LIFT AND LIGHT

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I love this trick because it accomplishes three beautiful things. First, the highlight above the brow creates the illusion that the brow is slightly raised. Second, the highlight below the brow creates the illusion that the lid is slightly raised. So both areas look “lifted”. And third, both actions draw attention to the brows, lighting them up with a halo effect. Genius! It’s subtle, as it should be, but worth taking a few seconds to do. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation all over your face, start just above the brow and sweep the brush from the distance of the beginning of the brow to the arch of the brow.
  2. Continue from above the arch of the brow to the end of the tail.
  3. Blend with your finger or a Beauty Blender.
  4. Do the same thing just underneath the brow, starting at the beginning of the brow to the end of the tail.
  5. Again, blend it in by tapping with your finger or a sponge.

For inquiring minds, Charlene is wearing BareMinerals Moxie Lipstick in Go the Distance and this Marc Jacobs #7 Style Eye-Con Eyeshadow Palette.

LIP TREND ALERT

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

My favorite lip trend of the year so far on the runways, style blogs and red carpets is (of course) the deep mahogany lip. It’s also called a wine lip (or cabernet or burgundy) or a vamp lip. But this one is a little less purple-based and a little more brown/red based. Anyway, I have yet to find a skin tone that it doesn’t look gorgeous on! Typically it’s paired with a more simple eye (as not to compete with it), but I wanted to show on my friend Charlene that you can pair it with a smoky eye as well. Here’s how to rock it yourself:

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STEPS:

  1. I assume it’s a given that you’ll prep with a moisturizing lip balm, but just in case, this is not the time to forget! So apply it, work on the rest of your face while it penetrates then lightly blot it off. Next grab the lip pencil and line the perimeter of the lip area.
  2. Continue by filling in the entire lip area with the lip pencil.
  3. Now apply the lipstick directly on top thickly. Press hard to really coat it. If you want to make it last longer, blot it with a tissue and add one more coat.

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I’m not sure if you follow my career but I had the pleasure of creating this lip on Krysten Ritter (aka Jessica Jones!) last month at the Costumer Designers’ Guild Awards and used this matte version in Glastonbury ($$).

WINTER WARM UP

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

March 1st is the perfect time to start transitioning your makeup for Spring. Okay, we still aren’t leaving home without coats and scarves but the promise of warmer weather is enough to lighten our spirits! And the perfect way to reflect that with our makeup is to start dusting a little bronzer on our lids and our faces. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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EYE STEPS:

  1. Sweep the copper shade all over the lid and crease.
  2. Trace the same shade along the lower lashline as well.
  3. Stamp the gold shade on the center of the lid to give it a pop.
  4. Line the upper lashline with the bronze pencil.
  5. Coat the lashes with mascara.

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FACE + LIP STEPS:

  1. Suck in your cheeks and follow the hollow with the bronzer.
  2. Continue sweeping it on the temples.
  3. Apply it along your hairline.
  4. Don’t forget your jawline.
  5. And sweep the remaining bronzer on the sides of your nose and across the bridge of your nose to give it that sun-kissed look.
  6. Smile and pop the blush on the top half of your cheekbones.
  7. Finish by filling in your lip area with the liquid lipstick.

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SPRING MAKEUP INSPO

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I’m so ready for Spring. Especially when we get little teasers of warm sunny days! And one of my favorite ways to express it is through makeup, obvi! When switching to a pastel eye shadow, you can make it pop even more if you first pick one that sparkles a little (nothing too showgirl) and second, find one that you can wetten for more intensity. I had the pleasure of working on a metallic beauty story for Darling magazine this month that inspired this tutorial to show you just how easy it is to create this look.

TOOLS:

  • A Metallic Eye Shadow — I used this one ($$) on Amelia but you can create a similar effect with this one ($$) if you don’t want to deal with wetting it and making a paste.
  • An Eye Contour Brush — I love to use this one ($$$) for wetting shadows because of its short and thin bristles. You can also try this one ($1).
  • Optional — I added this lash strip ($) because, well, you know… but this look doesn’t need it!

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STEPS:

  1. Fill the lid to the eye shadow with water or the liquid that comes with it (in that case use the tray that it comes with too). If you’re using a different metallic shadow, test it to see if it can be applied wet by wetting just the brush and swirling it across a small area of the shadow. If it makes a paste, great! If it balls up, no bueno and try a different one. Then dip the brush in the water and swirl it in the shadow to make a paste.
  2. Sweep the brush over the lid to start. You can leave it as is or bring it up into the crease as well like Amelia did here.
  3. Finish the look with mascara or add a lash strip like we did.