Posts Tagged ‘double duty’


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

How great would it be if you could go away for the weekend and only pack 4 makeup products in a carry-on? You totally can! And bypass waiting at baggage claim while you’re at it. Here’s how to get 8 uses out of 4 products:


  • Bronzing Powder — I used Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer as it doesn’t come off orange and comes in three versions (Glow (has a hint of shimmer), Four Seasons (multi-tonal) and Matte). It’s seasonal for Summer and has its own display at drug stores, so if you try to find it in the regular section, you won’t (I made that mistake!).
  • Mascara —  I used Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara because I love how the formula translates into a liquid liner (doesn’t travel or feather) and you can apply as many coats on your lashes without it ever clumping.
  • Lipstick — I’m loving Tarte Glamazon 12-Hour Lipstick in Bold, a gorgeous coral shade that’s longlasting, hydrating and perfect with a Summer tan.
  • BB Cream — Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage SPF 25 Mineral BB Cream is the only BB Cream that I’ve found so far that I’d consider swapping my foundation for as it covers any and every imperfection while brightening my skin and giving me broad spectrum sun protection.


  1. Apply the BB cream all over your face and neck to even out your complexion and protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Grab your mascara wand and sweep the liner brush against the bristles to load it up with product.
  3. Line your eyes like you typically would with a gel liner. For more on this technique, revisit guest blogger Carissa Ferreri’s Mascara As Liner Tutorial).
  4. Dip the wand back in the mascara tube and coat your lashes horizontally and vertically. (Check out my Mascara Must-Do’s Tutorial for the best way to get the most from mascara).
  5. Bronze your entire face with the bronzing powder (revisit my Bronzing 101 Tutorial for the specific areas to concentrate on).
  6. Take an eyeshadow brush and dip it into the same bronzing powder.
  7. Sweep the bronzer all over the lid and crease. This clever idea is also from Carissa, whom you already know because I make her model for me in a large majority of my posts!
  8. Remember my Lipstick as Blush Tutorial? That’s all we’re doing here! Cream blush originally came from lipstick so it’s a no-brainer on the go. Wash your hands then press your index finger against the tip of the lipstick. Rub that finger with your other index finger to slightly melt the product with the heat of your finger.
  9. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks then swirl your finger along the upper half of the apple and continue along your cheekbone.
  10. Apply the same lipstick on the lip area.


photos: amy nadine/post: carissa ferreri/graphic design: eunice chun

For months now you’ve gotten to know my assistant Carissa Ferreri‘s lovely eyes and lips when she’s modeled for my makeup posts! But today she’s sharing a tip of her own. Take it away, Carissa!

Here is a trick I personally discovered while taking a trip that almost ended up in makeup disaster! I had just arrived at my destination and was getting ready for a night out. Since I was on vacation I consolidated my makeup to a small bag and just brought a few essentials. At the time I was in a phase using a black eyeshadow for eyeliner, and you guessed it… as soon as i opened the bag, black shadow everywhere! It had broke en route and I immediately realized what a bad decision it was. I panicked! I didn’t have time to go to the store so I frantically searched in my makeup bag for something else. I couldn’t believe I had packed so little! I am known for overpacking in every sense and the one time i needed an array of products I had failed to bring them. All of a sudden my MacGuyver instincts kicked in and like a lightbulb I zeroed in on the mascara! Clearly it’s safe for eyes and has the consistency of a cream liner. I used my flat slanted eyeliner brush and Voila! My signature cat eye done with none other than my favorite mascara! It lasted all night and I use my mascara liner trick to this day!



  1. Sweep the liner brush against the bristles of the mascara wand to load it up with product.
  2. Line your upper lash line like you would with any gel liner.
  3. Liner your lower lash line (optional).
  4. Finish with a coat of mascara.