Makeup Tips/How To

Bay Area Beauty Love: ESUM – Beauty Article

With ❤️ from the Bay! Shout-out to San Francisco, my former home, and the current home of ESUM Cosmetics>, an as-yet under-the-radar Bay Area beauty brand. ESUM has been around for about 10 years, but I just recently discovered them. They have a line of brushes and makeup pencils made for industry pros and makeup enthusiasts. I really like their specialty eye brushes, which range in price from $18-58. They have these precision eye brushes with small, unusually shaped (but…

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Layer Your Liner for Flickering Feline Flicks in a Flash – Beauty Article

Kitten flicks with a little flash of glitter give you a lot of bang for your buck. Layering liners. I’ve been doing this a lot lately because 1) it’s fast (since you don’t have to be terribly precise or do any razzle-dazzle complicated eyeshadow blending) and 2) because it lets you unleash the full fury of your creative side by conjuring up all sorts of fun finishes. For this look, I drew a baby cat eye flick on my upper…

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Space Buns and Sparkly Purple Lids – Beauty Article

I may or may not have about a billion bobby pins in my hair at the moment. I’m sure this tri-bun hairstyle has an official/formal name, but I intend to call it “space buns,” because there’s something undeniably Star Wars about it… If I were hurtling through space on a rocket bound for Mars, and I was required to wear my hair up (to protect the sensitive electronic equipment from static discharge, you see), you better believe I would NOT…

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3 Tips for Wearing Red Eyeshadow (and a 20-Minute Makeup Look) – Beauty Article

I may or may not be in my pajamas, FYI. Fall-inspired look, TAKE TWO. I think this one’s a little closer in terms of vibe to the Thanksgiving baking accouterments I found at Michael’s the other day… More fall, and less summer, with shimmery reddish copper lids, bronze cheeks and nude-beige lips. I wore it to the bakery the other day… The bakery in my kitchen, THAT IS! Had this on while trying to work out the pumpkin/pecan cupcake situation…

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Long Lasting Makeup for Hot Kitchens (A 15-Minute Look) – Beauty Article

What’s baking? No, I am not trying to tease your sweet tooth…but yes, you are staring at cupcakes for a reason. 🧁😁 That reason would be this: I started a new job this week! At a bakery! I know, it’s out of my lane, but with Connor going to preschool five days a week now, and me having been working at home for eons, I’ve been going a little stir crazy. Then one day a couple weeks ago, an opportunity…

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Do “The Double Purple” – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

I’m 100% on board for coffee and gunmetal eyeliners (they’re workhorses, for sure), but sometimes you want — no, you NEED! — to wear something besides the usual, and that’s when something I like to call “The Double Purple” comes into play. By adding a gorgeous violet gradient to your lower lash lines, you can incorporate a colorful complexity in your eye makeup while exerting minimal effort. This tip is great for smaller lids and hooded eye shapes, as the…

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3 Tips to Keep Your Manicure Chip-Free and Fabulous – Beauty Article

Just say no to chips. Back in 2008, The New York Times tried to make chipped nails a thing. Yeah…I’m not about that life. I’m all for purposefully messy hair (fun buns 4 life!), but a messy mani gets a HARD PASS. I’ll take my manicures neat and tidy, thank you very much, with a side of “no chips on tips, please.” There are a couple things that make it easier to live a chip-free nail life, like 1) finding…

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