Posts Tagged ‘setting’

SECRET TO BROW SHADOW

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

This one step reversal is a game changer. Many of us don’t think brow shadow makes enough impact (even after with my side-by-side shadow/pencil/pomade/tinted gel post here). That’s ok! We all have our preferences and makeup is an expression of our individuality. But I would be amiss if I didn’t share this trick with you! Typically we use brow wax to set the brows after we apply shadow, hence the term “setting wax.” But try this instead:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Brush the hairs up and over with the spooly brush.
  2. Load the brush up with wax by sweeping it across the wax multiple times.
  3. Sweep the brush along the brow with short quick strokes mimicking hairs as you work from the base to the tail coating the hairs with wax.
  4. Dip the same brush into the brow shadow to load it up with product.
  5. Sweep the brush along the brow hairs making the same short quick strokes. The brow shadow will adhere to the wax much better than applying it directly to the brow.
  6. Brush the hairs up and over again with the spooly brush.
  7. Finish by tapping your finger in the cream highlighter and sweeping it under the brow.

For those of you asking about the cat ears, I bought them at BCBG but don’t see them on their site yet!

    QUICK TIP: SETTING POWDER

    Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

    We spend a lot of time and precision applying foundation and concealer exactly where we want the most coverage, only to take a powder brush and swirl the foundation away from where we placed it. Not good! I learned this technique from one of my idols, Mary Greenwell, whom I was lucky enough to go on an international press tour with in 2007 where she was working on Cate Blanchett and I was working on Geoffrey Rush for their movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Anyway, as you can imagine she was incredible and lovely enough to teach me a few things about makeup (and life!). This little trick has saved me time and again. Here’s how: (more…)

    ENCOURAGING YOUR WAVES

    photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

    This quick tip is dedicated to all you gorgeous gals with “almost there but not quite” waves.  Tons of TBD readers have mentioned they have hair that’s perfectly wavy on the bottom but gets straight-ish on the top. Some have color damage and some just have 2 textures going on. Today we’re sharing our favorite method for bringing it all together! Sure, you could always use our BRAID METHOD, but sometimes you just want to wear your hair with your OWN natural wave! Plus, it’s fun to be able to work with what you’ve (almost) got so here we go!

    You will need: Setting clips, tissue paper (I didn’t want to put tissue paper in the photo because it would have blocked too much of the pattern, but you can put a tiny piece of tissue under each clip to avoid creases!), setting spray (we love  John Frieda Curl Defining Spray ($6) and Ouidad Styling Mist ($16), light serum like Moroccan Oil Light (small $16.60).

    • Air dry your hair as you normally would. Try not to brush your hair after you get out of the shower!
    • Once it’s 85% dry, lightly mist the top layer with your setting spray.
    • Use your tissue paper and clips to set the waves in place. Try to match the pattern of your own natural waves below. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to get these in place!
    • Let it sit for about 20 minutes while you get dressed/do your makeup. If you need to, use your blowdryer on low and give it a little heat help. Make sure you use a nozzle and that your dryer is pointed down toward the floor to avoid frizz.
    • Once you remove the clips, add a little bit of a light serum to your ends and a quick veil of light hold hairspray.

    If your hair is super-straight on top, this might not work for you but it’s worth a shot! You may find that your top layer just needed a little more support!

    SETTING YOUR MAKEUP WITHOUT CAKING IT

    POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

    For years I used a big fluffy brush to powder my clients’ faces after foundation, even though in makeup school we were taught to use a powder puff. It just felt more luxurious and didn’t have to be restocked all the time like a puff. But last year, I went back to a puff because I started getting frustrated with the way the brush was not only pushing and sliding the cream blush from the area I specifically placed it, but it was also grabbing onto the foundation and making everything a little cakey. Not good. So I went back to the puff press technique created by the masters of Old Hollywood cinema back in the late 30′s and felt a little stupid that I ever strayed. Here’s how: (more…)