Style Me Pretty HoneyMoon Makeup Essentials

Whether you're honeymooning in Maldives, Costa Rica or Vegas, every woman wants to keep that "wedding-day glow.” Thankfully, Professional Baltimore Makeup Artist & Certified Eyelash Extensionist, Tymia Yvette, is sharing with us her Top 5 makeup essentials and tips for your honeymoon:

TIP 1: WAKE YOUR SKIN UP WITH MOISTURE - LAURA MERCIER ILLUMINATING TINTED MOISTURIZER is the best 2-in-1 face product. It protects your skin from harmful sun rays with SPF of 20. It's also a moisturizer with a tint of color that gives your complexion a radiant, youthful glow for that "no makeup" look.  

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If your skin naturally has radiance and you dont need the extra luminosity try LAURA MERCIER OIL-FREE TINTED MOISTURIZER. This product gives you the same benefits but contains oil controlling ingredients to control shine breakthrough. 

My favorite technique for applying tinted moisturizer is using your hands! The warmth from your fingertips allows for the product to blend into the skin seamlessly.

TIP 2: GET A YOUTHFUL LOOK BY CREATING A FULL, WELL SHAPED BROW.  The best way to do this is by USING ANASTASIA BROW WIZ PENCIL. No need to bring your pencil sharpener, this mechanical pencil distributes the perfect amount of product on the brow to create and define natural brows. This 2-in-1 pencil also comes with a spooley brush on the opposite end. 

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Have trouble filling in brows? First start off by brushing the brows with the spooley, in an upward motion. Next, use the pencil to fill in any sparse areas using light pressure and hair-like strokes. Brush the product through the brows. Step back and look in the mirror to ensure brows are balanced and symmetrical. Repeat as necessary. 

Tip 3: GET THE GLOW FROM NARS POWDER PRODUCTS BY BUILDING YOUR OWN PALLETTE. From the sun-kissed bronzers to the cult-favorite blushes, customizing your own nars palette allows for you to take just the essentials. Start off building your palette with a bronzer to define the face, then add in a highlighting powder to accentuate and add radiance. Finish off your palette by adding a blush that will give healthy color to your cheeks.

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Want to pump it for a night? Add in a duo eyeshadow and brush on sheer wash of shadow by mixing the colors together.

Not sure which colors to pick?  For Fair to Medium complexions, (top, right to left) Albatross Highlighting Powder, Orgasm Blush, Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow and Laguna Bronzer. For Medium to Dark complexions, (bottom, right to left) Miss Liberty Highlighting Powder, Torrid Blush, Isolde Duo Eyeshadow and Casino Bronzer. 

Tip 4: GET A BRIGHT EYED LOOK WITH SUGAR LASH MINK EXTENSIONS.

This beauty service is something that you can get done before your wedding day and will last you throughout your honeymoon. Leave your mascara at home because these extensions provide a natural full lash look. They are also double heated for amazing curl retention. Dont have time to visit your eyelash extensionist, URBAN DECAY CANNONBALL WATERPROOF MASCARA will do the trick. This mascara gives you a full, soft lash from its gel formula and wont budge even in sweat-drenched conditions.

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TIP 5: GET SOFT AND SMOOTH TINTED LIPS WITH CLINIQUE'S CHUBBY STICK Whether you want full color, sheer or somewhere in the middle, there is a gloss stick for you. No need to carry lipstick, lipgloss and chapstick. This product gives you all 3 benefits in a lip product.

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FINAL TIP: SLEEPING IN MAKEUP IS A BIG NO-NO.  At the end of the day you want to make sure you remove all impurities to keep skin radiant. Use NEUTROGENA NATURALS FRESH CLEANSING + MAKEUP REMOVER. It cleanses the skin without striping oils away and removes makeup all inone step. Finally, dont forget to hydrate your skin by drinking water. If you're too busy celebrating and drinking champagne, use NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL MOISTURIZER. This oil free moisturizer is a water gel formula that instantly gives your skin a boost of hydration helping your skin and complexion look supple and smooth.

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Happy honeymooning!  And be sure to check out the entire article from Style Me Pretty here!

How To Choose The RIGHT Foundation That Works For You!

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE stores like Sephora and Ulta- it's my candy store for beauty products.  I always go in with an agenda of what I'm planning to purchase. But somehow my agenda is thrown out the window because I get sucked in by these huge visuals that say things like "INTRODUCING A BREAKTHROUGH FORMULA OF FOUNDATION". Fast forward about an hour later, I've racked up a bill of $100+ all because I'm constantly chasing that high of - WHAT IS THE BEST FOUNDATION!?!? And once I get these foundations home, I may use them once or twice but eventually I'll toss them to the side because they aren't meeting my needs or wants.

