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Lopsided Liner? Wonky Wings? Try These 3 Easy Makeup Tips for More Balanced, Symmetrical Eye Makeup

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

After driving into the city last night to pick up my race bib for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (only nine more days!), El Hub and I stopped in Sausalito for dinner on the way back.

We went to this little sushi place on Caledonia Street called Sweet Ginger, and I was munching on my mango, avocado and sweet potato tempura veggie roll and staring at my race bib number: 22822.

I am by no means a hard-core runner, but I’ve run a handful of short races before, and I can’t say that I’ve ever had a memorable bib number.

They’re usually a nondescript string of random numerals, like from a UPC barcode on a bottle of laundry detergent or reduced fat peanut butter, but this one — 22822 — feels like a sign. The only thing better would’ve been a bunch of nines, since nine is my lucky number.

Anyway, I love this number. A lot. :)

I love how symmetrical it is and how the eight looks in the middle, and how if you turn the bib sideways, the eight makes an infinity sign (ooh!).

The number is also a palindrome.

Symmetry. Balance. Elusive concepts in makeup and life, but at least my half marathon bib rocks ‘em!

Dude, I think you feel my pain. Symmetrical makeup is hard, especially when it comes to thick, bold liner, or darker colors in the crease.

At least it’s hard for me. I really have to work at it, but my eyes are slightly different shapes (it’s true). If you have perfectly symmetrical features, consider yourself #blessed. My eyes aren’t symmetrical at all (my left eye is slightly smaller than the right, and it sits a smidgen lower).

I think about symmetry a lot this time of year, when the fall and holiday colors show up, because I start wearing bolder eye looks on the regular, and as someone whose features aren’t perfectly symmetrical, here are a few tips that help me create more symmetrical eye makeup.

1. Keep both eyes open, head straight, and look directly into the mirror

I see you!


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Pack Less and Do More With a Multitasking Neutral Eyeshadow Quad You Can Also Use as a Highlighter

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tips/How To, Revlon, Sponsored Post

Walmart Simply Beautiful

Wearing the $5.97 Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Brazen on my eyes, and also used as a highlighter on my face. Available now at Walmart stores and walmart.com

As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To the millions of makeup lovers trapped in cars for long, grueling hours on trips (I feel your pain!), horror is the very thought of forgetting your makeup bag.

But seriously, whether it’s a 14-day late-summer dream vacation or a quick weekend jaunt, chances are you will not be leaving home without your makeup bag.

I’m always looking for ways to lighten mine, to which end multitasking makeup products like these Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads definitely help.

Available in a dozen color configurations with sturdy, travel-friendly packaging, they’re just $5.97 each at Walmart.

The two I’m using here, 505 Decadent and 520 Brazen, are both conveniently neutral, which means I can do a lot of different looks with them. Plus, they also double as powder highlighters, which saves a few precious cubic inches in my makeup bag.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quads in 505 Decadent (left) and 520 Brazen (right), $5.97 each at Walmart

520 Brazen

505 Decadent

To use them as highlighters, I’ll swipe a finger across one of the lighter shades (and when my neurons are firing and I feel extra creative, I’ll mix two of the light shades together, ooh-la-la!), and sweep that wherever I want more light to catch, which for me usually means blending down the bridge of my nose…

My Cupid’s bow…

My upper cheekbones…

And just above the highest points on Mt. Eyebrows.

The ColorStay formula gives a soft glow to my skin and lasts all day long.

Without highlighter on the left, and with highlighter on the right

Wearing Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Brazen on my eyes and as a face highlighter

Wearing the Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Quad in Brazen on my eyes, and also used as a face highlighter

Gotta love multitasking makeup! :)

Both Brazen and Decadent (and 10 more quads) are available now at Walmart.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Simplify Your Look With the Right Highlighting Palette

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Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (1)

Wearing the Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette, available now at Walmart for $9.97

As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Looking for a new full-coverage, layered makeup look to wear during the last days of summer?

Uh…wait.

That’s not right. How ’bout this instead?

Looking to simplify your late-summer/early fall looks with something light and fresh? The Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette ($9.97) can help. It works well as a highlighter, blush and an eyeshadow, all rolled into a single useful palette.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (2)

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (3)

Here’s the simple step-by-step:

After filling in my brows and applying foundation and concealer, I apply the shimmery taupe shade (it’s the one in center of the palette) on my lids with a flat eyeshadow brush.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (4)

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (5)

Next, I load a fluffy tapered eyeshadow brush (because a regular blush brush would be too big, and would also pick up the neighboring colors) with the pink shade, second from the top, and buff that on the apples of my cheeks for a fresh wash of summery color.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (6)
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Use a Matte Balm on Your Lips and Cheeks for Double-Duty Beauty When You’re in a Rush

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As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Crunched for time and crazy busy? If you’re running ragged and barely have any time at all to get ready, let matte lip balms like Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm be your makeup BFFs.

Say “Hallelujah, thank you!” to matte orange Audacious and hot pinkish coral Unapologetic, two of the batch of shades available now at Walmart for $6.48 each.

And here’s the kicker: in these pics, I’m wearing them on my lips and my cheeks.

Revlon Matte Lip Balms, $6.48 each, available at Walmart

210 Unapologetic (left) and 245 Audacious (right)

Yup, cheeks!

Talk about no-brainers. Not only are these multitasking matte balms available at Walmart (read: easy to find), you can use them to add color to your lips and/or cheeks, which also makes them versatile.

Before Revlon Matte Lip Balm in 245 Audacious (left) and after (right)


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A Makeup Tip From the “I Learned This the Hard Way” Files: How to Remove Globs of Lash Glue From Your Eyelids

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Wearing MAC 34 Lashes

Wearing a pair of MAC 34 Lashes while gazing out at the cityscape from the five-hundredth floor of a glass apartment building in a dystopian reality… OK, not really.

I’m a fiend for false lashes, but I am by no means one of those lucky people who are always able to just pop them on and be like, “Doop-da-doo, la-lah-la! That was easy. Now let’s go find some unicorns and rainbows.”

Sometimes it is pretty easy. Maybe half the time. But the rest of the time it’s not, and I’ll end up with eyelash glue all over my lids.

That actually happened earlier this week when I was applying a pair of big, bushy, dramatic MAC 34 lashes, which are majorly long at the outer corners (great for cat eye looks), but for the life me, I couldn’t set the lash band where it needed to go.

So bam! — glue all over my lids.

Of course, this happened after I’d spent the time blending and buffing a bunch of eyeshadows on my lids (OF COURSE).

MAC Simpsons Lash in 7 Lash

MAC Lash in 7 Lash… Love these for “natural” drama.

Even though the glue I was using dried clear and invisible, I could still see the texture of the glue on my lids, looking all bumpy and heavy.

I sat there with gobs o’ glue all over my lids and thought, “Gee, this sucks. How am I going to remove this without messing up my eyeshadow?”

Ardell Demi 120

A pair of Ardell Demi 120s. The longer lashes at the outer corners add a nice lift to yo’ look.

I was pretty sure that a makeup wipe or cleansing oil, which are what I’d normally use to remove false lashes, would ruin my shadow handiwork.

That’s when a metaphorical makeup light bulb went off. [DING!]

First, I grabbed a stiff brow comb (I wanted one with crispy, for lack of a better word, bristles). I just used the comb on the end of a Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil.

Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Brun Ideal

Guerlain Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Brun Ideal. I used the comb opposite the pencil end.


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