Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christina AMA 2012

A while back I did a quick little post showing some of my favorite makeup looks from the 2012 AMA’s, and asked people to comment and let me know which their favorite was.  From the comments on the post and the comments on my facebook page, the votes were kind of all over the place.  Everyone had different favorites!  So I decided to do the look I liked the best (and, I think it may have won by one vote or something) which is Christina’s purple smokey eyes!

The key for the eyes is to use matte shadows, nude or white eyeliner on the waterline and of course some huge and heavy lashes!  Here’s what I used:
-UDPP to prime the lid
-NYX jumbo eye pencil in “Milk” (all over the lid)
-MAC eye shadow in “Naked” (over the NYX JEP & on the brow bone)
-“Blackout” from the Naked II palette (on the outside corner of the lid blended out, and along the upper and lower lashline as liner)
-Sugar Pill eye shadow in “Poison Plum” (lightly blended over the black, into the crease, and under the eye)
-MAC eye pencil in “NW 20” (waterline)
-mascara on the top and bottom lashes
-For the lashes I did my “Adele lash trick” again.  Learn more about it here.

*side note- if you have any of the 88 color palettes, this would be the perfect time to bust it out!

Christina is fake tanned, bronzed, and contoured to the max (as usual).  This is a far cry from the pale skin I have going on.  So I’m going to take the key points from her look, and tone them down for me.
-for Christina’s sculpted checks I used the Coastal Scents 6 contour and blush palette (which I also used for my Lana Del Rey look).  I’ve had it for a long time and never really used it, but I’ve been loving it lately.  I used a mix of the peach, yellowy, and dark color to contour.  Then I used the white along the tops of my cheeks to highlight.
-MAC blush in “Taupe” (along the cheeks between the contour and the highlight)

Christina’s lips are overdrawn, a peachy nude color, and glossy!
-MAC lipliner in “Stone” (outlined lips)
- OCC Lip Tar in Interlace
-Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in “Nude Luster” 

So that’s it! Here’s the final product...


I think these purple smokey eyes are fun and completely on trend.  I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately—Demi sported a darker purple eye on the X Factor Wednesday (in her interview clips).  Did anyone else see & love that look as well?!

If you want to spice up these already bold eyes (why the heck not?), you can always turn this look into another trend:

For more variations on the purple eyes & red lips trend click here.

One more thing before I forget--holiday parties are in full swing and New Year's Eve is fast approaching.  This would be an excellent look for either!

For the love of beauty & American music,
…Casey B

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lana Del Rey

My best friend asked me to do a look inspired by Lana Del Rey, so of course I had to do it!  Lana isn’t as big in the US as she is in Europe, so if you aren’t familiar with her music you might recognize her from this H&M commercial…
(Am I the only one that thinks this commercial is boarder line creepy?!)

When going through different images of Lana, is easy to see that her makeup style is very 60’s inspired.

It’s a beautiful and classic look which requires very few products and is easy to recreate.  So let’s do this...

For the eyes in this look, I’m going to be using colors from the Naked and Naked II palette.  The key features of Lana’s look are matte eye colors and some nice dramatic winged liner.  There are only a few matte shades in these two pallets, but they are perfect for this look.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that Urban Decay has come out with another addition to their Naked line.  It’s the Naked Basics palette which 5 out of 6 if the shades in the palette are matte!  This palette would be prefect for recreating Lana’s looks.)
-I started out by priming my lid with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion
-using a large fluffy brush, sweep “Foxy” from the lash line up to the brow.
-using a crease brush place “Tease” through the crease
-Darken the outside of the crease by lightly placing “Blackout” on the outside corner and blending in.  Do it gradually to help prevent mistakes.
-place a little of “Virgin” on the inside corner to highlight
-using a small pencil brush, place “Tease” and “Blackout” along the lower lash line
-place a white or nude eyeliner on the waterline
-Now, for the most important part—the eyeliner!  I would use a gel liner for this, since it tends to give the darkest color payoff.  If you aren’t sure how to create the perfect cat eye liner, you can check out my how-to here.  For Lana’s look, the more dramatic the better.
-last but not least, finish off with mascara and lashes!

