Every Day Make-Up Tutorial

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Happy Monday YCS Family!! A couple of weeks ago I posted a “60 Seconds of Chic” video showing how I use concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes. After I posted the video, I had a few requests from people asking if I could post a make-up tutorial about my “every day” make-up look. Well, your wish is my command! Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide and video tutorial of how I do my every day make-up.

But first, there are a few things you should know. Number one, I’m NOT a beauty blogger. I literally shot this in my bathroom – I don’t have a full set-up for shooting this kind of video and I’m sooooooo not used to walking people through my routine step-by-step. I’m also not a make-up artist or expert. Actual MUAs will likely have different ways of doing things or different tools they recommend. This routine is simply what works for this Momma who has distilled her once 25-minute routine down to 10! And lastly, I’m not getting paid for endorsing any of the products that I use. I’ll link to everything I use or mention in the video (or at least do my best to try to!), but this isn’t an endorsement or advertisement. It’s simply what I use each day because I like it.

Now that that’s out of the way, check out the video or skip down to the step-by-step guide below!

Every Day Make-Up Guide

Step 1: Clean + Prime Your Face

It is incredibly important that you start your make-up routine with a clean face. If you guys are interested, I can do a “60 Seconds of Chic” IG video about my skincare routine – let me know! Anyway, you want to make sure that you’ve washed your face thoroughly and that, for daytime, your skin care routine has, at a minimum, a cleanser, toner, SPF, and moisturizer. You guys know that I love products from Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care but I have also been enjoying the skin care line from Lapcos, whose travel kit I highly recommend! I also recommend Clinique’s skin care line (I’m completely obsessed with their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I use daily) or good old Neutrogena (especially their foaming cleanser).

Before make-up, after my skin care routine

A lot of people skip primer, which is fine. I like to make sure I do it because I feel that primer provides a great even base layer to apply your make-up on. It creates an extra layer between your skin and the make-up, helps your make-up last longer, and smooths your skin’s surface for make-up application. My go-to primers are Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer and Black Radiance True Complexion Shine Control Primer. You can use a sponge or your fingers to apply your primer. Truthfully, I just use my fingers because it’s faster (insert shrug emoji). Just make sure your hands are clean and dry before you do it.

Step 2: Apply Concealer + Foundation

These applications go hand-in-hand, especially, if you use my technique of applying concealer over your foundation (found here). For my concealer, I simply dab it on the areas I want to conceal, usually under my eyes, blemishes, around my lips. Lately, I’ve been using e.l.f. 160 HR Camo Concealer. I always use Laura Mercier sponges to blend my concealer and apply foundation; though the sponge I like (and use in the video) has been discontinued you can get similar ones here. For a full detailed concealer tutorial, check out this post from YCS a few years ago, where make-up guru Torrey teaches us all about different types of concealers!

After I blend my concealer in, I apply my foundation. I have been using Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation since Rihanna dropped her make-up line. I always buy 2-3 at a time and I simply love it! It’s lightweight and buildable, which I explain in the video. It also oxidizes, which means that as it dries it gets darker on your skin and blends to your tone more. So DON’T over apply it. Start light and build your way up. I usually apply my foundation and then go do my hair. By the time that’s finished, I can come back and touch up any spots that I need to.

After you’ve applied your foundation, take a look and see if there are any other spots you want to touch up again with concealer. Like I shared in my 60 Seconds of Chic video, I always touch up under my eyes.

Step 3: Set Your Foundation

People do this step at different times – some at the end of their make-up routine and others, like me, in the middle. Honestly, I do it here because I’ll forget otherwise. I use Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder and a large, round make-up brush to set my foundation.

Step 4: Eyebrows, Eyelids + Eyelashes

Next, let’s tackle the eyes. Again, some people do the eyes first so that they can remove any excess eye make-up and then apply foundation. When I’m going out at night or doing a full face beat, I’ll do this right after my primer. However, each morning when I’m doing my daily make-up routine, I do my eyes after foundation. Since I generally don’t use a ton of eye shadow for my daily routine, and it’s close to my skin complexion, , it works out just fine to apply it after my foundation.

First, I start with my eyebrows. As I mention in the video, I get them shaped at European Wax Center (Wax Passes are life!) and then touch them up on my own at home with my Flawless by Finishing Touches Eyebrow Hair Remover. I use e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil to comb, shape, and fill in my eyebrows. I use foundation sponge to clean-up any areas where I might have gotten over zealous (you’ll see in the video).

