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DIY CREAM BLUSH

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

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

I go back and forth between powder blush and cream blush all the time on my clients (and myself). But if I had to choose, I love the fresh-faced look that only a cream blush can give. Powder blush always looks well, like powder that sits on top of the skin. It’s super pretty, don’t get me wrong! But let’s be honest: no one will believe it’s an actual flush. You just look like you love wearing makeup, hence the term “looking made up”. Which is our divine right! But when you want to use makeup to strategically enhance, define, accentuate and look more awake, you have to use different techniques and different products. In this case, we want to mimic that “in love” glow, so we would switch to a cream blush and stipple into the skin. But if you don’t have one handy, convert your powder blush into one with today’s tutorial! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Dip your finger into the moisturizer to grab a pea-sized amount.
  2. Swirl it in the palm of your hand. This thins it out and warms it up with your body’s temperature so it will melt together better.
  3. Slide the Q-tip across the powder blush with a little pressure to pick up a small amount of product.
  4. Now roll the Q-tip into the thinned-out cream in the palm of your hand.
  5. Swirl your magic solution around with your finger until it’s all mixed together.
  6. Dab the blush brush into the solution to load it up.
  7. Fake smile in the mirror to find the apples of the cheek and start on the top half as you stipple the brush from there along the top of your cheekbones. Some of my clients love to keep it concentrated on the apples only while others like to do a high corner flush, more towards the temples. Basically, if your face is very angular or bony, stick to the apples to add fullness. If your face is rounder or you’re a little heavier right now, suck in your cheekbones and concentrate the blush there (and follow the hollow with a bronzing powder to contour and thin them out!).

FOUNDATION & POWDER RENEWAL

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

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

I can’t tell you how many times I leave for a job in the morning feeling quite lovely then look in the mirror around 3pm and gasp! I mean. What happened to my foundation and powder application? Life, I guess! But I’ve learned that the same product that I set my makeup with is what I can use to revive it. Except for instead of spraying it (which sets it), I do this technique. It’s something I discovered on set with clients because as much as they may love me, they don’t really appreciate me walking up to them and spraying their faces! So I needed to find a way to revive their powdered foundation another way. Here’s how you can too:

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TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Face Spray — By now you know I’m beyond obsessed with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I buy the full size one ($$$) but you can try it out in this size ($)) because it takes years off of my clients’ faces by creating the perfect amount of dewiness and glow without looking shiny or oily. I also really really love this dewy mist ($$) that instantly brings foundation and powder back to life, no matter how caked they have gotten.
  • A Beautyblender Sponge — I especially love this one that comes with this fancy ring stand ($$) because it should always be on the counter so it can breathe and not in a makeup drawer with no circulation (I learned the hard way once when I cleaned it and put it back in my kit, only to find it mildewed!).

STEPS:

  1. Spritz a few times into the palm of your cupped hand.
  2. Dab the back of your egg sponge into the solution until all of it has been absorbed.
  3. Now gently tap the back of the sponge over any areas that have gotten cakey.
  4. Continue over areas that need life again.
  5. You can do this any time your face needs it!

 

SPRING MAKEUP INSPO

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

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

I’m so ready for Spring. Especially when we get little teasers of warm sunny days! And one of my favorite ways to express it is through makeup, obvi! When switching to a pastel eye shadow, you can make it pop even more if you first pick one that sparkles a little (nothing too showgirl) and second, find one that you can wetten for more intensity. I had the pleasure of working on a metallic beauty story for Darling magazine this month that inspired this tutorial to show you just how easy it is to create this look.

TOOLS:

  • A Metallic Eye Shadow — I used this one ($$) on Amelia but you can create a similar effect with this one ($$) if you don’t want to deal with wetting it and making a paste.
  • An Eye Contour Brush — I love to use this one ($$$) for wetting shadows because of its short and thin bristles. You can also try this one ($1).
  • Optional — I added this lash strip ($) because, well, you know… but this look doesn’t need it!

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STEPS:

  1. Fill the lid to the eye shadow with water or the liquid that comes with it (in that case use the tray that it comes with too). If you’re using a different metallic shadow, test it to see if it can be applied wet by wetting just the brush and swirling it across a small area of the shadow. If it makes a paste, great! If it balls up, no bueno and try a different one. Then dip the brush in the water and swirl it in the shadow to make a paste.
  2. Sweep the brush over the lid to start. You can leave it as is or bring it up into the crease as well like Amelia did here.
  3. Finish the look with mascara or add a lash strip like we did.

DAILY LEMON WATER

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

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

Last year I kept reading posts on social media about the benefits of drinking lemon water. I’m always down to try something new but had no idea it would do so much! Eleven months later, I’ve lost five pounds, haven’t been sick once (not even a sniffle) and my skin rarely breaks out anymore. It’s kind of freaky! It took about two weeks to remember to do it each morning but then it became a habit and now I hate it if I have to miss a day. I was worried that it would be too acidic on my stomach but from everything I’ve read, lemon is acidic outside of the body but inside of the body it has an alkalizing effect and helps balance the body’s pH level. It’s such a direct source of Vitamin C and is a natural diuretic. There are so many benefits and now I can’t imagine starting off my day any other way so I wanted to share my experience. Here’s how if you want to try it too:

TOOLS:

  • A Lemon Press – I’ve tried squeezing each half by hand and a flat press, but this one ($$) and this one ($) are by far the easiest to use and gets the most juice out and you don’t have to take the seeds out before because when it presses it, 95% of the seeds stay in the lemon.
  • A Lemon or Two – I only use organic lemons because I don’t want something that has been sprayed with pesticides and then soaked in hot water to go in my body!
  • A Serrated Knife.
  • A Cutting Board — I wish I owned this adorable Kate Spade one!!
  • A Glass.
  • Boiled Water — Okay, I must admit I am smitten with this hilarious teapot!

STEPS:

  1. Put the kettle on and boil about 300 mL of water. Cut the lemon(s) in half. Remember, you don’t have to take the seeds out first with this style of press.
  2. Place each half (one at a time!) faced down inside of the press, as shown above. Place the press directly over the opening of the glass.
  3. Squeeze the two handles together until no more juice comes out.
  4. Pour hot water into the glass and let it seep for a few minutes.
  5. Drink up! When you are finished, immediately rinse your mouth with water (squish it around) so it doesn’t affect the enamel of your teeth.

DISCLAIMER:

  • I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist or in a health profession or making claims to be. I am merely sharing research that I’ve done and my own personal results.
  • As with any health suggestion, be your own advocate, ask your doctor and know that nutrition and beauty advice are not one-size-fits-all. Anything you try is at your own risk.