My name is Keiko (cake-oh) Lynn. Thirty-one year old goody two-shoes with a liberal heart and mind. You can get to know me on this site, where I share a peek into my daily life, style, and beauty tips.
Whenever I post a photo or stories on Instagram, I always get questions on what lipstick I’m wearing. Today, I’m sharing my most worn rosy lip colors that I have on heavy rotation (I’ll get to the red ones, later!). One thing to note: I wear Too Faced “Freshly Baked” a lot, but didn’t include in this list because it’s discontinued. Let me know which one is your favorite!
The Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Lips is a different kind of liquid lipstick, in that the formula feels less like a liquid and more like a melted down lipstick. I actually really like it, as it’s creamy and less drying. I love “Too Bad I’m Bad” — it’s the perfect warm, rosy hue.
Smashbox “Babe Alert” is not only my most asked about lip color, it’s my absolute favorite. It’s a little more of a muted rose than Charlotte Tilbury’s “Too Bad I’m Bad” — and the pointed doe tip applicator is great for perfecting the edges. I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Smashbox, if you discontinue “Babe Alert” (as you did with my beloved “Bang Bang”), I’m going to pitch a fit!
This is one of those lip colors I wore to death, forgot to replace, and then happened upon during a trip down memory lane. I ordered a replacement immediately! The color is a rosy brown (that 90s feeling hue) and it smells like Girl Scout Thin Mints. You can order on Amazon or get it at Kohl’s.
I’ve been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks — three of the four listed here are liquid formulas — but I always love a good matte or semi-matte lipstick. On days when I want a cooler toned dusty rose, I reach for “Backtalk” by Urban Decay.
Kim and I were scrolling through instagram and she showed me these multi-chrome pigments from a makeup company I had never heard of: Chaos Makeup. They were sold out, so I bookmarked it and then ordered two as soon as they were back in stock: one for me, one for Kim. They come in other multi-chrome shades, but I picked “Rebel Girl” for both of us: it has a teal/magenta/purple/green shift depending on how the light hits it. It’s not often that I see something on instagram and want to buy it immediately, but the videos of these multi-chrome pigments are so mesmerizing! Don’t expect too much from the packaging: it has a very DIY feel. But the pigment is fun and worth trying! I’m already planning on trying other colors.
Last month, I used the Milani Pure Passion eyeshadow palette for the look in this post, and a few people requested me to feature it in a budget friendly tutorial. When it comes to drugstore brands, Milani and NYX are two of my go-tos. Back when I was first getting into makeup at 18 (and I couldn’t afford the MAC shadows I was lusting after), I went for Milani shadow singles. They were great then, and they’re great now! I still wear Milani Rose D’oro baked blush more than most of the blushes in my collection; I’m actually wearing it here. I’m not going to lie — this palette isn’t going to be as amazing as some of my higher priced ones (I’m partial to the LORAC palettes, especially), but it’s pretty darn good. Some shades have better pigmentation and less fallout than others — but for under $15, it’s a great little palette. Check my tutorial below, and don’t forget to share on Pinterest!
Starting with a freshly primed lid (I use Urban Decay primer potion, but a cream base or something like a Caviar Stick will work well), press “Biggest Flirt” into your lid, just up to the crease. Note that I said “press” — this will give you the best pigmentation without a ton of fallout.
Using a smaller brush, pack “Late Date” into the outer edges of your lid.
Sweep “Always Pink Of Me” through the crease with a fluffy brush, using it to blend out the first two shadows. If you end up blending too much (it happens!) just pick up some more of whatever shade you lost and pack it back in. I usually do this with the darkest shade, to give it a bit more drama.
Is it just me, or did Valentine’s Day get a whole lot better when we started talking Galentine’s Day? Don’t get me wrong; I love celebrating love, but spreading that sentiment to all of the special gals in our life makes it all the sweeter. And candy, of course…that can also make it sweeter. It gives us a great excuse to plan quality time with our friends and give them little treats to show our appreciation. Galentine’s Day gifts don’t have to break the bank; I find that some of the most fun things to give and receive are little beauty items or accessories. Sheet masks and fun nail polishes are always a welcome treat.
Of course, don’t forget to treat yourself! This Galentine’s day, I put together a makeup look that features a few highlighted products from the Galentine’s beauty section at Walmart: a special edition NYX soft matte lip cream, a gorgeous Milani eyeshadow palette, the perfect mascara for lower lashes, and a spritz of a soft, crowd pleasing fragrance (okay, that was just for me). Can you believe this gorgeous eyeshadow palette is under $15? It’s unbelievable! They’re one of my favorite brands for wallet-friendly cosmetics with great pigments and texture, and Walmart has a broad selection of their products. Walmart has really upped their game in the beauty department — have you noticed? They have a great fragrance selection, a great selection of natural products, and carry so many different brands that are worth checking out (like Flower — I’ve loved all the cosmetics I’ve tried from them). I had no idea how many premium beauty brands they carried! Check out my guide below for some of my personal favorite beauty buys that are both high in quality and low in price.
While my go-to holiday makeup look is a matte red lip, I love playing up my eyes from time to time. I wanted to create a vivid green eye makeup look, so I turned to the Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions eyeshadow palette. It was my first time using the palette, and there are some hits and slight misses, although overall I really like the palette! It has a nice variety of shades of green, and variations from matte to shimmery to glittery. There was a fair amount of fallout with the glittery ones, even with using a damp, flat brush (not unexpected — glittery shades can be trickier), so I waited to do my face makeup until afterward. That way, I could clean up the fallout without messing anything up. Whenever doing a more dramatic eye, I do recommend trying that approach for a cleaner look. I mapped out a step by step tutorial for this look, so check it out below and don’t forget to pin it and share it!
I’m not the biggest fan of clowns, but I’m also not completely terrified of them in the way that Bobby tends to be. Maybe it’s because my mom hired Jingles the Clown, a local celebrity (in my eyes), to paint our faces at one of my early childhood birthdays. Maybe it’s because my mom decorated my little sister’s room in clowns. Side note: maybe my mom was trying to terrify us all along and it just didn’t work. Still, I totally get why clowns give people the shivers; like I said, they’re not my favorite. I swore off clowns once I saw the original movie It, and of course…there was John Wayne Gacy. He pretty much ruined clowns for everyone, everywhere. An actual killer clown would have that effect.
Despite my aversion and Bobby’s utter fear of clowns, I couldn’t resist this 1930s vintage clown costume when I saw it. I just couldn’t! There’s something both haunting and beautiful about a soft linen clown suit that has been lovingly preserved for the better part of a century. Was it a Jingles the Clown type of character, hired for birthdays and special events to bring cheer and balloon animals? Was it a long lost stage costume from the tail end of vaudeville’s heyday? Was it…dun dun DUNNNNNNN…a criminal clown’s ensemble of choice? Nah, I bet it’s a lot more innocent than that — which is why I went dark but not sinister with my makeup. Well, that and I didn’t want to scare Miku. She already looks confused by my outfit.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with dewy skin. Can you tell? Well, I suppose I’ve always had a thing for dewy skin, but I’ve been putting a little more focus on amping up the glow with a little help from this magical little product from Charlotte Tilbury: Hollywood Flawless Filter. It can be worn alone as a highlighter or all over, for a soft, diffused glow (think the beauty filter on Instagram stories or Snapchat), underneath foundation or mixed in. I prefer it as a highlighter (as opposed to all over) or mixed in with a little tinted moisturizer for an added luminous effect. What I like about it is that it’s subtle enough to wear all over, without looking like you bathed in shimmering light. While many prefer blinding highlights — I get it, it looks like unicorn magic — I like that glow-from-within approach. Not glittery, not even very shimmery (though there’s some of that, too). Just glowing.
It kind of reminds me of the liquid BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors, only it comes in flesh tones and is a little more sheer, so it looks a lot more natural on me. I’d have to swatch them side by side to see the difference in consistency, but from my memory, I think this is a little lighter.
The only thing that gave me pause is its limited shade options. Since they are sheer and blendable, each color will work for a wider variety of skin tones. However, I found it strange that Nordstrom.com only has 6 out of 7 of the shades — the darkest shade is available on Charlotte Tilbury. I hope that will be remedied soon because that’s quite an important shade to be missing and Nordstrom is such a convenient spot to buy from. Has anyone seen it in stores?
I’m wearing a lot of Charlotte Tilbury here, save for a few products; you can shop the whole look below. But another star of this look is the liquid lipstick. I have to admit, I wasn’t super crazy about the red lipstick I got because the staying power wasn’t amazing (although I picked up a rosy shade I’ve been wearing a lot). But then again, I’m so used to super matte or liquid lipsticks that stay all day. But the liquid lipstick? I’m obsessed. It’s a lot less dry than most formulas; it makes me think of melting an actual lipstick down and using it with a doe foot applicator. Does that make sense? It’s creamier, not drying, and the colors are gorgeous. Here, I’m wearing “Too Bad I’m Bad.” I’ve been wearing it quite a bit. It might be a new staple.
I love matte lips, matte shadows, matte blushes — but I’m not particularly into matte skin on myself. I prefer dewy skin with a little bit of a rosy glow to balance out my favorite matte lip colors, and I teamed up with eos to show you the steps to one of my go-to looks.
eos Hydrating Skin Prep is described as a toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one — but I particularly love it as a moisturizing primer! It keeps skin hydrated and supple and provides a beautifully smooth base for makeup. I like to use concealer where needed and add blush and highlighter for perfect, dewy skin. I used eos Hydrating Skin Prep as the base for this dewy rose makeup look. Check out the steps, below!
I’m not afraid to go out without makeup — an anyone who knows me in real life knows that most days, I’m wearing some concealer and a lip color and nothing else. But still, sometimes I want that fresh, rosy “no makeup” look, which requires some makeup. Because without it, I look a little washed out. I teamed up with eos to show you a five minute routine with their new eos Aqua Dynamic Lip Gloss, for those days when I want to look fresh faced with a rosy glow. The cool thing about this lip gloss is that it gives you a natural, I-just-ate-a-popsicle stain (the color changes based on your lip chemistry) with a moisturizing, glossy finish. Have five minutes to spare? Follow these quick steps!
Dab on some cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. Tap tap tap until it’s blended. I also like using a damp beautyblender to sheer it out, but your fingers will work just fine! I take the leftover and dab it on the bridge of my nose to give a subtle, sun-kissed look.
Apply liquid highlighter to your cheekbones and right down the bridge of your nose (optional), and blend with your fingers. Don’t swipe, just tap your fingers and blend outward.
If you have long, full lashes, you can go straight for your mascara and cut out a solid minute. I swear, once you get used to lashes these easy everyday ones take no time. I, however, have short and straight lashes that need a little more of a boost. I grab my everyday, wispy fake lashes for the days when I can’t be bothered with liner. These have a super thin strip at the base, so I can skip liner and make it look a little more natural. Tip for newbies: cut them to fit your eye shape, apply the glue and let it sit until it gets tacky before applying. I use tweezers to apply, looking down so I can get them as close to my lash line as possible. Then I secure the edges.
Lastly, swipe on some eos Aqua Dynamic Lip Gloss to complete your look. This may look clear, but its color depends on your chemistry! Once applied, it takes on a rosy, iridescent hue with a glossy finish. It looks like a more saturated version of my natural lip color, and is especially great for those days when I want to give my lips a break from my usual matte products and use something more hydrating.
I love makeup, but you all know by now that my number one is great skin. It’s pretty rare that I’ll wear full foundation; most days, I’m using concealer where needed (or maybe a tinted spf or moisturizer) and then put on some blush to give me a glow-from-within look. There are definitely days when I want that flawless, porcelain skin kind of look — like on nights when I’m doing a more dramatic smoky eye, or for a special occasion that calls for the most. My daily preference, however, is for my skin to look like skin, freckles, moles, pores and all. Except, I want it to look like the best version of my skin. I’m already a fanatic about my skin, but I need a little help even on my best days. A little concealer under my eyes (dark circles), around my nose and on the center of my chin (some broken capillaries / redness) can instantly give my face a brighter, more awake look without covering up the rest of my skin. And if I have a blemish 0r two, I’ll pop some concealer on that, too!
BAREPRO 16 Hour Full Coverage Concealer is formulated with 30% pigment, so it’s full coverage — but the product is creamy and glides on smoothly, and doesn’t have a cakey finish. Since I have dark circles (I blame a life of insomnia!), I apply directly from the tube, under my eyes. A little goes a long way! Then I pat and roll my ring finger to blend it out. Blending is key, especially since I usually don’t pair with foundation. It comes in 15 different shades to match your skin tone (the foundation comes in 30!), so find your best match and blend, blend blend! I use what’s leftover on my finger to dab around my nose, and then apply a tiny bit to my chin where I have some redness. It’s also non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, so I don’t feel bad about covering up any blemishes with it. If I need to cover up a spot, I use a brush instead of my finger, for more precision.
As you can see from this photo, the BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation will give you that extra-flawless look if you want more coverage! I demonstrated without any blush, but since you’re essentially making your face into a blank canvas (and this has a matte finish), I would add in some color with a rosy cheek or subtle contour and highlight. I prefer applying liquid foundation with a damp sponge to sheer it out a little, and it makes it blend seamlessly.
What do you think? Do you have a conceal-where-you-need-it approach or do you love the look of foundation?