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The 7 Sins of a Smokey Eye

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Sin #1: Naked Lids

I come to you as a sinner myself. I too have applied shadow without primer. I too have told myself it didn’t matter, just once won’t hurt.  I too have fallen victim to the smears and the creases and the dissapearing eyeshadow.  It isn’t worth it. Especially when you can make it for pennies (recipe here)

Sin #2: Perfectionism

Smokey eyes are sexy because they look slept in. They are called “smokey” because there are no harsh lines.  Smokey eyes are like pretty much everything else in life, it’s the imperfections that make them beautiful.

Sin #3: Undefined Brows

What is the difference between raccoon eyes and a smokey eye?
Brows.
(here is my brow tutorial)


Sin #4: Off balance

Sometimes you can do a dark eye and a dark lip and not look hooker-ish. Sometimes you can do dark eyes and no blush and not look dead. Sometimes you can look at yourself in a magnified mirror and not be totally freaked out. Most of the time though, it’s best not to risk it. Some soft pink blush and a nude or light pink lip is a perfect pair.

Sin #5: Lash and tear line neglect

Without BLACK eyelashes and a BLACK tear line your eyes won’t pop as much and won’t look finished.  (here is my FAV liner and mascara that won’t break the bank)

Sin #6: Lack of Layering

You can’t create the softness and the blendedness you need without a fair amount of layering. Build the color you want one layer at a time and you will be much happier with the end result.

Sin #7: Skipping the highlights.

This is probably the most forgotten and most important part of a smokey eye. I cannot stress it enough. You have to offset that dark with some bright! I use Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and put it under my eyes (and I go way down to the sides of my nostril with it) and on my brow bone.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Moonshadow Baked Palette – In the Dark

This palette is PERFECT for a smokey eye. So many stunning colors that shimmer and sparkle that will knock your socks off!

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193 Comments

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    Kirsten
    July 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    thanks for all of the tips! been working on creating a good smokey eye. just pinned the picture of the eyeshadow, im for sure buying it if i dont win it!!

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    Ashlynn Mitchell
    July 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Pinned – love your posts & sometimes pretend I can do makeup like you (it’s not pretty).

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    Crystal
    July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I pinned this awesome makeup pallete!

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    Crystal
    July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I also shared it on Facebook!

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    Alycia
    July 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Ahhh, pinned! i love this post, i struggle with getting the prefect smokey eye 🙁 I check your blog everyday i love it! 🙂

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    Angie
    July 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    haven’t been able to “master the smokey eye” yet, but would love to try with that gorgeous palette!!! pinned it … now to fb it too 🙂

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    Erin
    July 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Pinned to my girly board! I’ve already bought the concealer per your suggestion, love it!

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    Michayla
    July 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Cara,

    I pinned this on my pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/michaylashone/i-believe-in-manicures-i-believe-in-over-dressing-/

    AND Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/michayla.shone

    I hope you choose me, as I am in South Africa and this brand does not get sold here 🙁 Thanks for all your tips and tricks! <3

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    Cin
    July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Great tips!!! I definitely need to keep these tips in mind, since I have committed every single one of those sins at some point of time.

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    Shelly
    July 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Pinned

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    Liliya
    July 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I have been on the prowl for new makeup tricks! This would be a great addition to my non-existent make-up collection! Lol. Great job!

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    Sarah
    July 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Pinned! Love your tutorials 🙂

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    Rebecca Stewart
    July 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Pinned it! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Thanks for all the great advise!

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      Olga
      November 16, 2012 at 2:22 am

      I am really isspermed at both how many birds you’ve seen (and identified!) and also at the wonderful close-up photos. When I try to take bird pictures I usually get a blur or an empty branch where it used to be sitting.

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    Carissa
    July 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I am so afraid to do smokey eye! I have never tried it 🙁 Pinned you on pinterest…bragged about you a bit too. Love you site!

