Tips and Tutorials

Feed Your Fuzzy Li’l Caterpillars! Try an Ombre Brow Right Now for Natural, Lush-Looking Brows

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Ombre Brows!

Ombre brows, babe. They’ll change yo’ life!

I feel like I’m always having change-your-life eyebrow episodes (eyebrow epiphanies, if you will).

Buuuuuut any time someone who’s known you for years — in my case, like-minded beauty lovers like my friend Alis, who cuts my hair, and Kim here on the blog (haaaay, Kim!) — and they notice something different about your look, it says something.

The very first thing Alis said to me when I saw her last week was, “Did you do something different to your brows?”

Why, yes, I have. :)

I’ve been doing more of an ombre brow lately, and I have to say, it’s been kind of — YES! Life changing.

Soft and subtle, yet bold at the same time, ombre brows are perfect for spring and summer because they can look really full and lush but not overdone.

The ombre effect comes from using two different brow colors, one lighter than the other. I learned about the technique from MAC Senior Artist Victor Cembellin at the MAC Pro Store a couple months back, and I use the same approach he showed me, with a slight brush modification.

For the inner part of my brows (the side closer to my nose, as opposed to the outer part toward the ear), I apply the lighter color, in this case MAC Cork, a neutral matte brown, with a MAC 214 Short Shader Brush (Victor likes to use a pencil brush for this instead), filling from the far inside end of the brow to just about the peak of the arch.

Next, I fill in my arch and outer tail area of the brow using a dark brown eyeshadow, in this case MAC Brun, and the MAC 266, an angled eyeshadow brush.

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Show the Camera Who’s Boss With This Quick Red Carpet Tip From Neutrogena Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman

Published in: Beauty Tips

Red carpet beauty lesson

Ready for the red carpet!

Here’s a really great photo trick straight from the red carpet (well, sort of, by way of my hotel room and iPhone) and Neutrogena celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman.

Amy works with a lot of celebs on their red carpet looks, so she knows a ton about posing for pics.

All you do is this: right before someone snaps your picture, you tilt your head at an angle from the camera — you don’t want to be looking at the camera straight on. Then, you roll your shoulders forward, tilt your neck forward, and tilt your chin down, and what this does is sort of elongate your neck and create more angles in your face, which for some reason just looks better in pics.

Hmm… It takes some practice to do it quickly without feeling goofy, LOL! But I think I can see a difference in the before and after pics.

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Double Duty Drugstore Beauty! Multi-Talented Makeup From Neutrogena

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tips/How To, Neutrogena

Multitasking makeup products from Neutrogena

Wearing a few double-duty products from Neutrogena! — Crease Proof Shadow in Improper Copper as a highlighter on my upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed as an eyeshadow on my lower lash lines, MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Healthy Peach as a blush on my cheeks, and Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Warm Beige as a concealer under my eyes

It’s true.

You really do learn something new every day — like yesterday I learned that a ton of Neutrogena makeup products actually double as…well, they double. They’re multitasking, which is super cool, for one, because a) they’re drugstore, so they’re totally affordable, and b) if you’re traveling somewhere or just want to lighten your makeup load, it’s always nice to have a product that can do a bunch of things.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman broke it down for me in Nashville yesterday as I sat (OMG!) in her makeup chair. She just broke it down, man. She had some great product recommendations from the Neutrogena line, like the brand’s Crease Proof Eye Shadows…

1. Crease Proof Eye Shadows in Stay Golden and Improper Copper ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Improper Copper in my crease…

There are two she really loves — Stay Golden and Improper Copper. Stay Golden she compared to, basically, Nylon or Shroom Eye Shadow from MAC, but in cream form.

Cream shadows with a built-in primer, these were designed for lids, but they work on other parts of the face, too — especially as a highlighter. Amy will take either one, Stay Golden or Improper Copper, and apply it directly to the skin. Then she buffs it down with a foundation brush.

On me, because I have a deeper skin tone, she used Improper Copper, which is kind of like a coppery gold with subtle shimmer.

Amy Oresman has worked her makeup magic on a multitude of makeup-loving mavens, including Madonna, Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth. “When it comes down to it,” she says, “we all want the same thing — to look and feel beautiful.”

She applied it directly from the stick, too, right into the crease of my eyes, and then brought it out to my upper cheekbones, still just using the stick. Then she blended it all in with a foundation brush for a super soft, really glowing highlight.

And you can use it on other parts of the face — wherever you would apply a traditional highlight, like down the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, that kind of thing.

