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The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket Halloween Costume Makeup Tutorial

A critical part of becoming Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games for Halloween is the makeup. For my Effie Trinket Halloween costume, I enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist DorothyInez to recreate the look from the movie. DorothyInez used all MAC and Motives makeup and recreated the look perfectly! Throughout the process we found ourselves literally laughing out loud for how ridiculous I looked. It’s comical — prepare yourself!

Here is a step by step tutorial by professional makeup artist DorothyInez with photos demonstrating how to recreate Effie Trinket makeup for Halloween.

  1. Before applying makeup, exfoliate your face to remove dead skin cells which will make the makeup apply more smoothly. Then moisturize your face generously.
  2. If you are wearing a wig, put on your wig cap to pull you hair back.
  3. Choose a foundation a few shades lighter than your natural skin color, then apply all over your face, including your lips. Go as light as you want to.
  4. Apply concealer as needed.
  5. To set the foundation, choose a matching light powder. Translucent powder will do in a pinch.
  6. If you have dark eyebrows like I do, cover them with concealer.
  7. Choose a bright shade of yellow and apply all over the eyelid, up to the eyebrow. Apply this shade of yellow on your eyebrows as well.
  8. Choose a bright shade of teal and apply it in the middle of your eyelid from the line of your lashes up to the brow, tapering inwards slightly.
  9. Apply a dark blue or teal eyeliner underneath the lower lashes, including the waterline, the inner rim of your eye.
  10. Apply a thin line of black eyeliner to your upper eyelid.
  11. Apply a pink blush to your cheekbones. Carry a bit up in a “C” shape around your eyebrows and onto your forehead.
  12. Using a pink lip liner, draw an exaggerated lip shape. Keep in mind this will not follow your natural lip shape.
  13. Fill it in with a matching pink or fuschia lip color.
  14. Apply mascara.
  15. Put on your wig.

Voila!

Don’t forget to check out our Effie Trinket Halloween Costume tutorial for more tips on how to pull together your costume!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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10 Glam Makeup Tips from Makeup Artist DorothyInez

For the last ten years I’ve pretty much been doing the same eye makeup and recently I have really wanted to mix things up. So when my good friend and makeup artist DorothyInez invited me to her Simply Gorgeous Eyes class, I was excited to access her genius and learn more. (You may remember DorothyInez as the makeup artist from the recent Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique photo shoot.)

With six of us in the class, DorothyInez demonstrated makeup techniques on a model, then gave us a chance to practice the new techniques on our own faces while giving feedback on our application. Her teaching style is really playful, informative, and encouraging which made for an enjoyable class.

Here are some great takeaways I walked away with:

  1. Makeup can help you create the perfect face. Using the right makeup placement, you can draw attention to certain areas of your face and give the illusion of a perfect face.
  2. When applying eye shadow, look down rather than closing your eyes. When we close our eyes, it can cause our eyelid to scrunch. It may help to tilt your head back.
  3. When holding a makeup brush, hold it from the end for feather-light application. When you hold from the middle of the brush, you obscure your line of vision, blocking you from seeing your progress, and your application is too heavy.
  4. When you’re applying your makeup, relax! Do you have the tendency of opening your eyes really wide when applying your eye makeup? I do! Don’t forget to relax your facial muscles!
  5. When you clean your makeup brushes, squeeze them dry, then lightly reshape. No wringing out the water! Be kind to your brushes and they will last for a long time.
  6. Dark colors close down the eye while light colors open it up. For example, if you have small eyes, lining the waterline on the lower part of your eye with a white pencil will make them look larger.
  7. Before applying fake lashes, draw a thin line on the base of the lashes so there isn’t a gap between your natural lashes and the falsies.
  8. When applying the glue to the false lashes, let the glue dry for 30-60 seconds before application, rather than right away when the glue is still wet.
  9. Start applying the falsies from the outside of the eye in at the base of your lashes. Use closed tweezers to press down the lashes against your skin.
  10. Every woman is beautiful.

My before and after -- I'm amazed at the difference the falsies made!

At the end of the class I was feeling so glamorous! I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn false eyelashes so it was a real treat to play around with this medium.

Even DorothyInez who swears by MAC and Motives will use the $4 lashes from Target. One of the gals brought lashes from e.l.f. and they were really long and lovely.

Viva glam!

If you want to tap into DorothyInez’s genius, she is hosting another Simply Glamorous Eyes Workshop on Friday, August 3rd in Tacoma specifically for evening eyes. If you can’t attend, she also offers Online Makeup Classes via Skype. Check it out!

What is your best makeup tip?

(Disclosure: I received free tuition for Simply Beautiful Eyes in exchange for a blog post.)
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Show Your True Colors: Fourth of July Nails

As we gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, wear your true colors on your fingernails with a fabulous set of patriotic red, white, and blue nails! Here are some fab July 4th inspired manicures for your viewing pleasure:

Photos, clockwise from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

And if you have dual citizenship, don’t forget to check out our Canada Day nails!

