Thursday, September 4, 2014

Trendy Makeup Tutorials and a Mary Kay® Product Giveaway!


Even though we don't talk about it much on the blog, we love makeup.  We find inspiration everywhere for makeup (magazines, TV, and celebrities), but lately we've been inspired by some of the makeup techniques we've seen on Project Runway.  As you all know, we. are. obsessed. with Project Runway.  Sewing + Fashion + Makeup = Joy, so when we were given the opportunity to use Mary Kay® (who is the official makeup sponsor of Project Runway Season 13) and recreate some Project Runway-inspired looks at home, we said yes!

We got to try out two different styles.  Jessica tested out the Graphic Eye--a totally modern two-tone cat eye (in TARDIS blue!) and Hilary tried out the Emerald Smoky eye which made her green eyes pop!  We love tutorials around here, so we thought we'd show you how we created these dramatic (but still totally wearable) looks.

Plus, since we had so much fun playing with the Mary Kay® makeup, we wanted to share some with you!  Check out both of our looks and let us know in the comments which one you like best (Jessica's Graphic Eye or Hilary's Emerald Smoky Eye) for an entry into our giveaway.  One of our lucky readers will win a $100 Visa gift card plus a collection of Mary Kay® products to create one of the looks featured + some beauty essentials!


Jessica: So it may not be exactly common knowledge around here, but I like to dress up. And by "dress up" I don't mean fancy-dress-and-heels dressing up, though I do that as well. I mean the kind of dressing up that includes costumes. So I was really stoked to see this amazing Mary Kay® Blue My Mind eyeliner, (or, as Hilary mentioned above, TARDIS blue. And I'm so proud of her for knowing that). There are many events in which TARDIS colored eyeliner would be appropriate, right? And what better combo then funky blue eyeliner and an Alex Vause-style graphic 1960's cat eye. Because Alex Vause + Doctor Who seems like an obvious combo, right?


1. I started out by applying two shades of taupe on my eyelids, Mary Kay® Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone over my whole lid, and Driftwood on the crease and under my lower lashes.

2. Next I applied the awesome blue eyeliner in a thin line across my entire upper lash line, and followed up with a gel eyeliner in Jet Black, starting at the center of my eye and sweeping outward into a cat eye, and lining the inner part of my lower eyelid. 

3. The last step was, of course, about 12 coats of mascara. I'm kidding! It was two coats of Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara in Very Black. Which actually didn't irritate my eyes at all the way most mascara does. I wear contacts and have horrible seasonal allergies, so most mascara is just impossible and makes my eyes red and itchy. This was great!


The final step was bronzer on and under my cheekbones, and a swipe of neutral lip gloss (I used Mary Kay® NouriShine® Plus Lip Gloss in Au Naturel). When you're doing an eye this bold it's pretty important to keep the rest of your face neutral! Otherwise you just look like Dr. Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which actually would be fine if you're attending a midnight showing of said movie (which I have, of course! With newspapers and toast.) but if you're just hanging out seems a little overboard.

That being said, the season 8 premier of Doctor Who will be in theaters here in Boise on August 25, and the TARDIS blue may in fact get busted out then, possibly along with my DIY Circular Gallifreyan t-shirt. Fun will be had. And actually I got quite a few compliments on this look while I was just wearing it around for the day as well! 

Hilary decided to try a completely different kind of look, one that involved her favorite color, lime green (seriously, she's obsessed!)!


Hilary: I got to try out the Emerald Smoky eye which I was thrilled about.  Often I don't wear a lot of green eye shadow because green eyes + green eye makeup can be a lot, but I decided to experiment and see if the green shadow would make my green eyes stand out.

I started with Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Meadow Grass all over my eyelids and in a thin line under the eye as a base (1).  Then I layered Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Emerald all over the lid.  I used Mineral Eye Color in Lime on the inner third of my eye lid to create a natural highlight (I always use a lighter color on my inner eyelid to make my eyes look bigger!) (2).  I lined the top line with Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Black and swiped on two coats of Mary Kay® Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black (3).  Sooo easy and yet totally dramatic.

I finished off my look with a light layer of Cream Blush in Cranberry and True Dimensions Lipstick in Mystic Plum.  The original look used a lipliner, but it was a little dark, so I used a light layer of the plum lipstick and I topped it off with some of the Au Naturel lip gloss Jessica used for her Graphic Eye look!  After looking at my before and after pictures, the Emerald Smoky eye TOTALLY made my green eyes look bigger and brighter!  I'm a fan, especially of that Lime Mineral Eye Color.

So what do you all think?  Which look are you wanting to try? The Graphic Eye or the Emerald Smoky eye?  Leave a comment and you will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and a collection of Mary Kay® products to create one of the looks featured + some beauty essentials.
Still confused?  You can visit Mary Kay® on Project RunwayFacebookYoutube, and of course, their website for more ideas and information! 


