As most of you probably know, I am a makeup enthusiast. Though I generally have a consistent daily routine, there are few things I enjoy more than playing with my extended collection of makeup. To me, makeup is fun. As I said before, I like to live my life as though it’s a perpetual game of dress up. From now on, I’m dedicating a Monday post to my favorite accessory – makeup!

I was hoping to do a full post today, but I had some friends in town and I didn’t get around to it. Therefore, I leave you with my Fourth of July-inspired makeup from the holiday weekend and I’ll have something better for next week. If there is anything in particular that you would like to see, feel free to leave suggestions. I’m not a professional, but I’d be happy to share some tricks, favorite products and makeup tutorials with you.

Makeup Notes:
MAC Embark eyeshadow on brows
MAC blacktrack fluidline on lashline
Maybelline Stiletto Lash mascara (a gift from Tessa)
Revlon Hot Coral lipstick (the weird lighting made it photograph red, but it’s more coral)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light all over face
MAC Fix + all over face (it gives that dewy look and sets the makeup)

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. Fabiola "Fab" says: July 5, 201011:59 pm

    one of the most beautiful makeup!
    love it, gosh your gorgeous!

  2. Chelsea Whipps says: July 6, 201012:05 am

    this look really brings out your Japanese roots ! Simply beautiful !
    Stay wonderful, Keiko !

  3. Becca says: July 6, 201012:15 am

    You have some serious lips darling and they look great in red! What a great look for the 4th of July.

  4. susannahbean says: July 6, 201012:37 am

    Gorgeous! I've always loved your makeup!

    xoxo,
    susannahbean

  5. Gizelle | Vanilla Ice Cream says: July 6, 201012:59 am

    those are the perfect red lips! amazing!

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

  6. Kendi Lea says: July 6, 201012:59 am

    You sport red lipstick so well!

  7. Mandi says: July 6, 20101:09 am

    this will make mondays more bearable.

  8. Aura says: July 6, 20101:12 am

    You're beautiful, Keiko. Your face always looks like a piece of art -made up or bare.

  9. Becca Jane says: July 6, 20101:15 am

    YOu look stunning in this photo! Looking forward to more beauty posts

  10. Jessy says: July 6, 20101:16 am

    You look stunning as always!!

  11. The Owl's Closet says: July 6, 20101:20 am

    wow, u look gorgeous, keiko! love those red lips!

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  12. Jen B says: July 6, 20101:22 am

    Beautiful!

    Also, randomly you were in my dream last night! Maybe I should stop reading your blog haha!! <3

  13. Carina says: July 6, 20101:29 am

    i love the red against your skin tone!

  14. Kristennn says: July 6, 20101:40 am

    I'm so glad you're going to have a weekly makeup post now, too! I mean, I love seeing your fashion and personal posts, but I always love your makeup as well!

  15. libys11 says: July 6, 20102:42 am

    aaah make up mondays!! 😀 yay for that!! you look like a geisha! 😀

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  16. Charmalade says: July 6, 20102:53 am

    Is it weird that even though this is your Fourth of July-inspired makeup, I'm reminded a little bit of a geisha when I see it? Perhaps it's the lighting and the fact that you're a quarter Japanese, but I think that it's really lovely! I always love your makeup, and I've only gotten myself into makeup awhile ago (thanks to Michelle Phan! do you follow her?).

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  17. Gela says: July 6, 20102:57 am

    you almost look like a geisha, Keiko! very beautiful. 😀

    <3,

    boat ride through the sky

  18. LJ says: July 6, 20103:06 am

    a post about fresh looking skin makeup (foundation, powder etc.) that photographs well in natural light would be great!

  19. kate:) says: July 6, 20103:14 am

    your skin is flawless and gorgeous! (:

  20. daisymay aka Chantele says: July 6, 20104:06 am

    I would love to see a tutorial video of how you get your eyeliner so perfect! I can never get mine as thin and perfect as yours. Love the lipstick your wearing in this picture!

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  21. Charmalade says: July 6, 20105:24 am

    I wonder if it's just me, the lighting, or the fact that you're a quarter Japanese, but oddly enough this American-inspired makeup reminds me a little bit of a geisha! Very pretty, Keiko. :) And perhaps you can do a Michelle Phan-esque tutorial for us sometime!

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  22. what dia like says: July 6, 20106:49 am
  23. nipple-salad says: July 6, 20108:11 am

    I always loooved your tutorials! Too bad I don't have your complexion, hair colour, eye shape etc… I remember a tutorial you posted with turquoise eyeshadow, etc, it was gorgeous, but looks like utter shit on me 😉 (I'm a frecle-less redhead!)

  24. B says: July 6, 20108:24 am

    I agree! You look very japanese here :)

    I am not a makeup girl at all-I don't like to spend money on it and I am horrible at keeping it on but I love reading and watching make-up tutorials. It's so weird. You are amazing at it! Even since your LJ days.

    B from A plus B

  25. babalisme says: July 6, 20108:44 am

    Well, it also helps that you have a flawless skin and great feature to start your make up routine with. It confuses me that some girls (like you) looks great with red lippie and some (like me) looks like Ronald McDonald.

