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Easy And Fun Sprinkle Lip Art Tutorial

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I’ve been browsing my past creative makeup work and I stumbled upon this look that I did way back in 2012. I love how colorful and fun it looks, and it can be wear for Halloween makeup too. If you don’t want to wear full makeup, you can simply focus on the lips and still make it fun. Today, I’ll be sharing how I created this sprinkle-styled lip look, so you can use it this coming Halloween. All it takes are 3 easy steps and you are ready to go!


1 ) Choose A Bright Lip Color

To start, I chose a bright pink lip color (similar) for my lips, as a base for the sprinkles. You may also try a bright orange for a more vibrant and colorful base. Be sure that the lip colors are evenly applied.

2) Apply Lip Gloss

To make the sprinkles stick better on the lips, apply a generous amount of lip gloss onto your lips.

3) Kiss a Plate of Sprinkles

Place a good amount of sprinkles (whatever kind of shapes you like) on a small, flat plate or container. With your lips dampened by the gloss, place your lips on plate or container with the sprinkles. Make sure sprinkles are covering all areas of your lips by moving them side to side.

Optional: Add a pink heart on your cheek to finish the look!

And it’s done!! Now you have fun lips to wear for Halloween!

Any fun makeup ideas you want to try for Halloween? Happy Monday!

P.S Don’t forget to pin! :)


How To: Changing Lip Tone Color

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Putting on makeup becomes more fun when I try to blend and mix colors together. One product experiment with the most is lip color. Lip liners are not only great as a base and make lipstick last longer, but they also help the lip color change tone, brightness, and darkness. I recently used this bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju. There are some days I stick to one lip product, but want to change its tone. That’s why today, I’ll show you how I change my current favorite lip color to a different tone. It is perfect fit for this new season, fall! makeup-tricks-changing-tone-of-lipcolor-fall-winter



I find red liner is my favorite base of all, if I want to make my natural lip product vibrant. If you have one like this just laying around, or if you are hesitant to use red lip liner, this is the perfect time to try!

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My current fave lip color, bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju, has a pink tone. That’s why I decided to try a brown eyeliner to add a hint of brown tone to it. It’s not as big of a difference compared to the red liner, but I can tell that it changed the saturation when I used the brown liner as a base.

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I was skeptical about using black eyeliner as a base thinking it might look gothic,  mixing it with my Juju lip color. Surprisingly, I LOVE how it turned out. It created a nice Fall Season lip tone that suits my skintone. I think I’ll add more black for the base to make it look darker next time I apply my Juju lip color.

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NOTE: If you try this technique and use eye liners as a base often,  I recommend getting seperate brown or black eyeliners (or any other colored eyeliners) for the lips and eyes. You can also sanitize the eyeliners by wiping them with rubbing alcohol, letting them dry, and then sharpening them. For retractable eye liners, it’s easy to clean by wiping them with rubbing alcohol. Always make sure they are completely dry before using them on your eyes. :)

Have you tried this technique? What liner colors do you want to try?

Feel free to pin this image below :-)



Pink Bloom: Makeup Using Affordable Drugstore Brands

Monday, July 25, 2016




I’ve always believed that there are many affordable makeup products in drugstores that offer a great finish for your skin. It is just a matter of how you apply and blend them together. Not everyone can afford high-end makeup brands. That’s why I thought of sharing a few of the drugstore makeup products I’ve recently used. I love to use them, and I can still achieve a gorgeous finish without breaking the bank.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Sun Bronze

Hard Candy Bake Bronzer Hula Hula

Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples

Pack of 2- L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, Amber Rush

Revlon® Ultra HD Matte Multiple Color Lipcolor (flirtation)

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

NYC Kiss Gloss

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

Have you tried some of these? Let me know your thoughts! :)




My Dewy Bronzed Foundation Tutorial

Monday, June 20, 2016


Hello first day of summer!! I’m excited for today’s post sharing a foundation routine that I have been using lately. It’s more of a dewy, glowing-bronzed-skin look which is suitable for this season. First of all, I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow tanning lotion  for a couple of months now. I love how it makes my skin look more tan for the summer in a natural looking way. If you haven’t used it, you should try it and let me know how it works out for you. Check out my my Jergens blog post HERE.

Here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how I achieve this dewy, bronzed skin look. This is after I have already applied eye make-up.

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  1. I love to use Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream for this kind of weather. It feels soft and lightweight on my face. Plus, it’s totally natural looking which is the best way to have it for summer. I used my fingers to apply it, focusing on the areas which I outlined on the image above.
  2. I then used liquid concealer Bare Minerals Bareskin Concealer with medium to full coverage. I applied it under only the dark areas under my eyes, bridge of my nose, and a little bit on my upper lip.
  3. Using a powder brush and translucent powder, I tapped it off before applying this product so that I wouldn’t get too much on my skin. Doing this helps to avoid cakiness. I only focused on putting this powder under my eyes and little bit on my forehead. By doing this, it keeps my skin from having a matte finish and still look natural.
  4. To warm up my face, I used Rimmel Natural Bronzer and gently slid it on the side of my cheeks, around my forehead, sides of my nose, and around my jaw area.
  5. To start highlighting, I sprayed my brush with this product and used Hard Candy Bake Bronzer as my highlighter for my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and my upper lip. Make sure to blend it well.
  6. To make my skin look summer-ready, I love to use a golden bronzer. Using a big round brush, I slid it off to the sides of my forehead and sides of my cheeks.



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I’m wearing this beautiful necklace from Rebecca Lankford Designs

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Have Pinterest? Pin this image to your favorite beauty board so you can save this tutorial. :-)

Have a wonderful first day of summer!
P.S Some of the links on this post are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and purchase the product/s, I will receive a commission.


Fresh Face and Glow! (+ SUMMER GIVEAWAY)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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When I started to do makeup in the Philippines way back 2009, I was introduced to Evian Facial Spray by my fellow makeup artists. They recommended it for my clients, especially for brides. It is well known for making your skin feel fresh, hydrated, and clean before applying makeup. When you’ve finished putting on makeup, you can also spray this on top of your entire face. This will help the makeup stay on longer throughout the day. If you feel your makeup is too powdery or cakey, you can grab your blender sponge and spray the Evian Facial Spray onto it. Then, gently pat down the areas on your face that you feel are powdery or heavy. Not only did I love to use this with my clients, but I loved bringing this with me to the beach, when I was still living in the Philippines. I would use it to help cool down my face under the heat of the sun.

Now that summer is coming, I’m excited to use my 1.7 fl oz travel-sized *Evian Facial Spray in. It is great for traveling since the packaging is leak-proof and TSA-friendly. The size is handy and perfect for my purse too. It also comes in other sizes, 5 oz and 10 oz. If you get the larger sized Evian Facial Spray, it is way cheaper and you can get more product for the price, compared to MAC’s Setting Spray. Evian comes in a canister and creates some fine micro mists when sprayed. This makes it more relaxing for your face when you spray it on. I’m also surprised that the Evian Facial Spray is a great, handy product for a mother like me. With a baby and toddler, I’m glad that it is safe to use for them too. Living in Texas weather, this is great and handy for freshening up my kids’ faces while walking outside and going to the park.

I would especially recommend that you bring this with you in hot weather, like during the summer season. Again, it is so easy to grab and spray on your face to freshen up and keep your face moisturized. With this spray, I can also create a natural highlighting effect for my face and shoulders, without it looking powdery.


Try to spray the Evian for 2-3 seconds onto your brush, and swipe it off onto your highlighter powder. This technique will help your highlighter stand out even more and make your makeup stay on your skin longer.

I love to apply highlighter on my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, and upper lip.

You can also try to apply it on your collarbone and shoulder so when the light bounces off your skin, it gives you a natural looking glow.


For you to experience the benefits of this product for yourself, Evian is offering a giveaway to all my readers. 5 lucky winners will receive a summer prize package which includes:

  • A $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays

(Total package valued at over $75)

Contest ends on May 31, 2016. Enter HERE 

Good luck. :-)

*This product was sent to me by Brandbacker to review. All opinions are honest, true, and my own. Thanks for supporting my blog!:)


Soft Coral Makeup Tutorial (+ Mineral Makeup Discount Code)

Monday, April 11, 2016


I’ve recently been buying things from Etsy lately, and I found this shop that sells mineral makeup. If you have noticed, I haven’t used any mineral makeup for my blog posts or even on my freelance kit. The shop called Beneficial Minerals is owned by a woman named Kelli. She is based in Washington and created these products in her home studio.  As a first-time mineral makeup user, I was skeptical about its coverage and longevity. Surprisingly, it lasted longer throughout the day than I thought when I used it. The color also really showed up perfectly. I created this look for the fresh and blooming seasons of spring and summer.The steps are so simple and easy, that you should try it on for this kind of weather!

