Beauty and fashion inspiration often comes to me in either short bursts or startling game-changers. Pinterest and fashion bloggers have really led the way for finding inspiration in others, but I’ve found that most of my game-changers have come from the most unlikely sources! Let’s say for example the Kardashians, many of you cringe at the thought of the three sisters, however inspiration is all about what refines you and what makes you a better person. So frankly, I don’t really care much about their lives but what I do care about is 1) how do they get their makeup to look so damn flawless 2) how can I teach myself to do that. Kim’s makeup artist is a godsend and watching them in action has made me do some serious youtube soul-searching for some bronzer and contouring lessons. Now because of them, I have better brows, highlighter on my cheekbones, and have become a semi-expert in contouring. So thank you Kardashians!
So today, I came across this picture of Olivia Palermo and she looks drop-dead gorgeous. She’s the perfect candidate for today’s Monday Muse edition; holding the perfect balance of a smokey eye and a nude lip, expertly tousled waves, dewy flawless complexion, and don’t even get me started on the dress (you know my obsession over black and white). Any inspiration that makes me into a classier, more polished and better dressed woman is a keeper in my book. This is the perfect example of how powerful restraint can be. Her smokey eye is just on the top lid, leaving her lower lash line untouched, keeping her makeup dramatic without being harsh. It also shows how the classics will never go out of style: a pair of oversized diamond earrings and a polished red manicure.