Monday, March 31, 2014

The Ultimate Beginner's Brush Kit

Greetings, earthlings, and welcome to one of the most important subtopics of makeup you will encounter:


Like choosing the right foundation for you, choosing brushes can be just as difficult, or even more so. There is an entire craft dedicated to brushes, and the options are overwhelming. I am going to try to break it down for you in a few different categories, then list my favorite brushes that I believe are the bare minimum for anybody interested in cosmetics.

1. Natural vs Synthetic

A brush is more than some fur on a handle. You have to be aware of what brush you're using for what you're trying to accomplish. A natural brush, like a goat hair, is going to blend well and not pick up as much pigment as a synthetic brush. Most concealer brushes are synthetic, to place the pigment as directly as possible, and most blending brushes are synthetic, to create an air brushed finish.

2. Price Point

Just like my weight does not define me, (thank the Good Lord), the price does not define a brush. A number is a number is a number, and I have found that brand names generally do not guarantee quality. There are $3 brushes at Target that put a $50 MAC brush to shame. There are also $3 brushes at Target that aren't even worthy of cleaning a toilet when compared to a MAC brush.
Do not judge a brush based on its price or name. Test it out and read the reviews. The only one determining the worth of the brush is the artist.

3. Brand Name

Contradicting everything I just said in the prior sub topic, here is a basic list of brands I recommend experimenting with.

Every single brush in this brand is incredible. You cannot go wrong.

ELF: $
Some amazing brushes and some crap brushes. Do your research.

Once again, a good place to start because they often have online deals where kits are cheaper than usual. However, not every brush is a winner.

MAC: $$$
These were the original makeup brush must haves. Every one had the 224 or 217 blending brushes. However, Sigma quickly beat out MAC by quality and price. But these brushes are wonderful, and I have not found one that I do not like. They're just expensive.

Morphe: $
Just like ELF, there are some hits and misses. However, this brand has amazing quality for the prices, and so many options to choose from.

4. Task

You have to realize that different looks require different brushes, just like an actual piece of art would require different brushes. Know what each brush is designed to do.
On a similar note, there are no rules. Just because a brush is designed to blend out the crease, it does not mean you can't use it on your face to contour with. Do what suits you. Do you boo.

The Basic Kit:

This is NOT including every brush I believe to be necessary. This is the bare minimum, the lingerie to the designer dress.
NOTE: I am using mainly pictures from Sigma, but this is just because they were the easiest to find. The brush does not have to be Sigma, just similar.

1: Fluffy Blending - Crease
2: Dense Blending - Precision crease
3: Shader - Packing on color 
4: Pencil - Placing color precising
5: Small Angled - for BROWS or liner
6: Flat Top Kabuki - Ultimate foundation
7: Contour - for bronzer, blush, highlight
8: Duo Fibre - blending everything together or applying a little amount of product

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Easiest Smokey Eye Ever

I know what you're thinking.
You're hungry.
I'm hungry too. But I know what else you're thinking.
Smokey eyes are really hard.

This is an extremely easy technique.
Blending brushes, a shader brush, eyeliner, and a few neautral shadows.


1: Prime the eyelid and do your brows. I repeat, do your brows. Especially with a dramatic eye. Do them.

Add a transition color. I chose a peach color so that the look would have a warmth to it and not be as harsh.

 I added a second color to the crease, a deeper transition color. It is "garnet" from the Lorac Pro Pallette, but you can use anything. You need to layer transition colors though, so that there is a gradient in the smokey eye.

 Place the black on the lid. This will all be blended out. Don't place too much.

 Blend out, not going above the crease.

 Add a second layer of black...

 ...and blend it out again. Repeat this process until you have the desired depth. Do not add too much. Be patient and blend.

Notice that when I open my eye, the black does not go above my crease. That is when you look like you've been punched.

Add a subtle highlight to the brow bone. This is important.

 Line the water line with a khol eyeliner.

 Blend it out with the darker transition color.

 Add an eyeliner to the top if you want, I did a winged liner because that's my favorite. You don't have to do a wing, or even an eyeliner.

 And mascara completes the look :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make Me A Pin Up

 I was born in the wrong generation.

I find so many things that are considered attractive in today's world, (like zero percent body fat, vegan diets, and sugar free chocolate) completely UNattractive.
On a similar note, I find so many things that have been ruled out, (like the occasional extra piece of cake, and a forgivable amount of thickness on a woman's bones) to be extremely sexy.

