Fashion

3 Ways To Style A Leather Jacket

Happy Wednesday everybody! Today I am going to be showing you three different ways to style your leather jacket! I dressed up as Sandy from the movie Grease for Halloween last year and needed a leather jacket. So I went out and bought this one from the kids section at Target for $20.00. If I’m being honest, I haven’t reached for this jacket since Halloween, so when I was requested to style a leather jacket I was up for the challenge on finding a few different ways to wear mine. I hope you guys enjoy the looks I’ve put together. Stay smiling today. With love, McKenz.


 

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This first look is my favorite. I figured most people have either a white or black tank top somewhere in the back of their closet which is why I chose this clothing item for the outfit. I decided to cuff my jeans with this outfit and wear my lace up flats to add a chic feel to my already edgy outfit.

Outfit Details: jacket- Target, tank- Old Navy, jeans- Hollister, lace up flats- Old Navy, necklaces- Charming Charlie and Forever 21, watch- Kate Spade, bracelets- Alex and Ani


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I love flannels and I know most people do so I decided to pair my black and white one with a fitted, black t-shirt to break up the draped feeling that my jacket and flannel create when combined. I paired my black and white converse with this look to keep it monochromatic. But, feel free to switch it up with a colored flannel or even a fun pop by adding a colored shoe or purse!

Outfit Details: jacket- Target, flannel- Old Navy, t-shirt- Target, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Converse, watch- Kate Spade, necklaces- Charming Charlie and Forever 21


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I love this outfit for a time when it’s super cold outside and you’re in need of pairing durable shoes with a stylish top. For this look I simply zipped up my jacket and added a white scarf to match my boot socks. Feel free to add as many layers as possible under this to fully bundle up!

Outfit Details: jacket- Target, scarf- Old Navy, jeans- Hollister, boot socks- Kohls, rain boots- Nordstrom Rack, watch- Kate Spade


 

Makeup

Beauty Basics: Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Over the last few months I have received what seems like endless amounts of questions and comments on my everyday makeup routine . Today I decided I would do my first makeup tutorial, unfortunately, it is not a video tutorial but that will hopefully be coming soon if you guys are interested in seeing that! If you don’t understand the terminology I’m using or the places I’m applying my makeup click here, and if you don’t understand the purpose of a certain makeup product click here. Please keep in mind that I am in no way a professional makeup artist and am just a fourteen year old girl sharing what I have learned over the years. I hope you guys enjoy!

For the face makeup I tend to change it up from week to week. If my skin is acting up I’ll have a fuller face of makeup on. Where as sometimes all I wear is under eye concealer. Some days I go for a strong contour and other days I just go for a highlight. The same goes for my eye makeup. I hardly ever wear the same eyeshadow look twice or repeat the same lid color in the same week. Although I feel that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing the same makeup everyday, I have lots of makeup and find it super fun to change up my look on a day to day basis. However, today I am showing you one of my most worn face looks and a favorite eye look. *keep in mind that some makeup is from the drugstore and some is high end.*


 

Step One: Face Primer I’ve been using the ELF Mineral Infused Primer everyday to provide my face with a smooth canvas before applying my makeup. I find that this primer helps minimize my pores, conceal fine lines, keep my makeup in place, and prevents my face from getting oily throughout the day. Also, I love that this primer doesn’t break the bank at only $6 per bottle (14 mL).

Step Two: Foundation I don’t like wearing a full face of foundation so I lighten up the coverage of my Maybelline Matte+Poreless Fit Me Foundation in the color 125 with the Cetaphil Moisturizer. My face tends to be super dry so I find that taking a drop of moisturizer and a drop of foundation is the best way to moisturize my skin and even out it’s tone. I apply this with my beauty blender for a natural and flawless complexion,  I also love this foundation because it absorbs natural oils and keeps your face matte throughout the day.

Step Three: Face Powder For years I have used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to set my foundation and keep my face makeup in place all day. This is a pressed powder that leaves you with a shine free complexion. I like to apply this with my ELF powder brush to pack it in and ensure that it won’t budge throughout the day.

Step Four: Under Eye concealer and powder My under eyes are horrendous due to the fact that I seem to never have a full eight hours of sleep and I naturally have super vainy under eyes with blue undertones. To conceal these, I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer which works wonders and is only $7 from the drugstore. This concealer has a sponge tip applicator and helps depuff the area around my eyes. I set my under eyes with the banana powder that comes in the Anastasia Contour Kit. I find that this keeps me from looking dead. If I decide to skip foundation I almost always use these two products to still keep a refreshed look.

