Archive | July, 2012

Tuesday Tip: Be Inspired!!

31 Jul

Hello Lovers!! Today I have a very simple Tuesday Tip for you

Be Inspired!!

I view makeup as my form of artistic expression and what is art without inspiration or vision? It is emtpy. Be inspired by everything around you for your makeup. Have a picture that you love? A card? Bracelet? Necklace? Create an abstract look inspired by it….. You can even be inspired by other art forms like music or paintings…. just let your imagination take you where it will when listening and create a look that interprets that feeling or vision. There is beauty all around us if we just allow ourselves to recognize it. Bring out your inner artist and express all that you see and feel through your makeup.

On Friday the 13th MyTee BAD, a company founded by blogger Nicole Colon of StyleMeBAD.com, held a contest. The first to respond to their tweet stating what makes them a B.A.D. girl (Beautiful.Authentic.Determined) would have the opportunity to pick any item from their store and have it sent to them Gratis!! Awesome right?? Well as the lucky winner I chose their Triple L bracelet.

“Triple L stands for “Live Love Laugh” and comes as a set of 3 multi color beaded stretch bracelets with metal charms reading: “Live”, “Love”, “Laugh” in gold and silver mixed.

Rock them as separates, all together or give one to a friend! One size fits most. Turqouise and purple beads

Multi color skull beads Silver and Gold Metal Charms Promise yourself to always live, love and laugh!”

Image and description courtesy of MyTeeBAD.bigcartel.com

I saw so much potential in these bracelets and couldn’t wait to receive them. They were mailed to me quickly and in my package I received the bracelets, a cute velvet bag with a MyTee BAD pin attached. There was also a MyTee BAD sticker with a note from the team at MTB. I was instantly in love :

Right away I knew that I would have to do some makeup inspired by these adorable and super cute bracelets. Today I present the look for the “LIVE” bracelet. As you can see it is mostly a turquoise color with accentins in fuschia, black, white, green and orange. It also has a small gold charm with the word ‘live’ on it

I decided to Live it up with this look (pun intended) I wanted to do something that would represent living in the moment and trying something new! So I experimented with a new shape in my eye shadow emmulating a wing. I also added liner on the lower lid in lime green and gold to Liven the look up even more. I mixed a hot pink and lavender together for the lip color. As a B.A.D girl I am never afriad to experiement and live it up with my makeup. This is my interpretation of the bracelet. What do you think?!?!



Special thank you to MyTeeBAD.com for the arm candy!!

What inspires you? Let us know where you draw your inspiration from.

Products Used

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean

Sugarpill Cosmetics Pressed shadows in:

Mochi, Dollipop, Velocity,Acidberry, 2AM, Poison Plum, Bulletproof

Sugarpill Cosmetics Loose Sahdows in:

Darling, Lumi, Goldilux

Inglot Cosmetics:

Matte Shadow #336

Rainbow Shadow #114R

Almay Liquid Eyeliner

Maybelline Lash Stillette, Ulta Lash Icon and Covergirl LashBlast Volume

Eyebrows:

Inglot Gel Liner #87

Sugarpill Poison Plum, Afterpaty, Velocity, Darling

Inglot Matte #316

Lips:

Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics Liptar in

Anime (center of lip) with Belladonna over

Cheeks

Inglot #72

Sugarpill Dollipop

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Reader Request: The Lowdown on Brows

30 Jul

Hello Hue Lovers!!

Sorry that I have been gone for so long…. the last 2 weeks have been absolutely bananas :-/ But I’m back!!!! Today we are going to talk about one of my fave things EYEBROWS!! I think that eyebrows can truly make a statement in your daily makeup or in an editorial look. This post is for our twitter lover @tiffycee who requested some tips for brows.

I plan to make a video or picture post for this, but I am having some issues with lighting that I need to sort out first. For now I just want to post some tips for getting the brow look that you’re aiming for.
Brows are the frame for any look whether it be natural, dramatic or editorial. There are numerous ways to go about filling in your brows and numerous products that you can purchase. We’ll start with the most natural looks and move onto tips for dramatic brows.

All brow looks should start with the same 3 steps:

1. Use a spoolie or brow brush to brush your brows up and then smooth them in the right direction

2. Groom your brows. Check if there are any hairs that need to be tweezed or trimmed.

3. Choose your desired shape! With a clear picture in mind of what you’d like, you have something to work toward.

Au Natural

If you basically have the shape you desire and just want to add a little fullness to your brows then an eyebrow pencil can work wonders for you. For a very natural look to filled in brows my favorite trick is the check mark trick. Instead of just flicking your pencil in the shape of you brow, you make small check marks on the inner third of the eyebrow. This gives you a natural look that simulates your actual brow hairs without leaving any harsh edges or lines. Light strokes/flicks of the pencil work for the rest of the brow. This will give you a look that is natural while adding a little darkness, depth or fullness to your brows. brow pencils are also great for filling in a spot where you may have waxed or tweezed just a tad too much.

Shape it Up

For a brow that is not as natural looking, but not dramatic either you have several options. This includes wanting to alter your brow color or shape for a desired look….. or simply wanting fuller eyebrows. For this you can use brow wax and powder or a brow pencil and set it with powder. Another option that I’ve seen others use is a pencil and clear mascara.

For Brow wax and powder

After the initial 3 steps listed above, using a light hand fill in most of the brow with wax except for the inner most part. Follow this by setting the wax with brow powder. Use the brow powder to fill int he inner most part of the brow, this will prevent harsh lines on the inner brow and create a smooth transition into the rest of the brow.

For Brow pencil and Powder

For a brow pencil and powder, the steps are the same as wax and powder duo, you would just use a brow pencil in place of the brow wax. You can set this with an eye shadow of your choice or with brow powder.

For Brow Pencil and Clear Mascara

You will fill in the desired shape with a brow pencil and then use the clear mascara to set the brow.

Hue Lovers

For all of my hue lovers out there who have a flair for the dramatic then colored brows or glitter brows make for a great look! They are also super easy to achieve!!

For Colored Brows

There are numerous things you can use for the base of your colored brows. You can use a brow pencil, a cream eyeshadow, an eyeshadow base or gel eyeliner ( this is my preferred base) Just take your base and begin creating the shape that you would like for your brow. Before the base is completely dry, set it with an eyeshadow in the color of your choice. I love doing teal and purple brows!!

For Glitter Brows

Use a base of your choice to create the shape of the brow. Follow this with either a glitter base or eyelash glue and slowly fill in the shape with glitter. Only fill in a small amount at a time so that your base/glue doesn’t dry.

 

How have your attempts to fill in your brows been? Let us know!!

Thanks for reading and remember

 

Kim Loves Hue šŸ˜‰

 

Tiny Baby Haul….

18 Jul

Hey Lovers!

Just wanted to show you lovers a couple things I picked upon sale from Sephora on Monday. Thus the title ‘Tiny Baby Haul’ haha…. it doesn’t even count as a real haul, but alas….here it is!

I got an awesome tokidoki palette called the ‘TDA Airways Palette’ for $10 !!

It includes 8 shadows, a collectible keychain and the collectible latched tokidoki box! There is a nice range of color for a neutral look or a fun going out look which I think is a great deal for $10. I have on Rome today as my transition color and I love it!

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Here are swatches of the shadow from the palette, unfortunately I only have my iphone for pictures right now so they aren’t the greatest pics and definitely don’t do the colors justice.

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I also picked up this adorable tokidoki toiletries bag with 5 containers in it for $5!! Now my products can travel in style šŸ˜‰ There are 3 bottles with squeezable tops and 2 small plastic jars. Perfect for an array of things like you shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body cream, etc etc.

ImageHere are a couple of Kat Von D pigments they had at the register for $4!! They are super cute and pigmented with a great metallic look to them. They have 5grams of product in each and a bunch of colors too!! I just picked up 2 to see if I liked them šŸ™‚

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ImageThat is all I picked up in my tiny baby haul šŸ™‚

Let me know if you guys go to Sephora and what you pick up!!

Thanks for reading!

And remember,

Kim Loves Hue :-*

Suggestion Sunday: Blend it out!

