Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jana Kramer: Brown-Eyed Beauty

The gorgeous Jana Kramer, One Tree Hill's troubled actress (only in character) turned successful country singer, got all cameras to turn on her at the Footloose premiere in Westwood, CA on Monday in a pretty Blaque Label pink dress. She flourished a smokey, shimmery brown eyes look and nude pink lips matched with her pink dress, a combo that reminds us summer wasn't too long ago. While it may seem crazy right now to wear a strapless pink dress here in the East Coast, it's not a probably as it's usually warmer in the West Coast. So it is definitely a great look with her summery dress. In fact, it's a great look for any dress color. I really loved her choice with the black liquid eyeliner on the upper lid; it pretty much defines the whole smokey eye look!

So in honor of Ms. Kramer's gorgeous look, *drum rolls*....I'm doing a tutorial! Yes!!

Here are the steps for the look inspired by Jana Kramer!

Face: You should always moisturize your face before applying makeup, even if it's just eye makeup or simply lip balm. Moisturizers are great for toning and protecting beautiful skin so the more you moisturize, the beautiful you'll look as you get older. 2 of my favorite moisturizers are the Korres Wild Rose Moisturizing & Brightening Cream ($35 at Sephora) and the Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer ($42.50 at department store counters & Sephora) but there are also cheaper alternatives such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15, and lots more!

You can also use a tinted moisturizer and you may ask, "What's the difference between a tinted moisturizer and just a moisturizer?". Tinted moisturizer is for some of us gals who have blemishes or some things we want to cover; in other worse, it's a moisturizer that has a very light, sheer coverage like foundation (but not as effectual as foundation). If you're not sure if you'll use it as much or even if you'll like it, don't invest a lot of money into something you know you don't know if you'll use regularly. Start with something cheap and simple. Wet n Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer ($4 at drugstores) gives your money a good value and has receive lots of raves, especially for those who don't use it a lot.

---Leave this part alone until you're done with your eye makeup---

This is just a matter of preference, but if you want that 'glow' on your face, luminizers/highlighters always do the trick to radiate your skin. Like I said about the tinted moisturizer, if you don't know if you'll make it a staple product as part of your routine, don't put too much money into a product you might not use much. There are a few cheap highlighters you can get without breaking the bank such as the Sephora brand Blush Me! Trio ($5 at Sephora), Mark by Avon Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter ($6 at or Avon representatives) and Rimmel Lasting Finish Blendable Powder Blush & Highlighter ($5 at drugstores).

And this is one of the most important products that will always bring out ones beauty: the blush! For this look, since it's summery, coral and peach blushes look great because people get tanned in the summer, they ditch their usual pink blushes and turn to darker colors. Coral or peach (but not too light) , either of them will do the trick. My favorite is the NARS Multiple in Portofino ($39 at Sephora) because I do have medium tone skin, I can use this all year long (even though it is expensive). Another of my favorites is Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Cloud Wine ($6 at drugstores) which is a mousse, creamy formula that you can glide on very gently on your cheeks.
One of the things that irritate me sometimes is after applying blush to find spots, like I just stamped a whole chunk of blush on one spot. A very useful technique is smiling, even if it means a smirk (which I do anyway since I'm so cranky in the morning) and gently gliding it across your cheekbones.

Note: If you use a highlighter, use a matte blush or a blush with very minimal shimmer. You
don't want to look like a fairy!

Eyes: As always, you need a base for your eyelids if you're going to apply heavy eye makeup. I know I mentioned the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in my last post but another cheaper alternative is cream eyeshadow. Just find one that is close to your skin tone or one you know you're going to use as a color with your eyeshadow looks. Actually, when I started getting into makeup, my friend Alexandra introduced me to the cream eyeshadow alternative, specifically the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Gleam Cream Shadow ($6.50 at drugstores), a trio that can be used as an eyeshadow and primer! But if you're searching for much cheaper, Sephora has their own "Tricks of the Trade" ($3 at Sephora) and the Eye Primer/Concealer Pot ($8 at Sephora).

Okay, enough of the elaborations. Let's get down to business!

Find a champagne or shimmery beige color. I'll used the first color on the left from Maybelline Eye Studio Color Gleam Cream Shadow in Neutral Liaisons and apply it all over my lid and bring it all the way out to my above crease.

Then take Urban Decay Naked (not Naked palette, $17 at Sephora) and apply it to the middle of the lid. You probably won't see much of a difference between this an the cream eyeshadow. Because there's not supposed to be much of a difference, it's supposed to look like it's getting darker naturally.

Now the fun part: Find a dark brown eyeshadow you really like. I really like the Urban Decay Twice Baked ($17 at Sephora) that I got a few years ago. It's very pigmented and it's much darker than it looks. Apply it to the outer lid, up to the outer crease, and halfway to the above crease. Pat it gently and slowly blend it to the middle lid but not too much because you're not finished yet.

And now you're going to have to blend the colors of the middle of the lid and the outer lid -- with another eyeshadow color. Find a lighter color than both of them, maybe something like the color used from the Maybelline trio, but no cream formula. A nice color would be Maybelline Silken Taupe ($3.50 at drugstores). Take some of that and blend where the colors of the middle of the lid and the outer lid meet -- gently. After that, you're going to bring out Twice Baked from halfway of the above crease and the outer crease and bring it out as far as you can.

The last, but not least, part is the patience of using a liquid eyeliner. As per my last post, I am going to use Wet N Wild's Black Liquid Eyeliner ($3 at drugstores). This may seem easy like you're just coloring but you have to start by making your mark and drawing as much of a straight of a line in the middle of lid. NOW you can fill in below the drawn line, but do it horizontally.

After you are done with that, you'll have to go work the eyeliner on the outer lower lash line and make sure it's "connected" to the part of the eyelid you filled up on with eyeliner.

Lips: I think Jana made a good choice with the lipgloss. It's not shimmery and dramatic. A simple, neutral pink nude lipgloss would do! I personally don't own a nude pink lipgloss but a great substitute would be NARS Chihuahua ($24 at Sephora).

I hope you enjoyed this as it's a GREAT look for any occasion!

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