R.E.M Beauty Chapter 2 Review

R.E.M. Beauty Chapter 2 is officially out now. Ariana Grande’s makeup line shares a name with the singer’s song of the same title from her fourth album, Sweetener. Named after the phase of sleep during which we have our most creative, limitless and vivid dreams, the singer hopes to inspire beauty lovers to use her products to explore beauty.

woman in black turtleneck lying on the ground

The look of the R.E.M Beauty chapter 2 was inspired by Ariana’s 60’s retro futurism style. Characterized by dramatic eyes with winged eyeliner, a clean cut crease, and a neutral and metallic palette, the makeup is simultaneously modern and retro. Each product comes in fresh and exciting packaging that is unlike any other on the market.

The makeup line is sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty and R.E.M. Beauty. With products ranging from $15 to $24, the makeup is not only accessible but also filled with high quality products.

If you are interested in trying something new, try the signature borderline eyeliner or the goodnight and go eyeshadow palette.

R.E.M Beauty chapter 2 introduced skin care products to the makeup line including a calming face mist. With the key ingredient glycerin, the fine mist helps to soothe skin and reinvigorates senses with a lavender infusion. Check out our post on creating a skin care routine for dry skin to learn how this product can fit into your skin care routine.

For an entirely unique product, try the brow and lash serum that promises to lengthen and thicken your hair and prevent breakage.

Beauty Trends That Have Lasted Throughout History

We learn beauty trends today from fashion magazines, influencers, and celebrities but many popular looks can date back as far as 6,000 years ago. Some of the biggest trends in beauty originated within ancient civilizations and have evolved over time re-emerging in their modern forms to adorn women all over the world. From winged eyeliner to red lips, these beauty trends have taken over the world time and time again. At this rate, these trends may last forever!

Winged Eyeliner

Screenshot of Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor for the film Cleoptra / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

Winged eyeliner has transcended makeup trend to become a makeup staple. This look has been around since Ancient Egypt. Not only was this a fashion choice, but it was also believed to ward off evil spirits. Upper eyelids were painted using black kohl and lower eyelids were painted using green malachite. The trend also became part of the Geishas’ immaculate makeup routine in the 1800s in Japan.

The modern winged eyeliner or cat-eye re-emerged in the 1920s during ‘Tut-mania’ with the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb which put this style back into public consciousness. In the 1950s liquid eyeliner was invented during the mass commercialization of makeup and the look became a worldwide phenomenon, especially among Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn. Today, winged eyeliner is more popular than ever, especially with almond eyes.

Hair Dye

Humans have been changing their looks, making bold statements, and hiding their greys using hair dye since the beginning of time. During the classical period, Roman emperors were famous for dying their hair blonde, Egyptians commonly dyed their hair black using henna, and European tribes dyed their hair different colors to show differences in rank. The first modern hair dye was surprisingly purple! In the 1800s English Chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally created the first synthesized dye while trying to develop a cure for Malaria. The dye was eventually developed into the first hair color formula by the founder of L’Oreal, Eugene Schueller, in 1907. Since then, women and men now have access to every hair color possibility. One of the most famous hair dye trends, platinum blonde, was ignited with the release of the Jean Harlow film, Platinum Blonde.

Painted Nails

Painting nails has long been a symbol of self-care and expression. The history of painted nails originates in India with Henna and then spread to China where it was originally a status symbol among the elite. Like every other beauty trend on the list, painted nails also made an appearance in ancient Egypt on Cleopatra’s hands and eventually arrived in Europe during the Renaissance. Unsurprisingly, coloring and bejeweling hit a high in 18th-century French courts among the likes of Marie Antionette. In 1878, Mary Cobb brought the mani and pedi to the US when she opened the first nail salon in Manhattan. The modern liquid form was developed in France in the 1920s by Michelle Ranard who worked for the company that would become Revlon. Now nail polish can be found in almost every color!

Red Lips

We call red lips timeless for a reason! Red lips first took the fashion world by storm in ancient Mesopotamia where women crushed red rocks into a paste that they applied to their lips. Ancient Egyptians used red beatles to do the same. In the Middle Ages, makeup was frowned upon until Elizabeth I began to rock it as part of her iconic style.

