PRETTY IN PLUM! Eyes For Spring

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If you’ve kept your prettiest pastel shades of makeup locked up all winter long, listen up! Warmer weather is just around the corner and it’s high time you jail break your most colourful palette and ring in the spring with this soft purple smoky eye! Nothing says spring time like a purple-y plum, and the best news is, this shade will make your peepers really pop, no matter your eye colour…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Regardless of the look you’re going for, you’ll always want to prep and prime your lids and lower lashline with a hydrating eye cream and your favourite eyeshadow primer for all day wear.

As far as shadows go, you’ll want to grab a base shade in your skin tone to prep the eyelid, a medium coloured pinky-beige matte shade to lightly shape the eye, a dark plummy matte to enhance the eye and add some soft smoke and a shimmery pinky or purple-y shade to brighten up the eye and add some sparkle. Feel free to make your own colour combinations- this look would work just as well in any shade- from navy to neutral!

I used three liners for this look – but you can achieve similar results with just one. A deep plum or aubergine pencil will really tie this look together, but you can opt for brown or black if you prefer.

Don’t forget your eyelash curler and favourite mascara to finish your look!

Step 1: PRIME AND PREP:

Prep your eye area with a hydrating eye cream to keep your look fresh and comfortable all day long.

Prime your lids from lash line to brow bone using your favourite eye shadow base. Don’t forget to prime your lower lash line to make smudging and blending easier later on, and to keep your look in place!

Set your primer with a base eye shadow shade that matches your skin tone by patting the shadow from crease to brow bone. I like to leave the lid freshly primed so that colour adheres better in the next steps.

Step 2: SOFTLY SHAPE

Take your medium pinky-beige matte shade and sweep it through the crease, just under your orbital bone using a fluffy blending or crease brush. This step will add shape and soft definition to the eye and will also act as a transition to help with blending later on.

Remember that the area of the eye where you first place your brush will end up with the most pigment. For this reason, I like to start at the outside corner of the eye and sweep the shadow inwards with deliberate strokes of the brush. Everyone has their own blending style, but I tend to avoid a back and forth “windshield wiper” motion, as this can cause the colour to deposit unevenly.

Step 3: DEFINE AND LIFT:

Using a small, dense brush, pick up your darkest plum shade. You’ll first want to place the shadow at the outside corner of the eye in a “V” shape to create a lifted effect.

Step 4: DIFFUSE THE COLOR

Choose a small blending brush to diffuse the colour, using short strokes to eliminate any harsh lines. Be sure to keep the smoke on the outer third of the eye – this will open up the eyes and make them appear larger and more lifted!

Step 5: ENHANCE THE LID

Choose a small or medium flat shadow brush, depending on the size of your eyes. Pick up your shimmery shade on one side of the brush and press the colour over the mobile lid. You can use your fingertips to pack some additional sparkle onto the center of the lid for more intensity.

Step 6: BRIGHTEN UP (optional)

I chose to highlight the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten up the look. This is a great technique if you have close set eyes to help them to appear more balanced. Using a domed shadow brush, pick up your favourite highlighter or light shimmery shadow and place it in the inner corner or the eye to enhance.

Use the same shade to highlight the brow bone, just under the arch of the brow.

 

Step 7: LINE AND REFINE

I first lined my top lash line with a creamy black pencil and then softened the liner with some of the deep plum shadow that I used in step 3. I prefer to keep the line thin and close to the lashline to keep the look soft enough for daytime wear.

For an extra pop of purple, I lined my lower lashline with a purplish pencil just at the root of the lashes, and again, softened with shadow. You can use any colour of liner for this step, or even skip it for a more subtle eye look.

To brighten up the eye and keep the look balanced, I added a waterproof lilac coloured pencil just to the waterline on the lower lash line.

To ensure your liner stays put in the inner rim of the eye, first line the area generously. Wait 15-30 seconds for the liner to set, and then go over a second time to seal the colour in place.

Step 8: FINISH AND FINESSE

Curl and prep your lashes as your normally would.

I chose to finish the look with 2 thin coats of a lengthening black mascara, but aubergine or navy lashes would really add dimension and a colour popping effect if you have some on hand!

I love to pair plums on the eyes with soft pinks and berries on the rest of the face. A natural flush on the cheeks and a swipe of your favourite pinky hued lip gloss will keep the overall look balanced.

Here’s to warmer weather, bluer skies and makeup looks that put a SPRING in your step!

Makeup Tutorial

Beauty Tips to Transition From Winter to Spring

20150912-145105-DSC_0691-Edit-2Believe it or not, spring is finally here and sunny days are just around the corner! While you might be preoccupied with cleaning out winter’s dust bunnies and scouring Pinterest for a new warm weather wardrobe, the season presents an opportunity to update your beauty routine as well! Here are 6 tips to help you transition from “Winter Blah” to “Spring Hoorah”!

Do A Little Spring Cleaning

Hoarding drawers full of expired makeup is not only bad feng shui, but using product past its prime can lead to eye and skin infections! YIKES! Here is a quick guide to let you know when it’s time to let go:

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Don’t forget, for those of us guys & gals for whom “trash can” is a dirty word, a lot of cosmetics companies offer a recycling program for your empties!