I've realized foundation shopping can be difficult and overwhelming. Mainly because there are thousands of brands that all claim to have "the best foundation".  When people ask the question, "WHAT FOUNDATION DO YOU THINK I SHOULD USE", it takes me so long to answer because I have to become a CSI detective and ask a series of questions to recommend a foundation. Foundation is not one-size-fits-all, there are so many variables to consider when choosing a foundation to ensure its customized to YOU. So here it is- your DIY guide to help you find the best foundation that is customized to your needs and wants.

Let's start with the easy stuff:

WHAT ARE YOUR SKIN CONCERNS & SKIN TYPE?? (If you didn't get a chance to read my last blog, shame on you! Go ahead, scroll down and read the blog on SKIN before you continue reading this one). Since you already know your skin type and concerns, it will be easy for you to answer the next question-HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR SKIN TO LOOK??? Meaning, once you have applied your foundation, what finish or pay-off do you want your skin to have?? Think of the  finishes that you have when choosing paint for your walls at home. Paint finishes come in flat, eggshell, semi-gloss and gloss. Each paint finish or texture gives a different type of look to your walls. It's the same concept for foundation finishes or looks - Matte, Natural-Matte, Natural, Natural-Satin or Satin. 

MATTE

  •  no shine/ flat
  • looks powdery or velvety
  • skin will not reflect light
MATTE FINISH

MATTE FINISH

Natural-Matte

  • similar to matte but has a slight shine
NATURAL-MATTE FINISH

NATURAL-MATTE FINISH

NATURAL

  • combination of shine and no shine
  • looks like regular skin/ real skin
  •  "no makeup" look
NATURAL FINISH

NATURAL FINISH

Natural-Satin

  • similar to natural but has a slight shine 
NATURAL-SATIN FINISH

NATURAL-SATIN FINISH

Satin

  • shine
  • looks dewy or glowy
  • skin will reflect light
SATIN FINISH

SATIN FINISH

Once you figure out the "look" you want your skin to have, next you have to figure out HOW MUCH COVERAGE YOU WANT! Meaning how little or how much of your natural skin do you want to show through the foundation? Sheer, sheer-to-meduim, medium, medium-to-full, or full-coverage are your options. Think of coverage like hosiery- sheer pantyhose, opaque tights, or leggings (and I know what you're thinking - but YES, leggings are apart of the "hoisery" family, not the "pant" family). 

Sheer

  •  see-through, barely there, a "veil" 
SHEER COVERAGE

SHEER COVERAGE

Sheer-to-Medium

  • covers slightly more than sheer
SHEER-TO-MEDIUM COVERAGE

SHEER-TO-MEDIUM COVERAGE

Medium

  • in-between sheer and full, hides some imperfections but some skin still shows through 
MEDIUM COVERAGE

MEDIUM COVERAGE

Medium-to-full

  • covers slightly more than medium
MEDIUM-TO-FULL COVERAGE 

MEDIUM-TO-FULL COVERAGE 

Full

  • completely covered, can not see through
FULL COVERAGE

FULL COVERAGE

By now you should know how much coverage you want your foundation to have.  Now, lets talk about foundation formulas: liquid, cream or powder. When choosing a formula, its a personal preference. 

  • Liquids - come in different consistencies from watery, thin liquids to dense/ thick gel-like textures.
  • Creams - creamy, smooth in consistency. Some creams come in a light moose texture to a cake texture.
  • Powder - Powder foundations will either come in a pressed compact or loose form.

Concealers and setting powders?? Both products are optional. Concealers are great if you want to add more or less coverage in certain areas of the face. For example, you may want full coverage for the face, but something a little more sheer for under the eye. Or maybe you want a sheer foundation but you need a full coverage concealer to cover a blemish. 

Setting powders are also great to add into your foundation routine. Setting powders usually have one or more benefits-

  • use all over or in certain areas to add more coverage to foundation
  • touch up foundation
  • help longevity and durability of foundation
  • control shine   

(At this point, I'm sure you're wondering if I will touch on one of the more popular makeup techniques that is happening today - highlighting and contouring. YES! My next blog will be about using concealers to HIGHLIGHT &  cancel-out unwanted discoloration and how to use powders to HIGHLIGHT & CONTOUR).

