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A Different Way to St. Paddy’s Day

By | CMYKay

Growth – Harmony – Freshness – Fertility

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17 and you know I will be celebrating with all things GREEN! The ties between St. Patrick’s Day and the color green go way back, but did you know that the original color synonymous with St. Patrick’s day was blue? Yes, you read that right. In early paintings, St. Patrick is shown wearing the official color of the Order of St. Patrick: blue.

It wasn’t until the 20th century that the holiday became associated with the color green for religious and national reasons. Ireland’s nickname is The Emerald Isle, the green stripe in the Irish flag represents the Catholics of Ireland and of course those fabled Leprechauns ran around wearing green from head to toe.

While I love blue, I just can’t imagine celebrating this Holiday with any color other than green! This year, I am taking it to the next level and glamming up with green makeup. This look is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day parade or even a fun date night. Read the tutorial below to recreate my look.

A DIFFERENT WAY TO ST. PADDY’S DAY

-Let Your Eyes Do The Talking-

While I believe you can wear fun makeup any time of the year, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to try out a fun green look. Thanks to my friend Halley Hamer with House of Tesla Hair and Makeup, I was able to sport this look just in time for the Holiday AND manage to go out to dinner with my family after and get lots of stares. I just see it as the highest form of flattery. 😉

Start with no foundation! It is best to begin your canvas clean moisturized skin.
With any bright colored shadow, you’re going to want to apply Shadow Shields. They catch any fallout from your shadow application and keep your under eye area bright.
Swirl your brush in the lime green shade of your Take Me To Brazil Shadow Palette and tap off excess shadow. Then, take the brush to the outer corner of your eyelid and pat the shadow on moving it inward. Cover the entire lid and lash line with the remaining product on the brush and blend. Blending will be our best friend!

You’re going to want these shadow shields as you apply this bright look. Not only will they keep any fallout from happening, they will also keep your under eyes looking bright and fresh! This entire eye look was created with six products: Tarte Shape Tape ConcealerTake Me to Brazil Shadow Palette, J. Cat Beauty Glitter in Poppin’ LimeNYX Lime Green Eyeliner, MAC Three Rings Eyeshadow and Ardell Lashes.

Take this lime green shade up pretty high towards the brow bone. You want the colors to be seen when your eye is fully open, so be sure to check what your shadow looks like with your eyes opened looking straight forward. When you are all done, apply MAC Three Rings eyeshadow just under the brow to make your brow line pop.
Add the mid lime green shade to the corner and in the crease to add definition to the eye shape and go back and forth blending the two shades. Then, take the light lime green shade and blend the shadow up into the brow bone. To deepen the look, swirl the brush in the matte dark green shade, tap off excess, start in the outer corner of the eye and pat it into the crease, do this multiple times until you achieve the eye look you are going for.
To ensure that you can see the colors and the gradient effect open your eye, take your brush and blend shadow above the crease while the eye is opened. Finally, cut the crease Tarte Tape Shape Concealer apply to the inside of the eyelid, then use NYX glitter primer and apply your J. Cat Beauty glitter in Poppin’ Lime. Then, apply your base layer of mascara and remove your Shadow Shields.

After you have completed the shadow parts of your eye, apply your Shape Tape Concealer,  J. Cat Beauty Glitter in Poppin’ LimeNYX Lime Green Eyeliner and Ardell Lashes. Make sure you apply mascara to your natural lash before you apply your lashes.

Contour your face with Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Palette at the top of your hairline and just below your cheek bones as well as you jaw bone. Then, highlight with WetNWild Precious Petals anywhere the light hits (forehead, nose and chin). Add MAC Bright Pink Blush to your cheek bones and blend.
Complete your look with the perfect pink lip by using Bite Beauty Neon Fuschia lip color.
Finally, set your face with Urban Decay All Nighter to make it last all day and night long!

The rest of your look is all about contouring and highlighting. After you have finished your eyes and applied lashes, clean up and apply foundation of your choice. Then contour with your Anastasia of Beverley Hills Contour Palette and highlight with WetNWild Precious Petals. Then apply your MAC Bright pink blush and finish with the perfect pink lip by using Bite Beauty Neon Fuschia lipstick. I set my look with Urban Decay All Nighter as well to make it last.

And there it is…your St. Paddy’s Day makeup look complete! Pair it with an AlanaKayART Viridescent Skirt or leggings and believe it or not, a pair of bright pink Badass Earrings is the perfect way to complete your look.

Share your GREEN look with me this weekend by using the hashtag #CMYKay. Cheers!