Re-Evaluate Your Routine

Let’s face it, what works for you in the winter months may not be what’s best to address your skin concerns when warmer weather comes around. Seasonal change can have a big impact on the skin and it’s important to switch up your skincare routine in order to maintain results.

Hydration is key, no matter your skin type, and you may want to swap out your rich, creamy moisturizers for a lightweight or gel formula. It’s ALWAYS important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, no matter the season. Make sure you’re using a product with SPF, and if you’re spending time outdoors, you should re-apply every 2 hours for total protection.

Switch Up Your Coverage

Say goodbye to heavy formulas and opaque coverage – spring is the season when BB Creams and tinted moisturizers rule the makeup world. Opt for products with a natural to radiant finish- flat, matte skin is SO last season 😉

When shopping for a new foundation, keep your summer shade in mind. I like to keep two different foundation shades on hand (one darker and one lighter) so that I can mix them to achieve my ideal match. You can also incorporate a liquid bronzer into your routine to deepen your existing foundation. Try mixing it in with your favourite complexion product or primer.

Go For the Glow

“Strobing” is all the rage with beauty gurus on social media, but don’t worry, you don’t need to sport highlighter that can be seen from space to stay on trend. Dewy cheekbones and radiant skin is always a hit come spring, and you can add a little glow on the go without looking like a human disco ball.

Try adding a liquid luminizer to your primer for a lit from within look. You can also dab some on the high points of your face under your foundation for subtle glow. Be mindful of adding too much shine to the T-zone or chin area, as dewy skin can quickly look greasy if you’re not careful about your placement.

Sweeten Those Cheeks

Blush is back, and what a better way to ring in the season than with a pop of colour on the cheek. I love to use a blush with a hint of shimmer when the sun comes out for a playful, flirty sheen.

If you’re stumped on what shade to wear, it can be helpful to look for a colour similar to the shade of your natural lip – but I think a peachy-pink blush looks good on almost every skin tone.

Remember to use a light hand when applying blush to go for a natural looking flush. Keep the colour to the apples of your cheeks for the most youthful look, blending the shade in the direction of your hairline to create lift.

Flip Your Lip

I’ve been loving the dark matte lipstick trend this winter, but it’s time to move on. Brands are releasing tons of new, pigmented, high-tech glosses that are more hydrating and comfortable than matte formulas. Keep your lips in tip top shape by prepping them with a moisturizing balm – then try something new in a bright pop of pink, purple or punchy orange!

A Quick Peek Into Spring Trends

Each new season of the year brings excitement as we get to see trends for the coming season. Runway shows always reveal trends for the next season, and often are shown several months in advance of the season. So for Spring 2016, we actually need to look back at the runway photos from September 2015. I loved what I saw from different designers, and I am sure we will see many of these trends trickle down into our most beloved ready to wear stores.

1. Lingerie As Every Day Wear

One of the things I love most is learning how to incorporate lingerie into every day outfits, and for this season many designers were designing pieces reminiscent of some of my favourite undergarments. With soft, long slip dresses made from supple satin, elegant lace pieces made perfect for layering, and even a comeback for items made entirely of fishnet, influence of lingerie is going to be a big hit this season. I love that any style, from preppy pretty to edgy gothic can incorporate this idea into their style. Pair with a fluffy fur coat and clunky boots to bring this ’90’s trend into 2016.

2. Spanish Influence

Another big trend is Spanish influence. This trend throws our recent minimalism phase out the door and brings in bright, beautiful colours, ruffles, embellishment and embroidery. This trend is all about maintaining a feminine silhouette while adding flowing, voluminous ruffles. Pair your favourite minimalistic pointy-toed ankle boots with a flamenco-inspired outfit to keep this trend wearable for every day. And don’t forget to put on a bright lipstick with a matching flower in your hair!

3. Fringe

No, I am not talking about the creepy sci-fi series here, so rejoice, fringe is back again! I know you have your boho fringe pieces from last summer, so don’t get rid of those yet. Keep your fringe fresh by creating a monochromatic outfit of pieces all in hues of pink, blue, or orange (all in colours this season!). Keep a look out for fringe on hemlines – especially trouser hemlines – and this season brings super long fringe in beautiful bright colours!

4. Shiny Sequins

This is where your inner seagull rejoices, as we are seeing sequins and shiny fabrics all over the runway! Sequin pieces aren’t just for holiday parties – wear a shiny skirt paired with a marled knit to keep it low key and cool for early spring. The best thing about wearing sequins this season is that you can pair it with unconventional pieces to create a new look for your shiny items you keep reserved for a night out.

 

Those are a few of my favourite trends for Spring 2016, and what I love about the coming season is the entry of bright colours, beautiful prints, and mixing different trends into one outfit (I must say, I’m just a little excited about being rid of minimalism)! I love mixing and pairing unconventional pieces to create a fresh look – just what we need in the middle of these long Canadian winters!