Let’s Talk Warm-Toned Makeup

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I’ve been a lover of warm-toned makeup for as long as I can remember, but with the massive trend of red and orange-toned eye makeup on the rise I have been able to feed my obsession even more. Ever since I saw one of my favorite bloggers (check her out, she’s seriously fab) rocking a bright red eyeshadow look this past January, I knew I had to give this bold look a try. My first warm-toned individual shadow purchases were Woodwinked and Follie by Mac during my freshman year of college. For months my everyday eye look consisted of priming my eye with Benefit’s cream eyeshadow in My Two Cents, sweeping Woodwinked all over the lid and blending it into the crease, and using Follie as a faux eyeliner creating my everyday winged liner look. The contrast of the copper/gold tones with the deep purple/brown of the faux liner made my eyes pop like never before and I was hooked.

One morning while getting ready for class I was watching my YouTube queue and clicked on one of Megan’s videos where she was rocking a bright red eyeshadow with a fierce winged liner. I immediately commented and asked what eyeshadow(s) she was wearing, and within 20 minutes she replied (I was a bit starstruck, not gonna lie). I added Coppering by Mac to my makeup wishlist and because I was so eager to get my hands on it, I was at the Mac counter within the week. For months after my everyday look consisted of sweeping Coppering across my eyelid and into the crease for a bold red shadow look under my black liquid eyeliner.

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Top to Bottom: Woodwinked single eyeshadow, Mac lipstick in Twig, Benefit Sun Beam liquid highlighter, Benefit cream eyeshadow in My Two Cents.

Then the mother of all warm-toned eyeshadow palettes was born. As soon as I saw the press release for the Urban Decay Heat palette I knew I had to have it ASAP. I watched every review and swatch video and skimmed a dozen tutorials before I even had the palette in my possession. I knew that with how much I had been loving red and orange-toned eyeshadow in the past year that these shadows would easily make their way into my day-to-day makeup looks. Thanks to an amazing friend who shares my love for all things beauty (shout out to you, Kelsey) she told me about a one day only sale Ulta was having on the Heat palette before the official release date. Within five minutes I had placed my order and began stalking the mailman for my delivery.

After using the Heat palette for a little over a month now, it’s safe to say this is my absolute favorite Urban Decay palette ever. There are so many matte shades with incredible pigmentation and the shimmery shades are like no other. My favorite shades for a simple everyday look are Sauced, Low Blow, Cayenne, Dirty Talk, and Lumbre. The biggest tip I can give for making some of the darker and more pigmented shadows appropriate for daytime is to blend, blend, blend. I typically take a flat eyeshadow brush and pack a good amount onto the middle and outer half of my eyelid then blend it out with a clean fluffy brush until the pigment has been blended into my crease and a tad above. Then I take Chaser on another clean fluffy brush and blend around the edges to ensure there are no harsh lines. Usually I pack a little bit of a shimmery shade onto the middle of my lid to catch the light then highlight my inner corners and brow bone with Ounce. I’ve retired the liquid liner for the last few months so that my eyeshadow can be the star of the show, so after I’m done with the palette I just layer on mascara to my upper and lower lashes and sweep the remaining eyeshadow from the flat eyeshadow brush onto my lower lid.

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Top to Bottom: Risque blush by Tarte, Follie by Mac, Coppering by Mac, Park Ave Princess bronzer by Tarte.

I like to pair my red/orange-toned eye makeup looks with brown-toned blush and lipstick (I really only wear lip products if I’m feeling sassy). Risqué by Tarte is the best long-lasting brown/pink blush that looks so natural when layered above the Parke Ave Princess bronzer by Tarte. The combo of red/orange eyeshadow with brown-toned face products reminds me of 90’s makeup trends, but in my opinion it helps keep all the attention on the eye look. I finally picked up my first highlighter (I know, I’m super late to the game) and decided that something subtle was more of my cup of tea. Sun Beam by Benefit adds the perfect amount of glow without making my face look like a grease machine.

Warm-toned makeup may be a trend in the beauty and fashion world, but I definitely don’t plan on changing my look any time soon. The Urban Decay Heat palette is truly worth every penny and I think that any skin tone and eye color can rock red and orange based eyeshadow.

What’s your current go-to makeup look and what are your favorite new beauty releases?

xx, Rachel

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette • Urban Decay • $54

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer • Tarte • $30

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush • Tarte • $29

Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow • Benefit Cosmetics • $14

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Liquid Highlighter – Golden Bronze • Benefit Cosmetics • $26

MAC Lipstick • M·A·C • $17–17.50

MAC Eye Shadow • M·A·C • $16

Embroidered Swing Top

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Usually I’m not the biggest fan of going crazy on seasonal trends, but this summer I ended up falling hard for floral embroidery. While I was in Orlando for a celebratory trip to Disney World after college graduation we stopped by Disney Springs to check out the shopping and restaurants. Right as we got off the shuttle bus we walked into the shopping center and immediately came upon Zara. I hadn’t been to a Zara store since I visited New York City a couple years ago, so walking right up to one as soon as we got to Disney Springs was fate. I spent ages walking around admiring every item, but the one piece I couldn’t stop thinking about was this white floral embroidered top. The tank also came in a black version, but since I own SO much black already I decided to branch out and go for the light and airy white version. It hits just at the waist of my high waisted jeans and y’all already know I love a good high neck top. This top seriously fits like a dream and adds a girly touch to my distressed jeans.

