Posts Tagged ‘brittany hall’

January 20, 2014 12:00 am

Do-It-Yourself Makeup Repair

Part 1: Repairing Broken Shadows with Everyday Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to repair broken shadow

We’ve all been there. Either you’ve hit the pan on your shadow and it’s lost its form and crumbled, or you’ve dropped your shadow and it’s smashed into a million pieces. The worst. But there is a solution! There are a few different ways to fix broken powders, but here is what I do…

What you’ll need:

Spray bottle
Alcohol
Spoon
Q-tip


Step 1
– First off, gather up all your broken powder pieces and loosely put them back into the pan.

Step 2 – Next, spray the loose pieces of powder with alcohol. Make sure your product is pretty wet.

Step 3 – Mold the shadow pieces together using the Q-tip.

Step 4 – Then, take your spoon and smooth and press the product back into perfect form.

How to repair broken shadow

And ta-dah! Your product is saved. Personally, I suggest waiting at least 48 hours to use the product so it really has time to set back into place. Now, onto Part 2!

Part 2: How to De-Pot Shadows

As makeup artists (and makeup junkies), we tend to have tons of different shadows and palettes. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to remove products from containers in order to move them into a magnetic palette. A quick trick to remove a pan shadow from a container is to let your hair straightener heat up, then place your shadow onto the straightener for about 30 seconds…

How to remove a shadow from its pot

Once it has had time to heat up but not long enough to melt the packaging, lift the pan from the container with a butter knife.

Now you have your pan shadow out and you can pop it into any magnetic palette or the brands corresponding palette. I like to do this because I have a few MAC palettes but I tend to receive individual MAC shadows as gifts from people. So instead of carrying around a million little shadows, I like to amalgamate them into my palette.

Hope this was helpful to you guys. I know these tricks on makeup repair are life savers for me!

 

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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.

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January 9, 2014 3:00 pm

Makeup Tips: One Product, 3 Uses

Today’s topic is three-in-one products. Gotta love ‘em! They’re not only a time saver, but also a money saver. There are tons of products out there but today I’m going to talk about one of my faves, as well as other options that may already be in your makeup kit.

I’m a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics – have been for years now. As a retired Sephora Cast member I not only worked with and sold Benefit cosmetics but I was a long time fan well before I worked at Sephora. So being quite familiar with the brand, I hope this post will be extra informative!

Use a tint for a multi-purpose product

Tints are a great three-in-one product – they can be used on lips, cheeks and lids. Benefit has a bunch of color options as well which is great: Benetint (rose hue), Cha Cha Tint (coral hue), Lolli Tint (candy hue), and Posie Tint (poppy hue). Although Benefit does not advertise their tints as being used on the lids, they can be – you just want to use a specific technique. You want to dab the product onto the back of your hand and then pick up the product from there with a brush or your fingertip. If you have uber-sensitive skin I may avoid using these more liquidy tints on the lids – opt for a more creamy texture instead.

Personally, I prefer using tints, stains, and creams with my fingertips. With a liquid or cream product, they tend to blend better when heated up by skin on skin friction. You may find that if the product is not warmed by the skin and applied with a brush, it might be more difficult to blend. Sometimes people suggest applying three dots along the cheek and blending out. I don’t recommend that application technique – if you don’t work quickly enough or if the product is a very strong stain, you may be left with three unsightly dots. I suggest applying a dollop of the product on the back of your hand or petri dish first and picking up the product from there via your fingertips.

Below I am going to use Benetint. I suggest completing all your makeup except the lid, cheek, and lip if you wish to follow along. That’s what I’ve done below. Feel free to use anything you have on hand, a cream blush will work and so will most lipsticks!

*Quick Tip* If you are applying your cheek tint over your foundation/concealer, be sure to use gentle tapping motions as not to disturb the product below. Also as a rule of thumb, you want to apply all your creams/liquids first and then finish with powders.

Here goes…

A 3-in-1 makeup look by Brittany Hall

Step 1 – Start with the rest of your makeup complete (foundation, concealer, contouring, brows and highlighting). Apply cheek stain with the tips of your fingers, gently patting into the skin. What’s nice about this stain is its buildable (as most are), so you can continue to build to your desired color.

Step 2 – Dab the stain gently onto the lid.

