Spring trends: Runway makeup you can actually wear, part 2.

There were a number of eye shadow trends on the runway for spring: lids were on parade, from white, to pastel, to cobalt, to metallic. Fortunately, these trends are easy to translate into something very pretty and wearable, and also so easy to do! Here, we will tackle the ones that the majority of people would feel comfortable wearing at work or for an evening out. However, for the brave, please feel free to apply these techniques with crazy shades of blue, violet or white.

pastel eye shadow on the spring 2014 runways

pastel eye shadow on the runway. Visit bazaar.com for more.

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Beauty Lab! Do I really need an eyelash curler?

Curling your lashes before applying mascara creates a wide-eyed, wide-awake look. So many of you are rightfully dedicated to your eyelash curlers. To you ladies, I say carry on, I will not try to separate you from this wonderful tool. But for the rest of us, this is a step we skip (or want to skip) in our makeup ritual, either because it is just one step too many, or the curler fits awkwardly in our makeup kits, or it is downright scary to do (yes, I’ve had a few eyelid pinches). For me it is all of the above. So I wondered, was there a lazy girl’s way of getting around this? I am happy to say, YES!

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The results may not be exactly as good as using a curler, but it’s pretty close, and certainly better than not curling at all. Plus it’s quick, easy and there is no pinch! Here’s how: if you use Lash Conditioner, start with that. Then take your favorite mascara and apply at least one swipe to upper lashes, root to tip (or as many coats as you want). Be sure to wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes to deposit the most mascara there. On the last swipe, hold the brush at the base, pushing lashes gently up, for a count of five (one Mississippi, two Mississippi….) then move the brush halfway up the lashes and hold it again for a count of five. Sweep the brush through the tips of your lashes. Apply mascara to lower lashes if you want. And, you’re done.

Let me know if this works for you <3

Smoky eyes from around the world, part 1

February nights up here in the Northeast are still long and cold, but it is also the month of romance, and we are in the mood to heat things up! The best makeup look to get in the mood? The smoky eye. It is always on trend, and there are so many variations: it can be done in pretty much any hue and can be sultry and deep or even natural looking. We are so lucky to have access to many creative and talented makeup experts, so we gathered smoky eye looks from our makeup artist and educators around the world and are now sharing them with you! Stay tuned in a couple of weeks for even more gorgeous smoky eye looks.

We weren’t always born knowing how to do the perfect smoky eye, so we learned from makeup artists around the world. And this is our gift to you. ~Jane

Australia, makeup artist Celeste Jackson: Pure Smoke

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Step 1 – Champagne Silk Eye Gloss all over lid with fingers.
Step 2 – Lightest shade from Sundown PurePressed Eye Shadow on lid, highlighting to brow bone with Deluxe Shader Brush.
Step 3 – Medium shade from Sundown on lid fading into crease,
extending to outer & inner corners of the eye with Deluxe Shader brush.

Step 4 – Medium shade from Black Plus Cream to Powder Eyeliner in outer & inner corners of lid, blending into crease as well as a thin line along bottom lash line with Eye Liner/Brow Brush.
Step 5 – Darkest shade of Sundown along lower lash line with Eye Shader Brush.
Step 6 – Dark shade from Black Plus Cream to Powder Eyeliner on lash line; add depth in outer & inner corner of the eye with Eye Liner/Brow Brush.
Step 7 – Black Liquid Eyeliner starting at inner corner of top lash line, working into a slightly thicker line towards the outer corner.
Step 8 – PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner with Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara on upper & lower lashes.

