Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

DIY BROW MOUSSE

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
  2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
  3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
  4. Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
  5. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
  6. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.

If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

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

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!

MAKE IT MATTE! MAKE IT LAST!

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

Of course there are many great stains out there and we couldn’t be bigger fans! But if you don’t have one on you and want your lipstick to last much much longer than it would by itself, or you want to mattify it because you don’t feel like looking too made up,  just go back in time to what our ladies from the 1930′s and 1940′s did! When I learned this technique back in makeup school, I thought it was ridiculous and that the powder wouldn’t penetrate through the tissue. But it not only does, it’s the perfect amount. The tissue acts as a sifter or filter and is more effective than directly powdering your lips. Here’s how:

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KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

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

This method has been around for centuries! It’s a powerful Ayuveda technique that removes bacteria from your mouth, gums and teeth and whitens your teeth without using bleach. This is what happened to me this month: my sister told me I had to do it every morning because she read it helps with fertility (my hubby and I have been trying for three years, so I pretty much try anything now!). I did it every morning and after just a couple days noticed my teeth looked whiter but didn’t think much of it. Then two weeks later I went to the dentist for my biannual checkup and was ready to get a big lecture. My dentist was half way through the cleaning when he asked “you floss twice a day, right?” I said “I wish, I’ve been really bad about it lately and am lucky if I do it once a week.” He said my gums were so healthy, didn’t bleed at all and there was barely any tartar. He continued with his cleaning then said “you bleach your teeth, right?” To which I also told him no. He said my teeth were so white that when I walked in the room he thought I had gotten veneers! I finally told him I’ve been oil pulling. He had never heard of it but said my mouth, gums and teeth were extremely healthy and he was going to look into it. I was so excited that I actually got a good report card that I’ve been telling all of my friends and now my readers! I’ve since learned it can also clear up acne and your sinuses, prevent gingivitis and promotes heart health! Here’s your Oil Pulling 101: (more…)