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December 12, 2013 8:46 am

Cranberry Glitter Makeup Tutorial

Hey Guys!

So as most of you probably know, QC is running an awesome contest. Check the details out here! You need to create a look using glitter. I’ve created another look to inspire you to get creative with glitter. If you’d like to check out a previous glitter inspired post by me, click here.

This time around I used the beautiful model Marie. I also decided to incorporate more than just the eye in my step by step instructions so I can show you how we achieved her complexion as well. For a glitter look or any type of bolder eye look, I find it’s easier to start with the eyes. That way you can just wipe clean any fallout from the glitter or dark shadows with a makeup wipe. Here is a look at the shadows used to create this eye look:

The products I used for my second glitter look

I used:

1. A matte black shadow
2. A cranberry shadow
3. A brow highlight
4. A glitter (this look can be done with any type of glitter you have in your kit!)

Step by step for a holiday glitter look

Step 1 – Start with a clean, primed eyelid

Step 2 – Since this is very fine milled glitter, I did not need to use glitter glue. The primer was enough to hold the glitter. Apply the glitter to the high point of the eye, just in the center of the lid. The glitter I used is limited edition from Make Up For Ever, but check out their glitters and diamond powders. They are amazing! This one has a reddish undertone with a blue/green glitter. It reminds me of mermaid skin!

Step 3 – Take a cranberry shadow (MAC has a great one called “cranberry”), and blend it into the outer crease

Step 4 – Take that same cranberry hue and blend it up around the top of the glitter into the crease and down into the inner corner of the eye

Step 5 – Deepen the outer corner of the crease with a matte black shadow

Step 6 – Clean up any fallout and sharpen up the edge of the shadow using a makeup wipe

Step 7 – Apply a brow highlight and a tear duct highlight

Step 8 – Apply liquid liner and mascara

Step 9 – Apply a nice, full set of false lashes!

Next up: Complexion

Prime the face and apply medium to full coverage foundation. In Marie’s case, I wanted to do some color correction as there is a bit of redness in the skin. I used a color correcting primer and I used a slightly yellow foundation to counteract the pinkness in her skin.

Creating a clean face with color correction

Next up, I applied an under-eye concealer to brighten up the look. I chose to keep the under-eye clean of any shadow or liner, so I brought the concealer right up along the lash line. This will give us a very clean look. Then I contoured her face using a liquid foundation in a dark color. I applied this contour along her hairline, under her cheek bone, and under her jaw line.

Adding some contour to the face

Then, I softened the liquid contour using a fluffy brush. With that same brush (as shown in first picture below), I applied a matte bronzer to set the liquid contour, blending into the center of the face to soften any edges. Next, I applied a blush along her jaw bone right on top of the contour.

Blend out your contour

Lastly, I set the whole look using a translucent powder and applied a powder highlight along the tops of her cheekbones (right above the blush), and down the center of her nose. Pop on some lipstick and away you go! I chose to stick with a super neutral lip as the eyes are the focus in this look.

Set the look with a powder highlight

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! The best of luck to those who are entering the All That Glitter’s contest! Not only is this an inspiration for that contest but it’s also a great look for holiday parties or any night out! Here is a look at the finished product…

A fabulous glitter look for the holidays

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


December 9, 2013 8:34 am

How to: Gold and Orange Glitter Makeup

Okay, so as you hopefully know by now, QC Makeup Academy is hosting an amazing All That Glitters Contest! To enter, you must create a look featuring glitter, then submit your photo for a chance to win the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I thought I would get the ball rolling with some inspiration. Below you will find a look I created using these products…*This is just to show you the colors I used. You can substitute any of these products for something you have in your kit!

Here's what Brittany used to create a glitter lookNars duo in Mediteranee / MAC Glitter Brilliants in Gold / MAC shadow in Folie

Follow these steps to achieve the look:

Steps to achieving Brittany's glitter look

Step 1 – Start with a clean, primed lid.

Step 2 – Apply a glitter glue onto the lid. I used Too Faced Glitter Glue. Then take a flat, stiff, synthetic shadow brush and apply the glitter pigment onto the glue using a pressing technique rather than a buffing technique.

Step 3 – Draw a line in your crease with an orange shadow.

