How to Turn Kylie Jenner’s 18th Birthday Makeup into Your 30th Birthday Look
When the Kardashian-Jenner sisters simultaneously launched their websites FULL of beauty tutorials this week, you know I just had to creep on that. Of all the content I scrolled through, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from Kylie Jenner’s video tutorial called My Sexy 18th Birthday Look, which, turns out, is SO Kylie Jenner. Whether you idolize her or throw shade her way, there’s no arguing that the youngest of the clan already has an infamous roll in the world of beauty and insane fan following for a reason, and this vid showed why: girls want to look like a bombshell for a big event, and Kylie is that explosion of edgy, cool, sexy and confident all rolled up into one. Even *we* can get behind her smoldering look when we want to turn it up with our makeup.
Of course, here at Brit + Co, we aim to deliver a realistic way for all of you to get on board with moments that we find beautiful. Personally, I think for the average girl, Kylie’s final look is a little heavy. So rather than copy her routine step by step, we came up with this toned-down (but still turnt up!) tutorial inspired by her 18th birthday makeup look that’s fit for any woman getting ready for their big bash, night out or any other major event. Check out the 10 steps to getting super sultry below.
This is actually a really good way to prep for your foundation daily if you wanted to take the extra step, but especially for a special event. The trick is to only apply highlighting primer to your upper cheekbones, bridge of your nose, slightly above the center of your nose around your third eye and on your cupids bow (slightly above the center of your upper lip). On our model Caitlin, we’re using Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl Luminizer ($30). Apply with a flat foundation brush by tapping it into your skin.
Step 1: Highlighting Primer
Apply your foundation all over your face with a foundation brush, being careful to tap the foundation over where you applied the highlighting primer so you don’t wipe the product off and lose the effect. A current obsession of mine (and what we are using on Caitlin) is Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation in Sand ($35).
Step 2: Foundation
This is the moment to go big! You can go a little heavier on your bronzer for an event if it will be darker and you will be indoors (or if you’re just feeling extra sassy). Apply in the hollows of your cheeks, down each side of your nose, along your hairline, temples and along your jawline down on your neck to blend onto your decollete. This is going to bring a softness to your face while also giving it dimension. For this look, we went with a warm bronzer by Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze ($5).
Step 3: Bronzer
<em>twice</em>first. This is going to give your skin a more dewy, hydrated finish as well as serve as a base to take your powder blush to a whole new level. This gorgeous pink is TrèStiQue Blush Stick in St.Barths Pink ($34). Apply to the apples of your cheeks and slightly towards your temples and blend into your skin using a tapping circular motion with the brush on the other end of the blush stick.
Step 4: Two-Step Blush
Now go over your cream blush with a slightly iridescent soft pale pink like Juice Beauty Glowing Cheek Color in Pink ($16). Focus this hit of color on the apples of your cheeks to give that portion of your cheeks an extra pop of color and dimension. This look and color combination makes your smile so much dreamier when the light reflects off of your cheek bones.
Here’s another hack we saw in the video that we HAD to try: using office tape to get a super straight-lined smokey eye. It’s a few extra steps, but guess what? It works! So, if you like the look, you should totally try this. Apply a small piece of tape starting at the the outside corner of your eyes angled up towards slightly below the ends of your eyebrow points.
Step 5: Tape Hack Smokey Eye
Apply a pearlescent brightening eyeshadow color like Urban Decay Naked Palette in Sin ($54) to highlight your brow bones, inside corners of your eyes and slightly onto the center inside part of your eyelids.
From the same palette, apply Buck — a medium warm brown eyeshadow — to contour the creases of your eyes blending it slightly outside the edges of your eyes to start the winged shadow effect that will really pop when you pull the tape off later.
Now for the drama! Apply Creep from the same Naked Palette into the outside corners, creases of your eyes blending slightly outwards over the neutral brown you applied in the previous step.
Finally add a pop of shimmer by applying a shimmering reflective metallic shadow like Side Car from your Naked Palette to the center of your eyelids. This is going to catch the light making your eyes look a little bigger, more dreamy and will photograph phenomenally.
Gently take off the tape and get ready to oooh and ahh! If you have any fallen shadow on your lower lash line, just clean up with a cotton swab and makeup remover or even water will work. Don’t worry about any of your makeup being pulled off with the tape or after you’ve cleaned off the fallen shadow because we’ll apply concealer later.
Step 6: The Reveal!
You can either opt for a dark liquid liner or for a softer finish, which I am a huge fan of, apply eyeshadow as your eyeliner. Use a black shadow with a flat angled brush to get into your upper lash line and only apply on your lower lash line on the outside corners blending out towards the center inside corners of your eyes.
Step 7: Eyeliner
Here you can see that we really stepped it up a few levels in the concealer department. This is a move you probably want to steer clear from on the daily but for a special event, it plays a huge role in giving you a more polished look. Apply a generous amount of hydrating concealer like Juice Beauty Correcting Concealer in Sand ($18) in an upside down triangle shape below each eye.
Step 8: Concealer
Blend in with a slightly larger flat brush using tapping motions. You can press over the area with your fingers for a natural finish. This helps when using more product because the heat of your fingers helps to melt the product into your skin.
Another nighttime makeup move is to set your makeup over the parts you applied the highlighting primer to with a shimmering highlighting powder like Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38). Just set the rest of your face with a translucent powder, but avoid going over your blush that you set with the powder blush already.
Step 8: Set Your Makeup
I just discovered the best product for natural defined eyebrows EVER — Toppik Brow Building Fibers Set in Medium Brown ($20). It’s a two step process where you apply the conditioning wax to your brows to shape and give a base for the second part, which is applying a powder that is made up of small fibers that adhere to your eyebrows as if they were little tiny hairs. This is one of the first products that delivers on shaping your eyebrows, filling them in and still remaining completely natural looking. This is exciting for us natural, minimalist gals!!
Step 9: Define Your Brows
You can definitely go big if you desire with your lashes, but again the idea here is to keep this look full of drama without going over the top. A good way to find that balance is to use these trio individual lashes by Kiss EZ Trio Lash Collection ($5). Honestly one of the easiest false eyelashes to apply, you can even apply them with your fingers! Once they are on to your liking and dry, carefully apply a thin coat of mascara to blend your lashes.
Step 10: False Eyelashes + Mascara
Ok, I have to admit, I had never seen setting spray done while covering your eyes, but in the moment I saw this move in the video tutorial it made so much sense! What a way to get a dewy finish on your skin without compromising the finish on your eye makeup. Thank you Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist for this little genius move I will be stealing! For your lips, keep it neutral with a little pop of color. We used a mauve gloss to slightly bump her natural lip hue up a bit.
Finishing Touches: Lips + Setting Spray
Trying to channel Kylie’s ‘I’m So Sexy look’ only had Caitlin busting out in laughter! Hahah
This was our version of sexy! Playful and done in a way that is hopefully relatable to a lot of women.
These 10 steps will allow you to do your makeup like a pro and leave you feeling like a gorgeous badass channeling your version of the sultry vixen vibes Kylie brings to the table. Have fun with this and don’t take it too seriously, or yourself for that matter. Chances are, if you’re turning 30, you have already discovered this in life! You 20 somethings-don’t worry, your time will come ;)
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.