Eyes

St. Patrick’s Day Makeup

St. Patrick’s Day is near and some of you will be wearing the green.  Here are a two ways to incorporate green into your makeup look without being too matchy-matchy (assuming that you’ll be wearing something green) or looking like a crazy person.  After all, the goal is to be festive and attractive.

The easiest way to incorporate green into your makeup look is to wear green eye shadow.  Here are a couple of rules:

  1. The paler the skin, the paler shade of green
    • Fair to light skin tones should stick with mint and celery shades
    • Medium and deep skin tones should use richer shades in the emerald or evergreen family
  2. Use a light hand.  A little goes a LONG way, so start with a pop of green on an otherwise neutral/skin tone eye.  You might find that a little is just enough.  Use green shadow:
    • Just on the lid, or
    • Just in the crease
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  3. Shimmer is ok
    • Since you aren’t wearing color all over the eye, a bit of shimmer is ok.  NOT GLITTER, ladies— shimmer.
    • This is especially flattering on deeper skin tones.  A deep, rich and shimmery emerald can be exceptionally beautiful on a very deep skin tone.
    • On fair or light skin tones, emerald shades can be used if a high-glamour or vamp look is desired, but it can be tricky, so you might want to stick with hues of mint or celery.  If you aren’t very skilled at blending, the look can be harsh, aging, and unflattering.
    • If your eyes are very crepe-y, you might want to restrict the shimmer to the lid.
  4. Skip green shadow altogether and pop it on the upper or lower lash line (not both!)  Here are two of the easiest ways to incorporate green into your St. Patrick’s Day makeup look:
    • Start with a neutral eye (taupe, brown, skin tones), then
    • Use green eyeliner on the upper lash line (experiment with a cat-eye, if you can  carry it off), or
    • Use a green pencil on the water line (inner lower lid).
    • The model is wearing a bold version of the look.  The mature woman might want to soften the look by blurring the line with a clean brush (or q-tip)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Finally! Eye Shadow that Does Not Settle into Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Viceart Neutral Basic 01-Matte Eye Shadow Available at Viceart.com for about $80.

Viseart Neutral Basic 01-Matte Eye Shadow
Available at Viceart.com for about $80.

Forget Urban Decay’s NAKED palette.  Viseart’s Basic Neutral 01-Matte palette is the best neutral eye shadow on the market, period.  It is especially suited for women over 50 because it is very blendable and does not settle into nooks & crannies!

Why it’s good for the 50+ woman:  The Neutral 01-Matte palette contains no shimmer, sparkle, or glitter to settle into fine lines and creases, and there is no shadow “fallout”.  The outer corner of my lid is textured like crepe paper and this shadow never “settles” in the nooks and crannies.

Uses:  All skin tones.  This palette looks good on EVERYONE, from the palest to the deepest tones.  Its beige, taupe, brown, grey, and peach tones are universally flattering.  This shadow also has multiple uses:  all colors can be used as eye liner,  brown tones can be used to fill in brows, black and deep terracotta tones can even be used in your hair to cover  “roots”.

Ease of application: There is virtually no fallout.  This stuff STAYS WHERE YOU PUT IT.  Although it is heavily pigmented and stays put all day, it blends easier than any shadow I’ve ever tried.  If you don’t have lots of experience applying shadow or are challenged by the “smokey eye”, you should try this palette.  Because it is so forgiving and blends like a dream, I am finally able to rock  “smokey eye” and experiment with colors outside my taupe-hued comfort zone.

Texture:  Smooth and buttery.  Although this is powdered shadow, it goes on with a very creamy feel.  It glides over the eye and doesn’t look thick or caked on.

Finish:  Rich matte.  No sparkle, shimmer, glitter, or twinkle to bring negative attention to crows feet and crepe-iness.

Value:  For most of us $80 is a huge makeup investment.  I buy $0.99 brushes from Target, so I get it.  There aren’t many people willing to pay $80 for eye shadow, but the results are worth every penny!  It is heavily pigmented, so a little goes a very long way.  My palette is in the photo.  I’ve been using it for about 2 months and haven’t made a dent in the taupe and grey colors I use every day.

