First Ever Tutorial!

The Simon Duncan fashion show had me excited to try out my first ever tutorial for you guys. I have to give a huge round of applause for the ladies and gents that do this on a regular basis because it is a painstaking process – do you know how many pictures and editing goes into it?!

The look was a pretty natural face & a smokey, black eye with gold sparkle in it and very light bronze contour with a neutral lip. The first thing I thought of when I saw this look was my Stila 24k smudge pot. I dug around for some more Stila goodies and created a one brand look.

I’m already a fan of Stila as you may know, their shadows & gel liners are ultra longlasting and apply like silk. Plus – who hasn’t had a clickable lipgloss from them? I used them up like candy! Click after the jump to see the good stuff.

To achieve this look, you can use the products mentioned below, and pair them with your shade of foundation/concealer, and eye primer (I usually put some concealer on my lids to prime the eyes if I don’t have primer handy).

MOJ Stila Tutorial

  • Stila Eyeshadow duos in: Punaluu (buy at Amazon) and Salome (sold out on Stila & Sephora – google away!)
  • Stila 24kt Smudge pot- golden noir (buy at Stila)
  • Stila Pomegranate Crush lip and cheek stain (buy at Amazon)
  • Stila Convertible mascara in black (check out my review here). (buy at Amazon).

Before you start reading the tutorial, there is homework: prep and prime on your own. Everyone has different habits and products, so feel free to use your own. Whatever makes your skin the most comfortable and matches the best is optimal!

MOJ Stila Tutorial

    MOJ Stila Tutorial

  • 1. With a wet brush, dip into the black shade of Punaluu and make a mark for what shape you want in the corner of your eye. I like to do this so that both eyes are even. Plus this doesn’t pull on your skin like using tape would.
  • 2. Wet your brush a bit more and use more of the same shade from Punaluu to create a thick line.
  • 3. Blend the line and your marker in the corner of your eye. I like to do this to create a soft background for the look. This helps you create a gradient look without trying too hard at all!
  • 4. Using a liner brush, dip into some of your smudge pot and go over the area you lined in step 2. Do not extend too high as you will have to blend this out (think about how much of your eye you want to cover for this look & apply accordingly).

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      MOJ Stila Tutorial

    • 5. Add a second or third layer of the smudge pot. Since it is a gel, it might start to get really thin when you begin the blending process.
    • 6. Blend until there is no more harsh line, or until you reach the effect you are looking for. This is where you need to see if you want the black to extend higher along your lid or not.
    • 7. Use the darker bronze color from Salome where the smudge pot starts to fade out. This creates a warm bronze-y glow.

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    • 8. Use the lighter shade from Salome to apply (very lightly – this is just for a light shimmer) from your the center of your eyelid to the brow.
    • 9. Blend the colors. I added a bit more of the shades from Salome both in the middle and at the top (you can spot some more shimmer on my lid in this step, can’t ya?).
    • 10. Apply mascara to lower and upper lids. (Not pictured: Apply Pomegranate Lip and Cheek stain lightly on lips and either cover with clear gloss or leave as is).

    You’re finished!

    Here’s how it looks:

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    What y’all think about this tutorial? Do you want more? Let me know!

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    Simon Duncan – Beauty

    Simon DuncanA month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Simon Duncan Fashion Show. The fabrics and models left me in a fashionable frenzy, as I started to think of my upcoming vacation to Barbados & how many outfits I’d love to bring with me straight from the runway. But that wasn’t it.

    As the show came to a close, I got to thank my lucky stars for not having it during Fashion Week. The models walked around in the ready to wear creations and modeled and posed for closeups. Upon close inspection, said closeups showed a smoldering black shadowed eye with subtle but standout gold shimmer. As I took pictures I vowed to go home and attempt to recreate the look. That’s coming tomorrow. Today? Check out the closeups after the jump!

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    What do you guys think of the looks?

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    Simon Duncan Fashion Show

    Yaya covers Simon Duncan fashion show I’m still catching up with posts without doing 5 a day, but I figured I’d let y’all in on something. I went to a Simon Duncan fashion show on Halloween rather than trick or treat. My adventure was most definitely a treat starting from the chic location in Brooklyn, NYC I never heard of (Kai Studios), and the fashion and beauty featured in the show was great. The highlight of the night for me was seeing models that had muscles on top of their bones (albeit still sample size slim), diversity in the ethnicities, and models with attitude. Think of your fave girl from ANTM and they probably walked like them.

    My camera was behaving very well that day so I figured I’d dedicate a post stritcly to some photography before I continued with the rest of my story.

    Check back for the beauty photos & my first tutorial on the look!

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    Which look was your fave?

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