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beauty how-to: EVENING EYES
beauty how-to: EVENING EYES
THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

As they say— "the eyes are the windows to the soul," and these windows are flirty! I love using color to create a half-smoky effect because it can truly enhance the shape and beauty of your eyes. Did you know about e.l.f.'s AMAZING range of shadows and formulas? You just can't beat the quality and price on this look... it's a must try and is so much easier to create than you think! 

STEP 1
Apply a
PRIMER to make sure all of your shadows stay on. Then pat on e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in "Pearls of Wisdom," using the "C" brush from the limited edition, LUXE BRUSH COLLECTION. This will create a strong, shimmering base over your lid! And c'mon... this look is a perfect excuse to use what’s inside of the clutch and then take it out for the night!

STEP 2
It’s our 10th BIRTHDAY...so of course I used the
Mineral Pressed Eyeshadow, in "Birthday Cake," over the entire lid. Again, just use your "C" brush to save time and create an even layer of color. This shadow has a sweet name and an even sweeter color!

STEP 3
Get creative with your makeup and use things for multiple purposes, like blush on the eyes. Try applying the
e.l.f. Studio Blush in "Pink Passion," in the crease of your eye to allow all of the colors to blend well. It will add a pretty pop of color under the deeper shades to come. Use the Angled Eye Brush from the clutch to apply.

STEP 4
Keeping with the mineral trend, I used
"Forest Frolic" and "Rockin Out" on the edge of the eyes. You can blend with the brush used in the previous step to allow the colors to mix well and save time! Begin with the lighter shade and then build up the corners of the eye with a darker shade.

STEP 5
At this point, define the eyes a bit more with some
e.l.f. Studio Precision Liner and then apply several, wet layers of Mascara

STEP 6
Finish off those gorgeous eyes with a bit of liner applied to your inner rim, on the lower part of your eye. I used a combination of the
e.l.f. Mineral Eye Liner's in "Metallic Purple" and "Black." Again, always start with the lighter color and then use the darker shade to define and add depth. Be generous with the lighter color!

ARTIST TIP
Ladies with mature skin who want some drama in the eyes- keep your shadows matte to avoid making texture look worse!

xoxo
@soniacmakeup

 


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beauty how-to: EVENING CELEBRATION
beauty how-to: EVENING CELEBRATION
WEDNESDAY, JULY 09, 2014

Hey elfette! We're going out... YOU & ME. What would you wear and how would you do your face? Are you a smoky eye kinda girl or a bold lip? My model Maria is most definitely a red lip in the endless sea of boring nudes! I am a huge fan of the assortment of reds that e.l.f. has to offer and there's a different formula for everyone! Whether matte, glossy, or both... we have something for your night out. If you've never tried a red, start off light with a gloss and get used to seeing yourself in it over several days. Then just progress to something deeper as you get more comfortable! We love our fans who adventure into red!

STEP 1
I applied a light layer of the Moisturizing Foundation Stick onto Maria's skin, using the e.l.f. Essential Foundation Brush. This brush is great for skin that is free of too much texture. The foundation works well to give a dewy glow to tired or dry skin.
 

STEP 2 + 3
Since the lips are the star of this tutorial, I started off Maria's eyes with a Mineral Eyeshadow with a matte texture, called "Innocent." Pat the shadow on gently using the "C" Brush, for even application. 

Maria has on the Mineral Eyeshadow in "Glamorous," in the crease of her eye. This can be applied using the e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush to blend and smooth the shadow. Complete your eyes with a bit of liquid eyeliner and black e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Mascara to add contrast.

STEP 4
Bold lips look best when your cheeks are blush-less! Use a soft bronzer to add a bit of warmth to your cheeks without overdoing it. I chose the e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Warm to give Maria a soft-focus and let her lips really shine!

STEP 5
The under-eye setting powder is amazing for so many reasons... 1. it can blur fine lines, 2. it has a bit of glow to it that can make it look like you slept well, 3. it sets your concealer really well! I am obsessed! Use it under or over your makeup with the e.l.f. Studio Angled Contour brush for precision application.

