An Everyday Face

I am all about making it quick in the mornings. I start work at 8 and I get up at 7:20. Lots of the time for work I just do mascara and tinted moisturizer with some light contouring, with brows of course! But when I want to do a bit more but still keep it quick and light this is my go to.

I know these picures might look like my neck is more tan then my face, but it’s only because I don’t know how to control my flash, I really do wear the appropriate foundation!

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I have blue eyes so I wear a lot of brown and gold shadows. Plus I don’t claim to be any kind of makeup expert, everything I learned is from my makeup artist sister who you can find at http://www.makeupbygillianml.wordpress.com, she is amazing.

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When I’m going out, I’ll wear a red or fuscia lip but for everyday I stick to light pinks and nudes. Right now I’m obsessed with these NYX butter glosses, they are pretty perfect. Not too sticky but still thick enough, really velvety on your lips in lots of colours and they’re about 6 dollars.

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I do a pretty consistent contouring routine that my sister taught me. I use pressed powders for highlighting and contouring, I have never used liquids for it but there are so many you tube videos if you prefer not to use powders. I find them really easy to use and I tend to have a heavy hand with bronzers and the powders seem to keep that at bay.

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I’m all about the neutral palettes. I used to buy a lot of individual shadows and then kind of make my own palette but I have been buying preset palettes more lately. My go to is the Smashbox Full Exposure.

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I’m certainly no pro at makeup, but with a little guidance and a lot of practice I’ve gotten quicker and better! I don’t like to wear a tonne of makeup day to day so I think this look is a good fit for daily wear. I use a mix of more expensive products and cheaper drugstore products, finding things that work for you is all trial and error but I do have a couple products I absolutely swear by.

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  • Primer: NYX Photo Ready Primer
  • Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20
  • Concealer: Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up in Porcelain
  • Pressed Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent
  • All Over Bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sunshine
  • Face Contour: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony
  • Nose Contour: NYX Single Shadow in True Taupe
  • Highlight: Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer in Stardust
  • Blush: NARS Deep Throat
  • All over eyelid: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette in M4
  • Eyelid crease: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette in M2
  • Middle and Inner Lid: Smashbox Full Exposure in S3
  • Brow bone and Tear duct area: MAC Nylon
  • Lower lash line: Smashbox Full Exposure in S2 and M2
  • Mascara: Lancôme L’Extreme in Black (I live in this mascara, I have tried many others and for me nothing compares)
  • Eyebrows: NYX Eye and Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe (I have pretty full brows so I use this mostly for colour and definition)
  • Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

Have fun!

 

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A Christmas Face

My office is having our Christmas party tomorrow and I was trying to get inspired with how to do my make up. Since I’m a nurse I don’t wear very much make up to work, and even though I don’t wear scrubs because I work in the community,  I never wear a full face. For work I just put on a tinted moisturizer, a little contouring, mascara and of course fill my brows. I’m usually a neutrals girl because I tend to have allergic reactions to a lot of pinks and purples but I’m so obsessed with the Pantone colour of the year for 2014 – Radiant Orchid (a fancy name for pinky-purple).

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But Christmas makes me want to do a red lip! I’m convincing myself that the inner part of the orchid is the colour, not the lighter leaves, which is bringing me to choosing this lip! A Christmas red – radiant orchid combo!

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The lip is Purple Rage by MAC.

With such a strong lip I wanted to stick with a pretty simple eye as to not look too ‘lady of the night.’

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I used MAC White Frost all over my lid and MAC Satin Taupe which is a grey with a bit of a purple tinge in the crease, the outer V, and the lower lid. Find them both here. And since it’s a Christmas face I added a little grey sparkle to the centre of my lid in Sephora’s Babydoll Nightie. I lined my water line in NYX’s jumbo eye pencil in Milk. I also use NYX products for my brows, I use the true taupe shadow and the eyebrow marker in medium. I really like the NYX products and they are soooo affordable, I use their primer too. As always I used Lancome L’Extreme in black, which I can never turn my back on, I absolutely swear by this mascara.

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If you want to see my face makeup and contouring routine please go here. I’m really feeling the purple! I think I’m going to do my nails in the real radiant orchid! Check back later to see what outfit I paired this makeup with!

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Have fun at all your Christmas parties! Go glam!

Date Night

My sister Gillian is a professional make up artist, and uber talented. I know I am biased, but I think her work is on another level. When she was 17 she moved from Edmonton to Vancouver to go to make up school and now she is back in Edmonton (and under my over protective gaze) and works freelance, you can book her through www.makeupbygillianml.wordpress.com

Last night when we were doing this tutorial we were talking about old make up mishaps and how we used to do ourselves up. I used to wear pink eye shadow all over my lid, but only to the crease, then add purple eye liner. Which is weird because now I am very allergic to any pink coloured shadows – my body totally rejected it.  Gilly talked about how she would put gold eyeshadow all over her lid then top that off with gold liquid liner. We were so stylish.

