How To Pair Your Eyeshadows Like a Pro

Today I am going to show you how to pair eyeshadows together to create tons of looks. For many of us, it can be confusing when we are looking at a palette of colors to try and figure out which ones work best together and which ones won’t. This tutorial will help you to learn which colors, finishes and combination work best together and hopefull help aid you in picking which shades to choose from.

Three Basic Rules of Pairing Eyeshadows Together

  1. Always include a neutral –  Using a neutral eyeshadow along any brighter shades you may use will keep the look more wearable and tone down the overall look.
  2. Always mix your finishes – Eyeshadows come in finishes, shimmer and matte. Using all shimmer on your eyes will make you look like a disco ball while using just matte finish eyeshadows will look to flat. Using a combination of both with give depth and detail to the look.
  3. Use a light, medium and dark color – A mixture of these three, regardless of the color scheme, will give you a well rounded look with a lot of dimension.

Skin Tone Shades

Now we can move on to blending shades. You always need to have a couple of shades that can be used for blending that are close to your skin color. One a matte finish and one with a shimmer finish. The matte one you will use under the browbone to blend out any harsh lines, the shimmer will be used to highlight under the browbone or in the inner corner to open the eye and make it appear lighter.

  • Fair Skin – Vanilla Bean (matte finish), Shimma Shimma (shimmer finish)
  • Medium Skin – Creme Brule (matte finish), Purely Naked (shimmer finish)
  • Dark Skin – Latte or Cocoa Bear for very dark skin (matte finishes), Glamorous (shimmer finish)

Below is a guide that gives you different kinds of color combinations that you all can put together. There are two ways of doing this Monochromatic Looks and Polychromatic Looks.

Monochromatic Looks

These are where you take one color in varying shades and do a look based on just that color.

This look incorporates a light, medium and dark pink. The dark goes on the outer part of the eye, the medium pink on the middle of the eye and the light pink goes in the inner portion of the eye. Blend together this gives you an overall pink look.

This is a traditional dark brown smokey eye. This is where you take a dark brown and place it on the lid, a medium brown in the crease, and a light brown or tan color right above the crease to blend the colors out.

Glamorous Makeup for Brown Eyes

Hello my lovely Makeup Geeks! Today I am doing a look for all your brown eyed girls out there. I didn’t get a chance to do this when I did the other eye colors and I have had a lot of request for it. Today I have Jessica with me who is our lovely model for the day. This sweet pink and silver look is stunning and brings out the hues in brown eyes amazingly. This combination of silver and pinks is one of my favorite combinations as it is sophisticated while still being girly at the same time. :-) So pull out all your silvers and pinks and lets get going on this look.

Face:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer “25 Medium” – (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Mark Face Powder – “Buff” – (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer – Peach – (Amazon)
  • Illamasqua Powder Blush – Naked Rose – (Sephora)
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Base – (eBay) (Amazon)

Eyes:

  • Palladio Eye Primer – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Mercury – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Galaxy – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Cupcake – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Beaches and Cream – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Shimma Shimma – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara – (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Immortal – (Makeup Geek Store)

Lips:

  • Revlon Lipstick – Pink Pout – (eBay) (Amazon)
  • MAC Cremesheen Lipgloss – Fashion Scoop – (eBay) (Amazon)

Tools:

  • Makeup Geek Eye Shader Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Outer V Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Angled Blush Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MAC 227 Brush – (eBay) (Amazon)

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One-Minute Smokey Eye

Hi Makeup Geeks! Today I have a very easy and simple video for you all. This is something great to do when you are in a rush but still want to look polished and put together. It’s very simple and takes hardly anytime at all and you only need a couple of products to still look amazing! 🙂

  • Maybelline Color Tattoo  – Rich Mohogany – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Beaches & Cream – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Frappe – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek – Outer V Brush  (Makeup Geek Store)

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See, a perfect smokey eye in no time at all! You can switch up the colors of the cream shadow you use and make this a different look anytime. And by just adding a crease color and a highlight shade, you can transition this look from office/day to a night out.

Have a great week, muggies!
Much love,
Marlena

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How To Apply Cream Blush

How to Apply Cream Blush

Today I am going to give you all the information I know about cream blushes. I know some of you are intimated by them and how to use them. The main questions I hear are how to apply them and what kinds are best. So for this video I am going to provide everything you need to know about how they work, when its best to use them, how to apply them and everything else you need to make sure you get the most from these remarkable products.

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Who is Cream Blush best for?

