I will be starting a list of pressed powder reviews as requested by Juny. To start off, let’s look at my first pressed powder, MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder ($18.50), that I picked up during a trip to Canada.
Housed in MAC’s signature round compact, the MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder comes in a wide variety of shades to suit different skin tones along with a sponge for application.
I have normal to dry skin and thought this was a tad too dry. Coverage is medium but it did not wear well on me. It had a tendency to oxidize and change color during the day. I don’t think I would purchase this again.
Today I will write about the different kinds of eyeshadow on the market.
They are the most common kind of eyeshadow and also my favorite. They usually come in pots or pans in different finishes – shimmery, satin, frosty, matte, glittery etc. Their shelf life is roughly 2-3 years and generally longer compared to cream eyeshadows and glosses. My favorite brand of powder eyeshadows are MAC and Stila.
Today I will focus on how to pick the right color for your eyeshadow. While a lot of people tend to match their eyeshadow to the clothes they are wearing, this can make you look dated and might not work for everyone. To determine the right color, you will need to look at your natural eye color and your natural skin tone.
1. Natural Eye Color
Choose a color that complements your eye color but not one that matches your eye color completely. Sometimes a color that contrasts with it can make your eyes pop. If your eyes are:
Brown – try plum, taupe, bronze, green, blue, grey, neutrals and pretty much anything.
Green – try purple, gold, brown, neutrals and apricot.
Blue – try taupe, bronze, purple, grey, pink and neutrals.
Gray – purple, silver and peach all look hot on gray eyes.
Eyeshadow application is no doubt my favorite part of the makeup routine! Not only can you create different looks through the use of different colors, you can also use eyeshadow to alter the shape of your eyes and correct your flaws. For the next couple of entries, I will be focusing on the use of eyeshadows. But first, let us look at the different ways on how to correct the shape of your eyes.
To make wide-set eyes appear close together, blend a taupe or brown shadow from the beginning of the brow down the sides of your nose to make the eyebrows appear closer together. Use a darker color in the inner half of the eyelid and blend it close to the corner of the nose to “pull” your eyes together. Save the lighter color for the outer half of the lid. When applying eyeliner, start from the inner corner of the eyes and stop right at the outer corner. Do not extend the line upwards or past the outer corner.
A lot of you wanted to know if there are ways to make eyes with monolids, i.e. no crease, bigger. So here are a few ways that I know of. Feel free to leave a comment if you can offer more tips =)
I strongly believe in using the right makeup to enhance what you are born with. A really good example to show this is Taiwanese singer Elva Xiao (蕭亞軒). Below is a picture of Elva when she first started out and a recent picture of her. As you can see, makeup can make a *huge* difference in altering the size of your eyes.
I have gotten quite a number of questions on mascaras so here are a few Q&A:
Anonymous asked: “Hi, is there a way to prevent mascara from smudging?”
Answer: Of course you can prevent mascara smudges! Here are a few ways that will help:
* Use a waterproof mascara.
* Powder your undereye area especially if you have oily skin around the eye area.
* Curl your lashes so they are less likely to touch the undereye area.
* Skip mascara on your lower lashes.
* Keep your hands off your eyes.