Saturday, December 31, 2011

After Party Speedy Makeup Removal Tips

When you have partied like there will be no tomorrow because it is the last day of the year the last thing anyone wants to think about when getting home is removing that grimy makeup. So I thought you should have a quick way to get your makeup off in a jiffy so as not to be tempted to snooze with it on. Just follow these simple tips and you will be in bed by the time you count 1, 2, 3... who am I kidding just count to 10..

  • wet a soft washcloth with warm water and gently move it around your face in a circular motion.
  • For a quick water-free cleanse, take a few seconds to apply moisturizer, then tissue it off
  • The best substitute for makeup removal and a face washing: Keep a stash of cleansing cloths in your nightstand. Run one over your face, using both sides, then hit the lights.

Hope these quick strategies help. Happy New Year..
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New Years Movie Night W "Game Time"

Make sure to pick up your copy of the newly released "Game Time", you can get it at Blockbuster,Netflix,Redbox and Amazon. This features an excellent cast . Check out my work "makeup/hair. This is a great movie to watch tonight before the ball drops. Hope you Enjoy!

Check out the Trailer

New Years Eve Makeup Glam !

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It's hard to deny that Taylor Swift looked gorgeous at her Wonderstruck fragrance launch which was held recently at Macys. I have to tell you I am in love with her lashes which look like they are about to take flight at any minute and her to die for red lips. Take note that even though Ms.Swift is fair skinned her skin is flawless. it is important especially for those of  you fair skinned gals to cancel out the redness from your skin especially when wearing red lipstick for that flawless finish, so that your skin doesn't look blotchy. Remember to select a concealer that works with your particular skin tone.
This is a great look to wear on new years eve, just fabulous.

Check out this great video which will get you ready to rock your red lips..

Friday, December 30, 2011

Charlize Theron Beauty Tips.

Have you ever seen the Jadore` commercials and you see the svelte and gorgeous Charlize Theron walking the runway? Yes she is fab! Ms. Theron is indeed beautiful and who wouldn't want to know what makeup tricks she has up her sleeves. Elle Magazine sat down and interviewed Ms. Theron on her beauty regimen and here are excerpts about what she has to say about her regimen.

What’s your best beauty tip? 
“My makeup artist, Shane Paish, is a genius. There isn’t a day that goes by when he doesn’t surprise me. One of the things he taught me is to use nude pencil eyeliner to outline the inside of my eyes for a brighter look when I’m feeling tired.

What’s your morning beauty routine
I just rinse my face with cold water — I don’t believe in overzealous cleansing — and then I apply La Roche-Posay 50 sunblock, a bit of foundation and mascara and I’m out the door.” 

And in the evenings? 
“I don’t use make-up remover — I simply wash my face with DiorSnow foaming cleanser and it removes absolutely everything. I’ve become extremely picky about the quality and efficiency of the cosmetics I use. I apply Dior Capture eye cream with a cotton swab and night cream. I like to change my cosmetics regularly so that my skin won’t become immune to the effects of the products. I’m getting over a Crème de la Mer phase.” 
What’s your fave beauty product? 

“I am completely addicted to Dior L’Or de Vie, an elixir that gives your skin an instant natural glow.”

Plum and Berry Colors for Winter

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Lisa Eldrige's Party Makeup

New Years Eve Stand out Looks

Miley Cyrus - Faux lashes

To recreate Miley Cyrus's fab eye lash looks all you need are black eye shadow, liquid liner and a pair or two of false lashes to give that added fluff. Layering your lashes will give your eyes more fullness and more drama so if you want the excitement that's the way to go.

Check out this great Miley Cyrus inspired tutorial ...

Party Perfect Makeup Tips This Season

This weekend as we see another ball drop to announce another new year there will be tons of parties to go to and we all want to look picture perfect. Here are some tips to keep your face looking camera ready because you know your pictures one way or another will get snapped.

  • carry blotting papers - powders are great but blotting papers are more compact and they fit in your tiny bags much better and they won't break.
  • plump up your skin - if you are suffering from dry skin especially due to the weather, because it will get cold on New Years eve, make sure to apply your moisturizer first before putting on foundation. It will help cut down on the dryness and plump up the skin and allow the makeup to adhere better.
  • keep shadows in place - Have your eye shadows locked and ready by using a primer because for sure you will be sweating. Just apply it before your foundation and your eyes will jeep their boldness all night.
  • be brow read - Please get your brows done! What good is a beautiful makeup look with haggard brows, they will give your face an instant lift and complete the look.
Happy New Years Eve!!!