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

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Blue Up Your Athleisure

By | CMYKay

Tranquility – Loyalty – Creativity – Stability – Trust

My story probably sounds a lot like yours. I’m a working mom and wife whose life dissolves into chaos more often than not. In the midst of that chaos I carve out an hour a day to do Pilates. This hour is sometimes the only thing that offers me a dose of sanity. For a long time I wore black leggings to my workouts and even though I was working hard, I felt uninspired. I wanted what I was wearing to reflect the power, energy, and joy I was feeling. So I started wearing bright colored leggings and I found that changing what I wore to work out changed my feelings while working out.
If you’ve never been one to add color to your athleisure wear, blue is a perfect entry color. It is only a few steps from black on the color wheel, so you won’t feel too far out of your comfort zone, but it will still provide you with a newfound sense of authority, creativity, and calm. Here are a few tips to pull together the perfect look.

BLUE IN FASHION

- Blue Up Your Winter Athleisure -

If you are like I was and you’re still wearing black to your morning Pilates classes but you’re terrified of making that bold of a statement, start with baby steps.

Pair a blue sports bra with your black leggings and throw on a neutral color tank. Once you gain comfort with that step, add some blue leggings or blue shoes and work your way up from there. You’ll soon see what I saw…the more color you wear, the more powerful and calm you feel not only in your workout but in your life.

Afraid of wearing color entirely? Try bringing a blue accessory like a mat or water bottle with you to class. Surrounding yourself with this color will take your workouts, and your day, up a notch.

AlanaKayART Ride the Wave leggings are the perfect way to share the power, energy and joy you feel during a kick butt workout.
Pair bold patterned leggings with a neutral colored jacket like this Patagonia puffer jacket. Warm, stylish and comfortable.
Throw on a pair of athleisure shoes for a sporty look as you leave class for your weekly Target run.
Statement earrings are a small but mighty way to incorporate a new color into your wardrobe. These AlanaKayART Back to the Well acrylic earrings elevate any look to Insta worthy.

Pair a bright blue legging like these AlanaKayART Ride the Wave Leggings  with a neutral top to add balance to your outfit. Throw on some stylish athleisure tennis shoes like these from Target and complete your look with the unexpected…AlanaKayART Back to the Well Earrings.

Life in Color is way more fun!

The groundhog saw his shadow, but for some reason Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that we should be getting ready for SPRING already. So, instead of waiting on spring sunshine and warmth, I suggest we bring spring to this dreary weather. Throw a bright colored coat, like this one from JCrew, over your Ride the Wave leggings, add an AlanaKayART Wild Rag and some acrylic earrings, meet your girlfriends for brunch and pretend spring is here while sipping something colorful and fruity.

Cheers!

There is nothing more uplifting than a bright peacoat like this electric blue coat from JCrew.
Square scarves are the perfect versatile accessory to take your wardrobe from winter into spring. So many ways to tie them, including in your hair, or even on your purse for a bright twist. Try this AlanaKayART Wild Rag.
And of course…no outfit is complete without some fabulous earrings!

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

Warm Up Your Winter with Blue: Behind The World’s Most Popular Color

By | CMYKay

Tranquility – Loyalty – Creativity – Stability – Trust

The breathtaking hue of a Texas sky. The bright domes of the Greek Isles. The cobalt patterns on white Chinese pottery...

…and the playfulness of blue leather gloves.

Did you know many scientists believe humans could not see or identify the color blue until the Egyptians discovered how to transform the Lapis stone into a luxurious blue pigment that gradually became prized around the world?

The words “winter blues” may bring to mind a cold melancholy, but I’d like to show you some ways you can warm up with the color blue this February.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BLUE

Tranquility - Loyalty - Creativity - Stability - Trust

Whether robin’s egg or cobalt, the color blue is widely associated with feelings of calm. Both strong and relaxing, it is known to slow the heart rate, diminish the appetite and soothe the senses. Close your eyes and think of something blue and chances are you will picture the tranquil sky or the infinite sea.

For many, blue conjures up feelings of trust, strength, and loyalty. Navy blue lends the wearer authority and intelligence. No wonder it is the most popular choice for school uniforms. Lighter shades inspire creativity and peacefulness, confirming my belief that there should be a sky blue wall or fabulous piece of blue artwork in every home, school and church around the world. It’s also a great reminder of the benefits of getting outdoors and spending some time looking at the actual sky.

If you are wondering where the blue is for boys nonsense started, the gendering of color happened after the post-war baby boom when clothing manufacturers figured out they could make more money by marketing separate clothing for baby boys and baby girls. Like I said, nonsense!

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

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