Retro-ish Nude

Been trying to work on a new tutorial lately, and I’ve come up with this sort of retro inspired, nude look.  It looks very simple, and it’s really easy to do.  The only problem is I’m struggling on which eye shadow technique I like better.
Have a look:

Right Eye:
Eyeshadow- taupe/grey eyeshadow applied all over the lids
Eyeliner- cat eye, with a white shimmering eyeliner applied on top, bottom liner is drawn with black eyeshadow, and white liner on the inner corners

Left Eye:
Eyeshadow- taupe/grey eyeshadow applied on the hollows of the eyes for a deeper look, a shimmering white shadow is applied on the ball of the lid to highlight the eyes
Eyeliner- just a simple tightline, bottom liner is drawn with a white liner

I’ll hopefully have this tutorial done this weekend, stay tuned :)

New Years Glam!

It’s almost new years eve, what’re you all gonna do to celebrate?!
Well, for today’s tutorial, I’ll be doing a new years glam look, featuring my one and only sister in law Ada Chung.
For this look, I’ll be demonstrating two different techniques to create the look.  Ada will be wearing the toned down version of the look, (suitable for those who want their make up to look less exaggerated);  and I will be wearing the full on version that will give you all the drama you need for the night!

First and foremost, prep and prime your face as always.

Using a synthetic brush, dab a pea size of silver gel/cream eye shadow and mix it with some white shimmery pigment shadow like so:

Mixing the pigment powder with the cream shadow will give you more shimmer without using glitter, as glitter can sometimes be really messy! 

On Ada: apply the well mixed cream shadow all over your lids, just up to the hollows of your eyes.  The shape of the eye shadow should follow the natural shape of your eyes, in Ada’s case, a circular shape.  Make sure you apply it on the inner corner of your eyes as well.

On me: apply the well mixed cream shadow all over lids, up to the hollows of the eyes and taper it to the outer corner of your eyes, creating a V shape.

On Ada: Using a dark forest green eye shadow, apply this on the crease line, and blend well.

On me: Using a dark forest green eye shadow, apply this on the crease line and taper it out to the outer V following the silver cream shadow.  Use a black pencil eyeliner, trace the outer V of your eyes.  This will create a template for you when you apply the black eye shadow later on.

On Ada: Using a black eye shadow, apply just a tad bit, close to your upper lash line, and bring it out to the outer corner of your eyes, tracing along the hollows of your eyes, (remember to blend well and that a little bit is enough as you don’t want an over powering look).

On me: Using a black eye shadow, apply it close to your lash line and wing it out to where you’ve traced the outer V with the black eye liner.  Blend well around the hollows of your eyes, make sure you don’t cover the forest green with the black. There should be a gradient of colours.

On Ada: Using the same dark forest green eye shadow, line the bottom of your eyes half way.  Line the rest of your eyes with a white shimmering pigment powder to open up the eyes.
Use a black eye liner and tight line the top and bottom lash line.
Apply a pair of natural false lashes to bring out your eyes even more.
Finish off the look by filling in your eyebrows and applying a nude lipstick so that you keep the focus on the eyes.
Apply blush and an illuminator on your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose to create that radiant effect.

On me: Apply the dark forest green eye shadow on the lower lash line, just half way and finish the rest of the liner with a white shimmering pigment powder.
Using a black pencil eyeliner, tight line the top and bottom of your lash line, with the bottom going all the way into the tear ducts, this will create a more intense look.
Apply a pair of thick false lashes to give your eyes more drama.
Finish off by filling in your eye brows, blush and apply a nude lipstick on your lips.
Don’t forget to highlight your cheek bones and nose bridge!

And your look is complete :)

In the picture above, you can see the difference in technique for applying eye shadow and how it affects the entire look.

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and have a safe and fun new years eve !

