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A LITTLE BROW HELP

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

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

This little quick tip is much more powerful than you might think. If you only shade over brow hairs, you are filling in but you’re missing the chance to also define. But if you move the brow hairs temporarily by brushing them down, you expose the skin behind them, giving you the chance to draw directly on it. Then you simply brush the hairs back up and the illusion is done! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • A Dual-Ended Brow Brush — Look for one that has a spoolie (looks like a clean mascara wand) on one end and a stiff angled brush on the other end, like this one ($$) used on Brook above or this one ($).
  • Brow Shadow — My favorite brow shadow palettes are these ($$$) but you can also use this one ($).

STEPS:

  1. Here’s the trick! When you get to the arch, brush all those hairs downward with the spoolie. This exposes the skin so you can draw directly on it.
  2. Now load up the angled brush in the brow shadow and draw the arch directly on this skin.
  3. After you’ve drawn it in, switch back to the spoolie end and brush the hairs back up.
  4. Now finish filling in the tail.

For the fashionistas out there, this is the cozy chunky knit sweater ($$$) that Brook is wearing above but this one ($) is on sale!

PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

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

There’s something really beautiful and tastefully dramatic about this eye look and it’s surprisingly easier than you might think. It connects the lashline and the cut crease simply by elongating and intersecting them. Another way to visualize it is by drawing a “V” on its side. Let’s walk through it together:

TOOLS:

  • A Smoky Shadow Stick — I used this one ($$) which I also used on Karla Souza on the red carpet here. I also love this one ($).
  • A Base Shadow — I always use the off-white shadow from this palette ($) because it’s silky and long lasting.
  • A Blending Brush — You want something with densely-packed bristles like this one ($$) to really blend it in.

STEPS:

  1. Start by applying the off-white base color all over the lid and crease.
  2. Trace the lashline with the shadow stick.
  3. Extend that line out and upward to draw the bottom part of the “V”.  Basically like you are drawing a cat eye.
  4. Now trace the crease with the same shadow stick, starting at the end of the elongated lashline. By doing this you are also drawing the top half of the “V”.
  5. Finish by blending the lines with the blending brush.

For our fashionistas out there, this is the lace blouse that Brook is wearing! And this is the liquified lipstick in Melted Nude.

MORE COVERAGE, LESS SHINE

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

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

Any time I can use less powder, I’m all for it. The prettiest finish typically comes from a moisturizing or luminous foundation formula. But sometimes they can make us look a little too shiny (there’s a fine line between dewy and oily-looking!). So try this the next time you apply your favorite luminous foundation! Wet the sponge, wring it out and use it to apply the foundation instead of a brush. Why? Because when the sponge is wet and damp, it won’t pick up the the oil in the foundation (remember, oil and water don’t mix!). So mostly only the pigment will be deposited on your skin. Ok, I don’t claim to know the exact science as to why this happens, all I know is when I do this technique on my clients, I have to powder way less than when I use a foundation brush. And the less powder I use, the less chance of looking cakey.

TOOLS:

Try it and let me know if you notice a difference in the comments below!

For everyone asking, this is the black top that Brook is wearing! xx

WINTER FROST

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

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

I love picking one product on one feature and see if it’s enough to change a look. Yes of course a red lipstick would make a very dramatic difference! But will a single sweep of a frosted shadow? So I tried it on Brook and yes, it’s subtle but it’s gorgeous! And something you must try this winter when you don’t have time to do a smoky eye or a winged liner. It really brightens the eye and draws attention straight there, in the best way possible. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

Pre-step: Wet the brush with water or a mixing medium then dip it in the shadow to make a paste.

  1. Sweep the shadow all over the lid and crease.
  2. Add it to the inner corner.
  3. Trace it along the bottom lashline.
  4. Add a few coats of mascara.

I minimized the rest of her makeup here as not to compete but it would look especially gorgeous with this rose blush and a rosy-pink lip!