As promised, here’s another look using ABH Modern Renaissance palette. This Soft Glam Day makeup is more on the wearable side, even though it can be a little bit glam if you are not used to wearing much makeup during the day. Read more below for pictorial and product info, and watch the tutorial!
Last Saturday I had the chance to do a makeup job for a wedding party. I’ve decided to share this Asian bridal makeup look, similar to what I’ve done last Saturday on today’s post. The bride was looking absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve shared a picture of her before and after on my Instagram. Today’s tutorial is not exactly the same as what I’ve done on my client, but it still uses similar shades. On my bride, I used a lot more warmer brown and darker outer V.
The focus is on the skin, where I want my skin to still look like skin but a better version of it. I really like the look of a dewy skin without making it look like I have a ton of makeup products on. This is very important to me because I really want my skin looks natural, and not cakey.
Also featured on this post are my Tweezerman brushes and eyelash curler sent to me by Preen.me as part of their PreenMeVIP program. The brushes and tools used are the blender brush, shader brush, line glider brush, and ProMaster eyelash curler. Not in picture, Tweezerman brow brush used to fill in my brows.
- Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion “original”
- Base – MAC “Brule”
- Crease – MAC “Cork”
- Inner corner – MAC “Naked Lunch”
- Center of lid/lower lid – MAC “Amber Lights”
- Outer V/lower lid – MAC “Sketch” mixed with “Brun”
- Lower lash line – MAC “Carbon”
- Winged liner – Maybelline gel liner “Black”
- Waterline – MAC “Smolder” kohl pencil
- Brows – ABH Brow Pomade “Taupe” + “Medium Brown”
- Falsies – Ardell “Demi Wispies”
- Foundation – CoverFX Cream foundation “G40” (applied using a damped sponge)
- Concealer – MAC “studio fix concealer NC30”
- Setting Powder – Cover FX translucent powder
- Contour – Becca “Lowlight Sculpting Perfector”
- Blush – Smashbox Halo Blush powder “In Passion”
- Highlighter – The Balm “Mary-Lou Manizer”
- Lip pencil – MUFE Aqua Lip pencil “Vibrant Pink (15c)”
- Lip color – Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care “Pink Granita”
I collaborated with Lover.ly to create a bridal makeup look. I was shown 3 photos of the bridal gowns, and I chose my favorite as below for my post. While I was thinking of to create a look for this gown, I decided to create not one, but FOUR bridal makeup looks to suit the gown! I created 4 looks since I knew that most brides would have their own interpretation of their makeup, some chose to be more on the natural side, while others might not be afraid to go bold!
I also took into consideration of the whole outfit and hair. As you can see, the gown that I chose has a very demure neckline, along with a very elegant lace details. With this in mind, in my opinion, I think brides who chose this type of gown would be very classy, lady-like and conservative.
Since the hair is pulled back, so not to clash with the neckline, I didn’t want to create a heavy dark smoky eyes. I think with this gown and hairstyle, a simple warm eyes would suffice. I feel that a heavy, dark smoky eyes would be too heavy and might clash with the high neckline. Of course, you can go on the dark smoky eyes look, but I prefer going light on the eyes and play on the lips.
So, for this tutorial, I created 1 eye makeup which can be paired with 4 different lips look. Usually for bridal makeup, I tend to choose the warmer neutrals (think browns and gold) since I think it looks very flattering on everyone. Very rarely I do a black smoky eyes, unless the client asked for it, and/or during change of makeup from morning to evening. Even then, I’ll still add some warmth on the smoky eyes.
To compliment the lace and the gown’s off-white color, I decided to use a beautiful gold on the eyelids from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye palette called Creme Brulee. This gold isn’t too yellow, nor it is too shimmery. It has a somewhat satin finish, which makes it perfect for this look so it doesn’t clash with the texture of the gown.
Since this gown doesn’t have shiny finish, I decided to keep the face semi-matte to avoid looking too dewy. I feel that this gown has a grown-up feeling to it, so I try to avoid the dewy/glowing finish since it can make the bride looking too youthful. Semi-matte is the right choice for this look.
