A huge thanks to Lorrie, I got my hands on the super cute Smashbox Slideshow Focus Palette($36). I really like the clever design of this palette. The slide-open-slide-close design is very user-friendly and perfect for people like me. The top tier contains four shimmery eyeshadows – a soft baby pink, light lavender, light shell and pale blue-gray. Each eyeshadow is lasered with a classic image from the Smashbox Studio. The second tier has 3 lip colors – a sheer plum, sheer pink and sheer champagne. It also came with a brush with two ends – one for the lip and one for the eyeshadow. I can really see myself using this palette a LOT… if only I can just stop staring and drooling over it *lol* Will update after I have tested out the colors.

I was surfing and wanted to share these pictures:



A typical yet pretty Asian look


Love the tropical colors!


I *love* vibrant colors on dark skin!


Can I say hotttttttttttt?!!

Here are some of my favorite MAC pigment combos. If anyone needs help finding a combo for a certain pigment or knows of any pretty combos, post them on here!

* Deep Blue Green as a base with Lovely Lily on top

* Apricot Pink from lid to crease with Lily White to highlight

* Coco in the inner corner with Coco Beach on the outer

* Blue Brown on top of MAC Botanical eyeshadow

* Teal on lid with Blue Brown on crease

* Teal on lid with Golden Lemon in inner corner

* Deckchair on lid with Teal on lower lashline

* Teal in inner half of lid with Violet on the outer

* Lovely Lily on lid with Teal on lower lashline

* Softwash Grey on lid with Deep Blue Green on crease

* All-Girl on lid with Softwash Grey on outer corner

* Ruby Red on lid with Dark Soul on crease

When it comes to makeup for teens, the key is to keep everything sheer and natural.

Face
Never cover your entire face with foundation. Teens usually have good skin so use a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and apply concealer to cover up zits. Apply powder only on oily areas and to set concealer. Powdering your face all over can add years to your age.

For Sanura – sorry it took so long!

Definition of Blending
Blend:- to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished.

When it comes to blending eyeshadows, the same definition applies. Basically, you try to mix the colors together so there is a gradation. And how exactly do you do this? There are a million ways – some prefer using fingers, some use sponges but I strongly suggest using brushes.

When you blend with a brush, you will not rub off the color like you do with fingers. The direction in which you blend does not matter at all – you can blend upwards, downwards, to the left or to the right. The key here is to make sure there are no sharp lines between the colors

Different brushes are good for blending different areas. As I have mentioned in some of my past entries, I prefer a large eyeshadow brush for blending eyeshadow on the lid and MAC’s #224 for blending color on the crease. My newest fave is MAC’s #239. I use it to blend eyeshadow on both the lid and the crease.

Tips

* Patience and practice is all it takes to mastering this skill.

* Always start with lighter colors before moving to something darker.

* Wipe your brush with a Kleenex every time you blend a different color or simply use another clean brush.
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