As I opened my wordpress dashboard this evening, I was greeted by a little announcement. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my blog, Lashes & Rouge! So happy anniversary to me!! I can’t believe it’s been a year, and I’m excited to see where this next year is going to lead!!
Okay, so even though it’s late here on Thursday, I wanted to get my Beauties on Fire post up! I missed last week due to morning sickness, but this week was the Book and/or Movie theme and I was excited to try out a Roaring 20s look inspired by The Great Gatsby. So here it goes!
I realized a few weeks ago that all of my liquid eyeliner pens have all dried up, and my makeup budget has been running low due to needing to replace essentials. I knew I wanted to do a cat eye, especially since the majority of the pictures I used for reference included that specific look. So I turned to my liquid liner and combined that with my cream eyeliner to create my cat eyes.
A year ago, I picked up a set of three Naked palette dupes. They look just like the real palettes, except they do lack the creamy consistency of Urban Decay’s real palettes. I use the Naked 3 palette all the time but for this look I used my Naked 2 palette.
I picked this palette because of the silvers and metallic colors it has. I just realized that I used e.l.f. products for the majority of this look!
Face: As always, I try to start with a clean face and ALWAYS start with a primer. Again my favorite primer is Maybelline Baby Skin. I typically use a pea sized amount of the primer and spread it over my face with my beauty sponge. I prefer to use the Ulta brand sponges. After this has been applied, I then put my Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion on my eyelids. This primer is A M A Z I N G for keeping eye shadow in place.
Once my primers are on, depending on the mood I’m in, I’ll do my eyebrows next or start applying my foundation. My current process for foundation is to mix my two favorites. It’s always Revlon Photoready Skinlights Illuminator mixed with one of three different foundations, BB creams, or CC creams I keep in my makeup bag. Today’s look included the illuminator mixed with e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain. I used barely a pea sized amount of both products because I honestly prefer a lighter coverage. Even though my face has been reacting to pregnancy hormones a LOT more than my first pregnancy, I didn’t feel like I needed to hide completely the red splotches around my jawline. I start with patting my foundation on with my sponge first before blending. Then, before I start blending I let the foundation sit for about 30 seconds. This helps the foundation start to warm up to your skin and it blends ten times better than blending it in right away.
Eyes: I used YDK as a base for my eye shadow, and built up Snakebite in the crease and outer corners. I used Bootycall as the highlight on my brow bone, inner eye, and along half the bottom lash line. Then I used Blackout to create more of a cut into the crease and along the last half of the bottom last line. Then for the tricky part. Drawing on the cat eyeliner. I have used this technique every time I do a cat eye and the surprising thing is that it actually works!
I highly recommend watching her video and trying it yourself. As I told a friend recently, my two tips for drawing a perfect cat eye is clenching your toes and play dot to dot.
Okay, so the rest of my makeup was pretty straight forward, but I did want to give a shout out to one of my new must have products. I literally found this by accident at Target a month ago and it has proved useful again and again.
NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover – you know how frustrating it is to get bold lip colors off your lips without feeling like you’ve suddenly turned into a zombie? This stuff works so well I never feel like that anymore. All you do is apply a little bit to your lips, smack your lips and then wipe off your lip colors with a kleenex, piece of toilet paper, or whatever you use. And your lipstick comes right off! It’s so helpful for trying lipsticks too.
Well, I’m fading, and need to head to bed, but I wanted to get this post out tonight! I have a follow up I need to do with a fellow blogger who nominated me for a reward and then put up my last Curly Girl Hair Routine post! Both of those will probably happen next week, but we’ll see how my energy is tomorrow and over the weekend.
and p.s. go check out the link above to see all of the other blogs linking up for this week’s Beauties on Fire post!