NYE party makeup tutorial // Bronze smoldery eyes

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Dress the Population Zoe dress XS in "antique gold," plunge front bra (cups run small)

For today's beauty post I'm sharing a more amped up holiday party look with Sephora, which will be perfect for New Year's Eve parties! It's a little dramatic for daytime wear but looks great for a night out and is long-lasting based on the products used. Rather than my usual festive red lip, I went with a more neutral shade to accompany dark bronze smoldery eyes. Sidenote on this sequin dress (here's a similar pretty option w/ higher neckline) - I thought it was a smashing style but wasn't planning on keeping it due to the scandalous super plunge neckline on me. Turns out the V-neck is very easy to stitch up a little by hand to a point you're comfortable with, so I closed it up here about 1 inch. The dress is high quality with thick & sturdy material which helps "hold" everything in, and an XS fit me well.
sephora NYE holiday makeup tutorial
Here's the products I used for today's look...there's some longtime favorites, and also a few new discoveries I've been enjoying. A gift idea I love for beauty-loving friends is to pick a few of your favorite products or palettes and package in a cute, functional makeup bag. I thought this pebbled clutch-sized one (comes in 2 colors) was adorable and can fit quite a bit! Alright, let's get started...
asian holiday party makeup tutorial

Bare faced here, with problem areas including undereye circles and splotchy skin

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Concealer. This NARS concealer is one of my current top favorite products, which came highly recommended to me by a makeup artist. A little really goes a long way, so even my travel-sized tube has lasted me for some time. The formula is very creamy and brightening with good coverage, and blends seamlessly into my skin without looking cakey. You can already see a big difference compared to the bare faced shot. For everyday makeup, I can usually just apply this to my problem areas and skip foundation if I'm running short on time.

While concealer shopping, I was told on more than one occasion by SAs that I should apply eye cream before makeup due to a visibly dry undereye area...yikes! I don't have a go-to one so would love any recommendations!
laura mercier flawless fluide asian foundation

Foundation. I usually dot on foundation with my fingers then buff lightly using a brush in a circular manner. My skin started getting too dry for my favorite powder foundation (MUFE duo mat) so I went back to liquids. I've been toggling between using Bobbi Brown moisture rich and Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide, and sometimes mix the two. I'm not a fan of the Flawless Fluide packaging which gets a little messy by the opening, yet still repurchased just due to the dewy, natural-looking finish and great color match on my skin.

Online reviews for most foundations tend to be all over the place, which is understandable since everyone's skin is different, and how you apply the product can make a big difference. My best suggestion for finding a good foundation is to go into a store and consult a makeup artist, then ask for samples to try back at home!
anastasia contour tutorial asian makeup
Anastasia powder contour palette (also in a cream formula) in "light/medium"

Contour (optional). I'm using my Anastasia contour palette, but you can also use a matte bronzer. I suck in my cheeks and apply an initial streak along the hollows that appear, then draw that color out both upwards (scooping from my temples to around my upper cheekbone) as well as down along the chin at an angle.
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For the nose, I use an eyeshadow brush to lightly draw two light lines from each brow down to my nostrils, then blend outwards away from the center.
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Face Color. I've gone back to one of my favorite products back when I just started using makeup - good ole' BareMinerals "Warmth." I swear, a little goes far so you'll never run out of this, and I don't see mineral powder going bad. Make sure to tap just the smallest amount onto the lid then swirl with a light and fluffy brush, tapping off the excess. I go a little heavier at the apples of my cheeks, then do a light dusting over the rest of my face and down the neck.

