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Holiday Party Makeup Tutorial

Here is a beautiful sparkly look from one of my favorite youtube channels, pixiwoo.

Gothic Vampire Makeup

If you want to be a sexy vampire for Halloween, follow this youtube tutorial by Michelle Phan.

She creates an elegant gothic vampire that is easy to follow.

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Really Useful Makeup Tutorial

How to Make Small Eyes Look Larger and Protruding Eyes Look Smaller.

The makeup artist does one eye one big and one eye small. Lots of great hints about products as well.

How To Get Anime Eyes

Here’s a fun youthful look for parties or save this one for a hip Halloween.

It’s how I imagine the anime faces in the Uglies/Pretties books by Scott Westerfeld.

Michelle Phan has a lot of fun video tutorials on her youtube channel. Be sure to check them out.

Reduce Workout Stress With Bath Salts

Warmer weather means it’s time to get serious with your workout routines. Soon, you will be leaving the jackets and sweaters behind and exposing your arms and legs.

Inevitably, with ramped-up workouts, you are likely to feel a few aches and pains.

Here is a warm, soothing way to ease your tired muscles. Make your own scented bath salts. It’s easy, inexpensive, and fun. They also make great gifts.

In a glass bowl mix together:

1 cup of dead sea salts or Epsom salts
1 teaspoon of glycerin or olive oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.

Add the fragrance one drop at a time until you get the desired strength of fragrance. Store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Mix or shake before use. To use, add 1/4 cup of the mixture to the running water as you draw a bath. The warm salt water will soften your muscle aches and pull toxins from your skin. The lavender oil will help you relax and smell wonderful. I like to take a salt bath before I go to bed. I wake up refreshed and ache free.

You can purchase several kinds of bath salts at Wholesale Supplies Plus. They have European Spa Salts, Dead Sea Salts and more. Or you can buy classic Epsom salts at a drug store.

To give as a gift, you can add a few drops of food coloring to the glycerin and mix throughout the salts. Tie a pretty ribbon around the glass jar.

1950s Eye Makeup


In the 1950s, the U.S. was getting a little more conservative. The world was building itself back up after the lean years of WWII.

People were settling in with their families, buying cars and houses, and earning money. Women no longer had to skimp on fabrics and luxury items.

Makeup colors were strong with heavy eye brows and lots of black eye liner. Red was still the favorite lip color but some softer lighter colors were used, too.

Hair was generally shorter but still curled an under control.

Here are some beauties from the 1950s:


Left to right: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn
Top photo: Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield

1940s Eye Makeup


World War II dominated most of the decade and brought more independence to women than ever before. Women took jobs that were usually filled by men.

But the look of the 1940s was very sexy and alluring.

Complexions were more natural than the pale faces of earlier decades. Cheeks were rosy and glowing. Eye brows were plucked and arched but with a natural thickness. Lashes were long and dramatic but eye shadow was fairly natural. Red lips were still the rage but the top lip was rounded.

Hair was shoulder length with a side part and big waves brushed back off the face. Somtimes it was rolled or held back with pins.

Here are some beauties of the 1940s:

Left to right: Ava Gardner, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake
Top photo is Gene Tierney

1930s Eye Makeup


The 1930s were all about glamour with sparkling gowns and jewels, perfectly marcelled platinum blonde hair.

Eye brows were pencil thin and curved downward at the ends. Eye liner was also very thin and worn close to the lash line. Use a liquid liner in black to best mimic the look.

Some starlets wore their eye lids very glossy. You can try a little vaseline on the lid. If you don’t like that look, try a matte shadow in a shade close to your skin color all over the lid right up to the brow. Then smudge a darker shade into the crease for a deep-set look.

Curl lashes and apply lots of black mascara for maximum length.

Faces were made flawlessly matte with pancake makeup and lots of powder. Lips were red but more natural than the bow shape of the previous decade.

Here are some glamour girls of the 1930s:


From left to right: Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford.
Top photo: Carole Lombard.

1920s Eye Makeup


In the 1920s, women were becoming liberated. Bobbed hair, short skirts and loose fitting undergarments were all the rage. Boyish figures were in fashion to go with the straight-cut shorter dresses.

Eye makeup was dramatic, not really a smoky eye as we know it today but a bold eye.

Kohl eyeliner was used all around the eye. You can mimic the look with dark gray or black eye colors. The dark shadow was worn close to the eye lashes and not usually above the crease of the lid.

Mascara in the Twenties came in a cake that needed to be melted down for use. The result was thick, black lashes.

Skin was kept white and matte. Lips were dark red and shaped into a small bow.

Here are some flappers with the classic 1920s makeup look.


From left to right: Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, Jacqueline Logan

Let’s Do the Twist

Having a bad hair day? Try this quick and simple upsweep hairstyle.

The classic French twist: