Posts Tagged ‘correct’




Here’s the deal. If you only have dark circles, you can apply a concealer that is a half shade lighter than your foundation to the under-eye area and be good to go. But… if you have dark circles and puffy “bags,” you’re actually making things look worse!

Remember back in Art class: One of the first things we studied was dimensions and we learned that if you shade something with a darker color, it will “push” it to the background, like it’s further away. On the contrary, if you paint with a lighter shade, it “pulls” that area to the foreground, making it appear closer. We can apply that theory here!



Here’s the trick: Under-eye shadows need a lighter shade to bring them forward. Puffy bags are already in the foreground and need to be pushed back, which is why you want a slightly darker shade. A lighter shade will bring them even more forward, making them look puffier! That’s the last thing you need!





  1. After applying foundation all over the face and neck, look in the mirror and focus your eye to only see the dark area. This is not the puffy area! This is the area that is darker and most likely closest to your nose or under the puffy “bag”. Trace the correcting pen over the dark area to lighten it up.
  2. Now notice only the part that is puffy and raised. Apply the liquid concealer in the slightly darker shade directly on top of it.
  3. Blend with your finger by tapping it instead of smearing it.
  4. Continue tapping as you move across.





There’s nothing wrong with using eye makeup remover to take it all off… And you know my favorite to get the most stubborn liner and mascara off in one swipe is coconut oil (check out my DIY Waterproof Makeup Remover Tutorial if you missed it). But when you need to perfect your cat eye, straighten out your liner or remove any smears/fallout, this is a better alternative to using makeup remover (that can be too oily). Not only is eye cream formulated specifically to hydrate the eye area and help prevent fine lines, it also works as a corrector and erases any mishaps! Especially paired with a pointed cotton swab. And since you probably already own it, you have one less thing to purchase! Here’s how:



  1. Squeeze a seed size of the eye cream onto your finger (or dip your finger into the cream pot).
  2. Dip the tip of the cotton swab into the eye cream.
  3. Place the tip at the beginning of the smear/mistake.
  4. Swipe the tip across the makeup mistake while slightly rolling it as well.


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

One of the most reoccurring emails in our inbox is about covering dark circles. We’ve done two tutorials addressing it so far (revisit How to Cover Dark Circles and Daytime Concealer Trick for more), but today we’re tackling the darkest of dark circles with the help of the color correction! I know I refer to art class a lot, but makeup is an art form and the same theories apply. On the color wheel, orange and blue are across from each other and yellow and purple are across from each other, which means they cancel each other out. So if you have serious dark circles, they’re probably a little purple and a little blueish. Luckily, we know the best concealers that are the perfect shades of orange and yellow to cancel them out. Or if yours are pretty bad but not fatal, try a salmon (pinky-peach) shade to brighten at the same time. My fellow makeup artist Sophia Flores breaks it down (and kindly loans us her eye above): (more…)


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We’ve all been there… while rushing to get your mascara on, more of it ends up on your lid than on your lashes. Or you press a little too hard with your liquid liner and it looks like you’ve been taking crazy pills. My favorite of all offenders: you’ve created a masterpiece then with a heavy hand you try a new powder and now look like your grandmother’s friend whose make-up is so thick you could scratch your name across her cheek. But fear not ladies; make-up is temporary! No need to start over from scratch. Here are my favorite tips that have rescued me throughout the years.

  • Liquid liner gone awry: (try to catch it before it fully dries if you can) dip a pointed cotton swab or q-tip into a dollop of body lotion instead of eye make-up remover (that creates too oily of a canvas for the new line to adhere to) and erase the mistake with a quick drag and wipe.
  • Kohl liner drawn thicker on one eye than the other one: I always joke to my clients that I wish they were all cyclops-es with one big eye in the middle of their foreheads!  But fortunately for us, we’re not… so we have to make sure our eye make-up is even.  If your line is thicker on one eye, decide if you want to go back and draw the other one thicker, or if you want to thin it out.  This is an easy fix by simply lightly wetting a q-tip with water, pressing out any excess water onto a tissue or towel then twirling it slightly while you drag it across the bottom part of the line.
  • For any mascara mishaps, using the slightly-wetted q-tip, press it directly on the mascara mark, swirl it 180 degrees then drag it a millimeter as you lift it off.
  • If your concealer is too heavy or cakey, dampen your fingers with water and smooth it out.
  • If your blush is too bright, dab back over it with the make-up sponge you used to apply your foundation or layer a neutral blush shade over it.
  • If you’ve over-powdered your face or it looks like your wearing a mask of make-up, spray it with a misting atomizer or dampen your hands and lightly press them all over your face for ten seconds to dilute everything.  Then with a clean sponge, smooth out any uneveness.
  • If your lipstick color is too dark, blot it with a tissue as many times as necessary to tone it down then add lip balm.  Or blot once and add a lighter color. Some of my best make-up creations have started with a mistake that I had to alter.
  • If your lip liner is too harsh, dab a little lip balm on your finger and thin it out while blending it inward (same result can be accomplished with a lip brush if handy).
  • If your brow pencil/shadow is too dark or uneven, smudge it with a q-tip or tissue.
  • If you’re Caucasian and your make-up foundation looks too pink, or if you’re African American and your make-up has a grey/ashy tone to it, correct both with a yellow shade of powder ( a great make-up secret weapon to keep in your arsenal).

I’d love to hear any tricks you’ve come up with too so please share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages!  And remember you never have to start over just because you messed up… simply dilute, correct and carry on!

XO Amy Nadine