Next, I use an eye shadow, usually something close to my skin tone, on my full eyelid. This palette by BH has a ton of options for you. I then take a lighter color to highlight just under my brow bone. And, sometimes, I’ll use that same lighter color or a shimmer color on my eyelids from lashline to crease only. The reason I do this is to create depth and distinction in my eyes without having to add a step of adding a third, darker color to my crease – because, again, we’re doing this whole routine in 10 minutes!

Next, it’s time for eyeliner. I like to keep this quick and either use my e.l.f. H20 Proof Eyeliner Pen or The Body Shop Smoky Eye Definer Eyeliner Pencil. Quick little application at the lash line and then we move on to the lashes themselve.

I use Simply Naked Beauty’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara and I love it because I have NO lashes and this makes it look like I do. It’s a 3-step system, but totally worth the extra time it takes to apply if you’re like me and don’t have any lashes.

Step 5: Strobe + Apply Blush

I love strobing because it’s so much faster than taking the time to contour and highlight my face. It’s so simple. I take my Fenty Beauty Match Stix: Shimmer Stick and whip that thing all over my face (it’s best if you watch the video to see how). I make a “bird foot” from the tip of my nose to my forehead, add a line on each cheekbone, and then add a smaller line from the bottom of my lip to my chin. Then, I take my beauty brush and I just blend, blend, blend! The whole point of strobing is that it basically gives you the effect of highlighting but slightly more subtle and WAY less time consuming. You want your face to be highlighted in the spots where it would look sunkissed if you took a photo outside. Again, I think I explain it a little better in the video (try starting at the 16:30 mark).

After my highlighter, I add a little blush to my cheeks. Simply get an angled blush brush (e.l.f. makes a great one for cheap), smile, and apply light amounts of blush to the apple of your cheek (the part the goes up and is rounded when you smile). You don’t want to apply too much; you’re just trying to get a bit of that rosy cheek effect. I use Milani Baked Blush (I couldn’t remember the brand in the video) in rose gold.

Step 6: Add a Lippie

We’re almost done! Next you want to add a lippie to your look! Lipstick is great because even with a simple, “no make-up, make-up” look you can use lipstick to make your face pop or keep things simple and neutral. If you want to stand out, opt for a bold lip (I’ll drop a pic below so you can see the difference lipstick makes when all things are created equal). If you’re just going for a more casual look, pick a subdued, neutral shade to rock. In the video I went for a matte lipstick with a hint of mauve in it. I don’t even know where to find it (I scooped it a Burlington) to link to it. But I also wear a TON of Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Lipsticks, and Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colours.

Step 7: Set It + Forget It

I didn’t include this in the video, but if you want to set your face, grab a setting spray (I’ve been using this MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Makeup Setting Spray for years), mist it a couple times and head out the door!

So there you have it, my routine for every day make-up (sometimes called “no make-up, make-up”). It’s simple, easy, and a I promise it only takes 1- minutes once you get the routine down.

What questions do you guys have? What other tutorials are you interested in? I’ve been thinking about taking you behind the scenes on how I build an outfit – any interest? Let me know!

60 Seconds of Chic

By Erika, Fashion Expert

As you may know, I’m away from home this week. It’s our son’s second trip and the first time he took a flight. He’s a great traveler but hasn’t been sleeping well (I think the unfamiliar bed has everything to do with it). As a result, Momma has not been sleeping well (or at all).

That’s why the tip in today’s 60 Seconds of Chic is so important that I needed its own blog post and not just an Instagram post. Check out my video as I share my secret for how to hide dark under-eye circles.

Here are the products I used to achieve my look:

Primer: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer
Concealer: ELF Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Powder: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

Check out a little before and after action as well!


I suppose if nothing else works, the conceal function on FaceTune is always an option!! Luckily for us, my double concealer technique should do the trick!

Just One Thing: Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care

By Erika, Fashion Expert

As you can see, we’re bringing back “Just One Thing!” It’s been a while, but I am super excited because there are tons of great products and brands that I can’t WAIT to share with you guys.  A quick note about my “Just One Thing” posts – these are NEVER sponsored content.  When the content is sponsored I will, as I have in the past, always let you know.  “Just One Thing” posts are all about just one thing I’m completely in love with.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to tell you guys all about Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care. I got hip to Andrelle’s in 2016 when I was lamenting to a close friend of mine about how my skin completely revolted against me once I hit my 30s. I was having breakouts worse than I did as a teenager and my dermatitis was active and worse than ever.  When combined with my naturally oily skin it was essentially a recipe for disaster.  My friend walked me into her bathroom, showed me a plethora of Andrelle’s products, and suggested that I reach out directly to the owner, Krystal, to explain my issues and get her recommendation for what would work best on my skin.