In all of the 4 looks I created, I only added extra blush on the bottom looks (both left and right), and added a black waterline on the look with the dark lips. Otherwise, everything is exactly the same (brows, foundation, highlight, contour etc).
No, I do NOT contour my face heavily with cream foundation. You can if you want, but I prefer not to. I like very subtle highlight/contour so my clients look still like themselves in the photos instead of looking like someone else. HOWEVER, IF or WHEN the client asks for heavy contouring (i.e. Kim K contouring), I’ll still provide the cream contouring for her.
If you’d like to see me do a glam Bridal makeup (i.e. smoky eyes, contour, and the whole nine yards), do let me know by leaving comments here or on my Instagram page!
Eyelids are prepped using Urban Decay Primer Potion. Face is primed using MUFE HD Elixir.
1. I applied Salted Caramel from Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye palette on my crease using a clean blending brush.
2. On the outer V, I applied a mixture of Triple Fudge and Semi Sweet (both from Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette) using a Smashbox Bullet Crease brush.
3. Then, using the same brush as step 1, I blended out the edge of my crease.
4. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, I applied Creme Brulee (from Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette) on my eyelid.
5. I lined my waterline using MAC Chromagraphic pencil eyeliner in NC15 (or L‘oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner for the dark lips version).
6. I also applied Triple Fudge/Semi Sweet mix on the outer half of the lower lash line. Then, I applied Creme Brulee on the inner half of the lower lid. I used the edge of a flat eyeshadow brush to do this.
7. I created a winged liner using Shu Uemura Calligraphy:ink liquid liner pen along the upper lash line.
8. I filled my brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe FIRST, then I darkened the tail and any sparse area using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette.
9. I curled my lashes and applied Gwiyomi no. 3 false lashes.
10. On my face, I applied MUFE HD foundation all over using a foundation brush.
11. I set my face using CoverFX translucent setting powder.
12. I lightly contour my face using Smashbox contour kit powder, and highlight my face using The Balm Mary-Lou highlighter. If you have oily skin, I’d suggest skipping highlighting using Mary-Lou. Instead, you can use a matte powder which is a shade or two lighter than your skin, or the highlight powder from Smashbox contour kit.
13. I applied Chanel Blush de Horizon on my cheeks.
14a. For this blushing bride look, I applied Lancome Color Design in Vintage Rose Sheen.
This look is perfect for those brides who prefer to have a natural look. The rose lipstick has just enough color to brighten up the face. This bridal makeup look is great for Summer Wedding!
14b. For this youthful bridal look, I added YSL Rouge Pur Couture no. 52. I applied it using a lip brush.
This lipstick is pretty much sold out in Indonesia! When applied lightly on the lips, this YSL no. 52 really lives up to its popularity! It deposits enough pigment without looking too bright on the lips. This gorgeous coral lips is also great for Summer Wedding makeup, but I think it’d be perfect for Spring Wedding where all the flowers are just blooming, and the weather isn’t quite warm yet. This bridal makeup look would instantly gives the bride the most beautiful smile on her big day!
14c. I applied MAC Girl About Town on the lips using a lip brush. I had to add a bit more blush to avoid my face looking washed out for this look since the lips are quite bold.
This is another look which would look great for Spring/Summer Wedding. For brides who are a bit more adventurous, but not into red lips, this is definitely a look to try. What I love about MAC Girl About Town lipstick is that the color is not too fuchsia. It still has enough warm undertone to make it wearable for a wedding, and at the same time bright enough to give a punch of color.
14d. For this lovely deep red, I first lined my lips using L’oreal Color Riche Anti-Feathering lip liner in True Burgundy. Then, I applied MAC Diva lipstick on top of it. (The blush was the same as 14c)
Last but not least, we have the makeup look for a Fall/Winter wedding. Of course you can choose the other lip colors for Fall/Winter wedding, but I really love this deep red lips look. Personally, this is my favorite look out of the 4. I chose to darken my waterline to compliment the deep red lips.
