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How to: Spring and Valentine’s day inspired makeup

Lily Lolo mineral makeup review

The spring’s awakening and approaching St. Valentine’s day gave me the idea for a tutorial about enhancing your beauty to look adorable and youthful. I guess every woman wants to look her best, especially in presence of the opposite gender. This is a great occasion for trying something new, embrace changes and updating our beauty with a new look after a long, cold winter time. In this post I’d like to show you how to do your make-up when going on a date, for celebrating St. Valentine day or even just for yourself. Meanwhile, I will also take this opportunity to present you some lovely make-up products that I just received from Lily Lolo. This is a UK brand with mineral make-up products. They have a wide selection of different colors, textures and products. I love the fact they have a super clean list with ingredients and their products are cruelty-free. I was especially curious to try their new cruelty-free vegan make-up brushes. I already use Lily Lolo for quite long and have my favorite items, but I wanted to try some new products and formulations as well. The spirit of Lily Lolo products is just the right one for this Valentine’s look.

 

Creating the look

Lily lolo make-up

You will need:

– a perfect base/foundation for your skin type
– powder eyeshadow
– eye pencil (optional)
– mascara
– blush
– lip gloss

1.step

Start with cleaning, toning and moisturizing your face in order to have a perfect “canvas” for the make-up. Follow with a foundation that suits your skin type the best (mineral foundation/ tinted moisturizer/ liquid foundation). You can try the Lily Lolo mineral foundation spf 15. It comes in 18 shades, it’s easy to apply and you can achieve a good coverage by layering it, if needed. Apply it with a kabuki brush and gentle circular motions. A little goes a long way! You need to apply it perfectly because you want to achieve a flawless natural look, that is not overdone. So blend it well and buff it into the skin. If needed, cover any imperfections with a concealer or the same foundation and a small brush.

2. step

Time for colors! According to your eye shape choose the appropriate shading technique and create a soft but defined eye make-up. If your eyes are small and eyelids hidden, create the illusion of an eyelid with shading in the socket line. Blend well to achieve a soft shadow. If your eyelids are prominent or if you have big eyes, you can apply the eyeshadow just on the lower eyelid and blend it well upward towards the socket line. This is an easy quick look, but if applied well and if you choose the right color, it can really make your eyes pop out. I have chosen Lily Lolo eyeshadow Plumberry hill, a super modern matte deep plum browny shade that make stand out especially green, grey and blue eyes. It comes in form of powder in a 2g jar. I like very much Lily Lolo eyeshadows because they are high pigmented, smooth in texture and blend very easy. If used with a wet brush the color becomes even more intense. If you want, you can upgrade this look with drawing a soft line on the upper lash line. I suggest to use the brown Lily Lolo pencil, which is among my favorite pencils! It glides smoothly on the eyes and you can draw a thin precise line or a heavier and smudged one. Next, curl well your eyelashes and apply 1-2 generous coats of black mascara. Even the spider lashes effect will suit this look. It will open your eyes and give you a loving charming gaze.

Lily lolo make-up

 

3.step

The most important touch of this look are the cheeks! With the new vegan synthetic fiber Lily Lolo angled brush creating gorgeous cheeks will be very easy. You can use it even for the bronzer. I like the shape of the brush handle, it’s not too short and it fits well the hand. Even the angled cut form of the bristles allows more control and a precise application.

 

How to apply blush? Sweep a light dust of  blush on the apples of the cheeks – this is the prominent area visible when you smile. With circular motions blend well the color and extend it slightly towards the ears. When applying blush make sure you don’t extend the color too much towards the nose, eyes or ears, cause it will look like dirt and very unnatural. The blush has to enhance just your natural skin flush.

