Posts Tagged ‘shade’

PICK A COLOR, ANY COLOR!

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

Like most matters of artistry, this is a debatable subject… but using this method to match foundation to skin tone has never served me wrong, while trying to match it to the cheek has. Here’s why. Your neck is shadowed by your chin and jaw, meaning it gets less exposure to the sun and is closer to your own natural skin tone than your face or chest. Something magical happens when you find your exact foundation color; it melts into the skin and brings it to life rather than creating a mask with a shade color that’s off a little. It’s so worth it! Here’s how:

  1. Step outside into natural but indirect sunlight. If you’re at a department store, ask for a mirror to take outside with you and a couple different shades (grab a yellow-based and a pink-based foundation to see which one disappears more into your skin.
  2. Lift your chin slightly and apply a finger stroke as shown above.
  3. Follow with a couple more swatches next to each other to really see which one is right for you.
  4. Then when you find your perfect shade, please don’t forget to apply it to your neck as well as your face so it all becomes one canvas. And if you’re wearing a low neckline, apply it to your chest too.

That’s it! You can do this method with liquid or cream formulas as well as BB creams. Good luck! And in case you’re going to ask, for any makeup pro’s out there the Bobbi Brown BBU Palette shown above is a must-have investment!

TRY A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We still get many emails about brows, which is why we’re back to brows again today! If you’ve missed our Brow Stencil and Brows 101 photo tutorials, revisit them here and here respectively. If you still need a little help, maybe this new one will give you your a-ha moment! Sometimes you just need to grab an object with a straight side, like a comb, a skinny long brush or a ruler and use it to guide you by outlining the perimeter. Here’s how: (more…)

TBD EYE FOCUS: EASY BROWS

photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We couldn’t believe how many emails we got asking how to do the brows from last week’s Mastering Falsies post, especially because we did them the easiest way out there… with a brow stencil! So I grabbed my cousin Emily again to show you exactly how simple it is to do.

TOOLS: Powder shadow in your exact brow shade or darker for more drama, a stiff-angled brow brush, a spooly or disposable mascara wand, tweezers and a brow stencil. We scored and used this kit that comes with all of it (and different stencil shapes, a wax to set them and a highlighter).

  1. With the spooly, comb your brow hairs up and over.
  2. Fit the stencil precisely where you want the shape of the brow to be, paying attention to the position of your own natural arch.
  3. With the stiff-angled brush, fill inside the stencil by shading the powder using small quick strokes.
  4. Let the new brow shape be your guide to stray any random hairs that are not part of it.

That’s it! I swear it really is as easy as it looks. Of course if you don’t want to go the stencil route, you can always use our Brows 101 guide that Lauren Conrad so kindly lent us her brows for too.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN: LIP COLOR

photos + post by amy nadine

Our Kitchen Beautician Series is back with a fun + easy way to make your own shade of lipstick! If you have lipsticks that you’ve grown tired of or bought online but wish were a little softer/brighter when they arrived… or others that are a little too matte that you know would pop more with a bit of shimmer or a metallic finish, here’s how to take matters into your own hands! But please remember to always be careful when using your stovetop and you MUST have parental supervision if you are under 18!

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