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A TRIO OF BROWS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN: EUNICE CHUN

There’s only one thing that I love more than a side-by-side diagram. A side-by-side-by-side diagram! This way we can really single out one feature and study the difference between three different application techniques. Yes, I left out a brow pencil, one of the most popular brow products, but only because I’m saving it for my next brow study. Today we’re focusing on bare, brow shadow and wet brow shadow.

  • BARE: This look is for those of us who like a soft and effortless look. Use a spooly brush or disposable mascara wand to follow the natural brow direction: 1. brush the base hairs upward and 2. brush the “tail” diagonally downward.
  • BROW SHADOW: This look is for those of us who like to frame the eyes and define the brow. With a stiff, angled brow brush (my favorite is MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Angled Eyebrow Brush #270) and a brow powder (I love Laura Mercier’s Brow Powder Duo because you can dip the brush back and forth into both shades), draw individual brow hairs in upward motions as you work your way from the inside of the brow to the tail. For more comprehensive instructions, revisit my Brow 101 Tutorial.
  • WET BROW SHADOW: This look is for those of us who like a really bold brow to make a statement. It’s also a great way to change the shape of the brow (see how I made Lacy’s more angular and pointed above). To do this, simply wet the same brow brush (revisit my Retro Brow Tutorial for more details), dip it into the brow shadow, draw the outline of the brow you want, then fill it in. You can also do this technique with a Brow Stencil.

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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:

 

TEAL IS THE NEW BLACK

Spring is the perfect time to break out a little color in your palette! And it’s much more wearable than you think if you apply the bold color along the natural shape of your eyelid (don’t wing it out) and pair it with a soft pink cheek and lip. I had the pleasure of creating this look for Emmy Rossum a couple weeks ago for her red carpet event and got so many emails asking what I used on her, I thought I would do even better and actually show you step by step exactly what I did on Emmy on my friend Jessie!

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TOOLS:

  • Teal Eye Shadow — I used Lorac Eye Color in Celebutant and also really love Urban Decay Stardust Eye Shadow in Atmosphere which is slightly cooler while the Lorac shade is warmer (revisit my Undertones post if you haven’t determined yours yet!)
  • Medium Dome-Shaped Blending Brush – Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Brush is the perfect compacted head for control when applying all over the lid and in the crease. If you don’t own a brush like this one yet, you’re missing out!
  • Black Waterproof Liner — I love Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx because it glides on thick and the blackest black like a kajal liner but it’s waterproof so it stays longer.
  • Mascara – I used Kevyn Aucoin Curling Lash Color in Rich Pitch Black because it’s kinda major when it comes to curling and painting your lashes. Trust.
  • Pearl Cream Eye Shadow – I used Stila Smudge Pot Liner in Kitten, the iconic warm pearl shade.
  • Small Tapered Brush — Try the W3LL People Tapered Angle Eye Brush for both the pearl shadow above the crease or the teal shadow on the bottom lashline.
  • Pale Pink/Peach Cream Blush – I used Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera which is gorgeous on pale skin like Emmy’s and medium skin tone like Jessie’s or try Petunia on dark skin tones or Fuchsia on the darkest skin tones.
  • Foundation – I used Luminess Air Matte Foundation because I love the velvety coverage and the fact that it’s matte so you don’t need to powder after.
  • Pale Pink/Peach Lipstick or Gloss – Emmy chose to leave her lips bare that night but another option would be Lorac Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Haute like I used on Jessie for a colored shine or Vincent Longo Wet Pearl Lipstick in Honeysuckle for a satin finish.

STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation all over your face and neck, apply the teal shadow all over the lid and crease with the medium dome-shaped brush.
  2. Sweep the teal shadow along the bottom lashline with the small tapered brush.
  3. Rim the inner waterline with the black waterproof liner by gently pulling down on the bottom lid and tracing the pencil just above the lashline.
  4. Sweep the pearl shadow just above the teal, above the crease, to add a little life to the area.
  5. Coat the lashes with mascara.
  6. Smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and apply the pink cream blush on the upper half of them.
  7. Finish with the pale pink lipstick or gloss.

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RETRO BOLD BROW

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

This is a simple but powerful trick that even I didn’t learn until 8 years into my makeup career! I’ve shown you how to wet the brush for a more intense eye shadow in our Wet Shadow Video Tutorial, but now I’m suggesting if you want a really strong drawn-on retro brow with sharp edges, try dampening your brow brush before dipping it into the shadow. Here’s how:  (more…)