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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.

 

 

A QUICK LIP TIP

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

When it comes to bringing the Uptown Lip to life, you’ll want to focus on two key elements: a little lining exaggeration and a shiny gloss. If you follow your own lip’s perimeter, you’ll get a nice, natural result. But if you take the line from your cupid’s bow to the outer corner as a solid straight line instead, it will be slightly above the natural perimeter, creating a fuller effect. Combined with gloss that makes everything more three dimensional and even Kylie Jenner would be impressed! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Lip Pencil — Right now these are my favorite lip pencils for the perfect amount of pigment and slip. These are my favorite more budget-conscious options. I’ve chosen a nude shade but you can do this technique with any color that you love as long as the lip liner and the lip gloss are the same shade.
  • Your Favorite Lip Gloss — These 3-D lip glosses are so advanced both visually and formulation-wise. They definitely weren’t around when I went to makeup school in 2003 and I’m so impressed with how far the cosmetics industry has come. If you’re looking to pay a little less, try these gorgeous ultra-shiny lip glosses.

STEPS:

  1. Start by drawing an “M” shape along your cupid’s bow but don’t go all the way to the corners.
  2. This is where we cheat the angles. Don’t follow your natural lip perimeter, especially if it slopes a little downward as it makes its way to the corner. Ignore the natural line and draw a straight line from the end of the “M” to the corner.
  3. Stretch your smile to tighten the skin so your lines are smooth and not jagged. Feel free to make the line thicker as you do this. You can even fill in the entire upper lip as well like I did on Rachel above.
  4. Don’t forget to line the lower lip as you usually would. Or you can cheat it slightly below the natural lip line but be careful not to draw it too exaggerated. Then you can fill in the entire lower lip as well.
  5. Finish with a coat of lip gloss on both the top and bottom.

EYE SHADOW BREAKDOWN

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

Unless you’ve been on a deserted island this last year, you’ve noticed that the cut crease has taken over Instagram and Pinterest! It’s a nod to the mod looks of the 1960’s and super easy to recreate if you break it down a step at a time. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

1. Line the crease “socket” with the longwear pencil by starting at one corner and tracing along the crease in an arched shape until you reach the other corner.

2. Dip the crease brush into the metallic brown shadow and sweep it back and forth over the crease line, concentrating on blending it directly on the line and upward but not downward.

3. Load up one more time with the metallic brown shadow and repeat step 2.

4. Line the upper lashline and wing it slightly at the same angle of the cut crease.

5. Switch to the blackest black kohl pencil and line the lower lashline and rim the inner waterline.

7. Pick any matte color in the rainbow and sweep it across the lid carefully. You can absolutely do this step before the liner if you’re worried about accidentally going over it.

8. Add a couple coats of mascara.

9. Dip the smudge brush into metallic brown shadow and sweep it under the liner on the lower lashline. Then stamp the highlighting shadow in the inner corners with your finger.

 

THE FLUTTER LASH

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

This Fall, why not step it up a little with a pair of Wispies? They’re one of the flirtiest of all the faux lash strips out there and make batting your lashes even more powerful! I’ve paired it with an Autumn eye of soft taupe and eggplant shadows. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Start by sweeping the Gilded shadow all over the lid.
  2. Next sweep the Custom shade back and forth in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Continue with the Custom shade along the bottom lashline.
  4. Go back and apply the Sangria shade all over the lid by “stamping” it multiple times as you work your way across.
  5. Trace the gel liner along the upper lashline from the inner corner to the outer corner.
  6. Line the bottom lashline as well.
  7. Coat your lashes with mascara.
  8. Apply the lash glue along the base of the lash strip. Wait two minutes for it to get tacky.
  9. Because you waited two minutes, you can literally “pop” them onto the lashline and they won’t slide. For more tips for lash strips, revisit my tutorial here.