BEAUTY BAR: Wrapping Up Winter

I’ll always be the first to admit that I’m no professional makeup artist, but I like to think that I can pick out an extraordinary job when I see one. This Fashionista sat across from me in class, and I knew I had to share some of her knowledge with everyone.

I’ve always been super into makeup and very specific about the products used on my face. However, I’ve never quite grasped the concept of matching my makeup to my outfit like this Fashionista does. That, paired with her ability to perfectly balance out her soft eye look and her coordinating scarf and lipstick, made for a perfect model.

To get this look, all you need is a few staple supplies and the attitude and confidence of the beauty you are. Start off with a primer—my personal favorite is the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer—but most primers will do the trick. Then, blend in your favorite foundation and concealer pair. This is where I like to contour and highlight, but that is up to personal preference. Top it off with some setting powder for a more matte look, and then it’s on to the eyes.

This soft and feminine eye look can be achieved with a warm-toned palette, such as Smashbox Covershots in Ablaze or the Tartelette in Bloom palette; both have soft warm colors that can be dressed up or down for any look. Her sharp eyebrows can be achieved with an eyebrow pomade like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow and an angle brush. A nice natural mascara will help to keep the eyes soft and the focus on the lips for this look.

Speaking of the lips, the most important detail of this look is this Fashionista matching her lip color to her scarf. This can always be done if you aren’t wearing a scarf by matching your lip color to another accessory such as a necklace or a headband. I particularly love the formulas of the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick for a comfortable, long-wearing experience, and Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick collection for their vast range of color and finishes. Many even have a perfectly paired lip pencil! I would be hard-pressed to not find a perfect match to any accessory with all of this variety.

Through all my years, I’ve learned one thing better than any other—you should only wear as much makeup as you want to; forget the haters.