Which eyeliner is right for you—or appropriate for your occasion? There’s lots of options—pencil, liquid, and gel. Here’s how to choose the perfect liner look:
If you’re planning on attending a wedding or an occasion where tears might be shed. It will remain in place through the whole event and look flawless and precise. Our favorite liquid liners are Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner and Kevyn Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner.
If you want a more subtle daytime look. Pencil eyeliner is also a great option if you have more mature skin, since it looks more age appropriate and fresh. Our pick: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner.
If you’re torn between the liquid eyeliner look and a soft pencil look! Gel liner is like a liquid in that it has good staying power—but you can smudge it like a pencil. Use it during the day smudged with just mascara. At night, add a little more at the lash line and blend it out for a more dramatic effect. One of our faves: Ultimate Creme Eyeliner by Becca.
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July 4th is all about spending time with friends, relaxing and celebrating. Here's three ways to make your look reflect the holiday spirit, without putting silver stars on your lips!
Get Fresh Faced: Who wants to spend a lot of time putting on foundation and excess makeup when it will probably just sweat off from the heat? The Fourth of July is the perfect time to switch out foundation for a tinted moisturizer containing SPF. We highly recommend Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 by Stila . It’s a sheer wash of color that gives nice coverage but doesn’t feel heavy.
Use HIghlighter or Bronzer: The holiday weekend is all about relaxing—and having the skin to prove it. A little highlighter or bronzer can make your skin simply glow! Also, opt out a dramatic smokey eye and go for a light, shimmery look instead. Instead of traditional shadow, try using highlighter or extra dewy bronzer. Jouer makes several gorgeous shades of cream highlighters which can be applied to the high points of skin. Stila Sun Highlighter creates beautiful, bronzy, beachy skin perfect for July 4th (and all summer long really).
Don a Patriotic Pout: Prove that you’re proud to be an American with crimson lip! Try Femme or Belle Noir Lipstick by Julie Hewett for that punch of July 4th red. Or for something more subtle, try Ultimate Color Gloss by Becca in the rich, red raspberry shade of Hotel California (a pretty bold/sheer red). All of these colors are great for most skin tones and simply scream, “Happy Fourth of July!”
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There’s a fine line between a dewy, natural glow and looking too shiny. And while summer is filled with lots of fun things, oilier skin isn’t one of them. First rule to follow during the warmer months: Less is more. The less makeup you wear, the less you have to worry about getting oily and having to touch up throughout the day. Here’s some other ways to keep your skin from looking too slick this summer:
Start with matte primer. Primer can reduce the appearance of big pores and control shine by absorbing oil. We love Resurfacing Primer from Becca.
Opt for lighter consistency foundation. A tinted moisturizer isn’t as heavy as a traditional, thicker foundation. That means that when you do sweat, you won’t be locking in moisture under your makeup—which can make you look oilier than you actually are. Our fave: Matte Moisture Tint by Jouer.
Keep translucent powder with you. Perfect for absorbing extra oil, we love Ora Mineral Mix Loose Powder by Julie Hewett in Translucent Oat. It doesn’t look cakey; instead it gives your skin more of a satin finish. Going out and don’t want to carry a compact? Slide Mai Couture Papiers in your purse. About the size of a credit card, they go beyond traditional blotting papers by both removing excess oil as well as putting a bit of powder back on your face.
Whether you’re spending the holiday weekend at the beach or hitting a barbecue, these looks will help you kick off the summer season beautifully! We can totally hook you up with these lovely looks but if you can't make it in to see us in WeHo or Dallas, here are some tips on creating looks similar to these with some of our favorite products:
For the first look, create a semi-matte finish with Perfect & Correct Foundation by Stila. Apply The Celestial Veil Powder in Candlelight by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty to your cheekbones, forehead, and nose to add some highlights. For a fresh pop of color on your cheeks apply Convertible Color in Petunia by Stila. Brows are clearly a focal point to this look so highlight them using The Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty. For eyes, apply Eye Shadow in Chinois by Stila all over your lid. Then smudge Eye Shadow in Jezebel by Stila with a smudge brush heavily into your bottom lash line. Finish with loads of mascara. Apply Beach Tint in either Guava or Grapefruit by Becca and top with Ultimate Colour Gloss in Miami Vice, also by Becca.
