Wearing bright colors is one of this season’s hottest trends, including your cheek color. The look is all about fresh, vivid, vibrant, colorful, energizing, spirited color! I know it can seem scary when dealing with so much color, but just relax, today I’m going to give you some great tips on how to wear this season’s bright cheek color.
OK, so you’re afraid of looking like a clown… I can understand that. The key is to go for a blush that is bright, but also sheer (Cream blushes are great for this!), you should start light and then build up the color as you go. Don’t be afraid of the brighter colors, they really do help to make your skin look more alive and vibrant. Look for more natural pink and coral tones and make sure when you put it on, you can still see your skin underneath it.
Here are a few other suggestions for wearing a brighter cheek color:
This hot look is even hotter when paired with a bronzer! Keep the blush color mainly on the apples of your cheeks and blend the bronzer over your temples, forehead and down the center of your nose. If you’re wearing a lower cut top, then don’t forget to add a little bronzer to your decollatage area so your face and chest match.
To get a fresh, dew kissed look, mix a little bit of your moisturizer with your cream blush together on the back of your hand and apply it with your fingers on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards. This is a great way to try out a brighter cheek while keeping things soft and glowy.
Yes you can wear bright lips and bright cheeks! You want to keep the lip and cheek color in the same family (meaning pinks with pinks and orange with orange) and make sure to blend the blush really well so you won’t have streaking or harsh lines. You’ll also want to keep your eye makeup minimal so you don’t look over done, or garish. It’s all about the pop of fresh color on your lips and cheeks.
Tip If you’re wearing cream blush, a fun makeup tip is to also dab a little of the cream blush on your lips. Add a touch of clear gloss over it to add a little sparkle.
So now you know how to get cheeky with this season’s hot new bright blush trend! Wearing bright blush is not only very fashionable, but it’s also a great way to make you look more awake and full of life. You can do this! Remember that less is best… you can always add more if you need it.
Have fun! Be bright! Be beautiful! Be you.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d show you how to do a really soft and romantic look. Think feminine and pretty while still being alluring and sexy. It’s very natural and will work for either day or night and is super quick and easy.
OK, here we go!
You want to keep it soft and natural, possibly something that has a little glow, like a tinted moisturizer. This look is not for heavy or matte foundations, so try to keep it light and fresh.
First, you need to start with an eyeshadow base all over your lid and up to your brow. Then, apply a pinky nude, or champagne color eyeshadow all over your lid and take it all the way up to your brow. (Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Moonstone is perfect) Next, blend a soft, shimmery taupe into your crease (like Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Spice). Next, apply a black or dark brown pencil eyeliner to the just the top lid. Now, using a Q-tip, the sponge applicator, or a smudging brush, take the shimmery taupe color and smudge it right on top of the eye liner as well as under your eyes on the bottom lash line. Add a little bit of the lighter champagne color on the inner corner of your eye and two coats of mascara onto curled lashes and viola! A soft, romantic eye!
For the cheek color, you want to use a really pretty, pink blush right in the apples of your cheeks and sweep it up your cheekbone, the more shimmer, the better. I have recently fallen in love with Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba blush. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery pink blush that really helps accentuate your cheekbones. It’s fabulous!
The lips need to be soft, sensual and seductive, so a lip gloss is definitely in order! You can do a nude liner first if you need a long wear, otherwise, just swipe it on. I think that Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal is perfect for this look. It’s a soft marshmallow pink that gently plumps and cools lips making them perfectly romantic and sexy.
Tip For a little extra shimmer and glow (especially for evening) you can add a little highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone and collar bone area.
There you have it! It’s a pretty, feminine look that will look good on anyone and is very easy to do. This look also happens to be a very hot look for Spring 2011! Romantic and fashionable? Who could ask for anything more?!
Red… passionate, sexy, vibrant, and one of the most popular colors to express love. So, since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about different ways to wear red makeup.
Wearing red is definitely not for shy, reserved girls. It’s for a strong, confident woman that wants to feel sexy and be noticed. Did you know that studies have shown that just looking at red can raise your blood pressure and speed up your breathing? Whoo! Talk about a hot color! To get hearts beating faster around you, try these three different ways to wear red makeup.
Yes, I know, this is the obvious choice, but it’s a classic. There’s something so wonderfully sexy about a red lip. (If you’re not sure how to choose the right red lipstick for you, then check out my blog “Picking The Best Red Lipstick For Your Skin Color“.) Make sure you exfoliate your lips first since wearing such a bold color will make any dry patches you might have on your lips really noticeable. Also make sure you use a lip liner to prevent feathering and bleeding. One last tip for wearing red lips is to tone down the rest of your makeup so you don’t look too garish.
Wearing red blush can be really fabulous, or really scary. You want to use it more as a contour color for your cheekbone and steer clear of applying it in the apple of your cheeks… you don’t want to look like a clown or like you have rosacea, so make sure to use a very light hand when applying.
That’s right, red makeup isn’t just for lips and cheeks anymore! Red eyeshadow has made a big splash on the runways at Spring shows like Christian Dior and Nina Ricci. As with the red blush, you do need to be a bit careful where and how you apply it. I recommend applying it as a contour color, on the outer corner of the eye and pair it with black eyeliner and mascara. If you have red right next to your eye, then it will make your eyes look bloodshot and tired, so the black liner helps to act as a buffer as well as creates definition. You want to make sure you use an actual eyeshadow, not a blush or lipstick color. Virtually all decent eyeshadows brands are opthamologist tested and are less likely to cause irritation to your eye.
Tip I wouldn’t recommend wearing red makeup on your eyes, cheeks and lips all at once, you don’t want to be compared with a tomato! Instead, choose one and make that a focus, playing everything else down with soft, neutral colors.