Red lips undeniably make a bold statement and they have carried a variety of cultural meanings depending on the time in history and the region of the world. From high social status to low morality, this makeup trend has seen more ups and downs than any other trend on this list. The modern red lip was repopularized with the suffragist movement in the 20s, became one of the sole makeup products used during WWII, and was part of the bombshell look of the 50s. Today, the red lip seems to make a “return” every season and is a staple on runways and fashion magazines.

Kiss & Smink: The Everything Cream Stick

Kiss & Smink: The Everything is a multi-purpose triple threat cream stick that can be used on your cheeks, lips, and eyes. The stick is a sheer warm coral pink with shimmery golden specks. It is easy-to-use, mistake-proof, and can be applied with or without tools. With so many possibilities for looks this product can create, it could be added to your list of makeup essentials. Check out all the ways this stick can be used to create a warm, spring/summer look!

Cheeks

To apply The Everything stick as blush, draw a line along your cheekbone. Start from the tip of your cheekbone at the outer edge of your eye and finish at the hairline right before your ear. You can use your finger to blend the color into your skin or use a beauty blender or brush. I personally enjoy using a brush to get an even spread and soft look. To create more of a summery look, use your brush to take the color up the side of your face alongside your eye. I’m currently using a matte cream foundation and using this on my cheeks as blush adds a nice dewy look.

Eyes

To use The Everything stick on your eyes, apply the color to your lids. Once again, you can use your finger to blend the color into your skin or you can use an eyeshadow brush to gently pat the product into your lid. You can also use a windshield wiper motion to blend the cream upwards into your crease. Because this is a lighter and brighter color, it can also be paired with darker colors and used as a highlighting option at the corner of your eye or on your bottom lid. This is a great option for almond eyes!

Lips

The lighter shade and shimmers in The Everything stick creates more of a frosted lip look. To tone it down a bit, apply a darker shade of lip gloss on top. You can also pair it with a darker lip liner and use it to create a subtle highlight in the middle of your lips. Use lip gloss to gently blend the two colors together.

All Three!

Create a monochromatic look by using the stick on your cheeks, eyes, and lips all at once!

How To Use A Beauty Blender

Beauty blenders are my new obsession! I have always used brushes to apply my foundation but thought I would branch out and try the beauty blenders that I have seen all over YouTube and Instagram. I may be a complete convert and now consider them to be a makeup essential. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my brushes, but I enjoyed the process of using a beauty blender so much that they are most definitely going to be worked into my routine from now on. If you have never used a beauty blender, I highly recommend trying one. Not only do they apply foundation and concealer evenly but using them is also a super enjoyable experience.

What Is The Difference Between A Beauty Blender and Brush?

What is the difference between using a beauty blender and a brush to apply foundation? Think of it as the difference between airbrushing and painting. The beauty blender, like airbrushing, creates a gentle, light, even look that you can use to gradually build up to full coverage. This application method uses more product.

Brushing, on the other hand, uses less product. Like painting, how much you spread out the foundation determines your coverage. A flat brush will give you more of the painting effect or you can also buff on your foundation using a round brush and a round patting motion. I really enjoy the buffing approach because I feel like it is the easiest way to get the foundation absorbed into the skin.

Another option is to use both to get the best of both worlds! I have absolutely loved doing a combo and exploring different options and encourage you to do the same to find what works best for you.

BUY: The AOA Studio Beauty Makeup Sponge Blender Multiple Combo Set for $9.99 is a great option to get you started! This will allow you to try out different sizes and shapes to learn what you like. Click the image below.

Prime

The first step to applying foundation using a beauty blender is to use a primer. If you are like me and tend to err on the side of minimalism, you may be thinking, “Is this necessary?” And I say yes. Why would you want to miss out on the pleasures of additional skincare benefits and the joy of applying something so satisfying to your skin? You only live once so why not make your makeup routine as enjoyable as possible! Also, primers help to create a smooth surface for your makeup that helps it to absorb into the skin, enhances full coverage, and keeps it in place all day long.

BUY: Laura Mercier Primer

The Laura Mercier Primer is a great option for all skin types for $50. Click on the image below.

Dampen

For the beauty blender to be able to really do its magic, it is important that it is wet. It is recommended to use filtered water for this step so you are not putting any unwanted chemicals on your face. Makeup artists say it is best to use warm water in the winter and cool water in the summer. The warm water will not only make you feel warm and cozy but will also help warm up your makeup so it is more malleable when you are ready to apply it to the skin. The cool water in the summer is just meant to be refreshing!

