6 Ways to Wear your Lower Lash Line

A while back we did a post on how to get bold bottom lashes, but we wanted to revisit that idea but focus on the lash line. The Beauty Department put together these great photos that show 6 different ways that you can wear your lower lash line.

We love the progression of these photos and how it can go from bare and natural, to a bold and dramatic nighttime look. What tricks do you love for lining the lower lash line? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

MYD Shares some Great Glosses

After last week’s post on Lime Crime’s velvet, matte lip gloss (if you missed it, check it out here) – we decided we wanted to share more glosses in a variety of great formulas and colors. 

Bite Beauty Cinnamon Lip Plumping Oil

This unique gloss pairs the hydrating benefits of Argan Oil with the antioxidant power of resveratrol. This, with the subtle tingle and plumping effects make this gloss an incredible multi-tasker.
Makeup For Ever Aqua Rouge
This is an incredible product because it is both a lip gloss and a lip stain. The purpose behind this gloss was to create bold color with eye-catching shine without the heavy, sticky formula. As if that wasn’t enough, this gloss doesn’t smudge, transfer or fade!
NARS Satin Lip Pencil
With the right formula, lip pencils can be amazing products. A cross between a lip stick and a lip pencil, this product glides on easily with soothing nutrients and Vitamin E. This creamy, long-wear pencil is a must-have!
Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Stick
This lip stick comes in the most incredible shades and its formula contains hyaluronic acid which provides time-release moisture. This lipstick looks great, moisturizes and will plump your lips. 
Givenchy Le Rouge
We adore the texture of this lipstick. It is a creamy texture that dries semi-matte which looks great in the bold shades it is available in. Not to mention that the the leather element on the lipstick cap – makes this lipstick so chic!
Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine
These vibrant lipsticks have great lasting power and a beautiful luminous shine with a super-smooth application. This formula will protect your lips from free radicals and seal in the moisture. 
What are your favorite lipsticks? We would love to know! Let us know in the comments box below!

Makeup Tips for Gals with Glasses!

Thanks to the fashion world, glasses have transformed their sole purpose of correcting vision to also being super stylish! We think that sometimes a great pair of glasses can be your best accessory and that girls should use their fashionable frames to compliment their makeup.

Mascara. It is especially important to do 2 things that the non-glasses wearers can get away with more easily. First, comb out those clumps! These can actually be magnified by the lenses. Secondly, curl those lashes! If you don’t they may rub against the lenses and smear mascara on them.

Concealer. The frames of glasses tend to cause shadows around the eye area, so be sure to brighten up with concealer. Especially if you know that you already have dark circles or puffy eyes. These will be easier to see and even appear darker behind lenses.

Cheeks. Put that blush on baby! We think that blush looks amazing on girls with glasses because it really brightens up the face around the shadows of the lenses. Don’t be afraid to wear a bold blush, even with thick-rimmed glasses – it is so stylish!
Lips. We love glasses with bright, bold lips. We think that is looks so modern and chic! 
Eyeliner. For the eyeliner to really stand out behind the lenses and frames of glasses, you can make the eyeliner darker and thicker. It may be a “bold” daytime look for someone without glasses, but with them, it really draws attention past the frames to your eyes. Also, we LOVE cat eyeliner behind glasses, it is a total MUST!
Eyeshadow. Try to keep your shadows on the warm side. Corals, peaches etc. This will look crisp and reflect the light behind your lenses. Some cooler shades can look dull and make you look more tired. 

5 Blush Rules that You Should Break!

1. Avoid Fading by Reapplying Blush Throughout the Day

Instead of that, layer different formulas and textures for longevity. For example, start with a cream blush and dust a layer of powder blush on top. This will work as a sort of setting powder without losing pigment!

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2. Don’t Wear Bright Lipstick if You’re Wearing Blush

We love the look of flushed cheeks and a bold lip! Just ensure that you use shades that compliment each other. A good rule to follow is to stay within the same spectrum of undertones. For example, if you have coral lips, choose an orange-based blush like an apricot.

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3. Pick One Shade that Looks Good and Stick with It

Pick a shade that scares you and try it out! If you read the reviews for Nars blush Exhibit A most people will talk about the fear of buying such a vibrant red shade, but almost everyone loves the natural flush that this color gives. How it looks in the package won’t always be the way it looks on your skin.

4. Only Apply Blush on the Apples of Your Cheeks

When considering where to apply blush, take your face shape into consideration. Do you want to elongate your face, narrow it? A blush trend is to blend the color up on the cheek bones and blend it into the hair line.

