Makeup Mondays with Morgan- Choosing the right Foundation

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com

Hello beautiful people! This week I want to talk about something that is so important to every makeup wearer; Tips on finding the right foundation for your skin tone. There are so many makeup brands out there that make foundation and it’s hard sometimes know where to start. When I first started doing make up 10 years ago this was one of the hardest things for me to fully master. The reason that finding the right foundation tone can be so difficult is because every person has multiple tones of colors in their skin and you might not be able to detect which tone is dominant on your face. The most dominant tones in foundations to choose from are either, red or pink, yellow or olive. People like Kim Kardashian and J-Lo naturally have a lot of yellow tones in their skin so they have to use foundations that have more of a yellow base. The majority of people that have darker skin tones tend to lean more towards red or pink tones like Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey. Olive skin tones are less common but the one person that comes to mind would Penelope Cruz. A really great way to help you find your dominant tone is to try and match the foundation to your chest. Your face might be a slightly different tone due to a tan or pigmentation issues so your main goal is to make your skin match so match it to your chest so that once applied they should flow seamlessly together. Most foundation brands will offer either a pink for a yellow based foundation. I know with M.A.C it’s either NW or NC. NW stands for warm tones like red or pink, and NC stands for cool tones like yellow. So keep that in mind when you’re searching for your foundation color. Also test a small patch on the side of your face close to your jaw line so it’s not super noticeable to anybody else but noticeable for you. wear it for at least 10 minutes and see how it looks when it sets sometimes foundations set a little bit darker changing the color you initially thought it was. As a added bonus when shopping around for that perfect base, most makeup counters can make samples of foundation, but of course they don’t announce that because they want you to buy the full bottle. so if you’re on the fence about buying a certain foundation ask for a sample so that you can try it out for a week before committing to it. I hope this post helps those of you trying to find the perfect foundation. Thank you also much for reading and as always stay beautiful till next Monday!
Morgan

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan- Brow Shaping

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com
This week I want to talk a little bit about brow shaping. Within the past few years brow shaping has become very popular and this is a trend that I am happily on board with. The eyebrows are the frames of your face, without defined brows your face looks a bit lost and incomplete in photos. I think that in the past people were afraid to define their brows because they didn’t want to make them look too dark. But luckily since the 80s (when that look was in 😉 we have come a long way in terms of Brow makeup products. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a great brow makeup line, I love using their brow gels. I also really like Clinique’s super fine liner for brows because it’s very thin and you can go with very small strokes that look really natural when filling in your eyebrows. I even sometimes use an eyeshadow that complements a clients skin tone, wet an angle brush and paint on the eyebrows that way. When trying to create that perfect shape there are a few thing to consider. First follow the natural shape of your eyebrow and create your outline using that as your guide. I like to use the brush on the on the bottom part of my eyebrow first so that I can blend it up later and make it look more natural. It’s a good idea to use the inner corners of your eye as an end point when filling in your brows, you don’t want to create a unibrow look. Use the outer corner of the eye as a stopping point if you overextended too far it makes you look a little bit older. Remember when applying darker colors less is more so start off with a little amount of product on your brush and you can always add to it. If you put too much on it’s hard to fix that mistake without wiping it off. You can also add a little bit of concealer above and below the eyebrow for further definition. This step is a great thing to do for those that are afraid to put too much product on. If you use a concealer that’s just a little bit lighter than your skintone it makes your brows naturally standout more kind of like a natural highlight and Contor thing. I really embrace brows and I think that you should work with what you have. Love your brows! I hope that this post helped those trying to figure out how to go about filling in your brows.
Thank you so much for reading and as always tell next Monday stay beautiful!
Morgan

 

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan- My favorite things

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com

 

This week I want to talk about the essentials in my makeup kit. People ask me all the time if I use one particular brand of make up or mix it up? I absolutely use different brands of make up because I feel like different brands do different things very well but they might not be good at everything. So I’ll walk you through my go to products. I am a huge fan of Clinique and M.A.C since I worked for both companies in the past. I think that Clinique has an excellent skin care line for people that range from sensitive to oily skin they have a number of products then keep you covered. I love their eye make up remover’s especially because their ophthalmologist tested which is something that’s really important when you’re putting something on that close to your eyes. They also have a really great brush cleanser that I use all the time! Some brush cleanser’s don’t get everything off of your brush but I feel like Clinique is really good at making a product it takes the make up off to brush M.A.C is also another place that has a great brush cleanser. Clinique also has a loose powder that is very light that I love using as a setting powder after I’ve applied foundation on my clients. So those are my top products from Clinique. Moving on to M.A.C, M.A.C does so many great things in the make up world. One of my must-have’s in my make up kit would have to be their studio fix fluid foundation. It lasts, sits nicely on the skin and does not look cakey or overdone and I know that it will last all night. I truly love their lip liners I’ve tried so many lip liners in the past and to me I feel like M.A.Cs stay on the lips the best… I know they’re expensive but they’re worth the investment because they keep your lips looking great for a long time. They have such a great range of lipsticks and eyeshadows that are very pigmented and the beautiful on. They also have a great line of highlights that look so soft and beautiful on the skin. My next top brand believe or not is Sephora! They have excellent waterproof eyeliners that stay on the skin so well and they are highly pigmented. Both the gel liners and the retractable pencils are a must for me in my kit. They also have great silicone based primer’s that are less expensive then some primers that are out there but still do a very good job. Sephora’s lip products are also pretty good they are not as thick or as pigmented in my opinion as M.A.C’s but still very pretty. Last but not least my favorite brand of mascara for my own personal use would be benefits “they’re real.”
So whether you’re trying to build a make up kit or even just spruce up your own make up stash, these are products that have really worked for me and I hope that this post provides a little bit of helpful guidance.
Thank you so much for reading. Happy Memorial Day! and as always stay beautiful till next Monday

Thank you so much,
Morgan

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan- How to make your eyeshadows pop

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.comThis week I want to talk about how to make your eyeshadows pop! There are a few simple ways that you can get your eyeshadows to look a little bit bolder and they’re very easy to do. For those eyeshadows that look great in the pan but the color pay off on your skin doesn’t seem all that grand, Here’s what you can do to spice it up. So for those neon colors that I want to look more bold like a bright lime green or bright yellow, I use a white base so that the color appears more bold. I really like to use NYX the jumbo pencil in the color milk because it easily glides onto the lid and It smooths out on the skin pretty easily.

 

 

 

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A white eyeshadow primer or any white eye pencil will do it just might take a little bit more work if it’s a skinny pencil. Since the objective is for the consistency to be smooth and seamless it can be difficult to work with a small pencil due to the fact that if not blended correctly you can see streaking underneath eyeshadow. The second trick that I like to use particularly with metallic types of eyeshadows is to wet the brush a little bit before using it. This way the product sticks to the brush better and glides onto the skin better leaving more pigmentation. You can wet the brush with water or any type of face setting spray like M.A.Cs fix spray.

 

 

 

 

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When I use water I will take a very small amount of water and put it on a plate or something and just get it on the sides of the brush so I don’t leave the brush soaking wet, you really don’t want it soaking wet because then it won’t pick up any product. The sprays work really well for this because it is damp without having to try to hard. This step really comes in handy for me when I’m creating my defined eyebrow look. I take an angled brush and a dark brown eyeshadow that suits the color of my eyebrows, I wet the brush and then draw my eyebrows in place. So that it gives me that really nice defined look without having to spend a fortune on brow gel’s and all those other expensive brow products that are out there. These tricks really help me when I’m trying to create that dramatic look or defined brow so I really hope that these tricks help.

 

Thanks for reading!

Morgan

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan-skin care

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com

 

This week I want to talk about skin care. All right ladies I know that my skin is not perfect but this is what I do to keep the pimples away and it works for me. I follow these steps twice a day in the morning and at night. I wash my face with cetaphil facial cleanser (for oily skin in the summer and normal to dry formula in the winter.) I have pretty dry skin in the winter time and the consistency of the cetaphil is wonderful because it’s so gentle, it almost feels like I’m washing my face with the lotion as opposed to a harsh cleanser. For the summertime I like to use the normal to oily formula because I am oilier and it cuts the extra oil that I have on my skin. After that step I use an astringent and I like to use witch hazel, it’s cheap not harsh on the skin and it actually helps to make your pores look smaller overtime. Then after that I use a moisturizer, I like Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion. Clinique also has a gel that is pretty much the same but it’s great for people that have oily skin because it just adds moisture and doesn’t leave that slightly greasy feeling that lotions can leave behind. Then after that I’m ready to put on my make up. At night I follow the same steps but I add a couple more steps. If you have worn makeup that day then it’s very important to make sure that You take off all the make up. So I’ll use a makeup remover of some type to get everything off and if I rinse my face and I still see that there’s a bit of make up on I’ll use the makeup remover again. I like to use an eye makeup remover first that his been ophthalmologist tested so that I know that it’s not going to hurt my eyes if anything gets in. Removing your eye makeup with oil can lead to glaucoma so I really try to avoid using any Eye makeup remover is with that in it. Then I will take a make a cleanser and wash my whole face I like to use either Clinique’s take the day off or, M.A.Cs green gel cleanser. I like my makeup cleanser to have more suds when I rinse my face but there are makeup cleansers that do not foam as much when cleansing, so if you prefer that go ahead and try a different kind of makeup remover. This step is so important in your daily routine because if you don’t get all the make up off then you’re not truly cleaning your skin. So after that I follow my three steps, then I use an eye cream I like to use Clinique’s “all about eyes” it’s very gentle but hydrating and then if there is a night cream that I want I apply that before I apply my lotion. And that’s it that’s all I do and it works for me. I hope that you guys give it a try if you are having any issues with keeping your skin clear. I know that everyone’s skin is different so please reach out to me if you have any questions about skin care and I will try to help answer them. Thank you so much for reading.
as always stay beautiful till next Monday
Morgan

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