Posts Tagged ‘brush’

DAILY LIP LOVE

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

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

I have become a broken record with my clients. Unless you suffer from severe cracked lips (which are a whole other thing entirely that your doctor can help you with), there is no excuse for them to sit in my chair with chapped lips! I always quote Oprah… when you know better, you do better. So let me let you in on the best thing you can do twice a day to have soft and smooth lips all year long. When you brush your teeth, brush your lips! Every single time (hopefully that means twice a day!). Right before you normally would spit, bring the toothbrush outside of your mouth, close it and run the brush back and forth over them. Then spit. That’s it! I promise you, if you make this part of your routine, you won’t remember what it was like for them to be anything but smooth!

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This is especially a must when you’re rocking a lip stain or liquid lipstick!

CUT CREASE SECRET

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

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

I’ve noticed cut creases are still going strong and look really beautiful on almost all eye shapes (especially pretty on monolids!). So I wanted to share my biggest tips to create a cut crease that you’ll really love.

  1. Notice the way Chloe held the brush in the crease, using the end of the brush to apply it then the side of the brush to smooth it.
  2. Notice we’re using a lay-down brush instead of a blending brush. This really presses the powder into the crease.
  3. And most importantly, notice she first applied a cool-toned shade with a light hand then switched to a warm-toned shadow with a little more pressure. The dance between the shades really makes magic. Here’s how:

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  • A smoky shadow palette that has both warm and cool shades. Chloe used this baked palette ($$$) in Infinity and I also love this budget-friendly palette ($).
  • A classic lay-down eye shadow brush. I always use this one ($$) on my clients but you can try this one ($) too!
  • You favorite mascara. As you know I am obsessed with this dream mascara because it really fluffs up the lashes then you can twist the mini handle out of the top and it squeezes off the excess so you can use it on the bottom lashes.
  • A black kohl pencil (not shown). As you can see below, there’s a little leftover liner that Chloe arrived to the shoot with and I kept it because I love a little lived-in liner. This one ($) is my favorite.

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You might think this is just a nighttime look but I love it in the day too! If I’ve forgotten anything that you want to know about cut creases, ask me in the comments below and I’ll get back to you. xx

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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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  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!

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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  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.