Year-End Review: Make-up trends that changed my life.

What a fabulous year to be female!  Here are some of my favorite make-up moments this year.

Bright lips! Bold nails! Cat eyes! Oh my.



fun, crazy nails

My nails were not bare for a single week this year. And while experts say that’s bad for your nails, I experienced nothing but tons of compliments and little happiness at the end of each finger tip.

Sparkle: Shine. Glitter. Sparkle. I wore lots of sparkles this year. It started when I wore OPI in Gift of Gold on New Year’s Eve last year and just hasn’t stopped. As my mom says, “I love to bling.”

Shellac:I spent many a Wednesday afternoon having Shellac or gel polish applied (goes on like polish, dries like gel for color that lasts 2-ish weeks) for a more permanent lacquer.

Odd man in: Sporting the ring finger a different color was a fun way to change it up this year. I usually make one finger sparkly. Other options are to paint the ring finger in the same shade as the other nails but different color, or paint the odd nail the same color, but a few shades darker:



winged out liner

black liquid: I must credit Lauren Conrad (who calls this the cat eye) for my inspiration here. To do this little trick, apply liquid liner from the inner corner of the eye to the outer edge of the last for your first coat. When doing the second coat, make the line slightly thicker from the midpoint of the eye-lid out. To finish, wing the liner out, slightly curving up until the desired wing has been created :) Easy as pie.

navy-shadow:You can use the same principle with a shadow as shown. Blue eye make-up was particularly trendy this year – I predict there will be more where that came from in 2012.

Don’t fret about looking too much like Barbie – give it a shot. You can always neutralize the color with some black or brown liner close to your lashes so your statement isn’t uncomfortably bold.



brilliant lip color

bold red, pink, and fuchsia lips: Hello Children of the 80’s! Let’s bring the bright colors back! I have never been so happy as when I wear bright pink or fuchsia lip color. Search for the shade that makes your lips pop and your heart sing. I could try on colors all the live long day.

I hope your year was full of enriching life-lessons, once in a life time experiences, really pretty make up, and the time of your life (thus far). If it wasn’t, now is a fantastic time to start again.

Happy New Year my lovers!

Love your life. Love yourself. Love each other.


Amanda Frances <3


ps: I teach this stuff :)

pps:  Loving the high-bun? To find out what’s in my hair click: Top Knot Tutorial


{{Glitter nails: Sally Hanson Nail Effects in Frock Star. Shellac nails: I am not sure :/ Try CND Shellac in Hot Pop Pink. Odd man out nails: OPI Axxium Gel Nails Color in You Don’t Know Jacques and in Glitzerland. Black cat eye: Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Liner in Jet Black. Navy Cat Eye: Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Twilight with a little Revlon Color Stay liner in Navy on the lash line. Bright Red Lips: YSL Lip Color in Le Rouge – #01. Bright Pink Lips: Dior Lip Color in Rouge Muse – #444. Darker Red Lips: Dior Lip Color in Rouge Favori – #752.}}