Flicker: a fresh summer look

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With the weather getting warm and festival season in full swing, I have been obssesed with colour. Since rocking a blue or purple eye isn’t really suitable for everyday wear (depending on what you do), I love adding a subtle pop into a neutral look to make this trend easy to wear and subtle enough that anyone can pull this off.

For this look I used Iiquid liners from Kat Von D, which is perfect to add colour into any look. I love layering a bright liquid liner over my black cateye to really add some flair to the makeup. I’ve been doing this trick for years and it really stands up and will make anyone look twice once you start throwing some winks.

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Steps1. Lay down a neutral-colour primer. I used Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner in Secret Boudoir. This cream shadow is a great primer as it matches my eyelid colour and is matte.

2. Using Naked from the Urban Decay Naked palette and a fluffy crease brush, apply this lightly in the crease.

3. With Buck from the UD Naked palette and a crease brush (like MAC 217), apply this in your crease area to darken it up.

4. With a gold shade, like Half Baked, apply this on your lids, blending it lightly into the crease.

5. To add some shimmer, I grabbed Stila Magnificant Metals Foiled Eyeshadow in Kitten and applied this on my eyes using my fingers. For this look I didn’t use the mixing medium, I just grabbed the product directly.

6. For the liner, first I used Kat Von D Ink! Liner in Bosch, a brown shade, winging it out.

7. Overtop of the brown liner, I applied a blue one. I used Kat Von D Ink! Liner in Dali.

8. Apply mascara and if you wish, some falsies. I used Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in 03. For the lower lash line I just put Buck down and then applied some mascara.  I made sure to put a nude liner in the waterline as well.

9. Apply your foundation and concealer. I used NARS Sheer Glow in Vallarius with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye in Light. To contour I used Sephora’s Sun Disk Bronzer with a Sephora Pro Contour 79 brush.

10. For the highlight, I used Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in #1 with a Sephora PRO Full Coverage Airbrush #53 brush (love this brush for the highlight).

11. For the lips, I used Kat Von D Mini Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble. To set everything, I used Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix setting spray.

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The thing I love about this look is that it’s so neutral, but that added blue liner really makes it pop. Switch out the liner for a different shade (like purple or pink) for the same effect.

How do you rock coloured liner? Will you be rocking this trend this summer?

Please note, this post contains products that were sent by PR.  All opinions are my own.

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Accented: Broadway Nails ImPRESS Ultra Shine Accent Nails

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I’ve tried a variety of different press-on nails but if you asked me my fave, it would definitely be Broadway Nails’ ImPRESS press-on manicure (their Gel Fantasy ones are also really good). I love the designs and colours, the simplicity and ease of use, and best of all, how gorgeous they look on.  They also last for a fair amount of time (at least on my nails, everyone is different).

So with nail art being so popular now and especially the accent nail, I wished that the brand would come out with sets where they offer a few select nails with a different pattern (you could also buy multiple patterns, but that gets expensive).  Well, they listened and introduced a line that lets you have that trend, all in one package.

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Available in six different designs, these apply the same way you would with the regular line, except that you can officially switch up your manicure and have some fun with different designs.  I was especially excited about this line because all the designs are trendy and perfect for the summer and festival season.

In case you aren’t familiar with how these work, you get 24 nails and six accent nails, which come in 12 different sizes.  Find the nails that match your natural nail, remove the plastic backing, and then stick them on your nails.  That’s it.  No glue, no dry time, no damage.  They also peel-off to remove, making the process super smooth. The adhesive really does stick for a long time (I can usually get a week’s wear out of them) and they are also waterproof (hello summer!), so no worries about loosing a nail at the pool or beach.

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You can find these guys at your local drugstore for around $10.99.

Will you be ricking the accent nail trend this summer?

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Pop art: Andy Warhol-inspired look feat. New York Color

POP ART TITLEI think that when you say the name “Andy Warhol”, one thing comes to mind: pop art.  This form of art is so iconic and really represents an important movement in art history.

This month’s New York Color challenge was to unleash our inner Andy Warhol and be inspired by the art and era to create an eye-popping, vibrant makeup look.

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Being part of the New York Color Beauty Pro program, we get sent a box of goodies every month that helps us to create whatever challenge they throw us.  This month’s box was all about colour and included three of their Expert Last Lip Colors (which are amazing by the way) in three bright shades; three of the City Proof 24Hr Waterproof Eyeshadows; and the HD Trio Eyeshadow in Streets Paved with Gold.

Andy Warhol’s art is all about colour, so for this look I chose to do a bright fuchsia lip with a neutral eye and a pop of colour underneath.

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First I laid down the City Proof 24Hr Waterproof Eyeshadow in 6th Avenue Gold Rush all over the lids, then with the middle colour from the HD Trio Eyeshadow in Streets Paved in Gold, I lightly dusted this into the crease.  Using the bottom colour from the trio, I swiped this all over the lid, the popped the lightest colour in the inner corner.  With the white City Proof eyeshadow (Rockefellar Center Snowflakes), I put this along my brow bone to highlight.  To finish up the eyes, I did a black cat eye with the Madison Square Park City Proof eyeshadow (the green one) along my lower lash line.  For the lips I used Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia.

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This particular challenge was a lot of fun to do since I’ve always been a huge fan of Warhol’s work (in fact, I want to get a photo done of Ziggy in pop art fashion). I totally think this look is very wearable and still plays a nice homage to the era.

How do you do pop art?

Please note, I am part of New York Color’s #NYCBeautyPro program.  All opinions are my own.

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