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