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What would New Year’s Eve be without Sparkly Eye Makeup? Boring and uneventful I am sure.  Here is a quick and fun makeup tutorial for a great makeup look to wear to any New Year’s Eve event you plan on attending.   This Sparkly Eye Makeup is perfect for a black tie evening or even a fun night with friends – this look is easily worn and even intensified if you want a more dramatic look.  If there is one night of the year when glitter is a must – it is definitely New Year’s Eve.

Sparkly Eye Makeup Tutorial Perfect for New Year’s Eve!

Here is a picture of the finished look.

 

ThisThatBeauty Tutorial- Sparkly Eye Makeup Perfect for New Year's Eve

Here is a List of all the Products Used:

Face:

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Clarins Instant Concealer

La Mer Loose Powder

Hourglass Brow Sculpting Tool in Soft Brunette

Eyes:

MAC Pressed Pigment in Day Gleam

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Clarins Eye Kohl in Soft Plum

Diorshow Mascara

Cheeks:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer “Four Seasons” in Nude

Lips:

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby

 

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year and 2014!!!

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Nothing says party time like a great smokey eye. Check out this video on jewel toned smokey eyes, perfect for New Year’s Eve….and beyond. You’re welcome and Happy New Year!

Products Used:

Stila Stay All Day Foundation in Bare 1

Miracle Skin Tranformer Concealer

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

MAC Brow Duo in Brunette (from Stylish Brow collection)

Elizabeth Arden Single Eyeshadow in Shimmering Emerald

MAC Eyeshadow in Blu Noir

MAC Eyeshadow in Femme Noir

NARS Stylo in Black

YSL Shocking Faux Cils Mascara

MAC Blush in The Perfect Cheek

MAC Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn

Youngblood Lipliner in Au Naturel

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie

Laura Mercier Lip Gloss in Bellini

Brushes Used:

MAC 239

MAC 224

MAC 266

MAC 129

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Let’s tackle some Fall makeup trends, shall we?  If you need a quick refresher on exactly what all those trends are, you can see that post here.  Did you read it? No?  Ok, I’ll wait…Done?  Perfect!  Now we can carry on with the lesson.

One of the most daunting trend for women always seems to be the smoky eye, make that a brown smoky eye since we are talking 2012 Fall trends.  It strikes fear in the hearts of many makeup lovers, but it is actually one of the easiest looks to create.  I will take you step by step through the process, easing you through all the scary parts and showing you how simple this look can really be.  And the beauty of this particular Fall trend is the emphasis on one color – brown.   A color that is universally flattering on everyone, a shade almost every makeup lover owns and a palette appropriate to any social situation, work or play.  Class is now in session, let’s begin!

  1.  All smoky eye roads begin with a base to help your shadow last longer, go on more smoothly and blend easily.  I begin with Laura Mercier Eye Canvas and apply all over my entire lid stopping at the crease.   I prefer a flesh toned base so that it can also help even out the skin tone on my lid and reduce redness.
  2. Apply your preferred brown shade – cream or powder, shimmer or matte – all over the lid stopping at the crease.   I am using Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa , which has quickly become one of my favorite products for sheer ease of use and the ridiculously long staying power of the product.  Editor’s side note: blend right away because it sets quickly and does not budge.  The trick to wearing a smoky eye for any occasion is all in the shade of brown that you choose.  The deeper or more frosted the shade, the better suited for evening.  A pale, subtle brown, often with grey undertones is a great day choice for a simple wash of color all over the lid.
  3. Take your blending brush, such as this MAC 217 brush, and begin buffing the color all over the lid.  Attempting a smoky eye or any eye look for that matter is a moot point without the proper tools, namely brushes.  Once you have your arsenal of brushes, the best way to hone your skills is with good ol’ practice.  When blending out the lid color for a smoky eye, such as above, use quick 360 degree circular motions, applying enough pressure to blend the product.
  4. An extra tip to ensure the edges are smooth and blended is to take a larger blending brush like this MAC 224 brush, dip it in a matte skin-tone shade (mine is MAC Blanc) and apply over the edges both above and below to help the color seamlessly disappear into the skin.  This shade can also act as a highlight under the brow to create a more lifted appearance.  With such a dramatic smoky effect, I prefer a matte shade on the brow bone to balance the look.
  5. Once the edges have been buffed out and there is a smooth gradient-like effect to the shadow, finish smoking out the look by taking the color underneath the lashes and smudging it gently.  I prefer to apply the color with a smudge brush rather than directly from the caviar stick, as a brush allows me more control over the amount of color that is deposited.  Additionally, I run the brush slightly on the water line to intensify the effect.
  6. Full, lush lashes are the best way to finish off a smoky eye.  Whether for day or evening, I prefer to use a thick, volumizing black mascara such as Diorshow and simply adjust the amount of coats I wear for the specified occasion.  Work – 1 coat.   Happy Hour – 2 coats.  Night out on the town – 12,432 coats.