Step 3 – Apply a neutral brown shadow into the crease.

Step 4 – Apply a highlight into the tear duct.

Step 5 – Dab the stain onto your lip, building to your desired shade of pink.

Step 6 – Apply a lip liner to add some definition to the look.

Step 7 – Apply a gloss to finish off the look!

Apply your mascara, lashes, and liner and there you have it! One product, three uses and a super quick and easily achieved look. These types of products are perfect for on the go, busy women. They’re also great for a makeup artist’s kit as there are a variety of uses! A closer look at this pretty pink look…

A pretty pink 3-in-1 makeup look by Brittany Hall

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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 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
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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 15, 2013 12:00 am

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial, Part II

As promised, here’s the second cat eye look you guys loved from the Facebook page! This look would be perfect for holiday parties, especially New Year’s Eve. It’s super smoky and sultry, but it’s still a cat eye. What makes it different from yesterday’s look is that it’s not all about definition. It features a smoldering sexy eye and a pale nude lip. Here is the inspiration for this look…

A smoky eye and cat eye in one

Here is my version of the look in a step by step tutorial. Follow along with me!

Step by step to a dramatic cat eye

Step 1 – As always, start with a clean, primed eyelid.

Step 2 – Start building your smoky winged look by packing on a black shadow and blending it into a cat eye shape.

Step 3 – Soften the edges of the look with a blending brush and a little bit of light grey shadow.

Step 4 – Apply a brow highlight (I used a matte cream colored shadow). Blend it down into the light grey blending shadow.

Step 5 – Apply a liquid liner with a wing matching the same shape as the shadow. This step is not necessary but I find it adds a little definition to the look.

Step 6 – Apply a very thick full set of lashes. I used the Katy Perry Lashes in Oh My!

Step 7 – Apply multiple coats of mascara on the bottom lashes. Don’t be afraid to create a somewhat clumpy look – it works well with this look!

Step 8 – Apply a nude lip liner all over the lip to neutralize any natural redness in the lip. Then apply a pale pink lipstick on top. I used Creme Cup by MAC.

Here’s a closer look at the finished product…

Try out this dramatic cat eye

There you have it! An easy and quick smoky cat eye, sure to be a show stopper for any night-time event or holiday party. Give it a try yourself!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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.

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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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October 28, 2013 12:00 am

How to: Sultry Smokey Eye for Fall

Recently QC Makeup Academy posted a picture on Facebook of a lovely fall-inspired smokey eye. Everyone was swooning over it so I was asked to recreate it for you guys in my own way. I hope you like it!

Here are the colors I chose. If you don’t have these exact colors, don’t worry! You can use ones close to these. Unfortunately a couple of these are discontinued or the label has rubbed off, so I can’t list the exact shadow names. Regardless, I thought I would show you what they look like so you can see if you have something similar. Never be afraid to mix colors to get your desired shade. I mixed the dark green single shadow with the lighter green shadow in the palette for the green I used below.

Here are the shadows I used…

The colors you'll need for a fall smokey eye

Here’s the final look…

A gorgeous green and gold fall smokey eye, by Brittany Hall

And here are the steps to re-create it yourself…

Step by step for a fall smokey eye

Step 1

Start with a clean, primed eyelid. Apply your primer from the root of your lash line all the way up to the brow.

Step 2

Take your desired green shade (I mixed the dark and light green you saw above) and apply it to the center of the lid. You’re applying at the roundest part, or the “peak”, of the lid.

Step 3

Apply a bronzy gold into the inner corner of the lid and along the top of the green. Blend it into the first half of the crease.

Step 4

Pick up the cranberry color on a blending brush and apply to the outer corner of the crease, blending into the green and bronzy hues.

Step 5

Apply a brow highlight underneath the brow and into the inner tear duct. This will add a little pop!

Step 6

Add liquid liner and lashes.

Step 7

Smudge the cranberry shade along the outer lower lash line.

Step 8

Smudge the bronzy shade along the inner lower lash line.

That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you found these instructions comprehensive and are able to recreate this look with ease. If you have any questions, leave them for me in a comment below!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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.

