Everyday Winter Makeup

Hi guys!

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I’m back today with my everyday makeup for this new year. I’ve been loving this look for work and everyday. It’s super simple, and using natural colors to make any eye color pop. As for the face, I’m using some new products that I am IN LOVE with!

Let’s jump in.

 

Okay, so, as always, I start out with my eyebrows. I’m just going to fill them in as usual with my Anastasia brow wiz.

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Now I’m going to take the Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Sandy Gold to  prime my eyes. This is essentially the same as a MAC paint pot. It’s a cream-based primer with a gold sheen to it that adds a warmth to the shadows i’ll be adding later.

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Now, surprise surprise, my NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk. I’m going to blend this under my eyebrow and in my inner corner.ImageImage

 

 

Now I’m going to use my Too Faced “All of my Favorite Things Palette” that I got for Christmas. I’m going to use a fluffy angled brush and the color “Cream Colored Ponies” under my brow.

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Now, with the same brush, I’m going to take “Snowflakes”, a shimmery warm white, and apply this in my inner corner.

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Now I want to warm up the crease before adding my defining shade. I’m going to take “Chocolate Milk” and a fluffy blending brush and swirl this through the crease. This  is also going to make blending much easier.

 

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Now I’m going to apply “Honey Honey” to my lid with a flat shader brush.

 

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Now I want a dark but shimmery brown for the outer corner and crease. The dark brown will still give me the definition I want, but the shimmer will make it less harsh. I’m going to mis “Crisp Apple Strudel” and “Dark Chocolate” with a fluffy crease brush.

 

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Then I just blended the outer edges of the color.

 

Now I’m going to line my eyes with the L’Oreal Super Slim Liquid Liner in Black.

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Now apply your favorite black mascara. I used the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara.

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Now moving on to the skin.

I’m going to use the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in the lightest shade (Pale People Problems :/  )  and dot that all over my skin, then blend it in with the Real Techniques Angled Kabuki Brush. 

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This foundation has AMAZING coverage. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s also super long wearinng. But don’t worry, I’ll do a full review on it.

 

Now I’m using the Covergirl + Olay concealer for under my eyes.

 

 

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Now I’m using the Clinique Transparency powder in the lightest shade, which, oddly enough, is number eight. What? 

 

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For bronzer, I’m heading back to that Too Faced Palette to use the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in the bottom half of the palette.

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To contour my cheeks and nose, I’m using Hoolah Bronzer by benefit, which has an ashier tone.

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Now for blush, I’m taking Sin from my NARS One Night Stand blush Palette, a rose shade with cold flecks, and then I’m using the highlighter from the same palette.

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Now I’m going to use the NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, a peachy nude. Then I’m adding a bit more mascara. And yes, I changed clothes. I don’t like to put my foundation on in the clothes I’ll be wearing for the day, just incase.

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All done! I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment any requests, as always, and let me know if you liked it!

xoxo,
Pres

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Top Overall Eye, Lip & Brush Products

Hello Lovelies! 

Today, as promised, I’m here to show you the head-to-head battle of the high end and drugstore eye, lip, and brush favorites of mine! Let’s jump right in!

First, I mentioned Primers. Drugstore: Wet n’ Wild primer by Fergie. High End: MAC Painterly Paint Pot.

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In comparison, these are two completely different. The Wet n’ Wild primer is more watery, or liquidy. The MAC is obviously more of a cream. Also, the MAC is nude-colored. The Wet n’ Wild is translucent. It depends on what you’re looking for in a primer, but most of the time, I go with the MAC paint pot. $15, MAC

 

Now for Loose, or pigment, eyeshadow. Drugstore:NYX Pearl Mania Shadow. High End: MAC Pigment (My favorite color is Vanilla.)

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These are both truly awesome. The NYX is a bit more glittery, and the MAC more opaque. In this case, it comes down to glitter and color preference. The NYX come in several super glittery colors, while the MAC ones come in a MASSIVE range of colors in finishes ranging from glitter, to satin, to even matte. I use both so often, i feel it is up to you!

Now for pressed single eyeshadow. Drugstore: L’Oreal Infalliable. High End: MAC single eyeshadows. (Expensive pink is my favorite!)

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These are both absolutely amazing. They are both velvety and pigmented, however, I find myself reaching for MAC more often than not. MAC’s color selection and quality are really unbeatable. Am I saying that the L’Oreal aren’t good? ABSOLUTELY NOT. They’re both great and I use each on a daily basis. I just feel that I’m never disappointed with MAC. Each are great, however, I use MAC more often. $15, MAC.

Now For eyeshadow palettes. Drugstore: Wet n’ Wild. High End: Urban Decay (specifically the Naked 1).

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I have an obsession with eyeshadow palettes. These are both awesome, but I absolutely cannot get enough of the Urban Decay Palettes. I’m on my second Naked 1 palette. The texture and formula remind me soooooo much of MAC! These are both great options, but I usually go with Urban Decay.

 

Liquid Eyeliner! Drugstore: L’Oreal Super Slim. High End: Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid

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The UD formula is a bit more watery, while the L’Oreal is like a marker. Based on easiness to apply and my personal preference, I like the L’Oreal! 

 

Pencil Eyeliner: Drugstore: NYX Slide On Eye Pencil. High End: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil,

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These are EXACT DUPES for each other! That’s right… THE URBAN DECAY EYELINERS HAVE DUPES!! Pick based on color preference! Both are awesome!

 

MASCARAAAA! Drugstore: Covergirl Clump Crusher & L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black.   High End: MAC Extra Dimension Lash & Clinique High Impact Curling.

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These are all great Mascaras! I’m going to pick a favorite drugstore and high end, since I chose 4! From the drugstore, the best all around is the Covergirl Clump Crusher. Two Coats and you’ve got pretty, long, thick, clump free lashes. From a high end brand, The two are actually quite similar!

 

LIPSTICK TIME! Drugstore: Revlon Lip Butter. High End: MAC Lipsticks.

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Can you tell I like peachy-pink lips? HAHA. MAC is definitely going to be the longer- lasting, more opaque, wider color selection option. Revlon for moisturizing, natural-looking color. In the cooler months, I love nothing more than a MAC lipstick. In the warmer months, I like a nice, moisturizing Lip Butter. Which do you prefer?

 

Long-Lasing Lipgloss. Drugstore: Rimmer Showoff Lip Laquer. High End: Mac Pro Long Wear Lip Glass.

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The Mac can be a bit goopy if you’re not careful, but it lasts 5-6 hours. The Rimmel, on the other hand, is creamy and light on the lips. I usually reach for the Rimmel.

 

Regular Lipgloss.  Drugstore: Rimmel Stay Glossy. High End: MAC Lipglass/gloss/cremesheen/dazleglass.  (SO MANY OPTIONS)

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When it comes down to it, MAC has a wider color selection with more opaque options, while the Rimmel glosses are great for a light dash of color on the lips.

 

Brushes. Drugstore: Real Techniques. High End: MAC.

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I use both types EVERY SINGLE DAY, however, I use more MAC than Real techniques. I was sort of, raised on MAC, so to speak. BOth are awesome, nevertheless.

 

And that’s it for my favorites face-off! I hope this helped you out! Comment and requests as always, and tell me if you’ve tried out a look or any of these products and your thoughts. Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo,

Pres

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Top High End Face Products!

Hi Lovelies!

This week, Celeb Saturday will be on hold due to these posts! Anyway, today I’m going to show you my top High-End face products. High End products and things that you would find at MAC or Sephora, etc. Let’s Jump Right In!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO: http://youtu.be/dm_NpAi44kQ

For Primer, I LOVE the Smashbox Photo Finish Light.

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This is a lightweight, translucent primer that controls my oily skin and helps my face makeup stay put throughout the day. Smashbox has a primer for just about any skin type depending on what issues you may have. I love the way this feels on my skin and the results are great. $36, Sephora

For BB Cream, I like the Smashbox Photo Finish BB Cream.

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This is a lightweight tinted-moisturizer type product that provides sheer coverage and is great for skin. I like the way this makes my skin look: Natural, healthy, and glowing. Great Product. $39, Sephora

For foundation, no surprise, is my Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation.

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As I’m sure you all know due to how much I talk about this, it is my FAVORITE high end foundation. It helps treat my acne, control my oil, and makes my skin look natural, healthy, and flawless. I can’t really ask for anything more. $27, Clinique

For Face Powder, my all-time favorite has to be the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.

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This product is just the perfect lightweight setting powder. It sets any foundation beautifully and helps you achieve that “flawless” look on it’s own or over foundation. $30, MAC

Now for Bronzing and Contouring. My favorite Bronzer is the Clinique True Bronze in 02.

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Just the perfect bronzer to create a natural sunkissed glow! $25, Clinique

For Contouring, I love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

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Although this is a bronzer, it is ashy enough to really carve out the “sculpted” cheekbone look. $28, Sephora

For Cream blush, I love Sephora’s line of cream blushes. My favorite color is Poppy Pink.

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This applies very opaque for days that I really want a pop of pink on my cheeks. They are very creamy, long-wearing, and easy to apply. $16, Sephora

For Powder blush, I love the Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink.

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Super Pretty Pink color payoff that adjusts to your skin tone. My most used blush…. EVER.

For Highlighter, I love the Benefit line of Highlighters.

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These are liquid highlighters that add the perfect amount of light and shimmer to any look. Love, Love, LOVE these.  $26, Sephora

For brows, I love the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow.

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I apply this with an angled brush and it makes my brows look polished and perfect all day long. $20, Sephora

And that is it for my Top High End Face Products! I hope this helped you out! Don’t forget to watch the corresponding video linked at the beginning of this post!

Comment any requests!

xoxo

Pres

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Top Drugstore Face Products!

Hi Lovelies!

Today I’m starting a new set of videos showing you my favorite high end and drugstore products. Today I’ll be showing you my favorite drugstore face products, and on thursday I’ll show you my top high end face products. Then. I’ll do a video comparing the products. Next week, I’ll do the same for Eye, Lip, and Face products. Let’s jump right in!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO:Top Drugstore FACE Products!

Okay, so I’m going to start in the order that  I would put these things on in the morning, meaning I’ll start with face primer. My favorite Drugstore face primer is the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base.

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It feels almost like a creamy foam if that makes any sense, but I just apply this where I have problems with pores or redness. It works well with my oily skin. My aunt, who has drier skin, also loves this product. It just helps your face products, whether you apply foundation, bb cream, powder, or whatever your preference is, apply more smoothly. It looks to be a light pinkish color, but blends in translucently. It claims to minimize pores (IT DOES!), and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m a teenager, so I don’t have fine lines and wrinkles yet, however,  I’m definitely a fan of this primer.   $9.99, Target

For foundation, I’m loving the Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation.

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I bought this on a whim, but have been extremely impressed with it. It is a medium to full coverage foundation that doesn’t feel as heavy as some foundations do. It gives me a flawless finish and lasts for HOURS. It controls the oil in my skin, but has also been shown to work on dry skin as well. I really like the way this blends into my skin. Although it feels a bit heavy when you apply it, that feeling goes away after blending it in. Also, If you’ve tried the original revlon colorstay, this foundation gives you a LOT more time to blend the product in before drying. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!   $10.99, Target

I also chose to include a BB Cream from the drugstore along with a foundation. If you don’t know what a BB Cream is, it is basically a skin treatment and foundation/tinted moisturizer all in one. They originated in Asia, but American Cosmetic companies have come out with american versions of the product. BB cream stands for blemish balm, but the products also help hydrate the skin and keep it healthy overall. My favorite BB cream from the drugstore is the Physicians Formula Super BB Cream.

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This BB Cream is, in one word, AWESOME. I absolutely love the light texture it has. It does, however, offer medium buildable coverage. I like the way it gives me a naturally flawless finish. They have two colors: Light medium, and Medium dark, but it blends effortlessly into the skin allowing for your skin to match it with itself. I have pretty fair skin, and the light medium blended with my skin perfectly. I love this BB Cream! $13, Target

For Face Powder, I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

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This is a translucent setting powder that doesn’t cake up, but also controls the oil on my skin. Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore brands, and I was definitely not let down when I purchased this powder.  It has a creamy velvety texture that I absolutely love.  $4.00, Target

For Concealer, I love the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting Concealer in Radiant.

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I like this concealer for highlighting my under eye area and my cheekbones. The pinky-salmon color helps counteract the deep purple tones of dark circles or a dark eye area. This Concealer works wonders for the under eye area. $7.99, Ulta

For Bronzing and Contouring, I like one product for both from the drugstore. I use the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in Mahogany.

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This powder is cool enough to contour, yet warm enough to use as a bronzer. It doesn’t look to harsh on my pale skin and just gives me a bronzed glow.  $10, Ulta

For blush, I chose a cream and powder blush depending on your preference. My favorite Cream blush is the whole like of Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes.Unknown-3 images-4

These blushes have a really interesting “bouncy” texture and apply sheer allowing for buildable coverage depending on the look you desire. I  love the color selection they have available and these also hold up very well on my oily skin, and are also perfect for dry skin. LOVE LOVE LOVE. $6.00, Target.

For powder blush, I love the line of NYX powder blushes.

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They are extremely velvety and easy to apply. They color selection is AMAZING. They have colors to suit every skin tone. I LOVE THESE. $6.00, Ulta

For highlighter, I chose a liquid primer that I actually use as a highlighter. It is the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.

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This “highlighter” gives a natural radiant glow without looking too shimmery. You can use this on the tops of your cheekbones after foundation, as I do, as a primer, it’s intended use, or mix it in with foundation for a radiant glow. Love this. $10, Target

Last but not least, is BROWS. Eyebrows, to me, are an extremely important component of the face and can really complete a look. My favorite drugstore brow product is the NYX eyebrow pencil.

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It is hard enough in texture to create the natural look of eyebrow hairs and creates a polished eyebrow look without looking too harsh. $4.00, Ulta.

And those are my favorite face products form the drugstore! Don’t forget to look for my videos on my favorite high end face products and comparing the two! Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out the video linked at the beginning of this post!

xoxo,

Pres

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Foundation Routine!

Hello!

Today I’m going to show you my everyday foundation routine! Now, sometimes I just pop on some powder, but this is when I want to lookextra put together! Let’s get started!

CORRESPONDING VIDEO: Foundation Routine!

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I’m going to take my Clinique Acne Solutions foundation in shade 01 and put a dime size amount on my hand. To apply this, I’ll be using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, a.k.a., THE BEST BRUSH EVER. I love this foundation and brush combination because the foundation alone gives me a flawless, airbrushed  effect, but combines with the brush it makes blending a breeze.

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Next, I take my finger and dot the foundation on to a CLEAN, MOISTURIZED FACE.

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I know it looks a little crazy right now, But it makes blending SO much easier! I will apply some to my forehead later on.

Now, I’m just going to begin to blend this out with my Real Techniques brush, as mentioned earlier.Image

As you can see, I’m pulling the brush in a downward motion. You ALWAYS want your finishing strokes to go in a downward motion because the hair follicles on your face tend to grow in a downward motion and this gives a more natural effect.

Foundation: $27.00, Clinique. Brush:$8.99, Ulta Beauty

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Again, just on the opposite side of my face, I’m just blending out my foundation and ending with downward strokes.

Now for my forehead, I just repeat the same process, but in between the brows, you want to finish with upward strokes as opposed to the rest of the forehead.

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REMEMBER: always blend down the jawline and neck to avoid any harsh lines!

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Next is Concealer! I personally use two types of concealer, but this is totally optional. For blemishes, I use my Holy Grail concealer, my MAC Prolongwear concealer in “NW20”. This covers my blemishes and DOES NOT BUDGE throughout the day no matter what I end up doing.

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I just take my finer and dot this on any areas that need extra coverage and blend it out with my foundation brush, patting in a downward motion as opposed to dragging the product downward.Image

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I also use my fingers to blend if needed. $18.00, MAC Cosmetics. *It looks a bit pricey, but this concealer lasts FOR. EVER.*

Now for Undereye Concealer! I love my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting Concealer in “Radiant”.

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I just place this under my eyes and blend with my foundation brush and fingers if needed! I do not have bad undereye circles, so this just highlights the area. If you have bad dark circles, try using the MAC concealer with a fluffy eyeshadow brush under your eyes.

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POWDER TIME! I have extremely oily skin, therefore, I set my foundation with a powder all over my face. For dry skin, try putting the powder throughout your T-Zone only, unless you like to powder it all. *Your T-Zone is your forehead, your nose, and chin.*

For powder, I use Clinique Perfectly Real Pressed Powder in shade 102. To apply it, I use my MAC 182 Kabuki brush.

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Just get some powder and PAT, not rub, again in a downward motion in those areas where you get oily, or just feel you need powder.

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Powder:$25.00, Clinique.

Now for Bronzer, Contour, Blush, and Highlighter! For those in a hurry, contour and highlighting can be optional. Blush and bronzer, just a tad, I feel are a MUST.

Bronzer is first. I use my Clinique True Bronze in shade 02, “Sunkissed”. Remember, Bronzer is just to add a “Glow” to your face, not to give you a complete tan.

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To apply this, I use my Real Techniques Blush Brush.

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I apply this bronzer in a “3 E” motion, starting at your temples and edge of forehead, down under the cheekbones, and down the jawline.

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Also apply just a tad across your nose, chin, and forehead.

Bronzer: $25.00 Clinique

Now for Contour. Contouring, when applied correctly, gives the appearance of a more sculpted face and more facial structure. The idea is to apply a shade that is darker than your skin tone to the hollows of your cheeks. For this, I use my Benefit Hoola Bronzer (This is not for traditional bronzing as in the previous step) and my MAC 168 Angled face brush.

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You can do the “Fishy Face” haha, if needed to find the hollow of your cheeks, or simply, under your cheekbones.

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Just lightly buff, *cough cough* DOWNWARD MOTION *cough cough*, underneath your cheekbones. $28.00

Now for BLUSH! Blush adds life and color to your face! I’m going to use my sigma blush brush and my Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink, MY FAVORITE BLUSH!

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This blush may look scary, but it works with the natural temperature of your skin to create a flattering pink color. Just take some on your brush and pop in on to the apples of your cheeks blending it back towards your temples. $20, Sephora

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Now for Highlighting! Highlighting goes hand-in-hand with contouring in the fact that it makes your cheekbones appear higher and gives the look of more facial structure. For this I use my NARS Albatross Highlighter and my Sigma Tapered Highlighting brush.

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Although it looks white, It is actually a golden shimmery cream color. $29, Sephora

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Apply a highlight shade on top of the cheekbones and around the tail of your eyebrow and on the browbone if you’d like.

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And you’re done! Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo,

Pres

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Everyday, Natural Eye Makeup!

Hi!

Today I decided to show you all my everyday, natural, simple, and most importantly… QUICK, eye makeup routine! I do this almost every day! Let’s get started.

The corresponding video: ▶ Natural Everyday Eye Makeup by alovelyambitionImage

First, I’m going to prime my eyes with my NARS smudgeproof eyeshadow base.

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I just blend this out with my finger. Any eyeshadow primer will do. I especially love this one due to the fact that it keeps my eyeshadow from smudging on my oily eyelids. $24.00, Sephora

Next, I’m going to take my NYX eyeshadow base in white on my real techniques dome shadow brush. This base is NOT A PRIMER. Applied by itself, IT WILL CREASE! However, over a primer and underneath a light shadow, it works perfectly!

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I apply the base under the arch of my brow and in the inner corner of my eye surrounding the tear duct area. $6.99, Ulta Beauty

Next, I’m going to pat my face powder, Clinique perfectly real in shade 102, over the base that I placed under my brow. The white base will make my face powder the perfect brow highlight for my skin tone.

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I applied this with my Tigi angled shadow brush.

Next, using the same brush, I’m going to apply my L’Oreal infalliable eyeshadow in “Iced Latte”. This is a light shimmery shade that is similar to Stila Kitten shadow. This will open up the eyes and make them appear bigger and brighter.

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This eyeshadow is extremely velvety and pigmented. $7.99, Ulta Beauty

Now I’m going to apply Urban Decay’s “Easy Baked” to the middle third of my eyelid with my MAC 239 flat shader brush. This color is a light shimmery gold, perfect for a natural, eye-brightening look.

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to blend with “Iced Latte”, just make small patting motions, then extend the color to just before the outer third of the eye. $18.00, Urban Decay

Next, I applied MAC’s “Sable” eyeshadow with a 217 blending brush. This color is a light shimmery warm brown shade, making it the perfect midtone.

*A midtone will help reduce the amount of blending later on*

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Applying this color to the outer corner and buffing it through the crease will open up the eyes and give more dimension. $15.00, MAC cosmetics

Now, I apply my L’Oreal infalliable eyeshadow in “Continuous Cocoa” with a MAC 217 blending brush.

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I applied this dark, DARK, subtly shimmery brown to the very outer corner and throughout the crease. Applying Sable beforehand almost eliminates the need for blending, though I still do.

$7.99, Ulta Beauty

Now, blend if needed.

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Now for our lower lash line. I took Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in “Rockstar”, a deep, plum-brown shade, and applied that to the outer half of my lower lashline.

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$19.00, Urban Decay

Next, I apply my winged eyeliner. If you are more comfortable with a traditional line, feel free to do so. I use L’Oreal’s “The Super Slim” liquid liner in “Carbon Black”. $8.99, Ulta Beauty

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To create a wing, pretend you are connecting a line from the end of your eyebrow to your lower lashing, then connect that line with the line drawn on your upper lash line as shown above.

Last but CERTAINLY not least, I applied the CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara, as mentioned in my previous post, to my top and bottom lashes.

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$8.99, Ulta Beauty

And that’s it! You’re done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for reading!

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xoxo,

Pres

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