Rosy Spring Tutorial

Even though it’s not quite Spring yet, I’m getting a bit excited over Spring makeup! I’m ready to say sayonara to dark and dreary Winter makeup. Pinks, orchids, and rose tones are making their entrance!

For the sake of switching things up, I’m going to be using my Shirley-Temple lookalike cousin Alysha for this tutorial tonight. We got secret Starbucks drinks earlier hehe…(Twix and Chocolate Raspberry)!

Ok, back to the tutorial 🙂

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1. First, prime your face to keep your makeup lasting all day. I used NYX’s photo-loving primer in the green shade to combat her redness.

2. Apply a liquid foundation for a medium, dewy coverage without the caked-on look. I used Skin 79 Oriental Gold BB Cream, then set with a loose powder.

3. For blush, apply any pink toned cream product. For this look we’re staying away from powders to ensure a fresh-faced and natural look. On the apples of her cheeks I used NYX’s cream blush stick in Orchid. To apply a stick blush like this, simply twist the tube on your cheek wherever you want a color-payoff, and blend with clean fingers or a brush.

4. Onto the eyebrows~ For Cara Delevigne-esque bold brows, shape your eyebrows with a brow pencil, then fill in any sparse areas with a eyeshadow or brow powder, then brush out any harsh lines. On Alysha I started her brows almost at the bridge of her nose and straightened her arch. I used NYX’s brow pencil in Dark Brown, and the Urban Decay Naked Pallet One’s shadow in Buck.

4. Next I contoured her eyes and nose with Benefit’s Hoola powder, blending the artificial shadows in with a small detail brush. Spend at least a minute blending whenever you contour to make sure it looks natural!

5. Lastly, I used Estee Lauder’s lipstick in Blush lightly on her lips to add a pop of warmth! Instead of sliding the lipstick on directly, dab it lightly on the lips to build up your desired color.

Hope you guys enjoy this beautiful and simple Spring look! What are you most excited about for Spring? Leave me a comment!

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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.

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.

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:

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:

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!


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”.

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 –

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
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.
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!

Simple and Fresh Gradient Lip Tutorial

Before I head off to get my cupcakes and whatnot for my birthday party, I thought I’d show you all how to get this lip look I’ll be sporting tonight!

The gradient lip originated in Asia, and now is very popular in Japan and South Korea.

Now it’s gaining popularity in the States!

There are many ways to create this look, but for the sake of time, I’ll show you the way I do it.
You’ll need:
1. A concealer

I’m using this waterproof formula because it will last longer and hold up if when I eat and drink!
2. A lip tint (traditionally you’d use red, but feel free to experiment with colors like raison or coral)

3. A clear or pink gloss

Now follow these three steps…
1. With your concealer, line the botton of your lips. Blend out. Dont worry if it makes you look dead, the tint and gloss will fix that!
2. Apply your tint in the center of your lips and on the inner top of your lips. Be careful not to get any tint on your teeth!
3. Dab the gloss over where you applied concealer.
And you’re done!

Hope you all have a great night! ^_^