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!

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!

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!

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!

My Take on a Rainbow Eye

 

I think I can guess what you’re thinking when you look at this makeup look: How? What? Why? I honestly never thought I would try something like this, but I sat down at my makeup desk one night and just attempted it. This look took a lot of time, so many different brushes, and all the concentration I could manage, but I’m so happy with the end result!

I started with my normal base, Tarte Shape Tape with a translucent powder over it, then began to blend a light orange-brown into my crease to make blending easier. To get this bold look started, I used the vibrant red color in my Morphe 35O2 palette on the innermost part of my eye. Then, I used the matte orange from the same palette, making sure to blend the two colors together. I then used a yellow shade and matte green from my Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place. I added a light blue from the Jaclyn Hill palette and a dark blue from the Mar palette by ColourPop. Finally, I used the dark purple from the Zulu palette on the outermost part of my eye. I went back in with a clean blending brush to soften the edges, and added more shadow where I needed the color to be more intense. As I always do, I repeated all the same steps on my bottom lash line, blending the outer corner with the colors on my lid. Since I knew I needed a little glitter, I put some of my NYX Glitter in Lumi-Lite on my inner corner, with the ColourPop Supershock Highlighter in Flexitarian underneath, as well as on my brow bone. I added a wing with my Stila Liquid Eyeliner, threw on a pair of Ardell Whispies, and finished with some black mascara.

I think the bold red lips really add to this look, so I wanted to mention this lipstick really quick. It’s a Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, and I’m so obsessed with this formula! I own tons of the Revlon Lipcolors and I just can’t stop buying them! I’m wearing the shade Love, which you can get here. I love the look of a matte lipstick, especially with a crazy eyeshadow look like this, but it would also be so pretty with a gloss on top!

It’s extremely difficult to describe my specific process for creating this look by simply using words. I definitely simplified my process in this post, but I actually took over an hour to accomplish this eye makeup. The amount of times I would go back in with a color and blend it with the other colors was crazy, but I knew I would need to take a lot of time to accomplish something like this. It was a super complicated look, but I’m so happy and proud with how it turned out in the end! Attempting a look like this requires a lot of time and patience, but it’s so worth it in the end!

If you want to know the basics of how I do my eyeshadow, I have a step-by-step tutorial on a basic brown smokey eye with a shimmery lid right here! And if you want to know absolutely anything else about how I apply makeup, my favorite brands, or have requests for looks, make sure to email me by using my contact page!

 

Eyeshadow 101: The Basics

Learning how to perfect an eyeshadow look takes a LOT of practice. I’ve been teaching myself how to do different eye looks for years, and I continue to learn new techniques and tricks when doing my makeup, even now! It took lots of trial-and-error, trying new brushes, and watching hundreds of tutorials to get to the point that I’m at now. I know that there are some people who haven’t practiced applying eyeshadow too much, so I want to explain what I’ve learned about eyeshadow application.

First, you have to find a few colors that suit your skin tone and compliment your eyes. When I’m throwing on my normal, everyday eyeshadow, I tend to lean more towards warm-toned browns. I have pink undertones in my skin and green eyes, so warm colors compliment me very well. As you can probably tell by my previous posts, I’m a huge fan of Morphe and ColourPop, which are two affordable online brands. They’re known for their eyeshadow palettes and I would definitely recommend both of them to everyone! The Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe has a lot of different colors and would suit just about anyone, so if you’re just starting out, I would highly recommend this one!

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Once you have a palette that you like, you have to get a few key brushes. If I could only choose a handful brushes to use everyday, I would go for a big fluffy brush, a smaller blending brush, a pencil brush, a dense flat-top brush, and a shader brush. I’ll include a picture of these brushes right here so you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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So to start out, I always prime my eyes with concealer. I’ve found that I like using a concealer rather than an eyeshadow primer because it cancels out any discoloration in my eyelids. Then I set it with a translucent powder to finish off the base. Starting on the eyeshadow, I take a big fluffy brush and start blending a very light shade into and above my crease. This makes blending darker shadows a lot easier, and gives your eye a gradient affect.

Once I have that color down, I take a smaller blending brush with a slightly darker eyeshadow and start blending that into my crease, right below the transition color. Your crease is where your eye caves in, for lack of a better description, and it separates your eyelid from your brow bone. I also like to pack the color onto my outer corner so I have a slight cat-eye effect on my eyes. Then I go back in with my big fluffy brush to blend the two colors together.

If you want to darken up your eye even more, which is totally optional, I recommend using a pencil brush. Applying dark shadows can get messy if you’re not careful, so I always go for a small brush then blend it out later. Taking the pencil brush and your darker shadow, you’re going to want to draw a thin line into your crease. I don’t normally bring this color in too far because I like the inner corner of my eye to be brighter, so I’d say stop about ¾ of the way in. Remember to put a little bit of this onto your outer corner so that all the colors on your eye are balanced! Once this color is applied, go back in with your smaller blending brush first, then blend again using the big fluffy brush.

Another step that’s optional is placing eyeshadow on your lower lash line. I like doing this because it balances out my eye look, but if you want to stop with the lid, that’s completely up to you! I always take the two shades I started with, the transition color and the middle color, on a dense flat-top brush. I don’t want my lower lash line to be quite as smokey as the lid was, so I really want to focus the color right along my lash line. I just take the two colors and run them underneath my lash line, stopping about ¾ of the way in. If I did use a darker shade to deepen up the crease on top, then I use the pencil brush again to place that color on the outer half of my lower lash line. Always make sure to go in with previous brushes to blend, and remember to connect the shadows on the lower lash line with the outer corner of your lid.

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Once I have all the matte shadows done and looking the way I want them to, I like to go in with a shimmer to brighten up my lid. You can either take a shimmer on your finger or on a shader brush (I normally just use my finger, but it’s up to you!), then put it on the inner ½ of your lid. I also put a little onto the innermost part of my lower lash line to balance out the entire look. To finish the look off, I’ll usually take a very light shimmer and put it on my inner corner and brow bone.

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I know this was a lot of steps and a very long description of how I do my eyeshadow, but I hope this helped you understand the steps that go into creating an eye look! This is one of the techniques that I’ve perfected throughout my years of practicing eye makeup, and it’s so easy once you’ve done it a few times! Keep in mind that everyone’s eyes are different, so different sized brushes and colors will all depend on who you are and what compliments you!

If there’s any other type of post/tutorial that you’d like to see from me, please let me know! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I hope you’re as excited as I am to sit down and play with some makeup!