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    Kacee
    July 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I shared on my facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/roekeek
    And pinned on pinterest!
    http://pinterest.com/kaceepayne/hair-and-beauty/
    I love all of your posts!!!!

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    Natalie
    July 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Pinned! Love this site! I use your makeup looks all the time!

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    Lindsey L
    July 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Pinned it 🙂

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    Lindsey L
    July 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Posted to facebook!

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    Sara
    July 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    LOVE this. Thank you so much for the perfect smokey eye tips, definitely needed this one pinned. Your tutorials are the BEST!!!!

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    amie mendenhall
    July 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I pinned it! Hope I win! I’ve never worn a smokey eye before so if I’m going to do it, I’d rather do it the right way!

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    Elizabeth
    July 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I absolutely love this blog! Check it multiple times every day for updates! 🙂

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      Elizabeth
      July 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Shared on facebook, might I add!

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    Savvy
    July 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Pinned http://pinterest.com/shird06/make-up/
    Facebook http://www.facebook.com/savethefreckles

    These tips are great! I always forget about using a highlighter.

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    Kara
    July 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Awesome tips to create a smokey eye. Thanks!

    You should try out some Merle Norman products sometime- they are fantastic and 100% made in the USA! 🙂 http://www.merlenorman.com

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      Kara
      July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      pinned!

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    Tinisha Lambeth
    July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Want to try this since I have never really done a smokey eye. Posted on Facebook.

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    Tinisha Lambeth
    July 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Posted on Pinterest. Thanks for all the tips!

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    Jessica Downs
    July 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I pinned the “sinless smoke” picture.. so pretty!

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    Cassie
    July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    LOVE! Pinned! I check your blog every day for new posts! I just can’t get enough!

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    Chelci Holste
    July 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I pinned the makeup palatte…. I love your beauty tips!!!

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    Tammy
    July 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Pinned it!

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    Tammy
    July 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Shared it on Facebook!

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    Tammy
    July 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    PS You know I love you and all of your posts!

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    Brittany Bennett
    July 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Pinned 🙂
    I’ll admit, I’m guilty of the “naked eye”. BUT I’ve gathered together all of the ingredients for your homemade primer, and I’m making it when I get home! Super excited to try it!! Thanks for the tips!

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    Chelci Holste
    July 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I also shared it on facebook…. I love your site!!! I am kinda addicted 🙂

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    Carla Hale
    July 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Just pinned 🙂

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    Alison
    July 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Pinned! I have a wedding coming up in August and this palette would help me out so much to achieve the look! 🙂 congrats on your engagement!

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    Hatice
    July 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Cara , I pinned ;http://pinterest.com/pin/216454325811283232/

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    Brittany
    July 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Love all your posts!! And love this palette, so of course I pinned it!!

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    Jessica
    July 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I have slightly deep set eyes and I feel like when I bring a dark color underneath my eyes look sunken. Any tips on doing a smokey eye without it making me looking gaunt.
    Pinned it!

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    Jessica
    July 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    And shared it on facebook!

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    Hatice
    July 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I also posted on fb =]

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    Eileen
    July 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I would love to see a tutorial on the blue smokey eye you have in this post.

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    Kaitlyn
    July 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Pinned it!
    The differences betweet the sinful and sinless eye are incredible. I cannot believe how much a few details make. You did an amazing job with the tips and after watching the video also, I know exactly how to master a perfect smokey eye. Being only 16 and new into make up, your tips are honestly ones I look up to! Thank you so much.

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    Kellie
    July 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Pinned on pinterest!

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    Kellie
    July 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Shared on Facebook!

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    Kylie
    July 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    love all your tutorials! and congrats on the engagement!

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    Carli
    July 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I pinned this post and shared it on Facebook!
    LOVE your site and maybe someday I will actually be able to do all these pretty makeup techniques on myself 🙂

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    Winnie Gana
    July 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Pinned it!!

    http://pinterest.com/winota/beauty/

    Congrats on your engagement!! You’ll make a beautiful bride!!