Oily Skin Package

Fed up with the fact that I was spending loads of money on stuff that wasn’t working, I emailed Krystal and asked for her recommendation.  Within a day she had written me back and recommended I try her oily skin package and pair it with a coffee and sugar scrub.  If I’m honest, I was a little skeptical at first because the products aren’t cheap.  But my friend had given it such rave reviews and I was so through with everything else in my bathroom I gave it a shot.  A couple of weeks later my package arrive and that was the day a believer was born.

About Andrelle’s

You can visit the Andrelle’s website to learn the full story behind the brand, which was founded in 2007 (long before natural lifestyles were a THING) by Krystal Burrell Armstrong who wanted to develop a line of skin care products that worked naturally.  Seven years later – after studying essential oils, flower waters, carrier oils, etc. – the first sample bottle of cleanser was sold. Since that time, Krystal has not looked back and has now grown the business to line of cleansers, moisturizers, toners, scrubs, serums, masks, facial oils, butters, and even a subscription service!

3 Reasons I Love Andrelle’s

1. The customer service.  Listen, there are some big, primetime brands that I love (Clarins and Kiehl’s being chief among them) but I’m almost positive that if I email them for recommendations they aren’t writing me back with specifics based on my skin ailments.  And yes, I can pop into Nordstrom or one of their stores and ask for help – but it’s not coming from the founder/owner.

Coffee + Sugar Scrub

2. Minimal ingredients. Maximum Results.  When they say minimal ingredients they mean it.  Most of the products only include ingredients that can be counted on one hand. One hand.  And it is all stuff that you can read and pronounce.  I can get behind that!

3. It’s a small, woman, black-owned business.  Talk about the trifecta.  As an entrepreneur myself, I love when I have the opportunity to support and promote other entrepreneurs.  Krystal does so many things right that it is easy to throw my support behind her, her business and, most importantly, her products. The team at Andrelle’s didn’t ask for this post – they’re getting props in tons of magazines and large publications (ummm hello, British Vogue!) – but, I love the product so much I had to post about it in 2018’s first “Just One Thing” feature.


So ladies, and gentlemen, I definitely recommend checking out andrellesbykcj.com and getting your hands on skin care products that are worth their weight in gold! I’ll be back next month with a new “Just One Thing” post.  Wonder what it will be?!


XOXO, Erika

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!

Skin Color Corrections

By Torrey, Make-Up Maven

We all have some sort of skin imperfection we wish we could get rid of, but just won’t go away.

Instead of spending loads of money on various skin care treatments or procedures, try using color correctors and concealers.

Concealers alone won’t have the same effect as using them along with a corrector. Skin color correctors do just that – correct the imperfections of the skin. They come in different colors to combat a specific type of imperfection.

Green Covers redness Works best for fair/light skin tones. Will cancel out redness caused by acne, rosacea, or other skin issues.
Purple/Lavender/Lilac Combats sallow skin tone Works best for dull looking/sallow skin tone, best for light/medium skin. Will help to give you a glow.
Pink/Peach Covers bluish/dark under eye circles or blemishes Use a thin layer of a pink or peachy/pink corrector before applying concealer. This cancels out the darkness and the concealer acts as a skin brightener, which brings light to your face. This will make you look more awake and highlighted.
Apricot/Orange Covers purplish/gray under eye circles or blemishes. Also brings luminosity to medium/deep skin tones Use an orange or apricot colored corrector for purple/grayish toned under eye circles before applying your highlighting concealer. This is best used for people of color with medium to deep skin tones. Will cancel out any darkness all over the face, such as around the mouth and nose. Women of color are usually 2 toned, particularly around the mouth area, works great to eliminate an ashy appearance from foundations.
Ochre/Gold Also works to cover redness An ochre/goldish colored corrector will also aid in covering redness, particularly for people of color. Using green can be troublesome when blending and could actually cause an ashy appearance. Follow up with a skin tone colored concealer or foundation for seamless blending

Here are a few examples of color correcting for under eye circles on women of color.

