Posts Tagged ‘dramatic’

FALL MAKEUP TREND

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

This Fall, dare to step out of your comfort zone a little with this incredibly dramatic eye! Most of us would never dream of wearing RED eye shadow, but anchored with black shadow and paired with a nude or red lip, it’s actually very wearable and quite gorgeous with any eye color! It’s almost like it brings black shadow to life like a fiery sunset behind it! Here’s how:  (more…)

CASE STUDY: EYE SHADOW

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

Have you ever wondered if there’s truly a difference when you wear matte or shimmer shadows? A lot of us have strong opinions as to which one we prefer, so I decided to do a little case study with these constants:

  • Same eye
  • Same 4 shades
  • Same application

The matte shadows are from my all-time favorite Stila’s In The Know Palette. They are the perfect 8 matte shades and don’t get muddy when you apply them (you don’t need to use an eye primer first). The shimmer shadows are my all-time favorite shimmer shadows, The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cubes #6. I discovered them when I had a long layover at an airport in 2003 and have used them on every single one of my clients on one occasion or another since. The secret to them is wetting the brush first so they’re really intense and last longer.

So now that you can see both finishes in a way that you can really compare them, what do you think? The difference isn’t as dramatic as I thought it would be, I have to say! It’s interesting the way the shimmer shadow highlights any small wrinkles on the lid, but only visible to someone standing really close. But in return, the shimmer really does electrify the eye and bring it to life. The matte eye adds a little more drama and is a little moodier. Anyway, we’d love to know your thoughts too so please take a second to vote below!

SMOKY EYE WITH ONLY LINER

post + photography by amy nadine; graphic design by eunice chun

This isn’t just a lifesaver in an emergency, creamy chunky liners actually give a smoky eye a whole new look, texture and finish that you can’t get with shadow. I don’t recommend painting your entire lid with a liner; it’s way too much product layering and will end up creasing and streaking. So try this method instead! I’ve done it on photo shoots, the red carpet and on myself and it will not crease.  (more…)

EDGE PERFECTION

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Another oldie but goodie, this trick is your best friend for many reasons… it creates a sharp line, it has a lifting effect and it takes the pressure off you to even worry about applying it perfectly. And all you need is a baby wipe. Sold! Here’s how:

  1. Before you apply foundation, start with a smoky eye. Hold the wipe from the side of your nose to the end of the brow. 99% of the time, this is the perfect angle for lifting and winging your shadow. If your eyebrow is on the shorter side, use the angle of the outside corner of your lower lashline to determine where you place the wipe.
  2. Place your finger on the wipe directly to the side of the eyeshadow as seen above.
  3. In one quick swoop, pull the wipe by dragging your finger from your bottom lashline to your brow.
  4. Remove the wipe and you’ll see a perfect + clean edge!
  5. Perfect the top corner by slightly rounding it out with a Q-tip.

You can end it there. Or… for even more drama, go back with a black kajal liner like the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Liner that I used on Sophia above (or a black liquid liner) and draw an exaggerated winged line using the edge as your guide.