Contouring: The Products, The Tools, The Color Theory

So pretty much everyone has done a contouring tutorial or video. Wayne Goss has done not one, not two, but three different videos. Jane Pratt’s beauty site has published a couple of contouring articles.  As of late, the internet has been blowing up with glam_her_booth’s impressive contouring transformation, which has been reposted on various sites about a bajillion times.

Everyone should check out Tylor Kirsten (glam_her_booth) on Instagram, because she’s crazy talented.

So why should I bother with my own tutorial? It’s not going to be as pretty as Wayne’s and it certainly won’t be as dramatic as Tylor’s. Well, I’m gonna do what I do best: throw some science in this bitch. We’re gonna talk about color theory, we’re gonna talk about product formulations, and we’re gonna have an all-around good time. Let’s dive in. Continue reading


EYELINER WEEK: Dual-Winged Liner

We’ve reached the end, my friends! The final post of Eyeliner Week (yes, I own a calendar and I know this took a lot longer than a week, but I already apologized, so there’s no need to harp on me) is upon us. To bring this blessed event to a close, today’s post will demonstrate another option for wearing the many colored liners I recently featured. As the title would suggest, we’ll be tackling dual-winged liner today. Dual-winged liner is two lines super-imposed on top of one another (as opposed to double-winged liner, which is a different animal altogether). It’s surprisingly easy, so let’s jump right in. Make an awkwardly unphotogenic face and let’s do this. Continue reading

EYELINER WEEK: Double-Winged Liner…Two Ways!

Before I apologize for how long I delayed finishing Eyeliner week, allow me to bask in the Siouxsie Sioux fierceness of the above featured image. This post is gonna get a little weird and a lot fabulous, so buckle up.

Now, before I set off on this tutorial, please allow me to apologize for how far off-track I allowed myself to stray with regards to Eyeliner Week. I was so excited for this, I was prepared, I had a plan and outlines and everything, and yet, life got in the way. I fell behind, and I’m sorry if any of you readers felt even a twinge of sadness at seeing how derailed my proposed Eyeliner Week had become. Or even if you felt just mildly inconvenienced. Or if it didn’t affect you at all. Even to those people who don’t read my blog, I’m sorry. This is what Catholic guilt does to me.

Back to the issue at hand: eyeliner. Specifically, double-winged eyeliner. That’s an eyeliner look with two wings, for those not grasping the finer points of self-explanation. And I’m gonna show you two ways to achieve this look, so it’s actually four wings. Quadruple-winged eyeliner, here we come! Continue reading


I love eyeliner. I really, REALLY love love love eyeliner. So I have decided to dedicate a week of posts to my most favorite member of the beauty arsenal: eyeliner (let’s see how many times I can use the word “eyeliner” in a single post). Prepare your eyeballs to be amazed by the wonders of lining.

If you really want to know the schedule so you can avoid the boring posts (though I can assure you there won’t be any because eyeliner is the most radical and captivating thing EVER) the week will continue as follows:

Monday:  How To: Perfect Winged Eyeliner (Tutorial)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner Pen in Trooper (Product Review)

Tuesday:  Universally Flattering: Brown Eyeliner (Product Recommendations)

Wednesday:  Colored Liner (Product Recommendations)

Thursday:  Double-Winged Liner (Tutorial)

Friday:  Dual-Winged Liner (Tutorial)–no, despite the similar name, it’s not the same thing as Double-Winged Liner, and it will blow your freaking mind.

Welcome to Eyeliner Week: Because Shark Week was Three Weeks Ago and I Need a New Themed Week to Give My Life Meaning!

Universally Flattering Looks: Parisian Chic

Let me preface this by saying I am neither cool nor French. I am an ungainly Midwesterner in every sense of the term. But, if I were a cool French girl, I have a pretty good idea how I’d do my makeup. It would be imprecise, but classic. It would work with a variety of sartorial choices. It wouldn’t be too harsh, nor too subtle, nor too complicated. Above all, it would make me look effortless, like the kind of young, urbane woman who wakes up, lounges around with her lover for a bit,  smears on a bit of lip color, and pulls an Isabel Marant sweater off the floor of her adorably disheveled apartment and meets her friends for an espresso (clearly, I have given this mental picture far too much detailed thought). Continue reading

Hold On to Summer: Beachy Hair & Beautiful Legs

I subscribe to a philosophy that all people can be categorized by their favorite season, and that this holds some significant meaning regarding their respective personalities. Winter people like cold-weather sports; spring people are optimists; summer people are capable of tanning.

Personally, I dig fall. It’s my jam. New clothes, crisp school notebooks, technicolor leaves, and my birthday all come together to make this a magical time of year. Plus, the weather starts cooling down a bit, so makeup doesn’t melt off my face the same way it does in the bowels of hell mid-July. I am an “autumn person.”

However, I understand that some people are summer people. I am not–probably because I can’t tan. However, I do sympathize. This is a distressing time of year for summer people, watching the season slip away before their eyes like so many sunsets sinking into a warm August lake. We’re only a couple weeks from September!  So, to appease the summer set that desperately clings to these last few shreds of sun and fun, I have created this post. Continue reading

Style Time Machine: Bubble Buns

I would like to revisit a dark, shameful period of my childhood with the internet. Except it’s not really dark and shameful for me, just my immediate family who thought that 12-year-old Nikki was a sartorial embarrassment. Whatever, my aesthetic choices were just streets ahead. At the dawn of the new millenium, I was a fan of a hair style that was (not so endearingly) termed “bubble buns” by my mother and sister. It was pretty much just small pigtail buns placed high on the sides of my head. Pretty dope, right? I was so fly; I looked like a prepubescent brunette Zenon.

Non-coincidentally, I have burned all pictures from this part of my childhood.

So I decided to make a tutorial, mostly because I had nothing better to do last night, and partly because I think my sister and some friends will get a kick out of it. Yuck it up at my misfortune, clowns.

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