Best of Beauty 2016

Happy New Year, loves! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and maybe even had some gifts to feed your beauty addiction. I asked you all if you wanted a new review or a wrap up of the best in each beauty category for the whole year and I had unanimous support for the best of beauty! So here we go these are my favorite products over the last year..

primer: nivea mens post shave balm

This balm is super affordable and helps to fill in pores and extend the wear of your foundation. It performs very similar to the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer with a much more reasonable price tag. You can find my full in depth review here.

foundation: l’oreal infallible pro glow foundation – 202

If you are a frequent reader you know I have a very hard time finding a foundation I love. This one is definitely it. It is a super lightweight texture and gives medium coverage that can be built up while giving a youthful glow that isn’t oily. You can find my full in depth review here.

concealer: tarte shape tape concealer – fair neutral

This concealer is newer to the market and I’ve only had it a short time but it is maybe my favorite that I own. It gives full coverage while still looking like skin. It brightens and is definitely the most crease proof I have tried. A little goes a long way so you are getting a pretty good value. If you would like a full review than let me know in the comments!

powder: mac pro shaping powder – emphasize

I use emphasize to set my concealer and the T-zone of my face. The powder is super creamy and ultra brightening. I like too use it to really brighten my under-eyes and highlight the middle of my face. It sets my concealer beautifully and doesn’t look cakey at all.

contour: dolce & gabbana the blush – tan

I started using this blush to contour on the recommendation of youtuber Claire Marshall. It has the perfect amount of cool tones to imitate a shadow without making it look like you smeared mud on your face. It blends easily and is perfect for any skill level because it isn’t too pigmented and is very hard to take overboard.

bronzer: nars bronzing powder – laguna

I bought the Steven Klein Nars face kit last winter which contains the crazy hyped laguna bronzer. I do like it quite a lot. I think it is a perfect neutral bronzer and has the right amount of pigmentation to prevent giving yourself a bronzer helmet. This took over my Benefit Hoola bronzer because I got quite a bit more color than usual this year and it has stayed in my routine ever since.

blush: wet n’ wild color icon blush – apri – cot in the middle

This blush is crazy pigmented and gives a beautiful coral glow. This is my favorite shade to use all through summer or when I can’t decide what to put with the rest of a look. The blush is super blendable and only costs a few dollars. Crazy deal and one of the best blushes I own.

highlight: becca champagne pop face palette – champagne pop

I originally purchased champagne pop when it first came out because I have endless admiration for Jaclyn Hill but to be honest I wasn’t crazy about it and definitely didnt think it was a champagne shade. It was way more golden. When I ordered the face palette, I was really surprised at how different the champagne pop shade was. It was much more champagne and I completely love it. If you want to see my review of the whole palette you can read it here.

eye primer: smashbox photofinish 24 hour primer

Most of the time I don’t actually use a primer on my eyes I just use a concealer to even out the color on my lids but when I want my shadow to have crazy staying power I use this primer. It has a slight silicone feel but still allows the shadows to glide on and blend with ease. There will be no creasing with this primer for sure.

eyeshadow: makeup geek single shadows – mirage, peach smoothie, cocoa bear, americano

This year I fell in love with makeup geek shadows. I love being able to customize my own z palettes. They are so cheap and they are pigmented and bendable. My absolute favorite shades are mirage, peach smoothie, cocoa bear, and americano. When I am lacking inspiration those shadows are my go to’s for multiple looks.

eyeliner: anastasia beverly hills waterproof creme color – jet

Ever since I started using liner in middle school, I have always been a gel liner girl. I just think gel is super precise and the most matte and black liners out there. The anastasia liner is the best I’ve found. It is super dark, completely matte, and stays in the waterline. You get a ton of product for your money as well. My trick if it ever feels dry is to put a drop of baby oil in it and it is back to new.

mascara: mac extended play gigiblack lash mascara

This mascara has a a very small precise brush that I love using to get every lash. It makes me have really natural looking long thick lashes. Most of you know this is my forever go-to for mascara to blend false lashes with your real lashes. For my full review you can click here.

