Kevyn and Me: Shimmer

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Shimmer me timbers!

Let me start out by saying I have a shit camera. I apologize for the cruddy quality of these pictures. I’m trying to learn how to work with it, but I can see I’m going to have to create some sort of lighting situation to get better pictures of these looks for you.

For this shimmer tutorial, I can’t really see all the shimmer on my face. That’s actually ok though because I wore this outside in daylight and didn’t look like a disco ball. I also used products I had on hand because who has fancy shimmer lotion anymore? The 1997 version of me did. But I threw that out with my baby doll tees.

No makeup, bad lighting. Perfect!

Bad hair day and a clean face.

I tried to wrap my head around when you would use this look. Summertime? Maybe – but I usually get this shiny out in the humidity that I really don’t need help in that department. It would be great for a woodland fairy type deal for a party or Halloween. As I mentioned, it wasn’t THAT noticeable that I was all shimmered out, but it all depends on the shimmer content of the lotion you use, I guess.

Step 1: Shimmer lotion errywhere. I concealed before I applied it.

Step 1 & 2: Shimmer lotion errywhere. I concealed before I applied it.

I had some oooold ass Revlon shimmer stick of some kind. Its kind of creamy gold colored. I mixed it with a little foundation and lotion and kinda just made my own shimmer lotion. CRAFTY!

Step 2: Apply liquid pink blush to the cheeks/temples.

Step 2: Apply liquid pink blush to the cheeks/temples.

My favorite liquid blush (Its the only I have tried) is e.l.f. HD blush. I love it.

Step 4: Dark brown eye pencil applied to the upper lashes, smudged in.

Step 4: Dark brown eye pencil applied to the upper lashes, smudged in.

I used a dark brown eyeliner – waterproof because I have terribly oily lids. I already applied it in the above picture and was smudging it using a detail brush.

Step 5: Burgundy eyeshadow applied in a circle on around the eye and on the lid. Blend out into nothingness.  Step 6: Shimmery beige to the browbone blended in.

Step 5: Burgundy eye shadow applied around the eye and on the lid. Blend out into nothingness.
Step 6: Shimmery beige to the brow bone blended in.

The instruction called for a burgundy creme eye shadow. Ain’t nobody got time for dat! So I used a burgundy shade from one of my many nude palettes. They almost all have one that will work. I blended the poop out of it with my blending brush.

Step 7: Black Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Commence Crazy Face.

Step 7: Black Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Commence Crazy Face.

Once again, I’m fudging products here. It called for black mascara on the top and burgundy mascara on the bottom. I have never, in  my life, found burgundy mascara. If this exists, please let me know. I’m assuming its yet another 1997 relic. Or for super fancy people.

Step 8 & 9: Line and fill in the lips with a neutral liner.  Use a shimmery pink lip gloss over.

Step 8 & 9: Line and fill in the lips with a neutral liner. Use a shimmery pink lip gloss over.

I feel like I’ve been doing soooooo many neutral lips lately. That’s fine. I’m learning that I might want to upgrade my lip liner and find one that is a little closer to my lip color. But use whatever shade of neutral you like. After you have filled in your lips go over it with a shimmery pink gloss.

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Done and Done.

Done and Done.

The top picture looks like brown lips to me. The bottom doesn’t. I don’t know why. I think you run the risk of looking too brown if the lip liner is too dark. That’s my problem. I won’t sleep well tonight.

Kevyn and Me: Neutrals

Neutral looks are nice. Sometimes I don’t want to look like a total skank, so I go for a neutral look. Its good for meeting grandma or when you want to fool guys into thinking you don’t wear makeup. Seriously though, after going all out its nice to do something that looks more basic, even if you are using JUST as many products as a dramatic look.

Naomi Campbell, my muse.

Naomi Campbell, my muse.

Guess what!? Not wearing the hair turban today!

Naomi Campbell, I am not.

Naomi Campbell, I am not.

Time to break out the foundation, now the instruction actually calls for a warm-toned foundation. I’m not sure why you would want to do that if you were cool toned, but I say use your normal foundation and bronze yourself up if you want. We don’t want any foundation masks-o-orange here.

I'm wearing ALL THE FOUNDATION

Step 1: Foundation under eyes, around the mouth, center of the forehead and down the bridge of your nose. This is pre-blending. Step 2: apply translucent powder.

I did blend in my foundation and make sure all my boo-boos were covered, then I added the face powder. We don’t need a picture of that, right? Ok, straight to the brows.

Step 3: Groom and fill in those brows. Try to not make them look like caterpillars.

Step 3: Groom and fill in those brows. Try to not make them look like caterpillars.

That scary dude-ish picture above is something that I probably shouldn’t plaster all over the internet. But I will, because I care about the process and showing the ugly, ugly steps toward looking awesome.

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Step 4: Apply a neutral brown eye shadow to the inner eye, outer corner, bottom lash line and a little on the inner corner. Step 5: Pale flesh toned eye shadow down the center.

Then we blend, and we apply more as needed, blend again, so it doesn’t look patchy and is smooth like buttah.

Step 6: Curl those lashes and apply some brown-black mascara.

Step 6: Curl those lashes and apply some brown-black mascara.

The next step is to use a blush brush and use apricot blush onto the cheekbones, chin, sides of neck and temples as well as the hairline. I used a blush that barely showed up on me. So not sure if it was too light or the product itself. So yes, I do have blush on, but its not the intended result. We’ve accepted this, and have moved on.

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Step 8: Apply a neutral lip liner and fill in.

Step 8-9: Apply a neutral lip liner and fill in. Then apply a neutral pinky-beige lip color. Blot/reapply... rinse, repeat.

Step 9: Then apply a neutral pinky-beige lip color. Blot/reapply… rinse, repeat. Step 10: use a lighter shade of neutral lip color and apply to the center with your finger tip.

By using a darker lip pencil, followed by a lighter lipstick, followed by an even lighter lipstick (or gloss, whatever you want, its your world) you get a 3D lip effect and is my favorite way to wear a neutral lip. If I don’t do something simliar to this with the “nude” colored lipsticks, I usually look fresh out the morgue.

Finished look. Smile not included.

Finished look. Smile not included.

Different lighting + forced happiness.

Different lighting + forced happiness.

Products:

L’oreal Visible Lift Smooth Makeup, Absolute Nude Beige

Urban Decay Naked Palette (I used Buck and Virgin)

Beautique Lip Pencil Natural

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Creme D’ Nude (main lip color)

BH Cosmetics 32 Color Lip Palette (the lighter colored neutral in the center of my lip)

NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit With Stencil Set, Blondes (I used the auburn color)