Tips & Tricks: Nashville Glam for Leadership 2015

2015 Leadership Conference is finally here! Are you excited? I know I am. The UnitWise Heroes asked me to do a special Nashville inspired makeup look. I was born and raised in Tennessee, and Nashville holds a special place in my heart. So I put on my cowboy boots and turned up the country to get in the Nashville state of mind and I put together a beautiful golden brown smokey eye paired with coral cheeks and a nude lip.

I still haven't been able to let go of the nude lip look, but give me time, I will change and expand my color choices in the very near future ;)

Creating a smokey eye is really easy, but it is also really easy to turn it into a big mess. A few makeup tips and tricks is all you need to be a smokey eye pro. Grab your brushes and I will show you how in this week's Tips & Tricks: Nashville Glam

To prep my skin for makeup, I applied my ClearProof moisturizer ( this line saves my skin when it is acting up) and a firming eye cream. To even out my skin tone before foundation, I applied my CC Cream in Very Light ( this is one of my favorite products from MK, I use it every day). Last step in my prep routine is Satin Lips Lip Balm, then it is on to foundation.

I like to have a nice base and even skin tone before I start on my eyes. After I applied the foundation, I did use a little setting spray for some extra lasting power before I dust on any powder. It's just something I like to do, and it helps my makeup stay longer.

Once the foundation is well blended, I go in with concealer. I always apply in a triangle patter under my eyes to really brighten them up. Then I just covered up any spots.

A brown smokey eye just screams Nashville to me. A smokey eye is really easy to create if you know the tricks.
  • Trick 1 - Big Fluffy Brush
          You want a big fluffy eye brush for blending. This will be a brush that you won't use to pick up             shadow, you will just it for blending after you apply the shadow.
  • Trick 2 - The Transition Color
          The first thing you want to apply is a transition color in your crease to make blending easier                and it  gives a softer finish. Ideally you want your transition color to be close to your skin                  tone, or really  any nude matte shade.
  • Trick 3 - Layer & Blend
        When it comes to actually creating the "smokey effect", you will layer and blend, followed by              more layering and blending. The more colors you use, the more dimension you will create. I                always start with a color slightly darker then my transition color. Then when I want to create              more depth, I use a darker shade and blend it out until I get the look I want. Always use just a              little bit of product each time you layer and blend so you don't go super dark too quickly.                    Slowly build the color.

For this look, I started with a light brown shade in the crease, similar to the MK eye color Hazelnut. Then I built up the depth with a slightly darker brown. For the eye lid color, I used a vanilla shade like Sweet Cream. I blended in a few shades of darker browns in the crease and in the outer V to really create some drama.

For the lower lash line, I used the same transition color. Then I applied a darker brown shade on the end and blended it halfway towards the inner corner. To create a nice smokey effect, I used a dark plum shade, like Sweet Plum, to line the bottom lash line and blended it out. I used the same plum shade on the upper lash line and winged it out slightly.

I went over the plum shade with a clean blending brush until it there were no harsh lines. Applying the color takes no time at all, it is the blending that takes forever when doing a smokey eye.

Mascara - The Minking Trick
For the mascara, I did something called Minking, to create big voluminous lashes. You will start with a coat of brown mascara - I always use my Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in brown for this. Once the brown coat of mascara is on, go over with a few coats of black mascara. I used the MK Ultimate Mascara - it is one of my all time favs. Then take a moment to appreciate your beautiful lashes. So pretty.

I do just a bit of contouring to warm up the face and make not look so one dimensional. I apply a bit of contour powder in the hollows of my cheeks, the temples, sides of the nose, jawline, and little under my lower lip for a fuller look. You always want to blend your contour out so it looks as natural as possible.

After the contour powder, I went in with a coral color almost identical to the mineral cheek color in Shy Blush.

I kept the lips really simple for this look. I cancelled out my natural lip color with a little concealer. Then I lined my lips with a nude pencil. For the main lip color, I used a pinky-nude. Nothing to fancy, but it complimented the eye color very well.

- I used the MK Lip Liner in Spiced Tea to fill in the corner of my lips to make them look fuller.

Creating this Nashville inspired makeup look was so much fun. When you want to create a smokey eye, remember these three main tips: have a big fluffy eye brush for blending, always use a transition color, and slowly layer and blend shadows for dimension. What are your tips and tricks for creating a smokey eye?


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