false lashes: lena lashes – tina

A few years ago Jaclyn Hill raved about lena lashes and I have been crazy for them ever since. She makes beautiful lashes that are easy to apply and have a super comfortable band. Lena’s always having sales too so the lashes end up being fairly reasonably priced around $13 if you order at the right time!

brows: anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade – taupe

Ive been using the dipbrow for about 2 years in various shades. It is my holy grail brow product. I can make super natural hair strokes or more bold brows depending on my mood. It always looks like real brows and the color taupe is perfect for any blonde or light brunette. It has just the right shade with cool tones to flatter lighter hair.

lipstick: colourpop lippie stix – cookie

I dedicated a whole week on my blog for colourpop products and these may have been my favorite from them. The formula is creamy and pigmented and super easy to apply. I love the shade cookie. It is the perfect nude for people with lighter skin tones because it is very neutral toned. I have been carrying this everywhere with me since I got it. The full review & tons of swatches can be found here.

lipgloss: kylie cosmetics lip gloss – so cute

As most of you know, Im not a super huge fan of glossy lips so I was a little skeptical when I ordered this gloss but it is incredible. It has such a lightweight consistency and the perfect amount pigment to make it look beautiful on the lips. I love it over the cookie lippie stix and it says in my bag everywhere as well. You can get my in depth thoughts here.

setting spray: mac fix +

To finish off my makeup I always spray my face with fix +. It is not meant to extend makeup like most setting sprays but it makes powders look much more natural and adds hydration to the skin. I think it makes my face makeup look more natural and dewy throughout the day so it is a must for me.

So that wraps up a whole bunch of beauty favorites for the year 2016! Here’s to new discoveries and new reviews this year! I can’t wait for all the new launches getting ready to come out and to give you all fresh new content every week! Let me know if you see anything you want me to review or have any ideas for new blog posts you all would like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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long time no blog…

Hello loves! I feel like I haven’t talked to you in forever and I also feel as if I owe you all, my lovely supporters, an explanation.

The last time we spoke was the finale of my month long halloween series. I poured countless hours, a fair amount of money, and basically all of my creativity on that series. Once I was finished, I was honestly a little burnt out. I have struggled for the past month to try and muster up some ideas for new looks and I have greatly failed. I feel like I see the same stuff being put out there all the time and I want to be a little more original and give you fresh compelling content and unfortunately right now I am in a massive rut.

Just to add to the burden of my artist block, I very quickly realized if I want to keep producing high quality looks and reviews for you all, I needed to get back in the working world. Some of you may know, I had hip surgery earlier this summer and that forced me to leave my job to spend all my time recovering. Once fall rolled around I got the okay from my doc to get back on my feet but I was just getting back into school as well. I am in my second year of college and this year I am taking two more classes than before so that I can graduate early and head off to makeup school to up my game even more for you all. When I got myself into a manageable place with school I started putting applications back out there to bring myself some income for more beauty products and maybe a camera to start filming tutorials 😉

As I wrapped up my halloween series, I got the call for my new position and have been working in the retail world again ever since. I’m sure you can all guess the absolute madness of working in retail at this time of year and of coarse this is the exact time school mounts tons of work on my back as well. The past month has been a bit overwhelming to tell you the truth and my extra class load has definitely caught up with me (the image is a picture of an art project I did for school). I finish up all my finals this week and hopefully over break I can dedicate my free time to getting tons of cool stuff done for you all!

