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Smoky Eye Saturday: Easy Step-by-Step Single Shade Smoky Eye How-to-torial & My Fave Stand-Alone Eyeshadows

More often than not, beauty gurus over-complicate things and try to convince you it’s necessary to buy some crazy pro palette and a full brush set [using their Morphe/Sigma affiliate codes] in order to create even the simplest of makeup looks. I’m here to debunk those complicated tutorials and prove that, in actuality, all you need to achieve a smoky eye is one eye shade and a little patience.

The shadow you use should be deeper than your skin tone, but it can be as bright or dark or natural as you prefer and any finish, although satin shadows tend to provide the most dimension.

Eyeshadow can be applied using fingers, cotton buds or the little sponge-tip applicators that come in most eyeshadow packaging. However, I recommend using a shader brush for packing color onto the lid and a fluffier brush for brow bone and blending purposes.

  1. Prep lids from lash line to brow bone.
  2. Apply a matte shadow in your skin tone or a bit lighter from the brow bone downward, stopping shy of your mobile lid (the part of the eyelid that opens and closes).
    This sets your primer, makes blending a cinch, and provides a subtle highlight. (Setting powder works fine for this, if you don’t have an appropriate eyeshadow.)
  3. Pat smoky shade all over mobile lid and blend whatever’s left on the brush to subtly define the crease, beginning at the outer corner and sweeping inward, following your natural eye shape.
  4. Apply 1-3 coats of your favorite volumizing mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

Product Recommendations:

  • Selfish, Seductive, and Sophisticated from the Balm’s Nude Tude palette
  • Wet n Wild Nutty single
  • Wet n Wild Lagoon single
  • Ulta Twilight single

I would love to see your take on a single color smoky eye, either as a comment on this post or on social media using the hashtags #lipstickandalatte and #smokyeyesaturday or tag me @tarynandalatte

What do you think of this look?
Is your smoky eye method similar to mine?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

*Okay, so I technically used two eyeshadows, but only one of them is an actual shade (and if you use the setting powder hack, it’s really only one eyeshadow.)

FIF: Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit

Today’s First Impression Friday is on 

Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Liquid Catsuit in the shade 930 B.

These liquid lipsticks came out a while ago, but I honestly kind of forgot I had one at the bottom of my “new makeup to try” stash.

This shade is a classic blue-based red. It dries down quickly to a matte finish, which is transfer-resistant but not smudge-proof.

Please excuse my wet hair and the back of this Uber.

I like both the look and feel but wish it were a bit longer-wearing. But I’ve yet to find a lipstick that lasts very long without feeling super uncomfortable.

Have you tried Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit?
How do you feel about matte liquid lipstick, in general?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

Welcome Back

There once was a Macbook Pro who belonged to a girl with dark, curly hair. Although it had grown old and admittedly a bit slow since its purchase in 2009, the girl loved the Macbook. After all, it enabled her to write her wordpress.org blog and was where she kept all her photographs and music collection as well as a Pages document where she collected all her favorite quotes and one with the disjointed ramblings of what may eventually have become a novel.

One fateful evening in 2017, the girl clumsily knocked over a partially-full water bottle, spilling several ounces of the liquid into the Macbook’s keyboard. The girl sprang to action, turning the Macbook upside down and leaving it propped open in an a-frame teepee position.

But alas the old Macbook was no more. In an instant, the girl had lost not only her loyal Macbook but also access to her blog lipstickandalatte.net. You see, the girl had long ago forgotten her blog’s password and even username, after having checked the ‘remember login information on this computer’ box.

And so, the dark-haired girl must continue her blogging journey at lipstickandalatte.wordpress.com,  the path on which she began.

I may have gotten a bit carried away with the above fairy tale narrative, (I hope you read it in a deep, olde English accent.) but I’ve switched back to this site for my regular blogging.

Thanks for sticking with me through the change.

FIF: NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

I picked this up in the shade Out of This World because St. Patty’s Day is my fave.

It goes on super opaque in a single swipe and is a true lip cream, as opposed to a liquid lipstick, since it doesn’t ever really dry down/set.

Please excuse my drunk face and the sketchy bathroom selfie.
(What up, Caboose Bar?)

Overall, this formula wears comfortably but doesn’t have much staying power.
I prob wouldn’t wear this shade in real life, but it’s fun for St. Pat’s or a costume look.

What do you think of this look?
Have you tried NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

Spotted: Walgreens Seasonal/Holiday Cruelty Free Beauty Product Displays & Additional Affordable  Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: holiday beauty pallet/set season.

During a recent Wags run, I was delighted to find both new releases and festive repackagings from such cruelty free beauty companies as Wet ‘n Wild and L.A. Colors.

Wet n Wild is among the most popular and least expensive beauty brands Its limited edition collections have proven quite popular, and this year’s holiday collection doesn’t disappoint.

I particularly have my eye on the liquid liner set (and maybe one of the palettes.)


Lipstick & a Latte is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Walgreens (I wish!), and the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

What do you think of these cruelty free beauty sets and palettes?
Please let me know by commenting below.


Moving to lipstickandalatte.net

I’ve  decided to make the switch from this wordpress.com blog and start a brand new, grown up self-hosted website: lipstickandalatte.net

Other than the semi-professional sounding new url, an the addition of an advertisement or two, not much else should change.  I’ll just resume my usual posting at the new site any day now.

I hope you’ll all join me over at the new site.

