Fall Makeup Trends You Need to Know

As the weather starts cooling down, it’s time to ditch those glowing bronze summertime looks and opt for something deeper and more appropriate for fall. Here are a few of the makeup trends spotted on all the runways during F/W 17 Fashion Week, and how you can rock them.

1—Metallic lids. A popular look in F/W 17 was to swipe metallic eye shadow all over the lid. Common colors for shadow were jewel tones, such as burgundy, navy blue, and emerald green, similar to the Pantone Fall 2017 Color Scheme. This palette from NYX has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades in a variety of fall colors. My favorite way to wear this trend is to apply a metallic shade in the center of the lid with a wet eye shadow brush or my finger, and then diffuse it with a matte shade in the same color tone with a fluffy blending brush.

2—Vampy pouts. Models in wine-colored lipsticks made an appearance at several F/W 17 shows, such as Marc Jacobs and Valentino. This Maybelline lipstick was even used at Alice & Olivia’s runway show. Maybelline’s Color Sensational the Loaded Bolds in the shade ‘Midnight Merlot’ is the perfect mix of red and purple. I know this lipstick will be a staple in my makeup bag all fall and winter.

3—Dramatic lashes. The final trend seen all over runways this season was dramatic lashes. Twiggy-like lashes were seen at runway shows like Jeremy Scott and Chanel. The best way to achieve dramatic, doll-like lashes without the hassle of applying falsies is by applying a few coats of mascara. The Haute and Naughty mascara by MAC has two wands in one, perfect for achieving that dramatic lash look. The purple wand is great for your top lashes because the wand is much bigger, and the pink wand, which is thinner, is awesome for elongating and separating bottom lashes.

Which fall makeup trend are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments below!

The Easiest Summer Makeup Trend and How to Achieve It

Summer brings to mind bright colors and glowing skin. With just a few steps you can achieve one of the most popular looks for this season: monochrome makeup. The key to this makeup trend is to have a natural smooth base so that the single color really pops.

In order to get there, you have to utilize formulas best suited for your skin type. Put simply, those with drier skin should look for creamy products that hydrate the skin to leave a luminous finish, while oily-skinned individuals can achieve this same look by sticking to products aimed to leave a matte finish to help de-slick throughout the day. Normal to combination skin types are generally able to mix and match accordingly to achieve glowing skin.

I prep my combination skin using a cleanser, chemical exfoliator, moisturizer, and a smoothing primer with SPF. I make sure to wait a few minutes between steps to make sure my skin has absorbed each product. 

To target hyperpigmentation on my light/medium skin, I use a small amount of orange concealer around my mouth and under my eyes. I blend this into my skin with a concealer brush to neutralize my skin tone.

Then, I move to my eyebrows. Using a retractable eyebrow pencil, I use a light brown shade to outline the inner corner of my eyebrows and use a medium brown to define the rest of my eyebrow. In order to blend the harsh lines, I brush my eyebrows with a spool brush and use brow gel to keep them in place. For a crisp look, I use a small amount of my foundation on an angled brush and outline my brows. Don’t forget to blend!

Next, I apply my foundation with a flat foundation brush and use a beauty sponge to smooth out any streaks. I set the makeup on my nose, my forehead, and under my eyes with powder and proceed with a setting spray all over my face.

Now that I have a fresh canvas to work on, I decide which color I want to use. I picked a light raspberry shade and applied this as I would a blush and eyeshadow. I love to apply this from the tops of my cheeks to the sides of my temples in a “C” motion. For my lips, I used a similar toned creamy lipstick. Pro tip: If you are struggling to find a similar color in your collection, simply dust your eye shadow color over lip balm.

Finally, I add two coats of mascara. For added luminosity, I use a shimmering highlighter on the highest points of my face and the look is complete!

If you create a monochrome makeup look, be sure to tag @CFashionista on social media. I would love to see the fun colors you chose as the basis for this look!

15-Minute Summer Glam

Summer’s here and in full swing Fashionistas. When it comes to putting my makeup on in the summertime, I really try to use as little as possible, in as little time as possible. I’ve gotten my summer makeup routine down to 15 minutes, and here’s how.

