Night Out Makeup Look

Typically when I leave the house at night, I tend to wear neutral colors on my eyes. My comfort zone has always been warm brown tones and not too much color, unless I’m blogging about it. Now that I’ve become more confident in wearing a little bit of color on my eyes, though, I’ve decided to incorporate more fun colors into my looks when I do decide to go out. I came up with this fun purple look the other day and I’ve been obsessed ever since! Keep reading to find out how I accomplished the look shown below.

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I started this look by packing the pink-purple matte shade from the Morphe 25C palette onto my outer corner, blending it inward. This palette is one of my favorites and I use it so much that I included it in my Best of Makeup 2018 post! I made sure to take a clean fluffy brush to blend out the edges and give the color a gradient effect. Then I took the dark plum shade from the Jaclyn Hill palette and packed it onto my outer corner where I originally put the previous shade. I packed on the color, blended it out, and repeated this process until I achieved the blend and pigment that I wanted. I needed to darken the look a little bit more, so I added a small amount of black from the same 25C palette to the outer corner and continued to blend that in with my other colors. It took me a while to get the shape and pigmentation I wanted, but all I had to do was keep packing shadows on then blend them out!

Since it had been a while since I’d done a cut-crease, I decided to do one for this look. I used Tarte Shape Tape, as I describe in this post, then blended the outer corner concealer out with my finger. I packed the same colors I used in my crease onto the outer half of my lid to make sure the eye looked gradient and cohesive, then packed the silver shimmer from the Morphe 35K palette onto the rest of my eyelid. I finished the look by using one of the highlight shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, popped on some false lashes by Ardell, and used mascara to blend my real eyelashes with the falsies.

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I love how this look turned out! I’m so happy that I’m figuring out new ways to add some color into my makeup for nights out. I usually stick to wearing warm neutral tones when I leave the house, but nowadays I’m starting to become more confident with wearing color. This look is perfect for a night out, paired with a nude or dark lip and a bold cheek highlight. It did take quite a bit of blending, but the end result is gorgeous and I can’t wait to incorporate more colors into my eye looks when I go out on the weekends!

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Best of Makeup 2018

Last year was an insanely great one for makeup lovers! Between the much-needed expansion in foundation shades, to the tons of new palettes released, to some of the best collaborations, it was an amazing (and expensive!) year for everyone invested in the beauty industry. There has been so much makeup to try out and review that it can be a little overwhelming, but there is truly a product for everyone nowadays!

Personally, I have grown a lot in the last year with makeup. A year ago I never thought I would have a beauty blog, but now here I am! I spent the last half of 2018 trying to capture my creativity through eye looks, and teaching others about eye makeup and its application. I’ve learned a lot about makeup and what I love about it in the last year, which I reflected on in my previous post, “Why Do I Love Makeup?” I’ve gotten more confident in trying crazy colors on my eyes, as well as in doing makeup on other people. Last year was one to remember and appreciate, so to give a shoutout to 2018 I collected my ten favorite beauty products that I used all year. These are the staples in my makeup collection, the ones I can’t live without, and the products you’ll probably recognize from previous posts of mine!

Face Products

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1. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge

The most important parts of makeup application are the tools you use, so my first favorite product is obviously going to include my #1s. I’m obsessed with the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge because it makes foundation and concealer blend into your skin so effortlessly and naturally, without leaving streaks or patches. You can also use your sponge and a little loose powder to set your face, which is what I do most days to avoid shininess. In addition to this amazing little sponge, I’ve also been obsessed with the Real Techniques face brushes and decided they deserve an honorable mention.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/miracle-complexion-sponge?productId=xlsImpprod5960824

2. Maybelline Superstay Foundation

I used this foundation for the majority of 2018 and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It absolutely covers everything but still manages to look like real skin. I really believe this foundation is magic in a bottle and I’d recommend everyone to try it out! You can put a little bit onto your sponge and make it look super natural, but then add a little more and you have a true full-coverage foundation. This formula lives up to its name and it’s definitely one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve tried.

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/super-stay-full-coverage-foundation?productId=xlsImpprod17161541

3. ColourPop Highlighter in “Flexitarian”

Just from glancing at the picture of this highlighter, I’m sure you can see how bright and shimmery this product is. I use this on my inner corner almost every time I do my eye makeup and I don’t think I’ll ever stop! It’s super easy to apply and blend into your skin as a face highlighter too. I’ve found that you can use a brush for a more natural highlight, but use your finger to get some crazy shimmer on your cheekbones. And for the price, this product just can’t be beat!