-Lana tends to keep her face very natural with just a little contouring.  I used MAC’s blush in Taupe to define the cheekbones a little by placing it where I would normally contour, staying away from the apples of the cheeks. 
-Then to highlight the face a little I used the lightest color from the Coastal Scents 6 Contour Blush Palette, and ran it along the tops of the cheek bones, on the brow bone, down the bridge of the nose, and along the cupids bow on my lips.

-Lana’s signature lip is a very full, nude, matte lip.  To achieve this look, I lined my lips with MAC’s Subculture lip liner and overdrew them very slightly (since I don’t have the biggest lips to begin with).
-For the lip color, any nude color will work (or you could even us a concealer!).   I used ELF’s Natural Nymph lipstick making sure to blend out the edge of the lip liner.

And that completes my Lana Del Rey inspired look! 

I hope you enjoy this look & tutorial! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or on my facebook page.  And as always, feel free to leave post ideas & request!

For the love of beauty and Lana,
…Casey B

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Makeup Transition

If I’m being honest—I am in no way, shape, or form a cold weather person.  Although I will admit that I do love boots, scarves and layers…for like a week.  Am I the only one?!  Personally I’d much rather be in summer dresses, flip flops, and a huge pair of Jackie-O sunglasses.  BUT the cooler weather does have one HUGE advantage over the summer months.  I can finally apply makeup without the fear of it instantly melting off my face!  (It gets hot here people!)  I LOVE all the fall makeup trends this season, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a little post on how to transition your makeup form spring/summer to fall/winter!

Basic skin care tips (that you probably already know):
-          Drink lots of water, your skin will thank you!
-          Don’t forget to exfoliate regularly to remove dry skin and to keep your skin looking fresh.
-          Use a good moisturizer and night cream if your skin tends to get dry.
-          Apply your favorite lip balm before bed to keep your lips nice and soft.
-          Yep—even in the winter you still need to be wearing sunscreen.

Winter makeup tips (the good stuff):
-          Winter skin can be dehydrated and of course less tanned than in the summer months.  This can give the skin an uneven appearance we aren’t use to, and most likely won’t be a fan of.  So what do you do?
-          Prime your face.  It can really improve the longevity and smoothness of your foundation.
-          Use a fuller coverage foundation.  In the warmer months I stick to BB creams and tinted moisturizers, but in the winter I use something with a little more coverage.  My favorite find so far: Rimmel London’s Clean Finish Foundation.  You can find it at CVS for a whopping $4.99 (and online Ulta has it for $2.49—seriously! That’s insanely affordable!) 
-          IMPORTANT: match your foundation/concealer to your winter skin coloring.  Don’t try and scrape by with your summer foundation that’s 2 shades darker than you are now.  It’s never cute and people will always notice. I promise.
-          Colors to keep in mind:
-          On your eyes try: browns, golds, taupes, orangey-browns, garnets, olives, and plums.
-          For the lips: browns, reds, wines, scarlets, berry, and plum shades.
-          Cheeks: terracotta, reds, mauves, and oranges.
-          For your lashes, stick with black.  I know browns can be more flattering and natural but if you are doing colors on your lids, your lashes need to stay defined. 
-          Use cream products to help give the appearance of dewy looking skin in the winter.   Foundations, highlighters, blushes, eye shadows etc.
-          The golden rule for makeup is to pick one feature to play up at a time.  Meaning if you go bold on the eyes, do a nude lip.  If you pick a bold lip color, go easy on the shadow.  However, we all know rules are meant to be broken, and this winter is no exception.  Go bold on the eyes AND the lips! Whoohoo!

Here’s a variation of my go to fall makeup look.  I’ll probably be wearing this all winter long!

(P.S.  I’m wearing the $4.99 Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation and $2.99 Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in both of these looks.)

Up first a shimmery gold eye with a matte red lip!

Now the reverse: matte brown eyes and a glossy berry lip!

What do  you guys think?  Are you excited about winter or are you missing summer already too?

