How-to: Winged Liner (video)

https://youtu.be/C_hJmqDWDnY

A quick easy how-to winged liner video. Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t worry about it if you don’t get it right away, keep practicing and you’ll be able to create the perfect winged liner every time!
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[Updated] Brow Tutorial Video

I actually wanted to post this Brow Tutorial video tomorrow, since I do have another post lining up to be published. However, I got excited since this is my first video ever using my own face. It took me a lot of years to actually pluck the courage to do a video. Anyways, the quality might not be as good as other great youtube gurus, but please take it easy with me. I’ll try to improve slowly, and I look forward to read comments from you. I did not talk or do a voice-over since I’m not comfortable doing that just yet. However, again, in the future when I get more comfortable in front of a camera, I’ll start talking or doing voice-over.

So, I asked on Instagram, what kind of tutorials would you guys like to see me do. The majority of the comments said to do a brow tutorial. I have done a brow pictorial before on my How-to Fill in Brows post, but I guess seeing picture and seeing me doing it is quite different. Just keep in mind that this is how I DO my brows.

I cannot emphasize enough how each person has different shape and this might not work for you. However, what you can take from this tutorial is how I draw each hair individually. This is the most important part of filling in your brows. Light feathery stroke is the key! Try not to press too hard on your eyebrows to avoid making it look too thick.

For this tutorial, I assumed you already know or have gotten your brows shaped (waxed/tweezed/threaded). If you have not gotten your eyebrows shaped before, take a look at my Brows 101 post. If you are not allowed to shape your eyebrows, the best thing I can suggest is to trim your eyebrows using a clean spooly and a cuticle scissors. This way, you can see the brows’ shape, and fill it in lightly using brow powder, emphasize on LIGHTLY.

For a day makeup, I usually do something similar to my Shu Uemura Brow Pencil post.

Enjoy the video, and comments are welcome!

 

White Eyeliner Makeup Tutorial

Ok, so this White Eyeliner makeup tutorial is actually my World Cup 2014 England Inspired Makeup, as requested by Nurina over on facebook. However, since World Cup is over, I didn’t want to title it as England inspired makeup. Not to mention, I feel like this look can be worn during Indonesia’s Independence Day which is coming up next month, or any country with a red/white flag.

Anyways, I think ever since I tried out the white eyeliner look in my Netherlands inspired makeup, I’ve been quite a fan of white winged eyeliner. It’s a fresh outtake on my usual black winged eyeliner, not to mention it does brighten up the eyes quite a bit. For my World Cup 2014 makeup series, please check my Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina, and Germany inspired makeup posts.

For this white eyeliner makeup tutorial, I wanted to show you how you can use tape to create your winged liner. I’ve done this before in my other tutorial, but just going to show it again. That tape will create a very clean edge for your eyeliner. All you have to do is run a diagonal line from the outer tip towards the inner corner of your eye. For a detailed tutorial on how to create winged eyeliner, please check my how-to post.

The only word of caution I’m going to mention again, is to be very careful when applying mascara. If you’re not careful you might end up with black spots from the mascara all over your eyeliner. The easiest way to fix this is to let the mascara dry first, run a clean cotton bud over the mascara spots, and then run the white eyeliner on top of it again.

white eyeliner makeup

How-to:

1. I applied MAC Pearl cream base all over the eyelid for some shine.

2. Then, I realized it started on crease on my eyelid, so I set it with Revlon Sand eyeshadow.

3. I placed a tape on my skin to create an angle for my eyeliner.

4. Using Revlon Photoready Kajal eyeliner in Carbon Cleopatra, I created a diagonal line from the outer corner of my eye towards the inner corner. I just dragged the pencil eyeliner on my lid, and filled in any gaps.

5. I set the eyeliner using Sleek Makeup iDivine Ultra Matte v1 Brights in Pow using an angled eyebrow brush.

6. I removed the tape, curled my lashes and applied MUFE Aqua Smoky Lash.

7. I applied Gwiyomi false eyelashes no. 3 for added drama.

8. I filled my brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash.

white eyeliner makeup tutorial

9. I applied Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation using my fingertips all over my face. (Such an amazing foundation, btw!)

