Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top 100 Beauty Blogs

Guess who made the list? Whoop! Thanks to Karl Hunt for creating this cool infographic. Below are a bunch of great blogs to follow for daily beauty inspiration and info. I've had the pleasure of reading a lot of the blogs in this list.  I can certainly say that I'm highly impressed with all of their work.  I feel honoured to know that Makeup Not Down was lucky enough to be included. :) Did any of your favorite blogs make the list?
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Top 100 Beauty BlogsAn infographic by the team at Rebates zone.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Graphic Eyeliner: Make a Real Statement

Your classic cat eye is beautiful -- but if you're getting bored with the look and want to change things up, you'll love what I created below.  From precise doubled-line eyes, to wings that extend out from the eye's corner anything goes with graphic eyeliner.  If you want to create this graphic eye here's how:
  1. Add a base to prolong the wear of your makeup across the entire lid.
  2. Apply a skin tone eye shadow to the lid and blend through your crease.
  3. Using E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner draw a line along the upper lash line and extend the liner outward to create a wing similar to how you create a cat eye.
  4. Using the same cream eyeliner draw a line along the crease and connect it to the wing on the outside corner.
  5. To give the eye some sparkle, apply E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner in the color copper to the center of the lid between the two lines. 
  6. Go over the liner with a E.L.F Liquid Eyeliner in black to clean up the lines.
  7. Finish off the look with mascara and lashes.
Depending on how dramatic and bold you want to get, graphic eyeliner can make a real statement.
Face:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin
 
Eyes:
MAC Eye Shadow - Soft Brown
E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner - Copper
E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner - Black
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - Edgy Lash #402
 
Lips:
NYX Matte Lipstick - Euro Trash
Image by FlamingText.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bold Winged Eyeliner and Nude Lips

I might have a slight obsession with winged eyeliner.  It's a classic look that a lot of women find intimidating to try.  Surprisingly it's a very easy look to do yourself with any eye liner.  Trust me it only takes a little bit of practice to perfect it.  The possibilities on how to wing your liner are nearly endless.  So I would like to share one of my favorite ways to wing it!   Rather than giving a step-by-step guide on how I created this look, I'll be doing a series of posts on different variations of winged liner.  I hope these posts provide you with inspiration to get your wing on! 
 
Face:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin
 
Eyes:
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot - Groundwork
MAC Eye Shadow - Soft Brown
MAC Pigment - Melon
E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - #104
 
Lips:
Wet N Wild Matte Lipstick - Pink Suga
Image by FlamingText.com

Friday, May 23, 2014

Not Your Basic Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite awhile and there's no sign this particular trend is dying.  It may look complicated but creating a smokey eye can be pretty simple. All you need to remember to do is blend, blend, and blend!  I have to admit I have a lot going on with the look I created below.  Sometimes I pick up my brushes with an idea in mind, then decide to go in a different direction.  This is not your basic smokey eye, but if you want to create this look here's how:
  1. Prepare your lid by applying a thin layer of foundation across the entire lid.  Primer or concealer works best.
  2. Pat MAC Carbon Eye Shadow on the lid starting at the lash line but stop at the crease.  Slowly blend the color upwards with a fluffy blending brush. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.
  3. Now take MAC Embark Eye Shadow and apply it to the crease.  Always blend your shadow upward and outward into the crease of your eyelid.
  4. Create a little depth by dusting a small amount of MAC Saddle Eye Shadow into the upper crease and softly blend it out.
  5. Apply E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner above the upper lash line, drawing the line thicker in the middle of eye.  I extended the liner outward to create a winged liner effect but this is optional.
  6. To give the smokey eye some sparkle, glide E.L.F. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick on top of the shadow from the inner corner to the center of your eye.
  7. Cleanup any eye shadow fall out with your favorite makeup wipes. 
  8. Finish off the look with mascara and lashes.
There you have it, a smouldering stare in no time! Now just try and put the fire out.
Face:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin

Eyes:
MAC Eye Shadow - Carbon
MAC Eye Shadow - Embark
MAC Eye Shadow - Saddle
E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
E.L.F. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick - Midnight Rendezvous
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - #102

Lips:
NYX Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink
Image by FlamingText.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

Every Makeup Artists Needs This Vital Equipment

There are certain things which not good make-up artist should do without - and some things which it’s just nice to have. Here are some things which every make-up artist should have in their make-up kit.

1. Avoid “double dipping” with a stainless-steel spatula and palette. Hygiene is of the utmost important for makeup artists - keeping brushes clean is crucial but it’s also a wonderful idea to remove just as much make-up through the pot while you think you’ll place and want it onto a clean steel palette so that you don’ t keep dipping your brush to the pot after you’ve been touching someone’s face from it.

