just want to post a quick apology about the lack of updates.
i’ve been going through a lot with school but i plan to start posting again hopefully by the end of the month. thank you all for your patience!

Delving into the World of Makeup: Eyes pt. 2 (Eyeliner)

This post is part of my Delving into the World of Makeup series. I’m doing a few posts within the series on the different types of Eye Makeup

Eyeliner! This one was a specific request, but I was planning on writing this anyway. Sorry it took so long! I got super busy with the end of the semester and I haven’t had a chance to write anything down. 

So what’s the deal with Eyeliner, anyway?

Eyeliner is great! And there are so many uses for it! The most common use is to put a black line on the top of your lid, but there are so many more uses. You can use a bright color on top of the lid or underneath for a splash of bright color, or you can smudge a brown for subtle definition and a more natural look.

So how do I apply it?

There are a bunch of different ways! It depends on what product you want to use, as the different kinds of eyeliner will apply different ways. And at the end of the day, it just takes practice!

Wait, different products? 

Yep! There are a bunch of different types of eyeliner, so many that I don’t think I’ve even used them all. I’m going to do my best to include them all, but I’m honestly probably going to miss a couple! 

Let’s break it down:

1. Pencil

This is probably the most popular, and the most common. There are even a bunch of different pencils! Some are harder which give a sharper line, while some are softer and apply smoother. Some are even self-sharpening, which means that you just twist up as you run out, similar to a lipstick. You can’t be as specific with a pencil, so detailed looks and wingtips sharp enough to kill a man are out. However, these are great for lining your waterline, and you don’t have to deal with messy application or washing your brush every day (which are downsides of other types). They’re easy to use, simple, and great for beginners. 

2. Gel/Cream

I love gel liners! They’re probably my favorite type of eyeliner. They can be a pit of a pain, as you have to wash your brush every single day, but they’re SO precise. They’re perfect for tightlining (I’ll go into more detail later, but it’s where you line practically right on top of your lashes so your eyeliner blends from your lid to your waterline perfectly) and details. When I use my gel liner, my wingtip is exactly how I want it and sharp enough to be used as a weapon. I started out with maybelline gel liner when I first started using eyeliner, and I loved it. It’s great if you don’t like liquid but want to have super precise lines!

3. Liquid

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of liquid liners. They’re great, and people use them for details and sharp lines, but I’ve never gotten them to work for me. Maybe I’ve just never found a brand that works for me, but I always had trouble with smudging, creasing, and it wouldn’t dry in time so I’d end up with black lines on my upper lid. Not fun. But a lot of people I know have success with it! It’s great for sharp lines and wispy wingtips, but you can’t line your waterline with it, and tightlining is really tricky. I think everyone should try liquid at some point in your life, but I honestly feel like liquid liner is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

4. Pen

Eyeliner pens seem to be a newer thing, and I’m not sure how I feel abut them. They’re like a small, felt-tip pen, with a tip that comes to a sharp point. They’re great because it feels just like a normal pen, and so it feels like drawing on your eyelid instead of trying to learn something new with the other types. However, I’ve found that it can tend to go on somewhat thin, so you have to put on a couple of coats before you get a nice rich black. 

5. Eyeshadow

This is probably one of my favorite eyeliner alternatives. With a good primer and an angled brush, you can turn any eyeshadow into eyeliner! This works best with darker colors, but you can use a foiling technique to line your eyes with lighter colors as well. The application is fairly simple- pick up some eyeshadow with an angled eyeliner brush, and apply like you would a gel liner! This look is great for smoky eyes, as you can smudge a bit better, and it also gives you more variety in your eyeliner colors. It’s also great to do if you don’t feel like carrying one more product with you, as you can just use what you already have : your brushes and your eyeshadow! 