10. I applied Bobby Brown under eye brightener in Peach, and blended it out using my finger.

11. I set my face using NARS setting powder.

12. On my cheeks, I applied Smashbox Halo Powder blush in In Bloom.

13. For added shine, I applied MAC Soft and Gentle on top of my cheekbones, and the bridge of my nose.

14. I very lightly contoured my face using Smashbox contouring palette.

15. I lined and filled my lips using MAC Redd lip liner, then added L’oreal Super Lustrous lipstick in Ravish Me Red.

red lips makeup tutorial

 

How to: Winged Eyeliner

I finally got around to post this tutorial. Sorry for being M.I.A this week, I was busy and I got really sick. Anyways, this how to winged eyeliner tutorial was a request from a former student of mine. I’ve done something similar in my Sugar and Spice tutorial. You can use a tape, yes scotch tape, to help create that clean straight line.

I use an angled eyeliner brush (MAC 208) because it has a sharp angle that will help you to create that “wing”. Please note on how I drag the brush from outer or inner part towards the center of my eyelid.

The trick is to let the brush guide you. Also, it’ll be easier if you tilt your chin up and look down to your mirror – that will allow the skin on your eyelid to stretch (just like in my photo).

You can also use a liquid eyeliner, or a straight brush like MAC 209 brush. I, personally, find the angled brush is easier for beginner. That sharp angle really helps in creating the wing. Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but trust me, yes? 🙂

2 products you’ll need:

1. MAC 208 brush.

2. Any black gel eyeliner – I used L’oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer in Blackest Black.

How-to:

1. Create an imaginary angle for your wing. I usually line the outer corner to the tail of my brow.

2. Using MAC 208 and gel eyeliner, I drew an angle. I suggest just placing the brush down to mark it. If you want to make it longer, you can extend it later.

3. Drag the brush towards the center of the eyelid.

4. Flip your brush so the longer end is on the inner part of the eyelid. Drag the brush towards the center of the eyelid so the lines meet.

5. Once the triangle is complete, fill in the rest of the empty area.

6. At this moment, if you want to extend your tip, you can.

7. You can also use a wet wipe, or a q-tip dipped in makeup remover (non-oily) to clean up the edge of the wing if needed.

8. I filled my brows in, applied some falsies and voila! Done!

how to winged eyelinerow-

Kat Von D Esperanza Tutorial #1

If you guys follow me on Instagram (you should, btw!), you would know that I’ve posted a little sneak peek on today’s tutorial there. Today, I wanted to do my first Kat Von D Esperanza tutorial, using the mint eyeshadow as the main focus. If you are wondering why the pictures on the step-by-step is a bit off in terms of the color, it’s because the Sun was playing hide and seek with me today. Luckily, the sky cleared up, and I managed to get good shots for the final looks!

I’ll try to post a review for this palette some time this week. I prepped my eyelids using UD Primer Potion, which I think didn’t work too well for this look. May be for future tutorial, I might use a white-colored base (i.e. NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk) OR a mint-colored base for the lid. I feel that the mint eyeshadow that I used doesn’t have much color on it, and look slightly chalky.

All eyeshadows mention are from Kat Von D Esperanza palette. If you want to find out the product I used and skip the how-to, scroll all the way down.

How-to:

1. After prepping my lid using UD Primer Potion, I applied Archangel using a flat eyeshadow brush.

2. Using Sigma E25 Blending Brush, I applied Placebo slightly above the crease.

3. Using the tip of a flat eyeshadow brush (like the Sigma E54 Medium Shader brush), I applied Santeria on the crease and outer V.

4. Using the same Sigma E25 blending brush that I used on step 2, I blended out Santeria.

5. Using a fluffy blending brush (like the Sigma E38 Diffused Crease brush), I applied South under the brow. I also buffed South slightly on to my crease.

6. Using a small shader brush, I applied Archangel on the inner corner of the lower lid, and Selena on the outer corner.

7. (not in picture), I applied Danglo on top of Archangel using a flat eyeshadow brush.

8. I created a winged eyeliner using Kanebo Kate Super Sharp eyeliner, and lined my waterline using L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner.

9. I curled my lashes and applied Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara.

10. I filled my brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde, and then I set it using Faint eyeshadow from the Naked Basic palette.

Kat Von D Esperanza makeup tutorial

11. On my face, I applied UD Naked Skin foundation using a damped makeup sponge.

12. I set my face using NARS Setting Powder.

13. I lightly contoured my face and nose using MAC Blunt.

14. On my cheeks, I applied Chanel Blush de Horizon.

15. Lastly, on my lips, I applied L’oreal Color Riche lipliner in Beyond Pink, top it off with Revlon Socialite suede lipstick and a little tiny bit of clear lip balm from L’occitane.Kat Von D Esperanza eye makeup

I took the pictures above in a room with big windows and natural day light. For the pictures below, I actually stepped out of the house and took the pictures outdoor with the Sun somewhat behind me. As you can see, in both pictures, my makeup is not heavy at all, esp. for the face. The focus is still on the eyes, while the skin is left pretty natural looking.

