Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Festive Eyes!

Holiday peepers should dazzle and sparkle. Bringing attention to your eyes really ups your glam factor! It's a great time to play around with extra eye enhancing accessories ie. faux lashes, glitter, colorful liners, etc.. Plus, depending on your amount of cocktail consumption, you don't have to worry about retouching, as apposed to sporting a bold lip!

Here are some fun choices to play around with for your Holiday outings:

For starters....

Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion ($17.00)
*I have mentioned this product before and the cult following that it has. It really is a key player to maintaining your eye looks. Think about it...don't we prime our walls before we apply the paint? It's because primer acts as an adhesive, provides longer wear and a better color payoff to the finished product. Whether you have oily, combination or dry skin, the eyelid produces oil that, without a barrier between your skin and your make up, will "bleed" through your shadow. As a result, your eyeshadow will crease, thin out and become very sheer or eventually (depending on the shade) disappear. Don't waste your time creating a beautiful eye look that doesn't last past your first cocktail! Take the extra 5 seconds....it's totally worth it!

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer ($16.50)
* Another great trick for fab eyes is using a full coverage concealer on top of your primer. I use a MAC concealer, but you can use one that works best for you. Just make sure that it has a matte finish and that the color blends seemlessly. I like MAC's because it is highly concentrated (a little goes a long way) and it contains Silica, which is an oil absorber (I'm SUPER oily). Not only does this act as an additional barrier, but it also evens out the eyelid (discolorations, birthmarks, etc) giving you a bare canvas to apply your color. A bare canvas means that the true color of the shadow will show without competing with the undertones on your eyelid.

OK...Now for the fun stuff:

Nars Single Eyeshadow in Tropic ($22.00)
*How GORG is this color!!!!! The minute I saw it, I had to have it! If you're not afriad of color (or attention...the good kind!), you should really try it. It gives sheer to full coverage and is long wearing. I can see myself pairing this with navy and black shadows as contours, lashes, blackest black liner and the most nude lips (I can see the whole look just by closing my eyes)! The silver flecks makes it that more fun!

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Gel Eyeliner in Ocean Teal ($22.50)
*This gel eyeliner comes with its own brush. The beautiful, teal color is flattering on all eye colors. You can keep the rest of the lid bare or apply a neutral shadow for a bit more contrast. I would apply the line very neat and thin on the upper and/or lower lash lines. It's great for someone who just wants to try a pop of color to bring more focus to the eyes.

MAC Pigments ($19.50)
*I LUV LUV LUV Pigments! I can't even pinpoint a specific color. Pigments are highly concentrated loose powders; one jar will last you FOREVER!! They come in a rainbow of shades that really "pop" on the eyes. You can mix them together and use them wet or dry. Apply them with a tight bristle brush for bolder color or with a looser brush for just a wash of color.

MAC Glitter ($19.50)
*Glitter is the best! The easiest way to transform a so-so look into a standout one. It contains loose glitter particles and comes in the same kind of tub as the Pigments. For an instant boost, you can layer them over an eyeshadow that you already have. They can also be used wet or dry. Check out the MAC Holiday Glitter sets for smaller versions of this product here.

Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner ($17.50)
* Glitter eyeliners are fun. You can use them alone or over top of a standard eyeliner. Once they dry down, they don't budge and look great all night!

Make Up Forever Faux Lashes ($15.00)
*Make Up Forever has 60 different styles of lashes to choose from! From full strips, individuals to fashion/art inspired ones. Lashes are great bonus eye accessory. Extra Glam indeed!!

Like I always say, have fun with these looks. Play around with different colors and textures that you aren't used to. What's the worse that can happen....you don't like it, you wash it off!! Enjoy the Holidays and create some fantastic memories with the ones you love...I know I am!

P.S.- Because it's a bit difficult to find pictures of make up looks that I love, I may start taking pics of looks that I have created myself!

~Stay Classy and Fabulous- Your Glam-Puss!