I'm celebrating Spring by whipping out my makeup palettes of brights, pastels, satins and shimmery eyeshadows! See ya later smokey eye, hello and wink wink flirty eye ;) I love experimenting with colorful shadows, so the next few makeup looks will be girly and fun, just in time for spring. As always, I'll be including some of my makeup tips and tricks and a tutorial on how to achieve the look. Let me know if you have any requests and I'll gladly take on the challenge.
I love love love that short transitional period in New York, the week and a half that falls in between winter and summer, when the temperatures are perfect and the people are all eager to mate... I'm exaggerating, of course, but if you've never lived in NYC, expect either unbearably hot or unbearably cold, unless you're lucky to catch the teensy season (a month at the most) of Spring aka Sprinter...
When I think of Spring, I think of the color Green sprouting from the earth and the cherry blossom tree outside of my building (can't wait for it to bloom!). I also think of all the exciting color filled holidays--March 8th, St. Patrick's Day, Purim, Easter, etc. Forgive me, I'm a little behind on my holidays, but I know some of you take it very seriously, so I'll try to match my makeup looks to the upcoming celebrations. So, in honor of Spring and St. Patrick's Day passed (don't ask me how I how got around the city that day), here's my Maquillage du Jour or Makeup Look of the Day: Spruced Up Spring Green... now say that three times.
ABOUT THE LOOK: Salad green eyeshadow paired with a pale pink cotton candy lip for a fresh combo. This is a fun daytime makeup look, but can also be worn to a funky night out. Not exactly the color of the leprechaun, but close enough... :)
PRODUCTS USED (EYES):
- Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette (Matte): 2 green shadows (lid), 1 pale gold shadow (highlight and inner corner), and 1 flesh tone shadow (crease).
- Urban Decay primer potion
- NYX jumbo eye pencil in Lime used as a base
- Bobbi Brown gel liner in Forest Shimmer Ink (shimmery black green)
- Flat application brush (lid), fluffy dome brush (crease), stiff angled brush (highlight and inner corner), angled liner brush (gel liner)
- Jordana eyeliner in white
- False lashes and Duo dark tone adhesive
- Lancome maquicomplet concealer in medium bisque
PRODUCTS USED (LIPS): Rimmel lipstick in Pink Blush (great dupe for Nars' Roman Holiday) and Maybelline Lip Polish in Flesh Light, just on the center
HOW TO APPLY the makeup: I won't be redundant, so I'll just stick to the eyes routine. If you're interested in my face routine, go to my earlier posts and read up on my favorite products.
- Prime the lids with a primer.
- Apply base all over the lid and slightly past the crease. Blend with your finger.
- Pick up some light green shadow (think lime, avocado, salad leaves or fresh asparagus) and pat it all over your base using a flat shader brush.
- With the same brush, take a darker green (think foliage) and apply it to the outer corner of the lid, in a sideways V shape.
- Take some flesh tone shadow (couple shades darker than your skin) on a fluffy brush and blend out the edge of the green using windshield wiper motions.
- With a stiff angled brush, highlight directly under your brow and the inner corner V shape, using a pale gold shadow. Take the same shadow and dot it to the center of the lid, using your finger.
- Line the outer half of your top and bottom lash lines with the gel liner. For a quick tutorial on how to do a cat-eye, go to The Purrfect Cat Eye.
- Apply your lashes and line the bottom waterline with a white eyeliner pencil.
BEWARE of lipsticks that are lighter than your skin tone. Some can make you look healthy and tan, while others can really cheapen your entire look and make you appear 10 years older. There's no science to choosing the right lipstick shade other than just learning what works best for you. I can't say that I'm 100% comfortable wearing this shade. I think it may be too pale for my skin tone. What do you think? Cheap or chic?
Pale lipsticks can also make your teeth appear yellow... which will undoubtedly age you. This lipstick doesn't seem to be doing that to my teeth, but that doesn't mean it won't work against someone else's coloring. Bottom Line: be careful when choosing lipstick shades in the pale pink family, they can be tricky. Unfortunately, the only way to find out is through trial and error :(
Man, 10 years ago, I'd do anything to "age" myself... today, I'm trying so hard to slow down the aging process... guess I'll never win, but luckily, good genes are on my side :) On a brighter note, wearing bright shadows makes me feel younger, and it does, in fact, tend to make women look younger :)) P. S. My mama should know, she's the queen of bright, shimmery NYX pencils. Love ya mama!!
My nail polish is Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Merlot, though it looks more like Ocean Spray Cranberry, to me. I changed up the lip color to MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Warm Me Up with Maybelline Lip Polish in Baby Mauve over it. It's amazing how a simple change of lipstick can transform the entire makeup look. I'm definitely feeling more hippie than funky here :)
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Spruced Up Spring Green Makeup by Maryam Maquillage
MAKEUP TIP: When wearing bright eyeshadows, make sure to keep the skin clean and natural. This doesn't mean that you have to skip your concealer, foundation or powder; apply it just to your problem areas, and set with a loose mineral powder. With a bright makeup look, it's extremely easy to go overboard, so to avoid that, just skip all the bronzers, blushes, and highlighters altogether. If you're feeling too bare, add some peach blush to the tops of your cheekbones. My fave is Benefit Georgia.