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ASIAN BEAUTY FOCUS: EYES

photo: justin coit, post by amy nadine

I believe that Asian women are among the most stunning in the world. We get so many emails from you and from those whose eyelids aren’t visible when they’re open (my client Rachel Bilson for example), asking how to make their eyes look bigger and I always first express my deep envy! Growing up, I was obsessed with supermodel Tatjana Patitz specifically because her monolids made her look so mysteriously alluring, enough so that she graced the cover of Vogue 39 times! There are a few tricks to accentuate this gorgeous eye shape and we’re lucky enough to have our lovely Jamie Chung back to demonstrate the techniques.

TOOLS

Concealer/highlighter + sponge/foundation Brush

Brow liner or brow shadow + hard-edged slanted brow brush

Light shadow (wheat or taupe), medium shadow (graphite or dark grey), warm shadow (espresso or dark brown) + lid, crease and blending brushes

Long-wearing gel liner pot (black or dark brown) + liner brush

Thickening mascara (black)

STEPS

**Before you begin, don’t forget your brows! Defining the brow adds strength and expands the entire eye area. With a hard-edged slanted brow brush, fill in the brows in the hairs’ natural direction with a dark brown shadow, while cheating more of a pronounced arch. Refer back to Lauren’s Brow 101 for the perfect brow. A brow pencil works just as well too.

1. Apply a concealer/highlighter that’s a half-shade lighter than your foundation with a sponge or foundation brush under your eyes and above your brows.  For a quick refresher, revisit our Lighten Up post.

2. With a lid brush, sweep the light shadow over your entire eye area, starting back and forth along your lashline, continuing upward across your lid and crease then along your brow bone (just under your brows).

3. With the same lay-down lid brush, “pat” the medium shadow from your lash line to 3/4′s up the lid, patting the shadow in rows as you sweep it across your entire lid and crease.

4. With a crease brush, sweep the warm shadow along the crease, starting in the outer corners so that’s where the most saturation goes. To be precise, the outer corner is actually beyond not where the lash line ends but beyond that where the brow ends (creating an even bigger eye area). Dip back in the shadow a couple times to build this warm shade in layers, always starting at the outer corner and sweeping inward. Then blend everything with a bare blending brush in back and forth windshield-wiper motions along the lid, crease and brow bone.

5. With a slanted/pointed/angled eyeliner brush (that’s a preference thing), trace the lashline thickly with your black gel liner, thick enough to be visible when your eyes are open. Extend the line a little past your lash line, then blend and smudge the line with the same brush to smoke it out so it’s not a hard “line”.

6. Line your bottom lash line with the same brush and liner, making sure to also extend it out enough to connect with your top liner. ** Note: this line doesn’t need to be as thick or as dark. Most of the time there is still enough of the product left on the brush from doing the top line to trace along the bottom lash line. Make sure to also blend this line by going back and forth with the brush as your travel across so it isn’t a hard line either.

7. If your lashes are abundant enough to wear mascara, apply two coats. Curl them if they are long enough. If your lashes are too sparse or short, you still have options! You can apply individual lashes (video tutorial with Lauren coming very soon!) or apply a lash strip from your local drug store. Or skip lashes all together because you’ve achieved a ”lashes effect” by smoking the dark liner along the top and bottom lash lines.

Also, Jamie and I chose matte & neutral shades for this demonstration, but once you’ve mastered the concept and techniques, you can switch any of the finishes from matte to shimmer or swap any of the colors as long as #2 is lighter than #3, and #4 is warmer. Brown eyes are the ultimate canvas for color and aren’t as limited as blue and green eyes, so have fun! I especially love jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green or sapphire blue for your #3 shade, framed with a copper as your #4 shade for a sunset effect.

XO Amy Nadine

FLAT TO FULL

photo: JustinCoit+thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

This is for those of you who have super flat hair. Whether it’s fine or thick, follow our gorgeous Jamie Chung through the simple steps of achieving the perfect amount of volume!

Tools: volumizer (talk to your hairstylist + ask what they recommend for your hair type!), blow dryer, rubber band, medium velcro rollers, 1″ curling iron, setting clips or big bobby pins, teasing comb or teasing brush, light to medium hold hairspray.

1: Add a non-sticky volumizer to your root. Blow dry hair upside down.

2: Put all of your hair up in a quick bun (doesn’t matter what it looks like). This is the time to do your makeup because it will give the hair time to cool while directed upward which creates MAXIMUM volume.

3: Once hair has cooled, take it down and roll the center section in velcro rollers. I recommend rolling them backwards.

4: Using your 1″ curling iron, curl the remainder of your hair “up and back” as you see Jamie doing in #4.

5: Continue curling pieces all the way around and setting them in silver setting clips or with large bobby pins.

6: Allow the hair to set for about 5 more minutes before taking everything down. This is a good time to get dressed while the hair is up and out of your way!

7: Take everything down out of the clips. Slowly pull out the velcro rollers. I like to brush the hair lightly to bring out the fullness of the curl.

8. Curl the top pieces from the velcro rollers just the same as the rest to blend. Curl “up and back” by wrapping the hair on the outside of the iron.

9: Tease the crown a little. This will add volume and break up the curl a little bit. (If you don’t want your curl broken up as much, you can tease the hair before one step earlier before doing #8)

10: Mist with a light veil of hairspray and enjoy!

XX Kristin

LIGHTEN UP

photos: Justin Coit/thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

It’s Monday morning and I hope you’ve had your coffee because we’re going to get technical! By now you know that Lauren and I love a contoured face; I do this by “pushing” features inward to create depth by applying a darker color in the hollows of the cheeks, temples, along the hairline and under the jawbone. But the other half of this equation is taking it one step further by “pulling” other features forward, using a highlighter under the eyes, above the cheekbones and above the brows. It should be subtle and undetectable (hint: BLEND BLEND BLEND!), but you’ll see how it really draws the attention to our best feature, the eyes.  Here we’re so excited because one of our favorite actresses, Kristin’s client Jamie Chung (Hangover 2 and Sucker Punch) kindly sat in to demo this look with us!  And stay tuned in the next couple weeks because she’ll be starring in a few more posts!

TOOLS: concealer, concealer brush, pearly liquid highlighter, sponge (egg-shaped if possible), foundation brush.

Basically, picture yourself skiing with goggles on and getting too much sun, when you remove the goggles, the non-sunburned area above and below your eyes is where you’ll want to lighten with the highlighter.

1. Start on a clean face that has been moisturized and primed.

2. Correct any under-eye dark circles with your favorite crease-less concealer and a lay-down concealer brush.

3. Apply a pearly liquid highlighter under your eyes, starting at your nose then working outward with an egg-shaped blending sponge, using the pointed end of the sponge to dab and stipple it to the desired areas (this really presses the product into the skin). Increase the area down to just above your cheekbone, all the way from your nose to the beginning of your temples.

4. Then again on about a quarter-inch above your brows, start at the outer corner above your left brow then dab all the way across to the outer corner above your right brow.

5. Last, apply foundation to your whole face, reaching the perimeters of the highlighted area, but NOT covering it. To be more precise in your foundation application, use a sponge or foundation brush, then blend with your fingers.  The key is to only apply foundation to the areas above and below the highlighted area, a.k.a. everywhere but where your imaginary skiing googles would be.

It’s very subtle and only a trained eye will detect it, but on a tired Monday morning, it is well worth the extra minute!

XO Amy Nadine