3 Steps to Thicker Looking Lashes

All women desire longer, thicker lashes. But no one wants to spend a lot of money on getting lash extensions or take the time of applying false lashes every day. Having dramatic lashes with length and volume makes your eyes appear bigger and can transform your face instantly. So, today I am going to share with you three easy steps you can do daily to achieve longer more lustrous lashes.

  1. Curl Your Lashes – This is the first step to making your lashes appear longer and thicker. Right now my favorite eyelash curler is the Tarte Picture Perfect. It has a soft rubber tip which is great for curling the lashes well.

Begin by placing the curler at the base of your eyelashes and hold for 3 seconds. Next, move the curler out to the middle of your lashes and hold for 3 seconds and then repeat on the tip of the lashes. Check out my video on how to curl you lashes like a pro: http://www.makeupgeek.com/makeup-basics/how-to-curl-your-lashes-like-a-pro/

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  1. Apply TWO Mascaras – The first mascara you want to use is a thickening mascara with a big wand like the Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. The bigger wand adds a lot of product to the lashes giving them a fuller effect. The second mascara is for length and should have a skinny wand like the L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara. The skinny wand gets at the base of the lashes very well and adds extra length and volume.

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  1. Use Black Gel Liner – Applying a black gel liner to the upper waterline darkens the base of your of your eyelashes making them appear thicker. To do this, use a eyeliner pencil as a tool and dip it into a good water resistant eyeliner like the Maybelline Eye Studio or Makeup Geek’s Immortal and run it along the upper rim of your lashline. If you don’t find it to harsh you can do this to the lower waterline as well. To enhance the lashes even more add a small amount under the eye coming in 1/2 of the way.                                           iStock_000011555617Medium

You should be able so see a huge difference in your lashes with these 3 easy steps.  I hope this helps give you what you need to create stunning, almost false looking lashes that everyone will love!

xoxo,
Marlena

Products Used:

  • Tarte Eyelash Curler (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Maybelline Eyestudio – “Blackest black” (Amazon) (eBay) / Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Immortal (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (Amazon) (eBay)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara (Amazon) (eBay)

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Photoshoot Ready Makeup

Hi Makeup Geeks!
So I’ve been redoing my headshots lately as it’s been a few years since I’ve taken new pictures.  (what can I say, it’s been busy!)  I posted a couple of my pictures that Nicola took of me (which she did such a great job!) on Instagram, and many of you wanted to know how I did my makeup.  So…. Here’s how I do my makeup for photoshoots plus some tips on how to get ready and what to wear!

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Makeup Tips for Photoshoots

  • Always wear a matte finish foundation, so your face doesn’t look oily under the hot lights or camera flashes
  • To add glowiness to the skin, apply cream blush or a cheek highlighter as you want shine to be only on your cheeks (not all over your face)
  • Apply more color/makeup than you wear on a daily basis, as cameras wash out 30-40% color.  If your makeup looks a bit too dramatic for everyday, then it’s perfect for camera!
  • For clothing, wear brighter colors as it “pops” more.  If you wear neutrals, go with a pattern so there’s visual interest in your picture.  Definitely avoid plain white, nude, or black clothing. Find your best color, and wear that.  For me since I’m a brunette with fairer skin, purples, teals, and greens look best on me.
  • If you can, wear false lashes.  The singles or the half lashes work great and come across more natural.  (You obviously don’t want dramatic drag queen lashes for your headshots if you normally don’t wear  much makeup everyday 😉 )  If you’re not comfortable with false lashes, be sure to apply a good 2-3 coats of mascara.  This is to make sure your eyes stand out and don’t disappear in the brighter lights.

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Face:

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Kat Von D Blush – “Truth” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Stila Convertible Color – “Lillium” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 01 – (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes:

  • MAC Paintpot – “Painterly” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Rimmel Brow Pencil – “Hazel” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Drama Queen (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Fairytale – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Unexpected – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Beaches and Cream – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Birthday Wish – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner – Black – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara – (Amazon) (eBay)

Lips:

  • NYX Extreme Lip Cream – “Candy Land” – (Amazon) (eBay)

Tools:

  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Blush Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Outer V Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MAC 239 Brush – (Amazon) (eBay)

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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.

Cat Eyes Party Makeup

Hello again Makeup Geeks! Today I have this dramatic and fun cat eye look for you. This is a twist on the cat eye look as this wings up and fades as it comes inward to a smokey look. With the addition of some glitter liner and a strong contoured face, this looking is nothing short of stunning. This is perfect when you want to let your inner bad girl come out to play, or when you want something more dramatic and impressive. So let’s get started on this cat eye look.

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Face

  • Lorac Oil Free Wet Dry Makeup – Wd4 – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit – Spotlight – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Nars Concealer  – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Skin – Nude 40 – (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes

  • Make Up For Ever Khol Pencil (any black eyeliner will do) – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Palladio Liquid Eyeliner – Black Forest – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • NYX Candy Glitter- 07 Blue – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Latte – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Corrupt – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil – 002 Hazel – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Ardell Lashes – 102 Demi – (Makeup Geek Store)

Lips

  • MAC Lipstick – Creme D’ Nude – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Nars Lipgloss – Striptease – (Amazon) (eBay)

Tools

  • DUO Eyelash Adhesive – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MAC – 227 – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Pointed Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MAC Lip Brush – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)

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I hope you all have fun with this look. I absolutely love the way this came out. It’s just something fun and crazy and the great thing is the colors can be changed to personalize the look just for you. I hope you all are doing great and as always, stay happy and healthy! 🙂

XOXO,

Marlena

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Colorful Spring/Summer Makeup

Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I have a beautiful summer look for you using some blues, greens and even some pinks. I will also give you some alternatives to make this look more wearable if you don’t want to wear this much color. I really wanted to do something with a fun glitter on the middle of eye, something fresh and spring inspired. I will also be using one of my new pigments on the center of the eye so you will get the first look at these amazing pigments!

So let’s begin on this cool spring look. :-)

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Face:

  • Emani Pressed Mineral Foundation – “292 Golden” – (Amazon) (Emani)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush – “Exposed” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Burberry Luminous Fluid Base – “Fresh Glow” – (Amazon) (eBay)

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Eyes:

  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – ”Cupcake” – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – “Unicorn” – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – ”Appletini” – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – “Duchess” – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – “New Years Eve” – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Lancome Gel Liner – “500 Emerald Seductive” –  (eBay) (Lancome)
  • NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil – “604 Milk” (Makeup Geek Store)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – “Carbon Black” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Palladio Liquid Eyeliner – “Black Forest” – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Ardell False Lashes – “110 Black” – (Makeup Geek Store)

Lips:

  • Too Faced Lipstick – “Naked Dolly” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass – “Fashion Scoop” – (Amazon) (eBay)

Tools:

  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MUG Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • MUG Eye Shader Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Outer V Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

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