TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Oh hey big eyes! Our favorite pitch perfect mega babe Brittany Snow ventured out Tuesday night to support her new indie flick Dial A Prayer (opens tonight!), dazzling in a fitted LBD with lace peek-a-boo cutouts and a effortless top twist! It occurred to me that this winged-shadow sultry eye might be something you’d love to rock on your next night out , so here’s how I created her look. You might not have noticed, but the eye makeup was strategically placed in ways to make the eyes look bigger but piercing at the same time. And you can do that too! The key points are to wing the shadow out and up creating a bigger lid space than the actual lid space, then skip liner on the lashline and tightline & inner rim it instead. Here’s how:
- Smoky Taupe Winged Shadow: To make her eye space as big as possible, I took my absolute favorite smoky taupe eyeshadow palette of all time (could I be more dramatic today?!) and swirled a blending brush in the taupe shade from the upper left corner. Then I started creating the shape by sweeping it across the lid then onto the crease, blending back and forth and dabbing it back into the palette often to load it back up with shadow. Then I determined how far out I wanted to shadow wing to go and dragged the brush back and forth as I elongated the space. See how far I took it above. If you ever take it out too far, don’t worry! You can just shorten it back with my baby wipe trick. I also swept the shadow along the lower lashline too. Then I took the gold sparkly shade from the center and swept it over the lid to really make her blue eyes pop.
- Tightlining on Top: To keep with the commitment to big eyes, I didn’t line the lashline like I typically might as to not lose an a millimeter of lid space. Instead I tightlinted from up and under the lashes, wiggling this favorite black longwear pencil just below and in between the lashes. It’s my favorite because it glides on so smoothly with a lot of color payoff but then is waterproof and won’t budge.
- Inner Rimming: To make her eyes more piercing, and still not lose a millimeter of lid space, I rimmed her inner waterline with this intense pure color kajal liner. Ok, yes technically this can “close” up the eye a little bit but in return, it makes them look like they can see right through to your soul!
- Spiky Lashes: Britt and I have a thing for spiky lashes (for lack of a better word). That doesn’t mean clumpy though! We just like them really really defined and separated, with each lash coated, but again, not clumped. So the mascara choice is critical; it has to be really wet and intense right out of the gate so we don’t have to load them up with too many layers. We’ve found this mascara always brings it and used it that night.
- Subtle Inner Highlight: I simply pressed my ring finger into the highlight shade from the palette and stamped it across the inner corners of the each eye, so it half covered the top and half covered the bottom part at the same time.
- Skin Perfecting: Ok, this beauty didn’t have much skin correcting work for me to do, as in none, but the flashes on the red carpet can be brutal, so I evened everything out with this industry standard liquid foundation that most of my colleagues and I trust to bring the skin to life while covering any redness, dark spots or blemishes. Brittany is shade #5 if that helps you determine if you’re darker or lighter.
- Mattifying: I powdered only her T-zone with this setting powder that I know won’t ever get cakey.
- Light Contour: I love a subtle sculpt so I merely swept this mistake-proof bronzing powder just under her cheekbones, along her temples, hairline and jawline.
- Hint of Blush: Again, I wanted to just add a subtle glow to focus all of the attention on the eyes, so I swirled this magic blush on the top half of the apples and cheekbones.
- Pinky Nude Touch of Color: I finished the look with this matte liquid lipstick (shade #500) that isn’t drying (like so many other matte liquid lipsticks out there) and adds the perfect amount of natural color.
If you want to know how to get her tousled top twist, you’re going to have to ask her lovely hair stylist Aviva Perea!
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
For the first time in 3 years I started working out again. I’m attending so many weddings this year and I have to be able to wear some of my favorite dresses and shop for some new options as well. I’ve been working out early in the morning and as vital as it is to shower after a workout (I refuse to skip that part), sometimes I don’t get the luxury of a full shampoo/blowout situation. Here’s one of my favorite ways to transform a sweaty scalp into something work or meeting appropriate. Use that dirty hair to your advantage like this!
So these are the things I like to keep in my gym bag to get this look!
I like to start by regrouping the ponytail and combing out all the bumps. Take small sections of your ponytail and wrap them forward toward your face on the CURLING WAND. Do this all over. I feel like curling them toward the face gives me a better wave pattern for some reason, rather than curling all the pieces backward.
