Posts Tagged ‘volume’

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.

LASH BESTIES

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

Pick a pair and thank me later! Why are two mascaras better than one? Because each wand is designed to do different things and each formula created for completely different tasks as well. Some add volume, others separate, some lengthen, others create “tubes” around each lash… and when you combine the power of two, the effect is gorgeous. More is more, ladies! Here’s how to do it:

COCKTAIL #1:

  1. Use the volumizing mascara by stroking and wiggling the wand through the upper and bottom lashes. Start at the base and pull the wand all the way through to the tips.
  2. Switch to the lengthening mascara (don’t wait more than a minute in between the two formulas so you can catch it before the first formula dries). Concentrate the wand at the root of the lashes by stamping it across the roots. Revisit my Root Stamp Tutorial to see how. Then pull the final stroke all the way to the tip to lengthen.

COCKTAIL #2:

COCKTAIL #3:

COCKTAIL #4:

COCKTAIL #5:

  • MAGNIFY + TOP COAT: Leave it to the clever folks at Covergirl to create one tube with two wands and two formulas in CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by lashblast MascaraUse Wand #1 to build volume and Wand #2 to make the lashes as shiny as you can get!

What are your most favorite mascara duos? Let us know in the comments below! And if you try one of my five favorite cocktail pairings, please instagram or tweet us a picture and tag us!

OPEN YOUR EYES!

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

Cat eyes, winged shadows and corner lash strips are three of our favorite techniques to elongate the eye. But if you rather make them look really big and awake, try this technique with a lash curler and your favorite mascara! It’s a subtle illusion, but a lot of people really love doing it this way. The only way you’re going to find out if it’s for you is to try it one morning and wear it all day, catching glimpses in the mirror to see if you love it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Lash Curler – I used Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, the cult favorite  because it’s long enough to accommodate any eye length and it really gives a strong pinch.
  • Your Favorite Mascara – I used Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, my newest obsession because it really paints and maximizes the lashes.

STEPS:

  1. Pinch your lashes at the base with the lash curler. Revisit my Pinch Me Tutorial to see my secret trick to really flare them up.
  2. Concentrate the mascara on the center section of the upper lashes by directing the wand from up above and pulling each lash upwards as demonstrated in the picture.
  3. Change direction by painting the same section with the tip of the wand from below each lash moving the tip upwards.
  4. Paint the center section of the bottom lashes as well.

 

NATURAL HAIR CHIGNON

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

It’s definitely not easy to find tutorials online for girls with curls, frizz or natural texture so we’re going to try and remedy that by bringing more of these to the blog. We don’t claim to be natural hair experts, but we certainly know a cute updo when we see one! This particular chignon is great for anyone with lots of natural volume. It’s a great way to pull it all together when you’re rushing out the door to dinner or going on a date. Here’s how this sweet chignon was done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. I personally like this chignon best with a side part, but you can do center, too.
  2. On one side make 2 twist braids. Try making one smaller than the other to mix it up.
  3. Take all of the hair behind your ears and down to the nape of your neck and make a bun. We went for a more “round bun” rather than the typical ballerina style bun that’s twisted into place. You can get a rounder bun by pulling the hair 3/4 of the way through your ponytail holder and pinning the rest underneath.
  4. Once your bun is in place, take your two twists from the first side and pin them over the top of the bun.
  5. Next, make a single twist on the opposite side.
  6. Now pin that over the bun as well. When pinning this section we used a larger bobbypin for extra support.
  7. Finally, you want to roll the remaining hair in front toward the back. We rolled “up and back” for this look but you can roll under and back if you prefer. Pin into place right above the bun in back and tuck in any remaining pieces.

How cute is Meskie!? Best hair ever and such a natural at doing updos! Looking forward to bringing you many more! xo