YCS Guide to Spring: Make-up Moves

By Torrey, Make-up Maven

Depending on where you are in the country, it may or may not look like spring is coming. Regardless of the weather, spring is here! It’s time to bring out your brighter colors and pastels!

To transition your winter look to a spring look, as always it only takes a few steps. First, put away your dark, vampy lipsticks and bring out your pinks, purples, oranges, and corals! And remember, we’re coming into the time of year where bright looking, glowy skin is in – so those bronzers and illuminators will be put to use.

Here are a few pictures for lip inspiration and I’ll tell you how to get that gorgeous glow!


Top left, clockwise:

1. Bring in the organge. The lip I’m wearing in Morange lipstick by MAC and Mahogany lip liner by MAC. If you don’t want to go this bold, tone down the lipstick with a brown or other skin-toned colored lip liner.

2. Bright, brighter, brightest! This lipstick is Candy Yum Yum by MAC, which is known for its “in your face” bright color. Perfect for a night out, but can also be toned down. Don’t forget to use our lip lining techniques and visit my past bright lips tutorial for tips on how to get them just right!

3. Get that glowy skin. After applying your contour and blush, go back in with an illuminating bronzer or lightly colored shimmery blush on the tops of your cheeks, just above the blush to accentuate your cheek bones and instantly bring light to your face. Highlighting with an illuminating bronzer will give you the most beautiful glow. Also highlight the bridge of your nose, forehead, Cupid’s bow, and chin. Opt for a soft pastel pink with this glowy look. Here I am wearing Angel lipstick by MAC. Get details about how to apply foundation, highlighter, and bronzer in part one and two of our foundation tutorial!

4. Try a softer pink. This pink is suitable for day or night. Go with MAC’s Pink Nouveau to brighten up any spring day.


Top left, clockwise:

1. Coral! When matchy-matchy makeup goes right! This is one color that can be worn on the lips and cheeks. A light dusting of a coral blush goes perfectly with a bright bold coral lip.

2. Get creative with those eyes. Play around with color! Go for the orange or lavender or even yellow eyeshadow. The key to any look is blending. You can use any color you desire, just remember to blend!

3. More orange! This has to be one of my favorite lipsticks, period. Unfortunately it’s limited edition :(. But orange, like coral, can be worn on the lips and cheeks simultaneously.

4. Peach. Grab a peachy blush or lipstick and have at it! Peach is perfect for spring and summer.

Finally, as it gets warmer, remember that you can ditch the heavy foundations and opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Cream blushes are also great as they’re long wearing and can stand the heat.

Post pictures of your spring looks and remember to tag us on Instagram @yourchicisshowing!

Valentine's Week on YCS: Make-up Moves – Valentine's Day Make-up

By Torrey, Make-Up Maven

For Valentine’s Day you have so many options for makeup. You can keep it casual and light or bring on the dramatics. You can also incorporate the Valentine’s Day colors of red and pink (although I would only opt for lipstick or blush, red/pink eyeshadow is very difficult to use without looking sickly).

Here I’ve provided you gals with a few makeup ideas that can easily be recreated by even the novice.

The good thing about makeup is, you can wear the same look with various outfits; so, any of these looks would work for all of the looks provided by Erika in her fashion post.

Casual and Light

Let’s start with the casual and light look. As you can see, the focus is the eyeliner. Here I used a Maybelline liquid liner, but if you’re not really good using liquid liner, just use a pencil. You can achieve a similar look by using an angled brush to apply.

This look is great for any casual outing!

Keep the lips nude (remembering to use a nude color that is complimentary to your skin tone) for you look to remain casual, yet chic.

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Lips: MAC Hodgepodge lipliner and MAC Myth lipstick

Bright Lips

To kick it up a notch, give yourself a neutral eye look. Using beiges, ivories, browns, taupes, you get the idea, your look is flexible. You could pair it with just about ANY lip color and blush. It’ll also be fitting for any type of outfit you choose to wear, from the casual to the glamour!

I think this look would be perfect for a night out with girlfriends or your date to a nice dinner or movie.

