Wednesday, October 30, 2013


When it comes to my regular beauty routine, I keep things pretty simple. I like natural, minimal makeup, my hair is fairly low-maintenance, and to be honest, I just don't have the desire to spend a lot of time primping in the morning. I like to look put together but I also think that simple and natural is the best way to look fresh and to look like yourself.

But there are certain times--like weddings, or special family events--when I want to get dolled up and wear a little more makeup and put a little extra care into styling my hair. And the problem is that I can be sort of clueless when I'm outside of my simple, easy routines. I can blow-dry my hair into a silky sheen with a paddle brush, but I'm absolutely terrible with a curling iron. I can't french braid (if only I could--this would be so beautiful for the holidays) and I'm not even good at regular braids. I only recently learned from a Sephora employee how to properly put on eye shadow, but I'm much more likely to skip the eye shadow and just use a touch of this on my eyelids for an even, neutral look.

My usual way of adding a little extra charm to my look is with a pretty lipstick. This is a beautiful, subtle red, this is a gorgeous deep berry that's perfect for fall, and I recently ordered this lipstick set and can't wait to try out some of these luxurious shades.

But I've been thinking lately about liquid eyeliner and how I would just love to be able to achieve that perfect, sleek, winged look for those occasions when I want to feel a little bit glamorous. Something like this.

For years I've used this eyeliner--it's easy to apply and results in a soft, smoky, subtle look, and I like it a lot. But don't you agree that there's something so alluring and polished about black liquid liner? It's retro and elegant--think Audrey Hepburn--and by keeping the rest of your makeup simple, it puts all of the emphasis on your eyes.

I'm on a mission to be able to do this (using this eyeliner pen) and I found this video to be a very helpful starting point. Wish me luck! Maybe by Christmas I'll have it down.


  1. Funny, you remind me of me! Simple, natural with just a little bit of makeup, stress free regimen in the morning. When it comes to getting dolled up I always struggle with eye-liner and how to do my hair well. I didn't even know there was such a thing as liquid eye-liner! :) Will have to try it. The tutorial video was helpful. You'll have to post pictures if you master the hair braid and the eyeliner. ;)

  2. I've been trying to master liquid eyeliner for the past month or so, and I am totally not there yet! Basically, my failed attempts just make me late for class. Keep me updated on your progress, Kate!

  3. I'm not surprised we're the same in this way, Sarah! I'm glad you liked the video too. If I make any headway I'll keep you posted :)

  4. This made me laugh out loud!! You're so cute. I love knowing we're on this mission together :)

  5. Hahah! :) I'm so glad we are in this together. I think the video you posted is helpful. Here's to more practice and hopefully less tardiness!

  6. I'm not sure I'm brave enough for liquid liner, but the woman who did my bridal makeup lesson taught me to apply gel liner with a very fine brush and I LOVE how it looks! worth a try?

  7. I remember you mentioning gel looks amazing on you!! I've tried it and found it really difficult, but I'm sure that's just because I didn't have any awesome pro tips. You should totally do a little video on how you apply it!


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