She has under eye circles which take on a grayish/purple tone.


To correct, I used a warmed toned (with a pinkish/red undertone) concealer to correct, then layered on a highlighting concealer 1 -2 shades lighter than her skin tone to bring more light to her face.


This client also has dark under eye circles with a grayish/purple tone. She also has a little darkness around her mouth, as mentioned in the chart. For her I used a yellow toned foundation primer to bring luminosity to her skin, to help it appear less ashen, then I applied a thin layer of a warm toned concealer under her eyes and around her mouth. This neutralized the darkness. I then followed with a skin tone colored concealer around the mouth, and a concealer 1 shade lighter than her skin tone under her eyes.


This is my tattoo. I’ve had it since I was 19 (I’m old now).

The ink is not quite black, more of a dark gray, almost bluish tone.

Covering tattoos, bruises, or severe dark circles is easy with color correcting.

For anything of a similar color as my tattoo, you want to first outline the area with a pinkish toned lip liner, lipstick, or emollient product. I wouldn’t suggest a deep red, unless you apply with a very light hand.

After allowing the pinkish toned product to dry and set in, apply a layer of an ochre/golden toned corrector on top. This instantly neutralizes the pinkish/red area.

Allow to dry, then apply a skin toned concealer.

Again, allow the concealer to set and dry, then you can apply a layer of foundation. Be sure to blend well into your skin, so there isn’t a line where you can see with your skin and the foundation meets.

You can use a powder to set as well.

It’s very easy, but takes a little patience in order to wait for drying. You don’t want to rush because using one product before the preceding product dries will make the colors run and blend together.

Remember, piling on the concealer does not always work well. Using correctors along with your concealers will allow you to save product (by using less of each) and will give you a more natural appearance.

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.

YCS Erika’s Mary Kay Must Haves

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fun fact: I used to be a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.

I think that sometimes Mary Kay products get a bad rap because people don’t really know about them or people have a particular idea about them in their heads. In my opinion, Mary Kay has some stellar make-up and beauty products on the market. As a consultant, not only did I get to play in make-up all the time (win!) but I also made a few good friends along the way. While it ultimately didn’t pan out as a career for me, I did pick up a few tips and tricks along the way. I also have a list of products that I still swear by from the Mary Kay collection – and I haven’t been a consultant in years!

My Mary Kay Must Haves are:

Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation (Bronze 600) – I am one seriously oily sister. And while I swear by Laura Mercier foundation in the summer, I stick with MK during the winter months. It’s one of the only brands where I have been able to find my true shade when I am no longer sun kissed and I love how light it feels on my oil-prone skin.


Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover – In my opinion, this is one of the best eye make-up removers you will find on the market. It’s reasonably priced ($15) and works well. It is super gentle which is why I even use it while I’m still wearing my contacts. If you’ve ever used Victoria’s Secret eye make-up remover (which is apparently what the Angels use) I would say it is similar to (if not better than) that.


Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss (Cream and Sugar) – The Cream and Sugar shade of this gloss was one of the most popular shades of lip gloss when I first became a consultant and this still holds true. I love it because it works stand alone on my lips or over lipstick. I love to pair this shade Moreange from MAC to give a warm fall glow. Actually, I love to pair it with anything!


Peach Satin Hands Pampering Set – This set is pretty amazing and includes hand softener, hand scrub (peach scented), and hand cream (peach scented). It makes my hands (and feet) super soft during the cold, dry winter months. I’ve been using it faithfully ever since I was introduced to the product and it’s doubtful I’ll ever give it up. If you aren’t a fan of peach this set also comes in an unscented version. It makes a great gift during the holidays; however, you’ll probably want to keep one for yourself! Be warned, once people catch wind of this product they’ll forever try to steal it from you!


Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing Powder – I prefer to use the Bronze Diva (matte) and Desert Sun (shimmer) shades. They add highlighting and warmth without being too overdone. At any given time you can find this in my purse, make-up bag, or both.


To see these products and all that Mary Kay has to offer, check out the Mary Kay look book here.

See something you like? Lucky for you I’ve got a great girlfriend, Kirby, who is a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I cannot vouch for all Mary Kay Beauty Consultants out there, but I can certainly vouch for Kirby. She is professional, sweet, and really, really good, no GREAT, at what she does! She is also an Advanced Color Consultant and, as you can see from her picture, she knows what she is doing!


