Posts Tagged ‘lift’


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…)


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

I created this simple tutorial for a few reasons:

  1. I want to make sure that when you highlight your brow bone, you highlight underneath the entire brow, not just the outer half of it (so you “lift” up the whole brow),
  2. To gently encourage you to use a matte light pink kohl pencil instead of a white shimmery shadow (that is distracting and defeats the purpose),
  3. And to remind you that brightening the brow bone shouldn’t be detectable; it’s an illusion that draws light to the area and creates the appearance of lifting the brow, simple as that. So blend blend blend!

Here’s how:  (more…)



For those of you who don’t feel comfortable filling in your eyebrows, either because you like a more natural look or because it’s more effort than you’re willing to exert in the morning, this instant and subtle brow technique is for you! The only part that you fill in is the arch, also known as the High Point. You literally are drawing this figure ^ at the top of your arch, leaving the rest of it natural. Then brush brow gel through the hairs in the directions above. It’s a quick technique but has a big payoff: more of an arched and raised brow that makes your eyes look more awake and younger! Here’s how: (more…)


Yesterday on twitter I asked everyone to post hair questions. I randomly selected a tweet from one of our tweetie pies named @CatherineLoves. She asks how to get volume in thin, lifeless hair. The answer is simple. You have to set it! Setting hair ain’t just for grannies, you know. Roller sets are quietly working their magic all the time! On photo shoots, backstage at fashion week and on the always voluminous Victoria’s Secret runway shows. You guys don’t see a lot of them, you only see the results.

You can go about setting hair in a number of ways but here are the basics. First, find a volumizing product that you love. Ask your hair stylist to recommend something that’s weightless that won’t get sticky. Volumizers that feel sticky will end up weighing your hair down after an hour or two. Blow dry upside down to get the hair going upward and off your head. Flip back over and blow out your hair in sections as you normally would.

While your hair is still warm, start putting velcro rollers in the top section and work your way down if desired. You don’t need to spray hair with hairspray before you wrap it around the roller. In fact, I recommend that you do not. It makes them harder to pull out. I always like to put rollers straight down the part because that’s where people usually feel their hair is the most flat. Use a bobby pin to secure. The key with setting is to let it go from hot to cold while rolled up. Once your hair is wrapped, warm it up once more with a blast from your dryer and then let it get cold! (Yes, you can use the cool button on your blowdryer if you have one to speed up the process.) Use cooling time to get dressed or put your makeup on. Once the rollers have cooled unroll them and style as usual!

Velcro rollers are your best bet for lasting lift. Many of our readers use curling irons or flat irons and with velcro rollers you can still use them after you set. Put 2-3 on top for added height, or do the whole head for maximum fullness. This is a lot of info, but setting your hair with velcro rollers will only take a few extra minutes and it’s so worth it.