Cat eyeliner. All day. Every day.
That’s one of my favorite makeup mottos, and not just because I’m a certified crazy cat lady (I even have a card).
I simply love the look. It’s a makeup classic! — bold enough to make a statement, and you can pretty much wear it with anything. Dressed up or down, you really can’t go wrong. A little cat eyeliner, also known as winged eyeliner, along my upper lash lines, and I’m a happy cosmetics camper.
To that end, here are five tried-and-true tricks to get a crisp, defined cat-eye look with gel or liquid liner.
One of the quickest, easiest ways I know to get a perfect wing is to cheat. With tape.
Yup, tape. Some people use regular Scotch brand, but I prefer medical tape, which you can usually find at the drugstore in that aisle with the bandages, because it sticks well but still comes off easily. I’ve been using $3 3M Nexcare Gentle Paper Tape.
Start with a one-inch-long piece (give or take), and stick it on the back of your hand; then pull it off. Do that a couple times to weaken the adhesive.
Next, place it at the outer corner of your eye at an angle, and do the opposite (but same) thing on your other eye.
Then, using the edge of the tape as a guide, draw your wing, and when your liner is dry, remove the tape.
Tada! A perfectly crisp wing.
2. It takes two to make a thing go right
Two brushes, that is. And there are probably hundreds of good ones out there for cat eyeliner looks, but I like to couple an angled brush with a pointed bent liner brush.
NARS brush on the left and Laura Mercier brush on the right
To draw the wings, I used the NARS brush first, loading it with gel liner and drawing along the angled edge of the tape.
(No, seriously, that’s it. It really is that easy.)
Then, I took Laura’s pointed eyeliner brush and drew a line from the tip of the wing on that side to the inner corner of my eye.
After that, still using Laura’s brush, I filled in the area on my lids to complete the look.
3. Clean it up
With cat liner, I think it really helps to start with clean brushes, because brushes with leftover bits of dried product on them from previous makeup escapades don’t glide along the skin. They scoot.
But if you don’t have time to rigorously clean your brushes, you can clean the heads fairly well with a Wet Ones wipe before blotting it with a dry paper towel.
Voila! You’re good to go.
4. Out with the excess
This is one of those little things that can make a HUGE difference.
When you’re working with gel liner, try to remove as much excess liner from the brush as possible before starting your look. After loading the brush, I’ll usually swipe the bristles back and forth on the back of my hand or on the inside of the cap that comes with the jar.
Unloading the excess product will make your lines that much better defined.
5. Make a fresh pot
I have definitely noticed that it’s always easier to get crisp lines with a fresh pot of gel liner. I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it has to do with the freshness of the formula. Being new, it hasn’t started to dry yet.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a new pot of liner, though. Just head to the drugstore, where there are lots of great options, like Maybelline’s $9.99 Eye Studio Liners and Essence’s $4 Gel Liner. Both are super affordable and stay put all day long.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Let’s think about a softer look for your next dinner date. White shadow in the winter can look really ladylike if done correctly. We’ve seen this shadow on models all season. Trying to figure out how to wear this look in real life without looking like an ice queen? It’s simple.
Add gray over the white, in the crease of your eyelid, to add some depth and deepen the shade in the right places. We like Nars in Cleo because both colors are in the same compact. Use a shimmery bronzer and a light hand to warm up the skin. Apply to forehead, jawline, chin… I like bobbi brown’s illuminating bronzing powder. A peachy blush continues to warm up your look with bobbi brown’s blush in nude peach and a creamy pink lipstick is better than a nude here, nude will wash you out. I like love affair by terry, it’s a shade darker and doesn’t look “too pink” on.
Skip the liners of any sort but don’t forget a black mascara (here, fresh supernova mascara). The white on your lids will act as the perfect backdrop and make your long black lashes stand out.
It’s holiday season, which means late nights egg nogging and mistletoe snogging. After an evening like that, it’s no wonder you wake up and notice it’s not quite coming together. Here, my best tips on how to look wide awake in the most Katy Perry meaning of the phrase with a few simple makeup tips.
Don’t forget to prep your eyes for those holiday pictures – red-rimmed eyes in photos are no good! Make sure your eyes are fresh and white by starting with an eye drop. These blue ones yield a little sparkle and are popular with backstage makeup artists: Innoxa Blue Drops, $16 at Amazon.com.
Champagne or gold shimmery eye shadow on the inside corners of your eyes makes them look bright and illuminated. My favorite? Bobbi Brown Long Wear Shadow Stick in Vanilla, $28 at Sephora.
