HOW TO FLARE YOUR LASHES

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

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

We spend a lot of money and effort finding the right mascara formulas (lengthening versus volumizing, etc) but rarely think about different ways to apply them. Revisit How to Get Thicker Lashes for one of the best secrets I’ve ever shared! Today we’re getting a little more stylized by flaring the lashes out like a star. Why? Because it makes the eye look wider by elongating it (study the before and after shots above). Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Apply mascara as you normally would by sweeping the brush from the roots to the tips.
  2. Now instead of leaving it like that, go back and start flaring! Visually divide your upper lashes into three sections: the outer lashes, the center and the inner lashes. Start by placing the wand brush at the roots of the outer lashes and pull it outward as you sweep it to the tips.
  3. Switch to the inner lashes and “pull” those lashes inward towards your nose. The center section was already covered in step 1 but feel free to go back and paint those lashes straight upwards again.
  4. Finish by coating the lower lashes. For this tutorial, I kept their natural direction, but you can certainly fan those lashes in each direction as well! Revisit how here.

For the inquiring minds out there (you know who you are, wink wink!), this is the eye shadow palette I used and this is the gold glitter liner.

 

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CONCEALER FROM CREASING

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

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

As a makeup artist, there are about five questions that I get asked over and over. I get this one the most: how do I prevent my undereye concealer from creasing? I totally get it! You conceal your undereyes either because you have dark circles or because you love to brighten the area. Then you look in the car mirror and it’s creased. Not cool. But that’s only because you didn’t set it right! We tend to apply a little more concealer than we need and the excess product travels and settles into the creases. All can be prevented if we only took a second to absorb the excess with a quick press of tissue then an immediate setting with powder. Yes powder! A lot of my clients fear powder in the undereye area because they feel like it will settle in their lines and make them look older. I promise you if you follow these steps with these products, it will not crease. I can only feel confident saying that because I do it on all of my clients and myself and have for a very long time. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Concealer — we’re all obsessed with this one ($$) and this top-secret drugstore find ($) on sale!
  • A Tissue
  • Your Favorite Setting Powder — this ($$) is what I’ve been using on all of my girls this summer because one of my makeup idols Robin Siegel (who did the makeup for Jen, Courtney and Lisa for years on Friends) taught me about it and it never fails to set everything but not be cakey.
  • A Powder Puff — I love this one ($$) and this one ($). If you haven’t added a puff into your tool kit yet, you’re killing me! It presses the powder into the skin so it stays put.

STEPS:

  1. Apply concealer to the undereye area. Revisit this post to make sure you’re doing the right!
  2. Wrap a tissue around your finger and press it on the concealer you just applied.
  3. Continue lifting and pressing along the undereye area to remove the excess product that would have ended up creasing.
  4. Set it with powder by pressing the puff against the pressed powder then pressing it over the undereye area.

For those of you asking for the other products applied, I used this shadow palette (Beigely on lid and Orange You Fancy in the crease), this lash lifting mascara and this false lash strip!

PASTEL HAIR GUIDE

photos/caption: Kristin Ess

photos/caption: Kristin Ess

Pastels are having yet another magical moment right now (insert shooting star and unicorn racing over a rainbow over Debby Ryan’s new hair for her summer TOUR). Everywhere you look someone is going some shade of candy-coated, but it’s summer here in the US so it’s not hard to get the bug! If you have an interest in dipping into the pastel pool this summer there’s a couple of things I think you should know…

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  1. To get your hair a soft shade of pastel, you must have pre-lightened it. There’s just no way around that. Pastels just pick up best of hairs when they’re super light blonde so talk to your hair colorist and don’t attempt the prelightening at home please.
  2. It’s best to do some sort of variation of color to avoid looking like you’re wearing wig (i love a wig for the record, just don’t want to look like you’re wearing one if you’re not). I prefer to add some dimension or a second color. In all of the shades on this post, you’ll see that. Up top we’ve got the two tone which is really cool and fun when you’re going to be sporting braids and buns all summer. Next we have my friend Bri from designlovefest.com! She wanted to incorporate pinks and purples (but not go all-over with it) so we did an all over lightening and then I painted a mix of pink and purple on her roots. When she sets her hair down it’s more of a subtle shade seeping through. SO fun and will look epic with a braid! Then we have Debby again right below with her lavender hair. Some strands I painted lavender and some I painted with conditioner to keep them lighter in order to break up the purple. And at the bottom, we have Emily who had a full highlight prior to her seafoam green. We didn’t bleach her whole head unlike the other two, instead we just added the blue/green mix over her previously highlighted hair, allowing the dimension to stay!
  3. My MOST IMPORTANT pastel for going pastel is to overshoot. All of these photos were taken the first day the hair was colored so it’s going to fade from here. I want that. I always make the hair one full shade more intense/more vibrant to allow for fading. It usually settles at a good place if you go just a little more intense. People always tell me or comment that they get bummed when they finally get the pastel shade they want but then wash it down the drain almost immediately. If you go a tiny bit richer, you’ll fade out to the perfect spot and it should stay for a little extra time. Also, talk to your colorist about this because it depends on the condition of your hair, but the whiter your hair is to start, the longer the pastel typically stays, unless the hair is too damaged.
  4. Look for color locking shampoos like THIS , THIS or THIS and use a good COLOR CONDITIONER or MASK but get it on and off quickly. When I had pastel hair years ago I would try to wash and condition my hair as quickly as possible in the shower to avoid giving excess time for the pigment to rinse out. It was just my weird thing. I always thought the pink faded quicker when I stayed in the shower longer.

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The truth is, pastel is going to fade quicker than a full-intensity color so don’t have unrealistic expectations, ya know? Also next week I have a good pastel hair hack coming up for you… So stay tuned for that! tbdpastelhair

HOW TO COVER UP A PIMPLE

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

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

Ok, we’re going there today… how to cover up a pimple! I don’t know a single soul who has never had a blemish. I get mine monthly and get them on my body from time to time as well. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or upset about… it’s just part of being a human being; and when they creep up on us, there’s no need to fret. But let me be the first to tell you covering up is a three-part process. If you skip one of the three (most people just apply concealer), it won’t fully cover it or last that long. This is still a quick method and well worth it! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. First apply the green primer directly on the blemish with a concealer brush.
  2. Use your finger to tap it in.
  3. Smooth around the perimeter.
  4. Switch to the concealer stick and use the brush to apply it on top.
  5. Don’t forget the perimeter! The perimeter is the tattle tale that needs to be blended all the way.
  6. Set it with powder. It has to be with a puff so you can press it on and not a brush that will sweep away your work thus far.

**This post is not photoshopped or retouched as it’s important to see the actual results!