Posts Tagged ‘stain’

PRETTY POUT

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

The obvious way to do a two-toned lip is one color on the top lip and a different color on the bottom. But that wouldn’t really need a tutorial, now would it?! This version is a little more wearable in my opinion and incredible pretty. I love playing with different textures and the matte liner with the glossy stain is very eye catching. It also creates a slight illusion of volume, which is never a bad thing! Don’t dismiss it without trying it, please… If it’s not for you, you can merely wipe it off and do something else. But you might be happily surprised.  Here’s how to pull it off:  (more…)

RED LIPSTICK EVOLVED

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

Lipstick has come a long way since its moniker was coined in 1880! Not that I don’t still love lipstick and plan on using it until the day I die… but in the last few years, new textures and finishes have emerged that have earned their keep along side of lipstick in our makeup drawers. Some last all day and never end up on your teeth, others are velvety and some are ingeniously matte and shiny at the same time! To really study them, I picked one color (a classic red) and one model (my sweet friend Sophia) to see how they compare and contrast. None look like a lipstick, even though all are just as pigmented and intense.  (more…)

RED CARPET BREAKDOWN

Post: Amy Nadine, Photos: Getty Images, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’ve been so busy around here that we haven’t shared enough of our red carpet work with you lately, but today I’m happy to break down how I did Rachel Bilson’s eye makeup last week for the premiere of her new film The To Do List (a hilarious must-see with your friends this weekend!). Because her Oscar de la Renta dress was so sweet and feminine, we decided the makeup needed a little edge to it. So I punked out the eye with an exaggerated wing then balanced it with a pink cheek and lip. Here’s exactly how you can re-create it!

  1. With a black longwear kohl liner (I used Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liner in Onyx), line the lashline from the inner corner to the outer corner then out and up towards the end of the brow like you would a classic cat eye.
  2. Then from the point you ended on, draw a line back across the crease, ending in the inner corner where you started in Step 1.
  3. Go back and fill in the area you just outlined.
  4. Line the bottom lashline and inner waterline with the same black pencil.
  5. Set the liner with a black shimmer shadow so it doesn’t crease or travel. Try L’Oreal Infallible Shadow’s Eternal Black.
  6. Finish the eye with a couple coats of volumizing mascara.
  7. Look directly into the mirror and adjust the shape with a pointed Q-tip if needed. Pointed Q-tips dampened with water or eye makeup remover are my secret weapons in perfecting the wings and making sure the eyes match each other.

Then pair it with a light pink blush, high on the cheek bones and a pink lippie! Here are some bonus shots of Miss B that I snapped when we were getting ready… she’s truly an awesome client and a dear friend! And don’t forget to check out her gorgeous designs for Shoemint (and receive 25% off your first pair by clicking here)!

Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

A SPRING LIP

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

Coming out of Winter and into Spring is my favorite time of the year! Be gone with the vamp and oxblood lips from the past months! There’s so much inspiration everywhere with daffodils popping up, cherry blossoms blooming and azaleas gazing and all can be transferred into makeup choices. There are many gorgeous collections that have come out for Spring and I hope this post inspires you to take a quick walk down the beauty aisle at your local drug or department store or browse online and brighten your look with a new feminine and fun lip color! And you probably already have a peach cream blush and a rose gold loose eyeshadow to add to it (just saying!). (more…)