You will want to completely saturate your beauty blender in water so it expands to twice its original size and then squeeze out all of the excess water. The end result should be damp instead of dripping wet. Your beauty blender will now have the perfect amount of moisture and be extra fluffy.

Bounce

This is the most exciting part of the whole experience and what makes it truly unique from other makeup applicators. Put a dab of foundation on the back of your hand and then dip your beauty blender into it. Then, gently bounce the foundation onto your face until you achieve full coverage. No dragging is necessary. The bounce will do all of the work for you and will help to make the foundation absorb into your skin. This is key to avoiding the cakey look and for your foundation to stay put all day. The end result will be a beautifully even coverage that will leave you incredibly satisfied. Use the same process to apply your concealer.

How to Clean Your Beauty Blender

Beauty blenders need to be cleaned every day they are used. This will help you avoid putting bacteria on your face, especially around your eyes, nose, and mouth. Your immune system will thank you!

There are several ways that you can wash your beauty blender. The first option is to use soap and water. You can buy a liquid blender cleanser or use a gentle soap like castille soap. Massage the soap gently into the beauty blender until you see the color start to come up. Then rinse the blender out until the water is clear. Repeat again as needed.

Another option is to place your beauty blender in a bowl of water and soap so it is completely covered and place it in the microwave for 60 seconds. Let the water cool before removing the beauty blender. The water will be filled with all the colors of your makeup palette and the blender will be perfectly clean.

The final option is to use oil first and then soap and water for a double cleanse. Your makeup is oil-based and the easiest way to break up oil is to use oil. You can gently massage oil into your beauty blender to loosen the makeup, then use soap and water as described above.

Although cleaning your blender will make it fresh and pretty again, eventually it will wear down and need to be replaced. Makeup artists recommend replacing it every 3 months.

BUY: The Blend & Cleanse Set

The Blend & Cleanse Set has everything you need. It comes with a pink blender, liquid blendercleanser and a silicone scrub mat for $24.

BUY: Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap

For an alternative to the beauty blender cleanser above, you can use Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap. This soap can be used for almost anything around the house including body wash, shampoo, dish soap, etc. for $15. Click the image below.

Happy Beauty Blending!

A New Beauty Trend: Unexpected Colors

Colorful eyes are making a comeback in 2022 but they are showing up in some exciting and unusual hues. Here are my favorite looks so far. Each is incredibly accessible for beauty lovers of all skill levels and are great for day-to-day wear.

Neutrals With Royal Blue

Blue is back in 2022 in a variety of ways. The color dominated fashion week with looks ranging from 80’s full lid coverage to a steel blue smokey eye. My favorite is Charlotte Tilbury’s royal blue eyeliner matched with neutrals in the look below. This is a fun way to electrify your eyes. I recommend trying the blue liner with terracotta and khaki colors for a really unique and updated look.

Loreal Paris Matte Blue Liquid Eyeliner – Amazon $12

Warm and Glittery

I absolutely adore this trend. Warm and glittery is everything I want my makeup to be every day. This look pairs a sweet peach with silver glitter. Glitter face may have been a thing during the autumn and winter fashion weeks but I prefer this version of glitter. It is much more feminine and approachable.

Colour Pop’s Truly Madly Deeply – Amazon $35

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow – Amazon $27

Neon Green is officially trending. Who would have thought this color would make such a widespread splash across runways but green is in. And makeup artists found so many fantastic ways to make this unusual color work. Emma Chamberlain’s Met Gala makeup is by far my favorite. This green eyeliner has glow-worm vibes and really shines in a eye-catching way.

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NYX Studio Liquid Liner – Amazon $5.36

Panotone Color of the Year: Very Peri

For the Pantone Color of the Year 2022, the global authority has introduced a “dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone” called Very Peri. The Pantone Color Institute created the leading color matching system allowing designers, marketers, creators, and brands the opportunity to work together to build a strong color presence. Every year the Institute selects a color that affects not only design but also consumerism. I absolutely love how Very Peri is used on Zendaya’s under-eye liner and highlight. This is a unique and beautiful way to create a bolder look using soft colors.

