Pairing blue with brown is a hottt look for the summer. Want proof? Just look at the print ad from Shu Uemuera on the left. Makeup companies are also putting both shades in their eyeshadow palettes.
* Hard Candy Eyeshadow Quartet in Suede
* Estee Lauder Graphic Color EyeShadow Quad in Enigmatic Khaki
* Kate Contrasting Eyes Palette in EX-1
* Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow/Glow on Palette from the Amaterasu collection
* MAC Blue Brown pigment
I did a similar look a few days ago but instead, I used MAC Surreal eyeshadow on my entire lid, MAC Zonk Bleu! eyeshadow on the crease and lined my top and bottom lashes with Jane’s Magical Mushroom eyeshadow. The result? A look that is pretty and not too over the top.
Today I will cover some of the brushes I use for my eyes.
||MAC #212 Flat Definer ($20)
The flat shape of this brush along with its firm bristles makes it perfect for lining your lower lash line. What I do is I dip it either into my gel liner or eyeshadow, then I gently push the color onto my lower lash line and I have a perfect line – talk about easy!
||MAC #213 Fluff Brush ($20)
This brush does an awesome job for applying eyeshadow onto the eyelid. The bristles are soft yet dense and pick up just the right amount of color. You can use this for a sheer application or pack it onto your lid for more color. I also use it to highlight my brow bone.
||MAC #217 Tapered Blending Brush ($22.50)
This is made with the same dense fibers as #239. It is meant for shading or blending of color or creamy products. The oval shape also makes it perfect for blending out harsh edges.
||MAC #219 Pencil Brush ($22.50)
The #219 has a firm pencil-shaped tip (hence the name) and its dense fibers work great in depositing color directly onto the crease. I also like using it to blend eyeliner for a smoky eye. This is definitely one of my must-haves!
||MAC #224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28)
This brush has a dome shape and is perfect for applying eyeshadow onto the crease. The bristles are also very soft and deposit the right amount of color. All I have to do is dip it in to the eyeshadow, then go back and forth on my crease in a windshield motion and voila! a nicely defined crease.
||MAC #228 Mini Shader ($18.50)
For some reason, I ended up with two of these (don’t ask me why). The firm and dense bristles along with the compact size of the brush makes it perfect for applying eyeshadow into the inner corner and other precise areas. The MAC ma also recommends using this for applying concealer.
||MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush ($24)
I have heard so much about this brush and when I finally bought it, I can see why people are raving about it. #239 is the brush for eyeshadows. It is very versatile – you can use it to pack eyeshadow on your entire lid or swipe it lightly over your crease for some definition. The bristles are very dense yet soft and it will not tug your skin.
||MAC #252 Larger Shader Brush ($29)
Unlike other brushes, this one has really firm fibers which makes it great for applying emollient-based products. I use this mostly to apply cream eyeshadows and MAC’s Paints. It can also double as a concealer brush. The only downside to it is when I wash it, I have to rub it a few more times to get all the product out of the brush. Other than that, it is a pretty good brush.
||MAC #266 Small Angle Brush ($16.50)
I cannot live without this! I use it every day and it is *so* versatile! The slanted angle makes it great for lining your lashes and filling in your eyebrows. The firm bristles also help it stay in shape. Loves it!
||MAC #316 Lip/Covered Brush ($18.50)
Although this is labeled as a lip brush, I use it for blending eyeliner and eyeshadow in the inner corner. The fibers are small, flat and firm and the tapered tip makes it perfect for those small-area application.
||Sephora’s Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush ($8)
I *love* this brush and I use it with gel liners, powder eyeshadow and even liquid liners. It can create anything from a thin, precise line to something thicker and I really like the fact that it lasted through repeated washing – it stayed in shape and did not splay at all.
||Metal Lash Comb
I have one from Sonia Kashuk (~$5) that looks very similar to the one in the picture. Sadly, it has been discontinued but it is great for separating clumps and all you have to do is run it through your lashes when you are done with mascara.
The one pictured is Tweezerman’s Folding Eye Lash Comb
This cute little tool is great for brushing your eyebrows upwards and blending eyebrow powder. I bent mine at a 45 degree angle (it is a trick I picked up from a makeup artist in Hong Kong) and it makes it so much easier to use.
Makeup Brushes Reviews Part I – Face
I have gotten quite a number of questions about what brushes so today I will go over some of the brushes and tools I use for my face.
||MAC #190 Foundation Brush ($32)
I absolutely *love* this brush for applying liquid and cream foundations. It gives me that airbrushed look and never looks streaky. A great thing about using a foundation brush is that it makes application less messy – no more dirty hands yay! – and it makes your foundation last longer. Plus you end up using less foundation when you use a brush. If you don’t own a foundation brush, please go get one.
For those are you who are considering getting a bikini wax for the summer, I say go all the way and get a Brazilian instead! I had my first Brazilian a few months ago and now I am totally hooked!
So how does a Brazilian wax differ from a regular bikini wax? Basically, a Brazilian wax involves removing all the hair down there or all except a landing strip. This form of hair removal was founded by a group of Brazilian women in New York in the 80s but did not gain its popularity until the 90s. Brazilian waxes normally run from $60 to over $100. The first time I got it done, I paid $90 for it. Expensive? Yes but totally worth it. The area was so smooth and the hair did grow back finer and a lot less. As for the pain, it did hurt but was totally bearable. I could walk perfectly fine afterwards and there was no swelling or breaking out either.
Here’s the real deal to the sale of Stila. I used to really like their eyeshadows and palettes – this is *so* sad =(*****************************************************************
Stila, formerly owned by Estee Lauder, is officially sold to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. in April. A new management team, operating under the name Stila Corp., will lead the brand.
Stila is currently being pulled from all counters. The brand will still be carried at Sephora, Sephora.com, select Bloomingdales, Barneys NY, Fred Segal, select Anthropolgie stores, select Bloomingdales and most likely online at Stilacosmetics.com. Sephora will only be carrying 50% of the line. Bloomingdales will carry 100%.
The Pro stores located at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA will close in July. They will not get any new stock or new collections. The Pro Store at Beverly Center in Los Angeles, CA will stay open.
There is no information about Stila’s availability outside the US.
A lot of people have asked me what’s the correct order to put makeup on but to be honest, I do not think such a thing exists. Different people have different ways of doing things. It is true that there are certain rules you should stick to but I personally think you should just do whatever works best for you. Here is how I do my makeup everyday in 6 simple steps:
Step 1: Prep my skin
Wash my face with water –> Apply eye cream, lotion and sunscreen
Step 2: Base
Apply primer (if necessary) –> Apply concealer under eyes, around the nose or any areas that needs coverage –> Apply a thin layer of powder all over to set the makeup
Step 3: Eyes
Fill in my eyebrows –> Prep my eyelid with a primer (if necessary) –> Apply eyeshadow and blend –> Line my upper eyelid –> Curl lashes –> Apply mascara –> Comb through lashes to make sure there are no clumps –> Curl lashes again
Step 4: Cheeks
Apply blush onto my apples/cheekbones –> Highlight the bridge of my nose
Step 5: Lips
Apply lip balm –> Apply lipstick/lip gloss
Step 6: Check everything
Look into the mirror under natural sunlight to make sure everything is well-blended –> Spray my face with a finishing spray or water
NOTE: If you are doing dark eye makeup, it would be wise to do your eyes before the rest of your face. This way, if you make a mess, you can just clean it up and not have to redo your foundation/concealer/powder.