one of the boldest trends coming out in beauty for spring 2013 is pink eyeshadow. we’re seeing shades from baby pink to fuchsia in shimmer and matte, appearing in both cream and powder formulas. i’m not going to lie to you – it’s a lot of look!
but, the more that i’ve played around with pink, i’ve found that it’s equally youthful and glamorous – and when you wear it on your eyes, it’s a great way to stand out. maybe it’s not for everyone and it can be a bit tricky to pull off, but i’ve rounded up nine options, so whether you’re up for a pastel dusting or a wash of hot pink, you’ve got plenty of ways to wear it now.
tip: if you want to try the trend, but you’re not game to invest in a whole pot of pink shadow, try dusting some blush on your eyes to get the look. chances are, you’ve got more than one shade of pink already in your makeup wardrobe so you can go pink without spending a cent.
not because another year has passed me by at lightning speed. not because i still don’t know what i’m going to wear tonight (or more importantly, what color i’m going to paint my nails), but because i am consumed with concern over how i’m going to pack my itty bitty bag for this evening’s festivities.
when carrying a small bag, i am very picky about what i pack, putting every inch of that precious real estate to excellent use. tonight is like the super bowl of clutch packing – the marathon hours of celebrating and venue hopping call for keeping a complicated survival kit on hand. here’s what made the cut:
i always need to mattify after a spin on the dance floor.
this mini sized make up for ever hd microfinish powder is clutch-friendly
at half the price (and i just toss in a disposable powder puff for application).
a mane message hair tie (in stylish black glitter) will inevitably come
in handy when my hair gets pulled back into a ponytail well before midnight.
and last but certainly not least, i should mention that i have been saving the cutest of holiday hobos for new year’s eve. i cannot wait to take this little beauty (whose name is twinkle!) out on the town.
so, do tell…are you carrying a tiny bag tonight? more importantly, what’s inside?
i love taking a look back at the posts that reigned supreme over the previous year. one thing is for sure: nails are still very popular. i’m so excited about what’s cooking for 2013 and cannot wait to share my new projects and ideas with you in the new year!
what do you want to see more of here in the glossarie?
i had so much fun getting all decked out with the ladies of wink boutique in dc and the amazing crowd of local bloggers and friends who joined us. the wink girls sure do know how to throw a party! they offered up flowing champagne, yummy snacks, and a generous 25% discount. add an adorably pregnant, super sweet makeup artist and amazing beauty products provided by my favorite brands, there was no doubt that we were going to have a ball!
pittsburg chocolatier, edward marc, provided milk and chocolate dark salted caramels (i was popping them in my mouth nonstop!) and gorgeous chocolate dipped peppermint sticks for our guests to take home. these sweets were such a hit! i loved the festive feel that they added to the evening.
liquid or gel liner is best for precision, you want to drag the liner along your lash line – it’s ok to rest your hand somewhere for balance!
to get the cat effect, the line dips up up towards the edge of your brow line; lauren’s trick is to actually start from the furthest point out and draw the line in towards your eye, from there it’s easy to thicken and fill in
smudge a deeb brown or plum over top to set the look and don’t worry too much about symmetry. (it’s makeup!) it’s also ok to use a little concealer in areas where you need to lift and clean up.
accentuate the cat eye with mascara by pulling the wand at an angle, out towards the side of your face instead of straight ahead. (i love this trick!)
for the bold red lip:
line and feather your lips with a red or neutral liner (just don’t go with anything darker), you can also highlight above the cupid’s bow for extra shape
choose a true red (like fire engine or cherry) – these look great on everyone
use a lip brush to apply the color, it’s easier and more precise, but if you do a good job lining your lips, this isn’t necessary
the finished product is surprisingly subtle and perfect for the holidays. here are two of my favorite ladies (the glossarie’s own maggie on the left, and my bestie jamie on the right, plus one shot of jamie and yours truly) rocking their red lips and cat eyes a la lauren:
thanks so much to everyone who came out to play! i hope to do it again in the spring.
combination skin can be so tricky. along with the occasional (or constant) breakout, skin that’s tight and dry after washing has a tendency to turn oily in the afternoons. it can be so frustrating to leave the house looking great, only to return at the end of the day to eyeshadow that has disappeared and a dewy look that’s just not really appropriate in november. to keep things more matte, i have adopted a product introduced to me by the lovely nicole. make up for ever’s hd microfinish powder is a godsend for anyone who suffers from shine – whether it be in one specific area (nose, t-zone) or generally all over. i keep to nicole’s advice of using a big fluffy brush and applying very sparingly (otherwise things end up looking far too heavy).
it instantly sets your look in place, but the real magic is in the difference that you’ll see at the end of the day: skin looks fresh, healthy, and far less shiny. the translucence mattifies without leaving you looking dull or flat, it gives a soft, beautiful finish and provides an invisible layer of perfection. this powder doesn’t change the color of your foundation and is ideal over both powders and liquids. i like to apply it with the make up for ever hd kabuki brush, sweeping it on after my foundation, but before mascara and blush. this duo is so worth the spend.
as a side note, i was really excited to see that the coordinating kabuki brush came with its own little zip pouch – how great for taking it on the go? sadly, said little zip pouch lives in a drawer, because one morning application is really all that i need.
my eyelids are often the most neglected spot on my entire face. truth be told, on a typical day you will find them unlined and free of shadow. it’s a shame and likely cause for beauty blog mutiny, but it’s mostly because i feel like no matter what kind of waterproof shellac i put on them, it almost always ends up smeared beneath my bottom lash line. thankfully, the new aqua shadow sticks from make up for ever offer up a simple solution to my annoying little problem.
there are so many things that i like about this shadow-in-a-stick concept. for starters, carrying my eye shadow around in one slim pencil means no brush needed. it also means that application is a breeze. you can draw these on in thinner strokes to line eyes or easily shade in the entire lid for a pretty wash of color. the aqua shadows come in twelve shades ranging from five moody mattes to seven pearly, neutral cremes. they can be used to create a smudge-proof smoky eye or a super easy single-hued look.
they have totally simplified my make up routine and i’m obsessed with the way that they stay put in this heinous humidity. best of all, they’re compact and portable, ideal for on the go. my go-to shade is 26e (a rose gold) and i’m having a ball combining it with the others for a multicolored effect that even i can master.
make up for ever aqua shadows are available at sephora for $20.
i’m not sure if you know this, but it’s MAY. it was 82 degrees in virginia yesterday and word on the weather channel is that it’s going to crush 90 on friday. hello, summer! warmer temps bring instant humidity and tropical-like climate to these parts and nothing makes me want to shake up my makeup routine faster than a drastic change in seasons.
thankfully, i’ve already found my summer lipstick. make up for ever rouge artist natural is the equivalent of your favorite sundress – for your lips. it’s the perfect weight and texture, and you can throw it on knowing it will look good without question. these offer the shiny finish of a gloss, the hydration and glide of a tinted lip balm, and the poppy color pigmentation of a full fledged lipstick. mufe has truly nailed the hybrid formula in this one and the result is the perfect lip for summer days and weekends. it’s gorgeous and subtle, sheer coverage with plenty of punch.
if the heavy mattes and creams you rocked through the winter suddenly seem all wrong, get thee to a sephora and scoop up your desired shade of this lovely lippie. mine is #n35 (an iridescent orange pink).
make up for ever rouge artist natural is available in eighteen shades at sephora for $19.
when the super sweet justine of ‘short is the new black’ asked me to be a part of her ‘what’s in her bag?’ series, i was more than happy to oblige. the beauty blogosphere is such a wonderful place when you get to meet and share audiences with someone like miss justine. i hope you’ll click on over to her little spot on the web and take a peek at my dailies. wait until you see just how shockingly simple my beauty routine really is!
i am obsessing over victoria justice’s gorgeous spring hair and makeup here. her lavender lids are so on trend and i love that she paired a poppy pink cheek with a bright pink lip without looking clownish. her natural, pretty arches and what i can only pray are false lashes (no one is that lucky, right?) are completely stunning and that soft, slightly messy updo is the perfect finishing touch.
want to recreate victoria’s pretty on your own? see my list of suggested products below.