Now, take your POWDER or DRY SHAMPOO and sprinkle/spray it all over, skipping the actual ponytail. If your ponytail got sweaty from your back or neck, you can put a little there as well but will likely evaporate when you curl.
Next, use your TAIL COMB to lift small sections off the base of your scalp. This will help the hair look a lot fuller and less pasted down. The powder/lifting combination is what really makes the hair look clean. If you don’t lift, the powder just blends in and makes the slick ponytail look matte but it’s still got a dirty vibe.
Last but not least, give the ponytail a little tease if necessary to break up the curl from the wand. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide your ponytail holder if you want.
REAL TALK: DON’T FORGET THIS TRICK RIGHT HERE! CHANGES EVERYTHING.
If you’re looking for this cute pink cage sports bra, you can find it HERE. If you want a low-budg alternative, peep THIS, THIS or THIS.
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Every season it’s especially fun to play with new makeup products and trends, and Spring just might be my favorite! Today I’ve created a monochromatic face all pulled from variations of peach and entirely from liquid and cream products for a softer finish. Here’s how you can pick one color (peach) and pick different textures (metallic, sparkles or solid) and put together a pretty Spring face:
- Liquid Eye Tint: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid+Line+Lash in Peach Prism — with so many gorgeous colors and one end metallic while the other end sparkle-y, this is one of the most fun drug store finds I’ve found in a long time! But when I went back to get more, it was sold out in all three of my local drug stores, so good luck! You could also try Giorgio Armani’s New Eye Tints that paint on and transfer from liquid to solid like beautiful watercolors!
- Your Favorite Peach Cream Blush: our favorites are this cream-to-powder blush and this one in Abbey Rose.
- Metallic Liquid Lipstick: I used this slightly metallic one in Electric Grandma because it’s 100% vegan and has an incredible color payoff.
- Peach Lip Liner: I have two favorite peach lip liner that I keep in my kit — this one in Vintage Coral that I used on Stacy Kiebler here and this one in Streak that I used on Magali in this tutorial.
- Sweep the metallic liquid all over the lid. I included the crease so people can see it more when the eye is open, but that’s a preference thing so do what you feel makes you happy.
- Now sweep the sparkle-y side over the metallic wash. You might double dip and add a second layer like I did! Then don’t forget mascara of course. You can also rim the inner waterline with a black kohl if you wish for more drama.
CHEEK + LIP:
3. Smile in the mirror and stipple the cream blush on the top half of each apple.
4. Line the perimeter of the lip area.
5. Fill in the remaining area, slightly overlapping the liner if you like a lined look (coming back in style big time!) or completely over the liner.
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
I’m always trying to find new ways to make our makeup more exciting, without becoming silly or overkill. Because makeup is a creative expression of how you feel each day, or how you want to feel each day… sometimes I feel blah but then put on mascara and a bright pink lip and feel so much better! So the more you can step out of a rut and try new things, the more colorful your life will be. You’ve tried my White Cat Eye tutorial, Ombre Liner tutorial, Kitty Cat tutorial and Smoked Wing tutorial. Now try this fun variation! Think of it as underlining your wing. Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Liquid Liner: This is my favorite felt-tip brush and this is my favorite brush-tip brush. They’re both longwear, a must for liquid liners! (I also love this dual-ended liquid liner that has both types of brush in the same liner!).
- Any Colored Eye Pencil: I chose this one because it covers my three must’s for pencils — 1. longwear so it doesn’t smudge, 2. intense color payoff and 3. easy and smooth gliding. I also really love this one in Jade.
- With the black liquid liner, start at the inner corner and trace along the lash line, pressing harder as you get closer to the outer corner because you’ll notice, the lighter you press, the thinner the line and the harder you press, the thicker the line. Then wing it out and up for a little cat eye.
- Now take the colored pencil and underline the wing. I did it by starting at the end of the lower lashline and working in both directions; first underlining the flick and extending it slightly past, then coming inward 1/4 of the distance of the lower lashline. You could just underline the wing and not bring it inward if you wanted too. Just play with it and have fun!
I paired it with this sweet cheek and this lippie on Magali but you can change up the under flick shade then mix and match with your favorite blushes and lip colors!