For the love of beauty & finding silver linings,
…Casey B

Monday, November 19, 2012

AMA 2012 Makeup Looks

Of course, my favorite part of any awards show is always the makeup (surprise!).  Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite looks from the AMAs last night.  Which do you like the best?!  Leave a comment below with your response and I'll recreate the look in an upcoming post!

Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.
hayden panettiere

Christina Aguilera arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.
christina aguilera

Taylor Swift arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift

Ke$ha arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.
 carly rea jepsen
Personally I can't get enough of Christina's purple smokey eyes! Beautiful!

Don't forget to comment!

For the love of beauty & celeb inspiration,
...Casey B

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Doing a complete 180 from my last Halloween post I decided to go from ghoulish to glamorous! 

When it comes to Halloween, I prefer to be more on the cutesy and glamorous side.  This costume and makeup is definitely both of those!  Not only is the makeup for this look simple, but the costume was actually very easy to throw together as well.  So for those of you who are still scratching your heads about what to do this year, this may just be the look for you!

For a little background on this look--We have a group of girls that get together once a month to play Bunko.  It’s turned into quite the shindig and it’s something I look forward to every month.  So of course for October it was Halloween themed.  My costume for the evening was none other than the  Ms. Audrey Hepburn from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  Here’s is the iconic picture that served as my inspiration for this costume look:

Audrey’s makeup for this look is very natural, simple, and classically beautiful.  Here are the key features to her look and the products I used:

-nude eye shadow over the whole lid (Brule by MAC)
-mid toned brown softly through the crease (Omega by MAC)
-classic black “kitten” eyeliner (Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC)
-wispy false lashes (Ardell lashes)
-pink glowing cheeks (Pink Swoon by MAC)
-pink lips (NYX Lipliner in Pale Pink to outline and fill in the lips)
-nude eyeliner on the waterline (NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic Pencil by MAC)
-and finally, most important of all—THE BROWS!  The thicker the better.   As for the shape of the brows they are more straight across than over arched or angled.  (I used Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette).

Here’s my final makeup look!

For the costume, I basically already had everything I needed for this look.  All I had to buy was a fake tiara (found a pack of 6 at Hobby Lobby for $4 with the little girl party supplies), and a pair of black elbow gloves ($7 at Halloween Express)!  (The cigarette holder I already had from a Cruella DeVille costume I put together a few years go.)  Here’s the costume inspiration board I put together for the look.  See if you can pick me out in the bunko pictures below!  
Breakfast At Tiffany's

And me as Cruella Deville! (In 2009--Gosh, time flies!)
that chipmunk (who is actually my boyfriend)  is
holding my cigarette thing!
Need more ideas?!  Check out my Halloween post from last year: Easy Geisha, Pin Up Look, Halloween 2011!

Hopefully I’ll have one more Halloween post up on Sunday.  I’m thinking it will be a little compilation of pictures from the Halloween festivities coming up this weekend.  So stay tuned!!
What are you dressing up as for Halloween? 
Does anyone else out there play Bunko?!
For the love of beauty & Audrey,
…Casey B

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sugar Skull Halloween Makeup

I’m back with a full on Halloween makeup tutorial!  For those of you who love elaborate makeup looks, this will be right up your alley.  That’s right people; we’re doing a sugar skull makeup tutorial!
Of course the best part of this Halloween costume is that the makeup does all the talking.  It is the focal point of the overall look which means the clothing portion of the costume is very inexpensive.  You probably already own pieces you can wear to complete this costume!

For a little back ground on sugar skulls:  Sugar skulls are little sugary-sweet candies that are sold on the days leading up to the Day of the Dead festivities (a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of friends and relatives who have passed away).  These little skulls are decorated with bright colorful icing, glitter, shiny foils, and even sequins!