Step Five: Contour Contouring is my favorite makeup trend that has been going around lately. I find that it can bronze up the face while slimming your features at the same time. I use the second bronzer from The Anastasia Contour Kit and apply this with the ELF bronzing brush. I contour my cheekbones, nose, and temples to sculpt and define my features. I love this palette because it has three completely matte bronzer’s, a powder, a banana powder, and a shimmer highlight that is beautiful. I think that this palette is gorgeous and well worth the splurge.

Step Six: Highlight I use the color Vanilla from the Anastasia Contour Kit to highlight which works perfect on my olive green complexion. I love applying this to the tops of my cheekbones and on my cupids bow for a glowy effect that looks gorgeous as the sun hits it.

Step Seven: Eye Primer and Base I always get asked about my eyeshadow and what makes my eyeshadow look different from the person asking me. I swear by the Urban Decay Primer Potion to prime my eye lids to keep my shadows from creasing and wearing away quickly. I can not give the Maybelline Color Tatoo in Barely Branden enough thumbs up and praise. This product is the reason I fell in love with eye makeup. It’s a creamy base that is a dupe for the MAC Paint Pots and your wallet will love you for it at only $7 per container. (I use this everyday and it takes me about a year to finish one.) It has a creamy texture that keeps shadows from creasing and keeps colors vibrant. I apply both of these with my fingers. Also, don’t be afraid  to apply these messily, it’s going to be covered up anyways!

Step Eight: Eyeshadow My favorite palette is hands down the Urban Decay Naked Palette. If I could keep only on palette I would choose this one. It has ten shimmery eyeshadows and two matte eyeshadows that have a beautiful, creamy texture and work wonders with blue eyes and an olive complexion.It is $52 but if you’re looking for something that is versatile and will last you a long time I highly recommend splurging on this item. I first am applying the gold shadow, “Half Baked” all over my lid with a flat shader brush from ELF.

After this I am taking a blending/ crease brush from ELF and mixing “Buck” and “Naked” which are two matte brown shades and placing these into my crease and blending them from my outter corners towards the inner third of my eyes to act as a transition shade before applying sparkly and deeper colored shadows.

Taking the brush that comes with the Naked palette I am applying the color “Smog” into  the outer third of my crease and straying away from dragging this towards my inner corner.

The last thing I’m doing is applying “Darkhorse”  with a tapered crease brush into my outer V to define my eyes and deepen up the look. Along with this, I’m dragging just a lit bit of this onto my lower lash line.

Step Nine: Eyebrows and brow bone highlight The next thing I do is apply the colors “Virgin’ and “Foxy” from the Urban Decay Naked  Basics Palette to my brow bone. I feel that this really makes your shadows pop and it defines your eyebrows and leaves them with a clean finish. This palette has five matte shadows and one shimmer and is perfcet for a natural, beginners look. However, it is a little dryer compared to the other Urban Decay palettes. To do my brows I take my trusty old Vaseline and apply just a little bit with my fingers to sculpt out and shape my brows. This keeps my brows in place all day and is so inexpensive. Lately to fill in the sparse areas of my brows and shape them I’ve been using the center three browns from my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette and an angled brush. I also take a little bit of “Virgin” from the Naked Basics palette and apply it with my fingers into my inner corners to brighten up the look.

Step Ten: Mascara If I’m being honest my eye makeup doesn’t look like anything special until I apply mascara. I like to layer the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which provides lots of volume and an intense finish, and the Maybelline Great Lash to really lengthen and separate my lashes. An added bonus is that it’s super easy to remove and is very gentle on the eyes. I use the Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes “lower lashes” on my lower lashes and on the pesky little lashes in my inner corners.

Step Eleven: Lipstick and Lipgloss Last but not least I am applying my favorite lip combo which is what I reach for on an everyday basis. I use the Maybelline Color Whisper in the color “Some Like It Taupe”. This is a gel formula that provides a very sheer finish. I add the NYX Megashine Lipgloss in the color “Sugar Pie.” I’m a five year old at heart and never leave the house without lip gloss on, I love this NYX one because it packs in moisture leaving my lips hydrated while still providing shine.


 

… and that’s a wrap for my everyday makeup routine. If you’re interested in a video edition please let me know, and if you have any questions please leave them below, I am happy to answer them! If you guys liked this I will definitely consider doing another look in the future. Thank you so much for all the love and support, if you have any requests and suggestions I would love to hear them. Don’t forget to follow me here on the blog and on Instagram @styledbymckenz. Wishing you the best. With love, McKenz.

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #7

Hey friends happy Valentines day! I hope you all have eaten lots of junk food, watched too many sappy movies, and shed just a few tears. I, on the other hand, have been up and on the move since nine a.m. working and planning blog posts. I’m just glad that tomorrow we don’t have school due to Presidents’ Day so I can sleep in late, catch up on YouTube videos, and catch up on my blog reading. I wanted to thank all of my 350 followers on Instagram, you guys are awesome! I hope you’ve found true happiness this past week, because I have realized that you can’t have a happy life without a happy mind. Wishing you the best. Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours. With love, McKenz.

2.8.16 – I love looking down and seeing all nine of my Alex and Anis stacked together, they’re all so cute and make me so happy.

Outfit Details – shirt: Athleta, sweater: Old Navy, scarf: Steve Madden, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, boots: DSW, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

2.9.16- I adore cheering for boys basketball; and even though we lost terribly tonight, I love having everyone together. On top of this, our school’s pom squad had their senior night and we got to wish them well as they all enter the next chapter of their lives.

Outfit Details – sweater: Old Navy, scarf: not sure, sorry guys!!, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, rain boots: Nordstrom Rack, watch: Macys

2.10.16 – “Happy are those who trust in the Lord.” I love this bible verse so much because it’s a constant reminder to have faith in the Lord because He is always leading us to better things.

Outfit Details – jacket: TJ Maxx, flannel: Old Navy, sweater: Gap, jeans: Hollister, boot toppers: Fransesca’s, riding boots: Target, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlie

2.11.16 –  Celebrating one of my best friends, Celia’s, fifteenth birthday with a little throwback from homecoming. Madison and I miss you more and more everyday and wish you would come back to us. )-:

Outfit Details – sweater: Loft, necklace: Charming Charlie, jeans: Hollister, lace up flats: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

2.12.16 – Layering up for one of the coldest days of the year and slaying every makeup game today. My happiness today is found in my daily eye pic, today’s is curtain edition, lol.

Outfit Details – shirt: H&M, flannel: Old Navy, jean jacket: Kohls, leggings: Victoria’s Secret Pink, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: Kate Spade, necklace: Forever 21

2.13.16 – Today my best friend Jeanie and the rest of our pom squad became Division One County Champs. It makes my heart smile to see her and the rest of the team as happy as they were. This year our small little hick town captured state titles in football and wrestling and county titles in cheerleading and poms; I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this town.

Outfit Details – shirt: school, cardigan: Abercrombie Kids, necklace: Forever 21, jeans: Hollister, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: Kate Spade

2.14.16 – I love my daddy who surprised me this morning with this gorgeous bouquet of flowers that had some sunflowers mixed in which are my absolute favorite!! Now curled up on the couch and watching Gossip Girl!

Outfit Details: shirt: Target, workout leggings: Target

 

 

 

 

Finding Yourself

Faith Update: Psalms

Hi guys, it’s been a few weeks since my last faith journey post so I figured I would do a little update and share with you some recent passages that have really spoken to me and a few pages from my bible that I made super cute with just a pen and colored pencils! Yesterday was Ash Wednesday which marked the first day of Lent. I’m making sure to spend a minimum of twenty minutes with my Bible and talking with Jesus everyday. I hope some of you can relate to my thoughts below, thank you for reading! With love, McKenz.

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Psalm 32:15 “But I trust in you Lord.” I found that I love this passage most because it’s sole focus is on putting our trust in God and allowing Him to take the lead despite the confusion and uncertainty we might have. We must allow faith to lead our way and be convinced that it will lead us to better things.

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Psalms 32:10 “Love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.” This is by far my favorite Psalms passage that I have read so far. Something is so comforting about knowing that God’s love is always within us if we trust in him. Like I said, passages that have to do with tryst seem to be the ones I’m always highlighting and underlining.IMG_7687.JPG

Psalm 26:1 “In the Lord I have trusted.” We are always in Gods hands and he is leading us to bigger and better things and it is better to walk in blind with Jesus and than walk in sighted without Jesus by our side.IMG_7686.JPGPsalms 30:2 “You raised me up.” God has sent obstacles in our path but he has always done these things to benefit us in the long run.

Makeup

Beauty Basics: The Purpose of Makeup and the Different Kinds

Hi guys, today I am here to bring you the second edition of Beauty Basics! If you missed the first one on learning about your face and makeup terminology than click here. Today I am going to be teaching you the purpose of makeup and all the different kinds. I hope you all are enjoying this series and are learning something from it. Thank you so much for reading, wishing you nothing but happiness this week. With love, McKenz.


