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Megan's Perfect Summer Lip!
Megan's Perfect Summer Lip!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

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We're always on the hunt for that "perfect" summer makeup look, whether it's a summer eye, summer cheek, or summer lip. Megan Fox absolutely nailed a perfect summer lip at the Kids Choice Sports Awards last week. This perfectly peachy-coral color is stunning, and pretty universally flattering to boot! It's soft, subtle, and so reminiscent of all things summer—warm beaches, sunsets, or peach pie with a scoop of ice cream on top... After showing this photo off to the other elfettes at e.l.f. HQ, we became obsessed with finding a matching e.l.f. shade to get this look!

First off, prep lips with the Studio Lip Exfoliator:The perfect summer lip has to start out smooth! while we often think of winter as being the worst time of year for dry, cracked lips, your pout can still get parched in the warmer months, especially if you live in a drier climate. Once your pucker is good and exfoliated, treat it with a clear lip balm. We love the Studio Lip Balm with SPF 15 in Clear (Can't go wrong with the added sun protection!) or the Essential Soothing Lip Balm in Vanilla Cream (A favorite of our elfettes on Pinterest!). To make sure your color lasts through a hot summer party, especially if it's outdoors, prime with the Studio Lip Lock Pencil and the primer side of the Studio Lip Primer and Plumper. For your lip color, think of a nude lip, with a touch of pink, giving you a peachy shade. Our picks? The Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude, Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff, Studio Matte Lipcolor in Coral, or the Essential Lipstick in Captivating. Top your color off with a gloss for some added summer shine! We like our Studio Glossy Gloss in Ballet Slippers, Mineral Lip Gloss in Sorority Girl, or the Essential Shimmer Lip Gloss in Believe. Getting the perfect summer lip color has never been easier with e.l.f.!

Would you try this summery shade?

Sara


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beauty how-to: NAKED EYES
beauty how-to: NAKED EYES
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

 

 

 

Hey Elfette! Have you always wondered how to acheive the "Naked Eye"? OK...They're not so naked but they do look good! If you're going for a colorless look but still want to play with shadows to accent your eyes, this is definitely the tutorial for you. These eyes can go from day to night depending on how you play them up.

STEP 1
I used an all-in-one palette of perfect nude tones... the amazing e.l.f. Studio Endless Pro Palette has a ton of Natural shades to choose from, no matter how light or dramatic you plan on going. And for $6 you really can't go wrong! Start off by applying a skin-toned shadow on your lid, using the "C" Brush

STEP 2
Apply a slightly deeper shade, like a soft brown, to the crease of the eye. This helps to contour the shape of your eye and give it some depth. I used the Angled Contour Brush for this, since it perfectly hugs the indentation of the crease and applys color softly.

STEP 3
The edge of the lid needs a deeper brown or a soft black shade to make the other steps pop and add more dimension/blending. Pick up a small amount of the deep shade and gently blend into the edge of your lid using the Contour Brush. For more drama or an evening style, apply a few layers of the deeper shade and you can blend it up towards the crease color.

STEP 4
Accent this gorgeous look with a fine line of Essential Liquid Eyeliner, in black or coffee. Keep the line very thin to accentuate a natural look, or go thicker for the evening. Use the point of the applicator to create a very thin line, or the entire side of the applicator to create a thicker one! Finish off with some great Mascara.

What e.l.f. products do you use for the naked look?
 

xoxo
Sonia


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beauty how-to: SOFT CONTOUR
beauty how-to: SOFT CONTOUR
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Hey gorgeous! I know you're totally and completely OBSESSED with the contouring craze. It's just one of those things that you love and want to learn more about. I'm just as crazy about all the different products and ways to do this! Check out the awesome e.l.f. products and tools that can help you get this look.

 

CONTOURING FOR OILY SKIN
The best way to get your shading on when you're oily is to apply your normal routine and then think of the above products as an accent to your makeup. Hopefully you're using a primer before your makeup goes on, like the e.l.f. Studio Poreless Face Primer, to combat excess oil from seeping into your makeup.

STEPS:

Apply your daily foundation if needed and then begin to think about the shape and dimension of your face. Sometimes a base is NOT needed, especially if you don't like layering. Start by using the Studio Mineral Powder Brush and a shade of foundation that is at least 2-3 shades lighter than your skin. Apply the LIGHTER foundation where you want to glow— like the undereye area, the hight points of the cheekbone, the center of the nose and forehead. Apply the color gently and in a patting motion rather than a buffing motion.

Next, using the same brush apply a shade of foundation that is 2-3 shades DEEPER than your skin, but on the "lower" points of the face. That means: your jawline, the hollows of the cheek, the sides of your nose, and your hairline/temples are the areas that need to look shaded. Apply the powder in a blending motion to allow the two shades to join and soften together. 

CONTOURING FOR DRY SKIN
Follow the same steps above as mentioned for oily skin, but use a HYDRATING PRIMER instead! In this routine for dry skin, you might not want to apply a base foundation either since the coverage on the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick is medium to full. Using your e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush, Apply the LIGHTER shade to the high points of your face. Then, using the same brush blend in the DEEPER shade the the low points of the face. Apply both shades in a buffing motion to get a streak-free finish. 

CONTOURING FOR COMBINATION SKIN
I find that mixing and matching products to fit your needs works best. Sometimes you might like applying your cream or liquid foundation over the whole face, and then accenting it with a deep powder to add contour to the face, (on the low points). Use what's best for you Elfette!

xoxo
Sonia


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Keri Plays With Color
Keri Plays With Color
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

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We all learned about the color wheel in elementary school art class, right? If you want to emphasize a certain color, just look at what color is across from it on a color wheel! What color is it that emphasizes green? Looking at actress Keri Russell here, at a red carpet event last week, she totally used the color wheel to her advantage! As a fellow green-eyed gal, I'm loving how Keri's deep purple eye look is making her eyes the centerpiece of her whole look! It's edgy, yet feminine, and I just love it!

Wanna try Keri's look? First, use shadows that emphasize green eyes. e.l.f. has you covered with our Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow palettes! The purple shades of Hazel/Green Eyes 1 are ideal for this look. For liner, start on the lower lid using a purple or plum eyeliner. The Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Plum/Purple is super easy to use, but a waterproof formula, such as our Studio Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon in Purple or our NEW Mineral Waterproof Shadow Liner in Purple is good for anyone with sensitive eyes. If you want a thicker look, you can try our Essential Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Check Me Out or our Essential Loose Eyeshadow in Pansy as a liner as well. Then, smudge it out! Our Studio Small Smudge Brush or Essential Smudge Eye Sponge are your best bets for precision. Line the top lashline as well.

What color makes your eyes look their best?

Sara


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