I love meeting other bloggers in Miami. Not only do I get to visit places I rarely go to in my own town, but you meet lovely, talented ladies you usually only get to interact with on Twitter. So, when I was invited to provide makeup tips for the Viva Fashion‘s Fashion Forward Latina event last Saturday in Coral Gables, I happily obliged.
The Seminar Room
Carmen (of Viva Fashion) and Flor (of Flor de Maria Fashion) hosted a seminar at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. Guests were treated to goody bags by the event’s sponsor, Neutrogena, and Carmen and Flor provided bagels and mimosas. What a great morning!
Our hosts covered the main body types (Apple, Pear, Hourglass, Rectangle) and discussed how to best dress for those figures. They even covered a topic fashion magazines rarely touch on: accessories. Did you know your accessories should be appropriate for your size? That means plus size women like me should avoid teensy weensy accessories that will emphasize our size negatively, just as smaller women could easily drown under over-sized purses.
Me applying a quick evening look on @FurorModa. I think Flor snapped this pic!
Carmen and Flor also gave us a look at upcoming trends and told us staple pieces everyone woman should have in their wardrobe. As someone that is fashion-challenged unless it comes to vintage looks, I really appreciated these tips and will be buying a few pieces for myself. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know which ones!
My set up at the Fashion Forward Latinas Event
So while I sat back and listened to great fashion tips, I also stood up and talked to the ladies about taking makeup from day to night. Here are some quick tips:
Tidy Up Your Skin
Being at work all day under those nasty lights and dry air can do a number on your skin, but we don’t always have time to wash our face and start over. If you’re oily, blot away any oil with blotting sheets. Both oily and dry skins could then refresh with an herbal mist such as Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, Shu Uemura Depsea Water or MAC’s Fix +.
Once dry, powder your skin and apply some bronzer. Your skin might be ruddy/reddish from the day, so adding blush would only emphasize that. Bronzer wakes up your skin without being too much.
Choose Your Feature – Eyes or Lips?
Will you highlight the eyes or the lips? I wear contacts so my eyes are very tired at the end of the day. I wouldn’t really want to reapply some eyeshadow or mascara. However, you might prefer to wear just clear gloss or natural lips and not want to slick on a bright or rich lipstick.
Either way, highlight your best feature in a “night appropriate” shade. Deepen the color of your lips with darker tones or a shimmering berry gloss. If you want to highlight your eyes, reapply mascara and line your eyes with a charcoal or black liner, smudging the line for a slightly smoky effect.
As long as you keep it simple, you’ll see it’s easy to transform your day look into something appropriate for happy hour!
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