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PLAY TIME!

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

Today we’re making a case for why our fingers are our best tool! I was forced to learn this when I arrived overseas for a job and the bag with my brushes in it didn’t make it. With no time to go shopping, I sanitized my hands and just got in there! Brushes of course are amazing, but you might be surprised when you give your fingers a try. Why? Because your body temperature slightly melts the product, helping it to really become one with your skin instead of just sitting on top of it. And you can really press it into your skin as you stipple and tap your way around each feature. Here’s what you need to know to pull off finger painting in a way that actually lasts:

TOOLS:

  • Cream Eye Shadow — Bria Murphy is wearing our favorite mass market cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hour Eye Shadow, while our favorite prestige cream shadow is Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mystic Metallics Shadow. They’re both our favorites because they don’t crease ( a nightmare with typical cream shadows) and don’t dissipate as the night goes on.
  • Cream Blush — We live for RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Cream Blush (especially when we find it on sale!) because it’s a natural product that was developed by the iconic Rose Marie Swift who is responsible for the makeup in almost every Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit campaign you’ve every gushed over. Her line is everything. We also really love Jouer Cheek Tint and have for years because it doesn’t disappear in a few hours.
  • Tinted Lip Balm — Bria is wearing Aerin Beauty Limited Edition Multi Color in Freesia, a gorgeous sheer finish with a calming rose scent.

STEPS:

  1. First wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer. After applying foundation (with your fingers so you can really massage it into the skin), swipe your ring finger against the cream eye shadow and tap and smear it along the upper and lower lid. You can choose a matte shade, a bright shade or a metallic shade… the possibilities are endless.
  2. Tap your index finger into the cream blush then tap it against your other index finger to warm it up and create more of a “slip”. Then smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and tap it along the upper half of the each apple as you work your way across your cheekbone. Tap and swirl until it melts into your skin and looks like a natural flush.
  3. Swipe your middle finger against the tinted lip balm and press it into the lip area for a really natural and gorgeous sheer pop of color.

We also love using our fingers with powder products too. Metallic, shimmer and glitter shadows actually work better with our fingers than a brush because you press it into the skin. You can use your fingers with matte shadows if you’re in a jam, but they can get muddy and work better with the sweep of a brush, as do powder blush and powder bronzer.

WINGED LINER FOR A DROOPY LID

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

If you have a true monolid, revisit our Asian Eye Makeup Tutorial on Jamie Chung here. But for those of you who have a little lid space and your crease has started to droop as you’ve gotten older, causing a “fold” where your cat eye would be, this tutorial is for you! You probably think you can’t pull off a cat eye because of that fold, but you can and here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Thin Gel Liner — I used Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner on Emily above because it’s an ultra-thin point that I don’t have to sharpen and really gets in between the lashes in a way that liquid liner can’t.
  • Angled Liner Brush — The Space NK Angled Liner Brush has been in my kit since it came onto the scene because it too is ultra thin and the perfect amount of stiffness.
  • Liquid Liner — Alexa Chung created this Eyeko Eye-do Liquid Liner and it’s incredibly user friendly for those of you who aren’t comfortable drawing cat eyes. Yet!

STEPS:

  1. Trace your lashline with the gel liner pencil  by starting at your inner corner and finishing at the outer corner.
  2. Now look directly into the mirror if you’re working with a medicine cabinet mirror or if you’re holding a compact mirror, hold it slightly below at chest level and look down into it. Determine the angle from the outer corner to the end of the brow then use the brush to “pull” the liner out and up to where the “fold” is and stop.
  3. With your opposite hand, place your finger in between the outer corner and your temple and gently pull it  out and up so the “fold” smooths out. Yes I know we shouldn’t pull at our eye area so please don’t feel the need to comment on that below! It’s necessary for this type of lid and it’s only a gentle pull for a few seconds.
  4. While still gently holding the skin slightly up and out with one hand, continue the flick past the “fold” so it’s about the length of a typical lash.
  5. Go back over the gel liner with liquid liner.

 

 

TRENDCASTING

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

Last year the It Lip was Oxblood, which is still really hot (revisit our Oxblood Tutorial here). This year, we’ve scoped out the A/W 14 runways and the best of the street style bloggers and have determined this to be this year’s must try lip color! You can wear it glossy or try our DIY stain version. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. When you’re applying your foundation all over your face and neck, go ahead and apply it over your lip area.
  2. Pat it into the lip lines if necessary.
  3. Apply the berry shade directly from the tube or wand in this case.
  4. Place a blotting paper over the lip area and gently press.

 

 

PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

For the girl out there that lives to express herself artistically, this one is for you! It’s fun, playful and actually wearable even though it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It looks like glitter from far way but as you can see, it’s not! We found this look floating around Instagram a few months ago, thanks for letting us know J Kissa originally created it! Here’s how you can recreate it too:

TOOLS:

  • Matte Liquid Liners– I used Lime Crime Liquid Eyeliners (white here, purple here, black here, light blue here, citreuse here, royal blue here) and Dior Addict It-Line in It-Pink here.
  • Metallic Liquid Liners — I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners (18 shades here of which 16 are metallic) and Lancome Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners (10 metallic shades here).

STEPS:

  1. Start by picking a matte shade and dot randomly along the lashline, continuing out and up at the end like you would a cat eye.
  2. Pick another matte shade and dot randomly then continue with as many matte shades that you have.
  3. Switch to a metallic shade and speckle more dots randomly all over the “line” you created with the matte liners.
  4. Continue dotting with your metallic shades.
  5. Grab one of your matte shades (I chose purple) and perfect the wing by drawing two lines that intersect into a point.

There are so many ways you can vary this too! You can choose only three shades. You could do a gradient speckle where it starts with white dots that continue to become white and pink dots then pink and red dots then only red dots… have fun with it! And be sure to share by tagging us on social!