It is with great excitement and joy that I bring to you a NEW series to the blog, the “Beautifully BLUSHed” series!!!
The Beautifully BLUSHed series will feature different females and inspired themes as a great “how-to” for all of you at home! I plan to cover a wide variety of looks and topics that many of us struggle with on our own and could use a few sneaky tips on how to achieve great results!
If you have a look you want to suggest or want to nominate yourself for a future post, please me email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So now on to this week’s post and the oh-so-adorable Miss Hannah…I knew Hannah would be a great model for the first post because she has such a joy that lights up her face–which can be hard to do when you tell someone they have to take a picture with no makeup on! I contacted her with only a little information on the blogpost idea and she was more than willing. Hannah was such a trooper and she posed so well on camera that it’s hard to believe she doesn’t model for a living!
I decided that because Hannah has gorgeous red hair and because redheads almost NEVER like to wear color on their face I that we would shoot for a “Spring Makeup Inspired” post. Red hair obviously has a lot of pigment, it’s vibrant, no matter what shade. I think so many of my fellow ginger girls (yes I am redheaded) are scared to add any more color to their face and wardrobe when they already have such a unique hair color. But Spring in my mind means color, pastel, more importantly and I think that by doing light washes of those colors on a redhead can do wonders for their complexion! I decided I wanted to do a light purple eye with a fun pink lip color for Miss H and I think the results turned out beautifully!!
So let’s start with the before…
I started by applying eye primer and then sweeping a neutral powder all over Hannah’s lids to soak up excess eyelid oil and prevent any creasing. These two tips help keep shadow nice and smooth and it also helps the shadow stay on all day long.
I then started sweeping a light lavender eyeshadow on the lid of Hannah’s eye. I used the lavender shade that comes in the Smashbox Limited Edition “Be Discovered” eyeshadow palette, but any light shade of lavender will do. Next, you can take a light brown shadow and sweep it into the crease of the brow bone. This helps to diffuse any eye shadow lines.
Next I took a waterproof brown eye pencil and lined the top and bottom of her lashes. This is very important for anyone, especially pale-skinned women as it helps trace and define the lash line. Otherwise your eyes can easily look “lost.”
Lastly, I took an eyeliner brush and dipped it into a deep plum shadow and traced it back over the brown liner. This helps to solidify the purple eye look and it makes it look more uniform. (It also sets your eyeliner!)
Of course, no doll is complete without false eyelashes so I added several long and medium length individual lashes to her top lash line. I LOVE individual falsies because they look so natural but also whimsical and playful at the same time. I bet you didn’t even know she had them on!
I always love introducing new lip colors to women because it’s like finding out you can wear a certain style of jeans you never thought you could.
For Hannah, we used the Kardashian Beauty Khroma Lipstick in “Baby Doll.” I love how fresh and vibrant it looked on her and it pairs so well with her purple eye look. Who would’ve thought, two pastels on one redhead!! 😉 We also added a little lip gloss just to make it a little bit softer.
We finished her complexion by filling in her brows with a light powder and then used the Tarte Tinted Moisturizer for her base. You would never know it but Hannah had just gotten off a long nursing shift (such a trooper right?) and she joked this should be called “The Tired Nurse Look.” One of my favorite undereye products for nurses or anyone that needs good coverage is the MAC Prolong Wear Concealer. It covers like a dream but it doesn’t cake. Again, you probably can’t tell she has any on because it melts into the skin so well. I dabbed a hint of a soft pink blush on her cheeks to give her color. Don’t bail on me now, you can’t put color all over her face and then leave her with no blush, she will look washed out! The key is to add a light sweep with something that has just a hint of color.
So what do you think? Are you willing to try out this look, redheaded or not? Sound off below!