How To: Gradient Eyeliner

Ah, the snow is falling in my sleepy little town. We never, ever have gotten a snow this big (Thank you polar vortex/Elsa). Normally we are lucky to get a light dusting each year ^_^.

Ahhhhhh, alright…back to my original tutorial! So, in honor of the beautiful snow, tonight I’ll show you guys how to create a simple and angelic gradient eyeliner look. This look is perfect for anytime of the day, and you can make it edgier/softer depending on what color choices you pick!

The first variation will be the “Snow Baby” look. I’ll be using an angled eyeliner brush and my Lorac “Tease Me Truffles” pallet in plum.

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The technique is easy. Apply your lightest shade along the whole lash line. Next with your medium shade, start applying at about where your pupil starts. Lastly apply the darkest shade on the last third of your lash line. Just continue layering more eyeshadow on if needed to make the color stand out more.

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Pretty cool huh?

Next, I’ll show you how to spice it up a bit with a night time variation.
Here’s the products I’ll be using:

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Again, I lined my whole lid with the gold, filled in the middle with the dark brown, and then finished off the lid with a winged black tip for a pop of sass.
And here it is completed:

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These both literally took less than 2 mins. Paired with a quick pop of blush, mascara and a neutral lip, these looks make for a seriously quick and trendy update to your routine! Try it with colors that complement your own eye color, or try bright neons! This look is about being creative and having fun, so go for it!

Goodnight, and enjoy the snow if you’re in NC!

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5-Min Smokey Eye

Hey guys! Today I’ll show you how to get a gorgeous smokey eye with just eyeliner! This tutorial is inspired by Michelle Phan’s Twilight Noir video, and would make a great Christmas party look!

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What You’ll Need (The Basics)

1. A creamy kohl-style eyeliner in any dark color. (I used black)

2. A red lipstick, tint or lipliner. (Make sure the color you pick suits your tone) Don’t know your tone? What color jewelry do you look best in? If you look best in gold, you are warm toned! If you look best in silver, you are cool toned! Can’t tell, or you look equally good in both? Congrats! You are neutral toned like me, and can use any color!

Alrighty, lets start!
1. With a prepped face (primer, foundation, concealer), make a fishy face and apply bronzer to the hollows of your cheekbones, your temples, and under your chin. Using the bronzer makes your face appear slimmer and brings warmth to your face. Click here for a handy little contouring guide~

2. With a highlighting powder or cream, apply across your cheekbones, on your cupid’s bow, and on the tip of your nose. Highlighting these areas of the face brings them out whist giving them a dewy and youthful glow. Don’t have a highlighter? Just use a white or cream colored eyeshadow, it works just the same!

3. Now onto the eyes…

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Prime your eyelids! This is the most important step, because without priming, your makeup will smudge and not last long :(. Next with your eyeliner, draw a heavy line with the end winged out. Don’t worry about being messy, this is just the basis for your smokey eye.

I’m using Estee Lauder’s Pure Color eyeliner in Blackened Black. It blends very easily, but doesn’t go all over the place.

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Here’s just a line, and then next is the smudged out line. Notice how you can still see the original line as it hazes out.

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Ok, after you’ve created that line, take a small detail brush and smudge the heck out of it! Soften the line while bringing color into the crease of your eye to complete the “smokey effect”. Work quickly though; some eyeliners wont budge after about a minute! After you’ve smudged to your heart’s content, line your water line with the same eyeliner. Now you can highlight the inner corners of your eyes and the center of your eyelids with a warm color. I used first a lilac eyeliner and blended it out a bit, then went over the lilac color with a shimmery white eyeliner for more sparkle.

When that’s done, curl your lashes and apply a volumizing mascara!

4. With great red lips comes great responsibility! Before you apply any color, dab some foundation or bb cream on your lips. This will give the color something to grip onto, so it wont budge later. Now you can apply your red lip color. I used Be A Bombshell’s lip crayon in Hot Damn! (What a fun name right?) I got it from Ipsy’s November box. Click here for my review of Ipsy!

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Next with a foundation brush, carefully apply some concealer around your lips to create a crisp line. Blend out.

Now that your 5-min look is complete, go have some fun! I’ll be going to lots of parties this season, what are you guys gonna do? Leave me a comment with your plans!

Follow me on Insta! @clairedelune1113 or @Claires_Beauty 🙂

Lorde “Royals” Inspired Makeup

If you haven’t seen or heard, Lorde’s the new pop icon on the block with her catchy anthem “Royals”.
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If you’ve seen her music video, then you’d know she has a pretty unique and edgy style. Big bouncy waves paired with J-Rock reminiscient eyeliner and bold contouring make this a really fun look to try.

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Let’s get started!

1. After you’ve prepped your face with primer, concealer, and foundation, start working on your brows. Don’t be afraid to extend your eyebrows past where they normally start; fuller eyebrows look more youthful. Use a powder that matches your brow shade first, and then if you need to, create more definition with a pencil in your shade. Always brush out your brows out with a brush or lash comb so the product you put in your brows will soften out. Here’s a handy little guide if you need help –
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2. Prep your eyelids with a primer and break out your liquid or gel black liner. If you want to add definition to your eyes first, apply a warm plum shade and blend lightly in your crease. I used the ever wonderful NYX Eyeliner Marker
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Create a line across your lid, thicker than you might normally would, and wing it out a few millimeters above your crease. Fill the “triangle” you created in. For lack of a good explanation, follow this picture below and extend your eyeliner ever-so-slightly below your inner water line.
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Now line your water line with a white or cream pencil, curl your lashes, and apply generous helpings of a volumizing mascara.
3. Onto the contouring. With a matte bronzer or eyeshadow, dip a detail brush into the powder and draw two lines along the bridge of your nose. Blend in thoroughly. This gives the illusion of a taller and slimmer nose! Next, contour your cheek bones by making a fishy face and applying bronzer in upwards motions in the hollows of your cheeks. If you would like, blend a little bronzer under your chin to “buff away” the double-chin effect.
4. Since you just receded parts of your face with the bronzer, bring your cheeks, brow bone, and cupid’s bow to center stage with a highlighter. Apply with a light hand to these areas to help accentuate these features.
5. Apply concealer beneath your lips and blend to create a crisp line. Apply a nude lipstick, or any color really. If you’re feeling extra daring, try a raisin or red shade! Yay! You’re Done!

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This look is perfect for concerts, parties, or even a night out with friends! Hope you all enjoy trying this look, and I’ll talk to you guys later! Follow me on Instagram @clairedelune for more of me!

Pretty Porcelain Makeup for All My Fair Girls

It’s officially Autumn y’all! I’m so excited!!! Here’s the look I promised for fair skinned girls last week. It’s all about enhancing your natural Snow-White complexion and getting that “doe-eyed” look! I’ve experimented and found a lot of ways to make a gorgeous “porcelain” look, so I’ll just share one of the more wearable and natural ones!
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Let’s get started!

1st: I’m using It Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Undereye concealer and the Celebration Foundation to create a picture-perfect base for the rest of the makeup. Just apply the concealer under your eyes and on any spots, and sweep your foundation lightly across your face with a powder brush.
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This stuff is seriously amazing. Never has a foundation looked better on me than this. It’s expensive, but hey, Christmas is coming up right?

2nd: For girls like me, the key is to keep the skin looking hydrated, dewy and youthful. Cake-y heavy makeup does not flatter fair skin (or any skin color) at all.
Keeping that in mind, I’m using Loreal’s Soufflé Blush pot in Celestial Divin to give my cheeks a beautiful flush of color.
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Just take a small bit on your finger, dab a few dots on each cheek and blend away. Don’t be afraid if it stands out; you’ll look like a porcelain doll I promise!

3rd: Taking my little sample of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer…
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I’m going to apply some to a small detail brush and contour my nose and cheekbones. To do this, you make two lines on your nose and bring them together at the point. Blend them downwards until they look like shadows. For your cheekbones, make a fish face and apply the bronzer where your cheeks become hollow with a blush brush. Contouring these areas will make your face appear smaller and more delicate.

4th: Onto the eyes; the main attraction…
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Just so my lids wouldn’t be naked I applied just a light shade of brown to my lids only. Any light neutral shade will look good. Next, use a black liquid liner of your choice and just line your lids. Don’t worry about the downward wing yet; concentrate on getting both eyes to look the same. Once you’ve done that, carefully extend the liner downward (following the natural curve of your upper lash line). Connect it to your lower lash line, and fill in the gap with horizontal strokes. This will make your eye’s look big, drowsy and doll-like.If you need to, tightine your upper water line to make your lashes appear fuller. With your standard-issue white eyeliner, line your lower water line to make your eyes POP even more. Finish with a volumizing mascara on both your upper and lower lashes.

5th: Almost done… Any rose or pink color would look great but I’m using this light mauve color called Stockholm. This NYX lip creme is really a different product;photo 4
not a lip stick, but not a balm, gloss, or tint either. It’s in its own league. Click here to see it in a bolder shade. Feel like a doll yet? You should, cause you’re finished! Hope you all enjoy this easy look, and have a beautiful weekend guys!