Eyeshadow Close Up Instructions Colorful Tutorial

My makeup only has two settings: Rainbow Brite or nothing. Yesterday I practiced blending out my eyeshadow and chose two unlikely color combinations: pink and green. This look took a while to blend and layer together, but it was worth the effort. I ended up loving how this eyeshadow look turned out. 

Eyeshadow Close Up Black Colorful Tutorial

I used a pink Morphe’s eyeshadow and a green Urban Decay eyeshadow for this look. I started out by applying the ELF Cosmetics Smudge Pot in Pearls of Wisdom as a base first, as always. I never skip this step when applying eyeshadow because I find it’s the best way to make the colors really pop! 

After applying the base, I patted the pink Morphe eyeshadow (named Mysterious) in my inner corner and about halfway to the middle of my lid. I then applied the green eyeshadow to my outer corners and added a brown eyeshadow from the Morphe 350 palette in my crease to blend everything out. I repeated these three steps a couple of times to build up the intensity of the eyeshadows. 

Eyeshadow How To Blend and Apply Colorful Tutorial

This is definitely a look that I plan to recreate in the future with different colors – perhaps with a yellow and blue?!

#EOTD Eyeshadow Instagram Eye of the Day Colorful Tutorial

If you have any questions leave them down below and I will be happy to answer them! 

x

Sam

NYX Stone Fox Swatch Brown Skin

Morphe Eyeshadow Tutorial

NYX Stone Fox Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is one of my favorite lip products ever, but I hardly ever wear it because of the unconventional color. I’ve had it for months and have only worn it out in public twice. To my surprise, both times people complimented me on the color and asked me what it was. I really should muster up the courage to wear it more often!

I paired NYX’s Stone Fox with a metallic blue-grey eyeshadow look, which is a combination of the shimmery blue eyeshadow in the Morphe 12S South of Summer Palette and Gunmetal from Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette. To make the look slightly softer and more wearable, I blended out the edges with a brown transitional shade and skipped eyeliner to make this eye look less dramatic. I dabbed extra Gunmetal in the inner corners to make the eyes pop and smoked a bit of black eyeshadow in the outer corner, too.

I personally love the way this eyeshadow turned out and can’t wait to do something similar again! Maybe with a peach eyeshadow next time?

ColorfulSpringEyeshadowBrownSkin

I was feeling especially colorful over the weekend and pulled together this bright, fresh spring look.

I’ve always loved wearing bright eyeshadow colors, and I think the combination of colors in the look come together really well. The nude lip also doesn’t distract from the colorful eyeshadow.

Products used: ELF Pearls of Wisdom eyeshadow base, Revlon Brazen eyeshadow palette, Rue 21 Electric Eye Palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, ELF Matte Lip Color in Praline.

I also have some great news to announce…I decided to start a new Instagram account that will be completely dedicated to makeup, beauty, and hair! Follow along here.

Glossy Smoky Eye Tutorial

It’s hard for me to rock a smokey eye without looking like a hungover raccoon, but it’s a new year and I’m open to trying new things.

This dark and stormy eye was inspired by El Nino, because it rained almost every day last week and I’ve forgotten what color the sun is. This is L.A., dammit. I’m entitled to drink mimosas on the beach in January.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Dark Skin

After applying my Wet n Wild Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer all over my lids, I blended the light brown shade from the BH Cosmetics Missy Lynn Palette into my crease as my transition shade. If you’ve been following my blog for more than a day, you’re probably tired of me mentioning this palette. But I’m not tired of it. It’s awesome! The colors are all super pigmented and I have yet to find an eyeshadow that acts as a better transition color for brown skin.

I then pulled out the Smashbox On the Rocks Palette and blended the dark brown color in the palette on top of my transition color, focusing on the crease and outer corners. When layering an eyeshadow look like this, it always helps to start with your lightest colors first and work your way up to the darker shades.

I patted the grey color all over my lid, and then applied the color Creep from the Urban Decay Naked Palette on top of it to build up the darkness that I desired.

To make the look glossy, I patted on the glittery highlight powder from my Sleek Contour Kit on top. This is something I will have to do more often, because as you probably know by now I am a huge fan of glitter, and sparkly things, and French fries.

Smokey Eye Close Up

The most important of those things obviously being French fries.

I’m also wearing the Ardell Baby Wispies Eyelashes. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think these are the best eyelashes I’ve ever worn. They look natural and are totally daytime appropriate. And they are comfortable. So, so comfortable.

And on my lips I’m wearing Milani’s Teddy Bare Lipstick, which is my favorite nude lipstick for brown skin.

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Easy Crown Braid Twist

Well, it only took eight months but I think I’m finally starting to get a handle on my transitioning hair.

At this point in my hair journey, my new growth is now long enough for me to notice my distinct curl patterns. I get so excited by my curly discoveries that I have a hard time keeping my hands out of my hair!

One hairstyle I’ve been loving lately is the crown braid. I find that this style really works for me because my hair is very voluminous so it holds together really well. I think this would also be a really pretty and elegant updo to wear tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner 🙂
Easy Crown Braid Tutorial

Part your hair on one side and keep the two parts separated. Starting with the longer side (if you part your hair down the middle, just choose one side) pick up two small pieces of hair at the hairline and cross them over each other so they switch places. This is the start of your braid.

Pick up a small piece of hair and add it to the lower strand. Cross the two strands again and repeat this step all the way down to the nape of your neck, picking up new pieces of hair as you go. Make sure you keep this braid rather tight and close to your head.

Once you reach the back of your neck, secure the braid with an elastic band to keep it from unravelling, and repeat the above steps on the other side of your hair, starting at the hairline again. Once the ends of the two braids meet, take out the elastic on the first braid and cross the two ends over each other and secure with bobby pins.

Twisted Crown Braid Updo Black Hair

Every time I wear my hair in this crown braid I always get compliments! 🙂 It’s super easy to do any only takes a little bit of practice. Happy Thanksgiving!