Now you’re all caught up and I can’t apologize enough for my extended absence. I promise I will be back next week with a fun review of a little indie skin care brand! But I have a big favor to ask of you all. Please (no, really, please I am begging) give me suggestions or requests for absolutely any type of post you are looking for! Recommend some products or looks or any sort of content you want to see from me! I love each and everyone of you and I can’t thank you enough for sticking this rough patch out with me. I’ll talk to you all next monday!

love & lipstick kisses💋

halloween tutorial: joker

Today’s look is inspire by me spending way too much time on pinterest for this project and seeing all the incredible artists out there creating looks like this.

products used:

nivea mens shave balm

loreal infallble pro glow foundation – 202

urban decay naked skin concealer – fair

smashbox contour sticks – contour

anastasia beverly hills contour powder – banana, mink

mac shaping powder – emphasize

becca mineral blush – sweet pea

makeup geek eyeshadows – mirage, bitten, coca cola, corrupt

anastasia beverly hills eyeshadow – dusty rose

mac eyeshadow – cranberry

lorac pro palette – deep purple

violet voss loose glitter – champagne bubbly

anastasia beverly hills waterproof creme color – jet

mac gigiblack mascara – black

ardell lashes – 203

duo brush on lash glue

colourpop ultra satin lip – panda

step 1: prime – I primed my skin with nivea men’s shave balm to give a smooth base and ensure my foundation lasted all day.

step 2: foundation – I used l’oréal pro flow for a flawless full coverage look.

step 3: concealer – I took UD naked skin on my under eyes, eyelids, chin, cupid’s bow, center of the forehead, and down the bridge of my nose to highlight. I set my concealer with mac emphasize and ABH banana powder to ensure it stayed really light and glowy.

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step 4: contour – I wanted a really strong defined contour so I started with a cream contour stick from smash box and then blended that out with ABH mink. I didn’t blend it into a natural look I left it really strong and draglike.

step 5: blush – I wanted my cheeks to have a really circular intense pop of blush only on the apples so I took a rounded brush and becca sweet pea and packed it on my cheeks without blending so it would stay in that circle shape.

step 6: shadow – I packed MUG mirage all over my eyes for a neutral base and because shadows blend more easily over other shadows. I took a fluffy brush and blended ABH dusty rose all over my crease. I blended mac cranberry on top of that to begin to deepen the eye look. I packed MUG bitten and coca cola on the outer v and lower crease of my eye but it wasn’t as purple as I wanted so I packed deep purple from lorac in the outer edge of my eyes as well. I brought the purple shades in about 1/3 of the way over my lid to create some depth and smoke. I took a bullet crease brush and blended MUG corrupt in the very outer v to make it even smokier. I used a flat liner brush to take corrupt and deep purple under my eyes and used bitten and coca cola on a pencil brush to create a really drawn out lower lash line. I packed violet voss loose glitter on the inner 2/3 of my lids.

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step 7: mascara – I didn’t apply any liner cause I wanted my lashes to be emphasized. I used mac gigiblack mascara because it’s my favorite to darken my lashes before applying falsies.

step 8: lashes – I used ardell 203 lashes because I wanted crazy over the top drama. I used duo brush on glue because it’s the easiest to apply on the lash band without creating a huge mess.

step 9: brows – I wanted black dramatic brows so I used ABH creme color in jet to fill in my brows.

step 10: triangles – I used ABH jet liner to create the triangles above and below my eyes. I drew the outlines first to make them even and then filled in the triangles. I dipped the end of my brush into the gel liner and pressed it on my cheeks to create the little circles on the end of the triangles.

step 11: lips – I wanted a really angular vamp lip. I used a liner brush and ABH jet to draw a triangular cupid’s bow above my own and draw on a long thin smile. i filled in my lips with the liner and then pat colourpop panda in the center of my lips with my finger to add a little dimension and bring the purple from the eye look back into the lips.

here’s the completed look again:

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I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back next monday with reviews! Let me know if there’s anything you want me to test out especially with all of the holiday sets coming out! 
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halloween tutorial: storm

For this look, I was inspired by my favorite quote “She’s not a girl, she’s a storm with skin.” This may be my favorite look. Im super proud of how this one turned out!

products used:

nivea mens shave balm

lorac performance foundation – SMS 1

make up for ever flash palette

anastasia beverly hills shadow – star cobalt

morphe eyeshadow palette – 35N

mac eyeshadow – nylon

ofra liquid lipstick – times square

chantecaille eyeliner – violet damask

mac gigiblack mascara – black

ardell lashes – 251

duo brush on lash glue

step 1: prime –  I applied nivea mens shave balm to smooth my skin and prolong my foundation wear

step 2: foundation – I used the lorac foundation to create an even base

step 3: stormy sky – I used a foundation spatula to remove portions of the blue, black, and white. I mixed the blue and black to create a really deep blue color for left side of my face. I added a little black on top of that with a disposable sponge in the top corner to create a dark purple looking cloud. As I moved across my face I used progressively more white until the right side of my face looked like grey clouds. In the purple cloud area I used the deep purples in the morphe 35N to set the cream and add extra dimension. I set the majority of the blue area with ABH star cobalt for a deep iridescent blue look. I used the grey shade and mac nylon to set the lightest area on the right of my face. I added violet damask liner in my water liner so that the whites of my eyes didn’t clash with the deep blue.

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step 4: lightning – I used the white color in the MUF flash palette and a very thin paint brush to draw random jagged lines. I also added various pops of the gold and silver throughout the lightning lines. I found that this whole look was way easier with a detailing paint brush set to get really precise lines.

step 5: mascara – mac gigiblack mascara is my go to for darkening my lashes before falsies because it still looks natural enough to blend with lashes.

step 6: false lashes – I used ardell 251 lashes  for this look. I like the duo brush on lash glue because it is so easy to apply it evenly on the lash band without a mess. I let it dry for  about 30 seconds before actually putting them on my eyes so that they are tacky enough. I press them against my real lashes with tweezers so that you can’t see a distinction line.

step 7: lipstick – I decided to do a silver lip so that it would pair nicely with the tones of the lightning. I used the ofra liquid lipstick because its the only silver I own.

here’s the completed look again:

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I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back tomorrow with another halloween look. Don’t forget to check back!

love & lipstick kisses💋

halloween tutorial: phantom

This look was inspired by my recreation of Jaclyn Hill’s glam zombie tutorial last year. I wanted to do something disgusting and gory but also different than last year. I decided it would be fun to do a whole half of my face in gore kind of in a similar shape to phantom of the opera.

products used:

nivea mens shave balm

lorac performance foundation – SMS 1

cover fx custom cover drops – moonlight

maybelline age rewind concealer – neutralizer

anastasia beverly hills contour powder – banana

mac pro shaping powder – emphasize

dolce & gabbana the blush – tan

mac powder blush – margin

anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade – taupe

anastasia beverly hills clear brow gel

smashbox photo finish primer

jeffree star beauty killer palette

anastasia beverly hills shadow – sienna, fudge

makeup geek shadow – americano, grandstand

mac loose pigment – tan

mac gigiblack mascara – black

bobbi brown gel definer liner – black

lena lashes – bianca

duo brush on lash glue

becca champagne pop

graftobian liquid latex

makeup forever flash palette

morphe shadow palette – 35N

cinema secrets blood gel

step 1: prime –  I applied nivea mens shave balm to smooth my skin and prolong my foundation wear

step 2: foundation – I mixed the lorac foundation with the cover fx moonlight drops to create a luminous skin look. This is when i create the line where I was going to go from normal to bloody. I used a paddle foundation brush to draw a distinct line where I stopped putting on makeup.

step 3: conceal – I used maybelline age rewind concealer to cover my dark circles and highlight my chin, cupids bow, bridge of nose, and center of forehead.

step 4: powder – I set my concealer with ABH banana powder and mac pro emphasize powder.