If you are curious about my hair, please check my post on Highlights for Brunette.

Kat Von D Esperanza tutorial

Products used:

Eyes – Kat Von D Esperanza palette; Kanebo Kate Super Sharp eyeliner; L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner; Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Faint eyeshadow (Naked Basic palette).

FaceUD Naked Skin foundation; NARS Setting Powder; MAC Blunt; Chanel Blush de Horizon.

Lips – L’oreal Color Riche lipliner in Beyond Pink; Revlon Socialite suede lipstick; clear lip balm from L’occitane.

Recommended Sigma brushes – Sigma E25 Blending Brush; E54 Medium Shader brush; Sigma E38 Diffused Crease brush.

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Eyeliner Brushes!

Alright! Let’s talk brushes! I’d like to share an infographic by Sigma Beauty regarding eyeliner brushes and the effects it creates. See, the thing with makeup is you can achieve whatever effect you like depending on the tools and products you are using.

I don’t believe that there’s a specific rule on which brush to use for makeup, but the infographic below would be a useful guide, especially if you just beginning to learn about makeup.

Personally, my all-time favorite is the E75 Angled Brow brush for any type of eyeliner products (gel, liquid, pencil, powder). I have more control, and it can creates a sharper line. Not to mention, if you have shaky hand, or can’t seem to get the line straight, this E75 brush is perfect for you. I started out using this brush too when I first learn about makeup! I think the fact that this brush has an angled edge helps with the contour of your eyes. I just love this brush for eyeliner and eyebrow application!

Oh, just an extra thing, but E15 Flat Definer Brush is actually what I love to use to define my eyebrows! Check my post on How to Fill in Eyebrows to see what I’m talking about.

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Below is an idea on how to achieve the looks that you might be looking for!How to apply eyeliner

Winged

Precise

Soft

Smudge

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How to Fill in Eyebrows

Today’s post is a requested tutorial on how to fill in eyebrows. I was asked to do a tutorial on how I do my eyebrows for my tutorials, and how I get my edges sharp. So, here’s a tutorial on how to do it. I know I’ve done a few brows tutorial before with different products – pencil, eyebrow gel, and powder. However, in this tutorial, I’m using my all-time favorite, Anastasia Brow Wiz.

Let’s take a look at my before and after picture before we proceed to the how-to. The white lines in the pictures below is a guide on the location of the eyebrow’s head, arch, and tail.

Before:

  • Sparse eyebrow, esp. on the tail area.
  • Head of eyebrow is far from the side of my nose – this cause the bridge of my nose to look wider and bigger.
  • There’s no definite shape, thus not framing my eyes
  • Tail of eyebrows is thin, even though it ends at the right area.

After:

  • Head of eyebrow begins at the side of my nose – bridge of my nose will look slimmer. However, keep in mind that if the head of the eyebrows are too far into the center of the face, your face will look funny. Make sure it’s not too far out, nor too far it when drawing your eyebrows.
  • Eyebrows look fuller and thicker – helps with a youthful appearance.
  • Tail of eyebrow looks thicker and arch of eyebrows is more visible.
  • Eyebrow frames the eye nicely.

how to fill in eyebrows

For this look, I used:

1. Anastasia Brow Wiz – Ash Blonde and Brunette.

The reason as to why I used 2 different shade is because Ash Blonde is a perfect match to my eyebrow hair, but a tad too greyish and light for my hair. Brunette, on the other hand, is too warm (i.e. red) for my hair. Thus, I used 2 shades to create the perfect color for myself. Feel free to use just 1 shade. And yes, I do match my eyebrows to my hair color.

2. A flat edge eye brush from MAC – MAC 212.

3. Concealer – MAC Pro Correct/Conceal palette in Medium (you can use the yellow corrector to highlight under the brows, or your foundation instead).

mac pro correct/conceal palette

I assumed that everyone knows how to shape their brows, or get them professionally done. If you are a beginner, and you want to do your own eyebrows, please check my Brows 101 to see how it’s done. Remember not to overpluck! If you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, please get them done professionally. .

How-to:

1. Brush your brows upwards using a spooly (clean mascara wand).

2. Using Anastasia Brow Wiz Ash Blonde, I framed my brows by creating parallel lines on the bottom and top of my eyebrows.

