BEST MAKEUP ADVICE

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

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

People always ask me what’s the best makeup advice I’ve ever gotten. Of course I could nerd out for hours with tip after tip (and often do!) but this piece of advice is definitely the most valuable. Why? Because no matter how expertly you’ve applied your makeup, if you don’t check it in differently lighting, you just might be walking around with a brush bristle on your cheek, a jawline that isn’t fully blended, or heaven forbid, something in your teeth or in your nose (I’ll never understand why I don’t catch those in the bathroom mirror???)! I feel like I’m a really good blender but many times I check in window lighting and it’s a little clowny. Still to this day I get shocked! Not to mention, one day at a stoplight, I discovered that I have a long rogue hair that grows out of the middle of my neck. I mean… it’s just wrong! Anyway, do yourself a favor and double check your makeup and skin in the natural light of a window then quickly again in the visor mirror. It only takes a few seconds and doesn’t cost a thing!

For inquiring minds: Emily is wearing my MSGM faux fur jacket that unfortunately is sold out everywhere but this is a more budget-friendly version! This is the sparkly black diamonds eyeliner that she’s wearing, this is the foundation brush (my all-time favorite but this is a great dupe) in step 1, this is the palette she’s holding in step 2 and this is the lipstick she’s wearing (in Pretty Please)!

 

QUICK FACE BRUSH TIP

Tutorial and Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Tutorial and Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

This quick tip is super simple and might even seem irreverent but I promise you when you tweak the way you hold the brush, your makeup will benefit. Let’s walk through it together!

POWDER BRUSH:

  • You want to choke down on the handle almost all the way to the bristles so you can really stipple (press) it down instead of sweeping it across.
  • Press and lift, press and lift repeatedly along the T-zone.
  • These are my favorite powder brushes at different price points: this one ($$) and this one ($).

BLUSH BRUSH:

  • Hold the brush at the very end of the handle as demonstrated by Emily above. This helps you apply less pressure (be less “heavy-handed”) when you apply blush.
  • Dust the blush softly as you swirl the brush on the top half of the apples or along the top of the cheekbones, depending on how you like to achieve a flush.
  • My favorite blush brushes are this one ($$) and this one ($).

2 MINUTE MAGIC

boho braid social the beauty department

We live for a good blowout and we love perfectly messy waves. But what about the next day when you have a funky piece here and there that just doesn’t blend? You could take the time to rework them with a curling iron orrrrr you could save your hair from addition heat styling by braiding those not-so-cohesive pieces, then pulling it all back into a quick half updo! Here’s how we did it…

2 minute boho the beauty dept

Grab pieces that just aren’t meshing with your waves. Braid them! You can do various sizes or all the same.

beauty dept hair tutorial boho braid

Once you have some small braids in the mix, use your fingers to gather half of you hair in the back (near the occipital bone– that’s the little bone in the back of your head.) Use a couple of small and large bobby pins to secure.

thebeautydepartment hair tutorial messy hair

The messier the better if you ask me!

By the way, we prepped the hair using a sea salt spray and let it air dry before adding waves. Here we used THIS ONE. Use your favorite one or try one of these!

To get these waves we wrap curled on THIS WAND.

DRY PATCH PRE-FOUNDATION FIX

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

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

Every Winter I get stuck with an irritated, dry chin. No matter how hard I try to prevent it! My guess is that it’s from scarves and coat collars rubbing against it combined with the cold, brisk air and heaters in my car and bedroom making the air super dry. Anyway, it’s the end of January and here I am again with it. And of course foundation doesn’t sit on top of it as well as it does the other areas of my skin. Luckily, I know exactly what to do about it! After I moisturize my face as usual (right now I can’t live without this one ($$)!), I pinch a couple drops of face oil into the palm of my hand, dab a dampened sponge into it and tap it along the flaky area(s) before applying foundation.

tbd winter skin prepSTEPS

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. After moisturizing as you normally would, squeeze a couple drops of the face oil into the palm of your hand.
  2. Dampen the sponge with water and squeeze out excess. Now tap the sponge into the oil in the palm of your hand.
  3. Dab the sponge against the flaky and dry skin areas.
  4. Continue on any dry areas that need a little extra love.
  5. Now apply foundation all over your face and neck as usual.