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Get Nude For Your Wedding (Your Lip Color, That Is)

The perfect nude lip shade should flatter your skin tone and light up your face, not drain it of life. Not all nudes are for every lip. Keep in mind that different skin tones require lip color palettes specifically designed for them.

 

Bare, naked, and au natural.

Bare, naked, and au natural.

 

The perfect nude lipstick can make your face look fresh and youthful, but a lot of brides get it wrong and pick something too light, too opaque, or too beige. For most brides, it can be a daunting task finding the right nude lip stick. The best wear a nude shade is to match your skin’s undertone: pink undertones can use pinky undertones, neutral undertones can use peachy undertones, and yellow undertones are flattered by peach, copper and gold nudes. Here are my tips for choosing the best bridal nude lipstick for your skin tone:

TIPS for the perfect nude lip:

 

How to find the perfect shade, with a little help from the Art of Beauty by Aradia.

How to find the perfect shade, with a little help from the Art of Beauty by Aradia.

 

To smoothen your pucker, start by exfoliating your lips and then layering on a moisturizing balm. Apply a clear makeup primer around the perimeter of your mouth before you put on your lipstick to keep it from feathering.Taking an extra minute to prep your lips can be the difference between a nude lip that looks pretty and one that looks pasty.

 

I am a huge advocate of lip liner. It's my wedding kiss-proof secret weapon!

I am a huge advocate of lip liner. It’s my wedding kiss-proof secret weapon!

 

Layering liner underneath lipstick is a tried-and-true trick for prolonging lip color. For a polished finish choose a lip-liner that is as close as possible to your lipstick. The trick is to gently use you pencil to sketch along the Cupid’s bow first and outline the rest your mouth (even more gently) by using the side rather than the tip of a pencil. The end result will look natural without any harsh lines. Try to match your lip liner to your kissing lipstick nude shade to perfect your lip shape and make your lipstick stay in place from the ceremony ‘til the reception.

Apply lip color with a lip brush because it allows you to blend your lipstick with greater precision, getting right into the inner corners of your mouth, for that perfect pout. Apply your lipcolor by starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide brush across the entire bottom lip.

 

Matte lipstick leaves a lasting, liquid finish.

Matte lipstick leaves a lasting, liquid finish.

 

Reality check: Regardless of picking the best nude lipstick for your skin-tone, almost all colors and shades in this category tend not to last very long. Fortunately, their subtle nature makes it difficult for someone to notice when they fade. However, to get long-lasting color with a velvety matte finish, layer a liquid lipstick over a base of lip pencil in the same shade for longer staying power. These liquefied and concentrated versions of a traditional lipstick offer pigments that are intense and saturated.

 

The right pinkish nude can immediately enhance your bridal beauty.

The right pinkish nude can immediately enhance your bridal beauty.

 

If you have a fair skin tone: Try a sheer, light taupe, a shimmery beige or a nude with a hint of pink in it. Just make sure to steer clear of orangey nudes, which can make paler complexions appear sallow.  Shimmering and incandescent pigments will create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller without being too intense.

 

Subtle and subdued.

Subtle and subdued.

 

If you have a medium skin tone: Try a golden-beige shade with orange undertones to enhance your olive complexion.When choosing your perfect bridal lipstick just remember if it looks nude in the tube, then it’s probably too light and it will look like concealer on your lips. Look for a pinkish-brown lip liner to neutralize your natural lip color and brighten your skin tone. Filled in completely to creates the perfect base for your bridal pout.

 

The right nude can transform a lip look from simply pretty to jaw-droppingly stunning.

The right nude can transform a lip look from simply pretty to jaw-droppingly stunning.

 

If you have a darker skin tone: Avoid shades that are lighter than your skin color, as they will make your lips look ashy. Try out dark beiges to soft chocolate shades, If your lips are naturally highly pigmented try a caramel brown to counteract your own lip color so you can make them look more nude. If your top lip is darker than the bottom one, you’ll want to even out the color by filling in your entire mouth with a soft brown lip pencil and blending a dusty rose-brown lipstick on top.

And remember…

It’s not always easy to achieve the right nude look with just one lip color, sometimes you’ll have to layer colors using a lip-liner or another lipstick shade to obtain the perfect nude.

To keep lipstick off your teeth just stick your finger in your mouth, wrap your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that would have gotten on your teeth will be left on your finger.

For touch-ups you’ll want to blot and re-apply your lipstick. Use a tissue to blot away the old layer to absorb excess oils and emollients. Take a powder brush and dip into translucent loose powder and stipple the brush over the tissue against the lips. The thin tissue will allow enough powder to reach the lips. This will help set the color for longer wear.

Avoid applying too much lip gloss. Despite making lips look lush, glosses contain low pigment and tend to dilute when layered over your lipstick.

What are my favorite nudes for creating stellar bridal looks?
For fair skin I love Nude Ballet #601 from: Extraordinaire by Colour Riche  – Lipstick By L’Oreal Paris
For medium skin I love Delicate Lace from : L’Absolu Rouge – Lipstick by Lancome
For dark skin I love Half ’n Half from MAC: Lipstick | MAC Cosmetics – Official Site

About The “Nude” Art of Bridal Beauty By ARADIA

 

When it comes to the nude look, using lighting techniques, deep pigments and high quality products is the trick.

When it comes to the nude look, using lighting techniques, deep pigments and high quality products is the trick.

 

Not only does a nude lip compliment a dramatic eye, it can also enhance your dewy-fresh all-nude make-up for the big day—the natural hue is as versatile as its colorful counterparts. Most brides I meet really want to look like themselves, so consequently the nude look is highly requested. Now, that doesn’t mean that this popular bridal look doesn’t require make up. Actually it takes expertly makeup—maybe even a little contouring and a few false lashes—to look beautifully bare-faced.

Due to all the photographs that will be taken of you, you’ll want your nude lips to be sheer so they looks more alive, so steer clear of formulas that are too matte, which can appear almost mannequin-like in photos. As pro makeup artist who has been working with brides for over 20 years, I have mastered and perfected this iconic look with all the tricks needed to achieve it. I can guide you through the overwhelming world of beiges, taupes, toffees, and caramels to help you get it just right. Because while it may seem like a simple, effortless bridal look, perfection lies in finding the right shade of nude that matches your lip and skin tone immaculately—one that makes the most of your natural beauty.

Contact me today for a trial run to see how you can pull off your favorite natural-looking makeup look for your big day.

 

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Posted September 12th, 2016.

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The Most Natural Bridal Makeup Tips For Your Wedding Day Look Ever!

Looking For A Fresh & Natural Look For Your Wedding? Then let your natural beauty take center stage. There is a whole new world of cosmetics and tools available now that make bridal make-up look like real skin and not artificial.

 

The Most Natural Bridal Makeup Tips For Your Wedding Day Look Ever!

 

An ultra natural, fresh bridal make up look is only possible if the skin glows and all features are balanced. Continue Reading…

Posted August 9th, 2016.

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Happy 4th of July Brides! Top Tips For Freedom From Makeup Meltdowns

Happy 4th of July to My Dearest Brides! The heat can wreak havoc on your bridal makeup. So how can you stop from having a meltdown during your big day?

 

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!

 

Top Tips for Freedom from Makeup Meltdowns

Keep in mind that heavy, oil-based cosmetics do not wear well in hot weather. Light, shear and waterproof makeup will stay in place longer.

So, always begin with a good skincare regimen. Giving yourself a mask once a week will promote healthy regenerating skin cells, smooth surface skin and a glow because you got rid of all the dead cells.

During the summer, your skin produces more moisture naturally. Heavy creams and thick lotions can make you feel like your skin is suffocating. An essential product for the blazing summer heat (especially recommended for those with oily skin) is an oil free mattifying moisturizer.

Always carry a spritzer to hydrate your skin during those summer months this helps your skin stay hydrated, look dewy and yes even set the makeup you have on. Misting your face with rose water also helps to set your makeup and keep it in place.

Wearing a good primer helps to create barrier between your skin and your makeup, thereby helping your makeup to stay put.

Translucent Powder helps control shine and help sets makeup making it a definite summer staple.

Consider using oil-blotting sheets as they help absorb excess moisture without smudging your makeup.

And finally, waterproof makeup, specifically eyeliner and mascara, helps prevent smudging.

Get The Look

Don’t be afraid to kick off the Fourth of July with a beauty look as bold as the fireworks in tonight’s sky. Apply a bold scarlet color on the lips, this color lipstick was designed for the Fourth of July!  The hot beauty trend this summer is to skip the black eyeliner. It’s just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great.

Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop! A navy blue works really well as a chic and modern alternative smokey eye.  The best part is that these hot hues are totally wearable, whether you’re a blonde, redhead, or brunette.

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

Having a professional make-up artist on your wedding day is essential for the demands of the event.
My “camera ready” techniques will have you looking exceptionally radiant on your big day. And of course, your makeup will be water/sweat-resistant, with guaranteed lasting power well through the event.

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Posted July 4th, 2014.

