Quick Makeup tip:

Line your Upper Waterline!

I generally don’t use eye pencil right on my waterlines, but use it as a liner and smudge it all to give my eyes more depth and definition. I don’t line my lower waterline with dark pencil, because I feel it makes me look either junior (Hello Avril Lavigne!), or bohemian (think Carrie in Sex and the City 2), and I don’t like these looks on me. However, one little step I love to do is to line my upper waterline. It makes all the difference! If you don’t have time, or simply don’t want, to apply eyeliner on, then don’t forget this fast trick. Here is the difference in pictures:

No pencil here.

And with black liner!

Here, I am wearing metallic eyeshadow, but you can also use this trick with simple, every-day eye makeup!


Wearable Orange Makeup

Remember when Pantone named Tangerine Tango the color of 2012? Everyone was going crazy about this color and some crazy makeup colors were released. Since then, I have been looking for tutorials and experimenting on my own to find wearable orange makeup looks. It took me a while to master it because, even though I really like this color on a fun bag or for a special manicure, orange can look really weird on a face… So, here are my top products and my top tips, followed by two eye makeup looks:

Orange makeup essentials.

1. Don’t mix orange with just any color: if you want to use orange on your eyes for instance, you will have to adjust your blush. I would suggest going for either a coral or a bronzed look. If you wish to go with coral, my top three blushes are Benefit ChaCha Tint (# 4), Clarins Blush Prodige in n°2 Soft Peach (# 1), and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in n°2 Calypso Coral (# 2). Of course, you can use these blushes with bronzer for a tanned look.

2. The same goes with your lips. Try to stay in the same color palette, it will look more natural. Two great coral/orang lipsticks I have found are Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks in n°060 Citrus Slide (# 5), and Dior Addict Lip Balm in n°003 (# 8). Of course, you can also use color that are more saturated on your lips, but if you choose to, stay natural on the eyes.

3. The eyes are the feature of my face where I decided to play up the orange color. Now, if you are afraid you’ll look totally weird with orange on your eyes, begin slowly. Two beautiful eye shadows you can use are Sephora shadow in n°78 sun-kissed (# 7) and Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque (# 3). The Sephora shadow goes towards salmon-pink, whereas the Mac one is a metalic light orange.

4. And, finally, if you want to go all out with the orange, the German brand Make Up Factory  Eye Shadow in n°35 (# 6) is a richly pigmented medium orange. If you choose to go for it, remember to place it only in the outer corner of your eyes. If you apply it on your whole eyelid, the result will be too intense.

And, here are the two looks:

Using the Sephora eyeshadow.

Using Rubenesque as a base and Make Up Factory in the crease and outer corner.

One last tip: remember, it’s only makeup after all! It washes off easily, so have fun with it!

Have you tried incorporating the orange trend into your makeup routine?

It’s the eye of the tiger,

It’s the thrill of the fight.

It is so warm over here. Which is why I decided to go for a bronze summery look. I have had Shiseido Hydro Powder Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye for a while now and I really like this creamy eye shadow. The color, a brown with a bronze-gold finish is perfect for summer! It makes blue eye pop, but I’m sure it’d look lovely on brown eyes, too. It is not highly metallic, which makes it suitable for daytime looks. The cream is easy to apply and leaves a velvety finish. It doesn’t crease, which makes me think that it’d be really good as a base, too. Bonus points: it is durable, as I’ve had this eye shadow for more than a year and it has not dried out a bit!

A swatch, using flash.

Simple daytime look : Shiseido Tiger Eye, highlighter on my brow bone and mascara:

With brown Kohl for a night look: