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Easy And Fun Sprinkle Lip Art Tutorial

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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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!
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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! :)

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Back-to-School Makeup Tutorial

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A natural looking makeup tutorial for those who want to try wearing makeup at school. Learn this natural, yet blooming makeup look that is perfect for college students or graduate students. It enhances facial features and gives a boost of confidence.

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If I could go back to my college days, this look would be my favorite. It is more on the natural side as it is enhances beauty. Today, I’m sharing a makeup tutorial for those gals who wants to try wearing makeup at school without looking “too much” or “over done.” Some steps are optional, depending on what you need for your skin type/tone or want for your look. For example, if you have good brows, that means you can skip filling them up with makeup.

Some of my friends wonder, if I had a daughter, would I allow her to wear makeup at school? 😉  In my opinion, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing makeup at school, IF it is age appropriate. There is also the matter of what kind of look she is trying to create with her makeup. However, I still believe that is better not to wear makeup before college. But if you like to experiment and want to learn (which is good for school presentations, etc.) I suggest mascara and lip balm as a good starting point for young ones. When I was in highschool, I did have a shiny face, so I often used pressed powder or baby powder (oooppss). Now, I wish I only used blotting paper back then. Throughout my college years, I loved to wear makeup, usually pressed powder, blush, mascara, and natural lip color product. I think it helped my face look awake due to sleepless nights I spent finishing up some paintings and artworks. Makeup also gave me extra confidence even if it was just a simple, natural look. To this day, it still does. Below is the step-by-step tutorial on how I create this perfect back-to-school look! Enjoy!

 

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1 Apply tinted moisturizer onto your clean face using your fingers. I love Bareminerals Complexion Rescue . My color shade is tan.

2 To cover up dark circles, redness around the nose, and to highlight some areas, apply a liquid concealer and use your ring finger to blend it. I prefer liquid because it’s easier to blend.

3 Use a beauty blender or a soft makeup sponge (SIMILAR) and dampen  it with a little water. Then, pat down the makeup under your eyes and face.This will help to avoid patches and gives a smooth finish after applying tinted moisturizer and concealer.

4 Begin to fill up your eyebrows, I’m using L’Oreal Paris Definer Brow Liner in a shade of brunette that comes with a brush too.

5 Go back and grab a liquid concealer but this time, apply it on the entire eyelids and blend it. This will help the eyeshadow to stick on and have a smooth application for long-wearing.

6 Depending on your skin tone, use an eyeshadow in brown tone (Similar Eyeshadow). Pat down the eyeshadow all over your eyelids, using a small, flat brush. Blend it gradually on the crease using the blending brush.

7 With a pencil eyeliner, draw a thin line on your upper lash line and outer, lower lash line. Stop at the center (as the image shown)

8 Curl and put on your favorite mascara. Right now, I’m really digging the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes that comes with fiber making my lashes longer. Ahhh I love it!

9 Apply a cream lip liner. I like to use Rimmel Lipliner because they have a few color options for natural lip tones, which are perfect for everyday looks. Plus, it has a soft texture to blend with.

10 I used this same lipliner for my blush. I’m surprised how it stays smoothly on my cheeks and gives me a natural flash.

11 (Optional) Use gloss if you’d want a shine on your lips.

12 Add a highlight on your tear ducts if you want to open up your eyes. This is great to help tired, sleepy eyes.

13 Don’t forget to dust some setting powder on the areas under your eyes and your T-zone

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If you are looking for more affordable makeup products, check out my blog post about drugstore makeup products that I used for this look.

What were your makeup must-haves when you were in school? Share them in the comments below!

P.S. Thanks to my son for letting me uses his books as my props for this shoot. 😉

 

Have fun pinning this tutorial on your Pinterest board!

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Pink Bloom: Makeup Using Affordable Drugstore Brands

Monday, July 25, 2016

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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.

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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! :)

 

 

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My Dewy Bronzed Foundation Tutorial

Monday, June 20, 2016

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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.

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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.

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

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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!:)

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Soft Coral Makeup Tutorial (+ Mineral Makeup Discount Code)

Monday, April 11, 2016

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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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FACE

  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.

EYES

  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.

LIPS

  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 http://beneficialminerals.com/  

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

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* 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 !

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Fresh Mom Look: Easy Steps to Cover Dark Circles

Monday, February 22, 2016

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Recently, my youngest son, who just turned 8 months, has been sleeping through the night now. Yahoo!!! It was a very big help for me and my husband since we also have a toddler who will turn 2 next month. From all the sleep deprivation with my kids, all I really want is to sleep longer. If you are single, mom-to-be, or married with no kids, all I can say right now is that enjoy your sleep! Just sleep and sleep! 😉

Today’s post is about how to look fresh and feel fresh when you have those dark circles around your eyes. I thought dark circles are cool to have when you are in school since you will look studious, but I guess not anymore! Here are easy steps and tips for you to enjoy how to cover those tired eyes!

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I used OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel*  which is natural and cruelty-free. This eye gel comes in a small bottle but you don’t need to put much, only tiny bit of gel. I love to  massage the gel all over my under eyes and also to my outer corner of my eyes. Wait for few seconds to let the skin absorb the eye gel. 

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Although, I didn’t see the improvement of my dark circles, I can say that this Youth Eye Gel* helps to soften the lines I have around my lower lash line. I love the smell too! The eye gel is fast-absorbing which is important for me since I use it under makeup. The feeling is smooth and fresh. You can also use this product day and night.

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2) Correct it

Corrector helps to neutralize the darkness of under eyes. It brightens the area before applying the concealer. It makes a big difference to use the corrector especially if you have discoloration under your eyes. I used an orange tone corrector by using a brush and apply all areas of darkness, after that I pressed the corrector  with my finger into my skin. If you don’t have one, you can try to use any cream orange eyeshadow as long as it is matte finish. If you have deep dark skin tone, you may try red tone corrector. You may also try to use darker shade of liquid or cream type of foundation to neutralize your dark circles before applying the concealer. Make sure you blend it well.

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3) Lighten up

Clean the same brush and use concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone or foundation. Apply on the same area where you put the corrector. Use your fingers afterwards to pat down and to gently warm up the concealer into your skin, this also helps to avoid crease and cakey under eyes.

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4) Set it!

By using a loose powder, I set the concealer by dusting some powder. Use only enough powder you need. If your skin is dry, use less powder.

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Doing these steps will help you look fresh and less tired! The makeup is also long-wearing especially when I have an eye gel to act as a base and help the makeup to have a smooth skin finish.

Have a great week mommies!! :)

Disclosure * This product has been sent to me to review. All opinions are honest and my own. Powered by Brandbacker.

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Tutorial: Blue And Burgundy Smokey Eye Makeup

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Blue eyeshadow is one of my favorite colors, I always love to grab this tone to create a dramatic look without making it too colorful. This color is also perfect for those who has brown and dark brown eyes like me. For this look, I used a bit of burgundy over the crease and outer corner of lower lash line just to add some dimension and  a nice gradient effect. Scroll down to learn how to do this eye makeup and get this dramatic look…

  1. Put your base on the entire eyelid either eye primer or concealer
  2. Use flat brush to pat down the blue eyeshadow on the eyelid and before the crease
  3. Use blending brush to blend the crease area
  4. Clean up the same brush and apply the burgundy on the upper crease and blend it to the blue eyeshadow
  5. Apply your favorite eyeliner. I used gel eyeliner using small pointed brush.
  6. Apply black pencil eyeliner on the waterline and lower lash line
  7. Apply the same blue eyeshadow over the black pencil eyeliner. Blend it well
  8. (Clean the same brush) Apply the burgundy on the outer lower lash line. Blend it well.
  9. Apply any white shimmer eyeshadow for the tear duct.
  10. Use false lashes or just curl and apply mascara

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Try and let me know how it turns out! :)

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Have a great week ahead!


“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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