The Classic Christmas Look

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!
I’ve finally got the Xmas look revised and it’s a more classic look using colours of brown and black.  This look will definitely match any colour dress, so please enjoy :)

1. Apply an eye shadow base all over the lids.
2. Using a champagne colour, apply it all over the eyelids, including the brow bone and the inner corner of the eyes
3. Now, using a shimmery peach colour, apply it on the eyelids up to the hollows of the eyes.
It should now look like this:

4. Using a shimmery brown, apply it on the crease of your eyes and wing it out, creating an angle at the outer corner of the eye:

5. Using a black eye shadow, apply it on the innermost part of your eyelid, (close to the lash line), and wing it out, (following the brown).

6. With a black pencil eyeliner, tight line the upper lid.
7. With a white pencil eyeliner, line the bottom water line all the way.
8. Using the same black black eyeliner, line just outside of the white eyeliner you’ve made, (this will create the illusion of larger looking eyes)
9. For a more dramatic/smoky look, apply black eye shadow on the bottom liner where you’ve applied the black pencil liner.
10.  To create brighter looking eyes, use a shimmering white eyeliner, and dab a bit of it on the inner corner of your eyes.
It should now look like this:

11. Using a dark grey eyebrow pencil, fill in the brows according to your own shape.
12. Apply demi lashes to enhance the winged eye shadow look.

13. Apply a dark red wine lip stick.
Tip: To create luscious and fuller looking lips, dab a bit of white shimmering eye shadow/highlighter on your cupid’s bow, (the two upper corners of your lips).
14. Highlight and contour to bring out the features of your face even more.
15. Apply your favourite blush to finish off the look.

Your look is now complete and ready for Christmas!

Merry Christmas <3

The holidays

Hey guys, so I decided to create a holiday look with some warm tones of peach, brown, and auburn/burgundy’s.
This is my first attempt at this look, i’m still not sure whether to stick with red or nude lips.
What do you guys think?

Gonna revise this look throughout the week, and hopefully it’ll be up on the blog by next weekend, stay tuned!

Time to shed my make up…!

Tip #1: Remember to hold the cotton pad with eye make up remover against your eyes for a few seconds before  gently wiping it off.  To remove mascara, use a q tip, it’s much easier that way.

Squeaky clean :)
Tip #2: After removing all make up, make sure you soak a cotton pad with toner and wipe your face clean.  A toner helps remove any leftover residue that the cleanser didn’t manage to clean.
Tip#3: Remember to apply moisturizer after you’ve cleaned your face.  The number one reason why people have oily faces is because they don’t moisturize their faces enough, therefore causing the skin to produce more sebum to naturally “moisturize” your face.
If you have a combination-oily face, try choosing water based moisturizers instead of oil based, as those could leave you breaking out.

And my favourite part of the skin care regime – paper masks :)
They’re so hydrating and great for the winter!

Tip #4: Before putting on the paper mask, exfoliate your face with a peeling gel (I’ve used the Yoghurt Peeling Gel by Laneige).  They act as a dust sweeper that gets rid of all your dead skin cells that have built up over time, that way when you put on your paper mask, it’ll absorb into your skin better.
Tip#5: After exfoliating, apply a hydrating essence, (I’ve used ones from Laneige, Skin Food, and Clinique), this will hydrate your skin even better as the paper mask will help absorb the essence into your skin.
Tip#6: Paper masks are great for all skin types, and especially great for those with combination-oily skin, as it is more hydrating than moisturizing.  If you tend to have dry skin, you might like cream masks better as they are more moisturizing.   If you like cream masks, you can check out the ones by Lush as they’re all natural and provides cream masks for all skin types!

Remember, especially during the winter, our skin NEEDS water and hydration, if you can, do a facial mask every other day and keep moisturizing; you’ll find your skin glowing and radiating in no time :)

Have fun and stay warm! 

Fall/Winter Make Up Trend #2 Spider Lashes

For today’s tutorial, i’m gonna recreate one of the make up trends for Fall/Winter this year –
The Spider Lash look.

For this look, it’s all about the eye lashes, and so there’s actually very minimal eyeliner and eye shadow.  It’s a really easy tutorial to follow, and it’s also the perfect look to go out in at night. So please enjoy!

