Highlight With a Side of Wings

Winged eyeliner has been a makeup classic since the ’60s. Why? Because it has the ability to turn anyone into #BEAUTYGOALS. Highlighting on the other hand is something that has gained popularity semi-recently, and has everyone trying to get that beauty-blogger status highlight. Here is how to recreate this beauty look on yourself:

First, moisturize your face and make sure that your skin texture is even before applying foundation. Start off with some lightweight liquid foundation, then dab some concealer under your eyes and blend with foundation using a beauty blender. The dewy-skinned look with a really shimmery highlight has been one of the hottest beauty trends of the summer. To achieve this, first use a primer, which helps bring out the highlight. After primer, take a foundation powder on the apples of your cheeks a shade darker on than your liquid foundation as a great way to add a bronzed color that will go under your highlight. Then add the a highlight using a highlight powder and an angled brush on the top of your natural cheek bone. To dramatize the highlighted look, go back with a blush, starting in the hollow of your cheek and fanning outward to the side of your face. Cat eye winged liner is this Fashionista’s signature look. The secret to seamless application is a liquid liner that has a thin pointed brush as the applicator. Pro tip: Apply mascara first! You’ll see where the natural direction of your wing should go from the end of your last lash. Start at the outer corner of your eye drawing a diagonal line towards the direction of where your eyebrow ends. Wherever you stop your line, draw a slanted line straight back down to the lid (there should be a little triangle). Fill in the triangle, and you have the perfect cat eye! End the routine by adding a neutral lip and show off that fierce highlight and those on-point wings.

 To get this exact same glam look, you’ll need a variety of products. For the face you’ll need Benefit Cosmetics Big Easy Liquid to Powder foundationNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, a beauty blender, Becca Cosmetics Backlight PrimerMAC Studio Fix FoundationBecca x Jaclyn Hill Highlight Pallet in Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop, an angled brush and MAC blush in Format. For the eyes you’ll need MAC Liquidlast Liner in Black and Perversion by Urban Decay mascara. For the lips this beauty guru used Whirl by MAC.

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MAC Makeup Essentials

While in New York, I got the chance to pop into the MAC makeup store on Columbus Ave to get a little insight on what makeup trends have been hot on the runways this fashion month, and of course to buy some new makeup.

The first thing I added to my bag was the perfect shade of red! You see, I’m convinced I am the only person in the world who red lipstick looks bad on, but this shade of Relentlessly Red is absolutely amazing! Its pink undertones help make my blue-green eyes really pop, without washing me out as some cool tone reds tend to. I also had to invest in the matching lip liner because the key to a perfectly shaped mouth is throwing on a bit of liner to help define the lips.

The next item of makeup that caught my eye was the Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact! This light weight foundation gives solid coverage, without being too thick and cake-y. Perfect for anyone who wants their natural skin tones to shine through.

Next I came across this indispensable item of makeup: The Pro Longwear Paint Pot. If you wear any sort of eye makeup, you NEED this Paint Pot! It makes eyeshadow and eye liner bolder and more saturated. It also makes your eye makeup look just as fresh fourteen hours after you put it on, as it did when it was first applied. As well as being a great base for eye makeup, it can also be worn all by itself, to give eyes a subtle hint of color if you don’t want to put on a full face of makeup. It comes in a variety of shades, but the color I bought is called ‘Painterly’, which is a very light shade of pink. I tend to wear pink and gold tones of eyeshadow so this color works perfectly with my other products.

Lastly, and perhaps my favorite thing I purchased, is the Lip Conditioner Hydrant. It does exactly what the name implies; it both conditions and hydrates your lips making them feel amazingly soft! It is perfect for these dry winter months to give your lips the little extra treatment they need.

Miu Miu Perfume

As this dreary winter is beginning to transform into spring, this perfume is a fun, light floral scent with notes of lily, jasmine, and rose. The brands first fragrance is  youthful, yet sophisticated, while exuding femininity. I bought this perfume about two weeks ago and have worn it every single day since! Definitely one of my all time favorites. If you’re looking for a new signature scent this spring, give Miu Miu a try!

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