The best compliment to a smoky eye is always a soft cheek and neutral lip.  Focus on only one feature and let the rest of the makeup support that look.  I am finishing this look with Blush #10 by Armani, a soft rose and Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bellini, a reflective coral.

Here is the finished look.  Seems simple enough, right?  I would love to see how you wear your smoky eye.

Tweet or Instagram your smoky eye using #TTBSmkyEye so we can see your skills at work.

Don’t forget to follow @alittlebitetc on Instagram and Twitter so we can compare skills.

 

 

Fall 2012 makeup trends (Images: Elle and Bazaar)

It’s about that time – when a sweater is needed on your morning walk to work, frizzy hair is a distant memory and a new makeup wardrobe is needed to capture Fall in all its dark color splendor.  At approximately this time every year, women everywhere are reaching that crucial time when they are about to transition their makeup routine to welcome in a new season.  It’s all about the interpretation rather than the literal translation – so let’s take a look at 4 different trends that anyone can adapt into their beauty repetoire.  And yes, you have probably seen these before so feel free to dig deep into your makeup drawers and breathe new life into those products that may have been shelved for the past few months.  Here’s the rundown:

Lorac Palette – Unzipped

1.   Brown smoky eyes – Shown both in matte or shimmer – the look is edgy and sultry with color going all around the eye, smudged on the bottom lashes and blended out seamlessly.  The best part of a smoky eye in a neutral brown is its suitability for most skin tones and eye colors.  Since the look only requires using one color, it is easily recreated quickly and with few products.  Remember to keep the rest of the look simple, letting the smoky eye be the focus.  Some recommended choices for achieving this look: NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura, Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Mahogany, and the Lorac Palette in Unzipped.

Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash – Plum

2.  Multi-jewel toned eyes – As with many of the Fall clothing trends, jewel tones are a perfect way to introduce color without looking like a box of Crayola crayons.  Mix various shades together to create a look with more dimension, or simply opt for a liner and shadow in similar deep hues to dabble in the trend.  If doing a full eye look in colors other than brown still remains a frightening feat, try introducing a colored mascara in deep eggplant, hunter green or royal blue  into your routine to try this trend.  Here are some picks to help you recreate these looks: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash in Plum, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Mauve Shimmer Ink, and Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Enigma.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks – Powder Pink

3. Fresh, natural face – With all the attention on intense color, it’s nice to see that thought is still given to makeup that looks polished and fresh.  Using multi-purpose products, such as a cheek/lip tint or an eyeshadow that can double as a blush, is the trick to duplicating this trend.  Some great choices for achieving this look are: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Powder Pink, Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Dusty Rose, and Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit.

 

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – Brun Glace

4. Deep burgundy lips – What would Fall be without the return of a dark lip?  Rich in color, and darker than a traditional red, this season’s essential lipstick hue reads closer to a berry or red wine.  With such an intense shade, glosses and stains are a great way to recreate this on-trend look but make it appropriate for your daily life.  Great options for a dark lip: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Stain in Brun Glace, Tarte Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Moody, and Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry.

What trends are you going to try this Fall?

 Images via Elle and Bazaar

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I can’t decide. Is Hourglass Flim Noir Lash Lacquer revolutionary or evolutionary?

 

Revolutionary: because it represents a development within the lash category that does not currently exist.

Evolutionary: because it’s radically new and showcases a dramatic change outside of what’s presently offered.

The groundbreaking lash product is unlike anything I have ever seen in the beauty space. The inky, glossy, pitch-black top coat for lashes exaggerates the lash line to mimic the look of faux lashes without the hassle of weighty lashes or irritating adhesive.

A product launch this (R)Evolutionary deserves your full attention. Today, July 15, Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28) launches exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com. With that said, I’ll stand aside — *stampede*

Want to to learn more about Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer? Follow the brand on Twitter at @HourglassCsmtcs and #lashacquer

 

 

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Do you think you need professional makeup brushes to create beautiful eyes? Well think again. In this video, I demo how you can great beautiful sultry eyes with your fingers. Yep, no brushes required!

20918The initials LBD have taken on a whole new meaning for moi. Stila Smudge Pot in Little Black Dress is my current simple smokey eye crush du jour! This adorable little pot of black and purple sparkly lovin’ makes the world go ’round. I don’t know about you but I love effortless looks that make me the belle of the ball. I simply adore when everyone gushes over how gorg my eye makeup game is:

“cute eyeshadow”

“love the look, I could never pull that off””

And on the inside I’m thinking “if they only knew I pulled off this lil diddy in the time it takes to lace a shoe”.

Well today my lovelies, my Stila Little Black Dress Simple Smokey Eye secret is yours for the taking. You know I loves to share. No holding out here. No ma’am! OK, so it goes a lil something like this:

For super intense smokey eye with more black than purple, follow steps 1-4.

For a rockin’ smokey eye that’s more purple than black, simple omit my reference to black eyeliner in the steps below:

1: Base your lower lid and upper/lower waterline with a creamy super black eye liner. My choice is MAC Feline

2. Using a smudger brush (or your finger), smudge the base you just created

3. Using a synthetic brush (or your finger), apply Stila Little Black Dress all over the black eyeliner base on lower lid as well as across the lower lashline.

4. Using a soft crease brush, apply a neutral shadow or powder foundation into the crease. I use MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark

5. Apply mascara to upper/ lower lash line

6. Groom brows as you see fit. I opted to not do a brow highlight for this look…after all, its a “simple” smokey eye :)

So what do y’all think? Is this simple smokey eye super simple or what? Just add a nude glossy lip and you’re good to go!

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    I did a quick little smokey eye the other night that I’m dying to share with you. It was super fast and required only a handful of products.

    So simple and basic..and it goes a lil something like this:

    • MAC Sharskin Shade Stick or any dark (black) shadow stick over lower lid (from half way point all the way to the outer lower lid).
    • Pack any black color over the Sharkskin Shade Stick. I used the sparkly black from Eve Pearl Diva Eyes palette.
    • Blend a soft matte grey color into the crease. I used MAC Apres-Ski.
    • Highlight your brow with your fav brow highlight color.
    • Load up on your fav mascara
    • And that’s it. Super simple…but the result is SPECTACULAR. See for yourself…

    What do you guys think? Simple smokey eye or what?

    Leave a comment :)

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    How many times has this happened to you?…

    You artfully bang out one helluva smoky eye only to discover that the eye shadow fallout has left you looking like a crazed raccoon. Ugh! What’s a girl to do? Well ThisThatBeauty says, TRY THIS!

    Shadow Shields are disposable gentle stick ons that protect the under eye area from makeup residue. Say goodbye to raccoon eyes. No more eye shadow dust to dust away. No smudges. No mess. Just whistle clean under eye area after your makeup is applied! Shadow Shields save time and minimize the need for touch ups. They’re very easy to apply, gentle to pull off, and disposable.

    To apply, remove the top corners

    Apply directly below the eye area before eye makeup is applied

    Apply makeup


    Remove Shadow Shield and reveal clean under eye area. VOILA!


    Shadow Shields retail for $16.95 for a box of 50. You may purchase Shadow Shields at shadowshields.com

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      How many times has this happened to you?…

      You artfully bang out one helluva smoky eye only to discover that the eye shadow fallout has left you looking like a crazed raccoon. Ugh! What’s a girl to do? Well ThisThatBeauty says, TRY THIS!

      Shadow Shields are disposable gentle stick ons that protect the under eye area from makeup residue. Say goodbye to raccoon eyes. No more eye shadow dust to dust away. No smudges. No mess. Just whistle clean under eye area after your makeup is applied! Shadow Shields save time and minimize the need for touch ups. They’re very easy to apply, gentle to pull off, and disposable.

      To apply, remove the top corners

      Apply directly below the eye area before eye makeup is applied

      Apply makeup


      Remove Shadow Shield and reveal clean under eye area. VOILA!


      Shadow Shields retail for $16.95 for a box of 50. You may purchase Shadow Shields at shadowshields.com

      Laura Mercier’s Blue Sky Quad is one of my personal favs, so today I’m featuring it as my Face of the Day.  Blue is my absolute favorite eye color!

      See for yourself!






      Anyone else favor the color BLUE on the lids?
      Leave a comment.
      Better yet, send me a pic!
      PS: I will reveal my lip color in a separate fabulous post.  It’s my new favorite lipstick brand and I need to give it the proper respect of a full post complete with product review, interview with creator, etc.  Trust it’s worth the wait :)

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        Laura Mercier’s Blue Sky Quad is one of my personal favs, so today I’m featuring it as my Face of the Day.  Blue is my absolute favorite eye color!

        See for yourself!






        Anyone else favor the color BLUE on the lids?
        Leave a comment.
        Better yet, send me a pic!
        PS: I will reveal my lip color in a separate fabulous post.  It’s my new favorite lipstick brand and I need to give it the proper respect of a full post complete with product review, interview with creator, etc.  Trust it’s worth the wait :)

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        Hey folks!

        So here we are, less than 24 hours away from 2009.  WOW!  Can you believe it?
        Before we usher in the new, I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on 2008…our first year together!
        I have thoroughly and immensely enjoyed the little forum we’ve created here on ThisThatBeauty. Communing with you is one of my greatest joys.
        To celebrate our first New Year’s Eve together (can’t wait for our actual blog anniversary celebration in April 2009) I am running a little contest!
        The first ThisThatBeauty reader 
        to correctly answer the following questions 
        will receive a Beauty Bounty which includes the following:
        Trucco Longwear Liquid Eye Shadow in Steamy
        And here are your contest questions:
        Since we are bidding a farewell to 2008…
        I’ll ask 8 questions :-)

        1. What was the date of the first ever ThisThatBeauty post?
        2. What was ThisThatBeauty’s very first giveaway? Name the brand.
        3. In what month was the 2008 New York Makeup Show?
        4. In my MAC Hello Kitty post, what does my tee shirt say?
        5. I recently invited a ThisThatBeauty reader to review Mixed Chicks.  What is the viewer’s name?
        6. Last week I asked ThisThatBeauty readers to help me find a new product that I cant get my hands on.  What is that product?
        7. I often refer to MAC’s new releases as MAC Cr_ck.  Fill in the blank.
        8. What is ThisThatBeauty’s fav nail polish brand?
        OK, so there you have it!
        The first reader to respond with the correct answers will win all of the aforementioned goodies. My email is ThisThatBeauty@gmail.com. 
        Your subject line must read “New Year’s Eve Contest”
        Good luck beautiful and HAPPY HAPPY 2009!
        I will spare the emotional closer as I already got a lil mushy right before Christmas.
        But I will say this — May God continue to bless you and fill your 2009 with unlimited joy, love, love, love, happiness and all that your heart needs.
        Love you all dearly, 
        Felicia
        ThisThatBeauty.com

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          Hey folks!

          So here we are, less than 24 hours away from 2009.  WOW!  Can you believe it?
          Before we usher in the new, I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on 2008…our first year together!
          I have thoroughly and immensely enjoyed the little forum we’ve created here on ThisThatBeauty. Communing with you is one of my greatest joys.
          To celebrate our first New Year’s Eve together (can’t wait for our actual blog anniversary celebration in April 2009) I am running a little contest!
          The first ThisThatBeauty reader 
          to correctly answer the following questions 
          will receive a Beauty Bounty which includes the following:
          Trucco Longwear Liquid Eye Shadow in Steamy
          And here are your contest questions:
          Since we are bidding a farewell to 2008…
          I’ll ask 8 questions :-)

          1. What was the date of the first ever ThisThatBeauty post?
          2. What was ThisThatBeauty’s very first giveaway? Name the brand.
          3. In what month was the 2008 New York Makeup Show?
          4. In my MAC Hello Kitty post, what does my tee shirt say?
          5. I recently invited a ThisThatBeauty reader to review Mixed Chicks.  What is the viewer’s name?
          6. Last week I asked ThisThatBeauty readers to help me find a new product that I cant get my hands on.  What is that product?
          7. I often refer to MAC’s new releases as MAC Cr_ck.  Fill in the blank.
          8. What is ThisThatBeauty’s fav nail polish brand?
          OK, so there you have it!
          The first reader to respond with the correct answers will win all of the aforementioned goodies. My email is ThisThatBeauty@gmail.com. 
          Your subject line must read “New Year’s Eve Contest”
          Good luck beautiful and HAPPY HAPPY 2009!
          I will spare the emotional closer as I already got a lil mushy right before Christmas.
          But I will say this — May God continue to bless you and fill your 2009 with unlimited joy, love, love, love, happiness and all that your heart needs.
          Love you all dearly, 
          Felicia
          ThisThatBeauty.com

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