Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drugstore Makeup Tutorial for Summer 2011!

LiveLoveLaughs1209 requested a drugstore makeup tutorial. At first I was like...drugstore? But I own very few drugstore products! However, I took the opportunity to get an education in affordable makeup. My naivete was short lived when the first product I purchased was a total DUD! So buyer's beware - Revlon Cream Shadow Quads are bad news bears! However, I found some really nice drugstore products that I am really starting to love! Enjoy!


Products Used:
  • Cover Girl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation #325 Sandstone
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector in Light #10
  • Milani Minerals Baked Bronzer in Soleil #5
  • Milani Minerals Powder Blush with Brush #201 Luminous
  • Revlon #20 Naturally Glamorous Eye Palette
    • Light Champagne
    • Cool Brown
    • Deep Black-Brown
  • Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
  • Avon Super Shock Eyeliner in Khaki Shimmer
  • Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black
  • L'Oreal Pencil Perfect Self Advancing Eyeliner in Black
  • Mac Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe (I forgot to buy a drugstore eyebrow pencil, sorry!)
  • L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick #421 Charismatic Coral
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Lip Gloss #110 Fruity Pink

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Warm and Cool Toned Colors - What are they and how it works!?

One of my awesome readers asked the following question last week:
Well, since you asked and provided a very thoughtful answer to my first question, can you talk more about warm and cool colors? I pretty much understand what colors are cool and what colors are warm, but how does that apply to individuals? I could not tell you what I am and I certainly can't make color choices based on warm and cool. But I'm beginning to wonder if it has something to do with why I think certain colors look better on me than others. And yet you bought cool and warm for yourself... Thanks for being so helpful!  
My response to this question was pretty long, but I realized I needed to write a post about Warm and Cool colors since I have been raving about Mac's Packed To Go Cool and Warm Smokey Palettes. So here it is.

What are warm colors and what are cool colors?
Warm colors are usually earth tones, like golds, olives, corals, earthy reds, browns, etc. Cool tones are usually jewel tones, like purples, blues, emerald, ruby, pink, etc.

You look best in these colors:You look best in these colors:

How can you tell if you are have warm or cool toned skin?
Look at the veins in the underside of your arms, if they veins appear to be green, you have warm toned skin, if your veins appear to be blue, you have cool toned skin. If you can't tell what color your veins are because they are very much in the middle, then you are probably a neutral (which means you can wear both cool and warm shades with ease!)

Here is a another helpful chart for making the determination: 
Cool TonesWarm Tones
Looks better in pure white than ivoryLooks better in ivory than pure white
Can easily wear blackLooks washed out with black worn close to the face
My skin is:
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones
Brown with pink undertone
True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
Medium with no color in cheeks
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones
Ruddy-pinkish red
Brown or bronze when I tan
My skin is:
Very dark brown with golden undertones
Brown with golden undertone
Medium with golden undertones
Pale with peach or gold undertones
Golden brown, when I tan
Notable examples - 
Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Kirstin Davis, America Fererra, Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Alexis Bledel, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields Sophia Bush, Penelope Cruz, Candace Bergen, Sarah Chalke, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeri Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompano
Notable examples -Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Julianne Hough, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Calista Flockhart, Rebecca Romjin, Tara Reid, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Jillian Anderson, Amanda Bynes, Becki Newton, Nicole Richie, Kim Raver, Kristen Johnston, Leona Lewis

Why does it matter if I have warm or cool toned skin?
Well, you will not only notice it helps when it comes to picking out shades of colors to wear, but also when picking out foundations, powders, concealers, etc. The major point to remember is, a person with cool toned skin will need a foundation with pink undertones, whereas a person with warm toned skin will need a foundation with yellow undertones. For example, brands like Maybelline Fit offer lines of foundation, concealers and powders based on whether the customer has warm or cool toned skin. Buying the correct color foundation, concealer and powder shade will not only make your skin look amazing, it will make your makeup look better. However, just because you have warm or cool toned skin, it doesn't mean you cannot try the opposite shades on your skin. You just will need to think more about how you will make those colors bring out your natural undertones.

To better help everyone understand how undertones and foundation work, I created this helpful chart.

Foundation Shade Range Chart
ShadeWarm Neutral-Warm Neutral Neutral Cool Cool
Foundation ColorsYellow Based Foundation Neutral Base with Yellow Undertones Foundation Neutral Shade Foundation Neutral Base with Pink Undertones Foundation Pink Based Shade Foundation
Example Mac Shade ValueC2, C3, C4, etc. NC 20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC40, etc. N2, N3, N4, etc. NW20, NW25, NW30, NW45, etc. W2, W3, W4, etc.