2. Disposable wands - keeping along the hygiene theme it’s also a great idea to experience a selection of disposable lip wands and mascara wands - the eyes along with the mouth are particular places that bacteria can be transferred between clients which could potentially cause infection.




3. Cotton buds - are an essential component in any makeup kit, bathroom cupboard and in many cases baby bag - they may be just so handy for so many different things, don’t leave home without them. Should you dip the tip right into a spot of make-up remover they can come in extremely handy for removing odd wayward spots of make-up too.

4. Cleanser and Make-up Remover - lots of people turn up for professional make-up already wearing make-up of their very own - they don’t love to leave home without some kind of make-up. That’s why every good make-up artist should have some make-up remover and cleanser handy. It can be chosen in useful for adjustments.

 
5. Lip Scrub - it doesn’t matter how well you apply the lip gloss, if the surface is rough and chapped to start with you’ll never have the desired effect. A little lip scrub can make a realm of difference to luscious lips exfoliating the dead skin and leaving a soft, smooth base.

6. Tweezers - should be contained in every good make-up kit. This may sound obvious but it’s surprising how easy it is to forget something so small yet vital. Tweezers are crucial for positioning, fitting and applying false eyelashes along with removing straggly hairs from eyebrows etc.

7. If the client has long hair which frames the face area, hair clips - They are essential not merely for hairstylists but for makeup artists too - particularly. It can also stop the hair from getting stuck up in make-up.

8. Moisturizer - is essential to help create the right type of canvas to work your magic. Before you start to make use of any make-up at all, your skin must be properly hydrated.

9. Airbrush Kits - this really is a growing necessity to be in the kit of each good makeup artist. An airbrush kit can be used in a range of different ways from applying make-up, temporary tattoos and fake tanning - some could even be used for cake decorating just so long as they’ve been properly cleaned. Once you’ve mastered the art of an airbrush kit you’ll never go back.

10. False eyelashes and adhesive - you require a good collection of false eyelashes in your makeup kit at all times. You can create a natural look with enhanced volume using individual lashes or a very dramatic look with strip lashes - don’t ignore the adhesive and tweezers to provide you the job done.


Check out The Salon Outlet for these and many more essential make-up products that can make the job of the make-up artist so much more and easier professional. People do expect makeup artists to work miracles and with these and many more fabulous products they can do just that.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Colorful Winged Liner

Winged out liner is a very popular makeup look.  This is not a new concept but you can make it your own by adding color to it.  I decided to use a bright color to make this trend stand out even more.  With a little practice you can incorporate color to your winged out liner technique as well!

Here's how I created the look:
  1. Make the wing shape first with E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner by starting at the tail end of the eye and extending the wing outwards.  Use an angle or fine brush, this will make it easier to draw the line. 
  2. Connect the line from the corner of the eye to the center of the lid.  You can make the line as thick as you want by gradually building up the liner. 
  3. Pat Maybelline Color Tattoo on the center of the lid with a flat brush and go over it with MAC Pearglide Intense Liner. 
  4. Apply a small amount of MAC Eye Shadow in Parfait Amour to make the color pop more.
  5. Add mascara and a set of lashes to create a really glamorous look.
What do you think of the colorful winged liner?  This is a beauty look that definitely won't go unnoticed.  Hope you guys enjoy it!
    

Face:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer - NW35
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Blot Powder Pressed - Dark
MAC Frost Blush - Margin
 
Eyes:
Maybelline Color Tattoo - Painted Purple
MAC Eye Shadow - Parfait Amour
MAC Pearglide Intense Liner - Designer Purple
E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner - Black
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Mascara - Very Black
Ardell Lashes - #104
 
Lips:
NYX Matte Lipstick - Summer Breeze

Image by FlamingText.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

More Than One Way to Wear Eyeliner

Eyeliner is one of my favorite cosmetics to use.  It can give you a dramatic look without much time or effort. A soft or dramatic line, can change your look from day to night instantly.  In this look, I used MAC Designer Purple Eyeliner on my lips to show how versatile this product can be.  The eyeliner is a vivid violet color with shimmer.  It glides on super smoothly and lasts all day.  I don't wear this everyday, however it's nice to have an alternative to just wearing eyeliner on the lid or waterline.  Some of you may be thinking "this is too bold" and you're right!  But I like to get as much use out of pricey products that I can.

I hope you enjoy this look and get inspired to try different techniques with your own eyeliners.
Lips:
MAC Studio Fix Foundation - NC25
MAC Pearglide Intense Liner - Designer Purple
 
Image by FlamingText.com
 
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