Posts Tagged ‘matte’

MOST IMPORTANT CONTOURING RULE

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

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

People always ask me what the most important contouring rule is and it’s most definitely this one. Contouring has to be done with a matte formula. Not a shimmering bronzing powder. Why? Because you’re sculpting your face like an artist, using dimension laws to help make things look further away or closer. When you want to sculpt your cheeks for example, you want to create the illusion of a hollow by shadowing it darker, so it looks more inward. Same applies to the crease on your eyelid. If you want your face to look thinner and less wide, you shade the whole perimeter darker. Any time you add shimmer, you are drawing light to that area, which is exactly what you don’t want to do!

TOOLS:

You can do all of the above with cream formulas as well, it’s really a preference thing. But if you set it with powder after, make sure it’s a matte powder and not a shimmering one. Once you’ve sculpted your face, you can go back and add all the shimmer you want to the remaining areas. I like to add shimmer shadow to the lids (just under the crease) and above the cheekbone.

DIY MOISTURIZING MATTE LIP STAIN

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

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

I love a good lip stain. I especially love a longwear liquid lipstick. But if I had one small complaint, it would be that they’re all a little drying. But a lovely artist at the MAC store on Robertson Boulevard here in LA taught me this trick! If you add a drop of this specific essential oil to it, it will make it less drying without losing much of the sustainability! I was skeptical at first but he was right! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • A Matte Lip Stain or Longwear Lip Color — I used my favorite matte lip stain ($$) in Riot on Magali below and also loooove this one ($$$) and this one ($).
  • This Essential Oil — This one ($$) used above can be mixed not only with lip stains but with foundations, concealer, cream blush, liquid highlighters and any lip product. It’s my obsession these days on all of my girls. Be careful with other essential oils as they are all different and not all good for this purpose.
  • Your Favorite Lip Brush — I prefer a square-tip lip brush ($$) but you can use whatever you love the best.
  • A Blending Station ($$)

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STEPS:

  1. Press the lip wand against the blending station to release the product. You can also do this in the palm of your hand if you need to. Repeat two more times so you have a good amount.
  2. Add one drop of the essential oil.
  3. Mix the two together with the lip brush.
  4. Start filling in the upper lip.
  5. Continue filling in the entire lip area.

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FALL TRANSITION MAKEUP

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

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

If you’re looking for an easy fall transition makeup look, try this! It has the drama of Fall fashion but is still light and fresh. It concentrates a metallic copper shade on the lashline that smokes up into a matte sienna shade, making your eyes really sultry without trying too hard. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Trace the brown copper pencil along the upper lash line.
  2. Take the same pencil and fill in a circle on the back of your hand.
  3. Swirl the small laydown brush in the circle to load it up with product.
  4. Then smudge the brush over the upper lashline and smoke it upward.
  5. Use the pencil to tightline the upper waterline.
  6. And rim the lower inner waterline as well.
  7. Add the matte brown shadow on the lid, just above the liner.
  8. Add the matte sienna shadow in the crease.
  9. Switch back to the small laydown brush and add the matte brown shadow to the bottom lashline.
  10. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

 

FOR THE WINE LOVERS

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

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

This Winter, we’re obsessed with this bold lip trend, so much so that we’ve found three different ways to wear it! It looks gorgeous on all skin tones, even the palest of the pale, which is why we asked our fair friend Lexie to model it for us. Here’s everything you need to know about rocking a deep berry wine lip:

OPTION 1: A PLUMPING GLOSSThis one is beautiful in the daytime, or for those of you with chapped lips, thinner lips or lip lines, because it forgives all sins instead of making them look worse!

OPTION 2: A LIQUID LACQUERThis option (in Seduction) is pretty on everyone! It has the intensity of a lipstick but the shiny-ness of a gloss. It feels ultra-luxurious to wear.

OPTION 3: A MATTE STAINThis one (in Wicked) is for the extremists who love making a statement and turning heads! If you have excessive lip lines or thinner lips, it might not be the right choice, otherwise you’ll love it.

Pair it with a light eye shadow (like  a gold metallic) to complement but not compete!