 

Which shade of blush should I wear? I have chosen 3 different Lily Lolo blush shades that will give a touch of freshness to every face. If you have warm undertones and you are medium-dark in overall colors, choose Lily Lolo blush Clementine, a semi-matte peachy shade that will awake your overall complexion. Otherwise, if you are a light-medium with cool undertones you will look lovely with a hint of Lily Lolo blush Candy pink. It’s a light pink shade with gold shimmer that will give radiance to the pale skin. The most versatile shade of those, suiting the neutrals and especially women with darker skin is the Lily Lolo blush Ooh La la. Its semi-matte finish of deep pink with a hint of peach undertone will give you a defined but very elegant flush.

Lily Lolo make-up

4.step

The final touch are the lips. You don’t want to look overdone, but attractive with style. This is why I have chosen a very lovely shade of Lily Lolo lip gloss Scandalips for completing this look. A creamy pink with a touch of gold shimmer and an amazing smell and taste, that remind me of a chocolate dessert. Yummy kisses 🙂 However, when applied on lips this shade looks very natural and not too glossy or shimmery. It’s a very well wearable shade especially for skin with cool undertones and for the look with the pink blush (Candy pink, Ooh La la). For those with warm undertones try another shade of lip gloss like peach or clear.

I decided to inspire you with this fresh look that you can achieve quickly and still look fabulous. This look is very sophisticated and stylish enough for charming your beloved. Bear in mind that men don’t have the same perception about beauty as women do. So don’t try being too overdone and hide behind tons of make-up or look too girly. Instead, opt to show your unique  features with the right colors and technique.

Dear ladies, wish you a great Valentine’s day with your beloved one!

How to: Minimalistic new era makeup in nude tonalities

Natural make-up in nude tonalities

We are stepping in a new era where the perception of beauty is changing. Make-up is not meant to be a mask to hide behind, but a definition and enhancement of our true self.

For this new year’s beginning I decided to create a soft make-up look that accentuates the face’s natural features and which brings light and freshness to the face. Depending on how you feel, you can wear it whenever you want, day or evening, your real-self will always radiate through it. The line between strict day and evening make-up is becoming more and more blurred. However, take these guidelines as inspiration and be free to play with them with adding your touch.

nude make-up look

Creating the look

I have already worked with Prisha before and I have to say that she has a very inspiring face with interesting face contours that speak about a strong personality. According to the model’s perfect skin and her over-all colors, I have chosen delicate warm tonalities and sheer glowing textures to give a soft natural definition to the face.

I started to massage the face with organic oils, so that the contours and muscles of the face became relaxed and defined. After the massage I blot away any excess of oil from the face with a soft paper tissue.
The main point of this look was to enhance the skin to look its best, first with the massage and then with the appropriate choice of foundation. I have used 2 cream foundations infused with organic oils and plant extracts. One foundation was in her exact skin tone and the other was one shade darker. I applied the lighter shade to the entire face with the kabuki foundation brush. I needed a small amount of foundation and blend it well into the skin to look flawless.
Instead of using powder bronzer, I gave definition to some face points with the darker cream foundation, which made her face look natural and fresh, just like a soft natural shadow. I used the contouring kabuki brush to enhance the cheekbones and the side of the forehead. On the top of the cheekbones I added a touch of coconut oil for a soft glow. I didn’t use any blush, because I wanted to enhance just the natural features.
For the eyes I used a combination of cream and powder eyeshadow. I applied a matte medium dark sandy brown shade in the crease of the eye and blend it towards the brow bone with a flat eyeshadow brush. This way I gave a soft sculpted definition to the eyes. On the lower eyelid I applied with fingers a cream eyeshadow in a neutral rose shade and slightly shimmer texture. I’ve chosen this shade to give sparkle to the eyes, but without heavy colors. I curled the eyelashes but I haven’t applied any mascara. I also brushed her already well-shaped eyebrows. On both lashes and brows I applied just a light coat of coconut oil to get the sheer gel-like texture without looking oily. I wanted the lips to have a hint of color and a nice shine. I used a fruit flavored lip gloss in apricot shade. Even the nails were in harmony with the overall look. The manicurist has chosen a light pastel yellow nail polish with a matte lacquered effect . The hairstylist gave some volume to the hair with nice soft curls. He achieved the nice shine with natural hair products(yeeah!).

