Color correction in makeup

Color correction is a rising trend in makeup. Tips and tricks that used to be only used by makeup artists are starting to gain popularity and quickly are becoming part of many women’s (and boys) daily routine. So if you haven’t already I highly recommend you read my post on color theory first, as I will reference a lot of what I talked about in that post in this one. There are two main ways to color correct in a makeup application. The first is to straight up correct and cancel out unwanted colors and tones and the second is to enhance existing undertones in the skin. I will talk about both in this post and break it down but what colors do what and what skin tones and beauty problems they correct and enhance. I will try to keep this post short, but if you read my blog, you probably know already I suck at being short and sweet.



Green’s complementary partner in crime is red, so yup, you guessed it. Anything with a green base to it will cancel out any redness in the skin. Most commonly you will find this in primers. The green in the primer helps to neutralize redness in the skin before you apply foundation. A ton of brands make green tinted primers such as Make Up For Ever, Smashbox and Stila just to name a few, so these are not hard to find at all. All skin tones can be prone to redness so really these babies can work out for everyone.



Orange tinted products help to counter act blue tones in the skin. You will most commonly find these in under eye correctors. Now under eye circles can be either blue or purplish in undertone so if you are leaning more towards the purple side, you may want to find more of an orangey yellow-based product. Just as you would with a primer, you lay the corrector down first and then apply your concealer on top. You can also find may under eye concealers that just have a slight tint of orange to them so you don’t have to worry about using two products. Orange is also a great color to use as a base for tattoo concealment. Most black ink is a blue-based dye so the orange will help bolt it out a bit before you apply concealer. Another application for the color orange is to warm up bluish undertones in the skin. In woman of color an orange-based primer can help to even out surface tones and warm the skin up. The Make Up For Ever Step 1 in Carmel is beautiful on a darker skin tone.



The color yellow can be used for a few different things when it comes to correcting. On a warmer skin tone a yellow-based primer can really help to brighten up the skin, especially for medium to tan skin. On a fair skin tone it can also help to correct redness in the skin. You will often see yellow based setting powders, these are great for super fair skin types where green primers are a bit to harsh for.



Now this sounds like a weird one, but red is a great color corrector for anyone that has green surface tones to the skin. Sometimes you will see this in Indian women especially under the eyes. The red can work a little better than orange sometimes because under the eye area can sometimes be more of a bluish green more that just a blue or a purple. Becca just came out with a fantastic new corrector that has a red tone to it (lipstick also works).



Pink can be a great color to use if you are trying to neutralize overly yellow tones in the skin. When used as a primer it can help to brighten the skin as well. My fave use for pink correctors is defiantly the eye area though. Pink correctors can add instant lift and brightness when used around the eye area. If you have read my review on the Becca under eye brightening corrector, well, then you know how I feel about a little pick me up around the eye area.


Blue & Lavender

Both of these colors, similar to pink are great for adding an overall brightness to the skin. Blue tends to be a bit better suited for fair to light skin tones and lavender tends to be better for medium, tan and darker skin. Just like with pink, these can be used all over the face in more of a primer form or they can be used in more of a cream anywhere you need a little extra light.


Hope this was helpful everyone! Feel free to share and let me know if I missed anything!


Have a Beautiful day!

Love Magenta


Color Theory for makeup application

So I thought I would do a quick three part series on color theory and color correction. Understanding how colors interact with each other is an essential piece of a good make up application. It can help you enhance what you got, hide what you don’t like and bring out the very best in your eye, hair and skin tone.

For this first part I thought we would start at the very basics. Simple color theory. So we will break everything down real simple.


The color wheel

There are three types of color groups. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Why is this helpful to know? Well unless you paint your face all with one color, understanding what happens when colors mix is actually pretty helpful.


Primary colors are the building blocks from where all other colors come from. Mixing other colors together cannot create them.


Secondary colors are created when you mix two primary colors together. For example (let’s take it way back to grade school here) when you mix blue and yellow, you get green!


Tertiary colors are created when you mix a primary and a secondary color together. These are going to be the most commonly found colors in cosmetic products. They are much more toned down then their pure color counterparts and therefore much more wearable.

So why is this helpful to know? When you blend colors together it’s super helpful to understand what color you will get when they overlap. Also you can create colors you don’t have through layering.

Tints and Shades


Tints are a color that has white added to it to sheer it out. Think of the color pink, it’s a tint of the color red.

Shades are a color that has black added to it to darken it. Think of the color navy, it’s a shade of blue.

