Summertime Eye Makeup Tips

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Hello there ladies! Are you as excited for summer as we are at Y&L? What’s not to love about warm weather, backyard BBQ’s, and relaxing days at the pool? Well nothing except for makeup that melts, smears, and just doesn’t stay put… Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a few tricks that will keep your eye makeup in place even in the hot summer sun! Oh and be sure to tune in next week when we share some tips for keeping your concealer and foundation set!

So some of the major makeup issues during the summer include: melting eye makeup, greasy lids, and concealer that collects in your creases.

To Combat Greasy Lids:

  • Apply a primer. We love this affordable Magic Vegan Eye Shadow Primer by The All Natural Face (just $7/bottle).
  • Apply eye shadow or finishing powder. After you apply a primer, if you have particularly greasy lids or it’s a humid day add some double insurance and apply a shadow or finishing powder, this helps to set the product. You can go with a nude option, or your favorite color. We love the Pure and Natural Tinted Finishing Veil by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $13.95)

For Under Eye Concealer That Stays Put:

  • Make sure you moisturize first and let it dry. To keep your concealer from looking cakey you always want to apply moisturizer to your eyes, and give it time to dry.
  • Apply a generous amount of creamy under eye concealer. Using a concealer brush and a cream concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation apply the concealer under your eyes. Start at the inner corner of your eye up towards where the inner brow starts. Continue by making a half moon shape following the lower lash line all the way to the outer corner of the eye. Blend the concealer using your finger tips. We love Erzulie Mineral Erase Cream in Light/Medium Light (just $8.50/pot).
  • Set the concealer with a mineral powder concealer. To keep the concealer in place it’s best to set it with a generous amount of concealing mineral powder. Our favorite is Pure and Natural Mineral Concealer in Beauty Sleep from Willow Tree Minerals ($10/pot). This product has just the right amount of light reflecting minerals to hide under eye circles! Press the powder into the concealer starting at the inner corner and brush across the under eye area, sweeping off any extra.

For Eye Liner That Doesn’t Melt:

  • Start with a pencil. After you’ve primed and applied shadow it’s time to apply liner. When you want eyeliner that lasts you need to apply a few layers of product. It’s best to start with a pencil along your upper lash line (and bottom lashes too if you wear it there). We love Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in Black ($11 per stick). Just make sure you let the pencil set for a little bit.
  • Apply a liquid liner next. After you’ve applied the pencil, trace your line with a liquid liner and allow it to dry. We love ZuZu Luxe’s Liquid Liner in Raven ($14 a bottle).
  • Set your liner with a shadow in the same shade. Using an eyeliner brush dip it into a shadow or powder eyeliner the same shade as your liquid or pencil. Lightly dab it onto your eyeliner line. DO NOT DRAG IT ALONG THE LINE. Just dab and press, moving along your lashes. This helps to set the product. We love Pure and Natural Mineral Eye Liner in Charcoal Crush by Willow Tree Minerals on Etsy (just $5.95).

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping your eye makeup in place during the summer months?

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Retro/Vintage Style Breakdown

You’re heart flutters when you pass by a thrift store, and rather than wear the season’s latest trend, you prefer to don a piece with some history to it (like a sweet swing skirt)! A person with retro or vintage flair usually has an eclectic wardrobe with pieces from a variety of eras. It takes dedication and some thrifty shopping, but building a solid and functional wardrobe with retro flair can be really fun (and easier on the wallet than keeping up with seasonal trends)! Hair and makeup can really play up a retro look—like soft curls, and cat eye makeup.

Style Icons: 

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Her gorgeous curly bob and bold lips make her a style icon for any vintage fashion lover.

Anne Hathaway – When she’s not busy kicking ass and taking names as Cat Woman, Anne Hathaway is looking retro chic on the red carpet. Love her hair and gown, and rocking green earrings!

Scarlett Johannson – Scarlett not only has the body for retro fashion, but admits to loving the hunt of vintage clothing!

Essential Pieces:

This can really vary depending on your favorite era. But some staples we think work well are…

  • Vintage Dress – A knee-length dress with a full circle skirt or pencil cut would be a great staple piece.
  • High-Waist Shorts – High waisted pieces were normal back in the golden days of fashion (and are now making a triumphant return). Choose a pair of high-waisted shorts in either a classic denim for a casual look, or a tailored trouser cut for a dressier occasion.
  • Peter Pan Collar Blouse – This adorable little collar is a great retro detail for a staple piece in any wardrobe.
  • Mary Jane Pumps – A sweet pair of vintage heels are essential for any girl with retro flair.
  • Vintage Handbag – You can really have fun with this accessory and choose a bag from your favorite era, and usually you can find a well made bag for a great price on Etsy or eBay!
  • Printed Scarf – An adorable silk scarf in a fun print is a great way to add interest and vintage style to any outfit. We love this elephant scarf from ModCloth!