So we have finally reached the most difficult part of the process, finding the perfect shade of foundation. I purposely made this part of this process last because if you're not savvy at color matching or understanding undertones, you may want to leave this part to the professionals. But if you are at your local target with no professionals around, I want you to know what to look for. Now unless you are an alien, the average person will have undertones that are-

  • Warm - think rosey/red
  • Cool - think golden/yellow
  • Neutral - an equal balance of rosy and golden undertones
WARM UNDERTONE

WARM UNDERTONE



COOL UNDERTONE

COOL UNDERTONE

 

 

 

NEUTRAL UNDERTONE

NEUTRAL UNDERTONE

 

 

Now, every brand has their own system that indicates the depth (lightness to darkness) of their foundation colors. So once you figure out your undertone, next you need to figure out the depth of your complexion. You will fall within the following catogories:

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Dark
  • Deep-dark
HOW LIGHT OR DARK IS YOUR COMPLEXION?

HOW LIGHT OR DARK IS YOUR COMPLEXION?

After figuring out your category, pick 2 or 3 colors that look closest to your complexion. If you are in a cosmetic store, ask one of the makeup artist to do a color/ shade match for you directly on your face. Can you use the back of your hand or the inside of your wrist?? NO!!! Your hand and wrist are usually a different color than the skin on your face, so you don't want to run the risk of getting a color that is too light or too dark. Swatch the 2 or 3 colors, side by side, from the center of the face to the jaw-line. The foundation that looks "invisible" or "disappears" will probably be the best match. Some women tan everything but their face, you can color swatch directly on the neck for foundation to match the neck and décolleté area. If you can't make a decision while you're in the store, ask for a sample of all 3 colors, take them home and try them on in natural lighting to see which color looks best. Now, if you are doing foundation shopping at your local superstore like Walmart, follow the same process as listed above. Since you can't take home samples (that would be called stealing!) or try it on in the store, my suggestion is to buy the colors that look closest to your complexion. Try them at home and return the ones that don't work.

COLOR SWACTH 3 FOUNDATION COLORS

COLOR SWACTH 3 FOUNDATION COLORS

The one thing you MUST keep in mind are the changes your skin may go through as the seasons and weather change. For example, during the winter your skin may be dehydrated, so you may want to opt for a foundation formula that is hydrating. Fast-forward to the middle of summer when the weather is hot and humid and your skin has a higher moisture level. You may want or need to change your foundation to one that will control oil. On top of your skin conditions changing, you may be a few shades darker from being in the sun. This means the color of your foundation will also need to change to a darker shade. It's common to have 2 colors and formulas of foundation, one for summer and one for winter. 

Whewww, that was ALOT! Hopefully you don't feel overwhelmed. But if you do, LET' S REVEIW-

  1. Know your skin type and concerns 
  2. Figure out the "look" of foundation that you want (think of the finishes or textures of paint)
  3. Figure out how much coverage you want (think of sheer pantyhose vs leggings)
  4. Figure out the undertone ( rosey, golden or a mixture of both)
  5. Figure out the depth of your skin (how light to dark)
  6. Color Swatch (the power of 3)
  7. Purchase or sample-it-up... all of these steps = Tymia Yvette did a FABULOUS job teaching you to how to choose the right foundation that works for you...

...UNTIL NEXT TIME, HAVE FUN FOUNDATION SHOPPING XO

If you need any help...comment below😉 

 

Skin Care: How To Pick The Best Products For Your Skin

Do you have a regular skin care routine??

Do you have a regular skin care routine??

I've been staying with my sister Monicka for the last few days and I'm noticing how overly obsessed she is with her skincare regimen. I mean she's my sister, so I've always known about her addiction but her regimen is beyond CRAZY! But watching her put on all her serums and eye creams on her already VERY flawless skin inspired me to write about that very thing -  SKIN! 

My blogs are usually about the obsession I have for makeup and trend. This particular blog originally started with me writing about foundation. I wanted to write about that because I CONSTANTLY get requests from my clients saying they want their skin to look FLAWLESS and recommendations for a foundation that will give them that "no makeup" look. But how is it possible to have that Heidi Klum glow or the flawless-ness of Beyonce if you aren't taking care of your skin???

So my first question to you is, WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TYPE?  As a makeup artist, I always  hear the same 2 things, "my skin is oily" or "my skin is sensitive". What's funny about those statements is that most people really don't know what type of skin they have. But why would you, when you've never had the opportunity to learn about skin? Well for the next 5 minutes, I will be your tour guide as we navigate through skin types and common skin conditions.

Since we all have our own lovemark to certain skincare brands, I won't get into what products to buy, but I will tell you some ingredients to look for when you're purchasing skincare. Dry, oily , dehydrated, textured, sensitive, and uneven/ hyperpigmented skin are the skin types and conditions most women are concerned about (you may find your skin fits the description for more than one type). Now here's an interesting fact that everyone should know- your skin in your twenties goes through a natural exfoliation process about every 26 to 42 days. Now if you're in the "30 and over club" like myself, I have some bad news for you - that exfoliation process, also known as the "cell cycle," slows down once you hit your 30's. I know, 😳😢 depressing isn't it? So that's why it's critical to start caring for your skin now. The sun ain't getting any nicer and the air any cleaner. 

