exciting news + 5 minute brown smolder eye

Goodness gracious this has been a busy month! It’s been a while since I left you hanging with my post about the “exciting news” I had for you. Today is the day I’ll be sharing what most of my friends and family already know! So, without further adieu, I’ll clue everyone in to what I’ve been up to! It all started with a wedding. The first weekend of April, my sweet friend, Cortney, married her long time love, JP, and I had the privilege of doing makeup for a couple of her bridesmaids. SO exciting and so much fun to be my first “professional” job. I’ve been doing hair and makeup for my friends and family for years, but to actually get paid to do something that I love and comes second nature to me was everything I thought it would be and more! Thanks to Cortney and her bridesmaids for allowing me to be a part of that special day! The following Saturday I had two appointments  for prom hair and makeup. The fact that I’ve already been out of high school for five years blows my mind. I felt like I should have been getting ready for prom with those sweet girls!

This past weekend was SO totally exciting for me. One of the fabulous four {MELK}, partner in crime, and long time BFF got married on the 20th! Her wedding was everything I knew it would be: romantic, vintage chic, and gorgeous! I had the honors of doing her makeup for her engagement and bridal photos, so of course, I had to do makeup for her wedding! Megan has trusted me to do her makeup since middle school/high school {bless her heart} and I love her for it! I also got to do makeup for her bridesmaids {myself included} and her sweet mother. My makeup brushes were just a-flyin’ and I was worn out by the end of the day, but I LOVED IT! How many people get to do what they love and get paid for it? I am so blessed!

So that’s about it! I guess I’m a “makeup artist.” I really don’t care for that word because, honestly, anyone can be a “makeup artist.” I will be calling my little “business” Kelsey Lange Makeup Artistry and I may start a new blog, strictly dedicated to all things beauty. Right now, I’m working on furthering my portfolio and {God willing} continuing to book clients. I post a lot of makeup related photos on Instagram, so if you’re not following me on there {@kelseyleigh879} you’re missing out! There should be a little Instagram icon at the bottom of my blog.

Below, I’ll be posting the tutorial to the 5 minute brown smolder eye that I posted a picture of on Instagram yesterday. Enjoy!


Use what you have. Seriously. You do not need to go out and buy a ton of special products for this look. My grandmother gives me free samples of Clinique makeup (gift with purchase type items) and that’s what I started playing with before I was even old enough to wear makeup. It’s fun to create something out of “nothing” and feels good to get compliments from something that was FREE!

You’ll need:

  • an eye primer
  • a light, shimmery color
  • a medium brown
  • a matte, dark crease color
  • eyeliner pencil
  • mascara
  • pencil or eyeshadow to match eyebrows
  • makeup brushes: basic eyeshadow brush, blending brush, shader brush (or Q-tip)

Clinique Trio


Ulta Plum Smoke {I’ve used this eyeshadow since before I could drive! Love it!}

1.) Start with some sort of eye primer. I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in 05 Too Cool all over my lid up to my brow bone.

2.) Like I said, use what you have! I used colors from a Clinique Color Surge eyeshadow trio. Apply the light, shimmery color {mine was Day Break} all over. Apply your medium brown color on the lid. I used a green {sparkling sage} because that’s what was in the compact I was using.

3.) Apply a matte, dark crease color to the outer V. The color I used was Sable Stay Matte. I love my Sigma E45 blending brush because it really gets right in the crease and gives so much dimension to your eyes. You could also use a MAC 217 brush or whatever you are comfortable using.

4.) Line all around the eyes. I used Sinful Colors Metal Eyes in Copper Wire {from Walgreens}. This step does not have to be perfect. Just get that eyeliner all the way around your eye up against your lash line. If you’d like, tight-line your eyes, and apply to your waterline.

5.) Take a short shader brush {I used my Sigma E20} or a Q-tip and blend out your eyeliner with either brown shadow from earlier. I used a different shadow {Ulta Plum Smoke}. Just blend the eyeshadow into the liner really well, on the top lash line, blend up toward the middle of your lid. Curl lashes if desired and apply a few coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes. I used L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. See how much softer and prettier the eyeliner looks now? No harsh lines is the key for this look. I zoomed in on the bottom middle picture so you can see how much of a difference this blending step makes.

6.) Fill in your brows with either an eyeshadow or  pencil that matches your eyebrows. I love to use Cork, a Satin finish MAC shadow. It’s the perfect neutral, slightly warm brown and is so flattering on all skin tones. I’m not saying it will match your brows, but it really is a great eyeshadow to have in your beauty arsenal!

If you’re in the market for some inexpensive, but still really nice makeup brushes, or if you’re just starting out with makeup, I highly suggest mark. makeup products. You can check out the website here. Just click on “Shop Entire Collection” to see what the company has to offer! This brush is my absolute favorite all-over eyeshadow brush compared to all of my MAC and Sigma brushes. I’ve had it for years and it is so dense–great for packing color onto the lid. This brush does not shed. I’ve washed it so many times and it still holds its shape wonderfully. Hands down, the best $8 you’ll ever spend on a brush.

**If you’re in the East Texas area, you can email me for booking and pricing information at klangeartistry[at]gmail[dot]com. Serious inquiries only.

I hope you’ve learned something today and I can’t wait to share more with you!

Always remember, pretty comes from the personality, not the makeup!

Until next time,


attitude adjustment

Today, this heart needs a change. One might call it an “attitude adjustment”. {Maybe we just call it an attitude adjustment here in the South?} I’ve been consumed with physical and emotional exhaustion. All I’ve wanted to do is sleep and complain. I keep trying to remind myself {as a sweet friend recently told me} that this is a spiritual battle, not a battle of the flesh. As I type this, it already feels a little silly. My prayer today is that I will look to the Lord as my source of joy–day in and day out–that I would not allow circumstances to sway me. I want joy to be a part of my character, not a fleeting emotion. I normally wouldn’t post something like this; but I know there may be someone out there feeling the exact same way. Take heart, brothers and sisters, God is on our side. Satan will try to oppose us in every way, but God will never leave us or forsake us {Joshua 1:5}.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 ESV

heart like You

I recently had the privilege of attending a Francesca Battistelli concert {part of the Hundred More Years tour} in my hometown. For free. If you’ve ever listened to a Christian radio station you’ve heard her songs. She’s amazing! I was so excited about the concert & my “date.” Since Jarrett was out of town I went with my step dad.

Side note: If you know me you know how much I love music. It’s so weird how my brain works…you can say something to me and I pretty much always think of a song to correspond with it. I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. I drive Jarrett crazy with my weird music memory recall (although I can’t remember where I’m driving half of the time) when he’s getting ready to go out of town. He almost always says “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” I almost always respond with Lee Ann Womack’s lyrics. I promise you there is no significance to those lyrics for us; I just know the song and it pops into my head when I hear the words. I can’t help myself! One benefit to this strangeness is the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot more Christian music instead of country. Now, when I’m struggling, praising, and even in the mundane, everyday tasks I’m usually able to think of a song that deals with whatever is going on. It’s such a hopeful and uplifting thing for me. It often gives me the words to say what I feel in my heart. I love that particular quirk of mine!

Ok, back to the concert. We were all packed into the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in downtown Longview, Texas. I had never been to a “real” Christian concert aside from hearing bands at Youth camp and I was so pumped! Did I mention I love music? Anyways, there were some pretty awesome bands set to perform that night—some whose music I knew by heart and others I’d never heard of. Kyle Sherman, The Afters, Love and the Outcome, and Francesca Battistelli. Amazing artists, amazing music, amazing stewards of the talents God has given them. My heart was so filled with joy by the lyrics. I felt God’s presence in that place. I was totally impressed by one particular band, though. Love and the Outcome. I am SO glad I bought their EP at the concert. I believe you can only get it while they’re on tour, but their album should be coming out in August from what I understand. They are a husband and wife duo from Canada and their music will not disappoint! {Another thing I love is Jodie’s awesome sense of fashion!} I can’t get the songs out of my head and I don’t want to! I have the EP in my car and I literally keep listening to those three songs over and over and over. The lyrics just speak to me and make me want to live out God’s love. You can hear their song “City of God” here, but I’ll give you a sample of the lyrics from the other two songs because they’re just so dang good!

“Heart Like You”
I’d give up the world to find my soul
I’d pour out my life, give You control
I just want to be what You want me to be
I just want a heart that’s true
A heart like You

“King of my Heart”
‘Cause You are
Bigger than any battle I’m facing
You are
Better than anything I’ve been chasing
Savior and royalty
The only hope for me
Jesus, You are, You are
The King of my heart, heart

Aren’t those words just so sweet? Those are my prayers lately. I want a heart like Him. I want Him to be King of my heart, not the other things I get so caught up in. Although I have a great husband and an awesome little boy, neither one would make a very good god. Who is like my God? I need to remember to put him above ALL things. I was just so impressed with this band and their music and wanted to share. I would have felt selfish if I didn’t tell y’all about something that makes me feel so joyful! I’ve also got some exciting (for me) news that I want to share here pretty soon, but not today, so stay tuned! And no, Remi is not going to be a big brother!

Until next time,