These distressed hem jeans are by Just Black Denim and I honestly think saying I’m obsessed with the brand is an understatement. Being a new brand at my work I was curious about the fit and quality so I snagged the light wash distressed pair I have on and fell in love instantly. Although these are still a bit pricy, these fit and wear like a $200 pair of Hudson or DL jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love my high-end denim, but why shell out for one pair of those when you could pick up 1 if not 2 pair of Just Black jeans for a fraction of the cost?

The high waist of these jeans fits true to size and doesn’t do any of the weird crotch bunching when you sit down. I rarely wash my denim to keep the integrity of the wash and fit, and these have never gotten baggy knees or butt after wearing them for a couple of months. Since purchasing these jeans I have also gotten the dark wash version, a pair of black high waisted fringe hem jeans (major heart eyes), and two pair of high waisted distressed shorts. No joke guys, these jeans are the bomb. If you’re local to the Raleigh area make sure you stop by fab’rik Raleigh and try on a pair-I promise you’ll fall in love!

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I think my favorite find of the summer has to be these bright orange sandals by Franco Sarto. I snagged these shoes at TJ Maxx and can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn them. They’re super comfortable and add the perfect pop of color to every look. I can wear these to work and be on my feet for 9+ hours and I swear it feels like I’ve been walking on clouds all day. My only issue with these is that the faux suede gets dirty so fast, but honestly this is such a minor complaint since these sandals are so insanely comfy and cute.

My strength has never been spring/summer fashion since I always just want to throw on something lightweight and loose (the North Carolina humidity is not my friend), but I really made an effort this year to add pieces that are both wardrobe staples and a bit out of my comfort zone. Now that fall is just around the corner I have been super eager to break out my favorite dark nail polishes (which may or may not have happened already) as well as my go-to boots, but I will do my best to have some self restraint and dress for summer for just a few weeks more. Although we’ve had a relatively mild summer, I must say that I am so ready for those 60 degree days!

What were some of your summer wardrobe essentials?

xx, Rachel

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ASOS Ruffle Hem Tee with Embroidery • Asos • $57

nastygal Thread a Little Happiness Floral Blouse • Nasty Gal • $50

Free People Frayed Hem Skinny Destroyed Ankle Jeans • Free People • $78

FOREVER 21+ Distressed Frayed-Hem Jeans • Forever 21 • $48

Franco Sarto – Tallen Women’s Sandals • Franco Sarto • $79

Girl With the Pearl Sandals

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One of my go-to outfits recently has been anything with culotte pants and slide sandals. I’m not going to lie, when I first tried on these pants I had flashbacks of sporting knit gauchos, a Bobby Jack screen tee, and Rainbow sandals, but these are much more tailored and chic (if I do say so myself). I snagged these pants at work & I’m so glad I decided to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Now that we’re getting into the fall transition period in retail, I made a promise to myself that I would find ways to make these pants work for the fall and winter seasons. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I can’t wait to style these culottes with ankle boots and sneakers with a chunky sweater on top.

I paired my new favorite pants with another one of my summer favorites-this high neck tank from Madewell. I fell in love instantly with this top and ended up getting it in three other colors (oops). As a broad shouldered gal, this tank hits at the most flattering point and lets my collarbone have its time to shine. This tank is on super sale right now too so grab one before they’re gone! If you know me at all you know I love dressing in all black and white, so adding my favorite watch by Daniel Wellington and these fab pearl sandals from fab’rik Raleigh completed this minimal look perfectly.

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These pearl sandals by Soda are surprisingly comfortable for a flat sandal and somehow seem to dress up any outfit. Another favorite look I pair these sandals with is super distressed jeans and a black camisole top. I love styling contrasting pieces, so mixing the feminine top and sandals with the edgy denim is a match made in heaven. These are a complete dupe for the Steve Madden pearl sandals and Lulus has them in a different brand as well as in the rose gold color way, but I’m all about the dark and drab. 😉

So if you’re feeling nostalgic for the days of gaucho pants and tacky tees, pick up a pair of tailored wide leg trousers for a seriously upgraded take on the old 2005 classic. I’ve gotten so much wear out of these pants already and am way too excited to style them for the cooler months!

xx, Rachel

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Women’s Vince Camuto Zip Pocket Culottes • Vince Camuto • $53.40

Women’s Adelyn Rae Culotte Jumpsuit • Adelyn Rae • $89

Timeoff Tank Top • Madewell • $14.99

Women’s Steve Madden Jole Embellished Slide Sandal • Steve Madden • $69.95

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch, 36mm • Daniel Wellington • $199