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Beauty Lab! No mess Amazing Base

Here is another one to file under, “it’s only makeup, let’s break the rules!” I love the look of Amazing Base on my skin, especially during the winter months when everything is a bit drier. However, I don’t always like the mess that comes with loose minerals, so I kept experimenting with little ways I could reduce it and still get a nice even application. That’s when I threw caution to the wind and became a bit of a rebel by applying Amazing Base with my Handi Brush. We usually recommend the Handi Brush for PurePressed Base application only, but I love it with Amazing Base too! The Handi Brush fits neatly into the jar and picks up just enough powder without any mess. Plus, it gives a slightly different finish on the skin that looks really pretty. I just dip the flat head of the brush into the sifter, then work the powder into the brush with the lid, tap off the excess and apply with gentle, downward strokes (no buffing please!). Next time you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try!

amazing base and handi

 

Beauty Lab! Concealer cocktail

It’s the heart of winter, whether the weather is cold in your home town, it is certainly a time when we can have the winter doldrums. Let’s get out of our beauty ruts and elevate our beauty routines! As part of the whole “in with the new” spirit for the new year, we are launching a new series of tips & tricks encouraging beauty exploration and experimentation.

Experiment with makeup

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A year wrapped in skincare makeup to love and trust!

We hope you enjoy this lovely guest post from our friend Melanie Sarah from West Berkshire, UK.

It’s a blustery afternoon in West Berkshire and with four more sleeps to go, the Met Office has hinted that it may be just be a white Christmas. The ebb and flow of the year’s seasons with hair and wardrobe dilemmas to match!

Lesley and Mary

Lesley and Mary

As I near a five year anniversary with the jane iredale brand (the only brand in my makeup bag and recommended range at Melanie Sarah Image Styling) I’m dedicating this blog posting to Lesley and Mary of Berkshire, in the UK. They really are ‘Live in Full Bloom’ women.

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Holiday makeup looks from our personal shoppers, part II

I hope you were inspired by part one of this post that featured three beautiful makeup looks using the limited edition Glamour Eye & Lip Palette and Snappy Brush. Keep reading for four more beautiful looks from our personal shoppers.

Night Before Christmas by Elizabeth

“I was inspired by a fresh snowfall across the cool purple and blue hues in a winter sky, to create a frosted nighttime look!”Night before Christmas

  • Start by applying your shade of PurePressed Base using the Handi Brush. Spritz with your favorite Hydration Spray.
  • Apply Champagne Silk Eye Gloss from the top of your lash line up to your brow bone using the doe foot applicator.
  • Apply Violet Eyes Eye Shadow to your entire lid using your ring finger.
  • Apply Platinum Eye Shadow from the top of your lash line up to just below your brow bone and lightly dust on the center of your lid using the Crease tip of the Snappy Brush.
  • Line your top and bottom lash line with the purple end of the Amethyst Mystikol.
  • Apply the highlighter end of the Amethyst Mystikol to the inner corner of your eye.
  • Apply PureLash Extender & Conditioner, followed by Slate Grey Longest Lash Mascara.
  • Apply In Love PurePressed Blush to your cheeks using the Dome Brush.
  • Finish with Naomi Lipstick and Beach Plum PureGloss.

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Holiday makeup looks from our personal shoppers, part I

holiday collectionIt never quite feels like the holiday season to me without snow, which is why I’m so glad it has snowed in the Berkshires already! This year, jane iredale introduced the limited edition Glamour Eye & Lip Palette and the Snappy Brush for the 2013 holiday collection, along with the annual limited edition Refillable PurePressed Base Compact. I’m loving this new collection which features 15 PurePressed Eye Shadows, 10 of the NEW PureMoist Lipstick shades and 5 of the NEW PureGloss shades. It’s a gorgeous makeup kit that makes an amazing gift. The Snappy Brush has 3 interchangeable magnetic brushes that all link together, making both it and the Glamour Palette great for travel too!

This week our personal shoppers from shop.janeiredale.com got together to play with makeup together using the Glamour Eye & Lip Palette as well as some of their other favorite makeup products. Keep reading for three of their gorgeous looks and check back next week for the rest!

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Celebrity inspired halloween makeup

Earlier this month jane iredale hosted a conference for our International Distribution Partners. One evening some of our best makeup artists from around the world came together to put on a runway show featuring iconic celebrity makeup looks. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to recreate a couple of the more popular looks of the evening. Whether you have already picked out a costume for Halloween or not, we hope these fun celebrity makeup looks help to inspire you!

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

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