Cut Crease, Yes

Simple!

Products:
– KVD Vegan Beauty Eye Contour Palette
NYX Cosmetics Ultimate Shadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Ash Brown
Stila Liquid Liner
Ardell Wispies lashes.

Tips For New Makeup Artists

  • Hand placement – never place your hand on top of a client’s head while working on their face, put it on your hip, hold another brush in it, or place it on the client’s chin. This is especially important with brides or models who have their hair already done. Plus, we tend to focus a lot on the step we’re doing that we might not notice just how hard our grip is on the client’s head.
  • Your pinky finger is your best friend – it serves as a resting point for your hand while blending eyeshadow or applying eyeliner, lipliner and lipstick. It’s a balancing tool to be used instead of resting the side of your hand on the face, or hold their head.
  • Apply false lashes easily – have the client look down and to the right for their right eye, and down to the left for their left eye. This method stretches the inside corner of the client’s eyelid allowing for perfect placement of false lashes and eyeliner.
  • Use dense eyeshadow applicators for glitters/pigments – you know those cheap ones that come with palettes? They’re so dense and impactful, they’ll be able to apply the glitter/pigment with less fallout and product loss than a traditional brush.
  • Choose the right eyeshadow transition shade – this shade is placed slightly above the socket of the eye under the browbone to transition into an eyeshadow look. The best bet is to use the bronzer shade you’re using on the client. This allows for cohesiveness and sculpting.
  • Avoid and correct eyeshadow fallout – it’s recommended to do eyeshadow first and wipe off the fallout without disrupting the base makeup. Apply skincare and primer, followed by eyeshadow. Clean up the fallout by wiping it off with a cotton round with some skincare on it – that way you’re not wiping off the initial skincare.
  • Apply skincare & primers strategically – skincare should help balance out dry/oily areas while helping to prolong the wear of makeup. Many people have oily T-zones (forehead, nose, and chin) while having dryness on the cheeks. Use hydrating, mattifying, and smoothing primers in areas where they’re needed. One primer may be all that the client needs, but may be not.

Battle Royale

ABH Sultry vs. UD Naked Reloaded

Both palettes are extremely popular among beauty lovers because of the true neutral tones that are at times hard to find. Both palettes have a good variety of shimmers and mattes that are easy to blend and are long-lasting.

However, personally, I find that the ABH formula has more kickback/fallout but is more pigmented than the UD palette. That’s not to say the Naked Reloaded palette can’t be workable – it simply means that it’s better for beginners and building up the colors. ABH Sultry was a limited edition though, so if you like this color scheme then UD to the rescue!

Purchase the palettes:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette

Do you own either of the palettes? Do you agree with my opinion? Let me know in the comments below!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette Dupes

A couple of years ago when Wet’n’Wild came out with their 10-pan eyeshadow palettes, beauty lovers (including myself) lost their minds over the pigmentation, wearability, and color stories of them. Three that are the most obvious are:

Rose In the Air vs Modern Renaissance

My Glamour Squad vs Soft Glam

Comfort Zone vs Master Palette by Mario (limited edition, not available)

Have you tried this lineup of Wet’n’Wild palettes? Let me know in the comments below!

NYX It Up

I adore the formula of these NYX palettes! They’re great for travel and offer a wide variety of shades.
Even within the Warm Neutrals color family there’s a definite distinction between the shades, none are completely similar.
The Ultimate Brights does require a little bit of work, otherwise they show up pastel, still love it though.
Great palettes for a great price!

Products from the top:
Ultimate Multi-Finish Palette in “Sugar High”
Ultimate Shadow Palette in “Phoenix”
Ultimate Shadow Palette in “Warm Neutrals”
Ultimate Shadow Palette in “Brights”

Have you used these palettes? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

My Make Up For Ever Favourites

Shown favourites:

– Cream Concealer Palette
– Cream Lip Colours Palette
– ProFusion Highlighters
– Single Powder Inserts (blushes, bronzers, contours, highlighters)
– Ultra HD Foundation
– Step 1 Hydrating Primer
– Aqua Brow
– Loose Powder
– Let’s Gold Eyeshadow Palette

Not shown favourites:

– Mist & Fix Spray
– Aqua XL Ink Liquid Eyeliner
– Brushes
– Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer

What are your favourite Make Up For Ever products? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Easy Makeup Tips That Make A Big Difference

  1. Learn how to use a felt-tip eyebrow styler for a more natural & fluffy brow look. It’s really delicate and creates hair-like strokes.

    MAC Shape & Shade Brow Tint
    Glossier Brow Flick
  2. Use multitasking products. For example, lipstick used as blush not only stays longer on the cheeks, but also creates cohesion in the look.

    There are also products that are designed to do both functions:
    MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek Sticks
    Many variations of Nudestix products
  3. If using a cream brozing/contouring product, don’t apply it directly on to your face (it can erase your base makeup and be harder to blend out). Pick up the product with your brush either directly from the product or the back of your hand, this allows for control over placement of it on your face and for a build-up to a desired intensity.

    Fenty Beauty Match Stix
    HUDA Beauty Tantour Cream
  4. Play around with different colours and looks when you have free time. You never know what looks you could create! You might find something that you like and something you don’t. You might incorporate some into your daily makeup routine.
  5. Learn how to properly line/overline your lips. Analyze the shape of your lips and only overline in the areas where there’s a more slim portion, and line the rest as regular. If you feel like you need to overline all over – please do! Makeup has no rules.

What are some of your makeup tips? Let me know in the comments below!

Oh, Tarte It!

I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes, so expect to see a lot of favourites featured on this blog (as you’ve already noticed)!

Here are my favourite Tarte Cosmetics palettes:

– Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette
– Tarteist Pro Remix Amazonian Clay Palette
– Tartelette Toasted Palette
– Tartelette In Bloom Palette

They have a wide variety of palettes to choose from but from my experience, these are the ones with best pigmentation, easiest blendability, and cohesive colour story!

It’s Getting Hot In Here!

My dear friend from Calgary let me play with fiery & smoky eyeshadow colours and a vampy lip, I absolutely love this look!

Model: Annie Tansley

Products:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette, Dip Brow in Dark Brown
BECCA Cosmetics Moonstone highlighter
Milani Luminoso blush
NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede in Vintage.

(Disclaimer: I do have Annie’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)