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    caity
    July 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    pinned it! thanks for the opportunity 🙂

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    Gina
    July 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Cara, I shared this on my Facebook page and pinned it to my Pinterest board. I love this shadow set and look forward to creating a smokey eye. Thanks!

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    kirstie
    July 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    soo guilty of #5. pinned it 🙂

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    georgette crush
    July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    You have saved my life! thank you for your smokey eye wisdom and love!

    I bartend at night and have been looking for the right look to add the perfect element.

    thank you thank you thank you!

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    georgette crush
    July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    and I pinned this article! I was such a sinner, not doing it right. lol

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    Bobbie Sue
    July 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Pinned and sharing!! I LOVE this pallet, thanks for the tips on making the perfect smokey eye 🙂 P.S. I’ve tried so many different colors of smokey eyes since your video and Im IN LOVE and looking Great too, thank you Cara 🙂

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    Lyneah
    July 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Pinned! I was in sephora the other day and debated buying this pallet!! Hope I win it as I convinced myself I could do without! (Although I really can`t)!

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    Lauren
    July 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    The magic lumi really makes all the difference….spreading your ideas to all my girlfriends 🙂

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    Sheena Devine
    July 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I pinned under my board “products I love” !

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    Sheena Devine
    July 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I also posted it on Facebook. I love your blog so much, so many great tips and ideas! So I mentioned under my post and pinterest pin that it was from your blog so others can see all your amazing posts!

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    Alison
    July 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Pinned! I love doing smokey eyes for when I go out; it’s my go-to look and I’m always getting compliments. These are great tips and some things I never thought about, so maybe now I can perfect the look! Thanks. I’m always experimenting with new colors and I love the ones I see in that palette!

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    Matie Cook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I pinned this! I am definitely going to have to share this with my sisters as well! I would love this palette and I am for sure going to be making your primer. I am so excited to have recently discovered your awesome blog!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/50665564528634736/

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    Kirbie
    July 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Pinned! Love your tips.

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    Benita Sutton
    July 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ilove all of your tips!!!! pinned it!!!

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    Benita Sutton
    July 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I also Posted on Facebook!!! I have tried many of your tutorials!! some great success….others not so great…due to my inabilities!! lol…. love your blog~

    Benita

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    Simone
    July 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Pinned! You have the most amazing tutorials, so glad I found you 🙂 I hope I win this amazing palette, hopefully then I can do make up as great as yourself! 🙂

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    Jessie Caudill
    July 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    LOVE this palette!! Smokey eyes and nude lips are my FAV!!!

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    Heather
    July 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Pinned It to Win It!

    I love your site!

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    Hayley
    July 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I always love your tips. Even if I don’t look it, I feel much prettier after reading and applying your advice. pinned and facebooked!!!

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    Anjeza
    July 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Your blog has changed my life. I discovered it about a month ago and have been obsessed ever since. I have been spending so much time in front of the mirror lately trying the different things you’ve taught me but it’s been totally worth it. I look and feel great…so thanks! 🙂

    I pin your posts and products you recommend all the time but I pinned this too.

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    Lisa
    July 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Pinned! I feel like of all the things I’m knowledgeable about, hair and makeup are my mental blocks, but I’m trying! Thanks for all your great tips! 🙂

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    Brooke
    July 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Pinned it!! You are the best! 🙂

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    Robyn
    July 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    pinned it. I hope my attempts turn out when I try to recreate this! I was shocked at how bad the bland eyebrow eye looked compared to the one with the done eyebrow! Definitely guilty of that!

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    Lola Belle
    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Pinned it! Love those colors! They do go perfect with a nude lip. Thanks so much for all the tips!!

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    kate
    July 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

    pinned 🙂

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    kimi
    July 25, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I pinned this amazing sephora eye shadow pallet I have the sun version of this and I love it, so I’m sure this one would be just as awesome 🙂

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    kimi
    July 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I shared this post on my Facebook wall as well 😉
    Cara, I couldn’t believe the difference between the sinful version and sinless version!! Thanks for the tips 🙂
    xoxo

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    Rebecca Holter
    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Thanks, Cara!! Just pinned a couple of pics from your blog! I watched your smokey eye tutorial and tried it out a few nights ago. But my four little boys were scared of me afterwards! I guess I need to watch it again and take better notes! ha

    Totally love your blog! Thanks for all the tips! My sisters and I wish you could make us over! 🙂

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    Savanna
    July 25, 2012 at 1:30 am

    pinned it!! thanks for all your tips. your blog is the best! 🙂

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    Emily
    July 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Pinned sinless smoke 🙂 Great tips, love your blog! It feeds my makeup addiction nicely.

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    Laura
    July 25, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Done and done!!!
    Thanks for all the fabulous tips!!!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/28217935135978053/
    http://www.facebook.com/laura.brodaylyons

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    Jaimie
    July 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Pinned! Love all your tips and especially the make overs! Keep it up!

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    Jaimie
    July 25, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Also facebooked! 😉

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    Jackie
    July 25, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Need this pallet!!! Posted to facebook!

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    leigh gubler
    July 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

    shared post on facebook!!

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    leigh gubler
    July 25, 2012 at 2:44 am

    pinned the post on pinterest!! ps. thanks for the tips and i love the post of the homemade lid primer! love your tutorials!

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    Amanda
    July 25, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Pinned it! Love your tips and it would be perfect for a date with my b/f. By the way – congrats on the engagement!!

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    Emily
    July 25, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Pinned 🙂

    http://pinterest.com/emiiilyann/

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    Sallie
    July 25, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I am obsessed with palettes for no real reason, but this one looks beautiful!

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    Andrea Rosewell
    July 25, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I pinned it and it’s on Facebook! Thanks again for the opportunity for great product and all the awesome makeup lessons!

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    Andrea Rosewell
    July 25, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Oh so separate entries… I did one for pin interest already, so this one can count towards the Facebook post. Thanks!

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    melissa
    July 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Pinned this fabulous palette! Love your tips! And congrats on your engagement! 🙂

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    Meghan
    July 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Pinned it!!!!

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    Braya
    July 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Pinned and facebook! Love your blog…have used so many of your tips and tutorial advice!

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    tiffani
    July 25, 2012 at 3:54 am

    i pinned it! and created a new board just for MAKE UP. neat.

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    tiffani
    July 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

    facebooked!!

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    Chelsey Hafen
    July 25, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Pinned it, Shared on FB & comment! Would love to win this 🙂

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    Melissa
    July 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I shared on Facebook! I would love to learn to do a smoky eye.

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    Michelle Gooch
    July 25, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Pinned!! I would love love LOVE to win this! Love your blog…you are amazing and beautiful!

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    BritneyM
    July 25, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I pinned this! I hope I win! But it looks like I’m. It the only one haha. Love your blog. And I am so glad you posted about the cornstarch. I live in Guam so it’s pretty hot! All year around too! Thanks : ) <3

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    BritneyM
    July 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Pinned! I hope I win! But it looks like I’m not the only one who wants too haha. Btw I am solo glad you posted about the cornstarch as a mineral veil! I live in Guam so I really needed that. I was tired of my face melting off haha. Love your blog too! Thanks : )

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    Melissa
    July 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I pinned it! The top picture is stunning!

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    Melissa
    July 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I also shared on facebook!!!:))

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    Alexia
    July 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Pinned it!! I love seeing the side by Side difference of the sinful/sinless versions. What a difference!! Addicted to your blog 🙂

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    Alexia
    July 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I also shared it on Facebook 🙂 keep all the great advice coming!

