Note: Wardrobe Remix is a series of posts inspired by creative ways to get more out of your wardrobe during a seasonal change. To view similar posts, check the “Wardrobe Remix” tag.
Hello there! I became friends with Dani in college and she asked me to write a guest blog for the Wardrobe Remix. You’ll probably get lots of fashion inspiration from this series… so you’ll need some makeup ideas to complete your look! Special thanks to my sister and my future SILs for being my other models.
*Note, I have no professional makeup training. I just love makeup!
For each look I will list the materials that I used. If you have similar products, feel free to experiment! These are just some ideas to get you started. My focus is on eye makeup, so I will not get into foundation or highlighting and contouring. That’s a whole different ball game….
Geek Chic Makeup for Gals with Glasses
Remember the days when we were kids and wearing glasses was a bad thing? As a glasses-wearer, I’m glad that specs are back in style. However, glasses cast a shadow on your face and draw attention to your eyes, so there are special considerations to make your eyes pop.
Start with a clean face, following your typical skincare regimen. (This should include wearing a moisturizer and sunscreen!)
- NYC white eye liner
- Sephora Wedding Day (white) eyeshadow
- Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (Lily, Metamorphosis, Time/Bandersnatch,)
- Urban Decay Moondust palette (Granite, Vega)
- Jordana eyeliner (black and blue)
- Dior Blackout mascara
- Diorshow It-blue mascara
- Dior Brow Styler
Since I wanted to focus more on the eye makeup I didn’t get fancy with the face or lip stuff.
- With glasses, you want to brighten your eyes as much as possible since the frames draw attention to this part of your face. To do this, I colored my eyelids with white eyeliner and added just a touch of highlighter under my eyes. Another thing that helps draw attention to the eyes: curling your lashes!! PS- if you have darker skin, coloring your eyelids with a white colored pencil will especially help your eyes pop!
- Next, I applied a bit of white eye shadow (Sephora’s Wedding Day) to my entire lid, focusing on the inner corners. To the outer half to 2/3 of the lids I applied Metamorphisis from the Alice palette and highlighted under the brows with Lily. I used the brush that comes in this palette (the end with the shorter bristles).
- As usual when I’m doing my eye makeup, I did some experimenting for the crease and outer corners. I typical will do subtle shading in the crease, but with glasses it looks better if there is more of a defined crease. I started with the Urban Decay Moondust palette and blended Granite and Vega; this mixture was applied to the crease and the outer corner. To add a bit more dimension I blended Time and Bandersnatch in the outer corners. To finish you should always blend blend blend!! I typically will just clean my brush off with tissue, then use the brush to blend.
- With glasses it’s sooo important to define the eyebrows. I love Dior’s browstyler because it blends to match your haircolor… like magic! There are some products I will splurge on and others where I’ll search for bargains. To me, this is worth the splurge! Then I used Jordana eyeliner (black on top, blue on the bottom). Jordana and Milani eyeliners are great because they’re inexpensive but they don’t smudge. I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to eyeliner. Then for mascara I went with Dior again. I love love LOVE their Blackout mascara. Seriously. I could not love a human baby as much as I love Dior’s Blackout mascara. It’s the blackest black mascara I have ever seen!! Since I love color so much, I like to apply colored liner and mascara on the bottom lash line with black on top.
- I may or may not have chosen blue to match my R2-D2 dress…. Maybe.
Natural Autumn Look
I convinced two of my boyfriend’s sisters to help model makeup looks. Nataliya likes a more natural look (as do many women), so I wanted to do a natural look with autumnal colors. I blended various colors throughout this look, but if you want to keep it simple you could just pick one color per step!
- Sleek Makeup Oh-so-special palette
- W7 Color Me Buff (UD Naked 2 dupe)
- Jordana black eyeliner
- Anastasia Brow Wiz
- Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
Again, you’ll want to start with a clean face after your regular skincare regimen.
- For the eyelids I blended two colors: Ribbon from the Oh So Special palette with Dust from the In the Buff palette. This palette looks almost exactly like Naked 2… at a fraction of the price! If you love Urban Decay and want to buy the actual makeup palette, go for it! But….I’m a therapist and I’m poor, so I try to save money when possible. I highlighted under the brows by blending two colors from In the Buff: Buff, and Sand.