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October 5, 2013 9:22 am

Get the Look: Neutral Contoured Eyes

A neutral contoured eye is a great everyday look, but this eye can also be used as a base for any other look! Doing this will help the shadow appear super blended and buffed out. Apply your smokey eye over top or even a bright shadow look. Using this neutral matte base not only helps with blending but also creates a nice color corrected base for you to work on. This look also works well as a base when creating a bold liquid liner and false lash look. You only need two shadows and two brushes to create the base. Here’s how:

Take these steps to create a neutral contoured eye

1. Start with a clean, fresh lid.

2. Apply your favorite eyeshadow primer all over the lid from lash line to brow.

3. Apply a matte cream color shadow (or a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone) all over the lid, softening into the crease.

4. Apply a soft brown into the crease (darker skins may need a dark brown for the same effect).

5. Apply the same cream colored shadow as a brow highlight.

6. Ta-dah! Your neutral base lid can work as a blended out canvas for all other looks or can be worn alone!

 

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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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.

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With the weather finally changing and summer fast approaching, it’s always good to take a look at our makeup routine and adapt it to the warm weather. Today I’m going to share with you my summer makeup routine as well as some must have products!

Going into summer with a tan feels great. Invest in an amazing self tanner and you will have everyone fooled. A self tanner is always a safer way to achieving a beautiful sun kissed glow. Plus, once the shorts and skirts come out of the closet it’s nice to feel extra confident by adding a bronzed glow to your legs!

I recently tried a new self tanner called Vita Liberata sold at Sephora.

I am absolutely loving the color this self tanner provides. The mousse pumps out and has a reddish undertone which really helps you avoid looking orange and appears so naturally sun-kissed. I find a mousse self tanner to be extremely foolproof when used with a tanning mitt like this…

You can see where you are applying the product with each swipe, allowing you to create a streak-free glowing tan from head to toe!

Once you have created a nice base tan with a self tanner of your choice, it is important to keep skin hydrated. For summer, I am absolutely loving dry oil for my skin. It’s fast absorbing and still super hydrating, leaving a beautiful glow on the skin. I’m currently loving this head to toe body oil from The Body Shop called Beautifying Oil. It’s safe for the body, face and hair!

Now that we’ve achieved glowing, hydrated skin from head to toe, let’s move on to a beautiful summery fresh daily makeup routine. This is great for the office or for a girl on the go!

Step 1:

After cleansing and moisturizing your skin, apply a tinted moisturizer all over, blending in with your fingers or a brush. Right now I’m loving the Stila Illuminating Tinted moisturizer. It takes down any redness and naturally blends out minor imperfections while adding a dewy glow to the skin.

Step 2:

If you tend to be oily, gently dust a translucent powder all over to set the tinted moisturizer. If not, let the tinted moisturizer dry for just a few moments before moving onto the next step…bronzer! Apply a bronzer along the top of your forehead, almost brushing the bronzer into your hairline. Then apply into the hollows of the cheeks, under the jaw line and anywhere else you wish to look bronzed! Personally, I love a matte bronzer. I find you don’t have to worry about looking like a disco ball if you like to apply your bronzer with a heavy hand. My personal fave is Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced.

Step 3:

Blush! I absolutely love a rosy glow for summer. Blush complements bronzer and a beautiful tan so well. I like to get playful with my blush for summer, using brighter shades that pop. Apply a blush of your choice to the apples of the cheek or just above where you applied the bronzer (more to the side of your face). Both application techniques are great, it’s just a matter of choosing one you feel works best for you. For a bright pop of pretty pink try the NARS blush in Gaiety.

Step 4:

On to the eyes! A summer look to me is about low maintenance and easy wear. As always, give your brow some definition by brushing a brow powder (in the appropriate color) through your brow. This look can be all about the brows. After creating your summer glow and supple dewy skin, apply a strong brow and you’re out the door! It’s a very chic summer look. If a strong brow isn’t for you, a waterproof cream shadow can be your best friend. Using your fingertip, blend a cream shadow across your lid, softening it into the crease. Choose a color you love or one that complements your eye and skin color! I love the Stila Smudge Pots; a great universal colour is “Kitten.” It’s a pinky nude and can also double as a highlighter! Add some mascara and eyeliner (if you choose) and ta-da! A fresh summery eye look.

There you have it, a fresh summery look that will wear great on a hot summer day!

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.

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