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beauty how-to: SUNSET EYES
beauty how-to: SUNSET EYES
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

Summer is almost over elfettes! It makes me sad! So I thought we should get our eyes packed full of sunset colors that remind us of this gorgeous weather and the beautiful sky. E.l.f. Cosmetics has so many sweet shades of eyeshadow and it was so hard to choose! Luckily I found an all-in-one Beauty Book, in "cool," to use for the shadows.

STEP 1
To keep your look on as long as possible, apply the e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer all over the lids and up to the brow. It has a light, skin-tone finish that can work under any color. Apply using the applicator and blend with the finger.

STEP 2
Using the e.l.f. Studio Lock and Seal, wet the bristles of the brush and pick up a golden shade from the Beauty Book. Pat the shadow on like a cream and it will become a "foiled" finish! You can use lock and seal with any metallic or satin shadows for easy application.

STEP 3
Now lets focus on blending in color. Pick up a light, lavender shade from the Beauty Book and gently begin to sweep into the crease. I used the Angled Studio Contour Brush for eye. This brush is great for deep set eyes— It applied color to the crease with ease.

STEP 4
The edge of the eye really makes this look pop! Pick up a deep purple or navy blue, (or both like I did), and begin to blend that deeper shade into a "V" shape at the edge of your lid. Using the e.l.f. Essential Eye Defining Brush, blend in the color. Layer as needed for more drama.

STEP 5
Apply a liner you love. I always love a line of liquid in black to complete the eyes, but feel free to substitute with a color to your liking! I've used the e.l.f. Studio Precision Liquid Liner. Pick your favorite e.l.f. Mascara and coat the lashes as desired. My favs are the Studio 3-in-one and the Essential Volumizing Mascara

STEP 6
This step is optional, but really helps to complete the eyes! Apply a purple shadow from the beauty book to your lower lash-line, OR use the e.l.f. Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Plum/Purple. I used BOTH for different shading and dimension. The Liner underneath, with the eyeshadow on top helps to secure your color and add vibrancy.

Try this look and let me know how it goes! 

xoxo
Sonia


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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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