Makeup Monday: A softer smoky eye

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 I did this smokey eye look for my best friend Maggie over the weekend. She wanted a smokey eye, but with her fair features and beautiful blue eyes I didn’t want to overwhelm her coloring with too much black. The solution? A smokey eye with warm shades of caramel, rose gold, and deep reddish brown that are dramatic but don’t compete with her natural beauty. The reddish brown made her blue eyes look even more vibrant! See the below images for some step by step instructions.

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1. Cover the lid with primer. I use one made by e.l.f. cosmetics.

2. Sweep your darkest brown shade in a thick line along the lash line. 

3. Using a golden brown, blend the dark brown line into the crease of the eye, getting rid of any harsh edges between the two colors. 

4. Fill in the outer 1/3 of the crease with a deep reddish brown shade. 

5. Sweep the same reddish brown along the outer bottom lash line, and a gold along the tear duct and inner bottom lash line. 

6. Smudge a dark brown liner into the upper lash line and water line before adding mascara. 

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Here she is enjoying the beautiful scenery from our weekend lake retreat! What do you think, would you try this look? Let me know!

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Hey Guys! This is the first of (hopefully!) many Makeup Monday posts. Makeup/beauty has always been something I have had a passion for, and it can be just so dang fun to experiment with. I feel like I am always doing makeovers for friends (in college I would have a line of people down the hall waiting for touchups before going out on the weekend) and thought it might be fun to show you some of the before and afters. I’m doing them all on my best friends and the idea is to tackle makeup goals or issues for real girls. So if you have a question, or want to see a certain beauty trend in action, leave a comment and I’ll turn it into a fun post! 

      Before                                                                                          After

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Enter: My BFF Nikki. 

Nikki and I have been best friends since grade school and she has always known how to rock her red hair and gorgeous blue eyes! Whenever we talk about makeup she always mentions how she does the same eye makeup everyday: gold/brown shadow, a black liner, and mascara. It’s a great look, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up a little too. I decided to do a super natural fall makeup look that includes warm colors and no liner. You know how people talk about wearing makeup that enhances but doesn’t distract? This is that look. 

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Step 1: Put a matte light brown from the lashes to the brow bone. Any shade will work!

Step 2: Using a flat wide brush sweep the dark purple/red into the crease. A reddish or orange hue will make blue eyes pop because it’s a contrast color! Make sure to take a big fluffy brush and blend it after so there’s no harsh lines! 

Step 3: Take a highlight color (mine was a shimmery champagne) and put it under the brow bone, in the corner of the eye, and right on the center of the lid. If you have deep set eyes highlighting the center of the lid will make them come forward. 

Step 4: Instead of using a liner I took a small angled brush and worked a chocolate brown shadow into the outer third of the lash line on the top and bottom lashes. Using shadow instead of liner is less harsh, and gives the illusion that your lashes are thicker.

Step 5: 2 coats of black mascara. Wiggling the wand at the roots before you stroke up makes sure you get all the lashes covered and also keeps the bulk of the mascara at the roots instead of the tips, which helps them stay curled longer. 

The face: Sweep some light bronzer on the temples and outer cheekbones to warm up the face, and coral blush on the apples of the cheeks. Also: Define those brows! Take a light brown shadow and fill in any sparse areas. 

The lips: I used my absolute favorite neutral lip color: Revlon’s Blushing Nude. I don’t know how many weird pale looking lipsticks I had to go through to find this one, but it’s seriously amazing on everyone!

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Foundation: Studio Gear in Linen, Blush/Bronzer: ELF, Brows: Revlon Brow Fantasy, Eyes: crease-NYX in Baked, highlight-Beauty Rush in Hot Ginger, lid-medium brown in ELF, liner-almay black liquid, mascara-Loreal voluminous butterfly, lips-Revlon blushing nude

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