Posts Tagged ‘apples’

DRAPING

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

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

Draping is the new way to blush! Most of us associate draping with fabrics and fashion. But leave it to Marc Jacobs to apply it to makeup and faces! I’ve never thought of it like that before, but blush can be veiled over the face in different techniques to create different looks. How cheeky! Marc’s friend Way Bandy (the first ever celebrity makeup artist) made the concept of a “color glow” popular, and this inspired Marc to create his new 24-hour Air Blush Soft Glow Duo! Its air powder pigments seamlessly become one with the complexion, and the two shades merge fluidly in the palette for endless color combinations. Way said “color is a vital element in brightening and contouring… whereas light seems to project bones and dark seems to recede them, colors in the red range do something else. Not only does color give accent to the area where it is placed but it also seems to round out, give curve and softness to the skin and bones where it is applied.” I would totally agree because as much as I love it when I contour and highlight myself and my clients, the face doesn’t really come to life until I add blush.

We’re super excited because we’ve teamed up with Marc Jacobs Beauty to bring you four looks using the new Air Blush Soft Glow Duos through an exclusive Pinterest board dedicated to draping and this one-of-a-kind blush! Because face draping is a new concept, we’ll walk through it together over the next few weeks with inspiration, face charts and tutorials. So be sure to follow the board and check back daily so you can master it too! And remember, for all of the four different looks, you can use any of the five dance-floor-inspired shades because they’re foolproof and infused with air to drape your cheeks in color. Also note that I didn’t use any bronzing powder or highlighting powder in the looks. I only used the blushes to contour, highlight, flush, volumize, sculpt and/or lift.

Let’s start with the Balancing Glow! Use this technique when you want to balance out a bold look (like a smoky eye or wine-stained lip) or in this case, balance and soften your features with a veil of radiance. I chose the Lush & Libido shade because it’s very sweet and feminine but you can use whichever one you gravitate towards that complements your skin tone.

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Such a soft way to drape your face in color! For the nights you want to really define your cheekbones, switch to the Sculpting Glow! This technique hollows out the cheeks with the deeper shade then adds a halo effect to draw light and attention to them with the lighter shade. I used the Flesh & Fantasy Palette because it’s the perfect amount of warmth and glow.

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This partnership was kindly brought to you by Marc Jacobs Beauty.

I can’t wait to show you the Volumizing Glow and Lifting Glow tutorials too! Keep your eyes out for them and more on our exclusive Pinterest board here.

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Donuts are the new cupcake and cronuts are the new donut…but we think our croNOTS are the next big thing! (We’re calling it). You know after you core a ripe, juicy apple and slice it into rings? Looks kind of like a donut, huh? Well, with today’s Beauty Bite, we ran with it! With all the amazing beauty benefits apples bring, it really is true what they say about an apple a day…but we say bring on the toppings!

No wonder Snow White couldn’t resist…apples are such a gorgeous fruit! Not only are they easy on the eyes but these little pretties are a nutritional powerhouse. Among many various nutrients, apples have vitamins A and C, plus calcium, iron and fiber. You may already be familiar with the skin-supporting antioxidant benefits of vitamin C, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, but one nutrient that shouldn’t be forgotten is fiber. An apple contains approximately 17% of your daily value of fiber, which is important for your body’s internal cleansing process. A beautiful body inside is a beautiful body outside! Apples also contain potassium, magnesium, and copper, all of which are beneficial to the hair by promoting growth, preventing loss and maintaining a healthy scalp. Score!

To make our pretty croNOTS, the first thing you’ll need to do is core all of your apples. You can use whatever type of apple is your favorite (so many to choose from!). Next you’ll want to slice your apple into rings…now do you see these donut-wannabees coming along?

Let’s talk toppings! To get the full donut effect you’ll need some “glaze” and some “sprinkles”. To keep things healthy, we used:

1. The “glaze”: We used flavored Greek yogurt and chose a few flavors that had especially pretty colors. For our chocolate fix, we made chocolate pudding out of an avocado…say what?! (Maybe that’s a post in and of itself!)

2. Fresh fruit. We sliced up some strawberries we had on hand, but you can use any fruit you like.

3. Almond butter. You could also use peanut butter or cashew butter.

4. “Sprinkles”: We used things like poppy seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, coconut, banana chips, dried apricots, dried cherries and pineapple…this is your chance to get creative with it!

Time to decorate! Make it fun…pretty food always tastes better.

We are dying to see your croNOT creations! Snap a pic and tag us! Instagram: @thebeautydept  Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

WHICH BRUSH DOES WHAT: CHEEKS

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

This is the last in our Which Brush Does What Series (if you missed them, revisit eye brushes here and face brushes here) and today’s walks you through the world of blush, highlighting and bronzing brushes. Here we go! (more…)

THE MOST HARMONIOUS BLUSH SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN TONE

photos by getty, wire + go runway, graphic design by eunice chun, post by amy nadine

It’s a free world and I love that we can all wear any blush shade we are in the mood to wear each day! But certain shades are more harmonious on some skin tones than on others. Why does it matter? Because when you find your perfect blush shade, no matter what eye shadow or lip color you choose, the blush becomes secondary and more of a natural flush, like you’re blushing. So here’s a loose guideline in finding your blush bestie! **We know that many of us fall in between the 6 skin tone shades listed above, but as much as it kills us, we just can’t include all 5,682 different variations in skin tones…  But please don’t fret, just find the ones that you fall in between and decide if you have more of the cooler or warmer undertone version of the two tones. For a refresher course in undertones, revisit my lesson from last year by clicking here. (more…)