6 Steps on How To Get a Natural Eyeshadow Look if You’re Over 40

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to create a natural makeup look on your eyes in 6 steps.  You will practice with neutral shades of eyeshadows you can build upon based on your skin tone.  Whether you have blue eyes, green eyes or are a brown eyed girl…whether you have olive skin tones or are fair skinned, these natural shades will look really pretty on you.  I will show you which brushes to use for each eyeshadow shade.

I’m using a pretty palette of matte colors that will give you a set of neutrals, medium colors and deep color shades, and as your makeup confidence grows with practice and errors, you can add some brighter more bold colors that will transform your makeup look if that is what you want.  These shades all go on light, and as you put more on, they get brighter and brighter.

Natural does not mean frumpy.  Over 40 does not mean boring eyeshadow.

Welcome to my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel.  My name is Laurie and I create YouTube videos about ideas that POP into my head and I share them with you. 

With neutral makeup looks, we want to help our own natural skin tones POP.    Before I start with eyeshadow, I always prime my eyes with primer.  I’ve tried several drug store primers, and this is the best for my skin.  You want it to be a little tacky feeling.  Don’t choose one that’s liquidy. Primer helps the color stay on…especially those under tones.  Shades of color cannot POP if they don’t have a backdrop to POP from.

Step one:  Apply a two-layer neutral base that matches your skin tone.  We’re going to stipple the first layer with a flat brush onto the primed eyelid.  Then we use a fluffy brush that will disperse a lot of the off white color shade.  Look at that base; I am all about it.  I’ve watched YouTube videos for five years, and I used to sell Mary Kay.  I would think, “Oh, I already have a natural, skin color on my eyelids, so I can just start adding color.”  But that is not the case for most skin types.  Side note: you are naturally pretty because of that inner beauty that shines like the stars above.  While I’m teaching you how to make your eyeshadow beauty POP, just remember that you are more than enough already.  Now, let’s have some fun with our creative talents.

Step 2 is to find a transition color for the crease that is a little darker than your skin tone.  This shade is my favorite transition color.  It looks like velvet on my skin.  I could leave the house just like this.  Remember to blend around the edges for an even more natural look.

I like to add more of this transition color by sweeping it across my eyelids in a wind shield wiper method.  My brush is angled, but you can use any brush.  I do want the color to be on my crease and up a little and below the crease just a bit. Blend

Step 3 is to get a fluffy brush and use this light gray color.  When you mix brown and gray together, the transformation is a natural, neutral tone that is velvety rosy peach.  I love these together.  Because I have crepey eyes, my brush is going straight across from the middle of the eyelid to the edge.  When I’ve used all the color, then I can wind shield wipe it back and forth. Blend

Step 4 is to use an accent color that is dark. This Dark grayish-dark brown color just in the last edge of the crease is going to give you your personality.  Do not pull your brush all the way down or else your eye will look like it’s drooping; just go straight across – unless you have deep set eyes. Blend

Step 5 is to use eyeliner in the outer corners of your eyes.  Do not miss this step.  I have always used this Mary Kay eyeliner, and I have tried others.  See how it goes up so that you can see the skin color in-between the eyeliner and the lashes.  That is a no-no because it does not look like your natural lash line.  It looks like you have on eyeliner.  Go out a little further if this happens and bring it back down to the lash line.

You can also use a smudge brush which is short stubby bristles.  Or you can swipe it with your finger to smudge the liner.

Step 6 is to use a mascara in a sample size bottle.  It dries out quickly so just by a sample size.  My straight lashes perform well with this It Cosmetics Superhero mascara.

Are you surprised with how natural these four colors look on your skin?  I think with matte neutral colors, your skin will look like velvet.  Natural makeup looks are not boring; there is personality and natural skin tone beauty POPping out from the art that is on your eyelids.

When you have practiced and learned from your errors, add burgundies greens blues in the crease there.  Have fun using your creativity to play around with what looks natural.


How I Organized My Closet Without Overwhelming Myself in Three Steps

In three steps I will show you how I organized my closet without overwhelming myself…the result was a decluttered, thinned out space surprise surprise.