15 Jul

Hey Hue Lovers!

As a special request from our lovely twitter follower @MyTeeBad we are going to talk about blending eyeshadow, an essential part of a nice finished look. For all of our new makeup lover, let’s get rolling by addressing the question What is blending?

Blending is the same in makeup as it is with all things, it is the art of mixing things together to achieve something seamless and flawless, in this case makeup. In makeup you can blend almost anything…. eyeshadow, foundation, lip colors and even blush. We are going to focus on eye shadow in this post. Eye shadow blending is meant to create a gradient of color while still allowing individual colors to have their spotlight in your look.

Some essential tips for blending eyeshadow are:

1. You can never start with too little. Build up to the color you desire by starting slowly with a little product on the brush. You don’t want to use the same amount of shadow that you’d be using to pack onto the lid as a solid color, you just want a bit of shadow to use as you build up to the gradient you want.

2. It’s easier to build up than to scale down. This is very similar to the first tip, but it needs some repeating, that’s just how important it is. It is 10x easier to build up your makeup to a certain color than to try and bring your look back a few levels. It’s not impossible, just not as easy (especially for newer makeup users) Building up just means that you continue picking up bits of color to blend in until you get the desired look.

3. A good base/primer dose make a difference. As discussed in my previous post, primer is one of your greatest makeup assets. I discussed that primer prevents wear and creasing, but it also aids blending. When blending over a base it allows for smoother transitions between colors and keeps them from creasing or coming together in a way that would ruin your gradient. Aside from eye shadow primer, you can use bases like NYX jumbo pencils, Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow, MAC paint pots or Milani Shadow Eyez just to name a few.

4. There are numerous ways to go about blending. Don’t be afraid to try different techniques until you find what works for you. Read more about techniques below.

5. Different brushes do make a difference. All makeup brushes are not created equal lol. Read the section on brushes to know what to look for when picking out a blending brush.

Techniques

When it comes to technique, there are numerous ways to go about blending shadows. One way is to blend the shadows as you apply them.You can either start by putting on the middle color and blending toward the inner corner, then move onto the out corner or you can work from the inner corner outward. You can even do the center and outer lid and finish off with an inner color highlight. I prefer to blend as I go for most looks, especially when I am using bright colors. Another technique is to apply your shadows first and then blend into one another afterwards.You just pack on the colors you want to use. then take a clean brush and begin blending each color into the other. You can also use intermediary shadows to blend, this helps with creating the gradient you are trying to achieve. With this you have your main colors and pick colors that are closely related to be in between the main shadows. This is definitely helpful for new blenders when learning how to build up to the right blend, this is like a short cut or cheat code This is also a great way to ad some depth to your look or even something special like a but of a pearl sheen or something fun like that.

Brushes

Brushes can definitely make a difference in the outcome of your look. You want a brush that isn’t too stiff and has a bit of fluff and flexibility to it. This will allow you to move the brush in whichever direction you need it to when trying to blending. Blending is a lot of going back and forth between colors to get them to create a gradient without becoming an indistinguishable mess. A brush with some movement will definitely help this. Along with a good brush, you want to work with a light hand. A light hand will allow you to blend without making a mess…. as I said before you want to build up to your gradient, a light will help you do that. There are MANY brushes on the market that can be used for blending from drugstore brands all the way to high end. Ulta, Sephora and Tagret are great places to shop for brushes at a few different price points. You can also hit up stores like MAC, Inglot and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for some great professional brushes also. Michaels, A.C. Moore or any local art store is also a great place to shop for makeup brushes. Art brushes tend to have a slightly longer handle but the quality of the brushes is on the same level as professional brushes for many art brushes. Just test the brushes by moving them around the back of your hand to see how the move against the skin.

Hope these tips helped!! I am working on picking a good camera so that I can start taking photos and recording short videos to go along with these tips. Let me know if you still have any questions and what else you’d like to see. Also please leave comments with any camera suggestions!

What are some of your eyeshadow blending tricks and techniques?

 

Thanks for reading….

And remember,

Kim Loves Hue šŸ˜‰

Tuesday Tip: Make your makeup last!!