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129 comments:

  1. I want to try the Emerald Smoky Eye

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  2. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/507562434001772544

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  3. I would love to try the The Graphic Eye

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  4. Tweeted https://twitter.com/AdorableSweetp1/status/507563138800037888

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  5. the emerald look is the one i would try

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  6. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/507599998549110786

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  7. I don't wear makeup since Im a guy, but I would have my gf try the emerald smoke look.

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  8. I really want to try the emerald smoky eye. Awesome look for fall.

    Nicole.ddziedzic (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I shared: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/507661735109464064

    Nicole.ddziedzic (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I'd like to try the emerald smoke look.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/507671313838637056

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  12. I would like to try the Emerald Smoky eye.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  13. tweet
    https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/507684328466161664
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  14. My favorite look is the emerald smoke look because I have green eyes and the green eyeshadow would really make them sparkle! yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  15. I tweeted under twitter username @yarbr012 : https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/507699349007380480.

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  16. I like the Emerald Smoky because it's a more subtle natural look.

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  17. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/507862561941762048

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  18. I'm on Team Kini this season! The emerald smoky eye would go perfect with one of his graphic, structured dresses. #FTW

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  19. I think the Emerald Smoke looks the best! it looks absolutely amazing!

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  20. tweeted https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/508078426578640896

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  21. the graphic eye look

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  22. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/508420198458605568

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  23. i tweeted https://twitter.com/joti67/status/508484245632081920

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  24. I would prefer to try the Graphic Eye look.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  25. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/509359581969924096

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  26. I love the emerald smoke and I would love to try it. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  27. I would totally want to try The Graphic Eye look.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  28. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/509912767818518528

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  29. I love the two toned cat eye!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  30. I tweeted too!

    https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/510044740453007361

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  31. That blue eyeliner looks fantastic! I love the graphic eye!

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  32. i want the graphic eye because its so much more natural looking. the other look is a little too intense for me!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  33. tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/511032779170017280

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  34. The Emerald Smoke looks amazing on you. I would love to try that on my eyes.
    stoopidgerlart(at)gmail(dotcom)

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  35. I want to try the Emerald Smoky Eye. It looks great with that color of lipstick.
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  36. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/511308960272379905
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  37. I really like the graphic eye, its just so different!
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  38. tweeted for a second entry
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/511319719295479808

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  39. I would really like to try the Emerald Smoke look!

    honingharmony at gmail dot com

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  40. I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandidaffyhill/status/511610018932617217

    honingharmony at gmail dot com

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  41. i want to try the the Emerald Smoky eye
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  42. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/512029453010997248
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  43. https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/513380217448955905 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  44. The emerald smoke is nice!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I really like the Emerald Smoke look! pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  46. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/thepryfamily5/status/513734806908043266 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  47. My favorite look is the Graphic Eye look; that pop of blue liner is gorgeous, and I love the neutral shadows (also great mascara) and pink lip too! :-)

    Thanks so much for having this giveaway!

    missbonniebelle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. I tweeted here (yay for an extra entry!) :-) -
    https://twitter.com/missbonniebelle/status/514961630799859712

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  49. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/515698138678448128

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  50. I love the graphic eye look because it is so unique and stunning!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  51. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/516328348872474624
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  52. I'm all for the Emerald smoky eye - thank you.

    barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com

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  53. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/516446279333715968

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  54. I'd like to try the graphic eye look.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  55. The Emerald Smoke would work for me. I have green eyes and they are my best feature, so I try to play them up dramatically whenever I can.

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  56. like to try the Graphic Eye look!

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  57. I like the Emerald Smoke look better because it's more natural, but my eyes would probably look better with the Graphic Eye look.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  58. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/517733728554983424

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  59. I would like to try the Emerald Smoke look
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  60. tweeted -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/517752999641247744
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  61. I am wanting to try the Emerald Smoke.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  62. I would like to try the Emerald Smoke Look!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  63. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/518380065256509440
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  64. tweet! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/518581849455460352

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  65. I want to try the Emerald Smoky Eye for myself!
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  66. Link to tweet:
    https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/518274686631702528
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  67. i prefer the emerald smoky eye!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  68. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/518626682412863492

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. I would go for the Emerald eye color look.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  70. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/518829902423134208

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  71. I think I want to try Emerald Smoke the most.

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  72. TWEET!

    https://twitter.com/samdaleo/status/519123078417104896

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  73. I think they are both cute but am a huge fan of green and not so much of blue, so I will go with the Emerald Smoke.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  74. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/519154298622455808
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  75. I love the emerald smoke look because emerald is hot right now!
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  76. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/519502991565791233
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  77. I like the Graphic Eye Look.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  78. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/519587408715583490

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  79. I like the emerald smoke look because it's more sultry

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  80. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/519624063967186944

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  81. I would like to try the graphic eye look.

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  82. I sent a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/519674102890524672

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