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Vintage Pastels For A Romantic, Soft Hued, Delicate Bridal Makeup Look

If you think pastels are just a pale, sweet cliché, let this be a lesson. Romantic, soft hues and delicate pastels create a gorgeous bridal makeup look!

 

Vintage Pastels For A Romantic, Soft Hued, Delicate Bridal Makeup Look

How to make the trendy, yet classic, pastel beauty look wearable for your wedding.

 

Rose, blush, pink – in fact, all shades of spun-sugar and ballerina slippers, dominated the faces of the models walking the summer ’14 runways. And if you are not sure how to create this look, no worries. Staying on trend will be as easy as picking up an eye shadow palette that contains both a taupe and soft pinks to create the look.

  • To avoid tired-looking eyes, go lighter on the brown when applying on the bottom lids.
  • If you want to play around with the trend, but are looking for a more toned down romantic look, you can use pale pink to achieve a smashingly hip effect.
  • Start with a monochromatic palette. For cheeks, take inspiration from fresh blooms and pretty pastel hues of pale, blush toned roses.


What makes pastel pink lipstick not look like something you’d see in a Nicki Minaj music video?

Undertones that are less white and more purple.

  • Tone down pastel eye shadow with a heavy black lash and a nude lip.
  • Opt for pearl or crystal, shimmery shadows in delicate pastel shades for a lovely sophisticated finish to your bridal eyes.
  • Complete your soft romantic makeup look with a stylish tousled ‘do.


About Aradia

Trained in fashion and photographic work bridal and magazines, I believe that makeup is a bride’s secret weapon because of its ability to make you feel amazing on one of the most amazing days of your life! Even after more than 20 years as a makeup artist working in the bridal, fashion and beauty industry, I am constantly excited by the incredible transformative power of makeup.

Working with a selection of top makeup brands and offering fantastic bridal packages, our aim is to help you look the “Most amazing you have ever looked in your life” on your special day, in your own comfortable environment.

Bridal Makeovers by Aradia – Serving South Florida brides for more then two decades.

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Posted July 2nd, 2014.

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Glam It Up This Holiday Season With Bridal Makeovers

Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! It’s that time of year again. The holidays are a time for glamour and glitz so glam it up this season with Bridal Makeovers!

 

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!

 

When it comes to beauty, the holidays are the most fun and festive time of the year! Who can resist a set of flirty lashes, glittery lids or a pair of cherry red lips? Continue Reading…

Posted December 21st, 2013.

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Kissable Bridal Lips – Finding the Perfect Lipstick

Everyone knows that putting on lipstick is one of the factors to achieve a great finish for wedding makeup, right? But finding that perfect shade of lipstick that coordinates with your makeup, dress, and wedding feel/theme/mood can be a bit tricky. And if that’s not is hard enough, keeping it on is even harder!

 

One of the highlights on your wedding day will be your first kiss as husband and wife!

One of the highlights on your wedding day will be your first kiss as husband and wife!

 

It is important to consider the variety of lip products out there and how they can help you achieve the longest wearing lip you can get. Applying lipstick correctly will make your lips look gorgeous and luscious, which are a big attraction not only for your groom but for your guests, too! So, aim for luscious lips as part of your wedding makeup.

But first a reality check… There is no real way to make your lipstick last forever or even look pristine 24/7. You will likely have to touch-up throughout the event, and any eating/drinking will do some damage to your pout. These tips and tricks are designed to help minimize touch-ups, damage, and the overall maintenance of your lips during the big day.

Bridal Makeovers Tips For Luscious Bridal Lips

Choose Your Color! As with shadow choices, it has a lot to do with what kind of theme/type of wedding you’re having, and of course, it should coordinate with the rest of your makeup, too. As a pro bridal makeup artist I know the sure fire ways to achieve maximum kissability. I love to see pink-corals, soft pink-beiges, light pinks, nudes and sometimes the classic red. For evening weddings, a good berry or plum can work wonders, too. Bright lipsticks call attention to your teeth, so whiten them before your big day if you want a bright lipstick.

All-Day Color? Just like the rest of your makeup, your lips have to be perfect for your big day. Of course you will have to reapply your chosen lip product a number of times throughout the day but there are some products and tricks to help your pout stay perfect. If you choose a long-wearing or all-day lipstick, remember that most formulations are drying, which is why it is essential that your lips are well moisturized and taken care of prior to the big day. One trick is to apply a heavy lip balm/moisturizer to lips about an hour before you apply the lipstick. Blot it off about 15 minutes before you apply. When applying all-day color, make sure to give the color plenty of time to dry. You have to work fast, though, because once it dries, it’s a pain to remove (aka practice before hand and be precise).

