review: artist couture diamond glow powder

Hello loves! Today we are taking a look at one of instagram’s hottest products. A lot of you have probably seen videos of tons of beauty gurus raving over these highlighters. The clips of bloggers swatching the loose highlight have gone completely viral on every social media site. So I decided to order one and put it to the test!

prices range:

$26.99 at artistcouture.com

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I ordered the shade coco bling which is one of the lighter shades in the range. The collection does offer a wide range of shades for all highlight needs which I greatly appreciate. The product is a loose powder which can be kind of messy if you aren’t entirely careful. This highlight is meant to be super finely milled and pack a serious highlight punch. I’ll admit from all of the hype I had seriously high hopes for this product that weren’t entirely met.

I love a super intense highlight but I expect it to be smooth, creamy and not have any chunks of glitter. The diamond powder is not as smooth as I hoped. I feel like once its on my cheeks it is super glittery and doesn’t give that JLo glow more like a 9 year old girl playing with costume makeup glow. I much prefer my becca or anastasia highlighters to this one. Those may not be as immediately intense but build up beautifully and don’t have any glitter.

If you want a poppin’ highlight to give you glow and not glitter I would skip out on this one. As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d 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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review: huda beauty liquid lipstick

Happy Monday loves! I wanted to start out this weeks post by thanking all of you who stuck with me through my absence. School and work definitely got the best of me and I just needed to take a little break from blogging for the sake of my own mental health. This time I am back for good and I have a huge stock of beauty products to tell you all about.

Today we are looking at the one of the most anticipated products from one of instagram’s   biggest beauty stars. Most of you have probably seen an instagram video from Huda Kattan whether you knew it was her or not. She is probably one of the most beautiful women to grace this earth and is one of my person favorite beauty icons. I especially love that she features tons of artists on her instagram. Theres a rumor that her products are sold every six seconds in the middle east and hopefully i will soon get my hands on the new 3D highlighting palette but first lets talk about one of the original products from her line.

Huda Beauty’s liquid lip is unlike most on the market. I find it is actually true to the name liquid lipstick. Usually when we think of a liquid lip we are thinking of the kind ABH or NYX or Colourpop put out that are super pigmented and super matte. Huda’s is more like an actual liquified lipstick. It reminds me of a much better version of the Too Faced melted lipsticks.

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The formula is super lightweight and feels kind of watery when you first apply it to the lips.  It has a basic doe-foot applicator and a light vanilla scent. The lip doesn’t feel like it dries completely but it does dry pretty fast and become transfer proof without completely drying out your lips! The finish reminds me of more of a satin than a complete intense matte which I kind of like because it doesn’t dry out the lips and it keeps from emphasizing any lines or imperfections in your lips. Because it doesn’t feel super dry I didn’t think it would be super long wearing but every time I go to check on it, it still looks great. It will last through eating and drinking as long as you aren’t having anything too oily. The crazy light feel is something I had to get used to because most of my lip products are a lot more noticeable to me as I wear them throughout the day but it keeps everything super comfortable and I really enjoy it.

I own the shade bombshell but she just came out with an even wider range of nudes for various skin tones so you know I will be grabbing some more shades soon! I love these liquid lipsticks. Although I play a good game, I actually rarely wear lipstick because I don’t want to touch up and I really prefer the feeling of nothing on my lips. I think if you are a little more low maintenance lip girl like me you’ll really love these too!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d 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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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!

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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!

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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💋