Makeup By Kim Porter

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Tutorial Tuesdays: Snapguide & How to create a Work Safe Purple Smoky Eye

My sister told me about an iPhone app called Snapguide (available for iPad, too).  Snapguide is a free app that allows you to create pictorial or video “how-to guides” to share with the Snapguide community. There are many topics covered on Snapguide, one of them being beauty. I only recently started playing around with it, and demonstrated how to create a work safe purple smoky eye. The guide is user-friendly, too! Going forward, I will use this app for my ‘Tutorial Tuesday’ posts.
So far, I like Snapguide because it allows you to add the list of tools, products or ingredients you need to create whatever it is you’re creating. It also allows you to add step-by-step instructions, and as I mentioned before, videos and pictures. This is a great app for beauty bloggers like me.

Here’s my Snapguide on how to create a Work Safe Purple Smoky Eye

Lately, I’ve been using MAC Fig1 eyeshadow.  I used that eyeshadow in this tutorial.  If you didn’t know, I love me some purple. Did you see I added some purple to my hair? Check my instagram MakeupbyKimPorter for photos.

Check out How to Create a Work Safe Purple Smoky Eye by Kim Porter on Snapguide.

Please let me know if you think this is helpful, and if you think I should continue to use Snapguide for my Tutorial Tuesday posts.

Do you use Snapguide? What do you think about it?


Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post.  This post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions expressed are 100% honest and are my own.

Wedding Wednesday: Helping a Bride with Hyperpigmentation

Makeup by Kim Porter Wedding Wednesdays

This Wedding Wednesday post, I will go over products I used for a bridal trial I had recently.  This bride wanted a natural look with a berry lip.   As you can see from the before picture, this bride had some hyperpigmentation, and blemishes.I love using my Graftobian HD Crème Super Palette, or any cream foundation for the matter since it is buildable and easy to manipulate.  It also works for any skin type.  For this bride, I used a combination of my Graftobian HD Crème Super Palette and the new AJ Crimson CCC palette, which was used specifically for contouring and highlighting.
Makeup by Kim Porter Bride Trial setup




MAC Eyeshadow  ‘Amber Lights’ (lid)

MAC Eyeshadow ‘Soft Brown’ (Blending)

MAC Eyeshadow ‘Texture’ (crease)
Urban Decay Naked Palette ‘Buck’

Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Color ‘Black’

Eldora Lashes B182 & Duo Adhesive


MAC Eyeshadow ‘Espresso’

MAC Brow Gel ‘Show-Off’


Bride Bridal Trial Before & After



Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer

Ben Nye Banana Powder (reduce oil)*

Graftobian HD Crème Super Palette ‘Pecan’, ‘Sienna’

AJ Crimson CCC Palette  #4 (highlight)

AJ Crimson CCC Palette #7 + #8 (contour)

Ben Nye Banana Powder (highlight)

Ben Nye ‘Dark Cocoa’ Powder (Contour)

Model in a Bottle Setting Spray


*This bride suffered from oily skin; therefore, after applying the primer and blotting her skin with tissue once the primer set, I used a powder brush to place a light layer of Ben Nye Banana powder over the oily areas, to absorb excess oil.



MAC Blush ‘Peachy Keen’ (highlight)

NARS Blush ‘Sin’



MAC Lip pencil ‘Chestnut’

OCC Lip Tars ‘Butch’ + ‘Hoochie’

MAC Lipglass ‘Wrongspell’


When contouring and highlighting, blending is imperative to achieving a flawless, natural finish.  I used my faux beauty blender I purchased from Avon. When it was available I had only purchased two.  Now I am regretting it.  It was a steal! I’m talking $3.99 each compared to $19.95 for one.  Hopefully, Avon brings them back in another campaign, and then I will stock up!

Green with Envy Beat Face for the Birthday Girl

Over the weekend I put together this look for a friend using some green eyeshadow since green is Pantone’s color of the year, and was in her birthday outfit, I decided to use it.  I used LIT Cosmetics glitter because it was her birthday, and glitter makes every evening celebration ten times better!

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MAC 239 Shader Brush

Sigma E30 Pencil Brush 

Sigma F50 Duo Fibre

Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter

Sigma E15 Blending Brush

Sigma E15 Flat Definer

Sigma L05 Lip Brush 

Make Up For Ever Eye Brow Brush 



MAC Eyeshadow ‘Epsresso

MAC Brow Set ‘Show-off

AJ Crimson C+C+C+ Palette (see swatches here)




OCC Loose Pigment ‘Chlorophyll

MAC Eyeshadow ‘Soft Brown’ (crease & for blending)

MAC Eyeshadow ‘Espresso’ (crease applied with the pencil brush)

LIT Cosmetics Glitter ‘Beach Baby’ (lid)

Eldora B182 Lashes (love these!)

INGLOT Gel Liner #77



Laura Mercier Oil-free Primer

Graftobian HD Crème Foundation

AJ Crimson C+C+C Palette (highlight & contour)

Ben Nye Banana Powder

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Dark’ and ‘Dark Deep’

Model in a Bottle



NARS Blush ‘Taos’

MAC Blush ‘Peachy Keen’ (used as a highlight on cheekbones)


NYC Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil ‘Bloom’

OCC Lip Tar ‘Grandma’




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Tutorial Tuesday: Workplace Safe Smoky Eye using Buxom Eyeshadow in ‘Pug’

Tutorial Tuesday Purple Grey Smoky Eye

Right now, I love cream eyeshadows due to their ease of use, and so far, they have left me without disappointment in the longevity area. For this Tutorial Tuesday look I used:
– Buxom Eyeshadow in ‘Pug


Buxom Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow

-Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #26


Tutorial Tuesday Buxom Eyeshadow in ‘Pug’




1. Prime lids with UDPP
2. Blend primer upward
3. Apply brown eyeshadow to crease, focusing more on the outer corner
4. Blend eyeshadow into crease, and add more if you’d prefer a darker more defined crease
5. Apply Buxom Eyeshadow in ‘Pug’ to the lid and blend up to the crease (make it as dark or as light as you prefer).
6. Apply the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #26 to the center of the lid and blend
7. Use a black liner (I used one from Physicians Formula) to define the upper lash line
8. Use a smudge brush to “smoke out” the black liner that was applied in step 7
9. Apply Mascara

Disclosure:  Items used in this post were purchased by myself as well as provided by a company or its PR for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links.