There are so many eye primers out there and I find it very hard to choose which formulas would work best for my skin type.
Some are too dry and thick, while others can be too watery. Then you have the ones that are almost perfect but end up being the most expensive! But I find, most of the time, the best solution is to work with what you know about your skin and to DIY!
Here are the instructions on how to make your own eye primer and I've done this on more than one occasion. The best part about this method is that it's FREE and your less likely to become frustrated. This is simple and just as effective as if you were getting a "name brand" product.
1. Get a small eyeshadow jar. 2. A toothpick 3. Foundation 4. Your everyday face lotion
Now, take the foundation, (it can be an old one you no longer use or one that wasn't the right shade that you have lying around somewhere) and pour a little into the jar till it's a bit more than half full. Now take your favorite face lotion and pump a few pumps into the same jar and stir with the toothpick.
That's it!! Simple, easy, cheap and just as effective as the eye primers in stores!
Tell me your thoughts on making your own eye primer? Has anyone already done this method and did it work better for you? What other DIY products have you done or heard of? I'd love to hear about it!!
I was excited to jump into the beauty tutorial game, so I wrangled my little sister and held her captive while I gave it a go! This is a basic tutorial for a shimmery classic eye.
The products used are as follows:
Prime Time Foundation Primer
Urban Decays: Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
Buxom: Lash Blasts Mascara
Nyx Jumbo Pencil: Milk
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner: Blackest Black
Maybelline's Fit Me in 221
Revlon Photo Ready Powder: #020 Light/Medium
BH Cosmetics: 10 Color Camouflage and Concealer Palette
BH Cosmetics: Contour & Blush Palette
This is the before picture of my sister. She's such a happy camper!
I first applied the Prime time foundation primer, followed by Maybelline's foundation and used the concealer palette to cover any imperfections that were on her face. I then set it with the Revlon's Photo Ready Powder.
Once the face was completed, I began prepping the eyes with Urban Decays Eye primer. I used the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk and applied it to the inner corners of the eyes and on the brow bone as a highlight base.
Now the fun part begins!! I numbered the shadows used and will identify the order they were used by their number.
The eyeshadow's used are:
BH Cosmetics: 120 Palette, 3rd edition
BH Cosmetics: 28 Neutral Palette
Take shadow "1" (a shimmery medium brown from the 120 palette) and (with a small fluffy brush) appy it to the inner & outer corners of the eyes.
From the Neutral Palette (with the same fluffy brush) apply shadow "2" (a taupe) in the crease and blend until all edges are smooth.
Mix shadows "3 & 4" to created a soft gold. Then (with a flat brush) pat on a generous amount on the center of the lid and gently blend. *Do not blend to much! Just enough so the colors don't show where they begin or end*
Take shadow "5" (which is a flesh tone) and apply this to the brow bone. For an extra touch, take your finger and with the same color, put a bit over the dark brown. Not too much - just enough to brighten the area.
With a liner brush, take shadow "6" (black) and create a soft line going across the lash line. Gently pull the color out & up towards the end of the eyebrow. This will soften the look after you apply the gel liner.
With the same liner brush, apply a gel liner and finish it off with mascara!
Now for the lips, I chose a sheer rose lip gloss (from my Tarte palette). I wanted to add some warmth to the face so I opted for the bronzer instead of blush from my contour palette and contoured the hollows of the cheek, jawline, and the sides of the nose.
This completes my Shimmery Classy Eye tutorial! I hope it wasn't too confusing :) Soon I'll upgrade to making actual video tutorials. If there are any questions, suggestions or requests, please feel free to comment!
“United by a passion for color, Sephora
and Pantone combine their expertise to become beauty's leading authority on
color. Sharing an affection for how color can transform a face, mood, or even
an attitude, this breakthrough beauty partnership will change how you wear,
feel and think about color. You'll be introduced to playful shades that will
inspire experimentation and exhilarating new products you'll impulsively want
to sweep on. It will reawaken and reinvigorate your own passion for color—or
ignite a new found love. Join us in celebrating Color of the Year: Tangerine
This description from the Sephora website certainly gets a woman excited to experiment with this new product, which is exactly why I
went out and picked it up today!
Tangerine is the highlighted color in Sephora’s “Color of the Year” Eyeshadow
Quad that I have chosen for this review.
This set contains:
4 x .08 oz eye shadows in:
- Scallop Shell (nude)
- Carnelian (orange)
- Sparrow (plum)
- Pavement (black glitter)
The first thing that struck me about this palette was the universal appeal of the colors. They are vibrant, but not overstated, and appear as though they would work well with most skin types and eye colors.
While applying, I found that the shades were easy to blend and the colors were pigmented enough that not too much was needed. While I chose to go with an evening look, this palette can easily be used to create a wearable daytime look for Spring.
This palette is a very welcomed addition to my makeup collection. If you're looking for a great Springtime eyeshadow, I recommend this one highly!
One of the biggest challenges we all tend to have with foundation is finding the correct shade of color. So many of us have thought at one point or another that we found "The One!" But sadly, "The One" ended up making you look like a ghost or like you fell asleep with a heat lamp over your face.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this dilemma! Here are some tips on how to find the right foundation color for you:
First, figure out what your undertone is. You could have either a warm or cool tone. Easy way to figure out which tone you are is by checking out the color of your veins. You're most likely cool toned if your veins are blue and your skin has a pink tint to it. For warmer tones, the veins will be more of a green color and your skin may have a yellowish tint.
If you're anything like myself, and prefer to NOT spend a fortune on your foundation, obviously drugstores such as Walgreens or CVS (or wherever low end makeup is sold) is the place to go. Unfortunately, you can't test the products on yourself. The best way to compare is to hold the preferred product to your jawline and compare which color closely matches your skin. If it's still unclear, purchase the 2 closest matching colors. This way you can mix the two foundations together to create your own perfect match!
Last but not least and if you're willing to pay extra for a definitive match, go to a department store that sells your preferred brand of makeup and have a professional match you. Simple!!
If these tips helped at all or if you have your own method of finding your perfect foundation color, comment!
In my constant search for new and creative beauty trends, I recently came across a new Paperself line of Fashion Eyelashes. These falsies are inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cutting and feature very intricate (and possibly very fragile) designs.
They offer 11 different styles in this line, with such themes as fruit, animal and floral.
Paperself Fashion Eyelashes
They are available in two sizes, with one design being more subtle, while the other is intended for use when making a statement.
I were more daring, I might have given these a try, but unfortunately
I'm not. I would, however, like to know if anyone else has either tried
this new and unique trend or would ever try it? And do you think it's
worth the price for the one time use?