 

Foundation: Foundation comes in all different shades and formulas. It’s purpose is to add a somewhat heavy coverage that will cover all discoloration and blemishes.

Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream: Tinted moisturizer and BB Cream are essentially the same thing. The purpose is to provide a light weight coverage to even out one’s skin tone. Although, it is not promised to cover any blemishes, just provide an even base.

Concealer: Concealer comes in many different forms, some is meant to cover under eye circles and others are solely meant to cover up blemishes and imperfections.

Face Primer: Face primer ensures that your makeup lasts as long as possible and allows your face makeup to live up to its full potential.

Bronzer: Bronzer is usually bought two shades darker than your skin tone and is used to warm up your complexion and leave you looking sun kissed.

Contour Powder: Contouring is the hottest new makeup trend that is supposed to make your face appear thinner and cheekbones more defined.

Powder: Powder sets your concealer and/or foundation so that it stays in place throughout the day.

Highlighter: Highlighter is used on the high points of your face so you’re left glowing when the sun hits.

Blush: Blush is an easy way to bring life back into your face, it comes in color ranges from peach to plum. Blush comes in cream, powder, mate, and sparkly. If you want the sun to reflect your cheeks when they hit the light, then reach for a sparkly one.

 

Foundation vs. Tinted Moisturizer: Foundation provides a heavy coverage that covers blemishes and redness and is guaranteed to last a long time and a tinted moisturizer provides a light coverage that evens out one’s complexion.

Under eye concealer vs. blemish concealer: This is pretty self exploratory. Under eye concealer cancels out the veins and redness under your eyes and blemish/stick concealer covers up blemishes and imperfections for a heavier coverage.

Loose powder vs. pressed powder: Loose powder is generally put into a container with holes in it; it’s very airy and isn’t easy to pack into your face. This one is translucent which means it can be used on all skin tones and provides no pigmentation. It is just provides a matte finish and removes any shine. On the other hand, pressed powder is easily packed into your face for a full coverage.

Powder blush vs. cream blush: Powder blush is usually used for a lightweight look, cream blush is generally heavier and should be used if you have a lot of matte products on your face to add some different textures and ensure you don’t look like a cake face.

Contour vs. bronzer: Contour is used to define cheekbones and make your face appear thinner. Bronzer makes you look like you have a light glow and can be applied nearly everywhere like a powder to warm up your complexion.

Matte Finish vs. Dewy Finish: Matte products leave you looking completely unshiny where as a dewy finish will leave you looking slightly damp and with a healthy, “I was just outside during summer” look.


 

Eye Primer: Eye primer allows your eye shadow to live up to it’s full pigmentation and lasting abilities.

Base: A base is usually put on after primer and has a tacky like formula that allows your eye shadow to stay even longer. I also find that adding a base makes my eye shadow really pop and look extremely pigmented.

Eye shadow: Almost everybody knows what eye shadow is. It’s color that you put onto your eyelids and probably used in the color blue when you were six years old. Eye shadow is my favorite makeup product of all time. There are endless combinations and colors which is what I love most.

Mascara: Mascara does three different things. It can volumize, lengthen, or separate your lashes. A mascara that does all three is what you should be looking for. Mascara is different for everyone, so if you find one that works for you, hold onto it.

Eyeliner: Eyeliner can darken up a look and easily thickens the lash line and/or lash band.

Eyebrow pencil: Eyebrow pencils are just like pencil eyeliners. You can easily fill in the sparse areas of your eyebrows and a pencil is the easiest and most efficient way to over draw your eyebrows if you are trying to reshape them.

Eyebrow gel and powder: Eyebrow gel keeps your eyebrows in place the whole day and eyebrow powder keeps your brows lightly filled in.

Stick base vs. cream base: Cream bases are very thick and tacky. This is what I use every day to keep my shadows lasting long. Stick bases are a lot more blendable but are less pigmented. I love these most for costume makeup tutorials.

Liquid Eyeliner vs. Pencil eyeliner: Liquid eyeliner is best if you’re trying to achieve a wing and is used on the upper lash line. Pencil eye liner is super creamy and is worn on the tight line and the water line. I don’t recommend this on your top line unless you’re going for a sloppy more smoked out look.

Brow gel and powder vs. brow pencil: Brow gel and powder keep your eyebrows in place all day and lightly filled in. Brow pencils are the easiest way to draw on your eyebrows and re-shape them. I usually use this for a more dramatic makeup look.