So why is this helpful to know? You may love the color red, however it’s a bit too bold for you. By understanding how to identify tints and shades, it enables you to find a version of the color that is a bit more wearable. Also tints and shades of the same color play very well together so when you are putting together a makeup look you may want to consider using similar tints and shades in different areas of the face to create a more harmonies look.

Color schemes

Color schemes are probably the single most helpful things to have an understanding of when doing makeup. A color scheme is basically just a grouping of colors that complement each other. There are many out there but I though we would focus on the most popular. (This post is already getting super long)


Monochromatic: This one is the easiest to work with and probably the most common. A monochromatic color scheme is simply just one color in several tints and shades. You will see this color scheme pop up in a lot of different palettes because all the colors will naturally work well with each other. Think your Urban Decay Naked Palette series.


Complementary: These are a pair of colors that are direct opposites on the color wheel. When paired together they make each other stand out and when layered over each other, they cancel each other out. I will talk a bit more in depth about this in my eye and face series, but basically it’s extremely helpful to understand this color scheme when you are trying to enhance eye color or color correct.


Analogous: These are groups of colors that touch on the color wheel. This is a great color scheme to work in when you want to flirt with playing with a bit of color, but aren’t ready to go all in or if you are just learning how to blend brighter colors together.


Triadic: This is probably the hardest color scheme to work in but also the highest impact. A triadic color schemes are colors that are evenly spaced apart on the color wheel. They directly contrast each other and make each other stand out. Since they don’t touch on the color wheel they can be harder to blend or pair together, but if done right this color scheme can provide a very pretty or bold look.

So I think I will stop here for now. This post is getting pretty damn long. If you made it all they way to the end, thanks. I will do a couple more of these posts that are a little more specific to face and eye, but I just wanted to get the basics out of the way first.

As always, hope this was helpful and thanks for reading!

Have a beautiful day!

Love Magenta

5 tips for buying the perfect makeup brush

A good brush can make or break a good application. The right tool is always going to help achieve a much more flawless look. But with so many styles, shapes and brands to choose from, investing in the right tools can be overwhelming. Let’s get real, brushes can be expensive, and no one wants to get stuck with a dud brush they don’t end up using. In this post I will share with you my 5 tips for finding the perfect brush.


1) Know the anatomy of a brush. How a brush is constructed directly contributes to it’s quality, so when you know what to look for, it helps determine what is quality and what is crap. There are three main components to a brush, the bristles, the ferrule and the handle. The bristles are easy; basically you just want to find something that feels good. In a high quality brush there should be an even density to the bristles regardless of how full it is. Press the brush lightly against the palm of your hand, there should be some level of resistance, the brush shouldn’t just collapse into your palm with light pressure. The bristles should feel soft and conditioned, if it is a natural fiber or synthetic fiber brush. It sounds weird but you may also what to smell the bristles. Often cheap brushes will be chemically treated to make them feel softer rather than constructed with a high quality fiber or hair. If a brush is poor quality, if will often have a very nasty chemical smell. Next up is the ferrule. This is the part of the brush that connects the bristles into the handle. In a good quality brush the bristles will be sewed and then glued into the ferrule. In a low quality brush they will only be glued which will cause the brush to shed more. This type of construction will also not stand up to regular cleaning very well. Also make sure the ferrule is not simply glued to the top of the handle. It should be doweled onto the handle to prevent it from just falling off. Now granted this is not something that will be seen with the naked eye, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. The last part is the handle. It should feel solid and sturdy. Don’t just go for pretty. Does it feel right in your hand? Does the weight feel good? Just keep these things in mind.


2) Pick the right bristle for what you want. There are two types of bristles that are used in makeup brush construction; natural and synthetic. Natural fiber bristles are made from animal hair, most commonly goat and squirrel and at the higher end sable. Since these brushes are made from real hair they are naturally porous. Whatever product you put on the will absorb a little into the brush, giving you a more diffused application. These brushes are ideal for blending and for powder products. Synthetic fiber brushes are usually made from taklon. Since they are not real hair they are non porous. All of your product will sit on the surface of the brush. These brushes are good for everything but especially for liquids and creams. They are also a little easier to take care of since synthetic fibers do not break down as easily over time as a natural fiber will.


3) Pick the right shape for what you need it for. The shape of a brush is extremely important in getting a good application. The rounder the shape of the brush the more diffused the color payoff will be. In reverse, the flatter, the color payoff will be more concentrated. Think about a good all over shadow brush, if the shape is too large for the surface area and rounded, it will give you very uneven color saturation. This will make it very difficult to control your overall look. If you pick something more flat and suited for the shape of your eye, you will get a much better application.


