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Hi beauty lovers,

Today I wanted to share the sexy actress/model Keisha Kimball‘s photos from a recent shoot by Michael Benatar in Malibu, California. I wanted to make her look like a Playboy model, so I played up her insanely blue peepers with deep dark matte eye shadows and stacked big bold lashes (MAC’s #12’s) on top. I softly highlighted and contoured using MAC’s Prep & Prime Highlighting Pen in Light Boost and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark. She has a petite face so I used the products sparingly to keep the highlight/contour from taking over her face.

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Keisha looks like a California girl but she’s actually from Texas. Her southern drawl slips out from time to time, it’s so cute! She likes her brows bold, so we defined them with MAC’s Lingering pencil and lots of Charcoal Brown eye shadow.

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Keep up with this sexy mama on her Instagram (she has 20k followers for a reason!)IMG_7090

Awesome photos courtesy of Michael Benatar

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TGIF Beauties!

Since it’s Friday and some of you are probably planning a fabulous night out, I thought I’d bring you a “going out” makeup look. This makeup is super -wearable but still has nighttime elements like glitter and smoke.  Ooh-la-la!

This is a great makeup look to try if you have a ton of bold, bright eyeshadow colors and have no idea how to use them. Don’t be afraid of color! Instead of smearing it all over, line your lower lid with it. You will get a pop of color without feeling like you went overboard. Balance everything out with a light lip and natural skin. I skipped lashes for this look, but if you’re feeling a little vixen, go for it. Lashes have a way of finishing the look, kind of like the frame around a masterpiece- it’s also the reason celebrities always look so put together on the red carpet.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Urban Decay “Junkie” 24-7 eyeliner

Makeup For Ever Star Powder in Gold

Makeup For Ever Aqua Brow in #3

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Cashmere Creme Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Soar lip liner

MAC Viva Glam Nicki and Creme de Nude lipsticks

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Hello my beauties, today we are going to talk about smoky eyes. Everyone wants them, and everyone is equally afraid to try them. Many people fall victim to smearing black eyeshadow all over their eyes and ending up with a “raccoon eyes” result.

Here’s the solution: smoky eyes don’t always mean black eye shadow. Every skin tone has a shade of shadow that gives the effect of a smoky eye, and that’s not always black. If you’re an expert, then by all means, go ahead with the blackest shadows money can buy. For the rest of us, here’s a cheat sheet to help pick the right shade of smoky for your skin tone.

MY GOLDEN RULE FOR ALL SKIN TONES:

The darker the shadow, the more MATTE it should be. Stay away from frosty blacks to avoid shadow fallout and muddiness.

Fair/Light Skin

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If you are super pale, (including many Asian skin tones) then you have to be especially careful with dark eye shadows. I suggest sticking to varying shades of grey. Feline or Incubus shadows by Illamasqua are perfect for you.

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Sweep a light grey all over the lid, buff in a dark grey into the crease. Line your water line with a dark grey pencil. Dot the inner corners of your eyes with a pale, shimmering silver.

Medium Skin

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If you are medium-skinned, swap out your black shadow for dark plums. Makeup For Ever Eye Shadow in #160 is a winner. Pat a lavender or silver shadow on the lid, and buff in a dark, MATTE plum color in the crease. Line your waterline with a black pencil.

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Olive/Medium-Dark Skin

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Olive and Medium-Dark skin tones usually have golden undertones. What goes with golden? Deep, dark teal. Plumage by MAC is a gorgeous matte blackened-teal that will give you a soft, smoky eye. Pat a frosty dark grey on the lid. Buff the dark matte teal in your crease. Use a black pencil in your waterline and you’re set.

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Dark Skin

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If you have dark skin, you can totally get away with using a matte black eye shadow like Crave by Urban Decay. If you aren’t feeling confident you can always substitute the black for a rich brown or even a velvety maroon like Inglot’s Matte #326. Pat a shimmery brown all over your lid then buff the dark matte brown (or maroon) into your crease. Fill the waterline with a black pencil and you’re set.

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Deep Dark

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Deep dark skin tones like Alek Wek almost always need a rich black eye shadow to intensify even an every-day look. To off-set the black in the crease, I suggest patting a metallic eyeshadow all over your eye lid. The bright metal pigment will push your eyelids forward while the black eyeshadow will deepen your crease, giving you a beautiful 3-dimensional look. You can’t go wrong with MAC’s Woodwinked eye shadow and Urban Decay’s matte black shadow in Crave.

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I hope everyone’s holiday season went well and you were all with your loved ones. This was our first “married” holiday season, so we really made an effort to be with both sides of the family. We went to Big Bear Lake with my folks and sister, then swung down to Orange County to be with my in laws. Busy busy busy!

I feel like everything’s been going by really fast since Christmas ended. Can you believe New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night?! If you are looking for makeup inspiration for the first night of 2013, look no further.

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Click to watch how to recreate sparkly smoky eye tutorial