Posts Tagged ‘the beauty department’

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!

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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.

THE HAIR FLICK TRICK

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I don’t know how to tell you this, but my favorite product for finishing layers isn’t a hair product at all. It’s just water. I use this cute little MINI WATER BOTTLE for finishing my girls’ layered haircuts because that mist is the finest you’ll ever get and trust me, I have tried every spray bottle out there. It’s so fine, it’s like a teeny cloud coming out of the bottle! Over time I’ve learned that I can even use this technique on straight, wavy and slightly curly hair that has been styled without the hair getting too wet and wanting to return to its natural texture.

evian water spray hair trick

After my curling iron waves, wand waves or flat iron waves are created and after my favorite products (see here) have been applied, I grab my mini WATER BOTTLE and pick up a layer.

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Pull your layers in various directions while hitting them with a little mist! You don’t want them all going the same way. Again, I want to stress that I do this AFTER my products have been applied. Even hairspray.

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To finish off, I set the bottle down and give it a tiny twist/flick to get it going in the direction I want. This is much better on the hair that going over it again with a hot iron to get the hair going in the desired direction.

It’s such a simple finishing trick and I get asked about how I do these little flicks constantly. Hopefully this answers the question! If you can’t find an Evian mini where you live, you can find it HERE!

2016 MET GALA TRANSLATED

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

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

Every year I look forward to the MET Ball, even more than the Oscars! It marries fashion with red carpet glamour and is themed, so it’s always fascinating to see how each designer and makeup artist will interpret it.  This year’s Ex-Machina theme did not disappoint, with tons of metallics and robotic, futuristic gowns… it was pure eye candy! I especially loved the makeup my colleague Jillian Dempsey did on Kristen Stewart and thought it’s the perfect look for a red carpet translation. Here’s how to pull it off the next time you head out to a club or music festival:

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  1. Wet the contour brush, swirl it in the shadow to make a paste and start the outline of the rectangle. You can take it as long as your brow or as short as the end of your eye.
  2. Fill it in.
  3. Perfect the angles and lines with the pointed Q-tip.
  4. Rim the inner waterline with the black pencil.
  5. Add a couple coats of mascara.

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DAILY LIP LOVE

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

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

I have become a broken record with my clients. Unless you suffer from severe cracked lips (which are a whole other thing entirely that your doctor can help you with), there is no excuse for them to sit in my chair with chapped lips! I always quote Oprah… when you know better, you do better. So let me let you in on the best thing you can do twice a day to have soft and smooth lips all year long. When you brush your teeth, brush your lips! Every single time (hopefully that means twice a day!). Right before you normally would spit, bring the toothbrush outside of your mouth, close it and run the brush back and forth over them. Then spit. That’s it! I promise you, if you make this part of your routine, you won’t remember what it was like for them to be anything but smooth!

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This is especially a must when you’re rocking a lip stain or liquid lipstick!