5. Never Wear Blush and Bronzer at the Same Time

This old rule has become less popular as blush and bronzer have become a sort of hand-in-hand duo. Apply bronzer in the contours of your face such as your temples, forehead and the hollows of your cheeks. Just be sure to blend well!

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What are your breakable blush rules? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

MYD Spends A Week Giving Thanks!

Welcome to Makeup for Your Day’s Thanksgiving countdown, where we will have daily posts to let you know what we are thankful for!

Today we are thankful for artistry and design. We are so lucky to be in such a creative field where boundaries are constantly being tested and redefined. There are so many innovative new products and techniques that are so incredible, it keeps us constantly on our feet and excited about what will come next. 
One such innovative product that we are thankful for is our Kett Airbrush Machine! For those of you who haven’t read our blog before, check out our rave review of the Kett Airbrush Machine and why it is amazing for brides here, and check out our amazing and extensive staff training day blog post here. Any product that gives us the ability to make our clients look completely flawless we are definitely thankful for!
Other makeup products that we are thankful for are lip stains. When it is done right (not drying or flakey with good color payoff and the ability to last for hours) they are amazing products. When they aren’t done well it is a huge disappointment.  This is why we are thankful for the Chanel Lip Stains. These are truly heaven-sent to make sure that everyone can have beautifully colored and moisturized lips!
Another makeup innovation that we are thankful for is eyelash extensions. From enhancing your natural lashes, to a darker, thicker and more defined lash look – the possibilities are endless. Click here to read more about the training, procedure and payoff of amazing eyelash extensions. We love that they can last 4-5 weeks. Beach vacation, holiday party, get togethers, weddings… you name it, they are perfect for that little extra something. Plus, not having to apply mascara in the morning does lend more time for beauty sleep with the added bonus of waking up and looking incredible!
We can’t forget the hair products that we are thankful for! We love Kenra hair products. One of the best products is their Volume Hairspray. It is the 8-time winner for Best Hairspray at the Stylist Choice Awards, including 2012. You cannot go wrong with this hairspray!

We are also thankful for Biolage products because they cater to a diverse range of hair issues and are top quality products. They have great products for colored hair, dry hair, dull hair and they also have a line specifically for scalp care. Whatever hair need you have, Biolage will have a product that will help. 

Our last product that we are thankful for today is a hair tool. Marcel curling irons are amazing. They come in a variety of barrel sizes and create the perfect curl! Curls will never go out of style. They are a completely feminine and sexy look perfect for all hair types and lengths.

Stay tuned for our daily Thanksgiving posts this week where you will get more product recommendations and some info on our talented team of artists and stylists!
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Diwali Inspiration: The Best Looks for Golden Lids

As the holidays approach, we are inspired by the many holidays and celebrations that are going on around us.
On Tuesday, Diwali, also known as Deepavali, was celebrated as a national holiday in 11 countries. The translation means, The Festival of Lights. Many people decorate their homes with lights and candles and often candies and gifts are exchanged.

 We pulled inspiration from the lanterns, candles and fireworks that cast a golden glow everywhere you look.

When Fendi’s models walked the runway debuting the Spring 2012 collection, they also debuted a cool new makeup trend – gold leafing. This is a statement look can be achieved with gold leafing that is purchased in any craft store and glitter adhesive (we recommend using Duo Lash Glue for eye area leafing as it’s ophthalmologist tested and waterproof). You can try a number of looks (as shown above) eyeliner, full lid and just in the corners of the lid.
The golds, oranges and reds of this look are perfect for our Diwali-inspired makeup. This is a great example of how mattes can create a great look without taking it over the top. Had this look be done in shimmery colors, it would be less versatile and not a daytime look.
Gold looks absolutely stunning on darker skin tones. This gold eye makeup has such dimension and looks fantastic. A great way to achieve this look is with a cream eye shadow so that it has that ‘liquid metal’ effect.  We love MAC’s “Bare Study” and “Constructivist” for everyone’s makeup bag to create lighter, brighter metallic eyes as well as Constructivist for a darker, smokier metallic look.  For a high-shine metallic look in a liquid shadow we adore Chanel’s Ombre D’eau in “Delta” and “Torrent”.  
A less subtle way to achieve this look would be to use pigment. Pigment will look more shimmery, but can also look great. (See Below).   Pro tip: work on your eye makeup first when designing a look using pigments (or anything with glitter).  This way, if there is “fall out” (shadow that ends up in places you don’t want like under the eye or cheek bones) you can clean it up effortlessly using a little moisturizer and a makeup sponge.

