Makeup for a Red Dress

It is the holiday season, and I’m sure many of you will be wearing red for your holiday parties!  The number one email I get from all of you is “I’m wearing a red dress, what makeup do I wear?! HELP!!!”   So, here is a video showing what I do with my red outfits as well as a tutorial of a glamorous neutral look that is perfect for the Holidays!

Tips:

  • Wear neutral shades, brown, silver, gold and black or anything that falls into the neutral category.
  • Stay away from bright shades.
  • Make either the eyes or the lips the focal point.
  • If you go with a red lip keep the eyes almost bare with a winged or thick liner.

Face:

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in ”Tan” – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – (Amazon), (eBay)
  • Maybelline Fit Face Powder – (Amazon), (eBay)
  • Stila Convertible Cheek Color – “Lillium” – (Amazon), (eBay)

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in “Layin Low” – (Amazon), (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Mocha – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Latte – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Creme Brule – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • LA Splash Glitter Glue – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Nightlife – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Duo Lash Adhesive – (Black / Clear)
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Immortal – (Makeup Geek Store)

Lips:

  • MAC Lipstick – Flair for Finery – (Amazon), (eBay)
  • NARS Lipgloss – Striptease – (Amazon), (eBay)

There it is, the perfect makeup for all the red you will be wearing this holiday season! I hope this helps all of our and that your holiday is happy and blessed. 🙂

As always, I hope each and everyone of you are staying happy and healthy!!!

XOXO,

Marlena

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My New Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine

Today I am going to be sharing with you my new skin care routine. Since I am now in my 30′s, I have altered my skin care routine so it will help battle the aging process. As we age our skin requires different needs and I have found a good regiment that works well for my sensitive skin. These are all products that I swear by and since I am prone to acne, they are all great for all skin types.

So let’s get going on my new skin care routine! 🙂

Green Tea Makeup Remover Cleaning Tissues by Beauty Treats

These are great for removing a days worth of makeup. I use these at night before I go to bed to take off any makeup I have worn that day. They remove all traces of dirt, oil, mascara, and even glitter. They are made with herbal extracts, cornflower and vitamin e so they leave your skin feeling clean and soft. They are available in 6 scents and retail for $5.99 for 30 pre-moistened wipes.

  • Cucumber
  • Apricot
  • Collagen
  • Green Tea
  • Rose
  • Aloe

Price: Varies

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay

Clarisonic MIA

I love these brushes. For me, because I wear a lot of makeup at times, it has the ability to get deep into my pores and cleans my skin very thoroughly. I use the sensitive head with mine so it isn’t to abrasive or to harsh on my skin.  It leaves your skin softer and gives you a much more radiant and healthy glow.  If you are not using one of these they are well worth the investment!

Price: $150.00 (You can find these cheaper on Amazon and eBay, just make sure what your are getting is authentic and NOT used!)

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

Dermaquest Delicate Skin Cleanser

I am really not to picky about which cleanser I use, but I really am liking this one. It contains Argon Oil that helps promote healing. And because it was also formulated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that reduce redness and calms and soothes, it’s ideal for anyone with sensitive skin like myself. It’s can also be used for anyone with normal skin as well. It cleans my skin and prepares it for the next steps.

Price: $37.00 (A little less expensive on Amazon and eBay)

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Dermaquest

Retinol Cream

I swear by this step! I do this once a day at night before bed. I get my retinol cream from my dermatologist. Retinol gets rid of dead skin so that your skin can renew itself and produce more collagen. Basically, it encourages skin cell turnover. I am now at a 0.1% however when you first begin using retinol you will begin lower. This is where I suggest you see a dermatologist to get you on a program and the right percentage of retinol. You don’t want to do more damage to your skin and this can cause your skin to peal slightly if you get a higher dose than you need. This has helped tremendously in reducing my pores and making my skin look and feel younger as well as my acne!

Price: Varies

Where to Buy: Dermatologist

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Serums go deep into the skin with other moisturizers can’t reach. I get the 1 ounce bottle to last longer and it’s a far better value. This has a fresh orange scent that feels refreshing and great on the face. The vitamin C in this is great for producing collagen and antioxidants. Place one pump in your hands and rub together then pat over your face. This will allow the serum to penetrate your skin fully.  You want to do this step BEFORE doing applying your moisturizer.

Price: $48.00 (Prices are better on Amazon and eBay)

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Moisturizer

This has Niacin in it which helps with anti aging and rejuvenating the skin along with helping anyone with acne prone skin like myself. It doesn’t break my out and hydrates my skin without leaving my face feeling greasy. It only takes a small drop to cover your face so this will last. I have been using it for a couple of years now and it is still by far the best I have used!

Price – $93.00 (Prices are better on Amazon and eBay)

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Nia

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

This is the one thing that I do not use on a regular basis. As we age we tend to lose some of the moisture in our skin and this works perfectly for adding my hydration under my eyes. I also have bags under my eyes and this helps combat the appearance of bags and fine lines. It brightens and stimulates the sensitive skin around the eye and really does feel as if you are applying silk under your eyes.

Price: $75.00 (Prices are better on Amazon and eBay)

Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora

So that’s it for my anti-aging skin care routine! The most important step in all of this is the retinol. You need to be using this nightly just make sure to see your dermatologist to get the real stuff. Some of the retinal you can purchase over the counter is diluted and won’t work as well as what your doctor will give you. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas on what to incorporate into your skin care routine.

  • My  Esthetician – Kristina at Esthetic Arts in Sacramento, California

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

XOXO,

Marlena

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3 Looks Using the Naked 3 Palette

Hi Makeup Geeks! Today I am going to share with you 3 different and unique looks using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I love this palette, it might be my favorite of them so far. 🙂  I know a lot of you have this palette and hopefully this will give you some go-to looks you can incorporate into your arsenal of ideas.

Look 1:

The first is a slightly smokey look that is ideal for a night out with that special someone. The lighter lid will make your eyes look larger and more open. For a more day appropriate look switch your lip color to a soft nude/pink, or transform it into a night time look by adding a brighter gloss.

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  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – “Milk” – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • “Nooner” eyeshadow in the crease – (Urban Decay Naked 3)
  • “Limit” eyeshadow slightly above the crease- (Urban Decay Naked 3)
  • “Burnout” eyeshadow on the outer half of lid- (Urban Decay Naked 3)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment in Sweet Dreams – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • “Blackheart” eyeshadow in outer V- (Urban Decay Naked 3)
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Tarte emphasEYES nude eyeliner – (Amazon) (eBay)
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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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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! 🙂

1min-smokey

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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