Posts Tagged ‘eye’

LASH FEST

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

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

Yes we all have our favorite mascara. Then we have a drawer full of purchases that we love aspects of but not the whole thing.  Don’t let them go to waste! And don’t settle for something that you don’t absolutely love either. Just mix and match a brush you love with a formula you love, making your own favorite! Most wands fit in most tubes. A random wand here and there won’t, making this trick not work, but for the most part, you can screw any wand into any tube. Just take a moment to wipe the excess product from the original tube off the bristles by rolling it across a tissue until it rolls clear.

Below are three random combinations from my six current personal favorite mascaras. They’re already perfect to me as is, but it’s fun to play around and make new variations of them. Think about it… you can take your favorite expensive department store mascara and when it has run out, keep the wand and use it with a drug store brand. Just start playing around bravely!

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COMBINATION #1:

  • Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara (on sale!) — this is one of my client Lauren Conrad’s all-time favorite mascara because the brush makes lashes soft and pet-able.
  • Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is one of my client Brittany Snow’s favorite mascaras because the formula is incredibly intense.

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COMBINATION #2:

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COMBINATION #3:

THE ALTERNATIVE BRUSH CLEANERS

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

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

You may remember my Brush Cleaning 101 Tutorial then my DIY Natural Brush Cleaning Tutorial. Since then, I’ve discovered three more inventions to help us with the brush cleaning process so of course I couldn’t wait to share them with you guys! Cleaning mats give you the perfect surface to swirl your brushes against while you’re cleaning them with soap and water, making it much more effective. A brush hanger is amazing because it hangs the brushes upside down so the water doesn’t creep into the metal holder and break down the glue, causing the bristles to fall out. And a dry cleaner is amazing on the go and when you want to switch shades without having to wait for a wet brush to dry.

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THE CLEANSING MATS:

THE HANGING TREE:

THE DRY CLEANER:

STEPS:

  1. Press the brush you want to clean against the black sponge and start to drag it around in a circle.
  2. Continue swirling it around as you watch the product residue literally come off as it’s grabbed onto the sponge.
  3. Flip over the sponge to use the other side if you find it’s at its limit. Once the other side is at its limit as well, remove the sponge and wash it with liquid soap and water.

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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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!