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Red Lips!! How to pull off this trendy makeup look! (video attached)

Hi all!!

I've uploaded my newest YouTube video tutorial tonight! This one is super fun with a couple of REALLY handy and necessary tricks to applying a Red LIP flawlessly! :)  Red lips and FUN BOLD LIPS are trendy TRENDY right now, but be sure to use these tips so that your lips look as polished as possible!

Products used in this video:
  • Lip Conditioner or Lip Balm
  • Double Wear Concealer in Medium
  • Estee Lauder Apple Cordial Lip Liner,
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Raspberry
  • Lip Brush
  • Flat angle Brush
Let me know what other trends or makeup looks you'd like to see me do or talk about!!!
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How to do an EASY SMOKY Eye...(Video HOW TO)

Hi all!! Sooooo sorry this took so long to get up on the blog! :)  Back now from a girl's weekend out of town!!  :)  Yay for girl's weekend, but now it's time to catch up!
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SUPER EASY Smoky Eye - a How To
Most requested look...SMOKY EYE!! I get asked everyday how to do this! Really really...every day! :) My version of a Super quick smoky eye using only a few products and ONE eyeshadow palette - NYX On...
By far, the MOST requested look I get asked for is a smoky eye!  The attached video is a tutorial for my favorite quick smoky eye!  This palette is perfect if for doing this look with matte finishes and colors that look good on nearly everyone!!  If you're new to doing a smoky eye...look for colors that are somewhere between browns and greys/blacks.  Using colors that are in between like that (between a warm an a cool tone) will make them more versatile and make it easier for you to achieve the smoky look without it appearing harsh or severe!! 
I'll put swatches of the colors in this palette up soon...I know it's still available to purchase in stores and online. 
NYX  One Night in Morocco Matte Smoky Look  (I talked about this palette in my February Favorites video...:))
Click here to find this palette...
(BUT...I found mine on EBAY!! Woot woot!)
Other products used in this tutorial -
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Estee Lauder Softsmudge Black Eyeliner
  • Elf Liquid Liner in black
Enjoy!!  Let me know what other looks you'd like to see!

Your Bridal Beauty "Emergency Kit" for touch ups!!

Brides OFTEN ask me..."What should I bring with me on my wedding day for touch ups??"  Whether you've hired a makeup artist or are doing your own makeup, you'll want to have a couple of things in your clutch or handbag that you carry with you for the rest of the day.  Not carrying a handbag?  Have a super duper "EMERGENCY KIT" for the whole wedding party!  Put one of your girls in charge of keeping it handy throughout the day!  :)
This is for sure...no matter the quality of the long-wearing products either you or your makeup artist is using, there will be moments after tears or stress or eating and dancing when you want to take a minute or two to freshen up your beautiful face!!  Remember...even though you've gotten through your most formal and "important" pictures of the day, cameras will be flashing throughout the night!  You'll want to look and feel your best right up until the moment when you and your groom make your exit!! 
Here are my suggestions for must-haves in your handbag for easy touch-ups and makeup emergencies...after your makeup artist has left the building...:)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer1. Concealer - one that matches your skin tone - use this to touch up under your eyes when  they begin to look tired as the day goes on...:)  Have it there to cover up any UN-invited guests on your skin like blemishes or redness that might pop up out of nowhere or fix your eyes if you get emotional!!! If you have only ONE MAKEUP ITEM in your bag, this should be it!
2. LIP COLOR -  Whether it's the same lip product your makeup artist used at the beginning of the day or just your favorite lip gloss, have something to pop on quickly when you you run to the ladies room!! Even a gloss will help keep you looking fresh ALL night!
3. Powder - especially if you're really oily or it's summer!!!  *Important*- make sure it's photo-friendly!!  Not all powders are created equally!! 
4. Blotting Sheets -For those with extra oily skin or for summer months! Your face can only take so many layers of powder! :)
5. Mascara - just in case you think you'll shed a lot of tears! Good to have a little one on hand just in case! :)  Use a sample mascara or one that isn't super clumpy in case you have to use it more than once!
6. For your hair...bobby pins, travel sized hairspray, a comb or pick
7. Other "stuff" - safety pins, tissues
I could go on and on with suggestions for your all day/night emergency kit, but these are the must-haves for everyone!!  The ingredients for your "emergency kit" will depend on the hairstyle and makeup look you have!!  If you have a super dramatic eye or bold lip, you may need other products in your handbag...but this list should get you started! :)  Talk with your makeup artist or hairstylist about what products you'll need on hand in case of a makeup or hair emergency late in the day!! 

:) Happy planning and no matter what - ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Favorite February Makeup FINDS!! Video Attached!

Fun products I got to try in February!!  See the attached video where I talk about my favorites!  :) 

Included in the video are NYX Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Tarte and Urban Decay...some makeup brushes...lips...eyes!! 

Take a look! Let me know what you'd like to hear about next!!  Thanks for watching...and SUBSCRIBE to support! 
:) Jessica
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Favorite Makeup Finds for February
My Favorite new products for February 2011!! Including NYX, Estee Lauder and Tarte Cosmetics! Visit http://www.polishedandpretty.com/ for more info! Thanks for watching!!! :)