Eyshadow. Be sure to prime your lids for a smokey eye look since it will make a notable difference in the pigmentation and staying power of your shadows. I'm using my everyday staple Laura Mercier caviar eye stick as a base color. I can't live without this thing! A few tips to get the best application: a room-temperature stick will swipe on more fluidly than a cold stick (If needed, I usually warm mine up in my back pocket or bra real quick), and if you want a smoldery line, you have to blend immediately with fingers after applying to your eyelid, otherwise the creamy formula will set.
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You can actually continue layering the caviar stick for a full smokey eye, but I wanted to add more dimension and a little more shimmer for the holidays. I patted on a dark taupe eyeshadow (UD Darkhorse) to the outer uppers of my lids, and then a lighter copper brown (UD Half Baked) on the inner corners to brighten up that area. Next, use a small fluffy blending brush and sweep outwards to blend. Lastly, I applied a little black shadow (UD Creep) to the outer corners of my eyes for some smolder.
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Eyeliner. I love a clean, dark black wing-tipped line to really make the eyes pop. I'm using Stila Stay All Day liner and also love Lorac Front of the Line.

Fill in brows. My brows are the bane of my existence - as you can see from all the pics above, they're coarse, spotty, and grow in all different directions. I've yet to find a good brow person in Boston that makes them look any better. I filled them in here with medium brown eyeshadow, and would love to hear any favorite products from those with similar troublesome brows!
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Mascara. I mentioned back in this post my eyelash extensions experience, but I haven't gotten refills in a while so they're a little sparse. Typically you should not curl your lashes nor need to apply mascara with extensions on. I'm using Too Faced mascara here which came with one of my eye palettes. I've asked several ladies with amazing lashes what their secret is, and the answer has often been this mascara!
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Lipcolor: Ever since my beloved MAC Charismatic lipstick got discontinued, I've been shopping around for similar, reddish-brown neutral shades that flatter my skin tone. This Smashbox lipstick in "Cognac" is pretty close, with less orangey tones than Charismatic. The formula is creamy and easy to glide on my usually dry lips. I resisted a bolder lip since I went heavy on the eyes here, but think a berry would also be pretty!

Summary of products used, in order of application:
Concealer: NARS' radiant creamy concealer in "Custard"
Foundation: Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide in "Linen"
Contour: Anastasia contour palette in "light/medium"
Blush/bronzer: BareMinerals in "Warmth"
Eyeshadow primer: Urban Decay
Eye colors: Laura Mercier caviar eye stick in "Khaki," Urban Decay Naked palette
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day in Black
Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex
Lip color: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in "Cognac"
Thank you Sephora for partnering on this post!



94 comments:

  1. I love that dress on you! The plunging neckline took me by surprise but in a good way, haha. Nice tip on the sewing. And thanks for mentioning all your favorite beauty products / tips.

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  2. Ahhh You look so stunning I love everything that dress is so cute!

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  3. Can you do a you tube tutorial?

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    1. I tried but it didn't come out b/c my camera kept going out of focus : / I'll give it another shot sometime but it might be a little while!

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  4. Love your stunning make-up look, it will be so perfect for a night event with that glamorous sequin dress!Thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
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  5. Which bra are you wearing with that dress? And my favorite Mac lipstick is "twig" which is similar looking to the one you're wearing

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm wearing a plunge front bra which I linked right below the first picture : )

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  6. I have the same brow troubles, but my hair is even more thinned out! I found NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in black/gray surprisingly effective and easy to use for being so inexpensive/drugstore material. :)

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    1. thanks for the tip! I love NYX products...only wish I had an Ulta store closer to try their stuff out more.

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    2. I use the NYX micro brow pencil in espresso to define my eyebrows. Then I also use NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe to fill them in. Result is natural looking defined brows! Love NYX products!!

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  7. In love with your dress!
    And thank you for your make-up tuto! It's awesome! <3
    Have a nice day

    Petite and So What?

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  8. Try Anastasia brow wiz or dip brow!

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    1. I second Anastasia brow wiz. It's a great product!

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    2. There's a korean brand called Tonymoly that makes a great dupe of the Anastasia brow wiz for a fraction of the price ($3-4)!
      It's called Tonymoly Lovely Eye Brow Pencil. I normally purchase it on ebay.

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    3. Thank you guys for the suggestions! I'm a big fan of their other products, so not sure why I haven't tried either of these core ones yet!

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  9. You look stunning in that dress. Thank you for the tutorial

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  10. You look stunning Jean, that dress is amazing on you!

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  11. Hi Jean, you should try YSL's eye creams. They have two, one for firming and the other for dark circles. My friend, who is a YSL sale associate, gave me a sample of each to try and I like them bc they are not thick and easy to apply. The only thing is, it doesn't keep your skin firm for a long time and you will have to reapply. Another eye cream that I've tried in the past with a sale associate and absolutely love is by Freeze 24-7. Now that's a true miracle eye cream! I saw the difference instantly and it lasted quite a while. I love that entire line - exfoliator, face wash, lotion, eye cream, etc. The lady sat me down, took off my make up and washed my face using all the products. Too bad I didn't purchase anything bc everything was out of my budget at the time (I was still in law school in Tampa and couldn't splurge). Nordstrom sells it but not all Nordstroms have the product in the store. My only regret was not asking for a sample to take home bc the one time application won me over. If your Nordstrom carries it in the store, you should ask for a sample and give your review on it. Would love to hear your experience.

    Love the look by the way. Gorgeous & classy as always.

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    1. Hi Mao ~ thank you for the tips! I've actually been looking at the Freeze 24-7 line but was apprehensive about the price without a sound recommendation! I'm glad to hear you found it to work really well. I'll have to get a sample of both : )

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  12. Hi! Love seeing Asian women makeup tutorials, it took me so long to figure out eye makeup because Asian eyes are not like white people eyes lol...any chance you have done others? Could you make a master list or something? You look so lovely!

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    1. Thanks! You can check this category...I have two older makeup videos http://www.extrapetite.com/search/label/Beauty

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  13. Jean, you look so great! I'm hoping your tutorial can help my feeble makeup skills. One question: what color is that dress? The color you're wearing doesn't look like it's currently available through Nordstrom. Hope you continue to have a fantastic holiday season!

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    1. Hi Grace, sorry for the confusion - I have it in "antique gold" which was just restocked today!

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  14. Gorgeous!! I love the products you recommended and the step by step process. Great post :)

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  15. Kiehl's under eye creams are always a good choice, but on the thicker side, if you don't mind that. As for brow products, I like the Hourglass Brow Pencil and Anastasia Clear Brow Gel!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Just got the clear brow gel recently and am still trying to master it without brows getting too hard : )

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  16. The best brow product I have found (suggested by my best friend who is a MUA) is Anastasia DIPBROW. I'd imagine ash brown might be the right color.

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    1. I'll have to play with Dipbrow and brow wiz! Thank you for the suggestion : )

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  17. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. If you need a great brow person in Boston Jill at Bow and Arrow has saved my eyebrows (which I always hated!) http://bowandarrowcollective.com/ I still have some patchy spots from over-plucking back in the day, and use Salma Hayeks brown brow kit, which I love. I have heard great things about Jane Iredeles eyebrow gel - you should check out Follain in Boston (two locations) to test it. All of their products are non-toxic! - Aileen

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    1. Thank you for these suggestions - I haven't heard of either brand before, but Follain is quite close so I might have to pop in!

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  18. I've been using Cereve eye cream since I was 25. For the sequin dress, I read the reviews and numerous shoppers complained about the scratchy sequins rubbing against their underarm area... What are your thoughts to mitigate this?

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    1. Unfortunately if that's an issue I don't know if it can be mitigated (other than to keep your arms out and not hanging down by the sides, but who wants to do that? : ) However, I think due to being short, the armholes are not as high up on me as compared to the model so I haven't felt the sequins much. A few inches in height can make quite a difference, such as in how the neckline unaltered is very scandalously low on me unlike on the model.

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  19. Jean! You look amazing! Do you happen to know which color that dress is? I've been thinking of pulling the trigger on that dress for weeks, but didn't know which color to get!

    Thanks! & Happy Holidays!

    EK
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    1. Hi Erica! Thank you & sorry for the delay! It's the antique bronze which was just restocked : )

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing, I love this! So helpful! And you look beautiful!

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  21. I've recently been using It Cosmetics CC cream and it's wonderful! I've also heard great things about their celebration foundation. I just got Honest Beauty's Brow filler and it's great so far! I love this make up look! I think my next purchase will be the Laura Mercier caviar eye stick. Wow!