Mascara: Separating vs. volumizing vs. lengthening: All mascaras do different things. I recommend a volumizing mascara for a dramatic look, lengthening to darken up the look and bring as much attention to the eyes as possible, and a separating mascara for a natural look.

Matte eye shadow vs. sparkly eye shadow: Matte eye shadows have a flat finish and create a neutral look where as sparkly eye shadows create lots of definition and guarantee for attention to be brought to your eyes first.


Lip exfoliate: Lip exfoliate gets rid of all the dead skin cells and leaves your lips feeling soft and rejuvenated. My favorite is the mint one from Lush.

Lip balm: Lip balm simply moisturizes your lips and heals them.

Lipstick: Lipstick has lasting color with a thick formula. My favorite brands are Essence and Maybelline. I love wearing a nude lipstick with a gloss for an easy wearable look for school.

Lip stain: Lip stains are lipsticks that stain your lips for hours and won’t come off when eating or drinking.

Lip gloss: I have an obsession with lip gloss. I love the heavy coating it leaves on my lips and the shiny look it provides rather than a matte.

Lip liner: Lip liner prevents your lipstick from bleeding onto your skin throughout the day.

Lipstick vs. Lip pencil: Lipstick comes in stick form where as lip pencils are in pencil form and are easier to apply and have a much longer wearing time.

Matte Finish vs. Satin Finish: Matte finishing lip products have a flat look to them without any shine and satin finishing products are glossy, often sparkly, and allow your lips to appear plumper and more full.


 

 

 

 

Fashion

6 Ways To Style Booties

The amount of shoes I have is rather uncalled for (oopsie..) but it comes in handy when I want to write a blog post! Today I am going to be showing you ladies six different ways to wear your booties. I have included one pair of rain booties, two pairs of heeled booties, and three pairs of booties with less than a half inch heel. I thought the variety of styles would be perfect because I am fully aware that there are several different styles and you all are obviously not guaranteed to have the same styles as myself. I really hope you guys enjoy this styling post, they are my favorite, so if you have any other clothing pieces you think I should style please let me know because I would love to do that for you! If you didn’t see yesterdays post click here. Hope you’re having a fabulous day, with love, McKenz.


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This outfit is one of my favorites, it’s easy to wear and a quick outfit with only four items in total. I think it’s super comfortable but still looks put together with socks that match the turtle neck perfectly.

Outfit Details: booties- Steve Madden, sweater- Old Navy, jeans- Hollister, socks- Columbia, watch- Kate Spade


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For a rainy day that consists of damp streets I like to wear shoes that are practical for the weather. For a little bit of rain I would much rather wear my booties instead of rain boots because they weigh a lot less and are less bulky. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Hunters, but I prefer to wear those in the snow. I’m paring this with a sweater and a matching scarf to stay warm.

Outfit Details: booties- Michael Kors, sweater- Old Navy, scarf- Gap, jeans- Hollister, watch- Macys, boot toppers- Francescas, bracelets- Alex and Ani


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For some of my viewers that work in a more professional setting, this one’s for you: I think that pairing a cardigan with a tank top is a timeless outfit. Pair this with a few dainty necklaces, a statement necklace, or even a scarf to spice this look up a bit and the matching socks balance this look out perfectly.

Outfit Details: booties- TJ Maxx, cardigan- Gap, tank top- Old Navy, jeans- Hollister socks- Aeropostale, watch- Macys


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I wore this outfit to a cheer event one time and got tons of compliments. I also wore this dress to homecoming with heels and then was able to transition it to something much more casual and appropriate for the occasion by adding my army jacket to play with some textures and adding some fun heeled booties with a cool cut out on the side. Don’t be afraid to branch out a bit, that’s what fashion is all about.

Outfit Details: booties- Nine West, dress- TJ Maxx, jacket- TJ Maxx, watch- Kate Spade, bracelets- Alex and Ani


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I love my maroon booties because they add a pop of color to my mostly earth toned wardrobe. My mom happened to give me this cowell neck sweater after it shrunk in the watch and it matched perfectly! I love these boots with an all black look or even a white top, jeans, and matching statement necklace or scarf.

Outfit Details: booties- Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, sweater: Tahari, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies


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This is probably my most worn outfit with booties. I have a love for scarves and crew neck sweaters paired with matching socks and because I have an endless supply of all three, this outfit style is always on repeat.

