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THREE RULES FOR CLUMP-FREE LASHES

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

Is the way you’re applying mascara making it clump? We blame the formulas or the wands, but sometimes, it’s us! That’s ok… when we know better, we do better! So here’s to losing clumps forever!

TOOLS:

TIPS:

  1. You must wait for the first coat to dry before you apply the second coat. Typically a minute is perfect. Don’t be tempted to apply the second coat immediately. Do something else while you’re waiting (your brows, your lipstick, brush your teeth… anything!). You know how it’s important to wait for the first coat of nail polish to dry before you apply the second coat? It’s the same theory here. The product just adheres to the old coat and becomes thick and goopy, aka clumpville.
  2. Remove excess product from the wand before you go near your lashes. But don’t rub the wand bristles against the opening of the tube! This will accumulate around the opening each time and end up back on your wand when you return it after you’re done. Instead, simply roll and press it gently against a tissue.
  3. If somehow you still have a clump or two, simply comb through the lashes downward then upward.

 

PLAY TIME!

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

Today we’re making a case for why our fingers are our best tool! I was forced to learn this when I arrived overseas for a job and the bag with my brushes in it didn’t make it. With no time to go shopping, I sanitized my hands and just got in there! Brushes of course are amazing, but you might be surprised when you give your fingers a try. Why? Because your body temperature slightly melts the product, helping it to really become one with your skin instead of just sitting on top of it. And you can really press it into your skin as you stipple and tap your way around each feature. Here’s what you need to know to pull off finger painting in a way that actually lasts:

TOOLS:

  • Cream Eye Shadow — Bria Murphy is wearing our favorite mass market cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hour Eye Shadow, while our favorite prestige cream shadow is Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mystic Metallics Shadow. They’re both our favorites because they don’t crease ( a nightmare with typical cream shadows) and don’t dissipate as the night goes on.
  • Cream Blush — We live for RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Cream Blush (especially when we find it on sale!) because it’s a natural product that was developed by the iconic Rose Marie Swift who is responsible for the makeup in almost every Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit campaign you’ve every gushed over. Her line is everything. We also really love Jouer Cheek Tint and have for years because it doesn’t disappear in a few hours.
  • Tinted Lip Balm — Bria is wearing Aerin Beauty Limited Edition Multi Color in Freesia, a gorgeous sheer finish with a calming rose scent.

STEPS:

  1. First wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer. After applying foundation (with your fingers so you can really massage it into the skin), swipe your ring finger against the cream eye shadow and tap and smear it along the upper and lower lid. You can choose a matte shade, a bright shade or a metallic shade… the possibilities are endless.
  2. Tap your index finger into the cream blush then tap it against your other index finger to warm it up and create more of a “slip”. Then smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and tap it along the upper half of the each apple as you work your way across your cheekbone. Tap and swirl until it melts into your skin and looks like a natural flush.
  3. Swipe your middle finger against the tinted lip balm and press it into the lip area for a really natural and gorgeous sheer pop of color.

We also love using our fingers with powder products too. Metallic, shimmer and glitter shadows actually work better with our fingers than a brush because you press it into the skin. You can use your fingers with matte shadows if you’re in a jam, but they can get muddy and work better with the sweep of a brush, as do powder blush and powder bronzer.

PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

For the girl out there that lives to express herself artistically, this one is for you! It’s fun, playful and actually wearable even though it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It looks like glitter from far way but as you can see, it’s not! We found this look floating around Instagram a few months ago, thanks for letting us know J Kissa originally created it! Here’s how you can recreate it too:

TOOLS:

  • Matte Liquid Liners– I used Lime Crime Liquid Eyeliners (white here, purple here, black here, light blue here, citreuse here, royal blue here) and Dior Addict It-Line in It-Pink here.
  • Metallic Liquid Liners — I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners (18 shades here of which 16 are metallic) and Lancome Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners (10 metallic shades here).

STEPS:

  1. Start by picking a matte shade and dot randomly along the lashline, continuing out and up at the end like you would a cat eye.
  2. Pick another matte shade and dot randomly then continue with as many matte shades that you have.
  3. Switch to a metallic shade and speckle more dots randomly all over the “line” you created with the matte liners.
  4. Continue dotting with your metallic shades.
  5. Grab one of your matte shades (I chose purple) and perfect the wing by drawing two lines that intersect into a point.

There are so many ways you can vary this too! You can choose only three shades. You could do a gradient speckle where it starts with white dots that continue to become white and pink dots then pink and red dots then only red dots… have fun with it! And be sure to share by tagging us on social!

GO FOR THE GOLD!

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

If you’re a little tired of the same old same old… try this little gem! It’s daring yet gorgeous and perfect for your trendsetting self… not to mention really pretty on all skin tones! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Gold Glittery Shadow — I used Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Duo in Comex because it’s the perfect consistency for glitter that I’ve ever come across as there is no fall out. Revisit my Get Sequined Tutorial to see it used all over the upper lid.
  • Contour Brush — If you haven’t picked up Chanel’s Contour Brush yet, get ready for your world to change! It’s this thin little shadow brush that you can use to make a perfect cut crease or like I did above to press the glittery shadow onto the skin.
  • Mascara — Wait until you get your hands on Lancome’s new Grandiose Mascara! The swan neck curls and flares out your lashes while the bristles perfectly separate them. I haven’t stopped using it since!
  • Pair it with any Lip Color — I used Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Aventure on Morgan above because it’s a gorgeous hybrid between a liquid lipstick and a gloss.

STEPS:

  1. Start with any matte nude shadow all over the lid. Don’t use a shimmer/pearlized finish as it will compete with the gold. It has to be matte!
  2. Dip the brush into the setting lotion (or simply dampen it with water) and tap it against the gold glitter to load it lightly. Gently press it along the inner half of the lower lid as demonstrated above. Just press and stamp it incrementally as you move along the lash line. Don’t sweep it!
  3. Skip eyeliner (another element that would take away attention from the gold goodness) but don’t skip on mascara! Two quick coats will do.

If you try it, please tag us on Instagram or Tweet us!