10 Reasons Why You Hate Everything in Your Closet… and how to fix it!

Currently, I feel invigorated and relieved. You see, I just cleansed my closet again. This time, I examined everything, including closet staples. As someone who lives on a budget and has a small clothing allowance, I appreciate the cost of clothing. However, I just took the time again to rebuild my wardrobe into something that I can love.

Do you hate everything in your closet?

Below are some reasons why you hate everything in your closet and some tips to fix it.

1. There’s too much inside. You can’t find the items that you like because they keep falling behind stuff that you never want to wear.

Fix it: Try pulling out half of your wardrobe and setting it aside. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to find a mix of what you really wear.

2. You’re missing undergarments. If you don’t have the right bras, slips, or tights to wear with your wardrobe then, you’re probably in a pickle.

Fix it: Make sure you have those basic underpinnings ready. Check each item to make sure you own the right supporting garments.

3. You’re wearing someone else’s clothes. I’m not talking about an existential crisis where you’ve been single-white-femaled into the wronge wardrobe. I mean that your closet contains too many gifted, borrowed, and handed-down items.

Fix it: Start evaluating clothing gifts in light of your true preferences and kindly decline anything that doesn’t work.

4. You are missing shoes. Sure your closet may seem full of footwear but, do you have the right ones? I find that if I don’t replace my basic footwear (ie. nude heels, black dress shoe, or neutral boot), I end up with so many outfits that won’t work. Also, the impulse to buy cute but impractical shoes may have filled your shoe rack with all the wrong trends.

Fix it: Take suggestions from bloggers who have a capsule wardrobe. They give practical suggestions for limiting shoes to a few important basics.

5. Nothing is tailored. Hems dragging on the ground and bunched up sleeves makes clothing look cheap.

Fix it: Although sewing seems to have skipped a generation, that doesn’t mean your clothes can’t fit. While you’re practicing alteration skills, be sure to take your special clothes to a tailor. Even a frugal wardrobe can benefit from some thoughtful pleats.

6. You changed your hair. Whether it’s the cut or color, you may find that your hair has evolved while your wardrobe hasn’t.

Fix it: Search images of your haircut and consider what your new style may be. Make sure you’re balancing that new ‘do with your old clothes.

7. Your wardrobe staples are old. That basic black T is pilled and your jeans don’t fit in the waist. Your favorite socks have holes and that sweater is worn around the arms.

Fix it: Whatever your style, there are probably a few items that you consistently wear for comfort. Maybe it’s a white, v-neck t-shirt that you know looks great with every skirt in your closet. If those integral staples are pilled, frayed, or stained, they should be thoughtfully replaced.

8. You don’t like your belt. Once, I realized that I didn’t have a single belt in my closet that served multiple purposes. I had a few clearance rack finds and some trendy, cheap statement pieces. However, when I wanted to actually just wear pants, I found myself skipping over every belt to go without.

Fix it: Every person needs a perfect belt. It should fit the size you are right now. It should hold up your pants and contribute to good lines in your outfit. It should not take away from your look by sagging or bunching. It’s nearly as hard as finding the perfect pair of jeans but, it’s worth it.

9. It’s a fashion trend graveyard. In the past, you just bought whatever you liked at the time. There was no deliberation and most of it can be linked back to your favorite TV character at the time.

Fix it: While it’s OK to change your taste, or even follow trends, every closet needs a core that makes sense. Look over everything and find something that unites your look. For me, it was realizing that I wanted to feel appropriate and comfortable in every situation. So, I picked one basic silhouette that flattered my curvy figure. Every clothing purchase is weighed against that silhouette. Now that I have some consistency in the shape I prefer wear, I can utilize trends as they catch my eye.

10. You’re stockpiling for another life. Maybe you’re clinging to clothes in the wrong size (large or small). Perhaps you are a stay-at-home mom with a rack full of only 6″ stilettos. Maybe you work in a business setting and only own one complete suit.

Fix it: Consider how you actually spend your days. Are you outside frequently? Do you work out? Do you watch children? Do you work in an office? Are you in school? Make sure you have clothing that fits your regular activities. Then, consider whether you need front-of-closet access to items from a former situation or a dream, future job. Pack up or dispose of anything that doesn’t fit with your normal routine.

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Do you ever hate everything in your closet? How do you fix it?

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Wardrobe Remix: Joy

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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.

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Creative work at a nuclear facility. A professional manner in an industrial atmosphere. A feminine flavor while safety codes are always the priority. Calm classy responses to crude, reactive conflicts.

These are some of the oxymorons that I encounter as head of communication for a nuclear power facility.

My outfits matter. They make me approachable to the 600 people whom I interact, while subtly insisting that I’m not afraid of standing my ground.

These Oxfords are the classic, foundational piece to my work wardrobe. They meet the industry safety requirements while adding a classic touch to any outfit combo. Oxfords dress up casual slacks or dark jeans and add a sturdy element to dresses. They can blend in or make a statement, and match leather clutches, watches, or jackets. I wear them with black, brown, beige, and gray.

During colder weather, I wear them with dark, patterned wool socks, pleated slacks, and neutral sweaters.

As the weather warms, I change out the knee socks for no-shows and sweaters for similar colors of short sleeve shirts to tuck into high wasted, relaxed fitting pants.

In a career where I often walk a line between extremes, these oxfords can go almost anywhere.

To read more by Joy, click here.

Wardrobe Remix: Danielle D.

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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.

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For the first time in two years, I am at a job again where I can wear my own clothes! I won’t lie and say that hearing this in my initial interview didn’t make me want the job even more. Sure, it’s still retail, but at least I’m not in a crazy costume anymore (Oh, the Disney life).

Here is the catch: the only colors we are allowed to wear are black, white, navy, grey, and tan, with no patterns. ALL THE NEUTRALS. If you were to step into my wardrobe, you would find random pieces of clothing in those colors, but also find that they are hidden behind my pale pinks, patterned shirts, and an unnecessary amount of graphic tees.

However, after a few days on the job and observing what my co-workers were accessorizing their bland work clothes with, the outfits themselves turned out to not be so bland after all! With a touch of jewelry and a cute, yet comfortable, shoe, adapting to the neutral tone lifestyle has been a breeze! So, here are my three tips to turn a bland outfit into a fab outfit.

Tip #1: Let a necklace make the statement when the dress can’t

Statement necklaces have become my greatest ally with this new job. My only exception is that the necklace (or scarf) has to come from the store I work in. But, for the rest of you, don’t be afraid to add a bold necklace to your look! Whether it’s a longer chain necklace, a cute choker, or one with lots of jewels, wearing a necklace adds more personality to what once was a simple black dress! Here, I am wearing two different necklaces I can wear to work.

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Tip #2: Play up your makeup, but keep it professional

My last two jobs led me to believe that it was almost a waste to wear a full face of makeup to work. I was either sweating at an outdoor kiosk or working away in the shipping department. Now that I am in a store that encourages us to look more presentable, so I’ve found playing with my makeup look each day keeps my whole outfit more exciting! Sometimes I will choose to add a wing to my eyeliner or add a soft eyeshadow to my everyday makeup routine. Here’s the main thing to remember: you are still going to work, so keep the look professional. Save the bright colored shadows for a day off, and opt for a more natural look.

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Tip #3: Experiment with shoes

This tip has been a more recent experiment for me, but I am loving it! Changing up your shoes each day keeps things interesting, and also makes your feet happy. I personally like to switch out between sandals and flats, but I have seen others add in wedges to their shoe collection. Like the necklace can make a statement at the top of your outfit, your neck can take a day off and let your shoes do the talking.

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So the next time you put on your work attire and feel bland, try these three tips and you’ll leave home feeling and looking fabulous!

Danielle Ashley is a Broadway news editor, avid tweeter, and fan of all things Disney. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and check out her blog Danielle Ashley.

Festival Season After College

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The closer I move to chanting “I’m thirty, flirty, and thriving” the more I question how festival style works after college. My first, cynical reaction brought me back to my retail days where shop girls quietly judged adult women who shopped in the “juniors” section – no matter whether the sizes fit. My inner critic started censoring items saying, “You’re too old for that.”

Music is the universal language of mankind. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

However, I considered the needs of my actual stage of life. Sure, I don’t spend my nights sleeping in vans anymore but, I still do go to outdoor festivals and concerts. Now, I actually afford whimsical vintage items that will last in my closet for more than one summer season. Now, I can actually take the time to soak in shows and festivals.

So, I am rolling back that grumpy-cat attitude and embracing the truth of this stage of life. If twenty was fun… thirty will be awesome.

Wrist bands on, fest vibes strong. The countdown is on! The official start of festival season is less than one week away and kicks off summer in the Cali desert. For the next two weekends, nothing matters but the music (and the fashion, of course). To get you desert festival-ready, we’re showing you looks that…

via AEO FESTIVAL FASHION: What To Wear This Fest Season — American Eagle Outfitters Blog

Tips For Your First Craft Fair

This time last year, I wouldn’t have even considered setting up shop at a craft fair. I had been working on projects for years but never considered my work marketable. However, a little bit of encouragement from friends and fellow artists challenged me to consider bringing my work to the public. As part of that process, I read a lot of advice articles. Some where helpful but many were just sales pitches for printed materials. Continue reading

Spring 2017 Style

Take any year, search for spring trends and you’ll find a litany of remixed patterns, colors and shapes to inspire ready-to-wear (khaki, khaki, khaki) for the next year. I’m constantly inspired by both high fashion and street style. However, my own spring style revamp is less in the buying and more in the vision-casting. With every season, I build on the process and use it as an opportunity to build my own aesthetic.

