Friday, August 13, 2010

Pretty Makeup

I was looking around online and stumbled upon some great makeup tips. It's terrible but I can't remember where I found it! Big oopsy...but I still felt they should be shared. I especially like the blue smokey eye idea!

Love the smoky eye look? Try swapping black for blue.
If you think smoky eyes can only be done with charcoal shadow, fuggedaboudit. Trendy peacock colors like blue, green and purple are a fresh way to make your eyes pop. Exhibit A: Jessica Szohr’s cobalt liner. Have only one minute? Simply rim your top and bottom lash lines with a soft pencil, then smudge with a cotton swab. “That gives the effect of smoky eyes, but it’s easier and faster,” says Quynh.

Go for the old-Hollywood vibe.
Starlets from the 1950s (and the cast of Mad Men) would surely approve of Scarlett Johansson’s stunning retro makeup. For her eyes, sharpen a black eyeliner pencil, then tap the tip with your finger before you start—you don’t want it to be too pointy. Apply the pencil along your lash line, sticking close to the roots and extend it out a quarter inch. Raise your eyebrows while lining to stretch your lid and get a smoother effect. Layer liquid liner on top for staying power and more intensity. To add a fresh twist to this classic look, try an orangey-red lipstick. Apply it with a tiny lip brush for precision. And don’t forget to bring your tube along for touch-ups. Faded red lipstick can look like a Kool-Aid stain—not so sexy.

Another option: Just pile on mascara.
To add thickness to skimpy lashes, lightly dust them with translucent powder before applying two coats of mascara. They’ll look almost fake (in a good way). To avoid a tarantula lash situation, declump with a lash comb. Balance out intense eyes with sheer, neutral blush and gloss.

Go for major lash drama.
Sometimes size does matter—when we’re talking about lashes, of course. Long mega-thick ones make any woman look instantly sexier, as Miley Cyrus proves. To apply false lashes, don’t look straight into the mirror. Put a makeup mirror on a table instead so that you’re looking down on it. “You’ll be able to see what you’re doing, and the strip will land right on the lash line,” says celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh.

Glam up pink at night.
Your everyday rosy blush and lipstick go from sweet to sexy when you play up your eyes like Kristen Bell. Dust loose shimmer powder over your lids and add a bit to the inner corner of your eyes with your finger—it’s a quick look-awake trick. Rim your upper lash line with jet-black liner, then do two coats of mascara. Want to switch it up? Trade your pinks for coral blush and gloss.

Try a blue-bronze combo.
Next time your BlackBerry buzzes with a last-minute invite, try this quick makeup duo. It’s gorgeous on Gabrielle Union, and it’ll look amazing on you, too (really!). Grab a shimmery navy eyeshadow and use a brush to sweep it on from your lash line to just above the crease. Feeling daring? Use your finger to blend it all the way up underneath your eyebrow. Finish with two coats of mascara. Next up, your cheeks: Dust gold-flecked bronzer over the apples of your cheeks with a big fluffy brush, blending out toward your temples. Apply a bronzy lip gloss and—presto—you’re gorgeous.

Or go for the old-Hollywood makeup remix.

If you like Scarlett’s winged-out liner but are shy about trying flaming red lips, don’t press the panic button. Take a cue from BeyoncĂ© and go with nude gloss instead. Look for a lip color with a hint of pink or peach in it—it’ll keep you from looking like an extra on C.S.I. To avoid goopiness, dot some gloss in the center of your lip, then blend it out with a lip brush.

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