Monday, November 18, 2013

Recreate the Look: Adele- Vogue UK 2011

Adele's makeup is always gorgeous. Dramatic cat eye, big lashes and pouty lips is her staple look. When I saw this picture of Adele on the October 2011 Vogue UK cover, I fell in love. Its her classic look, just amped up.

source: Vogue
I decided it would be fun to see if I could recreate this look, or at least the best I could. I dont know what products the makeup artist used, so I just use colors that looked similar to the photograph. All the products I used will be listed down below- but if you want to try this look for yourself, use whatever you have on hand!

I started off with a full coverage foundation, concealer and filled in my eyebrows as normal.

I applied a eyeshadow primer to my lids and applied a light beige shadow from my lash line to my brow bone to serve as a base. 

I then used a light brown in the crease, concentrating the color mainly in the center of the lid and extending it up towards the end of my brow and into the inner corner of the eye.

Using a dark brown shadow, I darkened the center of the crease and blended it thoroughly. 


I packed a light pink shimmery shadow all over the lid, avoiding the crease.

Now its time for liner. You can map out where you want your cat eye to go with a dark brown shadow, that way if you make a mistake its easily wiped away. The key is to make sure both eyes match in length and angle. You can achieve this by looking straight ahead into a mirror when applying your liner, then use small strokes to plan out the line. Keep checking to make sure both eyes look the same!

Once you have your liner mapped out, take a black shadow and complete the line around the eye, creating a thin 'v' around the tear duct.  

Continue darkening the liner by adding more shadow or by using a black eyeliner pencil. I used a black eye pencil on an angle brush. I also added the same light brown eyeshadow I used in the crease to blend the dark liner on the lower lash line.

Once I was happy with the liner, I cleaned up the edges with concealer.

In the image of Adele, there appears to be a slight hint of purple in the eye makeup. Its most likely the lighting or editing, but I wanted to add a bit of purple to add a little extra something. I applied a small amount of deep purple with a blending brush to the middle of the crease, and also applied the same purple over top of the black liner.

I added lots of mascara and a nude eyeliner to the lower waterline. 

Some false lashes and the eyes are done!

I contoured my face using a taupe brown matte eyeshadow, and then applied a small about of bronzer on my forehead and temples. I used a light pink blush towards the outer part of my cheek and blended it with my contour. I applied a champagne cream eyeshadow as my highlight along my cheekbones, brow bone and the inner corner of my eye.

Adele is wearing an extremely nude lip, which can show every bit of flacky, dry skin. So, I exfoliated my lips and made sure they were moisturized before applying foundation over the lips. Foundation creates a blank canvas by taking out any natural redness in the lip. I lined the lips with a beige lip liner, applied a creamy nude lipstick, and then added a bit of pink lip gloss just to the center of the lower lip.

Voila! The look is complete!

I hope you liked this look and try it out for yourself! If you have any requests for a look you'd like me to recreate, leave a link of a reference picture in the comments and I'll see what I can do!

Products used:

Face- Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"
Revlon Photoready Concealer in "Light"
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in "Fair"
Elf High Definition Powder
Elf Single Eyeshadow in "Pebble"
Avon Ideal Luminous blush in "Earthen Rose"
Revlon Matte Power Blush in "Perfectly Peach"
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in "Barely Beige"

Brows- Avon Glimmerstick Brow definer in "Blonde"
Elf Single Eyeshadow in "Pebble"

Eyes- Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Pur Minerals "Beauty by Numbers" palette (Skin tone)
Urban Decay "Naked" palette (Light Brown) 
 NYX Single Eyeshadow in "Dark Brown"
Wet'n'Wild Trio "Walking on Eggshells" (pink shimmer)
NYX "Smokey Eyes" palette (black)
Wet'n'Wild "Lust" palette (purple)
Avon Supershock Gel Liner in "Black"
Rimmel Scandleyes Eyeliner in "Nude"
Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara in "Black"
Elf false lashes

