Bright Lips!

April showers bring May flowers!  As Mother Nature blooms with bright pinks, purples, oranges and reds, it’s time for us to start integrating these fun colors into our makeup routine.  One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to your look is to wear a bright lipstick.  I love bright lipstick because it looks great on everyone, and you can achieve this look on a budget.

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Find Your Color

I have some lip color suggestions listed below based on skin color; however, if you find a color that you love – rock it!  Bright lips are all about having fun, and adding a flirty pop of color to your look.  There is no wrong color, just find a shade that you love and wear it with confidence.

Finding your undertone:  If you have pink, red or bluish undertones you are “cool”.  If you have yellow or golden undertones you are “warm”.  If you have a mix of warm and cool undertones with some green you are “olive”.  And, if you are an even mix of warm and cool undertones you are “neutral”.

Dark Cool

Dark with Cool Undertones: Pick colors with cool (pink/blue) undertones, such as deep berry, rich purple or blue based reds.  For the best brightening effect, pick colors that don’t have much white in them.

  • Lipstick Pick: Fashion Fair Lipstick in Sangria
  • Where to Buy: Fashion Fair, Macys
  • Price: $16.00

Medium Cool

Medium with Cool Undertones:  Colors with slight blue undertones, such as pure red and brick red, work well with medium cool skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Matte Bright Red
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $20.00 

Light Coool

Light Skin with Cool Undertones:  Bright colors with blue undertones, such as neon pink, compliment light cool skintones.

  • Lipstick Pick:  MAC Cosmetics Girl About Town
  • Where to Buy: MAC Cosmetics
  • Price: $16.00

Dark Warm

Dark with Warm Undertones:  Any bright color works well with warm dark skin, so, take this opportunity to play with your lip color!  Try fuchsia or red candy apple.

  • Lipstick Pick: Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink
  • Whre to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $22.00

Medium Warm

Medium with Warm Undertones:  Bright yellow based colors, such as bright coral, really pop on medium warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya
  • Where to Buy: Sephora, NARS
  • Price: $25.00

Light Warm

Light Skin with Warm Undertones:  Orange based red or dark coral colors look beautiful with light warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick:  Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 – Pure Colour Satiny Radiance in Le Orange
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $35.00 at Sephora.com

Olive

Olive (Medium with Yellow Green Undertones): To compliment olive skin, stick with warm colors with a golden hue such as orangey red or tangerine.

  • Lipstick Pick: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Mandarin
  • Where to Buy: Ulta
  • Price: $20.00 at Ulta.com

Best Bang for Your Buck

I’m always searching for great products at friendly prices.  Luckily, finding a bright lipstick doesn’t have to take a big toll on your wallet.  Below are a few of my favorite lipsticks for under $10.

Lipstick Picks:

  • NYX Matte Lipstick – With its creamy texture, strong pigments and matte finish, this lipstick is a great deal ($6.00 at ulta.com).
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Creamy texture mixed with strong pigments make this very accessible lipstick a go-to ($4.19 at ulta.com).
  • Boots No.7 Moisture Drench Lipstick – Moisturizing and long lasing, this lipstick is a steal ($9.99 at target.com).

Written by: Lynn Yee is a freelance makeup artist who resides in San Francisco, California and services the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Honolulu.  With 10 years of makeup artistry experience, Lynn has worked as a makeup artist for weddings, special events, television, fashion, and photography.  Lynn graduated from the University of Southern California and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Her business acumen combined with her love for makeup artistry uniquely position her to identify the best beauty products at the right prices and to share effective beauty tips and tricks.

Date Night!

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Filled with everything from nerves to finding the outfit, the perfect date night can be stressful. Luckily we’re here to make your date-night easier with the perfect make-up for your big night.

It’s important to realize that you got the date for a reason, so focus on highlighting your best features for the perfect date night look. Some of our favorite looks are the timeless, natural looks with a little spin.

To begin the perfect look, start with a great primer. Tarte’s Clean Slate Perfecting Primer is a great start to insure that your perfect look stays in place all night. Next, try BareMinerals foundation and bronzer to get the perfect amount of color and shine.

