Complementary Colors

Hello Beauties,

I am currently in the airport and waiting to get on a flight to Venice, Italy. I am incredibly tired after finals, so this is the perfect get-a-way.

I did this look for a meeting and induction ceremony on the same day. It is very important to choose makeup and lipsticks that match the season and outfit that you are going with. I think that I managed to pick the perfect lipstick from Colourpop called “Times Square” to match the darker tones of brown that I was going for. Personally, I look the best in nudes and earth shades. I am aware that blue eye shadow will never work for me. It is important to figure out what colors are going to match your eyes, hair color, and outfit.

I’m really excited about the color yellow lately with summer approaching. I think that anyone can look good in yellow, and it is a very workable color. It is fun and can be done in a classy way that will light up your face.

Check out your own eye shape to figure out what will work best for you. I struggle a lot with contour because I did not know the shape of my face based on charts. I had to watch a lot of tutorials and pick up on techniques for figuring out what would work best for me. If you are having this similar dilemma, try tilting your head down and looking at where the highest point of your checks are. Then, fill everything that casts a shadow in with a color that will cast a shadow.

I am bringing very minimal makeup with me on my trip to Italy, but I will be updating everyone with pictures and what my routine will be while on my trip. The insider scoop is that I did not bring eyeshadow at all. I wanted to eliminate the time it would take me to do my eyeshadow and force myself to get ready faster.

I did bring highlighter, so I do plan on glowing in the sunshine. I am very excited to explore this culture, eat tons of different foods, and see everything that there is to see. This will be an incredible journey.

Stay tuned

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Stay beautiful.

In a Rush?

Hello beauties,

It is that time of year again. Time for finals. I thought I would share with all of you the makeup look that I do whenever I am in a rush. Personally, I don’t put any makeup on before I take a final because I am more concerned with my sleep and school work that I could not care less about makeup. More people will judge you if you walk into a final exam in full makeup than if you do not.

There are many cases where I am forced to rush my makeup. My idea of rushing is doing all of my getting ready in 30 minutes (including a shower). First, I jump in and take a 15-minute shower (that includes shampooing and shaving). Then, I get out and put on all my clothes, which takes about 5 minutes.

I have 10 minutes left for makeup. I do not do foundation first. I do not like to do foundation first because while I do my eye makeup I rest my hand on my face, and then leave a handprint on my face. First, I moisturize my face and let that sink in while I do my eyes. If I am in a rush, then I just pat on some eyeshadow that matches my skin tone. I quickly apply a winged eyeliner. Then, I use mascara. After, I apply my foundation. I do not use contour, but I do bronze the middle of my cheeks. Then, I put on a light gloss. That all should take about 10 minutes!

I do not really have to worry about doing anything with my hair because I have a spiral perm. Therefore, it dries in curls, so I can not brush my hair or do anything besides dry it usually anyway (which I love). I will definitely get a perm again, and I only need to get them once a year. Getting a perm cut my morning routine down by at least 30 minutes, which is now 30 more minutes for me to sleep. If you want to know more about getting a spiral perm, then let me know in the comments.

That is how I get ready in a rush.

In my next blog, I will be showing the makeup that I did for my birthday (which was May 5th), and below is a preview of that.

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I used the eyelashes that I talked about in the last post. Some of these pairs of lashes are bold and some are subtle. I would definitely buy them again in the futures, especially for the cheap price and easy wear. I do suggest going with a black eyelash glue because that will help a lot with the application process of eyelashes.

Stay beautiful.

Long Time No See…

“I like to make the best of what I have. I’m not a supermodel, clearly. I’m not a makeup artist. I’m a real woman.” Victoria Beckham

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Hello Beauties,

I am sorry that I have not been able to put out a post in a while. I will be able to post regularly once finals are over (please send good luck). I have been very busy with projects, tests, and essays. The positive is that I only have two more weeks left. What has been getting me through is the haul that I posted about in my last blog post.

