4 Ways to Wear Colorful Eyeshadow to Work

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I know many of you wear neutral eyeshadows every day to work (which is totally ok), but I’m hoping to get you to branch out and wear some colors during your work week!  You can wear colors, but it’s all in how and where you place the color.

Here’s my 4 tips for wearing colors:

  1. Pick just 1 color and apply it to 1 part of the eye.  So either along the lashline OR in the inner tear duct OR on the outer part of the eye.  1 color, 1 place.  I call it “strategic placement”.  
  2. Always pair a color with a neutral.  Having a neutral surrounding a color automatically tones it down and makes it more work appropriate.
  3. Pick a color that is light to medium in color.  The darker the color, the more dramatic it is.  (If you want to wear a dark color, keep it close to the lashline)
  4. If you’re afraid of color, start with purples or greens.   Because these colors aren’t too vivid and look great on every skin and eye color, they’re a safe bet for being more daytime appropriate.  (think of blue and orange- not really the most safe colors for makeup! haha)

Look 1:  Along the Lashline

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  • Milani Liquif’eye Eyeliner – Aqua  (Amazon) 
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Sea Mist (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Creme Brulee (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Look 2:  In the Outer Corner

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  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Wisteria (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Homecoming (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Look 3:  All over the Lid

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  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Shimmermint (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Purely Naked (Pan Version / Compact Version)

Look 4:  In the Inner Tearduct

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  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Mango Tango (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Shimma Shimma (Pan Version / Compact Version)

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Scarlett Johansson-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

I know it’s been a while since I have done a celebrity inspired look for you so I wanted to share one with you today. I have been loving Scarlet Johansson’s look lately as she has been using a lot of colors without it being to much. This is one of my favorites that Scarlet wears as the pink and purple shades are the most girly to me. This look is perfect for prom, a date night, or anytime you want to add some fun and color to your look. So pull out all your girly colors and lets get started on this fun and eye-catching look.

Face

  • Maybelline Concealer – “25 Medium” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Emani Pressed Mineral Foundation – “292 Golden” (Amazon)
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation – “310 Warm Golden” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Stila Convertible Color – “Lilium” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC “Fix +” (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes

  • MAC Veluxe Brow Liner – “Brunette” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – “White Lies” (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – “Beaches & Cream” (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • MAC Eyeshadow – “Stars & Rockets” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC Eyeshadow – “Indian Ink” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC Eyeshadow – “Shroom” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC Pigment – “Reflects Gold” (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Make Up For Ever  Khol Pencil  – “2k” (Amazon)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glinde-On Eye Pencil – “Lust” (Amazon) (eBay)

Lips

  • MAC Cremesheen Glass  – “Fashion Scoop” (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick  – “Innocent” (Makeup Geek Store)

Tools

  • Makeup Geek  – “Outer V Brush” (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek  – “Lip Brush”
  • Makeup Geek – “Soft Dome Brush” (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Beauty Blender (Makeup Geek Store)

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My New Favorite Foundation! and Flawless Foundation Routine

OK Makeup Geeks, today I have my new FAVORITE foundation to share with you all. I love when I find new products that I absolutely love and then I can share them with you. I recently went to Sephora to find a foundation that was talc-free, paraben-free, and mineral-oil free. This is a must for me since I have gotten older because my skin has become more sensitive. I was thrilled to find the Cover FX foundation.

Cover FX tries to be as organic as they possibly can and keep their ingredients simple. I have been using this for the last week and I love this foundation. This last all day and dries to a nice satin finish so it doesn’t appear to flat or look overly shiny on my skin. I find that I don’t have to use much powder with this as the foundation alone gives such a flawless finish to the skin. The big test for me was when I wore this to San Fransisco all day long in the wind and heat. The Cover FX foundation lasted all day and didn’t fade or oxidise or turning my skin orange.