This makeup looks its best outside on natural light where you can admire all the soft shades, highlights and shadows of the face. It reminds me at old renaissance paintings of young ladies with radiant chiaroscuro faces.

I used the following products for creating this makeup look

Lauren Brooke cream foundation shades: Warm n.4 and n.5
Lauren Brooke cream eyeshadow Dahlia
Lauren Brooke powder eyeshadow Taupe
Lauren Brooke lip gloss Apricot
Eco Tools eyeshadow brush and Kabuki brushes for foundation and contouring

Nude make-up with natural cosmetics

I like so much the thoughts about beauty that Lauren Brooke has shared with me after seeing this post:

“Dasha, I so love your natural clean beauty inspiration. I have promoted the makeup in a similar way to help women learn that they are beautiful naturally and don’t need to hide or fix themselves with makeup. It seems like in the past women have been taught that they’re not ok as they are, and that they need makeup to hide, change or fix them instead of to enhance the beautiful features they already have.” Lauren Brooke

 

CREDITS

Model: Prisha@Immortal models

Photo: Boris Gorjan

Hair: Tomi & Tilen@The One salon

Manicure: Andreja@The nail art studio

Makeup: Dasha Grozdanic

How to: Monochromatic makeup look

Monochromatic make-up

This summer I was inspired to create a natural makeup look in monochromatic shades. Because of the model’s perfect face features and impeccable skin, I decided not to overload the face with colors, but to keep the entire look very natural and at the same time sophisticated and radiant. Some months later, when I was checking the fashion shows, I realized that many designers have chosen this kind of look on runways. So, I decided to share with you how you can create this look for yourself, but with green products. This make-up it’s perfect for the day/office. If you want, you can upgrade it quickly into an evening look by adding eyeliner on the eyes. The main point about this look is to choose the shades for lips, cheeks, eyes (and if you want even for nails) in matching tones. For my model I have chosen warm peachy shades, cause they are the ones that suit her very well. For yourself, you can also choose other shades like sheer berry, rosy, or brown tones for example. Avoid to use just matte textures, otherwise you will end up looking washed out and too pale. Instead, search for products that have a slight shimmer in their textures.

Step by step look

1. After having cleansed and massaged the model’s face, I started with the make-up. I didn’t need to do very much regarding the base, cause her skin was perfect. I have applied just some un-cover up foundation by RMS beauty where needed.

2. With a small foundation brush ( I worked with my at-that-time new set of Natrafil brushes) I have applied a slight layer of Alima Pure finishing powder on the T-zone and under the eyes.

3. I have sculpted the face with the Everyday minerals soft bronzer. This is a light bronzer for fair skin. I wanted a natural looking contour.

Natural make-up

4. On the top of the cheekbones I’ve applied the Inika highlighter to catch some light. It was an excellent choice for the photos, because we worked with natural light.

5. Even though it’s a blush, I’ve chosen it for its amazing color and applied it as an eyeshadow over the entire eye lid. Alima’s Satin Matte Mineral Blush in the Carnation shade worked great for this look; a matte medium peachy shade.

6. After having applied the eyeshadow into the crease of the eye, I’ve lined the upper eye lid with the Lily Lolo brown pencil and softened the line with a smudging brush for a natural look.

7. Then I’ve curled the lashes and applied the Lavera double black mascara.

8. The eyebrows were full in shape, so I just filled the gaps, where needed, to define them.

9. For the lips I decided to use first the Lavera lipstick in peach amber and then I’ve mixed it with the lip gloss 100%pure in Pink grapefruit shade to get the creamy soft effect on the lips.

