Date Night Makeup Tutorial |FT. Branded Royalty Jewelry

Date Night Makeup Tutorial FT. Branded Royalty Jewelry | Glamrika.com

Happy (belated) Valentine’s day, or Galentine’s day or sitting alone eating ice cream day. No matter how you celebrate the holiday, at its root Valentine’s day is simply another day to go out on a date, which means its another day to cake on some makeup.

Although originally filmed on sweetest day, I want to share with you all a effortless and sultry makeup look that I did on Ruby Brown, AKA founder of Branded Royalty Jewelry. After the quick beat, Ruby helped style me with some of her pieces before a fashion event. Watch the exchange below!

xoxo

Soft Glam Valentine’s Day Tutorial

Soft Glam Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial | Glamrika.com

Real quick, while I’m sitting here still SHOOK from all of the amazing talent at the 2017 Grammy’s, here is a quick Valentine’s Day tutorial that I threw together. I wanted to offer a soft yet romantic alternative to the pink and peachy tutorials that are floating around on YouTube right now.  Hope ya’ll like it!

 

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#MOTD | Playing With Color

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Happy Monday! Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to pop on a synthetic wig and play with my makeup. For this look I used the Morphe 35B Color Glam palette. As much as I like this look, I gotta be honest – I think Morphe palettes are just ok at best ( and I feel like I can say this because I own 2). Too much hype for eye shadows that can barely blend. The shadows were pigmented tho, I’ll give them that.

Anywhooo…take a peek at my photos and let me know what you think in the comment section.

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Should I list details?

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#WAKEUP! | What You Missed in January

#WAKEUP! What You Missed in January | Glamrika.com

I swear, January just zoomed by! 2017 is already on a rampage, snatching our wigs and our policies (#NOBANNOWALL). With all of the excitement that February has yet to bring, let us review all that you may have missed here at Glamrika.com. 

For starters:

You missed 2 polar opposite, full glam makeup looks. The rose glow look is uber feminine and soft, whereas the bolder look was all about exploring outside of your makeup comfort zone and throwing away all of your makeup rules.

Click on the link to read more about the inspiration that inspired both looks, as well as the products used.

Rose Glow

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The Bold

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Secondly,

You missed my first beauty DIY ever! I was feeling creative (and overwhelmed by the lack of storage space I had for my makeup collection) so I created a DIY vanity. It is small, cute and most importantly, affordable.

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Third,

I decided to cash out, with my Christmas money, and splurge on some high-end makeup. I swear Sephora is my second home. The majority of the items I purchased are highly anticipated items for 2017. Needless to say, my shopping spree was lit and well worth it.

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Forth,

I was feeling creative (yet again) and decided to create a list of 21 makeup challenges to try in 2017. It is great to rant and rave about beauty products, but I also wanted write something that could act as a contribution to the beauty blogging community. If you decide to try any of the challenges tag me! I would love to support you.

21 Makeup Challenges | glamrika.com

Lastly,

I gave ya’ll the run down on how to create chiseled cheek bones and contour your face to get a lifted look. This method has been a game changer in my makeup routine and I hope that you all find it useful as well.

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

Whelp, that is all I have for January. Be sure to follow my blog and my social media channels so you won’t miss a thing this February.

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5 Reasons You Need To Break Up With Your Foundation NOW!

foundationOnce upon a time, I had a world win romance with a foundation product that was the star of anyone’s show. Its sleek and minimalist packaging paired with its full coverage yet, light weight formula was a match made in heaven. We fell in love instantly. I envisioned a future with this foundation filled with happily ever afters. But alas, our love was a fever – hot and heavy, but short lived.

There will be times when we all fall in instant love with foundation. Maybe it’s the hype, hell maybe its the price. Whatever it is, sometimes its a fog that is shielding our eyes from seeing the truth in the product. The truth, that we may be blind to, is that our foundation lover-boy really isn’t all that and a bag of chips.

If you have been noticing any of these classic breakup signs, it may be time to part ways and find a new product to love.

1 – It no longer matches your neck

This is only natural, and temporary as the seasons change. Luckily for you, this does not have to be a deal breaker. Just let it be known to your love that you would like to have a open relationship instead.

2 – It brings out your fine lines

Makeup should only age us in a positive way. It should take us from frumpy, dumpy 18 and fresh out of high school to grown and sexy 20 – 22.

If your foundation is settling into your fine lines and creasing, giving you that Happy 80th birthday look, it’s time to see other people. 

3 – It is bringing unwanted texture to your skin

This is a big one for me. Some of us may already have textured skin due to clogged pores, acne, eczema etc. A ideal foundation blurs and minimizes the appearance of the texture, not zooms in and gives it a layer of HD vision for the world to see! 

On the flip-side, if the foundation is drying your skin out and creating dry patches or bumps on your face you need to discontinue immediately.

4 – OILLLYYY

Makeup will clog our pores, it’s just a fact of life. However, if your foundation is clogging your pores causing you to get super oily while wearing it EVEN AFTER you have done every scrub, mask and pore strip on Earth – it’s gotta go.