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Fresh Holiday Makeup.

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This holiday don't think you have to confined to the deep and dark colors of winter that have been the dominant trend. You can rock your pastels which frankly makes me think of spring. What I love about this season is that there is a look for everyone and it allows us to utilize what we already have instead of breaking the bank. What's not to love about that. 
For this look on  Selena Gomez , just break out your liner and rim your eyes up, you can go as strong or as light handed as you like. Also a pair of lashes will add that pop to this fresh look. swipe a pastel shade that works with your skin tone. For your cheeks make them pop with a fresh pink rose toned blush and wear a gloss or matte lip. I am going to try this... look out for my pics.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Get the Look for New Years Eve!

One of the hottest looks for this new years eve will be the black metallic smokey eye. The greatest thing about a smokey eye is that it doesn't have to be perfect . You can either use your liners  to create that smokey effect or your black shadow topped off with your favorite shimmer for a more vava voom effect. After all it is New years and nothing is wrong with a pop of shimmer. Pair the look with a nude lip or if you feel you need to go bold on the lip just make sure the look is balanced. Stay tuned for more hot new years eve trends.

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Check out this great refresher video after the break...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Liner Ideas.

Since we are getting into the spirit of the holidays why not have fun with our liners this season as there are so many styles to choose from. Get prepped as new years awaits and rocking a funky liner will give your look an edge.

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Getting Matte with it - Lips!

As Christmas day approaches , I am sure there will be many parties and family functions that you might be attending. Some of you might be attending more than three for the day. So to ensure that your lipstick stays where it should be you can choose to use a lip liner alone or as a base to before applying your lipstick. If you want to experiment and utilize your shadows you can mix in a little of your shadow with your lipstick or lip gloss dabbing it on, taking care to remove the chunks as it might not be so smooth. Have a makeup fab holiday keeping your smackers in tact!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Spring Experiment!

Can you believe it that 2011 is almost finished? I am still shocked, but at least we have a lot of color in 2012 to splash on our faces. I thought we should get prepped by getting inspired by what Spring 2012 has to offer. If you want you can even experiment before hand so you know which colors you wanna rock. So for spring ditch the browns and have fun with your plums, magenta's and blues. You can pair it with a nude or bold lip. Check out this look below.

Here's an example of how you can pair your spring colors with a bold lip. I know for some that a light blue might not be flattering so you can opt for deeper shades of blue that work for your skin tone.
Happy Experimenting!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Makeup Inspiration

A great way to get into the holiday spirit is to get festive with your makeup.. no I am not saying to go all drag but to incorporate some of this seasons trends. Why not try out a fab ruby red lip, keeping the rest of the face neutral and letting your lips steal all the attention. If you want you can load up on mascara for a little humph! This look can take you from day to evening and if you wanna turn it up a notch, just add more blush and more eye shadow if you desire.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Get Glowing Skin

I haven't met anyone under the sun who doesn't want to have glowing skin, especially as the weather gets cooler by the day. You might notice as the weather changes your skin tends to dry out and that means you might be also accumulating a build up of dead skin cells. So to get your glow on just try this easy solution which will remove the build up to reveal fresh fab skin.

All you will need for this quick glow fix is baking soda and water, here are the directions.

  • 3 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp water
Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face leaving it on for 5 minutes and then rinse and say hello to glowing skin.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Glee - Fully Beauty Secrets !

The Cast of Glee
The Glee Club a musical show is a major hit across generations and we can only imagine that major behind the scenes magic goes on to put the show together.This entails getting the set ready down to the perfect wardrobe and makeup. Let's take a peek into the beauty secrets of the Glee cast.
Backstage Beauty secrets:

To freshen their face after a dance scene the cast uses Dickinson witch hazel towelettes, this is a real favorite. For $4.50 it is quite affordable and easy to carry around and a great astringent for your skin.


Saturday, November 26, 2011


We all know (I hope) the importance of wearing sunblock especially if we will be in the sun all day. Remember to put sunblock not only on your face but on your neck and chest  as these areas are also exposed to the UVA rays and are prone to hyper pigmentation. So love your neck and chest today by blocking it!

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Rocking your Big Brows !

 If you decide to rock a neutral look this season, please remember to rock your big brows. They are a statement all by themselves giving the face more character with a bit of edge. Prominent brows are the rage this season and will carry through to fall. If you are on the "thin" side when it comes to your brows you can build them up with your brow pencil, creating hair like strokes for a natural look. Set the brows with matte brow powder for longevity.

Find out how to rock big brows after the break

Get the Stefani Look!

Getting the signature look that Gweb Stefani wears daily is quite easy all you will need is..

  • shimmer shadow to give your eyes a standout pop
  • a basic gel or liquid liner
  • lip liner and or red lipstick
Have fun channeling Gwen Stefani today!

Gwen Stefani Signature Look

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Gwen Stefani is known for her signature red lip, whether it is wearing it out on a casual day at the park with her kids to a black tie event. Here's what Gwen had to say about why she is always rocking a red lip.

"I don't have a favorite brand, I switch it up all the time. I change colors too, I was wearing pink lipstick the last day but I wear red for my husband because he likes the red."

There you have it folks nothing is wrong with wearing something that your special someone loves, especially if it is hot. So if you are a lover of a red lip always remember to cancel out the redness in your face with foundation/concealer for that flawless look.

To see more of Gwen's looks keep reading...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Essential Oil face mask!


Two Toned Lip Trends !

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The two toned lip trend from the 90's are back!!! So if you loved to wear your browns with a splash of gold in the center you are in for a treat. The "Ombre" lip trend  as it  is now called this season as seen from Mui Mui 2011 fall show case illustrates red lipstick with a hint of pink in the center to give the lip dimension. Here are some tips on how to follow the "Ombre" trend.

Find two contrasting colors that are in the same family, such as:

  • Red & Pink
  • Red & Orange
  • Orange & Pink
  • Purple & Pink
  • Purple & Red
  • Wine & Red
  • Burgundy & Red
To get the 3 D effect start out by applying the darker shade of lip color then in the center of the lips place the lighter shade for dimension. This look works best with Matte lipsticks, so remember to prep your lips so they will not be scaly by using a lip scrub. Click here for a great lip scrub recipe.

Discontinued Makeup Solutions!

Do you have a favorite lip color, eye shadow or foundation that you absolutely love but it was discontinued. Thanks to our friends over at who gave us the scoop about how to get your favorite discontinued cosmetics always stocked. Look no further as Giella custom blend cosmetics  is a service that provides customers with the ability to get their favorite shades. 
The process is quite simple, all you have to do is send a sample of your cosmetic in the container, include your name and address and your tube or container will be returned to you. Click the links in orange which will take you to their website. There you will find their prices. 

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Eye Liner How To !

This season it's all about the liner and this helpful chart shows which brush works to get your liner detail down pat.

  1. For tight lining a flat brush works best as it allows for the product to be placed a close to the lash line as possible.
  2. To get that fine flick a bent liner brush works as it helps us to have more control and it honestly feels less awkward when lining.
  3. The famous cat eye can be created with an angle liner brush. The sharp angle helps to create that perfect cat eye edge that occurs at the end and it's flat bristles help keep the liner as close to the lash line as possible.

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Mineral Gel Liner

If you are in the process of making the shift towards natural cosmetics and would love to find out what options are available to you, check out this great mineral liner. Naturagel cosmetics has come out with a liner that is comparable to other brands. For just $10 dollars you can get a liner that contains no preservatives and harsh chemicals. So if you experience irritation with other liners after applying try out the natural alternative. Let me know if you love it!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get a Natural Flush!

Are you curious about how to get that natural looking flush? Well look no further as according to Hanna Martin Makeup Artist for Bobbi Brown says..

For a natural flush of colour, apply your blusher on the very top of the apples of your cheeks, and then blend it out over the rest of your cheekbone to soften the colour. Keeping the blusher high on your face makes cheeks look lifted.

Check out this great video..

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Corals For Spring

As we draw closer to Spring, we are a step closer to indulging in the array of colors that this season represents. One color which will be blazing in the upcoming season are corals, from eyes to lips you can make your pick. If you are a bold fashionista you can go full force with the luscious corals which are extremely flattering. If you want to just do a hint of coral you can use a coral gloss or dab some coral lipstick on and apply your favorite gloss on top. Corals are great and are flattering for most skin types.

See which famous celeb is rocking her corals after the break...

Homemade Lash Remover!

Lashes are every woman's eye candy, we can amp up our whole look with a fab pair of falsies. You can transform your face with a dab of glue and a pair of strip lashes. At the end of the day when it is time to wind down we also want to cleanse and give our skin the ability to breathe. There are many lash removers on the market that I must say can be very toxic and also when applied they sting. On the request of a reader I decided to look into homemade lash removers which do the work of removing the lashes without all of the toxicity.

