Posts Tagged ‘brush’

A BLANK CANVAS

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

For some of us, melasma and hyperpigmentation are a part of life and every now and then we have an important occasion that calls for full coverage. But that doesn’t mean we have to go out and buy a full coverage foundation (it’s not good to wear that much coverage on a daily basis anyway). Just make your own with concealer and face lotion! I personally think it gives better coverage than the “full coverage” foundations that are out there. Again, please don’t do this every day, as I don’t know how sensitive your skin is to breakouts, even though this shouldn’t cause a breakout as concealers are formulated to also cover blemishes. So just save it for an emergency situation where you find out you’re going to be on television or have your picture taken for something important! Here’s how: (more…)

QUICK TIP: SETTING POWDER

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

We spend a lot of time and precision applying foundation and concealer exactly where we want the most coverage, only to take a powder brush and swirl the foundation away from where we placed it. Not good! I learned this technique from one of my idols, Mary Greenwell, whom I was lucky enough to go on an international press tour with in 2007 where she was working on Cate Blanchett and I was working on Geoffrey Rush for their movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Anyway, as you can imagine she was incredible and lovely enough to teach me a few things about makeup (and life!). This little trick has saved me time and again. Here’s how: (more…)

A LASHLINE STUDY

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

Today I’m bringing the spotlight to the lower lashline and the many options we have to define it! So I kept two variables constant (same eye and the same upper eye makeup) in order to really see the difference between six lower lashline applications. They are:

 

  • Bare — this is a great choice when you want all of the attention to go to the upper lid makeup (causing a “lifting” effect).
  • Mascara — coat the bottom lashes with a volumizing mascara. This option brings the lower lashes to life with nothing to compete against them.
  • Dotted line — take a velvet black pencil and draw a dot in between the lashes all the way across the lashline. This option makes it appear like you have more lashes than you really do, while also defining the line without anyone knowing you’re defining it.
  • Lined — start at the inner corner and drag the pencil across the lashline to the outer corner. This is the classic choice to define the lower lashline that women have done for decades.
  • Smudged — blend the line with a smudge brush using short strokes incrementally as you work your way across the line. This makes the line a little more “smoked” and less “lined”.
  • Inner Rimmed — gently pull the lower lid down with your finger for better access to the waterline then sweep the pencil back and forth along it until no spaces remain. This option closes up the eyes a little and makes them look smaller BUT makes them look much more intense  and piercing.

It’s nice to see all the options lined up (pun intended!) to really study the different effect each application has. I personally like to switch it up depending on my mood, day v. night, my outfit, etc but I have clients who insist on leaving it bare and others who have to have it inner rimmed… while most are open to whatever balances out the upper lid. I’d love to know what you prefer so please vote below!

 

CAT EYE WITH A TWIST

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

We’ve had so much fun with the ombré trend (revisit our Ombré Lip Tutorial and our Ombré Stain Mani Tutorial) that I couldn’t help myself with this fun and flirty graduated liner look! Make sure to choose three liners from the same color family. I chose Aquamarine but you could do grey to black, lilac to royal purple, light green to emerald… the possibilities are endless! You could even do four shades! Here’s how:  (more…)