Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Series | Day 7- Burnt Face

Day 7 of my Halloween Series is inspired by one of my favorite makeup artists that I follow on Instagram, Mykie. She also posted an awesome tutorial on YouTube (check it out here, she really is amazing at apecial effects!) on how to do burns. She completely covers half of her face but I just wasn't brave enough to cover my eyebrows with latex (hey, it took a long time to grow these babies out). 
So, here is my version. 
Start out with your makeup already done however you want it. I did a dark smokey eye. 
Now get some liquid latex and apply it in patches with a disposable sponge to the areas that you want your "burns" to be. Let dry and reapply several times to build the latex up. 
While the last coat of your latex is still wet, press on some random pieces of torn tissue, giving the skin texture. 
Apply another coat of latex over the top of the tissue and let dry. 
Now with either your nails or tweezers, start to puncture holes in the latex. Mess around with different sizes to find a style of burn that you like. 
Grab some black and red paint and mix it together. Use this to paint in the holes. 
Dab some of the red paint around the entire wound. 
Start adding yellow, purple and brown eyeshadows around the entire burn, to resemble burnt, festered flesh (nice visual, I know).
Go back and darken the holes a bit with black eyeshadow. 
Make sure you get under the latex flaps a bit as well. 
Grab some Vaseline or a skin lubricant and pat some all over the burns, to make them look juicy like an actual burns does (again with the gross visuals).
Dab a little bit of fake blood around the edges of the holes. Like Mykie says in her video, burns don't bleed too much so you don't have to get to crazy with the fake blood. 
When you're done you should have something like this!
This is super cool and an easy costume idea if you don't want to buy an actual costume. You can just slap this on your face and go and still look kind of scary and nasty. 

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What will you be dressing up as for Halloween? If you recreate any of my Halloween series looks, be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter #livforlashes

Have a good Sunday night everyone!


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Beauty 101: Fuller Lips | How-To Fake Full Lips

The other day I saw an old friend who I had not seen in about two years. The first thing she said to me was "OMG! Where did you get your lips done at?!" After a moment of confusion I told her I hadn't gotten injections, it's just makeup. She didn't believe that makeup can give someone like me with sad little thin lips full, juicy lips. Throughout lunch, as my lipstick smeared onto my panini and my cup of green tea (don't you hate that with some lipsticks?), she said "Oh ok, I see it now."

In this post, I'm going to show you what I do to achieve full lips, since I seem to be the only one in my family lacking in the pucker department. Now just a note, I don't do all of these steps every day and you've probably seen a million other bloggers and YouTubers do this or something similar, but these are just the things that work best for me personally.  

First, let's look at my aforementioned lips. No fullness anywhere. No definition. Just thin lifeless lips. 

The first step that I do is exfoliate my lips. This removes any dead skin cells and helps bring moisture back into my lips while along them super smooth. My favorite scrub is this lip sugar scrub by Makeup Academy. I leave this on for a minute or two because this scrub contains menthol, which makes my lips tingly and a little fuller. You can find it at CVS. 

Next, wipe off the scrub and grab a wet toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to exfoliate your lips but making small circular motions across your lips. This helps the circulation, making your lips a little swollen. 

After a minute or so of this, I put on a hydrating lip balm. My favorite is this YesTo Naturally Smooth Grapefruit Lip Balm. It leaves my lips so smooth and it's not greasy like some balms. 

Now this step is totally optional and I do not do it everyday, only when I have a full face of makeup on, or if my look centers on my lips. While the lip balm is soaking in, I grab a bit of my Benefit Hoola Bronzer and contour under my bottom lip. This creates a shadow and the illusion of a fuller bottom lip. I prefer to use Hoola to my other bronzers because it's a cooler brown and a little more ashy on my skin. Orange bronzer under my lip is not cute... Not going for a bronzer soul patch here. 

Next, I line my lips just outside of my natural lip line with a nude lip pencil. Nothing too crazy or noticeable, literally right outside of the lip line. I really like these Covergirl Lip Perfection pencils since they are creamy and seem to last for hours on me. This one is in the shade "Seduce."

