Posts Tagged ‘big’

DIY BROW MOUSSE

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
  2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
  3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
  4. Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
  5. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
  6. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.

If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIPS LOOK BIGGER

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

I confess. I’m a total cheater. And there’s nothing wrong with the natural shape of our lips! It’s just some of us have uneven lips or could benefit from a little volume every now and then. (Remember The 3-D Lip Illusion and The Fuller Lip Effect from my Beautician Magician Series?) I’m not suggesting you wear this technique to the grocery store, class or the gym. But grab a lip liner and play with your lip shape next time you feel like getting made up and you might really like it. You can cheat a proper cupid’s bow, correct an uneven smile or just draw outside the lines to make them look a little bigger. Here’s how:  (more…)

EYESHADOW FOCUS: SURFACE AREA

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

It’s funny, when I work on the majority of my clients, I extend a wash of color from all over the lid out to the end of the brow and up to include the crease. But when I do my own makeup, I only shade in the lid. Is it a preference thing or a case-by-case basis? Does it depend on the time of day or the outfit or mood? Yes to all! Still, I wanted to do a side-by-side experiment with the same eye and the same single shadow color to draw a personal conclusion and open it up to our TBD readers for your opinion. Please take a second to vote and share any comments below!

 


For inquiring minds, the eye shadow I used above is Buxom Stay There Eyeshadow in Pug!

 

OH HEY BIG EYES!

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

For something so simple, a pop of color along the underlid makes quite an impact. For demonstration purposes I’m showing the how to on my fellow blogger Taye Hansberry’s normal-sized eyes (check out her fashion blog here!), but this is especially great for those of us with monolids or smaller eyes. Either instance, opting for a colored liner or shadow on your bottom lash line will make your eyes appear even larger and more interesting. Here’s how: (more…)