Posts Tagged ‘Makeup Tutorial’

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
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 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.

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
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.


October 25, 2013 11:42 am

How to: Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial

Day of the Dead, or Dia de Meurtos in Spanish, is a major Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It is a time when families honor and remember their loved ones who have passed away by leaving them food, flowers, and sugar skulls on homemade altars. For all you makeup lovers, the colorful and whimsical sugar skull makeup is a fun challenge to complete and a great look to pull off. The best part is that once you’ve got the basics down, you can personalize it with whatever shapes and colors you’d like! Read on for a step-by-step guide for a simple sugar skull look.

Sugar skull makeup look

Step 1

Cover those brows and prep the skin with the foundation of your choice. You can go a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone here if you like, just to give yourself that skeletal look. Try to create as flawless a finish as you can.

Step 2

Map out your design with eyeliner by drawing large circles around the eyes (above the eyebrows). Depending on the overall look you’re trying to achieve, you can use whatever color you’d like. Black, purple, and blue are popular choices. Precision isn’t too important at this stage.

Step 3

Prime the eyes inside your circle to make sure the pigment that you’re about to put on stays in place.

Step 4

Taking a brightly pigmented powder, fill in the circle around the eyes. This is where you can start getting creative! Decorate the edges of the circles however you’d like, either by making a design with eyeliner (as seen above), or jewels. You can even add some eye glitter to the lid for an extra bit of sparkle.

Step 5

Finish off your eyes with a thick liner on the upper and lower lashes (don’t forget the waterline!). If false lashes are your thing, feel free to use them here for a more dramatic look.

Step 6

Buy or make some stencils for an extra bit of whimsy. You can use flowers, hearts, or just a fun design around your forehead, or on the chin. Fill them in with a bright pigment in the color of your choice.

Step 7

Using a crème eyeliner and angled brush, outline the nose in black and fill it in. This will complete the skull look. You can add an extra bit of sparkle here too, if you like.

Step 8

Paint the lips in the color of your choice. The above look went all white for an overall creepy effect, but you could also fill them with a bright red or coral for a more colorful, fun look. Extend the corners of the mouth and add “stitches” across the entire mouth using black eyeliner.

Step 9

To really look like a skull, you’ll need some contouring! Take a dark gray and contour the cheekbones and jawline.

Voila! You’ve created an authentic sugar skull makeup look just in time for Day of the Dead. Why don’t you enter it in our Facebook Halloween contest? Click here for details.



February 28, 2013 3:30 pm

The Amazing Blush Brush: Must Read

Why is the blush brush so amazing? When it comes to make up, there are really no rules. There are, though, a series of fundamental suggestions. One of the most important is… if you want professional results from your makeup, you need to use professional tools.

I am by no means suggesting that you run out and buy an arsenal of expensive makeup brushes. I am simply suggesting that you have a handful of the right brushes on hand. A great artist can work wonders on a face with very few tools, and when I’m done passing on my knowledge to you, you’ll be able to do the same.

Since flawless skin is the first building block to stunning makeup, I am going to begin with an amazing multi-functional brush every pro and consumer must have for complexion perfection. The blush brush is one of my absolute favorites, and I use it for so much more than just blush.

The Blush Brush

Uses: To apply setting powders, pressed powders, contour colors, bronzer and, of course, powder blushes.

Why it works: Powder makeups cling to the natural hairs on this rounded mid-sized brush, allowing for an even deposit on the face. The head is large enough to give a fast and even distribution but small enough to ensThe multi-functional blush brushure ample coverage over the cheekbones and in crevices (under the eyes and around the nose).

What to do: To apply any powder makeup, dip the brush into the product, then turn the brush upside down and tap the handle on the sink. This will pull the powder down into the brush, allowing an even distribution of color as you pull it across or buff over your face. (If you don’t tap it into the brush, you may end up with too hard a lay down of color on the first place the brush hits. Some people prefer to flick the brush to remove the excess powder, but I tend to think this is messy and wasteful.) Apply dry powder foundation all over the face and any other products where needed.

Tips and tricks:

  1. When using foundation as a setting powder, tap the brush onto the face, allowing the foundation to ‘grab’ the powder that it needs. This will ensure that your perfectly applied foundation and concealer will not be moved by the sweeping motion of the brush.
  2. Setting your cream or liquid makeup with powder will extend its wear and cut down on shine.
  3. To use the blush brush as a buffer (for contour or bronzer application), pinch the bristles close to the ferrule (the metal section that holds the bristles in place). This will tighten the hairs and lay down a heavier application of color. Use the same technique if you wish to lay down more coverage from pressed powder, and contour powders.


This multi-use brush is a staple that will help perfect your application.

If you are happy using your fingers, let me caution you: it is not hygienic, it causes needless wear on the skin and, like I always say, fingers are to make-up like the cookie monster is to cookies; they gobble it up. If you put it on with your fingers, you are throwing away at least 25% of your product and over a lifetime, that is a lot of wasted money. Save time, save money and look better…use brushes.

Get out there and be beautiful.


February 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Get Defined Cheekbones Now

Cheeks are one of the most important features when it comes to transforming the face. Instead of just showing them off with a touch of blush, let’s accentuate them with some basic contouring. Proper contouring will reshape your face. Whether you want to show off your cheekbones, or make a full face appear slimmer, this is the trick for you. Get defined cheekbones now!

Contouring with cream or powder foundation
First off, you have to find the contour color that is right for you. Whether you choose powder or cream, the ideal shade is one to two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. If you have a matte bronzer that is deep enough, you can create the illusion this way, is not, invest in a separate product.

Here’s a tip: Use only matte bronzers for this effect. The shimmer in many bronzers will catch the light, illuminate the area, and defeat the purpose.

To apply: If you are using a powder, begin at the center of the ear and sweep it along the hollow of the cheekbone. If you are using a cream product, use your fingers or a foundation brush to smooth the product in the hollow below theNathan Johnson teaches you how to contour those cheeks cheekbones. Whichever product you choose, powder or cream, be sure to stop before you reach the point where the hollow reaches the apple. The outer corner of the eye is a good guideline for most. If you are confused as to exactly where the hollow is, suck in your cheeks. That spot where the shadow falls is exactly where you want to apply your color.

The most important tip I can give you about contour color is to BLEND. The contour shade should melt effortlessly into your foundation. A hard line will look like just that, a hard line of makeup. A blended kiss of deeper color will look like the shadow thrown from a beautiful high cheekbone. As a finishing touch, warm up the apples of your cheeks with your favorite shade of blush.

Contouring with blush
The steps to this are very similar, you just need to change products and colors. Choose a cream or powder blush in a deep nude shade. Apply the cream or powder blush; sweep it from the center of the ear along the hollow of the cheekbone. Bring it right up onto the apple of the cheek like a Nike symbol. Using a more romantic, and perhaps shimmery shade, apply the color to the apple of the cheeks. A beautiful rose or flirty pink really adds light and contrast to the beautiful depth created by the contour.
Either of these techniques will slim the face, lift the cheekbones and make the face into a perfect platform to showcase the eyes and lips. Contouring is a great secret to have in your makeup arsenal.


Have you ever completed the perfect foundation application and set it with your favorite setting powder only to look in the mirror and see cakey foundation? It’s a problem many of us have likely encountered, but there are a few simple steps to keep this from happening. Read on below to find out!

  1. Moisturize your skin, including an eye creamApplying makeup on top of well moisturized skin will keep your foundation and setting powder from clinging to any dry patches or flaky areas. Using an eye cream in the under eye area, and extending it out to your temple, will add an extra boost of moisture to this region and keep the area looking lifted and brightened. An eye cream will also ensure your concealer sits nicely on top of your skin and Keep your makeup from looking cakeydoesn’t settle into any fine lines or wrinkles.
  2. Use a primerIf you have oily skin, use the primer of your choice all over your face. If you have combination skin, apply a bit of primer over any areas that are prone to become oily throughout the day. If you have dry skin, you may be able to get away with using a very hydrating moisturizer and no primer. Take your time and find the combination of moisturizer and primer (if any!) that works for you. Using a primer will help even out your skin tone and texture, allowing your makeup to be more smoothly and evenly applied across the face.
  3. Apply less foundationOne of the biggest mistakes makeup wearers make is using too much foundation. However much you’re using right now, you could probably cut it down to 2/3 or even 1/2. The thinner you apply your foundation, the better your concealer will sit on top of it and the quicker your application will dry. This will be extremely helpful in avoiding your setting powder from looking cakey, as you need to wait until your makeup is completely dry before applying setting powder.
  4. Wait for your foundation and concealer to complete dry before applying powderWhen you apply setting powder on top of foundation or concealer before it’s finished drying, you’ll notice it starts to bunch and look cakey. This can be avoided by using less foundation, waiting for the application to completely dry, and then applying a dusting of setting powder across the face – focusing on the areas that are more likely to become shiny or oily throughout the day. A trick to keep a fresh, dewy-looking complexion is to only apply powder to these oil prone areas, and to skip applying powder on less oily areas of the face such as the temple, upper lip region, jaw line, and cheek bones.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your foundation looking flawless? If you do, then post them on our Facebook page!