  1. Dry Skin – If you have dry skin then cream blushes are going to work amazingly for you. If you use a powder blush on top of your dry skin the powder can enhance the dry look of your skin and make your cheeks look very dull. However, using a cream blush will add extra moisture to your skin and add a youthful glow to your skin that a powder blush won’t provide.
  2. Aging Skin – As we age our skin tends to get drier. Using a cream blush will automatically add a youthful glow back to your face along with a dewiness we tend to lose as we get older.
  3. Cold Climates – A cream blush is ideal for those of you who live in colder climates, or during the colder months. Cream blushes sit on the skin and add moisture that the cold air takes away. For those of you who live in warmer climates or where it’s humid, a cream product can actually slide, melt or make you look more oily. It’s best to use a cream blush in the colder seasons or if you live in a cold climate.

My Favorite Cream Blushes

  1. Stila Convertible Cream Blush
    I love this because it’s a dual purpose product that can be used on the lips and cheeks. These are very highly pigmented and not sticky which makes them easy to apply. This non-greasy, creamy formula adds the perfect glow to the cheeks.
    Price: $25.00
    Where to Buy:  Sephora  .  Amazon .  eBay . Nordstrom
  2. Illamasqua Cream Blush
    This rich and creamy blushes are highly pigmented and glide on the cheeks smoothly and evenly. They give a perfect glow to the cheeks and have a great range of colors for fair skin to dark skin.
    Price:  $26.00
    Where to Buy:  Sephora  .  Amazon .  eBay
  3. NYX Cream Blush
    These are by far the least inexpensive of the bunch. However, they don’t lack on quality. They are highly pigmented, aren’t sticky and don’t leave your skin looking oily. They come in a wide range of colors for fair skin to dark skin.
    Price: $6.75
    Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store  .   Amazon  .  eBay

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How to Apply

  1. Fingers – This is by far my favorite method of applying cream blush. Using your clean two middle fingers, pat your fingers into the blush picking up some of the product. Smile and apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend the color backward. If you feel you have applied too much color, use a sponge like a Beauty Blender and pat over the top to pick up some of the color until you get your desired color.
  2. Cheek Highlighter Brush – This brush has a soft, flat top that allows you to stipple the cream blush onto your cheeks. Gently stipple the brush into the blush picking up a small amount. Apply it the same way by smiling and placing on the apples of your cheeks and blend backward. Using a brush isn’t my favorite method as it applies too much and you will probably have to go back with a sponge and remove some color.
  3. Beauty Blender or Sponge – The only thing I recommend using this for is for tapping off any excess color on your cheeks and blending the color out.

I hope all this information is helpful for you all!  Don’t be afraid to use cream blushes as they give such a nice finish to the skin.  Always apply lightly and build as needed.

Have a great week!
xoxo,
Marlena

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My Go To Style!

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I wanted to do a fun video showing you my everyday look including hair, clothes, and makeup! I know some of the looks I do in my videos aren’t something I would wear on a daily basis, so this will give you an idea of what I typically wear when just going to work.  This look takes very little time so is perfect when you are in a hurry but still want to look great.

Be sure to check out my hair and outfit on my Simply Marlena post

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Face: 

  • Burberry Velvet Foundation – “Trench No. 207″ (eBay) (Nordstrom)
  • Emani Pressed Mineral Foundation -” 292 Golden”  (Amazon)
  • Stila Convertible Color – “Lilium” (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Treatment – “Tan” (Makeup Geek)

Eyes:

  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes – “12L” (eBay) (Amazon)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – “Carbon Black” (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – “Peacock” (Pan Version | Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – “Bling” (Pan Version | Compact Version)
  • Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil – “002 Hazel” (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Anastasia Tinted Eyebrow Gel – “Caramel”  (Amazon)

Lips:

  • MAC Cremesheen Glass – “Fashion Scoop” (eBay) (Amazon)

Tools:

  • MAC – “219″ (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Makeup Geek – “Stippling Brush” (Makeup Geek)
  • NYX – “Powder Puff” (Makeup Geek)

Be sure to check out my hair and outfit on my Simply Marlena post

I get so many questions from you all about my nails! I get gel tips done, so I never really know what color she uses (I just walk in and point to the one I want :) ). This time I had my nail technician do an ombre look with a soft pink going into the white at the tips. I have no idea what the names of the shades are, but if you want something similar, just bring in a picture and they can do whatever style or color you like. When I do use nail polishes on my nails, I like the Essie ones.  Two of my favorite colors are “Muchi Muchi” which is a soft pink, or “Off The Shoulder” which is a brighter pink.

  • Muchi Muchi  (eBay) (Amazon)
  • Off The Shoulder (eBay) (Amazon)

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If you want to see my “go to” hair and and outfit check it out here on my personal blog!

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