Be sure to visit Kirby’s website to order or contact Kirby using the info below and order what you’d like!!

It really doesn’t get simpler than that now does it? And, if you’re local and interested in hosting your own pampering session you can contact Ms. Kirby to set that up as well.

Kirby J.

Let YCS know what you ordered in the comments below!

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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.

make-up case 1make-up case 2

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.

brush case 3

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.

Make-Up Moves: Eyebrow Tutorial

By Torrey, Make-Up Maven

In my opinion, the two most important areas of makeup are complexion and brows. Brows frame your face and pretty much set the tone for your makeup. Without having your brows complete and polished, your entire look is a dud.

You could very well only have your brows done, with nothing else, and still look polished and well put together.

If you are beginning in makeup, I would say, invest time in practicing the best method for the brow you want to achieve and also invest in a really good brow pencil, powder, or cream gel.

Here are a few do’s and don’t’s for brows:

  • DO use a brow pencil/powder/gel that compliments your skin tone and hair color
  • DON’T use black! Even if your hair is jet black. It’s too harsh on the face.
  • DO use a light hand and light strokes when filling in
  • DON’T use one single stroke
  • DO get your brows tamed periodically, either by threading, waxing, or razor
  • DON’T shave them all off then draw back on!
  • DO opt for a more natural looking brow
  • DON’T shoot for perfection. Brows are not identical twins.

Your brows should be in unison, but won’t be perfect.

For examples of ridiculous eyebrows that are ultimate fails, go to google and type in “bad eyebrows.” You’re sure to get a laugh.

Now on to the brow pictorial…

As a general rule, the placement of the beginning, arch, and end of your brow should be as pictured below. Feel free to deviate from this to fit your face, shape of your eyes, and the distance between your eyes.

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Here are my brows…in the nude (please excuse my skin’s appearance):

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I will be using 2 different products on each brow. On the left, a brow pencil, and, on the right, a gel eyeliner.

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(This brow pencil is by MAC. You can find brow pencils everywhere! Literally.)

You will also need a spoolie or brow brush to brush your brows up and across (pictured below).

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And here we go…

  1. Use your spoolie or brow brush to brush your brows up and over
  2. Outline the bottom, then the top of your brow
  3. Use small short strokes to fill in the rest of the brow to your desired depth
  4. After filling in, use the spoolie to brush the color through and soften the front of your brow to prevent a boxy shape

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Pictured above is an eyeliner; but, it can be used on brows. Using a gel can help your brows last longer. You will need a stiff angled brush to apply

Repeat the same steps as above but using the angled brush and dipping it into the gel to pick up products.

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And here is the finished product 🙂 Natural looking brows in only about 10 minutes.

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YCS Updates: Meet the YCS Team!

If you’ve been following YCS on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook then you know that we’re in the process of making a lot of new and exciting changes around here. First up, our new logo (thanks Veronica Marche) which we unveiled two weeks ago! This logo is sleek, clean, crisp and elegant (I like to think of it as our YCS version of the iconic Chanel font). It is also gender neutral.


Which gets to our next big change.

We are in the process of transitioning the YCS brand to encompass your lifestyle, not just fashion. I alluded to this in the Thirteen in ’13 post when I mentioned YCS would be doing more reader events and adding diversity in our posts. What does that mean exactly? We want YCS to touch all areas of your life – whether you’re female or male. So, we’re adding a second men’s style contributor (don’t worry, we didn’t kick Donte’ to the curb!) and a hair contributor. And, of course, we’re keeping Torrey, our make-up guru!! As we transition the brand we’ll also be updating the website (eeek!) and launching some really cool adventures!

But, before we get to all of that, let’s take a minute to get you re-acquainted with me, Torrey and Donte’ and, introduce you to our newest YCS contributors, Sara and Ean. Below, check out a bio and some fun facts about your fave (old and new) YCS contributors. Also – be sure to follow us on Instagram, as all YCS contributors will be posting from the account. That’s right – you’re totally going to get a sneak peek into how all of us show our chic all day long!  Oh, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest and like our Facebook page as well!!

All of us are so excited about the changes at YCS and we’re so glad that you’re coming along for the journey!!!