For Jessica Alba's look, start with Illuminating Foundation by Stila and then use Omit Concealer 1 by Julie Hewett to highlight your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and under your brow bone. For a bronzed glow, apply Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende by Becca all over and then use Cream Highlighter by Jouer on your cheek bones, down your nose, above your cupid’s bow, and across your forehead. We highly recommend the Eye Shadow Trio in Bronze Glow by Stila for this look as well! For your lips, blend Nude Lip Liner in Fondant by Becca all over and finish with a swipe of Essential Lip Enhancer by Jouer.
To achieve a bronzed look like Gisele, start with Luminizing Moisture Tint by Jouer in a shade darker than your own. Then, with a shade that is a bit lighter use Compact Concealer by Becca to brighten specific areas. Apply Pure Powder Glow in Natura by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty all over your skin—concentrate it on your cheeks as a blush and dust lightly all over as a bronzer. Using a very soft touch, apply a bit of Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl by Becca to create a light glow. Fill your brows in with Brow Definer in Blond by Jouer. Use a stiff stroke to get a nice, strong brow. Finish with The Elegant Lip Gloss in Vesuvian by Kevyn Aucoin.
The nude lip is super sexy—especially during the warm summer months. But make no mistake—the nude lip isn’t a naked lip. To achieve that perfect bombshell glow, you have to find the right color nude for you. Here’s how to create the perfect summer pout.
Products we love: Nude Lip Liner Pencil in Nougat by Becca; The Elegant Lip Gloss in Vesuvian by Kevyn Aucoin
To apply: Using the lip liner’s creamy end, apply a little over your natural lip line blend it down until you can't see it. Using the opposite end, line your lips’ natural line. Next, apply the lip gloss using a lip brush and blend into your lip line.
Products we love: The Flesh-toned Lip Pencil in Medium by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty;
Beach Tint in Fig by Becca; Sheer Tint Lip Color in Estella by Becca
To apply: Sometimes you can look a little pale, if you don't go a little darker on the lip liner. By using a medium lip pencil you’ll get a more defined look. After lining your lips, blend a bit of the Beach Tint into the lip liner, but be sure to let the line show a little. Next, apply the Estella lipstick. Dab just in the center of your lips so end up with a ombre nude look.
Products we love: Bijou Lipstick in Biba by Julie Hewett
To apply: This is the perfect pink nude—no liner or gloss necessary! Just glide on and you’ll look like you just got kissed.
Nude for Darker Skin
Products we love: Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Lionfish by Stila (to be used as a lip pencil); Lip Glaze in Honeydew by Stila; concealer (any brand will do)
To apply: On darker skin, this eyeliner used as a lip liner is genius! It gives a little sparkle and slightly fades into the natural color of your skin. After lining, dab a little concealer on the center of your lips and blend out. Next, apply the lip glaze and blend all together for a beautiful, juicy nude lip.
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Whether it's for you, your mom, or both of you, we’re loving these looks for Mother’s Day! We hope you'll start your Mom's Day celebration off with an appt at Blushington. We will be celebrating the day with some bubbly and mimosas for everyone who joins us!
Here's the scoop on the makeup we use for these beautiful looks:
To achieve this look, first apply Luminizing Moisture Tint by Jouer. Then, blend in Convertible Color blush in Gerbera by Stila on the apples of your cheeks. For your eyes, apply Powder Eyeshadow in Pistachio by Jouer and then soften the green a bit by sweeping Backstage Eye Shadow by Julie Hewett. Line your waterline with Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx by Stila and smudge a bit under your eye. For feathered, Bambi-like lashes, sweep on Glamoureyes Mascara by Stila. Define your brows using The Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and finish with Brow Fix by Jouer. To complete the look, apply Bijou Lipstick in Simone by Julie Hewett.