Now not to pat myself on the back, but the one thing I'm good at is making skin look healthy and flawless. But once you wipe the makeup away, does your skin still look as healthy and flawless?? At this point, you're probably looking in the mirror as your reading saying-

For oily skin, look for skin care that say "for oily OR normal to oily skin".

For oily skin, look for skin care that say "for oily OR normal to oily skin".

"Is my skin oily?"

  • Oily skin has an overproduction of oil
  • Skin looks shiny
  • More susceptible to breakouts or acne

Oily skin is the most misunderstood. Oily skin can be caused by internal (genetics) and external factors (weather, skincare products, diet, etc...). Look for products that have ingredients like hylaluronic acid or glycolic acid. These products will help control oil production and maintain a balance of moisture in the skin.  However, keep in mind that oil-controlling products might cause your skin to naturally produce more oil than normal.

"I don't use moisturizer because my skin is already oily" - WRONG, believe it or not, the absence of facial moisturizer will cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil! Two main functions your skin has is to protect and to regulate. So if you're using too many oil controlling products, there may be a possibility you're stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Therefore, skin is going to do what it is made to do-regulate and protect itself - by naturally moisturizing or producing oil. If you find this happening to you, I suggest adding in a couple products that have more hydrating ingredients (water based products) or products that say "oily to normal" in the description. 

Depending on the level of dry skin, look for products that say "for dry or normal to dry skin".

Depending on the level of dry skin, look for products that say "for dry or normal to dry skin".

"Is my skin dry?"

  • dry skin lacks moisture and oil 
  • skin feels dry, rough, and flaky
  • skin looks dull

The same internal and external factors that contribute to oily skin, contribute to dry skin. Look for products that contain jojoba oil, ceramides, or shea butter which will help to soften, smooth, and lock in moisture.

 

 

Look for skincare products like hydrating serums and oils-these products will help penetrate the skin deeper and lock in moisture.

Look for skincare products like hydrating serums and oils-these products will help penetrate the skin deeper and lock in moisture.

"Is my skin Dehydrated?"

  • Dehydrated skin lacks water (did you drink your 8 glasses of water today?)
  • skin feels tight
  • less supple
  • skin/ complexion looks dull

This skin condition can be caused by over exfoliating, poor diet, cold weather, smoking, exposure to sun and other environmental factors. Dehydrated skin can be both oily and dry at the same time. Look for ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (moisture magnet), squalene, and moisturizing serums. Think of serums like a primer for your moisturizer. It helps your skin to receive the maximum benefits of moisture.  

Now before we move any further, lets talk about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin lacks natural oil production. It can be caused by genetics or using harsh products. Dehydration is the lack of water and nutrients. Some causes of dehydration may be poor nutrition, not drinking enough water, weather, stress, sickness, etc. Dry skin is a skin type, dehydrated skin is a skin condition (which means its treatable). 

 

Look for products that say "for sensitive skin". Mineral-based skincare can also be a good option.

Look for products that say "for sensitive skin". Mineral-based skincare can also be a good option.

"Is my skin sensitive?"

  • sensitive skin has a weaker skin barrier which means you're more vulnerable to skin reactions like acne, rosacea, stinging, or an allergic reaction.

As you age your skin gets thinner, which may cause more sensitivity. Some of us are born with sensitive skin. In both cases, you should look for products that have cucumber extract, aloe, or willow bark extract. All of these ingredients will help sooth inflamed or irritated skin. Another unexpected anti-inflammatory ingreidiant is caffeine. 

 

Look for skincare that say "even out or skin brighting". Don't forget your exfoliator and your board spectrum SPF".

Look for skincare that say "even out or skin brighting". Don't forget your exfoliator and your board spectrum SPF".

"Is my skin uneven or hyperpigmented?"

  •  hyperpigmented skin has an uneven tone
  • dark spots or age spots

This condition can be caused by genetics or environmental factors. Look for skincare that has licorice extract, retinal, vitamin C, and most importantly -ZINC OXIDE & TITANIUM DIOXIDE. YES SPF!! These ingredients will not only help to even out and brighten skin, but SPF will help to shield the skin from those ultraviolet rays to control melanin (dark spots) production.

Look for skin care that say "anti-ageing". and of course don't forget your broad spectrum protection.

Look for skin care that say "anti-ageing". and of course don't forget your broad spectrum protection.

"Is my skin textured?"

