Cheeky For Spring

April 20, 2011

Image Credit: Dottie May via Flickr

As the weather gets warmer, we’re switching up our winter coats for pretty florals and pastels. With a new spring wardrobe, it’s important to change your makeup to match the vibrant colors of spring. Aside from new colors for eye shadow and lipstick, it’s always important to keep a bright, cheery face by using blush.

I love different shades of apricot and peach on everyone. Blush is important to give you a fresh, spring-ready face. It’s best to use a highlighter along with a blush. For highlighter, use any light shimmery face cream or powder. Pat the highlighter down the middle of the nose and on top of the cheekbones. Then the blush goes on the apple of your cheeks giving you a dewy, fresh look. With a shimmer, you’re going to have a glow about you that looks fabulous!

I recommend using apricot with a tint of gold on the apple of your cheeks to enhance your look. Many people think that darker skin tones won’t be able to show off shimmer, but the truth is copper skin makes shimmer look even better. I recommend blushes such as Chanel’s Joues Contraste Blush in Espiegle or MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Petticoat for the perfect combination of apricot and gold.

A major concern I hear about blush that it can fade quickly, or doesn’t last long enough. If you’re experiencing this issue be sure to use a spray on primer once you’re done with applying makeup to keep everything in place. I recommend Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray or Makeup Forever’s Mist and Fix Primer Spray. Both will keep your look in place and make your beauty last all day and night!

Other than keeping your look natural and fresh with blush, what other types of makeup do you go to add a touch of spring to your look?


Make Your Makeup Last Till The Party Ends (Or Longer)

November 19, 2010

Image via Glam Squad Tour makeup by Robin Erb

We’ve all had the experience of going out to a party with friends and by the end of the night having our makeup smudged and smeared by the time you’ve left. So here are some tips to keep your makeup in place and you looking fabulous till the party’s over.

Use an Eyeshadow Primer
Eyeshadow can smear and crease easily, especially if you’re on the dance floor all night. Eyeshadow primer is a great product to help enhance the color of your eyeshadow to truly make the colors pop and to keep your eyeshadow in place. I recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin, there’s some sparkle to it, which is great for a party look.Put the eyeshadow primer all over the lid, beneath the eye, under the brow bone and at the inside corner of the eye near the nose. When it’s used on lids, the eyeshadow color holds, but when it’s used under the brow bone and at the corner of the eye the primer becomes a highlighter.

Use Lip Liner
First, apply whatever you use for foundation or tinted moisturizer, and then use a lip liner and line your lips. I recommend MAC lip liners in colors such as cherry for a nice red. The lip liner helps to prevent bleeding, and always remember that the lip color you choose to fill your lips with should be a shade lighter than your lip liner.

Try a Spray
Once you’ve finished your look and are ready to get out for the night, spray your face three or four times with a makeup setting spray to make sure everything stays in place. I recommend Makeup Forever’s Mist & Fix or Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

The next time you’re ready to hit the dance floor with your girlfriends or going to a fun concert that involves lots of dancing, try these tips and let me know how they work for you! What’s your makeup trick to help your makeup last all day?