Beauty Bites: How to Foil Pigments

Hello Makeup Geeks and welcome to BEAUTY BITES! This is a new series full of quick tips to help you get out the door and on your way. Each video will focus on a different product that will help you on days you are in a rush but still want to look your best. 🙂

Today we are going to focus on how to foil your eye shadow or pigments. Foiling is basically using your products wet so that the outcome is a metallic or wet-like finish. This technique is so easy to do and hives a stunning look to your makeup.

Foiling

For this I am going to be using Makeup Geek’s Insomnia pigment. It’s a stunning chocolate brown / blue duochrome that is intensely pigmented and very beautiful. You will need a few things to create this striking look:

  • Eyeshadow or Pigment – Makeup Geek’s Insomnia-  (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Mixing Medium – Contact Solution, MAC Fix Plus Spray , FACEatelier Transforming Gel – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Pigment Lid or Flat Surface to Mix On
  • Flat Stiff Brush

Simply take a small amount of your pigment and place in the lid, add a couple of drops of contact solution or other mixing medium to the pigment and mix until you have a kind of paint consistency. Use the brush to pat over the lower lid or wherever you would like to place it. This intensifies the color and makes it much more vibrant and eye-catching. It’s great for a night out at the club or when ever you want to create an intense and fun look. I recommend you use pigments as it’s much easier, but if you want to use an eye shadow, simply use the end of your brush and scrap a small amount out into your lid. DO NOT spray or apply your mixing medium directly to the eye shadow as this can actually ruin the entire pan of shadow. We also recommend you DO NOT use water as it will evaporate and can leave you with a chalky mess.

Please check out my tutorial on “How to Use Pigments“. This will give you some great ways to incorporate pigments into your look including foiling. So have some fun with your makeup and try this technique for yourself. Be sure and check back next week for another Beauty Bites.

As always, I hope you all are happy and healthy!

XOXO,

Marlena

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How to Hide Dark Circles Like a Pro

Hi Makeup Geeks!

If you are anything like me, I hardly ever get the 8 hours of recommended sleep (hello coffee and eye concealer!)  So to combat my dark circles, I have a 4 step method to hiding them like a pro. You’ll look like you slept like a baby the night before!

Step 1:   Conceal

To counteract the blue/gray color under the eyes, you need to use a color opposite on the color wheel which would be orange.  If you have fair skin, you’ll want a light to medium peach color. For medium to dark skin, a dark peach or orange color.

I use the Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer and my ring finger to apply a thin coat under the eyes.  You need the color of the concealer to be 1-2 shades darker than your skin so it actually hides the dark circles.  Apply the concealer low enough under the eyes to completely cover the dark circles (don’t worry about it looking orange, as we will blend it out in the next step)

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer –   Makeup Geek Store

Step 2:  Blend

If you don’t wear foundation, use a concealer the same color as your skin tone and pat on top of the orange concealer you just applied.  This will blend the peach/orange concealer into the skin and make it appear more natural. I always use a foundation, for me I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear or the Cover FX foundation. I use the Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush or a Beauty Blender to apply my foundation all over my face.  Be careful around the eyes not to swipe off the orange concealer underneath.  The goal is just to blend the concealer into the foundation.

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush  –  (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Beauty Blender Sponge  –  (Makeup Geek Store)

Step 3:  Brighten

This step is optional, but if you feel you can still see your dark circles, you may want to brighten with a lighter color concealer.  All you need is a thin consistency concealer like the Maybelline Fit Me or the Revlon Age Defying.  Choose a color that is 1 shade lighter than your skin- this is to brighten under the eyes. Place a couple of dots under your eye and use a soft dome brush to blend softly.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Revlon Age Defying Concealer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Soft Dome Brush – Makeup Geek Store

Step 4:   Set

If you have dry skin, you can skip applying face powder and just use a matte eyeshadow 2 shades lighter than your skin.  Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer under the eyes just to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day.  If you need powder all over the face, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in the T Zone and under the eyes.  My favorite powder right now is the Maybelline Dream Matte as it doesn’t get cakey.

  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • White Lies Eyeshadow (use the color “Beaches and Cream” if you have medium to dark skin) – Makeup Geek Store
  • Soft Dome Brush – Makeup Geek Store

I hope this helps you all with your dark circles!  I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I need some heavy duty coverage 😉

Much love,
Marlena

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Beauty Bites: Making your Eyes Pop!

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Some of my favorites are:

  • Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener Nude – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • NYX Wonder Pencil- (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz – (Amazon) (eBay)

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To brighten your eyes and make them appear wider and more awake, simply line the waterline of your eye with a nude liner of your choice. This simple trick is great on days when you haven’t had enough sleep, or when you want to make your eyes stand out more.

As always I hope you all are staying happy and healthy and enjoying the new year. Continue reading

How to Use Pigments

Alright Makeup Geeks, you have been asking for it and here it is! 🙂 Today’s video is all about pigments! There are so many ways to incorporate pigments into your look and I am going to share with you 5 ways to use pigments to your advantage.  Pigments are fun and can be used in many different ways. Don’t be intimidated by them, once you play with them and learn how versatile they are you will love them. (if you haven’t already, check out our Makeup Geek Pigments)

Oh, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @makeupgeek,  Facebook at Makeup Geek, and Instagram @makeupgeektv

So let’s get started learning about pigments….:-)

What Are Pigments?