Natural make-up step by step

Green makeup tip If you want, you can conclude the look with a non-toxic nail polish in similar shades. Zoya Sunny, a bright metallic coppery-orange with brown undertones and fine red and golden frosty shimmer, will be a nice choice.

Zoya nail polish

Hope you enjoy this look and have many new color inspirations for your own look, too! I will be glad if you will share your ideas with me 🙂

 

Credits: Photo: Boris Gorjan, Model: Camila@Next Paris, Makeup: Dasha Grozdanic

How to: spider lashes

Runway makeup trends with green products

spider lashes

Recently, we saw on the runways from Valentino, Lanvin to Gucci and others a new way to wear the mascara. This look is called “spider lashes”. The technique is a comeback from the 60’s look, where wide open eyes were the main focus. Today the main difference is in the overall eye make-up that is now proposed with a nude eyeshadow on the eyelids, instead of heavy graphic eye lines from the 60’s. And so we get a completely new and fresh approach in make-up. This is a gorgeous look, that gives you that wide open doll-eye effect. But, don’t mess this look with those where you see tons of overloaded clumpy and dry mascara.

 

How to create spider lashes makeup with green makeup products

1. step   On the eyelids apply an eyeshadow in slightly shimmery beiges, light brown or nude rose shades. 100%pure powder or cream satin fruit pigmented eyeshadow in nude tones like: Vanilla sugar, Champagne, Flax seed, Fiji, Tahiti.

2.step   Curl the eyelashes with an eyelash curler.

3.step   Especially if you have thin eyelashes, I recommend using Jane Iredale Pure lash extender and conditioner to give them more volume and thickness and an extra coat of primer. When you apply it, it looks like a white cream, but the results are really good. You will also get the effect of spider lashes because it sticks together a few lashes.

spider lashes mascara

4. step   It’s time to apply the black mascara. Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara in black contains triple-length cellulose fibers (no synthetics) that will help us achieve the desired effect. But there is a special technique on how to apply the mascara. First, apply a regular coat of mascara as you’d normally do; to curl and elongate the lashes in a nice shape that open the eyes. Then, start to apply the mascara from the roots to the top with a slow zig-zag motion, so that you leave a lot of mascara on the lashes. Repeat this 2-3 times. Next, start to work with the tip of your mascara wand on each lash on the bottom an top, to get the effect of sticked together lashes. The key is to use a good mascara that is not too dry and to work slowly through the lashes by building this look gradually. Even though it is quite an overloaded look, it requires its own technique of application, with no clumps.

Green makeup tip You can take this look in consideration for the upcoming holidays. For a glamourous effect or an evening event wear it with a matte bright red or deep wine red lipstick. If you want to focus on the eyes, apply some black eyeshadow in the outer corner of the eye and smudge it outwards. This look will add expression. Otherwise, minimalistic nude shades on eyes, lips and cheeks with spider lashes will give a clean and chic mood.

How to: Achieve the sun-kissed summer look with bronzer

Summer make-up

When hot summer days are approaching, most women feel the need to switch to lighter makeup and using less cosmetic products. However, one of the essential summer make-up products is the bronzer. In this post I will show you how to apply correctly the bronzer, using just green make-up products.

I have attached a picture from one of my works, where I wanted to emphasize the model’s face (Natasa@Immortalmodels) just by using the bronzer, the highlighter, the lip balm and a touch of color on the eyes to achieve the summer sun-kissed look. Natasha’s face was naturally a bit tanned, in perfect condition and with a lot of lovely freckles, so “less is more” is the key philosophy when you want to bring out your natural beauty, especially in summer.

 

 

Which color of bronzer is appropriate for my skin?

When you are choosing the right color of your bronzer, it’s important to take in consideration your skin tone. If your skin is pale, don’t use a deep and dark bronzer. You will end up looking like your face is dirty. The key is to choose a bronzer that is 1-2 tones darker of your current skin color. If your skin is already tanned, the rule is the same. Avoid using bronzers that are too orangey or too pearly, cause you will look artificial. A matte or slightly satin finish is the best choice.