- For the crease colors, I used Thunder, Onyx, and Silk. I used Thunder in the main part of the crease. To add dimension I added a hint of Onyx to the outer corners and Silk to the inner corners. And as always… blend!!
- Nataliya did her eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara with the materials listed above. For the final look…..
- She’s so pretty even without makeup, but this look adds an extra touch to make her look stunning!
Formal Winter Smoky Eyes
Galia (Nataliya’s sister) loves makeup almost as much as I do, so I knew she’d be open to a bold, smoky look.
- W7 In The Buff Lightly Toasted Eye Color Palette
- Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
- Eye-ko liquid eyeliner
- Ulta Beauty Gems Eye Palette
- UD Woodstock
- Ulta Glitter topcoat
- Sephora white glitter eye shadow
Plus she loves Christmas, so I figured Christmas + bold makeup = lots of fun!
- Under the brow, I highlighted with Teddy from the W7 Lightly Toasted palette. On the lids, I used white glitter shadow in the inner third of the lid. For the outer two thirds I blended Magic and It’s a Dream.
- For the crease I choose a berry color from the Beauty Gems palette (which I discovered has been discontinued. Sad day!!). Because holly berry…. Christmas… duh. I liked the berry color and wanted to add a bit more color, so in the inner lid I blended a bit of Urban Decay’s Woodstock (dark pink) shadow. To add some dimension and a bit of smokiness, I blended Up in Smoke from the W7 palette with the berry color used before.
- Galia loves the winged liner look, so I asked her to do her own eyeliner. For her liner, mascara, and eyebrows she used all the products listed above. To add some more elegance, I dusted over the entire lid with Ulta Glitter Top Coat.
- I love how this look turned out! Not everyone can pull off these colors along with glitter but Galia looks gorgeous in this look!
Sugar Skull Inspired Look
Call me weird, but even though I have no Mexican blood in me whatsoever, I have always LOVED sugar skulls. I think because I minored in Spanish and I also love science and anatomy, along with bright, bold colors! Sugar skulls combine so many of my loves!! (Plus they’re candy. Duh.)
- Myo Makeup Envy (purple) loose powder eyeshadow
- Sephora eye primer
- Sephora Rolling in the Grass No. 10 eye shadow
- UD Moondust Lightyear and Galaxy eye shadows
- Jordana black and purple eyeliners
- Dior Blackout mascara
- Diorshow It-purple mascara
- Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass (Lily)
I love sugar skulls, but painting my entire face like a sugar skull is not exactly practical. Plus I’m pretty sure I’d get weird looks any day except Halloween. So for this look I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite aspects of the sugar skull: bright, bold colors!! And who would I rather do this look on than my big sister? Heather taught me how to do my makeup in my young, pre-pubescent years, so it was fun to do her make up for a change!
- Heather remembered to get a picture of the lash curling that I failed to capture earlier…
- I got so into this look that I totally forgot to take as many pictures of the steps as I should. Oopsie poopsie!! The bright purple shadow (Envy) I used is a loose powder that will only stick to the lid when applied with primer. I used a basic eye primer from Sephora. If you love bright colors, you’ll love Myo Make up. I found this color along with several others on Amazon. I couldn’t find the actual color I used, but this kit includes a similar purple. I highlighted under the brows with Lily, then applied Sephora Rolling in the Grass No. 10 eye shadow in the crease. At this point I finally remembered to take another picture.
- I realized that that wasn’t the kind of green I was going for. So I also blended Lightyear and Galaxy into the crease. For eyeliner, Heather used Jordana black on top and purple on the bottom. She uses ELF eyebrow gel (which she had already applied prior to the session). Then we used Dior mascara again; Blackout on top with purple on the bottom.
- And here’s the final look! Thanks to my lovely sister for letting me do this spunky makeup look on her!
Hopefully you found some inspiration to have fun with your makeup and play with color. There are lots of options whether you’re looking to save or splurge. You can find any of the products listed above (or similar ones) from Ulta, Sephora, or Amazon.