Friday, January 9, 2009

Fashion is my Passion on Fridays...

I thought in honor of my going back to work 2 days a week to do hair I would devote Fridays to a passion of mine...Fashion. All things hair, makeup, clothes, jewelry, bags. Pretty much all of those things that in the big scheme of things really don't matter, but are fun to think about anyway.

I thought I would kick off the first ever "Fashion on Friday" with a bang and share a few tips on eye makeup because let's face it...we all need a little help sometimes.

First off: the key to any good application is a good tool. So let's talk brushes:

I use Mary Kay brushes. I'm pretty happy with them, and they are easy to use for anyone (even the makeup un-savvy because they are labeled with what they are to be used for). I gave my sister a set for Christmas a year ago and she loves them.
You can only buy these through a Mary Kay consultant, and to find one of those you can go here. I'm sure there are other great brushes out there, but seeing how these are the ones I use I'm going to talk about them. If you know of some other great brushes please feel free to leave a comment sharing your knowledge.

Secondly: During the day it is best to do a lighter eye. I usually save a darker eye or even a smokey eye for the evening. The best tip I can give for making your eye makeup darker or a deeper shade is to dampen your brush down before you dip it into your shadow. This will make it go on darker than if applied dry.

The Shadow that I love the best for the dark - smokey eye is Mac. You can't beat it. Here is what its compact looks like:



This is my recommendation for the best smokey eye: Mac eye shadow in Black, and you can find it, and many other colors here:

But I also love a dark - smokey eye in other colors too, like purple. It looks great too.

Lastly: Any eye should be highlighted with a lighter shade. I usually use a crystally white or cream. I always highlight just below my eyebrow (the length of the brow), and I always put just a dab on the inside corner of my eye by my nose. This will make your eyes look brighter and more of a focus. A great color for this is Mary Kay Crystalline:
You can go here to see it and others that would work great!

Another key to good eyeshadow application is blending. Nothing annoys me more than thick, gloppy looking shadow that you can see every line in. Don't get me wrong, you want to be able to see the different colors but not to the point where you can see every line. So blend!

*Also if you choose to go light on the eye then it is allowed to go darker on the lip, and if you choose dark eyes remember to go with a lighter lipstick (you don't want to look too over done).


A few other things:
For super cute clothes for super affordable go check this out over at the Tatertots and Jello blog.

And for super great help with hair product check this out over at the My Chihuahua Bites blog.

I leave you with a fashion "What Not To Wear":

Body suits are Bad! Leather, denim, plastic, you name it,
it should not be done! So let's leave the Body Suits for...

...4 year old Spider Men!

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7 comments:

AndreaLeigh said...

thanks for the shout out! i have a mix up of brushes but i love mac brushes. i haven't been to a mac counter in forever though!

jenjen said...

Loved your post! Great tips and recommendations on the makeup! And cute picture of your Spider Man.

Thanks for the link to my blog. Your blog is so cute!

Have a great night!

Jen

Ricky Sowell said...

I officially have to quit reading this now...I feel like the gayest man alive reading about eye makeup or anything else fashion:)

Just what are those Woods up to? said...

Uh, oh, my husband does fashion don't's!!! Can we get the fashion police over here please? I think all spiderman costumes should be left to 4 YEAR OLDS!!! But try to convince Adam of that. Sigh.

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

I like your Make-Up and my pretty little scripture book...Stupid Ricky. :)

Rhonda said...

Great tips! What a fun post! You must know Makeup Geek! Love her!

LORI said...

THANKS FOR THE TIPS, ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A HELPING HAND IN THE MAKE-UP DEPT.! SINCE I ALREADY HAVE MY LIME GREEN JUMPSUIT PICKED OUT FOR TOMORROW, WHAT SHADE OF SHADOW WOULD YOU SUGGEST TO GO WITH IT?!!