Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Goin' Green!

Afraid of green eyeshadow? Don't be! I created a look that's long wearing with a slightly smokey green eye. This look is great for a party or a night out without being too "in your face".  The key is to keep the rest of your look neutral and let your eyes do the talking! This look is especially lovely on brown eyed ladies! I have hooded eyes and not much space to work with from my crease to my brow. While I could take the deeper colors further above my crease, I don't always choose to do that. For me, this look was all about what you can see when you are face to face with me and I'm looking down or when I blink. It still packs plenty of punch without screaming "I'M WEARING GREEN EYESHADOW!" from across the room. A simple hairstyle (I just let mine air dry) and statement earrings completed the look.

First, I moisturized and prepped my face with Mally's Perfect Prep Primer. It smooths out the skin and helps to minimize pores. For a long wearing foundation I chose Revlon Colorstay Whipped Créme Makeup in the color 240 Natural Beige. I find that the whipped formula of the Colorstay line leaves a more natural looking finish, especially when applied with the fingers. To keep the focus on my eyes, I used my Tarte bronzer in "Park Ave. Princess" with a very light hand and NYX's blush in "Mocha". I love this blush color because it's matte and gives a very natural flush to the cheeks. To add a little extra something special to the cheeks I used M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". I only used it on my cheekbones so that the rest of my face didn't have an overly sparkly look. Then it was time to break out the green shadow!

For a base for the entire eyelid, I used Milani's Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast and also used it in my inner corner and along the bottom lash line to help the shadow stick. Maybelline's Eyestudio quad in "Green with Envy" was my choice for the greens because I love the two green shades - one is a light sparkly mossy green and the other is a very deep, dark green shade with iridescent sparkle. I just patted the lighter shade in the center of the lid, pulling the color up into the crease a tiny bit. Then, using a pencil brush, I carefully placed the darkest color on the outer corner and slightly into and above the crease right on the outer "v". Layering the shadows across the lid in this way gives a nice seamless gradient effect when blending. I used a medium brown matte shade I had on hand as a transition color to help blend out the edges and a light beige matte shadow for a highlight. (Any medium matte brown and beige shadows you have on hand will work just fine.) I layered the shadows I used on the lid along the lower lashes in the same way...lightest on the inner corner to darkest on the outer corner. I used Milani's Eye Tech Extreme liquid liner in "Blackest Black" in a very thin line on my upper lash line and winged it out very, very slightly. I curled my lashes and used my favorite mascara - L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes in black (the waterproof version) because I love the length and volume it gives me while keeping the curl in my lashes. You could add falsies or corner lashes for extra drama or even a pop of shimmer in the center of your lid. For the lips I chose M.A.C.'s "Creme in Your Coffee", a pinky/brown shade, to keep it neutral but not "nude" and swiped on some of Revlon's Colorstay lip gloss in "Rosepearl" for a little extra rosy shine.

The essentials for this look!  I hope you liked this look and will give it a try.

Random tips:

  • For a longer wearing lip color try Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stains or Jordana's Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains. Both are very comfortable on the lips and when the shine wears off, the base color will still be on your lips!
  • Cell phones on a date or at a party are very distracting. It's also rude to your date or host to be on the phone talking or texting. If you must take it, put it on silent and excuse yourself and check it in the ladies room.
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Bye for now my lovelies!!!

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