4) Density. The denser the brush the more color it will hold. They will pack on a lot more color. Lighter densities are going to be better suited as blending brushes. If you are buying a blush brush, you most likely will not want all the color to deposit it one spot, you will want it diffused and blendable. However if you want a full coverage foundation brush, something flat with give you a much better application.


5) Just because it’s made in China or Korea does not mean it is poor quality. Some of the highest quality brushes in the world are made in these two locations. In fact Baosheng is the leader in the industry in brush making and have factories in both countries. They source brushes for several different major cosmetic brands included Shisedio (which are some of the nicest brushes I have ever used). Often they are even made by hand.

I hope this was helpful! As always feel free to share!

Have a beautiful day!

Love Magenta

My long lost home, beautiful Maui

So today I thought I would mix it up a bit and share a little info about me (I hope I don’t bore you too much)! So my partner Matt and I are about to buy our first house. It’s pretty exciting and of course I can’t wait to decorate it, still it is a little bit of a bittersweet process for me. You see about 8 years ago Matt and I made our first trip to Maui. We fell head over heels in love. Never had we ever been to a place that made us feel so at home. Since that first trip we have returned many, many times and each trip became longer and longer and each time we had to come back home, it got harder and harder. We quickly decided that wanted to move there. But of course as always life just has gotten in the way. In the last few years Matt has received two very large promotions at work and although the love is still burning strong for where we know our real home is, the practicality of leaving is slipping away. I know in my heart we will get there, just not as soon as I had hoped. Now if I had my way I would just live in a tent on the beach, but my better half is much more practical than me and factors in things like cost of living and his inability to work remotely. Anyways, I am rambling. My point is Since we’ve had to save so much for the new house we are not able to get down to Maui this year and it breaks my heart. I long take a walk through the gardens in Kula, chill on my favorite beach (Baldwin) and enjoy a frosty coconut porter with my beloved crispy duck burger at café Mambo. So I thought I would share some of my favorite images of my beloved long lost island to try to make myself feel a little better. Now in addition to being a makeup artist I am also a photographer and media artist so some of these images have been edited because they are actually prints that I sell. FYI. Hope you enjoy the prettiness.


The Clouds rolling into the crater at Haleakala

Processed with Rookie Cam

Nakalele Point


Baldwin Beach Park


Paia Town




Makena Beach


The road to Hana


Sunset in Wailea

I hope this post wasn’t too boring. I know it wasn’t makeup related, but I just needed to vent a little. I hope you all still enjoyed it!

Have a beautiful day!

Love Magenta



February Favorites


So I know I’m a little late but I thought I would do a February favorites. There are a few products that I have just been loving this month so why not share them?


YSL Touché Éclat Blur Primer $52

Okay so anyone who knows me knows how I feel about the Hourglass Veil primer. I has been a love for a long long time and I’ll be dammed if anything would ever threaten our relationship. Until now. I like to think of myself as adventurous (not impulsive at all) when buying makeup, so I thought what the hell, I’ll give it a whirl. This baby is amazing. Not only does it make your skin smooth as a baby’s bottom but it minimizes pores like a bat out of hell. It has corn, apricot kernel, passiflora and rice bran oil in it so it is also excellent for dry skin. It also has gold flakes in it, yes that’s right freakin’ gold, so it gives the skin a nice glow as well. As far as makeup wearablity, it’s pretty good to. I don’t know if when the summer months come if it will stand up to humidity quite as well as my beloved Veil primer but for now it works great.



Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask $80 

Okay so this is a pricey one, but you do get quite a bit of product (5oz) so I have a feeling this will last a while. This baby has got to be one of the best masks I have ever tried. It smooths, tightens, hydrates and gives the skin an absolutely beautiful healthy glow. This mask does not disappoint in the luxury department. It has 24k and colloidal gold in it as well as peridot which all provide anti-aging yumminess and give the skin a lit from within sort of effect. It also has sodium hyaluronate, which helps to plump and hydrate the skin. This is a great mask to do right before you need to look your very best. I think I may save this one for special occasions due to the price, but the results are well worth it.

Unknown-6Drunk Elephant JuJu bar $28

Okay in all fairness I have been using these for about five months. The reason I decided to put it on the list is because I stopped using it and instantaneously noticed my skin starting to miss its magical powers. Needless to say we have been reunited now. The JuJu bar is a solid facial cleansing bar. It contains thermal mud and bamboo powder, which gently detoxify and exfoliate the skin. It also contains marula oil, which is rich in omegas 6 and 9 and helps to condition and strengthen the skin. If all that wasn’t enough there are also acai and goji berry extracts in it too, antioxidants that help fight free radical damage, protect against the signs of aging and nourish the skin. All for $28 when a single bar lasts for 3 months used twice daily? Heck yes!


