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The Makeup Mix-Up: American Beauty


Makeup Mix-Up Day is here! Now, if you're thinking that this look is remarkably similar to my profile image, you're not wrong. I knew when Jaelan and I decided on the American Beauty prompt that I wanted to do a look like this. To me, there is no one single definition of 'American' beauty, and what makes a person beautiful is when they feel good in their own skin, when they're wearing a look (makeup or not) that makes them come alive and feel confident. For me, that often means red lipstick and a subtle wing. I love the look of a bare eye and an ultra strong lip. It's my favorite look to wear and to apply, so it was a no-brainer. 

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First of all, how funny is it that Jaelan and I are both wearing stripes? When it comes to the makeup, we did not discuss or plan our looks together, but I am guessing that we're going to end up thinking alike more often than not on these prompts. I love Jaelan's smokey brown shadow, her strong brow, and that lip color she's wearing is absolutely perfect. I think her look would be amazing on just about everyone. Doesn't she look gorgeous? 

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To create this look, I started with a neutral shadow all over the lid, and then blended a taupe shade into the outer crease. I used a black eyeliner pencil to tightline the upper waterline, and then I followed that with a dark taupe shadow and an angled brush. Starting from the outer edge and working my way in, I created a soft wing, and used my finger to smudge as I went. I intentionally focused the liner only on the outermost third of the lid on both top and bottom, to keep the eyes really wide and open. For brows I kept it simple with a brow powder, followed by a gel to set everything in place. 

On the skin I used my trusty powder foundation, a sweep of bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks, and some blush right on the highest part of my cheekbone, pulling it forward. I also brought the bronzer down to the neck for a little more jaw definition, and then dusted the tops of my cheekbones, the middle of my forehead, and my nose with a bit of highlighter. I used a bright red lipstick and kept to the natural shape of my lip. I finished everything off with a couple of coats of my favorite mascara on the outermost lashes. You'll also probably notice that I didn't use any mascara on the bottom lashes. I really wanted to let the lips be the focus of the whole look. 

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And just in case you're interested in trying out any of these products for yourself, here are the links to the exact products I used. These links are affiliates:

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Now, this may have been my "signature" look with a nice subtle winged eyeliner, but I can assure you that for next week's "Wing it Out" look, there will be nothing subtle about it. I'm really going to go for it. 

The Makeup Mix-Up: American Beauty: A weekly beauty link up for makeup lovers everywhere...Alright! Enough about my look, show me what you've got! Let's see your take on American Beauty.

Link up rules:
1. Follow your hosts. That's me, Jaelan, and any co-host we may have.
2. Add your look to the link up. 
3. Check out the other people who've linked up and comment on at least three looks.
4. Leave a link to either mine or Jaelan's post in your own blog post.
Bonus! Share your look with us on social media using the hashtag #themakeupmixup so we can show you all kinds of social media love with lots of heart and smooching emojis. 

And go!

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