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I found this in the Maybelline display at the grocery store here and I was immediately intrigued, especially since I have been loving purple a lot the past year or so. I haven’t had a proper blush in ages because I feel like my cheeks shine through no matter what so I decided on purchasing this one. It also comes with a highlighting shade so it was kind of a twofer. The idea of it, as told by the backside of the packaging is to use the blush, then highlight on top of it to give a different effect, apparently.

In the pan, the highlighter looks really pale, but when I swatched it, as you can see below, it looks more golden than white. For me, that is kind of a problem since I’m really pale and golden shades doesn’t suit me too well. The other shades look gorgeous though, there’s a good variety between shades, one pink-ish, one light purple and one that looks a lot deeper.

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The blushes are very pigmented, so you would have to be careful when applying it. I used a round contour brush to apply it the first time because my blush brush had been used for highlighter previously and I didn’t want to wash it. By using that I pretty much just stamped a circle of color onto my cheeks and I looked like a clown. You can also see in the picture below that the palette has a lot of fallout so be careful when using a brush to apply it. I only gently swiped into the color and that was how much came out, a bit more than what I’m used to from other Maybelline products. I guess it makes up for it by being super pigmented.

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All in all I found it to be a good enough blush, the highlight was too dark so I resorted to using it on my eyes along with the purple shades instead. The colors blend really well so they are ideal for being used as an eye shadow too.. So this is technically a three-fer palette then, blush, highlight and eye shadow in one!

Have you tried this before? What do you think about it? 

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Sounds rather sticky, right?

I have both heard about and seen people use their lipstick or lip tint as a blush but I have never really wanted to try it.. Mostly because it sounds awfully sticky and I’m honestly not great at blending at all. Most of my lipsticks are purple too so I end up looking super flushed, as you can see in the picture below. I used to have a lip tint that doubled as a blush but I think I had an allergic reaction to it so I threw it out sometime earlier this year.

From what I found when researching this, you could either apply the lipstick directly onto your cheeks, or use your fingers to blot your lips after application and then dab whatever you blot off onto your cheeks afterwards. I tried just applying it directly onto my cheeks, and boy, did I not know how much or little I needed. My first attempt made me end up looking like a clown, but with a little bit of practice I ended up with what you can see below. It’s not the worst, but certainly not the best either as I could blend it out more to make it look natural. The downside with doing that though is that it wouldn’t show up as well in pictures, and how could I illustrate what I did without that?

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(The lipstick I used is Mauve Mania by Maybelline)

I’m not sure if it is a trend I would continue to follow, especially not since my cheeks are naturally flushed anyways. It doesn’t really matter how much foundation I put on top because somehow the redness shines through anyways. Luckily it’s not the brightest red in the world but it is enough to be noticed.

I think I honestly would rather invest in a proper blusher instead. I do prefer powders to the feeling of sticky lipstick on my cheeks so it’s not really any big decision I need to make. Would you use your lipstick as a blush if you’re in a pinch? Or is this something you do already? Let me know! I’m curious to read your answers.

We all want what we can’t have, right?

That seems to be a recurring theme with these beauty trends, trying to achieve something new or improve on what we have already. I have always had some freckles but I spend less time in the sun now and that just means they won’t be as visible anymore. But luckily we can just.. draw on whatever we want and make it look somewhat natural.

There are a ton of different kind of freckles out there, and types that have been popular on YouTube are freckles made with eyeliners or eyebrow pencils, with colored pencils or with gold foil or other thin sheet metal to make it look extra special. I’m very wary of putting things on my face so I just opted for trying it with one of my Eyebrow micro pencils, especially because the tip of it is thin so it would be easier to make smaller dots.

Here’s an example of a foiled freckle, it’s really pretty (though I didn’t try it, I feel like it deserved a mention because it’s so beautiful). This video is by an ASMR creator called ASMR Glow, she has done many different foiled freckle looks.

Anyways, here’s my attempt:

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As you can see on my skin above, I naturally have a few spots on my face, especially on my cheeks but there’s not really any noticeable freckles there. That’s why I wanted to try to draw some on.

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Here’s the first attempt, no blending whatsoever, just adding random spots to my cheeks and on my nose to make it a more uniform look. It would be very weird to only have freckles on your cheeks and absolutely nowhere else.

