Posts Tagged ‘instant’

GET READY FOR SUMMER!

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

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

Summer is upon us and I don’t know about you, but my body could use a little color! I’ve always been green with envy of my friends whose skin is as fair as snow and my other friends who have gorgeous¬†dark or caramel-y skin. I on the other hand, fall somewhere in the middle. My skin tans, but I don’t want it to because it’s aging and I don’t have time to lay out anyway. But I need all of the help I can get in a bikini and personally feel more comfortable in shorts if I’m a little tanner (and in my mind, it helps hide my cellulite too!). So these are my favorites in three categories: Gradual Tanners, Instant Tanners and Self Tanners.

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GRADUAL TAN: This option is my personal preference because I find it looks the most real. But it takes at least a few days and looks the best after a week of daily application, so this option needs time. If you have it, it’s also great because I don’t find it streaks like self-tanners and instant tanners can. And it doesn’t leave you with a funky smell like some self tanners can. Our favorites are:

INSTANT TAN: I use this option on my clients to give them an instant tan or glow for the red carpet or magazine covers. I personally use it when I go out in a mini skirt and want my legs to feel sexy. I use the waterproof one when I’m at a pool party. These are our favorites:

SELF TAN: Self tanners are for the dedicated and devoted. I am not one of them because I’m lazy about prepping and have found gradual tanners work better with my personality type. But these are the ones that I’ve find score the highest in my testing criteria (not orange-y, not too stinky, not streaky):

  • Kate Somerville Tanning Towlettes — I love these because they’re really easy to use and you can control the evenness because it’s so thin in consistency and conveniently on a towlette that you literally only have to wipe all over. Genius.
  • Kiehl’s Since 1951 Self-Tanning Lotion For Face and Body — This one is awesome because it absorbs quickly, smells nice, can also be used on the face and isn’t greasy.
  • Clarins Self Tanning Milk — This is an all-time favorite and a bestseller because it is milk-like in consistency so it applies evenly. It’s also hydrating and has SPF 6 in case you’re wearing it outdoors. I’ve personally never applied it to my face but I have some friends who do and love it.

 

AMP IT UP SERIES

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

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

The holidays are coming, making it the perfect time to start kicking things up a little! So begins our Amp It Up Series, showing you different ways to take it the extra mile in the chic-est way possible. Today we’re taking a traditional shadow look and adding a “sunset” behind it for instant drama. Here’s how to create a copper halo:

TOOLS:

  • A Metallic Brown Shadow — I used Dark Horse from the gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Palette,¬†a staple in most makeup artists’ kits.
  • A Metallic Copper Shadow — I used Ardency Inn’s Modster Manuka Honey Pigment in Copper. You can also use Half Baked from the Urban Decay Palette for a more subtle halo effect.
  • A Black Kohl Pencil — You might have noticed by now that I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock n Kohl Pencil because it’s one of the blackest black pencils out there and doesn’t smear or run.
  • A Volumizine Mascara — If you haven’t tried Eyeko’s Black Magic Mascara yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s incredibly black, making your lashes show up from across the room.

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TRADITIONAL SHADOWED LID:

  1. Apply the metallic brown shade all over the upper lid. Include the crease but not above it. I wet the brush slightly to intensify the pigment, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  2. Apply the same shade along the bottom lash line.
  3. Rim the inner waterline with the black kohl pencil, letting it also fill in the spaces in between the lashes.
  4. Line the upper lash line with the same black kohl pencil. I winged it up and out on Magali above, but that’s a personal call depending on your mood and lid shape.
  5. Add a couple coats of mascara.

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SUNSET EFFECT:

  1. Sweep the copper shade along the crease, just above the mettalic brown lid and extend it out slightly as demonstrated above.
  2. Trace the copper shade just below the metallic brown on the lower lash line.

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RAISING EYEBROWS PART III

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

This is another handy trick from years of doing red carpet makeup that’s undetectable at first glance but helps to create the illusion of an eye lift. Typically we raise the brows by highlighting the brow bone underneath (revisit my Brow Lift Tutorial) or by filling in the brow with the concentration on the arch (revisit my High Brow Tutorial as well!). But no one thinks to highlight just above the arch! Why would we do that? We have to go back to Art Class 101 to the theories behind shadows and light. If you’re painting on a flat canvas, you need to add dimension with dark shades to push a feature back (away) and light shades to pull a feature forward. If you highlight just above the arch of the brow, it creates the illusion that the arch is raised, therefore making the whole eye area look lifted. It’s subtle but quick and easy and we’ll take all the help we can get! Here’s how: (more…)