FOTD Friday: Brown smokey eye tutorial. Or is it smoky?

For the record, y’all…I really don’t know if it’s “smokey” or “smoky“. And apparently the rest of the world doesn’t know either. I’m just going to stick with smokey since that’s what I’ve been using all of these years. But it bothers me…I sit up late at night wrecking my mind over smokey and smoky. Bahhh!

Anywhoovers, my homegirl from the great state of Ohio (as Mama Clumps would say) has requested that I do a brown smokey eye. It’s been a few months since I’ve loaded THIS much make-up on my face but here we goes….

 

 

Can I give tribute to my brows real quick?

 

These kids are finally where they need to be and I couldn’t be happier. Much much love to Rashmi at Rashmi’s Boutique here in Orlando. Having her thread my brows every week and a half has done wonders! I think I’ll do a post on her. Whatcha think?

As always, I prime my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer.

I think I’ve had this one tube for over a year. As a matter of fact, I’ve only purchased eye shadow primer TWICE in the 3 years I’ve been into make-up. This stuff lasts foreeeeevah!

Taking the brown gel liner from my Physician’s Formula trio, I used a concealer brush and applied it all over the lid. I didn’t worry about it being perfect as I was going to smooth it out later.

I have never used this gel liner as a base but I am SUPER impressed. It was easy to work with, dried quickly and didn’t crease my eye shadow throughout the day.

No need to adjust your computer settings on the next pic…I was in such a rush and didn’t realize how blurry it was. Ack! I placed Lancome’s Vintage eye shadow right on top of the brown base.

Of course you can use any kind of brown shadows that you have. I find that matte works really well though. Next up is THEE most important step: smoothing out harsh lines.

I took NARS Edie eye shadow to buff out the harsh lines of the brown base. The goal is to allow the colors to flow together without any stark lines. At the same time, I didn’t want to be TOO tough on the lids. Remember, crows feet at 25 ain’t a good look.

 

This took the longest as the brown base settled quicker than I thought but alas, I’ve finally smoothed out the edges and applied a matte white eye shadow to the browbone…

But something was missing. So I added a bit of MAC’s Sketch eye shadow in the outer-V up into the crease.

 

If you don’t have that shadow, get it NOW! It is one of the most versatile eye shadows ever. I’ve used it in so many looks and it always takes the look up a notch. I love you, Sketch!

A bit of a blue liner to had some, liner on the lower lash line and mascara and bam!

 

 

I will forever credit Kia from Yummy411 who taught me how to do a smokey eye. She’s the bestest!

 

I’ve always get flustered when it comes to doing lips when I rock a smokey eye.  Naturally, I love rich and bold colors but I think they can be over the top when the lids are already dark. So I settled for Lancome’s Pink Preview  and paired it with MAC’s Vino lip pencil.

 

I didn’t super blend because I wanted the liner to pop just a wee bit.

 

Not that I mattered because after I ate, it was practically gone. Ha!

 

 

I like smokey eyes and all but I felt some kinda way about wearing in the day time. And quite frankly…it’s just too much make-up. I don’t know how Kim Kardashian does it. These days I’d much rather go without eye shadow than load it up like this. Look at me becoming a less is more make-up snob. But it was fun nonetheless!

For other smokey eye attempts of mine click here and here.

What are y’all doing this weekend? I’ve got some major catching up to do with Fashion Week news. And I may even crank out a YouTube video. Although I’m sure my subscribers probably hate me now. Shooting and editing a 10-minute video takes like 3 hours. Mannnn….

 

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FOTD Friday: Work place look tutorial

Happy Friday, family!

So lately I’ve been getting a TON of emails about how I should do more tutorials. Who me? My ‘hardly wear make-up’ self? Well okay…if you insist! I’ve done this work-appropriate look before many times. In fact, it is probably my favorite quick works look.

It’s so unexpected. I mean, who would have thought that a brown a hot pink could make a hot combination? Of course you can use whatever products you have as I’m sure you will yield the same fabulous results.