To finish off your look, curl your lashes and coat with waterproof mascara to avoid streaky eye makeup. I like CoverGirl Flamed Out Waterproof Mascara, $6 at Target.
Now enjoy your look so festive-fabulous, you’ll have to tell your gentleman friend not to get too handsy. Share: What are your tips to look rested when all you want is the Gulf of Mexico of coffee?
My relationship with under-eye concealer is real-deal, all-caps SERIOUS. I mean, I don’t even walk outside to get the mail without applying at least a little, because if I don’t, I run the risk of my neighbors mistaking me for Uncle Fester (remember the dark circles under his eyes?).
Being as important as this is (well, you know), I’ve scoured the universe for concealer tips, and I’ve picked up a few good ones over the years, mostly from friendly makeup artists at my home away from home, also known as the beauty counter.
Here are five of the ones I use most often.
1. Prep with a serum that brightens and tightens
I picked up this secret weapon from a Laura Mercier makeup artist buddy of mine who said she uses it all the time on her clients.
Before applying your concealer, prep your under-eye area with a brightening, tightening serum like Laura’s Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum.
It slightly tightens, thanks to green and white teas, arnica extract, caffeine and geranium, while the pearlescent pink color brightens.
Just pat a smidgen (barely a drop) under your eyes before applying your concealer. Let it sit for about a minute or two before applying your regular concealer on top.
You should see less visible creases and a generally lighter under-eye look overall.
2. Reach for a pink- or peach-toned concealer
A much-loved MAC makeup artist taught me to always pick an under-eye concealer with pink or peach tones, even, she said, “if your skin is yellow or neutral based,” since layering yellow-toned concealers over dark circles can turn out gray. In MAC-speak, that usually means grabbing a concealer marked “NW,” versus “NC.”
3. Take your concealer down into “the triangle”
One of my favorite concealer tips ever! — this one courtesy of a Chanel makeup artist.
It changed my life! (In a manner of speaking.) I use this one a lot on days when my dark circles are in overdrive, and it’s very easy to do once you can locate the mysterious triangle…
Here goes: think of your lower lash line as the first side of said triangle, the side of your nose as the second, and the invisible line from each of your nostrils to the outer corner of the eye on the same side as the third. Apply your concealer throughout this area, instead of just directly beneath your eyes, and then blend.
4. Give your brush the brush-off, and blend with your finger instead
I don’t even try to hide it anymore — I’m a total brush junkie! I’ve probably tried dozens of brushes to blend concealer under my eyes, but after all of that effort, nothing has worked as well as a finger.
I think it has something to do with warmth, and by that I mean body temperature. Your fingers are slightly warmer than your brush, and I think it helps concealer bind to the skin in a way that looks more natural.
After I apply my concealer, I gently pat it into the skin and around the edges to work it in.
5. Why swipe when you can pat?
Setting your under-eye concealer with powder helps it stay put through the day. For this, I like using a fluffy face brush, like a blush brush with a smallish brush head, and I pat the powder into my skin (instead of swiping).
No offense to swiping, but that back-and-forth action can disrupt your application and even remove some concealer. Gentle patting, on the other hand, lessens the likelihood of that.
I hope these tips help you get the most from your concealer.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
I only wear red lipstick during the holiday season.
To me, red lipstick symbolizes the holidays – it’s bold, it’s fun and it’s a festive color. I’ve always been “afraid” to wear red lipstick during another time of the year. It’s funny because whenever I wear red lipstick, I feel confident and I feel beautiful. Maybe it’s because I know I’m wearing something different and it’s a wonderful way for me to live on the “beauty-edge” for a small time during the year.
This past weekend I went shopping for a new tube of red lipstick and realized that there were about 50 shades of red out there! There’s a deep red. There’s a vibrant red. There’s a red, red. There’s an orangy-red. There’s every kind of red you can imagine. Since I’m always asked to give some recommendations, I took it upon myself to try a few different shades out. I tried a bunch of different kinds.
I found some FAVES!!
I wanted to share 5 Shades of RED Lipstick that I am GA-GA for that you should TRY this holiday season! Believe me… everyone can pull of red lipstick! Like my mom always says, “Shoulders back, head up and smile… with your red lipstick!”