1. Once you’ve got your face foundation and concealer ready, apply a light eye base/lid primer all over your lids.
2. Using a matte, dark brown eye shadow, sweep it all over your lids.
3. Using a matte, white eye shadow, apply it on your brow bone area, lightly.
4. Using the same matte, brown eye shadow, sweep it at the bottom of your lids.
5. Choose a brown pencil eyeliner and line the bottom of your eyes.
It should now look similar to this:

6. Now choose a pair of dramatic false lashes, and apply them on the top of your lids.
7. For the bottom lashes, I’ve used false lashes that are specifically for the bottom lashes.  They come in smaller strips and are stringed by fish wire (transparent wire), and look more natural. The ones I’m using are called “Wink Dolly”, from Japan and you can purchase them in SaSa .
Apply these at the bottom of your lashes bit by bit.
8. Use a volumizing mascara and apply it on the top and bottom of your lashes.
It should now look similar to this:

For this look, I’ve created a lip stain look.  All you have to do is apply your lipstick just in the center of your lips, lightly.  Then you put your lips together slightly to blend out the lipstick. This will make your lips look like they’ve been stained in red instead of having a full on red lip. It will also look more natural.

1. Using a dark brown eyebrow pencil, pencil in your eye brows lightly.
Here’s a little tip if you have eyebrow hair that’s straying away from your natural shape:
Dip the back of your eye shadow brush in some eye lash glue, and lightly brush it over your eyebrows.  The glue in will keep your hairs together so your eye brow looks more defined. OR you could just purchase an eyebrow gel.

Not a lot of blush is required for this look, unless you want to.  For me, I have just applied a bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks to contour my face.

and your look is complete!

Autumn make up trend #1: The Metallic Smoky

So I’ve been really lazy lately… and finally today I’ve brought myself to do another make up tutorial for you all.
One of the huge make up trends for Fall/Winter 2011-2012 is the Metallic Smoky eye.  It can be done with different shades of metallic grey paired with black/blue/purple eye shadow.  Depending on the type of look you’re going for, the Metallic Smoky eye can be a look you can wear to work or a party.

How to achieve the flawless skin:

 1. Wash your face, moisturize, and apply a make up base.
2. For an even foundation application, squeeze a dime size amount of foundation and apply with a foundation brush, have your brush go in a criss-cross direction to avoid brush marks.
3. Using a make up sponge, gently dab away on the skin, making sure you dab away the excess foundation so that your face looks even and flawless.
4. Conceal all spots and dark circles with a concealer.  Remember to colour correct BEFORE you apply foundation if your skin appears to be red/darker in some areas. Please have a look at my previous tutorials if you have forgotten, or is new at colour correcting your skin tone.
5. With a kabuki brush, dip it into loose powder (tap off the excess powder), and apply it all over your face to set your make.  If you want your skin to look more fresh and dewy, apply less loose powder.  However, if you’d like a more matte skin tone, then apply more loose powder.
Quick tip:  Before applying eye shadow, dip your kabuki brush in a generous amount of loose powder and slightly dab it under your eyes.  This can help you easily sweep away any eye shadow fall outs during the application.

Going Metallic:

1. Prep your eyes with an eye shadow base.  For this tutorial, I’m using Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly.
2. Using a a metallic silver gel eye shadow, use your fingers and apply it all over your lids, (by using gel eye shadows, they give you more of a base so that when you apply other colours on top, they become more saturated).  For this tutorial, I’m using Kate’s Gel eye shadow.
It should now look something similar to this:

3. Using an eye shadow brush, dab it into a white pigment shadow (pigment shadows give you more shimmer, and is best applied on top of gel eye shadows), and blend it from the ball of your eyelid (the middle of your eye lids), into the inner corner of your eye lids.
4. Using another eye shadow brush, dab it into a shimmering silver eye shadow, and slightly sweep it out on the outer corner of your eyes, so it looks like you’re creating a cat eye with your eye shadow. Remember to blend out any harsh corners.
5. With a smaller eye shadow brush, apply a dark blue eye shadow right on the crease of your lids, slowly blend it out to the silver eye shadow you have previously applied on the outer V of your eye lid. Blend away any harsh corners.

