Online fave: TBD lived-in eyeliner

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The Beauty Department is a beauty central online. Run by what one could call the Lauren Conrad Beauty Team, they chern out beauty, hair, skincare and other tips on a daily basis. It’s a safe place to go when looking for a pretty braided hairstyle, a new way to do your nails or if you’re feeling like a healthy snack. This last week they posted a makeup look that just hit home. The “Street Model Eyes” makes me think of Mary-Kate Olsen, or even Taylor Momsen before she really went off the deep end. It gives off a “I woke up like this – after a big night out” vibe, but still manages to look somewhat put together. The liner is truly lived-in, but with a fresh face and light lip, it can easily be adapted to a daytime look. In true TBD style, the full low down on how to and how to not screw it up, is posted together with a step-by-step picture tutorial. The Beauty Department always always always delivers. 

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Take a brow

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We have all heard the saying “the eyes are the window to the soul”. If that’s true, then the eyebrows would make the window frame, right? Anyway, brows are very important for framing the face and a well groomed brow is a easy way to look put together and fresh without a lot of makeup.

Product wise, there are endless of ways to go. Powders, pencils, pomades, felt liners, dying, tattoo and so on. The choices are as many and varied as the preferences. What you like is up to you to find out, but let us help you along the way with some tips.

To begin with, you should tidy the brow up a bit. Pluck stray hairs, sort out the mono-brow and create a natural shape that suits your face. If you do not have naturally full brows, here is the time to fill them in. The most basic products are Tri Brow Colour powder from Make Up Store (1), Brow drama sculpting brow mascara from Maybelline (2) and the Brow Wizz brow pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills(3). For the most natural finish, the brow drama is definitely the choice. It gives colour, while shaping the brow and keeping the hairs in place. The powder is easy to work with and creates a dramatic, yet natural brow. The tri color system makes it suitable for most complexions, and to get the most natural result you should mix the colors. The Brow Wizz is definitely the most time-consuming product, but it leaves a natural result. The pencil is so small that precision is the result every time – just take your time!

 

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Nail it

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Pictured from top left: q-tips, Chanel dissolvant doux, Sally Hansen cuticle remover,
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Trind base coat, Essie polish in Spin the bottle, L’oréal shinissme gel top coat.

Just as a bare face should be prepped for makeup (hey, at least bother with a moisturizer!) the nails should also serve as a clean, blank canvas when adding nail varnish. There are different ways of prepping the nails; sometimes you don’t need to hassle out the big guns. But when your nails are due a good old fashioned manicure, these are some of the products that might come in handy (get it? Handy, nails…).

Anyway. First, start off with a completely bare nail. Use a good polish remover, it doesn’t have to be a high end one but that Chanel sure smells good! When the q-tip or cotton ball makes a little squeaking noise, you know your nail is oil-free and squeaky clean. Then you can move on to filing the nails into a desired shape, and the go on to buffing. Buffing the nails can be harsh, so this shouldn’t be a weekly thing. But buffing down and filing them smooth will make the application of nail polish much less fussy. If you need it you can use a cuticle remover, which will help with all the gritty old cuticle that never make for a fresh look. Apply the remover gel, let it sit for about ten minutes and the push the cuticles back very gently. Rinse the gel of, and if necessary, you cut of the excess cuticle. (Ugh, okay now we’re done with the gritty part!)

When it comes to the actual polish, a good base coat will do you a lot of favors. It will create a barrier between the nail and the colour, thus preventing discoloration. The base coat will also work as a conditioner, and can help with brittle or weak nails. The Trind Nail Repair is an absolute gem, as it really strengthens your nail and prevents breakage. Then apply the desired colour, in thin strokes. It’s better to go in with a second coat, then to have soggy wet nails that never dry. When the nails are completely dry, finish of with a topcoat that will seal the colour and help with longevity.

Making a manicure a part of your weekly beauty routine, will definitely be worth it. How about making it a regular for Sunday evening? That way, you’ll be polished and ready for the coming week. Well, at least your hands are!

Basic Contouring

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When it comes to makeup, you can just apply basic colour theory to whatever you do. One example of this, is contouring and highlighting. Those two, like black and white, often go hand in hand. The basic thought is this: the dark shades retract, the light extracts. So when contouring, always remember that you are darkening what you want to “push back” on your face – and likewise, you highlight what you want to “pull out”.

Contouring is most often used to show off, or create the illusion of, cheekbones. If your cheekbones aren’t naturally shaded, there are a few ways you can find them. You either want to suck in your cheeks like a fish and mark the hollows this creates. Or you can place a makeup brush by your ear, and push it into your cheek. When you feel your cheekbone, you want to place it beneath the bone itself; this is where you want to contour.

Other places to contour is where your face would naturally be dark if the sun was hitting it; your temples, the hairline, the sides of your nose, under your bottom lip and along your jaw. When contouring it is important that you use a small amount of product (remember, you can always add-on) and the key is to blend, blend, blend.

All that glitters…

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… doesn’t have to be gold. But it sure makes the look more festive! The golden tones are perfect for the summers many parties. A summer wedding would make for a great occasion to whip out the glitter. When working with glittery shadows there are many ways you can go, and the choice really depends on the desired result. For a more shimmery, not so chunky look you could go for the cream shadow. One example is the MAC paint pots, Bare Study being an excellent choice. For a more affordable choice, Maybelline’s colour tattoo in On and on Bronze is one of their many shimmery shades with a good quality – as long as you pop on a primer first, you cannot go wrong with Urban Decay’s primer potion.

For a more glittery look, the pressed shadows are a good choice. Here you have a large selection to choose from, all the way from drugstore to high end. The Naked Palette from Urban Decay offers many shimmery/glittery colours, or you could go for the single shadows. Pictured we have MUAs shade 11 Pearl, and 02 Golden Sand from IsaDora.

If you’re pulling out the big guns and really wanting that chunky glitter, then a loose pigment shadow is your best choice. You can really pack the shadow on the lid, and when wetting your brush you can really intensify the look. A golden oldie is MACs loose pigments in Vanilla or Old Gold. A more affordable choice is Da Vinci Cosmetics mineral shimmer shadow Champagne, pictured on the lid below, with Snakebite form the Naked2 palette in the crease.
All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold, but it sure does look good.

 

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Light it up

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When looking for a little add-on in the makeup way, one does not need to go for the classic bolder lip or stronger eye. If you want a bit of extra umph in your everyday makeup, just light it up. The options are endless; powder, liquid or cream, the choice is yours. Dabbing a bit of highlighter on some special places can take your look from boring to glowing in no time.

We all know that highlighter on the cheekbones will make them appear higher, more enhanced and modell-esque. To give the illusion of bigger and healthier lips, you can apply a little highlighter on your cupidsbow with your fingertip. For more awake and alert eyes, dab the highlighter on the browbone, the center of your lid and in the corners of your eyes. To lift the face, apply a tiny bit of highlighter above your eyebrow where the light would naturally hit you, and over the bridge of the nose – between the eyes. Not a huge effort, but it sure makes a big difference!

Pictured; MAC’s Soft & Gentle on the cheekbones, nose and above the eyebrow. The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer on the eyes and cupids bow.

 

 

 

Contour vs. Bronzer

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In the world of makeup there are a lot of products, and their uses overlap eachother on a regular basis. Sometimes these products can serve many different purposes, and no harm is done. But there are two products that should forever and always be kept distinguished as to completely separate products: the contour and the bronzer.

 

There are some similarities. Both products should be darker than your skintone. Both products come in different shapes and sizes; powder, liquid, stick and cream. It’s the use of the products that make the different: The contour is for shading, and sculpting. It should be matt and mauve in colour, and therefore work as a shadow that does not attract light. A typical use for the contour is beneath the cheekbones, to create the illusion of more depth. The bronzer on the other hand, is shimmery or even sparkly. It’s more warm in colour than the contour, and it’s purpose is to create a sunkissed glow. The bronzer is usually placed at the highlighting points of the face, to brighten and lighten the face.

 

As makeup is basically color theory on your face, the rules of light attracts and enlarges and dark extracts and minimizes is the key. If mistaking the contour for the bronzer and vice versa can look quite disastrous. The rule of thumb is: Contour on the places you want smaller, bronzer on the places you want to stand out.