Dramatic and sultry: special occasion makeup

Ginger McClellan has a fearless, practical approach to makeup. She stumbled into the world of liner, highlighter and eye shadow by accident and hasn’t looked back. What started with simply helping her daughter get ready to compete in beauty pageants turned into a career as other moms began requesting her help with their own daughters’ pageant makeup. From there, Ginger, whose background is in nursing, began working on industry photo shoots and gained traction for her expertise. She has been named among the top 10 makeup artists by The Pageant Planet, and she continues to hone her skills through her freelance work and aesthetician studies at Skintrenzixs SkinSchool. Ginger is passionate about bringing practical tips to women of all ages, and about helping her clients to feel their most beautiful.

Simple steps for strobing

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to add a fresh, dewy glow to your makeup routine. Ginger recommends liquid highlighter for ladies with dry skin and a powder highlighter for those with oilier skin. Dab a bit of highlighter on the high points of your face to bring those features forward and give yourself that lit-from-within glow.

how to use strobing with makeup

Step 1: Apply foundation.

How use strobing to highlight your best features

Step 2: Apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones, in a “C” shape around the eyes, down the bridge of your nose, in your cupid’s bow and on your chin. Here, Ginger is using Benefit High Beam on model Melissa.

How to use strobing to create highlights with your makeup

Step 3: Blend well with fingers or with a brush.

How to use strobing to create highlights with your makeup

Step 4: Apply the rest of your makeup as normal.

Get the perfect cat eye

Do you long to create that perfect sultry cat eye, but struggle with using liquid liner? Ginger recommends using a piece of Scotch tape for creating the perfect liquid line with ease.

How to create the perfect cat eye with your makeup

Step 1: Cut a piece of Scotch tape two to three inches long. Apply the tape to the back of your hand to remove some of the tackiness. This will keep the tape from harshly pulling the delicate skin around your eyes.

How to create the perfect cat eye with your makeup

Step 2: Apply the tape, starting from the outer corner of your eye at an angle, toward where your eyebrow would naturally end.

Create the perfect cat eye!

Step 3: Blend eye shadow toward the tape.

Creating the perfect cat eye with your makeup

Step 4: Starting from the outside corner, about half an inch away from the beginning of your natural lash line, apply eyeliner. Ginger loves the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black. A thicker line will create a more dramatic, mod look, while a thinner line adds just a bit of flair.

Create the perfect cat eye ... tape is a necessity!

Step 5: Continue lining along the lash line toward the inner corner of your eye.

Create the perfect cat eye ... pulling the tape away

Step 6: Carefully peel the tape away.

Creating the perfect cat eye ... yes, you can!

Step 7: Use concealer to touch up edges.

Fearless falsies

Don’t be intimidated by falsies! False lashes instantly elevate any look and are a breeze to apply with these tips from Ginger.

Step by step guide on how to apply false eyelashes

Step 1: First, apply eyelash glue to the back of your hand to give it time to dry down. The glue is ready when it is tacky to the touch.

A Step by step guide to applying false eyelashes

Step 2: Hold eyelashes up to your natural lash line to measure the size. Trim the edge to create the appropriate length.

A step by step guide for how to apply false eyelashes

Step 3: Run the edge of the lash band through the lash glue.

A step by step guide for how to apply false eyelashes

Step 4: Apply false lashes to your eye, starting from the inside corner, as close to your natural lash line as possible.

A step by step guide to apply false eye lashes

Step 5: Press the lash band into place using a cotton bud.

A step by step guide for how to apply false eyelashes

Step 6: Conceal the lash band by applying eyeliner.

A step by step guide on how to apply false eyelashes

Step 7: Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes into the false lashes for a seamless look.

Apply liner to your water line for maximum impact

One of Ginger’s go-to tricks for finishing a look is applying liner to the lower water line. Darker liner creates a dramatic look perfect for a sexy, smoky eye, while white liner in the water line opens up the eye and makes eyes appear bigger and more awake.

How to apply eyeliner to your waterline

Step 1: Pull your lower eyelid open slightly with your pinky finger. Remember to be very careful with the skin around your eyes!

Shows the difference between white eyeliner and dark eyeliner on your lower water line

Step 2: Apply the liner of your choice to the water line.

the difference between dark and white eyeliner

Note the differing effects of the black liner on the left and the white liner on the right. Isn’t the difference amazing? Adding liner to your water line is a makeup game changer! The white eyeliner makes your eyes look bigger, but the black is sultry!

 

Thank you Ashlee, Daphne and Ginger for sharing all of these fabulous tips with us! Thank you to Tonya Jones SalonSpa and Skintrenzixs SkinSchool for hosting our photo shoots!

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