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Eyes (all MAC): Naked Lunch (lid), Haux (outer V, crease), Soft Brown (crease)

Lips (from left to right, all MAC): Magenta lipliner and Pink Nouveau lipstick, Hodgepodge lipliner and Myth lipstick, Cherry lipliner and Ruby Woo lipstick

Dramatic Eyes and Lips

And to take it to glamour levels, knock out an easy smokey eye. If you’re not sure about using black, try using a grey, brown, navy, or slate colored eyeshadow. The key to any smokey eye is BLENDING!

Here I placed Carbon (MAC) eyeshadow on top of the previous look, which resulted in this slate/grayish colored look. You can try doing that trick too.

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All lip products same as above.

This look would be great for a night out at a fancy schmancy restaurant, in a beautiful little black dress.

Make-Up Moves: Making Small Eyes Appear Big and Big Eyes Appear Small

By Torrey, Make-up Maven

December 18, 2013

An easy way to create the appearance of a differently shaped eye is to play with different shades of eyeliner on your waterline.

Now, where’s your waterline? A while back we did a post on the different parts of the eyes, seen here.  Basically, the waterline is the small strip of skin directly above your lower lash line. It’s a pinkish, tissue looking, part of the eye. Some products are not safe in this area of the eye, so please use caution with your products. Only use what is recommended for this part of the eye, as it is very sensitive.

To make your eyes “pop” or seem larger, using a white, off white, or light beige type of color will accomplish this. This will “open” your eyes, making them appear brighter and bigger. You want to use a shade that is complimentary to your skin color. Those with fair/light skin should opt for white. Those with medium/deep skin should opt for an off white or beige shade. This will keep your look from being too stark and unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for).

To create a more sultry look, or to make your eyes appear smaller, use a dark/black color on the waterline. This will cause a more “closed” effect, making your eyes appear smaller and much more sultry.

Visit our Shutterfly Gallery to see pictures that show the difference between eyes that “pop” and a sultrier look.


You can also play with different colors, like pink, purple, green, in the waterline for a very bold and playful look.

I have pretty big eyes, they don’t bulge, but they’re big, so I usually opt for a darker color in the waterline in order to close them up a little.

If you notice, using the white/off-white color in the waterline creates continuity which causes your eyes to look bigger. It appears as though the sclera (the white part of the eyeball) is extended.

When using a darker/black color in the waterline, it creates a barrier which further pronounces the end of the eyeball, so to speak.

Try using this technique and post your results on Instagram. Remember to tag YCS!

An easy way to create the appearance of a differently shaped eye is to play with different shades of eyeliner on your waterline.

Now, where’s your waterline? A while back we did a post on the different parts of the eyes, seen here.  Basically, the waterline is the small strip of skin directly above your lower lash line. It’s a pinkish, tissue looking, part of the eye. Some products are not safe in this area of the eye, so please use caution with your products. Only use what is recommended for this part of the eye, as it is very sensitive.

To make your eyes “pop” or seem larger, using a white, off white, or light beige type of color will accomplish this. This will “open” your eyes, making them appear brighter and bigger. You want to use a shade that is complimentary to your skin color. Those with fair/light skin should opt for white. Those with medium/deep skin should opt for an off white or beige shade. This will keep your look from being too stark and unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for).

Make-up Moves: The Interview Face

By Torrey, Make-Up Maven

Personally (this is MY opinion), I don’t believe you should enter any professional or formal setting with a bare face. This doesn’t mean that you have to wear makeup everyday to work. But when you need to present yourself in the cleanest manner possible, it’s necessary to wear light makeup, at least.

I’ve had a couple of interviews in the past week or so and this is the basic look I go for:

(Going from tired and cranky, to ready to face the world [and get the job])

But don’t make this face in the interview 😉

It’s best to keep it simple

1. Of course – tame those brows
2. Correct your complexion so that your skin appears radiant and fresh
3. Be sure to add under eye concealer to add to your radiance.
This brings more light to your face and makes you look more awake
4. Add a soft blush and contour lightly
5. Mascara and shape your eye if you please
You can do this by contour your eye crease and adding a highlight in the inner corner
6. Add a soft lip color and you’re all finished!

Make-up Moves: 5 Tips for Packing Your Makeup

By Torrey, Make-Up Maven

A note from Erika: A few weeks ago we did a post on packing tips.  Today, Torrey is teaching us how to pack our make-up for a trip!  Now you’re set for those fabulous summer vacations!

1. Invest in a sturdy makeup case (traincase) or bag – This will help to ensure your makeup stays safe and doesn’t crack or break, particularly if you’ll be flying. TSA does not handle with care. Makeup bags/cases can be purchased anywhere makeup is sold.

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2. Don’t forget your brushes – You do not have to bring all of the makeup brushes you own. You can get away with five: 1) Foundation, 2) Powder/blush, 3) Brow (spoolie), 4) Eyeshadow shader, and 5) Eyeshadow blending.  With these five brushes, you can create any type of look you want. Instead of using a gel liner, which requires a liner brush, use a liquid or pencil eyeliner.

Pack your brushes securely. Invest in a brush roll. This will keep them relatively clean and free of dust. You don’t want to use dirty brushes on your face. You can also purchase a travel brush set. These usually come with 5-6 brushes, including the ones mentioned above. They usually have a shorter handle than full size brushes, which will save you more room. If you plan on wearing makeup daily, to keep your brushes clean during your trip, bring a small bottle of brush cleanser or brush cleansing wipes.

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3. Use palettes! – Palettes are huge space savers and allow you to bring multiple shades of eyeshadows, lipsticks, or blushers. Using palettes, you’ll have enough shades to create any type of look! You can create your own palette, purchase a pre-made palette, or purchase multiple eyeshadows or blushers and an empty palette separately.

In your palette you should include colors that can be worn either day or night. Neutral is the easiest route with a few darker shades to turn your day time look to a night look easily.

You can get away with wearing the same blush each day, but keep in mind the looks you’d like to wear during your trip. You wouldn’t want the blush to drastically clash with the rest of your makeup. Instead of a deep plum or bright red blush, opt for a more neutral tone, even one with a rosy tint. Peaches, soft corals, pinkish/rosy browns are the best way to go. These shades could be worn with just about any eye look or lipstick shade you choose.

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4. Only bring the items you use on a regular basis – Unless there is a special event you’ll be attending, don’t pack excessive makeup that you know you won’t touch. If you have specific “everyday” makeup items, just pack those!  A lot of people like to have options, but that’s where the palettes shine. One palette can provide all the makeup you need.

5. Here’s  a list of all (or most) of the items you’ll need:

  • Foundation/tinted moisturizer and/or concealer
  • Face powder
  • One single blush
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • 2 lipsticks or glosses (neutral shade and fun shade)
  • Mascara
  • Pencil or liquid liner
  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Eyebrow pencil/powder

If you’re a makeup novice, you probably don’t have issues with overpacking your makeup. These tips can still be helpful for you by creating a template of what items you can start with when building your collection. But for those of us who are makeup enthusiasts or artists, it’s very tempting to bring just about everything we own on vacation with us. Try to fight the urge and use these tips to ensure you’ll have only what you need.

Flashback Friday: Link Love & Flashback Fun!

It’s been a minute since we’ve done a #FlashbackFriday post.  To learn more about #FlashbackFriday posts, click here.

Today’s Flashback will be a little different; instead of sharing one of YCS’ older posts, I’ll be sharing links to YCS’ most popular blog posts and articles.  Feel free to browse one, or all, of the links below while you gear up for your weekend!

And, in a little flashback fun, here are a few #FlashbackFriday pics of yours truly!





Don’t forget, this is a big week for YCS!  Tomorrow, we’ll be attending the Chasing Joy Brunch and Learn and then on Sunday we’re hosting Strut Your Stuff!  Even though Strut Your Stuff registration is closed, if you’d like to attend, simply email info@yourchicisshowing.com.

Happy Friday!!!