Favorite Places To Shop The Retro/Vintage Look:

  • Thrift Stores  This is kind of a no-brainer. There is no better place to find your vintage look than a thrift store. Sometimes goodwill will even carry higher quality vintage pieces. It’s definitely a hunt, but that is part of the fun.
  • eBay – eBay makes finding exactly what you are looking for a little easier… and you obviously have the advantage of doing your shopping in your pajamas. Just be sure to read the details about the condition of the piece and to check measurements before ordering.
  • Etsy – This online marketplace is another goldmine for vintage fashion. The community has strong rules about what qualifies as vintage, and usually you can find pieces that will fit into any budget.
  • Anthropologie – If you love the vintage look, but the thought of wearing someone else’s clothing weirds you out there are options for new clothes with a retro flair.
  • ModCloth  – Another online retailer that we <3. They carry both vintage pieces and new clothing with a retro flair at an affordable price.
  • Bettie Page Clothing – If you are in the Bay Area you are lucky enough to be able to shop in one of their only 8 physical locations! This store has adorable dresses, and we are kind of in love with their Berry Sweet Frock.

What is your must have vintage or retro inspired piece?

Do Your Eyeliner Like A Pro!

Eyeliner is a bit of an obsession for me. If I was being banished to a desert island, I’d bring eyeliner. I have tried many application techniques, many kinds, many styles, and many brands. Recently I have tried to switch my beauty goods to natural and safe cosmetics – this has proven tricky for my eyeliner addiction. But finally I have found the perfect combination of products, application techniques, tips, and tricks that I’m excited to share with you.

The Products:

  • Jane Iredale Pencil Eyeliner in Black – This stuff is only $11/pencil, and has lasted me 2 to 2.5 months of daily eyeliner wear (with some touch-up applications for really long days). It is safe for your eyes, doesn’t tug when you apply, and is the darkest and most smudge-proof SAFE eyeliner I have found. I recommend buying Jane Iredale’s sharpener, it’s only $2.50 and it has done a great job of not “eating” my pencil up—which is important for a girl on a budget.
  • ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven – At $14.95/bottle, it is a little more expensive then the pencil, but I think it will last a solid 3 to 4 months. This eyeliner is safe and free of harmful ingredients, the pigment is super intense, and the applicator is easy to use. Can you say win, win, win!
  • Everyday Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer – This fantastic mineral concealer is only $5 and lasts at least 8 months! It works great as a primer for your eyes, and hides dark circles and blemishes!

The Process:

  1. Wash and dry your face. Apply moisturizer and eye cream. Always moisturize!
  2. If you are wearing foundation apply that as well.
  3. Using your (clean) fingertip apply concealer to your upper lids, the corners of your eyes, and under your eyes to hide dark circles.
  4. Take the sharpened Jane Iredale eyeliner pencil and draw a line on your upper lash line from your inner eye out. Get as close to your lash line as possible. It is best to work in one direction, but you can use little strokes to fill in and smooth out the line. The pencil doesn’t have to be perfect because we will be going over it with the liquid liner.
  5. Once you are happy with the width of your upper line, repeat the same process on your bottom eyelash line. To keep your eyes looking big, don’t bring the lower line all the way to your inner crease.
  6. Once you have lined both eyes with the pencil it is time to get a bold and long lasting look with the liquid eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner takes a little getting used to, but after a few tries you will be a pro (trust me I was scared for years to use liquid eyeliner, but now I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner).
  7. Moving from the inner eye to the outer part of your eye, gently apply the ZuZu liquid liner to your upper eye tracing over your pencil. Maintaining fluid continuous strokes is key, but you will be able to apply another layer or touch up spots after you make the first line. When I get the liquid liner a little too high or out of my desired line, I simply take a clean finger or tissue and wipe it away. Once the liner dries you will need a makeup remover to carefully remove unwanted marks. So it is best to fix it as you go.
  8. Touch up any areas that aren’t dark enough and make sure your line thickness and shape matches.
  9. To finish up your defined eyes swipe some safe mascara onto your lashes. I love to use Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in black ($15 on Amazon, or Vitacost).

I really love the ZuZu Liquid Eyeliner with Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil. It gives a dark, rich black pigment that stays put all day. They are a safer and more ethical alternative to my old favorites: Rimmel’s Exaggerate Eyeliner, M.A.C.’s Powerpoint Eyeliner, and Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner.

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