1—Base. I start out with my Milk Makeup Flex concealer, applying under my eyes, and on all of my problem areas. After I blend my concealer with a damp beauty blender, I then will take my Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and apply that everywhere that I put my concealer. This foundation is absolutely amazing, it will cover anything that you need it to!

2—Bronze and highlight. Since it is summertime and we are all nice and tan, I like to take it easy with the bronzer. I use the Hoola bronzer by Benefit. Then I go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit to add some glow to the look!

3—Eyes and brows. For my eyes I’ve been using my Tartelette palette, it has all mate shadows and I usually try to keep it pretty simple with my eyeshadow. Finishing my eyes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Finally, to complete this look, I go in with my Urban Decay Brow Box to fill in my brows a little and hold them in place with the Urban Decay Brow Tamer.

What are some of your favorite summer makeup products? Let us know in the comments below. 

4 Makeup Products to Make You Glow

What better time to rock the perfect bronzed look than summer? A perfectly-contoured structure, highlighted cheekbones, and shimmery eyeshadow combo is my go-to look for this summer. There’s nothing more satisfying than the sun hitting the top of your cheek and exposing your highlighted glow! The following is a list I’ve put together of my favorite products so you, too, can achieve this look.

1—To start off. I mix Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation with the NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator and blend it into my skin with a damp beauty blender. Of course, you can use the foundation that best suits you, but the NYX liquid illuminator is a great and inexpensive product that gives skin that perfect glow. I also put liquid illuminator on my cheekbones and Cupid’s bow.

2—We can’t skip bronzer. My favorite is Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. Any matte bronzer is perfect because it can be used both as a contour and an eyeshadow. For this look, I used the Hoola bronzer for my eyeshadow base as well.

3—On top of the eyeshadow base. I blend Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Beige Luster and added Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone on top. The Becca highlighter is one of my favorite products to use because of its pigmentation. I also add Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow on top of my highlighter for an extra sparkle.

4—Combine these steps with your favorite mascara and lip product. And you’re ready to go! This look isn’t heavy, which is great for the summertime. Who wants their makeup dripping down their face? This look can be dressed up or dressed down, so have fun rocking your sun-kissed appearance.

Let us know what your favorite products are for the summer in the comments below, or show me on social media! Be sure to tag @CFashionista.

5 Favorite Music Festival Makeup Looks

Once music festival season is underway during the summer, it is always fun to push past boundaries and create new looks that can be fun, glam, and totally different than your everyday look. Here are just a few favorites that made an appearance this summer.

1—Bold Lips. Forget the nudes and subtle naturals! Bold, colorful lipsticks are the perfect addition to any makeup look. Adding glitter can amp them up even more!

2—Glitter. Instead of a highlight, use glitter. Whether it’s a cream or powder that is applied with glue, this iridescent look is sure to turn heads.

3—Paint lines. War face paint? Not quite. Festival face paint? Yes. Using a white or brightly colored and pigmented liner, it’s easy to create lines and designs on the nose, lips, and forehead.

4—Gems. With a little eyelash glue, applying gems to the face has never been easier! Use them above the eyebrows or on the cheeks to create symmetrical and asymmetrical designs that are bound to be unique.

5—Colorful combos. Color mixing and matching has never been better! Warm and cool toned colors can create a beautiful contrast and look great on any skin tone.


As the festival season comes around every year, it is always fun to see what styles have changed and what have remained. Although a majority of festivals take place during summer, these five makeup looks can be found at raves and festivals no matter what time of year.

What’s your favorite festival makeup look? Tell us in the comments below!

5 Must-Haves for Any Beauty Guru

I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder. I’m always trying new things, and I fall for fantastic product reviews pretty quickly. However, I do have products that I consistently use and repurchase repeatedly. The five must-have beauty products listed below are the ones I’ve been using forever, and they have never let me down. Some are upscale, and others are Drug store brands, but they’re all my must-haves. Read on to learn what they are.

1—Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is my favorite 12-shade eyeshadow palette that Urban Decay offers. The palette includes 12 gorgeous, rose-hued neutrals from the palest, shimmery pink to a deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. This palette also features ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls, and glimmering metallics. With that being said, you can create endless beautiful looks for any occasion or outfit.

2—MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Makeup Finishing Mist.

