Along with my regular job as a beauty consultant, I do some work as a makeup artist. I've done a few weddings, but most of my work is for local photographers. Sometimes, this requires me to create some crazy and bright looks.
Since my summer was packed full with other responsibilities, I haven't booked any jobs over the last few months. Now that I have a few lined up for late summer/early autumn, I decided to break out my kit and experiment.
Eyes: To prime, I used my go-to primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes (Sephora, $20). Then came one of my all-time favorite products: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream (Sephora, $22). I started in the center with the red (#8), using my fingertip to apply, and blended it out with a sponge brush. To draw the top black line, I used my Almay Liquid Eyeliner in Black (Target, $5.04). It may be a drugstore eyeliner, but it's one of the best drugstore products you can buy. While I prefer other products for daily wear, I love using this eyeliner for photoshoots; the felt-tip applicator lets me use it like a pen, and since it's not self-loading, I can control the amount I'm putting on. Then, I used my pinky finger to apply the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in gold (#11) all over my lid.
Once I had my base of color, I wanted to tone down the shine of the gold, and also create some smoke. I tapped Urban Decay's Deluxe Eyeshadow in Honey (Sephora, $18) all over the lid in order to even out the shimmer, and covered the outer 1/4 of the lid, from lash to crease, with Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in matte black #4 (Sephora, $19). I blended with my fingertips, taking care to blend up and out.
To line, I grabbed my Lorac Front of the Line PRO (Sephora, $23) and pressed it right against the top lash line, creating an incredibly thin line, then lined the top waterline. I wanted to create some definition without adding a thick line to disrupt the thick lines of color on the eye. On the bottom, I used the same Lorac liner on my waterline, then used a liner brush to sweep Buxom Lashliner in Leatherette (Sephora, $16) along the lower lid. I finished off the eyes with Urban Decay's Lush Lash Mascara (Sephora, $20).
After all the makeup was applied, I held a makeup brush to my face and lined up the outer corner of my eye with the outer tip of my brow, which is where eyeshadow should stop. To make the nice straight line, I kept the brush in place, dipped a Q-Tip in makeup remover, and followed the side of the brush to erase any makeup that had gone over the line.
For my brows, I chose Smashbox's Brow Tech Trio in Auburn (Sephora, $24), filling the inner part of my brows with the lighter color and the outer part with the darker color.
Lips: For the lips, I used the same two Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream colors I used on my eyes, and lined them with the Almay eyeliner.
Chime in: what colors/looks should I play with next?
Left to Right: Bobby Dazzle, Sabbath, El Dorado, Woodstock, Retrograde, Demolition, Radium, Smog, Perversion, Siren, Revolver
I love new products! This eyeliner is very true to its name. The swatches you see above had been on my hand for six hours when I photographed them; they stayed put through a long day of hand sanitizing and handwashing and didn't budge. However, you'll want to make sure you have a fabulous waterproof makeup remover, because otherwise they're not going to come off too easily. I tried using Philosophy's Purity foam, and still had to scrub pretty hard. It wasn't until I grabbed my Make Up For Ever SensEyes (which removes anything with just a swipe) that it came off easily.
My only complaint is that they go on a little thick and heavy. If you're looking to create a very fine line, have shaky hands, or aren't comfortable with using liquid liners, these liners may not be for you. Make sure to shake them well before applying, otherwise they will clump.
Verdict: Fabulous for the waterline, in, heat and humidity, and for active people. Not for first-time liquid liner users.
Chime in: What's your all-time favorite liquid liner?
My mom's been wanting a new look for a while, and I finally got the time to put her in my chair and give her a fresh face. She's got naturally bronze skin that girls would kill for (not to mention that she looks MUCH younger than her age of 54), so I decided to emphasize that fabulous glow she has.
Next, I used Lorac Breakthrough Performance Foundation (Sephora, $38). This, too, is an anti-aging product, formulated with ingredients to boost cell turnover. It has an SPF of 14, which will keep skin looking younger for longer. What my mom and I liked about this one is that it provided medium coverage while looking natural and leaving a glowing finish.
Left to Right: Perfect Peacock, Perfect Purple, Perfect Black Orchid, Perfect Storm, Perfect Brown, Perfect Black
These liners are, by far, the smoothest I've ever used. The swatch of Perfect Peacock up there was taken with nearly no pressure; I just held the pencil lightly in my fingers and let it sweep over the back of my hand. They also come with a little rubber smudger attached to the end of the pencil, which was a bit too stiff for my taste and pulled on my skin more than smudged my liner. Speaking of smudging, I loved that I was able to smudge right after applying, but the liner didn't budge after that.
Eyeshadow: Currant Couture Trio, Lancomé
Eyeliner: Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Orchid
Mascara: Urban Decay
The photo was taken after six hours of wear, which included extremely watery eyes and a half-hour drive in the hot, humid weather. As you can see, it stayed put through all of it, even on the waterline.
Verdict: I'm in love! I need them all and, if you have trouble finding a liner that won't give you raccoon eyes, so do you!
Chime In: Have you tried this product before? What's your experience? Are there better liners out there? What colors do you love?
To start off, let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I've started this blog. I'm a 25-year old model, makeup artist, and beauty consultant. I've found my little niche in a very exciting industry, and I'm so passionate about what I do that I want to share it with the world!
The most fulfilling moments in my job are the moments when a woman or man looks at him or herself in a mirror after I'm finished applying makeup and their face lights up. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful, and I want to help everyone gain the tools and know-how to feel their best-- whether that means a clean, clear face with no makeup, an easygoing natural eye and a pop of lipgloss, or a dramatic look with a whole palette of colors.
My plan is to draw on my experience to bring you tips & tricks, tutorials, complete reviews, new ideas, and more. I hope you enjoy the blog, and don't hesitate to drop me a line!
Coming up: a review of Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner.