Highlighting is the one trend that we hope never goes away. Even though there is something to be said for moderation, a little highlight goes a long way to giving your face that extra something.
So, for those of you still unsure of what highlighting is, highlighting is a way of using face makeup to attract light to specific features, creating the illusion of brightness and height, hence that lit-from-within look.
If you wanna give highlighting a try, you should check out some of these great dupes for the more expensive products on the market that we have to offer here at Tah Tah!
Fan of the Smashbox L.A. Lights Highlighter? Try our Cheek Stick in Ignite.
Fan of the Nars The Multiple Stick? Try our Cheek Stick in Adorable.
Fan of Benefit’s High Beam? Try our Liquid Shimmer in Wavelength.
Fan of the Nars Super Cream Illuminator? Try our Liquid Blush in Privileged.
Hope these dupes inspire you to get out there and GLOW!
Let’s be honest, sometimes it super easy to get in a makeup rut. Me personally, I’ve used the same 3 eyeshadow hues (even if I’ve purchased variations of the same color from different brands) for YEARS. This Summer, let’s commit to breaking out from the usual with a few of these simple summertime swaps that will refresh your look!
Foundation: Have you tried a tinted moisturizer or BB cream? Both of these options will offer a dewier, more summer-friendly look with a buildable level of coverage. Still want a little more coverage than these two options can provide, but want a dewy finish, try mixing a little of your moisturizer with your current foundation!
Eyeshadow: This is my biggest rut. I use brown, darker brown, lighter brown and black. These colors are consistently it for my eyeshadow routine. This summer though, I am going to try and change it up by adding in a copper and gold (which, I know, are just metallic shades of brown, but baby steps…) and a peachy pink shadow to the routine.
Summer is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re outside and enjoying the beautiful weather before it gets too ungodly hot outside. The question I have for you though is, are you protecting your face?!?
One of the number one ways to keep your skin healthy and looking young is by protecting it from sun damage. Aside from the threat of skin cancer, over exposing your face to sun can result in wrinkles, uneven skin tone and sun spots.
Luckily, Tah Tah Makeup has tons of options for you with SPF coverage to help defend your skin against the sun to keep you looking youthful.
Last time I mentioned this great lip I came across while perusing Spring runway looks (purpose was to find some outrageous eye looks to try out on my friend Tiffany, my offical guinea pig, I’m sure that will come up again in the future.) I decided to see if I could reproduce it.
Here’s the lip:
I’m no model folks, thus I wasn’t born with a model’s lips. Especially not those like this under 21 year old fairy lady- all that is to say my photos of the finished product below won’t be quite as ethereal and beautiful, but I think I got pretty close!
First step is definitely a lip primer – this look requires a pale slate. Incidentally, we happen to have a “go on smooth-last all day” lip primer. Best part? You can use it on your, eyes, too! It keeps shadow fresh and true to color until you wash it off. Plus, it keeps the shadow from consolidating into those weird, dark crease lines when it’s hot and muggy outside. I have sort of uneven toned pinkish reddish lips, so I highly recommend it, for both its evening effects and staying power for any lipstick or crayon. You can get some here.
Next I covered my entire lip with a neutral liner, the Ultimate Pencil in Bashful. A great base for nude and lighter pink lip colors, it gave a nice pink toned beige base for the look.
After the first liner color, I added a coat of Rose Salve, adding a great moisturizing shine. It works great to heal dry lips, add a bit of glossy finish and is absolutely affordable. You can find it at Ulta or order online from Amazon.
And the comes the pop of coral. Initially I tried the Ultimate Pencil in Take Me. Only coloring in the middle third of my lips, I then used the brush with the Rose Salve to feather the color out towards the corners.
It was slightly lighter than I expected but was lovely color overall.
I think I may have added a little too much color on the top lip, when comparing to the photo- but for a first try, not terrible. And I learned all over lip liner mixed with some gloss or balm provides an all day pop of great color! even last through my 5 cups of coffee before noon. (In addition to The Rosa Salve, Maybelline Makes a great semishine called Baby Lips- feels great, not too glossy- perfect to soften the all over the lip liner look.)
Here’s everything I ended up using when trying to find the best options for the look I was going for:
Besides the previously mentioned liner colors and primer, the pic shows some of my favorite coral lip options from the Tah Tah line.
So, I’ve still been seeing the return of the intense magenta lip. It is, in a way, reminding me of the 80’s EXCEPT for the fact that it’s being done so much classier this time around!
Instead of mixing bright fuchsia lips with full electric blue eye makeup (I mean, even the lashes, back then!), a lime green turtleneck from the The Limited (RIP, old friend…) and a slap of hotter than the Sahara pink blush on the cheekbones, it’s now the showpiece companion to a muted neutral eye and will look AMAZING with a range or dark blues, like this deep royal…
Sophisticated, am I right?!
Also works wonderfully with basically no other makeup on your gorgeous face, like Marion here in her Christian Dior at $35 a tube. I’m not saying it’s not a great lipstick- Dior lipstick is great! Probably. I’ve never owned any. I can’t bring myself to spend $35 on something I’m probably going to lose in a restaurant bathroom or the seat of my car. But I have an affordable dupe for myself and I’m betting it lasts longer… Read on!
And of course it’s a Tah Tah product, I mean- that’s partially why I’m here. This morning I took our Narcissist lip liner and colored in my entire bottom and top lip with the liner. Very nice, semi matte finish, great all over coverage! Here’s the color sample.
Looked pretty great with the royal purple sheer top I have on, too.
Then I drank my usual 5 Keurig cups of coffee before lunch, lips still looking good! I felt like I wanted a little shine though… Love the matte trend, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you just want a little more shine, ya know?
So I popped a little of this Berry Pop Lip Crayon over it, a great sheer color that gave just the right boost to the Narcissist Liner that was still holding strong after all the coffee! And, okay, fine- also a doughnut.
Like they were made to be paired…
Alright, let’s do some math. The Ultimate Lip Liners are $10, the Lip Crayons are $12. Which makes the combo a sweet (and less than Chanel!) $22.00. Plus, this way I’ve got a sheer version of the purple pop when I’m interested in a hint of color instead of the full on. And don’t forget the free shipping!
You know what else I keep seeing- runway especially- that I absolutely love?
This vintage feel lip stain, focused on the center of the lips.
Just. Love. It. So much that I’m saving it for the next blog!
But I still felt the need to add a quick blog, since I’m so bad at doing them regularly! Plus, it’s a chance to regale the benefits of Tah Tah Perfect Finish concealer and Matte Finishing Powder– since I’m blowing my nose every 2 minutes or so (RIDICULOUS!), I’m constantly wiping my nose and so OF COURSE it’s red like Rudolph’s. Luckily, this concealer is amazing at covering that red and the powder adds staying power though all my blowing!
Also, this weather has been crazy lately, up and down…warm and gorgeous one day and then freezing the next! But fussy March is almost over and April is sure to bring calm, breezy days and some great sales from Tah Tah! Stay warm and beautiful!