hi, I stumbled across your post on dark lips do you know if mac prince noir is still available and are there any other dark lipsticks you would recommend thanks x
Hi absolutefilthx, yes I believe Prince Noir is a permanent part of the MAC Pro range so you can still find it.
If you don’t have access to Pro stores, a creamier and less opaque dark lip I quite like is Make Up Store’s “Black Orchid”, below. This brand is available at Carnaby Street and Westfield London in the UK!)
[UPDATE] MAC Deepest Wish (Amplified) is also extremely similar, and should be available at most stores if you want a more creamy texture.
Hello ! I was wondering how to create depth and basically just apply eyeshadow to eyes with smaller lids? You are gorgeous by the way !
Thank you for the compliment!
Regarding your question; When you say “smaller lids” it could mean either very little space between the eyes and the brows, or just smaller eyes in general.
Many Asians can have smaller eyes with mono-lids, but still have a lot of lid space between their eyes and brows to play with.
As I am not really able to demonstrate on my own eyes, I’m going to recommend some tips and Youtube gurus that I feel really manage to enhance their eyes very well without going overboard with their makeup.
1. Elongate your eyes slightly. Bring your eye liner and shadow outwards so the outer corners of your eyes look slightly further and higher out. (WARNING: There’s a limit to how far up and out you can go before you start to look really weird, so start small and experiment first!)
2. Emphasizing the socket line is a fast way to enlarge the eye visibly, but it can feel a bit daunting when you’ve never done it before. Use a small brush to pull a darker shadow from the outer corner inwards along your socket line. (Check out the video I’m recommending below!)
3. Eye liner is important on the upper lids and you can get away with a very thick line along the upper lids. It’s trickier if you have a mono-lid as liner may not be very visible unless you apply it thick enough to show up when your eyes are open. (Not everyone is comfortable with this as it looks more dramatic. Experiment to see what you’re ok with.)
4. Emphasize your lashes but don’t go overboard with them. If you have thick and/or long lashes, do curl them and use mascara.
If you have downward pointing or short lashes that are hard to curl or get to with mascara, it’s faster to just go for natural-looking, wispy false lashes. If you want more drama, get spike, separated designs. A lot of girls make the mistake of going for the biggest, fullest set of lashes they can find, and don’t realise they are weighing the eyes down and casting a shadow which makes small eyes look even smaller. Unless you are purposely going for the doe-eyed, sleepy look (which is not good for small eyes in any case), go for more separated lashes, and be sure to push them upwards while the glue is drying, so they point slightly upwards, and give the appearance of wider eyes.
5. If your general eye shape is “doe-like” and droops down at the outer corners (e.g. image below), DO NOT apply dark makeup to the outer half of your lower lids. (Line your entire lower lash line and look at the shape. If your outer corner is exactly the same height or lower than your inner corner, you should avoid too much obvious makeup on the lower lash line.)
Recommended viewing for mono-lids and smaller eyes
Hi I'm looking for a natural look make up tutorial and you seem to be REALLY amazing at makeup do you think you could make a tutorial on that? Or if you already have could you send me a link to that? thanks : )
There are many ways to do a “natural look”, and for me it means clean-looking skin, and subtle lids and lips. The overall effect makes you look fresh and healthy, and people should focus on your glow rather than your makeup.
The look I did above did not come with step by step instructions, but you can follow the “Low Maintenance Date Look" tutorial, and just replace Step 6 with soft beige-bronze shadow!
Optional: Soft contouring at the outer halves of the eye socket (the hollow curve just above your eyeball) with a slightly deeper brown or plum than the color on your lids.
Heyyy! I just started using foundation and I bought a foundation brush from Sephora to help me. I was wondering how often I should be cleaning my foundation brush, & how I should be cleaning it. I've used it three times so far; each time I've run lukewarm water over it. I've also put some foam hand soap into my palm and swished the brush around to get the foundation out. Afterwards, I gently squeeze the bristles and let it air dry. I don't know whether I'm doing htis correctly! Thank youu!! <3
Hi Stephanie, seems like you’re already cleaning it after each use and letting it dry in the proper way, so keep that up!
I assume you’re using a synthetic foundation brush (Sephora usually marks their natural hair brushes with a “natural” by the name), and it should be fairly easy to care for it and get it clean.
TIP: If you want to be sure if the soap you are using is strong enough, press your brush into some tissue or paper napkins firmly after washing. This both helps to remove excess water so it dries faster, and also shows if there is any foundation left on the brush.
If there is, you will need to switch to a stronger cleanser, such as
dish-washing detergent (not recommended for natural-hair powder brushes!) or
an oil-based remover, followed by your normal soap.
P.S. If you’re using a powder foundation, it’s not always necessary to clean it after each use (unless you are fighting acne).
if is it possible if you haven't done already post a look for school picture day? my picture day is wednesday and im freaking out because i always look ghastly in my school picture. Thanks
Taking school pictures can be a nightmare when you are not sure about lighting conditions, and the skill of the photographer.
We definitely want to look our best in the pictures, but it’s more about making up to look like you don’t NEED much makeup, than anything else.
In general, when people look at each others’ photos, they first notice the hair, and the smile/expression. Because you are probably not going to like the same thing 10 years from now, don’t get too creative with your hair and face.
As “school picture” means different things in different countries, I’m going to have to be a bit general and give tips for a variety of situations and problems rather than give you a step by step tutorial:
There isn’t much to do for group photos as you’ll likely be quite a distance from the camera. Just darken your lash line and make your lips a little rosy so your features stand out a bit more from a distance.
And make sure your foundation matches your neck perfectly! (Take a flash picture of yourself if you can. If you see a white cast on your face, and you don’t have another foundation, then make sure to apply the foundation down your neck.)
Black and White
Red tones will look very blackened, so unless you want to look very Goth, I’d suggest avoiding these deep tones.
Black and White photos are a bit more forgiving in terms of foundation tones, etc, so you don’t have to worry too much about your base makeup. If you need to cover a spot and powder it, do it!
A soft pink-beige or peachy-brown will help even out your lip color (gloss doesn’t do as much for the lips in black and white) and some smokiness around the lash line would look great.
Potentially the most disastrous because flash and close-up shots seem to bring out all our worst flaws sometimes.
I broke it down by general problems:
Mask-like makeup: Powdery makeup may look unnatural and mask-like if it doesn’t match your skin tone perfectly. Make sure you take a picture of yourself ahead of time to see if it matches perfectly. If you’re not sure and not able to take a picture, wear foundation lightly down your neck.
Acne and dark circles: This is one time to use concealer that is exactly your skin shade. Don’t obsess over airbrushing your skin as over-applying on small areas is very obvious. If you set your concealer with powder, DON’T APPLY MORE THAN ON OTHER AREAS OF YOUR FACE! You may end up with pale beige spot when the pigments reflect the camera flash.
Very dark circles: If yours are very dark (I’m talking about very dark and obvious pigmentation caused by genetics) , and/or blue-based, and applying any normal colored concealer just makes your under eyes ashy, you need a salmon-toned concealer. Apply over foundation, and then after that set with your regular powder.
Shine: Even dry/normal skin can look shiny in flash, especially when you have very smooth skin. (Happy problem.) Don’t touch up right before your shot as powder needs some time to settle and look natural. Have a sheet of soft tissue handy and firmly (but gently) press down on your T-zone, chin, cheeks and nose area just before you go in for your shoot.
Uneven lips: I don’t recommend over-drawing your lips to totally change their shape for a photo, but if one side of your lips is noticeably uneven, you can over draw just on that side to even it out, and avoid using any lip gloss or creamy lipstick near the overdrawn area or your natural lip line will show.
Fill in your brows groomed with a shadow or brow powder if you aren’t an expert with pencils. If you don’t really know how to do your brows at all, just brush them into place with a old tooth-brush and some hair spray (spray on the brush, not your face!)
Camera flashes can make browns appear brassy and orange rather than smoky and warm, so a soft slate grey is probably a better option. Apply lightly just within your lid area.
Don’t try to contour or you’ll most likely end up with a darker face than neck. If you want to slim your face a little, make sure to tuck your chin in slightly so you’re looking up at the camera instead of down.
Avoid obvious shimmer and glitter on lids and cheeks. If you have dark skin, you can get away with a little shimmer on your lips, cheekbones and brows. Just make sure the shimmer particles are pearly and fine, rather than sparkly and obviously glittery.
Anything with a fair amount of red pigments will get picked up and emphasized on camera, so a lip stain that looks nice and natural on most days may make you look like a vampire on camera.Take the color down a notch and choose something a bit more muted (pinky or peachy brown/beige) instead.
If you are using a gloss, remember that sparkly bits don’t show up that well on camera a lot of the time, and applying too far out can make you look like you have chicken-grease on your lips. Just find a muted pinky-tone (if you’re light), a deeper rosy-mauve (if you’re medium or golden) and a soft champagne (if you’re deeper toned) and then dab lightly around the edges of your lips with your ring finger to cut the shine around the outsides.
If you must wear false lashes, choose natural, wispy ones (Rihanna’s are great) or you can really weigh your eyes down.
Make sure your smile is relaxed, and reaches your eyes.
Look “through” the camera to a spot somewhere behind it rather than squinting directly into it, if the photographer is standing very close and you are worried about looking cross-eyed.
Final word: Less is more, and don’t pick on yourself too much! Most of the time, others find our pictures nicer than we do.
Hello there! Can you help me? Eherm, I just recently started trying out make-ups but I'm actually confused in what brush goes with what. Is it alright if you list down generic brushes and what their uses are? It'd be really of much help! (I can't help but think I've been using my make-up brushes the wrong way!) *laughs* Please and thank you~ :)
Hi Jiandra, sure!
I’ve actually got a 2-part post being prepared and just forgot about it until I got your message!
hey! i love your blog but i was just wondering what is your occupation? are you a makeup artist because your makeup is so nice and professional :)
Nope, I’m not a makeup artist! (The closest I ever came to it was doing all my friends’ makeup looks for prom… so it’s strictly un-professional for me.) But thank you for the compliment!
I’m doing Marketing, and unfortunately, not in the most dynamic and creative of industries at the moment, so cheesy as it might sound, this is something of an expressive outlet for me - and a way to share the tons of makeup I’ve collected over the years rather than leave them lying about for special occasions.
I guess underneath it all, it’s just oddly amazing to be connected to people all over the world who can get just as excited (and obsessed) over a visual of a gorgeous lipstick.