Makeup Tips from the Pros

So if you read my last blog post about the Who What Wear event, you know that I was able to attend a few master classes with celebrity makeup artists Pati Dubroff whose clients include Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra and Elizabeth Olsen and another class with makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan whose clients include Millie Bobby Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Sabrina Carpenter.

I learned a ton of tips and tricks and of course I just had to share! Here is a video featuring some of the tips, but if you would rather read along here is what I learned:


 

Kelsey Deenihan’s holiday looks:

Prep Skin, then apply foundation on face EXCEPT for the under-eye area. Add an under eye mask while doing your eye shadow and when you’re done, then apply concealer to the under-eye area.

Pat in concealer with your fingers

Smudging brown liner between lashes gives a fuller effect

For your lashes, wiggle at the root then swipe for length

Pat your bronzer into your cheeks for the illusion of a “face lift”

 

Product recommendations:

Chanel Water Fresh Tint was a huge hit for both classes as the product is light and has bursting particles which diffuse the color of the product when they are broken up

Lus Lash Glue has an amazing hold

Kiehl’s Blurring Primer 

 

 

Pati Dubroff’s Celeb-Inspired Beauty Looks:

Skin prep is a NECESSITY. The more you pamper and wake up the skin, the less makeup you will need

Prep with icing and massaging

Add moisturizer to the perimeter and not the center, add to where you would want highlight so for example your upper cheekbones but not your t-zone

You want to use a lighter colored foundation/concealer in the center of the face to add brightness and you want it to be matte. Matte primers work well for this.

Mix your foundations so you can get perfect color and it works well year-round.

You want either a strong lip/brow combo OR a strong eyeshadow never all three because you need balance on the face

 

 

Product Recommendations:

Chanel’s Soleil de Tan is perfect for a light finish and the perfect bronzer

A fluffy brush with space in between so that the product is not so dense on your skin but is light and airy

 

 

Something both makeup artists mentioned:

Your Fingers are your best tool

You want natural, light, bright and airy makeup

Minimal Layering

 

 

 

 

Makeup Tips and Crazy Tricks

Can I just start off this post by saying I am not the best at makeup! I definitely have more learning to do and I have two go-to looks: day and night. So because of that, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned, heard of, and what I have read from YOU through Instagram questions.

Also, just another reminder of how amazing and talented my childhood friends are! My friend Raeann brought in her whole set up to shoot these amazing pictures for me and my best friend Sara did my makeup! It’s a yellow glossy lid that I still cannot get over! If you are in need of a photographer or makeup artist in the SA area, I’ll give you their info!

Makeup Tips :

  • Match your foundation to your overall body tone! Not the color of your face
  • Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup, that’s what setting powder is for and yes there is a difference
  • Contour based on your face shape, not just where most people like to contour
  • Use a green color corrector to cancel out breakouts
  • Lip gloss only lasts about a year before expiring!
  • Use a wet brow brush to clean up lip liner

Crazy Tricks

(These are things I have heard from you all through Instagram stories so I may not try them all… okay for sure one of them and you’ll know which one!)

  • Shave with Olive Oil : it apparently leaves your skin silky smooth when the oil dries
  • Rub a lemon on your underarms, knees, and elbows to reduce darkness
  • If you do not have makeup remover, use cream (unscented is better for no irritation)
  • Wrapping plastic wrap around your waist at night will help you lose water weight in your tummy
  • Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips
  • Rubbing baby pee on your face reduces pimples.. this is the one to not try

Top : Michael Stars // Leggings : Femme Lux // Shoes : Steve Madden

 

How to Pose

Let me start off by saying it’s easy to pose when you have an amazing photographer and makeup artist! I got together with a few friends from elementary and middle school and put together this amazing look! If you’re in the San Antonio area I will so give you details for the best photographer and makeup artist! I’m seriously glowing because of all of the makeup and highlight! Also, this was the first shoot I have ever done featuring my little fur baby! I was so excited and did not expect her to be apart of the shoot but she was scared and not comfortable because of all of the lights and unfamiliar faces that she just stuck by my side.

I’ve seen lots of videos on Instagram featuring behind the scenes shots and how they got the end result and I thought it would be a great blog topic. Honestly, the best poses are candids to me. I like to set up a scene, picture what I am about to shoot and just go for it! Practice truly does make perfect!

