Posts Tagged ‘mascara’

QUICK TIP: THICK LASHES

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

It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.

STEPS:

  1. Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
  2. Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
  3. Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.

DIRECTIONAL PULL

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

We don’t always give the proper attention and detail to our lower lashes. Maybe we think they’re an afterthought so we quickly sweep what’s left on the wand through them and move on to another area. I’d like to make a case for why we should give them 45 seconds of our time! There’s something very flirty about lower lashes, and for a lot of us either their tips are blonde or the whole lash is light and you barely even see them. All of our lashes need to be seen in order to bat them! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Mascara Primer – My new lash obsession in Blinc Black Lash Primer because it really coats each lash thickly to prepare them for mascara. You can apply as many coats of it as you need to within 60 seconds. Obviously use it on your upper lashes too!
  • Mini-Wand Mascara – Mini wands work so much better on our bottom lashes and Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara is by far my favorite because of both the plastic bristles and the volumizing formula.

STEPS:


  1. Start with the primer, hold the wand horizontally as you wiggle it through the lashes.
  2. Continuing with the primer, hold the wand vertically and paint each lash or lash grouping from the root to the tip.
  3. Switch the mini-wand. Starting with the outer lashes, direct them outward by pulling them towards your temple with the wand.
  4. Move to your middle lashes and use the wand to pull them downward (basically how they already grow).
  5. Finish by pulling your inner lashes towards your nose.

You can use a waterproof formula if you’ve had bad luck with mascara running on your bottom lashes. Just don’t give up on them! Every now and then when I do a cat eye on a client and want everything lifted upward, I leave the bottom lashline bare with no liner and no mascara. But that’s the only occasion I ever skip detailing and bringing the lower lashes to life!

TRANSITION INTO FALL

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY JKISSA, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

It’s fun to transition from a light Summer eye to a moody Fall eye! Chunky knits and faux leather jackets demand something strong and a little bold… so don’t be afraid to change it up! For this tutorial, I called upon the very special makeup artist JKissa to donate her skills (and her face!) to break down this look for you. It’s easier than you think; take it away, J!

STEPS:

  1. Apply a gunmetal shadow to your lid, this will make the products we put on later pop that much more.
  2. With a fluffy brush, apply a tangerine color to your crease. Don’t be afraid to blend this high up! This is going to make the rest of the colors blend effortlessly.
  3. Using that same fluffy brush, apply a charcoal brown shadow into the crease.
  4. Take a flat stiff brush and apply a silver pigment all over your lid.
  5. Take a smaller blending brush and a matte black shadow and apply this on your outer lid and into the crease just a touch.
  6. Taking whatever is left over on that blending brush, run this on your lower lash line, tapering in as we go.
  7. Apply a glitter-y gold shadow (wet it first) to the inner third of your lower lash line. This color is going to play off of the silver really well because it is not too warm of a gold.
  8. Apply a shimmering light gold shadow on the inner corner, but you can totally use a matte color. This is going to attention to your eyes.
  9. Apply a mechanical black gel pencil on your lower lash line.
  10. Apply black mascara and you are good to go! If you want to, you can totally add false lashes here. I personally recommend a thinner band just because it will hide better, since we do not have any liner.

Pair it with a pale nude lipstick to keep the attention on your eyes. As you transition into fall, snap a pic and tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram so we can admire it!

THREE RULES FOR CLUMP-FREE LASHES

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

Is the way you’re applying mascara making it clump? We blame the formulas or the wands, but sometimes, it’s us! That’s ok… when we know better, we do better! So here’s to losing clumps forever!

TOOLS:

TIPS:

  1. You must wait for the first coat to dry before you apply the second coat. Typically a minute is perfect. Don’t be tempted to apply the second coat immediately. Do something else while you’re waiting (your brows, your lipstick, brush your teeth… anything!). You know how it’s important to wait for the first coat of nail polish to dry before you apply the second coat? It’s the same theory here. The product just adheres to the old coat and becomes thick and goopy, aka clumpville.
  2. Remove excess product from the wand before you go near your lashes. But don’t rub the wand bristles against the opening of the tube! This will accumulate around the opening each time and end up back on your wand when you return it after you’re done. Instead, simply roll and press it gently against a tissue.
  3. If somehow you still have a clump or two, simply comb through the lashes downward then upward.