the perfect neutral lip

I’ve been meaning to do a tutorial on this for a while now. I always get asked what I’m wearing on my lips. It’s not really just a lipstick…it’s a formula. A “secret recipe” if you will, and today I’m sharing my secret. :) I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the pictures. They’re pretty terrible and definitely don’t do this lip color any justice. I waited too late in the day and the lighting in my house is less than stellar!  I’m not wearing any makeup on my face so that’s why you’re getting an awkward close up of my lips. I felt kind of like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights “I don’t know what to do with my hands!” Except I didn’t know what to do with my lips! Ok, on to the tutorial!

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1.) Start with a lip liner a few shades darker than you natural lip color. As always, I just use what I have on hand. In this case, I used Stila lip liner in Contour No. 4.  Line all the way around the lips concentrating more of the product on the four corners of your lips. Basically, you want to keep the four corners of your lips darker and the inside lighter to create the appearance of fuller lips. I had a hard time finding out if this lip pencil is still available for purchase {I’ve had it forever!} but I’ve read that it’s very similar to Wet N Wild’s Brandywine lip liner.

2.) Fill in the rest of your lips with a lip pencil that is closer to your natural lip color bringing it up and out to slightly overlap the darker line. I used Rimmel Lasting Finish lip liner in 049 Natural. This color matches my natural lip color so it’s hard to see, but notice how it blends the harshness of the original line?

3.) Apply a neutral {not nude} colored lipstick all over the lips, slightly overlapping the darker line. I used Ulta’s 225 In the Buff. It’s my favorite lipstick that I’ve ever owned. It is slightly sheer and also matches my natural lip color. It’s so creamy and great by itself as well.

4.) Finish with a gloss. My favorite to use with this particular look is MAC’s Lipglass in Enchantress. It’s such a gorgeous pinky, peachy color with the perfect hint of golden shimmer. I’m going to have to repurchase it soon because I use it ALL the time!

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I apply my lip color last so I usually have foundation on the edges of my lips. This helps to conceal the natural lip line in case you need to fake your desired lip shape with liner. I typically overdraw my lips ever so slightly because they are thinner than I’d like. I also prefer to accentuate the points along my Cupid’s bow. If you desire for your lip line to look really crisp and precise you can take a small concealer brush and clean up along the lip line with a bit of foundation.

I know this may seem like a lot of steps for an every day look, but it’s so gorgeous and really takes your overall look up a notch. I get compliments on this little “concoction” all the time. Although I do love nude lips, I feel like this is more wearable and flattering on most skin tones because it plays up the natural lip color. I’m definitely not a perfectionist when I do my lips, but they somehow always look great. I’m convinced it’s my secret lipstick recipe. If I haven’t already mentioned this 10 times, this is my go-to lip color for myself and everyone that I do makeup for. It’s just universally flattering! Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

And Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband :)

 

Until next time,

Kelsey

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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!

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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)
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Clinique Trio

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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,

Kelsey

best friends + a bachelorette party

I’ve been told I needed to write a blog post. It’s been WAY too long! I got so caught up in everything going on around me {hello wedding & baby shower season!} that I haven’t even had time to write until now. Jarrett took Remi to my inlaws for the day. J is fixing fences and gardening…just being the country boy that I love. Remi is spending time with his grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. Being spoiled, no doubt! When J asked me what I was going to do today I just looked at him. Number one, I hadn’t had my coffee yet and I only had one eye open. Number two, I never know where the day will take me when I’m kid-free. Typically to Walmart. Exciting, huh?! It drives my husband crazy that I don’t plan out every minute of my life but I cannot live like that. I need down time. I need time to cuddle with Remi. I need quiet time with God. Some people need to stay busy. They thrive on it. That is so not me. I’m like the tortoise…slow and steady. Sometimes it’s good for me to stay busy. I enjoy a change of pace every now and then, but lately:

I’ve been going, going, going to the point where I just felt gone.

Things got busy around the beginning of last week. I had a house to clean and decorate for my friend’s bachelorette party. Thanks to my awesome husband who knows how stressed I get and how big of a deal it is for me to have company, the house cleaning went pretty smoothly. We even did “crazy” spring cleaning things like washing the outside of the windows and vacuuming the baseboards. OK, maybe it’s not so crazy, but if you know me you know I prefer to spend my time doing other things.  As the week progressed I got to spend time with my girlfriends. These girls are my fellow bridesmaids {and Bride} and biffles BFFAEAEAE partners-in-crime since body glitter and the Backstreet Boys were cool. We’ve had some fun times, us four. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of embarrassing pictures of us. We started calling ourselves “MELK” around eighth or ninth grade {Megan, Emily, Layna, Kelsey} and it stuck.

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It really is a rare, but special occurrence for all of us to be together now. In preparation for Megan’s party {Meg is the shorty with dark hair} we shopped, laughed, ate, shopped, decorated, planned, cooked, shopped and celebrated. One thing that was so special about this week {besides everything} was getting to hang out with Emily. Emily and I have been friends since the first grade.