It should now look something similar to this:

6. Using the smaller eye shadow brush, dip it into the same dark blue eye shadow, and line the bottom of your eyes half way.  Using a different brush, dab it into the white pigment shadow and line the other half; bringing it all the way into the inner corner of your eyes. 
 7. Using a black pencil eye liner, tight line the water line of your upper lids.
Quick tip: Tight lining your upper water line can open your eyes instantly
8. Using a black liquid eyeliner, go over the top of your lid, making sure you fill in all the blank spots in between your lid and the water line.  Keep the liner here thin and as close to the lash line as possible.
9. Using a pencil liner,line the water line half way, at the bottom of your eyes.  Blend it out to create the “smokiness”.

It should now look something similar to this:

10. Using demi lashes, apply it onto the outer half of your eyelids for a cat eye effect.
11. Fill in your eye brows:

12.  For the lips, keep them as minimal as possible because the eyes are already so dramatic. Apply lip balm, and apply a nude lipstick on top.  To finish it off, apply a clear lip gloss on top.
13.  Once the eyes and lips are completed, we will now move onto contouring your face.  Using a highlighter/illuminator, (if you don’t have one at home, a white shimmer eye shadow / pigment shadow will work as well) apply it on your cheek bones and the nose bone.
14. With a large blusher, apply bronzer right under your cheek bones, blend it out so it looks more natural:

and your look is complete!

Day to Night

Hi all! 

Been awhile again, but I’ve got a new tutorial today that’ll teach you how to go from a day/office look into a night/party look.
Special thanks to Serena for being my model!

Starting with the Day Look

As I always say, start with a clean fresh face.  Always follow in this order: Make up base, foundation, concealer, setting powder, (the order of foundation and concealer may be different, depending if you need colour correcting on your face).

1. Apply an eye base all over the lids.
2. Using a peachy bronze colour, apply with a brush and dab it all over your lids.
3. Using a smaller brush, apply a champagne colour just on the ball of your eye, (the middle part of your lids).
This is a good eye shadow technique if you want some colour on your eyes, but at the same time you want to keep it simple.  The champagne colour in the middle will illuminate your eyes, while the peachy bronze colour will contour your eyes.

4. Using a black pencil eyeliner, tightline the upper water line of your lids
5. Using a liquid eyeliner, line your lash line, (keep the liner thin for your day look as you don’t want your eyes to look too “heavy” or dramatic).
6. Apply mascara and a blush that matches your skin tone.
7. Keep the lips simple by applying a light pink lipstick.
8. For the brows, fill them in lightly so it frames your face.

And you’re all done!  This look should take no more than 15 minutes to do, perfect for the morning when you’re rushing out for work/school.

Moving onto our Night Look.

This is for the purpose of a quick transformation from the previous look to a party look after work.

1. Using Mac’s Big Bounce Shadow (gel based eye shadow)  in Luxury Touch, apply it all over the lids using your finger tips, (this can be done on top of the eye shadow that was previously applied for the day look).
2. Using a brush, dab the burgundy on top of the big bounce shadow, (you’ll find that having the big bounce shadow as a base will bring out the burgundy colour even more, creating a more vibrant look, see below).

The sample on top is applied without the Big Bounce shadow as a base, while the bottom sample shows the burgundy eye shadow applied on top of the Big Bounce shadow as a base. The colours are definitely more vibrant on the bottom sample, and it also makes the eye shadow last longer throughout the night, so no smudging or creasing!

3. now, using a smaller crease brush, dab some black eye shadow and apply it along your crease line on your lids. Blend out the eye shadow in a wind wiping motion so there are no harsh lines.
4. Mix the black and burgundy eye shadow, and apply it on the bottom, just under the water line to create a smoky effect. Then, using a champagne colour, dab a little bit on the inner corners to bring light to your eyes.
5. With a liquid eye liner, go over the top eyeliner that you have previously created for the day look, but this time make it thicker.
6. With a black pencil liner, line the bottom water line and  smudge for a dramatic effect.
7. Apply thick false lashes to complete the eye make up.
8. For the brows, fill them in darker to compliment the dramatic eye make up.
9. Re-apply blush and lipstick if needed.  For this look, I’ve chosen to switch from soft pink lips to nude lips.