Now I fill in my lips with the pencil, to conceal my lip color a bit, and blend the new lip line with the rest of my lips. 

On to lipstick. You can use any lipstick, I just like the way pinky nudes look with this process. I used my BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in "Tea Time" to cover the entire lip, including over the lip line I just drew. 

Top the lipstick with a shiny gloss. These Milani Brilliant Shine lip glosses are perfect for this. They aren't sticky or thick and last a really long time. This one is the shade "Pink Lady."

The last thing I do is highlight. I dab a little highlighter right above my Cupid's bow. This brings attention to that area, also helping with the illusion of fuller lips. I also sometimes dab a little right in the center of my lips. This adds dimension to my lips, again, helping with the illusion. 

And that's it! It seems like a lot of steps but really it takes maybe an extra three minutes to do and as you can see, it is so worth it. Nothing ruins am awesome makeup look like thin little lips, to me anyways. 

What are some tips and tricks that you use to help make you lips look fuller? Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more looks and little beauty tidbits! 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Series | Day 6- Peeled Pace/Half Skull

Day 6 in my Halloween Series is this peeled skin/half skull look. I wanted to do something a little bit bloody, and definitely with a skull incorporated and this is what I came up with.
First, start by using a disposable sponge to apply latex in a line across a random part of your face, splitting it into two sections. Wait for the latex to dry and apply some more. Repeat this 5-6 times to build up the latex.

Apply your regular foundation to one of the two parts of your face.
Apply a foundation a few shades lighter than your skin tone (or use a white face paint) on the other section of your face. I wanted to keep the look soft so I used foundation instead of the paint.
Use a black gel liner or face paint to color in your eye socket and to map out the bones of your jaw line.
Color in the space between the "bones" and draw in some teeth.
Use a matte black shadow to set you black paint and also to shade the bones a little to add dimension.
Start to peel back the latex a little, away from the skull portion.
Paint the hollow part of the nose, making sure to go under the latex flap some.
Apply your makeup as usual to the other portion of your face. I went for a more glam look.
With the same black shadow, shade the line under the latex flap.
With a white cream shadow stick (or paint) define the teeth, also blending out the black shadow to make them more realistic.
Apply some fake blood along the seam of the latex.
And here is the finished look! this one is also very simple and easy to do for anyone. the best part is its good for a last minute Halloween costume idea since you don't actually have to dress up.
Did you guys enjoy this tutorial? Let me know in the comments!
Also please tag me in any recreations of any of these Halloween looks. I would love to see everyone's own personal spin on them!
Have a safe Saturday night everyone!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Series | Day 5- Harlequin Lace Mask

Day 5 of my Halloween Series is a masquerade inspired look. My husband and I were invited to a party and he wanted to go as the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera and I wanted to do something to compliment that. this is what I came up with.

Lets Begin! Start with your regular makeup up, excluding lashes, liner and lipstick. I went for a more dramatic look, something smokey with some sparkle.
For mask, start by outlining the shape that you want your mask in with a felt tip liner pen. For this look I used three different pens, all with different sized tips and different firmness to the tips. This one is by ELF.
Don't forget to line around your eyes. If you mess up just wipe it off with a q-tip dipped in makeup remover.
Draw diagonal lines across the entire shape of the mask.
Now draw lines perpendicular to those lines, creating a netting/cross hatched pattern.
Draw on a scalloped edge to your mask, or any edging design that you like.
Go back and tidy up your original lines, making them a little thicker.
Now, on top of the crosshatch pattern, this is where it may get a little tricky. Draw on a rose pattern, similar to the flower patterns on lace. its hard to explain this, so hopefully this little pictorial on how I draw roses will help you. I just draw five or six of the flowers then free hand some vines and leaf shapes.
Something similar to this is what you should have now.

Now go back to the eye and add a dramatic wing and some lashes.

For the lips, start by using a red liner to line the middle portions of both of your lips.
Use a black eye liner to line the other corners of your lips.
Blend the black liner out. This will give us a vampy ombre lip.
Add any red lipstick and blend the black in a little more.
And that is it! Here is the finished look!

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Have an amazing Friday night everyone!


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