 

Which brush should I use for applying bronzer and how to apply it?

I like using a full, large and dense brush like the bronzer brush from EcoTools, that enables you to blend well. You can also use all sorts of kabuki brushes. When applying the bronzer, pick a small amount of product. Shake off the excess powder and then apply the bronzer on the face with light and circular motions. Blend well, cause you want to achieve a soft natural look and not hard edges that look like dirt.

Bronzer application

 

I made a sketch from my picture, to show you the areas where the bronzer should be applied. The arrows show the direction and areas where your bronzer goes: on the the temples, cheekbones, outer jaw, forehead, bridge of the nose, tip of the chin and neck. If you have an open dress even on decollete and shoulders.

Remember to blend well, cause the bronzer should look like the sun has just kissed your face. I like to sweep the brush also on the brow bone. You can choose between powder or creamy version of bronzers.

Green makeup tip When doing a sun-kissed look, just the bronzer is not enough. First make sure to prepare your skin with a sun protective moisturizer. If there are any imperfections on the skin, cover them with a concealer. Then start to apply the bronzer. Sometimes I prefer to sweep on the face just a light layer of finishing translucent mineral powder before the bronzer. This way, the bronzer doesn’t move on face, because of sweat or oily skin.

Some of my favorite green makeup bronzers: Nvey Eco (on the picture), Alima Pure, Everyday minerals, Physicians formula Organic wear

In this post I wanted to focus just on the bronzer. I will write more about summer makeup looks and sun creams in my next posts. Questions and comments appreciated!

Wish you a sunny and joyful summer 🙂

How to: From day to evening makeup

Photo shooting with green makeup

One of these days I was working on a photo shooting with Pamela, an amazing model, Brazilian native. I was very inspired by her face features, her incredibly long and naturally curly hair. She has a beautiful tan skin tone, not too dark, nor too light. Because of her overall chocolate tones; dark brown eyes, dark hair and tan complexion, I decided to create 2 different looks. The style was simple but at the same time it accentuated her natural beauty without being too artificial. The mood of the photos was also very natural and relaxed. With this post I also want to show you how you can quickly change your day make-up into an evening one, especially if you don’t have much time.

Natural make-up

Look n.1 – Natural beauty

For the first look, the photographer has chosen to use natural light. The styling was simple in light colors that made a good contrast with her dark colors. So I wanted to work a lot on her skin to achieve a healthy look, with a good skincare and massage. The make-up job was to accentuate her natural features with a soft and delicate contouring. I emphasized her natural lip color with a touch of delicate rosy shade.

1. I cleansed the face very well and applied a hydrating non-greasy organic oil and did a good face massage. Her lips were a little bit chapped. I have first removed the dead skin from the lips and then applied a generous quantity of lip balm Jane Iredale lip drink.

2. I started applying the Lavera liquid foundation n.4 where needed, with light strokes, using the Eco Tools foundation brush, until I have achieved a flawless finish. I have contoured the face with Jane Iredale PurePressed Base in Maple and so the eyes, to create definition.

3. Pamela has naturally very curled eyelashes, so I didn’t have to curl them. I decided to apply just a coat of natural looking mascara. I’ve used Lavera volumising mascara in black, cause it looks very natural.

4. I wanted the lips to be in focus, but still naturally, soft. I have applied the Jane Iredale lipstick PureMoist, shade Susan.

 

Look n.2 – Simple French glamour

I have updated the previous look with some changes. The model wore an evening dress in light creme color (in other photos), so I decided to do a sophisticated look, with the focus on lips and a nice soft face contour.

Evening make-up

1. I have applied a delicate mat rose blush on the apple of the cheeks. I used Alima Pure Antique rose.

2.  I’ve contoured the eyes with the Lavera black pencil and smudged the color with the sponge applicator to achieve a soft smoky grey contour.