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    Carrie
    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Pinned it! Your tips, tricks, and tutorials are so fabulous and easy to follow! I’ve learned so much. Keep up the great work 🙂

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    Natalie
    July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Pinned it. I wish I had your talent! You are so gorgeous and so is that palette

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    iamsilpel
    July 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Pinned!! WHOOP. i have a sick obsession with eyeshodows..pick me pick me

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    Danielle
    July 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Pinned to pinterest!! Absolutely love your blog!

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    Katie Adler
    July 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Pinned it! Love all of your posts…georguos!!

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    Chelsea
    July 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I posted on Facebook. Not sure how to Pin it!:( If i figure it out, i’ll let ya know:). You are awesome!! I love love love your website!

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    Chelsea
    July 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Yay I figured out how to Pin it! It’s PINNED too!! Thanks so much!

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    Jami Miller
    July 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love those palettes. I have one, but is for the more natural look. I pinned it!

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    Brooke Williams
    July 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pinned! I love your blog! Once I saw the picture of half your face without defined brows I though wow that’s exactly what I look like when I attempt the smokey eye! No wonder It never looked right! Thanks for the tips:)

    O and congrats on the engagement!!

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    Jami Miller
    July 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Shared your smokey eye post on my FB page. My friends are going to love discovering your tutorials!

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    Brooke Williams
    July 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    O right and facebooked it too! 🙂

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    Brooke Williams
    July 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    O right and i facebooked it too! 🙂

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    Denise Gilmore
    July 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Pinned it! Love all of your tips and try to do my smoky eye like yours!

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    Mary Lauritzen
    July 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Pinned this and shared it on Facebook. Love your blog. Hope to win this pallette. I too, get distracted in Sephora, and always walk out with something for my skin but never any makeup.

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    Lacey Bolt
    July 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Pinned this! I love your blog!

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    Lacey Bolt
    July 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Also shared on Facebook!

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    Annie Nelson
    July 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Pinned & FB it. Love your blog! You are gorgeous!

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    Amanda Jean
    July 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I have been perfecting my smokey eye technique since following you on pinterest and this has helped work wonders.

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    Coco
    July 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Pinned and FB’d it! I have been following your blog for as long as I can remember and have never commented or anything until now. I feel like a total creep bc I feel like I know you and you have no idea who I am haha! Anyways, love the blog and thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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    Gena T
    July 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I would love a short tutorial on applying highlighting concealer, especially all the way to the nostril. I have yet to master… I love all your tips!

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    Courtney
    July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    GORGEOUS eyes in that sinless smoke photo! I pinned that photo to my board!

    On a different note, what lip colors did you use for your lips in that sinless smoke photo? I want to go buy them right this second 😉

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    Caitlin Totten
    July 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Pinned this amazing pallet! Thank you for all the help and advice!

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    Jessica
    July 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Pinned It!! Love Smokey eyes!! I wear it everyday, with nude lips..its my go to look.

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    Kindi Nelson
    July 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Pinned it and love it! I could so use this!

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    Brittany
    July 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Pinned the make up picture. This website has given more tips and tricks about make up and how to do it than I could have ever learned on my own. Thank you!

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    Danielle
    July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    pinned it! love your blog, i follow it religiously and have bought a ton of products per your recommendation. your post on doing makeup with drugstore makeup totally changed my life. thank you so much!

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    Jessica
    July 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Pinned it! http://pinterest.com/fashionista1684/
    Love your blog!:)

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    wendy cline
    July 26, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I pinned it and facebooked it! I hope I win 🙂 Love, love, love your tutorials! Keep up the awesome work!

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    Katie
    July 26, 2012 at 1:56 am

    These are the best smokey eye tips ever…especially about the defined brows and importance of highlighting. I often think it’s okay to skimp on those and I pay for it later so I pinned to reference. Btw..big congrats on the engagement, I’m loving your wedding pinboard!! It will be a lovely wedding:)

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    Rebecca
    July 26, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Pinned! LOVE this! x

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    MistOdd
    July 26, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Pinned! Working up the courage to give the smokey eye a try!

