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A QUICK LIP TIP

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

When it comes to bringing the Uptown Lip to life, you’ll want to focus on two key elements: a little lining exaggeration and a shiny gloss. If you follow your own lip’s perimeter, you’ll get a nice, natural result. But if you take the line from your cupid’s bow to the outer corner as a solid straight line instead, it will be slightly above the natural perimeter, creating a fuller effect. Combined with gloss that makes everything more three dimensional and even Kylie Jenner would be impressed! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Lip Pencil — Right now these are my favorite lip pencils for the perfect amount of pigment and slip. These are my favorite more budget-conscious options. I’ve chosen a nude shade but you can do this technique with any color that you love as long as the lip liner and the lip gloss are the same shade.
  • Your Favorite Lip Gloss — These 3-D lip glosses are so advanced both visually and formulation-wise. They definitely weren’t around when I went to makeup school in 2003 and I’m so impressed with how far the cosmetics industry has come. If you’re looking to pay a little less, try these gorgeous ultra-shiny lip glosses.

STEPS:

  1. Start by drawing an “M” shape along your cupid’s bow but don’t go all the way to the corners.
  2. This is where we cheat the angles. Don’t follow your natural lip perimeter, especially if it slopes a little downward as it makes its way to the corner. Ignore the natural line and draw a straight line from the end of the “M” to the corner.
  3. Stretch your smile to tighten the skin so your lines are smooth and not jagged. Feel free to make the line thicker as you do this. You can even fill in the entire upper lip as well like I did on Rachel above.
  4. Don’t forget to line the lower lip as you usually would. Or you can cheat it slightly below the natural lip line but be careful not to draw it too exaggerated. Then you can fill in the entire lower lip as well.
  5. Finish with a coat of lip gloss on both the top and bottom.

WIDE BRIM HATS

Post by KRISTIN ESS + LAUREN SHOEMATE

We truly could not wait to break out our wide brim hats at the first sign of fall in sunny California! Wherever you live, this look is classicly chic and always in style. We did a story a while back on which hairstyles to pair with which hats right HERE. That was such a fun post to do! But it’s time for a Fall 2014 wide brim roundup, we thinks! We did all the work for you by searching high + low to find some great hats and most of them are very budget conscious. The one on our gorgeous “Dancing-Party-Meg” in the top photo can be found HERE. The rest of the hats below are linked at the bottom! Happy Shopping!!

  1. PEAKS HAT
  2. FELT FLOPPY
  3. FLAT TOP BOATER
  4. PANAMA FISHTAIL
  5. HIDEAWAY
  6. RELICS
  7. CARISSA
  8. MODERNO
  9. MONTANA
  10. BUFFALO NICKEL LEATHER
  11. EMBELLISHED MATADOR
  12. WIDE EMBELLISHED FELT FEDORA

QUICK TIP: THICK LASHES

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

It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.

STEPS:

  1. Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
  2. Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
  3. Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.

HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR TRICK

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

I know a lot of our readers are still intimidated by contouring and highlighting and if you’re one of them, this tutorial is for you! There are many different ways to highlight and contour different features, depending on which ones you want to pull forward (highlight) or push back (contour). In case you missed it, check out my C & E Tutorial from last year for another really easy version. But if you’re still thinking to yourself “I’ll never take the time to do that,” then try this!

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Before you apply foundation (but after primer if you’re a primer girl), start by drawing two upside-down triangles underneath the eyes with the concealer stick as demonstrated above.
  2. Draw a third upside-down triangle on the lower half of your forehead also with the concealer stick..
  3. Draw a sideways right-angled triangle just under each cheekbone with the lowlight sculptor and a precision brush. Think of it as a “support” that holds up the bone. Really it’s creating a shadow to make the cheekbone look more pronounced.
  4. Draw a sixth triangle with the concealer stick on the chin just below the lower lip. You can do steps 1-4 in any order.
  5. Blend blend blend by swirling the kabuki brush along the edges of each triangle.
  6. Once every thing is blended, pump a few drops of foundation in the palm of your hand and dip the egg sponge in a few times to load it up. Now stipple (press) the sponge lightly over everything, concentrating again more on the edges of each highlight and contour than actually going over them. And of course fill in the areas that are bare.
  7. Finish by smiling in the mirror and applying the blush on the top half of the apples and along the area in between the highlight and the contour (if you look at the cheekbone, the highlight is just above it, the contour just below it and the blush goes directly on it).