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    1. Thank you for the two tips! And I hope you will LOVE the LM caviar stick.

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  22. Waw, such an amazing dress, love it, also the makeup it is so simple yet stunning.

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  23. Wow, thank you for another detailed tutorials of how you apply makeup! I just placed an order of the Nautica pajama after seeing it on you from last post. Lol. I am busy mom, especially during the holiday season. Will definitely fine time to read your makeup tutorial in details! Just want to leave quick comment despite my busy schedule. A little something is better than nothing. Want to show my appreciation! :)

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    1. Hi Julia! Thank you for taking the time to comment : ) I hope you love the PJs.

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  24. You look amazing! Love your dress and make up! What brushes are you using?

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    1. Thanks! I'm using a mix...ELF flat & beldning eyeshadow brushes, Bare Minerals flawless face brush for foundation, Real Techniques contouring brush, and old eye smudger and blush brushes from I forget where

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  25. You look amazing! Love your dress and make up! What brand are you make up brushes?

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  26. Anastasia Brow Wiz - you'll love it and never want to use anything else.

    http://www.sephora.com/brow-wiz-P202633?skuId=1056092&om_mmc=ppc-GG&mkwid=s4yx1sRDm&pcrid=50233217079&pdv=c&site=_search&country_switch=&lang=en&gclid=CKHM7cOt3skCFcGRHwodic0DUA

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    1. Lots of recommendations for Brow Wiz! Thank you!

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  27. Wonderful post, Jean! Brows are such a hard thing to consistently master. For me, like many others, nothing beats Anastasia brow products. I have sparse uneven brows that need a little help each morning and these products save me. Your powder fill photographs beautifully and looks natural, which is the hardest thing to accomplish. If you want to extend your brows I highly recommend Anastasia Brow Wiz. It is a thin mechanical pencil that looks great when you use it to draw in short lines that look like little hairs. This is usually best done in a shade slightly lighter than your brow color. To tame hairs I use Anastasia's tinted brow gel. It sets things in position but also plumps them like mascara, giving you thickness and dimension over your powder or pencil work. NYX is a great dupe for these, alas they don't carry the shades I need as a redhead. Thanks for such a great tutorial and a stunning holiday dress option!

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    1. I'm excited to give their brow products a try! Each time I'm at Sephora, that station is always crowded so I haven't gotten to play around with their testers. Thank you for the detailed tips & the dupe suggestion too.

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  28. OMG this dress is stunning! Thanks for sharing the makeup tutorial!
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  29. Very useful post! Thanks so much Jean!

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  30. The dress looks amazing on you!

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    Sharan
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  31. Great post, Jean! Love both the dress and makeup tutorial. Two questions - 1. Could you do a tutorial on everyday makeup? I have similar coloring and love how you wear a daily red lip or a nice neutral without looking washed out (usually my problem with neutrals). 2. Do you have a preferred method for keeping your makeup brushes clean? It takes my brushes a while to dry out when I wash them but they don't feel like they get really clean when I use a spray. To others looking at the dress at Nordstrom's, it looks like they just restocked it in Jean's Antique Gold color. For brows, I like Anastasia brow powder in brunette/dark brown and dip brow for a fuller dramatic defined look, though it's a bit trickier to apply and the powder is much easier and natural for daily wear. I don't use an eye cream for moisture, just for puffiness but it does seem to lend some added moisture - Clinique all about eyes, a little goes a long way!

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    1. Hi Jo! I used to be a Clinique all about eyes user too, but was delinquent in repurchasing when I ran out (to my detriment, apparently!). To answer your questions ~
      1. I have a few old video tutorials for everyday makeup, if you click on the "beauty" tagged category right at the bottom of my post : ) I look forward to updating it soon with a new vid, maybe in the new year!

      2. I use gentle dish detergent, and swish the brushes around softly in a cup or in the cup of my hand with warm water to foam up. After rinsing, I just lay out on layers of paper towels or a clean cloth to dry on a plate. Try to angle the brushes down a little on a slope if possible while drying.

