7 Ways to Look Younger Using Just Makeup!

We all want to look our best, and by our “best” we usually mean younger. There are a lot of ways to help slow down the aging process. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, using sunscreen to help block harmful UV rays, and drinking a lot of water are just a few.  Getting the right amount of exercise also helps slow down the aging process.

Some women have the idea that the more makeup they apply the better they will look. But the truth is, using too much makeup can settle into fine lines and wrinkles that we acquire as we get older. This makes them stand out instead of covering them up. However, with the right tricks, turning back the clock can be as easy as opening your makeup bag.

1. Skip the Powder

As we age, we tend to lose the natural glow of our skin. You would think that powder, being lightweight and non-greasy would mean it’s a necessity but that’s not always the case. Powder can easily embed itself into the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, especially around your eyes and that will only exaggerate them. Also, adding powder to the skin can make it look cakey or dull.  Instead, opt for a foundation that is lightweight or a tinted moisturizer. This will help even out your skin tone without making it feel greasy and allow your skin to shine through.

My top pick: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation  (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora) (Nordstrom)

2. Apply a Creamy Pink Blush

Just like face powder, a powder blush can set into the fine lines and wrinkles that occur over time. It can also make your skin appear dull. Opting for a cream blush adds a glow to your cheeks without overdoing it. Make sure you pick the right shade for your skin tone no matter if you have light, medium, or dark skin. Using a pink color will add a nice flush to your cheeks that will give them a more youthful appearance. Just remember to use clean fingers when patting the cream blush to your cheeks to avoid getting any germs into your pores

My top pick: NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic (Makeup Geek Store)

3. Curl your Lashes

Curling your lashes immediately makes the eye pop. With time, the eyelid begins to droop and eyelashes begin to flatten. You need to give the appearance of everything being pulled up. Curling your lashes gives the appearance of your eyes being more open and wide therefore looking more youthful.  Remember to apply a couple coats of mascara, but even if you don’t make sure you curl those lashes.

My top pick: Shu Uemura Lash Curler  (Amazon) (eBay)

Also: Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler (Amazon) (eBay)

4. Wear Plumping Lipgloss

Thinning lips is another sign of aging. Although you can’t turn back the clock and make your lips full like they once were, you can help give the effect of fuller more supple lips by using a plumping lipgloss. This will also help your lips feel fuller and appear thicker than normal. You will know when you have a good plumping lipgloss by the slight tingle on your lips. This lets you know it is working. You should however, avoid using dark colors as this will give your lips a shadow effect and actually make them appear smaller.

My top pick: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss in Bambi (Amazon) (eBay)

Also:  NYX Plump It Up Lip Plumper (Amazon) (eBay)

5. Conceal your Dark Circles

Whether it’s from lack of sleep, heredity, or age, having dark circles under your eyes will make you appear older than you actually are. Dark circles actually make your face look as if it is being drawn downward. The trick to correctly concealing them is not to use your normal concealer. Use a concealer that is peach or salmon color as this will help to counteract the blue color that most under circles tend to be. To add some brightness under the eye and make them appear more youthful, gently pat on a concealer over the corrector. Use one shade lighter than your natural skin color.  This will give automatically give a more youthful appearance to the eyes.

My top pick: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora) (Nordstrom)

Also: Makeup Forever Concealer Palette (Amazon) (eBay) (Sephora)

6. Wing Your Liner

Just like curling your eyelashes, winging out your liner can give an instant lift to your eyes. As we age, our eyes begin to somewhat droop.  By winging out your liner you are instantly giving your eyes the appearance that they are being pulled upward. Many women find that creating a winged eye is hard to do. The reality of it is having the proper tools and making sure to use a gel liner.  Use an angled eyeliner brush like the Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush which sells for $3.79 USD. If you are uncertain how to use one of these brushes or how to achieve that cat eye, or winged liner effect, check out our video “How To: Use An Angled Liner Brush“.

My top picks: Makeup Geek Gel Liner in “Immortal” and Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush

Also: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in “Black” (Amazon) (eBay) (Nordstrom)

Beauty Bites: Getting Plump Lips

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 will be looking at how to achieve that perfect pout everyone desires.  As we age our lips tend to thin and for some of us, we were born with thinner lips, but no matter how you got them hopefully these tips and tricks will have your lips looking luscious in not time.

White Liner

I know this may seem odd, but by lining the Cupid’s Bow with a white liner and blending it slightly, it will emphasize the upper lip giving it a fuller appearance. Some of my favorites are:

  • NYX Slim Eye Pencil in White – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • NARS Santa Monica Blvd. – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Rimmel London in Pure White – (Amazon) (eBay)

The BEST thing you can do to get the appearance of fuller lips is to wear a light color lipstick and a light lip gloss. Lip gloss will instantly make your lips look bigger because it reflects the light and bounces it off.  Some of my favorite lip glosses are:

  • Maybelline Color Sensational  #290 Flash of Pink –  (Amazon) (eBay)
  • NYX Mega Shine –  (Amazon) (eBay) Continue reading

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