Step 4 – Soften that line with a blending brush.

Step 5 – Take a dark brown and blend that into the crease, softening the orange shade.

Step 6 – Apply a brow highlight. I used something with a gold iridescence.

Step 7 – Take a piece of tape and use it to pick up any glitter fall out.

Step 8 – Apply liquid liner, mascara and false lashes!

Here is the completed look:

A beautiful glitter look from MUA Brittany Hall

This is a simple yet beautiful look using glitter! What I love about this look is it seems like it took a lot of time and skill, but really it is a super quick and easy look to pull off for any special event. With New Year’s Eve around the corner, this could be the perfect glittery accessory to top off your outfit!

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


November 29, 2013 9:04 am

Subtle Cut Crease and Angled Lower Liner

There was a look posted on the QC Facebook page that featured a cut crease and an angled lower liner. I decided to recreate my own version of the eye using different colors to create a softer look. Here is the finished look…

Get the look! By MUA Brittany Hall

Follow along with this step by step tutorial:

Create a stunning cut crease and angled liner look

Step 1 – Start with a clean, primed eyelid. Apply a pink/gold shadow all over the lid.

Step 2 – Blend a dark brown shadow into the outer corner, softening into the crease.

Step 3 – Take a smaller tapered brush and drag the dark brown shadow in a fine line along your natural crease. Soften and blend up towards to brow. This is called a cut crease technique. What we have created today is a soft cut crease. To make your cut crease more pronounced draw a very dark distinct line through the crease with a smaller brush.

Step 4 – Deepen the outer corner by blending in a black shadow into the very outer edge.

Step 5 – Take a makeup wipe and carve a sharp, defined line out of the shadow.

Step 6 – Apply liquid liner to the upper lash line. Take a fine point liner brush and create a mirrored reflection of the liner on the upper lash line. Soften and blend down.

Step 7 – Take a white liquid liner and accentuate the two winged lines you have created by applying it between them, using outward strokes.

Step 8 – Apply mascara and lashes and there you have it!

Since I used a pinky gold shadow as my base I chose to finish the look with a soft pink lip and cheek. When wearing such a bold statement eye, you don’t want it to get lost among bright brush and a dark lip. I chose to make my eyes the focus by playing down the rest of my features. I highlighted my face using something with a gold undertone to complement the eye!

This dramatic look is still subtle

Hope this helped you guys out and you were able to recreate this look yourself!

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


November 14, 2013 9:04 am

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial, Part I

Recently, the nine looks below were posted on the QC Facebook page. Everyone seemed to absolutely love look #5 so I decided to recreate it for you! As the lower lashes aren’t quite visible in the photo, I decided to create what I think works well with this look. Stay tuned to The Blog, because tomorrow I’m going to post a cat eye makeup tutorial for another one of the popular looks below.

Nine gorgeous cat eye looks

Here’s my version of the look, step-by-step. Follow along with me!

Nine steps to a classic cat eye

Step 1 – Start with some creamy neutrals as your base. Use cream or white on the lid and brow to highlight, and a soft pink or brown in the crease.

Step 2 – Apply a liquid liner across the lid at your desired thickness.

Step 3 – Create an extension of your lower lash line into the beginnings of your winged liner.

Step 4 – Connect the tip of the wing to the top of the line you have created on your upper lash line.

Step 5 – Fill in the gap and apply mascara and false lashes.

Step 6 – Apply a white liner on the lower water line. Be sure to avoid smudging it onto your lashes as we want to apply a clean line along them afterwards.

Step 7 – Use a flat, thin liner brush to apply a brown eyeshadow along the root of the lower lash line. This will give the illusion of bigger eyes!

Step 8 – Apply a light coat of mascara along the lower lashes, keeping it clump free and clean-looking.

Step 9 – Apply a red lip and away you go! This is a great look for this time of year, whether it be for a Christmas party or a night out with the girls!

Here’s a closer look at this fabulous cat eye/red lip duo:

A classic cat eye look

Hope you all enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial and were able to create the look yourself with ease. Make sure you check back in tomorrow! We’ll take the drama up a notch with a dark and sultry cat eye look.

 

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall, Makeup by Brittany

Brittany has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.

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