Monday, September 12, 2011
Now when you're trying out a new makeup look (or anytime, really), it's super important to have a clear canvas--and I'm talking about skin. You can only cover so much up before you look like a crazy prostitute with caked-on foundation! SO, that said, skincare is definitely the most important thing to work on.
I'm hopelessly in love with Proactiv products. I have ridiculously sensitive skin, and yet the line still works for me! When I first gave it a try, I figured it would dry out my skin and leave behind a ton of red blotches. But, no!
The products I used before this particular look were the Refining Mask and the Green Tea Moisturizer. The mask was great. I felt a wonderful cooling sensation upon application, and after I let it sit for 10 minutes and washed it off, I was left with nice smooth skin. The moisturizer was applied next and it worked perfectly after the mask. I felt like it kept in all the great things the mask did for me, and kept my skin hydrated at the same time. I like to use a moisturizer before applying makeup anyway, and since this one is oil-free, it just might be my next go-to product!
After my skin was prepped, I moved on to makeup. Here's how to get the look yourself:
how to apply it if you want a more detailed technique. Tug lightly on the outer corner of the eye, and draw a line from the inner corner out thickening it as you go. I really like Wet 'n' Wild's H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black. It stays in place all day and doesn't flake off. Plus it's under $5.
HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon Eyeliner in Perfectionist won't simply flake off all your hard work (like lots of other pencils will). Because it is so soft, it basically just adds a thin layer over the liquid liner. Make sure it's dry before doing this.
Benetint or Stila's Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. Both are deep cherry reds that flatter most skintones.
Apply a layer of gloss to finish the lips and give them a bit of shine. I like to use a red-tinted gloss to give my lips a multi-color look.
This is the final result! I think it def has that old Hollywood/Katy Perry feel to it, don't you? Since both the eyes and the lips are dramatic, keep the blush simple and use a matte peach or pink cream blush. Normally, bold eyes are bold lips don't work together. This look works because the eyes actually don't look overdone since we didn't line the lower lashline, or use dark eyeshadow. The lips more or less take center stage.
And there you have it! A gorgeous look, with gorgeous skin to boot!
Check out Proactiv.com for more info on their products.
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