Thursday, April 5, 2012

50th Post Extravaganza!!

IT'S MY 50TH POST PEOPLE!!!! Yayyy!!! 

Can you believe this is my 50th post?!  I feel like I just started blogging yesterday, and already we're at 50!  My lil baby is growing!!  I really wanted to do something fun and different for this post and finally after a lot of thinking (and asking people for ideas!) I decided on two parts to this post that I thought would be really appropriate for the occasion, and course a lot of fun to do!  I hope you all enjoy!

How about a little makeover on someone over 50?!  If this model looks a little familiar, it's probably because I look just like her!  It's my momsies!!

For my mom’s look we kept the skin pretty basic but added a bit of drama and excitement to the look by doing a dark green smokey eye (shadows used: Club and Sumptuous Olive by MAC).   We also filled in her brows and added a natural pair of lashes to really make her eyes pop!

*A few tips for makeup application on mature skin*

  • Moisturize!!!!! (That goes for everyone, even you high school lady with perfect skin!)
  • Use a face primer to keep the foundations from settling into fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Avoid shimmery skin products as they can emphasis fine lines.  If you are using a shimmery eyeshadow make sure to wipe away any fall out so it doesn’t leave shimmer on the face as well.
  • use blushes in brighter shades to add a youthful glow to the skin
  • Avoid dark lip colors as they tend to age you 
  • If you do want to use a lipstick (of any shade) make sure to line the lips first to keep the color from feathering outside of the lip line into smile lines around the mouth.
  • Wear a lip gloss!! Adding a nice shine to lips makes you look more youthful (especially in pink and coral shades) AND it makes smaller lips look fuller!

Part II
A 50s inspired look and mini tutorial on how to achieve the perfect winged liner!

Not sure what “50s inspired makeup” means?  Think Marilyn, baby!  She’s probably the biggest icon from that decade.  All 50s makeup wasn’t just like Marilyn’s—she was a celebrity who had a personal makeup artist to help her get ready every day.  The majority of women during that time were stay at home moms without all the fancy help.  BUT the makeup trend was all the same no matter who you were: minimal eyeshadows and blush which kept the focus of the look on the lips and liner.

I’ve already done a pinup look and Adele’s Grammy look (which is very similar), so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share a few tips you can use to get the perfect winged liner.  It’s one of the two main features to these types of looks (aka: it’s important) and I know a lot of ladies struggle with it.  So, here are few tips to help you create the perfect cat eye every time!

Let’s prepare our canvas by applying your foundation, concealer, powder, and fill in the brows as usual. To prep the eyes I first applied MAC’s PaintPot in Soft Ochre, then applied MAC’s eyeshadows in Naked (from the lashes to the brow) and Copperplate (a little above the crease and blended out).

This picture is a little scary...
For the eye liner, black only please.  It’s important to use either a liquid or gel eyeliner for this look.  It’s going to give the intensity and continuity we want way easier than if we used a pencil liner. It will also makes it easier to get a good flick on the end!

Using a white eyeliner pencil draw a line following the natural curve of your bottom lash line, extending up and out towards your brow.  This is going to give the angle we are a looking for when it comes to the flick of our black liner.  It also helps to ensure the angels are even on both sides.  Since the white pencil is easily to blend in with your fingers, don’t worry about making mistakes.  If you mess up, simply blend it in and start over.  Disaster averted.

Take a thin angled eyeliner brush dipped in a black or dark brown eyeshadow and start to fill in the shape of the eyeliner. Again, this will be easy to remove or blend out so don’t worry about mistakes!  Keep the line thin on the inner corner and gradually get bigger towards the outside of the eyes.  Make sure to press the shadow close to the lashes first then gradually build up the thickness of the line.

Start with a thin line tracing along the lashes and over top
of the white liner to create the wing 
Add a little width to the wing
Now that you have the shape you want, take the black liner of your choice and simply trace over the lines we’ve already created and add mascara!

If you need to, you can easily smooth out any mistakes with your angled eyeliner brush and a matte black eyeshadow.  Gently press the shadow over the liner to smooth out the appearance and soften any edges that may not be as clean as you’d like.

See that's not so bad, huh?! (I used a gel eyeliner on an angled brush, flipping the brush over to create the fine lines on the flick and inner corner of the eyes.)

If you’d like to spice the eyes up a little more just pop on a pair of false lashes and voila!

To complete the look all you need to do is add a touch of blush to the apples of the cheeks (I chose Peaches by MAC) and your lip color! Just to switch it up a bit (and to try out a few of my new summer lipsticks) I’ve decided not to do a red lip like you’ve seen in my other post. Here are a few of the lipsticks I’m currently obsessed and will probably be wearing all summer long:

Lips: Watch Me Simmer (MAC)
Lips: Reel Sexy (MAC)
Lips: Quick Sizzle (MAC)
Wanna have a little more fun with your eyeliner?!  Give some of the shapes a try!  

For the love of beauty and my 50th post!!,
…Casey B

Big THANK YOU to my momma for letting me put her pictures on here and also to everyone who's been following my blog and liking facebook page!  It really means a lot!! 


  1. hey girl! if you are interested in getting some extensions, i am having a giveaway for some lovely ones i'd love for you to check out. :)

    have a wonderful easter weekend!

    love, rach.

  2. YAY MRS. JEANETTE !!! She looks beautiful as ever!!! and HOORAY for your 50th post!!