Lipstick Latitude


Tutorial: How to make your eyes look bigger

One of my favorite things about makeup is how you can use to subtly change your features. I have fairly small eyes, so for everyday looks my goal is usually to make them appear larger. Here’s the step-by-step of the tricks I use. All of the eyeshadow colors are from the Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes. 1. Apply your eye primer and a skin-colored powder shadow as a base. The neutral base will keep your primer from ‘grabbing’ your shadow, and it also makes blending  ...

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Adding Insult to Injury: Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Note: Nothing in this post is intended as medical advice! It’s for information only; some of the things mentioned below are inappropriate for people with certain medical conditions, so discuss with your doctor. I’ve sort of mentioned this in a couple other posts but not discussed it in detail yet – for the past several years (maybe 5 or 6?) I’ve been struggling with a moderate to severe case of adult acne. I sailed through high school with no more than three or four  ...

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Eyes, Reviews

Mini Review/First Impressions: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Note: I received this product as a free sample at an event open to the general public. When Sephora had a free mini of the new Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara on their website, I was pretty excited about it. Unfortunately it went out of stock before I was ready to make an order. I went back and forth on whether I should just buy it untested (there’s no way I’m putting the store testers anywhere near my eyes) when I got a second chance. Last weekend my local Sephora  ...

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Features, Lips, Reviews

Drugstore vs High-End Showdown: Glossy Stains

*Note: I received my YSL Glossy Stains as part of a partnered gift exchange; the L’Oreal stains were purchased myself. As always, the reviews are based entirely on the merits of the products themselves. When I heard about YSL Glossy Stains, I was intrigued. There have been times that I wanted a super-shiny lip color, but I’m not a fan of products that slide all around my lips the way so many glossy lipsticks do. Lipgloss is even worse – it’s always sticky, wears off  ...

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FOTD: Fresh summer look

Just a day at the office! Tonight I’ll be heading out with the husband & friends for the opening of a new local microbrewery, so I wanted something a little summery and casual. On my face: Primers – Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Foundation – Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand Concealers – Benefit Erase Paste and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener under the eyes Blush/Contour/Highlight – Kevyn Aucoin  ...

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