Monday, December 30, 2013

Gettin' Glam with Alexandra Dale

I am SO excited for today's post! In preparation for New Year's Eve, I met up with friend and makeup artist Alexandra (Ali) Dale who put together three incredible looks for me. She also shared some of her favorite products and a few "Pro Tips". Take it away Ali...

Start With Healthy Skin
Any makeup artist will tell you that great makeup starts with great skin. When you need your makeup to look natural and last all day, well-hydrated skin is a must! Since Lauren has extremely hydrated skin, I cleansed her face with Sephora Cleansing Water, added a lightweight, skin-energizing moisturizer from Origins, and used a tiny bit of Shiseido's Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream

Pro Tip: Did you apply your full face of makeup and then realize your skin is a little dehydrated and showing texture? Spray a hydrating mist or setting spray to help bring extra moisture to your skin. My favorites are Caudalie Beauty Elixer and Amore Pacific's Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydrating Delivery System. 

Pro Tip: Have dry lips? After using a lip exfoliator, try using a moisturizer instead of a lip balm to provide hydration. Lip balms tend to sit on top of the skin (and can disturb lipstick), but your regular face moisturizer will penetrate the lips and leave no residue. 

Look #1: Bronze Glow
For a natural look, try playing with a bronzy glow for both the complexion and eyes. Cold winter days can make skin look dry and tired, but creating a radiant finish to the skin will give you a fresh look. 

On Lauren, I wanted to keep the complexion dewy and the eyes blowy, but not shiny or glittery. Any shimmer I used in products was either cream based or a finely milled powder. I also stayed away from any chunky glitter, and iridescent or bright colors, keeping this look subtle and natural. 

Here are the products I used (also pictured above):

Pro Tip: Don't be afraid of cream blush! It's the fastest way to get a natural glow to the cheek without the texture or powdery finish of a powder blush. Just tap it along the cheek bone and blend with a clean finger. When you're ready to give it a try, check out Stila's Convertible Colors, the Nars Multiple Stick, or the Josie Maran Argan Color Stick that I used on Lauren. 

Look #2: Sexy Cat Eye
This is such a classic look and can easily get you into the holiday spirit. No matter what red lipstick you wear this holiday season (be it a burgundy red or even a bright orange-y red), a statement lip color with clean, black liner will get you party-ready very quickly. Try it this New Year's Eve!

On Lauren, I wanted to use a classic pin-up girl red lipstick and keep the liner dramatic but not overwhelming (you'll notice that I kept the line thin with only a small wing). I kept the lid of the eye bright with a skin-tone eyeshadow, using black shadow only in the crease for dimension. A bright, bold lip color can easily wash out the rest of the face, so I applied a rose-gold blush on the apples of Lauren's cheeks. It's just enough to compliment, but not compete with, the lip color. 

Lauren already had foundation on from Look #1 above, but here are the additional products that I used to create this look:

Pro Tip: When applying red lipstick, start by filling in the lip with red lip liner. Fill in the entire lip to make the look last longer. When you get to the edges, use short, small strokes and connect the small lines together. You'll end up with a more even, straight edge. 

Look #3: New Year's Eve Vamp
New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion for dressing up, having fun, and fearlessly wearing glitter! This is the one night of the year when it's totally acceptable to wear more makeup than you normally would and try something new!

To keep it sexy and playful, I decided to go with both a smoky eye and a vampy lip on Lauren. A dark plum lip is daring and fun (plus the blue undertones make teeth look whiter), but I used a mauve lip liner that was lighter than the lipstick color to keep the lips from getting too dark. Gloss keeps any look super sexy, so I threw on a but of glittery plum gloss too. 

On the eyes, I went for smokey (but not raccoon-like!), using light gold colors on the inside of the eyes and dark purple and black on the outer halves. To finish it off, I tapped some gold glitter across the lash line for extra sparkle. 

Products used for this look include:

Pro Tip: When you are creating a smoky eye, follow these tips:
1. Keep your eye open when contouring or shading the crease
2. Contour where shadows naturally fall on the eye
3. Work with two brushes, a blending brush and pigment brush
4.  Don't be afraid to use a pop of color!

Pro Tip: Using loose glitter? Try spraying Makeup Forever's Mist & Fix prior to applying the glitter to the shadow. You'll get great hold without a lot of texture. 

If you like the looks above or just want to get in touch, check out my website or follow me on:
Twitter: @AlexandraTDale

Have a Happy (and Beautiful) New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Such a fun post! Thanks for the tips - and GREAT timing! I was honestly just doing my makeup for the day and thinking I needed to try a new cream blush! Now I have some good leads!