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Looking to add a bold and fresh new look to your everyday makeup routine? Then get out the eyeliner and try your hand at one of the most classic makeup techniques: the cat eye. This timeless style worn by old Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn is all the rage this year. It’s versatile, elegant, and the best part? It looks fantastic on everyone- no matter what your eye shape! Pretty soon you’ll be able to master the cat eye too- with a few helpful tips and tricks from the pros. So, get inspired and give it a whirl!
Keep Q-tips readily available. This is essential! Simply dip the Q-tip in makeup remover and use to get rid of any stray marks you may make. This ensures your cat eye stays flawless.
If you’re not ready to use liquid eyeliner like most tutorials suggest, start by using pencil eyeliner first. I suggest using a pencil liner that has an extra creamy formula. This will help glide over eyelids more smoothly than most regular pencils. Once you perfect your skills, try the liquid!
Simply look to the end of your eyebrows to maintain symmetrical cat eye wings. When drawing your wing, make it point in that direction. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time! Use your handy Q-tips to refine your line.Read the full post >
I often find myself using Google to find beauty ads from my youth. There is just something about seeing an ad from CoverGirl in the early 90's that was in a magazine I would read (YM, Seventeen, Sassy/Jane, etc.). It makes me feel nostalgic and I find myself wishing for simpler times. Everything seems simpler in retrospect, doesn't it? That is especially true with beauty trends.
While classic and vintage looks seem simple, in reality they are notoriously difficult to create. I mean, when I use jet black liquid eyeliner to try to replicate the perfect cat eye, I end up looking like a total disaster (photographic evidence of this will not be shared because it's too embarrassing). Vintage beauty ain't easy, but it's so worth it.
Case in point - this vintage mascara from Maybelline.Read the full post >
When I was a teenager I thought lipstick was for older women—women my grandmother’s age who went to bed with rollers in their hair and wore overpowering musky perfume. But like everything else these days, old is the new young; and nothing is as timeless or vintage as a set of beautiful red lips. Whether I’m dressing up or going casual a dash of color on my lips makes for the perfect finishing accessory. I’m excited to share with you everything I have learned about this easy, retro style.
So often I hear people compliment red lipstick by saying, “I just wish I could pull it off.” To that I say, nonsense! Anyone can wear red; it’s just a matter of finding the right shade for your skin tone.
Fair Skin Tones- Avoid orange-reds as the bright contrast against your light skin will make you appear pale. However, fair-skinned beauties pull off a true red with flare. Pick a color with a blue undertone to bring out the warmth in your skin, and wear dark mascara to even out your overall look.
Medium Skin Tones- If you’re tan with yellow undertones go with a brick red for a classic look. This deeper red will still give you a color pop without appearing too bright or tacky.
Olive Skin Tones- You lucky ladies with a bronze complexion can pull off just about any color you like. The darker undertones in your skin lessen the contrast between bright orange-red hues and compliment the deeper pink-reds and blue-reds nicely as well.
Dark Skin Tones- Pick a red with a warm undertone of blue or purple. These deep reds compliment the darker tones and create a rich, classy look. Dark-skinned ladies can also pull off a brown-red with ease.
While these tips might help you make an educated decision, ultimately the only thing that matters is that you feel comfortable. Break the rules, try every color, and when you find one you like wear it with confidence! To help you get started I would suggest using NYX matte lipstick. It is my personal favorite because it goes on smooth and stays on. all. day. long. Did I mention it is only $6.00? Now you can try out a few different colors without breaking the bank. Good luck and once you’ve found your shade share it with us on Instagram and Twitter #ShabbyRed.
Next week we’ll talk about flawless application. Until then, may the best red win!Read the full post >
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