The pictures above are from formal. I will say that I was so nervous for the dance that I wiped off my makeup at least 3 times before I was finally happy. Practice makes perfect. Anxiety makes for a shakey winged eyeliner. The makeup that I used consisted of mostly E.l.f. and Colourpop items. My false lashes were from Amazon. I want to talk about these lashes for a minute. I hate spending money on lashes. I think it is kind of ridiculous to spend 5 to 10 dollars on lashes. I think this is a great deal for lashes because they come in a variety of shapes. If you do the math, each pair of lashes is a little less than 26 cents. You can reuse them multiple times, but for hygienic purposes, I throw them away. They are easy to bend to your eye shape and help complete any makeup look. I’ve had my set of 80 lashes for over a year and have not used them all. I do not wear lashes every day, but if you are someone that does then I would suggest buying this set.

I used a wet n wild contour and concealer from the dollar store. I used simple nude shades from an E.L.F. palette. This palette has colors for every occasion and is easy to carry. I absolutely adore it. I did use an elf shadow lock, which I always use because it is essential for keeping eyeshadow in place and showing pigment. I made sure all of my foundation was mattified with a powder to set my face. I used my favorite highlighter from Colourpop called “Lunch Money,” to bring out all of the gold accents that I was trying to incorporate (with jewelry and the buckle on my shoes). The color on my lips was “echo park” (my favorite liquid lipstick) from Colourpop. I added a plumping gloss over the lipstick from E.L.F. called “champagne.”

For this glam look, I bought a mermaid dress with shoulder sleeves for $20 dress at Forever 21.

Glamour does not have to break your bank. You can use whatever nude shadows and foundation that works with your skin, just practice blending and technique with brushes.

I will be posting again soon about acrylic nails.

Stay beautiful.

Is Expensive Makeup Worth It?

“You don’t need to buy expensive cosmetics; almost anything will do if you know how to apply it.” – Dolly Parton

Hello Beauties,

My week has progressively gotten better as the days have gone by! I got to see one of my lovely friends today. We went to the mall, ate sushi, got back rubs in the recliners that you put money into, and visited Sephora.

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I’ve never bought anything in Sephora; today was no exception. I do like to look around and be outraged by all of the expensive prices!

In the past, I went to Sephora with my best friend and watched her spend close to $200 on maybe six small items. My jaw dropped when the cashier rung up her order. My best friend laughed in amusement. I would never spend that much money on makeup.

First off, I do not have the kind of money to spend on makeup at one time.

Second, I could never justify spending that much on a luxury.

Third, I do not think I look bad using what I work with, and I do not think anyone can tell the difference that I am not using high end products.

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Which brings me to the point: Is expensive makeup worth it?

I do not think so! I think people can look beautiful with the bare minimum. It is more in the application of the product. I think there are limitations, in regards to coverage and lasting ability. For me, I do not want to cement the makeup on my face. I want it to last a day, then try something new tomorrow or not at all. I find “good enough” products. I would rather invest my money in other things. I understand that you get what you pay for and supposedly the brand name beauty products are better, but I do just fine with what I have available. Do not feel obligated to compete with these other women by splurging on products. It’s ridiculous.

My best advice if you love makeup and want a flawless look on a budget is to watch a lot of makeup videos and perfect your technique to get the look you want. I’m more impressed with someone’s ability to make any kind of makeup conform to the look they want. You are the master of the brush; harness that ability.

See you next week!

 

Winged eyeliner is not impossible. Here’s how…

“Makeup is not a mask that covers up your beauty; it’s a weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside.”Michelle Phan

Hello, Beauties

I’ve been very makeup invested this week. I made some purchases straight from E.l.f, which I will share with you at the end of this post. I’m very excited for the products to come before my formal dance at the end of April!

You do not need to buy expensive eyeliner to achieve this look!

Also, this will take some practice. I do not have steady hands, and I’ve found a way to make this work.

Many people see a look that requires winged eyeliner and think “How hard can it be?”
THEN, they find out that this style is a little harder than it looks.

I begin my signature look of winged eyeliner by applying whatever eye shadows that I desire for the full look, but you can also do wings with no eye shadow.

Then, I take a bottle of liquid liner and follow it across my top lash line, making sure to make it slightly taper from thick near the outer corner of my eye to thin in the inner corner of my eye. It is important to let the eyeliner dry for a few seconds before doing my next step, or else you increase your chances of spearing black eyeliner on your already perfectly placed shadow. After that, I take an eyeliner marker and run it along that line to blend and not being a harsh line.

My approach to making my wings is by following the bottom lash line out to line up at about a little less that the length of the tip of my eyebrow with the liquid liner. I use the tip very delicately to trace from the tip of the lash down at an angle to meet the thick part of the liner at the top outer edge of my eye.

