No-Brainer Date Makeup: The New Limited-Edition Set That Makes Getting Ready Less Stressful

The unusually affordable LORAC Blushing Beauty Collection takes the guesswork out of ridiculously pretty makeup.

Aug 27, 2014 at 1:00pm | Leave a comment

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Makeup can be kind of a nightmare if you don't know what you're doing. (You know who you are). The intimidation factor leaves many a woman bare-faced (or clown-faced), but this LORAC Blushing Beauty Collection from Kohl's takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for you.  
 
Whether you have a hot date, you're going to a wedding, or just want to look more pulled-together at work, this kit is composed of the prettiest, longest-wearing mauve tones that look good on just about anyone.
 
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I started out wearing some foundation (Urban Decay Naked Skin, because it's the best), some concealer, and some eyebrow pencil. (I refuse to let y'all see my all-but-invisible eyebrows.)
 
Eyes
 
Apply the eyeshadow in Pink Champagne over the whole lid.
 
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Next, apply the medium shade, Mauve, to the crease. If you're one of those people who don't know where a crease is... well, we have some work to do. But I'm basically pointing to it here for you in the picture below. Think of it as the butt-crack of your eyelid. (If you don't have a crease, apply it in the gap under your brow bone.)
 
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For the love of God, please remember to blend when you're putting makeup in the crease.

 
Apply the darkest eyeshadow shade, Bordeaux, to the outer corners of the eyes. I like to apply in a sideways V shape, starting along the lash line, moving out to the corner, and then moving back in towards the crease. BLEND AWAY. You can use the same eyeshadow brush to blend, but I like keeping a completely clean makeup brush handy to blend so there are no harsh lines.
 
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Next, line eyes with the 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. While it's waterproof, I wouldn't recommend using it on your lower lash line. Follow that up with the Cobra Mascara.
 
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One eye with Cobra mascara and one eye without.

 
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It's called Cobra because the brush is shaped like a cobra's hood. Seems weird, but it's actually great for following the natural shape of your eye, making it super-easy to apply. 
 
Lips  
 
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Now, at this point you could just apply the Highly Pigmented Cream Lipstick in Duchess and be on your way, but I BEG you, please apply some blush before you walk out the door. 
 
Cheeks
 
As a makeup artist, I find that people are scared of blush, and I haven't a clue as to why that is. YOU NEED TO WEAR BLUSH. Ever take a selfie and wonder why you look like a ghost? You probably didn't have enough blush on. I'm not saying you need to apply a gallon of it; I'm just saying you need not fear a little pink on your cheeks.  
 
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The Powder Cheek Stain in Rosy Glow that comes in the kit looks pretty vibrant, but applies beautifully sheer on the cheeks.  
 
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That's it, kids. How long did that take? Five minutes? LORAC did all the groundwork for you on this one, and it's just $36 for everything.