I’ll admit…Valentine’s Day isn’t really my favorite holiday. It’s this weird double-edged sword, ya know? If you’re single you curse every happy relationship while you binge eat chocolate and drink too much wine while watching some sappy rom-com. If you’re in a relationship, there’s so much pressure for it to be perfect that you constantly overanalyze everything your significant other says or does, all while eating an overpriced meal at an overpacked restaurant.

However you spend your day, chances are you’ll still want to look somewhat like a human. More specifically, if you’re like me, you’ll spend way too much time doing your makeup, only to end up being that girl drinking wine alone in her bed. Either way, I get it. It feels good to feel good. Now is not the time for my “you’re more than your image” rant, because even I know that when you feel like you look good, everything else just goes so much better.

So, I’ll leave you with this: more pictures of my face where I’m wearing way more makeup than your average college girl but loving every second of it…because it feels good. 

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Are you guys surprised this isn’t a warm-toned red look?! Because I am… Surprise! I can be versatile when I need to be! I figured I’d go with the clich√© pink tones but still add my own dramatic twist because as you all know, I’m just a little extra ūüėČ

I got the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette and as soon as I opened it I was inspired by this pink-y purple shimmer shade called Paranoia. It’s perfect because its not too pink to the point that it’s unwearable – in other words, you don’t feel like Barbie pink has thrown up all over your face. Great visual, you’re welcome.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar with different eyeshadow styles and techniques, this one is called a Halo Eye. Basically, you keep a darker color concentrated on the inner and outer corners of your eyes while you put a bold/shimmer/light/different color in between the two. I’m not sure exactly who named this because I feel 100% less angelic than normal whenever I wear this technique. I pretty much just end up feeling like a total badass who has some clue of what she’s doing with her face.

Because I’m all about drama, you guys know that I had to take it up a couple notches and keep the darker tones in deep purples, namely Eggplant and Plum from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette.

How to create a simple Halo eye:

  1. Prime!!! I can’t stress this enough. If you want your eyeshadow to last and not crease, you have to prime the lid. I used a concealer and set it with a flesh colored shadow to cancel out any discoloration on my lids and get everything else ready.
  2. Transition shade: aka the lifesaver step. Take any medium shade – I always use some kind of peachy/neutral brown – and sweep it all in your crease and a little above it. This just makes everything blend out easier so you’re not stuck in front of the mirror for hours. Unless that’s your thing.
  3. Pick your shade for the inner and outer corners: I always end up going with a darker, more matte shade than I want in the middle, but you can use anything you want. Build the color up until it is as intense as you want. You have the option of connecting the two sides through the crease, but that’s up to you! (I’m pretty sure this is where the “halo” idea comes from). Just make sure you leave a blank space in the middle of the lid!
  4. For the middle color, pick something that either compliments or contrasts your corner shades. I love putting shimmery metallics in the middle because it makes the eyes seem so much bigger and more dimensional. Pro tip* If you want your metallic to really pop, get your brush wet and then pat the shadow down on your lid! It will give it the most beautiful reflect and intensity.
  5. Finally, you just have to blend it all out. Halo eyes aren’t necessarily as blended as other eye looks, just because you want to get the definition of actually having a bolder color in the middle. Just make sure you don’t have literal lines dividing your eye because that looks good on no one, sorry!

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Of course I added winged liner and lashes because I can’t help myself. But this is the general idea of it all. You can see the separate colors but they’re still somewhat blended – ignore my left eye okay, I’m not perfect.

*p.s. is anyone else’s favorite body part their collarbone? please let me know that I’m not the only one*

So, no matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, just know that you are loved by someone on this earth! Whether it’s your mom, dad, boyfriend, girlfriend, sister’s cat… you’re someone’s reason to smile and that’s a really powerful thing. Sometimes we get so caught up in who “loves” us that we seek that validation from another person. Right now, I want you to know that it is more than okay to just love yourself. Love the freckles on your chest, the way your top lip is bigger than your bottom, even love the way your thighs touch when you sit down. It’s OKAY to think you’re pretty. It’s OKAY to feel good about yourself when the world wants you to feel shitty. It’s OKAY to be so happy in your own skin that people’s words don’t mean a thing to you.

In the wise words of one of my favorite drag queens, Jinx Monsoon, its all water off a duck’s back

This Valentine’s Day I challenge you all to love those around you, but remember that you need to love yourself too. Treat yourself to another piece of cake, give yourself an extra compliment in the morning, and go throughout your day knowing that you are love.

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After this palette FINALLY being in stock at Ulta (I honestly went to go buy this about 12 times before they restocked) I cannot stay away from it.¬†Those colors, I mean¬†COME ON.¬†If you haven’t tried any of Anastasia’s eyeshadows, I urge you to immediately go out and make the investment. Yes, they can be a little pricey, but then again, so are those delicious acai bowls I love but you don’t see me saying I won’t eat them again…

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette $42

Seriously…I mean SERIOUSLY?!? If this doesn’t remind you of playing in piles of autumn leaves you either a) didn’t have a childhood, b) live in Florida like me, or c) have a seriously warped vision of fall. Either way, bottom line is that this thing is absolutely g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s and you should 100% have it in your life. ¬†Oh, and did I mention how ridiculously easy these shadows are to blend?! Gone are the days of sitting in front of the mirror, fluffy brush in hand, praying for the moment your perfect transition shade fades seamlessly into your crease.

Now, for this look I couldn’t possibly take all the credit. If you’ve ever sat for hours in front of your computer drooling over makeup tutorials, you know that those perfectly created masterpieces tend to spark a little creative interest within yourself. This look came after watching Chrisspy’s tutorial on a look created with the Modern Renaissance shadows. Honestly, I highly recommend binge-watching her videos over the latest Netflix fad. Here, really, take a look for yourself:¬†Chrisspy YouTube

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Flash forward about 2 hours later: here I am with a look inspired by Chrisspy’s; it might’ve taken 3 lipstick changes, half a pan of MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlighter, and one intense dance break after finally applying the lashes¬†just right, this is what we get.

So you don’t have to listen to me ramble for the hundredth time about how to blend your transition shade or how Benefit’s Hula Bronzer is the eighth wonder of the world, I’ll link her video here so you can watch a real professional (and not just the one I like to pretend to be).¬†Chrisspy Modern Renaissance

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I know, she’s stunning… it doesn’t get any easier to walk in front of your own mirror after seeing her face transform into the superhuman she is… even after your 12th video straight. Anyways, that’s besides the point.

 

Right now, I’m pretending there’s an actual sunset right in front of me, I’m sitting on my back porch in West Virginia watching the last of the autumn leaves change with a gigantic mug of apple cider. When in reality, I’m sitting in yesterday’s leggings with a full face of makeup for tomorrow’s post, dreading going to my French class. Makeup can take you places people!

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So, whether you’re content with where you’re at in this exact moment or yearning for an escape to your favorite getaway, the point is simple: Makeup can give you a quick break from your reality and whisk¬†you away to your happy place. At least that’s the relief it gives me, and today, that’s a thing to be thankful for.

 

xoxo

It has been waaaay too long since I’ve done one of these! No excuses, but I’ve been super busy for the past of couple weeks. But – have no fear – I am back! Not that any of you probably actually missed me, but still… Anyway, like most of my makeup looks, I came up with this one while sitting at home watching endless episodes of Mad Men. Do any of you lose track of the days because of your obsession with Netflix?! I know I do, for all I know it’s really 2016 and there are flying cars outside my window.

I really wanted to play around with something I haven’t used before, so I picked up my Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow in “Metallic Lilac” . Now, I’ve tried these eyeshadows/pigments before and I really am not that incredibly impressed. Yes, they are gorgeous looking and give a great metallic sheen to the eye, but they slide around way too much for my liking. Either way, this is something a little different.

IMG_9505Since this post is centered around the eyes, I’ll just list all of the face products I used:

  • Becca Shimming Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 40 Beige ( since I’m self tanning right now I had to mix foundation shades)
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Powder
  • Benefit Blush in Dandelion

IMG_9503Now let’s talk about the eyes! This look is still incredibly wearable for the day, but if you want to take this into night you could easily put some darker purple in the outer corners.

  • First, I primed my eyes with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and set it with a flesh colored shadow.
  • Next, I took the shade Mauve from the Lorac Pro Palette and dusted it lightly into the crease as the ¬†transition shade.
  • I took the Stila Metallic Lilac and put it all over my lid using my finger. With the texture of the eyeshadow, I think you get the most color payoff when using your finger. I set that in place with another Stila eyeshadow in the shade Impulse.
  • To deepen up the crease, I took Smashbox Parfait shadow and placed it in the crease, focusing on the outer half of the eye. Make sure to blend this with the Lilac shade to avoid any harsh lines down the center of your eye.
  • To highlight the brow bone and inner corner, I used MAC Shroom eyeshadow. *I also used this to highlight my cheekbones and ball of my nose – it’s one of my favorites
  • To finish off the eyes, I used Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Liner to do a cat eye and Rimmel Lash Accelerator on the top and bottom lashes

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Here is the finished look! It’s really quite simple but gives the eyes a lot of dimension. The shimmer is really fun for spring! I’m getting over the dark lips and heavy browns of fall/winter and really embracing lighter, more dewy finishes! I’m so so excited for all the new trends to come out so keep a look out for any upcoming spring looks! If you have any suggestions, let me know, I’d love to hear them! Have a great day! xoxo

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The other day I got the chance to do my gorgeous friend Nicole’s makeup. I’m waaaaaay more confident in my ability to do my own makeup so I was naturally a bit nervous. However, I was pretty obsessed with the way it all turned out. It’s no surprise I grabbed the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette… I really can’t put this thing down. The colors are so warm and easy to blend that it is literally impossible for me to stay away.

As you can see Nicole has pretty darn flawless skin and RIDICULOUS eyes/cheekbones. For someone like me, it’s so exciting being able to play up someone’s features so naturally I was over the moon to enhance her already beautiful face. The eye technique I used (darker matte colors in the outer/inner corner and shimmer in the center) gives the eye dimension and makes them appear bigger/more awake. This is a great tool to use if you want to play up your eyes for any occasion with almost no effort.

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Products used:

Face:

  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifyng Powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in ‘Incandescent Electra’
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’

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Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’
  • Lorac eyeshadow in ‘Cream’ – all over eyelid to set paint pot
  • Chocolate Bar Eyeshadows
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – all throughout crease from inner to outer corner
    • ‘Semi-Sweet’ –¬†pack on in inner and outer corner and connect through crease
    • ‘Milk Chocolate’ – blended on top of everything to reduce harsh lines
    • ‘Creme Br√Ľl√©e’ – on the center of the eyelid, blended into ‘Semi-Sweet’
  • Lorac Pro Palette Eyeshadows
    • ‘Sable’ – used to deepen up crease
    • ‘Espresso’ – applied to very outer corner to add dimension
  • NYX ‘The Curve’ eyeliner
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in ‘Taupe’

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I hope you all love this as much as I do! It’s such an easy look to achieve and instantly makes any eye look more dimensional. Don’t be afraid of dark shadows in the inner corner – they can work! Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of! I’m thinking of starting up my YouTube channel again so let me know if you’d be interested in that!

Also, please don’t forget to follow me on instagram at alexisdecarufel_makeup! I tend to post more on there than anything. Thank you all for your continued support! xoxo