Make-Up Moves: it’s that time of year again (my favorite season) Fall!

By Torrey, Makeup Maven

As the season changes, the leaves change colors, and it gets a little cooler out (depending on your geographic location), makeup becomes more about neutral, earthy tones, and less about the bright, in your face colors of the spring and summer. Makeup trends tend to follow those of fashion trends. Berry’s, deep toned reds, purples, and greens are all winners during the fall.

Here are some tips to easily transition from a summer bombshell to a fall diva.
1. Lipstick is probably the most seamless transition and easiest to do. bring out your deeper tones like these:

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MAC Diva

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MAC Rebel

MAC Cyber

MAC Cyber

Maybelline

Maybelline

Milani Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics

If color isn’t your speed just yet, nude is ALWAYS in style. During the fall months opt for a more brown or beige toned lipstick, complementary to your skin tone. Here are some examples

MAC Mocha

MAC Mocha

MAC Doubleshot

MAC Doubleshot

Another great cheaper alternative is NYX Cosmetics. You can find them in Ulta and some beauty supply stores. They have a huge selection of lipstick colors, as well as any cosmetics product you could need.

NYX Hades

NYX Hades

NYX Creamy Beige

NYX Creamy Beige

Red lipstick is ALWAYS in. one lipstick you can keep around all year round and works on just about every skin tone is MAC’s ruby woo. Try it. Even if you’re not a red lover (like me), you’ll still look good in it and it may possibly become one of your faves!

MAC Ruby Woo

MAC Ruby Woo

1.  Lip liners can also help to alter the depth of your lipstick. Use a darker lip liner to create depth and dimension to your pucker!

2. Eyes – This season, nude eyes and bold lips are IN. Follow the lipstick guideline and you’re half way there!  A nude eye can be no shadow or minimal shadow

To complete this look all you need is mascara and liner; really, that’s it.

A nude eye can be completed in literally 5 minutes. Load on the mascara (2-3 coats), line your top lash line and waterline, and smoke out your lower lash line if you’re daring 😉

A neutral eye, with shadow, can be accomplished in just a few simple steps as well. Depending on the depth you want with your neutral eye, you can get it with 2-3 shadows:

– a light colored shadow
– a midtone brown in your crease
– a deep brown or black in your outer V
– add your mascara and liner and you’re all done

3. Cheeks – Just as with your lipstick, your cheeks can follow the same scheme.
Remember to choose a blush that is complimentary to your skin tone with one of these tones:

– plum
– reddish
– brown/bronze
– orange

Go as heavy or light as your like. I prefer heavy blush!

4. Skin – Since the weather is getting cooler, you don’t have to skimp on your foundation. Don’t worry; it won’t melt off this time of year. What you may have needed in the summer to combat sweating, running of your makeup, and overall yucky-ness, you may not need in the fall months.

Be sure to use an appropriate shade, as your tan fades, your summer foundation may no longer be a good match!  A more matte face is usually in, but if that’s not what you like, keep with the semi-matte, glowing skin! I like glowing skin, so I’m glowing all year!

5. Brows – Bold brows are in! This doesn’t mean use a black pencil to fill them in. They can be bold, but not harsh. Use a color that is similar to your hair color. if your hair is jet black, use a deep brown. If you hair is blonde, use a lighter brown or deep beige color. if your hair is red use an auburn toned color.

Along with a bold brow, you can opt to have a more sculpted brow by using concealer to “clean up” above and beneath the brow.  If you’d like a pictorial on this, please let us know!

To transition to fall, you don’t have to buy a whole new catalog of makeup. Even though these are the trends, you can always have fun and wear what you want. I sometimes wear a deep lipstick in the summer. And I’m always good for wearing a bright lipstick any time of year!

Have fun but be cute 😉

Any skin tone can pull a deep (vampy) lip off. Here are some examples of the points listed above:

Selita Ebanks

Selita Ebanks

Eva Marcille

Eva Marcille

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

My good friend from over at www.makeupbyla.com wearing MAC Cyber http://www.makeupbyla.com/2013/09/rebel.html

My good friend from over at http://www.makeupbyla.com wearing MAC Cyber
http://www.makeupbyla.com/2013/09/rebel.html

MAC Seeds of Desire

MAC Seeds of Desire

Who says you can’t wear a bold eye AND bold lip MAC Ruby Woo

Who says you can’t wear a bold eye AND bold lip
MAC Ruby Woo

Make-Up Moves: Getting Bright Lips Just Right

How many times have you seen a cutie patootie walking around with a bright lip and thought “I could never pull that off?” It can’t possibly be just me! Well, have no fears, our make-up contributor Torrey is to the rescue! Today’s post is all about how we can find the best brght lipstick for our skin tone. Now, we can all walk around in a bold, beautiful lip!

Your Chic is Showing,

Bright colored lipsticks can be pretty frightening, especially if you’re just beginning to get serious about your makeup. Personally, I’ve been wearing makeup for about 2 years now and I’m only JUST beginning to step out of the ‘nude lip’ box (which I LOVE!).

If you are a woman of color, you may have heard that some colors do not work for you. Let me first say, there are NO rules in wearing makeup, maybe guidelines. But, never let anyone dictate what you can and can not wear. You can make ANY lipstick color work for you with the right lip liner and lipgloss. However, there are some shades and colors that will compliment your skin tone, and mouth shape/size better than others.

Here are a few guidelines when choosing a brighter lip color. Remember, these are guidelines and not rules. Don’t be afraid to play around with different colors and liners.

Another thing to consider, if you decide to wear a bold, bright lip, try to keep the focus on your lips. A bold eye and bold lip can cause conflict and can ultimately contradict one another. Also, your lipstick does not need to match the color your clothes!

Undertones

Before we get started, let’s cover ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ undertones. How do you know which one you are? Well, there are different theories and tests on how to discover your undertones; but, these two are the easiest and I can say they worked for me. Please keep in mind his has NOTHING to do with skin color! All pale, porcelain skinned women are not cool toned and all darker skinned women are not warm toned.

Cool: blue, pink, salmon undertones

Warm: yellow, golden, olive undertones neutral: a mixture of the two or either or

The Tests

1. The white clothing test – if you look better in off white, ivory, of eggshell: warm -if you look great in all, pure white clothing: cool

2. The jewelry test – if you look better in gold: warm -if you look better in silver: cool

For me, using the jewelry test, I’m a dead on warm. I look soooo much better in gold jewelry.

On to the lipstick . . .

Reds: cool tones – blue based olive/warm tones-orange, coral based

medium/deep skin-berry, mauve, purple based deeper skin-wine, deep, blue based

Because I am most familiar with MAC cosmetics, my recommendations will come from their products. There are MANY duplicates (dupes) for most of their shades from other higher end cosmetics to drugstore. If you have a question about a specific color, please let me know and I will find a dupe for you 🙂 [editor’s note: you can email contributors@yourchicisshowing.com with questions for Torrey]

A pretty, universal red lip color that looks good on every woman I’ve ever seen wearing it (including cooler tones) is Ruby Woo. It is a blue based red and can be manipulated with various lip liners. Other more blue based colors are MAC Red and Russian Red is also a blue-ish based lipstick that could work for many skin tones.

For warmer skin tones, Lady Danger is coral red and So Chaud is more of a red orange. Cockney and Lady Bug are yellow based reds that will also compliment warmer skin tones.

For deeper skinned women try a deeper, berry red such as Chili, Hang Up, Dare You, or Diva, among others. These all have a deep red, berry tone that won’t be so shocking and bright. They will compliment your darker skin tone perfectly. The blue based lip colors mentioned above will also look great on you, with the proper lip liner.

Very few women are able to wear a bright lip without a lipliner, especially a red lip. Red lips are the most tricky. When wearing a red lip, choose a lip liner that is a tad bit darker red or you can even use a brown. Or, you can switch it all the way up and use a burgundy, deep purple, or deep wine color. Using the liner will slightly diffuse the brightness and make it more wearable, creating a smooth transition from the perimeter of your mouth to the middle.

If you want to add shine, throw a clear lipgloss on top or one of a similar shade to the lipstick color.

For pinks you can apply the same type of logic.

Cooler skin tones will want to opt for a blue based pink. These same pinks can also suit warmer and neutral skin tones with an appropriate liner. Some suggestions are, Pink Plaid, Viva Glam Gaga 1, and Girl About Town (very popular).

Warmer skin tones will want to opt for a more yellow based pink, such as Viva Glam Nicki, Milan Mode and Chatterbox

For deep skin tones, opt for a purplish pink or fuchsia, Girl About Town would be a great one also. Up The Amp is a little more purple, but would be great on deeper skin tones.

Remember, there are not rules! Do what you’re comfortable with and don’t be afraid to try something new! If you decide to try a bright, bold lip, send pictures, we’d love to see!

Above: A bright coral lip gloss called Vivid Energy by Backstage Beauty Cosmetics (here’s a link to my blogpost about her launch party:

http://corporatebeauty.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/backstage-beauty-cosmetics/)

Below: A bright fuchsia (blue based) lipstick called Flamingo also by Backstage Beauty Cosmetics