First up, if you’re like me and have loco brows, tame them bad boys before leaving the house. I have very thick when I don’t over-tweeze them brows and I’m fine with that, I just like to keep them under control.


Next up is priming. Of course this is an optional step but I live in Florida and eye shadow melts within seconds of walking outside. No lie!

Be sure to blend blend blend!

If you feel like you need a little more depth, apply a burgundy eye shadow right in your crease.

Take your favorite pencil, gel or liquid liner and line your lower lashline.

And you KNOW we can’t forget this step…

I felt like the look needed a bit of a POP so I added a bit of silver in the near the tear ducts.

Define those cheekbones with a bit of color.

And there you have it! You’ve got a look perfect for the office space. No matter which co-worker you are.

Which one are you?

I’m definitely the silly one. Never a dull moment in my office. I’m heading to Atlanta this weekend for the World Natural Hair Show. I’m so excited to meet up with fellow natural hair bloggers. To get all of the happ’ns, you can follow my hair blog handle on Twitter at @LocRockin.

Love y’all! Have a great weekend!

Eyeliner 102: Applying eyeliner on the waterline

This is probably one of the most requested uhhh….requests here at Clumps of Mascara. And I am oh so apologetic for just now getting to it, my darlings. Que pasa con me? I don’t know but I have finally gotten it together and I hope you enjoy both my photo and video tutorials of how to apply eyeliner on the waterline.

“B….are you kidding me? That’s like the easiest thing to do.”

Hmm mmm, for you it is. But not for everyone. Clumps of Mascara’s primary focus is on the newbies in the beauty and make-up world. This is one application that took me FOREVER to learn how to do. As I mentioned in the video, I was taught by my younger sisters how to apply eyeliner.

That’s right…my younger sisters. Since, then, however I have been all over it and it is very rare that you see me without it. I find that a nice smooth line of black eyeliner gives my eye shape and definition. I can see A HUGE difference when I wear eyeliner and when I don’t.

I mean….can’t you?

For the purpose of this tutorial I have used a bright eyeliner. I think that it will show up better in the pictures. Not to mention that Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye gliders are the BEST eyeliners that I have ever used.

Okay…ready, set:

Step 1

To keep my hand steady (my nerves are bad, yall) I rest my pinky by my nose. This helps gives me better control.



Step 2

Of course you can start anywhere, but I start from the outer. My eyes tend to water pretty easily and if I started in the inner, I’d be crying mid liner-application.

Step 3

Take small strokes. The great thing about color liners is that your line does not have to be perfect. If some of the liner gets on your lower lashes or even UNDER your waterline, that’s okay.



Step 4

Done!


I find that retractable liners are my favorite because they you a) don’t have to sharpen them and b) they don’t have the prickly edges. The smoother the pencil, the easier the application. If you find that you have to keep going back and forth on your eye, you may want to invest in a better pencil.

Of course, if you are new to this, it is going to take some time….as does everything in the make-up world. Practice makes perfect.

If you are you using two hands, be careful not to stretch your skin too much. Ahem…you don’t want pre-mature wrinkles, do you?

I think that I’ve covered anything but if there are any questions/comments or advice that you would like to drop for fellow Clumps of Mascara readers, please do not hesitate to do so!

Are you a liner wearer? Not so much? Or are you like me and feel like this is a MUST before you leave the house? What’s your eyeliner brand of choice?

Click HERE for the Eyeliner 101 written and video review.

Happy lining!


This Day in Black (African) History:

1975-Death of Elijah Muhammad (77), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago.
He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad.

Eyeliner 101

By popular demand (okay, only 2 of yall asked, lol), I bring you some eyeliner tips. When I tell you there is no RIGHT way to achieve the pretty simple line on the waterline, I ain’t lyin. I used to have crazy thick lines. Don’t believe me?

Exhibit A (May ’08)….

Yes family, I have learned a thing or two and thought I’d share them with you.

First–don’t think that your line has be perfect.

My preference is a gel eyeliner with an angled brush because you can control the width of your line. Pencil and liquid liners don’t allow that.

