Posts Tagged ‘vamp’


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!


  • 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.




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…)


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…)


photos:, solve sundsbo, post designed by kristin ess, post by amy nadine

Fall is days away and I couldn’t be more excited to start vamping my clients on the red carpet. I wish I could do this trend on each and every one of you too but I can do the second best thing by empowering you with how to do replicate this silent-film-era look yourselves!

First you’ll need to figure out which shade will look best on you. Here are my suggestions, but know that since you’ll  overlap in categories, it’s best to hit a makeup counter and play until you find the perfect hue(s).

Fair skin: deep crimson

Beige skin: dark plum

Olive-toned skin: deep burgundy

Yellow-toned skin: brown-red

African-American light-medium skin: deep berry

African-American medium-dark skin: dark wine

Blond hair: dark plum

Red hair: deep mahogany

Brown hair: deep burgundy

Black hair: dark wine

Once you have found your perfect shade, here are two options to pair it with, depending on how far you want to take it…

Level One: Keep it simple. It’s such a statement on its own and looks gorgeous with taupe-y neutrals or soft greys on the lids and softly-sculpted nude cheeks. Skip eyeliner or only line the inner waterline with a grey liner. Comb your brows upward and set with a brow gel or spray a little hairspray on the comb first. Coat your lashes with a black mascara. Use the lip color straight out of the tube OR dab it on with your finger for more of a stain.

Level Two: If you’re feeling really vamp-ish and provocative, pair it with a smoky eye, smoking it with black or dark grey shadows for those wearing the more blue-based vamp lip or smoking it with golds and coppers for the more brown-based vamp lip. Line both of your upper and lower lash lines with a black smudged liner, including the inner waterline. Fill in your brows with a matching shade or one shade darker and really coat your lashes black. Fill in your lips with the matching vamp color lip liner all over first, then follow with the lip color straight from the tube. You can even add a clear gloss on top to really create a power pout. Contour your cheeks channeling the Robert Palmer Girls and you’re guaranteed to turn heads! If you need a refresher on contouring, click here for Lauren’s tutorial.

With both levels, please make sure your lips are in their very best condition by using a homemade lip scrub and prepping them with good balm. It’s a must!

XO Amy Nadine