spring beauty looks on a budget

I’m so excited to introduce to you a new blogger friend, Jennifer Duvall, who is a freelance makeup artist and the curator of the popular blog “Jenny Sue Makeup.” Jennifer is a fellow Georgia-grad {who very luckily still gets to reside in Athens, GA…one of my very favorite places on earth} and a busy mother of three, so her makeup tips are practical and budget-friendly. I’m thrilled to have Jennifer guest post today on “Spring Beauty Looks on a Budget.

Jennifer and her precious daughter, Vivian, at a wedding this past weekend.

Without further ado, let’s hear from Jennifer…

As a freelance makeup artist and beauty blogger, that means I have the flexibility of using and trying out all types and brands of makeup products because I don’t represent one specific makeup company. There are lots of outstanding drugstore makeup products on the market right now which is great because that means you don’t have to break your piggy bank to get the look you want. I am also a mom of three, so budget wise I have to be practical, but it is also okay to have a little fun when playing with makeup!!

There are three beauty looks that everyone can pull off this spring that focus on skin, eyes, and lips. Here is how to easily recreate these looks along with some affordable drugstore items to help get you there.

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1. Bronze Skin. Nothing says warmer weather has arrived like bronzed skin! And even if you don’t live on the beach, you can still fake a warmer skin tone with a few easy steps. The safest way to get the look is by using a subtle self tanner for the face. I love Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Face Moisturizer and I use this product every other day in place of my regular moisturizer to make sure I get the most natural look. To achieve that glistening skin after self tanning, go for a light bronzer that has a bit of shimmer in it, like Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder Bronzer.

TIP :: I apply bronzer in a halo-like manner around the perimeter of the face and along the hair line to give you that look of glowing from within. Then whatever is leftover on your brush you can add along the tops of the cheekbones and bridge of the nose. And don’t forget the cheeks, so add a little bit of pink or peach for a touch of color that isn’t brown! Finish off the look by swiping on a golden based lip gloss like L’Oreal Paris Infallible gloss in “Dulce De Leche!

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2. Bright Eyeliner. If you are used to wearing safe browns and taupe shadows on your eyelids, then take this new season as reason to step out of your makeup comfort zone! The easiest way to incorporate a bright eye, is to use your bright shadow as a colored eyeliner instead of trying to attempt a full lid of bright shadows. I like Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in “Tenacious Teal” that can be applied with a fine tipped eyeliner brush and it has amazing staying power so your color stays where you put it! You can stick with your normal neutral shadow routine with a palette like L’oreal Color Riche Eye Shadow Quad in “Cupa Joe.” but instead of using your brown or black liner, go for a sweep of bold with a teal, lavender, or emerald green eyeliner!

TIP :: Don’t know which shade is right for you? You always want to pick a color that is a contrast to your natural eye color. Brown eyed gals can wear them all but really benefit from the lilacs and lavenders, teals and turquoise liners highlight hazel eyes, and blue eyed gals should try the emerald greens! And if you’re really feeling brave, switch things up and line along the LOWER LASH LINE with your bright pick and keep your neutral liner on top. Once you’ve finished your liner, add lots of waterproof black mascara like my favorite, CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume, on those top and bottom lashes to highlight your peepers and keep that mascara from smudging in the heat!

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3. Orange Lips. Red lips are classic, but why not brighten things up with an unexpected orange pout this spring?! This citrus hue can look very tasteful when paired with a simple bronzed eye look. Confused on which shade of orange to pick? Fair skinned ladies can pull of a sheer cooler melon version of orange like Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in “Tease” while darker skinned lovelies can wear the bold and opaque versions such as Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids in “Electric Orange.”

TIP :: When prepping for a bold lip, I like to dab concealer around my mouth with L’Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer to help neutralizer my lips and help with staying power before adding the color. Then either dab on your orange straight from the tube or with your finger for a lighter layer.

Which one of these beauty looks will you be rocking this spring?!

If you loved Jennifer’s tips and want more, be sure to head over to her blog and to follow her on Instagram @jennysuemakeup.

Thanks so much, Jennifer! We hope you’ll be our guest blogger here again in the near future!

Stylishly yours,

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