So, that’s all folks! I think everything is pretty self-explanatory from the photos. I’d like to say that yes, you CAN wear all these makeup looks even if you aren’t a bride! Obviously some steps for bridal makeup are different than daily makeup, but that’s for next time! Yes, you can wear this look to a wedding party, or if you’re bridesmaids etc. Again, like I said, the way I applied and steps taken for bridal makeup is slightly different than daily or party makeup. You can tweak it to your preference!
Eyes – Urban Decay Primer potion; Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye palette (crease: Salted Caramel, outer V & lower lid: Triple Fudge/Semi Sweet, eyelid & lower lashline: Creme Brulee); Shu Uemura Calligraphy:ink liquid liner; MAC Chromagraphic pencil liner NC15 or L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe and Brunette; Gwiyomi no. 3 falsies.
Face – MUFE HD elixir; MUFE HD foundation; Cover FX Translucent Powder.
Cheeks – Smashbox Contour kit; The Balm Mary-Lou; Chanel Blush de Horizon
Lips – Lancome Color Design Vintage Rose Sheen (a); YSL Pur Rouge Couture no. 52 (b); MAC Girl About Town (c); L’oreal Color Riche lipliner in True Burgundy and MAC Diva (d)
As you all know from my Twitter, I’ve been looking forward to use my M.A.C Russian Red lipstick again. I know, I know, it seems like this week is a MAC week. Well, can’t be helped, I’m trying to fall in love with MAC again! Afterall, MAC was one of the reasons why I went into makeup in the first place.
So, talking about MAC Russian Red, this is the best true-red lipstick. If you want a cooler red, you can try MAC Ruby Woo instead. I also love how this lipstick has a matte finish to it. I’m not a big fan of shiny or glossy lips, so I love how even though this lipstick has a matte finish, it is not drying. It also helps if you prep your lips before application to ensure your lips aren’t chapped.
I purchased this Chanel quads in Intuition in February and didn’t have the chance to play with it, so I had to use it for this look. I love how soft and pretty the eyes look. If you are looking for a neutral, day makeup, do try the eye-look and you can skip the red lipstick.
I’ve done a similar look in Battle of the Classics.
1. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, I applied the gold eyeshadow from the Chanel Intuition quad.
2. Using a fluffy blending brush, I applied the deep brown shade from the same quad on my outer V and on the crease. I used whatever was left on the brush and swept it along the lower lash line.
3. I blended out the crease using a clean fluffy brush.
4. Using an angled eyeliner brush, I created a winged liner along the upper lashline.
5. I applied MAC Chromagraphic liner in NC30 on my tightline.
6. Using a small flat shader brush, I applied the pink highlighter shade from Chanel Intuition quad on the inner corner of the lower lid and under the brow.
7. I curled my lashes and applied Maybelline Volume Express mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
8. I filled my brows in using MUFE Aqua Brow Gel.
9. For extra drama, I applied Quo false eyelashes.
10. For the face, I applied MUFE HD Foundation using a foundation brush.
11. Using whatever was left on the brush, I swept it across my lips.
12. I lined and filled my lips using MAC Redd lip pencil.
13. Using a lip brush, I applied MAC Russian Red on my lips.
14. I powdered my face using a loose translucent powder.
This look today is one of my fav. summer makeup. It doesn’t matter where I am in the summer, somehow I always seem to resort back to this look. It’s very light and bright, and of course you can always eliminate some of the steps below to make it easier and to suit your own look. Most of the time, I only used the MAC Melon pigment on my lid with mascara, skipping the liner and the contour colors altogether.
Anyways, the 2nd look to this post used an orange lip liner. I don’t know where my orange lipstick is, so I only used the lip liner to fill my entire lip. Of course you can change the lips to whatever color you want, red, pink, or even nude. No rules, just fun playful makeup.
1. Using a synthetic brush, I dipped the brush in water and then dipped it in MAC Melon pigment. I mixed it at the back of my hand to turn it into a paste form and applied this paste to my lid, and on the inner corner of the lower lid.