One can only dream to have a holiday party where they can wear such an amazing look. The creamy texture of the black liner looks amazing next to the gold lid and golden brown pigment. Make sure to use eye primer so that the cream liner and golden lid don’t crease. The golden brown pigment looks fantastic as a brow low-light and pulled down onto the top of the cheekbone.
Lanterns and candles have a soft feeling to them. This look is a softer inspiration that is wearable anytime. This model’s fresh face and nude lips ensure that the focus is on the tame golden-smokey eyes. The inner-half of the lid is a beautiful golden color with hints of shimmer that meets a medium-brown matte color for an overall stunning look.
No matter the holiday or celebration, have fun with your makeup! Will you be trying any of these looks? Let us know here on our blog or on Twitter or Facebook!

Hot Halloween Looks

Happy Halloween!

Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to dress up as. It is even more difficult to think about what you might already have in the house to help create a costume for less money. To help you out, listed below there are 10 items you most likely already have in your cosmetic bag that will help you create an amazing Halloween look!

1. Black Eyeliner.
This is a staple that can be found in almost any gal’s cosmetic case. There are a variety of types: pencil, kohl, gel and liquid. For Halloween, liquid and gel liners will be easier because they are generally easier to apply when trying to execute specific details.

Here are some great Halloween eyeliner looks that would look great with
some colorful eyeshadow (4) and rhinestones (2). 

2. Rhinestones.
This is a guilty pleasure for Halloween. Rhinestones are one of those things that, if used right, look amazing. Halloween is a great excuse to utilize them to take your look to the next level. Unfortunately rhinestones aren’t wearable for everyday, so take the opportunity to incorporate them in a fun way with your costume!

We love how Selena Gomez uses body rhinestones, they are a fun way to add 
some more detail and tie the look together. 

3. Pigment Powder.
Like rhinestones, pigment powder can add such dimension to a makeup look. Due to the drastic nature of Halloween and costumes, this is a perfect time to experiment with it!  If you don’t have pigment powders in your cosmetic bag, take an old eyeshadow and crumble it up to create more of a loose powder!  The color will be more pigmented and you’ll get easier (and wider) application.

Pigment powder gives lots of dimension to the eyes and can also be used on the body. 
We love this color scheme and the use of feathers with the pigment powder!

4. An Eyeshadow Palette.
You know when you are hesitant buying a palette because there are some neon colors that you will surely never use? Now is a great time to use them! You can use them on the lid and all over the face depending on your costume.

This Pop-Culture Cyclops makeup is a great way to experiment
and go outside-the-box with colors and designs.

5. Mattes.
This seems general, but dig through your makeup collection and pull out your mattes in the shade range you will likely use with your costume. A good dark brown matte eyeshadow or bronzer can be your best friend in achieving many popular Halloween looks that don’t call for the flashiness of rhinestones (2) or pigments (3).

Matte nails, lips, face and eyes really work when trying to 
create some of the “scarier” Halloween looks. 

6. Concealer.
This is the one day a year where you can’t possibly be wearing too much concealer! It can help with a variety of things like cleaning up lines to make them more precise, for contrast and to “erase” the lips. Erasing you lips means that you can construct a new shape or build unnatural color on top of them without the natural reddish color showing through.

Although the focus is usually on the face and the costume, the lips can be a 
great way to add to your costume. 

7. Brushes.
Brushes are really important to achieve the accuracy needed in these makeup looks. Make sure that you have, and clean all of your brushes before you start so you have everything on-hand and ready to go!

The liner, shadow and contouring of this look is very detailed
and very precise, this sort of masterpiece can only be 
accomplished with the right tools!

8. False Lashes.
False lashes are always fun to wear when dressing up. Now, there are so many options besides the “standard” false lashes. If you have had your eye on some wacky lashes, work them into your Halloween look!

These lashes would look great on a witch or any other Halloween costume!

9. Eye Makeup Remover.
This is a staple product, and will come in really handy when experimenting with Halloween makeup. If you are using pigments (3), they can tend to fall and get messy, and for any mistakes made with the eyeliner (1) or eyeshadow (4).

This is supposed to mimic lace. If it was done in a variety
of colors it could act as scales on a beast! This very detailed 
makeup look will call for eye makeup remover when mistakes
are made.

10. Setting Spray.
One of the most important things to remember when you are finishing up is to use setting spray! This will help your makeup stay put and last throughout the night!

You don’t want to put in this much work for it to smudge!

What is the best costume that you have ever had on Halloween? We would love to hear from you! Let us know via Twitter @makeup4yourday.