Posts Tagged ‘lips’

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

HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIPS LOOK BIGGER

post + photography by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

I confess. I’m a total cheater. And there’s nothing wrong with the natural shape of our lips! It’s just some of us have uneven lips or could benefit from a little volume every now and then. (Remember The 3-D Lip Illusion and The Fuller Lip Effect from my Beautician Magician Series?) I’m not suggesting you wear this technique to the grocery store, class or the gym. But grab a lip liner and play with your lip shape next time you feel like getting made up and you might really like it. You can cheat a proper cupid’s bow, correct an uneven smile or just draw outside the lines to make them look a little bigger. Here’s how:  (more…)

PRETTY IN PINK

photo: kristin ess/post: amy nadine

Today we’re on set shooting and I have to decide between my current favorite pinks. It’s not easy but each one has its own finish + color payoff. I’m sure you’ve noticed the last time you were at the store that there were a gazillion versions to choose from that are not your mother’s lipstick.  As your pocket makeup artist, I’ll walk you through each choice and why I like it…

THE JUST-BITTEN STAIN: This little beauty delivers a sheer stain to add color in a very fairy tale, “I have naturally bright pink lips, sorry!” kind of way. TBD Favorite: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis in #14.

THE HIGH PAY-OFF TINTED BALM: This is for those of us who hate the feeling of wearing more than a lip balm, but don’t want to sacrifice color! TBD Favorite: Tarte LipSurgence in Amused.

THE INTENSE GLOSS: This is for the girl who loves a shiny glossy lip but still wants to rock a bright shade. TBD Favorite: NARS Larger Than Life Gloss in Place Vendome.

THE HIGH-PIGMENT MATTE CRAYON: This wonder stick is for the retro girl who loves the classic edge of a matte lip. TBD Favorite: Bite Beauty Matte Pencil in Grapevine.

THE DAREDEVIL MATTE GLOSS-STAIN HYBRID: This goodness-in-a-tube is like nothing you’ve ever felt before! It stains your lip for hours but in a matte finish and comes in the brightest array of colors possible. TBD Favorite: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars in Brights.

Which is your favorite? What drugstore brands do you find have the most pink payoff?

FALL TREND

photos (clockwise): mariano vivanco, josh olins, andreas ohlund, damon baker/design by eunice chun

I die for this color. Burgundy is by far the biggest color for Fall and I so badly want a burgundy handbag, leather jacket, corduroy jeans, wide-brimmed hat, shoes… anything and everything! A girl can dream… but in the meantime, who knew burgundy lips could be so gorgeous too? I never thought about this mulberry shade for myself; my eyes definitely but I guess I never thought I could pull it off as a lip color. I’ve been eyeing it in magazine editorials and on the runways but figured it was too high fashion for real life…

Until I had this a-ha moment…

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