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Cut That Crease

Throughout my daily beauty account lurking one trend that I noticed from almost all makeup artists and beauty bloggers is the cut crease look. This look is huge on Instagram, Snapchat, twitter and on YouTube tutorials. This technique is known to make your eyes look bigger and brighter.

The trend began way back in the days of black and white film in order to draw attention to the actress’s eyes but was a more modest take on the trend. Essentially this look includes a lighter eyeshadow shade on the eyelid and a darker eyeshadow shade above the lid crease.

Follow the steps below to Cut your crease:

  1. Prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer
  2. A light shade of eyeshadow should be applied all over the eyelid, up to your brow
  3. Use a dark shadow or even eyeliner to draw a V-shape from the start of your inner crease to the outer corner of the eye
  4. Use a crease or blending brush to blend the line that was just drawn
  5. Begin to blend the shadow slightly above the crease
  6. Further, define your eye by adding eyeliner to your lash line
  7. Add the same eyeshadow used in the crease along the bottom of the lash line
  8. Final step layer on some false lashes for even more drama

Check out the tutorial below from one of my favourite beauty vloggers Desi Perkins:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5dp0LKc6Ow

My favourite palettes for a great cut crease:

Modern Renaissance palette

Tartlette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow palette

How to transform your day look to a night look in 5 easy steps

There are often times that I find myself needing to get ready quickly after work for a night out. This does not leave me much time to redo my whole face, so I follow five simple steps to turn my look from daytime to nighttime.

  1. Create a bold lip– I use a natural beige colour on my lips for the most part throughout the day, so switching it up for night time with a bold red or deep mauve tone can drastically change my look. My go to nighttime colour is Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in the shade, Alison.
  2. For added drama try the Double Wispies to make lashes fuller

    Layer on those lashes- I currently wear eyelash extensions but before I got them fake eyelashes were my favourite beauty product. Vamping up your lashes create a flirty look which is perfect for going out. My favourite eyelashes are the Ardell Demi Wispies.

  3. Buff out your eyeliner or change the shape- I myself do not tend to wear eyeliner during the day but for those who do there are two ways to change it up for the night. One way is to simply smudge or buff out the eyeliner you already have on to create a smoky eye. The second is to create a wing or cat eye for a sultrier stare. For a wing, my favourite is liquid liners such as Kat Von D Ink Liner, and a gel liner such as the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Liner to smudge into a smoky eye.
  4. Darken your eye shadow- Adding some bronze or earthy tones and creating a dramatic crease is a surefire way to make your daytime look a lot more dramatic. The eyeshadow palette that I would suggest is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.
  5. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight- Nothing says wow more than a nice fierce glow atop of your cheekbones. Layer on two or three different highlighters to make all the difference in your look. The best highlighter palette for layering is definitely the Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Kit.

Kontouring- What products to use and where to apply it

Contouring or Kontouring as I like to call it has become a huge trend with makeup in recent years. Thanks to Kim Kardashian and her sisters their beautifully sculpted faces have become an inspiration to many women all over the world. Today we are going to review different products to contour with, and what areas of the face should have contouring vs. highlighting.

My favourite contour kit that is super pigmented and easy to use.

Where to contour and highlight your face:

It is important to note that contouring products should be matte and roughly two shades darker than your skin tone. The contour will help to shade areas that you want to sculpt or define. Contour should be applied to the hollows of your cheeks, forehead/temples, jawline and the side of the nose. Targeting these areas will help to slim out and sculpt your face. If your features are already defined do not apply the contour to those areas.

As for highlighting the product used should be two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlighting will emphasise the areas of the face that naturally catch the light. The highlight should be applied to the cupid’s bow, your chin, under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and your forehead.

Different types of contour products.

There are generally two different categories for contour products: cream and powder.

Cream contour products are best for when you want a dewy or full coverage look. Cream products can also be harder to use because many times people apply them too thickly. The finish is smoother with cream products but it is also important to note that cream products still need to be set with a powder.

Powder contour products are much easier to work with, especially if you are just learning how to contour. It is easier to blend and also allows you to build up the product little by little. This is also definitely the best option for those with oily skin.

Product Recommendations:

Cream Contour Kit- Anastasia Beverly Hills

Cocoa Contour Kit- Too Faced

Highlight:

Glow Kit- Anastasia Beverly Hills

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder -Becca

Mix and Match Endless Possibilities

There are times when I do my makeup and I have in mind a lipstick shade that would perfectly complete my look, but I don’t have that colour in my kit. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette allows you to mix your own custom lipstick shade with the help of 5 primary colours and 13 various shades.

To a non-professional, the palette can be a bit overwhelming and I had to look to Instagram and Youtube for some inspiration when testing it out. Anastasia’s Instagram page posts a bunch of demonstrations from professional makeup artists which makes it easier to put the palette into use.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette, mixing plate and lip brush.

It is important to start simple when mixing lipstick shades and to try and stay within the same colour family. For example, I first tried a light nude shade with the Primary Yellow shade and it did not work at all. The yellow became very prominent in the mix and it did not look good on my lips.

It is also important to first mix and test the colour on another surface such as the mixing palette that Anastasia has provided with their product. Once the product touches your lips it will be harder to blend and mix colours together.

When choosing to experiment with a lip palette and colour mixing it is important to know that anything is fair game and you can’t be afraid to get creative! Creativity is the most vital part of creating custom shades.

After testing this palette, I can honestly say that I love it! The possibilities are endless, the lipsticks themselves are moisturizing and pigmented and it stayed on my lips for more than 6 hours with eating and drinking. If you’re getting bored of your everyday lipstick shades and are looking for something fresh and new I would highly recommend this palette.