LASH STRIP TRICK FOR BEGINNERS

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

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

False lashes cause a lot of problems if you don’t have years of practice! They slide, an end will come unglued, the middle will bubble up… it’s enough to turn people off from using them after one failed attempt. But if you try this, I bet you’ll be thrilled with the result! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Gather up cuticle scissors, a pair of false lashes and lash glue.
  2. Determine if you want to divide it into thirds or quarters. If you’re doing quarters, place your thumb on the halfway line then cut half of the half.
  3. Snip the original halfway line.
  4. Cut the remaining half in half.
  5. If there is an end hanging at the end, snip it.
  6. Dip the end quarter into lash glue that has been sitting out for at least two minutes so it gets tacky.
  7. Place on the end of your lash line.
  8. Continue placing them along the lash line.

FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION MAGIC

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

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

Cream foundations offer the most coverage option of any foundation. If you want to knock out dark spots, acne and acne scars and redness, it’s definitely your best solution. They also last longer than liquid foundation. But sometimes they are a little too cakey and opaque, making the skin look less alive and more what I like to call “news caster”. I also hate it when it just sits on top of the skin then comes off on my phone and anything it comes in contact with. But there is a way to break it down a little and make it become more one with its environment. When you apply primer first, then mix the same primer into the foundation, the molecules from the primer on the skin and the primer in the foundation attract each other and blend seamlessly. When you mix primer instead of lotion or cream into cream foundation, you keep the full coverage but make it more wearable and less cakey.

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TOOLS:

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STEPS: 

Prep: Apply the primer all over your face.

  1. Skim a nickel-sized amount from the surface of the foundation with the spatula. This works the same if you are using a cream foundation stick as well.
  2. Flatten it across the artist’s palette repeatedly to thin it out.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of the primer onto the palette. (You can squeeze it directly onto the foundation “pile” instead of next to it, which I only did for photographic purposes,)
  4. Mix the two together with the spatula. If you’re using your finger, just swirl them together.
  5. Dip your foundation brush into the mixture to load it up.
  6. Buff the brush across your skin in circular motions.
  7. Continue all over your face and neck until you have the coverage you need.

 

UNDER-EYE CONCEALER CREASE PREVENTION

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

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

One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is how to I prevent my under-eye concealer from creasing throughout the day. Honestly it’s kind of the nature of the beast but this trick will help you E-NOR-MOUS-LY! I’ve shown you in past tutorials how to press tissue over it after you applying it (and before setting powder) but if you want to skip that step, try this!

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TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Always wash your hands before doing your makeup. Squeeze a small amount of concealer on the back of your hand. If you’re using a concealer stick, swipe it across the back of your hand.
  2. Use your finger to “pull” 1/5th of the product away from the original pile to thin it out significantly.
  3. Now swipe the concealer brush against the part that you pulled away. In essence, this forces you to never EVER apply a thick (or even normal) layer of concealer under you eye that will only end up creasing because it’s too much product. Remind yourself: the thinner the layer, the less it will crease.
  4. Apply the (now-thinned out) concealer under your eye as usual.
  5. Step back from the mirror and determine if you’ve knocked out all of the darkness or if you need to apply a second very thin layer.
  6. Press the puff against the powder, press it twice against the back of your hand then gently press it over the concealer you applied under your eye. Between thinning out the concealer and setting it with powder and a puff, you should be locked in all day with no problems. If your under eyes are extra oily, try this tissue press as well as a triple threat!

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For enquiring minds, Magali is wearing this liquid eye shadow in Caviar!

A LIP LINER STUDY

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

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

By now you know after four years of my makeup tutorials, I LIVE for a good experiment. I’ve always wondered how much of a difference there is if you line the lips first then apply lipstick or apply lipstick first then apply lip liner. Am I the only one? Maybe LOL! But I had to shoot the experiment to see for myself. Here are my findings albeit subtle:

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(ABOVE) LINER BEFORE LIPSTICK:

  1. First line the perimeter of your lip area with the pencil.
  2. Then fill in the inside area with the lipstick.

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(ABOVE) LIPSTICK BEFORE LINER:

  1. This is the exact reverse. First apply the lipstick over your entire lip area as you typically would.
  2. Now go back over the perimeter with the lip pencil.

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So which look do you like better? It seems that lining it after leads to the tendency to go a little exaggerated and slightly above the natural lip line. But looking at them side by side, not so much. Applying the liner first is much cleaner because the line is mostly blended away, while applying it second is more dramatic. Would love to hear your thoughts below!