MAC Cosmetics ‘Prep + Prime’ Fix+ Finishing Mist is a lightweight water-based primer spray that finishes any makeup look. Filled with Vitamins, Minerals, green tea, chamomile and cucumber, this spray hydrates and primes your makeup while making your face smell amazing.

3—Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara is one of the best mascaras I have ever owned. Three coats of this magic mascara will make your eyelashes look like a dream. In addition to making your eyelashes look fuller and longer, this mascara lasts through a day full of long classes, social activities and other responsibilities life throws at you.

4—Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation is one of the most amazing drugstore products I have ever used. Because I have oily skin, I use the Matte + Poreless, but Maybelline offers Dewy + Smooth for other skin types. Also, there are over 36 shades to help you find your correct match. This foundation is lightweight but gives full-coverage for a great price and can be found at many drugstores, making it convenient to buy.

5—NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Lipstick.

NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Lipstick is a weightless liquid lipstick with a matte finish. This lipstick applies so smoothly and has a velvet feel on my lips. NYX offers colors in a range of color-kissed nudes to match any outfit and occasion.

What are your must-have cosmetics? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Do a Smokey Eye for Beginners

When it comes to makeup, I seriously have no idea what I’m doing. When it comes specifically to eye makeup, forget about it! All I have to say is thank God I came across this beauty guru, as she taught me how to perfect a simple smokey eye look.

First, this Fashionista wets her eyeliner brush so the tip is pointed, making applying the eyeliner easier.She then dips her eyeliner brush into the L’Oréal Espresso Liquid Eyeliner Paint Pot. With small strokes, she applies the eyeliner to her upper lash line from the outside in.

Next, this Fashionista rolls Batter Up Eye Shadow Primer over her eyelids. (Who knew there was a primer for your eyelid? Not me!) For this look, she did a simple smokey eye using a Naked palette. First, she applied the color Sidecar onto her entire eyelid.

Next, she applied the color Smog onto the outside corner of her eye and brushed it up in the eyelid crease, slowly blending it in with Sidecar. Then, she applies this same technique with the color Darkhorse, just not as far up into the crease.

This Fashionista finishes up her eye shadow with the color Creep and brushes it in the very outer corner of her eyelid, blending it slightly upwards so it’s not too dark. This technique provides a gradual color change from light to dark as you go from the inner eyelid to the outside of the eyelid, thus appearing “smokey.”

Last but not least, she applies Better Than Sex Mascara to her eyelashes. This mascara is great due to its infrequent tendency of clumping and has extra volume.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to perfect a beginner’s smokey eye! Comment below to share your favorite smokey eye tips and details!

The Makeup Palette Everyone is Talking About

I couldn’t stop looking at the velvety blue new eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills after seeing it on Instagram one morning. Time and time again, I found myself coming back to check up on the development of the sister product to the wildly popular Modern Renaissance eye-shadow palette, an obsession had been born. I tracked the release date on my calendar and had become determined to be one of the very first to embrace the Subculture palette.

Subculture sold out in less than an hour of its early morning release date on the July 25 and those who missed will just have to wait until the product is launched in stores on August 15, 2017. Obtaining this palette was a journey on its own, but well worth it. It required both patience and dedication to overcome the constant crashing of the web-service sales client, as it suffered from a massive surge in traffic related to users attempting to purchase the palette before it sold out. Not to mention an army of delivery service men and women, store clerks, and roommates who simply could not appreciate just how desperately I needed to be a part this Subculture. When I finally had the palette, I had to wipe away my tears of joy before I could start using it (Yes, it was that difficult!).

The colors in the Subculture palette are bold and complimentary to one another. The matte shades are very pigmented while the more lustrous shades possess a subtle shimmer. The variety of eyeshadow colors are diverse enough to express the vivid transition from summer to fall. 

In my look, I started by painting the lid of my eye with a shock of a lime green color. Wetting the brush while applying the shadow serves to produce the most consistent texture and intensify the colors natural tone to create a stark contrast in your color profile. To create a cut crease look, I drew a coral line across my crease with the shade Roxy. Then I blended a soft beige color called Dawn from my brow bone into the other colors. Lastly, I added a few strokes of a dark purple color called Rowdy with a small angled brush to demonstrate the cat-eye technique. My most important rule of using bold colors is to blend and to have fun!