I’ve met up with a few other bloggers and have seen what they do for posing so I created my own style by seeing them! I, of course, have the go-to poses that I am comfortable with and know what I look like when I do them. I recommend practicing in the mirror first as well! Practice your go-to poses to find your good angles and make it a muscle memory! THEN practice with your outfit on too because if you have a fun skirt you want to twirl in or a purse you want to hold a certain way, that is what can really make a photo! Content creation is key! Being different and confident is what will set you apart from a touristy photo in front of a cute wall.

Lastly, and most importantly, just MOVE! What I like to do is put the camera on shutter mode and walk, twirl, jump, play with my hair and keep moving! Do not move to fast so the camera has time to catch all the movements, but this is the biggest thing I can tell you! A killer photo truly is made by the tiniest details from natural movements.

Dress : Meshki

YSL Pop-Up

Coachella weekend one is known for all of the parties, pop-ups, and events to attend besides the festival itself. Brands from all over, big and small come to the desert to collaborate and create their own experience for their audience! There were many brands that I saw consistently throughout the weekend and of course the ones with the most creativity get the most mentions!

YSL had such a cool desert pop-up that we just had to visit! It had a beauty station in the desert with vintage looking gas pumps, cars, a small area of black hearts and more for the best photo ops. There were so many people there and I actually saw Manny MUA when we went. Not to mention that there was a YSL store to get a touch up from the hot desert day before getting in all the photos.

I saved this outfit especially for this pop-up because it was my least desert-y look and I wanted to shoot something fun. “Fun” is how I describe my looks when I wear something kind of out there or a statement piece that is different! I bought these glasses especially for this look and I knew they would complete the outfit since it tied in the white booties!

I commend the brands that are able to do big things like this because it gets so much recognition by the people that love the actual brand, and awareness to those who have not yet tried. There is something good to say about the brands that actually get creative like this and allow for the regular consumer to participate instead of just influencers. While everyone does love to see products recommended by their favorite celeb or influencer, when they really get to feel special too and take part in the event, that’s when a brand is doing it right!

Sunglasses : Forever 21 // Top : Princess Polly // Shorts : Forever 21 // Fanny Pack : Quay Australia // Shoes : (similar)

Lash Lifts

I had a great response from everyone wanting to know more about Lash Lifts and my experience with them! I have had about three or four lash lifts now ever since I heard about it from my Little! I’ve had them done at two different places, one in Texas and one in LA and the process and everything was the same. ALSO, I am not a lash lift expert and do not know all of the terminologies and what goes into the chemicals used, however, I have had positive experiences with the process and wanted to share that with my readers!

I’ve heard it described as a lash perm! Really it is just a chemical put on your lashes that curls them and keeps them standing up instead of straight down. I have thin hair so obviously, my lash hairs are no different. I struggled with getting lash extensions for a while and was scared of the damage it did to your natural lashes. I was told the first time I went for a lash lift that extensions probably would not be best since my lashes were so thin and would struggle to hold up the extensions which would increase fall out. Also, I am so not ready for the upkeep of it!

I go once every four or five months and the lashes usually last about 6-8 weeks depending on how you take care of them. I buffer in a month or two for some down time to let my lashes have a break. I never see any breakage or anything out of the ordinary, I just like to be cautious.

Lash lifts are different from extensions!!! They are your natural lashes just curled upward so they look longer and like you just put on a single coat of mascara. Extensions tend to make your lashes fuller and more visible. Lifts make them longer and for some extra oomph, I like to just use a mascara with my bristles to separate them for a fuller look. Also, you save on mascara since you do not need to apply extra coats.

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT?
A lash lift is a non-invasive lash service that uses cream solutions to “lift” the eyelashes. Lash lifting is essentially a new age lash perm that uses cream-based products and silicone shields to curl eyelashes — eliminating the need for traditional lash curlers. Unlike old school lash perms, which use barrel rollers and give lashes an unnatural curl, lash lifts use silicone shields to lift the natural lashes upward, simultaneously giving height, length, and volume. Lash lifts often accompany lash tints (although a tint may be down on its own) and darken the lashes. When a lash lift and tint are used together, they replace the need for daily eyelash curlers and mascara.
ARE LASH LIFTS SAFE?
When provided by trained and experienced technicians, lash lifts are safe. Since they are cream-based products, they are easy to control and will not run into your eyes the way liquid solutions would. Always get your lash lifting service from a trained and certified lash lift technician.

