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.

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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.

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!

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

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.

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.