To start, use Illuminating Foundation by Stila and then apply Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende by Becca. For cheek color, blend in Tint in Bare by Jouer. Add a dab of Shimmy Face and Body Shimmer in Goldie in a Pot by Julie Hewett on the tip of your nose and along cheekbones. Use Eye Shadow Trio in Gold Glow by Stila for your eyes. Apply the champagne and gold colors on the inner corners of your eye and lightly smudge under your lower lash line. Then, add the bronze color in the crease. Blend out to the brow bone with the champagne color. Apply Glamour Cat Eyes gel liner in Gia by Julie Hewett in a very thin line along your upper lash. Finish your eyes with with The Volume Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty. Apply Brow Fix by Jouer to keep your brows in place. For luscious lips, sweep on Lip Glaze in Watermelon by Stila.
Day at the beach:
Apply Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer by Stila mixed with Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca. Then blend-in Mineral Powder Blush in Peony by Jouer. Sweep Perfect Skin Mineral Powder by Becca all over your face. For your eyes, apply Powder Eyeshadow in Pecan by Jouer all over your lid and under your lash line. Next, blend almost to your brow bone Cappuccino Eye Shadow by Julie Hewett. Line your lower lashes with Omit Concealer Pencil by Julie Hewett to get a wide-eyed look. Apply a dab of the Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca on the inner corners of your eyes. For brows, use the Brow Definer in Blond and a bit of Brow Fix by Jouer. Finally, apply Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in Adele by Becca to your lips .
Prom is right around the corner. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you look amazing—and that includes your makeup. Get inspired with some of these gorgeous celebrity beauty ideas!
Kate Bosworth looks soft, fresh, feminine, and elegant without looking too overdone. You can get this look with either a liquid black liner (we love Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner by Stila) or a gel liner (we love Ultimate Creme Eyeliner by Becca). For cheeks, try Convertible Color cream blush in Peony by Stila. Top it all off with The Lip Gloss in Tulapina by Kevin Aucion Beauty.
Everyone loves a smoky eye, especially for prom. For your big night, opt for a shimmery, smoky eye, like Mila Kunis, which is sexy without being over the top. To make sure all eyes are on you, mix Jewel Dust in Titania by Becca with Ingenue Single Eye Shadow Palette by Julie Hewett. For glowing cheeks, use Sun Highlighter by Stila and Pure Powder Glow in Natura by Kevin Aucion Beauty. Finish the look with a custom blended lip color. We like mixing Bijou Lipstick in Kiki by Julie Hewett and Lip Lush lip gloss in Bardot, also by Julie Hewett.
Diane Kruger's classic look—a neutral eye with a pout that pops—is perfect for prom! To start, use a soft burgundy/brown eyeshadow with a touch of black liner. We suggest Smudge Pot in Black by Stila which is both a gel liner and shadow in one. For an orangey red lip like Diane’s, try Belle Noir Lipstick by Julie Hewett, which is a coral red that compliments all skin types. Prefer a true red instead? Go for Femme Noir which is great for light/medium/cool skin tones. Wear it matte or layer it with gloss for some shine.
Want to be a little more adventurous? Try a smoky eye—but with color! We are loving the violet shade on Kerry Washington. Try pairing it with a nude lip to really make your eyes pop. To achieve this look, we love 'The Eye Pencil Primatif' Pencil Eye Liner in Basic Black by Kevin Aucion Beauty topped with Silverlake Single Eye Shadow Palette by Julie Hewett. Add Convertible Color cream blush in Gerbera by Stila and top off your lips with Bijou Lipstick in Simone by Julie Hewett mixed with The Lip Gloss in Tammabelle by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty.
As always, all of these items can be found at Blushington. If you're in Dallas or LA, skip the DIY makeup routine and book an appt for one of these beautiful prom-worthy looks!