Clinique All About Shadow Eye Duo Shade Mauve and Brandied Plum – Amazon $31

Feeling Pretty While Applying Makeup

We all put on makeup with the desire to be pretty. But seeing yourself in that close-up view in the mirror doesn’t let you hide from your flaws. You can’t pretend they don’t exist, you can’t pretend to love them, but you can accept them. And you know what is even better, feeling good despite them. Here is one sure-fire way to feel good when putting on your makeup that a wonderful friend taught me.

Before you begin, think about the emotions you want to have when you put on makeup. Think back to a previous experience and what you enjoyed about it. How did it feel? Find the emotion, or adjective, that perfectly describes those positive feelings. Maybe you felt inspired, pretty, relaxed, satisfied, feminine, etc. Pick 1-3 that you want to feel this time when you put on your makeup. It’s like setting an intention before you begin.

When you start to put on your make up you will notice these feelings happen naturally. Sometimes you just need to pay attention and allow them to rise up. Your brain will literally fire all of the happy hormones you are looking for. Do this every time you do your makeup, and it will always be an enjoyable experience and eventually become automatic! Try it!

Makeup Looks For Almond-Shaped Eyes

Almond-shaped eyes are both stunning and alluring. Long considered the “ideal” eye shape, they are feminine and can pull off almost any makeup look. Knowing the shape of your eyes will guide how you design and apply your eyeshadow and liner. With the right techniques and styles, you can really enhance your eyes to look more alive and enchanting.

How do you know if you have them? Take out a mirror and gaze into your own eyes. You will see a visible crease when looking at your lids. You will also notice that the iris of your eyes touches white on both the top and bottom. The outer corners of your eyes will also turn slightly upward.

 Like I mentioned above, almond-eyes look great with so many looks. Here are just a few to get you started. I recommend playing around and trying them all. You can also get creative and combine them. Have fun!

Use a Light Color on The Bottom Water-line

This is a super simple way to bring a vibrant energy to your face and brighten up your whole look. I’m obsessed. Adding a light-colored liner to your bottom waterlines really helps to open up your eyes, make them look bigger, and give your face a sparkle of light. White is always a great option, and totally on trend for 2022. This look also is amazing with light colors like light blue, pale purple, peach, etc. Experiment with it and see what you really love.

Winged Shadow

This is a much more daring and dramatic look! You can wing your eyeshadow out with precision and sharp lines (it helps to use tape to get those fine edges) or for a more gentle look, you can softly brush the eyeshadow outwards and blend.

The Classic Cat-eye

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MEOW! The classic cat-eye is both retro and romantic. The placement and shape of your eyeliner is key to making your eyes look larger instead of smaller. To do this, and really accentuate the almond shape, keep the line thin the first 2/3 of the eye. Then you can really add some weight by thickening the line and making a semi-dramatic wing. Follow the natural crease you get from winking for a more subtle wing. Something else the look above does, which is beautiful, is to add shadow under the eye. This combo is amazing!

Cut The Crease!

This look can be super subtle or dramatic depending on the colors you use or the contrast between them. This is one of the techniques I enjoy experimenting with the most because there is a lot of room for creativity. The look above uses a solid eyeshadow in a bright color that is distinct from the natural skin tone. If you are looking to create a precise and expertly refined line, use tape! To create a more blended look, use more natural tones or colors with slightly different hues. You can also play around with texture to create this look by contrasting glitters or metallics with matte shadows. Really, there are so many possibilities when you cut the crease.

Brighten the Inner Corners

This is one of my absolute all-time favorite things to do with my eyeshadow. It is difficult for me not to do this in every single look that I put together. Adding a light color to the inner corner of your eye creates magic, unlike any other makeup trick. It not only opens the eye but also helps to make you look more awake. Who doesn’t want that? My go-to is usually a pink shimmer but it also looks great in matte as seen above. As long as the color is light, your eyes will look bright. Yes, I rhymed.

Let’s Talk About Foundation

Foundation is truly what it says it is, the foundation of your makeup. Getting the foundation right can completely transform your makeup routine and the way you look. We will cover anything and EVERYTHING you need to know about foundation in the next few posts. This post will talk specifically about how to choose your foundation.

Testing and Choosing Your Foundation

First, let’s start with how to choose a foundation. When you go to the store and are testing out different products, what is the first place you think of to test foundation? Most likely you are thinking the back of your hand. Right? But, the best place on your body to test the foundation is on your jaw right below your cheekbones (See below). This area is typically the median of the colors of your forehead, chest, and neck.

