Posts Tagged ‘mascara’

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.

 

MAKEUP TIPS FOR SENSITIVE EYES

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

We’ve heard from some of you that you found out your eyes were sensitive when you first tried mascara and it stung, burned or made your eyes get red or watery. Such a huge bummer! I know you’ve tried everything and feel like it’s hopeless, but it’s not! We have a few more tactics to try that just might end your sorrow! Here’s how:

Now that you know you have sensitive eyes, switch to a formula that’s more eye friendly.

OUR FAVORITE MASCARAS FOR SENSITIVE EYES:

MAKEUP TIPS:

  1. Don’t apply mascara at the base of your lashline (at the roots)! You can try with a natural mascara and see if your eyes can withstand it, but with regular mascara, don’t use the wand vertically and try to keep the formula away from the roots (where it’s too close to your eyes).
  2. If your eyes are really sensitive, you should skip rimming the inner waterline with a pencil. Just keep it clean and bare.
  3. Don’t apply mascara on the bottom lashes and just leave them bare.  You can define the bottom lashline with shadow instead and still get the same effect.
  4. Apply mascara to the upper lashes by starting a millimeter or so from the roots by holding the wand horizontally then pulling it through to the tips.

Do you have any makeup tips for sensitive eyes that have truly saved you? Please share them in the comments as well!

STREET MODEL EYES

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

I’ve always loved the way models do their makeup on their days off. OK, on most of those days they don’t wear any makeup to give their skin a break, but when they’re out and about on the streets of New York and Paris, this seems to be their “I don’t care, I don’t try” makeup look. And it’s effortlessly amazing! Here’s how to recreate the look I did on our model Alyssa above:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Kohl Pencil: I’d go longwear so once it sets, it stays. I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil in Tarred because it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free and highly pigmented.
  • Cotton Swab: I used a classic Q-tips cotton swab but feel free to use whichever you have on hand.
  • Your Favorite Mascara: I used Mally Volumizing Mascara and can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I am with it. It gives the biggest, longest lashes I’ve seen in a long time.

STEPS:

  1. Line the Upper Lid starting at your inside corner all the way to the outside corner.
  2. With your opposite hand, reach around over your head and gently lift the eyelid upwards. With your writing hand, tightline the upper inner rim by merely tracing the pencil back and forth along it.
  3. With your opposite hand again, gently pull your lower lid downwards with one finger. While still holding it down, rim your lower inner waterline with the pencil in your writing hand.
  4. Grab the cotton swab and gently smear the upper liner back and forth.
  5. With the same cotton swab, gently trace it along the lower lash line to smear that as well.
  6. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

Pair it with a nude cheek and a nude lip and undone hair and you’re good to go!

 

NEW MOMS: NO SLEEP QUICK FIX

POST & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This tutorial is for all of us who’ve had to pull an all-nighter, especially our readers who are mothers barely getting any sleep with new babies! There are mornings when we look in the mirror and think to ourselves “who is that?!” From dark circles and bags under our eyes to puffy faces and dry cracked lips… we feel like we need a miracle yet we don’t have much time to dedicate to it. Luckily, cosmetic companies have made these lovely  weapons to erase the damage and help us feel like ourselves again!

TOOLS:

  • Eye Gel Pads — Masqueology Revitalizing Eye Masks are the best I’ve found for de-puffing under-eye bags.
  • Electric Lip Scrubber — If you’re obsessed with smooth, healthy-looking lips, you have to invest in the Bliss Fabulips Pout-O-Matic Lip Perfecting System. I use it on all of my clients and am so grateful it exists!
  • Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation/BB Cream — I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Liquid Makeup because it’s thin enough to not feel like you’re wearing anything or look like you’re wearing makeup but still gives good coverage (and waterproof). If you’re on the hunt for a new foundation, you’ll love this one. Or you can use your favorite tinted moisturizer or BB cream.
  • Egg-shaped Sponge — As you can see by three years of my makeup tutorials, you know I’m obsessed with the Beauty Blender sponge. Make sure to dampen it with water first so it grows substantially then squeeze out the excess water with a towel.
  • Concealer — I used Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer because it’s lightweight but long-lasting, so you can build your coverage and not worry about it creasing.
  • Highlighter — I used Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator because I fell in love with it in 2001 when the J-Lo glow was
  • Cream Blush — A staple in my kit, I used Stila Convertible Color cream blush.
  • Lash Curler — I used my favorite MAC Lash Curler because I’ve found it gives the strongest pinch yet is still wide enough to accommodate all eye widths.
  • Volumizing Mascara — Right now my lastest mascara obsession is Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara because it really separates each lash while building fullness.
  • Lip Stain — I love Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes because they stay glossy and really stain your lip.

STEPS:

  1. Start by placing an eye gel pad under each eye. This will dramatically decrease any puffiness and “bags”.
  2. Grab the electric lip scrubber and move it back and forth in circular motions all over  the upper and lower lip area. If you don’t have an electric scrubber, grab a disposable mascara wand and lip balm and scrub in circular motions. Both techniques will bring life, circulation and color back to the lips!
  3. Do a quick once-over of tinted moisturizer/foundation/BB cream and a dampened sponge. For a refresher on how to use a makeup sponge, click here.
  4. Tackle the undereye dark circles with the concealer.
  5. Highlight the eye area by tapping the highlighter just above each cheekbone. This step does wonders to wake up the face so don’t skip it!
  6. Smile in the mirror and stipple the cream blush on the top half of the apples with the blush brush. Continue along the cheekbone and dab the tiny remainder on the brush above the brows. (Revisit the Blush Balancer Tutorial to see why).
  7. Wake up the eyes even more with a pinch of the lash curler. Don’t forget to invert it while your pinching it!
  8. Add a couple coats of volumizing mascara to define the lashes.
  9. Finish with the lip stain so you don’t have to think about it for hours!

And for all the new moms out there, I’ll let you in on a little secret… you can actually get your baby to sleep through the night way sooner than you think! My sister and I just launched a new blog, The Practically Perfect Baby, a parenting movement that creates a happy babyhood with easy-to-follow schedules, self-soothing sleep-training techniques and empowering tips and tricks! It’s been a labor of love (pun intended!) and I hope you’ll share it with all of your expecting friends! Because when your baby sleeps, you sleep… and everyone gets their daily dose of pretty (and sanity)!