And your look is complete!

….and we decided to have a little fun with the camera :)

Gimme some pixie dust

First of all, excuse me for my absence!  But here I am now, with a new make up tutorial in which I created for one of the shows I did before I left to Canada for two weeks.  The show was based on the story Peter Pan and I was given the opportunity to do the costume designs and make up.  It was a good long four days of tiring work, but nonetheless very very fun, especially with the children backstage.  So without further due here’s a picture from rehearsal:

And so among all the characters in the play, most people loved the make up I did for Tinkerbell the most, and today I’m gonna post a tutorial for that, enjoy! (you can click the photos to enlarge)

 1. As always, start with a clean fresh face.

2. Use an eye primer to prime the eyes.
3. With an eye shadow brush, apply a pearly white colour all over the lids, paying attention to the brow bone.
4. Now, apply a gold eye shadow all over the lids, excluding the brow bone.
5. Using a smaller brush, apply a light green eye shadow on the inner corner of your eyes, bringing it down to the inner edges at the bottom of your eyes
6. Now, use a darker green eye shadow, apply it on the outer V of your eyes, make sure you blend it well.
7. To open your eyes even more, use an eye shadow brush and dip it in some gold pigment powder, and apply it on the ball of your eyes (the center of your eyelids).
It should now look something similar to this:

8. Apply eyeliner on the top of your lids, making sure you keep it as close to your lash line as possible. (Here, i’m using smashbox’s jet set gel eyeliner in brown)
9. Don’t forget to line the bottom of your eyes as well, keeping it close to your tear ducts.
10. Now you may apply false lashes on the top, and in this look, I’ve also done it on the bottom as well for bigger looking eyes.
It should now look similar to this:

11. Highlight and contour your face. To contour, use an angled brush and dab it in a dark bronzing powder or a contouring compact and apply it right under your cheek bones, at an angle.
12. Using a smaller angled brush, dab a small amount of the bronzing powder/contouring compact, and apply it on either side of the nose, starting from the inner corner of your eyebrows all the way down to either sides of the tip of your nose.  (make sure you do it bit by bit, because it can look really fake if you put too much of it. Also, make sure you have steady hands because making a mistake could make you look like you have a crooked nose!)
13. To highlight, use a shimmering powder/illuminating liquid and dab bits of it on your cheeks, forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
See how it really shapes your face?

Now here comes the messy part, because I’ve designed the costume for Tinkerbell in tones of green and gold, I’ve decided to make her lips glittery gold as well, because after all, she’s still a fairy!

14. For the lips, apply a sticky clear lip gloss all over the lips.
15. Using a q tip, scoop bits of glitter and dab it on your lips, (the lip gloss will make the glitter stick to your lips).

And now you have lips of gold!

In the show, I’ve also made a golden leaf hairband for her, but I don’t have one myself…so I used a yellow hair band instead.
Your look is now complete!!

.s: I’m part of another blog right now as well with a bunch of my fellow friends in Canada, so if you have time please visit New Pulp!

temporary lip tattoos, say what?!

First there were eye shadow applicator strips, where you’d apply it on the eyelids, peel, and get a fabulous eye shadow gradient, and now temporary lip tattoos!  I feel that these “advancements” in make up application is creating a convenience of forgetting the importance and talent of a make up artist.  Soon enough, we might even see  foundation applicator masks being produced, and before you know it the role of a make up artist becomes history.
Anyhow, that’s just my thoughts on it, back to the product itself;  they’re created by Violent Lips, with a variety of funky and fun patterns for your lips.  Below are some of the patterns that are currently on sale now:

Personally I feel that these are really fun and fantastic, but at the same time depending on your whole outfit, hair and make up, it could either make you look super au couture or just plain ghetto.   If they surface in Hong Kong, I will definitely give them a try, just to see what it’s all about.  So wait for my update on that ;)