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step 5: contour – I used d&g tan blush to create a grey toned contour on the hollows of my cheek. I only applied my cheek makeup on the left side of my face because of the fx makeup on the right side.

step 6: blush – I blended mac margin up my cheek for a bronzy glow.

step 7: highlight – I highlighted the tops of my cheekbone with becca X jaclyn hill champagne pop

step 8: shadow – I primed my eyes with the smashbox primer then used jeffree star china white to create an even base. I then blended JS courtney into my entire crease and slightly on my lid. I then applied ABH sienna on top to create a warmer crease. I took ABH fudge in the outer corner of my lid and the lower crease area. I used a small flat brush to apply MUG americano to the outer third of my lid for dimension. I still wanted my outer corner to be a little deeper so I put a little JS black diamond in a little section on the outermost edge of my shadow. I used MUG grandstand all over the inner 2/3 of my lid. I wanted more shimmer so I wet my brush with mac fix plus and packed mac tan pigment on top of grandstand for a metallic look. I smudged americano and black diamond under my lash line.

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step 9: liner –  I didn’t put any liner on my lids but I used bobbi brown liner in my waterline for definition.

step 10: mascara – mac gigiblack mascara is my go to for darkening my lashes before falsies because it still looks natural enough to blend with lashes

step 11: brows – I fill in my brows with ABH dip brow in taupe and set it with ABH clear brow gel.

step 12: false lashes – I used lena lashes in bianca for this look. I like the duo brush on lash glue because it is so easy to apply it evenly on the lash band without a mess. I let it dry for  about 30 seconds before actually putting them on my eyes so that they are tacky enough. I press them against my real lashes with tweezers so that you can’t see a distinction line.

step 13: liquid latex – To create a kind of scar like, open tissue texture, I paint liquid latex on the area and then stick pieces of pulled apart cotton on top. I then apply another later of liquid latex and use my fingers to pull the latex apart and move it in varying directions to create texture. If you use varying pieces of thin cotton you will already get a lot of texture.

step 14: coloring – For the beginning of the bloody look you need to lay down a base of color. I start by putting foundation over the liquid latex area so that it blend with the rest of my makeup and no white shows through. I then take a sponge and use MUF flash palette to create a red area. I mixed the red, brown and black creams to begin to darken the ‘scars’. (The only reason I have the flash palette is because of this series. It is super expensive and unless you do fx makeup is not worth it. I would just use lipsticks. Thats what I did for my look last year and it worked perfectly.) I then used a mixture of cool browns, burgundys, and reds from the morphe 35n palette to create a bruising effect. Once I got the look dark enough, I used a beauty sponge to pat on blood gel over the whole latex area until I looked just disgusting enough!

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here’s the completed look again:

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I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back tomorrow with another halloween look. Don’t forget to check back!

love & lipstick kisses💋

 

halloween tutorial: witch

Hello loves! For this look I wanted to do a more unique witch. I wasn’t thinking the green woman with warts on her nose, I was more thinking of what a woman who was dark and twisted and evil may look like. Here’s what I came up with and how to achieve it!

products used:

nivea mens post shave balm

cover fx custom cover drops – N10

josie maran argan oil

kat von d lock it concealer – L3

laura mercier loose setting powder – translucent

morphe eyeshadow palette – 35N

mac gigiblack mascara

ardell lashes – 203

duo brush on lash glue

anastasia beverly hills waterproof creme color – jet

maybelline vivid matte liquid – possessed plum

step 1: prime – I applied nivea shave balm to ensure smooth foundation and long lasting base.

step 2: foundation – I wanted really pale skin so I used one of my lighter foundations. I mixed cover fx cover drops in n10 with josie maran argan oil.

step 3: concealer – I concealed my under eyes, eyelids, chin, cupids bow, bridge of nose, and forehead.

step 4: powder – I set my concealer with laura mercier translucent powder.

step 5: eyeshadow – I blended the grey shade from the morphe 35n in the crease of my eye and underneath my lash line. I then used the two more purple tones from the palette all over my eyes and really low beneath them. I then used the two black shades all over the lid and directly underneath the lash line to create a really deep sunken look.

step 6: contours – I used the all the same shades from the morphe 35n besides the blacks for a bruised look around my forehead, cheeks and mouth.

