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.

NEW Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and a Fun Summer Look

Hello Makeup Geeks, I am so excited to bring you these newest additions to our line of eyeshadows. :-)  I have been working hard to get the formulation just perfect so you can have amazing quality. We have 5 new colors along with one that has been in the store for a while. I am most excited about the shade “Cosmopolitan“, it is an exact dupe for MAC’s “Expensive Pink” with richer quality and higher pigmentation.

As always, we wanted to add to our line of neutrals while bringing you more interesting shades. We also have one inspired by Marlena’s favorite color, raspberry pink to add to our collections of pinks. With a great combinations of shimmers and mattes, you are sure to find more than one to love.

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Hipster

02-hipsterThe Bottom Line: Mix between a dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimmer.

How It Relates: Hipster is a cool toned dark sand that is a shade lighter than Pretentious and slightly darker than Latte with cooler tones. Hipster has a slight shimmer to it whereas Latte is a warm matte. The closest to this would be Pretentious in color and finish.

All About the Color: If you want to be part of the hip crowd then this dark sand shade is perfect for you! This elegant shade has a slight shimmer to it that’s perfect for adding a pop of dimension and shine to your look. This color is ideal for a day at the office, or pairing up with your favorite cool tones to warm them up. No matter where you wear it or what you wear it with this color is sure to make you look Hipster Chic!

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Frappe

04-frappe_2The Bottom Line: Frappe is a medium maple brown matte.

How It Relates: A shade darker than Creme Brulee, this stunning shade has the same creamy texture and matte finish. Lighter in color than Latte this has slight red/orangey undertone to it with the same finish and creamy texture.

All About the Color: Named after one of our favorite guilty pleasures this medium maple brown color will have you coming back for more. The matte color has a creamy texture and glides on smoothly and evenly for a stunning finish. Ideal for the summer months for a soft wash of color or paired up with a darker shade for a perfect brown eye. This also makes a great transition color for darker skintones.

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Simply Marlena

05-simplymarlenaThe Bottom Line: Bright rosey pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.

How It Relates: The newest addition to our line-ups of pinks, this amazing color is the brightest of our girly shades. This cool-toned pink has a purple base and slight gold shimmer. The striking shade has a matte finish as Mango Tango and Cupcake with a brighter, more vivid appearance.

All About the Color: The perfect addition to our collection, and sure to be your new go to pink! This stunning matte pink color has a slight purple undertone with hints of gold flecks to give it that personal Marlena touch. The rich color and smooth texture allows the color to apply effortlessly and look amazing. This is the perfect pink for channeling you inner girly-girl.

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Cosmopolitan

03-cosmopolitianThe Bottom Line: Rose Gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish.

How It Relates: This elegant shimmery color is warmer than others similar to it making it a perfect fit with other shades from Mango Tango to Glamorous. This has rose pink undertone that makes it deeper than Mango Tango with a gold hue to it and the same amazing finish as Cinderella.   If you’re familiar with MAC’s Expensive Pink, this one is pretty much spot-on, but with more payoff and smoother texture.  Swatch the two side-by-side and you’ll be amazed at how much nicer Cosmopolitan is :)

All About the Color: Just like the drink, this chic rose gold shade is sure to become a quick classic. The stunning color is always in style and the shimmery finish makes it the perfect addition to your eyeshadow collection. Adorned with small gold flecks for added style, this impressive color is perfect for a refined soft look in the day, or a paired up with darker shades for a sultry, hot look at night. No matter where or how your wear this impressive color it’s sure to be one that everyone will love.

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Graphite

01-graphiteThe Bottom Line: Dark Graphite Grey with silver flecks and a shimmery finish.

How It Relates: Dramatic greys are definitely getting attention and this one fits in perfectly. A shade lighter than Galaxy, and darker than Mercury, Graphite has distinct look all it’s own. This has the same texture and high quality as its brothers, this shade fits perfectly in the middle.

All About the Color: An exquisite color to add to any collection, this dark grey has small silver flecks and a shimmery finish. The remarkable pigmentation and creamy texture makes this easy to apply and looks great regardless of whether you are teaming it up with lighter shades for a wearable day look, or smoking it out for an intense, dramatic sexy look.

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Lemon Drop

lemon-drop1The Bottom Line: Shimmery Bright Lemon Yellow

How It Relates: A warm ray of sunshine, this bright punch of color is perfect for summer. The warm shade is brighter and more vivid than its sister Yellow Brick Road but with the same shimmery finish.

All About the Color: Sugary sweet with a punch of sour, this bright yellow shadow will brighten up any drab day. It’s the same sweet, sugar-coated, flavor packed lemon we all knew and loved as kids. Now the same bright yellow can adorn your lids. With a sugary sweet shimmer finish, this bright yellow has a creamy, velvet-like texture and smooth consistency. With an intense pigmentation, this sweet sensation is sure to be one you will love.

Buy in the Makeup Geek Store: Pan Version | Compact Version

Swatches

We did a fresh batch of swatches so you can see how these new shades compare to our existing shadows.  We hope you find them useful!

