Posts Tagged ‘blush’

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE!

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

This post came to be after a visit to the mall last week and noticing that a lot of the lovely ladies that I came into contact with were wearing a wee bit too much makeup! How did this happen? Girls with gorgeous skin that I would give my left arm for were wearing a mask of foundation in the wrong shade ending at their jawlines, way-too-light undereye concealer, orange bronzer, clumpy mascara… how can they not see it? So this post comes only from a place of sisterly love, straight up like I would tell my besties! Please remember that makeup products serve different purposes, some are used to create an illusion, others used to hide imperfections, some used to define and accentuate while others are used to make a statement. So I created these handy infographics to demonstrate the basics. Of course, makeup is a form of expression and no “rules” are set in stone, but use this as a guideline to ensure people see a more gorgeous YOU and not your makeup!

MAKEUP THAT SHOULD BE AS UNDETECTABLE AS POSSIBLE:

  • FOUNDATION — We use foundation to even out our skin tones and hide any imperfections. Don’t use it to look tanner or paler! Find your exact shade (revisit my Foundation Shade Finder Tutorial for help in that area) and make sure to apply it on your neck as well.
  • CONCEALER — When covering up undereye circles or blemishes, pick a shade that is as close to your foundation shade as you can find. Revisit my Blemish Cover Up Tutorial and Covering Dark Circles Tutorial if needed.
  • ILLUMINATOR — This is where you can go a shade lighter than your foundation and concealer, but make sure to illuminate with a cream or liquid product, not a shimmer/glitter powder that’s noticeable in the daytime. Revisit my Illuminate Tutorial to find out more.
  • BRONZER — Too many of us don’t use bronzer correctly and end up looking like an oompa loompa! Chose a brown shade instead of orange, pick one that is matte instead of shimmery, make sure to sweep it only where the sun would hit your features and don’t forget your neck! Revisit my Bronzing 101 Tutorial for more.
  • EYELINER — Unless you’re going for a statement liner like a Cat Eye or  a piercing Rimmed Eye, use my No-Liner Liner Tightlining Technique by gently lifting the lid upwards and tracing the pencil back in forth in between the lashes but never above them. This is also great for those of us with smaller eyes who don’t want to lose a millimeter of lid space!
  • LIP LINER — Unless you’re going for a statement lip, pick a color close to your own lip color (or a hint darker if you’re like me and have really washed out unpigmented lips!) or the exact color of your lipstick. Use lip liner to define your lips and give them a more pronounced shape, but don’t let it be noticeable.
  • BLUSH — Choose a cream blush so it really melts into the skin. Revisit my Cream Blush Tutorial for learn how to apply it correctly.
  • MASCARA — Lashes are my favorite facial feature! Define them and let them shine in all their glory, but please don’t clump them up! Always wipe off the excess from the wand on the back of your hand or a tissue before you go near your lashes. Revisit my Clump-Free Lashes Tutorial for more details.

MAKEUP THAT WE USE TO MAKE A STATEMENT:

 

DOUBLE DUTY MAKEUP: SUMMER EDITION

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

How great would it be if you could go away for the weekend and only pack 4 makeup products in a carry-on? You totally can! And bypass waiting at baggage claim while you’re at it. Here’s how to get 8 uses out of 4 products:

TOOLS:

  • Bronzing Powder — I used Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer as it doesn’t come off orange and comes in three versions (Glow (has a hint of shimmer), Four Seasons (multi-tonal) and Matte). It’s seasonal for Summer and has its own display at drug stores, so if you try to find it in the regular section, you won’t (I made that mistake!).
  • Mascara —  I used Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara because I love how the formula translates into a liquid liner (doesn’t travel or feather) and you can apply as many coats on your lashes without it ever clumping.
  • Lipstick — I’m loving Tarte Glamazon 12-Hour Lipstick in Bold, a gorgeous coral shade that’s longlasting, hydrating and perfect with a Summer tan.
  • BB Cream — Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage SPF 25 Mineral BB Cream is the only BB Cream that I’ve found so far that I’d consider swapping my foundation for as it covers any and every imperfection while brightening my skin and giving me broad spectrum sun protection.

STEPS:

  1. Apply the BB cream all over your face and neck to even out your complexion and protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Grab your mascara wand and sweep the liner brush against the bristles to load it up with product.
  3. Line your eyes like you typically would with a gel liner. For more on this technique, revisit guest blogger Carissa Ferreri’s Mascara As Liner Tutorial).
  4. Dip the wand back in the mascara tube and coat your lashes horizontally and vertically. (Check out my Mascara Must-Do’s Tutorial for the best way to get the most from mascara).
  5. Bronze your entire face with the bronzing powder (revisit my Bronzing 101 Tutorial for the specific areas to concentrate on).
  6. Take an eyeshadow brush and dip it into the same bronzing powder.
  7. Sweep the bronzer all over the lid and crease. This clever idea is also from Carissa, whom you already know because I make her model for me in a large majority of my posts!
  8. Remember my Lipstick as Blush Tutorial? That’s all we’re doing here! Cream blush originally came from lipstick so it’s a no-brainer on the go. Wash your hands then press your index finger against the tip of the lipstick. Rub that finger with your other index finger to slightly melt the product with the heat of your finger.
  9. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks then swirl your finger along the upper half of the apple and continue along your cheekbone.
  10. Apply the same lipstick on the lip area.

LIPSTICK AS BLUSH

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Using lipstick as blush is not only a lifesaver, but it’s actually how cream blush came about believe it or not! A classic satin or matte finish lipstick is the perfect substitute for blush. Further, there are hundreds of different shades of lipstick, and not as many with blush, so I find that I’m using gorgeous pinky-nude lipsticks on my clients’ cheeks all the time simply because I don’t own blush in that color! Here’s the best way to apply it: (more…)

DIY BLUSH + BRONZER

Post + Photos by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

If you’re like us here at TBD, you love a good DIY project! And nothing is prettier than adding a little color to our bronzer! It warms up the complexion like a fresh tan that you got an hour ago at the pool before it faded into a regular tan. You know what I mean? Anyway, you don’t have to buy one when you can make one with items you already have in your vanity. And why not take it a step further and make a really pretty one while you’re at it? Here’s how:  (more…)