Skin-Clearing Back-To-School Makeup Tutorial!

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Neutrogena Back-To-School Autumn Makeup

My back-to-school planning consists of a morning routine that involves doing multiple things at once to save time! I currently live in Nashville, and the traffic congestion seems to triple as soon as all the schools are back in session! I’ve been out of Uni for a few years but I still have a back-to-school routine to ensure I look and feel my best before rushing out the door to get to the office on time! My sensitive skin needs constant TLC, so skipping my skin care products before applying makeup is a no-no, even if I’m in a rush! Thank goodness for Neutrogena® SkinClearing® makeup! I’m able to apply my foundation, concealer and setting powder while nourishing my skin with dermatologist developed formula that boosts the power of salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief. Neutrogena® SkinClearing® makeup covers up and helps prevent breakouts while you wear it! Having clear skin gives me confidence, and when I feel confident, I look my best!

As Summer ends, and school is back in session, I’m always moved by the beautiful jewel tones of the changing Fall leaves! The tutorial I’m showing you today is my fail-proof, wear-to-school-or-work, Autumn-inspired makeup look!

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Belle & the Enchanted Rose Beauty and The Beast Disney Inspired Makeup

Although I love Beauty and The Beast’s story I’ve always been more intrigued by the Enchanted Rose. It symbolizes the delicacy and slow bloom of love, yet is powerful enough to transform anyone. Today’s makeup look is inspired by Belle and the Enchanted Rose. I always thought Belle had a very rose-bud-esque look with her earthy eyes, flushed cheeks, beautiful skin and mauve pink lips. The whole idea for this look came together quite some time ago when the Lancôme La Rôse à Poudrer Highlighter‎ released in February. Just like the Enchanted Rose I immediately imagined this highlighter belonging under a glass bell!

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

Once I decided on the Enchanted Rose theme I started thinking about other rose inspired makeup that could be incorporated into this look.Read More

How To Get Realistic Looking Plump Lips Using Matte Lipstick

This “over-lined”, “Kylie Jenner Lip” trend has taken the makeup world by storm. You’ve probably seen dozens of complicated tutorials that included expensive makeups, an hour of mirror time to apply, and a level of expertise most of us only ever dream of achieving. Another thing that really annoys me about these lip over-lining tutorials is the utter fake looking lips they produce. I believe makeup should enhance your natural beauty… not be used to completely disguise yourself! With that being said sometimes I do like my lips to look full and luscious. In honor of National Lipstick Day I’m sharing my tricks for creating realistic looking plump lips. If you’re not blessed with delicious lips, are terrible at applying makeup, are too lazy to do all the steps required for this look, or are on a bit of a budget, than this tutorial is for you!

the plump lip trick for lazy girls

There are just a couple of really simple ‘tricks’ to making your lips look fuller NATURALLY.

Use the images above as a visual guide to the text directions listed below:

  1. Choose a lipstick color between your natural lip shade and your natural skin tone. A pink-nude works best.
  2. Use a matte or cream-to-matte lipstick (I will list the products I used in the photos at the end)
  3. Use a liner a shade darker than your natural lip color to draw a line just outside your natural lip. Start on the inner corner of your cupid’s bow and draw down about 2/3 of the way to the corner crease of your mouth (Image 1, top left).
  4. Repeat on the other side of your upper lip.
  5. Use the liner to draw a soft line in 3/4 of the center of your lip (image 2, top right).
  6. Do NOT connect the liner on your top and bottom lips at the creases of your mouth.
  7. Use your matte lipstick and gently apply color, pushing all the way to the edges of your lip liner.
  8. Stretch your mouth into a smile and press a second layer of lipstick into the creases of your lips. This really amps up the plumpness (Images 2-3, center). Marilyn Monroe was said to have applied 6+ layers of lipstick at a time while smiling to achieve fuller looking lips.
  9. At this point you can simply do 2-3 layers of the matte lipstick on your lips, pressing to the edges of the liner each time, and be finished! Use a Q-tip to gently blend the layers of lipstick and liner if any of the liner is still showing. If you used a liner the exact shade as your lipstick then skip this step.
  10. I like to layer on a matte cream to blend the lipstick layers and liner. Brush the matte cream all the way over the very edge of the liner to blend (Last image, bottom right).

the plump lip trick for lazy girls

See, that wasn’t so hard! Since you’re not completely drawing on a whole new lip, but simply using the outer edge of your own lip to create a guide, you don’t have clownish lips you have to continually touch up all day. You’ll also still look like YOU when you wipe this off at the end of the day! But you’ll look hella’ fierce in some selfies before then! Plus, matte lipsticks will last FOREVER. The kind I use will typically even last through a meal.

Products used in this tutorial:

  • NYX lip liner pencil in 849 beige $3.49
  • NYX Matte Lipstick in MLS33 Spirit $5.99
  • NYX soft matte lip cream in SMLc15 Athens $5.99 (‘Antwerp’ is also a very similar shade) 

I bought all of these products at Ulta, but I’ve seen them on and at Target as well.

So what did you think? Was this tutorial less fussy and expensive than the ones you’ve seen before? I hope this inspired you lazy girls, or girls who never wear makeup, to try the ‘Kylie’ lip trend on a realistic/every-day level!

the plump lip trick for lazy girls


How to achieve a full makeup look with the Naked2 Palette

I know what you’re thinking… “Another Naked2 palette tutorial?! Aren’t there enough of them on YouTube already?” Yes, yes there are… but this isn’t an eye shadow tutorial; In the video below I outline how I use the Naked2 palette to create 95% of my full daily makeup look! This includes contouring, highlighting, filling in brows, eyeshadow, and blush!
If you’re on a makeup budget this could definitely help you make a decision about purchasing one of the $50 Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes (honestly, any of the three large Naked palettes can be used the way I use them — Yes, I have all three but it took me three years to buy them!).
Full Makeup Look using the UD Naked2 eyeshadow palette! Create blush, eyeshadow, contouring, brows and highlighting!

Care to know more? Watch the video and let me know what you think! 
*Note for the 5 minute mark about tinting my eyebrows
*In the video I say I mentioned tinting my eyebrows but the part where I actually mention it was edited out because the video was too long! Sorry for any confusion!
List of all products mentioned in the video above:

Full Makeup Look using the UD Naked2 eyeshadow palette! Create blush, eyeshadow, contouring, brows and highlighting!
Thank you for watching!