Make sure your face is clean and moisturized with the products you use at home before you test each foundation. If you do not hydrate, it will be difficult to see the formula’s true texture. You don’t want to see it caking or crusting! We will talk more about prepping and priming in a later post.

To apply the foundation you are testing, make sure you are using the tool you would use at home (i.e. brush, beauty blender, fingers). Each tool will apply the foundation differently so you want to make sure you apply the foundation the same way to get the best match.

Foundation can oxidize and grow darker after application. Oxidation means that oxygen is stealing an electron from the product and causing it to break down (think of an apple on a table that starts to brown). This takes place 5-10 minutes after application. After it is dry, check the color out in natural light. You may need to go outside to get the best view. NOTE: Antioxidants found in serums can reduce oxidation!

Each of these steps will ensure that you get the right color and formula. Many companies have foundation quizzes online and then allow you to sample the product at home before purchasing. This is a great option! I’m currently using Il Makiage: Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Concealer in shade 20. It is a lightweight full coverage matte concealer that feels smooth and looks great. The product is the most-reviewed product in the US and makeup wearers unanimously sing its praises!

Oval Faces

Kickstarting the makeup learning process: How to use makeup based on face shape.

I’ve always thought heart-shaped faces were absolutely adorable. Something about the shape is, well… loveable. Think of Reese Witherspoon. Loveable! Square faces can also be quite attractive in their uniqueness. Zendaya is a perfect example. The oval, however, is the most common face shape. Hairstylists and makeup artists say it is the most versatile face shape to work with because the proportions are good for most haircuts and makeup styles.

An oval face shape has a jawline that is often narrower than the temple line making the jaw less prominent than other face shapes. Oval faces also usually have high cheekbones. Still not sure if your face is an oval? Watch the video below to confirm!

Once we know our face shape, we can figure out makeup placement and styles that work best for the features we want to highlight, or hide! For oval faces, many find that highlighting the cheekbones can be flattering. Applying blush or contouring under the cheekbones will make them stand out more. You can also apply a light foundation around the eyes, nose, and lower forehead. We will explore these ideas more in later posts.

Makeup Essentials

I have recently thrown out all of my makeup and started over from scratch. And honest to goodness, it was one of the best things I have done! When going through all of my old makeup I found products that had migrated between bags and been hidden away to survive since high school. It felt amazing to throw it away. Like letting go of old energy and welcoming something new and better into my life. I joined Ipsy and allowed them to gradually restock my makeup bag (I will gush about Ipsy later) before committing to new products, starting with the essentials.

Here is the non-definitive list of makeup essentials I used to get started that you will need to begin the daily makeup makeover. Here we go!

Applicators

There are many types of applicators on the market today. Brushes, beauty blenders, sponges, and now silicone applicators. We will cover each of these applicators in more detail in later posts but I recommend starting with a beauty blender, a powder brush, an angled brush (something you could use to apply eyeliner), and a crease brush.

The Basics

The basics of any makeup kaboodle (remember those?) include foundation, concealer, mascara, tinted lip balm or lip gloss, blush, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. You will want to start with a blush color that gives you a natural look and matches your skin’s undertones. For eyeshadows, I recommend having a few darker neutral shades in brown, highlighter colors like silver or shimmery pink, and some light matte neutral colors. The ColourPop Bare Necessities palette below is a great choice for all skin tones. For eyeliners and mascara, start with black or brown. Lip color, you will want a neutral shade and that classic red. I also highly recommend that you have a set of skin prep products including a moisturizer with SPF. Here are some favorite products below.

The Nice To Haves

These are the makeup items that are not essential to get you started, but as you begin to build your skills, evolve your look, and really start to explore your creativity, you will definitely want to add them in.

  • A range of foundations and concealers for different seasons (summer tan, winter white)
  • A peppy bright blush, highlighter, and bronzer (the last two for contouring)
  • An eyebrow pencil, eyebrow powder, and eyebrow gel
  • Eyeshadows and eyeliners in a variety of colors
  • Lip liner, lipstick, lip tint, and lip gloss
  • For skin prep, you can add a makeup primer and facial spray to add another layer of hydration. You can also use the spray to prep your brushes and beauty blenders.