Beauty Essentials: For the eyes9:00 AM
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Stila eye shadow quad: I find that Stila has great pigments and a fantastic color range. I particularly like the quads and they're palettes because the range of colors is there in one handy little case. They are also great for travel so you don't have to pack a million little eyeshadows just to get one look.
Nars Duo Cream Eyeshadow: I use cream shadows to hold the powder shadows in place. I find that if it is applied well, my eyeshadow stays the entire day until I wash it off. I also like to use it to transform the color of my shadow. If you've ever wanted to do a smoky eye, I highly reccommend a black cream shadow to layer underneath a dark grey shadow. It looks great and lasts all night.
Dior liquid eyeliner: Now that I am typing this I should've put the products in the order I use them. Oh well. Forgive me for going out of order. I'm not biased to this liquid eyeliner as any eyeliner generally works well, but it is the last thing and one of the most important things that I put on as it is used to help blend the false eyelashes to my eyelids.
Tweezerman slant tweezer: an essential that every woman should own. I even have a mini one for travel.
Anastasia brow scissors: I don't have majorly bushy brows or anything but trimming your brows is the best way to shape them. You just can't do much if you have too much brow hair. The best way that I trim my brows is to take an eyebrow comb, comb the eyebrows up and cut whatever is sticking out. It's just a small trim, but it makes a huge difference.
Ardell Fashion Lashes: One of my friends is a fabulous make up artist and she introduced me to false lashes about 5 years ago and since then, I rarely go without them. They are the simplest thing to go from boring to glam. There are plenty of lashes out there that look natural enough to look like real lashes. The thing is, I don't have short lashes, my lashes are naturally long, but I wear the lashes to give them the fullness that you can not get with mascara. You would be surprised how many false lash converts I've created amongst my friends. I obviously don't wear them pretending they are my real lashes so everyone knows that they are fake (although I have been asked a few times if they are my real lashes!) but all my girlfriends love them as well. My mom's even tried them out a couple of times! It's really funny when I don't wear my lashes, J always says to me "Did you do something different to your make up today?"
I know most girls like to get theirs from MAC or Shu Uemera but since I have to buy them a lot more than occasional wearers, this drugstore brand works and looks just as good as the expensive brands.
Duo eyelash adhesive: Best eyelash adhesive for strip lashes. You can buy it at any drugstore.
Anastasia Go Brow - universal brow pencil: The best way to give your brows a more defined look is with a brow pencil. I like this one as it has a highlighter on the other end to help you shape your brows.
So I couldn't leave you without a picture so here's a funny little picture that J took of me where you can see my lashes.
This is dark but you can kind of see the top view of my lashes in this picture.
False lashes and glue from Madame Madeline
Rest from Sephora