OPEN YOUR EYES!

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Cat eyes, winged shadows and corner lash strips are three of our favorite techniques to elongate the eye. But if you rather make them look really big and awake, try this technique with a lash curler and your favorite mascara! It’s a subtle illusion, but a lot of people really love doing it this way. The only way you’re going to find out if it’s for you is to try it one morning and wear it all day, catching glimpses in the mirror to see if you love it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Lash Curler – I used Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, the cult favorite  because it’s long enough to accommodate any eye length and it really gives a strong pinch.
  • Your Favorite Mascara – I used Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, my newest obsession because it really paints and maximizes the lashes.

STEPS:

  1. Pinch your lashes at the base with the lash curler. Revisit my Pinch Me Tutorial to see my secret trick to really flare them up.
  2. Concentrate the mascara on the center section of the upper lashes by directing the wand from up above and pulling each lash upwards as demonstrated in the picture.
  3. Change direction by painting the same section with the tip of the wand from below each lash moving the tip upwards.
  4. Paint the center section of the bottom lashes as well.

 

NO MORE MAKEUP ON THE COLLAR!

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

Don’t you just hate it when you come home from dinner, take off your sweater ever-so carefully then check the collar only to see makeup still managed to come off on it!? It’s the worst and costs you another trip to the dry cleaners. So the other night, determined not to let it keep happening, I tried this easy little trick and it worked like a charm. Every single time. Here’s how:

  1. Fold a washcloth in half. I’ve tried it with a tissue but it doesn’t have the weight to stay put like a washcloth.
  2. Place it across your collar as demonstrated on Lacy above.
  3. Tuck it tightly around the collar.
  4. Cross your hands across your waist and grab the two sides of the bottom of the sweater.
  5. Lift the sweater to your shoulders.
  6. Pull the sweater off like you normally would. Check and see! No makeup on either side of the collar. Hallelujah!!

For those of you that have trouble putting the sweater on without getting makeup on the collar, try this technique: put both arms in the sleeves, tuck your chin down to your chest, put the top of your scalp through the opening and pull the sweater away from your face as you pull it down. And for those of you who love this adorable bunny sweater, you can snatch it up here! Just be prepared to get a gazillion compliments…

COMPLEXION PERFECTION

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

A lot of us have uneven skin tones and I’m here to tell you it’s not that big of a deal. Really! It’s so easy to correct so please don’t stress! It’s a rare thing that someone’s skin shade is the same from her forehead to her neck… most of the time our foreheads or our lower cheeks and chin are darker than the rest of our face. Here’s how to even everything out in a way that still highlights our eyes.

TOOLS:

  • Cream Foundation — I love a cream foundation stick but you can also use a cream foundation palette or even a cream concealer, just make sure to only go a half shade lighter than your true foundation shade. I used Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick on Bria Murphy above and I also love the color range from Bobbi Brown Foundation Sticks (warm/cool, olive/fair/beige/almond/espresso…. you name it). The important factor is that you pick a shade that is a half shade lighter than your real shade. I say “a half” knowing that you’re thinking “how do I know what shade is a half shade lighter?” and bear with me… I say that because most shades are about a half shade variance between shades! So just go to the color in your favorite brand that is one level lower than your foundation and you’ll be fine. Or play with what you have in your makeup drawer and test shades on your neck.
  • Liquid Foundation — Pick one that is your true shade. To help, revisit my Foundation Shade Finder Tutorial and Undertones Tutorial. I used Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation above because again its shade range truly matches everyone. I’m also obsessed with Covergirl TruBlend Liquid Foundation because it’s water-based so it really blends into your skin instead of sitting on top of the skin like silicone-based foundations.

STEPS:

  1. With the foundation stick, draw a figure eight (8) on its side around the eyes like a Zorro mask. Then blend inwards to fill in the whole area (including your lids) using your fingers.
  2. Next sweep the liquid foundation on the rest of your face (not the area you just did) and don’t forget your neck. We used a Beauty Blender (slightly dampened first) but you can also use a foundation brush.
  3. This step is key: blend the edges of the two areas with a buffing brush. Swirl the brush in circles so half of the time it’s blending the liquid foundation up into the cream foundation and the other time it’s blending the cream foundation down into the liquid foundation. It sounds trickier than it is. You can totally get it right, I’m not worried in the slightest!

BEAUTY BASICS

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

When it comes to makeup artistry, you have to master the kohl pencil. It’s been around for a very long time and for good reason. So why not learn how to use it the most effectively? Here’s how: READ MORE…