Your Chic is Showing,

With Love, Erika

The Old Heads

IMG_4455Erika, Founder/Resident Fashionista

Erika, our resident fashionista and founder, thinks every hallway, sidewalk and subway platform is her runway and struts accordingly. She works in corporate America by day (and enjoys it) and practices her “smize” by night. She believes in making people feel special, writing hand-written thank-you notes, Instagram selfies and veto rights to all (OK, some, she can’t control all) Facebook photos posted of her. She loves Jay-Z, the city of London and trashy reality TV (RHOA and the Kardashians are among her faves). And, of course, she is always on the look out for anyone whose chic is showing.

1. What one word best describes you?


2. What were you like as a kid?

Really, really, bossy. And super imaginative. Both of which I pretty much still am.

3. What is your secret fashion/make-up/hair weapon?

An expensive handbag. It’s highly likely that I’ll wear an outfit that cost $50 total with a $400 bag. A good bag will instantly upgrade any outfit.

4. What makes you laugh uncontrollably, without fail, every time?

Made-up words used in serious conversation. It’s the inner grammar snob in me. But I love it. And I will use them until my spell check is convinced it’s a real word.

5. What is your favorite food?

My dad’s cheesecake and my mom’s meatballs.

6. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Have one more drink. Don’t cut your hair.

7. What 3 movies can you watch over and over and over?

Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, Forrest Gump and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In fact, I almost missed church messing around watching Forrest Gump the other day.

8. Favorite cocktail?

Gin and tonic. Classic with a little bite. Just like me!

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

Pay off my mortgage, buy a BMW, put some in a trust for my niece and nephew and fund dream businesses for me, my mom and my brother. Really, a million dollars doesn’t go that far. Can I have five?

10. What are your words to live by?

“Happiness doesn’t mean everything it perfect; it means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.”

“For I know the thoughts I think towards you,’ says the Lord. “Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11

11. What is your website, twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. (any applicable social media you’d like to share)?

You can find all things YCS to your right!!! Go ahead, follow us! I’ll wait!

imageTorrey, Make-Up Maven

Torrey, a.k.a., The Corporate Beauty is just that: a young beauty in corporate America with as much of an eye for numbers on a tax return or balance sheet, as the ones on a bottle of foundation at MAC. Though at one point, when it came to makeup, she had absolutely no time for that. One day she decided to experiment “just a little” and soon found herself with more lipsticks, eyeliners, blushes, and bronzers than she knew what to do with – at first. Now the Toledo, OH, native and Chicago transport runs the site, “The Corporate Beauty” and spends her free time painting faces. And when she’s not working on her day or side job you can catch her acting a fool and uploading selfies to Instagram with hashtags for days. #imathugoutchea

1. What one word best describes you?


2. What were you like as a kid?

Quiet, yet goofy. I was always the one that laughed hysterically at the class clown, but could never be the class clown.

3. What is your secret fashion/make-up/hair weapon?

lipstick! I’m so happy I’ve finally embraced bright lippies. It can make me feel so feminine.

4. What makes you laugh uncontrollably, without fail, every time?

People falling. Every single time.

5. What is your favorite food?

Chicken, should I be ashamed? Actually, I don’t like fried chicken because I don’t like the skin.

6. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t have kids or get married. I hate when people who are miserable in their situations try to deter you from relationships and kids.

7. What 3 movies can you watch over and over and over?

Any movie I like, I can watch over and over and over. I have a bad habit of doing this and memorizing the entire script.. Now sitcoms… The Bernie Mac Show, Scrubs, and Martin. I have gone DAYS watching different episodes of a single show.

8. Favorite cocktail?

Hennessy and coke… what does that say about me :-/

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

Pay off these student loans, buy a condo, an Audi A4, and a Louis Vuitton messenger bag. Then put whatever’s left up for later. I don’t like spending money.

10. What are your words to live by?

Be happy.

11. What is your website, twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. (any applicable social media you’d like to share)?

Blog: www.corporatebeauty.wordpress.com

Instagram: thecorporatebeauty

Donte, Men's Style ContributorDonte, Men’s Style VIP

Donte’ provides the male perspective on showing your chic and enhancing your signature style.  His blog, Visions of a V.I.P., is the ultimate guide to living the urban lifestyle.  From music and event reviews to style and general life advice, you can find a little bit of everything at his one stop shop to urban living.  Although a native of Baltimore, Maryland, he has lived in five different cities over the past eight years.  He now makes his home in Jersey City, New Jersey and makes his money at the Department of the Treasury in downtown NYC.  Always on the scene, he can teach you how to be a true V.I.P.

