October 31, 2014

1, 2, 3, Cheekbones!

So maybe you weren't born with Maleficent style cheekbones (ode to a potential Halloween costume!), no fear.  You can get something similar, without being quite as severe (did I just accidentally rhyme?), with these 3 simple steps and products.  

1.  BLUSH - apply right on the plump apples of the cheeks taking it back towards your ear.  I used MAC "fleur power," $22 - y'all probably get tired of hearing about this shade, but I seriously can't get enough of it!  Use a slanted small blush brush instead of a fat fluffy one that will apply too much color.

2.  CONTOUR COLOR/BRONZER -  the key is to choose a dark brown (no orange!) bronzer that almost errs on the side of grey to create realistic hollows in the cheeks.  Orange sparkle bronzer need not apply. I like and used Nars "Casino," $38 - the perfect contour shade for my light to medium skin tone.

3.  HIGHLIGHTER -  this product should go right on top of your cheek color but start further up towards the end of the eye and create a half moon shape up to the temple.  I live and die for this Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer, $30 palette which includes a white highlighter, bronzer, and 2 shades of shimmer pink (the pinks can work for her highlighter too).  I used the white here.

How easy is that?? 1, 2, 3, CHEEKBONES!!  Of course if you wanted to exert a bit more energy you could do different shades of foundation and concealers in this same fashion, but this powder route is my time saver!  My biggest tip when implementing these three steps - blend, blend, and blend some more.  When you think you've blended enough, blend again!!
* My lip color is Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in "Carina" if you were curious.

How do you get razor sharp cheekbones?

October 29, 2014

Wednesday PowWow :: What Will You Be For Halloween?

This year my daughter has begged me to dress up as another Disney princess character.  Remember my Snow White and The Evil Queen from the past two years? And this Elsa makeup tutorial I created just for the fun of it!  I can't pretend that I don't LOVE dressing up, because I do think it's super fun becoming someone you're not for a day and getting to go all out!!

We have an annual trick or treat party at my house every year and I like for it to be bigger and better each year and I have started implementing the rule that even the adults must dress up! The kids love to see their parents get involved and enjoy the holiday as well, so that's the main reason I encourage it.  There's nothing more un-cool than a parent saying they're NOT going to dress up because it's stupid and they're too old or can't think of anything.  No, it's stupid to use your age as an excuse to not have any fun!!

Can you guess from this photo who Vivian asked me to be this year?  *Not pictured, my fake ponytail and self tanner.  The mink lashes above are by Esqido in style "Lashmopolitan."

So what are you going to dress up as this Halloween??

October 27, 2014

Two Crazy Easy Makeup Tips To Plumper Looking Lips

If there were ONE thing I could change about my face, it would be to have fuller, pillow-like, Angelina Jolie lips.  I swear they seem to be getting thinner by the day the older I get.  But since a pouty mouth isn't my reality, luckily there is makeup.  And I have finally found a very simple, brand new, two step technique that can fake crazy fullness...
I continually think I've heard all of the tricks when it come to makeup, but then, BAM!, a new one pops up!  I saw this idea on Pinterest and just HAD to put my own spin on it.  The only two products you need are :

* a lip liner that is a shade or two darker than your natural lip color
* a shiny gloss (a plumper formula is even better!) that is a nude-ish pink to mimic lip color

Here's how easy it is to get a fuller pout minus the injectables...
The 2 products I relied on for this luscious lip :

NYX Retractable lip liner in "Nude," $5  |  Buxom Full On Lip Cream "White Russian," $19

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      ^^ Vivian doing her best kissy face for our lip selfie!! She kills me with how she hams it up!^^

The biggest trick is doing the striping technique within the lip line.  This creates the illusion of an overall fuller mouth with the highlights it makes within the lip (the the dark and light spaces) rather than just lining the outside of the lips then filling in with a gloss. 
Watch out Angie, Julia, and Scarlett Jo - here comes JennySue's lips!! 

Surprisingly easy to pull off right?! Who is gonna try this trick out??

October 24, 2014

JennySue Makeup Got A Makeover!

You all know how much I enjoy giving other people new looks, it's part of my makeup artist job!  But today I am relishing in my very OWN new look!  I can't even believe it and am still hardly recognizing myself when looking at my redesigned blog site!  What I love most about my makeover, is how FRESH & CLEAN it feels - kind of like my three little people above in a bubble bath!  Of course since everything has literally been redone, there are some current hiccups and details that need to be changed and fixed, but overall my fresh updated look is just what I was needing to reenergize my love of blogging!

I've got to say a humongous THANK YOU to my design team, Maiedae.com, and specifically my designer Savannah, who has stuck with me and my crazy attention to details and changing my mind many many times throughout the past couple of months (hey I'm female!!).  I highly recommend these ladies to anyone who is in need of a website redesign - they are so professional and patient and creative!  I just love what they have done.

Of course I'd really like to hear from you about what you think of my new look and if you think I'm missing anything - because this site wouldn't still be here if it weren't for you all coming back to read and enjoy JennySue Makeup!

October 23, 2014

Something Really Exciting Is About To Happen...

"Close your eyes Vivian, and don't open them until I tell you to!" This is usually how one sets up big surprises and when Vivian opens her eyes tomorrow morning (ha! yes she'll need to wait that long), she will see mommy's brand spankin' new blog site that will be up and running as of Friday October 23rd, 2014!!  This has been a couple months in the making and I just can't WAIT to share it with you all and to see it for myself LIVE!!

Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see JennySue Makeup's makeover...xoxo, Jennifer

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October 22, 2014

Halloween Chic Eye Makeup Tutorial

Since Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday of the year (Christmas is 1st) it seems only fitting that I do a makeup tutorial inspired but the color scheme that exemplifies this spooky season - ORANGE & BLACK.  You might think these colors wouldn't work for everyday, but oh no, they're actually quite pretty when you add a sparkly GOLD into the mix!  Follow along with me and the steps below to get a very wearable Halloween eye makeup look...

 Here are my suggested eye products:

After all of the eyeshadow mixing, I finished off the top of the brow bone with a shimmery white from the bhcosmetics palette to make it all pop!  I kept in the orange family with my cheeks and lips with 2 products from 2 different manufacturers with get this - the same color name!! 
 This Sonia Kashuk blush in "sunset" and this L'Oreal lip gloss in "sunset!"

And lets not forget our nails when it comes to completing our Halloween chic look - I painted my nails orange with a gold accent nail and skeleton/pumpkin thumb nail!  It was originally supposed to look like a skeleton but I'm thinking it looks more pumpkin like! Ha! Either way, I was only able to do my left thumb because I'm right handed and after trying to do the same thing on my right hand, it ended up a hot mess so I had to scratch it and just keep it orange!  I used a toothpick dipped in black polish to do this tiny nail art.

Halloween is all about having fun and trying something you're not used to with you look - and I think this whole look is super fun and super wearable without looking too costume-like!
If you want more Halloween inspired posts, remember my cute enough to eat Candy Corn nails here and my favorite orange lip colors here and here.  

Would you wear orange and black on your eyes?

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October 20, 2014

Perfectly Pink Lip Liner :: MAC Pro Longwear Liner "In Anticipation"

Pink will always be my go-to shade choice when I want to look fresh faced and not overdone.  It can brighten a complexion more than a nude shade but isn't as overbearing as a red lip.  The perfect in between.  And now I've got a pink lip that stays put and only requires 1 product, MAC Pro Longwear lip pencil in "In Anticipation," $20.

I like that I can wear this pencil by itself for a matte lip look or add a gloss on top to make it a little more noticeable.  This shade by MAC is a semi bright rose pink shade that brightens my natural lips just perfectly.  And since this is a long wear formula, it stays put without fading for a good 4 hours before I wanted to reapply, which in my eyes is GREAT bc I am constantly eating, drinking, and licking my lips!

What is your favorite lip pencil? 

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