Outfit Details: booties- Sam Edelman, sweater- Old Navy, scarf- Steve Madden, socks- Kohls, watch- Kate Spade


 

Makeup

Beauty Basics: Learning Your Face and Makeup Terms

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I received my first mascara in sixth grade. From then on my love for makeup took off. Between myself and some makeup gurus on YouTue I learned everything I needed to know about makeup. Although, I also learned that like everything, practice makes perfect. I get asked quite often about my makeup. Some have been applying makeup to their face for years but always stuck to the basics and some couldn’t say the difference between a concealer and a foundation. Today I am starting a new series called “Beauty Basics” to provide you with the knowledge I wish I was once given. Today, the first post of “Beauty Basics”, I am going to be teaching you all about your face. I know everybody here has the common sense to identify their face’s physical features but in the world of makeup an eye is much more than an eye. I will be posting makeup tutorials on the blog in the near future and I want all my viewers to be able to follow along with the terminology I’m using. So without further ado, let’s get started.


 

I’m going to start with the eyes because they are the most defined and intricate part of our faces. With this being said if you don’t know anything about makeup than you are in for a treat and lots of learning.


 

#1: The eyebrow- Everybody knows what their eyebrows are and if yours are anything like mine you might find their over all appearance to look better if you fill them in with an eye shadow similar to their natural color (I use “Faint” from Urban Decay). Eyebrows make or break a makeup look so you should take this into consideration next time you find yourself looking in the mirror while doing your makeup.IMG_7831

#2: The Brow bone- The brow bone is exactly as it sounds, the part of your face right beneath your eyebrow that is often times highlighted with a light eye shadow to show a distinct difference between your eye shadow itself and the eyebrow.IMG_7834

#3: The inner corner- Some peoples eyes get irritated very easily by adding shadow into their inner corner but if yours doesn’t than adding a light eye shadow is an easy way to extenuate your eye and make it pop.IMG_7832

#4: The Lid- Everybody knows what their eye lid is but sometimes specific shadows only get used on the inner third or the outer third so be aware that your eye lid can easily be split into more than one part.IMG_7835.JPG

#5: The Outer V- By putting a dark shadow in your outer V you can easily add lots of definition to your look. If you can’t find where yours is, go to the outer third of your crease and wipe your brush horizontally in a V shape.IMG_7837.JPG

#6: The Crease- Your crease is another super self explanatory one, it’s simply the fold in you eye. It’s important to always apply a matte shadow in your crease to act as a transition shade before drifting into sparkly shadows in the crease and outer V. Stay away from  dragging crease colors into your inner third. Some people have a greater distance from their lash line to their eyebrow, like me, and have lots of room to apply eye shadow, if not don’t worry it just means that your crease isn’t as defined! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.IMG_7836.JPG

#7: The lower lash line- Your lower lash line is simply the skin under your bottom lashes, dragging a dark shadow under this area will create the allusion of a darker look. Don’t get this confused with your water line which is where you would apply eyeliner near your lower lash line. (Water lines can be found if you pull your under eye down a little and find the line right above where your lower lashes grow.)IMG_7833.JPG

That is all for the eye portion if you have any other specific questions, leave them below and I will be happy to answer them, now onto the face.


 

#1: The cheekbones- Your cheek bones or hollows of your cheeks can be found simply by making a fishy face. Certain makeup such as bronzer or contouring powder is applied here to make your face appear thinner and more defined than they are naturally.IMG_7840.JPG

#2: The apples of your cheeks- If you smile and notice the round part of your cheek that appears rather chubby compared to the rest of your face than you have found the apples of your cheeks, this is the correct spot to apply blush. ( no picture for this one, sorry guys!!)

#3: High points of your face- The high points of your face are right above your cheekbones and can generally be highlighted with a specific powder to make them stand out when the lights hit them.IMG_7841.JPG

#4: Cupids Bow- Your cupids bow is the little heart shape that is formed right above your lip, this is another area that can be highlighted with powder to make your lips appear plumper and fuller.IMG_7838.JPG

#5: Your Nose- Obviously everyone knows what their nose is but the sides of your nose can often be contoured just like your cheekbones in order to appear thinner. So don”t worry there are several ways to make your nose look thinner if you’re not happy with your nose size. Sometimes makeup is all it takes. (-:IMG_7844.JPG


 

That is it for my first post in “Beauty Basics.” I hope you guys enjoy this new series and if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them below, I love hearing your feedback. Thank you so much for reading I hope you have an amazing Monday. Don’t forget to talk to Jesus, with love, McKenz.