My closet was like a black hole. organize closet three steps

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I have clothes in here that I have not worn since moving here almost three years ago.  Stacks of scarves, piles of travel bags, purses, belts are still literally hanging around.  There is no purpose – no order in my closet. But the process of decluttering this closet seems overwhelming and too large of a task.  So today I’m taking a step back and looking at closet organization in a new way. organize closet overwhelming

I don’t want you to think of it as organizing this closet; that task seems too overwhelming mentally.  I want to declutter and free up some space.  When I get dressed everyday, this process is going to help me be less stressed, I’ll spend less time getting dressed and I’ll feel good about the steps I’ve made.  Here are the three steps on how to declutter and organize your closet without feeling overwhelmed.  Stick around to the end to see what you can tape to the very back of your wardrobe that will help you stay organized.

If this is your first visit to my LauriePOP Channel, welcome! My name is Laurie and I share ideas that POP into my head.  If you want a thinned out wardrobe with ideas for how to declutter without being overwhelmed, POP into my video.

Professional organizers tell you to take everything out of your closet, but that’s too much of a task for me.

Step # 1  I know I should get rid of what I do not need. But I’m not there.  So I’ll start with turning around all of my hangers.  start videoing me turning around the hangers. turn-hangers-around-organize-closet

In this step, I touch and actually see what clothes I’m hanging on to.  I see those awesome buys that I forgot about.  In this easy step I also will see what clothes in my wardrobe do not fit.  Step #1 will take you about 7 minutes.  So this is a balanced closet.  I represent much of America by having too many clothes that I have not worn, I keep clothes that I do not need.  I keep buying things I think I need but don’t really need.  In the past I have been unmotivated to clean out my closet. I’m a product of consumerism, and that means that when I walk into my favorite big box store like Old Navy or Francesca’s, I cannot NOT buy something if it’s cute and super inexpensive.  I now know that this is called fast fashion.  I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it.

Step #2 Take note of what IS cluttered you in your closet.  Do research on your OWN closet. Do not rush this step.  Take one minute each day for a week even.  What are the problem areas? problem areas closet organization

For me, I have belts that I don’t use taking up valuable closet space.  My shelves are so shallow so my travel bags and scarves and sweaters keep falling off.  By looking and critiquing my closet for a minute or two for a few days, I came up with 3 areas to declutter.  I highly recommend only having 3 areas to work on so that your task does not seem overwhelming. handbag organization cluttered

Step #3  Figure out what items can go in containers or be hung.  We’ve all seen the scarf holder, and since I don’t need them that often, I’m getting the scarf holder to get them off of my closet shelves. scarves-sweaters-closet-unorganized

These makeup bags and handbags that I travel with fall off every time I reach for something on this shelf.  I thought about using a shoe box, but they’re a bit deep.  I need shallow and low containers.  So I bought myself this container for paper.  It has a lid so I’m not sure I’ll use that. 

Purses can go in those clear bins, but I really want to see each purse so I will double them onto hangers. 

Check out this thinned out wardrobe, open spaced closet.  See all the space I have?  In decluttering my closet, I have organized it without even being overwhelmed.  Organizing your closet space gives you a bonus benefit of decluttering.

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Organized and open for business!

I do have in the back of my closet a list of what jewelry colors I need.  When i wear these boots, I go to get a necklace, and I think, “Oh, I don’t have a necklace that really blends with these cognac colored boots.” So I write down cognac necklace (boots). needs-list-closet

When I go thrifting, those are items I can add to my wardrobe with purpose and not clutter. list-of-outfits

When I put together a cute outfit that I’ve never thought about, I write it at the bottom.

Happy thinning out to you!  I hope your decluttered closet was not overwhelming and eye opening.  Thank you for POPping over.

Tutorial on How to Get Beach Wave Curls

This tutorial is on how to create loose beach wave curls with short to medium style even long hair.  My LauriePOP YouTube Channel above will give you exact details and is easier to follow in my opinion.  I create YouTube videos on travel ideas that POP into my head, makeup ideas that POP into my head and DIY tutorials.  POP over and check it out.

You can have natural looking waves in your hair if you follow these six steps.

Step #1

When your hair is in the ocean salt water, your hair feels a little stiff as it dries.  For natural beach waves, then, put Mousse on damp hair, not soaking wet.  When hair is soaking wet, it’s too heavy to hold the mousse.  So dry it just a tad or go get dressed, or keep your hair in a towel before starting the beach waves process.

Step #2

Do NOT comb your hair once you put the mousse on.  You can style your hair before applying the mousse, but you will have extra hold and stiffness if you let it be.

Dry it.  Air dry.  Dry it. 