Viceart  is professional quality shadow that is easy to use and delivers great results.  I strongly recommend this product.  Post a comment and share your knowledge of Viceart eye shadow with other beyond50beauties.

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Disclaimer:  The products discussed on this website are purchased by me.  I am not compensated by any person or company, and the opinions expressed above are my own.

Take 5-10 years off your appearance, right now!

Take 5-10 years off your appearance immediately by simply grooming your brows. It’s true!  This is not a gimmick.  If you don’t wear a lick of makeup, just take five minutes to groom your brows.  Once you get the hang of it, it won’t take that long (I promise) and you will be so glad you did.

Brows frame the face and give it structure.  A full, well-groomed brow sets off the rest of the face and gives you a more youthful modern appearance.  Take a look at the model below.  What’s the FIRST thing you notice?

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It’s her eyes and her smile, right?  They form the top and bottom of the “frame”.   Visualize the last time you saw the face of someone you found attractive.  As you visualize this person, where is your focus?  It’s probably in the area between their eyebrows and their chin (within the “frame”).  When you first looked at the model above, I’ll bet that you didn’t focus on the wrinkles?  The first thing you saw were her sparkly eyes and stunning smile!  You responded positively to her balanced features because humans like balance! You didn’t ignore the wrinkles.  You just responded positively to the balance that a well-framed face achieves.  Her full brow balances her face and makes her appear modern and contemporary while wearing a plain white t-shirt. She doesn’t look dated.  If you change only the fullness of the eyebrows, the look becomes very dated and not as attractive.

There are a few of you who hesitate to give up the thin, highly arched brow.  That thin brow is making you look old and less current.  You might have a flawless complexion, dewy skin, and otherwise perfectly applied makeup, but if your brows are too thin, you look old and your entire look appears dated.  It doesn’t matter what you are wearing, that thin severe arch is aging you.  It might take a bit of practice to perfect your technique, but once you do, you’ll be amazed at how good you look.

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Here are two photos of the same woman taken on the same day.  In the first photo her brows appear thin and severely arched. They actually aren’t that thin.  They are partially gray which makes them appear thinner than they actually are.  This makes her face look unbalanced. (Where are you focusing?)

The second photo was taken after our model groomed her brows.  She made the arch less severe and filled in the gray with a taupe pencil (not black!) to create a slightly fuller brow. The fuller, darker brow helps her face appear balanced. You are now focusing on the most compelling part of her face – her eyes and her smile!

Notice that her hairline is more attractive in the second photo.  She didn’t change her hairdo.  The difference is that the hairline is no longer the top of the “frame”.  The slightly stronger brow balances the face and brings the attention where it should be –  on her eyes and smile.  Our model completes the look with blush and lipstick.  She looks modern and has taken years off  her appearance.

NOTE:  If she didn’t have the right color of pencil handy, she could have used taupe or light brown eye shadow.  Many find that eye shadow or eyebrow power is much easier to use and produces a more subtle effect than a pencil, especially for brunettes.

Grooming your brows pays huge dividends.  Your face appears more balanced, your eyes become more engaging, and your look is contemporary.  Groom your brows every day for a week – even if you aren’t planning to leave the house.  You’ll look so good, you might be motivated go someplace where others might bask in your loveliness!

Leave a comment below and tell us how great you look!

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RESOURCES:

There are lots of eyebrow tutorials available on YouTube.   Here are some of my favorites.  To share your favorites, leave a link in the comments.

To find the right brow shape for you print out Tracy Do’s 1-page cheat sheet http://permanentpretty.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/eyebrow_shapes2.jpg

Wayne Goss is the king of the YouTube makeup tutorial.  SUBSCRIBE TO HIS CHANNEL TODAY!  His tutorials are chock full of useful information.  These speak to brows, but check out his other videos.

5 Brow Shapes to Avoid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CWtnitS1c4

Beware the “Scouse” Brow:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgySGxS1OuM

How to Get the Perfect Brow – Easy steps:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpqIFoY4-HA

How to – Quick Easy Eyebrow Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYLz032wwBg

From the Gossmakeupartist YouTube channel:  How Not to Look Old- Easy Steps to Stay Young Looking: