Makeup Mondays with Morgan- Ombre lips

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com

 

 

 

This week I want to talk about ombré lips. I love this look! It’s such a great look and not that difficult to create. There are several ways to create this colorful look. I like to start by lining my lip with a darker color then my base color either lipstick or gloss will work. If I’m going for a purple based ombré I’ll use a deep plum or burgundy color to outline my lips and slightly fill in the outer corners of the lips. Then I place the main color on top of that trying to keep most of the product in the center of the lips and then spread it to the outer corners. I spread it slightly so that it does not fully cover the deeper liner that I have just filled in. imageThen I go in with a light pink or purple and put it right in the center of my lips. Very gently, I will either smoosh my lips together or use a lip brush to blend the colors slightly. It’s important to remember not to blend too much or you’ll lose that pretty graduation of color. If you don’t have a large collection of different lipsticks and liners you can you eyeshadows to create your ombré. Start by using your base color then use a deeper shadow in the same family color and layer it on top in the outer corners of your lips.

Using a shadow will give you more of a matte look and make it longer lasting. When building any shadow remember less is more so put small amounts on your brush at a time, this will make it easier to control. Then blend the color slightly lighter right before the outer corners. Continue blending until your happy with the look. I like to use red into orange and red into purple as a few more examples of different color options. This bold look is best worn with simple eyeshadow in my opinion so it also saves you a bit of time with your makeup 🙂

Thank you so much for reading I hope you guys enjoyed this post.
Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions.
Till next Monday, Stay Beautiful
Morgan

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan- Clean Makeup Look

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This week I want to talk about the clean makeup look and how to keep it cute and simple.
Keeping it light, this is great for those days that you want to look cute but don’t want to spend a ton of time putting on makeup. First start by using your skin corrector in the places you want coverage, if you do not have any places on your skin that you feel need correcting then just go in with your foundation. Use a nice clean layer everywhere including your eyelids. If you’re someone that tends to have a lot of creasing use a base/primer before putting foundation on your eyelid. Make sure the base/primer is a color close to your skintone. Once you have placed the foundation everywhere you can take a concealer that is slightly lighter than your skin tone and outline your brows on the top and the bottom. Bring that same concealer underneath your eye as well this will give you a minimal highlighting affect. Once you have done these steps make sure to blend the two together (the foundation and concealer) so that it looks seamless. Then take a powder that is the color of your skin tone and lightly go over the eyelid and underneath eye to set the makeup. Then use your favorite eyeliner and mascara, of course don’t forget to outline your brows with your favorite product. Then you can add a little bit of blush and lipstick or lip gloss and you’re done. It will probably take you around 10 minutes at most so fast and simple but you don’t leave feeling like you’re leaving your face completely naked. I also really love this look because the clean simple make up look also makes you look younger and more youthful without all the dark colors on your eyes. Thank you so much for reading this is a quick tip that saves me so much time when I’m on the go and I hope that it helps you guys as well.
Till next Monday stay beautiful,
love always
Morgan

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan- Oily Skin

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This week I want to talk a little bit about how to maintain your makeup when you have oily skin. As the summer months roll in  sometimes it can get a little tricky trying to maintain the overall makeup look you’ve created on oily skin. There are a few simple tricks that you can do to try and maintain the freshness of your look throughout the day. One of the most important things to do, especially in the summer, is make sure you clean your face thoroughly before applying makeup. This will ensure that you’ve gotten rid of any excess oil or dirt that may have built up on your face before you put on your make up. The second important thing that you should do is follow up with an astringent. There are many great brands that make astringents but witch Hazel is also a really great inexpensive option. An astringent will remove most of the dead skin cells on your face but when used over time it will also help to control the balance between the oil and moisture in your face. Witch hazel also helps to make your skin look a bit tighter and your pores to appear smaller over time and give your skin a slight glow. Once you have gone through your skin cleansing routine try to use either a powder foundation or a matte foundation as they will wear better throughout the day. Once your makeup is in place, if you start to shine a little bit you can use blotting sheets… they’re very effective at whisking away oil. You can also use a translucent setting powder, be sure to use a translucent powder on top of your makeup. If you happen to use a powder with more pigment in it you will continue to layer product on your face throughout the day and eventually it will give you a cakey look. A Translucent powder just takes away shine but does not add more color to the skin. Another small tip that you can try is to put your astringent in a spray bottle and mist it in the air and on your face as many times throughout the day as you want to. This will help to make your make up look more like skin and also control the balance of oil on your face throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at how much the small tips will help you maintain your overall makeup look throughout the day.
Thank you so much for reading I really hope that this post to help those of you with oily skin.
 As always stay beautiful,  till next Monday love you much 🙂
Morgan
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Makeup Mondays with Morgan-Matte Lipstick

 

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This week I want to talk about Matte lipsticks. I feel like these lipsticks don’t get enough credit. A lot of people don’t wear them that often because they’re very drying they don’t go on your lips as easily as say a creamy lipstick would. If you can get past those small set backs you can enjoy all the other great benefits of using a Matte lipstick. They are particularly great for long wear. If you’re busy and on the go, they are great because you don’t have to think about reapplying them over and over again. They are also really great for brides 😉 because they stay on in photographs and you won’t have to touch them up several times throughout the night. Another Great thing about these lipsticks are that they tend to be highly pigmented. If you’re somebody that likes to use bold colors like red or even the really dark colors (that are in right now) A matte lipstick is the way to go.
There are a couple ways that you can make them a little less drying. You can add a small amount of lip balm to your lips before you put this lipstick on remember not to add too much for that will change the texture of the lipstick. The second thing you can do, is after you’ve applied it add a very tiny amount of lipgloss either (a very similar color or a clear) to the center of the lips and lightly smash them together. This tiny bit of gloss will give you just a little bit of moisture and throughout the day as you talk and move your lips it will disperse the moisture throughout your lips evenly. So don’t be afraid of the matte lip products, have fun with it.
Thank you so much for reading as always stay beautiful 🙂
till next Monday
Morgan

 

 

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Makeup Mondays with Morgan-Strobing

 

 

Morgan Monkou-www.MarianneElizabethPhotography.com

 

 

 

 

Strobing is One of the hottest looks trending and makeup right now. You’re probably wondering (as I was) what in the world is Strobing? The name sounds super fancy and very technical but it’s basically just highlighting. It’s simple and elegant, this look can be really beautiful when done correctly. It’s a very clean flawless make up look. Contouring and highlighting are great techniques to use when getting camera ready. Contouring however, can be a dramatic look and I know that there are many people that don’t like the look of the dark tones associated with contouring. Strobing is a great way to enhance those features that you want to pop without contouring. There are so many products and great brands that make highlighters that you can use to achieve this look. Typically you can use creams or powders either matte or with the shimmer. When I highlight my own face I like to use a lighter concealer color on the parts of my face and I want to highlight then for a more enhanced highlight I will layer it with a highlighting powder. I personally like to use a highlight with a shimmer because I love the way that it looks when the light hits.image                                       I love Bobbi Brown’s shimmer bricks and Sephora makes a great highlighter as well.

 

 

 

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The main areas I try to focus on when placing the highlight on my face are: The cheek bones, the bridge of the nose, the skin right above the eyebrows, the inner eye lids, the Cupid’s bow and chin. Highlighting these areas will really enhance your facial features.
Remember when highlighting less is more, you want it to look subtle so layer the product on in small amounts at a time until you achieve your desired look.
Thank you so much for reading,
Till next Monday stay beautiful
Morgan

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