1. What one word best describes you?


2. What were you like as a kid?

Disciplined…and busy. My mother and grandparents always had me involved in sports and other activities that required me to be quiet and focused so that my time would be occupied. I guess whatever they were going for worked because I stayed out of trouble. I also maintain the same busy schedule as an adult.

3. What is your secret fashion/make-up/hair weapon?

Crest Toothpaste. Not only does it make your teeth white, it’s good for getting rid of those pop up pimples. (It’s supposed to be a secret though, lol)

4. What makes you laugh uncontrollably, without fail, every time?

When my friends imitate other friends.

5. What is your favorite food?

Crispy Orange Chicken

6. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

To step out of my comfort zone and take the lead in pursuing someone I was interested in. I got rejected not only once, but twice and then again by another person shortly after. Now it’s awkward when we are around each other and I wish I had just kept my feelings to myself.

7. What 3 movies can you watch over and over and over?

Dirty Laundry; Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady; and Law Abiding Citizen

8. Favorite cocktail?

At home: One of my creations; Out on the Town: Vodka & Sprite

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

Pay off my debt; Give my mom a couple hundred-thousand; Donate some to my old church; Donate some to charity; Give some to my closest friends

10. What are your words to live by?

“The journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step” – Confucious

11. What is your website, twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. (any applicable social media you’d like to share)?

Blog: http://visionsofavip.wordpress.com

Twitter & Instagram: mrhistorymaker

The Newbies

20130412-043940.jpgEan, Men’s Style Master

1. What one word best describes you?


2. What were you like as a kid?

I was always the center of attention. My height had a lot to do with it.

3. What is your secret fashion/make-up/hair weapon?

Pocket Squares. Even if you have a casual look, a pocket square always gives your outfit a touch of class when wearing a sports coat.

4. What makes you laugh uncontrollably, without fail, every time?

People watching at a night club. Working as a bartender part-time you see what you normally would not when on the other side of the bar.

5. What is your favorite food?

Crab Cakes but only made in Maryland!

6. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

I can’t remember!

7. What 3 movies can you watch over and over and over?

Color Purple(Don’t Judge!), Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Matrix

8. Favorite cocktail?

I am firm believer or keeping your cocktails simple. My “go to” is Bacardi Limon on the rocks with a simple splash of Sprite.

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

First of all, I would have to donate some money to church and also to some local charities that help the community in need. With the left over money, I would create a business in which I could employ some members of the community being that the economy is so rough right now.

10. What are your words to live by?

YOLO!!! I’m just playing, but I’m a firm believer if you put positive energy out there something good always comes back!

11. What is your website, twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. (any applicable social media you’d like to share)?

Twitter: immalaughatu83

Instagram: Im_A_Giant67 (why 67? because I’m 6’7)


Sara, Hair Goddess

Sara believes curly is a state of being, not a hair type. A quintessential nerdy girl who spends most days making the web a more usable place to be (you’re welcome), Sara is also a professional plus sized model. After years of a chemical love affair, Sara decided natural was the way to go. And since she’s being doing it long before the “natural movement,” she’s tried the gambit of hair fixes for curly and straight hair and everything in between. As a model, Sara knows a thing or two about fashion, but she’s here to help you help you have a good hair day, every day. Outside of hair and modeling, Sara spends time traveling, cooking, and being entertained by her two funny cats.

1. What one word best describes you?

(currently? tired) I’m not good at this…um…32 flavors. Does a number and a word count as one word? 🙂

2. What were you like as a kid?

A huge nerd. I still am.

3. What is your secret fashion/make-up/hair weapon?

Wedge heels, mascara, and leave in conditioner.

4. What makes you laugh uncontrollably, without fail, every time?

Cats doing just about anything on the interwebs.

5. What is your favorite food?


6. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t apply to the University of Michigan…I did anyways. The rest is history.

7. What 3 movies can you watch over and over and over?

The Fifth Element, Kung Fu Hustle, Snatch

8. Favorite cocktail?

Mint Mojito

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

Pay off as many loans as possible, invest like crazy, and work part time (for the fun of it) so I could work on my young adult series.

10. What are your words to live by?

This changed for me recently: “Be so good no one can ignore you.” – Steve Martin

11. What is your website, twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. (any applicable social media you’d like to share)?

Twitter: @Sara_Alloy

Instagram & Pinterest: CurvyConquers