Pigments are a loose powder and are basically the main ingredient in eyeshadow minus the binder that keeps them pressed in a pan. Usually the binder, what ever kind is used, dulls the color once added. When the binders are excluded then what you have is a brightly pigmented loose powder known as a “pigment”. Most pigments are shimmery however, there are some matte shades as well.

How to Use Pigments

There are limitless ways to use pigments, however I am going to share 5 of the easiest and best ways I know to use them.

1. EYES – Use a light to medium shade and gently pat on the lower lid. This is great when you are short on time and need something that looks good but is quick. Simply dip a flat, stiff brush into the pigment and place in the lid. Press the brush into the pigment and tap off any excess. You can keep the color below the crease or bring it up slightly past the crease. Use a fluffy dome brush to blend out the crease and feather out any harsh lines. This adds a perfect and easy pop to your eyes.

  • Makeup Geek Pigments in Nightlife – Makeup Geek Store
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shader Brush – Makeup Geek Store
  • Makeup Geek Stiff Dome Brush – Makeup Geek Store

2.  CHEEKS – These work wonders as highlights for the top of your cheekbones and for adding dimension to your look. One of my favorites to use is “New Year’s Eve“. This is a stunning soft beige with flecks of gold. Just make sure you use one that is light and works to compliment your skin tone. To use, dip your brush into the pigment and place in the lid and press the brush into the pigment. Tap off the excess and gently sweep along the top of the cheekbone. You can also use this in the inner corner of the eyes to open them and make them appear larger, on the upper lip along the Cupid’s Bow to make your lips look fuller, and under the brow as a highlight.

  • Makeup Geek Pigment in New Year’s Eve – Makeup Geek Store (Looks great on light, medium and dark skin tones)
  • Makeup Geek Flat Foundation Brush – Makeup Geek Store

3.  LIPS – Pigments can be mixed with any lip gloss or lipstick to make your own custom lip color. Take a small amount of clear lip gloss and add to the back of your hand or on a flat surface. (You can use a lid or a small palette as long as it’s flat) Dip your brush into the pigment and mix with the gloss until you have a paste then apply to your lips with a lip brush. You don’t want to mix or apply it with a wand as not to transfer the color back into the remaining gloss. You can also use pigments with lipsticks by cutting a small section of the lipstick and doing the same thing. This will tone done a bright color, change the undertone or add shimmer. You can also mix and match pigments to get the perfect shade!

  • Makeup Geek Pigment in Afterglow – Makeup Geek Store

4. EYELINERS– As liquid eyeliners, pigments are great, especially when you need a custom shade. To create your own liner, use a mixing medium like the FACE Atelier Transforming Gel or the Makeup Forever Aqua Seal, and add a small amount to the inside of the lid to the pigment. There should be plenty in the lid to do this! Add just a couple of drops of your mixing medium to the lid and with a small brush mix together until you get a paste then line your lids as usual. You can also apply this to the entire lid for an extreme metallic look. Mix and match shades to create the perfect shade to compliment your eyes. The options are limitless. 🙂 Continue reading

The 1 Minute Winged Liner

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I know there’s many days when you’re rushing out the door for work, but still want to look polished and have at least a little makeup on. Winged liner has been trendy for a few years now, so I wanted to give you a trick for doing it in 1 minute.  That’s right, just one minute! Nobody wants to skip their trip to Starbucks to do a 10 minute makeup look when you can do it quicker AND have your coffee 😉

Products Needed:

  • Black or Brown Gel Liner – Makeup Geek Gel Liner in “Immortal” or “Mobster”   (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Bent Eyeliner Brush    (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Scotch Tape

Simply place the scotch tape along the outer part of your eye- use your lower lash line as a guideline.  Take your bent liner brush or any super small makeup brush and apply the eyeliner along the tape, connecting it to your upper lash line.  You want to fill it in to form a triangle shape- this is what gives the illusion of winged liner.

If you have an extra minute, you can turn your winged liner into a softly smudged cat eye that works great for daytime.  All you need are 2 more products:

  • Dark Brown Eyeshadow – Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in “Bada Bing”    (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Pencil Smudge or Eye Smudging Brush    (Makeup Geek Store)

Take a pencil brush and smudge a dark brown eyeshadow (or any color for that matter) on top of your gel liner.  Start to smudge it upwards to smoke out the liner, staying close to your lash line as well as the tape you placed on earlier.  All you’re doing is turning the winged liner into a smudged out cat eye shape by “smoking out” the eyeshadow.

I hope this helps you all in your makeup looks when you’re in a hurry! Makeup doesn’t have to take a long time- it’s all about the technique and tools.

Thanks to Joanna (maxineczka) for providing the example picture for this look!  Check her out on Makeup Geek, Instagram, or Youtube

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