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Show Your True Colors: Canada Day Nails

This weekend, our friendly neighbors to the north celebrated Canada Day. As a Canadian myself, I have a set of red lacquer nails showing my patriotism. Here are some other terrific Canada Day themed manicures I found on Pinterest:

Photos, clockwise from left: 1 | 2 | 3

Stay tuned for Fourth of July patriotic nails tomorrow!

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Pin it to Win it: JamBerry Nail Shields

Recently I have become totally obsessed with having my nails done. But there’s only so many creative things I can do with my own two hands, so I was excited to discover Jamberry Nails, a nail shield company based out of Utah that opens up fabulous opportunities for your nails!

One of my favorites is the multi-colored chevron nail seen here. Whenever I wear Jamberry Nails, I get compliments practically everywhere I go and from the most stylish people I know. They’re such a fun nail accessory!

Giveaway Details

We’re doing a giveaway for 3 sets of Jamberry Nails shields! To enter is easy. Simply repin the “pin it to win it” photo at the top and we’ll draw a winner on June 15, 2012. To simplify tracking, please leave a comment here after pinning.

In the meantime, check out Jamberry Nails online at www.jamberrynails.com to decide which ones you’ll be taking home with you. These babies go for $15/each.

Here are the blue paisley nail shields

Wearing these chevron nails made me go out of my way to integrate fun, bold colors like these!

Have you tried nail shields before?

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Dazzled by Sally Hansen Nail Strips: Glitz Blitz

Last week, I attended the Seattle Blogger Meetup and one of the panelists, Megan from Not Martha, had the cutest gold glitter mani that I could not stop staring at. (If I were a fish, I would be in big trouble.)

I chatted with Megan afterwards and it turns out this gold glitter polish wasn’t a polish at all, but Sally Hansen nail strips! I may need to give these babies a try…

Sally Hansen Glitz Blitz $8.54

I also couldn’t help but notice how Megan bore an amazing resemblance to Sara from White Collar. (By the way, that would be a really challenging job to get all dolled up and play opposite of Matt Bomer’s Neal Caffrey, decked out in his delicious suits.)

Photo: buzzfocus.com

Photo: FanPop.com

Aaaaand we’re off track.

Have you tried Sally Hansen’s nail strips?

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Trend Alert: Orange Lipstick

With Tangerine Tango as the color of the year, orange lipstick is all the rage right now.

Orange lipstick has been on my beauty bucket list for weeks. After browsing the counters of Sephora and Clinique but with no luck in finding the right vibrant shade of orange, I definitely wasn’t expecting it to come from Cover Girl. But that’s exactly what happened. The perfect lipstick of the season… at the drug store!

Cover Girl Temptation Lipstick

Will you be wearing orange lipstick this season?

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Daily Outfit: Move Over, Pastels! Make Way for Colorblocking

We spent this Easter in Vancouver with my family and while traditionally people wear pastels for this spring holiday, I was having none of that. Out with pastels, in with colorblocking!

Outfit Breakdown

  • Sunglasses – Nordstrom
  • Earrings – Francsca’s (also worn here)
  • Red dress – Shabby Apple (also worn here)
  • Red belt – modbod
  • Gold watch – Fossil
  • Chevron nails – Jamberry Nails (check out our Jamberry Nails giveaway!)
  • Teal ruffle skirt – Downeast Basics (also worn here)

You’ve gotta ged a closer look at these nails!

Of course, just because I’m not wearing pastels doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate chocolate wrapped in pastels…

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Short Hair Cut 180 Degree View by Sophia Simone

Recently I was at our local YMCA when I was approached by Sophia Simone, my future hairstylist extraordinaire, to see if I would be her hair model in an upcoming fashion show for her hair salon. So flattered! Of course, I agreed.

Short haircut and style by Sophia Simone

Didn’t the haircut turn out a-mazing? Turns out Sophia has had short hair for the last seven years (no two of her haircuts have ever been alike!) and is a bonafide expert at cutting and styling short hair. Since I was looking for a new hairstylist and modeling ops in Seattle, and Sophia was looking for a model with short hair, the law of attraction was definitely working in our favor!

Behind the scenes at the Fashion Show with Stacy, Simone, me and Cecilia

If you live in the Seattle area and want someone you can entrust your short hair to, I highly recommend Sophia Simone! You can find her at The Hair Lounge at 1626 S 310th in Federal Way, WA at 253-941-3680. To sweeten the deal, I have a referral card to save you $20 off your first haircut with Sophia!

Would you ever go short? What’s stopping you?

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Daily Outfit: Lady in Red

Valentines Day totally had me in the mood for wearing red and after doing the Wear One Piece Five Ways with my red blazer, I remixed it one more time last Sunday.

That morning when I was getting ready, I remembered thinking that I didn’t want to overdress and make other people uncomfortable by wearing a fabulous outfit. I was happy to be proven wrong after I received several lovely compliments. It made me think of my favorite quote by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love:

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. … And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Outfit Breakdown

  • Red earrings – Francesca’s
  • Red blazer – modbod
  • Black tank top – Jacob
  • Red belt – modbod
  • Watch – Fossil
  • Black pencil skirt – Jacob
  • Red shoes – Franco Sarto

Have you had an experience where shining your light has empowered someone else to do the same?

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