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    Heidi Lee
    July 26, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Just pinned!

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    Tiffany
    July 26, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Pinned! Love your blog! I’m a daily “stalker!” 🙂 Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!

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    Kiera Harmon
    July 26, 2012 at 4:45 am

    It’s no question that you are my idol! I love everything you do! So happy for you and your engagment. Oh and I pinned it!! XX

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    Ali Muzzalupo
    July 26, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Pinned the sinless smokey eye!

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    Ali Muzzalupo
    July 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Posted to Facebook about how much I LOVE your blog. Yours is the only blog I even follow!

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    Gina Heller
    July 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    pinned it!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/201184308324762099/

    i love sephora and always try for a smoky eye but don’t think i ever get it quite right!

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    Katie
    July 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I love your blog and thanks for the tips! You actually inspired me to start my own blog (although I am pretty sure no one is reading it LOL)!

    I pinned the sinless eye and if i win i will definitely be trying this!!

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    Jennie Minor
    July 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    just pinned to FB! I LOVE your blog (check it ALL the time) and am hoping I win this amazing give away!

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    sara maurer
    July 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    wow cara the sinful and sinless pics are perfect examples! im still too scared to try smokey eye though.. will you just do it for me? 🙂

    on another note.. what brush do you use for secret camouflage? the one on the site looks thinner than the one you use..ya?

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    Brittany Bunker
    July 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Love it!

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    julie davis
    July 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Totally just shared this awesomeness on facebook!

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    julie davis
    July 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    …And now I just pinned it! Yah.

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    Madison
    July 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Pinned it! I’m obsessed with your blog! Thanks so much for all the tips and tutorials. I used to be so clueless about hair and makeup, but your blog has helped me so much. Keep it up! 🙂 You’re a total babe, by the way. Your hair is what I strive for daily lol

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    Whitnee
    July 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Pinned It!!

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    Whitnee
    July 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Facebooked it!! Totally want to WIN IT!!:)

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    Jessica Tempfer
    July 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Pinned it!

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    Jessica Tempfer
    July 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

    And shared on FB. Thank you!- I love your blog! I check it often. I try lots of new things because of you 🙂

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    Linnea Grimes
    July 27, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I love this eyeshadow palette. I want it! So, guess what I did?? Pinned it!

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    Ashley
    July 27, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Pinned it!! Love this site!

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    Renee Lige
    July 27, 2012 at 4:50 am

    pinned this gorgeous pallet!!

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    Linnea Grimes
    July 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Love this eyeshadow palette. I want it! (badly) So, guess what I did? Pinned it

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    Renee Lige
    July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    pinned! i love this set!!!

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    Aly
    July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    You are the make up master. Keep teachin me your ways! I’ve never tried a smoky eye before but you have inspired me to be bold. Thx, girl!

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    Sydney M
    July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I pinned an image to my “style me prettiful” board

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    Mary Zak
    July 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    REPINNED!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Its amazing, so helpful for me since I suck at makeup myself lol Your gorg and I hope i can make more smokey eyes with this palette!

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    Mary Zak
    July 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/6544361929425771/

    Repinned right here 🙂

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    Luciana
    July 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Pinned!! Thanks for the tips!

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    Chelsea
    July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Sooooo…. Who won this awesome gadget?? 🙂

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    Krista Freitas
    July 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

    pinned and shared on facebook. i absolutely love your blog ive learned so many great things and i cant wait for more. youve inspired me to go back to school for cosmetology i cant wait 🙂

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    Jessie
    July 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Pinned! Great tips and now giveaways???? whaaaaat?

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    Allison
    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Pinning right now…….would love to win this have been trying to work “the smokey eyes” for a while now. Ur site has help alot!