You can start any where on your lid. For the pictures, I started in the corner and worked my way out. Normally I start in the center. Do whatever works for you.

I imagine as if I’m drawing at the base of my lashes—not ON my lid. Does that make sense?

I take small strokes. Trying to make a complete straight line is sooo hard for me. Shoot, I can’t even draw a straight line on paper.

At the end I simply turn my brush for a little extra “winged” look.

See!

But look closely at those mistakes…

A swip swip of a Q-tip dipped in make-up remover can clean that baby up.


Bam bam! The video actually does a lot better job at explaining how I do this.


Preguntas? Just let me know! What do you use to get the line on the waterline? Any tips or suggestions for me?

FOTD Friday: Work-safe Pop!

Happy Friday, lovelies! This FOTD is also a step-by-step quick tutorial for those of us that have to get up at the crack of dawn to head to work. With my new “waking up at 5:30 a.m. to head to gym” schedule, I reaaaally can’t afford to spend more than 10 minutes on my face. Granted I don’t do more than a little shadow, liner and cheek action anyway, but now that my time is REALLY limited, I have to be polished but sporting a look that is work-safe as well.

But fiiiiirst, let me tell you what I used:

EYES:
Cargo Medium Bronzer
NYX Sapphire Eye Pencil (waterline)
MAC Rave Pearlglide Eyeliner
Maybelline XXL Exensions mascara (OMG, seriously the BEST mascara EVEEEER!)

CHEEKS:
L’Oreal HIP blendable blushing creme in Blushing

LIPS:
Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss

A look like this is great for me because it is quick but gives me a nice POP of color that is work-appropriate. This is great for anyone!

First I applied NYX eyeliner on the waterline. This navy blue is beautiful and is subtle but still pretty noticeable up close. Now whether it will stay on all day is another story.


Using a regular eye shadow brush (how I love Target’s Studio Tools brushes) I scooped up just a bit of Cargo’s bronzer. Yes! Try a bronzer as a lid color. I actually use this one alllll the time. Thanks Amina!


What’s great about this bronzer is that it moves around on the lid beautifully so working it up above the crease is easy. I find that it blends well enough on my complexion that I don’t even need a crease color. Not that I’d have the time to add one anyway. So I use a fluffy brush and blend it up.


Next, I added MAC’s Rave Pearlglide Liner in Rave. These pretty pencils came out in one of MAC’s newest collections, Suite Array. They are smooth and pigmented and have just enough sparkle to give the lids a little pop. I kinda want another one of the pencils; Bankroll. But spending $14.50 on a liner is a tad bit ludicrous. I can do it once, but twice? Yes, I’m frugal and ain’t shame! Haaaa, we digress….


And to give the eyes even more POW, I used a lengthening mascara i.e. the best mascara EVER!!! And I’m not exagerrating. Maybelline’s newest is wonderfuuuuul. Check out the review for the next Mascara Monday.


….and the final look!


…I’m not wearing blush in these pictures. In fact I don’t have anything on the face at all. And for whatever reason I having a mild breakout. Yikes!

…me and my BFF!


Okay peoples, so what do you think? Do you have any quick work-safe looks? Tell me about ‘em! And have a wonderful weekend!!!!

My First Video & Photo Tutorial: For my newbies!

[NOTE]: I’ve been getting so many submissions for the Stila Lipstick contest and in the process of reading them all. I will post winning entries tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, chicas!

This is a big day in Clumps of Mascara history. Okay….I’m being a bit dramatic (what else is new? HA!) but I am really excited to showcase my first ever tutorial. I have had sooooo many requests to do one “on a newbie” level and I am finally getting around to it.

But that doesn’t mean yall need to get spoiled and start requesting that I do them every week. Tuts are hard work and I admire the ladies that do them on a regular. LOL, I’m going to try do what I can.

This look is a quick neutral eye from a Stila trio that I received. It’s great because the highlighting color, lid color and crease color are all RIGHT there in the pot. So I thought it would be easy to showcase it. [NOTE]: This tutorial is for those who are still confused on color placements. I was not going for perfection here, folx…just showing where each color should go.