*Some photos and answers provided by @ingelashes

 

How long it lasts : about 6-8 weeks

How much it costs : I would say anywhere from $70 – $100 depending on where you go. Mine usually cost $75

How long it takes : About an hour

Taking care of the lashes : No oils after getting this done! It can take away the product and make it not last as long. Carefully wash your face, I try to get my lash lifts with no makeup on and then go to sleep and not wash my face until the next day to really let the product set in even though you probably can use most cleansers. I am gentle around my eyes for a while to make the lift last as long as possible.

Don’t try if you are prone to eye problems!

Sally Beauty Holiday Event

If you saw my Instagram story recently then you probably saw that I attended the Sally’s Beauty Holiday Swing event at Universal Studios! If you missed it check out the LA events highlight on my Instagram to see a short recap!

I love attending events like this and they are so fun to share with you all! Yes, it’s fun to get to attend for me, but I also get to share all of the products and fun with you too! There were so many great Brands that were at the 50’s inspired party like Ion, Shea Moisture, Cantu, BaBylissPro, CoL-Lab and more! The back lot was decked out with vintage cars, beauty stations, and the best eats and drinks!

I got my makeup done by beauty professionals at CoL-Lab and I had one of every hors d’oeuvre! (TBH that was my dinner!) I also found one of my blogger friends, Alexa, at the event which made it even more fun! (Check out my interview with her HERE.)

In all honesty, I was not planning on making this event a post! I was not going to take any pictures I was just going to go to the event and post on my story and show some of the products on my Instagram! But after seeing all of the fun props and having someone to take a few photos, I just wanted to do a short recap.

What do you think? Do you like when I share event recaps on my blog?

Hat : Lack of Colors // Body Suit : (similar) // Jeans : Levis

Holiday Giveaway!

The holidays are all about giving and this year I wanted to have the chance to give to one lucky reader! I thought since everyone is so busy buying for others, I could put together a gift with lots of products that you could use for a self-health day! The bag is full of skincare products, makeup, hair care and even a new straightener! I thought it would be great for a girl on the go since it also includes products that I have received (and used) from past collaborations!

*None of these products were gifted to me for promotion, I have acquired these samples and products on my own from past events and from buying them. This giveaway is not promoted by any of the brands named.

It’s easy to enter into the Giveaway! 

  • Follow me on Instagram (@briana.nicole03)
  • Tag two friends in the comments on my GIVEAWAY picture (each tagged friend after your initial two counts as an extra entry)
  • Leave a comment on any blog post OR comment on any of the posts on the BeYouTiful Brunette Facebook page

But what products are in the Giveaway?

(products linked are similar if not the exact product)

Sephoria

Yesterday I was able to go to the Sephoria House of Beauty and I loved it! Definitely a great experience and if you are a makeup lover, it was a must! One of the girls I met literally compared it to beautycon!

Let me just try to describe this to you, a three-story building filled with pop-ups of your favorite brands! From Dior to GlamGlow, it truly was a huge Sephora store. Every brand gave out either samples or demos of the products and I totally loved it! I came home with so many new products and even though I came with makeup on, I left with even more! The only item I bought (besides my ticket) was a #Lipstories lipstick from Sephora which I have been wanting for forever! But instead of just a regular top (which is super cool already) I was able to print out any photo from my phone and add it to my own color of choice! I absolutely stood in line for that and I was so happy I finally got an item I had been wanting as well as have it customized! And let me tell you, the photo ops where insane! There were some at every corner and I didn’t even get to all of them! Also I got to see Chrissy Tiegan! She was doing a master class which unfortunately I did not get to sit in, but she was just as she was on TV and on Twitter and was funny and upbeat! Another great thing about Sephora, they really are all about the complete experience.

I definitely was not ready for the photo ops if I’m being honest! I would have actually put together a new outfit to shoot, I did not even plan on making this a post until I got home and set it to go up the next morning! But anyway, I just wanted to share and keep making my blog as genuine as possible. The easiest way I come up with content is by the things I get to do, and see so I am super excited that I get to share that part of my life with everyone.

