Monday, September 28, 2009

Style Beauty: All Black Everything

Hey Stylistas....

So this is Search.Style.Snap's first beauty post and please let me know what you girlies think about it...

A couple of weeks back I got some feedback from a reader asking to give beauty and make-up tips.... I am a fresh faced girl who only wears black eye liner, mascara, and Vaseline as my gloss... I know not sooo glamours... but I am taking out the time to learn more, and experiment more on this.

I knew I couldn't really give any tips- because I do not know ANYTHING about applying make-up nor the different brands out there... I only know MAC hahah.... So I reached out to my friend from the DMV (D.C Maryland Virginia area) to help me out.

Her name is Keyona... but we call her Keebs...

She will be helping me on the beauty tip, feel free to email some makeup inquiries, tips, advice etc...
I'm learning too- Can't wait for her to come up so we can explore Sephora and the Macy's makeup section... I feel beauty TV brewing.... That would be dope!

All Black Everything! : The Eyes Have It

Think, London New Goth. This Fall, Thakoon, Michael Kors and Yves Saint Laurant have all opted for this look with their collections. A well defined, deep eye will instantly glam up any look. Whether you decide to keep it more simple with a thick, smudged out liner, or kick up the wow factor and go dramatic with a powder or cream shadow that can be smoked out to the max, it's such an easy way to take your look to another level. The key to this look, whether simple or smoky, is a deep black volumizing mascara. I like to apply at least 3 coats when I do a smoky eye so that the lashes don't get lost in the background; you still want them to pop. Remember to keep the rest of the face muted. The eyes should be your stand out feature. A little concealer on problem areas, some powder to set it, a toned down blush/bronzer and a flesh toned lipstick with just a touch of gloss will guarantee that nothing else is competing with your fabulous eyes. Also, please take the time to groom the brows. Nothing ruins a great make-up look like unruly face framers. You will be amazed at the difference that clean, manicured brows create, whether you're wearing make-up or not!

Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Hungry Heart

*A highlighter is a great companion to the smoky eye. To create dimension and to keep the eye looking lifted, a highlighter right underneath the brow (on the browbone) is key. I like this duo, because it allows you to mix the two colors to create YOUR personal color.

Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion

*Talk about a cult favorite! I discovered this primer some years ago from a fellow make-up artist and it's THE best. This should be the 1st step to your eye make-up routine. Especially when wearing darker eye colors, a primer is key in preventing creasing and fading on the lid.

Kevin Aucoin The Mascara

*This is an AMAZING mascara! It delivers tons of volume, separation and lift. Pile it on for a dramatic effect, but, remember to allow at least 15 seconds between each coat to prevent clumping.

Smashbox Cream Eyeliner
*Gel based liners are a Godsend for us oilier skinned ladies (and Gents!!), because they dry down to a smudge proof, water resistant finish that won't run and disappear during the day. Remember to get an angled tip brush to apply the liner. I use the 266 Small Angeled Brush by
MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
*I love this shadow because it's not a flat wash of color. It contains metallic flecks that attract more light to the eye area and give it a little more pop!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils
*These liners are really creamy, preventing tugging on the delicate eye area (especially if you have dry skin). Because of the soft texture, blending and smudging is a breeze.

Any questions for Keebs???

~Stay classy and fabulous- Your Glam-Puss!

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