
  • Lid:Morphe’s 35W Palette Cream Eye Shadow (1st row, 4th from the left)
  • Winged Liner:L’oreal Felt Tip Liquid Eye Liner
  • Water line: Maybelline Eye Shadow Stick in Blackmai
  • Brow Bone: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Eye Shadow in Bootycall
  • Tear Duct: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Eye Shadow in Bootycall
  • Lashes: Ardell Lashes in Wispies

FACE PRODUCTS:

  • Foundation:Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC45
  • Concealer:Mac Pro Longwear in NC45
  • Powder:Mac Pressed Powder in Medium Dark
  • Blush:Morphe’s 9B Blush Palette (1st in 3rd row)
  • Highlight:Mac Global Glow
  • Lip Liner: Anabelle in Cherry
  • Lip Stick: Bite Beauty Crème lipstick in VIB ROUGE