Also, keep scrolling down as I’m giving away a discount code to use when you shop for these mineral makeup products! :)

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  1. Moisturize your skin using your favorite facial moisturizer.
  2. I first applied liquid concealer under my eyes, eyelids, around my nose and other areas that need to be evened out.
  3. Using a buffing brush, I buff the *mineral foundation from Beneficial Minerals all over my face and blend it well. I like to put the product on my palm, which I find easy to grab for more space.
  4. Using the same brush (but cleaned), I grab the *mineral makeup blush in Coral and apply it on the apple of my cheeks.
  5. The *Beneficial Minerals blush in Adobe, has a light shimmer in dark brown. So I thought to use this as a contour powder for the sides of my nose and cheeks.
  6. Apply a highlighter as well on the upper part of your cheeks, bridge of your nose (if needed), and upper lip.


  1. I fill up my brows and blur some harsh lines, using a soft brow pencil.
  2. I use a flat eyeshadow brush to start patting down the *mineral eyeshadow in Coral, and apply it on the entire eyelid. I like to buff off the brush to remove some product and start to buff off the harsh lines on the eyelids where I applied the eyeshadow.
  3. Try to use a natural (not white) eyeliner over your waterline to open up your eyes if you have a similar eye shape to mine.
  4. Curl and apply mascara to the upper and bottom part of your eyelashes. Instead of using one strip of false lashes, I opt to use individual ones since it’s more natural and flattering :-)
  5. Apply a thin line of eyeliner. I used liquid pen eyeliner for this look.
  6. Apply a tiny bit of darker eyeshadow from the lower, outer lashline onto the center. Then, blend the edges.


  1. I apply a liquid creamy lipstick and if you want to see some examples, check them out here

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There are a few different sets of *Beneficial Minerals Blush in Apricot, Coral and Adobe (they are all lightly shimmered powder). I picked these sets since the colors are gorgeous for this season! This is perfect for those with a fair to dark skin tone. SHOP HERE for different sets, or if you want a simpler shopping experience, visit  

To all my readers, you can get a 30% discount on your entire order by entering this coupon code: EMSMITH
Enjoy!! :-)


* Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post but I received these makeup products with a pro discount as a makeup artist. All opinions are my honest thoughts and based on my own experiences from using them.
By the way, April is my birthday month, so watch out for my birthday giveaway that I will be announcing soon on my Instagram !


7 Beauty Tips To Know For Spring

Wednesday, March 30, 2016



As the weather changes to warm and sunny, I’ve been changing my makeup routine into a lightweight and softer look. Showing your “true skin” is the key for this season. I don’t mean to say that you can’t wear any foundation, but don’t apply foundation in heavy layers. Doing so will just make your face look over-done and obviously cakey, since there will be a lot of sunlight and heat from the sun. Here are my 7 Makeup and Beauty tips for Spring!

1 Lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer is always the best option to create that natural-looking glow. I’ve been using a gel cream-based which I used for my Tropical Makeup Look Tutorial. Using foundation only on the areas you need to even out (or concealer to hide some spots) is much nicer to use for this season, than trying to cover your entire face with heavy or full-coverage foundation.  Liquid foundations are great to use too, since it easily blends with your skin. If I think my liquid foundation is too heavy, I like to mix it up with a little bit of facial moisturizer. Using beauty blender can also help to achieve a flawless foundation finish.

2 Always apply moisturizer onto your face. This gives the makeup a soft canvas to paint on, and it softens dry areas like around the nose and/or lips. I like to massage my face with moisturizer for a few seconds and let it dry, before applying makeup. If you plan to put eyeshadow, skip putting moisturizer on your eyelids so that the eyeshadow will stick well onto your skin. If your under-eyes are dry or feel tight after applying concealer, try to blend eye cream with your concealer to achieve a softer finish.

3  This is fastest way to get rid of the shine on your nose, t-zone and other areas on your face, rather than reapplying powder.

4a I like to blur lines in applying eyeshadows, lip liner, or lipstick. Use a clean blending brush to soften the edges of eyeshadows. Then, use your fingertip to blur any edges from your lipliner or lipstick. I skip the “defined” lip finish for this season, as I think it’s much nicer if your lips have a softer and naturally effortless look for spring. Avoid sharp brows as well, by using a Q-tip or your finger to soften eyebrow makeup.

5a  It’s good to be back wearing shorts and skirts. I love to use baby oil for an instant, healthy looking glow on my shoulders, collar bone, arms, and legs. Not only does baby oil give your skin a beautiful shine, but it also softens it! Before applying another layer of baby oil, let your skin absorb the first layer.

6a  Another product I love to use in the spring is cream blush. It gives the most natural looking blush on my cheeks. Some cream blushes can also be used for lip color, and even eyelids.

7a  If you are applying powder (either compact or loose), I recommend using brushes instead of sponges. Brushes give a more natural finish and are easier to build up with. Just make sure you tap the brush off after grabbing powder, to avoid getting too much product on your face (We don’t want cakey).

These are gorgeous images of Sarah, our Instagram giveaway winner. She won a FREE portrait session with Lauren Bloom, including a makeup session with me and hairstylist, Macey. Watch out next month, as I have my own giveaway on Instagram! (My birthday month!!!)

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Tropical Makeup Tutorial + What I miss back home

Monday, March 14, 2016


I know it is not summer yet in the U.S., but I thought of creating a tropical look since it is already summer in my hometown, the Philippines. I love this look because it is simple, yet my skin looks radiant and healthy. Having tan skin warms up your complexion. When I used to live back home, I often got a tan instantly since it is sunny there most of the time. Sigh… Oh, how I miss it back home! Of course, I am home right now with my wonderful husband and children. In my heart, home will also be the place where I used to live. I was born in Manila, but raised in Marinduque. Marinduque is a small island in the heart of the Philippines. Beautiful coconut trees are everywhere, beaches are within walking distance, and small island-beaches with white sand and corals are just a few minutes away by boat. I miss waking up to the noise of the chickens and tricycles, but not the barking dogs 😉 Did I mention that the food there is delicious and cheap too? There are many things there that I really miss!

The experience of living on a small island, taught me how to be humble and share what I have now. God taught me to appreciate all the food that I have to eat, the clothes that I wear and the home that I live in today. Although, living in the U.S. has spoiled me in some ways. For example, I like taking long showers, and that back home, we only had water in town from the morning until the late afternoon. We also didn’t have a shower, we used a bucket. I also like using the dishwasher instead of washing dishes manually. Where I grew up, we didn’t have a dishwasher either. There are so many differences, but there are also so many things to learn! Here’s a photo of one of the beautiful beaches of Marinduque.   

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These photos make me feel homesick 😉


Alright, here’s how I created this Tropical makeup look that is perfect for the summer:

For the Face:

  1. I used a sheer to medium type of foundation and used my fingers to apply it all over my face. I found the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue (Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream) and I fell in love with it! If you are looking for a lightweight foundation this summer with a glow, I recommend this product! This is a perfect combination for those who have dry skin.


  1. Apply liquid concealer under the eyes. The liquid type is easy to blend and it won’t cake (if you apply it in thin layers) compared to other concealer types, like cream. Liquid concealer is also perfect if you want to achieve a look with a natural finish.
  2. By using a big round brush, I used the bronzer powder around my face and the sides of my cheeks to warm up and add glow to my complexion. I didn’t use any blush for this look. Instead, I used a mix of bronzer powder and the pinkish highlighter of Pacifica Beauty palette.


For the Eyes:

  • I used a retractable eyebrow pencil to fill up my brows. Use your finger tip to soften harsh lines.
  • I applied liquid concealer all over my eyelids to even out some discoloration on them. I used the bronzer powder to create this eye makeup look by using a flat brush, and applying the bronzer powder onto the outer and inner corner of my eyes. Use a clean blending brush to blur the edges. I used the lighter bronzer from the Pacifica Beauty palette to the center of the eyelid and top some highlighter afterwards. Makeup tips: To make the bronzer look more metallic and brings out the color, do the technique of make your brush wet a little bit (I used spray bottle) and mix it up with the bronzer powder.
  • Only apply thin eyeliner. I used liquid pen eyeliner (you can also use eyeliner pencil). Make sure it’s really close to the lashline. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I prefer no false lashes for a more natural look, but if you’d like false lashes, try natural or individual falsies.
  • For the lower lash line, I used eyeliner in natural shade for waterline to open up my eyes. I also used a small brush to apply the bronzer powder on the lower lash line.
  • Next, I used a highlighter for the tear ducts and blended the edges so that it looked natural.
  • To finish the eyes, I applied a matte medium contour powder to the upper side of my nose to create some depth.

For the lips:

  • To start, I used a burgundy lip liner all over my lips. Make sure you outline your lips too, except for your upper lip. Instead of using the lip liner, I used a bronzer powder to create a glow on the top of my lips. Finally, I used my fingertip to apply the bronzer powder onto the center of my lips, and blended it well to finish the look.



P.S. here’s a photo from my last trip to Marinduque, in 2013 with my husband. If you want to know more about Marinduque and are looking for fresh seafood, as well as a relaxing and friendly place to stay for vacation (that’s cheap too!)  visit this page.


What’s your plan for this summer? Do you have favorite bronzer?

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, photography, motherhood and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of three boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from the Philippines.

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