Posts Tagged ‘wand’

RESHAPE YOUR BROWS

 

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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

My brows naturally grow straight across. I love the straight brow trend on supermodels and of course always believe we should embrace what we have. But… you can cheat them a little with this technique I learned a few years ago from my brow guru Sarah Agajanian.

Here’s the trick: If you brush your brows a few times a day in direction you want them to grow, you’ll re-train the hairs to grow that way. I have to say I looked at her like she was living in a dream world but what did I have to lose? So I kept a spoolie on my vanity and every time I got out of the shower, I brushed them up and over. I did the same after washing my face. Then again before filling them in… basically any time I walked in the bathroom and looked in the mirror! It only took two seconds per brow so I didn’t mind. A couple months later I noticed I had a little more of an arch. A year later we couldn’t believe how much higher the arch looked. Maybe because the hairs now grew upward instead of over; I didn’t really care why, I just liked the way they framed my eyes differently. Then Sarah exaggerated the arch with her waxing magic and I had arched brows!

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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I know you’re probably as skeptical as I was when I first heard about this trick! But try it for a few months and let us know if you notice a difference! Once you’ve trained the hairs to grow upward, you or your esthetician will have an easier shape to work with when waxing/tweezing/threading them.

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

For those of you asking about the lavender eye shadow from the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest posts (and the “Before A Date” shot above, it’s this one!

 

UNDER EYE UNDO

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

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

Here’s the deal. If you only have dark circles, you can apply a concealer that is a half shade lighter than your foundation to the under-eye area and be good to go. But… if you have dark circles and puffy “bags,” you’re actually making things look worse!

Remember back in Art class: One of the first things we studied was dimensions and we learned that if you shade something with a darker color, it will “push” it to the background, like it’s further away. On the contrary, if you paint with a lighter shade, it “pulls” that area to the foreground, making it appear closer. We can apply that theory here!

 

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Here’s the trick: Under-eye shadows need a lighter shade to bring them forward. Puffy bags are already in the foreground and need to be pushed back, which is why you want a slightly darker shade. A lighter shade will bring them even more forward, making them look puffier! That’s the last thing you need!

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  1. After applying foundation all over the face and neck, look in the mirror and focus your eye to only see the dark area. This is not the puffy area! This is the area that is darker and most likely closest to your nose or under the puffy “bag”. Trace the correcting pen over the dark area to lighten it up.
  2. Now notice only the part that is puffy and raised. Apply the liquid concealer in the slightly darker shade directly on top of it.
  3. Blend with your finger by tapping it instead of smearing it.
  4. Continue tapping as you move across.

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HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM MASCARA

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

We all have our own ways of applying mascara and no one way is necessarily the right way… if you’re happy with the results, then it’s a good way for you! But these simple techniques really coat and direct each lash, so it’s definitely worth a try. Here’s how:  (more…)

THE PAINT JOB

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

Bottom lashes can be tricky… like all lashes, you want most of the product to land on the roots, not the tips (that’s where things become clumpy),  but it’s really hard to do it with a wand. For years I would rotate the wand vertically and use the tip to paint the bottom lashes, then I finally discovered that nothing builds the bottom lashes better than painting the mascara on with a lip brush! You don’t even need a business card underneath to paint against (but you can certainly use one if you want to) because the flatness of the brush let’s you be precise without too much pressure. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. On a washable surface (I use the back of my hand but you can use a clean countertop), roll the wand with a little pressure until there’s enough product for you to load up half of the width of your brush. I rolled off more product in the picture above just for instructional purposes, but you definitely don’t need that much!
  2. Grab your flat lip brush and load it up with your favorite mascara like you would a paint brush. You can use a mascara fan brush that is specifically made to paint on mascara, but I don’t want you to have to buy anything when you already have a suitable lip brush in your arsenal.
  3. Paint on the mascara by making small strokes, concentrating at the roots. Work on one section of lashes at a time, painting a few coats on each section, with stronger pressure at the roots and lighter pressure as you make your way to the tips.

BONUS: When you concentrate at the roots, it creates the illusion of lining the lash line as well. {Our model Carissa isn’t wearing ANY bottom eyeliner in the pictures above.}