Your Chic is Showing,

With Love, Erika

Link Love – Most Popular Posts

1. What to Wear: Lunch Date

2. Make-Up Moves: Nude Lips

3. Signature Style Series: The White T-Shirt

4. Make-Up Moves: Parts of the Eye

5. Discovering Your Signature Style: Studying the Icons

Link Love – Fastest Rising Posts

1. What to Wear: to a Fundraiser

2. Meet the YCS Team

3. Make-Up Moves: Foundation Part 1 & Part 2

4. Make-Up Moves: Eyebrow Tutorial

5. Men’s Style: The Ultimate Suit and Tie – The Tux

Make-Up Moves: Foundation Part 2

Everyone LOVED Torrey’s post about foundation last week, and I’m sure you all are awaiting part 2 which focuses on highlighting and contouring.  I won’t delay any longer, here it is!

After applying your foundation, you face becomes flat because it is all one color. Naturally, especially for women of color, our faces are slightly darker around the perimeter and lighter in the middle. To bring back the depth and light to your face, contouring and highlighting are necessary.

Contouring brings shadows to the face, making the area where contoured seem more distant or smaller. While highlighting does this exact opposite. You highlight the areas of your face where light naturally falls.

The areas of your face that are usually contoured are the hollows of the cheeks, the jawline, sides of the nose, and temples.

The areas of your face that are usually highlighted are under the eyes, tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, middle of the forehead, cupid’s bow (the area right above the middle of your upper lip), and chin.

You can choose to use powder, cream, or even liquid products to contour and highlight. To create the effect, you must contour with a shade that is one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. To highlight, you’ll use a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

This is an EXTREMELY EXAGGERATED example of contouring and highlighting to show the placement of the products. It will look similar to this when you apply, but the key is blending!


For the contour I used Bobbi Brown’s powder bronzer in Bahama and to highlight I used Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer in honey.

When highlighting under your eyes, you can choose to take the product all the way up to just where your brows end, or even to your temples, in a “V” shape. Or you can choose to leave it directly under your eyes.

To blend the highlight, I used a cosmetic wedge. This allowed me to blend while keeping the highlighted areas bright. If you use a brush and blend too much, you will blend away the highlight and you’ll need to reapply your product.


Here is a picture of everything slightly blended. Still very exaggerated.


Finished blending…

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Contouring my nose made it appear to be smaller and more chiseled. Contouring the hollows of the cheeks makes your cheek bones stand out more, this along with highlighting the tops of the cheeks. Contouring your temples, slightly into your forehead, makes your forehead appear smaller.

I’ll admit, this looks quite scary! LOL!

But again, this is very exaggerated, I don’t go so heavy on the contour and never contour my nose or temples.

Before & After 🙂

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Can you tell the difference? If so, leave a comment!

You heard the woman!  Leave a comment!!

Your Chic is Showing,

                  With Love, Erika

Make-Up Moves: Foundation Part 1

Torrey is back this new year with a post all about the different types of foundations and how to choose the best one for you!

Foundations come in varying forms – powder, liquid, gel, or cream. When choosing your foundation, first decide what type of coverage you’d like. Some women like light or sheer coverage, where your natural skin can still peek through. Those of us who choose this type of coverage have minimal blemishes and imperfections and mostly want to just add an extra layer to smooth out the skin tone. Next, there’s medium coverage. This coverage is moderate. Your imperfections will be covered, but your natural skin still has a chance to peek through. Most times this is used for coverage moderate imperfections or for special occasions where photos will be taken. Finally, there’s full coverage. This type of coverage will cover any type of imperfection, freckles, “beauty marks,” and most other things you can think of. Sometimes this coverage can appear as though you have a second layer of skin, but when applied and blended correctly will be seamless.  Many foundations also have buildable coverage, meaning, you can add multiple layers to achieve a heavier coverage.
One important note: while foundation can mask/cover imperfections, blemishes, and the like, it can not cover texture. If you happen to be breaking out or have scars that are raised, your foundation will not magically make them disappear. What it will do is make all of the skin on your face the same color. One huge mistake women make is “caking” on their foundation, thinking it will make the more textured parts of their faces disappear. Foundation cannot do this. Only a healthy skin care regimen will assist in softening your skin.
The next decision when choosing a foundation, is determining what formula is best for your skin type. As a guideline, these formulas work well with these types of skin
  • Oily skin: powder, liquid
  • Dry skin: liquid, cream, gel

Types of Foundation:

  • Powder foundations come in a compact or a jar, if a loose powder.
    • Bonus tip: Mineral makeup is fairly new. It is in powder form but can work well with drier skin types. It seems to just melt right into your skin. Try a Bare Essentials near you to test their formula.
  • Liquid foundations come in bottles with or without a pump.
  • Gel foundations will come in a bottle as well, these formulas are a little thicker than liquids and have a jelly-like consistency (hence “gel”)
  • Cream foundations can come in either a compact or as a stick. Black Opal has a foundation stick that many women of color have raved about. It’s a great option that is fairly cheap and available in most drugstores.
    • Bonus tip: There are some cream foundations that will work for oilier skin types; however, most are designed for mature or dry skin.
Color selection can be very tricky. Some people say you should test on your wrist, I say no! Your face is usually darker than the inside of your wrist. The color you’d choose would be too light. I believe the best way to test foundation color is by taking a small swatch along your jaw line and blending. If you’re in between colors or are unable to decide which is best, a good tip brought by Urban Decay Cosmetics is to take 2 or 3 swatches side by side and blend, then you will see which color is best and why the other(s) is off.
Quick snippet: For whatever reason, MAC foundations in NC45 has become the standard for women of color. Please know, every woman of color is not an NC45. Try something different, it may be better suited for your color. Also, there are some foundations, including MAC, that oxidize. This means the color alters once your natural oils begin to produce.
I tried an NC45 foundation and around 4pm and I was orange. This is because the foundation oxidized. If you’ve experienced this, do not be afraid to try something different. And tell the Make-up Artist at the counter, “no, this does not work for me.” Just because they work at MAC (or any other counter, for that matter) does not mean they know every single person’s skin.
When applying foundation, there’s no right or wrong way. Here’s a pictorial on how I apply mine:
Brushes for foundation – you can choose to use a stippling, flat top, traditional foundation, small rounded, or oval shaped brush to apply your foundation. It’s all preference.
Make-Up Brushes
from left to right – Kirkland stippling brush, elf flat top blush brush, MAC 190 brush, MAC 109 brush, Real Techniques buffer brush, Real Techniques expert face brush.Flat top and rounded brushes like the MAC 109 are good for powder foundations. All of the pictured brushes can be used for liquid or cream foundations.IMG_0823Today I opted to use the elf blush brush and MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC44, which is a gel based foundation. This foundation is slightly too light for me. If you run into this problem, you can use a powder to set your foundation that is darker.Take a pump or 2, depending on how much coverage you’d like. This was actually too much for me, I didn’t use all of it.
My plain face…
To apply, I like to dot the foundation all over my face, then blend. You can also apply it in sections, for example, starting with your forehead and working down.
While blending….blend in circular motions to get the best coverage and to ensure the best blending.
FInished blending….be sure to blend into your hairline and neckline…
Once you’ve finished blending your foundation, use your pressed or loose powder of choice to “set” your foundation and make it last longer.
quick note: be sure to blend up into your hair line and down under your chin and on your neck and also your ears. You don’t want to have that ghostly film with your face being significantly lighter.
Well, that will wrap up Part 1!  Be sure to check back next week for Part 2 and learn how to contour and highlight your face!!

Your Chic is Showing,

love erika

Make-Up Moves: Nude Lips

First, let me apologize for the lack of a post on Friday. Due to unexpected travel, I was unable to post about this fall’s must-haves. Don’t fret – I will get that post up in the next week or two. In the meantime, enjoy another post from our make-up maven, Torrey (Corporate Beauty), about rocking a nude lip. Since I had a sneak-peek at the post, I’ve already tried these tips (one of the perks of being EIC) and the results were fabulous! The tips are simple and practical and easy to execute. Enjoy this week’s make-up moves and send us pics of your best duck face/nude lip!

