COLORFUL EYELINER

My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you three ways to wear colored eyeliner.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

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Eyeliner is a quick and easy way to make your face come alive.  Put down the blah brown and boring black, and pick up some fun colors instead.  Colored eyeliner not only makes your peepers pop, but it’s an easy way to update your usual routine.  Keeping the rest of your makeup simple, makes these three eyeliner ideas super easy and wearable.  Plus, you can substitute for any color you like and experiment away!

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DAYTIME SMOKEY EYE

I’m excited to say that I’ll be blogging for ModCloth each week! If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should.  Their blog is full of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  This week I’m showing you how to wear a daytime smokey eye. There’s a trick to making it work…keep it simple, and bronzy.  Black can be a bit harsh, but bronze looks good on all eye colors and skin types, and works from the office to happy hour.

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Things you’ll need:

Bronze Eyeshadow like Nars Duo Eyeshadow in “Kalahari”
Eyeliner like Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in “Luminous Fig”
Black Mascara
Smudge Brush
Eyeshadow Brush

ShadowStep 1:
Apply your bronze shadow all over the lid up to your brow bone.

EyelinerStep 2:
Take a creamy bronze (or dark brown) pencil and draw along the upper and lower lash line.

SmudgeStep 3:
Using a smudge brush, blend the liner into the lashes and along the bottom to smoke it out.  Finish with a couple coats of black mascara.

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Finished. Meow!

 

CLEANERS

Brush cleaners – should you use them?  Soap? Shampoo? Brush cleaners work by spraying or dowsing the brush in a liquid formula that dries without having to use water.  Soap and shampoos require water and additional drying time.  Here’s how I see it:  brush cleaners are great for in-between use and travel.  You can do quick clean ups when you want to use a brush for two different uses (say, going from dark to light eyeshadow), and is great for cleaning your brushes on trips, when additional drying time is hard to come by (and mildly annoying).

But, you should really be doing a thorough wash at least monthly (if not more then that) with soap and water.  While brush cleaners are great for quick clean ups, they rarely get all the gunk out, especially in the hard to reach places like the base of the bristles.  But they are definitely handy to have, and us makeup artists rely on them to keep our brushes clean between clients so we don’t have to carry 300 around with us at all times.  Here are a few that come in hand sizes and are easy to use.

And check out my post on cleaning your brushes for a more in-depth how-to.

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