Phyllis

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

I really liked these looks from MAC so I had to post them on here:

Limelight
This classic smoky eye look is *hot*. Pair it with a nude or pink gloss.



Use Clear Brow Set to groom brow hair. Highlight the brow bone using Crystal Avalanche Eyeshadow (white with silver reflects). Apply Scene Eyeshadow (muted blue-grey) to the lid with the 252 Large Shader Brush. Line the upper and lower lashline with Smolder Eye Kohl (black). Apply the 7 Lash and let dry (trim before applying if necessary). Using the 209 Eye Liner Brush, apply a line of Blacktrack Fluidline (black) to the top and bottom lash line in a cat’s eye shape. Fan upwards with the 212 Flat Definer. Pat Black Tied Eyeshadow (midnight black with silver white sparkles) on your whole lid to set the smokey eye. Using a clean 209 Eye Liner Brush, line the inside corner of the lower lash line with Silverstroke Fluidline (richly metallic platinum). Finish the look by applying Black Mascara X to both top and bottom lashes. Start at the base of the lashes and wiggle upwards.

Getting bored with your regular eyeshadows? A quick way to vamp them up is to add a darker color with a pencil liner or cream eyeshadow underneath. This makes the color on top so much more vivid and adds a little twist to it. It can also bring out the sparkles in certain eyeshadows. Don’t believe me? Just check out the combos below (the color on the right is the original color):


MAC Smolder Eye Kohl + MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow

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Below are a few Q&A on foundations:

xbabygirl said: Hello! I was wondering (if possible) if you could do a post geared towards foundation color and foundation products aimed at Asians? I have trouble buying foundation because they’re always off and it’s not like I can walk out of the store and see if the color suits me well or not bc they would think i’m crazy lol. I tried doing samples, but not every product I want can provide me samples =(.

Answer: To check what undertones you have, look at the underside of your arm. If you have green veins, you have warm undertones. If have you blue, you have cool undertones. For people with warm undertones, go with a foundation that is yellow-based. Those with cool undertones should choose a foundation that is pink-based.

Most Asians tend to have yellow undertones. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Stila all make foundations that are yellow-based. You might also want to try Prescriptives. They offer custom blending so you can definitely get the right shade. Another thing you can always do is to keep the receipt every time you purchase a foundation. That way, if the shade is not right, you can go back to the store for an exchange.

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For those of you who shaves or waxes, ingrowns are probably your biggest nightmare. The only way to prevent ingrowns is regular exfoliation. There are also treatments out there to help with ingrowns. Sephora sells a product called Tend Skin ($20-35) that claims to improve the appearance of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness caused by hair removal.

Here is a recipe of a homemade version of Tend Skin I found online. The major ingredients are aspirin, alcohol and witch hazel. I have tried it on myself and trust me it works – my bumps were gone overnight!