Among the many eyeshadow palettes making their way into the hearts and homes of lovely ladies and makeup-lurving gents this holiday season, I’m betting there’s bound to be at least one (or two!) bright colors in the mix, and if you’re anything like me, some of those brights can be completely terrifying.
For me, it’s usually the bright pinks…
I have no qualms about wearing bright pink on my lips, but my eyes are a different story. It’s like, bright eyeshadows take a different kind of cajones, and sometimes I just don’t feel cool enough to pull them off.
But I know it’s just a state of mind, and so over the weekend, I busted out some of the bright eyeshadows I hardly ever wear and began to experiment. I was just messing around when I stumbled on something by accident…
Wow! Starting with a black base works wonders for bright eyeshadows!
And pretty much any formula should work, be it paint pot, smudgy liner or a creamy kohl. Just apply on your lids, smudge it out, and pat your bright eyeshadow directly on top. The black base sort of grounds the bright shadow, toning it down.
For these pics, I applied a layer of matte black Sephora Collection 12HR Wear Waterpoof Jumbo Liner in Black and topped it with shimmery hot pink Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Noise (from the Vice Palette).
Noise is a lot…noisier in its pan than it is here. In the pan, it’s a hot pink with golden glitter, but smudged and blended atop a black base, it transforms into a much more wearable, yet still intense, dark plum.
I’m so glad you’re back for another edition of Share a Tip Tuesdays! I loved the makeup and hair care tips you left in last week’s installment. Here are just some of the ones that caught my eye…
I love love love Suave Dry Shampoo (in the silver can with the yellow lid). So cheap, and it absorbs oil like nobody’s business. As far as shampoo/conditioner, though, nothing “budget” leaves my hair actually feeling clean and conditioned, so I will continue to stick by my beloved Aveda.
I’m dark skinned, and I love using bronzer as a brow highlight. It helps me make dents in the huge bronzer pans (it’s almost impossible to finish a bronzer), and it also subtly highlights my brows without making them too obvious.
I’m obsessed with the L’Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Volume Shampoo and Conditioner — gives my fine hair a bit of shine without weighing it down, smells clean but not overly perfume-y, and it’s economical.
For lush lashes (and I am sure someone has already mentioned this), as I apply, I start right at the root of the lashes, and as I slooooooowly pull the brush up through my lashes to the tops, I wiggle back and forth gently. It combs through and really coats the lashes. I also always do one final coat just at the very tip to make them look extra long.
I absolutely love the L’oreal Ever Pure Smooth shampoo and conditioner. I never used to use drugstore shampoos and conditioners and thought only expensive salon products would work on my fine but thick hair. It not only leaves my hair soft and manageable, but it doesn’t weigh it down.
As a fair-skinned feline, my go to colours for eyes, lips, and cheeks aren’t necessarily restricted by my skin tone. With the right techniques and a light hand, porcelain princesses can rock almost any look. I love experimenting with colour and finding ways to make them work!
The tips of my eyebrows are quite sparse, and filling them in with my regular taupe eyebrow pencil looks a bit drawn in. What I do is after I line my eyes with black gel liner and an angled liner brush, I dab my brush to get rid of any super dark residue, and then use the faint amount of product left to feather in the “hairs” in that area. I dunno, just makes them look more real and less drawn in.
So let’s get to it. Per usual, any and all of your makeup/beauty/hair/skin tips are welcome, but here are a few broad brushstrokes to get the conversation started…
Leave your tips/tricks/suggestions here in the comments, or tweet ‘em to me on Twitter @karenmbb using the hashtag #shareatiptuesday.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. To my fellow Americans, Happy Election Day 2012!