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LIP TREND ALERT

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

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

My favorite lip trend of the year so far on the runways, style blogs and red carpets is (of course) the deep mahogany lip. It’s also called a wine lip (or cabernet or burgundy) or a vamp lip. But this one is a little less purple-based and a little more brown/red based. Anyway, I have yet to find a skin tone that it doesn’t look gorgeous on! Typically it’s paired with a more simple eye (as not to compete with it), but I wanted to show on my friend Charlene that you can pair it with a smoky eye as well. Here’s how to rock it yourself:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. I assume it’s a given that you’ll prep with a moisturizing lip balm, but just in case, this is not the time to forget! So apply it, work on the rest of your face while it penetrates then lightly blot it off. Next grab the lip pencil and line the perimeter of the lip area.
  2. Continue by filling in the entire lip area with the lip pencil.
  3. Now apply the lipstick directly on top thickly. Press hard to really coat it. If you want to make it last longer, blot it with a tissue and add one more coat.

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I’m not sure if you follow my career but I had the pleasure of creating this lip on Krysten Ritter (aka Jessica Jones!) last month at the Costumer Designers’ Guild Awards and used this matte version in Glastonbury ($$).

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE!

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

This post came to be after a visit to the mall last week and noticing that a lot of the lovely ladies that I came into contact with were wearing a wee bit too much makeup! How did this happen? Girls with gorgeous skin that I would give my left arm for were wearing a mask of foundation in the wrong shade ending at their jawlines, way-too-light undereye concealer, orange bronzer, clumpy mascara… how can they not see it? So this post comes only from a place of sisterly love, straight up like I would tell my besties! Please remember that makeup products serve different purposes, some are used to create an illusion, others used to hide imperfections, some used to define and accentuate while others are used to make a statement. So I created these handy infographics to demonstrate the basics. Of course, makeup is a form of expression and no “rules” are set in stone, but use this as a guideline to ensure people see a more gorgeous YOU and not your makeup!

MAKEUP THAT SHOULD BE AS UNDETECTABLE AS POSSIBLE:

  • FOUNDATION — We use foundation to even out our skin tones and hide any imperfections. Don’t use it to look tanner or paler! Find your exact shade (revisit my Foundation Shade Finder Tutorial for help in that area) and make sure to apply it on your neck as well.
  • CONCEALER — When covering up undereye circles or blemishes, pick a shade that is as close to your foundation shade as you can find. Revisit my Blemish Cover Up Tutorial and Covering Dark Circles Tutorial if needed.
  • ILLUMINATOR — This is where you can go a shade lighter than your foundation and concealer, but make sure to illuminate with a cream or liquid product, not a shimmer/glitter powder that’s noticeable in the daytime. Revisit my Illuminate Tutorial to find out more.
  • BRONZER — Too many of us don’t use bronzer correctly and end up looking like an oompa loompa! Chose a brown shade instead of orange, pick one that is matte instead of shimmery, make sure to sweep it only where the sun would hit your features and don’t forget your neck! Revisit my Bronzing 101 Tutorial for more.
  • EYELINER — Unless you’re going for a statement liner like a Cat Eye or  a piercing Rimmed Eye, use my No-Liner Liner Tightlining Technique by gently lifting the lid upwards and tracing the pencil back in forth in between the lashes but never above them. This is also great for those of us with smaller eyes who don’t want to lose a millimeter of lid space!
  • LIP LINER — Unless you’re going for a statement lip, pick a color close to your own lip color (or a hint darker if you’re like me and have really washed out unpigmented lips!) or the exact color of your lipstick. Use lip liner to define your lips and give them a more pronounced shape, but don’t let it be noticeable.
  • BLUSH — Choose a cream blush so it really melts into the skin. Revisit my Cream Blush Tutorial for learn how to apply it correctly.
  • MASCARA — Lashes are my favorite facial feature! Define them and let them shine in all their glory, but please don’t clump them up! Always wipe off the excess from the wand on the back of your hand or a tissue before you go near your lashes. Revisit my Clump-Free Lashes Tutorial for more details.

MAKEUP THAT WE USE TO MAKE A STATEMENT:

 

PRETTY VAMP

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

This beauty how-to is for those of you who’ve always been curious to know if you can pull off a vamp lip but not enough to buy anything. Well get this: all you need is your black kohl eyeliner pencil (yes you heard right!). It’s one of the oldest methods in makeup and has quite the payoff. Plus I wanted to show you the whole look so you can see there is a feminine and fun way to do it. I’m hoping you’ll be surprised at how wearable a dark vamp lip actually is and it might even open the door to a whole world of dark lipsticks for you. Here’s how: (more…)

FALL FASHION LIP TRANSLATION

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

You can translate this huge Fall trend in a small way, or really go for it! You can play with different formulas too… burgundy lipstick, lip gloss, stains, matte balms or liners paired with gold powder eye shadow, cream shadow or gold metallic lipstick. Makeup is supposed to be fun and a creative outlet, so choose by your mood that day or what you have in your makeup drawer! Here’s how we did it: (more…)