So let’s get started…

How pretty is this trio?

[LEFT] Highlight
[CENTER] Crease color
[RIGHT] Lid color

Brushes Used:
Highlight-MAC 275SE
Lid application-Studio Tools brush (Target)
Crease application-MAC 222
Blending-Sonia Kashuk brush (Target)


First we start with priming our lids. This will ensure long-lasting eyeshadow and minimal crease. A must for me since I have heavy (or hooded) eyelids.

I like to start with the highlighter up under the brow first. Some folx do the highlighter last but do what works for you.

It looks a little crazy now but I’m going to come back and blend it nice later. BTW, my primer is all over the place. I forgot to smooth those edges out. Opps! Clumps of Mascara strikes again. LOL @ the brows. Bad brows is like my trademark, yall. Seriously…

I took a flat brush and now I’m going to start applying my lid color RIGHT ON the lid…..just below my crease.

See….
Now we take the crease color…..
And apply it riiiight on the crease.
Optional step….I also like to apply my crease color on the on the outer V of my eye too. Like this..


Time to blend my crease and highligher color together. I use a fluffy brush for this…
And there we gooooo……


That was actually very painful to upload. LOL! The video is actually a lot more pleasant to watch, if I do say so myself.

Yaaaay, thanks for the emails. I’ll leave the tutorials to the YouTube pros. Taking pictures AND doing a video is like a part time job. But it was fun. Tell me what you thiiiiiink. Click the link below to visit the video.


Eyeshadow for newbies tutorial

Peace and happiness, my beautiful people!

My First Video & Photo Tutorial: For my newbies!

[NOTE]: I’ve been getting so many submissions for the Stila Lipstick contest and in the process of reading them all. I will post winning entries tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, chicas!

This is a big day in Clumps of Mascara history. Okay….I’m being a bit dramatic (what else is new? HA!) but I am really excited to showcase my first ever tutorial. I have had sooooo many requests to do one “on a newbie” level and I am finally getting around to it.

But that doesn’t mean yall need to get spoiled and start requesting that I do them every week. Tuts are hard work and I admire the ladies that do them on a regular. LOL, I’m going to try do what I can.

This look is a quick neutral eye from a Stila trio that I received. It’s great because the highlighting color, lid color and crease color are all RIGHT there in the pot. So I thought it would be easy to showcase it. [NOTE]: This tutorial is for those who are still confused on color placements. I was not going for perfection here, folx…just showing where each color should go.

So let’s get started…

How pretty is this trio?

[LEFT] Highlight
[CENTER] Crease color
[RIGHT] Lid color

Brushes Used:
Highlight-MAC 275SE
Lid application-Studio Tools brush (Target)
Crease application-MAC 222
Blending-Sonia Kashuk brush (Target)


First we start with priming our lids. This will ensure long-lasting eyeshadow and minimal crease. A must for me since I have heavy (or hooded) eyelids.

I like to start with the highlighter up under the brow first. Some folx do the highlighter last but do what works for you.

It looks a little crazy now but I’m going to come back and blend it nice later. BTW, my primer is all over the place. I forgot to smooth those edges out. Opps! Clumps of Mascara strikes again. LOL @ the brows. Bad brows is like my trademark, yall. Seriously…

I took a flat brush and now I’m going to start applying my lid color RIGHT ON the lid…..just below my crease.

See….
Now we take the crease color…..
And apply it riiiight on the crease.
Optional step….I also like to apply my crease color on the on the outer V of my eye too. Like this..


Time to blend my crease and highligher color together. I use a fluffy brush for this…
And there we gooooo……


That was actually very painful to upload. LOL! The video is actually a lot more pleasant to watch, if I do say so myself.

Yaaaay, thanks for the emails. I’ll leave the tutorials to the YouTube pros. Taking pictures AND doing a video is like a part time job. But it was fun. Tell me what you thiiiiiink. Click the link below to visit the video.


Eyeshadow for newbies tutorial

Peace and happiness, my beautiful people!