Becca Under eye brightening corrector $30

I am pretty sure this product was delivered from the heavens on a silver cloud by angels. No really… this is my jam right now. I suffer from super dark circles… like crazy dark. This guy is a magic cream that you apply a very thin layer of before concealer and it helps to brighten and lift darkness under the eye, all while not settling into fine lines and wrinkles. It works by using light reflecting illuminators to brighten and deflect light that can draw attention to dark circles. It will also prime your under eye area so your concealer will stay put longer. It has a very creamy almost thick texture but worry not, once you press it into the skin it feels very light weight (just a tiny bit tacky). You can use it either under or over concealer; you just use less if you use it on top. Best part is, you only need the tiniest bit and your good to go. I have had it for almost a month and a half and I haven’t even made a dent in it.


As always, I hope you found this helpful!

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Have a beautiful day my lovelies!


Beauty hack or just wack? The spoon cut crease

So just like any beauty-loving girl, I am always on the hunt for the next latest and greatest beauty hack. Now sometimes I see some that are just too good to be true, sometimes I see some that are pure genius and sometimes I see some that are just plain dumb. Naturally I usually have to try them to see for myself. Now normally I would just do this in the privacy of my own bathroom, but since I have this blog now, I thought why not share my adventures? So I am going to start a new series. I am calling it Beauty Hack or Just Wack? (so proud of that name)IMG_7739

So first up on the hack or wack chopping block? Using a spoon to get a cut crease. Now I have to say, when I first saw this I thought, well maybe that could work. Then I thought about it a little more and came to the realization that who’s eye is really going to be shaped like a spoon? Still I had to give it a whirl. So I did my eyes two different ways, one with the spoon and one without so we could compare.


Now getting the placement of the spoon right was a little tricky, because, as aforementioned, my eye is not shaped like a spoon. Once I did get it to a place that was comfy, blending was a little hard. I couldn’t really see where the product was going and what it looked like underneath so I had no point of reference. When I was done and removed the spoon, I can’t say I was too impressed. The crease didn’t really fit the shape of my eye very well and it just looked kinda weird.


Still I decided to roll with it and to see if I could save it. I just blended it out a little and pulled it down to the lash line like I normally would with this type of eye look. Mmm… still like my non-spoon side better.

Here are some close up’s

My freehand next to my spoon cut crease

Overall impressions? This hack is wack. A good beauty hack is supposed to save time and make things easier, this one just made things harder. I do think you could probably get this to work with enough tweaking, but why bother? I like to be able to see my eye when I am apply shadow so I think I’ll stick to the old fashion way.

Hope this was helpful! If you have any hacks you want me to try, let me know in the comments!

Have a beautiful day

Love Magenta

How to get long lashes without falsies!

I love the look of long lashes. Let’s be real, who doesn’t? Still just like all of up beauty junkies, I hate putting them on and taking them off. So what’s a girl to do? Get some lash fibers baby! Lash fibers are basically just what they sound like. They are little fibers that attach themselves to your natural lashes and extend their length. Now there are many different types on the market, I happen to have the Tarte best in faux one so that is what I am using for this post, however, many other brands make them too. Make Up For Ever makes a good one, Too Faced has one… I think even Clinique makes a lash fiber primer. There are two types of lash fibers.


The first is a wet product or a primer. You apply this to a bare lash, let it dry and then go nuts with your mascara on top. The pro’s of this kind is that it tends to go on nice and smooth and when you are done you don’t have to comb them out too much. Your pretty much good to go. The cons are they dry out just as fast as normal mascara so unless you are using it everyday it may not be the most cost effective option.


The second kind are just straight up fibers. You apply these by sandwiching them between two wet coats of mascara. The pro’s for this kind is that it lasts forever since it is not a wet product. It will never dry out. The con is, this type of fiber can take a little more combing out and is a little harder to apply smoothly.


So here’s my example of the Tarte best in faux

Me without any mascara


Me with one coat of mascara (I used Benefit Rollerlash)


Me with the fibers on and one more coat of mascara


The difference doesn’t look as dramatic in the photo’s as it does on person, but trust. It is big (I just suck at taking close ups).

So if you’re just like me and you want the look of long luscious lashes without having to pick up falsies, try some lash fibers!

Hope this was helpful!

Have a beautiful day

Love Magenta!