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DIY ANTI-ACNE ANTI-SCARRING MASK

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

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

Here’s what you need to know.¬†Manuka honey is created by bees who feed on the nectar of the Manuka flower, found in New Zealand. The ingestible and topical qualities and benefits have been renowned for many years. My friends and I can not stop talking about it. I did a personal experiment for two weeks, using this mask every other night, and can’t begin to tell you about the transformation in my skin. I don’t have a single blemish, I no longer have a dry chapped chin and my skin is mega-moisturized and plump. Almost like my fine lines shrunk! It’s almost weird. I might start doing it every night to see what miracles happen then! Anyway, I’m dying for you guys to try it and tell me if you have the same findings too. I’ve read about crash victims using it and healing everything with no scars too. Here’s how, just make sure you test a small area of your skin first to make sure you’re not allergic:

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  • A Jar of Manuka Honey — Make sure it’s 100% raw with a Bio Active 12+ or higher and it’s cold-pressed, which makes it anti-bacterial. I love this one used on Chloe below as well as this one.
  • A Muslin Cloth (or wash cloth) — this three-pack is my favorite. I’m going to do a tutorial dedicated specifically to why you have to switch from splashing your face to using a muslin cloth to wipe it clean. It gently exfoliates while it wipes and will change the texture of your skin for the better.

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If you’re not a DIY kind of gal, start looking for products with Manuka Honey in them, if only for the intense moisture it provides! There’s this Manuka Mask Single ($4), this face mask and this moisturizer.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and skincare is not one-size-fits-all. As with all products that you put on your skin, be your own advocate, talk to your dermatologist, do a patch test and decide for yourself what is right for you.

CAT EYE PERFECTOR

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

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

So many of my clients and friends have given up on a cat eye because the wing can be so problematic. I totally get it! But there a ways to fix even the worst wing without starting over! And as an added bonus, it subtly highlights the wing, drawing attention to it! Here’s how to pull it off and not have to find a Q-tip and makeup remover:

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STEPS:

  1. Swipe the brush against the concealer as demonstrated above.
  2. Sweep it against the top of your hand a couple times to thin it out.
  3. Place it where you want to erase the fat or wobbly underside of the wing and press it down as you sweep it upward. This should take care of erasing it, but if not, go over it one more time. If it’s a really important event (like your wedding or prom), do it right with a pointed q-tip and makeup remover and sweep it along the underside of the wing. But for day to day, this should do the trick!

MONOCHROMATIC MAKEUP

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

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

As a fellow lover of design and style, this makeup trend makes me so happy. You pick one shade and wear it on the eye, cheek and lip. Obviously don’t pick blue or something unrealistic! There’s something gorgeous that happens when everything is in harmony. If you have cool undertones, pick a pink or berry and if you have warm undertones, pick a peach or a burnt rust like I did here on Penelope. If you have neutral undertones, you can wear them all! Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. Apply the shadow all over the lid and crease for a single wash of color (no separate cut crease).
  2. Sweep the same shadow along the lower lashline.
  3. Apply a couple coats of the brown mascara.
  4. Rim the inner waterline with the brown kohl pencil.
  5. Add the blush to the top half of the apples or along the cheekbone.
  6. Finish by filling in the entire lip area with the lipstick.

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For the fashionistas out there, this is the Victorian Ruffle Top that Penelope is wearing!

THE FOUNDATION GOLDEN RULE

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

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

I realized the other day that when it comes to applying foundation, I always have our models use a foundation brush or egg-shaped sponge, because those are what I use on my clients. But when I apply my own, I always use my fingers. Probably partly because I clean brushes and sponges so often for my kit, that I don’t want to add another one, and partly because I love how my fingers warm up the foundation and I can really tap it in. And of course, it’s the fastest route. But using your fingers can go awry quickly if you don’t apply it in layers! I cannot stress this enough: apply only one pump, rub it between your fingers, tap it into skin, then go back and do only one more pump, rub it between your fingers and tap it into your skin. Stop and take a second to see if that’s enough of if there are a few areas that need a little more coverage then pump one more time, rub it in between your fingers and spot apply. That’s the only way to do it. If you pump three or more times and apply it that thickly, you’re left with a heavy and streaky application that will only end up all over your phone, even after you powder it. No bueno. Here’s how to get better results:

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STEPS:

  1. Hold your fingers together tightly and use your other hand to pump only one time onto them as demonstrated above.
  2. Rub your fingers together to thin it out.
  3. I like to tap it as I rub it all over my face and neck. Try it and let me know if you like it too!
  4. Really get into the hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Repeat step one by pumping only one time into your fingers.
  6. Repeat step 2 by rubbing your fingers together to thin it out.
  7. Repeat steps 3 and 4 by tapping and rubbing it all over. If you need more coverage, you can add another layer.
  8. Set with powder (not shown but this is my favorite powder right now ($$)).

If you’re a sponge or foundation-brush-kind-of gal, do this same golden rule by only applying one pump at a time so you only apply one layer at a time. It’s the only way to help it become one with your skin instead of mostly sitting on top of it.