5 – Missing longevity

If your foundation has begun to fade or get oily a hour or two after application, its done. Return it, throw it away, burn it – I don’t care what you do, just be sure to stop wearing it.

My ex is Mr. Nars – All Day Luminous. I know, he’s a fan fav but we just didn’t work out. Who is the foundation lover-boy in your life that you have to part ways from?

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5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

Alright y’all, so before I dive into the “how to’s” and the five steps and the bla bla bla, I need to be open about why this topic is oh so important. 

For the longest time I followed the same generic outline on how one should contour their face. Sure, I got the results I was looking for, but it wasn’t quite up to the standards that I wanted to achieve. 

Recently while creeping on some of my favorite makeup artist on Instagram, I had a makeup epiphany. The artist with similar face shapes to mine, being a bit rounded with high cheekbones, dragged their contour to the center of their face giving them a lifted look. “GENIUS!”, I thought as I raced over to my vanity eager to shape and sculpt my own face. Maybeeee I tripped while getting up off the couch, but if no one saw it, did it really happen?

When it comes to beauty, I think it is important to never settle for good. With all of the new products out now and every beauty blogger sharing their secret techniques, there is no reason we shouldn’t be striving to reach our maximum makeup potential.

Alright, now we can dive into the steps. 

Step 1: Apply Concealer

Now technically the first step is your skincare routine, then your primer and foundation but I know, you know what I mean when I say this is the first step. Ok, cool.

You are going to follow the hollows of your eye socket to make a “U” shape with your concealer of choice. I am using L.A Girl Pro Concealer, but any concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation will do. Be sure to place your concealer directly under your eyes, dragging the concealer down only slightly to grace your cheeks. What we don’t want to do is taper our concealer past our eyes – leading into our hairline. Keep things rounded as it will add to the natural curves of our contour later.

Step 1 to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

To elongate your face and brighten your center, you can place come concealer on your chin and forehead also. From there, blended with your favorite tool(s). I am a sucker for the Original Beauty Blender. It can do no wrong in my eyes.

Step 1 to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

With my Iman stick foundation in hand, I’m ready for step #2.

Step 2: Outline Your Cheekbones

Instead of simply drawing a downward angle on the hollows of your cheeks, I challenge you to try something new to get a more chiseled and lifted look. Using any cream contour product of your choice, start by your ear and slowly drag your product downward following the hollows of your cheeks. Lighten your pressure as you go, and taper the product down and around the apples of your cheeks, dragging upward until you meet the the corner of each nostril. 

Step 2 to Chiseled Cheekbones | glamrika.com

Your cream contour strokes do not have to be perfect! For added depth I’ve also placed some product on my jawline and temples. Using a dense, tapered blending brush and small circular strokes, I start at the ear and blend the product upward until it melts into my concealer.

Step 2 to Chiseled Cheekbones | glamrika.com

Do not feel discouraged if it looks a bit muddy. I got you covered in step 3.

Step 3: Clean it UP!

Using that same concealer, simply draw directly underneath your contour with the same motion. After that you just gotta blend, blend, blend! 

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Step 4: Set Everything!

Set your concealer and contour with either a loose or pressed powder. I am a huge fan of Laura Mercier translucent power to set my concealer. As for my contour, I have been loving the Tarte contour palette that I recently wrote about in my Sephora Haul post. 

Step 4 to Chiseled Cheeks | glamrika.com

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Yay! Your base is complete. Now you can throw on some lipstick, mascara, blush and anything else that showcases your personal flair. If you want to take your lifted contour to the next level, I would advise you to do the following:

Step 5 to chiseled cheeks | glamrika.com

Additional Advice: 

  • Place blush on the apples of your cheeks ONLY! This will keep color at the center of your face, giving a more lifted appearance. 
  • Traditional contour methods recommend applying highlight directly to the angles of your cheekbones. To keep things lifted, apply your highlight right above the apples of your cheeks instead. 
  • Take a quick picture of your makeup using the flash on your phone to ensure that everything is blended. The flash will show any harsh lines that need a bit more TLC. 

 

PIN this infographic now so you can try this method later.

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

 

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Makeup of The Day | Something Bold

The number one thing that all of my Instagram friends love about this look, is the lip. What is crazy to me is that a year or two ago, you would never catch me creating \ wearing something so bold. Developing your makeup skills and expanding on your craft goes beyond practicing blending techniques and winged liner strokes. The more involved you get, the easier it is to feel secure in yourself and secure in the looks that you want to explore.


I would see ladies in public going all out on their makeup and look STUNNING and I would just sit there in awe (and the slightest bit of envy). It was not so much about the look, as it was the confidence oozing out of their pores. Not only did I love that, but it was something that I wanted for myself but for whatever reason, could not obtain.

Since then, I’ve been able to bring my inner confidence out. By wearing my confidence on my sleeve, I feel like my makeup looks have improved drastically.


Makeup Details:

I used the Tartiest Pro Palette that I recently wrote about in my Sephora Haul blog post.

Lip is from Colourpop Cosmetics – “Dr. M”

On a scale of 1 – extra, how bold of a look is this for your personal style?

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