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The 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 – Peoney (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes:

  • Makeup Forever Eye Prime – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Graphite (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Frappe (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Beaches and Cream (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Simply Marlena (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Cosmopolitan (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Palladio Eye Ink – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes – Nude (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Ardell #124 False Lashes – (Amazon) (eBay)

Lips:

  • Nars Satin Lip Pencil – Luxembourg (Amazon) (eBay)

Brushes:

  • Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshader Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

And there you have it, new eyeshadows and a new look. Let me know what you think of the new shades in the comments below or leave a review on each individual eyeshadow color page. We would love to hear from you!

XOXO,

Marlena

Thanks to Makeup G
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4th of July Makeup (and bloopers!)


Happy 4th of July Makeup Geeks!

You know, I realized that in my 5 years of doing videos, I never have done a 4th of July look!  This look may be a bit too dramatic for some of you, so just keep the dark blue close to the lashline and keep the red lips matte.  I figured it’s patriotic while not painting stars on my face 😉  I hope you all have a safe holiday with your family and friends!

MUCH love,
Marlena

Face

  • Maybelline Fit Concealer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation –  (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation –  (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Kat Von D Blush – Wish –  (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Laura Mercier Star Dust Loose Powder –  (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes

  • MAC Paintpot – Painterly –  (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Electric – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow – #60 –  (Sephora)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Neptune – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – White Lies  – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner – Immortal – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Ardell False Lashes – “Babies” – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Duo Lash Adhesive – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara –  (Amazon) (eBay)

Lips

  • NYX Lipliner – Deep Red – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick – Elegant – (Makeup Geek Store)

Tools

  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Contour Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush (for concealer under the eyes) – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shader Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Outer V Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)

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This is the outfit I’ll be wearing for 4th of July as long as it’s not hot as hell that day in Sacramento!  (It’s 107 degrees today- yikes) If not, I’m wearing a loose skirt and tank 😉  I hope you all have a safe holiday!  OH, and I’ll post full details on this outfit on my personal blog:  www.simplymarlena.com 

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Thanks to Makeup G
BloCosmetics.com – more makeup posts – BloCosmetics.com – more skin care posts

Glamorous Copper & Pink Makeup

Hello Makeup Geeks! The look I have today was inspired by Beauty Box and is a striking pink and copper eye. This is the perfect look for the transition from summer into fall with the warm Autumn copper and the cool pink tones of Summer. I even incorporated one of the new Makeup Geek pigments “Vegas Lights” into this look since so many of you have been asking for them. 🙂

So enough blabbing, let’s get on to this amazing and fun look!

Face

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Cargo Blu-Ray Bronzer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Too Faced Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Maybelline Fit Concealer – (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes

  •  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Bitten – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Simply Marlena – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Cupcake – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Beaches & Cream – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – Vegas Lights – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Urban 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Honey –
  • MAC Paint Pot – Rubenesque – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Red Cherry False Lashes #DW Black – (Makeup Geek Store)

Lips

  • Too Faced Lipstick – Naked Dolly – (Amazon) (eBay)

Tools

  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Outer V Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Pointed Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Sigma SS224 Brush – (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush – (Makeup Geek)

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I hope you enjoyed this look and try it out. If you do let me know what you think and remember, if you are a fan or pink or want to mix things up, try switching out the pinks for 3 different shades of your favorite color for a new look every time. As always I hope you all are staying happy and healthy.

XOXO,

Marlena

Thanks to Makeup G
BloCosmetics.com – more makeup posts – BloCosmetics.com – more skin care posts

Date Night Hair, Makeup & Outfit!

Hello Makeup Geeks! I have a fun date night video for you all today. Cocoa Bear and I are going on a date tonight and I wanted to share the look that I will be wearing. This is a very soft grey smokey eye that is different in that it’s not full on black and the smokey part is at the end of the eye so it’s not over-the-top dramatic. I paired this with a brighter lip and elegant hair and makeup that I am going to share with you for a complete and great date night look. Perfect for impressing that someone special. 😉

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So let’s get this started with the Makeup!

FACE

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer & Treatment – Tan – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Desert Beige 12 – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation – N30 –  (Sephora)
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – Medium 01 Sand – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 25 Medium – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Cargo Blu Ray Bronzer – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Illamasqua Powder Blush – Excite – (Amazon) (Sephora)
  • Benefit Blush – Georgia – (eBay)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit Powder – (Amazon) (eBay)

EYES

  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Milani Liquif’eye – Black – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Stealth – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Hipster – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – White Lies – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • Stila Kajal Eyeliner – Topaz – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Dior Diorshow Mascara – (Amazon) (eBay)

LIPS

  • NYX Lipliner – Hot Pink – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Stila Longwear Lipcolor – Flushed – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Loose Powder – Any will do as long as it’s loose.

BRUSHES

  • Makeup Geek Pencil Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
  • Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush – (Makeup Geek Store)
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