All that’s needed next is to fill it in!

Keep a makeup wipe handy for the first few times. Some days I struggle with making the points just how I want it and having both sides even. Use your discretion for length of the wing (some days call for a subtle wing, other days you can go bold).

You can do wings with any kind of eyeliner; I started with gel liner and liquid liner from the dollar store.

If you’re interested in the makeup products on their way to my doorstep, then check out the product list below. I will be reviewing some of these products and creating makeup looks with them soon!

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Stay tuned for more looks!

How To Achieve This Elegant Look…

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“Honey, I am going to my grave with my eyelashes and my makeup on.”

– Tammy Faye Bakker

I really love doing this elegant look, and it can be done with inexpensive products.

First in my makeup routine, I apply a little bit of coconut oil to my face and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.

After the moisturizer and oil has set in for a few minutes, I go to work on my eyes. I start by applying an eye primer and concealer duo from E.l.f. Then, I take a wet beauty blender and pat that onto my eyelid for a blended base. Next, take my blending brush from the Colourpop palette “Cute Af” (which I am unable to find on their website, so any dark brown color should work). I tap off the excess of the shadow and apply it into the crease of my eye (with short back and forth movements). I bend this color in towards my eyelid. After I do this for both eyes, I put a little extra brown in the crease for a darker look. Then, I take my concealer stick from Wet n Wild and apply it to a concealer brush. I drag the concealer brush gently from the inner corner of my eye to the middle of my eyelid. I thoroughly pat the concealer on my eye and take an eye shadow brush to the gold color of the “Cute Af” palette (Any gold color eye shadow will suffice). I pack this color onto the parts of the eye that I have concealer on, and then add the lightest neutral color over top of this gold to give it a more muted look. I drag my eyeliner marker along my top lash line to the edge of my eye and meet it with a line from the bottom lash line. I extend the line from the bottom lash out and make a point going down to meet line from the top lash line.

I apply my lashes with my preferred eyelash glue and lashes that I ordered cheaply from Amazon.com. I bend the lashes and cut them to fit my eye shape. I apply my Clinique mascara to blend my eyelashes in with the fake ones.

Pro tip: Most people do their foundation first, but I do mine after I do my eyes because I usually need my hand to steady on my face to do my winged eyeliner, which always disrupts the foundation in the process if I apply it first.

Next, I apply a dime size amount of foundation to the fatter part of the beauty blender. I dot the foundation around my face and apply the foundation going down my face. Then, I apply concealer under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose with the concealer stick and blend it in with a wet beauty blender. Next, I use a contour stick (from Wet n Wild but any kind works) down my cheekbones with a dry beauty blend, but then I blend it in with a wet beauty blender.

Finally, I apply powders to finish the look. I use skin pressed powder under my cheek bones and eyes to set the makeup. I use bronzer over top of my contour to darken it. I use a Colourpop highlighter called “Lunch Money” on the highlights of my face.

Lastly, I apply the Colourpop lipstick called “Times Square.”

That is the completed look.

It only takes about 30 minutes.

“I myself am strange and unusual.” – Beetlejuice

Do you want to look your best for less? Me too

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Hello,

My name is Courtney. I want to look cute, but I AM NOT A MAKEUP PROFESSIONAL. I’m an average makeup enthusiast, with a catch. I’m on a journey to create a variety of looks, some edgy, some elegant, some subtle, some bold, and so on. Although, I don’t want to break my bank to achieve these looks, so I will only be using lower end products.

Low end does not mean low quality! We will be utilizing brands like e.l.f, NYX, ColourPop, and other brands found at your local drug store or Walmart!

I’ll be sharing with you all of my techniques, tricks, and tips to teach you how to achieve my final looks. I’ll tell you what products I can’t live without and ones you shouldn’t waste your time or money on. I’ll attempt to experiment with colors and styles, which could save you the time and energy by avoiding the makeup flops and mishaps that I encounter along the way. Nobody wants to have a caked on face and look like a hot mess!

You don’t need to be a MUA (Makeup Artist) to complete these looks either, and don’t go on a makeup spending spree just to feel guilty after.

We will look good with our bank accounts in the green.

Join me on my journey to become more beautiful through the medium of makeup!