Stay Golden works great for all skin tones, but it rocks the Casbah on fair skin; Amy recommended Improper Copper for medium and darker skin tones.

Yay, so that’s one thing.

But there’s more… :)

Sometimes Amy also likes to rub the stick shadows in her palm to get some product in there, and then she’ll mix that with a foundation. Yesterday she did that with Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Foundation, a liquid foundation, mixed those together in her palm, and just applied on me where she wanted more of a shimmery, dewy finish.

So, yeah, that’s one majorly multitasking product in the Neutrogena makeup line.

Amy also recommends the MoistureSmooth Color Sticks, which are first and foremost sheer lip balms, and I love these.

2. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Amy applying Healthy Peach MoistureSmooth Color Stick Gloss on my cheeks as a blush

I use Fresh Papaya. Love it, wear it all the time, but what I didn’t know until yesterday was that these also double as cream blushes. You can put them on top of foundation, powder, bare skin.

Amy will apply the Color Sticks directly on the cheeks, on the apples of the cheeks, and then just blend that in with a foundation brush to give a nice, sort of light, sheen to the cheeks with a pop of color, and then, if you don’t want to deal with finding a coordinating lip color, you just take that same Color Stick and apply it on your lips.

Next up, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed. One of three Healthy Skin Blends Bronzers from Neutrogena — these are the ones with the little squares inside the palettes. Amy calls Sunkissed a great eyeshadow palette that nobody knows about.

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Get Glowing Skin That Looks Like You Just Got a Facial, With the Help of a Liquid Highlighter and a Flat Foundation Brush

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator in Opal

Ah, spa! Here I’m wearing BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator in Opal on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow

No, seriously, if you and I get J-Renn’s permission to open a spa called “Deep-Tissue Massage by Jeremy Renner” we would make GAZILLIONS. We could even have, like, a rewards card, where you “Book nine deep-tissue massages with J. Renn and get the tenth free!”

It would be almost as rad as these cat lady shoes by Vans

Cat lady says what now?

See, dreams DO come true

But I digress…

I’ve been using this technique to get glowing, “you just got a really, really, really great facial at a fancy-schmancy spa” skin with liquid highlighter and a foundation brush lately that I think you might like. It’s like getting an entire spa day in 60 seconds or less. :)

1. Start with a good liquid highlighter

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators

The $41 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the left in Moonstone (a pale gold), Pearl (a white pearl), Opal (a golden opal pearl) and Topaz (a golden bronzed pearl)

First, grab a good liquid highlighter, and there are lots of ‘em out there, like MAC’s Lustre Drops, the NARS Illuminators or Benefit’s Highbeam, to name a few.

I use a variety, but my current favorites are the Shimmering Skin Perfectors by BECCA ($41, available in four shades).

BEYOND obsessed with these, for so many reasons. I love the way their pearlescent, natural-with-a-kick finish catches the light, and yet isn’t frosty, so it doesn’t emphasize my fine lines or pores. Because they contain just the right amount of shimmer, they glow without looking oily.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the top down in Pearl, Moonstone, Opal and Topaz


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March Instagram Skin Care Faves From Bliss and GlamGlow

Published in: Bliss, Product Reviews, Skin Care, Video

Have you gotten into Instagram yet (here’s me)? GOLD MINE for cat pics and videos, among other things.

A couple Friday nights ago I was being a homebody with some new skin care products from Bliss and GlamGlow and shared a pic…

Now this is what I call a GOOD TIME!

Back to Instagram, I think I like it so much because there’s no pressure, camera-wise, because you take the pictures with your phone. There’s no elaborate setups or having to mess with manual modes or checking your f-stops or ISO levels, and you have this one creative space that you can fill with anything you like.

It’s great for inspiration, like with makeup and hair, because you can follow artists and other people you like and see their work, even if they’re doing looks you could never imagine yourself wearing. It’s just a really easy way to get lots of visual food for your brain in one space.

Anywho, I first heard about GlamGlow, ironically, at a Bliss Spa, where the spa technician who gave me a facial was like, “This is the next big thing. You’re gonna love this mask. All of your girlfriends will be talking about it,” and she was so right. I definitely feel like when I use a GlamGlow mask, something is happening.

In this video I talk about a few of the Bliss and GlamGlow skin care products I’ve been using and loving. :)

Products mentioned…

Have you found any change-your-life skin care products lately? How about Bliss and GlamGlow? Do you have any faves?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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