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OUR TOP MAKEUP HACKS

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’ve found many of our top makeup hacks borrowed on other sites! It’s all good, but it made me think that you might want them rounded up in one place for you here as well. So let’s walk down memory lane with 15 of my favorite tricks and tutorials I’ve ever created:

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#15 For stubbornly-straight lashes, you have to try our Lash Curling Extreme Tutorial with your favorite lash curler and your hair dryer!

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#14 Turn any old kohl pencil into an intense gel liner with our DIY Gel Liner Tutorial, one of the first tutorials I ever created!

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#13 Outline with concealer before rocking a bright lipstick with our fuller lip trick!

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#12 When using your favorite contouring kit, don’t cross the imaginary line!

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#11 When applying your favorite mascara, it’s all about the roots! Check out our Mascara Re/Done Tutorial for the steps.

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#10 If you don’t have a contour brush (or aren’t ready to invest in one), make your own in two seconds by pinching a powder brush or bronzing brush with our DIY Contour Brush Tutorial!

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#9 If you keep your cult-favorite eye cream in the fridge, it’ll also help constrict everything and tackle puffy bags! Check out our full tutorial here.

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#8 Imagine and draw secret triangles when you highlight and contour with our clever tutorial!

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#7 Don’t toss a dried-out mascara! Add a few drops of Rewetting Solution and bring it back to life with our Save The Mascara Tutorial!

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#6 Apply your favorite red lipstick and then stamp the center of the top and bottom lip with a frosted highlighter. Revisit our 3-D Lip Illusion Tutorial for more.

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#5 If your cheekbones haven’t come in yet (mine didn’t arrive until I was 26), try our Cheekbone Finder Tutorial!

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#4 Dip an angled liner brush into a gel liner pot and stamp the outline of your cat eye! Refresh your memory with our full Cat Eye Stamp Tutorial.

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#3 Streamline your eyeshadows into one Custom Palette! Check out my DIY Shadow Palette Tutorial for more!

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#2 This is my biggest pet peeve out there! No more raccoon eyes please. Only apply a lighter concealer to the indentation, NOT the puffy “bag”. Learn why and see my whole tutorial here.

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#1 You know when you try a new mascara but don’t love the formula or the wand so you toss it in a drawer with others? Don’t! Try our Customized Mascara Tutorial instead by keeping the wand that you love and matching it with a formula that you love, or vice versa!

 

 

EYELINER STUDY

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

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

Did you know that there are tiny, subtle things you can do with your lower lashline eyeliner to make your eyes look more “open” and awake or more elongated and almond-shaped? It’s true! Regardless of what you do with lining your upper lashline, take a second to think about how you line your lower lashline (if at all) and your decision will tweak the way your eye looks. If you only line the center part of it, it will make your eye look more open and reinforce a rounder shape. If you only line the outer corner of the lower lashline, it will make your eye look longer and more almond shape. If you go a step further and rim the inner waterline, it will make the eye look slightly more closed but much more piercing. Let’s walk through each one:

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ROUND/OPEN:

  1. Trace the pencil ONLY along the center of the lower lashline. This creates the illusion that the eye is more “open” and rounder.
  2. Smudge it a little with your finger or the cotton swab. This step is optional but I always prefer a smudged liner unless it’s a liquid cat eye, obviously.

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ELONGATED:

  1. Trace the pencil ONLY along the outer half of the eye. You could even do just the outer quarter or third if you wish.
  2. Smudge it a little with your finger or the cotton swab. Again this step is optional.

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INNER WATERLINE:

  1. If you want to add more drama and make the Corner Flush more piercing, rim the inner waterline the same distance (outer half, outer third or outer quarter).

I simplified everything by not lining the upper lashline, but you could also line the whole upper lashline, just the corner, or make it thicker as you progress from the inner to outer corner… there are tons of ways to change your eye shape! Which style is your favorite? For even more examples of lower lashlining, revisit my Lower Lashline Study from a couple years ago!

For those of you asking about the eyeshadow above, I used this gorgeous sage green palette ($$$)! You can also try this budget-friendly shadow in Green Glimmer ($).

MULTI MASKING 101

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

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

Most of us have combination skin. Our T-zone needs deep pore cleaning, our undereyes need instant oxygen and our cheeks need brightening or energizing! Or you chin could be chronically dry but your forehead is oily and tends to break out. There are endless combinations! Which is why multi-masking is so genius! Access your current skin situation (mine changes each season) and apply masks accordingly. Here’s how I broke it up for Rachel above:

T-ZONE:

Rachel’s T-Zone is naturally more oily than the rest of her face so the pores in that area get congested and clogged more easily.

