post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun
I created this post to show you how impactful applying white eyeliner to your lid is before matte shadows to really make the shadow color come to life. Shadow primers are great too, but nowhere near as powerful as a white kohl pencil. Because honestly, matte shadows need a little help going on without become blotchy or faded; and it’s always a little disappointing to buy a shadow that’s bright and pigmented in its packaging but goes on more sheer and waah waah. This method is also an amazing way to make a DIY gorgeous matte colored liner if you don’t want to fill in the whole lid. Investing in a white pencil gives you countless options for creating your own brighter lids and even making your own lipstick shades (coming next week!). Here’s how: (more…)
photos + post by amy nadine, design by eunice chun
I wanted to do this particular experiment to show you how the laws of shading apply to the waterline as well: lighter colors reflect and open up areas by bringing them forward while darker colors absorb and close up areas by pushing them back. So once again my lovely assistant Carissa loaned me her baby browns so we could capture the three looks and report the differences.
WHITE LINER: This definitely opened up the eyes and made them appear the biggest, but in a more obvious way as one can see the white liner. But who cares as it’s a chic throwback to Sixties, especially if you were to pair it with a liquid winged liner and contoured crease. I used Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Liner in Blanc because its color payoff is unmatched.
NUDE LINER: This also opened up the eyes, making them look larger, but in a very natural and undetectable way. I seriously doubt anyone would notice you took the extra 5 seconds to rim them with liner, but they’ll notice your eyes look bigger. I used Stila Kajal Liner in Topaz.
BLACK LINER: This closed up the eyes and made them look a little smaller, but in return, they look way more piercing, as if they could look right through someone! That’s worth giving up a little in size, I think. And call me crazy, but somehow it makes her eyes look a little further apart from each other, don’t you think? Hmm… interesting… anyway, this is a must for nighttime fun as it completely changes your look. I used NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Liner in Via Veneto because I know it really lasts and won’t wear away after an hour.
Sometimes you’ve gotta get a little country! Nothing screams sweet southern style more than gingham, so let’s make that into a mani, shall we?!
Start by painting the nails white.
Using the DIY sticker method we showed you a couple weeks ago, paint blue, pink, green or whatever color you love on a piece of tape. Wait for it to dry and cut it into thin strips. You’ll need 6-10 strips per finger.
Lay 3-5 strips horizontally on the nail.
Then lay the other 3-5 strips vertically.
Trim the excess with cuticle nippers. (I decided to add one more blue strip at the tip of the nail at this point because I thought it looked better with blue at the top!)
Apply a quick drying top coat to seal your gingham pattern.
You can do all your nails or just one. I didn’t want an overwhelming sense of this pretty lil’ pattern, so I just stuck to one.
photos: nars backstage, nordstrom 2011 catalog + gorunway.com, post design: eunice chun
With the holidays around the corner and pretty white angora sweaters to cozy up in, what could be more dazzling than this frosty winter look? Hmm… not much! I like it not only because it’s very pretty and feminine, but also because it’s different and interesting, easily setting you apart from your friends. Here are the tools + tips to pull it off: