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WANT HIGH CHEEKBONES? USE BRONZER!

You know how everyone has that one product they have to put on their face no matter where they are going? My product is bronzer! Even if I don’t wear foundation, blush, concealer, or powder, I always put on bronzer. There is something about the way it makes my cheeks look that I love. A light brush of bronzer allows me to have the natural look without looking caked on for day to day activities. 

Not everyone is a fan of bronzer. A lot of people don’t understand what’s the purpose of it if you have a dark complexion. Everyone always asks me “don’t you want to look lighter and doesn’t that stuff just make you look darker?” I don’t necessarily agree with that. I think bronzer has a way of making your cheeks glow and highlighting cheekbones. **BEAUTY TIP**It can also make those who don’t have very high cheek bones look as if they do. Just because you weren’t born with them doesn’t mean you can’t look like you have them! #justsaying

I have 3 favorite bronzers. I ranked them below in order of most to least favorite (but keep in mind all three are great and work differently for different people/occasions).

  1. Bare Minerals Warmth: This is my absolute FAV. It’s my every day bronzer. Because I already have tan skin, it provides just the right tone of red to my skin to help my cheekbones stand out.                                                          Bare Minerals Warmth
  2. MAC Bronzing Powder Matte Bronze: This is the bronzer I use more for when I go out. I purposely by the Matte one without shimmer because I like to add shimmer with a good blush and highlighter rather than just trying to use one product to do all three (gives a better finish).                                                              MAC Bronzer
  3. LORAC Tantalizer: For those of you who are looking for a product that DOES bronze, blush, and highlight all in one, this is it! It is highly pigmented and gives the same effect as the three in one product.

                                                                         LORAC Tantilizer

I wanted to show the difference between a celeb who actually has high cheek bones and one that just looks like they do with the help of their glam squad. What’s the Point? Well, I really want people to understand that you have the ability to look like these celebs do whether you believe it or not! 

            

Jessica Biel (on the left) DOES have naturally high cheekbones while Christina Aguilera (on the right) does NOT. Christina Aguilera has a rounder face but look how much her cheeks are radiating! You too can make your cheekbones appear higher than they actually are with the proper tools. 

SIDE NOTE: I always link the products I suggest to a website where you can buy them. If you want to try these products out, hit on the link and it will direct you to a retailer that sells it. I do recommend going into the store and trying it on first, but this will allow you to see the price of the product and a store that for sure carries it. 

What bronzer gives YOU the highest cheekbones?

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HIGHLIGHTERS: GLOW LIKE THE STARS DO

Does anyone else get really annoyed looking at pictures of famous people and wonder how their skin is ALWAYS glowing? Ladies, don’t let them fool you. I guarantee you that only 1% actually have a natural glow to their skin. The rest is in the hands of their make up artists. The mistake that a lot of girls make is buying products that have a natural shimmer in them already thinking this will do the trick of a highlighter. 

The proper highlighter, if applied evenly, can give YOU the same brightening effect that it gives the stars! It’s all about finding the one that works best with your skin. This product is ALWAYS noticeable in pictures. People will start to tell you that your skin look radiant, and it’s all with the help of a highlighter. Below is my personal favorite highlighter: 

Favorite Highlighter: MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

                                                       MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

I know it may look like the MAC eye shadows, but it’s not. It’s larger in size and isn’t a powdery substance. I’m a fan of this product because of its creamy texture (since I have dry skin). Also, a highlighter can be used on different parts of your face NOT just your cheekbones. My favorite places to apply highlighter are as follows:

  1. below the arch of my brow
  2. cheekbones
  3. right above your upper lip (just a TAD bit)
  4. right below your bottom lip (just a TAD bit)

**BEAUTY TIP** If you are insecure about having a big nose, putting a dab of the highlighter vertically across the middle of your nose is suppose to make it appear leaner (this was said by Kim Kardashian after all the rumors of her getting a nose job)

For those of you have oily skin, I recommend using an eye shadow as a highlighter. It may sound crazy, but the MAC White Frost (click here to read about how this product can also be used for smoky eyes) can be used on your cheek bones and actually helps make your skin feel less oily since it’s more of a powdery substance. 

Do you use a highlighter?

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MAKE UP DO's AND DON'Ts: VANESSA HUDGENS

Has anyone else noticed how different Vanessa Hudgens looks post break up with Zac Efron? Did she break up with her glam squad too? She cut off her gorgeous hair, started dressing “edgy”, and completely changed the way she does her make up. I thought celebrities up'ed their style after a public break up. I was looking at some pictures of her pre-breakup and post-breakup and it made me sad. Vanessa, you are naturally stunning, BUT if you are going on the red carpet, look in the mirror first! She’s the perfect celebrity for my first “Make up Do’s and Don'ts” posting. 

MAKE UP DO’s: You don’t always have to go dramatic with the eyes. 

Vanessa goes for the natural look and sometimes that’s the best approach. You don’t want to always looked caked on. A nude lip, subtle shadow, nice lashes, and glowing face is a great way to look naturally glamorous. I am obsessed with her entire look in this picture. Her dress, hair, and make up accent each other perfectly. I love that she wore a long necklace with the low cut neck line too. 

                                         Vanessa Hudgens

MAKE UP DON'Ts: Don’t wear a dark lip color with smoky eyes

Combining the two can lead to a clownish look. My advice is to stick to one or the other. Either wear dramatic eyes or dramatic lips– NOT both (unless you plan on doing a photo shoot for vogue). Smoky eyes in my opinion looks best with nude lips (learned that from Kim Kardashian). 

                                       Vanessa Hudgens

SIDE NOTE: Has anyone else noticed how amazing her cheek bones are? She always knows exactly how to smile to accent them too! 

Which Vanessa do you like better? Pre or post Zac Efron?

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HOW TO GET MY SMOKY EYE LOOK

I think every girl should highlight what they feel is their best feature. If you have high cheek bones, help them glow with a great blush. If you have plump lips, show them off with a killer lipstick. Personally, I’m a huge eye make up girl. I love experimenting with different eye shadows, mascaras, and eye liners. 

Everyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with the smoky eye look. I think it’s the best way to make your eyes pop and glam up your outfit for a night out. I wanted to share the products I personally use to get my look. I use a combination of department store products and drug store products. I don’t always think that the BEST products are from department stores or cosmetic specialty stores (Sephora or ULTA). I’m convinced that we are all brainwashed into thinking drug store products aren’t as good of quality. Oh what good marketing can get people to believe…

  • MAC White Frost (silver eye shadow) or MAC All That Glitters (gold eye shadow): Depending on the outfit, I wear either silver or a semi-gold shade as the first coat over my whole eye and in the very corner of my eye.
  • MAC Carbon M (black eye shadow): The pigmentation is SO strong on this black that I usually don’t even wear primer. I use this as a top coat over my eye liner as well to get more of a smolder effect. I love the smokiness of this particular black and the fact that it doesn’t have tacky glitter in it. 
  • LORAC Front of the Line (liquid liner): I use liquid for the top of my eye. The thickness of the liner is dependent on how heavy the rest of my make up is for the night. I usually put a thicker coat when I’m wearing nude lips and light bronzer to emphasize my eyes. **BEAUTY TIP**: If you are debating which products you could just buy at the drug store and not spend a lot on, liquid liner is one of them.
  • L'Oreal Paris Pencil Perfect Ebony (pencil liner): I use pencil for the bottom of my eye.** BEAUTY TIP**: If you think you have small eyes, wear the liner on the outter part of your eye to make them look bigger. If you think you have big eyes, wear the liner in the inside part of your eye to make them look smaller.
  • CoverGirl LashBlast (mascara): This is the BEST mascara out there if you have thin long lashes and want them to look thicker. I have literally tried every department store mascara there is, and this is definitely my fav. By the way, I accidentally bought the waterproof version instead, and it does NOT have the same effect so be careful before purchasing!
  • MAC 213 Fluff Brush: I use this brush to apply the silver/gold all over the eye. This is the ONLY part of smoky eyes where the type of brush you use doesn’t really matter.
  • MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush: I use this brush to apply the black in the corner of my lid.
  • MAC 222 Tapered Blending Brush: This brush is GREAT for blending! My number one MUST have eye makeup brush
  • MAC 263 Small Angle Brush: I use this to put the silver/gold in the corner of my eye.
  • MAC 214 Short Shader Brush: I use this when I use my black eye shadow as liner for an extra smoky look

                   

SIDE NOTE: this look is NOT cheap. If you are looking for an affordable way to get the smoky eye look with the same results, check out my post on the best smoky eye kit. 

What look do you prefer for a night out? Smoky eyes or the natural look?

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