When I went on my first date with my now husband, I was really excited and I guess knew on some level it was going to be something special so I made my sister come over and do my makeup for me. Side note – if you can somehow wrangle a family member into being your personal makeup artist… very beneficial! Today that look is being recreated, or as much as we can remember because that was 4 years ago.

Give good face!

Start with your face clean and mosturized.

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So first we took MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and cut it with a luminizer, we used Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer. Straight foundation can be heavy, especially in the summer. She used a moist blending sponge to apply, dabbing it all over my face and bringing it down my neck (very important!).

This is the blending sponge we used, you can get it anywhere.

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For highlighting and concealing you want to choose a colour a few shades lighter then your skin but stick to one that matches your undertones. I’m yellow. Green based concealer erases red marks and orange conceals blue discolouration. Gilly swears by Benefit Erase Paste. Gently conceal any red marks and create a V shape under your eyes to conceal dark circles with that same sponge. Now blend baby blend!

Blog Time 008 To finish these first steps of the face, we used MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in medium and brushed it lightly all over my face with a big fluffy brush.

Now for bronzer. I used to be a bronzer freak. I would just take a big brush and bronze the crap out of my face, all over. Then I learned about the “diamond.” You may have heard of the phrase “don’t dirty the diamond” and these are words to live by. You don’t want to bronze all over your face because it’s not natural. You want to keep the bronzer in the natural diamond shape of your face where the sun would hit it. Stay away from the middle of your face because it can look dirty. We’re going to contour the nose and cheekbones anyway, so that will add more colour. So use a small fluffy brush to bronze your diamond, we used NYX Matte Bronzer in medium – stick with matte bronzers. Por Ejemplo……

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Now ladies and gentlemen, the ever important contouring. Choose a colour that is darker than your natural skin tone and in the taupe family. We used MAC Harmony. Using an angled face brush (try MAC 168) apply under your cheekbone, blending as you go – you don’t want it to look like you have a stripe.

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Learning to effectively contour will change your life!

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My, what big ears I have. We also used this colour to contour my nose. Using a fluffy shadow brush Gilly went up and down the sides of my nose, blending out. You want to darken the sides and later highlight the bridge to thin. Blending is really the key here, you don’t want it obvious or you’ll look like Nikki Minaj.

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Now take any old blush brush and focus your blush on the apples of your cheeks, don’t go up your cheekbone because we will highlight here. For highlighter we used Tiki by HardCandy, pop that on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, centre of your forehead. Your face is ready!

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Look Into my Eyes and You’ll Find Me.

Don’t put any concealer or foundation on your eye lids, use a primer, Gilly recommends Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original and apply it up to the crease.

Using a fluffy shadow brush (try MAC 217), we combined MAC Cork and MAC Brownscript, blend into the crease of the lid and up to the brow bone.

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The light colour on my lash line is from the primer. Now we mixed MAC Mulch with a touch of MAC Espresso on a small fluffy eye brush to add a V into the corner of my eye, once you’ve added that darker V you want to blend like you’ve never blended before!

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Then we filled in the lid with Sephora Golden Girl. I really like the Sephora shadows, they are nice and pigmented and seriously affordable. Gilly then used a dark brown pencil liner to line my lower lash line, and went over that with the Cork colour using MAC brush 228 (a really small, dome shaped brush with round edges) to blend out that line you just made. Finish your eye with a highlighter in your tear ducts and brow bone, we love MAC Nylon, it’s a non-negotiable to have in your collection.

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Of course, add mascara. I have tried lots of mascaras but I always go back to Lancome L’Extreme in black. I don’t know if it’s the brush or the formula or what but I won’t use anything else.

Finally, I’m obsessed with a strong eyebrow. When I see someone with really skinny brows I get sad. They completely define your face, even on the days I don’t wear make up I fill in my brows. I used a lighter colour when I was blond, now I have to use a darker brown and using a small stiff eyebrow brush I follow my natural brow shape. I tweeze those babies frequently to keep some kind of shape, but always, always fill them in to give more depth and colour. If your brows aren’t done, your face isn’t done.

Last but not least add some lip colour. Here we’re using Sephora Ultra Shine Gloss in Golden Scarlet. I’m not much of a lipstick wearer but I probably have over 50 lip glosses. It’s a sickness. Do you remember that Friends episode where Joey said he wore shiny raspberry lip gloss to make his lips irresistable to his dates?  Do that!

Now take me out!

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My husband was actually already asleep by the time this was all done (waa waaa), it takes a while to take pics at every step and record all that you’re doing! But now we can all recreate this look for date night! Good luck and have fun!

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