At Handcrafted Beauty we consider ourselves to be Glippies … yes we made that word up. We like to describe Glippies as equal parts Granola Cruncher and Glam Girl (think Olivia Pope meets Shalene Woodley); and we represent a new movement in the health and beauty industry. We are the ladies that turn the glossy pages of Allure with one well manicured hand, and the recycled pages of Holistic Wellness with the other. We are breaking the stereotypes of what society has typically thought of a “Natural” consumer….. I mean…we are not exactly hanging out in berkenstocks, sans makeup, braiding our armpit hair. We want products with a clean label, and a high level of performance. Glippies are here to show the world that we can have at it all!!! Over the next several blogs I will be doing a series all about Glippies and our Guide to everything health, beauty and fashion.
Today it is all about the eyes!!!! As Glippies we care about our appearance and we know the importance of well done eye-makeup. Wiithout it we look tired, unkempt and our eyes can look disproportionately small. Great eye makeup makes us look put together, and enhances our natural beauty. I worked for several years as a makeup artist (it was the job that helped put me through college). Along the way, I learned several tips, and tricks to ensure the perfect application.
Start with a Clean Slate: It is important to remove your makeup every single night. Not properly removing your eye makeup can leave your eyelashes dry and brittle, to the point they actually fall out. Not to mention that left over makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. A great application starts with a clean canvas. I love our Almond and Honey Cleanser, this oil based cleanser is so gentle it dissolves all of my makeup; without drying out my delicate eyelashes. I use this morning and night.
Clear up red eyes: I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, and in the morning this means that my eyes are bloodshot and dull. I start every morning by putting in eye drops. This clears up any redness, and makes the whites of my eyes look clear and bright.
Conceal: Hide dark circles and tiny veins by evening out skin tone. Dab a bit of concealer on your brow bone and under your bottom lash line, gently blend over the entire lid. If the skin around your eyes seems a bit dry take some of our Daily Moisturizing Oil and dab around your eyes to hydrate. You do not want the concealer to look cakey or dry.. I am currently using a concealer from Bareminerals it is their Correcting Concealer, It is super creamy and rich and I love the high performance, highly recommend.
Set: After you have concealed it is time to set, take a big fluffy powder brush and gently sweep a setting powder over your lids; this helps eliminate creases later in the day, and it also helps blend in your concealer so you do not look like a raccoon. I am a huge fan of Tarte Smooth Operator; not only is this powder soft and silky, but it really blends and sets everything. I love how this does not look flat and dull rather it is smooth and illuminating. (I also use this powder to set the rest of my makeup).
I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of colored eye shadow. I often think it looks overdone, and as the day wears on the pigment tends to get brighter, the worst offender is purple. I rarely wear shadow and when I do, I always go with a neutral tone. It is a classic look and plays well on any eye color. I know color is fun, but the truth is it looks more Mimi than Chic Glippie.
When applying swipe a light amount of shadow on your lids only. I know there are so many pictures out there of beautiful eye makeup; with cool tutorials that layer colors and/or add a smokey effect. These looks are beautiful in pictures but it does not work in everyday life. In real life it looks overdone. Whether you wear shadow or not (My favorite shadow is Bare Minerals shadow in clay; it is the perfect neutral) I always recommend a brow highlighter. I am kind of obsessed with these. I love the one from Benefit called high brow. I draw a line right on the top of my brow bone and use my finger to blend it in. I also use a bit of this in the corner of my eyes to really brighten them up (it is not too shimmery so it is the perfect illuminator).
Brows: Brows define your face. If you were not blessed with naturally thick brows, then filling them in gives you a polished look; and sets a frame, for your beautiful eyes. However, nothing is more cringe worthy than seeing overdone brows. The point of makeup is to enhance your beauty, not paint it on. Stay away from pencils and powders as they can look really fake. My favorite product is from Anastasia, it is a brow pomade and is the perfect consistency to help brows look natural and full. This product is also waterproof, so your brows will not fall off during the day (a real plus)!!! Just take a fine brow brush and lightly outline the shape of your brows and then very gently fill them in. Remember you should not be painting, use light gentle strokes and make sure that your brush has minimal product on it. A little goes a long way. If you are not sure, go on Pinterest and looks at some Tutorials.
Eye Liner: Once you are over 30, liquid liners look a bit harsh on their own. But the truth is that I cannot use anything else. I love the staying power of liquid liners. My favorite trick is to line my top lashes with Stila Stay All Day eyeliner. This liner is the best, and literally does not move all day long. To soften it up a bit, I dip a eyeliner brush in a metallic dark grey eye-shadow and drag it over the line, which softens everything up.
Curl and Coat: Now curl your lashes (yes ladies, this is a must do step). If you are not curling your lashes, you are selling yourself short. This makes lashes look fuller, and longer. Here is a tip: Take your curler and place at the very bottom of your lash line; with your lashes secured in the curler, keep holding down while rotating the handle towards the ceiling. This gives your lashes a tight secure curl. Complete this same step for the middle section of your lashes. And DO NOT forget your mascara. Mascara is the finishing touch. Right now I am loving Physicians Formula Organic Mascara. 2 coats on the top and a gentle swipe on the bottom lashes (I then take a Qtip and wipe underneath the lashes to remove any excess.) and….
Voila!!! You are one chic beautiful Glippe!!