Posts Tagged ‘circles’

LOSE YOUR BAGGAGE!

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

There aren’t many (non-surgical) options for really bad undereye bags… but there are a few things we can do take the puffiness down so we’re a little less self-conscious! Some of the more obvious remedies are to get as much sleep as you can, drink lots of water throughout the day and lower or limit (eek!) your salt intake. Experts say to lower your caffeine intake as well because it can be bloating. But if you have a life and like to enjoy it, try this quick fix using milk! Why milk? Because the lactic acid in milk assists in lowering puffiness and even helps with dark circles.  (more…)

DAYTIME CONCEALER TRICK

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

We shared our tried and true concealer method with you a couple of months ago (revisit it here!). But in the daytime when you’re subjected to harsh sunlight, classroom or office lighting (the worst!), you have to go a little more undercover with your camouflage. No prob. Here’s the deal: when you apply concealer directly on your bottom lids or on the under-eye “bags” themselves, it’s more noticeable because that area is raised. But if you only conceal the area just below the bottom lid and bag, leaving them bare, you knock down enough of the heavy part of the darkness to brighten up your eyes without anyone seeing the makeup. (more…)

UNDEREYE CONCEALING

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Covering dark circles under our eyes is the quickest and most effective way that makeup really makes a difference. We get so many emails asking what method and products I specifically use and I’m happy to share! As long as you share yours in the comments below as well! (more…)

LIGHTEN UP

photos: Justin Coit/thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

It’s Monday morning and I hope you’ve had your coffee because we’re going to get technical! By now you know that Lauren and I love a contoured face; I do this by “pushing” features inward to create depth by applying a darker color in the hollows of the cheeks, temples, along the hairline and under the jawbone. But the other half of this equation is taking it one step further by “pulling” other features forward, using a highlighter under the eyes, above the cheekbones and above the brows. It should be subtle and undetectable (hint: BLEND BLEND BLEND!), but you’ll see how it really draws the attention to our best feature, the eyes.  Here we’re so excited because one of our favorite actresses, Kristin’s client Jamie Chung (Hangover 2 and Sucker Punch) kindly sat in to demo this look with us!  And stay tuned in the next couple weeks because she’ll be starring in a few more posts!

TOOLS: concealer, concealer brush, pearly liquid highlighter, sponge (egg-shaped if possible), foundation brush.

Basically, picture yourself skiing with goggles on and getting too much sun, when you remove the goggles, the non-sunburned area above and below your eyes is where you’ll want to lighten with the highlighter.

1. Start on a clean face that has been moisturized and primed.

2. Correct any under-eye dark circles with your favorite crease-less concealer and a lay-down concealer brush.

3. Apply a pearly liquid highlighter under your eyes, starting at your nose then working outward with an egg-shaped blending sponge, using the pointed end of the sponge to dab and stipple it to the desired areas (this really presses the product into the skin). Increase the area down to just above your cheekbone, all the way from your nose to the beginning of your temples.

4. Then again on about a quarter-inch above your brows, start at the outer corner above your left brow then dab all the way across to the outer corner above your right brow.

5. Last, apply foundation to your whole face, reaching the perimeters of the highlighted area, but NOT covering it. To be more precise in your foundation application, use a sponge or foundation brush, then blend with your fingers.  The key is to only apply foundation to the areas above and below the highlighted area, a.k.a. everywhere but where your imaginary skiing googles would be.

It’s very subtle and only a trained eye will detect it, but on a tired Monday morning, it is well worth the extra minute!

XO Amy Nadine