Eye Love You: Eye Makeup that Stays Put

Recently, I had the exciting opportunity to get my makeup done with a tutorial/lesson from Bay Area makeup artist Jillian Wilkey, my go-to makeup artist for all of The Penny Rose photo shoots. A brilliant talent and remarkable person, she's a master in the makeup industry. After seeing her work first hand for quite a while now, I finally sat down with her and asked her to work her magic on me. 

While we discussed a lot of things (which I'll cover in future posts) one of the areas we concentrated on were my eyes. My eye makeup just wasn't cutting it. The eyeliner I used looked bumpy and not sleek. The shadows I used never seemed to blend well and they definitely weren't the right colors. 

But Wilkey cleared all that up for me. As a fan of the Jane Iredale line, she went to work reinventing my "eyes look" with a routine that can be done in about a minute (that's my style—quick, easy, effective). 

She had me use a basic neutral that I dug up in my bag to swish over my eye lids, then in a one, two, three step, she had me go from left to right using the first three shadows on this Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Kit. The first shadow on the left is used as a highlighter on my browbone and the inside of my eyes. Then she had me swish on the second color, a nice, neutral peachy tone. And then in my creases I added a quick flick of the taupe color and blended it all together using this brush

To top off my new, fresh "eye look," I used this Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner with an angled eyeliner brush. I had long avoided using gel eyeliners for fear of getting a severe cat eye. And that can be achieved using it, but with just a delicate dab along the lash line, no cat eye, just eyes that pop. 

If you're in the Bay Area, chase down makeup artist Jillian Wilkey at Salon on the Square for a makeup lesson. 

Favorite Five

When it comes to springtime, we believe everyone deserves a treat after all that cleaning. At The Penny Rose, we're striking up a new, regular feature—Favorite Five—where we'll share a list of local goodies we're eyeing. In today's Favorite Five, we highlight some old favorites and several new finds. 

  1. Leila Lou – This unique scent is perfect for those who love a fresh, feminine, subtle fragrance. If you enjoy this scent as much as we do, it's also available in candles and lotion. Leila Lou can be found at Stripe in downtown Santa Cruz.
  2. Anthology Magazine – This San Francisco-based shelter and lifestyle magazine takes a beautiful approach to home décor, travel, design and entertaining. The glossy is a an exquisitely edited piece of art in itself, with stunning images and great narrative. Anthology is available at Anthropologie, West Elm, Stripe and select Bay Area boutiques.
  3. One-of-a-kind Jewelry – Nothing gets more compliments than delicate adornments from places like Pacific Trading Company, Stripe, Jade, Wallflower Boutique and Cameron Marks.
  4. Jane Iredale Cosmetics – As written about here at The Penny Rose, healthy skin is beautiful skin. Get a springtime glow with Jane Iredale bronzers available at Staff of Life, L'Atelier and Chaminade Spa.
  5. Feminine Intimates – Hanky Panky and Cosabella make comfortable, sexy intimates for women. We adore the design of these styles, as well as the myriad springtime colors. Available at Pacific Trading Company and Camouflage in downtown Santa Cruz.

Natural Beauty

Fresh-faced and dewy is a look I just love. There’s nothing worse than cakey, fake-looking makeup, but a great makeup look is easier said than done. Magazines are filled with how-to tutorials and gorgeous A-list looks, but how can we get this at home, and keep our skin healthy at the same time?

After years of wearing makeup and putting on lotions and perfumes, one day I thought, “How healthy are all these products for my skin?” I’ve slowly started to incorporate more natural cosmetic products into my routine, for an all-around more natural, beautiful look.

That’s why I was so excited to discover Jane Iredale makeup products. A friend introduced me to “Moonglow” a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. This is one of many favorite products by the collection that adds the perfect dewy glow to any woman’s skin. I wear it alone or add it as a finish to my bronzer and I’m set for the rest of the day.

All Jane Iredale makeup products are non-comedogenic, meaning that the ingredients don’t block your pores, oils are used only when needed, and UVB and UVA sun protection is incorporated into every product. Now that’s a beautiful combination.

Jane Iredale products are available at Staff of Life, L'Atelier and Chaminade Spa, all in Santa Cruz.