Friday, January 31, 2014

How To Prevent Eyemakeup Smudges

Lindsey's mascara: Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

We've all seen it. Pesky remnants of eyeliner stamped across the eyelids. Black dots and lines streaked underneath the eyes. Most of us are busy ladies, and dealing with eyemakeup smudges is something we just don't have time for.

We recently got a question from a reader about how to prevent smudging, and we thought it would be a great topic to address. Smudges can be prevented! In this post, I'm going to share my typical eye makeup routine with you, step-by-step, which should help you avoid smudges.

Prep your lids. Try starting with a great primer like, Stila's Prime Pot (love!). This is a great little product that will help keep your eyeshadow from creasing. (In a pinch, I have even used it as an undereye concealer!). Next, use a good, pigmented eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is important if you wear eyeliner. I've found that if I skip it, I can count on having eyeliner smudges all over the place. A good eyeshadow will act as a nice barrier and will prevent picking up traces of your eyeliner.

Primer: Stila 
Eyeshadow: Lancome, TwoFaced, Chanel, & Estee Lauder.

Layer your liner. Make sure to use a quality pencil eyeliner. Again, go for a pigmented formula. If it's not very pigmented, it will be annoying to use and you will not easily achieve a nice, dark line. This next step is optional: I always follow with a layer of liquid liner right on top. I never have smudging issues when I use it. I've found that it locks down my eyeliner nicely. I love it! If you don't have a lot of experience using liquid liner, it may take some practice. A rookie mistake is not letting it dry thoroughly after it has been applied. Try to keep your eyes as close to being shut as possible until dry. Be patient if you're learning : ). I suggest opting for a longwear or waterproof formula.

Pencil: Chanel, Estee Lauder, MAC
Liquid: Lancôme, & Maybelline's waterproof formula
Click here and here to read more about liquid liners we like.

Opt for waterproof mascara. Waterproof is probably the way to go if you have issues with mascara smudging. Since waterproof formulas can be more difficult to remove, be sure to use a good eyemakeup remover (and wipe away gently so you don't rub lashes off!).

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara 

(Read what we've previously said about it here)


Let me know if y'all have questions!
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter-Inspired Eye Makeup With Dior Fusion Mono Shadow

It has been an eventful last 24 hours. Alabama got hit with a snow storm yesterday, and it took our city by surprise. Fortunately, I made it home safely. My sister, Lindsey, was trapped for over nine hours in her car on the interstate before a wonderful friend of ours saved the day by picking her up in the middle of the night on his four wheeler. God bless sweet friends like him! : ) Hopefully, she will make it home soon!

In the spirit of this snowy yet beautiful day, it seems appropriate to do a quick post on an icy silver cream eyeshadow that I'm liking at the moment. It's Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Etoile. Its texture is similar to the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre cream shadows we recently posted about here, only more lightweight. I found the Dior shadow to be a bit more sheer than the Chanel one, but it is still buildable, and it looks very pretty on. Inspired by the models' makeup at the 2014 Chanel Spring Couture show (see here), I wanted to try a toned-down daytime version of the silver shimmer + black liquid eyeliner combo.

After creating a black winged cat eye along the upper lash line, I moistened a lip brush and then used it to apply the silvery cream eyeshadow along my bottom lash line as well as on my sweet friend Ashley's below, who let me experiment with her Dior shadow. (I love playing in friend's makeup bags! : ) We like how it turned out. The look is a subtle, pretty option for winter.

I recommend building the product by applying a couple of layers of cream shadow if you are trying to achieve an "eyeliner" effect, as seen here. It can also be applied all over the lids as a sheer, shimmery highlighter over your eyeshadow. 

Eyes: Diorshow Fusion Mono Shadow in Etoile | L'Oreal Precision Point Liquid Eyeliner | Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
Pullovers, left to right: Patterson J. Kincaid, Elizabeth & James
Would love to know what y'all think. Stay warm today, and happy Wednesday!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Chanel Spring 2014 Makeup: Notes de Printemps

It's 25 degrees in Alabama, and we are craving signs of spring. Ready for warm weather! Since we can't put away our coats and boots just yet, for now, spring makeup will have to do. We really like Chanel's new spring collection, Notes de Printemps, which features some really gorgeous shades of pinks and purples. The colors are pretty and girly, yet still sophisticated. Here, Lindsey is wearing some of our favorites from the collection. 

Our top pick is the quad of eyeshadows, Lumieries Facette Quadra Eyeshadow in Quadrille. It's a great palette that you can achieve a lot of looks from. It has a warm pink, a medium plum, a pretty champagne, and a deep velvety mink shadow. We like to go heavier on the pink and purple shades. Also part of the collection is a new shade of sparkly pink cream eyeshadow, Illusion D'ombre Longwear Eyeshadow in Impulsion, which looks great when applied lightly on top as a highlighter, as seen on Lindsey. (Click here to see a previous post on the Illusion D'ombre cream shadows.) Our favorite blush in the collection is Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Chamade. Lindsey is wearing it here with a light dusting of the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice on top, which is a bright coral hue.  Finally, our top lip color pick from the collection is the Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lipstick in Triomphe. This shade of pink is really flattering and is great for spring. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think : )

We wish y'all a lovely Friday!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Getting Creative With Your Makeup: Multipurpose Cream Shadows

  Sometimes it can pay to think outside the box when it comes to your makeup. Doing so might just elevate a product you initially deemed so-so to one that you absolutely love. Case in point: Estee Lauder's Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints, which are cream eyeshadows. 