Buy here: https://colourpop.com/products/flexitarian

4. Morphe Setting Spray

I’ve been searching for the perfect setting spray since I started doing my makeup, but could never find one that was exactly what I wanted. Most setting sprays are harsh and leave water marks on your face, but this one will never do that. It comes in an aerosol can so that the product sprays your face evenly and gently, and it makes your makeup last forever!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/continuous-setting-mist

Eye Products

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5. Jaclyn Hill Palette by Morphe

It’s no secret that this palette is the most-used in my collection. You can tell just by looking at it that I use it like crazy! It’s the perfect palette for any type of look, whether you want a very neutral look or a pop of color. The shadows are extremely easy to blend and the shimmers are super pigmented. If you haven’t already tried this one out, I recommend you get around to purchasing it in 2019!

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/jh2-jaclyn-hill-ii-palette

6. 25C Palette by Morphe

I might have a slight obsession with Morphe eyeshadows, but I’m sure that’s nothing new to you! I recently fell in love with this palette for it’s brown tones, but also found that I can’t stay away from the pops of color. I’m a huge fan of warm-toned eyeshadows in my everyday life and this palette catered to my needs big time. It has become one of my most-used, up there with the Jaclyn Hill palette.

Buy here: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/25c-hey-girl-hey-artistry-palette

7. Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

This. Palette. Wow! I hadn’t used many bright colors before I purchased this, but once I bought it I was drawn into the world of crazy eyeshadow looks. Almost every time I create a look incorporating some kind of crazy color, you can be sure that this palette was involved. I give all the credit to this palette for sparking my interest in colorful looks and I’m so happy that I found it!

Buy here: https://www.juviasplace.com/collections/eyeshadow-palettes/products/the-zulu-eye-shadow-palette?variant=42973304661

8. Stila Magnificent Metals

It’s no question that these were the biggest trend of 2018. I’m not sure if I could name more than a few people in my life who haven’t tried these, and everyone who has loves them! With so many different color choices and varying levels of glitteriness, you just can’t stay away from these guys! Every time I want to do a fun look for going out, I pop one of these onto my lid and I’m ready to go. This is another one of those products that you just have to try; I promise you’ll love them!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/glitter-glow-liquid-eyeshadow?productId=xlsImpprod15311017&_requestid=4171221

9. NYX Glitters

Alright, so I’m obviously a glitter-addict. When I have a big event to go to, like a formal, I reach for these loose glitters. They’re beautiful and extremely easy to apply, and they last for the entire night. These take a little bit more effort and focus than the Stila Magnificent Metals, but they’re definitely worth it when the look is complete!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/metallic-glitter?productId=xlsImpprod17451075

Lip Products

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10. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors

I’ve tried a decent amount of lip products this year, but I still go back to the same one. The formula and color selection of these liquid lips are hard to beat, and they’re super affordable! I’ve been using these for years, but I really started to try tons of different shades throughout 2018. These are some of the best lipsticks on the market right now and I can’t wait to try even more colors!

Buy here: https://www.ulta.com/ultra-hd-matte-lip-color?productId=xlsImpprod13541029

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This concludes my favorite products from 2018 and trust me when I recommend every single one of these. I tried out a lot of different products throughout the year, but these are the ones that I knew I couldn’t leave out. I’m so excited to try new products and improve my skills in the upcoming year, and to hopefully continue to teach all of you a little something about makeup. Thank you for supporting my blog in 2018, and thanks in advance for continuing to read and support in 2019! It’s going to be a great year for makeup!

Vibrant Purple Eyeshadow

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I’m gonna be completely honest with you…I’ve never been super into purple eye makeup. I’ve always loved pinks and blues in terms of using vibrant colors, but I’ve never really tried doing a completely purple look on myself. In the last few weeks, though, I’ve started trying out different shades of purple and the results have been so great! Keep reading to see how I accomplished this look that you see right here.

One of my favorite palettes that I’ve been using everyday has been the 25C Hey Girl Hey palette by Morphe. It has so many wearable warm tones for everyday looks, but also has a few pops of color. I wanted this look to be as vibrant as I could make it, so I used the matte magenta shade in the palette as my transition. Since this color is a lot brighter than my normal transition shades, I started with very little product on my brush, building up the color while making sure to blend it out on the edges.

I know I mention the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place in most of my posts, but I can’t help it! The colors in that palette are insane! I used the dark purple shade to deepen the outer corner then continued to blend it into the magenta shade I used earlier. To make my outer corner even darker I added a little bit of the dark plum shade from the 25C palette, which made this look exactly how I wanted it to! This look took a lot of blending, so if you try to recreate it make sure to take your time. I blended these shades onto the outer 2/3 of my lower lash line as well.

Once I was happy with how I blended those two shades, I decided that I wanted to cut my crease. You can find an in-depth tutorial on how to do this in one of my earlier posts, which I’ll link right here. I do this a lot when I went the shimmer shade on my lid to really pop! After I cut my crease, I packed on the shade “Faso” from The Magic Mini palette by Juvia’s Place, making sure to blend my earlier purple shades with this shimmer on the outer corner for a seamless look. I finished this by using a pink highlighter on my inner corner and adding some mascara.