As I said before, wearing red is definitely not for the meek. But haven’t you always wanted to try it at least once? Well go for it! You could be that sexy girl in red! Don’t be afraid of people staring… they’re staring because you look hot!
Christmas came a little early for Mama this year when I decided to purchase the Sephora Collection Endless Color Blockbuster. It’s no secret I love Sephora; I’m like a kid in a candy store when I walk into one of their stores or browse the goodies at Sephora.com!
It’s actually a very dangerous place for me because I could do some serious damage to the ‘ole bank account in that place, but it’s been a while since my last Sephora purchase, (Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good girl!) and I’ve been wanting to get something like this for a while for doing freelance work (and eventually models for my makeup tutorials here on Glamarific.com – stay tuned!), and this set looked like the best deal with the most products. I was so excited when it arrived and could hardly wait to open it up and check it out!
Let me start by saying the Sephora Endless Color Blockbuster is smaller than it looked online… it’s very compact, but that’s not a bad thing. All of it’s 187 makeup products are tucked neatly away in a square, 5.75 x 5.75 x 2.5 box (all sizes in inches) that looks like a little Sephora shopping bag. So cute!
When you first open the Endless Color blockbuster, you’re greeted with 98 (That’s right, 98!!) gorgeous, original eyeshadows inside. My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw them… oh the things I could do with those shadows!
The colors are very nicely organized with cool tones on the left and warm tones on the right. I really like all the different colors and finishes from matte, shimmery and even glittery. So fun! The pigments were OK… I have others that are better, but all in all, not bad, especially for the low price of $48.00 for about $435.00 worth of makeup. (That number comes right from Sephora)
Slide the eyeshadows to the side and the rest of the products in the Sephora Collection Endless Color Blockbuster are revealed, including:
See what I’m saying about the most products for the price?!
The Endless Color lip glosses are conveniently positioned underneath the coordinating eyeshadows, (the warm toned shadows and warm toned glosses are on the same side, as are the cool tones – a great idea!) making things easy and very user friendly. I had a marvelous time trying on all the different colors and custom mixing my own lip colors. The glosses aren’t super shiny, but do stay on fairly well even with out lip liner. I added my own gloss on top for a little extra shine.
The liners in the blockbuster are pretty basic and I have no complaints. I had the most fun with the cream eye liners. The colors are vibrant and have a lot of pigment. I found I could apply them over the powder eyeshadow for a clean, defined look, or under the powder eyeshadow for a sexy, smokey eye.
The cheek colors are super pigmented in this Sephora collection of makeup, especially the pink, and a little difficult to blend. If you decide to purchase the blockbuster, my advice is to start light and build up to your desired intensity. It’s a lot easier than trying to blend down (like I did!).
I’m very happy with my purchase of the Sephora Collection Endless Color Blockbuster and I’m very excited to start taking it out to freelance jobs. I think this would make the perfect gift for a teenager just starting to wear makeup, someone that does a lot of traveling, or a makeup diva, like myself. What’s so great about this type of set is the value (remember: you get $435 worth of makeup for only $48!) as well as the ability to create any look you can imagine! That’s the really exciting thing to me, the endless possibilities! The adventure! The chance to create and recreate over and over again. But don’t take my word for it… check out the Sephora Collection Endless Color Blockbuster for yourself!
Blush, blushers, cheek colors… they’re all the same thing. They’re a powder, cream, or liquid stain make up designed to give your face a natural looking flush, or blush if you will, to perk you up when you’re feeling blah and washed out. Blush is a fabulous tool to have in your beauty bag of tricks to prevent you from looking pasty and pale. The right blush should give you a lovely, healthy glow as if you just came in from being outside on a cold, brisk day.
Blush is definitely something you should use everyday. Without it, your face will look unfinished, monotone, and plain. Adding a little blush will perk up your pretty face and make you look glowing, healthy, and radiant. Now who doesn’t want that?! The right blush can do all those things, but let’s talk about what you don’t want your blush to do.
You don’t want the color of your blush to be too dark, or too light, but somewhere in the middle. It should be a color very similar to the shade your cheeks turn when you blush naturally. (Blush: It’s not just a clever name!) A blusher that’s too dark can sometimes look like a bruise on your face, while one that’s too light won’t show up at all. You also want to be careful of the brown toned blushes; they can sometimes look muddy or dirty on your skin. I recommend picking a blush that’s more in the pink family because it will look much softer and more natural, which is exactly what you want. You want people to notice how gorgeous you are, not what blush color you’re wearing. In fact, that should be the last thing on their mind!
Tip For perfect blush application, apply your blush in the “apple”, or fleshy part of your cheek in circular motions and sweep up your cheek bone. Make sure you blend so you don’t have a streak of blush on your face and also make sure that your color is even on both sides. Now you have a lovely, healthy glow!
As far as choosing a blush, there are many, many options. Try to not feel overwhelmed your first time out, because having different choices is a very good thing. Here are some of my favorites:
This world famous blush is truly the most universal color I’ve ever seen. Anyone can wear it, and it has a wonderfully smooth, pinky-peach color with a tiny bit of shimmer for a soft, glowy look. Love it!
This is a gorgeous, sparkling pink that gives you a shimmering, radiant glow. It blends in easily and lasts and lasts!
I love this one because it has four fabulous shades of rose, shimmering pink, soft plum, and peach. Again, very universal and you can customize your color every day. They also make great eyeshadows!
This is the most mistake proof blush, you seriously can’t mess it up! It applies seamlessly and effortlessly, and makes you appear as if you’re lit from with in. It’s a truly amazing blush.
So now, I hope you all go out there and make yourself blush! Try them on, check out different brands and as always, trust your instincts, you’ll know what looks good and what doesn’t. I hope you can discover what a difference a fabulous blush can make!