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Smashbox: Free Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette and Free Express Shipping!

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Smashbox is running a couple of splendid limited time makeup offers. The first is a FREE Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette ($40 value) with any $25 purchase. This offer is valid 12/12-12/19 or while supplies last. Also, if you end up spending $50 or more, you will receive FREE Express Shipping with your order. This offer is good from 12/12-12/19. Simply enter coupon code SHIPFAST at checkout!

How to Apply Eyeshadow

[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]

Eyeshadow is a great way to emphasize your eyes and create some really pretty looks. Most shadows come in powder format in little pots without any instructions. With so many different colors and brushes, it can be difficult to know where to start when applying eyeshadow. Since this “how-to” is part of our beginner’s How to Apply Makeup series, this is a basic routine for an everyday eyeshadow look. We have instructions on more advanced looks on our eye makeup page.

1. You will need a minimum of three colors to achieve a pretty eyeshadow look. Choose three shades in the same color family: one very sheer, one with a medium tone, and one dark color.

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2. Begin with the sheer shade. This will be used as a wash over the entire eyelid. Neutrals are best for this purpose. Sweep the color over the entire eyelid all the way to your brows using a flat eyeshadow brush.

3. Next use the medium shade. Apply it only to the lid using a tapered brush and stop when you reach the crease. This color should fill the space between your lash line and the crease.

4. Finally, use the darkest color. This color should be applied sparingly. Remember, you can always add more but if you start out with too much, your look will be ruined. Using an angled brush, apply this color into the crease and then extend it slightly past the outer corner of your eye using a light sweeping motion.

5. Blend, blend, and blend some more. This is the most important step to achieving a natural look. Use a big, soft blending brush and brush in an outward motion from the inside corner toward the outside corner of each eye.

6. To tie the whole look together, you can take the darkest color and use it to line your lower lash line. A wet eyeliner brush can transform dark eyeshadow into a great eyeliner.

Quick Makeup for the Gym

With New Year’s Resolutions in full swing, the gyms are packed with people determined to stick to their new fitness goals. Since so many of us decide we want to improve our fitness, lose weight or simply work out more, here are some quick makeup tips to help you stick with your 2009 New Year’s fitness resolutions. You can pull off this look in less than five minutes – so that you can you can get on your way and and get going. And we all know that getting out the door is half the battle!

  • Instead of your regular foundation, use a tinted moisturizer or light foundation (like MAC’s Studio Fix). These types of products can be applied more quickly than a full-on primer, foundation and powder routine. They will also allow your skin to breathe while you are working up a sweat. You can skip blush as well as bronzer because your workout will naturally give you some added color.
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  • Choose a neutral eyeshadow color with some subtle shimmer that is close to your natural skin tone. Apply the shadow from your lash line to your crease and then blend up towards your brow bone. This will give you a natural dewy glow that’s perfect for a quick workout look.
  • Use a flat, angled brush to apply a light or dark brown eyeshadow to your lash line as an eyeliner. Follow up with a coat of mascara in brown or black-brown. This will give your eyes a soft, natural look that’s not too harsh for the gym.
  • Finally, apply a little Chapstick to keep your lips soft and then apply a neutral pink or beige lipgloss on top to complete your look.

I’ve found that I feel more motivated when I feel put together (no matter where I go). I also tend to feel more positive about my workouts when I feel good inside and out… this five minute makeup routine can help you feel more like working out so that you can stick with your goals.. and make 2009 all you hoped it would be!

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All Day Eyeshadow

Want your eyeshadow to last all day? Here’s a quick trick to try: Apply a cream eyeshadow first, as a base, and then follow it up with your favorite dry shadow. Using this layering technique enables your eyeshadow look to last much longer than applying powder shadow alone.

As an added bonus, this technique intensifies the color. Give it a try next time you have an all day event! ;;)

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New Years Party Makeup Looks

Looking for some exciting and dramatic new looks for your upcoming New Years party? Just watching this video will really get your creative wheels turning. :) The video is by Verdge (view her profile on Youtube). She has some absolutely gorgeous looks. Get some inspiration, and then create your own look. Fun, colorful looks like these are oh-so-fun… especially for occasions like ringing in the New Year!

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How to Create a Dramatic Smokey Eye

M·A·C Pro makeup artist Chantel Miller shows you how to create a dramatic smokey eye in this video tutorial. But (surprise!) this particular smokey eye tutorial offers an extra bit of glamour! She incorporates subtle shine and gorgeous highlights into the classic smoldering eye look.

This look is a great one for holiday parties and events, so we thought you might want to have a look now that the holiday party season is under way! The sophisticated sheen will look oh-so-gorgeous with most formal fashions and evening looks. Try it with a variety of party looks this season – think plush velvet, shiny satin, silk, and beaded party dresses! ;;)

Easy Smokey Eyes

This is a great tutorial that will show you how to create a smokey eye look in only five minutes! Smokey eyes are sexy, smoldering and great at grabbing attention. :) The look is perfect for your next night out! The tutorial is by Beau Nelson, a makeup artist and Creative Director of Beauté Cosmetics.

Enjoy!