Monday, June 3, 2013

Face of the Day: Fresh Summer Green

Hi everyone!
First off, I have a cold! It was probably at its worst over the weekend, but I feel like I'm on an up-swing today... though I don't sound like it. My voice is lower than Tyler's-- probably because I spent a lot of time talking over the weekend! We had a little get-together at my sister's, and our friend and makeup artist extraordinaire David Aikman was there! :) He works for Estee Lauder in New York. I first met him in person at IMATS, but this time we really had a chance to sit down and talk makeup. Words can't explain how great this was. He shared so much about his work, but we also talked drugstore makeup like there was no tomorrow, picking each other's brains about favorite products. Totally worth losing my voice over :) We also exchanged gifts-- David brought some INCREDIBLE products from prestige brands for Pup and I, including some Estee Lauder items that I experimented with today and will show in this post. To quote David, "Makeup is medicine." And I think it really was for me today! Nothing like some fresh colors on the eyes and lips to perk you up and make you feel better... despite what your sinuses are up to. You'll see more of David's influence in some future videos... for now, I want to tell you about this look! :)

I'm wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and concealer, and another key product for the face makeup is definitely the blush. I feel like it's really pretty with the orangey lip.

This is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Wild Sunset. GORGEOUS. I feel like it's coming off slightly more pink in this picture than it really is. It's a rich peach color with a bit of golden shimmer. I'm in love with this shade!

For lips, I'm wearing a couple of great items from my own stash- the NYX Waterproof Retractable Lip Liner in Citrus (incredible staying power!), and Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Gloss in Blissful. 

The result is a really shiny, coral lip that's actually has pretty good staying power. While the gloss is quite shiny, it's also somewhat sticky, which does enhance the way it wears on the lips. The eyes are what really excite me about this look! While I have a host of pretty olive green shades in my collection, this look is more of a "summer green" eye... it makes me think of grass. I like that it's bright, but not neon. It has some softness to it, and the subtle liner probably has something to do with that as well. 

I used the following products on the eyes...
-Estee Lauder Pure Color palette in Emerald Oasis
-Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Extreme Emerald
-Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner in Nude
-Milani Color Play Felt-Tip Liquid Pen in Black Line
-Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye Opening Mascara

I used the matte cream shade around the inner corner and under the brow. I used the brightest green shade (at the top of the palette) on the rest of the lid and up into the crease. I added some of the darkest green to the outer corner, and lightly smudged it on the outer part of the lower lashline. Then I took the softer green at the bottom of the palette and lightly buffed out the edge of the look with this. I even took it in a "C" shape around the eye, going just underneath the lower lashline. I just wanted the eye to look like it was softly surrounded with the green. I used just a bit of the deep copper on the inner part of the lower lashline. These shades blended so easily, it was very simple to make it look "natural", even though these are not all neutral shades. 

So where does that pretty green cream shadow come into play? David suggested using that on top of eyeshadow. So I dabbed it on the outer part of my lid to further intensify the green look. I LOVE how it adds pigment to the look, without having a sticky or overly moist feel. In fact, when I touch my lid, it feels totally smooth & dry. It has such a nice creamy texture, but it sets and has hardcore staying power. (I learned that when I couldn't wash the swatch off of my hand at first on Saturday :) I finished the look with a thin line of the black Milani liner pen on the upper lashline, and the Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Nude on the waterline. I added a coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes-- and this is the double-ended Estee Lauder mascara that is black for the upper lashes, and brown for the lower lashes. 

I hope you enjoy the look! And thank you so much to David for supplying me with some fun new Estee Lauder products. I really love these greens and will probably do a video on this kind of look at some point. David also inspired me to check out a whole bunch of drugstore things I never thought to try, so that's coming in a future video :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I just let out a really loud sneeze that prompted Cupcake to leave the room.
  • We had a crazy storm Friday night/early Saturday morning that knocked out power for 10 hours! Fortunately there was no damage to the house.
  • I could use some egg salad right now.
  • My latest video features a very quick tip for dry, cakey looking under-eyes! 


  1. This look Is just Gorgeous!!!!! Loving the Emerald colors!

  2. "Makeup is medicine." I like that! It's true -- sometimes even just digging through my collection lifts my spirits.

  3. Green's my favourite colour! This look is so beautiful! :)

  4. Hi Emily! Great make up as usual! Just wanted to say Urban Decay is on Hautelook today! I placed my first order (a palette for $10!!) Yay!! I don't know if you like UD, but if you do…

  5. I saw a lot of Youtubers using that nude Rimmel pencil for the waterline, so I thought I'd try it since it was only $4. I'm sad to say that it doesn't work for me! I put it on my waterline, and it doesn't last more than a couple minutes! Any alternative suggestions?

  6. Love this look Emily!

  7. This look is SO Beautiful on you Em!! I Love Greens, Emeralds and Mints....I wish I could afford more of Estee Lauder cosmetics....I know I would go Cray Cray....LoL :)

  8. I'm excited to hear David's drugstore suggestions!! I'm super excited to hear your under-eye tips for keeping it un-cakeified.

  9. I don't wear Emerald eyeshadow personally but it looks lovely on you Emily! So tempted to wear green eyeshadow tomorrow now!

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  10. totally of topic of this blog, but was wondering aside from Sigma brushes, what are the other brushes you recommend that are just as good?

  11. Don't you just love Estee Lauder shadows....they are so silky and blendable. Emily, I don't think there is a color or product that wouldn't look great on you, green is not an easy color for everyone to wear but this looks really pretty. Soft but colorful..

  12. hy
    loving the entire look except the mascara.

  13. 'Beauty is medicine'.. Soo True! It makes me feel so much better no matter how low I am feeling.. :-)

  14. Green is so beautiful for your eye color and shape, Emily! Thank you for reviewing this palette and giving us a quick tutorial. Estee Lauder is a high-end brand that touts high-quality products for sure.

  15. Emily! You NEVER get this wrong. "Pup and ME," in this case, not "Pup and I" - you wouldn't say "David brought things for I" now, would you?

    1. who cares how she says it. We all got the point and love how she talks.

    2. who cares how she says it. We all got the point and love how she talks.

  16. Thank you so much for the post. Very helpful indeed. Looking forward to more of such useful and informative posts.

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  17. I absolutely love this look! Green is gorgeous, as is that Estee Lauder palette!

  18. I'm very curious how you take close picture of your eyes?
    I keep trying different angles and the results are not satisfying.