There are millions of different sugar skull makeup looks you can create, so get creative!  Regardless of the pattern you decide to go with there a few key products that you will need:
  1. Face primer
  2. White and black face paint
  3. Translucent powder, baby powder, or white eyeshadow (to set your white face paint)
  4. Small detail brushes to create the intricate patterns
  5. Colorful cream products to create the patterns (You can use more face paints, just buy the little color set when you buy your black and white face paints!)
  6. Bright shadows to set the cream products
  7. Black liquid eyeliner
  8. Lash clue, individual rhinestones, and glitter to spruce up the look (optional)

  1.  The first thing you want to do is apply your face primer to ensure the look last all night long.
  2. Then apply your white face paint by using your fingers, a foundation brush, or a damp makeup sponge.
  3. Set the face paint with either a translucent powder, baby powder, or even just a white eyeshadow (which is what I did).
  4. Using your black face paint, and a small detail brush outline the black circles around your eyes.  The easiest way to do this is by following the line of your natural eye socket.  Once you have the outline, fill it in!  Use a black eyeliner to fill in the inner rim of your eyes to keep everything extra dark.
  5. Do the same thing with the shape you want to create for your nose!
  6. Set the black face paint with a black eyeshadow.  I used a blue eyeshadow along the parts of the eyes that I would normally apply my eye highlight (inner corner & center of the lids), to give the eyes a little extra dimension.
  7. Using an eyeshadow color that goes with your over all look (navy, black, you could even do reds, purples, greens—you choose!)  contour your cheek bones to give the face a little extra shape.
  8. From this point, you should be as creative as possible!  Make sure to layer your cream color products and eyeshadows to build up color and staying power to the design you create.
  9. For the lips you can draw in a pattern that looks like exposed teeth or fill in your lips using a regular lipstick.  Since I want my sugar skull to be a little more “me” I went with a bright red lip detailed with some red glitter pressed over the top.
  10. Use your black liquid liner to trace the outline of any detailed shapes to make them stand out.
  11. After you have your pattern down you can spruce up the look by adding glitter and rhinestones!  I also added some fun fake lashes for the heck of it.

Here’s my final look!

I’ve also put together an easy and inexpensive costume idea board to go with this makeup.  It’s composed of items I think a lot of you will already have and cheap craft store goodies!  Hopefully it will provide a little inspiration when you are completing your sugar skull Halloween costume!
DIY halloween costume

I hope you enjoyed this post!  This makeup was SO much fun to do, and a huge step outside of my comfort zone.  I cheated a little by making my interpretation super girly with glitter and rhinestones, but that’s how I would wear it.  If you decide to do a sugar skull makeup look for Halloween, let me know how it goes!  Post a picture on my facebook page, I’d love to see how it turned out!

For the love of beauty and skulls,
…Casey B

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Makeup Trends

Hello ladies! 
 This is just a quick post to share a few makeup trends I'm looking forward to over the next few months! I plan on picking a few of these looks and recreating for future blog post, so stay tuned for that.  But until then, enjoy!  I hope this gives you a little makeup inspiration for this fall and winter!

Fall/Winter 2012 Makeup Trends

If you have a favorite look from above, let me know in the comments below! I’ll be sure to recreate the ones you guys want to see first!

What fall trends are you looking forward to?

For the love of beauty and inspiration,
…Casey B

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nicki Minaj 2012 VMAs Makeup Look

For me, Nicki is one of those ladies I’m always excited to see.  She always keeps you guessing:  What’s her makeup going to look like? What crazy outfit is she going to be wearing?  What color is her hair going to be? It’s just so exciting!  Of course her look at this year’s VMA was just as fun as usual.  Here’s the visual in case you’ve missed it…

Nicki Minaj

Before I jump into it my version/mini tutorial of the look, I have to give a shout out to Emily for asking me to do this look! (She’s thinking about doing Nicki’s whole ensemble for Halloween!! How fun is that?!  Go Emily, go!!)

Now, my version of the look!

No flash, but you can see the glitter so much better!
The overall look is pretty simple.  The key features are her silver-glittery eyes, super dramatic lashes, flawless skin and hot pink lips. Below are the products I used to duplicate this look, but remember you don’t have to use the same exact products.  If you focus on the colors used and utilize what you have in your makeup drawer, our outcomes will be pretty similar!

