Bust those Morning Blues: How to Properly Conceal Tired Eyes

Are you dealing with dark circles no matter how much sleep you’re getting? Proper concealing is one of the best things that you can do to look awake, well-rested and ready to go! (Even if you’re not!)

In the morning, start with your regular routine of washing and moisturizing your face. Don’t skip the moisturizer! Moisturizing will help the concealer blend into the skin and prevent it from making any dry patches more apparent.

Then apply your foundation as you usually would. After you apply your foundation, you will see what you need to conceal, whether it is blemishes or under eye circles.

To properly conceal, you need to take color theory into consideration. To neutralize the color of your under eye circles, you need to use a colored concealer. Identify what color your dark circles are. Most people have blueish/purple dark circles. This is why there are so many pinky/salmon colored concealers.

Step 1: Neutralize your dark circles by using a color at the opposite side of the color wheel as your dark circles. Don’t rub. The skin around the eyes is really delicate. If you are using your fingers, dab lightly. You can also use a makeup sponge or a brush.

Step 2: After using the corrector you will want to use a yellow-based concealer that will hide what is left of the dark circles. Again, dab lightly or use a sponge or brush.
Step 3: Use a setting powder to set your foundation and concealer. 
Deatrice, one of our very talented makeup artists, highly recommends Ben Nye’s translucent face powder.   

The best concealers are usually cream based. You want to ensure that it looks natural and sinks into the skin instead of sitting on top of it or settling into lines and making them more noticeable. 
Here are some of our concealer recommendations: 

If you are willing to spend some money on a quality concealer that will get the job done, we recommend Bobbi Brown’s concealers. The creamy texture works well and the dual colors work wonders to neutralize and conceal dark circles. Another great concealer with the same concept is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer. 

Hits and Misses: The Best and Worst looks of the VMAs

We’ve had time to digest the good, the bad and the completely terrible looks from the VMAs this past weekend. Here are some of the most memorable looks. 
Selena Gomez looked beautiful with long, straight hair and berry lips. We think this look is classic, simple and feminine.  
Katy Perry, known for taking risks with her fashion and beauty was a miss for us. As much as we love a high pony, it was a little bit over the top with the cheetah turtleneck dress and the grills. Her eyelashes and eyebrows do look fabulous as always though!
Actress Allison Williams wowed us at the VMAs. Although the focus falls to the music performers, we thought she shone bright on the red carpet with her smokey eyes and messy, volumized updo. 
Canadian model Coco Rocha looked stunning with her signature red hair in a gelled “punk” do with some smokey eyes. She looked rocker chic and we loved it!
Rita Ora had us looking twice. Ever since Beyonce debuted a shorter hairstyle, we thought that this was her! The glamorous outfit is very Beyonce-esque. Even though it isn’t Beyonce, we still love Rita’s blunt bob, defined brows and nude pink lips. 
Miley Cyrus was a huge miss at the VMAs – from the red carpet, to the performances. It was a disaster. As much as we love her matte red lips and brows, her hair, outfits and mannerisms were too distracting. We give her two thumbs down! 

We like Taylor Swift’s retro-glam look. She is known for her red lips and her sultry eyes, but what we are loving is her pinned curls. Overall we love everything about this look – good job Taylor!

What were your hits and misses from the VMAs? We would love to know! Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or the comments box below!

Flash Forward: Hot Makeup Trends for the Fall

September is just around the corner. With kids heading back to school and summer winding down, we are looking forward to the fabulous fall fashions and trends that will transition in as summer comes to an end. At Makeup for Your Day we absolutely love the summer-to-fall transition. The colors get richer and deeper – we can’t wait to get our hands on this season’s shades!

Plum Lips

Coral be gone! It’s time for the rich, deep plums to take over. Plum lips can be bold like red lips, yet they are dark, mysterious, sexy and feminine. One of the must-haves this fall is a great plum lipstick!

Blue Eyes
Blue doesn’t really fit into the deep, dark, smouldering color palette that some might imagine with fall – but we are seeing blue in the forecast for this season. Whether you keep it toned down with blue accents, or you decide to make a statement with royal blue lids, be sure to keep your other makeup to a minimum to avoid looking overdone.  

Browns and Beiges

It can’t be fall without those lovely browns and beiges. These shades can looks so natural and beautiful. They are great for subtle accepts and depth, and they can also look stunning when these shades are “played up” for a bolder, but still neutral look. 
Crisp Red Nails

With nail art becoming so popular, it is rare to find all fingers crisp, clean and the same color! Red nails are making a comeback. For fall, fingers will be reaching for the red nail polish to rock a regular mani once again. 
What are your fall trend predictions? Let us know in the comments box below!

Jason Wu and Lancôme Collaborate for an Incredible Fall Collection!

We absolutely love when designers and celebs partner with cosmetic lines to create great collections. We were so excited to hear that Jason Wu has partnered with Lancôme for a collection that will hit the cosmetic counters at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman in September!

