Little Life Update

Hey guys! ♥

Sorry I’ve been absolutely M.I.A. lately! My fourth semester of college really caught me off guard and I’ve been crazy busy with school, my new job, and trying to get some sleep every once in a while. I haven’t had very much time to do my crazy eye makeup and get some posts up! I’ve been feeling really defeated because of my lack of time and energy to work on posting regularly, but I’m really trying to figure out some times to post a little bit.

I wanted to update you all on my life really quickly in between studying for the insane amount of tests I have in the next couple of weeks. Life has been hectic, but I’m hanging in there and still LOVE makeup as much as I did when I was posting on a more regular basis. I’ve done a few fun looks for different events that I haven’t written about yet, so I wanted to share some of those here!

#1. Sorority Formal

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Of course, the only selfie I took the entire night is one that I used on my Instagram story. Go figure! I really loved this look, though, and can’t believe how great it turned out! I used a few different palettes, including my usual Morphe 25C as well as the new James Charles Artistry palette. Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed with James’ new palette! I also did a half cut crease because, honestly, what’s new?? I toned my hair with the new purple shampoo I’ve been obsessing over too, so if you guys want to see a review on my hair care nowadays I can definitely do that!

#2. EDM Concert

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So these are definitely not the highest quality pictures I’ve ever taken, but I knew I’d want to post them here so I made sure to have a couple! I did my own makeup for this concert, but I also did my friend’s makeup (who’s in the first picture with me). We both wanted to go for an icy blue look and I think both looks turned out amazing! I used the James Charles palette once again, as well as the Morphe 35V palette. I can’t stop using blue eyeshadows right now and this was the perfect occasion to be creative with my eyeshadow!

#3. Random Eye Look

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Okay, so there was one night that I didn’t have too much to do and I decided to play around with (you guessed it!) the James Charles palette. Obviously this one has become a staple in my makeup collection, and I’m pretty sure I use it every time I put any amount of color on my eyelids. I used my NYX Vivid Brights purple liquid eyeliner with a little bit of ColourPop “From the Valley” liquid eyeshadow on top to get a glittery wing. Then for inner corner highlight I had to use the ABH Moon Child Glowkit, and I used the shade “Blue Moon.” I’ve wanted to write about this look SO BAD but couldn’t find the time to write out an entire post, but if you want a more detailed description on this look, please let me know! I think it turned out so cool and so pretty!

#4. Travis Scott Concert

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I may or may not have wanted to include these pictures in this post just to rave about Travis Scott…that’s okay though, right?! It’s a little hard to see the colors I used on my eyes because I didn’t take these specifically for blogging purposes, but I used my Morphe 25C palette and used different shades of pink. It’s also a half cut crease, which is my new go-to look nowadays. I think my makeup turned out super fun and girly for this concert and I loved this look! I tend to use bold colors way more than neutrals, but I think pink is my new “neutral” color for eyeshadows. Incase you were wondering, by the way, Travis Scott was amazing!

I hope you’re not too annoyed with me for being a flaky blogger lately, but I promise that once my schedule calms down I’ll get some more looks posted! Thank you all for hanging in there with me! And I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the looks that I’ve done in the last couple of months! If there’s a specific look that you want me to post about more in-depth, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know. Also, if you’d like to see different kinds of posts about hair care or skin care, I’ve been working on getting steady routines down and would love to share what I like so far. Once again, thank you for continuing to follow and support me! xoxo

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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!

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!

Another Super Colorful Eye Look

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It’s no secret that I’d rather play around with bold colors on my eyes than use neutral tones all the time! I love getting inspiration from other artists on Pinterest and Instagram, then using their ideas to create my own look! I had so much fun playing with a bunch of different colors and techniques to get this look, and I even posted a time-lapse while applying my eyeshadow, which can be found on my beauty Instagram page.

I don’t even think I need to mention the base I used for this look, but if you want to find out how to create the best eyeshadow base ever, I have a previous post all about the basics of applying eyeshadow! Instead of going in with a transition color for this look, I decided to just go in with the colors right away. I used the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place for this entire look, and it’s definitely one of my favorite palettes ever!