It’s easy to forget about taking care of your neck, shoulders and decolletage. But it’s high-time you pampered your oft-neglected parts—they can really shine and enhance your overall look.
Start by taking extra care when cleansing your neck and decolletage. For many women, these areas can be just as sensitive as the skin in the eye area. Use soft, upward strokes when washing. Be sure to apply a daily moisturizer or serum to keep your skin soft, supple, and youthful-looking. Don't just rub it in; pat and kneed the moisturizer in so you get the full benefit. Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector is one of our favorite serums. It's light-weight and glides onto the skin.
During the summer months, be sure to use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. Try Stila's Hydrating primer with with SPF 30. The formula is a bit more rich and creamy and will give your skin a touch of natural glow.
Wearing a strapless dress or plunging neckline? Draw attention to your shoulders and decolletage with few products that will add shimmer and glow to the area. Lightly pat a bit of Shimmy Face and Body Shimmer by Julie Hewett in Goldie to the middle section of your decolletage, along your collar bones, and the over your shoulders to highlight. For a more sun-kissed glow, gently rub in a little Celestial Powder in 'Candlelight' by Kevyn Aucoin.
Creams tend to be more dewy and leave the skin looking hydrated and youthful. However, if you prefer to use a powder, dust Celestial Powder in 'Candlelight' by Kevyn Aucoin over the chest, collar bones, and shoulders for a similar effect.
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to break out of your winter beauty rut and try some fresh looks. Here’s a roundup of our favorite new makeup trends straight from the Spring 2013 runways:
Bold, red lips. While there’s certainly a lot of pale lips this time of year, don’t pack away your scarlet lipstick just yet. Models who walked for Burberry, Prada, Missoni, Gaultier, and Oscar de la Renta all sported a bold pout. Whether it’s matte crimson, a classic power red, or a dramatic black cherry, a red lip is totally chic this spring. We love: Belle Noir Lipstick by Julie Hewett.
Lots of eyeliner. While the retro-chic cat-eye is still in style, it’s time to lose the liquid liner and break out your pencil. Tightly-outlined, softly-smudged eyeliner was in full-effect on many runways, including Chanel and Lanvin. Try pairing a jet black liner with a platinum shadow for maximum effect. We love: Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner by Stila in Lionfish and The Eye Pencil Primatif Pencil Eye Liner by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty in Basic Black.
Blue and green eyes. Say buh-bye to boring browns and say hello to all shades of blue and green for your shadow and liner. Stella McCartney, Kenzo, and Fendi all embraced the shades of the sea for eyes. Whether it’s turquoise, jade, or sapphire, sweep some vibrant color across your lids. We love: The Essential Eye Shadow Set by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty in Palette #11 (blues) and #6 (greens).
Ever wonder what the difference is between highlighters and bronzers?
While bronzers work best in the hollows of your face (under your cheekbones or jawline, your temples, or the sockets of your eyes) to create depth and structure, the lighter shades and shimmers found in highlighters accentuate the areas you want to pop and protrude (on top of your cheekbones, along the bridge of your nose, or along your brow bone). Be sure to not use too much; a little highlighter can go a long way to make your features “pop.”
You can highlight with a traditional highlighter (see our fave picks below) or by just using a lighter concealer, which will give you a more subtle, monochromatic look than shimmery creams. Simply apply and blend well to the areas you want to lighten—under your eyes, along the bridge of your nose and in between your eyebrows, along your brow bone, and along your cupid’s bow and under your lower lip.
For a sun-kissed look, we love Sun Highlighter by Stila. With its shimmering, light bronze pigment, it leaves a gorgeous glow—especially on top of the cheek bones. Shimmy Pot or Palette in Goldie by Julie Hewett gives a lush, luminescent creamy shine. When it’s dabbed on the brow bone and along the bridge of the nose, your whole face becomes glowing perfection!
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