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Share a Tip Tuesdays: Brace Yourself for an Easy Eyeliner Tip

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

an easy eyeliner makeup tip

Silly eighth-grade me, thinking I knew everything. I was so sure that eyeliner application would be one of those easy beauty skills to master. After all, I was a fairly artistic teen. I got Bs in both Calligraphy and Intro to Art. I mean really, how hard could it be?


Apparently, harder than I thought. To my surprise, the doodling I did all over my Pee-Chee folders did not adequately prepare me for proper eyeliner application, and my calligraphy class did not help me achieve flawlessly lined Elizabeth Taylor eyes.

Thank goodness this was before camera phones; otherwise, I’d probably have a folder filled with pictures of me looking like a hot mess in the forbidden purple Lancôme liner I covertly applied every day after I left the house.

The lines, so shaky… So uneven…

I wish I could go back and give 13-year-old Karen a few words of advice. If I could, I would tell her 1) to convince Mom to stop taking me to the $6 haircut place around the corner, because they could not cut wavy hair for sh*t; 2) I would also submit that triangle hair is completely unacceptable; and 3) I would end my future transmission with the following phrase: brace yo’self — not just for the onslaught of awkwardness that teenager-hood and puberty would bring, but also when you apply your eyeliner.

eyeliner makeup tip

This might sound a little wackadoo, but hear me out. If you have trouble with shaky lines when you apply eyeliner, try bracing your body against something solid, like a table or wall.

Crisp, clean eye makeup requires some coordination, and propping my elbows on a table, or leaning against a wall, really helps to steady my hands.

It’s the same with photography.

When taking pics, even the slightest movement when you press the shutter button can introduce camera shake and blur.

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Blurry pictures with photography, blurry lines with eyeliner.

Stand up for eye makeup!

Here’s another tip to try: if you usually apply your eye makeup while sitting down, give it a try standing up (or sitting down, if you usually stand up).

I’ve noticed that certain things are easier for me to apply, like liquid liner and false lashes, when I’m standing up. Weird, but true. :)

eyeliner makeup tip

Welcome to Share a Tip Tuesdays! What’s a makeup or beauty tip you’d like to share? Eyeliner tips would be great, but if you have other makeup tips, I’d love to hear ‘em, too!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


A MAC Styleseeker Makeup Tutorial: Brown, Gold and Purple Cat Eyes With Red Cheeks and Bronze Lips

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

MAC Styleseeker Tutorial

Guess what, fellow style seekers! The MAC Styleseeker collection is now available online (yay!), and I thought it might be fun to do a quick tutorial this afternoon with a few of the pieces (complete with optional Victoria’s Secret wind tunnel effect).

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The 24-piece collection contains a mix of rich, warm bronzes, purples, browns and reds punctuated by a smattering of lighter pinks, corals and beige shades.

Something about it just says, “globe trekker” to me and makes me want to check on airfares to Southeast Asia for fall, LOL!

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But seriously, this look features a matte brown, and a shimmery golden orange eyeshadow, and a dark purple cat eyeliner on the eyes; a surprisingly wearable red blush on the cheeks; and a bronze gloss on my lips.

Here are the Styleseeker pieces I used…

The eyes

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I started with my eyes, using a finger to spread MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural, a creamy matte brown eyeshadow, on my eyelids. The cream shadow acts as an intensifying base for the other eyeshadows I’ll apply on top.

Then, I grabbed some of Indie Spirit, the brown shade from the Eyeshadow X 2 Duo in Marche Aux Puces, with a MAC 217 Blending Brush, and applied it on my lids, concentrating most of the color on my lash line, and fading as I moved up.

After that, I took what was left on the brush and ran it along my lower lash line.

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Next up, shimmer. Using a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, I applied Chessa, the shimmery golden orange shade from the same duo, directly on top of the brown shadow on my lids.

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A Quick Friday Makeup Tip for Eye-Catching Lips

Published in: Lips, Makeup Tips/How To

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Lipstick in this look: Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse

I frickin’ love Will Ferrell movies. Really, the dude can just be sitting quietly in a chair, and I start cracking up.

I’ve seen Step Brothers about 20 times. That’s my favorite one, with Night at the Roxbury and Elf tied for second.

I caught Anchorman for the first time a few weeks ago, and even though I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, I loved the makeup…

Yup, the makeup.

The movie’s set in the 1970s. Will Ferrell plays this cheesy news anchorman who pursues a beautiful and ambitious reporter, Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate.

Through the whole movie, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Christina’s lips. Her character wears bright, eye-catching lip colors, and if you look closely, you can see also see a shimmery highlight on top of her cupid’s bow, at the top center of her upper lip.

It’s a little thing, but it adds a lot to your look, especially when you really want to put the focus on your pout and make your upper lip look a little more lifted.

I do this trick a lot because it only takes a few seconds…

And there’s not much to it. I usually use an eye pencil brush, one with a small brush head like the MAC 219. It has a stiff, dense, pointy end that’s great for little details like this.

I use all kinds of different highlighters for this one, too — creams, liquids, solid sticks, pressed powders, loose powders and pencil highlighters. Give it a try with one of your favorites.

Some ideas for highlighters…

Here I’m using a silvery pinkish beige loose powder, MAC Iridescent/Loose Powder in Silver Dusk.

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MAC Silver Dusk
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Easy on the Eyes: A Khaki and Gold Gateway Into Brighter Eye Colors

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

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If you’re not ready to dive headfirst into plummy pools of mulberry wine on your eyes, no worries, boo-boo. It can some time to get accustomed to wearing bolder colors like purple.

What’s say we dip our toes into the deep end with something a little less daring, like this uncomplicated eye look guest starring khaki and gold? :)

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Khakis are great gateway shades to ease the transition from neutrals to more colorful shadows.

In this look we’re about to do today (you’re ready, aren’t you?), you get a pinch of green — just enough to capture an onlooker’s attention. Don’t worry. We’re not talkin’ about a flashy disco shade like a kelly green or opulent emerald.

And with khakis, if you ever feel like you’ve gone overboard with color, you can always mix them with golds, bronzes and browns to tone them down, which is what we’re going to do now.

Okay now where the heck did I put my gold eyeliner…?

Aha! There it is. I’ll be using MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Handforged, as well as a light khaki eyeshadow, a darker khaki eyeshadow and a black eyeliner.

Today, I thought I’d draw from Dior’s All-In-One Palette in Khaki Design ($59), which is new for fall, for the shadows and liner.

dior khaki design

Now, it always pays to have the right tools for the job, and in this case I’ll be using a domed blending brush (the MAC 217), a tapered blending brush (the MAC 224), a flat eye shadow brush (the MAC 239) and an angled eye brush (the legendary MAC 266).

If you don’t have these exact same colors, shh…don’t tell anyone, but it doesn’t really matter. :) Use something similar from your makeup bag, or heck, something different if you aren’t a big fan of khaki and bronze.

Let’s get started!

Apply a gold base on your lids

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Under-Eye Concealer Brushes: A Few of My Faves

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Makeup Tools

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Brushes from the left: Laura Mercier Blending Brush, MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, MAC 217 Blending Brush, Sonia Kashuk Crease brush

I kid you not, I just accidentally swiped a tube of MAC C-Thru Lipglass beneath my right eye because I thought it was my tube of MAC Select Moisturecover concealer, LOL! Yup…total concealer #fail. :)

Under-eye concealer has been on my mind, and under my eyes, a little more than usual lately because I haven’t been getting enough sleep (lots of late-night reading), so I’ve been carrying around some of my favorite concealers and concealer brushes wherever I go.

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MAC Eyeshadow X 2 in Marche Aux Puces and MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion on my eyes; MAC Powder Blush in Supercontinental on my cheeks (all are products from the new Styleseeker collection)
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