Posts Tagged ‘gloss’

CASE STUDY: THE NUDE LIP

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Last month we studied (and fell in love with) the new ways to create red lips (revisit our Red Lipstick Evolved Tutorial if you missed it!). But today we’re diving into the world of nude lips and how far they’ve come as well. I can remember a decade ago when the only nude lipsticks in my kit were NARS Honolulu Honey and NARS Belle Du Jour (still classics and still in my kit!). But now there are different textures and finishes to choose from that don’t come from a lipstick tube. These are my top three favorites:  (more…)

RED CARPET BREAKDOWN

Post: Amy Nadine, Photos: Getty Images, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’ve been so busy around here that we haven’t shared enough of our red carpet work with you lately, but today I’m happy to break down how I did Rachel Bilson’s eye makeup last week for the premiere of her new film The To Do List (a hilarious must-see with your friends this weekend!). Because her Oscar de la Renta dress was so sweet and feminine, we decided the makeup needed a little edge to it. So I punked out the eye with an exaggerated wing then balanced it with a pink cheek and lip. Here’s exactly how you can re-create it!

  1. With a black longwear kohl liner (I used Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liner in Onyx), line the lashline from the inner corner to the outer corner then out and up towards the end of the brow like you would a classic cat eye.
  2. Then from the point you ended on, draw a line back across the crease, ending in the inner corner where you started in Step 1.
  3. Go back and fill in the area you just outlined.
  4. Line the bottom lashline and inner waterline with the same black pencil.
  5. Set the liner with a black shimmer shadow so it doesn’t crease or travel. Try L’Oreal Infallible Shadow’s Eternal Black.
  6. Finish the eye with a couple coats of volumizing mascara.
  7. Look directly into the mirror and adjust the shape with a pointed Q-tip if needed. Pointed Q-tips dampened with water or eye makeup remover are my secret weapons in perfecting the wings and making sure the eyes match each other.

Then pair it with a light pink blush, high on the cheek bones and a pink lippie! Here are some bonus shots of Miss B that I snapped when we were getting ready… she’s truly an awesome client and a dear friend! And don’t forget to check out her gorgeous designs for Shoemint (and receive 25% off your first pair by clicking here)!

Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

RED LIPS REMASTERED

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

By now you’ve checked out my Best Red Lip Shade For Every Skin Tone Tutorial as well as my Making Red Lips Last Tutorial. Well, this delicious look gets its inspiration from shiny cherries, red apples and juicy pomegranates… and was spotted on the 2013 A/W Kenneth Cole runway. It’s a gorgeous twist on the standard red lip, brought to life with added dimensions and a glossy finish. Here’s how: (more…)

AT-HOME HAIR GLAZING

POST/PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS

Glazing your hair is really important, particularly if you tend to go an extra long time between cuts or colors. Hair gets dull and luckily there is an at-home solution to lackluster locks– glazing. Think of it like a topcoat for your nails, but instead it’s for your hair. Glosses and glazes help seal the cuticle down and increase shine, big time. I put a color glaze on every single client after I do their hair because it seals in all the hard work we’ve done. Luckily, many companies have started making glazes that you can buy and do on your own at home without having a pro license. 10 years ago I would have said it was a bad idea to do this at home without the supervision of a pro, but the new glosses are completely user friendly. You can see the difference in Katie’s hair below. We used a gloss that had a golden tone to it. It warmed up her hair and left it super shiny.

For this tutorial we used Redken Shades EQ Crystal Clear + Shades EQ Processing Solution. Admittedly, the bottles are kind of expensive, but you’ll get many uses out of each one. For Katie’s hair we used 2 ounces of the Crystal Clear and 2 ounces of the Processing Solution. If you have the same amount of hair, you would get 8 treatments out of both bottles combined.

A more accessible and user friendly at home glaze is John Frieda color glaze. ($10) available in several shades. (For this one you shampoo and conditioner first as opposed to the one we applied to dry hair.)

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