• Lillee Jean

Barbie’s New Years Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

For all of my loves who don’t like dark smokey eyes or wearing red lipstick yet still want to stand out on New Years, I gotcha covered!  Not only can this super sweet look be perfect for Valentines Day it also can be worn on the daily if you remove the falsies and soften up the crease a tad more.  In my video tutorial I showed raw footage just to ensure everyone understood the blending motions done, I know pink isn’t the easiest shade to work with!  Also I included the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Pallet just because it reminded me of something Barbie would carry around…and also some of the shades spoke to me, literally.  Before we get into the actual look, the lip color I chose was sort of toned down compared to what MOST see of Barbie because after really analyzing the doll itself, her lips are like a sheer pink not quite hot pink and not quite a bold pink.  That part is all in your hands depending on what shade looks best on you and what feels most comfortable to wear.  Be sure to have a variety of blending brushes ready to go!

*Hourglass N28 Primer

 *Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme Foundation, Sand

*Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, Fair Neutral

*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100

*Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder, 4 

*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powders, 40 Mirage Filter  

*Mac Relaxation Cream Color

*Benefit High Beam + Becca Champagne Pop

*Besame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder 

*Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

Buxom Mistress Lipstick with Dior Lipgloss in 863

          Barbie is notorious for her perfect skin, so rather washing and scrubbing my skin clean I decided to just apply a thin layer of Fresh’s Seaberry Oil to create a healthy glow without overly redding my skin.  Be sure to of let the oil or moisturizer set into your pores for a few minutes prior to adding a primer!  As a side note since I know many women are against the image of Barbie, she is a doll.  If someone is that into BECOMING a doll, something is clearly wrong there and it IS NOT the toy itself.  I just had to clear that up because to blame a doll for someones insanity is absurd.  Don’t tell me “children look up to Barbie”, a balance child knows what is reality and what is not, I loved my Barbies yet never wanted to become that, I knew and know who I am, and what I am.  In todays look we’re simply taking creative commons and doing a look Barbie approved.

           Aside from that mini rant that had to come out, move along to priming the skin!  I went for my Hourglass N28 primer, however due to the product being scarce I applied it to all zones of my face by the actual tube that sits in the bottle.  After placing the primer onto my skin I then smoothed it out just like a normal moisturizer.  Blend it up to your hairline to ensure your makeup stays put on ALL sections of your face.  Allow the product to set for a few minutes; depending if the primer is oil based or not is how you should time it.  For example, for my N28 since it has oil properties I let it set for 7 minutes, as for other primers 3-4 minutes.

               Moving along to foundation, choose a full coverage foundation that you know will last hours on end.   Some of you might go for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, but I went along with my Becca Ultimate Coverage Creme Foundation in Sand.  This product literally only requires one pump, as it is marketed to do, and creates a flawless SKIN LIKE appearance since it is a creme!  To begin I applied on pump to the back of my hand and with my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush gently warmed the product up by spreading it out on my hand slightly.  With any creme its best to warm the product up first because it makes it much easier to use!  Starting from my left cheek I began to stipple the product on.  I continued to stipple around my face working counter clockwise until I reached my left cheek again, then I started to use slightly buffing and downward stroking motions to form a flawless base.  Be sure to work in light layers, this goes for any foundation as its best for build up coverage then start with a lot and have streaks everywhere!  Also, be sure to blend up to the hairline for the most natural coverage.

                  Ooh sorry to scare you but yes it happens to be cream contouring time.  I used to literally go through 2 extra steps before contouring until I realized cream contouring covered everything…especially if you use a concealer to do so! As modeled above from my video tutorial, I took Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer and highlighted my user eye area with upside down triangles, my forehead, down the bridge of my nose as well as between my jaw and cheek contour.  Whenever you’re highlighting always choose a few skin tones lighter, if you can’t find lighter go for white! After you have placed on the highlighting shade go into a contouring cream.  I chose my usual Cover Fx Cream Foundation in N100, which goes to prove you don’t need to contour with a product just because it’s labeled “contour product”.  I contoured the sides of my nose, my cheeks, and my jaw lines with a slight contour under my bottom lip and in my crease.  I happened to use a Mac 231 brush to do so!  Right after you have placed the product on (use mine as a guide but be aware contouring and highlighting varies from person to person!), move onto blending with either a sponge or actually brush.  As most of you know I’m a fan of using my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush because sponge products clog my pores WAYYY to much leading to break outs.  At any rate, starting from my jaw line up, I blended in my left cheek with a series of circular and stippling motions.  When you reach your cheek contour always blend in upswept motions to form a “lighted” and higher cheekbone appearance.  Complete the same blending motions on the other side.  As far as the chin, nose and chin goes use circular motions as well!

        Once you have cream contoured its best to move along to bronzing, rather using an actual powder contour product.  I swirled my Tarte Swirl Powder Brush into Givenchy’s Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder, and then brushed it from my temples down to my cheekbones and finally back down to my jaw line.  This just adds warmth back to the skin and helps to smooth out a dull complexion.  IF you happen to be using a matte slightly taupe bronzer you can set your cream contour with that rather moving onto an extra defining step!

        With the same exact Tarte Swirl Powder Brush, I moved onto setting the contour.  With my favorite contouring pallet, Marc Jacobs #instmarc Filtering Powders in Mirage Filter, I took the deep bronze shade and swept it on the hollows of my cheeks as well as on the sides of my nose and under my chin.  You can always powder highlight with the yellow powder provided however I am not the biggest fan of adding tons of layers to my under eye area, eventually it cakes up and cracks.

              For a perfect Barbie flush that wouldn’t overpower the rest of my look, I went into Mac’s Relaxation Cream Color.  I simply took my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush and slightly stippled it in the cream then from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline I patted the color on.  This method works best if you smile because you can clearly see the “apples” of your cheeks and a clear path is drawn upwards to your hairline!

               I have never been so excited to lluminize in my life until now.  There is something so freaking amazing about Barbies glow that it somehow fit perfect with the concept of New Years, because who doesn’t want a flawless, NOT GLITTERY, glow that shines from afar, I do!  Anyhoo, I brushed on Benefits High Beam from the actual applicator to the “C’s” of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, on my forehead, and well as from my cupids bow down to my chin.  With my Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush I gently blended the product in with a series of upward sweeping motions and stippling motions.  This brush is lengthy making it perfect to really blend and disburse shimmery products!  After blending in the liquid set it with Becca’s Champagne Pop.  Any areas that the liquid was brushed on should have a taste of Champagne ;).  I suggest using High Beam and the Becca highlight together for the reason of Champagne Pop having peachy tones thus complimenting Mac’s Relaxation blush well.

            Once my eyes were completed I then took Besame’s Brightening Vanilla Powder and applied it under my eyes, on my forehead, slightly on my chin and on the sides of my nose with my  Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush. This happens to be AMAZING with cancelli