3 Simple Ways to Add Colour to Your Spring Makeup

Adding colours in your makeup routine doesn’t have to be scary by Elyse Morency and Nesting Story

Spring Makeup tips from Elyse Morency and Nesting Story

I don’t know about you, but I am SO glad we are finally starting to see some spring weather. The winter always feels like it goes on for so long, and the gloomy and dark days can seriously cramp my motivation to do anything.

Now that the sun is shining and the weather is warming up, it’s time to start bringing some light back into the days and my favourite way to do that is by adding some colour into my spring makeup routine!

Most of us feel like running and hiding when we think of using bright colours in our makeup routine. I personally find myself flashing back to my early high school days of powder blue eyeshadow and bright red blush on my cheeks… yikes. That is the opposite of what we are going for today!

If you want to learn how to brighten up your days by adding colour to your spring makeup, then read on, friend!

Using bright blush to brighten up - Elyse Morency and Nesting Story

Bright Blush

Blush is a great way to bring some life to your face without having to step too far out of your comfort zone. During the spring time I like to use blushes with more pink and orange tones to them because they still feel natural but you can build it up for a brighter look. My go to blush in the spring is Mac Cosmetics Pinch O’ Peach!

Bold lipstick is important for Spring - Elyse Morency and Nesting Story

Bold Lipstick

My favourite way to add colour to my makeup look for spring is by wearing bright lipstick! For a bold colour that will last you all day, opt for a liquid lipstick. This ensures you won’t have to touch up very often during the day. If you’re new to wearing bright lipstick and want to start off slow, you can use a regular lipstick and blend it out with your finger for a sheer wash of colour which looks more like a tint, rather than a bright statement colour. A great versatile lipstick is Mac Cosmetics Impassioned Lipstick. It’s a great pop of colour but blended out can be a great starter colour.

Using coloured eyeliner in your spring makeup - Elyse Morency and Nesting Story

Coloured Eyeliner

One way to add colour into your makeup during the spring is by switching your regular brown and black liner for something with more colour to it! Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Rockstar, while different than your everyday colour, is still tame enough that you could wear it out to work and not have to worry about everyone staring at you. For a bolder look, opt for a liquid liner. For something a little more subtle, use a pencil liner and smudge into your lashes so it has a softer look to it.

Adding colours in your makeup routine doesn’t have to be scary. By incorporating small amounts of colour in the right spots, you can easily refresh your makeup and get it ready for the spring! These 3 ways to add colour are my go-to looks since they can make a big impact with a small amount of effort.

It’s hard not to feel great about yourself when you try something new with your makeup so throw on some bright lipstick and go rock your day with confidence!

If you want to learn more quick makeup tips that you can add to your everyday makeup routine, check out www.elysemorency.com. You can also find Elyse on Instagram at www.instagram.com/elysemor/ where she talks about the real and raw life of motherhood and makeup!

How To Achieve A Fresh, Youthful Look When You Are An Over-tired Mom

How to achieve a youthful glow

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When I tell people I have four kids, their jaws drop and they tell me I look like I am twenty-years-old. I thank them and tell them my real age, 32.  Reality is, I am typically over-tired and fairly stressed. I have four kids, including twin toddlers, and I am self-employed. Enough said. But in the chaos, I make sure I take care of myself.

It isn’t easy and days can go by where my hair is always pulled back and I am makeup-free, but I make sure I continue with a few beauty routines so that when the moment arises where I can get out for a little while, I am ready to shine.

Here is a breakdown of how I achieve a fresh, youthful look (and you can too)…

Take care of your skin. Okay, there may be many nights that I go to bed with my makeup on because I am too tired to remove it. But, in my opinion, what is more important than a skin-care regiment, is what you eat. I am an Omega 3 junky. I can honestly say that I see a direct correlation between my healthy skin and how much Omega 3 I consume. That means lots of fish, unsalted nuts and even brussels sprouts.Glowing skinI also try to avoid eating a lot of sugar. I still get breakouts, especially at certain times of the month. But if I go on a sugar binge, all hell breaks loose.

Instead of laying out in the sun to get a sun-kissed look, I apply a high-end, non-streaking, self-tanner. My favourite is Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion. (this post is not sponsored). It doesn’t streak, doesn’t turn me orange and never causes my skin to break out. This is on my Christmas wish list each year.

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

Master a quick, healthy-glow makeup routine. After many years of trial and error, I have found a makeup routine and combination that that not only erases under eye circles, but gives me a dewy glow, (think Jennifer Lopez). Watch my makeup tutorial here:

Keep your teeth bright and remember to smile. I have been blessed with some pretty big chompers. If I don’t smile, my face just looks awkward. I have the most brutal passport photo as a result. When I am in a crowd, I make sure I do what is only natural, smile.

Two of my biggest vices are red wine and coffee. In fact, I am pretty sure these are staples for most moms. If I didn’t regularly whiten my teeth, they would fall victim to my vices. Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening options that could work for you.

Don’t give up on your hair. I find a lot of new moms do one of two things: go for a low maintenance look by darkening their hair and chopping off their locks, OR (like I did) go for something drastic, that isn’t really you and ends up being a big fail.Bad hair colour

After having my son, I decided to go bleach blonde. It was an orange disaster.

Don’t give yourself a drastic makeover. Find a style that suits you and is YOU! I found keeping my hair long with an ombre colour has been a perfect fit. It can be pulled up easily or styled showing off the colour.

Also, find a style that is quick and doesn’t leave your hair just hanging there. I love to go for some waves with lots of volume. It can last for days. Here is my tutorial on how to get fast, long-lasting beachy curls:

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How To Replace Tired Eyes With A Healthy Glow – Makeup For New Moms Tutorial

Makeup tutorialListen up mamas and mamas to-be, ready to get rid of those tired eyes from sleep deprivation and replace it with a gorgeous healthy glow!?!  I have put together a makeup tutorial for you full of tips and tricks that are quick but have a big impact.  Some of those tricks include looking like you have been sitting in the sun, getting rid of under-eye circles, instantly losing ten pounds and like you put on fake lashes.  I have wanted to do a makeup tutorial for a while now and here it is!  I did a couple of takes quickly while the big kids were at school and the babies were napping.  It’s flawed and the lighting isn’t perfect but I like how real it is.

This post is NOT sponsored… I just love this makeup that much.  Any of the products I use can be switched out with similar alternatives.  If you have any questions, please include them in the comments section.  Please let me know if there are any other tutorials you would like me to do! Enjoy!