Monday, March 29, 2010

Rainbow Eyeshadow Tutorial

Spring is here, and it's time welcome the warmer weather with a rainbow of color. Ever have a day where you can't decide which eyeshadow color to wear? Why not just wear them all? Yes, this look will show you how to incorporate several different colors on your eyes at once. You can make this look as dramatic or toned down as you like and use any combination of colors to make your rainbow.

The colors I used were... starting in the inner corner: lime green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, and purple. Then, continuing from the purple, I went around the bottom of my eyes with dark purple, indigo, teal, and blue. Note: All of these shadows can be found in Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette.

First, I primed my eyelids with the ELF Mineral Primer. A primer will help to make the eyeshadow last longer. Next, I used a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean. I dotted the pencil all over the lid and up through the crease. Then, I blended and smoothed out the color. Using a black base will help the colors achieve that pop of intensity.

Now, for the eyeshadow. I took a regular fluffy eyeshadow brush and patted on lime green to the inner corner and first small section of my eyelid. Next, I took a yellow color and overlapped it just a tad with the green and blended. I then took a bright orange and overlapped the edge of the yellow a little. The next color I used was a reddish color, which i blended with the orange color, and then I took a magenta color and blended it next to the red. Then I finished the outside corner of the eye with a purple.

For the bottom of the eye, I extended the purple down around the lash line. I then took a darker purple and overlapped the lighter purple and blended them together. Then I took a teal and a blue and continued lining my eye until I reached the lime green in the corner.

Next, I lined the top and bottom of my eyes with the ELF Eyeliner Pen in midnight and applied two coats of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara to my lashes.

Tip: When doing an eye look this intense, it is best to use a neutral lip and light blush, but the most important thing to remember about this look is BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. Make sure each color blends in with the next color, or you eyes will look like an explosion of clown makeup.

Rainbow eyeshadow is very fun and can look great on almost anyone. Have fun recreating the look, and remember you can replace any of these colors with your own favorite colors. Have fun!

If you recreate this look, I'd love to see a picture of it :) Send any pictures, questions, or requests to

Sunday, March 21, 2010

ELF, Jordana, Wet n Wild, LaGirl Eyeliner Pens Swatches, Pictures, Reviews

An eyeliner pen is like a very fine tipped marker that gives the dark of effect of liquid liner, with the ease and precision of a pencil liner. Below are some pictures and reviews on what I think of eyeliner pens.

I will be reviewing... The Jordana/INcolor Fabuliner, The Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Defining Eye Marker, L'Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner Pen, Elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, and L.A. Girls Mark My Eyes Bold Eyeliner Pen. Below is an image of each liner, which I drew over twice to make sure it could be seen in the picture. They are in order as listed above. The second image is after running my finger down each liner to see how much they will smudge.

Jordana/ INcolor Fabuliner
The Jordana Fabuliner works very well. It has a fine tip, but it is still sturdy enough not to bend too much when pressing around the eye. It is dark and looks just like liquid liner. The one con I have for this liner is that it is not waterproof. If you have a problem with runny eyes, allergies, or just tend to rub your eyes sometimes, it will wear off or rub off. The inner corners of my eyes always water, so after an hour or so, I have none of this liner left in the corners. However, liner on the rest of my eye does stay put. This liner can be found at Walgreens for $1.99. I would give the Jordana Fabuliner 3.5 stars out of 5. I would probably give it 4.5 if they had a waterproof version.

Wet N Wild Mega Eyes The tip of the Wet N Wild liner is very similar to the Jordana Fabuliner, but it just a tad thinner. The first day I bought this liner, it was super dark and easy to apply onto the eye. However, the second day I tried to use it, it was no longer dark and required me to go over my eye several times, which started to cause irritation. Also, this liner wears off extremely quickly. It lasted roughly 3 hours on my eyes before it was almost entirely gone. This can be at Walgreens and most other drugstores for around $4. I give this liner a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

L'Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner Pen
The L'Oreal Voluminous pen looks much different than the other pens. It has a slanted tip and is very hard. This pen would do well to make the outer tip of a cat eye, but I could not get it to work for lining the entire eye. This liner tip is just far too hard to draw with. It hurts and tugs on the delicate eye area, and I would not recommend using it. It is really dark, and I like the formula, but they really need to improve on the applicator. L'Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner Pens can be found at almost any retailer for around $8. I give the L'Oreal liner 1 out 5 stars because I simply cannot use it.

Elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
The Elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen has an almost identical tip to the Jordana Fabuliner, but is a little softer after use. The intensity of this liner is buildable, and it does not rub off or wear off from watery eyes. The tip feels a little sharp the first you use it. However, it becomes much softer after the second use. The only flaw with this pen is the cap. The cap needs to secure more tightly than it does. The lids on the other pens all make a click and cannot be bumped off the liner. These lids can be bumped off and do not provide an air tight click, which makes them dry out a little quicker. However, the Elf Eyeliner Pen is still my favorite one. It is the easiest to use, and wears the longest. Plus they have several other colors to choose from, including Plum, Ash, Midnight, Coffee, and Black. The plum and midnight look more black than blue and purple, but when compared to the black, you can tell there is a hint of purple tones in the plum, and a blue based tone to the midnight. The Elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen can be found in some Target and KMart stores for $1 and on Overall, I would give this liner 4 out 5 stars because it is the best out of all of the liners listed, but the lid needs to fit on more tightly to prevent it from drying out.

L.A. Girls Mark My Eyes Bold Eyeliner
The L.A. Girls Mark My Eyes looks identical to a marker. It has a very thick applicator, exactly like a marker. The idea is that this will provide bolder, thicker lines for dramatic looks. This pen goes on very dark and thick, but I find that it bleeds into the little lines of your skin. I do not even have wrinkles, but the eyeliner bled down around my eye. The staying power is about average. It was a little worn off by the end of the day, but did not look anywhere near perfect, and it does smudge quite a bit. The L.A. Girls Mark My Eyes can be found on for around $5. I would give this liner 2.5 out of 5 stars because of the bleeding.

Overall, I love eyeliner pens. They are so easy to draw with and are very dark. I suggest trying some out if you like the bold liquid liner look, but would like to have the ease of a pencil liner.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Guide To Basic Makeup Brushes

Beginners may feel lost in a sea of makeup tools and left wondering exactly which brushes they need and how to use them. This guide will explain the basic makeup brushes that everyone needs and how to put them to their best uses.

Makeup brushes can be separated into three categories: Eyes, Face, and Lips.

There are several different types of eye brushes, but I feel the basic eye brushes that everyone should own are a normal fluffy eyeshadow brush, a blending eye brush, and an angled eye brush.

Flat Shader Eyeshadow Brush
A fluffy eyeshadow brush is used to place color all over the eyelid and can also be used to apply the crease shade, as well as the eyebrow bone highlighting shade. Depending on how large of an eyeshadow brush you prefer, it could also be used as an inner corner highlighting brush if it is small enough. Some people prefer a different brush for each of these tasks, but for beginners, I feel a normal eyeshadow brush can be used for all of these applications.

Blending Eye Brush
A blending eye brush is also an important brush to own. Blending eye brushes are often a little smaller, slimmer, and rounder than a normal eyeshadow brush. This is because the brush needs to get into smaller places to blend out the harsh lines of the eyeshadow. It is also used to blend two colors together for a more seamless look. Note.. You may also see them named as tapered eye brushes.

Angled Eye Brush
An angled eye brush is used to line the top or bottom lash line with color. The angle helps to maneuver all around the eye and also aids in making line extensions, like for a cat eye look.

The next group is face brushes. The most important face brushes to own are a flat top powder brush, a blush brush, a contour brush, and a foundation brush or stippling.

Flat Top Brush
A flat top powder brush can actually be used for more than just powder. It can be used to apply blush to the the apples of the cheeks, or it can be used to buff on liquid foundation or mineral foundation quickly all over the face.

Blush Brush
A blush brush comes in variety of forms. They can be large and fluffy, round and dense, and even angled. I find that I liked angled blush brushes because you can use the top to sweep all over the cheek, or you can use the side of the angled part to apply contour under the cheek bone or to apply blush to smaller areas of the cheek. The brushes can also be used to apply bronzer to the forehead, nose, and cheeks.

Contour Brush
If your blush brush is not angled or you prefer a separate brush for contouring and blush, you will need an angled contour brush. Angled works best for these brushes so you can glide the brush down around the shape of your cheek, nose, or chin area... pretty much wherever you feel the need to contour.

Foundation and Stippling Brush
Next, you will need a foundation brush for your face. I actually prefer to use a stippling brush for foundation, which is basically like a flat top powder brush, except it often has an extra layer of less dense white bristles on top. The stippling brush is then used to pat on the foundation, rather than rubbing it on, which results in a more airbrushed look. Stippling brushes are also larger, so the foundation application will be much quicker than using a normal foundation brush. The benefit of a normal foundation brush is that it can get into the smaller areas and curves of your face, such as around the sides of the nose and mouth and between the eye and nose area, which would be harder to reach using the larger stippling brush. Foundation brushes can also be used for contouring the cheeks if they are angled.


Lip Brush
Finally, you will need a lip brush. Lip brushes are good for when you want a really precise application of lipstick. I honestly rarely use a lip brush, but I have found they come in handy when you have almost used up a tube of lipstick. When the lipstick is very worn down or rounded out, applying it evenly to the lips is almost impossible, so with a small lip brush, you can dip it onto lipstick and place it precisely on your lips.

Hopefully this information has helped you understand makeup brushes a little more. Remember, you don't have to use the brushes the way the package tells you, or the way I tell you. If you find that using an eye brush for your lips works, then go for it. If you think a powder brush works for contouring, then use it that way. It's all about finding which brushes work the best for you and your face shape. Good Luck!

If you have any questions about makeup brushes, where to buy them, which ones i prefer, or any other makeup questions or business enquirers, feel free to email me at

Note: Top photo taken by and credited to michellexstar and all other photos credited to their rightful owners.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring Nail Polish Trends/Review

Baby blues, lovely lilacs, pastel pinks, and even more fun nail polish colors have recently hit the shelves of drugstores and salons. Several different trends are happening this spring in nail polish land, and I happen to love them all.

Trend #1- Creamy Lilacs and other light purples

Trend #2- Pastels, especially mint colors

Trend #3- Nudes

The lilac trend. Who doesn't love purple? I know I've always loved it, and these pretty purple shades are a great way to celebrate the entrance of spring and all its colors. My pick for one of the best purples this spring is Lively Lilac (pictured above) from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry line.

Pastels, pastels, and more pastels. You are more likely to find the creamy pastels in salons with the higher end nail polish brands, such as OPI, Essie, and China Glaze, but it seems some drugstore brands have also figured out the trend in time for spring.
Wet 'N' Wild has a new beautiful pastel pink, tickled pink (pictured above). It does require two to three coats, but its still gorgeous. They also have a pastel, yet neon, orange color called Sunny Side Up (pictured above). The good thing about this color is that it will also be in style for this summer. (Sssp... The Summer trend will be neons!). And If you are searching for a drugstore minty shade, try Sinful Colors in Mint Candy Apple (pictured below).

A nude lip isn't the only nude thing in right now...Yeah, that's right...I'm talking nude nails! Maybe pastel and color isn't your thing or maybe you work somewhere more conservative. The great thing about this trend is nude nails go with everything and can be worn anywhere. There is also a different shade of nude sure to please almost everyone. There are light pinkey nudes, slightly brown nudes, and even purpley grey nudes (yes,those verge on not being nude, but we can get away with it). My pick for favorite mauvey pink nude is Hot Cocoa from the Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro line. I also like their Steel Grey, which is more of a plumy nude.

Overall, everyone has a lot of pretty colors to choose from this spring. If you think these colors are bright, just wait until the summer polishes hit shelves... and expect a nice review about them from me when they do :)

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