Go GREEN (and gold)!

If you’re reading this, you’re just in time to create a sexy and sassy look for all of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities that taking place all over the U.S. tonight!  If you’re NOT venturing out into the Land O’ Green and Gold, you can still work this Green and Gold fabulous look! I’m under the weather and won’t be celebrating my 1/16th percent Irish heritage tonight, however, I was inspired today by all the green and gold photos I’ve seen so I decided to do a cute look for those who are partaking in the green beer this evening!  Before I applied any shadow, I used some Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in “Eden” in order to prep my lids and give me hint of shimmer. Then, to the brow and inner tear duct areas, I applied  CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Shadow in “Gold Sizzle”. I followed up those same areas with a layer of  M.A.C. Eyeshadow in “Amber Lights”, a popular golden/bronze shadow, that I also used as an undereye liner (just dab a wet angled brush in the shadow and line the eyes). Next up, GREEN, GREEN, GREEN! I used 2 different green shadows to achieve my St. Paddy’s Night Time Look. Urban Decay in “Mildew” was applied on the lids starting from the inner corner to mid lid, then I followed up with L’oreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duos in “Gunmetal”, only using the rich, darker, shimmery green of the two choices.  I also used that same dark green to line right above the line I made with the M.A.C. shadow. You with me so far?  Next, I lined both upper and lower lashlines with a soft, black eyeliner, and followed up with 2 coats of  Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black.

Make sure you pencil and powder in your eyebrows one shade lighter than your haircolor, to avoid a harsh, dramatic look that is dated. I use various pencils but I love the Sephora Eye pencils with a corresponding shadow. You have to try out different ones until you find the combo you love.

Alright, NOW you’re ready to bat those pretty eyes of yours, while you sip that green beer! Send me some pictures if you decide to try this look or leave me a comment!


You GLOW Girl!

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and that’s where bronzer can become your weapon against the blah’s. Bronzers work well on the fairest of fair to the deepest hued skin around. The trick is to pick the right shade for you (light golden for fair skin, bronze for medium tones, and coppers look especially good on dark skin). The right brush for your new powdered sunshine is essential. It’s best to use a medium sized, round brush instead of the small brushes that may come with the bronzer. 

Swirl your brush through the product and tap off the excess on the back of your hand. Then apply the bronzer only to places where the sun would naturally hit your face, like the forehead around the hairline and temple, the bridge of your nose, and your cheek area.  I’ve discovered that if you have a fuller face, bronzer looks great on the cheekbones, along with a pretty, bright pink blusher on the apples. For my beauty challenged babes, smile really wide. See that round part of your cheek? That’s the “apple” in case you weren’t sure. Guess what? You’e not finished yet. This bronzer thing goes way behind just hitting a few spots on your face. You must sweep a tiny bit along your jawline and your collarbone. If you want to make your breasts look especially luscious, sweep a bit of bronzer over your cleavage area.

Some of my favorite bronzers are: M.A.C. Bronzing Powder, Nars, and CoverGirl Queen Collection. Anytime you try out a new product or new technique, play around with it at home. Don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, it’s just makeup!