  • Textured skin is completely based on internal and external factors.
  • External factors- poor nutrition, smoking, sun exposure. These are things you can change. 
  • Internal factors-completely within your genetic makeup. So if your mother has textured skin at a young age, Awww sorry boo😥, I have more bad news for you....

Exfoliation is great for textured skin along with products that contain antioxidants like Vitamin A, C and E. Moisturizers that contain sodium hylauronate acid help smooth the skin's surface. And believe it or not -SUNSCREEN😎. As AWESOME as the sun is, its the #1 cause to premature aging, aka unwanted texture.

If your skin is normal, you probably already have a great  routine, just keep it up:)

If your skin is normal, you probably already have a great  routine, just keep it up:)

"My skin is normal."

Well I would just call your skin ugly and stupid😠. Not really, if you have normal skin, you're a special and fortunate breed. You have a great balance of oil and moisture.

 So if you're thrifty like me, you probably want to know how you can start a healthy skincare regime with out spending a fortune. My sister gave me the best and cheapest advice, "Don't skip a day without wearing SPF25 or higher, and don't forget the power of 8. Drink 8 glasses of water and get 8 hours of sleep"....to stay youthful, healthy & beautiful. 

P.S. now remember, I'm just a makeup artist with only 14 years of experience so if you think you need more professional help, make an appointment with your dermatologist. But in the meantime if you have any comments, concerns, questions or need suggestions,  leave me a comment below!! XO

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Beauty Blogging!

Uhhhh yeaaaa! I know - I've been gone for a LOONG time. So I'm going to be completely honest with you all! I'm not a consistent blogger (as you can tell). I really don't think what I have to say about makeup or trend is all that interesting to take up 5 minutes of your life once a week or once a month. However, my web designer, Kirsten said "MIA!! You have to BLOGGGG!" So here I go;)..... 

There is a lot going on in the world of fashion and trend. Let me run down the list briefly since I've been gone for a while.....

Marsala-Pantone 2015 color of the year

Marsala-Pantone 2015 color of the year

We have a NEW color for 2015, (which I'm sure you already know) MARSALA! Yes we like to cook with it, I prefer to drink it. Yet overall, it is such an amazing color. When I'm looking for a color in my kit that will flatter ANY SKIN TONE, Marsala is it. It's one of my cant-go-wrong/go-to colors that is great for makeup, nails and hair.

Fall 2015 Fashion Week 

Fall 2015 Fashion Week 

AND YESSSS!! FASHION WEEK!! As you are reading, the models are strutting down the cat walks of NYFW A/W 2015! The Fall season of 2015 is the season of cool, earthly neutrals paired with bold color statements. We will get more into that makeup color palette in upcoming months. 

And if you've visited your favorite clothing website lately (I ❤️️citychiconline for us curvy girls) you've probably noticed swimsuits or bikinis on the home page, which means it's SPRING. So even though you're probably still wearing your earmuffs and thermal long-johns, it's that time to get the Spring wardrobe together, for Makeup that is.

The classic black liner and mascara paired with minimal skin.

The classic black liner and mascara paired with minimal skin.

So the question is, what direction is the makeup trend going in for Spring 2015? Makeup has received a "downgrade" so to speak. It's an understated kind of makeup. Its no longer about trying too hard or wearing too much - that look has been passe for some seasons now. Makeup NOW is a more wearable makeup - a more lifestyle makeup. It's more acheivable (especially when we talk about technique).

Let's start by focusing on the backbone of eye makeup: black eye liner and mascara. Black eyeliner is classic, modern, and still very glam. As far as mascara - well what can I say... There is no happy-medium when it comes to putting on mascara this season. Lashes are jam-packed and fully loaded & coated with mascara.

Maybelline Great Lash & L'oreal Infallible Eyeliner

Maybelline Great Lash & L'oreal Infallible Eyeliner

Pairing this eye look with skin that has a "no makeup" type of look is key. Foundation and powder is minimal, brows are gently groomed, highlights are sheer and lips get a touch of lip balm.

Laura Mercier Oil free tinted moisturizer, NYX Tinted Brow Mascara and Rosebud Salve.

Laura Mercier Oil free tinted moisturizer, NYX Tinted Brow Mascara and Rosebud Salve.

I decided to create a similar look while pushing the envelope a bit. I created a wide-eye look by using graphic lines. To create this look, I used almost the exact same products listed above. However, I did substitute the pencil liner for Inglot's Gel liner using a MAC 210 brush. And of course nothing is complete in my life without a little sparkle and 3D glitter from MAC Cosmetics 

Stay classic, modern & GLAM! XO💄💋

S/S 2014 MAKEUP CHALLENGE - ENDS 6/02/2014

 

Tymia Yvette's Makeup Challege-Ends 6/02/14

Tymia Yvette's Makeup Challege-Ends 6/02/14

As I was talking to my sister she thought it would be a FABULOUS & FUN idea to see if all you makeup junkies were inspired to create your Summer-time looks. So we came up with the Spring/ Summer 2014 Makeup Challenge!! But of course, no challenge is complete without the most important piece...THE PRIZE!!! So here are the details:

PRIZE: You can WIN a five piece prestige makeup prize pack. (1 Coral-Pink sheer lip gloss, 1 Peach colored lipstick, 1 Brown/ Bronze eyeshadow, 1 sliver-gold light shimmer eyeshadow, 1 peach gold highlighter blush). BONUS PRIZE: 1 pair of Red Cherry lashes.

Makeup by Tymia Yvette

Makeup by Tymia Yvette

ENTER, LIKE & FOLLOW TO WIN: (1) Follow tyartistry on Instagram and "LIKE" at least one photo OR follow Tymia Yvette Makeup Artistry Business Page on a Facebook and "LIKE" at least one photo. (2) Submit at least one photo of your makeup "in trend" to tymiayvette@gmail.com by 06/02/2014 11:59pm est. Photo Details should include your full name, mailing address and IG or FB name. (3) List all products used to create S/S look and what tip or technique used to create the makeup look.

Not sure what the trend is for this season? Read S/S Makeup Wardrobe Part 1 & 2.

POST CHALLENGE FOLLOWUP: The winner of the S/S 2014 makeup challenge will be featured on tymiayvette.com. The second and third runner-ups will also be featured on tymiayvette.com

RULES & RESTRICTIONS:  Makeup application must be done or self applied by your person.

BE INSPIRED AND HAVE FUN!!

 

Is Your Makeup Wardrobe Ready For Spring & Summer 2014-Part 2

 

             S/S 2014 EYE & LIP TRENDS

             S/S 2014 EYE & LIP TRENDS

So I know all of you were sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails just dying and waiting for me to post my part 2 of S/S 2014 makeup wardrobe!! But I'm quite certain that wasn't the case. However, I am SURE the only ones who were waiting for this were my overly obessed proteges who O.D. daily on cosmetics and makeup trends (yes I'm talking about you Bri, Neen & Von). Anyway, I've been gone for so long with a pretty bad ankle sprain. Somehow that sprain SPREAD and crawled up into my fingertips which caused me not to give you guys the "need to know" for S/S 2014 eyes and lips. My deepest apologies!  However, since Memorial Day is a few days away and the first day of Summer isnt until June 21st, I figured there is still time for me to inspire my fellow makeup junkies of the world. 

Create that slept-in look with the blackest BLACK eyeliner.

Create that slept-in look with the blackest BLACK eyeliner.

Ok so lets get down to business: Summer-time Eyes! In my last blog, I talked about SIMPLICITY with NUANCES. Keep that aspect in mind when you get ready to do your eye makeup. So you have on your new Lavender-colored blouse and I'm sure you're ready to pull out your MAC Beautiful Iris lavender eyeshadow (one of my faves) but this summer its not about matching your eyeshadow to your outfit. One BIG trend for eyes: show off the shape and flirtyness of the eye. So put the lavender eyeshadow back in your makeup bag and pull out black...yes BLACK.  Start with the eyeliner. It can be cream, liquid, or pencil as long as its black. You'll also need your blackest mascara. Remember those strip lashes you brought a while back - you'll need those too. YEP, its time for the FALSIES!!! However, I know you may be thinking...how is this in trend for 2014? Are makeup trends being reprocessed?? Well remember, skin is glowy and feminine; brows are not overly groomed or sculpted; there are pops of color on the cheeks and lips along with subtle shimmer to help create a light effect to the skin. This means the eyes have to be kept timeless and classic. The liner has a 90's slept-in feel to it, not goth but feminine. The lashes look "DOE-EYED", creating a very 60's lash.

 

Create Modern 60's eye with Tokyo bottom lashes by Lilly Lashes

Create Modern 60's eye with Tokyo bottom lashes by Lilly Lashes

A simplistic eye  doesnt mean the eyelids should be kept bare. The eyes are translucent with a natural hue. You can achieve this look by using Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Peach Parfait, Venetian Brown or Butter Cream. While getting your Benefit eyeshadows, dont forget your "They're Real!" Mascara from Benefit and your Red Cherry Lashes #13 to help create that 60's lash. If you want to get that modern day Twiggy look, pop on some Tokyo bottom Lilly Lashes. 

Unusal colors on the lips like pastels and coral-reds

Unusal colors on the lips like pastels and coral-reds

Now that we have your eyes in trend, lets tie it in with the oh-so-popluar lip trend we are all obsessed with. The colors have a Barbie-Doll like feel to the lips. Unusual colors like pastel  lavender and bright coral reds. The texture this season can be creamy, glossy or matte, its just all about using color in a non-traditional way. Try Flare lipstick by Illmasqua or Coral Blossom Lipstick by Tarte to accessorize your SS makeup wardrobe.

Now since I made you wait soo long for part 2, I'll give you (and only you) an exclusive sneak preview to Autum/ Winter 2014...

Usually during fall, skin is typically matte. However, this fall and winter, have it YOUR way! Whether you prefer matte or dewy, the main focus is using different textures on the skin to create a 3-D, realistic look. And guess what??? Contours are added back in a big way (not that they ever really went away). A/W 2014 has a strong focus on EYES. The "windows to the soul" will have a architecturally strong, glam-grunge look which will be complimented with the return of *drum roll please* a strong brow....all pulled together in a modern way.

Do I have you hooked yet?!?! Want to know the other trends??? Stay tuned for A/W 2014 MAKEUP Trends and I PROMISE I wont stay away as long XO💋💄.

 

                                          "Windows to the soul"

                                          "Windows to the soul"

 

 

Is Your Makeup Wardrobe Ready for Spring & Summer 2014? - Part 1

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If you live on the East coast like I do, you have experienced a wild ride with the weather. We have had snow stroms, ice storms, mild tempertures and freezing weather. With temps below zero, we usually like to wear more clothing and MORE makeup. More makeup is trendy in the Fall and Winter: fuller coverage on the skin, stronger contours on the cheek and deep colors on the lips. Autumn and Winter are the seasons when we can over-accessorize in clothing AND in makeup and get away with it. However, the reverse concept applies for Spring and Summer (S/S 2014). IT'S THE SEASONS TO WEAR LESS CLOTHES AND LESS MAKEUP.

For S/S 2014, the skin looks healthythe eyes have a very feminine detail. Think of eyeliner that is blurred and thick. The cheek is all about arrangements of highlights and shadows using color. There is a definite change in makeup!  RECHARGING SIMPLICITY -thats what this season is all about.

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Let's talk about skin first because there is a global obsession with obtaining beautiful, natural-looking skin. When approaching the face, its all about the nuances. The details of the skin goes back to how well it's hydrated and prepped BEFORE foundation. When the face is hydrated with serums and moisturizers it allows the skin to look supple, plumped and radiant. Priming the face allows for an optical diffused look and a smoother canvas. Imagine how paint looks on walls primed vs unprimed. The walls are smoother, the paint adheres better, and you can use LESS product. Now here is the trick for acheiving S/S 2014 skin: ITS ALL ABOUT USING LESS COVERAGE! SHEER FOUNDATIONS AND POWDERS. Think of how your legs look in sheer pantyhose vs. tights.

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The texture of the skin this season is matte with a seemingly glazed finish. The skin almost looks "photoshopped" without the Instagram filter. There is alot of detail in clothing this season so the MAKEUP IS MORE OF A WHISPER. You won't see a lot of shading and sculpting on the skin, but you will see spontaneous, yet strategic placement of highlights. Flashes of gold and silver, glitter and shimmer. Its beauty that looks diffused yet real.

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As we say goodbye to the  prominent contour, we are saying hello to blush. YES, there is a return to BLUSHing. The color palette is pinks and peaches. Many of us are used to styling the face by adding dimension with bronzers. However, cream blushes have emerged this season to help stylize the face. The structure of blush flushes up and out. If you start down in the hollow of the cheek, where you would normally contour, pull the color up onto the cheekbone. 

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Its more of a sporty yet feminine lookIts not about matte bronzey-browns on the cheek but more about a dewy pinky-peach on the cheek. Here's a tip: When wearing a "skin and cheek" look (like described above), there is sheer color on the eye and lip. The lip and cheek should harmonize to create a monochromatic color story.

But maybe you are more of an eye and lip girl?? Want to know what should be in your makeup bag to be prepared for this Spring and Summer? Stay tuned for MAKEUP WARDROBE PART 2! 

 

Tips on How to Take Your Makeup From Day to Night

So you tried on that pastel-colored sequin blouse you purchased 4 seasons ago, stood in front of the mirror, and then wondered if it's still as trendy as it was when you first bought it? Some mornings I struggle with that very answer. For that reason, all black clothing is my go to. It's chic, modern, and ageless. It's the same idea with makeup. Classic beauty looks are timeless. 