Homemade Lash Remover Recipe
  • Pour 1 tbsp castor oil, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 2 tsp canola oil into a bottle with a lid. Seal the bottle tightly and shake the mixture to blend the oils together.
  • Soak a cotton with the oil and wipe gently across your lash line from the inside corner of the eye to the outside corner. Do not rub the cotton ball back and forth as that could cause eye irritation.
  • Gently peel away the false eyelashes from your eyelids. If the lashes are difficult to remove, gently dab at them with the oil-soaked cotton ball until they can be easily removed.
After doing this wipe with the oil going in one direction till the last of the glue has been removed. Once removed you can proceed to cleanse your face.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Look Like a Princess!

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

If you love all things girly and you are a princess at heart, you will love this classic fresh princess look from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 showcase. This look comprises of a flawless face, well defined, strong brows and extremely lush lashes. Neutral tones are used to contour the eyes with a pinky nude lip. Let's not forget a bandeaux with rhinestones for a modern effect. Such a wearable look that we will see come Spring.

The dominant feature of this look are the lashes that are to die for. To get your own luscious lashes to be extra fluffy you can use two lashes for a full eye candy effect. So get your princess looks ready as Spring awaits.

The Season of Androgony

The androgynous trend  infuses elements of masculinity into the overall feminine look has been displayed this season from the makeup right down to fashion. If you are curious about this look, take note that these looks tend to lean toward a flawless face with contours to play up the strength of the bone structure in addition to strong brows. To enhance the whole androgynous effect you can add a edgy hairstyle or something sleek for a more neutral effect.

The Sleek Look

This is an example how a sleek hairstyle is used to play up the androgynous look. It is all about keeping the look simple and neutral.

Check out which Celeb rocked the Androgynous look for her photo shoot after the break.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Proenza Schouler Hair / Makeup

The Spring 2012 show case of the Proenza Schouler line projected the trend towards androgyny where the hardness of masculinity is incorporated with femininity. Take note of the clean flawless face with a touch of contour.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Audrey Hepburn Beauty.

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Cold weather lip tip!

The cooler it gets the more we have to pay attention to our lips as it is prone to becoming easily chapped and dried out as the temperature drops. There are steps we can take to prevent our lips from drying out  such as keeping hydrated, wearing sunscreen and exfoliating your lips. In addition to these tips here are a few you can consider.

  • Avoid licking or chewing your lips. It may be a habit, but it dries lips and retards the healing of any cracks. Saliva also turns lips darker and dryer. In harsh winter weather conditions, it will chap your lips in a hurry. If you have the urge to lick or chew, apply lip balm instead.
  • Be cautious with long-lasting lipsticks. Those wear-long and matte brands may be convenient, but they can also be drying. Apply lip balm before applying the lipstick, or simply choose a more moisturizing formula during the cold weather months.

Keep your lippies protected!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Classic Cat Eye!

This image gives us a great breakdown of the stages of a classic cat eye. To get it precise without smudging you can start out with a liquid liner drawing it as close to the lash line. Then building up the line to a thickness that you like.After doing this,draw a wing starting at the bottom end of the outer corner of the eye then you will connect it with the top of the liner and start to fill in the liner. If your liner is not water proof or if you decide to use a pencil you can set it with black eye shadow.

Take a peep at this classic cat eye video...

Easy Firming Face Mask!

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From the Runway to the Streets!

From the Runway...

The makeup and hair featured on the runways of Paris and Milan project the future trends of the upcoming season. Sometimes the makeup may come off looking too much and not wearable for most of us. It is for us to translate the trends into wearable looks that we can all rock. This image shows us a fab turquoise or teal makeup which though fab on the runway is a bit too much for an everyday makeup look. This look with a few tweaks here and there is pretty wearable take a peek at the image below.

To the Streets...

For a more wearable look you can cut down on the bright pop of color below the eye area and  instead you can opt to use brown or black eye liner smudged to give a smokey effect. The same goes for your other colors such as purples or whatever color you might fancy.
So have fun with your makeup translations from the runway to the streets.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Metallic Mouths!

I must admit that wearing a colorful metallic mouth might be a bit too daring for me, but for those of you  who are on the adventurous side can give it a try. It's all about confidence and owning the look. There are more products on the market for vibrant lips but if you want to DIY I have just the thing to get you ready for Spring.

