Fall 2014 Runway Inspired Makeup

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Although I’ll always be a fan of the rich oxblood lips from last fall season, there is a whole new array of makeup trends to get excited for with this season. Splashes of metallic, glowing skin, shades of emerald, the 1990’s brown lip, big lashes and super lined and defined eyes are just a few of the fall runway trends I pulled inspiration from to create this sultry makeup look.

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Directions:

Since this makeup look focuses mainly on the eye area, I started applying my eyeshadow first so I could easily wipe away any fallout without interfering with my foundation. I primed the eyes with concealer and then swept a mid-toned brown shadow into the crease using windshield wiper motions. I then packed on an emerald green shade all over the lid just up to the crease. For a fall metallic pop of color I added a silvery taupe metallic shade to the center of the lid and blended it gently into the emerald green color. After, I lined my upper and lower lash line with a black kohl pencil. I used the same pencil to line inside my upper and lower waterline to create the extremely defined look popular for this fall. I topped it all off by applying a thick pair of false lashes and bonded the real and fake lashes together with mascara.

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Directions:

I prepped my skin with an energy boosting eye cream and facial lotion and then used a foundation that would give me the luminous skin popular for this fall. To cover my dark circles, I used a thick concealer on my under eye area and blended it into the skin. To set the area, I applied a translucent setting powder on top. For the appearance of healthy skin, I contoured and bronzed anywhere the sun would naturally hit my face, like the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line and nose. A warm mauve shade was then applied, focusing on the back part of my cheeks and sweeping upward. To further emphasize glowing skin, I dusted a radiant cheek highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, center of my nose and cupid’s bow. Finally, I topped the whole look off with a brown-nude lip reminiscent of the 1990’s. I first lined my lips with a warm brown-nude and topped it off with a caramel brown lipstick.

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*This post was originally featured on the online magazine, Appareled Abode

Let me know if you would like to see a Youtube Tutorial version of this! What are your favorite Fall makeup trends this season?

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Khaki Green & Brown | Fall Makeup Tutorial

Ohhh haayyy people. I'm so excited because the weather is finally starting to change and feel like fall where I live so I decided to film another fall makeup tutorial. This tutorial uses khaki green on the lid and a red based brown in the crease which are both popular colors for this fall. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and pretty please comment, rate and subscribe to my channel, it means so much to me! :) Love from me to you. 

Top 5 Favorite Green Eyeshadows

 I didn't wear any green today.
Since a poor leprechaun somewhere probably just died after reading that, I'll make it up by showing some of my favorite green eyeshadows.  
5 Favorite Green Eyeshadows:
(in no specific order)
All of these shadows are pigmented and apply smoothly. I especially love the three MAC eyeshadows because they are unique and not your typical solid green color.  

1. "Sumptuous Olive" (MAC) - This eyeshadow is a gorgeous mossy green color with a rusted copper shimmer. It has a Veluxe Pearl finish. I think that this looks especially beautiful on olive skin tones.
2. "Club"(MAC) - This eyeshadow is the most unique green I have ever come across. This one appears to be a mid-toned brown at first glance, but when it catches different lights you can see a beautiful dark metallic/shimmery green peeping through. It has a satin finish. This color is amazing for an exotic looking smokey eye.
3. "Shimmermoss"(MAC) - This aqua blue/green color makes me dream of what a mermaid's scales would look like. Similar to "Club", this eyeshadow appears either more blue or green depending on the reflection of the light. It has a Veluxe Pearl finish. 
4. "Kaboom Kelly" (CoverGirl) - This is a wonderful true green color with the slightest shimmer. Although this one needs at least two layers to pack the same punch as the MAC eyeshadows above, it is a great staple green to own.
5. "Dark Green"(e.l.f) - This eyeshadow is amazingly pigmented for such a cheap drugstore price. I love how deep and rich this green looks on the eyes. I love to use this in the outer corner to spice up an otherwise more neutral brown look.
Have a Happy St. Patricks Day!

Nail of the Day: "Evergreen" by Francesca's Boutique and "Sparkalicious" by L'Oreal

While perusing through local boutiques near my University the other day, I stumbled upon this jewel of a nail polish at Francesca's Boutique. Francesca's is a boutique that sells cute clothing, accessories, jewelry and a random assortment of odds and ends. 

 I picked this color up because I thought it would be perfect for the winter since it's a dark jewel toned green. I added some glitter to one of my nails to add a little glitz. I love these nails for the holiday season!


Left: "Evergreen" by Francesca's Boutique. Right: "Sparkalicious" by L'Oreal

The color of the green polish is really nice and opaque so you could choose to wear only one coat. However, I like to wear two coats of this (as shown above) to really deepen the color and to ensure that it wears longer and doesn't get patchy. My only complaint about this nail polish is that you have to go back and dip the applicator into the product often in order to get enough polish to coat your nails. 


The drying time of the green polish is pretty normal (from 5 to 8 minutes) whereas the glitter polish dries super quick (about 1 minute). 

Overall, I would say that the quality of the L'Oreal glitter polish is slightly better than the dark green polish, but I would still recommend both if you are looking for a glam Christmas-y look.