Thursday, February 16, 2012

2012 Grammy Looks: Adele

Seriously, who doesn’t love Adele?!  She’s just beyond fabulous and so was her makeup at the Grammys on Sunday.   She sported two different looks throughout the night: Here bare eyes and bright red matte lips.  The second look was a pretty greyish-purple smokey eye with a pink nude mouth she wore while performing and at the end of the awards.

I know both of Adele’s looks are going to be all over the internet and YouTube (or already are by the time I post this), but I couldn’t resist taking my shot at it.  Plus someone asked me to do it (yay!!! Thanks Stephanie!!).  Besides, afterwards I get to wear this fun makeup for the rest of the night: win-win!  I couldn’t decide between the two looks so I’m going to show you how with just a few simple steps you can go from Adele’s dramatic red lip to her beautiful grey smokey eye look.

Let’s start the base for both looks:
-To give yourself the appearance of perfect skin like Adele, pull out your favorite full coverage foundation
-Conceal any problem areas (under eyes, blemishes, eyelids)—we want flawless skin!
- Adele has a strong cheek contour going from the top of her ear in her hairline all the way down, stopping a little short of the corner of her mouth.  Don’t be afraid to really build up the contour to give the face an extra slim look.  She also looks as if her nose has been contoured as well from the front of the brow all the way down. (I used a mix of Harmony and Blunt blushes by MAC)
Look at that contouring!
-Powder the face to set the foundation and concealer and to give the skin a matte finish
- In some pictures it looks like she might be wearing a hint of a peach blush on the tops of her cheek bones (not on the apples), and in others it doesn’t look like she’s wearing anything.  So take your pick! (I used Peaches by MAC)
base finished!
Now, to recreate look #1 there are a few must haves:
-your favorite matte red lipstick (if it’s not matte that’s ok, we’ll fix it)
-deep black liner (Gel or liquid, whichever you prefer to work with.  I wouldn’t recommend pencil liner for this look, it won’t give the same affect.)
-lashes, LaShEs, LASHES! (I’ll show you a little trick to help replicate her lash look)

Look #1
- matte light beige eyeshadow:  press it all over your lid and up to your brow bone (MAC Vanilla)
-matte light brown eyeshadow:  lightly place it in the crease with a fluffy brush, just to add a little definition to the eye—but not too much (MAC Wedge)
-black liner:  This look has a thick cat eye eyeliner.  Keep it thin on the inner corner of your eye and gradually make it thicker towards the outside corner, winging it out on the end.  Also press a thin line of liner to the lower lash line (not the waterline), and tight line your eyes as well. (MAC Blacktrack Fluidline)
-nude liner:  Apply a nude eyeliner to your waterline (MAC liner in NC15/NW20)
-curl lashes and apply mascara
-To replicate Adele’s fluttery lashes we’re going to need 2 sets of false lashes:  one for fullness and one for length.
- cut the pair you have for length in half

-Next, glue the piece of lashes onto the outside corner of the full strip making sure you are applying the half strips so that the longest section of the lashes are still on the outside corner.  This is going to elongate the eyes and give them that extra wispy feel Adele’s had!
-Here's the eyes before and after the lashes!

Lips & Tips:
-line the lips with a red lip liner, then fill them in completely for extra staying power (MAC Redd)
-using a lip brush, fill in the lips with your favorite red lipstick (L'oreal Colour Riche in British Red)
-If your lipstick isn’t matte here’s 2 options:  1. Apply a translucent face powder over top using your finger to dab it on the brush off the excess with a fluffy face brush OR 2. Use a matte red eyeshadow and press it over top of the lipstick.  Doing either of these steps will mattify the lipstick and also give the lipstick extra staying power!
-To get the extra defined and clean lip line like Adele, use a clean lip brush dipped in concealer.  Then outline the lips (and blend it out!) after applying lipstick to remove any mistakes or smudges.

And with that Look #1 is complete!