In Summary…

Eyeliner is great and there are so many different types! Gel/cream has got to be my favorite but there are pros and cons to every type out there. It’s up to you to experiment and see what you like best. As far as application goes, keep your eye out for some tutorials and such! I’m going to be posting a few when I’m done with this series. 

sorry it’s been so long since i posted! i’ve been buried with schoolwork at the end of the semester.

i’m almost done with my eyeliner post, i just need to edit and add links and it’ll be ready to post! the end of the semester is this week so i should get back into posting regularly pretty soon.


messing with my new makeup uvu

I’ll do a tutorial on this look when I finish my current series!

Products used:
-Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
-Fyrinnae Eye Shadows: Hypercool, Immortality, Because Cats
-Revlon Scandaleyes pencil in white
-Periwinkle shimmer shadow from an old Sephora pallette
-Covergirl liquiline blast eyeliner pencil in black 

(via je-me-maquille)

I had a great time with Caleb Pang Photography today shooting some pictures to go on the blog! We did some still life of my makeup/brushes and some really cool shots with powder exploding everywhere. I’m excited to incorporate them into banner/sidebar pics! Keep an eye out for them (along with an updated theme/layout) in the next couple of weeks!

I’m also working on the Eyeliner post- I know I posted a lot in a short time to kick off the blog but I’m working on transitioning to a more realistic posting schedule. I’m not sure what that’s going to look like just yet but I know it’s going to be at least once a week, hopefully more than that!

Delving into the World of Makeup: Eyes

Check out my previous post, the second in the series Delving into the World of Makeup.

There’s so much to talk about with eyes. First off, there’s different products - eye shadows, shadow primers, eye liners, mascaras, lash primers, and all the different types of the aforementioned products. There’s different ways to wear an eye look. So for this post, I’m going to just go over basic products, talk about the different basic things you can put on your eye. Keep an eye how for more specific posts on each different type of eye product.

1. Eyeshadow

This is the most essential part of an eye look. With the right techniques, you can use one eyeshadow color three different ways. There are different types of eyeshadow and different styles of application, all of which I will highlight in a more specific comprehensive post about eyeshadow. Basically, eyeshadow is the product you use on your lid, and it can be used for anywhere from subtle applications such as gently enhancing your natural features to bright, character-inspired eye makeup.

2. Eyeliner

Eyeliner is a beautiful thing. There are so many different types, and so many different ways to wear it. Sometimes I smudge a dark brown pencil in my outer corners to subtly enhance my eye shape, while on other days I spent 15 minutes creating a dramatic wingtip. It’s amazing but not exactly necessary for a beginner makeup wearer, so if you’re just looking for the simple basics I wouldn’t worry too much about this. However, I will still make a post breaking down eyeliner like I did eyebrows.

3. Mascara

Mascara is probably THE most important part of eye makeup. It’s what I wear when I don’t feel like putting on makeup that day. If I put on eyeliner and eyeshadow and not mascara my look is incomplete, and mascara always freshens up a look for me. If I want something really subtle, I’ll use a black brown mascara, but most of the time I go for jet black. If you only buy one item of makeup ever, buy mascara. I promise. It’s worth it. There’s a lot of different types of mascara (lengthening, volumizing, waterproof, etc) but honestly it all comes down to personal preference. There isn’t a major difference between types of mascara, it’s always trial and error with me whenever I buy a tube and brands that work for some people don’t work for me. Just experiment with this one, buy a tube, see what works for you.

4. Primers

Primers are the BEST. Oh lawdy, a good primer is so worth it. With a good primer, cheap makeup can look like expensive makeup. Granted, expensive makeup typically doesn’t NEED primer to look like expensive makeup, primer helps set your face underneath your makeup, even out coverage, provide brighter color, higher blendability, and insane staying power. I’ll probably be making a post on primers at some point with comparison swatches. 

Stay tuned for the rest of this series! Also, keep an eye out- the next few posts in this series will be finishing up this section on eyes, highlighting and explaining the different types of eye makeup individually.

Photographic proof of why eyebrows are important. Photographic proof of why eyebrows are important.

Photographic proof of why eyebrows are important.


Anonymous asked:

It would be great if you could break it down like how you did for eyebrows. Thanks!