I started on the outer corner using the purple, making sure to pack it on then blend it upwards once there wasn’t much product left on the brush. Also, just another little tip for you: make sure to use a different brush for every color so the colors don’t get muddy or blend together in a weird way! After applying the purple, I transitioned into the pink, also blending this upwards. I then went in with the orange, and finally the yellow. I went back in to intensify the colors and blend them all together to create an ombre effect and continued to do this until I was happy with how it looked.

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I really love doing half-cut creases, so I was excited to get to do another one for this look! I used Tarte Shape Tape (no surprise there!) and set it with the nude color in the Carli Bybel palette. If you want a more in-depth tutorial on how to do half-cut creases, I have an entire post about it right here! After setting down the concealer, I blended the purple and pink shades onto the lid to make it fade a little better. I’ve been loving how it looks to put a little bit of glitter along the cut crease, so I used the ColourPop liquid eyeshadow in “From the Valley” and a small eyeliner brush to do this. I finished the lid with some mascara and black winged eyeliner (my favorite one by Stila), then moved onto the lower lash line.

I have also been into white in the waterline, so I decided to incorporate that into this look. I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade “Milk,” then used the blue in the Zulu palette to smoke out the undereye. I threw on one of my favorite inner corner highlights, “Flexitarian” by ColourPop, and added mascara to my bottom lashes.

I’m so incredibly happy with how this eye makeup turned out! It’s crazy to think about the different skills I’ve acquired just by watching tutorials and practicing the different techniques on my own. I know that there is still so much to learn, but I’m very proud of all of the looks I’ve created! Please let me know if there is anything else you want to see and make sure to share this post if you liked it!

Palette Review: Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection by Morphe

If you’ve followed me on Instagram (which you should! @natplewamakeup), then you’ve probably seen these two looks! I recently got the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection and decided to try out a couple different looks to give you a little review on it! There are so many different looks you can achieve with these four palettes, but today I’m going to show you how I used three of them.

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The first look I created is this smokey forest green eye look. I used Dark Magic for this one and it was super easy! As always, I used Tarte Shape Tape as my base then set it with a translucent powder. I started the eyeshadow with a transition color, using “SHHH,” then began to blend “Potion” into the crease along with it. I deepened the outer corner with “Inside Job,” then finally added a little bit of “Temptress” to make it even darker. For the shimmery lid color I threw on the color “Power Cut.” I repeated all of these steps on the lower lash line and made sure to smoke it out. Since there wasn’t a color in this palette that I wanted to use on the inner corner, I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Here We Go Again.” I think the yellow adds a pop of light to the eye look and I’m very happy with how it finished the look off!

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Now using the Bling Boss palette, I started with “Hush Hush” as my transition color, making sure to bring it high up on my eye. I knew I wanted to do something different, so I decided to try a spotlight eyeshadow look with these fun colors! On both the inner and outer thirds of my eye, I started adding “Rockstar,” then darkened it with “Mystic.” For the spotlight part of my eye, I mixed “Ballsy” with “Glitz & Glam” and the color turned out beautiful! I also wanted to try the Armed & Gorgeous palette, so I used the shimmery white, “VIP,” on my inner corner. I also threw a little bit of glitter onto the center of my lid to make it even more bold, and I used ColourPop’s Supernova Shadow in “From the Valley” to do that. It took a lot of blending and reapplying shadow to achieve this look, but I love how it turned out in the end!

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Overall, I think these palettes are absolutely gorgeous! You can really accomplish any look you want with all the different colors you get. I will admit, these were a little bit hard to blend at times, but I think the looks turned out so pretty! I would wear either one of these out and I would recommend trying out these palettes to anyone who wants to experiment with different colors!

If you want any more advice on how to apply eyeshadow with the same techniques and brushes I use, definitely check out my previous post on the basics of how I do my eye makeup.  I’d also recommend checking out my post about dramatic eye makeup and different techniques I use for that, especially if you want to amp up your look a little bit! These looks would so so fun if you use the glitters I posted about! Let me know if you try these looks or these palettes on your own; I would love to get your feedback!

