Makeup for Teens Part I: What To Wear

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.

Eyeshadow Tips: How To Blend Eyeshadow

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.
Related Entries
Makeup Brushes Reviews Part II – Eyes

MAC Lure Collection Reviews

MAC’s Lure Collection FINALLY came out today! All the colors are really pretty and will look great on any skintone.

Eyeshadow Tips: Blue + Brown = Hotness

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.

Examples:
* 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.

Sale of Stila

Here’s the real deal to the sale of Stila. I used to really like their eyeshadows and palettes – this is *so* sad =(

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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.

What Is The Correct Order to Put On Makeup?

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.