  26. Jonna says: July 6, 201010:01 am

    beautiful! x

  27. what dia like says: July 6, 201011:06 am
  28. roxy says: July 6, 201011:46 am

    you're unbelievably gorgeous. would love to see more looks from you

    roxy
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  29. Justice Pirate says: July 6, 201012:11 pm

    You look beautiful. I know nothing about make up.

  30. nora says: July 6, 201012:40 pm

    you're beautiful! :)

  31. Velvet says: July 6, 201012:55 pm

    You are gorgeous! Show us how you do that fabulous lashline.

  32. Anna says: July 6, 20102:04 pm

    You are a make up wizard! I don't know how to wear make-up and would love to see a tutorial on basic. (I've tried watching videos or read articles about it but honestly no one seems to apply make-up as well as you.) How do I highlight and contour? Where should I be applying concealer? I don't know any of these things! And then maybe get into more intimidating stuff.. Just a thought, but I'd love to (and I'm sure it'd be helpful for many others) learn from you!

  33. Sophie Fish says: July 6, 20103:00 pm

    Makeup Mondays, great! I could really need this push to wear some makeup to hide my skin imperfections and blemish… unfortunately I starting to have tendency to acne and I'm 27!

  34. pristine says: July 6, 20103:48 pm

    I too would love to hear your tips on makeup. I always thought "natural" makeup was pointless, until I saw you wear the hell out of the nude lip so often.

    My question: how do you clean off mascara without effectively plucking out your lashes or getting the facewash in your eyes?

  35. Ivette says: July 6, 20103:55 pm

    you look great!! you should post more about your makeup, you are really good at it :)

  36. OmgLia says: July 6, 20105:55 pm

    I love makeup and "dressing up" too!! It makes me so sad when women view makeup as something used to "hide their flaws" or fix them somehow. It should be used to emphasize your natural beauty, not to hide what you truly look like or change who you are. I read "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf, a wonderful feminist book about the expectations of women's appearances in today's society, and it really helped me to have a positive outlook on makeup and fashion as positive things meant to be fun and exciting rather than negative things meant to change you or improve you and hide who you are. Makeup should be a fun hobby, not a necessity!

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  37. Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark says: July 6, 20106:40 pm

    I love how precisely you put on your makeup, and just how you accentuate your features instead of loading it on.

  38. Erin Cathleen says: July 6, 20108:18 pm

    Wow, so pretty! I am a real makeup novice, so I would love to see some kind of tutorial. I'd love to look glamorous like you, ASAP! So any tips for looking so made-up, even in the dog days of summer, would be wonderful to read. Thank you!

  39. Keira Lennox says: July 6, 20108:27 pm

    I'd love to see some makeup tutorials from you! Your makeup is always beautiful and flawless. I'd also be interested in info about your skincare routine and how you keep your skin so lovely :)

  40. WhatNerissaying says: July 6, 20108:37 pm

    Great idea! I'll definitely be reading. I'd love to hear any tips for not having eyeliner smudge under the lower lash line.

  41. Shoestring Recessionista says: July 6, 201010:50 pm

    You look like a film star! ( The lip colour is great, even tho you said it is actually coral.)

  42. elena says: July 7, 201012:12 am

    Your makeup always looks flawless! Any recommendations for a primer? I am super oily, and the one I'm using currently doesn't seem to do the trick of keeping my makeup put! I definitely get the cakiness from when makeup runs! Eeeww..!!!!

    Thanks a bunch! :)

  43. Jen says: July 7, 201012:42 am
  44. Keiko Lynn says: July 7, 20107:54 am

    Thanks, everyone! I'll take all of your suggestions into consideration.

    Charmalade: I guess it's because I'm pale, and then the red lip? I do match my tattoo, now that I think of it:) And I haven't seen that blog before but now I want to look her up.

    Elena: The primer I use is Smashbox photofinish. I also use a separate primer for my eyes (usually MAC paint or paint pot). I recently starting using MAC Fix+, and it really does a great job of sealing my makeup. It was 100 degrees today and my makeup stayed put.

  45. Keiko Lynn says: July 7, 20107:54 am

    p.s. It's super late and I'm going to sleep right now but I'll try and get around to any questions a little later:)

  46. Kayla says: July 8, 20108:06 am

    I love your makeup, and I'm so glad that you are dedicating Monday posts to it!

    I would love to read about any tips you have. :)

    Kayla @ kdkq

  47. Anonymous says: July 9, 20101:04 am

    I'm so stoked you're doing these Keiko, I always love your makeup. Do you think you could do some kind of tutorial on how you fill your brows?

  48. Lulu says: July 9, 201011:27 pm

    your skin is FLAWLESS. and your lips! ah i'm so envious of you, girl! you look absolutely stunning.

  49. Melrose says: July 11, 20108:56 pm

    im always in love with your make up application!
    do you have any tips for applying such bold colours to your lips? I feel like mine never looks quite right, almost clownish some days! haha.

  50. Shelby says: July 12, 20101:19 am

    oh wow, you are so pretty!

  51. Anonymous says: July 27, 20107:16 pm

    sick picture – love the attitude

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