Your Chic is Showing,

Just like the red lip, nude lips can be tricky. The hardest part is find a nude color that works well with your skintone and lip shape and size. Lip liners help tremendously! They are used to outline and fill in your lips and prepare your lips for the nude lipstick/gloss application, to keep you from getting that modern-day crackhead look.

There are some nude that are pink based, brown, peach/coral, or beige.

Women of darker skin tones may opt for a more brown based nude; but again, using a brown lipliner can manipulate the color of any lipstick or gloss and allow you to attain the look you’re going for. You also don’t have to use a brown liner. Have some fun and try a deep purple, wine, or even redish color. This will add a very pretty gradient effect, as long as you blend well!

Here are a few of my favorite nude lipsticks and glosses (again, most of my faves are MAC, but please don’t be afraid to branch out to other brands. Though I have found, MAC seems to have the most extensive range of nude lip colors).


Left to right: Revlon LipButter Creme Brulee Revlon LipButter Brown Sugar MAC Freckletone MAC Mocha MAC Peachstock MAC Salute MAC SIss
Front row: MAC Viva Glam Gaga MAC Viva Glam II


Left to right: MAC Peachstock MAC Salute MAC Siss MAC Shy Girl Revlon Nude Attitude Revlon Smoked Peach Rimmel Nude Delight


Left to right: MAC Beaux MAC C-Thru MAC Chai MAC Peachstock MAC Viva Glam Gaga MAC Natural Flare MAC Ready or Not MAC Get Rich Quick Revlon Sunset Peach

MAC Currant lipliner with MAC Shy Girl lipstick

MAC Hodgepodge lipliner with MAC Salute lipstick and MAC Peachstock lipglass

MAC Hodgepodge lipliner with MAC Peachstock lipstick and MAC Peachstock lipglass

MAC Hodgepodge lipliner with MAC Freckletone lipstick and MAC Ready or Not Prolong Wear lipglass

MAC Oak lipliner with MAC Siss lipstick and MAC C-Thru lipglass

Parts of the eye tutorial

Make-Up Moves: Parts of the Eye

Hello loves!  We’ve got another piece from our Corporate Beauty and make-up contributor, Torrey, about how to identify the parts of your eye.  She also shares the best colors to use on the various parts of the eye.  With this tutorial it will make applying fabulous eye make-up a breeze!  Enjoy!

Your Chic is Showing,

Parts of the Eye: lid, crease, outer v, brow highlight, tear duct (inner corner highlight), tightline, waterline, lash line

The Lid: The lid is where base color is applied. It can have multiple colors on lid, but, for basic application, use one.

The Crease: The crease is where “bridge” or “transition” color goes to gradually fade the lid color to highlight color. A skin-tone color does not always have to be used as a “transition color.”   You can also add a second color in the crease slightly below your “transition” color.

The Outer V: The outer v is where a darker color is placed to add depth or create a smokier effect. Keep the color right here, but, blend into the lid and slightly in with the crease color.

The Brow Highlight: the brow highlight is placed at the highest point of the brow and blended over and down into crease color for a smooth transition.

The Tear Duct: The tear duct highlight is applied then it is blended slightly onto lower lashline and slighty into lid color.

The Tightline: The tightline is the pink area right underneath your upper lashes. Tightlining makes your upper lashes appear thicker it’s sometimes difficult to get your liner applied here; so, unless you’re comfortable you can try a different trick I’ll discuss later.

The Waterline: The waterline is the pink area right next to your lower lashes that is closest to your eyeball. When lining, don’t go too far in, or you’ll apply liner to the wrong part and will end up with tears! To get your tightline lined, an easy trick is to line your waterline, then close your eyes really tight. This will cause the liner to transfer. The reason for lining the waterline is to open up or close the eye, depending on which color is used. Using a light color, such as a flesh-tone color, the eyes will appear wider and brighter and will open them up more. Using a dark liner like black, will slightly close your eye, making it appear more sultry. You don’t want to use a liquid liner here, it won’t stay and will irritate your eyes. Stick with pencil or a gel formula.

The Lashline: The lashline is simple; it’s just the area right above your upper lashes. Here is where you’ll apply your gel, cream, liquid, or pencil liner.