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  32. So cute! Love your dress very much :)

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  33. Love your style!! you are so gorgeous =)

    I have an important interview coming up for dental school and I don't know where to go to look for a suit.. I have a petite frame and I need something that would fit me nicely without making me look like a 12y.o. boy! What do you suggest? Thank you for your time!

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    1. I'm just an EP reader, but here are my 0.02. For suits I like Ann Taylor Petites. However, when I was in college I only had one (cheap but nice-fitting) blazer and skirt combo from BCX, which is a junior's brand at Macy's. I've worn this suit to 3 different interviews (internship, full-time job, and MBA), which all went successfully. Must have done something right!

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    2. Jean has some great posts on the topic. Check this one specifically!

      http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/05/reader-request-how-to-look-older-in.html

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    3. Thanks Jessica & Kristin for jumping in! I would second Ann Taylor petite or Banana Republic petites for a good first basic suit. They often have sales. Make sure to get the necessary alterations like shortening or slimming for a perfect fit since that can make all the difference in the final look!

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  34. This dress is truly stunning, especially with that plunging neckline! Loving all of the step by step tutorials :)

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  35. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the makeup tutorial. As one reader pointed out, it's very different applying makeup to Asian eyes and faces! The whole look from head to toe is stunning - you're ready to get out on the town! I'd recommend Anastasia Beauty Express and it's such a great tool for shaping and coloring brows.

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    1. Hi Linna, thanks for the tip! That looks like a nifty little kit.

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  36. Did you have to alter the dress?

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    1. No alterations, except for stitching the deep V neckline shut (you can also use a safety pin) 1" as mentioned

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  37. Eyebrows - Anastasia dipbrow is awesome!!!! And my eyebrows are much worse than yours!! I've also heard great things about the brow wiz but haven't tried myself. Love your dress! Super cute/sexy!

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    1. Thank you! Glad to hear there is hope if dipbrow works for brows more unruly than mine ; )

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  38. Jean this is absolutely beautiful!! What brush do you use for the blush/bronzer and eyeshadow? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Amanda, I'm using ELF brushes for eyeshadow, and the bronzer brush is very old...

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  39. Thanks for such a detailed post Jean! I always find eye makeup tricky so I rarely bother these days, but this looks pretty easy so I will give it a try.

    I really like Clarins Defining Eye Lift Serum-- it's nourishing on my dry lids and not greasy at all, and also reduces puffiness and dark circles.

    Also, I just wanted to mention some additional info for your readers re: eyelash extensions and using eye makeup and products. From my experience with eyelash extensions it's important to select eye products carefully to extend the life of the extensions (i.e., prevent rapid breakdown of the bonding adhesive). The folks who do my lashes recommended avoiding oil-based or waterproof formulas, using water-soluble mascara on just the lash tips, and avoiding any products with glycol specifically PEG (Polyethylene Glycol), Hexalene Glycol, Butylene, or Propylene Glycol. It might be a pain to monitor this sort of stuff but considering how costly extensions can get, it really does make a difference in the long run!

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    1. Really good point & tip for those with extensions! My lash lady also asserts these care rules each time, but I am guilty of possibly violating them due to not knowing how to tell if my makeup or makeup remover is oil-based. Dumb question, but would I be able to see "oil" listed as an ingredient or would it be a more complex term? (ie. my HG makeup remover is this http://www.lancome-usa.com/Bi-Facil/602581,default,pd.html - I see it has glycol, but unsure about oil).

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    2. Great question!-- I usually look for whether "oil" (oil-based) or "aqua" (water-based) is referenced as one of the first ingredients on the list. I don't usually look for more complex terms beyond that, but if another reader has a better way of figuring this out, I'd love to know! For tinted moisturizers, foundations, bb creams etc that are marketed as oil-free, I'm a little skeptical so I'll usually swipe the product on a sheet of paper and let it sit overnight. If a ring of oil appears around the swatch overnight, I know to be more careful about applying the product around my eyes and lids when I have extensions on. Again, I'm interested to know if another reader has a more shorthand and accurate way of figuring this out!

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  40. This makeup is so pretty for Christmas or New Year's. I love your dress too!

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  41. Gorgeous sequin dress, looks so beautiful on you www.kblossoms.etsy.com

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  42. Although I like lancome's eye cream with the roller application, it's a little expensive. Now I use Kiehl's avocado creamy eye cream. I love it!

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    1. Thanks for the tip - I love Kiehl's products (and unfortunately so does my husband so they seem to disappear twice as quickly)!

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  43. That's such a gorgeous look, and that dress looks stunning on you! :]

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  44. My current favorite eye cream is DERMAdoctor kakadu C eye souffle - it's also oilfree for all you lash ladies! I've been using it consistently and haven't had any issues (but I'm mostly using it for prevention, not treatment). Most of the online reviews seem to RAVE about it! It's a little spendy, but so far it's worth it and it's lasted me quite a while, too!

    For brows I have been absolutely addicted to the Hourglass Arch brow sculpting pencil. It goes on super easily and I swear it shaves time off my eyebrow routine.

    Both of these products can be bought at Sephora :)

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    1. Thanks for the tips (esp the oil free cream ; )! I was debating between trying Hourglass vs the Anastasia brow pencils.

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  45. This is a really great look for New Years! I really love your beauty tutorials--you get in nice and close with the pictures which is really useful.

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  46. Love this whole look!!! So glam yet classy all at the same time. Thank you for the wonderful makeup tips. As far as eye creams, I use a product called "Revive" from EVER Skincare. They are a sister company to Stella & Dot. This eye cream will help with dryness, dark circles, and puffiness. And it's very light and absorbs quickly. It is a great product with amazing results! If you would like more info, please let me know.

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    1. Hi Annie ~ thank you for the eye cream tip. I've never heard of this brand!

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  47. Hi Jean! I suggest setting your liquid foundation before starting with a powder contour product! If the liquid foundation isn't set or if it's still in the "tacky" stage, powder contours can apply in a patchy way since it'll cling to the moisture in the foundation. (If using a cream contour then apply after liquid foundation and set everything with a powder after.) This will also help your foundation last longer. :) The Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder is a cult favorite. I also like the NARS Light Reflecting powder.

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    1. Great tip! I have the LM powder but have almost never used it due to forgetfulness. I try to let my foundation fully dry before contouring, but have definitely rushed it a few times and got those patchy spots you describe!

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  48. I'm sad that Charismatic got discontinued. It used to be my most favorite color as well! It goes so well with my skin tone without trying too hard. Feel free to try Estee Lauder "Discreet" lipstick. It got that beautiful brownish red look if that's what you like. Personally I think it's another pretty close replacement besides Smashbox "Cognac". Let me know what you think!

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion! It looks very pretty indeed from some swatches I looked up.

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  49. Amazing look! Quick question -- with your eyelash extensions, is it safe to use the eye products that you're using? (curious because I have extensions and use the same mascara and eye stick). I've heard that products containing oil oftentimes will mess with the eyelash glue and could result in loss of the extension lashes.

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    1. Hi there - please see Jannyism's comment above about makeup with eyelash extensions! Oil based products are definitely not recommended. I don't use waterproof products nor mascara at all when my lashes are done (they are very sparse right now and mostly gone, so I used the eyeliner and mascara). I know a little mascara is OK, but I just find it hard to fully clean off the extensions so don't take the risk. I'm still trying to figure out how to tell if some my usual products are oil-based, though!

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  50. What shoes did you wear with that dress? Very pretty!!

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    1. Thanks! Here's how it looks with gold pumps https://www.instagram.com/p/_CXpq-F3sy/ but I think I'm going to wear it with my Steve Madden Stecy sandals!

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  51. What's your experience with eyelash extensions?
    Love your blog!
    XOXO
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  52. Love this tutorial! Thanks Jean!

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  53. I don't know if I'd be able to rock this, but the dress looks amazing on you!
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  54. What size did you get in that plunge bra? I'm around the same size as you. I saw the smallest size they have is 32B...is that the size you got?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Chelsea - yes I have the 32B. I'm usually a 30A or 32A but the cups do run small! The band was also not loose on me.

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