3. I continued my brow’s frame using Ash Blonde.

4. I filled my brows in using Ash Blonde.

5. Using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, I filled in my brows in the sparse area. I lightly drew each hair in to make the brows look thicker.

6. Using MAC 212 and concealer, I very lightly lined the line on the lower part of my eyebrow. Note how I used the straight edge part to create a clean line.

7. Using MAC 212 and concealer, I lined the upper part of my eyebrow. Note how I placed the brush flat against my skin.

8. Once I’m happy with how the concealer looked like, I blended the bottom part down towards my eyelid, and blended the upper part upwards toward my forehead.

9. Use a clean spooly/mascara wand, and brush your eyebrows lightly upwards.

how to fill in eyebrows

If you are confused as to what I was trying to say on Step 2, please take a look at the picture below. I created the 2 lines on the bottom and upper part of my eyebrows, just like how it’s indicated by the white lines. This way, you can get a sharp clean edge at the beginning of your eyebrows, if that’s what you prefer.

hd eyebrows

Neutrally Blue

I LOVE Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! There, I said it! At first I thought that the UD Naked Basics is just another hype. I mean, I like my UD Naked 1 and 2, but I didn’t love it. I thought that the Naked Basics would be another palette that’s just so-so. Boy, was I wrong or what?!

I’ll talk more about the palette itself on my review, but today I wanted to share this look with you. The overall look is very soft and feminine. This look can be worn during the day if you want some definition on your eyes, or for engagement pictures. Obviously you can skip the blue eyeliner on the tightline and change it to beige/white/black instead.

The reason why I chose to wear the Stila Cobalt Blue eyeliner on the waterline is to show you guys that you can add color into your makeup without having to wear it on your lid. This is a good way to incorporate color, especially if you are not used to it. Not to mention, the blue eyeliner makes the white part of your eyes look whiter, thus making you look more awake.

How-to:

1. I applied MUFE Aqua Shadow in 28E all over my lid.

2. Using a clean blending brush, I applied UD Naked Basics in Faint on the crease.

3. Using a Sephora Bullet Crease (no. 221) brush, I applied UD Naked Basics in Crave on the outer V.

4. Using the same brush as step 2, I blended the eyeshadow on the crease.

5. I applied UD Sin eyeshadow all over the lid, focusing the color on the center of the eyelid using a flat eyeshadow brush.

6. Using a small shader brush, I applied Faint on the inner half of the lower lid and then Crave on the outer half.

7. I lined my waterline using Stila Cobalt Blue eyeliner.

8. I created a winged liner along the upper lash line using Kanebo Kate Super Sharp Liner.

9. I curled my lashes and applied L’oreal Carbon Black mascara on both upper and lower lashes.

10. I also applied false eyelashes sample given to me by a friend (currently not for sale to public).

11. I filled my brows in using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette.

12. Using a clean fluffy blending brush, I applied Venus from UD Naked Basics palette under the brow.

Stila Cobalt Blue eyeliner

13. I applied MUFE HD foundation using Shiseido foundation brush all over my face.

14. I applied MAC Shadowy powder as contour, and Benefit Hervana blush on my cheeks.

15. On the lips, I applied Tarte Lipsurgence in Hope.

Natural makeup using Urban Decay Naked Basics

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Workshop Event

So many events lately! Not that I’m complaining, but I’m really sorry for the lack of tutorial posts, and again soooo sorry if there’s too many “event” posts. It’s just pure coincidence that all the events were very close to each other this week. Anyways, today’s post is about MUFE Pro Finish Workshop event. I do have to say that MUFE Indonesia PR Staff was one of the best team that I’ve met so far. They are extremely kind, and friendly, so helpful and I really had a good time with them.

This MUFE Pro Finish workshop event was an introduction to their new product, which is (duh!) MUFE Pro Finish. This product was released to the public on September 7, 2013 in Indonesia. There’s only 17 shades in this range for Indonesia. There’s actually 25, but only 17 is available in Indonesia. I think this is one of the best brand for foundation since there’s a huge range of colors, besides MAC. This product will cost IDR. 430,000.

MUFE Academy IndonesiaMorris introduced MUFE Pro Finish

Just to let you know, I’ve actually already owned this product (my shade is 118). I bought it in Canada beginning of the year and have been using it. Let me just give you a brief introduction about MUFE Pro Finish. This product is a compact powder. What’s special about it is the fact that it can be used both DRY and Wet.

However, a word of warning, if you do apply this wet, you might find that the shade goes darker when applied to the skin. I’m not too sure why, but this is what I find. They also said, if you apply this wet, you get a sheer finish. I find this otherwise. I think applying it dry gives a more sheer finish.

