Makeup Tips/How To

3 Unexpected Beauty Lessons I Learned This Week – Beauty Article

Things I learned this crazy week! Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend! My goodness, it has been a week. The run-up to Valentine’s Day at the bakery was cray! Yesterday, I made frosting for 4 hours in the biggest mixer we have. Simply put, I was buttercreamed out by the end of my shift. Somehow, I still had it in me to wear some makeup this week, believe it or not, and in the process I may have stumbled upon a…

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A Simple Everyday Makeup Look That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand – Beauty Article

I gotta hand it to these products… Just a quick reminder that makeup doesn’t have to be overly complicated. 🙂 I did this look with makeup that I could quite literally carry in the palm of one hand! It’s non-fussy, natural-looking makeup that I wore to go to dinner and window shopping with the fam-bam last Saturday, so, minimal base coverage with an ultra sheer tinted moisturizer and soft, barely-there color on my lids, lips and cheeks. There’s also the…

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Monochromatic Makeup With the MAC Loud and Clear Collection and Glow Play Blush: Coral Lids, Lips and Cheeks – Beauty Article

Captain Obvious here, but I am a fervent fan / enthusiastic adherent of monochromatic makeup, and that’s because I only have so many brain cells, and I like not having to expend them all thinking too deeply about matching my lids, lips and cheeks. I’d rather conserve a little more of my life force for other things, ya know? And I need every single drop of life force I can spare to just make it through the day, ha ha…

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All Star Products for 3-Minute, No-Makeup Makeup – Beauty Article

Some days you have 20 minutes to put on your makeup…and some days you only have three. Yesterday was a “three” day for me. I had to drop off Connor at preschool in the morning before heading to the bakery, as usual, but because I was running late (I’d just finished making her lunch, and then I accidentally dropped EVERYTHING on the floor, ARRGHHH! It happened in slow motion, too! I’ve re-lived those slice bananas falling to the ground about…

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Greens and Grays – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Greens and grays Raise your paw if you ever get stuck in color combo ruts. I FEEL YOU! So, lately I’ve been trying to wear color combos that I normally wouldn’t think to pair together, but it’s hard to break out of old habits, man. Like with this green and gray look. I naturally want to wear greens with warm brown, so it was a little challenging to go against my nature and swap the brown for gray. I ended…

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Throwback Thursdays: Bright Blue Inner Corners and Ice Skating! – Beauty Article

I got all the nostalgic feels with this late ’90s-inspired look with bright blue inner corners (thanks, MAC Tilt). Was anybody else obsessed with blazingly bright inner corner highlights way back when? I most certainly was. I usually rocked MAC Vex around the tear ducts. (Side note: normally accompanied by a frosty brow bone and HELLA SKINNY brows, OMG!) I felt like revisiting old-school inner corner highlights with this look because I saw a character wearing something similar on a…

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A Quick Eye-Opening Tip for Hooded Lids – Beauty Article

Clockwise from the white on the upper left: Urban Decay Yeyo, Urban Decay Scorch, Urban Decay Goldmine, Urban Decay Heartless, Esum Rose and Urban Decay Cuff Here’s a quick tip for my ladies with hooded eyelids, because mine are getting more and more hooded every day! Here’s what you can do to make your eyes and your lid real estate look a little larger. You’ll need two things… A slightly shiny liner in a shade lighter than your natural skin…

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Behind the Scenes at the Bakery…and a Chocolate Smoky Eye – Beauty Article

Powered by chocolate cake Since I started moonlighting as a professional (still novice!) cupcake baker last October, and have been working in the back of the house at a local bakery, I’ve been exploring ways to merge the wonderful worlds of cupcakes, and cookies, and cakes, and other kinds of baking…and also makeup. For instance, there are ways in which cupcake and cookie baking are similar. Like, for instance, the basic process you go through to make cakes and cookies…

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A Face Full of MAC Classics – Beauty Article

Sometimes you gotta go with the classics. 👍 As a makeup hoarding enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that the thrill of the hunt — the quest itself — to find new makeup to fall in love with, is one of the motivating factors for why I like makeup and beauty so much. There’s always something new to discover, right? A new technique to master? A new finish, new formula, a new plant-based ingredient discovered deep in the jungle,…

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Soft Holiday Glam With Plum Lips – Beauty Article

Don’t you love it when you accidentally fall into a well of inspiration? That’s what happened when I stumbled upon makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis the other day. She’s a makeup artist who does a lot of work on celebs, including Olivia Wilde and Natalie Portman. I love her style because it’s soft and approachable, with a sprinkle of glam. I just love the warm brown smoky eye on Paris Jackson. UGH, SO GOOD! You’d think this type of makeup would…

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A Monochromatic Multitasking Makeup Look – Beauty Article

Lots of products doing double duty today I’m playing with monochromatic multitasking makeup on this chilly Tuesday, partially because I like the alliteration in that phrase… 🙂 And partially because it totally fits with my current makeup motif, which currently involves me seeing what I can get away with given 10 minutes of prep time. This one was unabashedly inspired by a recent monochromatic makeup post I saw on Instagram by my current makeup muse, Katie Jane Hughes, in which…

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Monochromatic Makeup: Playful Pinks, and a Play on Cat Eyeliner – Beauty Article

Inspired by this pink sweater! I was inspired to do this monochromatic pink look by this quilted sweatshirt I found at the Eddie Bauer outlet store for 50% off (!). I can’t remember the last time I walked into an Eddie Bauer store, but there’s one of their outlet stores at Vintage Oaks in Novato, and El Hub wanted to check it out one day to look for a jacket, which he found…and I found this. It’s incredibly soft, and…

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Back in the Bay, and I’m Thinkin’ About Brows… – Beauty Article

Thinkin’ really hard about brows… Ah… It’s good to be back home. 🙂 Of course, it would be awesome-er if it weren’t 40-something degrees here meow, but I’m happy to be back home with Rosie girl and my comfy bed. Oh! — this next thing may seem incredibly obvious, but it isn’t always obvious to me: if you’re filling in your brows one day and they’re being particularly unruly/wonky, and you’re filling them in and filling them in and they…

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More Firsts! (And a Travel Beauty Tip) – Beauty Article

Yesterday was a day of more firsts on this trip. Like, Connor and I saw our first rainbow (of the trip), and we seriously lost our damn minds. Rainbows, man. No matter what age you are, they never get old. Yesterday was also the first time I’ve ever been to the Honolulu Zoo. El Hub grew up here, though, and he went all the time when he was a little keiki, but it was also his first time going in…

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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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