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Get the celebrity look: Kristen Stewart




31
May
2012

Get the celebrity look: Kristen Stewart

I wish I could pull off red lipstick like Kristen Stewart here. I think its so glamorous and reminds me a bit of those pretty starlets of the 1950-s. All you’d need for the sexy sultry look is a set of false lashes, some black liner and red lipstick. Maybe a little powder.

Unfortunately for me, the red lipstick makes my pale skin look sallow and my big mouth is highlighted by the bright red. So basically I will never wear that color. But for those of you who can, I urge you to do it! Wear bright red lipstick and have fun.

I asked Stacey Ellis of Byu-Ti Salon to help detail Kristen’s look (minus the red lipstick on her front tooth). And here’s how to look like you are walking the red carpet:

Get This Red Hot Look with M.A.C Cosmetics

Face: Apply Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation with a sponge, to even out the skin tone.? Dust on the Iridescent Loose Powder on a large powder brush.

Create a warm cheek with the Powder Blush color, Pinch Me.? Apply with a medium sized powder brush.

Eyes: Start the eyes with Metal X Cream Shadow in the color, Fusion Gold.? Apply this shade to the inside corner of the eye, under the brow and blend into the darker Eye Shadow shade called Follie.

Line the eye with black Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. Apply with a fine, firm brush along the top lash line.

Plump up the lashes with two coats of Black False Lash Mascara.

Define the brows with Brow Set

Lips: Blot out the lips with foundation on a sponge then apply Hey, Sailor! lipstick in the color Red Racer. Blot then re-apply.

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Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review




19
May
2012

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Look what came in the mail!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Step 1 and 3: Activating Mascara and Top Coat

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Step 2: Flexistretch™ Nylon Fibers

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

I was able to try Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes. ?Too Faced actually describes this as a Lash Extension System with Flexistretch™ Nylon Fibers. ?The set comes with two tubes: One is the mascara base and top coat which looks like your typical mascara, and the other one is like cobweb-engulfed brush. ?I know it sounds gross but that’s what I thought of when I first saw it.

This system is touted as an alternative to false lashes or lash extensions. ?The?Flexistretch™ Nylon Fibers melt into the activating mascara to stretch and hold the shape of lashes. The Activating mascara aims to lengthen the appearance of lashes, while the nylon fibers coat the lashes and make it look more lush and voluminous. ?In a study, Too Faced claims that 98% saw longer lashes, and 42% saw increase in lash length, and 98% saw an increase in lash volume. ?So let’s put this to the test!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
No mascara

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Step 1: Apply Activating Mascara and Top Coat

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Like so.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Step 2: Apply Flexistretch™ Nylon Fibers

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review
Step 3: Re-apply Activating Mascara and Top Coat

Take note that I have REALLY short, sparse, stick-straight lashes, which is partly due to my asian genes. ?That said, I don’t think ANY product will give me super long, super lush lashes. However, this kit did give me the longer lashes I want. I really like the Activating ascara. I might use this on its own even without the Flexistretch™ just because the mascara is good even on its own. The Flexistretch made my lashes look clumpy in the photo, but in real life, it made it look like I had more lashes. As I said, even without the Flexistretch, the Activating Mascara did its job.

Count me as part of the 98% who noticed longer-looking lashes. I think it elongated my lashes and gave them an extra 2 mm in length. I am impressed with the Activating mascara. As for volume, I did see a slight increase, but I was more impressed with the lengthening properties.

All in all, this set is good for those who want to see a marked difference in length and volume. ?I like the Flexistretch because it was my first time to use it and it was different from the other lash volume builders that I’ve tried. However, I liked the Activating mascara even more as it performed really well and lengthened my lashes even on its own.

The Shades Of U Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration. ?All opinions are completely mine.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

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No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

Despite the fact that it’s impossible to generalize “Asian eyes” in a single word, monolids seem to be one of the traits most commonly associated with them. Monolids are characterized by the lack of a prominent crease, and monolidded eyes are usually more almond shaped than round.

I remember thinking how unfair it was as a child that I ended up with my father’s monolidded eyes, while my mother and one of my brothers have a prominent crease. It took me years to see how both were beautiful in their own way, and now my monolids aren’t something I try to work around, but something I enjoy working with!

Sure, round eyes with pronounced creases are beautiful, but so are almond-shaped eyes without a crease. No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
My naked eye

Now, I know that it’s also impossible to generalize even among people with monolids, as there are different shapes and techniques, and people will sometimes prefer one method over another. Ultimately, it all comes down to what you like and feel comfortable with.

Nowadays, there are even eyelid tapes and glues available to create a crease, if you think it helps you apply makeup, and some even find that applying false lashes gives their eyelids a fold.

In general, I don’t believe in hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup, and I think you should do whatever you’re most comfortable with. The following tips are just some things that have worked well for me.

I know that many readers who come across this post might not have monolids themselves, but why not keep these tips in mind for a friend who does-

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
The MAC 217 Blending Brush

Tip 1: Blend, blend, blend!

As important as blending is when it comes to eyeshadow application, I think it’s even more important for those of us with monolids, because we lack a natural demarcation between our eyes and brow bones, so if we apply a patch of color right on top of our eyes without blending, it can look a bit unnatural.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Unblended eyeshadow

In the picture below, I’m wearing Urban Decay Verve on the inner half of my eye and Busted on the outer. Personally, I think that once the eyeshadows have been blended, they appear more natural, and add more dimension to the look than a simple patch of color.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Blended eyeshadow

Tip 2: (Don’t) work it into your crease

If you don’t have one, why fight it- I know that dramatic cut-crease looks are gorgeous on our double-lidded counterparts, but if we’re not careful, they can easily look overdone, and dare I say it, a little fake.