5 Shades of RED Lipstick you should try for the Holidays:
Good news for the neutral palette lovers out there: Urban Decay is releasing the Naked 3 palette, just in time for the holidays! As a big fan of the Naked palettes, I was overjoyed when I came home to this surprise delivery – and since I’m pale (with cool undertones), I was even happier to find that these shades suit me so much better than the first two. It’s still neutral, but not as warm, and with rosy, romantic hues. They are perfect for creating anything from subtle daytime contouring to sultry, smoky eyes, and the color payoff is just what you’d expect from Urban Decay: buttery, pigmented, and long wearing. I especially love that even though there are lots of shimmery colors, the chunky glitters are all but gone. Don’t get me wrong – I love sparkle – but with glitter comes fallout and I don’t like to wear my eyeshadow on my entire face. In short: this palette is worth checking out. Launch date has not been officially set, but it’s looking like the release date will be in late November for Urban Decay’s site, and December for the rest. Start your holiday wish-lists, now!
Over the years, the thought of a matte, non-shiny lipstick translated to one thing for me– dry lips! I began to think that the matte lip trend just wasn’t for me if it meant wearing a color that sucked the life out of my lips! So I would often stick to the products that had a lot of shimmer and shine. But more recently, brands are coming up with gorgeous matte shades that also feel quite comfortable! In this post, I’ll share some products that have a bold, matte color punch, great staying power, and a great feel.
Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed ($24, tartecosmetics.com)
Tarte’s popular Lipsurgence line is known for beautiful lip colors that really nourish the lips. I was so pleased that the matte version has some of the same great qualities. These manage to have a lightweight, almost velvety feel on the lips. Also, as with all of the products I’ll be mentioning, one pass around the lips is enough… the color builds up instantly. Exposed is a neutral with a bit of pink- a great “everyday” lip color.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss #103 ($5.39, Drugstore.com)
This was one of the first matte formulas that really impressed me and caused me to explore some of the other options. Not only is this shade a fabulous true pink, but it has a lightweight quality to it that makes it so easy to wear. With the drugstore price- I’m ready to try out some more shades. Well done, Kate Moss & Rimmel!
NYX Matte Lipstick in Merlot ($5.99, Ulta.com)
This shade is 100% berry goodness. The color on these NYX Matte lipsticks is SO saturated and rich. I’ve been so impressed by this line, and I love that NYX offers a fabulous range of deeper colors- perfect for fall and winter. These lipsticks may not be quite as lightweight on the lips as some of the others that I’m mentioning, but it’s far from uncomfortable, and the color stays in place for a long time without touch-ups.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout ($8.99, Ulta.com)
This shade makes me a true believer that everyone should have a fabulous matte red lipstick in their collection. Upon application, you will feel ready to take on the world (I call it the “red lipstick effect”.) Just like the Tarte Lipsurgence, these Revlon Matte Balms are twist-up jumbo pencils… I love the added precision that it provides. I can get through most of a day without a touch-up, and don’t notice the color bleeding outside my lips like some ultra-pigmented shades do.
There you go! Hope you enjoyed my recommendations for neutral, pink, berry, and red matte lip colors! Are there any other fabulous matte lipsticks out there that you think I should try? Or do you just have a dry lip horror story to share? I’ll listen Thanks for checking out my post, and feel free to check out more reviews and tutorials on my Beauty Broadcast YouTube Channel and blog. Have a great day! -Emily
The Valencia filter IS phenomenal. But what’s more phenomenal? Not needing it. Few gals’ beauty goals DON’T include showing off permanently dreamy, softly highlighted skin that gleams. Take a tip from Tai, who shows how to pose in her ’90s pre-Instagram, yet Instaglam glory. Here, my best tips to looking sickeningly stunning in your selfie.
To unveil brighter, more luminous skin, start with a peel like Philosophy The Oxygen Peel, which clarifies and detoxifies almost on contact. Then, after moisturizing, use Benefit Dr. Feelgood Velvety Complexion Balm as a primer. It will mattify invisibly and without powder, which can damper the candlelit glow you’re going for.
After applying a rouge tint to the apples of your cheeks, sweep on a highlighter along your cheekbones. Giella’s Eye M Glam highlighter emphasizes cheek bones without leaving an ashy finish.
Use Illumination As An Illusion
To prettify your pout, apply a small dab of highlighter like Illamasqua Gleam Cream right above your cupid’s bow. Apply your regularly scheduled lip color and move on with your life.
Get That Glow
Oddly enough, a pearlescent glow at the start of your cheeks (on either side of the nose) can produce a perma-smile effect. Makeup artist Napoleon Perdis recommends a rather unorthodox method of achieving candlelit skin. Says Perdis, “Take a small brush and apply a bit of light pink shimmery eyeshadow (Check out this one of his) to your inner cheeks, right by your nose to bring a glow that makes you look constantly bemused.”
Contour To Minimize Larger Features
To create the effect of a slimmer, shorter nose, MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Keri Blair imparted this tip backstage at Fashion Week. Use MAC Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Pearl just on the first third of the bridge of the nose. Then, dab a smidge on your brow bones to enhance your delicate bone structure.
