Step-by-Step Purple Eye Makeup Tutorial | Los Angeles Makeup Artist

Hello beauties!!

Here’s a quick step-by-step makeup tutorial on this look:

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1.) Prime the eye with Mary Kay primer | Pat on NYX jumbo pencil in ‘Milk’ to the lid | Add MAC ‘White Frost’ to the brow bone | Brush on MAC ‘Swish’ to the upper crease
2.) Apply Cinema Secrets eyeshadow in ‘Purple Haze’ to the crease
3.) Using 2 purple colors from the Coastal Scents original 88 palette pat the colors onto the outer V and blend into the crease
4.) Apply MAC ‘Mancatcher’ to the inner lid.
5.) Blend the Coastal Scents purples on the lower lash line.
Finish the look with eyeliner on top and mascara or falsies

Till the next one Laugh often & Love always!!

Xoxo,
Cristina

Red, white and blue Fourth of July/ Independence Day inspired makeup look

Hello gorgeous!

I know I’m a day behind, but I just wanted to share this fun Fourth of July inspired look. Obviously I didn’t go out with this, it was just fun to create a look to go with Independence Day! 🙂

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My son also had a blast watching the fireworks at Shepherd of the Hills church. Every year they have a huge celebration and my husband and I have gone for the past 12 years. I guess you can say it’s a family tradition and it was so awesome to see my son’s face light up as the fireworks went off! Every time they burst he would scream “BOOM”! It was the cutest thing 🙂

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Hope you all had a safe and happy fourth!

Till the next one, Laugh often and Love always!

Xoxo,
Cristina

Bright & Colorful | Pink & Purple makeup look | LA makeup artist

Hello beautiful!

So, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this Sugarpill Cosmetics “Sweetheart Palette” for the longest time, but haven’t gotten around to ordering it.

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I went into Nigel Beauty Emporium the other day and there it was! This was the only palette out of the three that they had so I got it. Plus they sell all 12 individual eyeshadows. I couldn’t wait to get home and try them out.

Let me just say, I’ve been missing out! These eyeshadows are so pigmented and lasted me all night. If you live here in Southern California you know that we just had a major heat wave and through the heat it didn’t melt off or rub away. I was very impressed!

Here’s my look using these fabulous shadows. Hope you like it.

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Take care gorgeous! Till my next one Laugh often & Love always!!

Xoxo,
Cristina

Pictorial- make your brushes soft again using conditioner!

Hello Beauties!!

Sorry I’ve been MIA! These past two months have been my busiest months yet. I had tons of Weddings, Engagement shoots, Proms, and a Pin-up photo shoot! I’m going to be posting the photos from the pin-up shoot later this week so stay tuned for that!!

Today I’m just bringing to you a quick tip that I did the other day with my makeup brushes. They were starting to get really coarse and they just weren’t soft anymore. So here’s a step-by-step pictorial on how to get that “new” soft feeling back to your brushes 🙂

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1. Wash your brush with an antibacterial soap, brush cleaner or shampoo
2. Rinse the soap out of the brush
3. Get your favorite hair conditioner. I used Aveeno Nourish+Moisturize conditioner. I love this one! It leaves them silky smooth.
4. Apply a small amount to the palm of your hand. The amount you use depends on the size of your brush
5. Sweep your brush around the conditioner
6. Rinse it off well. You’ll already feel a difference in the bristles’ texture
7. Lay them flat to dry and voila! Your brushes will thank you! 🙂

Thanks for reading! Till the next one Laugh often & Love always

~Cristina

Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 | Makeup Look | Makeup by Cristina Underwood

Hello Beauties!

Here’s a simple look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2. I seriously use this palette on a daily basis! It’s great for any special occasion and especially for weddings & school dances or events.

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I used the color ‘Foxy’ to highlight my brow bone. Then the color ‘Tease’ in the crease. Apply ‘Verve’ with a damp (or wet) brush to the lid and finally ‘Blackout’ on the outer V.

Hope you like it!! Till the next one Laugh often & Love always!

Xoxo,
Cris

Blue Eyed Girl | Makeup by Cristina Underwood

Hello Beauties!

Today I’m bringing to you this bold blue creation.

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Follow these steps to get the look!

1. Prime the eye with Mary Kay primer
2. Highlight under the brow using a white shimmery eyeshadow
3. From the Naked Palette 2 blend ‘tease’ into the crease
4. From the Naked Palette 2 add ‘blackout’ to the outer crease (don’t put any on your lid)
5. Apply a shimmery turquoise blue to the center of your lid stopping right at your crease
6. Using a bright blue apply that on the inner & outer corner of the eye
7. Add liquid liner to the top lash line
8. Line the lower lash line with the same bright blue on the inner and outer corner and the turquoise color in the center. Blend colors together with ‘blackout’
9. Line the waterline with NYX jumbo eye pencil in ‘black bean’
10. Apply mascara
~voila~

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Hope you love it!! Till the next one, Laugh often & Love always!

Xoxo,
Cristina

Turquoise Reverse Smokey Eye & Brow Tutorial

Hello Beauties!

I had one of my friends request a brow tutorial, so I thought I’d share it with you all as well. Follow these steps below to achieve this type of brow. I know everyone does it differently, but this is how I do mine. 🙂

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1. Prime the eyebrow with an eye primer (optional)
2. Using an angled brush draw the bottom line of your brow with a brown eyeshadow
3. Draw a second line from the top of the arch down to where you’d like your brow to end
4. Connect the lines and fill in the tail of your brow
5. Draw a line on top of your brow connecting to the arch
6. Fill in the center and blend the color evenly
7. With the left over product on the brush start to fill in the front of the brow very lightly and blend the harsh lines out
8. Take a light concealer and with a flat synthetic brush draw a line directly under the brow to make it sharp and clean
9. With the same brush blend the concealer down so there is no harsh line
10. Do the same process to the top of the brow except use a concealer color that’s close to your skin tone
-voila- shaply brows!

Next up is the makeup I did with these brows. I went with a more dramatic look.

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Follow these steps to create this look

1. Apply MAC ‘Whitefrost’ on brow bone
2. Blend a taupe brown just above the crease
3. Using a synthetic brush apply NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk to the lid
4. Pat on MAC ‘Electric Eel’ to the lid
5. On top of electric eel add a shimmery blue. I used Mary Kay Azure
6. Add MAC Carbon to outer V and blend into crease
7. Highlight inner corner with MAC ‘Phloof!’
8. Line upper lash line with gel liner
9. Tightline & waterline using NYX jumbo pencil in ‘Black bean’.
10. Using MAC ‘Electric Eel’  & ‘Carbon’ blend colors on lower lash line.
11. Apply fake lashes and/or mascara

Hope you like these two pictorials 🙂 Till the next one, Laugh Often and Love Always!

xoxo,
Cristina

 

 

 

 

Purple eyes & winged liner {Makeup by Cristina Underwood}

Hello Beauties!

I hope you’re all doing fabulous 🙂 Today I’m bringing you a quick and easy look using purples and light browns.

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Here are the steps to achieve the look:
1. Prime your eye with Urban Decay original primer potion
2. MAC’s eyeshadow in ‘Mancatcher’ on the inner lid
3. Mary Kay eyeshadow in ‘Iris’ on the outer V
4. Mary Kay eyeshadow in ‘Sienna’ in the crease
5. Highlight under brow and tear duct with MAC ‘Phloof!’
6. Line upper lash line with gel liner
7. Line entire bottom lash line with ‘Iris’ eyeshadow.
8. Smoke the outer lower lash line with a little bit of Mary Kay eyeshadow in ‘coal’

Hope you like it! 🙂 Till the next one Laugh often & Love always!

Xoxo,
Cristina

Review & DIY Drugstore Gel Nails w/ leopard print nail art {Cosmar Gel Kit}

Hello Beauties!

Ok, brace yourselves… this is a long post! Last weekend I went out in search of a polish or gel to repair a broken nail. As I was walking around the aisles of CVS I found this Quick Nails Brush-On Gel Kit. It was $11.49 and I thought, why not! It beats paying $30+ at a salon to have them done. Plus this product doesn’t require UV lights to dry.