Conrad

Now comes the fun part. As Lauren Conrad shows us, a natural look doesn’t have to be boring. Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette is a simple way to make the perfect blend of natural colors for the perfect date-night eye.

Try blending a few colors in your favorite palette and finishing off the eye with Tarte’s Waterproof Clay Liner to create the perfect liner look. Whether it be just following the natural line of the eye or creating a cat-eye look, this liner easily makes anything possible.

Washington

The lip has the ability to give the classic date-night look a twist. If you’re going for a bold, sexy look, try the stunning look of Kerry Washington. No one can deny that her skin looks flawless. Start with your favorite foundation paired with a great blush and Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up soft focus highlighter.

Pair with a classically stunning red lip, such as NARS’ pure-matte lipstick in full-bodied red, for a show-stopping look. No one can deny that fabulous looking skin paired with a great lip can turn heads, but add a dramatic false lash and our Kerry inspired look will finally be complete.

For a more fun date night try adding some color to your makeup routine. Whether to make your eyes pop or just to add a little something to your normal look, color can be a bold or subtle way to spice up your date night look.

Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is known for not being afraid to spice up her normal makeup routine and shows that a little color can go a long way. By using blue for her smoky-eye look, she is able to have some fun while still looking amazing.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow is the perfect way to achieve long-lasting, radiant color. With a variety of colors, you can go as light or bold as you’d like. For dark eyes, try a mixture of blues and purple and for lighter eyes try a mixture of golds and blues. This leaves your natural self looking amazing while adding a little something to make your date swoon.

Whether you’re going for a naturally beautiful look or a sexy, head turning trend, these gorgeous style icons show us that looking your best doesn’t need a ton of upkeep. With great products and the confidence to carry you on, there’s no way for you date night look to go wrong.

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

Brightening Your Look with White Eyeliner

When most people think of dramatic makeup, they think dark colors: big, bold smoky eyes, black winged liner, and stunningly thick eyelashes. But as many celebrities and designers are discovering, you can use white eyeliner to achieve all kinds of different looks. Whether you’re going for innocent and sweet or chic and edgy, using white eyeliner can help you look effortlessly fashionable. Here are a few uses for white eyeliner you might not have known:

As an Eye Shadow or Base

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NYX makes some spectacular jumbo eye pencils, the most famous of which is the white Milk. This eyeliner is remarkable because of its size and texture, allowing it to double as both eyeliner and eye shadow. This works great as a base and can be used in place of primer to make sure your colorful eye shadows stay on. Just take the eyeliner pencil and color over your lids, and then use your fingers or a brush to blend it out.

white swatch

Above is a swatch of how eye shadow looks on normal skin, and then on NYX’s Milk. The whiteness under the colors really allow the eye shadows to shine through, so the colors look as clear and bold as they’re presented in the pan.

A Dab in the Corner

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A great way to make eyes look brighter and larger is to take a sharpened white eyeliner pencil and outline the very inner corners of the eyes. Unlike black eyeliner, which often swallow up the eyes and can make them seem smaller, white eyeliner acts as a highlighter to brighten your look and make your eyes larger. This look is great for when you want to downplay your eyes and show off a statement red lipstick, like the model on the left without having any sort of conflict from the rest of your makeup.

In Place of Regular Eyeliner

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Instead of limiting the white liner to just the corners of your eyes, you can also sweet them across your eyelids in place of regular dark eyeliner for a modern, chic look. This is a fashionable look that immediately draws attention to your eyes, and can work with all different kinds of makeup styles. The model on the left wears it with a subtle, nude palette while the model in the center uses her white eyeliner to do a simple wing, accented by beautiful contouring and long eyelashes. No matter what you choose to wear on the rest of your face, white eyeliner immediately grabs and commands attention.

To Emphasize Bright Colors

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While black eyeliner can often make even the brightest of neon colors seem dark and a bit overwhelming, white eyeliner has the opposite effect. When you pair crisp white liner with bright pinks, purples, and blues, it creates a beautiful contrast that really brings out the colors instead of overpowering them. Since most people use black or dark brown mascara, having the splash of white can be a greatly needed balance to the darker colors. This is a great way to really emphasize the eyes in any look, so pair it with a quieter, softer nude lip as not to overwhelm this effect.

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