3. For the lips I have used the Colorganics lipstick, Crimson shade. I wanted a natural looking lip, so I skipped the lip pencil and I just applied the lipstick with a lip brush and tap the color on the lips to even it.

4. I haven’t forgotten about grooming the eyebrows, to have a nice definition.

 

 

model: Pamela@Metropolitan models, photo: Boris Gorjan

How to: Clean your makeup brushes

I have noticed many times that some women don’t pay attention about the hygiene in their make-up bag. The most important is the hygiene of your make-up brushes, where are residues of old make-up, dirt, oils,… Cleaning them on a regular basis is essential to avoid skin problems (pimples, infections,..), caused by all these impurities. I clean my brushes after every use, but I suggest you to clean yours at least every 3 days. Even when you buy new brushes, please clean them properly before using them. Another good reason for cleaning your brushes is also the residue of different colors. When you apply an eyeshadow with a brush and then you reapply other colors with the same brush, you will get “dirty colors”. Color pigments melt between each other and the result is not anymore the same “clean” color as you have picked it from your palette.  Cleaning your brushes is easy and it should not take you more than 5 minutes. I will explain you how I am used to clean my personal and also professional brushes. It is a process that has become my regular routine, so I have always fresh brushes ready to work with. I assure you that still now, after many years, I have all my brushes, from cheap to very expensive ones, still in perfect shape and condition. They are like new!

 

Cleaning your makeup brushes

You need a clean towel and a mild soap. I use the organic Dr. Bronner Baby Mild Liquid Soap (or bar version). It is my favorite one, cause is unscented and very gentle, but more than enough for removing any impurities.

1.step

I wet the brush under warm running water. I put in my hands a small amount of soap and rinse the brush hair properly under the water. I repeat until the water is clean, without any soap and dirt residues. Don’t be too rough when cleaning the bristles, cause you don’t want to ruin its shape. Hold the brush with the bristles pointing downwards, because the water should not enter into the metallic part of the brush (the ferrule). In that area the bristles are glued and if the water enters, there are many possibilities to damage your brush.

2.step

When washed properly, I drain well the brush, first with fingers, then I tap it gently in a towel.

cleaning brushes

3.step

Before drying, I reshape the brush with my fingers, so that it holds its shape. This is good especially for big and dense fiber brushes.

4.step

At the end, I leave them to dry naturally on the air. NEVER dry the brushes with a hair dryer or any other apparel. I lay them horizontally on a towel, on the edge of a table, so that they dry evenly in all directions. Synthetic brushes dry much quicker than brushes with natural hairs.

Makeup brushes

Cleaning you brushes regularly and correctly is easy, essential and good for your skin and for the brushes, too. They will last longer in great condition!

How to: Correct dark circles under the eyes

dark under eye circles

A few days ago I was talking with a girl who complained about her dark circles and was seeking advice how to fix the problem. As dark circles around the eyes are also my problem since a long time, I decided to dedicate them this post:)
I researched a lot concerning this topic and found out that instant solutions with creams doesn’t work because the problem has its roots somewhere else, deeper, in our emotive state that affect our organs. When our emotions are in balance, the whole body is in balance too and thus working properly.
According to Chinese medicine dark circles becomes visible due to poor kidney function. The whole under eye area is related to kidneys, liver and stomach.  Dr. Mo from the Acupuncture school online says:

“Dark circles are a sign of imbalances in the body or the psyche. As the saying goes, the eyes are “the windows of the soul” and as such mirror our physical health. A person’s eyes hide many secrets. Chinese medicine practitioners say that the eyes are related primarily to the energy of the liver (“liver manifests itself in the eye”). A poor functioning of the liver causes pain or tingling in the eyes. When the liver is forced to make great efforts, the eyes redden, become surrounded by dark circles, or become overly sensitive to light. Emotions, stress, suffering and advanced age have a great impact on the proper functioning of the liver and thus may negatively impact the aspect, and more importantly, the proper functioning of the eyes.”