Will do! Keep an eye out for the post in the next couple of days :)


Anonymous asked:

Could you do a post on eyeliner? I can't figure it out!


Sure! I’m working on an eye product post soon, but I can do an eyeliner-specific one too! Do you want me to just break it down like I did for eyebrows, or is there something more specific you want from the post? Let me know and I’ll do my best to incorporate it!

Delving into the World of Makeup: Eyebrows

Check out my previous post, which is an introduction to the series Delving into the World of Makeup

Let me guess- incorporating your eyebrows into your makeup is probably not something you’ve thought of before. If you have thought of it, it was probably pretty low on your priority list. I understand where you’re coming from - I’ve been filling in my eyebrows for about 6-7 months now, and I’ve been wearing makeup for 6 years.

Why are Eyebrows so important?

Did you happen to see that time when Miley Cyrus bleached her eyebrows? Did you also happen to notice that she dyed them back a few days later?

Eyebrows are important. They frame your face, give you definition, and can make or break a look. I would know

(UPDATE/EDIT: photoset showing the importance of eyebrows and the difference they make)

So How do I fill them in?

First off, I want to point out that I’m not the brow expert. Like I said before, I’ve only been doing my eyebrows for about 6-7 months. So, I can’t tell you how to shape and fill your eyebrows perfectly. What I can do, is talk about some of your product and shaping options.

Wait, it’s not just brow pencils?

That’s right. There’s tons of products out there, from pencils to creams to powders to gels that apply with a spoolie brush.

Let’s break down each option:

1. Pencil

Pencils are going to be the most common option. You have to use small, light strokes, and hope for the best. What I like about pencils is they’re layerable, you can start out light and keep building on product until you have the look you want. For a beginner, this is probably what you’re looking for. Personally, I prefer to work with something that goes on darker straightaway- which probably shows, because I often apply pencils too thick and it looks gross and creamy. I’m not going to link you to any of those, because every brand ever sells about 15 different varieties.

2. Powder (+wax?)

Some brow powders will come with a wax. The wax is used to help shape your brows by combing them into the shape you want and making sure it stays that way. The powder is then used for color and definition, and it’s applied with an angled brush. Personally, I’ve never used a wax+powder kit, but my go-to eyebrow application is powder and an angled brush. It doesn’t give as defined of a line as a pencil does, but I like the color and ease of application (that is, if you’re good with a brush).

3. Gel (brow mascara?)

These are good if your brows are already shaped and you want a hint of natural looking definition. I started out using these tinted ones to define my brows and honestly, I fell in love. Before I lost mine, I used it as a base underneath my powder application. It’s applied gently, like a mascara, combing all your hairs upwards. Then, I used a clean spoolie brush to comb my brows into my desired shape before the gel dried. It darkened my hairs without looking like I filled in my brows. However, these products are harder to find and can often be expensive. These are easily available in tinted form, and there are many clear options as well, for a more subtle look.

4. Gel/Cream

I’ve never actually used this, but i know tinted brow gels/creams/waxes are a thing that exist?? They typically come in a little pot and are applied with an angled brush. This is one you would only want to use if you were confident in your shape and technique, and were looking for a highly defined look. 

So I know how to fill them in…. but they look like worms! How do I shape them?

Again, I’m not giving out tutorials here (there are plenty on youtube) but I am going to talk about your options. There are 3 common ways of shaping brows - waxing, threading, and tweezing. I’m going to talk about all three, go over the pros and cons of each.

1. Waxing

Waxing can seem the most scary, but my favorite thing about it is that it actually hurts the least. It’s over and done with fairly quickly, and before you know it your brows are shaped. So what’s not to love about it? Well, while it is nice for getting a good shape, the problem with wax is that once you’ve waxed an area, you can’t go back over it. This leads to a lack of precision and sometimes, as was the case last time I got my brows waxed, a wonky brow.