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circa 1997

There’s a funny little story behind that, but I basically forced her to be my “best friend forever”  and I think she was too scared to say no! I have been so blessed by her friendship in my life and I’m glad she didn’t go running for the hills when she first met me! Although our lives have taken us worlds apart {I’m being dramatic–she lives in New Hampshire & I live in Texas} we can always pick up where we left off. Emily is my sweet, free-spirited little hippie girl. Everyone that knows her can’t help but love her.

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I could go on and on about these girls…that will have to be another blog post! Enough about the sappy stuff—let’s get to the good stuff—the bachelorette party! We played around with a few ideas for themes and couldn’t come up with anything that really stuck, so we decided on a “Megan’s Favorites” theme. After a few weeks of Layna, the other bridesmaids, and I corresponding through text, Facebook, and the occasional face to face meeting, we basically just threw a bunch of random decorations together with some food. {Kidding} We had fun recalling her favorite snacks and remembering all the memories to go along with them. Is it weird that we actually have memories tied to food? Maybe.

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Somehow we failed to get pictures of all the food and decorations after we set up. This is the only picture I snapped before we got everything ready and got ourselves ready to PAR-TAY! The food was set up on the {vintage} vanity in front of the window & on the shelves of the hutch. It was so cute! We had {Megan’s favorite} chocolate covered strawberries, people puppy chow, Velveeta dip, cupcakes from Bake, and various other snacks. Not your typical Bachelorette party food, but so “Megan!” Of course, no party would be complete without displaying embarrassing pictures of the guest of honor because that’s how we roll! {Contact Layna if you ever need funny pics of Meg! She has the motherload!} We also set up a photo backdrop on one of the living room walls so we could take “photo booth” pictures. Our backdrop was just a bed sheet and .99 cent streamers hung vertically. Definitely a must for any party—so easy and so much fun!

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Isn’t Megan’s fanny pack fabulous? We thought so too!

the banner we painted "Bling Bling Meg's got the ring"

the banner we painted “Bling Bling Meg’s got the ring”

We went out for a little bit of dancing and painting the town, then came back to the house to play games and let Megan open her gifts. {Side note: If you’ve never heard of the Kleenex box/ping pong ball game, look it up. It’s hilarious.} We secretly conspired with the groom to embarrass Megan with a game of Groom Trivia. We’re sweet. We asked Megan’s fiancé to answer a series of questions earlier in the week and recorded his answers. We then had Megan see if she knew his answers. For every wrong answer she had to chew a piece of bubble gum. Let’s just say we lost count of how many pieces of gum she had in her mouth. It was one of my favorite parts of the night!

Warning: disgustingly large piece of chewed bubble gum in the next picture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall, we had a blast, stayed up way too late, and had to be up bright and early for Meg’s Bridal shower the next morning! I definitely can’t hang like I used to. It took me a good three days to recuperate. I was so tired and I definitely missed Remi during the week, but it was so nice to spend time with all the girls! Thanks again, Whitney for coming to celebrate us! I hope we didn’t scare you away!

 

 

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Meg & her bridesmaids…Surprisingly, no dark circles under our eyes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Megan and Ryan! Less than a month until the big day!

Until next time,

Kelsey

DIY lasting manicure tutorial

What is it about a manicure that just makes a girl feel pretty? I still remember my first set of acrylic nails and pedicure. I spent some time in Dallas with my aunt and uncle the summer before 5th grade. My aunt always loved to spoil me and I loved being spoiled! One day we went for mani’s & pedi’s before meeting my uncle for lunch. (Isn’t it amazing how I can remember these details considering how forgetful I am?) I was probably wearing my new threads from Limited Too, butterfly hair clips and matching powerbeads bracelet because I was cool like that. Anyways, the time came for me to pick what color I wanted my toenails to be painted and I panicked. I chose some bright neon orange which seemed awesome at the time; however, not so much when it didn’t match the rest of the clothes I packed! When I came home from my week with my aunt and uncle, I was sent home with an envelope of money to get my nails “filled.” I had no clue what that meant, but it sounded important. I excitedly told my mom what the money was for and I think she might have rolled her eyes. She was probably thinking No daughter of mine is going to be a diva! Well, that’s exactly what my Aunt Debbie created. :) I was hooked! I loved getting my nails done {mainly for special events} because I just felt beautiful. Now that I’m a mom I don’t have the time {or take the time} to get my nails done. My husband always tells me to get my nails done {he just wants his back scratched!} but I don’t anymore. I’d rather use the $35 for something else. I’m sounding more and more like my mother! {Love you, Mom!}

After looking at my unpolished nails for far too long, I decided to paint them.  {I act like this is a huge deal, but for me it is—I hate not using my hands while the polish dries!} Why not take a few minutes of my time to do something for myself that makes me feel a little bit prettier? I learned a few tips in cosmetology school {No, I didn’t graduate. Yes, I make beauty school dropout jokes about myself. Laugh it up!} and wanted to share my easy four step process. So, for all of you folks out there wanting a quick, lasting manicure, read on.