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    Laura Stringfield
    July 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Pinned! Love your blog!

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    Natalie Horrocks
    July 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Pinned it!!

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    Laura Summers
    August 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Great tips and great blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. I pinned and posted on Facebook the palette. You’re right: it looks perfect!!!

    Laura

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    Lacey
    August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Love your blog!
    Gotta ask, what blush shade and brand do you use?
    We have the same skin tone from what I can see in the pics. I can never find a blush shade that I truly love on me and yours looks so freakin good!!

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    Haley
    August 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I pinned this for sure I am definitely a sinner when it comes to the smokey eye, but not anymore, you have saved me!!

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    Shannan
    August 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Do you have a video showing start to finish of the whole face and doing a smokey eye??

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    Emily
    August 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Pinned it. Love the smokey eye rules and totally agree about defining the brows!! As a natural blond, I have to fake it and add color to my brows, but it makes my whole face more striking.

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    Uuree
    August 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I pinned!! I wanna win.

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    Krystal
    August 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

    New makeup would b great!

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    Hannah
    September 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Totally pinned! I love trying out new make up products and colors. I’ve used so many of your posts, it’s almost ridiculous. =)

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    Lara
    September 21, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Pinned it! 🙂
    I do believe these shades would really help my grey eyes pop.
    Thanks for the eyeshadow primer recipe!

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    Joselyn
    November 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I have dark hair, eyebrows & blue eyes like you. But my skin is a little more fair. What colors for eyeshadow do you recommend?

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    Tara
    December 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to do a smokey eye and just look like a raccoon every time I try so I am so excited to do this!!

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    Kristen Gorski
    January 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I love all of your entries… Ever since I started reading and watching you I get the most amazing compliments on my makeup! friends at work have actually asked if i had my makeup professionally done (as if i would waste professionally done make up on work!) and I direct them all to your blog! Would love to win this… But totally purchasing it if I don’t!

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    Jen
    February 25, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Hi Cara,
    I love your blog. I have been following for a few months now and it has made such a big difference in how I look. My biggest struggle is with a nude lip. I can’t seem to find something that works for me, or I’m not doing it right. I have pale skin and naturally dark pink lips. What are you using for your lips in this post? They look amazing. if you could do a video on a nude lip, that would be awesome. 🙂 Thanks so much for all you do.

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    Crystal Howard
    August 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for all of your awesome tips. 🙂

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      Crystal Howard
      August 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I also pinned it.

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    Kandie McDonald
    November 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Pinned and Facebook-ed! The shadows are so pretty. Love your site!

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    Boni
    February 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Too pretty! I love the Sinless Smoke look the best.

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    Shania Hopkins
    February 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I pinned! This is a gorgeous palette. Also, I really appreciate all of your posts. They’re all so very helpful and informative.(:

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    Boni
    March 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hi, I am just trying to post this information around this awesome blog to ensure as many peeps know about it as possible. I was watching the Wendy Williams show and they mentioned this awesome sounding mascara in the Red Carpet Style Secrets segment. It’s called “Better Than Sex” mascara by Too Faced. It costs $15 and it’s supposed to give you the long false lashes look with just 1 swipe. Just wanted to share with everybody! I would love to try it soon! 🙂

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    rachael
    April 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Pinned! Im new to this site but i bought most of the basics and am waiting to buy you med color HAC foundation! i am deployed and needed a ;hobby to keep me feeling like a woman lol so i started watching all your tutorials and will continue with “smokey eyes” as well! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Olga
    June 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    No matter how I do my smokey eyes (unless they are very light) I always still feel like I look like a raccoon. I will have to try again I corporating all your tips!

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    Charle Spice LiveyourbestlifeNow
    August 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Wonderfully informative post! The pic comparison makes what you have said so evident. I never cease to be amazed at the illusions that light and shadow can create… truly awesome. Thank you for the helpful info and best of wishes. God bless.

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