Moreover, when the skin is not moisturized enough, dark circles tend to show more. The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and sensitive and so it has to be treated gently. If possible massage the around the eye area with gentle circular motions. You will improve the blood circulation and increase the lymph flow. Avoid chemical creams on the area around the eyes, since that area is extremely sensitive. I suggest to use organic creams, with antioxidants and coffee extract like 100%pure organic coffee bean caffeine eye cream. Most of all, drink a lot of pure water  and provide hydration to your body, so that it will eliminate quickly the toxins from your body.

 

How to cover dark circles?

After applying the under-eye cream, gently massage the area around the eyes. Then you need to cover the dark circles. However, make-up won’t fix the problem, which has to be cured on a deeper level. But it will just visually brighten and enhance our sight. Choosing a corrector in shades of our skin won’t cover dark, usually bluish/brown/violet circles. They have to be neutralized with an opposite color corrector. Try to choose a corrector in peach or salmon tones (orange based) which is the opposite color of blue. If your dark circles are more violet, conceal them with a yellow concealer. This way you will neutralize the dark circles that will “disappear”. If needed, you can then continue with applying your liquid foundation. Tap gently a small amount of concealer with a soft synthetic brush and blend well. When applying put the concealer exactly on the dark area and not around. Because of the thin skin, I suggest to use liquid or creamy and hydrating concealers, with a light texture. Some of them comes in a pen form, with a brush incorporated, which is very handy.

 

Green makeup favorites

Jane Iredale Active Light® Under-eye Concealer 

Ingredients such as cucumber, white tea extract and buckwheat wax calm tired eyes and reduce puffiness. The added benefit of avocado and sunflower oil gently nourishes the delicate eye area. Unique twist pump dispenser makes application quick and easy.

CircleDelete® Concealer #2 – Peach

An eye treatment as well as a concealer containing conditioners such as jojoba esters and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Contains green tea extract, a potent antioxidant. Use alone or brush minerals on top. Creamy texture glides over the skin and dries to a silky finish. Each shade may be used separately, or blended to better match complexion.

Green makeup tip If you have time and will, there is the old but effective meted of putting cold slices of raw potato or cucumber on the closed eyes for 15 min. Tired eyes will be soothed and circulation will be enhanced. Another quick remedy is putting a teaspoon in the freezer and then put it under the eyes.

How to: apply highlighter

how to apply highlighters

First spring days make you want a healthy look and light textures of makeup. When the first sun rays are shining on your face, you wish to have a radiant and glowing face. At this point, it’s good to know that many times women are confused how to achieve a glowing skin and thus they choose a wrong foundation that is too oily, or they apply too much shiny powders all over the face. The overall result is an oily looking face (like sweating), with no definition and without 3D effect, that the makeup should give to your face.

 

How to apply the highlighter and give the skin the real healthy glow?

On the face there are areas that recede and areas that are prominent. They give to our faces the 3D effect that is crucial to understand when doing our makeup, especially when using a highlighter. There are points on the face that catch the light and reflect it. You should apply the highlighter on these areas to get the desired glowing effect, otherwise your face will look evenly covered with a shiny texture without any definition. I’d avoid using highlighter on oily skin. If you really want, use it just on the brow bone and a small amount on the top of the cheeks. You also have to take in consideration the shape of your face.

Main points where to apply cream highlighter

brow bone

temples

top of the cheekbones

bridge of the nose

top of lips (on the cupid bow)

chin (rarely)

where and how to apply highlighter

 

Green makeup tip The new generation of highlighters is a creamy formula and a light texture with light reflective particles. They are perfect to mix them in your foundation, or use them on top of your foundation, or if you have a perfect skin, you can use them alone directly on the skin.

