Posts Tagged ‘pretty’

BETTER BLUSH

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

This little gem of advice for applying blush might seem trivial but I promise you it’s not! Accentuating our cheeks really brings the face to life and needs to mimic what happens when you either fall in love and are naturally blushing or the flush you get after a great workout. If you study it (like I have because I love nerding out), you’ll see it starts a good half-inch from each side of the nose. Never closer. It’s not flattering anyway if you bring it all the way in to your nose! So try this method until you know it by eyeing it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Cream Blush — I used Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy. Or…
  • Your Favorite Powder Blush — I’m obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion.
  • Your Favorite Blush Brush — My clients and I have been dying over the new and revolutionary Artis line of 100% animal-free brushes like the cheek brush used in this tutorial and this one is especially great for cream blush. For powder blush I love MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artisan Brush #156 because its wavy fibers work beautifully with powder formulas.

STEPS:

  1. Swipe the blush brush along the cream blush or swirl it in the powder blush.
  2. Place your index finger next to your nose. You can hold it vertically or do what I prefer and hold it slightly diagonally following the natural nasal-labial fold (as demonstrated by Carissa above).
  3. Place the blush brush directly next to the nose.
  4. Stipple (press multiple times) or swirl at the initial point on the the top half of apple of the cheek.
  5. Continue stippling or swirling as you work your way along the cheekbone.

 

QUICK LIP TIP

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

Last month we learned the best trick for creating a perfect cupid’s bow (revisit it here). Today I’m sharing the best trick for lining your lips the way we pro’s do it for our clients on the red carpet. Some of you might have figured this one out yourself and are already doing it! If not, it’s a quick one to learn and is a game changer. When you line your lip perimeter with your mouth relaxed, there’s no way to get in the micro lines that you can’t even see. And let’s be honest, the line can get a little wonky depending on how voluminous your lips are! But if you stretch your smile, it flattens the surface so you can draw a smooth line with the tip directly on the perimeter, allowing half of the line to slightly go above the perimeter without anyone knowing you exaggerated anything! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Line the perimeter of your lip area with your lips relaxed like you typically would. Don’t worry about it being perfect.
  2. Now here’s the trick! Stretch your lips by smiling and hold it tightly like that. Now line the upper lip area by holding the tip of the pencil on the perimeter so half of it falls below the perimeter and half slightly above. By holding the smile you can exaggerate the line a little and make your lips slightly fuller.
  3. While still holding the stretched smile, line the bottom perimeter as well. You might notice that you actually lined it above the perimeter when you originally lined it but didn’t notice until you smiled.
  4. Now fill in the surface area with the matching lipstick.

 

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

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

Brows frame the eyes. Big brows really frame them! And for some of us, more is more and bigger is better. This tutorial is for you and you alone! So please don’t hate on it if it’s not your cup of tea, because it might be someone else’s and there is no shaming on TBD! Makeup is an expression and all of us express ourselves differently so let’s respect and support each other! With that said, here’s how to pull off big beautiful brows:

TOOLS:

  • A Flat & Wide-Tipped Brow Pencil: I used Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner because it’s has an amazing flat and wide tip, and spooly brush on the other end.
  • A Fine-Pointed Brow Pencil: By now you know my favorite all-time fine-point brow pencil is MAC Eye Brows in Lingering.
  • A Highlighter: Try Benefit High Brow for the perfect matte highlight.

STEPS:

  1. With the flat-headed pencil, draw a line on the base of the brow from the inside corner to the bottom of the arch.
  2. With the same pencil, draw a parallel line across the top of the brow as demonstrated above.
  3. Switch to the fine-pointed pencil and draw the “wing” part of the brow.
  4. With the same pencil, go back and fill in the brow by drawing individual hairs using upward strokes.
  5. Highlight underneath the brow with the matte highlighting pencil by starting at the inside corner and tracing all the way to the end.
  6. Blend the highlighter by smudging it with your finger.

 

SUMMER MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

Summer is here but our tans may not be yet (or if you’re like me, you fake it all summer long while loading up the SPF). So here’s a perfect makeup look for summer… bronzed cheeks, gilded lids, a lined eye and a pink lip. Simple and gorgeous. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. First apply the tinted moisturizer all over your face and neck with the egg sponge.
  2. Next bronze the hollow of your cheeks, your temples and the two sides of your forehead with the cream bronzer using a blush brush, foundation brush or a sponge.
  3. Don’t forget to bronze your jawline and neck as well so it all matches.
  4. Smile and apply blush to the top portion of the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush.
  5. Blend everything together with the egg sponge.
  6. Apply the pink lipstick all over the lip area.
  7. Swipe your finger across the gold glitter shadow and press it all over the lid and crease.
  8. Load it up again and sweep it across the lower lashline.
  9. Line the upper lashline with the kohl pencil.
  10. Rim the inner waterline with the kohl pencil.
  11. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.