Complimentary My Dear Watson.

If you asked me what my most useful tool as a makeup artist is, what do you think my answer would be? My brushes? My palettes? My train case? Well all of these answers would be wrong.  The most useful tool is my arsenal has got to be my color wheel. Understanding the ins and outs of color theory is hugely important, and absolutely essential to be able to apply makeup correctly.

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This week I decided to play with color contrast to illustrate how you can work it into your makeup routine. Let me know in the comments below how you work with contrasting/ complimentary colors!

 

Using green on the eye as liner, and purple on the lips I created a surprisingly wearable look which I named appropriately "Donatello". Cowabunga dude.

Using green on the eye as liner, and purple on the lips I created a surprisingly wearable look which I named appropriately “Donatello”. Cowabunga dude.

The key to making a bright blue or teal instantly wearable is to pair it with a very warm brown. Here I took a brown with orange undertones, and mixed it with a deep coral eyeshadow in the crease to properly offset the intense aquamarine on the mobile lid.

The key to making a bright blue or teal instantly wearable is to pair it with a very warm brown. Here I took a brown with orange undertones, and mixed it with a deep coral eye shadow in the crease to properly offset the intense aquamarine on the mobile lid.

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Fall 2014 Makeup Trends

Sometimes it can be hard to decipher what exactly is going on catwalks. Let’s be honest, a model could walk out wearing a spaghetti bra and shoes made of clumped cat litter and fashion experts would find a way to call it “art”. So, in the interest of cutting through the crap I have researched the top 3 makeup trends spotted on the runway for fall 2014 and have recreated them in a way that makes them wearable for real life.

Mettalic eyes- Eyeshadow trends on the runway this year is all about that 70's shadow. Starting at the lashline, and taken all the way to the eyebrow gunmetal and grey bronze shadows glistened as far as the eye can see. Want to make it more wearable? Stop the metallic at the browbone, blend with bronzer, and keep your brows natural. Make sure you don't overload the highlighter on the cheekbones, and avoid shine or gloss on the lips.

Metallic eyes- Eye shadow trends on the runway this year are all about that 70’s shadow. Starting at the lash line and taken all the way to the eyebrow, gunmetal and grey bronze shadows glistened as far as the eye can see. Want to make it more wearable? Stop the metallic at the browbone, blend with bronzer, and keep your brows natural. Make sure you don’t overload the highlighter on the cheekbones, and avoid shine or gloss on the lips.

Brown, glittery lips were all over the place this season. Sure it looks cool on the catwalk, but in real life you might just end up looking like a crazy person if you wore them out. My suggestion instead is to go for a brown/red toned, heavily frosted lipstick. Who wants chunks of glitter on their mouth anyway?

Brown, glittery lips were all over the place this season. Sure it looks cool on the catwalk, but in real life you might just end up looking cuckoo for cocoa puffs. My suggestion instead is to go for a brown/red toned, heavily frosted lipstick. Who wants chunks of glitter on their mouth anyway?

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Colorful cat eyes- I’m going to be honest, I think this is wearable as all hell. So instead I am going to teach you how to achieve this look without breaking the bank and investing in multiple jewel toned liners. Take a vibrant colored shadow and mix it with eye drops. Apply with a flick with an eyeliner brush and voila! Want that line to be waterproof and smudge proof? Try mixing that shadow with a powder sealant instead like the Makeup Forever “Aqua Seal”.

 

How are you going to wear this season’s makeup trends? Let me know in the comments below!

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Andrea’s August Favorites!

August was a pretty damn alright month if I do say so myself. My brother and sister-in-law bought a new home, my husband and I FINALLY got our hands on a copy of Betrayal at House on the Hill, I’ve started a provoking art collaboration with an amazing friend of mine,  my daughter went on a 10 day camping adventure with her aunt, and last but not least we found out that two lovely friends of ours are going to be parents. We Phaneufs live a blessed and charmed life that is for sure.

In the midst of everything I even had time to nail down some monthly favorites, and let me tell you. These will all be in my collection for quite some time. My apologies, the products may be a bit dirty but let me assure you that is only because they are heavily used. Woooo favorites!

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in 01

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This is by far the best powder I have ever used. When you look very close you can make out a bit of sparkle and luminosity. When applied to the face it just looks natural. you can build up this powder to cake-face level and it will never look unnatural. It isn’t the greatest at keeping oil at bay, but still retains the ability to prolong the wear of foundation.

 

Sephora Micro Smooth Baked Luminizer in “Stardust”

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I had received some gift cards for my birthday and I had decided that I wanted to purchase a subtle golden highlighter. I had finally settled on purchasing Nars “Albatross” as it was the exact shade I was looking for. Before heading to the Nars section at my local Sephora I decided to do some snooping in the Sephora Brand products. Let’s just say I nearly peed myself I was so excited. This luminzer is an EXACT dupe for Albatross and a fraction of the price. It is STUNNING as well.

 

TONYMOLY Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack

 

 

This is my holy grail nightly moisturizer. I am not kidding when I say that this stuff makes a difference overnight. With just one nights usage I find my skin to be incredibly hydrated, and the texture to be far smoother. And I also may be crazy, but I find out I break out a lot less when I use this product.

This is my holy grail nightly moisturizer. I am not kidding when I say that this stuff makes a difference overnight. With just one nights usage I find my skin to be incredibly hydrated, and the texture to be far smoother. And I also may be crazy, but I find out I break out a lot less when I use this product.

Sleek Makeup Pout Paint in “Milkshake”

If you are a fan of the OCC Lip Tars then you will love this lip product. Intensely pigmented, easily mixable, and a flat out gorgeous color. this is easily sheered out depending on the level of opacity you are looking for, non-drying on the lips, and they smell like oranges! Milkshake is a beautiful peachy-pink color that I think a tonne of different skin tones could pull off.

If you are a fan of the OCC Lip Tars then you will love this lip product. Intensely pigmented, easily mixable, and a flat-out gorgeous color. This is easily sheered out depending on the level of opacity you are looking for, non-drying on the lips, and they smell like oranges! Milkshake is a beautiful peachy-pink color that I think a tonne of different skin tones could pull off.

Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer

I have been using this exclusively as my under eye concealer for this entire past month. I don't find it to be too overly pigmented, but it is very brightening. I enjoy the fact that it doesn't crease as well as creasing is the bane of my existence.

I have been using this exclusively as my under eye concealer for this entire past month. I don’t find it to be too overly pigmented, but it is very brightening. I enjoy the fact that it doesn’t crease as well as creasing is the bane of my existence.

 

Lightning Round Random Favorites Andrea Thinks You Should Check Out!

Song- Florence and the Machine “Shake it Out”

Internet Find- “Don’t Let Me Down Kid”

Movie- Afflicted 

Memory- Early on in the month I took part in a 12 hour board game marathon with my husband and daughter. Sweatpants- Mandatory.

Charity- PTSD Association Canada . Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

 

So there we go! Have you used any of the products I have listed above? Let me know in the comments below.  Here’s to back to school and cooler weather!

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My handsome husband and I at a lovely August wedding!

My handsome husband and I at a beautiful August wedding!

No Makeup? Yeah right.

Nothing makes the inner me laugh harder than when someone tells me I “look SO much better without makeup on!”, while I’m sitting there with tonnes on my face. No makeup, makeup is an art and I feel as if I have perfected it. Let’s be honest. I’m a 31 year old mother who doesn’t believe in plastic surgery, so of course that is going to show on my bare face. I just don’t feel as if people need to know that. What are your ‘no makeup, makeup’ tricks? Let me know in the comments below!

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