This retails for $40.00 for 1 fl.oz. of product. The color I am in is G40. The colors are broke down into three separate categories, P (pink undertones), N (neutral skintones), G (golden undertones). The neutral shades range from N10 – N110, with the fairest shade being N10 and the darkest being N110. The pink undertones range in shades from P20 – P50 with the lightest at the bottom and moving up in color. For the golden undertones the shades are G20 to G80 with the lightest at G20 and the darkest at G80. The best way to find your perfect shade is to visit your local Sephora and have them color match you.

I love the packaging on this and that the product is in a handy squeeze tube. This makes accessing the product as simple as it gets. The texture on this is wonderful, it has a silicon feeling but it’s not. It is very silky and glides on smoothly and evenly without caking up or feeling heavy. This foundation really does feel amazing on the skin. They key to using this is knowing that a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t take much when applying it. There are no harsh chemical smells or anything that would aggravate anyone’s allergies or anyone sensitive to strong smells.

I also got the Cover FX Blotting Powder that I love as well but I don’t have to use it much because the foundation is just that good. They also have a cream foundation which I haven’t tried yet so if any of you have used it let me know in the comments below what you think of it..:-)

HOW TO APPLY

  • Use a good primer, I am using the Clinique Pore Minimizer and apply with clean fingers.
  • For my eye bags I have to apply a darker, peach colored concealer to counteract the darkness. Here I am using  MAC Studio Sculpt in NW35.
  • Now for the foundation, you only need a little bit because the formula is thick. I dab small dots on face and then take a Beauty Blender and wet it and squeeze the excess water out really well, and use patting motions to work the foundation into the skin.

This covers so well, even the redness around my eyes. To set the under eye are I sweep on a small amount of the Cover FX Blotting Powder with a fluffy brush. I got my shade in Light (it’s also available in Medium and Deep) so I could use it under my eyes to brighten them. From here on you can apply your makeup the way you want to. For this video I used the Tarte Blush in “Tipsy”, a lipgloss by Smashbox in the color “Infinity”, and of course my L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara and that’s easy. Really easy, really simple!

ADVANTAGES

  • Covers amazingly
  • Takes very little
  • Great packaging
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • No harsh odor
  • Leaves a soft, satin finish to the skin

DISADVANTAGES

  • Price, It does run on the expensive side with it being $40.00 for 1 ounce but it is worth every penny! :-)

PRODUCTS USED

  • Clinique Pore Minimizer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • MAC Studio Sculpt in NW35 – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Cover FX Blotting Powder – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Tarte Blush in “Tipsy” – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Smashbox Lipgloss in “Infinite” -(Amazon) (eBay)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – (Amazon) (eBay)

I really love this foundation and if have already tried it, or you do try it, let me know what you all think of it. I can’t wait to see if you all love it as much as I do. :-)

XOXO,

Marlena

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Get Noticed and L’Oreal Look

Hi Makeup Geeks!

I have a fun contest for you guys, and you know I don’t do these very often.  But the prize on this is AMAZING and pretty easy to do.  You will create a look using L’oreal products and submit it to their facebook page here.   The look with the most votes will win a trip to NYC, get your picture taken to be put in national magazines, and get a 5 year supply of their cosmetics!

I did a look for this contest- something perfect for a night out or even for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a very girly look using pinks and purples, and I used all drugstore products so this is budget friendly :)

Have a wonderful Valentine’s week everyone!

Much love,

Marlena

Face 

  • Maybelline Concealer – “Medium”- (Amazon), (Ebay)
  • Emani Pressed Mineral Foundation – “Golden” (Amazon)
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation – “Warm Golden” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • Loreal Color Lift Blush – “Pink Lift/Rose”  (Amazon) (Ebay)

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Eyes

  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – “#557 Glistening Garnet” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – “#892 Amber Rush” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – “#556 Smoldering Plum” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner – ‘Black” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • L’Oreal  Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara – “Blackest Black” (Amazon) (Ebay)

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Lips

  • L’Oreal Colour Riche LeGloss – “#160 Violet Attitude” (Amazon) (Ebay)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner – “Pink” (Amazon) (Ebay)

Tools 

  • Elf – Eye Crease Brush (Amazon) (Ebay)

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How to Choose the Right Makeup

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Snow White! Others fawn over your fair complexion resembling that of a porcelain doll — but little do they know how frustrating finding the right makeup for your skin tone can be. Even the lightest of colors seems to be too dark in comparison and blending your heart out just leaves you with what’s known as the “makeup mask.” Ditch the colors that sorta,kinda work because MDC is here to help you find the ideal shades to complement your ivory complexion. Here’s what you fair-skinned beauties need to look for when taking a trip down the makeup aisle.

Work With Your Undertones
If you think your understanding of your skin tone doesn’t need to extend past the fair skin category, you would be mistaken. Choosing the right makeup is dependent on your undertones, too! When looking for foundation, you may get overwhelmed by your options as most brands will have two to three colors that look almost identical. For example, Lancôme Teint Visionnaire comes in Ivoire C, Ivoire W and Ivoire N —cool, warm and neutral. What does this mean? Well, on the surface, your skin tone is visibly light, but beneath the surface lies a subtle hue of one of the following:

Cool: Pink, red, or blue undertones
Warm: Yellow, peach or golden undertones
Neutral: A balance between both cool and warm

Not sure what your undertones are? Here’s how to find out:

The White vs Cream Test: Grab two articles of clothing (or even a towel) – one white and the other off-white. While wearing NO makeup, decide which color complements your skin tone best? If it’s the pure-white shade, your undertones are warm. If the cream color suits you more (because the white washes you out), then you have cool undertones. If both flatter you just the same, you’re neutral!

The Vein Test: Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re green, then you have warm undertones. If your veins are blue, then you have cool undertones. Do you have both colors or do they appear to be blue-green? Then you have neutral undertones.

Still not sure? Here’s one more for good measure!

The Jewelry Test: If gold jewelry enhances your complexion, then you’re likely on the warmer side, if silver jewelry looks best on your skin tone, then you have cool undertones.

Foundation for Fair Skin
Working with your undertone will help you determine which foundation is perfect for your fair complexion. Have you figured out whether you’re cool, warm or neutral? Perfect. (If you’re still unsure, ask an expert at a beauty department counter.) Try one of these fair-friendly foundations and pinpoint your exact shade based on your undertone findings!

Fair-Skinned Favorites: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H, L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Choosing the Right Blush
Finding the right blush can be difficult since many shades can look too stark and obvious against your fair skin. A little flush is meant to look natural (not clown-like!). Ideal hues include soft pink, peach or coral — more specifically, warm skin tones look best in peach and coral while cool tones look best in rosy pinks and light mauves.

Related: How to Find the Right Blush for Your Skin Tone

Best Bronzer for You
You might feel like bronzer is not even in the realm of possibility — that’s definitely not the case. Not only can you rock bronzer, but you can rock it in multiple ways – including in contouring your fair skin. Add a little warmth to your cheeks by finding a sheer shade that has a hint of peach or shimmery pink (just not too shimmery!). As a rule of thumb, less is more — you can always add on as needed, but too much bronzer and you won’t be fooling anyone!

Related: The Basics of Bronzer

Eye Shadow Shades
You’ve heard it before: Eye shadow shades that are too dark will come off bruise-like and hues that are too rosy will make you look sick. And neutral? Forget about it — they’ll blend right in with your skin tone! If you have warm undertones, it’s best to stick with bronze and earthy colors, while cool undertones look perfect in jewel-tones and gray or metallic shades. Looking for the shadow palette that will do it all, no matter your undertones? The Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette has it all!

Flattering Lipstick Colors
Contrary to what some may think, light-skinned ladies can wear shades that range from barely there to bright and bold! When shopping for the perfect nude, look for shades that have a slight pink or peach note, so that you don’t look washed out. We love the YSL Rouge Volupté is Nude Beige!

Shades with peachy-coral hues are perfect for cool undertones, while fair skin with warm undertones look stunning in orange lipstick! Still searching for a ravenous red? If you have cool undertones, opt for a bluish red like NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red and those of you with warmer undertones look best with an orangey red like NYX Simply Red Lip Cream in Seduction.