Posts Tagged ‘eye’

AGAINST THE GRAIN

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One of my favorite models, Camille Rowe, taught me this a few years ago when I was happily in the mind frame that brows had to be smoothed over and perfectly groomed. She borrowed my spoolie brush and directed the beginning hairs inward, away from the others. Instantly I saw how sexy and youthful it made everything and my perspective on brows was changed for life. Here’s how to get the look:

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TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Place the wand/spoolie brush at the base of the brow. Instead of brushing them straight up, “pull” and direct them inward towards the opposite brow. Repeat to make sure there is no hair left behind! Once you have brushed the beginning hairs inward, you can brush the rest of the “base” hairs straight up.
  2. Now that the beginning hairs are directed toward the opposite brow and the rest of the base hairs are directed straight up, brush the tail hairs outward in the direction of their natural growth.

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We know that brow styles are a personal preference so if you’re not into this natural look, that’s ok! Just please be respectful to our readers who like it in our comments below! Thanks!

PS for everyone who is asking what the eye shadow is, it’s this one in Dark Pearl!

AMP IT UP SERIES

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

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

The holidays are coming, making it the perfect time to start kicking things up a little! So begins our Amp It Up Series, showing you different ways to take it the extra mile in the chic-est way possible. Today we’re taking a traditional shadow look and adding a “sunset” behind it for instant drama. Here’s how to create a copper halo:

TOOLS:

  • A Metallic Brown Shadow — I used Dark Horse from the gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Palettea staple in most makeup artists’ kits.
  • A Metallic Copper Shadow — I used Ardency Inn’s Modster Manuka Honey Pigment in Copper. You can also use Half Baked from the Urban Decay Palette for a more subtle halo effect.
  • A Black Kohl Pencil — You might have noticed by now that I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock n Kohl Pencil because it’s one of the blackest black pencils out there and doesn’t smear or run.
  • A Volumizine Mascara — If you haven’t tried Eyeko’s Black Magic Mascara yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s incredibly black, making your lashes show up from across the room.

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TRADITIONAL SHADOWED LID:

  1. Apply the metallic brown shade all over the upper lid. Include the crease but not above it. I wet the brush slightly to intensify the pigment, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  2. Apply the same shade along the bottom lash line.
  3. Rim the inner waterline with the black kohl pencil, letting it also fill in the spaces in between the lashes.
  4. Line the upper lash line with the same black kohl pencil. I winged it up and out on Magali above, but that’s a personal call depending on your mood and lid shape.
  5. Add a couple coats of mascara.

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SUNSET EFFECT:

  1. Sweep the copper shade along the crease, just above the mettalic brown lid and extend it out slightly as demonstrated above.
  2. Trace the copper shade just below the metallic brown on the lower lash line.

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CAT EYE LITE

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

Sometimes a little smoked wing is all you need! Who says a cat eye has to be done with liquid liner? This soft version is ultra-feminine and flirty and a very modern take on a retro look. And for those of you who are still intimidated by liquid liner, this is a perfect way to master the shape of the flick. Let’s break it down step by step:

TOOLS:

  • A Nude Shadow — pick one that matches your own skin color.
  • A Black Matte Shadow — not that a shimmer version wouldn’t be pretty too! But I used this one from my favorite matte shadow palette on Magali above.
  • A Long-Edged Angled Liner Brush — if you don’t have this long-edged angled liner brush in your arsenal yet, you’re missing out! It takes the guess work out of lining and allows you to stamp and sweep.
  • Mascara — I used this big volume mascara and really loved the way it coated each lash.
  • A Cotton Swab — it can be a regular one or a pointed tip.
  • Optional: Half-Strip False Lashes – I used and love these lash accents.

STEPS:

1. Apply the nude shadow all over your lid and crease.

2. Press the liner brush into the shadow and give it a tap against the counter to release any excess.

3. Determine the angle of the wing by imagining an line from the end of your eye to the end of your brow. Stamp the brush along that angle.

4. Move the brush towards the lashline and stamp again. Lift the brush up and stamp horizontally above it to connect it to your lashline.

5. Now stamp along the lashline and stop about 3/4’s of the way across.

6. Take the cotton swab and gently smear the line back and forth to smoke it out.

7. Press the brush back into the shadow and give it another tap against the counter to remove any excess. Go back and stamp the wing to perfect the edges a little. You don’t have to do this step, I just couldn’t help myself!

8. Add a couple coats of mascara.

9. This step is optional but you can always add a half strip of lashes for extra drama. Revisit my Quick Tips For Lash Strips Tutorial for secrets to getting it right every time.

 

 

QUICK TIP: THICK LASHES

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

It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.

STEPS:

  1. Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
  2. Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
  3. Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.