Don't mind my gum...
Now to transform look #1 into look #2…

Look #2
*WARNING: since we already have our black eyeliner and lashes on, we want to be very careful to avoid fallout from the additional shadows we will be apply.  Take your time and after dipping your brushes in the shadows tap your brushes to remove extra product before applying them to your eyes.
-matte grey eyeshadow:  Using a crease brush apply the shadow to the crease of our eye, all the way to the inside corner underneath the brow.  Make sure to avoid choosing a metallic silver eyeshadow to give the closest results to Adele’s.  If you don’t have a grey eyeshadow, you can use a black with a light hand and gently build it up. (MAC Copperplate)
-matte purple toned grey eyeshadow: apply those overtop of the grey shadow we already placed.  This will give a hint of purple and dimension to the look. (MAC Scene)

Lips & Tips:
-How do you remove all of the red lipstick without it even leaving a hint of pink?  No worries, here’s what we do!
blot away excess lip products onto a tissue paper
avoid rubbing the lips and smearing the red lipstick into your foundation
using an oil based makeup remover on q-tips (for precision) gently wipe away the  remaining lipcolor. (you can also use an oil based eye makeup remover or even olive oil!)
-line your lips using a light pink lip liner, filling in your lips. (NYX Pale Pink)
-Apply a pinky-nude lipstick and gloss.  Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of lipstick to copy Adele’s look! (Rimmel lipstick in Airy Fairy and NYX gloss in Crystal Soda)

Look #2…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I’ve enjoyed doing these makeup looks!  That’s all I’m going to say because this post is ridiculously long already.  Thanks for reading it, or at least looking at all the pictures (aka the best part)! J

For the love of beauty and Adele,
…Casey B

Monday, February 13, 2012

2012 Grammys: Robyn

I look forward to the Grammys every year, and this year was no different.  I get so excited about all the performances, who’s singing with who, and of course all the fashion that’s involved. 

Leading up the Grammys I knew I wanted to a “Grammy Look” so I was excited about paying extra close attention to everyone’s makeup.  I’ve also been browsing the internet trying to get close up pictures of everyone’s makeup and I’ve finally decided on a look.  It’s not an obvious choice (and some of you may not even know who this is) but I chose…Robyn!

I thought this makeup look was fun, different, and I loved the combination of the blue liner and the hint of orange shadow.  Orange isn’t a color people tend to use but look how pretty a hint of orange can be! 

Here’s my version…

  • Orange/peachy eye shadow (from the Coastal Scents 88 Palette) all over the lid and on the outside corner of the eye
  • Blue eyeliner on the lid (Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Binge)
  • Bright blue eye shadow (from the Coastal Scents 88 Palette) pressed over top of the liner

  • A little bit of peach blush on the cheeks (MAC Peaches)

  • Sheer nude lipstick (Revlon Lip Butter in 065 Creamsicle)

Would I really wear this?  YES!  Even though it may be a little different then what you are used to, I think it is very wearable.  It’s a great look for spring and summer since there isn’t a ton of makeup applied letting the pop of color around the eyes really stand out.   How cute would this be with your favorite new swimsuit and cover-up for a pool party?! Don’t forget you can always change up the color combos however you’d like!

For the love of beauty and blue eyeliner,
...Casey B
Remember this jam from the 90's?  Yep, that's Robyn!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lipstick Love

I recently did some makeup shopping and picked up two new lipsticks from the Shop MAC collection, and I'm in LOOOOOVE with them both!  They are so bright, fun, and scream summer.  Gosh, I'm ready for summer.  

I'll try and use them in a few upcoming makeup looks soon, but here they are in the tubes and a few swatches...  

How fun are these?!

For the love of beauty and summer,
...Casey B

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Date Night-Glamour Girl

If you are looking for more of a sultry look for your big Valentine’s Day plans then this is the look for you! It’s perfect for a romantic dinner date and will look flawless paired with your little black dress.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

TIP:  Do the eyes first when you are doing a heavier eyeshadow look, that way any fallout can be easily wiped away before foundation!

Again for this look I used only the Naked 2 palette shadows!

