POST BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Every November I start sifting through all of the holiday gift sets. Obviously, it’s one of my most favorite pastimes! Then I narrow it down to the best of the best and start my holiday shopping. Naturally as I’m curating, I always find a couple of gems that find a home in my vanity no matter how hard I try to gift them!! Anyway, let me be your Santa’s helper and share my favorites:
FOR YOUR SISTER: Not sure if Charlotte knew these were my three favorite shades, but I squealed when I got my hands on (1) this mini set of lipsticks in Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect and So Marilyn, and so will your sister! She’ll also love (2) this gorgeous set of ten mini polishes and its adorable presentation if she’s especially girlie.
FOR YOUR BESTIE: She will love (1) this Tarteist contour palette because it literally is a paint-by-numbers slenderizing genius and has shades for all skin tones. She will also die for (2) this scrumptious, high pigment, high gloss set in the prettiest shades ever.
FOR YOUR MOTHER: If your mom is anything like my mom, she is a fanatic about hand cream. So I know she will love (1) this limited set of 5 greatest hits that she can keep all over the house, in the car and in her handbag! Also, your mom probably doesn’t know about (2) this magic in a bottle and will forever thank you for introducing her to it. You can get the smaller one and she can buy the bigger one for herself when she becomes a convert. It keeps her skin ultra-hydrated and she’ll get complimented all day long that she’s glowing. Just be prepared to want to borrow it constantly!
FOR YOURSELF: It’s hard to believe that Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb came on the scene ten years ago and the best way to celebrate is with (1) this truly-special piece-of-art limited edition bottle. It makes your bathroom so feminine and smells divine. And (2) this Parisian-inspired limited edition palette is just too hard to not keep for yourself! It has 18 of my favorite eye shadows, Better Than Sex mascara, my favorite eye shadow primer, a pretty pink longwear liquified lipstick, two bronzers, a blush and a highlighter for a ridiculously-low price.
So now that you know mine, what are yours? Please share any gift sets or limited edition palettes or cult favorites in the comments below!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
All day long I can’t help myself from noticing everyone’s makeup. Occupational hazard I’m sure, but I find I do a quick once over the same way a dentist must look at everyone’s teeth and a tailor must look at everyone’s clothes. I don’t judge, I just notice. And mostly I notice that people are wearing mascara but it’s barely there and not doing what it’s formulated to do. Why? Because a couple strokes of the wand isn’t enough! It’s just not. If you don’t believe me, try it tomorrow morning. Do a couple coats and look in the mirror. Then do 30 quick strokes per eye and look in the mirror. Night and day. What I’m suggesting takes one minute total, 30 seconds per eye. Your lashes will thank you. Let’s walk through it:
Yes the lashes are more defined than the before shot. But wah-wah. Snoozefest! That’s mostly what I see all day long among my peers. We can do much better, ladies! Keep scrolling:
Now that’s what I’m talking about. Just gorgeous, coated daytime lashes. Doesn’t matter if you have short or long lashes, just rock what you got making the most of what you have! I’m not talking about long precise strokes. No one-mississippi, two-mississippi… more like 1, 2, 3… quick brisk strokes.
For inquiring minds, this is the coppery eyeshadow palette ($) I used, this is the eyeliner ($$) and this is the lipstick ($$) in Mocha.
TUTORIAL + MAKEUP BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
This little quick tip is much more powerful than you might think. If you only shade over brow hairs, you are filling in but you’re missing the chance to also define. But if you move the brow hairs temporarily by brushing them down, you expose the skin behind them, giving you the chance to draw directly on it. Then you simply brush the hairs back up and the illusion is done! Here’s how:
- A Dual-Ended Brow Brush — Look for one that has a spoolie (looks like a clean mascara wand) on one end and a stiff angled brush on the other end, like this one ($$) used on Brook above or this one ($).
- Brow Shadow — My favorite brow shadow palettes are these ($$$) but you can also use this one ($).
- Here’s the trick! When you get to the arch, brush all those hairs downward with the spoolie. This exposes the skin so you can draw directly on it.
- Now load up the angled brush in the brow shadow and draw the arch directly on this skin.
- After you’ve drawn it in, switch back to the spoolie end and brush the hairs back up.
- Now finish filling in the tail.
For the fashionistas out there, this is the cozy chunky knit sweater ($$$) that Brook is wearing above but this one ($) is on sale!