The other new product I purchased was a highlighter called Liquid Glow in the shade Perla. Liquid Glow is the best highlighter I’ve used. This is because of the way it glides onto your skin as if it were a foundation made of a silken string of pearls. In my look, I emphasized the palette’s range of colors from my cheekbones to brow bones, and upper lip as well as the inner corners of my eyes. How will you display your Subculture?

How do you wear bold eyeshadow colors? Show us on social media, and don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista!

You Need These 4 Products in Your Makeup Bag

Okay, I’ll say it: I’m addicted to buying makeup. Makeup is my absolute vice in life. I am constantly watching YouTube videos or trying to find out other women’s favorite beauty products. If you so much as mention a product to me, I will most likely run out and buy it within the next few days. Because I love hearing what other beauty addicts’ favorite products are, I thought it was only fair to share some of my favorites.

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation

MAC Cosmetics has become my go-to brand just recently. Their Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 has quickly become my top foundation. With a medium to full-coverage, it isn’t too heavy, and blends in easily. I use Morphe brushes, and their M439 is my favorite foundation brush. 

Butter Bronzer

Physician’s Formula makes the best bronzer I’ve ever found. Butter Bronzer is easily my ride-or-die, so to speak. It is the most buttery bronzer that complements any skin tone. It is completely matte and is very buildable. Another plus? It smells amazing, and is very affordable!

Modern Renaissance

Anastasia Beverly Hills stepped up their game by releasing this amazing eyeshadow palette. I use this palette every day. There are colors in here that everyone will love. With little fallout, these shadows are a necessity in every girl’s makeup bag. I love how creamy and blendable these eyeshadows are!

Kylie Lip Kits

Whether or not you love the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner broke through in the makeup industry with some amazing liquid lipsticks. I was hesitant at first to buy anything but ended up jumping on the bandwagon after I heard others raving about them. My favorite shades are “Kristen,” “High Maintenance,” and “Candy K.” “Kristen” would be considered red, but has a warm undertone, and doesn’t jump out at you like normal red lipstick usually does. It matches well with bronze looks. “High Maintenance” is a brighter pink. With a cooler undertone, it makes you look tanner than you are. “Candy K” is the most versatile shade. It is a neutral pink that looks great on everyone.

Hopefully you’ll love these products as much as I do! What are your ride-or-die beauty products? I love any excuse to buy new makeup. Comment below!


The 3 Best Matte Lipsticks from Colourpop for Dark Skin Women

Makeup is an art and it is an art that I have not been lucky enough to be blessed with. However, I was blessed with the love for lipsticks. It is my daily necessity and I am completely obsessed. Colourpop was founded in 2014 and has been providing affordable lipsticks to lipstick loving, broke college students like me. Having dark skin, it is difficult to find a color that looks great with my complexion; this article is to review three Colourpop lipsticks that are perfect for people with my skin tone.

1—Avenue. This color was actually darker than I thought it would be. It looks amazing on my skin. If you are looking for a dark, blood-like red shade then check out Avenue. Be careful with double layering because it will cause the lipstick to clump and possibly flake off. I did not use a lip liner with this lipstick but I will advise you to do so because of the streaky applicator of the color.

2—Limbo. This beautiful deep brown chocolate lipstick did actually get me bending over backward. It is my absolute favorite and it blends with my skin naturally. I felt like a princess wearing this and I assure you, you will too. To avoid drying, I use a chapstick first before applying the lipstick and I make sure not to double layer. I am still trying to get the hang of using a lip liner so I’m not wearing any in the picture but please feel free to do so if you are comfortable enough with it.

3—Beeper. This was actually my least favorite color not because I think it looks horrible on me but because it is bright. I am a big fan of bold and dark but not bright and bold. That just makes me very uncomfortable. It was also a little difficult to apply because it was very watery and it overflows if you are not careful while applying it.

Overall, I spent $18 on these lipsticks and got a free Birthday Cake eyeshadow with it. All the lipsticks were ultra matte and are completely amazing. I am wearing my favorite off the shoulder lace top in the pictures. To take off the lipstick, you can use any dependable makeup remover or wipes, or you can also use coconut oil like I do. 

Have you tried Colourpop? Do you have a favorite brand or shade you would like to recommend? Comment below!