 

Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Creme

One of my favorite is Inika, a mineral illuminating creamy highlighter. It is packed in a small 8g tube, but a little goes a long way. Its formula is oil-free and it absorbs quickly in the skin, giving it a youthful glow. I especially like the color, a pearly skin beige shade that matches very well almost every skin tone. The ingredients are mineral based and certified vegan, one of the best choices.

Inika makeup review

Inika makeup review

Other great creme highlighters that Green makeup also recommends

RMS beauty living luminizer

Vapour organic beauty trick stick

Organic glam Liquid Shimmer Highlighter

More details on these products will be presented in one of my next posts.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.  –Francis Bacon

How to: Quick everyday makeup

Review of new Lavera’s  Trend Sensitive line

I know that many women today want to take care of their image, but usually they don’t have enough time for a complete make-up. Think about busy mums, business woman always on the run,…Today, I’m going to share with you some quick tips to make you look fresh, natural and awake. Recently, I’ve tried some products from the new Lavera Trend sensitive collection and I want to take this opportunity to connect everything together.

 

For a quick but perfect everyday look, you need:

Liquid foundation (and foundation brush or makeup sponge)

Eye liner (brown or black)

Mascara

Lipstick (in a fresh creamy or sheer finish)

 

1.step: Liquid foundation with a medium coverage and dewy finish

After having done your everyday skin care routine, that should consist of cleansing and moisturizing your face, start with the application of a liquid foundation. To get the healthy glow, apply liquid foundation with a foundation brush. I’d suggest Lavera liquid foundation because of its good coverage and dewy look. It comes in 4 shades: Porcelain, Ivory, Honey and Almond. On the picture there are just 3 shades (without Honey). Porcelain is a light warm tone for light skin. Ivory is a slightly darker shade with a cool undertone. Almond is their darkest shade in a warm undertone, suitable for medium skin tone. You can mix together very well these shades, if needed. I only miss one or two dark shades. Otherwise, the coverage is medium and it covers good any imperfections. You have to work quickly when applying the foundation, cause it sets and dry quickly. In my opinion, I would not use a powder to set, unless the skin is very oily. I like this foundation because of its light texture and a natural healthy finish that it gives to your skin, thanks to organic nourishing oils and vitamins.

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2.step: Line and smudge the eyes

To enhance your eyes, line your upper lash line with a brown or black Lavera soft eyeliner. It glides perfectly on the skin and you can draw a precise and thin line, if you want. Use the brown shade for the day look, cause it’s more natural and blend it with the included sponge applicator. You will get a soft line and defined eyes. When drawing the line, you don’t need to be very precise, cause you will smudge it anyway. The Lavera soft eyeliner comes in 3 colors: black, brown and gray.

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3.step: Lots of mascara

If you want, curl your eyelashes and then apply a few coats of mascara. I have used Lavera Intense Volumizing mascara in black. The positive side is that the mascara wand is very precise, it separates the lashes very well, but I couldn’t say it is volumizing. It’s a nice mascara for someone who wants a natural look, but if you search volume & tons of black, this mascara, honestly, won’t satisfy your needs.

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4. step: The right touch of color on the lips is the key

We’re already at the end. The only thing missing is the color. This is a quick makeup, so we want a quick solution. The key is to use a creamy lipstick with a hint of color. Avoid deep berries, deep browns, beige or reds. Instead, choose natural peachy, apricot or rosy colors, that will bring you back the color on your face and enhance it. Lavera lipstick n.2 (peach amber) is a peachy warm shade with a matte and creamy texture, ideal for the day look. It is long-lasting and quite hydrating. If you want, apply on top just a touch of gloss. You can also wear the lipstick by just tapping it onto the lips and even blend it slightly on the apples of the cheeks to get the natural flush.

As you can see, you need just a few products … and no excuses not to always look gorgeous!

When you look better, you’ll feel better about yourself, too!

 

 

I have ordered Lavera products from the Ecco-verde online shop, where you can find lots of great and safe cosmetic products for every need. They ship in EU countries (Ecco-verde online shops: Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany).

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