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Clear Out and Clean Up

A new year, and colder weather, is an apt time to dig through the dusty parts of the closet. As I think about my goals for the next year, I consider my clothing priorities. Depending on what projects I’m tackling, my wardrobe carries a different role. Sometimes, I’m focused on climbing professionally and need to bolster my traditional office-wear to boost my confidence. Other times, I am expanding my artistic side and find it inspiring to simply my style to focus on making. Still other times, I’m feeling gloomy and nostalgic or cheery pieces life my mood.

Absorb and Expand

To create anything, one must breathe in inspiration. The same is true with building out a new look for the season. Personally, my fashion inspiration rarely comes from the runway or the trends around me. Instead, it crosses over from literature, film, and art. I see, watch or read something new. Then, I latch onto the colors, textures, or feelings that match those moods.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton

Augment not Makeover

The core of my wardrobe is pretty plain. I stick to one silhouette, flowing tops with fitted shoulders and skinny bottoms (pencil skirts and straight jeans). The change up comes with the shoes, necklaces, bags and hair. Those little touches shake up my look from season to season. Since I like change, a smaller wardrobe actually gives me more versatility. For example, I always keep less than 10 pairs of shoes. So, they wear out much faster. This allows me to keep them current, replacing each pair after eight months or so.

Match and Mix

Finally, I lay out all the pieces and make sure each item works with an outfit. This shows the holes in my wardrobe and ensures nothing drops to the back of the closet. Also, it helps weed out the pieces I don’t love. While it may seem a bit frivilous to put so much care into reworking my wardrobe for the spring seasons, it has become a thoughtful process of preparation. And for the final trick, the castoffs fall into a DIY pile – probably my favorite part. Check out P.S. I Made This and Mark Montano to get some attainable ideas to augment your wardrobe.

For now, I’m collecting some inspiration for Spring and Summer 2017 below. Sound off on your favorite looks on my facebook page.

Spring 2017 Beauty

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Unlike the shaggy styles for hair, Spring 2017 Beauty is trending toward color-blocking and simplicity. There is a distinct affinity for soap-opera makeup from the Golden Age of Television. Everyone’s skin looks super. Lips and eyes POP! While beauty is the most prone to daily-changing, Insta-spired microtrends, there are some notable shifts for the new year.

We’re Going to Kill Contouring

Well, not kill it exactly. However, we’re seeing more ideas, like draping, from the top beauty bloggers than a total face reshape. While contouring is a fascinating art form, I have always struggled with the implications for lack of self-acceptance. Essentially, contouring promotes a very narrow vision of how people should look: all highlights, jawlines, and cheekbones. The practice never interested me – too high maintenance. Also, it’s taken me a lifetime to accept my overbite and dimpled cheeks. So, my mornings weren’t going to start with a severe face sculpting. While I am amazed at the transformations, I wish more people were comfortable walking about barefaced on the street. Hopefully, contouring shifts toward a less liberal application in the new year.

Healthy Skin

My unsolicited advice for a new year of new skin? Take care of yourself. Several years ago, I developed adult cystic acne. While it is still a struggle, my skin has been the biggest indicator of my eating habits, exercise routine, and stress level. I’m also sensitive about perfumes so, I’m definitely not borrowing body products. Every time my skin flares up, I find myself (rightly) questioning my overall health. If you’ve developed any persistent skin problems, see a dermatologist. Then, consult with a nutritionist. You might be lacking some serious healthy routines that impact your skin. The no-makeup look may be the chicest look of the season – get ready!

Got that Glitter?

Although I maintain a minimal collection of beauty products, I was intrigued by the glitter nail polish that popped up in my Christmas stocking. I would have never bought it- such a trending item. However, I tried it out, just on my thumbs with a simple manicure. I love it! It reminds me summery sunny days in middle school. Yeah, the 90s are back and all that glitters is our birthright.

More Mod

Color pops from lips to eyes to cheeks brighten up all of the spring styles. While mod always reads a little sixties, it contrasts some of shaggy, rocker hairstyles that are trending this spring. So, flip through an Andy Warhol coffee table book and rethink your palette for the season. Below are some of my favorite color pops. Let me know your favorites on the Verderamade facebook page.

Twee and Sympathy

The antidote to everyday, whimsical and spunky Itgirl fashion has been building for decades with independent films and quirky television shows. However, I have mixed feelings about incorporating whimsy in my wardrobe. I love it when I see it on others; it gives me a vicarious thrill. However, I have found my style slowly shifting away from twee touches. As Clementine says in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, “Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive.”

At times, I have grown weary of men labeling my ambition, creativity, and independence as “cute”. Essentially, I believe this may be rooted in the icons associated with the looks. So, I have divided them into archetypes to dissect their impact on fashion, their significance within culture, and the message twee clothing proclaims.

