If you weren’t a cheerleader, dancer, or performer, chances are, that at some point, you wished you had been. So when I was sent samples from, BA STAR, the top makeup brand for cheerleaders, dancers, and trend setters, it took me back to my days in dance and cheerleading. I was always drawn to more glamorous sports. Anything that requires big hair and makeup were forever my athletic activities of choice. To be honest, I was never a talented dancer or cheerleader, but when I went to competition, my makeup was always dramatically flawless. I loved putting together a stage smokey eye. It’s great to be talented and all, but looking the part is half the battle. I’m sure the girls from Bring it On spent just as much time on their makeup as they did practicing their routines.
The flashback to my life as an armature performer, got me thinking about how the cheerleader’s signature glittery smokey eyes also fits into New York nightlife. So I took the dramatic smokey eye with a touch of glitter from pom poms to Park Ave. by applying the Natural Shadow Palette before going out on the town uniting my New York City life with my former teenage self. So if you’re also looking to bring out your inner Texas Cheerleader or Dance Mom, you should totally check out BA STAR. Aspiring Socialite readers will receive 50% off at checkout using the discount code BBSMOKY.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.
I love products brought about by movies. So when makeup palettes started coming out inspired by the newest fantasy films to hit the box office, I got super excited. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, therefore, it couldn’t be more fitting for eye palettes to be inspired by beautiful characters from enchanted worlds.
Oz The Great and Powerful: If you love a pink girly look inspired by the Good Witch of Oz, then the The Glinda Palette is for you. For beauty buffs looking to recreate Mila Kunis’ look in Oz The Great and Powerful, check out The Theodora Palette filled with bold browns and flattering earth tones.
Beautiful Creatures: In honor of The Caster Chronicles being turned into a film, Pur Minerals released the Beautiful Creatures Collection. Now when you’re getting ready in the morning, you can choose whether you’d like to be claimed for the light or the dark based on what colors you use. I loved the makeup in this movie and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be 13 to see it. They really perfected the smokey eye. I also plan to do so by trying this palette.
Living in a tiny apartment on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, I’m always looking for beautiful ways to save space. To make this fancy nail polish and makeup station, I saved the vase my boyfriend sent me a dozen roses in on Valentine’s Day, filled it with my favorite nail polish colors, and topped it off with makeup brushes, eyeliner, and a handy nail file. It’s not only a beautiful decoration, but it’s a functional way to store my makeup and nail polish that doesn’t involve having all my beauty products thrown across my windowsill.
Limited Edition Zoya Nail Polish in the key colors from Zang Toi’s FW13 Collection
Bright red lipstick – Chanel Rogue is my favorite!
My new favorite eyeshadow - Maybelline Color Tattoo
Overly photoshoped images have been all the rage on the latest magazine covers. So I thought I’d give it a go as I share my makeup secrets. Comments are always welcome so let me know what you think. Like everyone else, I have my own personal insecurities. However, I absolutely love having blue eyes so it’s no wonder I’ve become such an expert on the smokey eye which is smoking hot with any eye color. Though the smokey eye is traditionally an evening look, I’m a strong believer in adding a little smokey eye makeup to a daytime look too.
Follow these 3 steps for the perfect socialite smokey eye:
1. Start with a good base: Every great makeup look begins with a good base. Wash your face and apply moisturizer prior to applying foundation, concealer, powder, and blush. Having moisturizer under your foundation not only gives your skin some much-needed moisture and SPF (great for preventing wrinkles), it will also prevent your pores from absorbing your makeup.
2. Apply dark shadows: The ultimate secret to any fabulous makeup look is to Blend, Blend, Blend! I can not stress that enough. I love to blend different colors and brands of makeup into a look that is all my own. Start with a lighter grey or silver eyeshadow as a base and apply darker and darker shades on top blending each shade on top of the other. For a more dramatic look, use a darker shade along the top of the lid.
3. Black eyeliner: This is by far my favorite part of the process! To get the perfect smokey eye, you must use liquid eyeliner. Since blending is the big secret, I like to start with the liquid liner as a base and use a black eye pencil over it. Always use both liquid and regular liners on the top and bottom of the eye. If you mess up (which happens often) just take a q-tip with a tiny bit of makeup remover on it and (you guessed it) start blending. Top it off with your favorite mascara and you’re ready to take over the world.