Lips- NYX lip liner in "Nude Beige"
Elf Matte Lip Color in "Nearly Nude"
Hard Candy Lip Gloss (no name)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quick and easy high impact makeup

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge makeup lover. And when I say huge, I mean HUGE. I love everything about makeup- from the planning of a look to the application. When I became a Mom and decided to stay at home with my daughter, I knew the freedom to express my adventurous side in makeup was going to be a bit stifled. Taking 30 minutes to create a detailed smoky eye just didn’t make sense anymore. Not only was it unnecessary for a normal day at home, but it was a frivolous waste of time when I had more important things to do. However, just because I’m a stay-at-home-mom now doesn’t mean I should give up makeup, nor does it mean I should relent to a ho-hum makeup routine. It just means I have to become a little more creative in how I apply it and save the extravagant stuff for special occasions.
So, over the past 3 months of being at home with my baby, I’ve come across some ways to get high impact looks with minimal effort and time. Some days I only grab one of these tips and focus on it, other days I grab them all. Since I’m at the mercy of my 3 month old, it really all depends on the amount of time I have. But really, you could do all of these things in under 10 minutes.

I usually start out my makeup with a BB cream, which is a super quick way to even out your skin tone. I also will put a bit of concealer under my eyes and on blemishes if need be. I'll sweep some powder over top and my base is complete!

I'm wearing Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Shadow
in 'Bad to the Bronze', black shadow on the lash
line and 1 coat of Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara

1. Eyes:
Cream shadows—long wear cream shadows (like Maybelline Color Tattoos) are the easiest way to get color without taking a lot of time. You can use your fingers to apply the shadow, or a brush: either way the secret is to buff the edges so there are no harsh lines. You can use bright, sheer or even dramatic colors to create quick smoky looks. Its up to you!
Using shadow as liner—Using a dark shadow color (charcoal, brown or even black)on an angled brush to darken the lash line does wonders. It is the quickest way to apply liner I know of and is one of the most forgiving. If you make a mistake, you can just buff it out with a Q-tip. If you want more drama, you can slightly dampen your brush with water or eye drops and then apply your shadow. It intensifies the shadow, making it almost the consistency of a cake or gel liner.
 Lashes—I cant stress this enough- CURL YOUR LASHES! You will be amazed at how it opens the eyes. Not to mention it will help fool people into thinking you got 8 hours of sleep instead of 3. Mascara is another must in my book. Using good black mascara will draw attention to your eyes without much effort.

2. Lips:
I'm wearing Revlon Strawberry Suede as a stain
Bright lip color—It only takes a minute to slap on lipstick. Why not pick out a fun color while you’re at it? You can easily create a stain with your lipstick if you don’t feel like dealing with the upkeep of wearing lipstick full on. Use your finger to rub the color into your lips and then blot it afterwards.
Balm or gloss in fun color—Tons of companies make sheer, bright lip colors in moisturizing formulas now. Its an easy way to use fun colors without worrying about feeling overdone. Plus, since they are sheer and moisturizing, you don’t have to worry about your lip color rubbing off onto little baby cheeks :)
3. Cheeks:
Rosy flush—Blush is a tired Mommy’s best friend. Its easy to look tired and worn out when your pale as a ghost. A quick sweep of pink or coral blush is the fastest way to bring life and youth to your skin.
Bronzer—If you’re feeling especially pale, a little bronzer can go a long way. A sheer kiss over the highest points of the face (where the sun naturally hits) is all you need. 

I have on Wet'n'Wild Blusher in Pearlescent Pink

Being a Mom doesn’t mean you have to forget about having fun with your makeup. I think its important to take a little time, even just 5 minutes, to freshen yourself up before you face the day. For me, having a splash of makeup on just makes the rest of the day feel a little more pulled together- even if all I’m doing is changing poopy diapers!