Metallic Lip Mix

  • Apply eyelid primer to lips like you would a lip gloss
  • Wait about 30 seconds for it to dry
  • Choose a vibrant eye shadow preferably "metallic" color
  • Apply eye shadow to lips as you would your eyes. Applying about 3 layers does the trick.
Have fun creating your budget friendly metallic mouth!

Bridal Beauty trends 2012

Jason Wu - The Bold Look

If you love all things Spring and want to incorporate bright colors moving away from traditional deep or earth tones why not try a bold lip. If you love orange lips but are hesitant to go full blast you can select a fab red lipstick that is orange tinged. If you want to get creative you can customize by mixing the two colors to get it your liking.

Derek Lam - Mettalics

Derek Lam's inspiration shows a twist to the natural look where metallics are infused to give the face more definition. It still retains its classiness with his use of earth and gold tones.

To achieve this look, Lam’s makeup artists focused on creating a striking eye using shades of yellow, copper and green. Eyelashes and lips were given the metallic treatment (think copper mascara, pale gold lip gloss) and pink blush graced the models’ enviable cheekbones.

So have fun incorporating the looks of spring into your special day

Bohemian Rock look!

If you are a lover of the fresh bohemian hippy chic, you will love the updated bohemian rocker look which adds a touch of glitter to give it that rocker vibe. The gold glitter keeps the look earthy and the pop of blue color is in tune with Spring.

How To: Glitter Tips!

To apply glitter with minimal mess, I would say your best bet is either to mix the glitter with your cream based shadow or press it on after you have applied your primer or foundation so it will adhere better to your skin.

See the finished look after the break

Trend Report!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

News Flash

Betsy Johnson Spring 2012

According to Essence Magazine, Spring 2012 will be all about being bold from statement lips, bronzer and thick 80's brows... So we better get with it!

Lip Details!

What separates an average makeup look from an extraordinary one comes down to the details. Flawless application requires special attention to overlooked areas such as the inner corners of the lip.To keep the illusion and the flow of the lip color especially a bold one is to carry the lipstick to the corners of the mouth which gives the lips a more finished and professionally done look. To get it detailed it is best to use a lip brush which is small enough to get into the corners without the mess.
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Mid Week Yummy Scrub!

Why not have mid week scrub to help revitalize you and help you finish off the week with glowing skin. This yummy scrub is easy to make with all natural ingredients that can be found in your home. Hope you enjoy!

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Scrub!
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 cup raw oatmeal 
  • 1 cup olive oil 
So delish! Check out the easy prep.
Mix ingredients together and apply to dry skin in a slow circular motion. After scrubbing gently all over standing on mat to catch the excess, rinse off in the shower. Enjoy buttery soft skin.

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Egyptian Makeup Trends!

Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra"

Elizabeth Taylor with or without makeup was indeed a stunner and so we can say that with existing trends that the present and the future tends to borrow from the past with a bit of tweaking here and there.

Get the Look!

  • Take an eyeliner pencil and extend it as far out from the corner of your eye as you want, then take liquid liner and teace the line, fatter near the eye and skinny at the end, the pencil acts as a guideline.
  • The key is getting the elongated line and from there adding the eye shadow colors that you like.
  • You could do a smokey or colored eye shadow look. Colors such as gold and turquoise would be fab.

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After the break peep Kim Kardashian's  modernized  Egyptian inspired look.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spring Inspiration!

Get inspired and prepped for Spring, this is just to wet our appetites to get us ready to dive into the sea of color that awaits us. You can see here how you can incorporate your brilliant shadows, of turquoise and corals or you use a creamy  flash palette to create a beautiful canvas. So get your colors ready as Spring is just a stone throw away!

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Flash Palettes!

It's hard to imagine that we are almost at the close of another year and that Spring is around the corner. To get us prepared for all the color that awaits us in Spring 2012 why not try out the Makeup Forever Flash Palette which can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. You can mix to your hearts content to create different shades of lip colors. Check it out below.

The flash palette can be purchased either online or at your local Sephora store, carries a range of colors that can double or triple as lip colors, cream blush and cream shadows. Just don't forget to set the colors with powder or shadow especially if you using it as a shadow. So start getting ready and look out for more makeup options coming your way....

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Manicure Tip !

A great way to keep your freshly painted manicure smudge free is to use your non stick cooking spray on your toes and nails to prevent those pesky accident. After polishing your nails just get your can spray out and spray way . Hope this tip helps keeping your nails smudge free!

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Smokey Neutrals!

A gorgeous neutral smokey eye will never become dated and in order to replicate this look I suggest using neutral to earth tones as seen in the image below.

Earth Tones

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