While it’s not impossible to emphasize the outer v and bring a bit of the color into our (imaginary) crease, I try to do it with an easily blendable color using a blending brush instead of a pencil brush; otherwise, it can take a looong time to blend the harsh line out afterwards!

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Defined outer v

Here, I dipped the tip of my MAC 217 Blending Brush into Urban Decay Blackout and used that to define my outer v. This step is entirely optional, and I rarely do it (or seldom use a shade as dark as Blackout; luckily, it is very blendable). I think it does show, however, that it is possible to define your outer v with the right kind of brush and a light hand, without “working it into your crease.”

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Gel liner

Tip 3: Walk the line

Good news for monolidders! Not only does eyeliner give your eyes amazing definition, you can usually get away with using more than our counterparts with a prominent crease!

For my lower lash lines, I use either a gel liner or a pencil, but for my upper lash lines, I only use gels, because once they’re on, they’re loyal till the end! You can also tightline with them, lining right on the lash line to fill in the gaps, making your lashes appear more voluminous, which already makes quite a difference.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Tightlined

You can also make a little wing to give your eyes more oomph!

Here’s a trick I use often: I’ll line my lower lash lines first. That way, I know where the angle of my upper lash line should go. If you look at this picture, you can see where I’ve already made a little indicator of where the angle of my upper lash line should go.

May I recommend the Bdellium Tools 760 Liner/Brow Brush (shown above on the right)- It has the precision of a pointed eyeliner brush and draws the clean lines of an angled eyeliner brush.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

If you’re looking for more drama, you can drag it out, or make the line really thick at the outer corner. But for everyday looks, I find this sufficient. I personally prefer to restrict the line only to my lash line for the inner half, and drag it up as I go towards the outer corner.

Also, if you want your eyes to look more open, stop short of lining your lower lash line all the way in, which can have the opposite effect. I start lining my lower lash line where I can actually see some lashes. Right at the inner corners of my eyes the lashes are tiny, and that’s the part I leave alone.

I also like to smudge some eyeshadow over my lower lash line, not only to soften it down, but also because I think it helps pencil liner stay put (see the pictures in the next step). If you’re new to gel liner, I highly recommend you go over the line with an eyeshadow as well. That way, even if your line isn’t perfect, you’ll still be able to get away with it! No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Lined eye

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
The MAC 219 Pencil Brush

Tip 4: Let there be light! — in those inner corners

Especially when you aren’t using a light, shimmery shade on the inner half of your lids, highlighting the inner corners really opens up the eyes. It makes a big difference! And I love my pencil brush for this, as my inner corners are quite small. The MAC 219 makes this kind of detailed work a cinch.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Highlighted inner corners

Also, remember that part of my lower lash line I left unlined- Putting a bit of your highlighter shade there will make your eyes appear rounder and more opened-up!

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
Waterproof mascara

Tip 5: Make waterproof mascara your new best friend

Waterproof mascara isn’t perfect. It can be a hassle to remove, and some of them leave lashes stiff and crunchy, but from my experience they’re generally much better at holding the curl than non-waterproof varieties. A good tube of curl-holding mascara can make all the difference in the world for monolidded eyes. It opens them up like nothing else!

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips
The finished look!

It’s probably the tip here that makes the BIGGEST difference. I feel that even if I do nothing else in the morning, curling my eyelashes makes me look more awake, and if you want your eyelashes to stand at attention all day long, waterproof mascaras are a great bet.

No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips

Well, I hope you found something useful among these tips! No Crease- No Problem. In-Crease Your Eye Makeup Skills With These 5 Monolid Makeup Tips If you have any other tips to share, please leave a comment, as the discussion is likely to benefit many others looking for monolid makeup tips.

Last but not least, remember, we’re all beautiful in our own way.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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OH LA LASHES

photos + post by amy nadine, design by eunice chun

This fun DIY project is to show you how many options you have with false lashes and the degrees of drama that come with each. You don’t have to buy accent or individual lashes when you can just make your own by cutting them however you wish.

TOOLS: Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes (those are my favorites but you can use any style), Small Scissors, DUO Lash Glue (I prefer the?clear/white shade so it dries clear)

HOMEMADE INDIVIDUALS: Cut them in between any groupings (some groupings have more hairs than others). I used three on my assistant Carissa but you can use as many/few as you like. Notice how with individuals you can flare them outwards more for a winged effect. **TIP: let the glue get “tacky” for 2 minutes so you can literally just stick them on the lashline and they won’t turn or slide.

HALF (ACCENT)?STRIP: Cut the strip in half and use either end (I prefer the end that would have been on the inside corner even though you’ll place it on the outside corner).?Trace the glue along the band, wait two minutes, place it?directly on your lash line then squeeze the false lashes together with your own lashes using your index finger + thumb. Notice how the lashes “sit up” more when they are bound together as opposed to when they are by themselves.

FULL STRIP: Again, let the glue get tacky for two full minutes then place directly on lashline.? Notice how the lashes sit up even more and appear longer when they are all attached on a long strip. **TIP: if the strip is longer than your lashline, hold it next to it for sizing then trim off the excess length. I also went in and trimmed around a few of them to make a few “wispies” longer than the rest.

The possibilities are endless. For some red carpets, I use a full lash strip then add an accent half strip on top of it on the outside corners for extra drama. Have fun!

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