Prep and Prime! To avoid chapped lips, one of the most important things to do is exfoliate right when you get out of the shower. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, you should ensure that you treat that pucker with care, especially if you have dry, chapped, or cracked lips. Start exfoliating with a gritty sugar scrub (you can do a DIY scrub of sugar + extra virgin olive oil) and regularly moisturizing your lips with lip balm that has vitamin E. You want to take a washcloth and rub back and forth over your lips. Another favorite at-home treatments is olive oil and honey or Vitamin E.

Don’t Lick Your Lips! You end up only drying out the skin more. Again, take time to apply hydrating lip balm so you don’t end up giving your lips a quick moisture fix rather when you’re really after permanent nourishment.

Plump Up Your Pout! There is a wide range of lip plumpers on the beauty market these days, and if you feel like you need a little more oomph in your pout, go for it. Remember that a lot of lip plumpers are not going to last all day, so you may find that your pucker deflates as the ceremony goes on. Certain products both nourish and plump the lips. Look for the ingredient Resveratrol which is a super-moisturizing antioxidant which also provides age-defense. Pearlized lip colors add subtle glow that makes lips look plump.

To Line or Not to Line? If you’re not choosing an all-day, long-wearing formula, you should maximize your application by lining your lips. You’ll be kissing a lot on your wedding day. Make lipstick and lip gloss last longer by lining and filling in lips with lip liner before applying color. The liner will also make your lips to retain the color for a longer period even as the lipstick starts to wear off. Lining your lips helps give your lipstick something to further adhere to and it has a less dramatic effect as your lipstick starts to wear off. Line the outer area of your lips for a better contour and to avoid a “bleeding” look if you choose to have the deeper tone of lipstick. Follow that up by coloring your lips with the lip liner prior to applying the lipstick. The lip liner will also help you avoid a messy look as it will act as your guideline on applying lipstick.

Glossy or Matte? Try using a shimmering pink lip gloss in lieu of lipstick for a shiny look. Or test out a few matte lip stains if you prefer color without the sheen. Depending on your application and wedding type/setting/place, high gloss may not be appropriate. While some feel that gloss photographs oddly, I do feel you can still wear high gloss or high sheen without sabotaging your photos. I always recommend that you take test shots with your photographer (especially candid test shots) to see how your makeup will turn out. You can always go for tinted gloss, sheer gloss, or clear gloss to achieve a glossy lip.

About Bridal Makeovers by Aradia

As a makeup artist, I have applied countless combinations of glosses, pencils, and lipstick to find the perfect color for my bridal clients. Even if they already have a great color in their arsenal, I like to find something a little bit different. Who wants to wear the same old lip color on your special day? Planning every little detail of your wedding is stressful. Luckily, I am here to help! These tricks and truths will keep you looking great from ceremony to reception and beyond. Thanks for reading my blog! I really enjoy bringing you the most up to date trends in makeup, hair, fashion and whatever is related to bridal beauty!

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Posted October 23rd, 2013.

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13 Makeup Looks You’ll Love for Your Wedding

During the past few seasons on the bridal runway, we have seen designers showing a range of makeup looks from bold, colorful lips to clean, bare faces.

 

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

Bridal Fashion Runway Looks

 

Get inspired from these looks and test them during your makeup trial to see which works best with your complexion and wedding-day style. Learning to be a trend-spotter instead of a fashion victim is as simple as being able to translate the runway into real terms.  Find inspiration from the art on the runway, then make it your own.

 

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

The look St. Pucchi was romantic with a hint of flirtatious sparkle on the eyes.

 

Choosing a makeup look to highlight your best features on a day-to-day basis is tricky enough, and finding a makeup look for your wedding day is downright intimidating. Luckily, you came to our blog which was written to aid you in narrowing down your choices for wedding makeup, and hopefully make at least one aspect of planning your wedding a little easier.

 

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

Highlighting skin is a huge trend this season, whether you choose to be a porcelain or bronze goddess.

 

Bronzed, glowing skin and alluring eyes are what make this look work. Continue Reading…

Posted August 26th, 2013.

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Bridal Beauty: Chic Red Lipstick – Memorial Day 2013

The Bride Wore Red…

This Memorial Day Blog honors the patriotic men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

 

War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40's Glamour, and Red Lips

War brides, WWII Vintage Looks 40’s Glamour, and Red Lips

 

When I am inspired to create a 40s Hollywood – Veronica Lake, Lana Turner and other silver screen sirens of that era come to mind The focus is on a gorgeous, strong red lip, but a red that a bride can actually wear is essential. Bridal Makeovers is all about  beautiful, sexy and feminine brides and nothing portrays a woman’s beauty like the ability to wear a truly stunning and universally flattering red on her wedding day.