Supplies:

  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Base Coat
  • Colored Polish
  • Top Coat
  • Optional: quick dry spray, orange stick, moisturizer, cuticle oil

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Assuming you’re not like me and actually take care of your hands and cuticles {or wear cute little gloves to do the dishes}, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, slather on some lotion & gently push your cuticles back with an orange stick. File the edge of your nails if needed.

  1. First, take a cotton ball with some nail polish remover and go over each fingernail. This is such a simple step that many people don’t do, but it’s the best way to remove the top layer of oils on your nails which promotes better nail polish staying power.
  2. Next, apply a good base coat. {I like China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat} Don’t purchase a product that says “base and top coat”. Your base coat and top coat should be two completely different products. A base coat has a slightly tacky finish which gives the nail polish something to hold on to. Trust me on this one—the 2-in-1 products are not worth it because they can’t do two different jobs.
  3. Now, you can apply your colored polish. Don’t be like me and pick a weird color. I always regret my color choice, but I’m actually enjoying the color I picked this time! {OPI A-Taupe The Space Needle} The best way to get a good color payoff is to apply a thin layer of polish, let it dry, and apply another thin layer. Typically, you want to only use three strokes of the brush for each nail {one for the center & one for each side} per coat, resulting in two coats of colored polish. Did I lose you there?
  4. Finally, apply a top clear coat to your nails. I’ve been using Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat with good results. If desired, you can finish by spraying your nails with a nail dry spray like the one pictured below {purchased at Sally Beauty Supply} and applying some cuticle oil.

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 opi nail polish a taupe the space needle swatch

opi nail polish a taupe the space needle swatch

I’m sure I’ve missed something and I could definitely go into detail about the actual painting of the nails, but this is my simple four step mani that I give myself. Once you get all of the steps down, it’s a breeze. Of course, I waited until right before we left for my cousin’s couples shower {Congrats Blake & Tori!} this weekend and didn’t have time to snap any pictures, so I did that today. I painted them Saturday evening and I have to say they don’t look too shabby after our crazy weekend! It never fails that I smudge the tip of at least one of my nails before they are completely dry! A weird, but tried and true tip is to lick the smudge! I know it sounds crazy, but it really works. It blends that nasty smudge right back in and doesn’t look any worse for the wear! I hope you enjoyed this simple little beauty tutorial. It’s crazy to me how so many people don’t know these little tricks, but I’ve always loved hair, makeup & nails for as long as I can remember! I guess some things are just second nature to people. Leave me some feedback in the comment section and let me know if there’s something you’d like me to write about. I look forward to bringing you more beauty tutorials–especially simple ones for busy moms, working women, and students alike. {Maybe even some dads out there that aren’t afraid to paint their daughter’s nails?}

 

What’s your go-to nail polish color?

 

Until next time,

Kelsey

 

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quick and cheap homemade laundry detergent

I know everyone and their mom has their own version of homemade laundry detergent, but I want to share with you the kind that I tried. I first made this detergent back in September and wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I’m totally a Tide brat but I figured I’d give it a whirl if it could save us some cash. It is a dry detergent and is safe in High Efficiency machines also. It’s a low suds soap, but remember: bubbles do not equal cleaner clothes. I made a half batch at first so I could test it out and see how it did. It lasted over four months, our clothes came out clean, and the smell was nice. Can’t argue with that.

a few of the ingredients you'll need

a few of the ingredients you’ll need

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 box Super Washing Soda

1 box Borax

3 bars Fels Naptha laundry soap, grated**

2 cups Baking Soda

1 container OxyClean (I used the Sun brand from Family Dollar)

1-2 containers Purex crystals (just choose your favorite scent)

Combine all ingredients. Use two tablespoons per load of laundry. I have a small scoop that I use. It probably is a bit more than two tablespoons, but my husband’s clothes are pretty dirty after work so I don’t mind.

**Note about the grated Fels Naptha: you don’t HAVE to grate it. You can also microwave it or throw it into a food processor, but I highly suggest grating. The first time I made this I thought I’d take the easy way out and pop it in the microwave. I cut it up into 1″ pieces and microwaved until it puffed up, then crumbled it up after it had cooled. Seemed like a good method aside from the chemical smell. I figured it would fade in a few hours. I was wrong. The strong fumes lasted and lasted. I tried to air out the house but it was like the smell had absorbed into my microwave. It lingered in there for weeks despite my efforts to steam it out with vinegar. Also, if you decide to use a food processor, make sure it’s one you truly don’t care about/don’t use/is about to bite the dust and you’re gunning for a new one. Or maybe I’m the only person that asks for (and gets excited about) a food processor? Anyways, the second time I made this detergent I grated the soap. It really didn’t take that long and I only complained a tiny bit! ;)

the finished product

the finished product

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Since my laundry sign is vintage-inspired, I thought this metal pitcher would be a cute container to hold the detergent. The remainder of the detergent goes into various other containers because I have yet to find something that will hold the rest. It makes quite a bit!

Happy Laundering!

Kelsey