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In the last picture here I took some setting powder on a brush and gently blended it into the skin, trying to diffuse the freckles to make them even more natural and less obvious. I really think it worked, it looked even better in real life than in this picture so it could definitely be something I would try again. I used a warm brown shade to make the freckles, but I honestly think a more cool toned pencil would make them look better since most of the hair on my head is jet black. That in contrast with my very pale skin would make a warm tone look weird if it was more obvious and not blended in like how it is here. I guess my next quest will be to find a good neutral toned pencil that I can actually use on my brows too.

Is this a trend you would try? Or do you have enough freckles naturally? Let me know!

What came first? Ombre lips or Ombre hair?

I have no idea, but both are trends that I really like! There are also tons of color varieties and ways to do it, so there’s not really just one way you’re restricted to doing it. I think the most popular variety would be a dark outline and a lighter center of the lip, or the exact opposite. The dark inside and lighter on the outside look is especially popular in k-beauty.

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My favorite variety is a dark lipstick on the upper lip and on the inside of the bottom lip that fades down into a brighter lipstick. I have tried two varieties here, one with a warm purple and one with a cold toned purple.

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A swift google search showed me articles about ombre lips all the way back to 2011, and for ombre hair it showed back to 2013.. So they weren’t far apart, and I’m sure that if you combined the two you would be like the coolest person ever, right? I’m sure there is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Anyways, the general idea of the ombre lip is to first use the darkest shade to “contour” your lips, then use the lighter one to “highlight” them. You can blend the colors together to make it a faded look, or keep the harsh edges to make the ombre more pronounced. The results will also depend on what kind of lipsticks you’re using, if they’re a liquid matte, a creamy lipstick, a glossy lip, anything like that. I find normal, creamy lipsticks to be the easiest to work with, but I didn’t have any with a high enough contrast so I ended up using a dark purple liquid lip cream and a lighter purple lip gloss together. You can see below how it went when I tried to use my creamy lipsticks, can’t really see much of an ombre.

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I thought it would have worked since one of them was a normal lipstick and the other had a lighter shimmer, but alas, they were too similar in tone for any ombre effect to take place. I guess I have to invest in some darker lipsticks sometime!

Is ombre lips a trend you have tried? Or could it be one that you would want to try? Share your stories (successes and fails) below, I’m eager to hear about it all.

Graphic liners have been part of runway make up for a long time, and it has been written about in different style magazines. I found a slideshow over at Instyle titled “trends you should try” and graphic liners was the only topic, so I thought I should give it a go then. It was a bit difficult to pull off, because I don’t have any liquid liners, my eyes can’t handle most of them, so I just had a soft, black liner that I had to try to make sharp lines with. It wasn’t easy, it looks a bit wonky but at least it was fun to try out! I usually just do a classic winged liner when I put on eye liner, so I had to go a bit out of my comfort zone with these.


Double winged liner

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This is basically winged liner, with one extending from the upper lash line and one from the lower lash line. It can be closed off like how I drew it on, or you could leace a blank space in the outer corner. I don’t think this is a look I could pull off, my eyes are wide enough already so it would look weird. It would also look a lot better if you use a liquid liner since it allows for more precision.


Colorblock

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The colorblock liner is basically a wingless, chunky liner done with one or more bright colors. Blue was the brightest I had, and it didn’t match any of the others (dark green and bronze) so I had to use it on its own. You can draw the line on in a square shape, pull it out into a wing, do like a rainbow with liquid liners.. Anything is possible, and it’s only limited by what you have on hand to use to draw on a liner like this.


Negative space

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This liner follows the eye socket, framing the lid. It can be pulled all the way to the inner corner of the eye, or leaving it open, like I chose to do. If I had done it all the way I think it would have smudged a lot more. The idea of negative space is to leave the majority of the lid clean, but you could fill it in with anything you want. I think black and gold would look very pretty.


Lined crease

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This is basically the same as negative space, but a bit higher up. The idea is to really accentuate the crease, making your lids look bigger than they are. I drew mine a bit highter becase the difference wasn’t really noticeable from the other one at first. This also reminds me of the 1960’s cut crease look.


Extended cat eye

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And lastly we have an exaggerated version of a cat eye. I think this one is my favorite out of the bunch, mostly because it made me look so sinister. I’m surprised by how sharp I was able to make the lines look with my pencil, but I don’t think I would be able to recreate this again without using a liquid liner.. The struggle!


 

Would you be comfortable with trying eye liner looks that are a bit out of the ordinary? They all look fun but I’m not sure if they would be suitable for every day wear. Maybe a handful of them could, but it depends on the person, and the occasion!

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