Posts Tagged ‘gold’

HOLIDAY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

There’s something so pretty about a frosty eye paired with a frosty lip! You’d think it will wash you out, but if you make sure to anchor the look with 1. a strong dark brow, 2. a black inner rim and 3. black mascara, I promise you, you’ll be happily surprised! Here’s how to recreate the shimmery look I did on the lovely Miss Bria Murphy above:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Paint the entire lid with the frost shadow stick.
  2. Trace the frost shadow stick along the lower lashline and blend it with your finger as shown above.
  3. Rim the inner waterline with the black pencil.
  4. Sweep the gold shadow along the crease of the upper lid.
  5. Coat the lashes with mascara.
  6. Contour your cheeks with the bronzer. Revisit my Contouring 101 Tutorial if needed. Then apply the highlighter above the cheekbones.
  7. Finish by painting your lips directly from the tube or with a lip brush for more precision.

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

Looking for a little makeup inspiration for your family gathering? Bet you never thought of trying cranberry & gold eyeshadow with a matching cranberry lip?! It’s stunningly gorgeous and quite fitting for the holidays (or any time of year actually!)! Here’s how to pull it together: (more…)

CASE STUDY: EYE SHADOW

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

Have you ever wondered if there’s truly a difference when you wear matte or shimmer shadows? A lot of us have strong opinions as to which one we prefer, so I decided to do a little case study with these constants:

  • Same eye
  • Same 4 shades
  • Same application

The matte shadows are from my all-time favorite Stila’s In The Know Palette. They are the perfect 8 matte shades and don’t get muddy when you apply them (you don’t need to use an eye primer first). The shimmer shadows are my all-time favorite shimmer shadows, The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cubes #6. I discovered them when I had a long layover at an airport in 2003 and have used them on every single one of my clients on one occasion or another since. The secret to them is wetting the brush first so they’re really intense and last longer.

So now that you can see both finishes in a way that you can really compare them, what do you think? The difference isn’t as dramatic as I thought it would be, I have to say! It’s interesting the way the shimmer shadow highlights any small wrinkles on the lid, but only visible to someone standing really close. But in return, the shimmer really does electrify the eye and bring it to life. The matte eye adds a little more drama and is a little moodier. Anyway, we’d love to know your thoughts too so please take a second to vote below!

NAILED IT!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Annnnd we’re back with yet another sweet Valentine’s Day mani. How can we help it!? This was inspired by a bracelet my friend got me with my name on it in morse code. This mani will be great for anyone who wants to add a little “LOVE” to their nails this week without using the typical red + pink. Personally, I love doing this because it’s gold, it’s subtle, it suits anyone at any age and it’s not too much for those who can’t wear polkadot or glitter manis to work. This is one of the easiest/quickest nail ideas and makes a great conversation piece. Here’s how to get a lil’ love in morse code:

TOOLS: Black polish. Clear coat. Polyester string (gold) from the craft/sewing store. Microbeads (gold). Small scissors.

  1. Cut 5 tiny pieces of gold string and grab 7 micro beads. You will need 3 pieces of the cut string to go across your middle finger for the “O” in “LOVE” so make sure they’re small enough that you can fit 3 across.
  2. Draw out morse code so you can get an idea of the spacing.
  3. Paint your nails solid black. To be honest, you can do this in any color but this is my fave. I did 2 thin coats.
  4. Once the color dries, paint on a clear coat.
  5. Quickly apply the micro-beads + string to spell out “LOVE” in the correct pattern. I like to do one finger at a time so the clear coat doesn’t dry before I get them on there.
  6. Last, apply a quick drying clear coat over the whole nail.

That’s it! Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Oh… and that cute little gold heart ring on my finger is from Catbird in NYC. I also got THIS ONE there as seen in our last Valentine’s Day mani! xo