Posts Tagged ‘mascara’

OUR TOP MAKEUP HACKS

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

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

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found many of our top makeup hacks borrowed on other sites! It’s all good, but it made me think that you might want them rounded up in one place for you here as well. So let’s walk down memory lane with 15 of my favorite tricks and tutorials I’ve ever created:

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#15 For stubbornly-straight lashes, you have to try our Lash Curling Extreme Tutorial with your favorite lash curler and your hair dryer!

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#14 Turn any old kohl pencil into an intense gel liner with our DIY Gel Liner Tutorial, one of the first tutorials I ever created!

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#13 Outline with concealer before rocking a bright lipstick with our fuller lip trick!

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#12 When using your favorite contouring kit, don’t cross the imaginary line!

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#11 When applying your favorite mascara, it’s all about the roots! Check out our Mascara Re/Done Tutorial for the steps.

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#10 If you don’t have a contour brush (or aren’t ready to invest in one), make your own in two seconds by pinching a powder brush or bronzing brush with our DIY Contour Brush Tutorial!

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#9 If you keep your cult-favorite eye cream in the fridge, it’ll also help constrict everything and tackle puffy bags! Check out our full tutorial here.

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#8 Imagine and draw secret triangles when you highlight and contour with our clever tutorial!

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#7 Don’t toss a dried-out mascara! Add a few drops of Rewetting Solution and bring it back to life with our Save The Mascara Tutorial!

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#6 Apply your favorite red lipstick and then stamp the center of the top and bottom lip with a frosted highlighter. Revisit our 3-D Lip Illusion Tutorial for more.

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#5 If your cheekbones haven’t come in yet (mine didn’t arrive until I was 26), try our Cheekbone Finder Tutorial!

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#4 Dip an angled liner brush into a gel liner pot and stamp the outline of your cat eye! Refresh your memory with our full Cat Eye Stamp Tutorial.

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#3 Streamline your eyeshadows into one Custom Palette! Check out my DIY Shadow Palette Tutorial for more!

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#2 This is my biggest pet peeve out there! No more raccoon eyes please. Only apply a lighter concealer to the indentation, NOT the puffy “bag”. Learn why and see my whole tutorial here.

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#1 You know when you try a new mascara but don’t love the formula or the wand so you toss it in a drawer with others? Don’t! Try our Customized Mascara Tutorial instead by keeping the wand that you love and matching it with a formula that you love, or vice versa!

 

 

HOW TO GET THICKER LASHES

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

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

This is one of the oldest tricks in the books but it’s often skipped because of time (I totally get it). If you do have an extra minute and want the most output from mascara that you can get, try this! Applying powder before mascara really helps thicken each lash hair which, in turn, really defines the lashes. Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. Roll the disposable mascara wand in the loose powder to load it up.
  2. Tap it against the side of the container to release the excess.
  3. Sweep the powdered wand through your lashes horizontally.
  4. Repeat holding the wand vertically.
  5. Switch to mascara and apply a couple coats as usual.
  6. Switch to a thin wand for the bottom lashes (optional).

 

HOW TO FLARE YOUR LASHES

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

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

We spend a lot of money and effort finding the right mascara formulas (lengthening versus volumizing, etc) but rarely think about different ways to apply them. Revisit How to Get Thicker Lashes for one of the best secrets I’ve ever shared! Today we’re getting a little more stylized by flaring the lashes out like a star. Why? Because it makes the eye look wider by elongating it (study the before and after shots above). Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. Apply mascara as you normally would by sweeping the brush from the roots to the tips.
  2. Now instead of leaving it like that, go back and start flaring! Visually divide your upper lashes into three sections: the outer lashes, the center and the inner lashes. Start by placing the wand brush at the roots of the outer lashes and pull it outward as you sweep it to the tips.
  3. Switch to the inner lashes and “pull” those lashes inward towards your nose. The center section was already covered in step 1 but feel free to go back and paint those lashes straight upwards again.
  4. Finish by coating the lower lashes. For this tutorial, I kept their natural direction, but you can certainly fan those lashes in each direction as well! Revisit how here.

For the inquiring minds out there (you know who you are, wink wink!), this is the eye shadow palette I used and this is the gold glitter liner.

 

MASCARA RE/DONE

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

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

Not everyone has full, thick and long lashes. Hey, we can’t have it all… maybe you have gorgeous long hair or perfect skin, but your lashes are a little on the sparse or short side. Who cares! Embrace what you have, make the most of it and if that’s the worst of your problems, you’re doing alright, right?! But this little trick will become your new best friend. I know you have a mascara in your makeup drawer that you bought with high hopes only to find the wand or the formula (or both) does nothing for your lashes. But don’t toss it! Re-purpose it into a personal root stamper.

WHY?

  1. The flat surface paints the roots better than bristles ever can.
  2. Stamping at the root really presses and flares the lashes upward.
  3. Stamping at the root makes lashes look thicker at the base, a must for those of us with sparse or thin lashes.

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  • A Mascara You Bought And Don’t Love — or one that you loved but has dried out or lost its juujuu.
  • A Mascara You Bought And Love — right now this is my favorite luxury mascara and this is my favorite mass market find.
  • A Pair of Scissors

STEPS:

  1. Take a deep breath and cut the end of the mascara wand off (make sure it’s the one you don’t want anymore!) with the scissors. Toss the end with the bristles.
  2. Switch to your favorite mascara and apply a couple coats like you normally would.
  3. Don’t forget the bottom lashes too.
  4. Switch to your new root stamper and dip it into the mascara tube that you love (or back into its original tube if it isn’t dried out). Press it at the roots of the upper lashline.
  5. Continue to stamp it along the lashline until your cover the entire area.

P.S. You can also use the stamper to paint each lash from root to tip.

P.P.S. Want to know how this ingenious trick came about? One of my favorite producers, Emily Roth (who produces the Charlotte Russe campaigns that I do the makeup for and Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s/Disney blogger parties), was running late and decided to do her makeup at stoplights in her car. When she went to pull the wand out of her mascara, it broke in half and she didn’t have a backup! She had no choice but to use the broken wand stub thing to paint each lash. And they never looked better!! I saw her at the Minnie Mouse party last month and complimented her on her lashes and she told me what happened and how she’d been using it that way ever since. So of course when I got home I ran straight into my bathroom and cut the bristles off of an old mascara wand to see. She was right! Thanks Emily! I love when mishaps become new inventions…