Yes of course you can use only one blush shade. But there’s something beautiful that happens when you combine a warm shade across the whole cheekbone, a cool shade to pop the apple and a shimmer shade to highlight everything! Sometimes a cool tone by itself can come off a little clowny and needs the support of a warm shade. Sometimes a warm shade doesn’t pop enough without a splash of a cool tone. And both cool and warm shades come to life with a little shimmer to draw the attention to the cheekbones. Here’s how to create a flush inspired by roses:
- A Warming Shade — I used Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush in Classic (check out the value in this holiday set!) but you can use any warm-toned powder blush. Think peach, warm nudes or apricots. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush because of its perfect shape to apply then blend back and forth on its side.
- A Pop Shade — I used Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal but again, you can use any cool-toned powder blush. Think pink, fuchsia… anything blue based. I love to use this MAKE UP FOR EVER Blending Blush Brush for swirling on the apples of the cheeks.
- A Highlighting Shade — I used Maybelline Mineral Powder Illuminator but you can use your favorite highlighting shimmer powder. I used the Armani Round Eye Contour Brush because it’s really fluffy like a blush or powder brush but gives way more precision.
- Sweep the warming shade across the entire cheekbone, including under where #2 is applied above.
- Swirl the cool shade in a circle on the top half of the apple that is circled on Magali above. (To find the apple, smile in the mirror and it will pop out like a little ball.)
- Finish by tracing the highlighting shade on the top half of the cheekbone, just under the eye area.
Chapped lips plague a lot of us and are no fun. But hopefully this routine a couple of times a week will help. Here’s how!
- Your Favorite Lip Scrub — I used Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lips Scrub on Magali above. I also really like Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Clementine.
- An Electronic Lip Scrubber — I used Bliss Fabulips Kit that is specifically made for scrubbing chapped lips (and comes with the Scrub!). You can also use an electronic toothbrush!
- A Lip Brush — I actually used my favorite Flat-Headed Eye Shader Brush that I use often to apply lipstick because it covers more surface area but the edges are sharp enough for detailing.
- Your Favorite Lip Mask — your lips haven’t felt heaven until they’ve felt 5 minutes with the Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask. It really heals, plumps and makes your skin stronger.
- Your Favorite Tinted Lip Balm — if you’re looking for that perfect Snow White just-bitten, ultra-hydrating lip balm, treat yourself to Tata Harper’s Be Adored Tinted Lip Treatment!
- A Wet Washcloth
- Dip your finger in the scrub and scoop out a nickel size.
- Rub the scrub all over the lip area.
- Turn on the electronic lip scrubber and place it on either your bottom or top lip to start, then slowly move it across and all over the lip area and let it buff away and do all of the work for you. Try to do it for 60-120 seconds. Watch the telie or listen to T-Swizzle’s new album while you’re waiting!
- Wipe off all of the scrub with the wet wash cloth.You should notice that most of the chapped areas are now smooth.
- Dip the brush into lip mask and scoop out a nickel size.
- Sweep the brush all over the lip area to coat it.
- Wait a few minutes for it to really penetrate and hydrate.
- Wipe it off with the backside of the wet washcloth.
- Finish with a quick sweep of the tinted lip balm.
Do this a couple times a week or however often needed to keep gorgeous, kissable lips this Winter!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Sometimes a little smoked wing is all you need! Who says a cat eye has to be done with liquid liner? This soft version is ultra-feminine and flirty and a very modern take on a retro look. And for those of you who are still intimidated by liquid liner, this is a perfect way to master the shape of the flick. Let’s break it down step by step:
- A Nude Shadow — pick one that matches your own skin color.
- A Black Matte Shadow — not that a shimmer version wouldn’t be pretty too! But I used this one from my favorite matte shadow palette on Magali above.
- A Long-Edged Angled Liner Brush — if you don’t have this long-edged angled liner brush in your arsenal yet, you’re missing out! It takes the guess work out of lining and allows you to stamp and sweep.
- Mascara — I used this big volume mascara and really loved the way it coated each lash.
- A Cotton Swab — it can be a regular one or a pointed tip.
- Optional: Half-Strip False Lashes – I used and love these lash accents.
1. Apply the nude shadow all over your lid and crease.
2. Press the liner brush into the shadow and give it a tap against the counter to release any excess.
3. Determine the angle of the wing by imagining an line from the end of your eye to the end of your brow. Stamp the brush along that angle.
4. Move the brush towards the lashline and stamp again. Lift the brush up and stamp horizontally above it to connect it to your lashline.
5. Now stamp along the lashline and stop about 3/4’s of the way across.
6. Take the cotton swab and gently smear the line back and forth to smoke it out.
7. Press the brush back into the shadow and give it another tap against the counter to remove any excess. Go back and stamp the wing to perfect the edges a little. You don’t have to do this step, I just couldn’t help myself!
8. Add a couple coats of mascara.
9. This step is optional but you can always add a half strip of lashes for extra drama. Revisit my Quick Tips For Lash Strips Tutorial for secrets to getting it right every time.
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
When it comes to bringing the Uptown Lip to life, you’ll want to focus on two key elements: a little lining exaggeration and a shiny gloss. If you follow your own lip’s perimeter, you’ll get a nice, natural result. But if you take the line from your cupid’s bow to the outer corner as a solid straight line instead, it will be slightly above the natural perimeter, creating a fuller effect. Combined with gloss that makes everything more three dimensional and even Kylie Jenner would be impressed! Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Lip Pencil — Right now these are my favorite lip pencils for the perfect amount of pigment and slip. These are my favorite more budget-conscious options. I’ve chosen a nude shade but you can do this technique with any color that you love as long as the lip liner and the lip gloss are the same shade.
- Your Favorite Lip Gloss — These 3-D lip glosses are so advanced both visually and formulation-wise. They definitely weren’t around when I went to makeup school in 2003 and I’m so impressed with how far the cosmetics industry has come. If you’re looking to pay a little less, try these gorgeous ultra-shiny lip glosses.
- Start by drawing an “M” shape along your cupid’s bow but don’t go all the way to the corners.
- This is where we cheat the angles. Don’t follow your natural lip perimeter, especially if it slopes a little downward as it makes its way to the corner. Ignore the natural line and draw a straight line from the end of the “M” to the corner.
- Stretch your smile to tighten the skin so your lines are smooth and not jagged. Feel free to make the line thicker as you do this. You can even fill in the entire upper lip as well like I did on Rachel above.
- Don’t forget to line the lower lip as you usually would. Or you can cheat it slightly below the natural lip line but be careful not to draw it too exaggerated. Then you can fill in the entire lower lip as well.
- Finish with a coat of lip gloss on both the top and bottom.