At the end of the night, the bars were poppin’ and there was a dancefloor and DJ! I wish I had not gone on a Sunday and gotten to enjoy it with all of the new makeup I had just gotten to sample! That’s the thing about LA, always something fun to do around every corner! I also recently went to a Netflix promotion event for their new Sabrina the Teenage Witch show! That comes out October 26th so be sure to catch my stories that day to check out how that went!

Also sorry about the horrible quality of the photos! Like I said, I definitely did not plan to shoot a post, but it turned out to have tons of great content!

 

Friday Faves

I pulled a few of my favorites this week from my Wish List Tabs above. This is where you can find my recent “wants” and “must-buys” before I even buy them and shoot them for the blog! Leave a comment

Song : Late Night by Deputy

I may be a little biased because I know the singer very well, but I genuinely like this sound because it’s something I would listen to on my own! Also, you gotta support local artists, they tend to be the best when you find a really good one!

Podcast : Get Real with Caroline Hobby

I just started listening to this podcast and I started off with her interview with Maddie and Tae, the country singers, and I really loved it! She is a former country singer in Nashville Tennessee and I definitely recommend checking this out if you are all for girl bosses and country music!

 

Beauty Product : Jade Roller

I recently wrote a blog posts about this, and I love it so much I had to mention it again. It’s a perfect addition to your morning routine to reduce inflammation and decrease drainage build up in your facial region (eww). Just pop it in the fridge and add a light serum and you’re halfway to a facial! Mine is linked and it is 100% all natural jade!

Wish List : Show Me Your Mumu Concho Belt

This belt has actually been on my wish lists for a while and I just posted about it on my Instagram stories recently as a poll if I should buy it or not. I went to check out the Show Me Your Mumu boutique in Venice beach and I didn’t see it in store, still wanting this cute belt!

Link : The Sakura Life Founders on why you should adopt a plant based diet

While I am honestly not going to go on an all plant based diet anytime soon, it was a good read for clean eating tips! I honestly thing The Newsette has amazing articles for girls like me who are into wellness, beauty, fashion, and daily corporate updates on businesses I want to know about. They keep me updated with the beauty industry and pop culture! Sign up for a super short and super worth it daily newsletter HERE.

BIRTHDAY POST

Today is a very special post because today is my birthday! I turn 23 years old today. Such a crazy thing to think about! Honestly all of the really good birthday years are behind me it feels like, so I wanted to do something fun this year to celebrate! I went to Dallas with my best friends and I couldn’t have been more excited! Since I am in Los Angeles, being away from all of my friends makes me miss them like crazy, so I am so excited to be able to spend the weekend with them somewhere I’ve never been before to celebrate my special day!

I planned on spending my actual birthday with my parents and my brother since I leave back to Los Angeles tomorrow and I am actually really excited to go back to work! Okay so this is going to be a bit of a jumbled post with a few different elements. Bear with me, and I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Spots in Dallas, Tx : 

Deep Ellum : Artsy district, lots of bars and cool places to eat and walk around!

Downtown : The sky line in Dallas reminds me of New York! So beautiful and we ate at a little Italian restaurant downtown with the best pasta!

Magnolia Market (Not in Dallas) : It you have seen the home show with Chip and Joanna Gaines you know how cute this place is! Great photo ops and it’s about an hour outside of Dallas

Uptown : Great for going out, getting into a fun club and somewhere to dress up a bit fancier than Deep Ellum for going out!

Where To Go on Your Birthday : 

Sephora : pick up your small gift during your birthday month if you are a Beauty Insider

Bare Minerals : Free gift when you join the Fab Club

Smashbox : Free gift when you sign up with their rewards program

Victoria Secret : Free gift when you have the angel card

IHOP : Get a free meal on your birthday

California Pizza Kitchen : Free Dessert

Dippin’ Dots : Free order of dippin’ dots

Jamba Juice : Free small smoothie or juice

Nothing Bundt Cakes : Free Bundlet cake, my favorite flavor is the red velvet with chocolate chips

Birthday Playlist : 

Rihanna : Birthday Cake

Katy Perry : Birthday

Selena Gomez : Birthday

50 Cent : In Da Club

Trey Songz : Say Ahh

Fergie : A Little Party Never Killed Nobody