And then I became blonde.
It has been such a great adventure with happy endings. Let me make it short:
I have been considering to get blonde for a while now. Since the end of my pregnancy I have been visiting professionals to get advice and find the right one to help me through my blonde ambition. Finally I got to my friend Eirik Thorsen from Adam og Eva Grensen, in Oslo. The invited me to be a model on a Redken show he carried out in Sweden together with Tonja Dahlen from Adam og Eva Strøget – also in Oslo.
This is one versatile look! It fits mostly all skin tones, can me achieved with several sorts of products and colors. Here a tutorial on how to create an smokey eye with bold lips – a winner look.
First things first, on clean face I apply my daily moisturizer and my current favorite primer – Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer.
For the eyes you want to have a darker and a lighter shades that match well together. I picked Shocking Shadow Shimmer in shades 05 (darker) and 15.
1 – An eyeshadow brush (I am using the 239 from Mac – a rounded edge helps to hold the powder product) and the darker shade of the eyeshadow.
2 – Apply the product from the crease, moving up in the brows direction. Hold the brush inwards your crease so it gets darker in the area and you end up with a more “open eyes” look.
3 – Now get the lighter shade. Using the same brush, make sure you remove the excess of product before touching the brush on your eyes.
4- You want to apply the product in the eyelid, more like depositing the powder than working with brushing.
If you wanted to stop the eye makeup there for a softer look, like for work and such, you could just get some mascara on and voilà. But I would not settle for it just yet. Let’s move further.
Now it is time to blend. Get yourself a fluffy brush and blend out the lines, softening the transitions between the shades and your skin. Here I am using the Mac 224 Tapered brush.
Now we need light.
Get a lighter shade of eyeshadow. It can be any lighter shade, but I would go for the shimmering ones, in a golden(ish) shade. Here I am using the Elizabeth Arden’s pallete Prismatic Eyeshadow from the Sunset Bronze limited collection.
Just go for it! With a blending brush – here I use the Mac 217 blending brush with natural fibers. It is a good brush for both creamy and powdery products.
Apply eyeshadow or highlighter under the brows and the inner corner of the eyes. Baaam! What a difference it makes, right?
Liner time! Get your favorite eyeliner and make your favorite cat eye shape. I tend to not go too extreme, but always try to lift my eyes but drawing an upward line. Here I am using the Long Time Eyeliner in black from Cosmobeauty.
The pen is so thin and precise. It is def a good product. I am enjoying the brand quite much. Totally recommend it.
Now get your favorite mascara and just do not save. The merrier the better. Here I am using the Happy Lashes 3D Fiber Mascara. It is a combination of a gel mascara and fibers, in two separated tubes and used in two steps. First the gel and before it driws you apply the fibers. A fuller and longer lashes look that does work magic in your face.
Get a darker shade of powder – it can be one shade upper your regular face powder. Here I am using the Cosmobeauty Silk Foundation loose powder in shade 06. They have a great range of shades and I found the 5 and 6 perfect for my skin tone.
Use a large powder brush (here Mac’s 150). Applying from my hairline to my chin, downwards to the neck and close to my hairline on the forehead.
This is a soft and fast way to contour your face in a more natural look. But I also like to contour with concealers and creamy products. Contour game super strong!
Now that you created the shades on your face, lets make spotlights. You can use a highlighter or, as I do, an eyeshadow. Apply on the bridge of your nose and on the cupid arc, like, on your lips.
This is a good way of working light and shades in your makeup look, in a more natural and day to day friendly way.
Here using the Prismatic Bronzing Powder from Sunset Bronze Limited Collection.
Lips time. Pick a lip liner of your preference and a lipstick. The liner I am wearing is a long lasting one. But to make sure your lips will be on fleek for longer, make sure it is hidrated, then apply a thin layer of face powder, then you start lining. Not only the powder even the tones but it also helps to keep the products on the skin.
Lip liner is from Cosmobeauty – Longtime Lipliner 05 and the lipstick is from Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Raspberry.
Girl! Here you go! One cute look that can be used in most situations. Get your tools and try it out. Remember to show me your look, I would love to see it.
Products have been sponsored for test. My opinion is based on my experience with the products.
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They say our hair is the frame of our faces. I think the importancy of the hair in your overall look is as important as your clothes. When it looks just like you want it to, It can takes your look to the next level.
That’s how I feel with my new hair design. It looks so edgy, so high end. I am overwhelmed. Maybe it sounds just like, ok, you got a hair cut, so what? So? I gotta tell you a few facts then.
I live in Oslo and spend a lot of time in Rio. In Oslo I haven’t found yet the best fit for me when it comes to a hairdesigner, it ain’t simple when your hair is just so so so much different from the rest of the population. My hairdresser lives in London and also spends a lot of time in Rio. If our schedules don’t match while we are both in Brazil, I got to make it to London then.
Last time I had a haircut was 12 dec, 2014. Ten months ago. The initial design developed each month and I ended up having several shapes until my hair finally reached its usual final state before a urgent haircut – triangled shapes and just a bunch of curls with no design. I had to go.
With the excuse of my past birthday, I decided to give myself a super gift of taking a short trip to London and getting Neandro Ferreira doing his magic on my curls.
Yes, it is worth it. After the session with my I got back in the shapes I like – not so short curls, overall volume, irregular lengths, some longer edges, lighter looking haircut.
Neandro is one of the best hairdresses I know. His creations speak for themselves, The longlasting designs are modern and high end. It is like a siged piece of art. Sassoon academy, beauty director the largest media in Brasil, trendsetter and my friend. I invite you to have a look at his work and let me know what you think. He is an artist.
To open my closet and show what and how I dress. This resumes m participation on Kamille magazine – the largest norwegian publication for women under 40 years old. I am very happy to have been invited by them and to have the oportunity to contribute to more diversity in the media. I made some backstage images to show you in first hand hereso you can get a glimpse of what’s to come.
I am in Paris to cover the Pulp Fashion Week – the main plus size fashion event around here. I cool is that? Yes, right? It has been busy and buzzy days. I have been travelling a lot, coming from Rio, going to Oslo and stopping here in Paris in the way. There is a lot to take into account when I am packing for all this. So check out the look I chose to wear in one of the days of the event. Just love it.