Wu says that one of the main reasons he partnered with Lanôme for this project is because he believes that they do not impose a standard of beauty, instead they encourage women to embrace themselves and their unique beauty. Wu believes that the collaboration is “an embodiment of a truly modern, sexy, and confident woman.” – Cosmopolitan

In regards to the gorgeous fall makeup collection, Wu explains, “The inspiration for the makeup collection came from some of [his] favorite colors and combinations that [he’s] used in [his] collections. [He] wanted the colors to be vibrant , feminine and wearable.” – Cosmopolitan

Will you be using violets and indigos this fall in your makeup look? We can’t wait to see the full collection next month!

Pro Tips for Primers

Whether you live in a wicked hot climate, have super long days, or just want your makeup to stay – primers are key to prepping you for products. This will give you better application, better staying power and an overall enhanced look. So here are some tips for all of the preppers out there.

Prep those lashes!

This is a relatively recent thing, but prepping your lashes can make them appear fuller and longer with a layer of lash primer. Many of them contain serum that will make your eyelashes healthier, which is a great added bonus!

Less is More.

Remember, this isn’t the actual product and shouldn’t make a visible different so you don’t need to layer it on! Just lightly apply your primer to your face, lids and lashes so that when you apply the actual product it will apply evenly.

Don’t Forget your Eyes!

Eye primer works as a 3-in-1. It absorbs oil that will prevent your makeup from creasing, it softens any fine lines and lastly, it provides staying power for your makeup. So don’t skip this step!

Your Lips need Love Too.

To prime your lips you don’t necessarily need a lip primer. Just exfoliate and use whatever lip treatment you prefer so that when you go to apply product to your lip, whether it be gloss, lipstick or lip stain – it will apply neatly and evenly.

What are some of your favorite primers? Let us know in the comments box below!

Spotlight On: LimeCrime Velvetines Lip Gloss

Today we wanted to put a spotlight on Lime Crime’s Velvetine Lip Gloss. This gloss goes on glossy and then dries matte with a “touch-proof finish.” They come in two colors (seen below) on the left is Suede Berry, and Red Velvet is on the right.

These are great, affordable glosses if you are looking for bold, matte lips. Be sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips well before using this gloss. Applying a matte formula to dry or cracked lips will only emphasize the dryness.
What are your favorite matte lip products – we would love to know!

Picking the Right Perfume: What Scents are you Attracted To?

Picking a perfume can be difficult and overwhelming. There are so many different bottles and scents to choose from! The process of choosing can take a while especially when you are trying to figure out what sort of scent you are looking for. The Beauty Department had this awesome infographic that helps connect what things you are attracted to with the sort of scents that fall in that category.

What sort of scents are you drawn to? Do you have one signature scent – or a perfume for every season, mood and occasion? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below! 

MYD Featured on Southern Bride & Groom’s Blog!

MYD is proud to be featured in Southern Bride & Groom’s blog for Candace and Marty’s beach wedding! We are always excited to share the news when weddings that we had the pleasure of working on get featured online and in print!

This was such a beautiful wedding to be a part of. We wanted to share these photos {courtesy  of Michael Moss} as a sneak peek to give you a little look at the images to come in our full post. Check back for our full post with more photos of Candace’s hair and makeup later in the month!

We think that beach weddings are so romantic! Would you have a beach wedding?

MYD loves Boudoir Beauty !

A boudoir is, by definition, is a woman’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. Boudoir photography incorporates the idea of being in that private space and capturing that intimacy. The photos show a sensual and private side of a woman and creates beautiful images to have and to keep.

Although there may be some negative associations with boudoir photos being too erotic, tacky and tasteless. By working with the right photographer and knowing what you like, you can achieve a soft, classy look that create beautiful photos that can be framed instead of hidden in a drawer.

We think that boudoir photos are a great idea for life milestones such as a wedding, an anniversary, moving into a new home, after having a baby – anything. It is a reminder that although life can get crazy and overwhelming, it is important to feel beautiful and take time for yourself. Done right, we think boudoir photos can empower women to feel confident and sexy.

Would you ever take boudoir pictures? What sort of boudoir beauty do you like – something smokey or something more natural? Let us know in the comments box below!

Building an Awesome Eyeshadow Palette

We stumbled upon these awesome photos of Mac eyeshadow palettes {courtesy of Makeup Geek} and were inspired to write a post. These photos give a great overview of the colors available and is a good opportunity to find some eyeshadow shades that you don’t have and might want to try and add to your collection.

When dividing your colors into palettes, you can divide them by color groups, between mattes and shimmers, by neutrals or by what you use most frequently.

When placing the shadows in the palette, it is easy and more organized if the top row consists of the lightest colors which will work as your highlight. The middle row should consist of the blending shadows that are 1-2 shades darker. These colors work well as crease colors. The bottom row should be even darker and will work well on the lash line or the outer corner of the eye.

What are your favorite MAC eyeshadow colors? Do you see any here that you would love to try? We would love to know! Let us know via the comments box below, Twitter or Facebook!

Also, don’t forget to PIN what you love!