Autumn ’15 Loves


Murad Acne Treatment Concealer in Light
I’ve recently become a convert to Lisa Eldridge pinpoint concealing, and this full coverage stick concealer is perfect for disguising zits with a teeny brush.  (I like the Sonia Kashuk No. 31 Pointed Pencil Brush.)  The formula consists of 2% salicylic acid, so it actually helps to diminish active breakouts but def doesn’t belong anywhere near eyes or dry skin.

Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose
This brown based pink provides the perfect subtle flush, especially now that my summer tan has faded.  It’s neutral enough to compliment pretty much any eye or lip look and is especially lovely with the 90s browns and mauves I’ve been super into lately.  Speaking of 90s browns:

Milani Power Lip in Creamy Cafe
You already know how I feel about this formula, and this brown-y nude shade has been my go to lip with anything from a smokey eye to “no makeup” makeup.

TheBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen
This berry liquid stain is a great alternative to Benetint–which isn’t actually cruelty free.  My favorite way to use this is to apply a few dots onto the center of lips and then kind of pat it into the rest of my lips with my fingers (quickly, before it dries.)

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Moisturizing Lip Balm
I know pumpkin spice everything is very basic betch, but that doesn’t keep me from loving all of it.  As its name implies, this balm imparts plenty of moisture, and it’s a nice departure from my go to Burt’s Bees Pomegranate.

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner
Since Halloween, I’ve fallen back in love with this liner, especially in the shades Coffee and Midnight (navy.)  Using a bent eyeliner brush, I’ve pretty much mastered the whole winged liner thing.  For a long-lasting smokey look, I like to go over the liner with a coordinating eyeshadow.


Brahmin crossbody
This gorg pink croc embossed bag is actually a lender from my mother’s ever-chic wardrobe.  (Hi, Mom!)  There’s something so liberating about switching from a small purse to a giant one that can hold everything with room to spare.  Because I really need to carry a magazine, a full face of makeup, and a pair each of sun- and eyeglasses.

The Voice
This show consistently has the best coaches, guests, and talent of any of the singing competition shows (1000x better than AGT.)  Gwen Stefani is my queen, and my favorite contestants this season have been Zach, Emily Ann, Maddie, and Amy.

What do you think of my Autumn ’15 Loves?
Please let me know in the comments what you’ve been loving the past few months.


FIF: Hard Candy Look Pro Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

This palette retails for $8 and has been touted as a dupe for the Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection palette.

The Hard Candy palette comes housed in a cute gold tin and includes sample sizes of both their Eyes the Limit Eye Shadow Primer and Take Me Out Liner (in the shade Soy) along with nine matte, satin, and shimmer neutral eyeshadows.  The lid of the tin houses both a decently sized mirror and a little fold out how-to pamphlet.

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The Primer is a pretty standard translucent nude shade and applied similarly to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

I wasn’t particularly inspired by any of the suggested eye looks and instead opted for my go-to tricolor smoky crease look using shades 1 (matte cream,) 5 (shimmery rose gold,) and 2 (matte tan.)  I skipped the liner and applied a couple coats of Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes Mascara.  I’m also wearing Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.


The shadows are nicely pigmented and blendable.  This quality of this palette is on par with (Dare I say?) Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow, which is my long time drugstore favorite.

I highly recommend checking out this palette, and I look forward to trying more products from the brand.

What do you think of this palette?  Have you tried anything from Hard Candy Cosmetics?


Summer ’15 Loves & Let Downs

It’s still hot enough down here that I’m pretending this post isn’t extremely late:

Please excuse my dirty Complexion Sponge; it’s extremely well loved.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
When dampened, this sponge gives my foundation and concealer the absolute most seamless, natural looking finish I’ve ever been able to achieve.  I prefer to use it in kind of a sweeping motion, rather than the beauty guru bouncing method which looks nice on camera and with professional lighting but in real life is a bit too high coverage for my taste.

Origins Stay Tuned Balancing Face Makeup
This is a light-medium coverage foundation, and I’ve been loving it really sheered out with the Real Techniques Sponge. This foundation doesn’t contain any SPF, which I prefer for evening wear.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
This is obvi more money than I usually shell out for mascara, but it’s actually kind of worth it.  One coat is defining and a bit lengthening, although it can be built up for more drama without getting clumpy/spider-y.  The formula is long-wearing but not waterproof, which means it lasts on my watery eyes but is easy to remove at the end of the day.

It Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi
This goes on like a sheer balm but quickly develops into a gorgeous, subtly mauve-y light pink flush, which is supposedly unique depending on everyone’s ph balance or body temp or something (idk, science.) This is like the real deal “my lips but better” shade.

IMG_5017Best Fiends
This strategy game consists of connecting like colored tiles to kill evil slugs, which sounds ridiculous but has kind of turned me into a crackhead.  (I’ve been stuck on level 107 for like three days.)

30 Rock
I was never an OG fan of this show, but I went back and (re)watched the entire series on Netflix.  I don’t know what to say except that it’s laugh out loud hysterical and Liz Lemon might be my spirit animal.

Jurassic World
I actually didn’t even want to see this, but I’m glad I let my mom talk me into going. Apart from Chris Pratt’s absurd level of attractiveness, it had a pretty decent plot and I got really emotionally attached to those velociraptors. (They’re like puppies, ok?)

Let Down:

America’s Got Talent
I’ve been a pretty big fan of AGT in past seasons, but the results didn’t make any sense this year.  The final acts should’ve 100% been Piff the magic dragon, Siro A, and the Professional Regurgitator.  How Paul the (obvious mouth-moving) ventriloquist won is beyond me.

What do you think of my summer loves and let down?
What things have you been loving lately?