10 Jul

Hello Lovers,

For all for all of the makeup junkies out there this will be no secret, but for the newbies I have one word: PRIMER! Eyelid primer is a makeup must have. Primer:

– prepares the eyelid and eye area for makeup

– helps prevent wear, fading and creasing of makeup throughout the day

– can help in achieving better color payout

– primer can also transform the shadow you put on top by giving it a light shimmer or mattifying it.

Primer is very simple to use…. you just place a small amount on your finger or a brush (I prefer to use my finger) and apply all over the lid. You can also apply to the under eye area if you plan to wear makeup there or go as far up as the brow.

Though simple to use. primer makes a dramatic difference in the longevity of your look for the day!! Primer is especially essential on these hot and humid summer days when we are prone to sweat.

Hope you all enjoyed this Tuesday tip šŸ™‚ Scroll down for some primer options

……and remember, Kim Loves Hue šŸ˜‰

The Bargain Buy

For many just starting to get an interest in makeup or those who wear it on rare occasions….you may not want to lay out too much money to begin, here are a couple of bargain buys:

 

E.L.F Eyelid Primer – Retail $1.00

Can be found at your local Target, Christmas Tree Shoppe or http://www.eyeslipsface.com/

 

 

 

This is great buy for those just dabbling in the water so to speak. It is a decent primer, though the wear isn’t as long as primers or bases of higher quality. Pick this up just to play around with and get a feel for primer before committing to a more expensive brand!

 

 

 

 

 

The Makeup Junkie Faves

Though there are numerous primers on the market, two have quite the reputation for great results in the beauty world. They are more expensive than The Bargain Buy but the quality of these products is beyond compare. Both are long wear, crease resistant and easy to work with. Here they are in no particular order:

Urban Decay Primer Potion – Retail $20 – $30

Can be found at beauty retailers like Sephora or Ulta, as well as the website http://www.urbandecay.com/

On the website they also sell the travel size Primer Potion for $9

With four different finishes to choose from, Urban Decay can meet your priming needs. The original primer potion(the purple tube) is the primer that I use on a regular basis. It lasts all day and night with no creasing and keeps my shadows true to their color. Sin (the copper tube) has a champagne shimmer to it that will add some fun shimmer to your shadow. Eden (the beige tube) is a matte primer that brightens the eye and leans toward a more mature look. Greed (the gold tube) has a gold shimmer that leaves a golden sheen under shadows, a great thing for summer.

 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance – Retail $18

Can be found at beauty retailers like Sephora or Ulta, as well as https://www.toofaced.com/

Too Faced Shadow Insurance is another favorite with an amazing reputation. It comes in three finishes and is long wearing and crease resistant. I have not had the opportunity to use TFSI but I look forward to the day that I do. The original (blue tube) has a normal finish for all of you priming needs. Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight(light pink tube) has a shimmering gold glow like candlelight and is perfect for a gorgeous little extra to your makeup. Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop (cream tube) is infused with a lemon-yellow color to neutralize redness in the eye, perfect for those who tend to have a bit of redness in the lid and inner corner.

Have any of you ever used a primer? Which have you loved? Which didn’t impress you? Let me know in the comment section

 

Disclaimer: Non of these images are owned by me or Ai Love Hue, they have been collected from external sources for the purpose pf visual aid. We do not claim any artistic rights to these images.

And it begins…..

9 Jul

Hello all!!

Welcome to my crazy colorful world. šŸ˜‰ This blog has been a long time in the making but the one thing that I have learned is that it is never too late to start something new. I became interested in makeup at the late age of 22 in 2009 and it has been an amazing journey for me. I have learned so much and I can say with confidence that I have grown as an artist. In 2008 an artist is the last word I would have used to describe myself, but I have found a true artist within me through makeup.

Makeup is my passion and my form of expression….. it is what I love. I hope that for all you makeup lovers out there, this blog will be a place where you can give testimonials, advice and find new products. For those who are not yet self proclaimed makeup lovers…..I hope this can bring you to our world šŸ˜‰

Don’t forget It is never too late to learn something new.

And remember,

Kim Loves Hue

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