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Makeup Tutorials on eHow – How to Do Your Makeup Quickly

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Lesson #2:

How to Do Your Makeup Quickly in the Morning

Most women don’t want to spend a lot of time in the morning to do their makeup – and who can blame them!  Learn a streamlined approach to getting gorgeous in 10 minutes or less.

Focus on the Skin

Use a primer to smooth out the surface of the skin and to build a barrier between your skin and your foundation.

Apply a Tinted Moisturizer with your fingertips to even out your complexion.  Focus on the center of the face, where women experience most of their skin concerns.

Use a creamy concealer to cover your dark circles and hide any imperfections.  Remember – a concealer brush is key to avoiding those “raccoon eyes”!

Give Your Skin a Boost of Color

Apply a peach or pink shade of blush on the apples of the cheeks.  I love using a fan brush for this, it makes application SO easy!

You can even use your blush on your eyes!  Just sweep a little color across your lids with the fan brush.

Play Up Your Eyes and Lips

Use a thickening mascara to enhance your eyes and build up your lashline.  The more the better!  Then you look like you’re wearing eyeliner – but you’re not!

Choose a natural looking lip gloss, lip stain, or lip balm.  It’s up to you!

To see my complete Makeup Guide on eHow, click on the link and ENJOY!

To book your private 2-hour lesson with me (Includes 4 Professional Brushes!), email me at beautifuloutlookATgmailDOTcom.



Golden Globes – Who had the best smoky eye shadow??


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Emma Stone with Red Carpet Smoky Eye Shadow

While the makeup trend this year was to match your lipstick to the red carpet…  One trend was still ever present for ultimate glam – the smoky eye, of course.  Who wore it best?  In my opinion, Emma Stone nailed it.  She accentuated her beautiful green/gray eyes by using the same shade that rims her iris.  It’s a little known secret that you can make your eyes “pop” by examining the outer rim of your iris, and then encircling the eye with the same shade…Try it out for yourself!

If you found this tip useful, let me know by leaving a comment below!


How to Apply False Lashes with Smoky Eye Shadow 4 of 5

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False Lashes with Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

False Lashes with Smoky Eye Makeup

Just 5 Steps to perfecting your false eyelash applications!

1.     Thicken lashes with mascara.

I always put mascara on BEFORE applying the lashes.  I loooove thick, luxurious lashes!  Anchor the wand at the base of the lashes and wiggle wand as you are pulling up.

2.  Lengthen the lashes with mascara.

Glide the wand across the TOP of the lashes.  Spin the wand toward you and pull forward.  Wow… are your lashes going to look long and dramatic!!

3.  Prepare for the lash application.

Apply either a strip of lashes or individual (tab) lashes. I prefer using medium length Ardell individual lashes.  I hate seeing the glue line that strip lashes leave.  Reminds me of a newscaster.  Just take a look at those ladies reading the evening news, and you’ll see what I mean!

Use professional tweezers (like Tweezerman)… it really does make a world of difference.  Remove one lash out of the case, squeezing on about the center of the lash.

Lightly dip the tip of the lash into the glue.  Again, I of course have a preference.  I don’t use the clear glue made for individuals, it smells horrible and Continue reading →


Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow 3 of 5

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Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow

  • Choose the color palette you want to work with.

You will need a light, medium, and dark shade.  The light one should be slightly lighter than your skin tone.  The medium should be darker than your skin tone, but still nude in shade.  Now have fun choosing what dark shade you want!  Basic black, peacock teal, whatever your fancy is!


  • Apply the light shade all over as a wash.

Pat the color all over your lid, from lash line to brow bone.  Don’t worry about blending just yet.

  • Line the inner rims of your eyes.

I like to use mostly black, but if you choose to match your dark shade, just make sure that your liner is waterproof and dark enough to line the inner rim solidly.  Try one of those gel liners, I find they work the best!

  • Smudge the dark color into the lash line, encircling the eye.

Use a brush that is short and dense, like a bullet brush.  Smudge the dark shade in between the upper and bottom lashes, and blend over the lid.  Do not go too far into the crease.

  • Blend the medium shade into the crease.

Use a contour brush to pick up the medium shade, use this to blend all 3 colors together.  Swish the brush back and forth through the crease like a windshield wiper.  Also, twirl the brush through the crease using tiny little circle motions.  The idea is not see where one color starts and the next begins.

Leave a comment below if you would like to learn more about Smoky Eye Shadow!!


Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow Myths 2 of 5

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Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow

Everyone is talking about Smoky Eye Shadow…  What is it?  How do I get the look?  What colors work best?  Learn everything you need to know to get smoldering, sexy eyes that pop!

Myth #1:  Smokey Eyes are always gray and black.

Truth:  Smoky Eyes can ANY shade you like!  Smoky Eyes are a technique, not a color!  You can have forest green, Elizabeth Taylor violet, Glowing bronze, sapphire blue or ocean aquamarine!!!

Myth #2:  You have to be an expert to do this.  It’s way too hard to do on yourself.

Truth: Don’t let the experts fool you.  It’s much easier to do a Smoky Eye than it is to do natural looking makeup!  It only takes 6 steps, and your glammed and ready to go!

Myth #3:  You always need a nude lip when you have a Smoky Eye.

Truth:  It is very trendy and high fashion to have a dark, glossy lip with a Smokey Eye.  Just check out NY Fashion Week, Gucci and Louis Vuitton ads, and Red Carpet Events…  The truth is – if everyone followed this rule, there would be no new haute couture makeup looks!

Now it’s your turn to “wow” them!  Leave a comment below and tell me what else you’d like to learn!!


Smoky Eye Shadow Tutorial 1 of 5

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Melissa McNamara Makeup Artist Smoky eye Shadow

Melissa McNamara with Smoky Eye Shadow

Why does everyone want to learn about how to get that ultra sexy smoky eye??  There’s no doubt about it, smoky eye shadow is IN and it’s not going anywhere soon!

Whether it’s on the runway, at a photo shoot, or on the red carpet…the “who’s who” in Hollywood never stray from a glamorous smoky eye shadow look.

It works for all ages and all eye shapes, even brides look amazing with the right smoky eye look, it’s all about adjusting to your needs and making it look hot, hot, hot!

Follow my 5 step tutorial, and you will learn everything you need to know about getting that smoky look that everyone is wearing.

Send me questions or comments below, I am here to make every woman look and feel their best by using makeup in a way that flatters YOU!