Anytime I know I’m going to be working with glitter (or dark shadows!) I always start with the eyes first.  That way I can simply wipe away any fallout without before applying my foundation, keeping the complexion as flawless as possible.   Here’s what I used/did for the eyes:

Silver Sparkly Eyes

1.       Of course we want to prime our lids to make sure our look last all night long.  You can use one of two things (or both like I did): a regular eye primer or a cream shadow in a silver shade.  (Using the silver cream shadow creates a nice base for the silver eyeshadow, and gives it a little extra pop.)
2.       Next use a light silver eyeshadow and a flat eyeshadow brush to pack the color all over the lid up through the crease.  To build up the intensity of the eyeshadow be sure to pat it on, don’t swipe.  Swiping removes and blends color instead of building it up.
3.       Next using a darker blackish-grey eyeshadow and a blending brush, lightly sweep the color a little above the natural crease of your eye.  This is going to give the illusion of a higher crease, which opens up the eyelids.  Use the shadow to blend out the edge of the light silver.  Bring the dark grey shadow all the way in to the nose, under the front of the brow.
4.       Now for the fun part!  Take your favorite silver or white glitter and pat it all over the lid.  Add multiple layers to build up the intensity.  If you really want to the glitter to pop, apply a thin layer of lash glue over the lid, then press the glitter over top.  Just be prepared to spend some time with some eye makeup remover afterwards.  This is what I did and it looked awesome! I wish the glitter showed up better in the photos!
5.       Line your upper lash line with your favorite black liquid liner, curl your lashes, and apply mascara to the top lashes only.  Nicki doesn’t appear to have anything on her bottom lash line.
6.       Apply the biggest eyelashes you can find! The bigger the better!
7.       (If you need to, don’t forget about your brows!)

Now onto the face!  Make sure to wipe away any glitter or eyeshadow that may have fallen down while working on the eyes.  Nicki’s skin for the VMAs was very doll-like.   To achieve this look we’ll need to use some full coverage products to hide any imperfections and to do some (major) contouring and highlighting!


  1. Nicki’s complexion is flawless which tells me she is using a full coverage foundation or a fair amount of concealer.  So I started by applying Nars Sheer Glow foundation (which is more of a medium coverage foundation).  I used my fingers to work the foundation all over the skin (don’t forget to blend down the neck and even over the ears!)
  2. Next I used the lightest concealer from the MUFE concealer palette to conceal under the eyes and to highlight the center of the face.  The areas you want to concentrate on highlighting are:  the triangles under the eyes (if you drew a line from the inside corner of the eye straight down to the edge of your nostril, then out at an angle to the outside corner of your eye—that’s where you want to highlight), down the bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, and on the center of your chin. If you have concealer that’s a shade lighter than your actual skin tone it will work best for highlighting.  Just remember to blend all the edges!
  3. To make sure the liquid and cream products don’t move throughout the night, we need to set them with a powder.  I used a makeup sponge and pressed the powder over the face.  This is going to add a little more coverage (which is great!) and more importantly it won’t smear or move the products we’ve already applied.
  4. Next we want to emphasize the highlighting even more by contouring the face.  I used a matte bronzer and an angled blush brush for this step.  Place the powder under the cheek bones, under the jawline, and onto the temples of the face working slowly to gradually build up the color intensity.  Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I also contoured down the sides of the nose.
  5. Next I applied a hot pink blush along my cheek bones making sure I didn’t bring the color too far in towards the nose.  We want to keep this area nice and light.
  6. Nicki’s skin is pretty matte but I added just a touch of highlighter down the bridge of my nose and to the tops of cheek bones.
  7. Since Nicki has her own hot pink lipstick shade (“Viva Glam Nicki”), I’m guessing that’s what she’s wearing. I don’t have that so I used the brightest pink I could find in my drawer.  Then I pressed a little of the hot pink blush over top to lock in the color.

And there we have it!  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment down below or on my facebook page! See you in the next post, ladies!

For the love of beauty & Ms. Minaj,
…Casey B