Manic Pixie Dream Girl

While this trope, especially as an side character in a male protagonist’s self-discovery, has been criticized, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl lives on through thrifted hi-low style. Her clothing screams, “I’m fun, creative and maybe – a little bit crazy.” To date, Nathan Rabin, who originally coined the phrase, admits that his criticism of the trope has been misinterpreted. It is not these delightful female characters that present the problem. Their use a tool for the leading man’s happiness remains the issue. In fact, there are also similar characters who have flipped the trope on its head. Some better-known examples, positive and negative, include:

  • Claire, Elizabethtown
  • Amelie, Amelie
  • Clementine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Summer Finn, 500 days of Summer
  • Sam, Garden State
  • Sara Deever, Sweet November
  • Penelope, Penelope

In each of these instances, the character relishes small sartorial thrills. Their style is lived-in, thrifted, colorful and fanciful. Each has a passion for life and an unconscious love for beautiful things. On one hand, this character exudes empowerment when she is at the center of the story, such as Amelie or Penelope. By contrast, the archetype relegates the Manic Pixie Dream Girl to a muse that becomes a mechanism for change in the leading man’s life. This association makes the twee trend romantically risky.

Really Bored Receptionist

Sometimes, the designers pair the most delightful costumes with really dull jobs. In the cinematic universe, Really Bored Receptionists use their downtime to boost personal style. Again, the passion of these characters is obvious. They “bring it” each day — even to an uneventful and low-pay job. However, their situation mirrors the sad reality of the glass ceiling while reinforcing the notion that goofy, sexy women belong at the front desk instead of the corner office. Below are some of the more memorable sassy secretaries.

  • Amanda Tannen, Ugly Betty
  • Elaine Vassal, Ally McBeal
  • Janine Melnitz, Ghostbusters
  • Miss Moneypenny, James Bond movies
  • Judy, What’s Up Doc?

Instead of getting direct credit for contributing to the workplace, they are typically a distraction. They are the objects of flirting. They are the mistresses or daydreams. They become the wallpaper that beautifies the lobby. But, like any office decoration, they’re not expected to speak up and contribute meaningfully to the business. In the workplace, the sassy secretary style sends submissive signals.

Poor Little Rich Girl

For every Becky Sharp trying to climb the social ladder, there always seems to be a few unhappy princesses envying her independence. Much like the cheerleader who complains about the emptiness of popularity, this archetype has found little meaning at the end of a cocaine line. Instead, the Poor Little Rich Girl shrinks behind tattered, oversized luxe-wear. Below are some examples of this trope:

  • Patricia Graynamore, Joe Versus the Volcano
  • Jasmine, Aladdin
  • Margot Helen Tenenbaum, The Royal Tannenbaums
  • Susan Vance, Bringing up Baby
  • Princess Anne, Roman Holiday

Although Grey Gardens was aesthetically fascinating, the documentary raised questions about the desperate, decomposing elite. The fine line between childish melancholy and true mental illness becomes blurred when these situations are reduced to a tube of bright red lipstick, broken diamond earrings, and a dirty hypodermic needle. While high fashion the contrast of this mix, the look reads as generally disrespectful — more so when contrived.

Sexy Little Rebel

More than a fringy leather jacket or a wild playlist, adolescent rebellion transitions children into adults. The process poses questions about authority, status quo, priorities and personal growth. However, these stories are often much more serious for young men when Dolores Haze of Lolita manifests rebellion in contrast to Sam Gribley of My Side of the Mountain. Both reject their guardian’s lifestyle for a sort of independence. However, storytellers often objectify young, rebellious female characters.   Below are some well-known examples of Sexy Little Rebels on both sides of the objectification spectrum.

  • Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Charlotte Vale, Now, Voyager
  • Juno MacGuff, Juno
  • Penny Lane, Almost Famous
  • Lelaina Pierce, Reality Bites
  • Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Although adolescent blossoming remains an important narrative device, some stories lose sight of deeper themes. Rebellious heroines need no adorkable factor. Overall, the trope favors objectification over authenticity. As a style, the Sexy Little Rebel looks teeters between desperate and despondent.

Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. –  Clementine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

As I always say, “It’s your body and you can dress how you want to.” However, first looks shape perception – the perennial double-edged blessed curse of fashion. Dressing for personal style, not costume, breaks boundaries of the troupe. Remember who you are and why those characters inspired your look. Check out the leading ladies in the lookbook below to get more twee inspiration.

Which characters inspire your whimsical wardrobe?

Wardrobe Remix: April

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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.

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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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!!
  3. Nataliya did her eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara with the materials listed above. For the final look…..
  4. 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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

  1. Heather remembered to get a picture of the lash curling that I failed to capture earlier…
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Happy Fall!! -April