Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bestie's Guest Post! Intro & Basics; her love affair with makeup

So I've talked about my bestie a bunch on here, and you all know that when I am my prettiest, it's because she has done my hair and makeup. After much begging, she has finally decided to grace us with her presence on this here blog. So, without further ado,  I'd like to introduce you to my bestie Megan. I hope you'll be nice to her! 


First things first, a little about me. As you know I have the most beautiful, generous, hilarious friend Kristen who is the reason behind this guest post (thanks for your kind encouragement friend <3). I was born and raised here in Kentucky where a very long time ago I fell in love with make up.


The story my Mother tells goes like this: I got into her make up cabinet at a very young age and got ahold of a tube of lipstick and after I had finished applying, thought I was hot shit. Walking around the house and posing for pictures.. and ever since then every birthday, Christmas, easter, (any holiday where gifts or baskets were involved) I asked for make up. 

Once the said make up was received, I practiced. A LOT. I would put on my Mariah Carey cassette tapes and sing and apply…. Sometimes crazy looks that resembled a clown, and some that were simple and classic. Every time I would come and show Mom she would always say “it’s too much” she still says this to this day.  My Mother was a minimalist (still is). She is a classic Stevie-Nicks-ish hippie that loves a coat of mascara, blush, chapstick, and a good tan. This trait was not passed onto me.

And as they say: the rest is history :)


Here are my top 5 celebrities that always seem to have amazing make up/I love to try and duplicate their looks:

Carrie Underwood (read that she does her own make up from time to time – kudos to Carrie!!)
Jessica Simpson
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jessie James Decker (recent addition)
Adriana Lima (her smudged sex kitten eyes are just amazing!) 

(Now, I know there are artists behind these looks – but I love looking through their photos for inspiration)


Okay, so lets get into a basic tutorial shall we?  Lets do eyeliner… This is somewhat of a simple yet complicated thing to master. With make up in general the more you do something the better and faster you get (or with anything in life I guess.. .) So, I am going to try and show/explain this as if I am showing someone who has NEVER used a liquid eyeliner in their life. So if you have used eyeliner before, you’re already ahead of the game! (go you).

*Quick Disclaimer* The way you choose to do your make up (colors, products, application techniques etc.) is your choice and perfectly okay! The most important thing is you're having fun :) My tips and techniques are purely what work for me and what works when I apply to others. Enjoy!

  • Step One - Start with the liquid liner tip (or brush) in the corner tear duct area and drag along the lash line and gently lift as you approach the outer corner of the eye. (note: the more pressure you put on your liquid eyeliner, the thicker your cat eye will be. I did medium pressure for my look.)
  • Step Two - Drag the liner from the outer corner of the eye slightly upwards (the higher you drag, the more dramatic the cat eye will be).
  • Step Three - Connect those two lines together.
  • Step Four - Fill in the liner (like a coloring book!)
And you're done!!! Hooray for cat eyes! and cats… hehe

For me, liquid eyeliner just feels like a complete 'polished' look. Here's the finished look with a full face of makeup - and of course, the eyeliner!


Ok guys - so what do you think? Gonna go try out some liquid eyeliner now? I know before I met Megsy, I could barely rock a pencil eyeliner, let alone liquid! So she definitely helped me, and I hope she helped you!

I'd love to feature her on the blog some more - we all know I'm no beauty guru, but she is and I'm sure she'd love to guest post more with just a wee bit of encouragement from you all. And please can we convince her to start her own makeup / beauty instagram already?! Seriously, help me convince her in the comments.

45 comments:

  1. I've never applied liquid eyeliner before, so I appreciate the tutorial (and the inclusion of step-by-step photos!)! It can be a bit intimidating. I just imagine myself messing it up, trying to rub it off with my bare hands, and ending up looking like a giant raccoon. But this seems doable! Thanks, Megan!
    P.S. The photo of your first lipstick experience is pretty awesome haha.

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  2. I've never tried liquid eyeliner because I've always been intimidated but I think I'll pick some up and give it a try or see if I have any from the beauty boxes! I loved having Megan on here.

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  3. Girl, you make this look so easy! I love the look & you definitely need to do some more guest posting over here :)

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  4. Ok, Kristen is right, your makeup is FLAWLESS girl! I love the winged eyeliner look, I've just never been great at accomplishing it but I'm definitely going to try out your tutorial tomorrow when I'm getting ready. And I'm going to be "that" annoying person but... what color/brand lipstick are you wearing in that last pic?! I love it!

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  5. I don't use liquid liner often but that is convincing me it is worth another go. Ummm can we just point out that she is gorgeous and need to start a blog like yesterday. Mm'Kay. Love the look with the pale pink shadow and the nude lip. Very classic, totally my style.

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  6. You are both stunningly gorgeous! I love all of your celeb picks too, Carrie and Adriana especially!

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  7. Yes keep bringin her back always :) I'm a makeup novice but am trying to get better. You've already inspired me to wear lipstick remember so now I guess I haveta try liquid eyeliner lol

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  8. You seriously make it look so easy! I have tried liquid liner before and never ever got the hang of it so it just hangs out until it dries up and I throw it away...I think I'm going to have to try this now...

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  9. I loved liquid eyeliner when I was in high school. I was a PRO at putting that stuff on my eyes. Now? Not so much, lol! And I agree with Kristen, you (Megan) should start your own instagram! :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  10. Gorgeous and I love your celeb make-up inspirations, their mine as well!!! The way you apply liner is so easy, who would have thought LOL! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  11. Oh my gosh... so beautiful. I want to try this... but question - what brand do you use? I use the Almay liquid liner & it ALWAYS smears within the hour at the corner of my eyes... what's a good 'stay put' one?