And, my friends, pin up girls are sexy.
I wish I was a pin up girl. However, because I am truly just a typical student with an interest in cosmetics, I can make myself look like one on a few levels.

This is how I do so.

I am in no way saying that thin women aren't beautiful. Everyone on this planet has some beauty to them. I am just expressing my personal opinion that if I could choose any body shape on the planet, I would rather look like Scarlett Johansson than Candice Swanepoel.
No hate.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MAC Tan Pigment Spring Look


So this is a look created all around the "Tan" pigment by MAC. It is one of the prettiest pigments of any I have ever tried, and it is perfect for a dewy spring or summer look.

PSA: Pigments are expensive, and it truly is annoying, but they last forever. I've had mine since 'nam and have barely used any of it, even though it's such a go to product in my collection.

Also, feel free to deepen up any look with black eyeliner or darker lips. It makes it fun. I just went neutral because you only live once and I rarely go neutral.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Anastasia Dipbrow - Review

If eyes are the nipples of the face, then eyebrows are the lingerie that makes the eyes not look creepy.
I love brows. Bold, defined, and perfect. I think that every single person looks better if their eyebrows are taken care of. This does not mean waxing every week - I haven't had mine professionally done in 3 years. Just keep up with them on your own. More importantly, though, FILL THEM IN.

I have tried an absurd amount of eyebrow products. My favorite for a while was the Make Up Forever "Aqua Brow" gel. Then there was the Anastasia Beverly Hills "Brow Wiz." More recently, I was giving all my goods to the gel eyeliner from Wet n Wild.
However, I have found a new love, and we are in a committed relationship.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This stuff truly is wonderful. Her entire line, from brow products to make up is incredible, but the pomade is my favorite. There is a color match for everyone. It stays on until the end of time. The formula is the perfect mix between a gel and powder.

I use a very small angled brush to apply it, and it takes barely two minutes between both brows. I highly recommend trying it.
Also, do not be alarmed if your eyebrows do not match perfectly, nor waste your time trying to get them to. Eyebrows are sisters, not twins.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Physics Failure Turned Make Up Look

I did this look after my Physics 2A final. You could say I was upset, you could even say I was contemplating removing the "force" from my body.

Physics joke, sorry.

So I needed a creative outlet, and I figured that I could either turn to recreational drug use or do my makeup. I thankfully chose the latter.

I filmed myself. Sorry if I do not sound like the happiest little bunny there ever was. I had just faced destruction.

But, I had to keep going, because

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Get Ready With Me - Spring Break Boredom

I was bored, I thought I'd film, this is for all the folks out there who say "Can I just watch you do your makeup everyday?"

It ended up being a very basic look, but it's fun, and if you don't think it's fun, you should go.

Xoxo to infinity and beyond

Monday, March 17, 2014

You Can Wear Green, I Swear

Happy St Patricks Day! 
More importantly though,
Happy Birthday to Me!!!!!

Just kidding, I'm nobody. So, back to St Let's Get Wasted Day...

I created this look after hearing my friend say that green is the ugliest color. I was like, bish whaaaaaaa?

This could definitely be a St Patrick's Day Look, but seeing as it is a tad late, let's just call it a green smokey eye, because that's truly what it is.

It was inspired after this picture:

.... HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA Just kidding.

I hope you like it! Xoxo nuggets.

Step 1
Foundation and concealer

Step 2
Blend everything out, then add bronzer and faint blush

Step 3
Draw some eyebrows on so you look like a woman

Step 4
Begin with a neutral eyeshadow base

Step 5
Blend a warm brown shade in the crease for a transition

Step 6
Add the green! This a pigment from Mac, but there are so many shades out there. Choose a matte one if you prefer! Pack in onto the lid, not going above the crease

Step 7
With a fluffy brush with no product on it, blend upwards slightly

 Step 8
Add a black eyeliner. You can choose to do a wing or not

 Step 9
Add a gold highlight to the inner corner. This really makes a difference in the look. It low key reminded me of a leprechaun and a pot of gold. But that is besides the matter.

 Step 10
Add eyeliner to the bottom water line. I chose brown so that the look would't be as harsh, but if you wanted to go more dramatic, choose a black.
Then blend it out with the first brown shade we put in the crease.

Step 11
Please wear mascara. Top and bottom. Thank you.

Step 12
 Add any lipstick you want. I chose a rosy-pink, because I felt that it clashed the least with the smokey green, as that should be the main focus. But you can choose any color you want. If you want to look like a Christmas Tree, wear red!

And then you're done!