I’ve really been into using colors that are out of my comfort zone lately, and with enough blending and creativity, the results are amazing! Purple has always been one of my favorite colors, but I’ve been too nervous to put it on my eyes. Now I know how cool purple tones can look and I’m excited to play around with even more shades like these!

If you like purple eyeshadow looks, you’ll love the look I did on my sister using the Zulu palette, which I’ll link here! Make sure to check out all my other super colorful looks, like my rainbow eye and another super colorful one, and be sure to send me any type of look you’d like to see me try to recreate!

Why Do I Love Makeup?

The question often gets brought up of why I love doing my makeup so much. A lot of people think that makeup is used to cover up, which it can be. People also think that makeup is a way of impressing people, which can also be true. I don’t do my makeup for those reasons though. I started really thinking about why I enjoy putting on my concealer, highlighting my cheekbones, and putting crazy colors on my eyes, and came up with a few reasons to explain why I do this. So here are some reasons why I’m absolutely in love with my makeup.

  1. Makeup is my therapy. Let me tell you, being a college student is not easy. Between constantly studying, writing papers, and trying to maintain good grades there is a lot of stress that builds up. That’s not all I worry about though. There’s constantly something that I need to be doing on campus, whether it be within my sorority, a club, or just maintaining a social life. There is always some kind of drama or craziness happening on top of that, so there’s even more to stress myself out about. I’ve never been the type of person to handle extreme stress well. I’ve learned that if I have a little bit of extra time, it’s incredibly beneficial for me to sit down, turn on some music, and do my makeup. I do this as much as I can, but there’s not enough time in my day to throw on some eyeshadow every time I get overwhelmed. Even planning out looks that I want to try and watching tutorials seems to get me to relax and chill out for a little while.
  2. Makeup gives me a huge boost of confidence. I’m not saying that I’m not confident without makeup on at all! Most days I don’t even wear makeup because all I do is sit in class for the majority of my time. When I do wear makeup, though, I feel really confident about how I look. I put a lot of time and effort into my makeup and I love being able to show that to everyone around me. It’s so much fun when I do my eyeshadow or wear a bold lip and people notice. I get so happy when people compliment me on my makeup, and it really does boost my confidence a lot! Or maybe my ego, but we won’t talk about that…
  3. Makeup is my way of being creative. Growing up, I always wished I was better at drawing, painting, or some other form of art. I tried so hard to be even remotely creative, but that was just not me. When I started playing around with makeup I learned that I was actually good at it! I watched a lot of tutorials when I was younger and started trying out different eyeshadow techniques. Fast forward to the present and I think I might have a clue what I’m doing! Makeup is my way of being artsy and creative, which you can probably tell by the crazy-colored looks I’m addicted to putting on my eyes.
  4. Makeup just plain makes me happy. The happiness I feel when I get a package from Ulta in the mail is indescribable. I get so excited to try out all my new products and create different looks with them. Makeup is just one of those things that brings me so much joy, and I wish I could tell you how much I enjoy using my palettes and my glitters and my lipsticks. Every time I have an event to go to, the first question that comes to mind is how will I do my makeup this time? I am beyond obsessed with trying different products and coming up with new techniques.

As you can tell (and probably already know by now) I have a huge passion for makeup. I believe that it’s an outlet for people who need a boost of confidence, who want to showcase their creativity, and who love to try new things. I’m so happy I found a passion like this, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with the world!

Bronze Smokey Eye with a Pop of Yellow

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Like most people, I’m a sucker for a bronze smokey eye! These shades just look amazing on every skin tone and they’re typically the easiest colors to blend out. Recently, I’ve been trying to create some more neutral looks rather than exclusively super colorful ones. Even though I try to use only neutrals, though, I can’t stop myself from throwing on a little pop of color like this yellow inner corner!

To get this look started, I reached for the Mar palette by ColourPop. I did an eyeshadow look and full review on this palette, so make sure you check it out! The colors in this palette are drop-dead gorgeous and so easy to blend! It was a struggle for me to stray away from the vibrant blues in the palette, but I decided it was time to try out some brown shades for once.

For my first shade, I used the light brown from the palette, called “Sorbet.” There are only three mattes, including a vibrant cobalt blue and two brown shades, so I had to do a lot of packing on the color and blending it out. I knew I couldn’t blend very many colors together on my crease, so I did a ton of blending. Once the first transition shade was down the way I liked, I started to pack on the darker brown, “Top Down,” then blend it up into my crease. I also packed it onto my outer corner like I normally would so that my look was a little more intense. Then I mixed these two colors together and ran them along the edges, right below where I placed the original transition color and around the outer corner. Mixing colors allows you to get a lot of versatility in your look even if you’re only using two shades!

