A Lovely You – Makeup Tips for Every Woman

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One of the hottest beauty trends this season is cobalt. Whether swept on lids or shining on nails, this classy color looks good on every woman. Keep reading for a few of my favorite ways to rock the look this season.

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When choosing the perfect blush, you definitely need to consider your skin type. Different formulations work on certain skin types differently than they do on others, and you want to make sure you’re choosing one that will work for your specific skin type. With that in mind, I’ve created a basic list of some of the most common blush formulations to help you pick the one that’s right for you.


Arguably the most common type of blush, powder blush can be used on nearly every skin type. However, those with oily skin can definitely benefit from powder blush as it won’t exacerbate the problem. Additionally, because of it’s denseness powder blush tends to last a lot longer than other formulations. One to try: CoverGirl TruBlend Blush, $6.47, drugstores.


Gel blush, also called cheek stains, are great for oily and combination skin. While they impart a sheer wash of color to cheeks, they tend to dry very quickly so you need to blend immediately to avoid streaking. If you have exceptionally dry skin, you’ll likely want to steer clear of gel blush because it will be difficult to blend into skin before it dries. One to try: Tarte Cheek Stain, $30, Sephora.


For ladies with dry skin, cream blush is a gift from the Heavens! It blends in well with fingers and offers great color while allowing your natural glow to shine through. Make sure to apply cream blush with your fingers and blend, blend, blend the color in for a natural looking flush. One to try: NARS Cream Blush, $27, Sephora.


Also called highlighters, shimmer blush can accentuate cheekbones and add a subtle, light reflecting gleam. These types of blushers are perfect for evening wear, but aging women should avoid using them in spots that are highly wrinkled (you’ll just draw more attention to that area!) Otherwise, these are great for all skin types. One to try: Stila All Over Shimmer Duo, $22, Stila.com)

Which blush type do you prefer using? Do you have a particular brand you swear by? Don’t  be shy, tell me about it in the comments and as always stay lovely!


The right red lipstick can be bold, empowering and super sexy on any woman – you just need to find the right one for your skin tone! Check out my recommendations for the best red lipstick for your complexion, whether you’re super fair, dark skinned or anywhere in between.

If You’re Fair:

Look for a red lipstick with hints of coral/orange tones; this type of red won’t wash out your skin tone but rather complement your complexion. Best Picks: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice (pictured) $6.39, drugstores; L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in British Red, $8.95, drugstores; Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Blazing Red, $32, Sephora.

If You’re Medium:

Medium-skinned girls should look for a red lipstick with pink or cranberry undertones; true red shades look beautiful too. Best Picks: Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $6.39, drugstores; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Flamme, $30, Sephora; Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Are You Red-dy, (pictured) $7.49, drugstores.

If You’re Olive:

Strong, fire-engine reds look great on women with olive skin tones. Best Picks: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Red, $23, Sephora; CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor in Red Satin, $8.24, drugstores; Too Faced Lip of Luxury in Runaway Red, (pictured) $20, Sephora.

If You’re Dark:

Avoid bright reds, and instead opt for deep brick reds or burgundy shades; those types of reds flatter darker skin beautifully. Best Picks: NARS Lipstick in Shanghai Express (pictured,) $24, Sephora; L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Pure Burgundy, $8.95, drugstores; Black Radiance Lipstick in Reggae Red, $1.99, drugstores.

Let me know how these work for you if you decide to try out the red lipstick trend for yourself! If you already rock red on a regular basis, leave a comment with whatever you think the perfect shade of red for your skin tone is. As always, stay lovely!

As a lover of all things beauty, I have been known to splurge a time or two (or three!) on expensive makeup. However, nothing beats the thrill I get when I purchase a budget-friendly product that works just as well as more expensive ones. With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of the best budget eyeshadow I’ve tried throughout the years. None of them are more than $10!

1. Maybelline Expertwear Trio Eyeshadow

I love the shade selection of Maybelline’s Expertwear Trio Eyeshadow ($3.99.) Whether you want to create a neutral look for daytime or a classic smoky eye for evening, you’ll be able to with this dynamo product. The shadows glide on effortlessly, and leave behind a silky, finished look that doesn’t cake or smudge.

2. L’Oreal Wear Infinite Single Eyeshadow

This beautiful shadow blends beautifully and drenches your lids in lush, highly pigmented color that can be worn alone or combined with other colors for a gorgeous look. I like to use one shade as a base, and blend one or two other shades on top to create a more contoured, defined look. ($4.79)

3. CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4 Kit Shadow

I love the bright, poppy colors of these shadows – they work especially well for the spring and summer months! For $4.99, you get four blendable shadows that are perfect when worn alone or combined. The compact even comes with how-to tips to help you recreate the look you want in minutes. Plus, the shadows seem to last for hours, even when I don’t use a shadow primer first. Beautiful!

4. e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeshadow

Don’t let the price fool you – e.l.f.’s Studio Cream Eyeshadow packs a wicked punch for the mere price of $3.00. The creamy shadow glides on beautifully, and doesn’t cake or crease like a lot of the cream shadows I’ve tried in the past. The shade selection is nothing to laugh about, either – plus, it’s almost completely smudgeproof! Give it a try, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

5. Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear

Sure, these jumbo pencils are technically eyeliner, but they can easily be blended as shadows – I use them this way all the time! The pencil glides smoothly over lids and eliminates the mess of traditional creamy shadows. They won’t tug, fade or crease and, after a long evening of dancing, I found the color stayed put throughout the night! For $10, stock up on a few of your favorites and blend together for a truly customized look.

While these are my top 5 favorite budget eyeshadows, if I missed one of your picks don’t be afraid to nag me about it in the comments section 🙂 As always, stay lovely!

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