NEUTRAL EYE + NEUTRAL LIP

NEUTRAL EYE + NEUTRAL LIP

Let's talk about an easy way to go from a day time look to an evening look in one easy step. In the world of makeup, you have 3 techniques that will never look outdated! There is:

neutral eye + bold lip

bold eye + neutral lip

neutral eye + neutral lip

Now we all know about the bold (smokey) eye and neutral (nude) lip made popular by the Kardashian's - but let's talk about the neutral eye + neutral lip. This look is one of the favorites amongst our everyday working women. It's a great way to look professional and effortlessly chic while at work or out running errands. Maybe this is the type of makeup look you wear everyday at work. But it's finally time to punch out,  5 pm, and you have a date with a new guy or maybe just meeting the girls at happy hour. Either way, you need to figure out a quick way to take your makeup from day time SOFT to night time GLAM. This can easily be done by keeping the eyes neutral and adding a bold lipstick and liner to your look. Whether it's red, purple or coral, a bold lip is your accessory, it's a way to dress up your look. 

NEUTRAL EYE + BOLD LIP

NEUTRAL EYE + BOLD LIP

Want to go a step further?? A great tip is to add a shimmer powder lightly to the tops of the cheekbones to highlight. Then create definition by adding in bronzer just below the cheekbone to contour.

Have fun accessorizing your makeup!! 

 

New Year, New Color, New You!

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The Christmahanakwanzika day (or maybe for some, the Noholidaycelbutory day) is finally over. But don't pack your glitter liners and sparkly highlighters away too quickly! The New Year is approaching and what better way to bring in the New Year than on trend and in style. If you haven't heard, the Pantone 2014 Fashion Color Report has declared Radiant Orchid the official color of the new year.

When it comes to Pantone, they have been the leading fashion color authority for the last 20 years. They're the reason you accented your living room with emerald green last year, bought that bright tangerine pillow for your couch in 2012, and wore your favorite red-pink honeysuckle lipstick with everything in 2011. 

Here's some tips and techniques on how to create fun and trendy makeup this New Year's Eve. Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, you still have to be in trend for 2014 right?!? So pay attention;)

Maybe you're finishing up the final accents on your New Year's Eve outfit OR you want to get a jump start on the trend and impress your friends. Either way, why not go all out with a dramatic makeup  look!

Let's start with the eyes :)
A sultry and flirty purple smokey eye is just what you need to stand out in the crowd. Young Punk by MAC is a beautiful black shadow with flecks of purple and pink sparkle. Highlight the inner corner of your smokey eye with NYX's Loose Pearl Eyeshadow in Light Purple

Young Punk eyeshadow (left) and Light Purple loose eyeshadow (right)

Young Punk eyeshadow (left) and Light Purple loose eyeshadow (right)

Traditionally, most smokey eyes are accompanied with a soft nude lip. But since it's the New Year, be bold and do a purple lip to complement the eye. Both Darling and By Starlight from Melt Cosmetics prove to be perfect for the occasion. Line your lips with MAC's Vino or NYX's Purple rain lip liner

(Left to right) Vino lipliner, Darling lipstick, Purple Rain lipliner, By Starlight lipstick
(Left to right) Vino lipliner, Darling lipstick, Purple Rain lipliner, By Starlight lipstick

Its a lot of color on the eyes and lip so make sure to balance your face out with great contouring and highlighting for the skin. Lorac's TANtalizer Contour and Highlighter duo is great for most shades and gets the job done. 

TANtalizer Contour + Highlighter

TANtalizer Contour + Highlighter

No look is complete without lashes! Try Ardell's Demi Wispies Lashes for even more drama to the eyes.

Demi Wispies

Demi Wispies

HAVE A RADIANT ORCHID 2014!

Tips, Tricks & Techniques- Winter Trends 2014

 

LAST SEASON, MAKEUP WAS ALL ABOUT A SIMPLE, UNDERSTATED, UNFUSSY MAKEUP! For  2014, makeup has a more moody and mysterious feel but still has a soft side! This season is more punk and grunge, yet still very alluring. If you haven't noticed the direction makeup is going in, it's not your everyday, pretty pin-up makeup we are used to. The trend isn't about putting your face through a metamorphose, yet it's about magnifying and amplifying the person that's wearing the makeup!

If you're playing up your eyes this season, they should be strong, tough, dark with ALOT of blacks and blues.

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At the same time, the eyes can also have a very ghostly feel to them.

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When it comes to your lips, if it's not red - don't wear it. Whether matte or glossy, a deep rich ruby or a bright red-orange, it's all about that RED lip.

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Finally, the lips and eyes have to be pulled together by perfected skin. It's all about that luminous-glowy skin with seamless highlights and a glossy sheen texture.

 

 

Just in case you didn't know, makeup is BACK this season!!!!!