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