Yes of course you can use only one blush shade. But there’s something beautiful that happens when you combine a warm shade across the whole cheekbone, a cool shade to pop the apple and a shimmer shade to highlight everything! Sometimes a cool tone by itself can come off a little clowny and needs the support of a warm shade. Sometimes a warm shade doesn’t pop enough without a splash of a cool tone. And both cool and warm shades come to life with a little shimmer to draw the attention to the cheekbones. Here’s how to create a flush inspired by roses:
- A Warming Shade — I used Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush in Classic (check out the value in this holiday set!) but you can use any warm-toned powder blush. Think peach, warm nudes or apricots. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush because of its perfect shape to apply then blend back and forth on its side.
- A Pop Shade — I used Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal but again, you can use any cool-toned powder blush. Think pink, fuchsia… anything blue based. I love to use this MAKE UP FOR EVER Blending Blush Brush for swirling on the apples of the cheeks.
- A Highlighting Shade — I used Maybelline Mineral Powder Illuminator but you can use your favorite highlighting shimmer powder. I used the Armani Round Eye Contour Brush because it’s really fluffy like a blush or powder brush but gives way more precision.
- Sweep the warming shade across the entire cheekbone, including under where #2 is applied above.
- Swirl the cool shade in a circle on the top half of the apple that is circled on Magali above. (To find the apple, smile in the mirror and it will pop out like a little ball.)
- Finish by tracing the highlighting shade on the top half of the cheekbone, just under the eye area.
Chapped lips plague a lot of us and are no fun. But hopefully this routine a couple of times a week will help. Here’s how!
- Your Favorite Lip Scrub — I used Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lips Scrub on Magali above. I also really like Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Clementine.
- An Electronic Lip Scrubber — I used Bliss Fabulips Kit that is specifically made for scrubbing chapped lips (and comes with the Scrub!). You can also use an electronic toothbrush!
- A Lip Brush — I actually used my favorite Flat-Headed Eye Shader Brush that I use often to apply lipstick because it covers more surface area but the edges are sharp enough for detailing.
- Your Favorite Lip Mask — your lips haven’t felt heaven until they’ve felt 5 minutes with the Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask. It really heals, plumps and makes your skin stronger.
- Your Favorite Tinted Lip Balm — if you’re looking for that perfect Snow White just-bitten, ultra-hydrating lip balm, treat yourself to Tata Harper’s Be Adored Tinted Lip Treatment!
- A Wet Washcloth
- Dip your finger in the scrub and scoop out a nickel size.
- Rub the scrub all over the lip area.
- Turn on the electronic lip scrubber and place it on either your bottom or top lip to start, then slowly move it across and all over the lip area and let it buff away and do all of the work for you. Try to do it for 60-120 seconds. Watch the telie or listen to T-Swizzle’s new album while you’re waiting!
- Wipe off all of the scrub with the wet wash cloth.You should notice that most of the chapped areas are now smooth.
- Dip the brush into lip mask and scoop out a nickel size.
- Sweep the brush all over the lip area to coat it.
- Wait a few minutes for it to really penetrate and hydrate.
- Wipe it off with the backside of the wet washcloth.
- Finish with a quick sweep of the tinted lip balm.
Do this a couple times a week or however often needed to keep gorgeous, kissable lips this Winter!
Graphic Design: Eunice Chun
We’re back with another hat roundup! Earlier in the week, we rounded up our favorite wide brim hats for the fall. But this time? Beanie babies! Just like we covered in our Hat Trick post, we are obsessed with beanies because you can pull it off anywhere, anytime.
There’s nothing like finding that one beanie (or maybe several!) that just completes your fall or winter outfit and they are EVERYWHERE this year. From beanies with pom-poms, cat ears, and jewels…we’ve rounded up our favorites and sorted them out into four different categories. And whether you’re willing to spend + splurge or just simply looking for wallet-friendly beanies…we’ve got you covered. Check them out below!
- Free People Grizzly Brushed Beanie
- Forever 21 Rhinestoned Knit Beanie
- Eugenia Kim Mimi Knit Hat
- ASOS Cable Pom Beanie
- Eugenia Kim Felix Knit Cap with Cat Ears
- BCBG Winter Veil Beanie
- San Diego Hat Oversize Rib Beanie with Pom Pom
- ASOS Beanie with Turban Front
- Forever 21 Southwestern Printed Beanie
- MODENA Space Dye Knit Pom Hat
- Nasty Gal Total Stoner Beanie
- Urban Outfitters Kilim Rolled Beanie
- Free People Florence Cuff Beanie
- Barts Jocelyn Beanie
- ASOS Knitted Turban Hat
- Kate Spade All the Trimmings Colorblock Beanie
Keep your heads warm and let us know in the comments which beanie babies are your favorites! Happy shopping!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Sometimes a little smoked wing is all you need! Who says a cat eye has to be done with liquid liner? This soft version is ultra-feminine and flirty and a very modern take on a retro look. And for those of you who are still intimidated by liquid liner, this is a perfect way to master the shape of the flick. Let’s break it down step by step:
- A Nude Shadow — pick one that matches your own skin color.
- A Black Matte Shadow — not that a shimmer version wouldn’t be pretty too! But I used this one from my favorite matte shadow palette on Magali above.
- A Long-Edged Angled Liner Brush — if you don’t have this long-edged angled liner brush in your arsenal yet, you’re missing out! It takes the guess work out of lining and allows you to stamp and sweep.
- Mascara — I used this big volume mascara and really loved the way it coated each lash.
- A Cotton Swab — it can be a regular one or a pointed tip.
- Optional: Half-Strip False Lashes – I used and love these lash accents.
1. Apply the nude shadow all over your lid and crease.
2. Press the liner brush into the shadow and give it a tap against the counter to release any excess.
3. Determine the angle of the wing by imagining an line from the end of your eye to the end of your brow. Stamp the brush along that angle.
4. Move the brush towards the lashline and stamp again. Lift the brush up and stamp horizontally above it to connect it to your lashline.
5. Now stamp along the lashline and stop about 3/4’s of the way across.
6. Take the cotton swab and gently smear the line back and forth to smoke it out.
7. Press the brush back into the shadow and give it another tap against the counter to remove any excess. Go back and stamp the wing to perfect the edges a little. You don’t have to do this step, I just couldn’t help myself!
8. Add a couple coats of mascara.
9. This step is optional but you can always add a half strip of lashes for extra drama. Revisit my Quick Tips For Lash Strips Tutorial for secrets to getting it right every time.