step 7: brows – I filled in my brows using abh jet.

step 8: mascara – mac gigiblack mascara is my go to for darkening my lashes before falsies because it still looks natural enough to blend with lashes.

step 9: false lashes – I used ardell 203 lashes. I like the duo brush on lash glue because it is so easy to apply it evenly on the lash band without a mess. I let it dry for  about 30 seconds before actually putting them on my eyes so that they are tacky enough. I press them against my real lashes with tweezers so that you can’t see a distinction line.

step 10: lips – I used possessed plum for a dark lip look.

here’s the completed look again:

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I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back tomorrow with another halloween look. Don’t forget to check back!

love & lipstick kisses💋

 

halloween tutorial: cheshire cat

Today’s look was inspired by the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Various cat looks are some of the most popular looks for Halloween and I decided to take a little more animated take on the traditional cat look.

products used:

nivea mens shave balm

milani conceal and perfect foundation – 02 natural

maybelline age rewind concealer – neutralizer

coty airspun loose powder – translucent

makeup geek eyeshadow – americano, corrupt

jeffree star beauty killer palette

nyc liquid eyeliner

wet n wild color icon blush – apri-cot in the middle

bobbi brown gel definer liner – black

mac gigiblack mascara

ardell lashes – 202

duo brush on lash glue

make up for ever flash palette

step 1: prime –  I applied nivea mens shave balm to smooth my skin and prolong my foundation wear

step 2: foundation – I used milani conceal and perfect to have a full coverage base.

step 3: concealer – I used maybelline age rewind concealer to cover my dark circles and highlight my chin, cupids bow, bridge of nose, and center of forehead.

step 4: powder – I packed coty airspun under my eyes to set my concealer and dusted the powder over the rest of my face so that it didn’t budge.

step 5: blush – I added wet n wild blush on the apples of my cheeks sweeping up towards the temples to create some dimension on my face.

step 6: eyeshadow – I used JS star power to create an outline of a winged out crease. I drew a line from my inner corner, slightly above my natural crease, and curved it towards the tail of my brow with a thin brush. I used the same brush to bring the end of that wing down below my lower lash liner and curved it downward before it touched my tear duct. I filled in the entire outlined area with star power but I wanted a little dimension so I added confession in the upper crease.

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step 7: liner – I used my favorite NYC liquid liner to create a huge drawn out wing that followed the one I created with the shadow. This liner has a super thin brush so I was able to bring it in and create the downward facing inner corner of a cats eye. I used my bobbi brown liner to fill in my waterline.

step 8: mascara – mac gigiblack mascara is my go to for darkening my lashes before falsies because it still looks natural enough to blend with lashes.

step 9: false lashes – I used ardell 202 lashes for this look because they have the winged out effect I wanted to amplify. I like the duo brush on lash glue because it is so easy to apply it evenly on the lash band without a mess. I let it dry for  about 30 seconds before actually putting them on my eyes so that they are tacky enough. I press them against my real lashes with tweezers so that you can’t see a distinction line.

step 10: brows – I used the black shade from MUF flash palette to fill in my brows and I really feathered the lines above my natural eyebrow for a furry sort of effect. You could use any sort of gel liner or shadow for a black eyebrow.

step 11: mouth – To begin the mouth , I used the black from the MUF flash palette to make a sharp cupids bow and a curved smile line. I finished the outline by connecting the two ends of the smile. I filled in the entire mouth area with the black and then did a second outline slightly inside the black with the white from the palette. I then just drew in a series of triangles t0 create the teeth.

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step 12: nose – I put a little bit of the black from the MUF palette on my nose and when I blended it in it turned slightly grey but I liked it so I left it that shade. I drew tiny lines with the black for the whiskers.

step 13: fur – I used a makeup sponge to blend JS star power on the edges of my face to create ‘fur-like’ appearance.

here’s the completed look again:

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I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back tomorrow with another halloween look. Don’t forget to check back!

love & lipstick kisses💋