Posts Tagged ‘easy’

BRUSH BASICS

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

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

A lot of us never think about how we use our eye shadow brushes. And maybe you’re already using it this way subconsciously! But just in case, here’s a guideline to remember. There are five sides to a brush: the tip, two long sides and two flat sides. This is how I love to use them:

  • Use the LONG SIDE to shade the contour (crease).
  • Use the TIP to go back and blend it back and forth.
  • Use the FLAT SIDE to fill in the lid.

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Load up the LONG SIDE of the brush with the contour (darker) shade.
  2. Trace the contour of the eye (the crease) with the LONG SIDE of the brush.
  3. Now go back over the crease with the TIP of the brush and blend back and forth.
  4. Fill up the FLAT SIDE of the brush with the lid (lighter) shade and fill in the lid space.
  5. You can add liner (I didn’t) then coat the lashes with mascara.

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PRE-POWDER MUST

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

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

Here’s the deal. Sometimes when we apply foundation, we get a little carried away in the coverage. And by we, I mostly mean me! I can’t help it. I see things that I want to cover and go back and add another layer to the area, move on, go back and add another layer until I’m happy with the result. But if I were to immediately powder after, the areas where the foundation hasn’t been absorbed in the skin or is in a little, ahem, excess, it’s going to get cakey in those areas. It’s just what happens when you apply powder until of “fresh” foundation. Which is why this trick is a lifesaver! Just take a second to blot the skin after you apply foundation (and cream blush/bronzer) but before you powder, accomplishing two things: 1. it absorbs the excess foundation that would have otherwise gotten “cakey” when you powdered it and 2. it really presses the product into the skin. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Apply foundation all over like you typically would.
  2. Stipple cream blush and/or cream bronzer.
  3. Place the tissue over your flat hand.
  4. Fold the “flaps” under and tuck with your outside fingers/thumb as Penelope demonstrated above.
  5. Press and roll your fingers on the skin..
  6. Lift your hand up and repeat in another area until you’ve blotted your whole face.
  7. Now you can go back and powder.
  8. Focus on your T-zone.

 

MICELLAR WATER

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

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

My hubby is French and every time we spend time at his friends’ homes in Paris, I talk to the women about their gorgeous skin. When it comes to makeup, we mostly use the same products. But none of them believe in “washing their faces.” No face wash, no splashing with water until it’s squeaky clean. That seems really weird and foreign to them. While to us, it seems crazy not to wash our face! Instead, they all use micellar water (or eau micellaire as they call it). Their mothers used it. Their grandmothers used it. It goes way back. So here’s the deal: “micelles” are minuscule little oil molecules suspended in water and they attract oil and dirt like a magnet and pull them to the cotton ball. Have you ever noticed in the bath tub that when oil molecules floating in the water approach other oil molecules floating that they join together and become a bigger oil mass? That’s the power oil always has on other oil. Yet it leaves behind the hydrating soft water from the solution so it doesn’t strip your skin like face wash does. Making it a lifesaver for sensitive and acne-prone skin. I switched to it in January (I still can’t believe I haven’t washed my face in five months!) and my skin is so much calmer, clearer and more balanced. My skin is actually cleaner than using a face wash. If you don’t believe me, wash your face, exfoliate it and then wipe a cotton pad soaked in micellar water and inspect it afterward. You’ll die at what it picked up that the face wash and scrub left behind! It’s wild that something moisturizing is also so powerful at cleansing.

FAVORITE MICELLAR WATERS:

STEPS:

  1. Pour/squeeze a small amount on the cotton square. You don’t need to douse it, just enough to wet half of the surface is fine.
  2. Start wiping it all over. I typically start with a cheek then my forehead.
  3. Continue across your lips if you need to remove lipstick and your eyes if you’re wearing eye makeup.
  4. Wipe your nose and the sides of it.
  5. Finish with the other cheek and your neck.

Because eye makeup has progressed through the years and most are longwear or waterproof formulas now, you might have to go back with a stronger eye makeup remover. I use coconut oil to remove mine (revisit this tutorial) but you can also use these serious eye makeup remover wipes.

When I’m showering, I remove my eye makeup with coconut oil before I get in the shower, then I wash everything BUT my face in the shower and use micellar water when I get out.

LIGHTEN UP!

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

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

This Summer why not ditch the dark smoky eyes and try something different? Something that you’ll friends will notice is nothing you’ve ever done before. Something that is light but head-turning… a creamy metallic eye tint is just what you need! I’ve been obsessed with eye tints; using them on my clients and myself every chance I can. Because the formulas  do. not. crease. Or feather. They stay where you put them and have way more intensity than a shadow could ever hope for. So here’s your chance to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Here’s how:

FAVORITE EYE TINTS:

  • I used this one ($$) in shade #5 Green Iron on Penelope above and have kind of been wearing it every day since I got my hands on it. Something gorgeous happens to it over time and it becomes really sparkly. Prepare yourself for tons of compliments.
  • I also really love this one ($$$) because it comes with a cream tint and a shimmer to stamp on top, this one ($) that comes with a cream on one end and glitter on the other end and this one ($) which is just a beautiful cream shine shadow.

STEPS:

  1. Apply it directly with the wand if applicable or a brush if it’s in a pot or tube. I apply it as a color wash all over both the lid and the crease but you can just do the lid.
  2. Blend the crease portion with your finger. This is optional. Sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t!

Pair it with mascara, cream blush and a lip stain or balm and you’re set for Summer! You can also line your eyes to bump it up for night, but if you’re going to do more than rim the inner waterline, just wait a couple minutes for the tint to dry. You can also add a copper eyeshadow “sunset” to the crease to make it more dramatic for nighttime. But I like to go lighter in the Summer. Regardless, have fun!