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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.

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.

Wide-set eyes

How to do makeup on wide-set 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 =)

1. Makeup
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.

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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.

L’oreal Double Extend Mascara ($9.49) is the one of the first 2-in-1 drugstore mascara where you get a lash primer on one end and a mascara on the other. While I really liked the idea that Western companies were finally trying to catch up with Asian brands on the idea of mascara primers (Shiseido launched their first mascara base with fiber, dramatical eyes, back when I was in high school), the product itself could be better. The fibers made my lashes too heavy and droopy while the mascara itself did not do much. And if I really piled it on, it gave me a spidery look. Guess I would have to keep looking.

L’oreal Voluminous Mascara ReviewL’oreal Voluminous Mascara ($6.89) is one of my holy grails and I always come back to it! I have it in Blackest Black and it thickens and darkens my eyelashes like there is no tomorrow. One strange thing I noticed though, is that the formula normally starts out a little dry then becomes moist after a couple of uses. It can also become clumpy after a while but I *love* the dramatic effect it gives to my lashes.