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So let’s get started… first off here are some of the tools I used for this look. The gel kit {I know… obviously, right?}. Any black nail polish. I used Wet n Wild in ‘Black Creme’. Toothpicks {not to be used for the teeth} & a dotting tool. Orly nail polishes in ‘Sterling Silver Rose’ & ‘Crushed Mauve’ and lastly Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat (pictured at the end, but any base and topcoat will do).

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Next… what in the world comes in this gel kit?? Well I’ll tell you… An instruction sheet, 2-sided nail buffer & shaper, manicure stick, 24 square nail tips & 26 petite nail tips, pink nail glue, brush cleaner, gel overlay and finally the gel activator. BTW- I LOVE that this nail glue comes with that little red piece. It has a sharp needle inside so you can cover the top of the glue when finished and it leaves a hole for the next time you use it… I know… genius right! No more finding something sharp to stick in there when the glue hardens.
Ok, so a little inside scoop on the gel activator (the smallest of the three). You’ll notice that it doesn’t have a brush attached to the cap like any normal “polish” would have. Well, that’s because this stuff is so powerful it mutates the brush… don’t ask how I know, lol! Ok, ok… I’ll tell you 😉 I accidentally left the brush from the brush cleaner in it and the brush started curling into a C within 5 minutes! Yikes… so needless to say, that brush stays in the brush cleaner!

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Alright already… let’s start with the good stuff!

1. Give yourself a little mini manicure by cutting your nails down, but not too short. You’ll want the nail glue to attach to your nail not your skin. File the tops and the edges with the nail file provided. Be careful not to file them down on the top too much otherwise your nails can become thin.
2. Find the right size nail tip and add a drop of glue to the backside. Press the nail tip down onto your finger nail while it’s still attached to the wheel and squueze onto your nail including close to the edges. Use the nail tool if necessary. Add some more glue on the top where the fake nail meets your real nail making sure there are no air bubbles. You don’t want water to creep in there because it can cause mold… gross! Once it’s on there twist the wheel, it comes off really easy.
3. Finish with the rest of the nails and file down any rough edges.
4. Now comes the fun part.
a. First unscrew all the caps to the three bottles so you can go back and forth between them easily.
b. Start by applying the gel overlay to the nail. I applied 4 coats.
c. While the gel overlay is still wet take the brush from the brush cleaner and dip it into the gel activator and sweep it over the wet gel. (also 4 coats).
d. Wipe off the excess gel activator from that brush onto a paper towel in between dips and then dip the brush back into the brush cleaner and again wipe off the excess on the paper towel. You basically want to keep that brush as “gel free” as possible so the activator doesn’t harden it.

IMG_6385Once the gel was completely dry (I waited about 15 minutes just to be sure) I filed the tops down a bit and repeated the steps above until I had the desired thickness I wanted. This is what mine looked like after 2 rounds of gel application.

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Next polish the nails with Orly Top Coat

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Followed by Orly Crushed Mauve.

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You can end the madness here, OR…. add some cool leopard print… This step is optional, but I thought it was kinda fun and trendy. Using the flat end of the toothpick, take the Sterling Silver Rose and randomly place dots on the ring finger (or whichever finger your little heart desires). I also did my pinky finger. Then take the small dotting tool and the Wet in Wild black polish and carefully place brackets (  ) and C shapes around the pink dots. Fill in any empty spaces with random shaped black dots.IMG_6388

This is what it should look like:

IMG_6390[1]and finally… paint only one finger with the Sterling Silver Rose (I chose to do the pointer finger this color) and finish with the top coat. Voila… The finished product!!

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So overall… I really like this product! It is super affordable and they last! I haven’t had one nail chip or come off. They feel like real acrylic nails and I’ve gotten tons of compliments which makes me feel like they don’t look like an amateur did them (AKA: ME). The only thing I will say is that doing them on yourself is a bit tough, especially doing my right hand and I noticed the gel layering was a little uneven because I guess I wasn’t consistent in how much I put on each nail. Also, I wish the nail tips didn’t have that funky heart shape at the top. I think it would be hard to do a pretty French tip because you could see the shape under the gel. Other than that, I’m very happy and impressed with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking to do their very own gel set!

I hope this helped you in some way shape or form! Catch you on my next post 😉 Till then Laugh often & Love always ❤

Xoxo,
Cristina