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I have a surprise for you…I actually didn’t cut my crease for this look! I know, this is not normal for me at all! I wanted this to be a more soft transition between the mattes and the shimmers, so I just packed these shades right onto my eye. I used a mixture between “Wild One” and “My Way,” which are two bronze shimmer shades. I don’t know why I didn’t expect them to be this vibrant, but they are SO pigmented! Seriously, this palette is totally worth it, and the price point is insanely reasonable!

Now for the best part: the inner corner highlight. I love using color on my inner corner when I have a completely neutral eye look, and there’s just something about this yellow that I love so much! I used “Nubia” from The Magic Mini palette by Juvia’s Place to get the bright color you see here. As I’ve said in previous posts, Juvia’s Place shadows are no joke! They have so much pigment and are so easy to blend! I’ve been obsessed with their eyeshadow palettes lately and just can’t seem to stop buying them.

I finished the look by putting a copper eyeliner in my waterline, and I used the NYX Metallic Eyeliner in “Copper” to do this. I threw on some mascara, and the look was all complete!

This look is so wearable and so easy to accomplish! With enough blending and patience, you can get this look too! Even though I love using crazy colors on my eyes, it’s fun to create a neutral smokey eye every once in a while. I’m obsessed with this eye look and I hope you love it too!

I Followed My Own Tutorial…And This Happened

My very first post on here was one of my favorite looks ever! It was a warm-toned smokey eye using the 35O2 palette by Morphe and I’ve been obsessed with how it turned out since I posted about it! I’ve seen this trend going around on YouTube and I obviously don’t have one of those, but I still wanted to try to follow my own post and see how it turned out! Check out the original post right here!

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So it definitely looks a little different from the first time I posted this look. I definitely intensified the colors a little bit more and made it even more smokey. I still love this look, though, and I think the colors I used really suit me! Unfortunately, this palette is no longer on Morphe’s website, but I looked into other palettes that have similar colors, just in case you want to try this one out! Two palettes from the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection, Ring the Alarm and Armed & Gorgeous, have a lot of warm tones, and the colors are extremely similar. Also, try out the original Jaclyn Hill palette, since this one is one of my all-time favorites and has so many beautiful shades!

I started with a peach color as my transition then began to blend the vibrant orange into my crease. I added some red to darken it a little bit, then put a warm-toned brown on the outer corner. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques to make the colors pop even more, so I think that’s why my second try looks a little bit darker. Rather than going straight in with a shade and blending, I’ve been packing the color onto the area I want it to go then blending it out around the edges. This makes the color more intense, but because the shadows in Morphe’s palettes are so good, they’re super easy to blend out.

Like I did in the original picture, I cut my crease with concealer then set it with the gold shimmer in the palette. I repeated all the same steps on my lower lash line, then added one of the highlight colors from the Jaclyn Hill palette to my inner corner.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how both of these looks turned out. I think in just a few short months, I’ve learned a lot about blending and making colors even more intense, so it’s cool to see how the look has evolved. This is the perfect eye look for fall and it’s super easy to do! Let me know which one you liked more! I love both and I think these colors are some of my favorites!

Barbie Pink Eyeshadow

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Since I’ve been loving using glitter and different tones of pink on my eyes lately, I decided to do a Barbie pink makeup look. This was one of my Halloween looks, but I think this is totally wearable for an average night out. I got inspiration for this look from a picture that I found on Pinterest, which I posted on my beauty Instagram along with this image (check it out here!).

For this eye look, I started with my normal base that I’ve talked about in just about every single other post. Then I used “I Owe You,” a peach individual shade from ColourPop, as my transition color to get the eyeshadow started. I got my favorite palette for colorful looks, Zulu by Juvia’s Place, and used the bright pink to make this super vibrant. I decided to deepen the crease a little bit, so I used another ColourPop individual shadow in “Stay Golden,” which, unlike the name suggests, is a pink-purple. I really emphasized this color on the outer half of my eye since I wanted the inner half to be strictly pink.

Once the crease colors were down and blended out the way I wanted them to be, I cut my lid with my Tarte Shape Tape concealer. I tried to give my eye the winged-out look, so I took the concealer all the way from my inner corner to my outer corner. I set that down with a nude eyeshadow from the Carli Bybel palette.

Now for the fun part! Taking my Stila Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadow in “Rose Gold Retro,” I used a very fine-tipped brush to outline where I cut my lid with the concealer. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be! I went over this line a couple times so that it was as beautiful and sparkly as I wanted it. I finished the look off with a black wing, “Flexitarian” by Colourpop on the inner corner, and added a couple pairs of Ardell lashes to make my eyelashes look more doll-like. I also added mascara to my top and bottom lashes and put the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” along my water line.

This eyeshadow would be so cute paired with a Barbie pink lipstick and some bold highlight! I love how this turned out and I can’t wait to experiment with more techniques and bold colors like these!