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Beauty - Basic Everyday Makeup

I have posted a lot of 'Beauty' posts over the years, but have yet to share the process of my basic, natural looking makeup routine.  Everyday I wear just a little bit of makeup.  From there I then add more on days I'm feeling sassy, or days I actually get out of bed on time.

My favorite foundation is

MAKE UP FOREVER HD

.  I only wear foundation if my skin is acting up, usually I just use

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer

to cover blemishes.  The only makeup I NEVER leave my house without is the same concealer to cover my naturally dark under eye circles.

 To set the foundation and concealer I use

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder

.  I make certain it is applied to my eye circles so it won't crease.  My brushes are a Sonia Kashuk Susan G. Komen set from Target.  To fill in my brows I use 'Faint' in the

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

with a small angled brush.  I use it to make small brushstrokes in the direction my brow hairs grow in.  The goal is to fill in for a natural, but defined look.

to the apples of my cheeks.  The last touch is my favorite mascara,

Maybelline New York Volum' Express One By One

.  Quick and natural! ♥ Mallory

Beauty- My Favorite Lip Colors

Lipstick can be scary.  Unless you're at a nice makeup store you have to drop $10+ on a tube and hope the color works for you.  I'm not into that.  I love Sephora for lip color.  You can ask a very helpful Sephora employee for advice on brands, colors that compliment your skin color, and they'll clean samples off so you can try them without fear of germs.  After doing all of those things I've found some favorites and thrown all of my other lip products away.  Although I buy Nars which is slightly expensive it lasts all day and I trust the colors.  I also no longer feel the need to impulse buy at drugstores.

Here's my rundown:

  • For the everyday I have a tube of Burt's Bees original in my makeup drawer, my purse, and my work tote.
  • If I just want a lil something for errands or dates like putt putt I go with a tinted Burt's Bees that you can get anywhere.  I love Peony, Champagne, and Rhubarb the most.
  • My everyday lip color is NARS Niagara.
  • If I'm feeling sassy or if my outfit needs something extra I go with NARS Carthage.
  • If I'm dressed up for a date, a fancy wedding, or if I'm feeling classic NARS Red Lizard is the PERFECT red for most skin colors.

Some things to think about: If you're nervous about trying something bold give it a test drive on a day at home.  Matte lipsticks stay on longer because they have less oil in them.  Put on Burt's Bees original every morning so it can soak in while you do your hair and other makeup.  That way you have a nice, moisturized canvas for any lipstick!  I hope that helps you take the guessing game out of lipcolor for you.  It can be intimidating, but lipstick can pull your whole look together and make you feel much more stylish.  Love, Mallory

Top 5 Tips for Designing

I’ve been attending a renowned design school for 4 years now.  The University of Cincinnati is in the top 60 design schools in the world

ranked by Businessweek

I’ve learned so much that I can’t even begin to explain it all but I can sum up my top tips for any designer creating a collection, no matter their field of expertise.  I wish I had heard all of these tips a few years ago, because everyone has

 potential for groundbreaking ideas if they just start to think outside of the box!  First you need to learn where the box is, and that's what most of these tips will help you with!

1. Research!

This sounds daunting, but if you love design, research is simply window shopping and reading about companies you are interested in!

Fun right?

This also includes reading blogs.

Pick a target customer, find their interests, and uncover unmet needs.

If you research enough you can begin to have a feel for trends.

You see what has over-flooded the market and what is just on the horizon.

Keep in mind trends are overarching gradual changes.

Fads are what we consider “trendy” like how cats are a fad right now, but in a years time a new motif will be popular.  Fads are generally to be avoided when designing.

2.

Inspiration is a fickle thing.

Here is my advice on how to narrow it down and find something you can really design from.

I’ve found that too much stimulation causes confusion and prevents cohesion.

Look outside of your focus or into the past for inspiration.

I often look at musicians, art, furniture, or interior designs to inspire my clothing.

Once you find one or two heart moving images, people, or objects stop looking!!!!

Sometimes aesthetics of your inspiration isn’t what inspired you.  If this is the case intellectualize your inspiration and your ideas will be endless!

3. SKETCH, SKETCH, SKETCH!

My first few ideas are usually total rubbish and don’t make sense together, but then as I progress I come across some great ideas.

I also begin to put together the not quite successful ideas to find great ones.

When sketching, over do it!

Draw at least triple the amount of ideas you need!

When I jump into a project set on an idea, I then sketch and quickly find I will have much better ideas near the end!

Next I cut out my strongest designs and shuffle them around until I’ve come up with the best combination possible.

4. Simplify.

Beauty is in the details.

Unless you’re Betsey Johnson, then you can pull off more is more.

5. After you have your designs and begin to source materials and make prototypes, keep in mind that craftsmanship is everything.  You can have a fabulous design but if you make it from shoddy materials and rush through the production it will no longer be successful.  If handmade seems “crafty” consumers will think, I can make that myself, rather than I need to buy that.  Having exceptional quality should be your #1 goal.

I hope this has inspired you to make your projects and products even better.  If you see the box you can toe the line and really push yourself to be an innovator!  ♥ Mallory