Step #3 For beach wave curls, Leave 1-2 inches out of the curling wand before rolling under.

Step #4 Hold your curling iron horizontal against your head.  Resist the urge to hold it vertically for loose curls.  Since the back of my hair is short, I just roll it in rolls to give it some shape.

The short layers at the top of my head are so short that I don’t go alllllll the way under.  They have plenty of volume and would be too tight of a curl.  Farther down here, where my hair is thicker and longer, I will roll my hair all the way under to my scalp.

Step #5 When you get to four seconds, open your curling iron just a bit and pull the rest of the hair forward.  If you have long hair, this is where you will pull the hair vertically down.  We are telling the hair where we want it to stay for the day.  Not tight curls, but loose locks that have a natural wave to them, as if we were at the beach that morning. 

For this difficult part of my hair, I have to curl a chunk of it backwards so that my hair doesn’t turn into one big kahuna wave facing forward.  When I asked my first hair dresser how to get loose locks, she said to do alternating curls front and facing back.  And with practice I have to curl just one or two pieces backward and this is how.  I roll it up to my scalp and after four seconds I pull back, vertical and downward.

Step #6 in this beach wave hair tutorial is to not brush it once it’s curled.  Let your hair memorize how it’s supposed to look.  When you’ve finished putting on your makeup or making breakfast, finger your curls out a bit by picking it up a bit.  Run your fingers up your scalp and just pull out a bit.  Do not go all the way to the end of each curl.

A problem that might happen to you is that you left the curling iron in your hair too long and the curl is way too tight for that area.  If you want loose wavey curls, pull down (with your fingers) the end of that curl and hold it for 2 seconds.

Curling Iron – Wand.  Use the correct size for your hair type.  In order to create loose locks, I need tighter curls if that makes sense.  I cannot use a flat iron for this look.  Curls are not beachy looking.  They are too loose with no shape.  A curling iron with this type of barrel is great for my fine hair.  And by fine I mean limp.  It curls my hair so that as it falls throughout the day, the hair is wavey and not immediately straight.

Let me know if this tutorial helps you please!

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How to Lift Your Hooded Eyes (Eyeshadow Trick)

What NOT to Wear on the Airplane

How to Use Packing Cubes

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What NOT to Wear on an Airplane

When I travel, my outfit choice is part of my packing routine.  If you travel like me, knowing what to wear on the airplane takes time.  I want to dress comfortably, I want to feel confident in my outfit, and I definitely do not want to worry about what I’m wearing when I fly.  However, there are 8 things you should not wear on an airplane.

I have worn all eight, and this idea hit me during my most recent trip in an airplane. 

What’s Under My Airplane Seat?

Under this airplane seat you will see the essential flight accessories I travel with.  Watching the video is easiest to explain what I carry on most flights.  Whether you’re traveling for a weekend or a longer vacation, check out what is in my carryon back pack.  Notice that my carryon suitcase is above my airplane seat.  This video is about what I travel with in my back pack carry on.

Thanks so much for POPping over to my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel and blog!  You can search LauriePOP on YouTube to see all the different ideas that really do POP into my head…makeup, travel, DIY, planner videos and more.

Move videos you may enjoy:

How to Use Packing Cubes for Optimum Results

How to Make a Snowman Wreath

Hooded Eyes Natural Eye Lift Video

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Full Review of the Shake It Up Happy Planner

I’m sharing my full review of the newly released Shake It Up Happy Planner. After weeks of searching, I will show you why I chose this one. Me & My Big Ideas has added whimsical attention to detail, and there are some aspects I do not like. My first impressions are amazing! Mambi Planners have always been my favorite, and this year’s tops them all. Create 365 has released several Happy Planners with twelve month and 18 month calendars, and there are two reasons why I chose the 12 month calendar. Monthly tabs, the month view, and the weekly layouts have colors that blend beautifully. POP in to see what’s inside from front to back so you can make your own educated decision. Let me know in the comments if you have to see and feel a Happy Planner before purchasing your own from Me & My Big Ideas. Do any of you know why they have so many names???!

My Own Gems:

Shake It Up Planner

Aqua Hard Cover ($5)

My Obsessively Grateful Shirt ($38)

Similar Grateful Shirts ($16ish) and one in Light Blue

Other Videos You May Like:

7 Changes in my Happy Planner

What’s Under My Airplane Seat

Best Packing Method Review

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