Liquid Foundation Tutorial

Hey Guys!

In the video below I show how to apply liquid foundation of which you can use ANY brand of liquid foundation with this technique.  I also explain how to add a quick + natural contour to your everyday routine.



Eyes That Shine!


Ok y’all, I know that at the top of every woman’s list of “I want” and “I need” is a great undereye concealer.  We all want it and we all buy the newest and greatest product in hopes of amazing eye brightening properties.

Well spend no further! I recently made an life-changing purchase at Sephora and I haven’t turned back since.  The two products that every woman needs to run out and purchase is the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector and the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer.  I’ve shared in a photo below the products that I used for this post and don’t be surprised that I also used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation as my base foundation.  Tarte Cosmetics are the love of my life and I love supporting a company that not only integrates skincare into their makeup products, but that also uses a part of their profits to help those in need.



Brush: it Cosmetics :: Maracuja Concealer “Light Sand” :: CC Corrector “Light/Medium” :: Amazonian Foundation “Medium Sand”

I typically wear Light Sand in both the foundation and concealer, but on the day I took these photos I had used a sunless tanner and so I upped my foundation color to Medium Sand.  A Trick of the Trade – use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone, it visibly lifts those unwanted darker areas.

The reason these two under eye products work so well together is because the CC corrector has a purple colored clay pigment that instantly brightens, while the yellow pigment in it diffuses the dark circles. Combined with the Maracuja concealer, it packs a brightening power like NO other!

The best part? You don’t have to use both together, but you can if you want all the help you can get! Follow the steps below…

*Apply moisturizer and eye cream.  When applying the eye cream, use your ring finger and pat/swirl it in both directions.  This helps to avoid pulling the muscles one way. Let dry completely.

*Apply face primer and foundation.  I love the it Cosmetics brush because it really packs a punch.  The control and precision I get with it, trumps all others.

*Apply CC corrector in an upside down triangle shape underneath the eye again with your ring finger. Don’t be afraid to use a moderate amount of the product.  Apply under the ENTIRE eye from inner tear duct to past the outer eye.  In other words, you are fading it from the inside of your eye, all the way to your hairline to wear your sunglass frame goes to connect behind your ear. Obviously don’t put the product into your hair, but it take straight to that stopping point. This gives you that “lifted and wide awake” look that everybody always asks for.  This can be applied with either your finger, foundation brush, or concealer brush.

*Apply Maracuja concealer in the same fashion as the CC corrector but use a smaller amount and don’t lay too much product near your bottom lash line.  Even though it’s called the creaseless concealer, it still creases somewhat.  So until it’s re-formulated, you’ll have to apply it and then be sure to set it with a loose or pressed powder on top.  This is vital and you cannot skip this step.  If you do, it will slide of your face by 12pm. It just will. I’m sorry but sometimes we just have to work a little harder for what we want girls.

**If you happen to find a tiny little crease under your eye around 12pm, just use your ring finger again to lightly pat it in. Very, very softly.

Before and After

The first picture is with foundation only…ets2

And after! Product is smooth, brightened and prepped to last all day!ets3

Also be sure to add either the CC or Maracuja concealer under the high point of the brow and on the cupid’s bow above the lip to add more “lift” and dimension to your face.

And let me end this post by saying that both eye products work to improve skin texture and tone over time with repeated use…as I said ladies “GOOO get this!!!”





October Favorites 2014


Happy Fall Y’all!

Not only is it the month that I get to watch my favorite movie over and over (Hocus Pocus, duh) it’s also the month that you officially can start changing up your hair & makeup routine for fall.

These 5 products are something that I have been using and loving for the past few weeks (with exception of the LORAC lip wand) and I am so so so in love with these products.  If they were my kids they would be getting stars on their sticker charts everyday.

Let’s get started!!

1.) Palladio “Berry Pink” Blush $5.99 Available at Ulta


Oh Em Gee. This blush is quite possibly the most gorgeous color I’ve EVER found.  It’s an insane price and it will compliment every skin tone. (Dark skin tones, be sure to layer for more color and avoid looking ashy.) There is one teeny tiny drawback, it doesn’t have supreme staying power. But then again maybe I just can’t get enough and I never want it to go away.  This color will make you look like a million bucks with a grey/navy/plum/chocolate/latte smokey eye.  I’ve been using it on brides lately and it is absolutely stunning on.  For $6 bucks you won’t regret trying it!!

2. LORAC “Violet” Pro Matte Lip Color $16 Available at Kohl’s or Ulta


It’s probably only a matter of seconds before I leave typing this post and go purchase this gorgeous purple lipstick.  Purple lips are like calorie free cheesecake in my mind.  It’s a no brainer.  Nothing brightens your skin and eyes more than a hue like this one.  If you’re scared to try, layer with a berry toned gloss to dull the brightness OR use it as a cream blush and apply with your fingers.  For all of you scratching your head- a cream is a cream, all makeup products are interchangeable.

3.) Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel $5.99 Available at Target


We all know my love affair with Sonia Kashuk at Target.  What blew me away is the fact that this is such a duplicate of the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and it’s $18! This one is nearly 1/3 of the price and it works JUST as well!! The only difference is the wand, Benefit’s has a super tiny one and Sonia’s is similar to a large mascara wand.  Don’t mess around, this stuff is a game changer for sure.

4.) Navy Liner


Navy liner for fall is like stuffing your face with a funnel cake at the fair…you just have to.  Navy has insane brightening properties for the whites of the eyes and for the actual eye color itself.  Shown here is the Bare Minerals Round the Clock liner in “Noon.”  The best way to start using it is by tightlining the top and bottom of your lids.  I did it in the pictures below and you would never guess I have blue eyeliner on.  I recommend this one by Bare Minerals or any of the pencils from Mally Beauty.  And the best part is, Mally Beauty has ALL of her eyeliners 25% off for the month of October!


5.) It Cosmetics Foundation Brush $48 Available at Ulta


Guys, this brush.

 Forget anything I’ve ever said about previous foundation brushes.  If you need full, full coverage, this is your co-pilot.  This brush is so densely packed that it gives the smoothest, most flawless finish I’ve ever had.  It’s a lot of $ but when you need full coverage you know price doesn’t matter.  I use it for liquid foundations only, I have yet to try a powder with it.  This brush takes maybe 6 seconds to fully apply and makes your coverage perfectly even.  Praise be to the makeup brush gods.

Anything you’re eager to try or you’re using this Fall? Let me know in the comments below!