2. Threading

To people who have never experienced it, threading sounds like a bizarre process. I’m not going to describe it to you, because it sounds utterly painful. I’m going to be totally honest, when I got my brows threaded, it hurt a lot more than waxing because it took a lot longer. I almost cried. But, my brows looks absolutely FLAWLESS. They have honestly never looked better than when I got them threaded. I’m seriously considering having it done again.

3. Tweezing/Plucking

This method is often what people will choose, so they can shape their brows at home. I love being able to tweeze my brows to keep up the shape in between getting them done, but I honestly couldn’t imagine shaping my brows from scratch using just my tweezers. It would be too easy to get them uneven, overpluck, and run into other roadblocks. I’m personally a fan of tweezing for upkeep, but I highly recommend getting them done if you’re shaping for the first time.

4. Au Naturale

This isn’t really a method of brow shaping, but I figured I’d talk about it anyway. When I first started filling in my brows, I never tweezed or shaped them. I was really fond of using the anastasia tinted brow gel back when I hadn’t shaped my brows, because I could use the gel to sort of comb my brows into shape. The pros of not shaping your brows? You don’t have to worry about upkeep, you just fill in your brows with the shape they are. The cons are that you often have less control over your brow look and if you’re looking for a sharper, more defined, or more sleek look, you’re going to want to shape your brows at least a little bit. 

In summary…

Brows are SUPER important, and there are tons of different ways you can do them! The most important part is to practice a TON, and don’t be afraid of a defined brow. When I first started, I felt like I was putting worms on my forehead, and even now that I have a good shape my mom still isn’t used to me having darker brows. But I feel like I look so much better, and my face has more definition. If you haven’t already, definitely try filling in your brows.

Stay tuned for the next blog post in the series! 

Note: Unless otherwise stated, the products I linked to have not been used by me and are merely examples of what’s out there. This blog post does not contain reviews of the above products so please don’t go buy any of them just because you saw them here. Do your own research about the products you buy (a post on that topic might show up later).

Delving into the World of Makeup: The Breakdown

So originally, I was going to make videos talking about makeup and the basics and how to get into it, for people who didn’t know a lot about it. But that turned out to not really be my thing, so here I am making blog posts. The topic of this one? An introduction to makeup for beginners.

This post breaks down the different parts of your face and outlines a starter kit for beginners looking for the basics. This series will continue with later posts talking about specifics parts of your face, different products to use, and how to use them.

So what are the basics, anyway?

This was a hard question to answer - this could either be a very short, or a very long list. People will argue that the quintessential makeup item is an eyebrow pencil. Others, say it’s your foundation. So let me break down the categories of cosmetics:

1. Eyebrows

These, to me, are the most important. Ranging from a basic pencil to a complex wax-and-powder kit (complete with stencils), there are a lot of options for eyebrows. I always fill in my brows before I leave the house.

2. Eyes

Most people think makeup is all about the eyes- when I started wearing makeup, that’s all I focused on. I suppose you’re right, but honestly on a lazy day I’ll sweep on mascara and call it good.

3. Face

Most people don’t even think about the face, but there’s so much you can do with it. At the most basic, I put on moisturizer, primer, concealer, and finishing powder. At the most complicated, I use moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation, finishing powder, bronzer, blush, and highlight. 

4. Lips

While lips often stand out the most, they’re also the part that you often don’t need to worry about- I would focus on learning the ins and outs of the rest of your makeup before focusing on lips. Just swipe on a gloss that matches the rest of your look and keep it in your purse for easy application.

So what are the basic products?

Here’s what I would recommend, for a basic cosmetic starter kit:

  • Brow Pencil
  • Mascara
  • 2 shades of eyeshadow (one slightly darker than skin tone, and one much darker for contour)
  • Facial Moisturizer (not technically cosmetic, but I always put it on underneath foundation)
  • Face Primer
  • Concealer
  • Finishing Powder (a translucent loose powder)
  • Lip Gloss

Plus, I would purchase the following brushes:

  • Large fluffy powder brush
  • Small eyeshadow brush
  • Medium eyeshadow brush