Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Tribute to Ingrid Bergman: Effortless Glamour

Ingrid Bergman's birthday was this past Friday; she would've been 99 years old!

In an era in which movie stars' hairlines & skin tones were overhauled, their faces caked in makeup and their personal lives stolen, Ingrid went her own way. Upon arriving in Hollywood, she refused to change her name to something more WASP-y, pluck her eyebrows or wear the pounds of makeup most stars did. Her rejection of the standard "star-ification" of actresses at the time lead to her nickname, The Nordic Natural. Her strong will sometimes landed her in trouble with the public, (keyword: Roberto Rossellini) but in the end, she lived the life she wanted.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My First Video Tutorial, Guys! A "Colorful Neutrals" Everyday Look

You guys, I went for it! I'm extremely nervous to post this, mostly because in editing this I've now listened to my own voice way more than I ever hoped to, but I decided to try making a video tutorial for the first time. Think of this "colorful neutral" look as a more subdued version of my lavendy & navy eye from two weeks ago.

I've loved working on this blog for the past five months (wow, time flies!) but as I say in the video, I realize that there are a lot of techniques I use to apply makeup that can't really be explained in a photo, and let's face it, are probably pretty confusing when typed out. So I'm giving this a shot! Next time I plan to zoom in to show the work on my eyes better; please let me know of any other improvements I can make!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Green and Gold Halo Eyeshadow

I've seen halo eye looks many times before but was always nervous to try them, mainly because I don't have particularly wide-set eyes and I thought this style—in which you place a dark shadow both at the inner and outer corners of our eyes and a bright or shimmery shade in the middle—would make my eyes look even closer together. But I have to say, I really enjoyed how the look shook things up and can't wait to try more color combos. This style would be great if you're someone with very deep-set eyes because the shading really gives your eye socket an extra dimension and makes them pop.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Lavender & Navy Eye

I'm always looking for ways to sneak some bright pops of color into my day-to-day looks without looking like a clown. So lately, I've really been digging lavender makeup; it's soft and subtle enough for the harshness of sunlight while still shaking things up. I love this color teamed with navy, a softer yet equally dramatic cousin to black eyeliner. I've tried a couple different variations of this look this summer and have become really fond of it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Essentials: A Winged Liner for Every Eye

This one's going to be a whopper, you guys. Cat-eye liner has been a part of my life for about a decade, and there are tons of way to rock it! So let's jump right in...