Illuminate Your Lips
Catch the light by imparting a touch of frost via a slightly shimmery lipstick. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Mauved’s golden undertones heat up this pearly pink lip color. Apply with a lip brush for the ultimate precision, to offset minimally chic makeup.
Once you’ve highlighted the areas you want the light to catch, contouring will help you achieve complexion perfection. On-camera veteran Leeza Gibbons’ line, SheerCover includes a fabulous concelear duo. The darker half blends beautifully to carve out cheekbones when applied underneath them. Ta da! You’ll surprise people when coming around corners because your face will be so chiseled and slim, they’ll barely see you.
What are your makeup tips for photos?
Wearing L’Oreal’s new La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized, a shiny purple
With L’Oreal’s $8 Colour Riche La Laque and Le Matte Lipsticks, your lovely lips can get the luxury lipstick look at a wallet-friendly price.
Sure, maybe they don’t have all the fancy little touches, like embossed lipstick bullets and gold-toned caps, of pricier department store brands, but what’s inside counts, and in this case, it could pass for products in the $50 ballpark (I’m looking at you, Tom Ford!).
I recently stumbled on this new line of lipsticks cruising the beauty aisles at Rite Aid and brought two of them home on a whim (actually, it was a buy one, get one free promotion).
Purplish La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized and reddish Le Matte in She’s So Matte
Being an equal opportunity lipstick lover — from low-end to high-end — I’ve tried and worn it all, but these — these are drugstore gems that could easily pass for pricier products from Tom Ford, Guerlain and Chanel.
Something about them just looks…expensive. Definitely more than 8 bucks. All it takes is but a single layer for rich, full-coverage color that lasts 4-5 hours.
Le Matte in She’s So Matte
And they’re available in a wide range of colors. The ones I’m wearing here are bright because I’m going through a bold lip phase, but the line also boasts mellow browns, beiges, peach and pink shades as well.
In terms of flavors and scents, drugstore lip products can be hit or miss, but I think these score hits on both counts. The faint rose fades over the course of about 10 minutes, and doesn’t smell synthetic or like plastic at all.
La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized, a shiny purple
Not sure which ones you’ll like best? Well, if you like mattes, try the Le Mattes, or if you prefer shinier finishes, grab one of the La Laques instead. Either way, though, you can’t go wrong.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Hey everyone! As beauty lovers, we’re always talking about our favorite products… but once you start accumulating all those must-haves, where do you put them? I’ve found that some of the best storage solutions for beauty products are just everyday items that you might normally picture in your kitchen or office. These methods are affordable, space-saving, and help you see what you have… and that’s the key to getting your money’s worth from those fabulous products!
Makeup Brushes: Mason Jar
These days it seems mason jars are being used for everything- why not also use them to store makeup brushes? I recently got a new stash of Sigma brushes, and was thinking about picking up a new storage method for them… when I realized a jar from my kitchen cabinet would work just fine. You could also doll it up with some ribbon or paint to match your decor. And if it gets dirty, no big deal! I’m all for beauty storage that’s dishwasher safe
Skincare: Double Decker Turntable
I found this affordable storage solution for less than $10 in the kitchen section of my local Wal-Mart! There are also lots of similar options on Amazon.com. I’ve been using this for years for my beauty products, and it currently holds skincare items. I love the fact that I can easily get to everything since it spins 360 degrees. While it’s a lightweight item, it can still support all of my full-size products.
Palettes: Mail Organizer
As someone who owns a LOT of makeup palettes, this storage solution has changed my world! Years ago, I found myself stacking palettes on top of each other, and eventually a lot of products would go unused since I didn’t feel like playing “palette Jenga” every morning! But this mail organizer that I got on sale from an office supply store allows me to see everything- accommodating palettes large and small.
Nail Polish: Spice Rack
Nail polish addicts- you know who you are! This is an awesome way to keep your polishes organized so you can see everything you have! I actually have two of these 3-tier spice racks from The Container Store and they fit so nicely onto my shelf. You can fit polishes two to three deep on each level, and I love that there’s a raised border to keep products from falling off.
I hope this post gives you a few ideas for simple and affordable ways to organize your beauty products! If you can’t see what you have, it’s unlikely that you’ll use it- so these methods are great for keeping products visible. And if you want to keep them out of the way, they can easily be tucked away in cabinets or on closet shelves. Do you have any creative storage ideas of your own? Thanks for reading, and for more beauty tips and review, check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel! – Emily