One thing that is sure to always help better my mood on a cold winter day is to put on a fun, bright color. If you think you have to put all your bright clothing and accessories away just because the temp has dropped? Good news! The times of storing away your entire summer wardrobe and switching it out for strictly heavy dark colors are over. My dear friend and stylist, Nichole Kristen is my go-to women when my clients need a stylist. I recently glammed her up in her beautiful new town house for her baby shower. Not only does she dress well, her taste in interior design is fantastic! She is also so so sweet, she even texts me when she spots a piece she thinks would look great on me. Nichole’s best assets are her ability to understands one’s taste and budget. I felt like I would need a bigger closet when Nichole started talking about all the possibilities, but she calmed my fear of going over my budget and how brights (especially when paired with black) can now be worn year round!
Flaunt colorful brights this winter with these few tips from Stylist Nichole Kristen: Personal Shopping and Styling
Tip 1: Always pair summer bright dresses with black tights (patterned or plain) and add warm winter pieces.
Take a bright color sleeveless shift dress like the one below from Lilly Pulitzer and pair with black tights, black patent leather closed toe heels and basic black cardigan OR ruffle scarf:
Tip 2:When pairing bright color winter (or summer) accessories with year round clothing, always use black as your starting piece and don’t be afraid to accessorize!
Year round LBD (little black dress) paired with black patent leather heels and your favorite statement summer necklace. Black tights aren’t necessary with this look, you can also opt for nude stockings or bare legs and add a black cardigan with a little “flare” for warmth:
Tip 3: Get creative! It’s okay to incorporate more than one bright color in the winter (I wouldn’t recommend going beyond two though). We all need some bright colors in our days to help us look forward to Spring!
Both of these looks incorporate more than one bright color without losing that seasonal look:
Meet my dear friend and fellow Makeup Artist – Veronica Nunes! I met Veronica in college and we immediately connected on all things beauty and business and the rest is history. We love makeup and we certaintly let the beauty we love – be what we do ♥
A common question I frequently get asked is “How do you do the ‘smokey eye’ look?” My common question back is “Define smokey eye.” The “smokey eye” look can be dressed up or down- intense or casual. There isn’t really a standard smokey eye look out there. Everyone has his or her own interpretation on how to nail the look- and it all seems complicated, but I promise you, it’s easier than you think. It may look like you put a ton of time and effort nailing those sexy eyes, but really, all you took was around 5-10 minutes and voilà- HELLO gorgeous.
First and foremost, I went with a great palette, the Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Palette. The colors work on almost any eye color and there are many options with this palette. You can use simply two colors or even all six to create a great look. For this look, we’ll be using 5/6 colors for a dramatic smokey eye. I have labeled the colors I have used 1,2,3,4 (in no particular order).
1. First I moisturized and primed my lid with Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. It is very important to use eye primer before applying the shadows for your Smokey eye. The primer prevents the shadow from creasing, fading and flaking.
2. Apply color number 4 all over the lid. Do not go past your crease or beyond the end of your eyebrow.
3. Take a round dome brush and apply number 3 in your crease. Do not go beyond the end of your eyebrow and past your iris.
4. Blend in small circles upward.
5. TRICK Take a tissue, wrap it around your pointer finger and angle it at the edge of your eye to the end of your eyebrow. Wipe upward toward the end of the eyebrow/temple. You have yourself a fabulous shadow-cat eye!
6. Apply number 2 in the top and bottom inner corner of your eye- this will make you look wide-awake!
7. Line your waterline with a waterproof black eyeliner. The waterline is the lower rim if your eye. If you have sensitive eyes, make sure to use a pencil with a creamy formula, such as Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil. You can apply this twice, depending on the intensity you desire.
8. Apply color 5 to the middle of the eyelid. This color is an intense olive color that has glitter. I also applied this color to the outer corner of my bottom lashline.
9. I personally can’t walk out the door with liquid eyeliner on and this adds a bit of glamour to a smokey eye look. You can also just apply a black liner to the top of your eyelid. Start lining as close to the lash line as possible, then go back and apply a heavier line, continuing to follow your natural eye shape. I start slim toward the inner corner then go heavier toward the outer edge of my eye. Then I flicked out the end of the liner to create a cat eye.
10. Curl your lashes.
11. Apply 2-3 coats of mascara. Wait 30 seconds between coats to avoid clumping.
And you are done beautiful! Remember to keep practicing and don’t give up! Achieving a smoky eye isn’t as hard as you think!
|Sarah Rea Style|
Love is in the air <3 If you don’t feel it and your not boo’d up – who cares! Go buy yourself something nice. My amazing friend Sarah Rea Arroyo who is a stylist in NYC put this beautiful Valentines Day inspiration board together for my readers who are going last minute Valentines Day shopping today or tomorrow morning ;) She has whipped up a couple of ensembles for the 14th that are sure to summon cupids affection! Please go check out Sarah Rea Style’s blog for more Valentines Day inspiration and lots more! Thank you Sarah :)