BRIDAL MAKEOVERS has the deepest respect for those that have served and those that currently serve in our military, which is why we want to celebrate you and your loved ones with this Memorial Day. We hope that you can all spend it with your families and friends. To those of you who cannot, especially those of you who are serving right now, we remember your sacrifice and humbled by it. To commemorate the holiday show off your beautiful smile by wearing red lipstick.  I have a fun little wedding inspiration roundup for brides who want bright and bold for their lips on the big day! Red is a very strong color. It represents the blood shed in this country to obtain freedom but, it’s also a classic vintage lip color suitable for your vintage wedding especially if if you are going after a 40’s bombshell style for your bridal makeup look.

 

Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

Wear RED Lipstick and Show Your Patriotism

1940's Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.

1940’s Icon Rita Hayworth served her patriotic duty by wearing red.

 

During World War II wearing red lipstick became a militaristic strategy and tactic. Continue Reading…

Posted May 27th, 2013.

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY – Bridal Beauty Trend Alert

Fashion Makeup & Hair Inspiration From New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Looking for some enchanting new season hair and makeup looks for your bridal inspiration? To help you enhance, define and slightly alter your features according to the latest trends, we’ve put together a selection of the makeup trends for fall 2013 from New York Fashion Week. Amidst a sea of wonderful, exciting new designs at New York Fashion Week, hair and makeup have been an essential ingredient for creating show stopping looks on the runways. We’ve spotted trends that have emerged and will be sure to lead the bridal looks this season.

 

Bardot-esque cat-eye look was all the fall rage at Anna Sui 2013 runway

Bardot-esque cat-eye look was all the fall rage at Anna Sui 2013 runway.

 

At Bridal Makeovers we’ve been busy checking out the hottest makeup designs and hairstyles for fall 2013 at New York Fashion Week and we have yet to be disappointed.  We’re smitten with some of these ethereal and romantic looks and blown away by the opulent details …Here’s a glimpse at the candid images of the runways and our predictions of what’s to come for weddings! We just love how these trends bring a fresh dimension to bridal beauty to inspire your own personal runway look. Don’t you?

 

Fuller, defined brows are popular this fall and are a classic look for bridal

Fuller, defined brows are popular this fall and are a classic look for bridal.

 

Thick eyebrows are making a big bold come-back this season and were seen across a wide variety of runways. Eyebrows really frame and define the face and pull the whole look together. Following the natural shape of your brow is generally the rule of thumb. Designer Faces – NARS: Marc Jacobs Spring 2013

 

Statement-making eye brows by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westmanseen at the Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

Statement-making eye brows by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westmanseen at the Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

 

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Posted February 25th, 2013.

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Bridal Makeovers Holiday Beauty – Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful

Happy Holidays! Welcome to my creative outlet for sharing makeup looks, hairstyles, reviews, tips  and all things relating to bridal beauty.

 

Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!

Tis The Season To Be Extra Beautiful!

 

These are exciting times as we enter into the energy of positive change. It is time to move forward into the Now! Blessings and thank you for your amazing support.

 

Bridal Gift IdeasBest Bridal Holiday Makeup Sets

Check out my top picks for fabulous gift sets with high quality formulations designed to enhance your natural radiance with limited-edition lipsticks, nail polishes and palettes – Create makeup looks that dazzle and impress! Christmas and Chanukah time is an exciting time in the beauty world. My favorite beauty brands have gone to great lengths to ensure there’s plenty to covet this Holiday season. Gift sets this year are deliberately including a more-sophisticated crowd (perfect for brides). It is also nice that many collections feature palettes and/or minis, which allow you to try a few products without committing to a full size version. In an industry that doesn’t typically discount, the holiday season represents a time to offer “value” by bundling products. These collections are designed to satisfy cravings for color and countless looks. Enjoy!

 

4 Favorite Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas

 

Makeup Forever's All Eyes On You Set

Makeup Forever’s All Eyes On You Set

Too Faced - Sweet Indulgence Palette

Too Faced – Sweet Indulgence Palette

Urban Decay  The Vice Palette

Urban Decay The Vice Palette

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set

Armani Beauty Holiday Red Lip Set

 

DIY Holiday Party Look Tips

The holiday season calls for a special look. Here’s some ideas that will make every night of this season that much more special. One of the hottest trends for the holidays is adding color to your eyes.  If you are not so daring, choose something that still fits your personal style but also adds a pop of color.  A perfect makeup example of a not-so-daring but still-adds-color style is simply to add a bright color eyeliner. Continue Reading…

Posted December 17th, 2012.

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