Quick Tips: One-Shadow Eye Look

On days when I’m in a rush, but I still want a little color on my lids, I’ll often opt for the one-shadow look. Essentially, as the name implies, you use one eyeshadow to create a complete look. It’s a great way to do on-the-go makeup, since you only need one eye shadow single and one brush!

Today I’m using a Colourpop eye shadow called Bandit. It’s a medium kind of rusty brown, so it’s ideal for this kind of look. I like using a medium shade that can be sheered out a lot, but that you can also build up to be a little more intense.

These shadows are ideally applied using a synthetic brush or your fingers, so those are the two tools I’ll be using for this look! The synthetic brush I’m using is just the one that comes in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette, but there are plenty of drugstore synthetic brushes that could work for this! This is a swatch of the shadow using my finger

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I started out with blank lids, with just a little bit of primer smeared on them.

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So first you want to load up your synthetic brush and blend the color into your crease. Bring the color up and blend it out until it starts fading up toward your brow bone. You really want to blend it out until there’s just a hint of color toward your brow bone and more intense color in your crease. Make sure to form kind of a rounded shape on the outer corner of your eye so that you can connect the color down to your lower lash line later.

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Next, just take your finger and build up the shadow to your desired intensity on your lid. I wanted a lot of contrast so I added a bunch of shadow, but you can do a more subtle look if you want.

Next, take a little bit of shadow on the brush and sweep it along your lower lash line. Again, you can build it up to your desired intensity.

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Then just finish it off with whatever mascara and eyeliner you like! I just lined my waterline with black and added some mascara for a quick, but put-together look, but you could add a wing or whatever you want!

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BONUS LOOK

I wanted to add a little something something, so here’s a quick addition to take your one-shadow look to the next level, or transition it from day to night. Technically it requires another shadow, but it’s another single that’s easy to just throw in a bag on the go!

All I did was use my finger to add some L’Oreal Amber Rush on top of Bandit! It’s that easy! It really stepped this look up and made it look like you put a lot of effort into it, when really it was a super quick, super easy look to do!

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And that’s all there is to it!

What’s your favorite quick shadow look? Let me know in the comments!

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Quick Tips: Oil Control Routine

This is just a quick post to help out the gals with oily T-Zones out there! If you’re tired of waking up with super oily skin or you have an event where you’d like to be a little less oily for, check out this one small step to add to your skin care routine!

I talked about the Sephora Sleeping Mask in a recent haul post and said that I was generally enjoying it, but I needed more time to make a decision. Well, I’ve made a decision. I LOVE the Sephora Sleeping Masks. My favorite is still pearl, but I picked up rose and green tea just for kicks. I wasn’t expecting much out of them beyond being good moisturizers, but the green tea mask blew me away.

The green tea mask claims to be a mattifying and purifying mask. I’m not sure about purifying, but it sure does mattify like nobody’s business. The first time I used it, I slathered in all over my face and went to sleep. I woke up with super matte skin everywhere, which is a weird feeling for a generally oily human. It really really worked, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. While it sounds like a good thing, I’m not a huge fan of having matte-feeling skin all over my face. My T-Zone is always in need of oil control, but the rest of my face dries out super easily, so I try to keep it moisturized and don’t overuse mattifying products on it.

So, here’s my routine for days when I want to keep my oiliness in control and make my makeup last a little longer!

The night before I do a little multi-masking. If you’ve never heard of multi-masking, don’t worry. Up until a year ago neither had I. Then Sephora sent me an email and my immediate thought was, “This is bullshit. You’re just trying to make me buy more masks.” And while I think I was right about trying to sell me stuff, multi-masking is not as much bullshit as I previously thought. I like to put the green tea sleeping mask just on my nose, between my brows, and chin; just the areas where I get super oily. On the rest of my face I’ll put something super moisturizing, either just my regular moisturizer or another hydrating sleeping mask (I like the pearl and rose Sephora ones and I’ve also been experimenting with Peter Thomas Roth cucumber and rose masks). Then I’ll wait for the masks to set a little before I go to bed.

In the morning I start by wiping off the excess mask using some micellar water on a cotton pad. Then I’ll go in with primers. Yes, plural. Just like multi-masking, I’m now into multi-priming. I’ll use Nivea Men’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm all over my face to plump up my skin and make my foundation stick a little better. Then I’ll go in with Monistat Anti-Chaffing gel just on the same areas where I put the green tea mask the night before. Then I’ll put on my favorite long-wearing foundation, usually the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, but recently I’ve been experimenting with the Revlon Colorstay (more to come on this after I’ve tested it out some more). Once I’ve done all my base makeup, I set my T-Zone with Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder.

I find that this routine give me the absolute best wear time on my base makeup and keeps me looking less oily and feeling better all day long.

What are your favorite oil-control products? Let me know in the comments below!

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Quick Tips: Starting a Skin Care Routine

This is going to be a super quick post. No, really, it is. I start all of my posts promising myself that they’ll be short, but this time I’m sticking to it. In some previous posts I’ve talked about different kinds of products you can/should be using in your skin care routine. Today, I want to talk about how to start or modify your current routine.

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Skin Care: Optional Products

In a previous post, I covered the absolute basics of skin care: cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. If you missed that post, click here to catch up before reading ahead. In today’s post we’re going to go a little more in depth and talk about some optional skin care steps you can add to your routine. In particular, I’ll talk about oil cleansing, double cleansing, exfoliation, serums, and spot treatments.

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Eye Shadow Tips & Tricks

Probably one of the most frustrating processes in the beauty world is the process of putting on eye shadow. You try to get fancy, layering colors and all of the sudden you’ve either got a muddy mess on your eyes or your shadows simply won’t blend together. It’s enough to make a lot of people I know give up and stick to just eyeliner. But if you really do like the effect and want to get better, there’s hope! Today I’m going to show you some super easy tips and tricks to get your eye shadow just right!

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Basic Skincare: The First Steps to Good Makeup

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to tackle the issue of skincare. In my opinion, great skincare is the first step to great makeup. Now, that’s not to say that if you have some skin issues that your makeup can’t look great; but in my opinion, improving your skincare routine can only make it easier! In this post I’m going to run through the absolute basics of skincare, who should be using what kind of products, and post a few resources at the bottom so you can check it out for yourself and decide what would work well for you!

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Quick Tips: Routine for Soft Lips

Hey everyone! This is a short post, but it’s something I find super important as far as makeup and skincare is concerned. This is specifically about taking care of the skin on your lips. Specifically I’ll talk about my favorite exfoliator, my favorite lip oil, and show the science behind why my favorite petroleum-based balm is actually worth the money rather than just buying some generic petroleum jelly.

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