For me, it scores average when dabbed over the lids as an all-over eyeshadow (powder formulas have traditionally been my preference). But I love using it as an eyeliner. Love! The little cream shadows have a consistency that glides along the lash line very nicely when applied with an angled eyeliner brush. The formula is lightweight and highly pigmented, so you achieve full color with just one stroke. I like bright pops of color on the eyes, so I chose the Extreme Emerald shade. To get this look, I started with a neutral eyeshadow powder as an all-over base on the lids, and then I followed with some black pencil eyeliner along the top lash line. Next, I applied liquid eyeliner directly on top of the pencil liner (brown or black is fine), winging it out a bit at the edges. Finally, I dipped my slanted eyeliner brush into the green Shadow Paint and applied it right on top of the liquid liner. Three layers (and formulas) of eyeliner might sound excessive, but it really does make applying the Shadow Paint easier because it gives you a path to follow, and it also helps keep it in place since it gives it something to grip.

We thought you also might like to see what the Shadow Paint looks like when applied across the lid as an eyeshadow, so we blended Chained, a shimmery bronze, and Extreme Emerald, the same electric green pictured on me, onto Lindsey's.

We used our fingertips to apply the product to the lids. A concealer brush would also work if you prefer to use a tool. To achieve this subtle two-toned look, start with an all-over base of Chained. Next, blend in a teeny bit of Extreme Emerald on the outer portion of the lids. Although the green looks pretty bright in the container, if it is applied with a light touch in small doses, you can achieve the soft and pretty effect seen here. The formula doesn't build very well, so you have to work somewhat quickly if you're going to blend two or more shades together. Once dry, both pencil and liquid liner were applied to the upper lash line and then topped off with a coat of the Chained Shadow Paint as eyeliner.

Click here to see Instagram snaps of us wearing the Bold Cobalt and Neon Fuschia shades of the shadow paint as eyeliner. Let us know which look y'all like the most!

Happy Wednesday!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ombré Love

Mary's Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Mysterious Mauve

When it comes to hair color, ombré is most fun. Sorry, blondes. : ) I think it is, anyway, which is why I've sported the two-toned look for the past two years. I recently had my ombré redone by Lita Peer (she's great!) at Richard Joseph Salon in Birmingham, Alabama, and I'm pleased with the results. If you're thinking about giving ombré a try, it pays to do your homework before deciding on a salon. Below I've listed some helpful points to consider as well as the colorists Lindsey and I recommend.

Find an experienced colorist and grill them. (Nicely, of course! : )
Make sure they have experience doing ombré, and ask to see pictures of their work. Once you decide on a salon, bring photos (lots!) of ombré looks you like. Photo examples help keep communication clear. Your definition of "golden blonde" may be quite different than your colorist's! I always request a cooler shade of blonde with a teeny bit of gold in it, but that's what works with my coloring. Also, my ends are fully colored, and the brown/blonde contrast is pretty blunt. You may want to request something a bit more subtle if it's your first time!

Get professional deep conditioning
The coloring process will make your ends extremely dry, so this is a must. Get a deep conditioning treatment while you're there. Your hair will feel so much better, and you'll thank yourself.

3. Adjust your haircare routine
Start using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner at home. Lindsey and I like the Bumble and Bumble Mending shampoo/conditioner, which is what Lita used in my hair and recommends. You'll also need a good hair oil to keep your ends hydrated. Bumble and Bumble's Hair Dresser's Oil is wonderful, and we use this at home. Bumble and Bumble's Quenching Complex is also recommended for hydrating. Both Lita and Stephanie Andary from Bumble and Bumble in NYC used these products on me when doing my ombré.

Here is where we've had our ombré done and who did it. rocked at it.

Birmingham, AL
Lita Peer

Stephanie Andary (did my color)
Zoe Wiepert (did Lindsey's color)
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hello, New Year!

Hello, 2014 and to our dedicated followers! Don't know about y'all, but we are excited about a fresh new year! For our first post of 2014, we thought it would be a good opportunity to re-introduce ourselves and tell you what you can expect from us in the coming months. 

I'm Mary (that's me on the right), and on the left is my wonderful younger sis and closest friend, Lindsey. We started Laylon in February 2012, as a way to document our trials, experimentation, and "adventures", if you will, in makeup and skincare. I was living in Toronto at the time, and Lindsey was in NYC. Since then, we've done a bit of moving around, but now we're both in our sweet home, Alabama (Birmingham, to be exact). Makeup is fun, and we enjoy sharing the love. We are ever-curious, ever-experimental. We love, love, love trying out new looks on ourselves and others. We hope our blog will inspire you to try new things and perhaps get out of your comfort zone.

This year, we'll keep sharing our beauty ideas and inspiration, and you can expect more detailed tutorials and video clips, as well as a few other surprises. We'll continue experimenting with looks, not only on ourselves, but on our fun and inspiring friends, who we can't wait for you to meet! Also expect posts on other things (besides makeup) that we're digging.

We always like hearing from you. Keep talking to us. Tell us what you're thinking and what you'd like to see more of.  
In case you were wondering, we set the camera on self-timer for these pics. Took turns making each other laugh during the countdown. Laughing is good. 

Coats, from left: PinkyOtto, Rag and Bone

Cheers to a happy 2014! 

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