Bold Purple Eye Look on My Little Sister

I know colorful eye makeup can be super intimidating – I was terrified to even try it out for a long time! Even though it can take a lot of steps and so much blending, using color on your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. I did this purple eye look on my little sister to try out some new products, and it was definitely one of the easiest looks ever!

 

The Zulu palette was the first Juvia’s Place product I’ve ever tried, and let me tell you, it’s amazing! There are so many bright colors in this palette and they all blend like a dream! I knew I wanted to try the purple in this palette because it’s absolutely gorgeous! I started the look by setting down my base (Tarte Shape Tape then a translucent powder to lock it in) and used a neutral light brown from the Jaclyn Hill palette as my transition. Then, I started packing the purple eyeshadow from the Zulu palette on the outer corner. I used a clean blending brush to bring it into the crease, then continued to pack the purple on until it was intense as I wanted it. Like always, I repeated these steps on my bottom lash line as well, bringing the shades into the inner corner pretty far. I also wanted to try out one of the new ColourPop Supernova Shadows, so I put the shade From The Valley onto the inner ¾ of her lid. I highlighted her inner corner with a shimmer from the Jaclyn Hill palette, and the look was all done!

This look was one of the easiest ones I’ve ever done with bright colors! It’s easy to think that it takes a ton of work and hours of blending to accomplish a cool eye look, but it doesn’t have to! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and I’m pretty sure my sister liked it too! While I’m talking about my sister, can I just mention how awesome she is for always being my model?!

Please let me know if there are any brands or looks you want me to write about! I’d love to review more products and try out more techniques for all of you!

Products & Techniques to Use for Glam Eye Looks

It’s no secret that I love to play around and practice with different colors and eyeshadow techniques in my spare time. I watch a lot of makeup tutorials and try to teach myself how to do different types of looks, and I’ve found a lot of things that work for me! I’m definitely still learning and trying to improve my makeup skills, but here are some products and tricks that I really like to use when doing glam eye makeup.

#1. Half Cut Crease

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This has to be my favorite technique by far! I love having a dramatic, smokey outer corner, then a bright color on my lid. When doing a half cut crease, I blend all my colors into my crease and outer corner, then use concealer to get rid of those colors and lay down a base for a super bright one. Some people guess where their cut crease should go, but I have a little trick for this that makes the eye look perfect every time!

 

I use a brush to put a little concealer right above my lash line, look up, and have a reference point to finish off the cut crease. I just make sure to fill in the half-oval shape with concealer, then set it down with a light-colored eyeshadow. This trick makes doing looks like these so simple and takes no time at all!

#2. Stila Magnificent Metals

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I’m a huge fan of glitter, and these liquid-based eyeshadows are the most glittery shadows I have ever seen! The applicator makes them easy to throw on, and when they dry down they don’t move! I use these a lot when I do my half cut crease looks, but they’re easy to use for any look. I throw them on all over the lid with a light transition color or pop them on the inner corner, and they look amazing! If you’re looking for a color that’s super glittery and vibrant, these are the way to go!

#3. NYX Glitters

 

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These are so fun to use, but a little more complicated than the Magnificent Metals. The NYX Glitters are loose pigments that you have to use glitter glue with, but WOW do they make your eye makeup stand out! I typically use these when I’m going to big events, like concerts or formals, where I want my makeup to stand out and look amazing in photos. These take a little more effort to use and can be a little messy, but the result is beautiful!

I have a lot of products and techniques that I use when I want my eye makeup to stand out, but these are my three favorites right now! I’m a really big fan of dark, smokey eyeshadows with a bright pop of color on the lid. These are perfect to incorporate into any eye look to make it bold and bring attention to your makeup!

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What are some tricks that you use to make your eyeshadow stand out? I’d love to hear them and continue to learn how to do different looks! Also, shout out to my little sister for being so willing to be my model in this post!

Products used: Morphe 35O2 Palette, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Stila Magnificent Metals in “Rose Gold Retro,” & NYX Glitter in “Bronze”