Something else to note, a lot of makeup artists will match you to shades that will neutralize your undertones so it's easier for you to wear both sets of shades. For example, every time I go to the Chanel counter and I get color matched, the makeup artists tries to pick out shades of foundation with cooler undertones, so that my warm skin tone will be appear more neutral and thus more attractive in a wider range of colors. So, if you are not feeling your super cool or warm toned skin, you can attempt to neutralize its natural coloring a bit by going for a shade that is neutral-cool or neutral-warm.

Whoa, wait one second. Why am I the opposite color in Mac foundation shades?
Mac uses a different classification system for foundations, concealers warm powders. Warm shades are classified as cool shades and cool shades are classified as warm shades. So, even though my skin tone in Mac is NC25 (neutral-cool), I actually have warm undertones in my skin, like golds. People with cool undertones will buy warm foundation shades from Mac because their color system. (these people have pink and purple undertones in their skin.)

So, does this mean if I have warm skin I can never wear pinks?
No. Even if you have warm skin or cool skin you can wear the opposite shades, you just need to think about how to incorporate those shades with other shades that flatter your skin tone. For example, I have warm skin so wearing pinks and light purples or blues is hard for me. To make it more wearable I have to mix tones that are easier for me to wear like golds, greens, and warm browns with pinks. However, you'll notice I still wear purples, pinks and blues, I just mix them with other tones that are flattering for my skin tone or I opt for an intense smokey eye in those shades to help balance my skin tone. Blues are actually notoriously pretty on brown eyes, so sometimes colors that you might not think you could wear because of the shade of your skin (warm or cool), actually can look really pretty if applied with other beauty rules in mind. But honestly, in my opinion rules about makeup hinder creativity. Don't be afraid to try something different. Trial and error is more fun and helpful when playing with makeup than following the rules! Hope this helps!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Glitter Eye, Cranberry Lip - the All-American's Girl's Glamourous Night Out

I am not going to lie, I wanted to use my glitter/shimmer eyeshadow from Sephora that I bought for $5.00. So, I filmed this video. ;) I wanted to do something that would make me feel pretty, but not over the top. Looking back on what I did, I think I would ditch the false eyelashes if I was wearing this look on a first date, but overall - I find the look very appropriate for a nice night out. It definitely made me feel pretty. I hope you'll try it and I hope it makes you feel the same way!

What You Will Learn in this Tutorial:
  • How to work with over the top glitter
  • How to make your skin look "glowing"

Glitter Eye Cranberry Lip - All American from Bella Liberte on Vimeo.

Products Used:
  • Sigma 12 Piece Brush Set - Buy!
  • Mac Strobe Cream
  • Chanel Teint Innocence in Beige 40
  • Chanel Blush in Tweed Sienna 50
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand - Buy!
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic - Buy!
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer - Buy!
  • Clinique Gel Liner in True Black - Buy!
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette: - Buy!
    • Dark Horse
    • Buck
    • Virgin
    • Sin
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero - Buy!
  • Sephora Shimmer in Gold
  • Ardell Lashes in 116 Black - Buy!
  • Duo Eye Adhesive - Buy!
  • Mac Brow Gel in Clear 
  • Mac Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe (Limited Edition)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain in Cranberry Crush - Buy!

      Saturday, November 6, 2010

      Super Smokey Sexy Eye - Attract the Opposite Sex with One Wink!

      I love an intense smokey eye. I love it so much, that my all time favorite makeup look is definitely a super sexy intense eye. My really good friend, Melissa, has asked me time and time again how I get the look I am about to show, this look is dedicated to Meli!!!! :) :) :)

      It's not too complicated, just watch!

      Please Note: The other eyebrow pencil you can use if you are my skin tone is Spiked, not Stone. I apologize for the minor error. :)

      Smokey, Sexy Eye with Cranberry Lip! from Bella Liberte on Vimeo.

      Products Used:

      • Chanel Teint Innocence in Beige 40
      • Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder in 70 Tender Bisque
      • Benefit Bronzer in Hoola
      • Nars Multiple in Orgasm
      • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
      • Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
      • Mac Eyeshadow in Bronze
      • Mac Eyeshadow in Carbon
      • Mac Eyeshadow in Retrospeck
      • Mac Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
      • Clinique Gel Liner in Black
      • Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash in Extra Black
      • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Liner in Zero
      • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Cranberry Crush