I don’t like using this product wet. I, much prefer, using it dry to set my liquid/cream foundation. If you apply this dry with a buffing brush, you can get a good medium coverage. You, do, need to set it with a setting spray to avoid looking cakey or powdery.

It’s so great how, after you apply this wet, the powder will just dry and return to its normal powder state. If you’re like and have tried to wet MAC compact powder or ANY compact powders, you’ll find that there’s this weird coating, and had to scrape the coating off first before you can apply the powder underneath. With MUFE Pro Finish, you don’t have to do that! No coating!

MUFE Indonesia

Anyhow, let’s get back to the event. I felt like I’ve just done a short review about the product…lol…So, the event started out with a little makeup demo by Morris, a MUFE Makeup Artist. Then we were asked to try the products on our own face. Obviously, if you followed me on twitter/instagram, you’d have seen my makeup in the morning – bare face, strong brows, mascara and bold lips. However, since I wanted to be a good sport, I removed my makeup and stripped it down using MUFE Gentle Milk (picture above). Everyone was provided with a little table and a few products, as well as brushes on the table. We pretty much shared everything, not the most hygienic thing to do, but at least I already wore my mascara and I sharpened all the lip liners. The brushes were clean, so that was great.

Below on the left is my face with nothing on, but mascara. On the right, I’ve applied MUFE Pro Finish (dry) using foundation brush, filled my brows using MUFE brow pencil, contour slightly, a little bit of blush and added lip-liner to fill my lips. As you can see, the result from MUFE Pro Finish is pretty natural. It knocks out the redness and it covers my pores pretty well. Very sheer and natural. It also helps when my skin has been behaving well lately. However, you can see my dark under eyes (those late night sleeps are taking its toll..hahahaha). I didn’t apply any concealer.MUFE Pro Finish 118

Before and After MUFE Pro Finish

After I did my own makeup, Franky (from Rebzone) and I did Lucia’s makeup. Lucia is actually a friend of mine who tagged along today. So, again, thanks MUFE for allowing her to join us. It was fun, she enjoyed it a lot and she actually ended up buying that pink lip-liner on her lips!  Isn’t she gorgeous? 😉

Jilly Kirei Makeup and Franky Wu RebzoneLucia

So, after I did Lucia’s makeup, I wanted to go back to my bold lips since my face is quite bare. So, I applied MUFE Aqua Lip Liner in 11C and filled it in my lips. I, then, applied my Revlon Black Cherry on top of it. The result is the photo below! Super awesomely dark! Perfect for Fall/Winter makeup! I’m starting to love dark lips now.

Below is a picture of me with Maria. The pretty lady is a MUFE Intern, and guess what?! She is Indonesian, but her background is a Pakistani. She’s so friendly, and we couldn’t stop talking the whole time!

MUFE Academy IndonesiaWith Maria

Indonesian Beauty Bloggers(L-R) Franky, Lucia, myself, and Mukti

MUFE IndonesiaWith Mukti Lim

Of course the event won’t be completed without a great pictures of us! By this time almost everyone was gone, so it was just the 5 of us and the Staff.  Thanks MUFE Indonesia for inviting us! Thank you for being such a great host!

Make Up For Ever Indonesia

MUFE Indonesia

P.S.: FYI, I was not forced or felt compelled to post every events I go to. I think it was nice that I was invited to all these different events, and I just wanted to share with you guys what I learnt and did during the event. To be honest, no one told me I’ve to do an event coverage or anything. I just wanted to share my good experience, and hopefully you guys can learn something from this post as well (i.e. the products).

 

OPI San-Tan-Tonio

As much as I love colors and dark colors on my nails, once in a blue moon I love something nude. I found myself reaching for this nail polish most of the time when I want a nude color on my nails. This is OPI Santantonio from the Spring/Summer 2011 Texas collection. I believe I bought this in Trade Secret, Canada for $9.99.

It has a creamy sandy-beige color to it, just slightly darker than my skintone. I’m looking for something lighter so it matched my skin better, but for now, this nail polish will do. If you’re darker than me, you’ll probably find this polish to suit you better. If you are lighter than me (anyone above NC30), you might find this polish to be too dark for your skin.

I don’t mind this color at all on my skin to be honest. I love wearing this nude polish to work, esp. back when I was working as a counselor in a private high school since bright (and red) nail polish colors are frowned upon. This color makes your nails look polish and at the same time professional.

OPI Santantonio