CHEEK:

Like most of us, her cheek area has some dark spots and dry spots. So I switched to a multi-tasking mask that really energizes the area.

CHIN:

The chin is a very fickle area that needs its own separate assessment too! One day it becomes dry and scaly and lasts that way for a month, then it breaks out with dermatitis and little small bumps like a rash! So I took a moment to look and feel Rachel’s and determined it was a little on the oilier side, so I applied the same purifying mask that I used on her T-zone.

UNDEREYE:

The under-eye area is the thinnest and most fragile skin on your face so you have to treat it delicately. It’s also the tattle tale that shows the most signs of being tired (dark circles and bags). So I personally like using adding O2 to the area for an instant pick me up. Then I typically cover any uncovered areas with it as well.

You don’t have to do three different masks like I did… you can just do 2 or you can do 4! Just feel around with your fingers and determine which areas are dry, which are dull, which are oily and apply accordingly. I think you’ll be much happier with the results than just using one mask.

THE NEW FACE TECHNOLOGY

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

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

Because makeup looks much better on a smooth and clear surface, I spend a lot of time researching anything and everything that I can get my hands on in the world of skincare. And I mean everything! After trying it all, the biggest advances I’ve found so far are these. Why? Because how many times have you had an amazing facial and wished you could do the same at home? When you do something weekly instead of monthly in the case of microdermabrasion, or nightly instead of monthly in the case of blue or red LED light therapy, the results are exponentially bigger! Not to mention the money you save. Let’s walk through each one:

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  • This handheld device ($138, used on Rachel above) is my favorite because it comes with four interchangeable diamond tips (delicate, standard, firm and bold) that really tackle fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate off dead skin cells. I’ve also heard good things about this one ($199) but haven’t personally tried it.
  • To use it, gently pull the skin so it’s taut then trace the device over it in lines and patterns illustrated in the booklet.
  • I use mine once a week and can really see the cell turnover and feel the baby soft skin.
  • I notice my serums and creams absorb better when the skin has been exfoliated.
  • If you aren’t ready to invest in the real thing yet, try this at-home system ($15.99) that really helps boost circulation while it exfoliates.
  • If you aren’t feeling handhelds and want a really powerful microscrub that won’t damage your skin, this one ($$) and this one ($) are my favorites.

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ANTI-ACNE LED LIGHTS

  • Since LED lights have been used on skin (blue lights for anti-acne and red lights for anti-aging) for over a decade now, there have been enough studies done that show they really do work. Earlier this year I created tutorials on blue-light handhelds and red-light handhelds, and now I’m excited to share my latest discovery, LED masks! So you don’t have to hold something up to your skin. I’ve had both kind of facials, one where the facialist placed a red light mask over my face and left the room for 20 minutes and another where she traced a red light handheld all over my skin for twenty minutes. Both times I left with amazing results!
  • I used this anti-acne light therapy mask ($29.99) on Rachel above because it’s affordable (comes with a 30-use cartridge) and I love there’s a slit for your eyes to stay open and stay connected on your phone the whole time! If acne isn’t an issue for you but you want to fight fine lines and wrinkles, try the anti-aging light therapy mask ($29.99). This one doesn’t have the eye slit so that you can use that time to disconnect from the world instead.
  • Either with a handheld LED device or a mask, trace it over skin or wear it until they automatically shut off.
  • I’ve used my anti-acne mask nightly for 30 days to give it a fair chance and my skin started clearing up after 3 days! I feel like it really calmed everything down so much. Now I wear it every other night or so but it’s up to you!
  • Before you ask about the lips sticker above, I put it there (it came with lots of fun stickers to decorate it with) but you don’t have to!

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BEAUTY POWDER

  • Remember our series with Dr. Jessica Wu about how much what we eat affects our skin, hair and nails? It’s half of the battle! But unfortunately I have the taste buds of a six year old (don’t ask!) and don’t like a lot of vegetables and can always taste them when I try to disguise them in juices! So beauty powders are a must for me and have come a long way.
  • This iconic one ($$$) shown above is my personal favorite because it has peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and lipids in it that are proven to make hair shinier, nails stronger and skin more hydrated. I noticed a difference in my skin in three weeks when people started complimenting me how glowy it was. This is a more budget-friendly option ($) but I can’t vouch for the results (let me know if you try it and see a difference).
  • I mix the powder with 4-8 ounces of Whole 5 Puree anti-oxidant juice but you can use whichever is your favorite.
  • I drink a glass daily and actually look forward to it!