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  12. gorgeous! i love liquid eye liner! it looks so much better than the other stuff :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. Yay for a bestie post!! Love the celeb inspiration as well as your makeup - flawless!

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  14. So very nice to finally "meet" you, Megan! Loved reading your little history with makeup and seeing some of your celeb favorites. Great choices, and those are some of mine, too! (Especially Carrie. She's just flawless in every way!) Hope we get to hear more from you. :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  15. I love Megan already! Liquid eyeliner is great. She should definitely do more posts. :)

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  16. So glad that she did this post for you. Great pictures of how to do cat eyes with liquid eye liner! She is so beautiful and sweet. :)

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  17. Gorgeous girls!! I've yet to master liquid eyeliner but now I'm really considering trying one out. Does she have a favorite brand?

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  18. Oh I love this! I love a good liquid eyeliner but I'm the worst at doing the wings!! I'll definitely have to try this! I think she needs to do some regular makeup posts! ;)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. I ment be a regular on your blog with makeup posts, that kind of didn't make sense haha. Like a monthly thing or something! :)

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  19. I have liquid eye liner and have never used it...it scares me! I'll have to try this technique this weekend :)

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  20. Awesome post, lady!!! You are gorgeous and your make up is flawless. I wish I were as talented as you are with makeup! Hope you continue to post!

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  21. Hey there, nice to finally "meet" you! :) I love all of your celebrity inspirations, I totally agree! And your makeup looks AMAZING! I am so clueless, I need all the makeup help I can get! This tutorial on the liquid eyeliner cat eye is seriously the best one I have seen, it actually makes sense now and I think I could actually do it! Thanks so much!

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  22. Awesome post! I am a complete novice on the eyeliner front. So this tutorial is super helpful. I am just not sure I am brave enough to actually try it. ;)

    We definitely need more beauty tutorials!

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  23. You guys are so gorgeous! So glad Kristen was able to get you to guest post :) I'm going to give the liner tutorial a try- no matter how often I try I can never get it to look good and it ends up going from super thin line to totally crazy! You make it look so easy though!

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  24. Love her liquid liner look. To be honest, I get nervous with liquid liner more than I do with regular but this has inspired me to give it another try! What is the best liquid liner to get?

    All five of those ladies are my beauty icons as well! Always so fabulous and classy looking! Nice to finally meet the bestie!

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  25. Welcome, bestie! :) Liquid liner and I have had such a love/hate relationship for so long, but I finally found the one thing that helps me make a steady (and matching on both sides!) wing: resting my elbow on something while I apply. It never even occurred to me before and then one day I was like.. duh, let's try this. And ever since I have much more of a love/love relationship with the cat eye haha :)
    Kristen, will you get your friend to start a blog or channel or beauty insta already? Jeez. :)

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  26. Welcome, Megan! I adore liquid liner but have mixed success...sometimes I nail it on the first try, but other days require lots of makeup remover and patience!

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  27. Hey Megan! That last photo - fierce!

    I have always crapped up liquid liner - never saw a tutorial as simple as this. Thank you!!

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  28. LOVE!! Megan needs to post more makeup!

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  29. Love this tutorial! I don't think I ever learned how to properly apply eyeliner…I kinda just make it up as I go, haha. Thanks for sharing, Megan! :)

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  30. I'm obsessed with makeup as well and I love how she did the eyeliner in her lower last line. More tips and tricks please! She needs to start a Youtube channel

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  31. Yay for blogging besties!!!! Definitely needs her own blog/insta/YouTube channel. All the social medias!!!! Love the cat eyeliner and celeb picks! Yall are both stunning! :)

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  32. Y'all are both gorgeous!!!
    I suck at make-up application. Once I tried liquid eyeliner - it wasn't pretty. I always think it's because my hands shake when I try to do super fine motor thing (makeup, nail polish....)

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  33. Thanks for the tutorial! I've always wanted to try liquid eyeliner but it scares me just a little bit.

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  34. You two are both gorgeous and I am loving that bun on your bestie..It is perfection. Makes me want to get highlights or do an ombre do so I can have it too!

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  35. Aww, I'm so happy your friend decided to guest post.

    LOL that second picture is amazing. Love it. Great tutorial, I've used liquid liner a few times but haven't mastered it yet. This should help.

    You should definitely start a beauty IG!!! :)

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  36. I think it would be great for her to have her own beauty blog/IG/Youtube... ! She could already have three posts with the content in this one and a tad more elaboration! So fun! Jlove and Carrie are so gorgeous.... good choices for sure! Glad she guest posted for you! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  37. Stunning - the both of you! Loved the guest post :)

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  38. Her make up looks perfect! What kind of liquid does she recommend? I'd love more guest post!

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  39. Great post! I always were eyeliner but I mam rubbish at applying it so this was very helpful! You both look stunning!

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  40. She is stunning!! Hi Megan!! Also that first pic with the lipstick. I died :p

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  42. I love this!!! I absolutely adore makeup and have since is very young age! My mum tells a similar story to Megan's haha! I'd definitely love to see more of this and I hope Megan might start a beauty IG! Xx Carly

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  43. Love the story on how she's always been into makeup since a lil gal! So cute! And seriously, she makes that liquid eye liner look easy! I don't even have a clue where to begin with it because my hand isn't steady and I just make a mess! Is there any particular brand that's the best?! Thanks for sharing! Great post from your gorgeous friend!

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