Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top 10 YouTube Beauty Tips and Tricks

Let's face it, before I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, my makeup routine consisted of a bit of concealer, a touch of blush, some mascara, and some lip gloss. Gone are the days when that routine really brought out the best of my looks. Those days came to a close in my 30s. In my 20s I barely wore anything in terms of makeup.

But all through junior high and high school I did theater, so I learned how to apply makeup for that. Backstage I used a wet sponge and pancake makeup in Leading Lady #2 (hideous pinky foundation) navy blue Ben Nye cream makeup to cut the crease, blended not very well into white on eyelids and brow bones, a red dot near the tear duct area to "open up the eye", loads of mascara and false eyelashes, bright red blush in big dots on my cheeks, and crazy brownish red lipstick on my lips.

Which brings me to around Christmas last year, when I knew I wasn't doing the best job with my makeup, but had very little idea how to improve the situation. I'd watch a few Lauren Luke videos and several Michelle Phan videos, but when I discovered the Pixiwoos I realized how much I didn't know. And I began to collect some very useful tips.

I also began to try different things, and taking pictures of the results every day, so I could see how it was all working. I'm still learning and by no means am an expert on Beauty.

So I thought I'd show you the Top 10 things I've learned from my YouTube Gurus and, through that introduce you not only to the tips, but to my favorite gurus. I hope you'll find some new favorites yourself. And I hope you'll give these tips a try.

Let me know what you think, and if I've missed any key tips, please let me know in the comments section.

10. Prime Eyelids

If you want your eye shadow to last, and not to crease, put on a primer underneath.

Here's gossmakeupartist's review of my current favorite, Urban Decay Primer Potion. He's got some terrific basic skill videos, about applying concealer, avoiding cakey face, applying contour, and so on. He has also taught me a lot about European brands. And he introduced me to La Femme, which makes ridiculously low-priced and highly pigmented blush in any shade you will ever need.


9. Define Your Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face, and every great picture needs a fram. I was not doing anything with my brows before I started checking out my favorite YouTube gurus, but once I started, I realized what I was missing. All I had to do was photograph myself with and without eyebrow makeup and the difference was clear. I'm never going back.

Here's Nic from Pixiwoo's video on how to fills in brows.

8. Contour and Highlight Your Face

Lisa Eldridge's video channel is the Bentley of beauty YouTube Channels. Her blog is beautiful. Her technique is so soft and delicate. Love! Here she shows what an amazing difference contouring can make.

7. How to Apply Mascara

Seems like such a basic skill, but I kept getting blobs of black on my eyelids, and I wasn't putting it on in a way that best defined my eyes. Makeup Geek, who has her own line of makeup products, and whose site is full of inspiring makeup contests, gives some great tips here. Bonus: She also demos tight lining, which is my next Top 10 tip!


6. Tight Line to Define your Eyes

MakeupbyTiffanyD has a channel with loads of useful tips, so check her out. She is particularly good at explaining how to do things step by step. Here she uses a cake eyeliner, but I prefer to use a waterproof pencil.

I tight line myself like Nic from PIxiwoo does it. I roll my eyes back and just run the pencil along my upper water line without being able to see where it lands. I do it by feel. If you watch enough Pixiwoo videos, you'll see her do it many times. I think because this is a tricky thing to do so close to the sensitive parts of your eyes, each person needs to experiment and do it in a way that feels most comfortable to them. You may opt not to tight line, but I find that it always gives my eye look that extra something. And I don't like the way bare skin looks between my upper lashes, so I always do this, if I have time.


5. How to do Liquid Eyeliner

Here's MakupbyTiffanyD showing exactly how to do winged eye liner. This one is gold, so check it out! Once you master this technique you are ready for anything from that super-dramatic Madmen looks to just a basic every day eye liner look. I prefer to use my Milani pen. I find it's easiest to get a clean line with a felt-tip applicator. Maybelline also has an amazing felt tip eye liner pen, but I haven't been finding it in CVS lately, so maybe they are developing different packaging. You don't need a fancy department store version of this, though, so check out the Milani one, or go to Ulta and get the NYX one.


4. Cut Your Own Hair

I feel strongly that hair cutting is not rocket science and therefore, if you have a good eye and a steady hand, you can do it yourself. Rosebud143 gives you a simple technique to get her pretty layered look. If this video doesn't give you what you need, do some research. Ric Altieri has some great hair cutting demos on YouTube that are part of a professional hair cutting program. And there are many many more that can get you the techniques to achieve the look you want.

Yes, it takes practice, and courage, but before I did this, I was paying over $100 for a haircut and giving up around 5 hours of my precious free time every 2 months to get my hair done. I have huge respect for professional hair stylists. But I myself am not made of money, so I bought some shears and a raser comb and now I feel much more free now that I do it myself. I wouldn't go back.

3. Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Blemishes

A smooth polished look can't be achieved without concealing bluish, dark and reddish areas on the skin. We all have them. Here's Lisa Eldridge, whose careful technique has taught me so much. It is particularly important to get the right color for what you are concealing.

2. Get the Most out of Lipstick

Lisa Eldridge made this wonderful video on how to use 1 lipstick 4 ways. These skills mean you have to carry fewer products. It's like multiplying the space you have in your makeup bag!

1. Apply Foundation

Foundation doesn't have to be only for special occasions. With a Beauty Blender, you can apply a very thin layer, and it can make all the difference in your everyday look. If full on foundation is too much, you can use a tinted moisturizer. Personally, I use skin79 Hot Pink Super+ Triple Function Beblesh Balm, a Korean BB cream (with a redunkulously long name!) that has an amazingly high SPF, and has brightening and moisturizing ingredients. You can get it from Amazon.com here.

Here's Cora of VintageorTacky showing her full technique for flawless skin. I love watching her videos. She has a whole Disney Princesses series. She has a pale hard to match skin tone, so her talk on how to match your skin is really helpful. She does bold and gorgeous looks.

Have I mentioned that I love bright colors? I definitely have a punk side. Sometimes there's nothing more fun than a big, over-the top bright makeup look with full on false eye lashes. If that's what you're looking for, Cora is your gal. She's a genius at it, in fact.  Enjoy!

I hope this post was helpful and introduced you to some new favorite YouTube gurus. There is so much out there to learn about beauty, and I, for one, plan to keep watching and learning.

Have a beautiful day!

Love, :)BeautyJones

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Edition: Waterproof Workout Makeup

It's the big day, everybody! Go USA! The opening ceremonies are tonight. And the cycling road race is tomorrow. Apparently if I wanted to I could get up at 2am and watch it on my iPad. We'll see if my home WiFi can really deliver that. Hmmm.

I am thrilled to see how London does their Olympics!

I'm headed to London in a couple of weeks so I'm reading London history and downloading Tube maps for my mobile devices and virtual guide books. If I have time I'll put together a post on what I'm bringing. I hope to have time to do a photo for that really cool "I am packed" blog that just shows people's stuff neatly folded and arranged for a trip.

But today I have for you a video about makeup you can wear when you are working out, or even when you are doing a race as long as a half marathon. That's the longest race I've run.

Before Tinker Bell Half Marathon January 2012

 Why I Run Road Races, and Why Maybe You Should Too (Fitness)


And when I say race, I mean, sort of a stroll. The RunDisney races always have lots to look at, lots of characters to get your picture taken with. I never do these things to set records because, let's face it, I'm not going to do that, but to have fun and to test myself. And to give myself a reason to train. That's one way I try to stay fit. Try it! It works!

Goofy pose after Half Marathon. Sparkle Skirt from Team Sparkle

Race SWAG! Race Expo finds!


Plus, running an organized race like the Tinker Bell Half Marathon (sorry, it's already sold out for the 2013 edition, but Run Disney has lots more great races, so check them out!) is just exciting and fun. You get a little swag bag. You get a gorgeous medal!!! You meet fellow weekend warrior athletes, and there's usually an expo where they sell cute workout duds, and great tools to help you as a runner. Tinker Bell's Expo had all kinds of cool running things for girls, like gorgeous Sweatybands.com headbands that stay on, hold your hair back very well. So well the Olympic Beach Vollyball teams could wear them. But they also come in an amazing array of colors, patterns and textures. Seriously, you'll find one to match any outfit. Love! Have to get more!

They also sold wings you can run in with matching skirts and arm warmers. OMG! This year I'll definitely do a haul video on what I pick up. Can't wait!

Here are the products I used to achieve this waterproof look:


  • Inner Corner and Browbone: Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow in 05 Too Cool
  • Eyelid: MUFE Aqua Cream in 13 (white gold) on eyelids from lash line to crease
  • Crease, outer eyelid "wedge" and outer third of lower lash line: MUFE Aqua Cream in 15 (bronze) Use a dense brush to blend this in quickly at the edges. It sets up quickly and then will not move.
  • Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure in Jet Black, let dry, then coat with Anastasia Lash Genius, which makes every and any mascara waterproof! It works!
  • Eye Liner and Tight Line: MUFE Aqua Eyes Pencil in Black 0L
  • Eye brow: Milani Brow Tint Pen


  • Apples: MUFE Aqua Cream in 9? (Hey, MUFE folks. First of all, name your colors to make them memorable, second of all, make it so the print of the shade doesn't wear off the packaging so easily.) A pretty coral pink shade you can also use on lips.
  • Contour: Jouer Luminizing Moisure tint in bronze. If you are darker than me, check out a nice matte brown shade in the MUFE line. It will last better than this probably will. This is just what I had to hand. I like how it blends, though.


  • The high SFF product of your choice that doesn't pill under foundation: Try Neutrogena Sport Face
  • Aveda Mineral Tinted Moisture in 02/Beechwood. I like a tinted moisturizer because anything heavier will run and get all over your cute workout duds.
  • Concealer: My fave is Dermablend in my shade, Sand. Try not to use this if you can avoid it. I, personally, need a bit of coverage.
  • Powder: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. You gotta set the cream products
  • Powder Concealer: Bare Minerals Bisque. This will make your concealer not sweat off quite so quickly.


  • Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Sangria. Lasts at least 4 hours on me!!! But the name is too darned long. Smashbox, I love you. Explore the beauty of pithiness in the naming of your products.
Here's my video! Happy working out! Let me know if you test these products. I'd love to hear how it goes. Get up and get moving. It's great for your health, good mood, and well being!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

If I could attend the opening ceremonies, this is what I might wear. How about you? Are you getting excited?

I love the Olympics, and I love Britain! Can't wait to see how they do it up!

Enjoy the Games!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cray Cray FOTD with Darling Girl Cosmetics

Sometimes when you least expect it, you get a much-needed chance to be a little cray-cray, aka, crazy. Today I started out with a dark eye look and added some periwinkle blue shimmer. And then they had these fun hair ladies at the company picnic next to the water balloon range and the ferris wheel. So I asked for a mohawk with some blue and green. And this is result. Awesomeballz.

  • Tight Liner: MUFE Aqua Liner in Black
  • Liner: Eyeko Skinny Liner in Teal
  • Liner: Milani liquid eye liner felt tip pen
  • Along Bottom Lash Line: Mally Eye Shadow in Silver
  • Eyelids: Darling Girl Cosmetics Watercolor Paint Pot in Midnight Train
  • Primer: Darling Girl Cosmetics Primped & Primed Eyelid Primer
  • Middle of Eyelid: Inglot Eye Shadow in AMC Shine 13 (pale periwinkle blue)
  • Browbone: Inglot Eye Shadown in AMC Shine 20 (golden ivory)
  • Cheeks: NYX "butt naked" palette in the terra cotta shade on apples, and contour in hollows of cheekbones.
  • Face: skin79 Hot Pink Beblesh Balm
  • Concealer: Dermablend in Sand

Morning Face

Natural light inside bathroom

Full Sun

Beginning of the mohawk

Going Green

Full Cray-Cray
I just so loved this eye look, and the fun crazy hair was a great bonus.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think in the comments bar below!

By the way, I love the depth of interesting colors in my Darling Girl Cosmetics.  I now have the primer, and several truly awesome shades that I can't wait to swatch for you.


Video: July Birchbox Opening

Of all my beauty sample subscriptions, I think Birchbox most consistently gets it right. This month's box is no exception with its 5 senses theme. As Pink Sith points out, not all of the products fully connects with those five senses, but I love that they have a theme and stick to it. I love the design and their sense of color. This one was a partnership with Glamour magazine.

What You Get

amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask and Hair treatment: I used the oil up right away because it smelled so good and because it was in a non-resealable pouch. Haven't used the hair mask yet. What the heck is Obliphica?

boscia BB cream: Haven't tried this, but if it's as good as the rest of their products I'll be happy. I love BB creams, but I've been sticking to the original Korean ones, with the exception of the Dr. Brandt sample with Flexitone, which I very much enjoy.

Eyeko skinny liquid liner: This turquoisey teal shade is very exciting, and this sample is more like a full sized product. It really stays on! Now I just have to feel bold enough to wear it. I think I'll be wearing this with a black liquid liner to anchor it. Love it! Love that I get to try this British brand before I get to London. Score!

Harvey Prince Hello Fragrance: This has bright top notes of citrus, a middle of plumeria, and something a touch musky on the bottom. If it had some woodnotes it would be everything I love in a fragrance. Great choice for summer!

Larabar uber bar in Bananas Foster: I've gotten Larabar products at many of the races I do, and I'm not gonna lie - they taste a bit like sawdust. This one is no exception. I stick to Clif bars. Maybe I don't get as much fiber, but then, I don't feel as if I'm eating wall compound, either.

Birchbox Exclusive Headphones: Great idea, adorable blue and pink color, but the sound quality is a bit flat and tinny. A for effort.

Here's my Video!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Tour de France: Last Stage: Champs Elysées

This is my set to celebrate all of the wonders of the Tour de France, which finished up dramatically yesterday on the streets of Paris. This year's Tour was one of my favorites, with nearly every stage full of drama and heroism and color. I love this sport! So excited the Olympics are starting and there will be another cycling road race next Saturday. Hooray! Vive le Tour! Long Live Cycling! Love, :)BeautyJones