Monday, July 4, 2011

Makeup Monday: Little Sister








I'm a firm believer that teenagers should be allowed to express themselves through whatever crazy hair color, clothing style or music taste they gravitate toward (within reason, of course). Once you finish college and start your career, you probably won't be able to have rainbow tresses or a septum piercing, so why not have fun with it when you're younger? It's not permanent - color eventually fades or grows out and piercings can be removed. However, stay away from tattoos until you're a real adult - and I'm not talking eighteen. If you get a tattoo when you're a teenager, you might end up with a tramp stamp that says "She wakes up lonely." I mean...what? This is an entirely hypothetical situation. I definitely do not have one of those.

Anyway, when I was a teenager, I didn't really wear makeup. I had blue hair, and then purple and red, but I didn't know what to do with makeup without going overboard. And while overboard makeup can be quite fun, it's also nice to know how to enhance your features and disguise blemishes and still look like yourself. Keeping that in mind, I gave my little sis a mini lesson on how to do age/school appropriate makeup. Read on to see what I used and a breakdown of how I did this look!




What we used:
BareMinerals Get Started Kit
Shobha brow pencil in sand
E.L.F. Candid Coral Blush
Milani eye pencil in Espresso
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Mascara Duo in blue/black (I got it at CVS but not online)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Estée Lauder Crystal Sand Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Hibiscus

After moisturizing Tessa's face, I applied primer all over (we used the one from the BareMinerals kit). Then, using the concealer brush and mineral foundation, I focused on the undereye area and any blemishes. With the bigger foundation brush, I applied the loose powder all over, in circular motions, making sure to tap off excess powder before applying. Make sure to blend along the edges of your jaw line or else you'll get the dreaded mask effect! I went over the more stubborn blemishes again with the concealer brush. When applying concealer on a blemish, tap it on - don't rub.

Next, I filled in her brows with the Shobha brow pencil, using short, light strokes and brushed them into place with a stiff, angled brush (this also helps to blend the color). I primed her eyelids with UD Primer Potion and did a wash of neutral, shimmery eyeshadow all over her lid and then on the inside, near her tear ducts (to get the glowy effect). I used a brown eye pencil along her upper lash line and smudged it for a more diffused, less harsh look. Then, I put two coats of mascara on her upper and lower lashes - first blue, then black (to make a navy that works well with her blue eyes).

The blush I used (E.L.F. Candid Coral) has a built in shimmer and a very sheer color, so I dusted that on her cheeks and let that act as a highlighter. All that was left to do was add a little lip color. Tessa has beautifully pigmented lips and isn't really into lipstick or gloss, so I opted for a tinted stain. I dabbed a little bit of color into the middle of her lips and blended outward with my finger.

Special thank you to Tessa, my beautiful little sister, for being my model for a day:)

50 comments:

  1. Love how you did her make-up! It looks very natural and not OTT, perfect for school and her age. Love how you've accentuated her eyes with such subtlety. Lovely!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  2. pretty! my older sister taught me many helpful make up tricks (i'm 15) and i'm very grateful!

    xoxo alex.

    http://uptowndiaries.blogspot.com

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  4. She looks so cute AND age-appropriate! I wish I had known how to do that kind of look when I was her age.

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  5. The week I started playing with make up as a teenager, my mom took me to MAC to get a make over, so they could teach me what worked for me. I remember my mom saying, "If you're gonna wear make up, you're gonna wear it well." I still played and experimented and went crazy with it, but at least I knew I was looking crazy haha.
    I hope Tessa takes full advantage of doing the hair dye, crazy make up. I hate working in an office and having "normal" hair colours.

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  6. She looks so cute! I love her hair and I'd have to say it's age-appropriate too. Too many people overdo it - she didn't :)

    xo katie elizabeth
    ohheyylife.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for this! I'm going to show my daughter this post. She's a girly girl like her mom, but hasn't quite figured out how to use makeup to enhance and not over do it.

    Your little sister is gorgeous!

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  8. Love the way you did her makeup-- especially the shimmer on the cheeks. Subtle, but sparkly!

    I wish someone had told me to go crazy with my hair and piercings when I was younger. One of my high school teachers used to tell me that I should have fun with looks now because it wouldn't be as socially acceptable later on in life. I didn't realize he was serious until now. Although I did get my septum pierced towards the end of my teenage years, I find it so rare to wear it out since it's not very well received in the corporate community.

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  9. Very pretty and very classy!

    XOXO

    http://golffashionandcoffee.blogspot.com/

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  10. This is gorgeous (SHE is gorgeous) and I looove her hair. I did my very first makeup tutorial on my blog today, they are sooo fun.

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  11. I totally agree about going crazy with your look when you're a teenager -- I had every hair color, including blue, and it was so much fun.

    You and your sister look so different! My family's like that, too -- I have very dark brown hair and eyes and my brothers have blonde hair and green eyes. It's so weird, we don't even look related!

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  12. I love this. It reminds me of what I do to my 12 year old sister. Sometimes we'll just go crazy with makeup and I even bleached a strip of her hair so we can just dye it differnt colors when she feels like it. She's at the age when she can get away with it. Your sister looks so cute!

    The Girl in the Paper Dress

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  13. I see the good looks run in the family ;)

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  14. Your little sister is adorable! Her makeup is classic and light, which is refreshing to see on a teenager. Rather than the usual caked on makeup!

    justQUACHit

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  15. Love this make up!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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  16. Tessa is the coolest little sister ever and so gorgeous! I love the subtle makeup you've done on her, you're a great big sis! I've always wanted a little sister, she reminds me of a prettier young Leann Rimes..watch out boys!


    Krystle
    http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

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  17. Aw! She's so pretty! I love the subtle, natural makeup you did on her. The lip color is so nice. I'll have to try your idea of doing blue mascara and then black because I have blue eyes like your sister.

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  18. Ah, as a teen I always wanted blue hair--but I never did it, I shied out--now that I'm older and can't do that and still be professional, I really regret it.

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  19. cuuuute. I have a little sister with blonde hair and blue eyes too! (I have dark brown hair and eyes) and people never believe we're related:)

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  20. your sister has a beautiful face.
    great make up :)
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  21. Gosh she's gorgeous! Love the makeup you've done on her. The orange-red lips look both age appropriate and on trend.

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  22. She looks so cute! I love her hair and And the makeup she had done is just perfect according to her. Too many people does a over makeup.

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  23. your sister looks so pretty!
    love this makeup and hair too :)

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  24. Your sister has super pretty eyes. *o*

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  25. She looks amazing and so natural So nice to have a sisterlike you I get myself into make up at 14 but all by myself my mom never like so much Make up herself so isn't abble to teach I probably were be glad if someone have teach meahhaa but I still trying im only 18 haha

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  26. She looks beautiful! That lipstain colour looks really good on her :) It kind of matches her hair, nice!

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  27. Tessa is very pretty. I don't think she needs any make up or something, I didn't wear make up at her age. Anyways, you've donde a great job. She looks young , radiant and pretty, not overdone or something :)
    I can see the resemblance of your face in hers :) you both are so pretty.
    kisses Keiko :)

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  28. she's very pretty. i would like to see her more oftenly here :)

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  29. this is really very good blog and i like it so very much thanks for this original post
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  30. beauty DOES run in the family. you both are gorgeous, and not to mention, have really good skin. :) and i really think you're a very sweet big sis.♥

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  31. So cute! It's so lovely to have a sister and you too seem very close. Really sweet post.

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  32. I love your Makeup Monday tutorials. It's really great to see how you made up your little sis. She's so pretty and you really enhanced her beauty.
    I would love to see how you'd make up your other sisters and your mom. I find it helpful to learn tips for different faces.

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  33. shes so lovely! what a lucky girl to have a big sis who knows how to do nice "age appropriate" make-up

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  34. You did a great job on the makeup, Xo

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  35. Good looks definitely run in the family! Its funny how at first glance you two don't look alike but with a second look, I definitely see a lot of you in Tessa. She's so beautiful! Love the makeup, so age appropriate and lovely!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  36. I love the makeup you did on her; it's simple but young and colorful. I wish I had had a cool older sister like you when I was a teenager!

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  37. Great job! What I love the most is that is still very natural and chic! She still looks very young and fresh!

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  38. Great job! It's very age-appropriate without being boring. I love the red streak too!

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  39. She looks so beautiful! I completely agree with letting teenagers express themselves-my mum wouldn't let me dye my hair drastically when I lived at home, which has resulted in me now being 21 years old with blue hair...oh well.

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  40. It's funny, because you guys have almost the exact same face, but with completely different coloring. I wasn't allowed to wear makeup until high school, and I guess I'm pretty happy with that decision because I kept myself makeup free for a while, and it's made me abhor too much makeup on my skin haha. I adore her little reddish streak :)
    ~Sarai
    the-puddle-jumpers.blogspot.com

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  41. Great job with the makeup!! I agree that kids should be able to express themselves....and also agree about your point about tattoos. And while some teens might have the foresight to get a really meaningful tattoo, even 18 year olds often pick ones they later regret. I have so many friends that immediately got a tattoo when they turned 18. Now, they all have basically the same or similar versions of a flower, butterfly or heart, etc.

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  42. Amazing! I wish I could have done this when I was younger (since I'm 17 now and have a part time job, I can't dye my hair fun colors like that). It's unfortunate that so many schools don't allow kids to express themselves though. At my school, we can't dye our hair unnatural colors and cannot have piercings other than lobes.

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  43. i totally agree with what you said, it is very important for teenagers to be able to express themselves! great post- your sister is beautiful as well!

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena xxxx

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  44. Good advice about the tattoos. My friend Kelly got tattooed when she was 16 (a butterfly tramp stamp and a silly-looking fairy on her hip) and she regrets them both. She often jokes that she going to get quotation marks tattooed around the butterfly and tell everyone that it's supposed to be ironic. Haha!

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  45. Wow... She looks beautiful!! I really wish I had talent when it comes to make up :)

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