STEP 6
The best step of course! Applying your lips can sometimes be trickier than it seems. Start off with a light application of lip liner in the color that best matches the lipstick you'll be wearing. This will help you create a guide around the edges of your lip to fill into. Then slowly apply your lipstick inside of the guides you created with your lip liner. Top off with gloss! Maria is wearing the e.l.f. Studio Lip Stain in Red Carpet, with Funky Fuchsia Glossy Gloss on top. 

Trouble getting a perfect lip shape? If you've finished your look, don't be afraid to go back in with your liner and fill in missing areas or re-shape using a clean sponge!

What do you wear when going out? Let me know so I can feature YOU!

xoxo
@soniacmakeup


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Keira's Sparkling Shadow
Keira's Sparkling Shadow
WEDNESDAY, JULY 09, 2014

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Keira Knightley always looks so impeccable and innovative. She's a red carpet darling, a favorite of all the major fashion design houses, and always looking flawless! I'm just loving the way she amped up this smoky eye at the premiere of her new film Begin Again last week. Black and gray smoky eyes are always a safe, classic look, But, this sparkling navy blue look (A more dramatic version of the electric blue eye looks we've been seeing oh-so much of this summer!) is such a great twist on a—shall we say boring?—classic.

To try this look for yourself, any shimmering eyeshadow color in a deep blue shade will do the trick. Start with a taupe eyeshadow base (We like the Studio Single Eyeshadow in Saddle or Coffee Bean, depending on your skin tone). Then, blend your shimmering blue shade onto the eyelid, and smudged under the lower lashline as well. The blue shades of our Studio Prism Eyeshadow in Smoke are ideal for this look. For extra-enhanced eyes, we love to finish this look off with the Studio Eye Enhancing Mascara in Black Sapphire. This will give the blue shadow some extra WOW!

For the rest of the face, keep it soft (naturally!). We like the Studio HD Blush in Headliner or Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal for a soft, glowing, and photo-ready look like Kiera's. But, if that formula's not for you, the Studio Blush in Tickled Pink, Pressed Mineral Blush in Sweet Retreat, or Essential Blush with Brush in Innocence, will give a similar color in a powder. Nude lips are the way to go! Our Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff is the perfect color for this look, or in the shade Cheeky if you're of a deeper complexion.

How do you switch up your makeup routine?

Sara


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Beauty How-to: BIRTHDAY BEAUTY
Beauty How-to: BIRTHDAY BEAUTY
MONDAY, JULY 07, 2014

It's our birthday and we'll do makeup if we want to! Are you ready to get your face on to celebrate our 10 years of FABULOUS? Today I'm showing you a day-time appropriate look that will be sure to go with any ensemble and anywhere...work, school, or a day out with your special someone. In our case... makeup for the e.l.f. birthday party at the office! Follow my steps here to get Maria's look:

STEP 1

Get that beautiful face even and radiant with the Flawless Finish Foundation and Essential Foundation Brush.

STEP 2

You know this is my favorite step EVER... adding a little highlight to your cheeks with the Shimmering Facial Whip and the Flawless Concealer Brush! I love when my models GLOW! Especially on a birthday like this one :)

STEP 3

Apply a base color to your lids like one of the Smudge Pots in Ain't That Sweet or Pearls of Wisdom, using the "C" Brush in a patting and blending motion. Light lids will give you light in your eyes!

STEP 4

Add some color to the edge of your eyes too. Try the color "Back to Basics" in the Smudge Pots and blend with the Eye Contour Brush.

STEP 5

Pop open those big, bright eyes with the right liner application. The inner rim should be lighter... you can use the Eye Widener to achieve the doe-eyed look. Then fill in your lash line with a deeper shade to emphasize and contrast the white! I'm in love with the Mineral Eye Liner for this purpose. Don't forget to layer the mascara- my favorite is the mineral Infused, for its brush size and effects.

STEP 6

Get those cheeks flushed with a wet sponge and a small drop of the HD Cream Blush. Gently apply and blend in a light pink shade like "Headliner." Finish off your look with a gloss to give your lips that candy-coated feeling! I've used the Shimmer Gloss in Twinkle Pink.

Tell me about your last birthday and what e.l.f. product you used! I want to feature YOU!

xoxo
@soniacmakeup


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