Sunday, February 21, 2010

20 Quick Beauty Tips

I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty tips with you!

1. Drink lots of water; it hydrates the skin from the inside out
2. Line your waterline in a white pencil. It makes the whites of your eyes look bigger, which widens your eyes.
3. Don't wash your hair everyday (it strips hair of it's natural oils, making it dry at the ends and greasy at the roots). Instead, freshen up in between washes with a dry shampoo spray (try Batiste Dry Shampoo).
4. Apply a light shimmery eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes to make them look bright and awake (try Annabelle Mono Shadow in Gleam).
5. Buff nails before applying polish to make your manicure last.
6. Try eye shadow combinations that are complimentary to your eye colour (green eyes pop in reddish browns or plums, blue eyes look amazing with bronzes and orangey-coppers, hazel eyes shine in purples and pinks and brown eyes look rich in gold and blue-greens.
7. Make sure you have a good light source behind the mirror you do your makeup at.
8. Find your skins undertone: if the veins on the inside of your wrist look bluish, you're cool-toned. If they look greenish, you're warm-toned. If the veins look like a mix of blue and green, you're neutral-toned.
9. Always moisturize, even if you have oily skin (if you don't, your skin will produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness).
10. Mix a golden loose pigment into your body lotion to give your skin a glow for a special event (try MAC Pigment in Vanilla)
11. Use a duo-fibre stippling brush to apply your foundation; the natural bristles at the base of the brush give it denseness and the synthetic fibres give your makeup an airbrushed finish (try Quo's Bronzing Powder Brush).
12. Afraid of colour? Try lining your upper and lower lashline with a bright eyeliner pencil.
13. Sheer out a heavy foundation with some of your facial moisturizer (mix them half and half in the palm of your hand and apply).
14. Avoid plucking your brows in a magnified mirror; chances are you'll overpluck.
15. Make your lip colour last for hours: apply, blot with a tissue and reapply.
16. Dust some loose powder under your eye before applying dark eye shadows. The powder will catch any fall out and make it easy to sweep away when you're done.
17. Use a cream eyeshadow under a similiarly coloured powder eyeshadow to intensify it.
18. Try using different eye shadow finishes in a look. If you have shimmer or frost in the lid, use a matte crease colour (and vice versa).
19. For a fresh look, apply a pink cream blush to the apples of your cheeks (try Revlon Cream Blush in Rosy Glow).
20. Wash your make-up brushes regularly with a mild baby shampoo to prevent build-up and bacteria.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Step-by-Step Neutral Eye (Using MAC)

Perfect for Everyday!

Step 1: Apply a nude cream base all over eye area (MAC Painterly Paint Pot).

Step 2: Apply a frosty light brown e/s from lashline to crease (MAC Satin Taupe)

Step 3: Lightly blend a mid tone matte brown e/s along the mid section of the eye. This will prevent any harsh lines. (MAC Cork)

Step 4: Deepen the crease with a matte chocolate brown e/s. Blend in between lid colour and the crease colour (MAC Handwritten).

Step 5: Apply a creamy white e/s to brow bone and inner corner and blend well (MAC Blanc Type).

Step 6: Apply brown liquid liner along the upper lashline, flicking out slightly. Brown is softer than black (L'oreal Lineur Intense in Earthern Rock Brown).

Step 7: Line the waterline with a white pencil (Joe Fresh liner in Pearl) and line the lower lashline with a brown pencil (Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Definer in Sable). Apply mascara and you're done!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lemon-Lime Eyes

How to:
Apply primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) all over eye area. Cut crease with creamy green liner (Annabelle Smudgeliner in Limette). Pat a matte yellow (96 palette) e/s on lid using flat shader brush. Apply shimmery green e/s (Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow in Graffiti) in the crease overlapping a bit of the yellow in the lid and the liner. Apply dark shimmery green e/s (UD e/s in Protest), blending out into a cat-eye shape. Apply matte creamy white e/s (MAC e/s in Blanc Type) to brow bone and inner corner. Repeat colour sequence on the lower lashline (yellow to light green to dark green). Liner upper lashline with a black liquid liner (Loreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black). Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes (CG LashBlast Luxe in  Black Cabernet).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Blackbird (Winged Liner Look)

-MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
-MAC e/s in Carbon
-Joe Fresh pencil liner in Pearl
-UD 24/7 liner in Zero
-Lise Watier glitter eyeliner in Midnight Star
-Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous mascara