Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top 5 Fall Lipsticks for 2013

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Top 5 Fall Lipsticks

The weather is starting to get cooler, and the leaves are changing color here in Connecticut. Fall is such a pretty season, and one of my favorite things about it has to be the makeup. Last month, I shared my favorite Fall eyeshadows in a collab with my friends Catherine and Christine. This month, I decided to stick with the top 5 theme, and share my picks for Fall lipsticks. 
I've included both old and new favorites as well as a variety of price points.  If there is one trend we are seeing a lot of this season, it's a bold burgundy lip.  A little bit vampy, a little bit more sultry, and nice change from the tinted lip balms of summer, all of my picks will compliment the matte skin of Fall and help transition you into the season with ease.
Here are my five must-have lipsticks for the Fall season:
  1.  Tarte Glamazon Lipstick in Playful - This lipstick made my top 12 makeup products from 2012 list, and it is still a favorite. 
  2. Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Moody - A tinted balm/stain, this is the perfect color for Fall and has been a staple in my kit for a while. 
  3. NYX Merlot - Highly pigmented, smooth matte color that is also super affordable.
  4. Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here - A budget friendly pick that works on a variety of skin tones. 
  5. Hourglass Nude No 6 - Luxury in a tube. 
 Tarte Glamazon Lipstick in Playful: This must-have shade is among the new breed of lippies that we've seen hit the market. Long-wearing, yet not drying due to its infusion of emollient butters this lipstick feels just as amazing on the lips as it looks. Tarte describes the shade as a "purple rose" making it a good choice for those who want to venture into the plum shades while still keeping it wearable. The formula is both creamy and pigmented making Tarte Glamazon lipsticks one of my favorite formulas of all time. I have all the shades, but Playful is my pick for the Fall season.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Moody: These chubby twist up pencils have been a longtime favorite of makeup artists and makeup junkies everywhere. The formula feels like a lip balm, but wears like a stain. If you are afraid of wearing bold lip colors, this is a good choice, because your lips will be bathed in a sheer wash of color rather than full-on pigment. The application is literally effortless, and can be applied without a mirror as you would a lip balm. Moody is a deep berry, which is the lip color this season. Buy this, it will change your life. 

Above (left to right): Tarte Playful, Tarte Moody

NYX Merlot: This matte shade is similar to Tarte Playful (above), but is a bit more budget friendly. It also leans a bit more red than rose.  Merlot is a plummy red long-wear formula that is not overly drying on the lips. I am a huge fan of these lipsticks and if you want to try a trendy shade without breaking the bank, this is a great way to do it. I have countless shades of the NYX Matte Lipsticks, and I can safely say that Merlot is a true favorite of mine. 

 Above (left to right): Tarte Playful, Tarte Moody, NYX Merlot

Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here: I was super excited when my local CVS recently started selling Wet n Wild. This is a brand I've been using since I was a teenager, and the quality and color selection has only gotten better with time. This shade is part of the brand's "Mega Matte" collection. This deep mauvey shade is surprisingly flattering on most skin tones. The brand keeps costs down with simple packaging, but don't be fooled, the product inside is great quality for the price. If you are looking for a good matte lipstick this season that only costs a couple of bucks, go for this one.

 Above (from left to right): Tarte Playful, Tarte Moody, NYX Merlot, Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here

Hourglass Nude No 6: This is the most luxurious of my picks for Fall. The deepest of the Hourglass nude lip stylos, this mauve-nude is the lightest of the shades I've chosen.  While we are seeing a trend toward deeper lip colors this season, we are also seeing a completely nude matte look.  Nothing compliments barely-there makeup like the perfect nude lip. This twist-up crayon provides full coverage with a matte to satin finish. The packaging is super luxurious, complete with gold colored rim and font. If you are looking to splurge on a new lippie this season, I highly recommend this one. Yes, there are a million nude lip colors on the market, but for some reason this is just the perfect nude. If this shade is doesn't work for you, Hourglass has 5 others in the line to choose from. This feels completely weightless on the lips and the jumbo crayon format makes application a breeze.  Try pairing this with a cranberry eyeshadow for a fun, season appropriate look.

Above (left to right): Tarte Playful, Tarte Moody, NYX Merlot, Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here, Hourglass Femme Nude No 6

I hope you enjoyed this look at my top 5 Fall lipsticks for 2013. Did I mention any of your favorites?  
Please share your favorites in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Too Faced Pretty Rebel - Tutorial

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Too Faced Pretty Rebel
If you only purchased one palette this Fall, I hope it was Too Faced Pretty Rebel. I am in love with this palette, and reach for it often. All of the shades are richly pigmented and the texture is an absolute win. This palette includes 10 all new shades to the brand, and comes with everything from wearable neutrals to fun more rebellious shades. Metallic shadows are a huge trend this Fall, and this palette does not fall short. Each eyeshadow has a super cute name, plus the formula is free of parabens. This is a complete palette, meaning you can create a variety of looks without having to reach for any outside shades. I always wear a primer under my shadows, but accidentally forgot to the other day. I created a pretty bold look using this palette, and to my surprise, the shadows stayed put all day, no creasing or fading. This may just be the best palette Too Faced has ever made! The bad news is that it's limited edition, so you better grab it while it's still available. As with any tutorial, if you don't have this exact palette, you can still create the look using similar colors you have in your own collection.

The inspiration for this look was an updated version of the 60's mod eye with a defined, somewhat unblended crease. I didn't add falsies, because I was testing a new mascara, but feel free to add top and bottom lashes if you are so inclined.

Let's get started:

If you normally use an eyeshadow primer, go ahead and prime your eyes. However, these shadows really don't need a primer to make them last all day. I just prepped my lids with foundation, concealer and a little loose powder. I usually like to start with a wash of a neutral color as a base. Since we are using some dark colors, you may want to apply your foundation after you are done with your eyes. It's really a matter of personal preference.

Base: Apply Dainty (matte pinky-beige) from lash line up to your brow using a fluffy brush. You just want a light wash of color at this point.

 Lid: Using a flat shader brush, apply Ringleader (shimmery peachy pink) just to the mobile lid. I used both patting and swiping motions to create the appearance of a nice sheen on the eye. Since these shadows are so pigmented, a little goes a long way. Start with just a touch, you can always add more if you think you need it.

Crease: For the crease, I used a mix of Badass (dark blue-violet metallic)and Totally Fetch (fuchsia). For extra definition, I added just a touch of Miss Sparkles (black with silver shimmer).  Just tap a fluffy dome shaped brush in Totally Fetch, then into Badass and blend slightly above the natural crease of your eye. The two colors combined should create a smokey purple color.  With a smaller crease brush, add Miss Sparkles. You will want to blend slightly with a clean blending brush, but be careful not to over blend. You want the crease to stay defined for this look. I find it helps to keep the eye open, and look straight ahead into a mirror.

Liner: Line top and bottom lash line with black eye pencil I used Milani Liquif'eye in black. Don't worry if it's not perfect, we are gong to smudge it out. You don't want a true wing, but the end should follow the natural curve of your lash line. Then with a synthetic smudge brush, smudge the line to soften it. Line your waterline and tight line if desired.  To set the pencil, I applied Miss Sparkles on top.

Finishing Steps: Curl lashes, add mascara (and/or false lashes), and finish up the rest of your makeup. I went with Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Moody. On cheeks, I used NYX blush in Cinnamon.

Here is the final eye look:

To see a couple different variations on this look, using the Pretty Rebel palette, check out my Pinterest board, here:  

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Tweet me a picture of your Pretty Rebel look @MakeupMatters1