  1. Prime the lid (I used Urban Decay primer potion in Sin)
  2. With a small pencil brush apply “Verve” (4th from the right) to the inner corner of the eye on under the inside corner of the eye
  3. With a flat shader brush apply “YDK” (3rd from the right) to the lid and blend out into the crease
  4. With a angled liner brush apply “Busted” to the upper lash line as a liner, then blend out with a fluffy brush.  Also with the fluffy brush apply the same color to the outside corner of the eye, and on the lower lash line with a pencil brush
  5. Apply a black liner to the upper lash line and waterline (MAC fluid line in black track)
  6. Curl lashes and apply mascara

For this look I really wanted to concentrate on creating sculpted cheekbones, to do this we need to contour!
  1. Contour cheek bones, temple, and jaw line with a cream product (I used Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, but a darker concealer or foundation works just as well)
  2. Set the contour base (I used MAC shaping powders in Sculpt, or you can use a darker face powder or matte bronzer)
  3. Highlight the cheek bones (MAC Silver Dusk)

For this look, I thought it would be fun to have options!  The eyes in this look are smokey without being too dark, making them perfect to pair with a variety of lip colors!  Try reds, berry tones, pinks, nudes…Pick the shade you like best for your hot Valentine’s date!

  • In the pictures above I'm wearing shade 477 Black Cherry from the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Collection

Here it is with a nude lip (shade 14 in the Kate Moss lipstick collection)
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this look and I hope everyone has a GREAT Valentine’s Day!

Want something a little more natural for Valentine’s Day, no worries!  Check out that look here!

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For the love of beauty and being GLAM!,
…Casey B

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Date Night-Natural Beauty

I honor of Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to put together 2 different makeup looks that would be perfect for a special date!  Whether you’re going on a romantic dinner with your boy, or dinner and a movie with your girlfriends either of these looks would be perfect for the occasion!  Up first is the more natural makeup look that would be perfect for the girl who doesn’t regularly wear a lot of makeup but still wants to spice it up for the occasion.  Or say your plans include a day-date and you don’t want to look too overdone, this look would be totally appropriate that as well!  It’s flirty and feminine without being makeup heavy, perfect for a date!

I recently received my Naked 2 palette and since I’m sooo excited about it, it’s what I’ll be using to create both of my Valentine’s Day date makeup looks!  If you aren’t familiar with the palette, here’s what it looks like:
It’s Urban Decay’s second edition of the Naked palette, and in my opinion both of these palette’s are must haves.  All of the colors are very wearable and great for everyday use, but the variety of makeup looks you can create with either of the palettes is endless. 
  1. I started by priming my lid with a MAC paint pot in Bare Study
  2. with a fluffy crease brush I applied “Tease” (5th from the left) in the crease, and also with a small pencil brush I applied it to the lower lash line as well.
  3. with a small shader brush I applied “Verve” (4th from the right) to the inner 1/3 of the eyes to really open them up and make them look fresh and awake.
  4. with the same brush I then applied “Chopper” (4th from the left) to the rest of the lid and also to the inside corner of the lower lash line with a small pencil brush
  5. for a soft highlight to the brow bone I applied “Foxy” (1st on the left) with a large fluffy brush
  6. to add a little definition to the eyes without it looking to harsh I used an angle brush and applied “Blackout” (I'm sure you see the black...) to the upper lash line as a liner
  7. then I applied a nude color eyeliner to the lower waterline (you can also use white)
  8. curl lashes and add your favorite mascara!  (You can also add some individual lashes to help add a little length and more definition to your eyes—don’t worry he’ll never know!)
  • Bronzer (to warm up the face)
  • Hot pink cream blush (Urban Decay Afterglow in Quickie)
  • Highlighter (over the top of the cheek bones- the shimmer side MAC’s Happy Together blush duo)

  • Hot pink lip gloss (I used a sample from one of my Birch Boxes- Jouer in Birch Box Pink)

And that’s it!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this look and will give it a try or create your own version of it.  If you’re looking for a more played up look for Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck!  My next post will be more of a "glam" look for the occasion!

For the love of beauty and LOVE,
…Casey B