2. Using a shader brush, I applied MAC Bronze eyeshadow on the outer V and on the crease. I used whatever left on the brush and ran it through the lower lid.
3. Using a clean fluffy brush, I blended the crease to remove any harsh edge.
4. I applied Smashbox Deep Golden Brown on the outer corner, blending it inwards. I focused most of the color on the outer V of the lid.
5. Using whatever left on the brush, I applied it on the lower lid.
6. Using an angled eyeliner brush and MUFE Aqua Black, I created a winged liner along the upper lash line.
7. I lined my waterline using whatever product remained on the brush from step 6.
8. I curled my lashes and applied Maybelline Express Volume Turbo Boost mascara on both top and bottom lashes.
9. I filled my brows in using Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 brow pencil.
10. I applied UD Naked foundation all over my face using a foundation brush.
11. I contoured my face using MAC Studio Tech in NW 55. (If you want to know how I contour my face, check out this post for powder contouring or here for cream contouring)
12. I applied MAC Peaches blush on the cheeks.
13a. For the lips, I applied YSL Pur Couture rouge no. 17 using a lip brush.
13b. For the orange lips, I lined and filled my lips using MAC Entertain Me lipliner.
This week is like my non-colorful week! Today’s look used Urban Decay Naked Palette, and it’s perfect for daytime and bridal makeup. It’s packed with bronze goodness. The colors are perfect for every eye-colors and skintones. Very flattering, very warm and it’s really easy to achieve this look.
I love wearing this look for the summer. It might look like it’s a lot, but once you complete the face, the eyes look pretty natural looking. It really do brighten up the face too. This is my fav. way of wearing bronze eyeshadow. You can immediately turn this makeup to a night look just by adding black liner along the upper lashline and waterline, turning it into a smoky look.
1. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, I applied UD Half-Baked all over the lid.
2. Using a flat fluffy brush, I applied UD Buck lightly on the crease and the outer V.
3. Using a fluffy blending brush, I applied a mixture of UD Smog + Snakebite on the outer half of the lid, blending in towards Half-Baked.
4. I applied UD Half-Baked on the inner corner of the lower lid, and UD Smog + Snakebite on the outer half using a small shader brush.
5. I created a winged liner along my upper lashline using Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink cream liner.
6. Using whatever is left on the brush, I applied the liner along the outer corner of the lower lid.
7. I curled my lashes and applied MUFE Smoky Lash mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
8. I filled my brows in using MUFE Aqua Brow.
9. For my face, I applied Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer.
10. I applied Benefit Dallas on my temples, the tip of my nose, my chin and my cheeks.
11. I also applied MAC Peaches on the cheeks.
I wanted to do a pretty makeup, something that will be good for brides, or prom goers, or just for anyone who wants an extra something something..bahahahaha..anyways! I love how it ended up and I think this look is perfect for brides, if they don’t want anything too smoky.
Anyways, I love how I’ve been using UD Naked palette more lately. I think I might do more tutorials using the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. Also, how do you like my brows? I managed to fix it today. Lately, I’ve played around with the MUFE Aqua Brow gel and I have to say, I’m loving it! More on that later on during the week.
1. I applied UD Sin eyeshadow all over the lid using a flat eyeshadow brush.
2. On the crease, I applied UD Buck eyeshadow using a small blending brush.
3. Using the same brush, I applied MAC Brun on the outer V.
4. I clean the edge of the crease using a clean blending brush.
5. Using a small shader brush, I applied Sin on the inner corner of the lower lid and MAC Brun on the outer corner.
6. I created a winged liner along the upper lashline using MUFE Aqua Black gel liner and an angled eyeliner brush.
7. I lined my waterline using L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner.
8. For my lashes, I applied MUFE Smoky Lash mascara on both top and lower lashes.
9. I filled my brows in using MUFE Aqua Brow.
10. For the face, I applied UD Naked foundation using a foundation brush.
11. Under the eyes, I applied MAC Pro Conceal/Correct concealer in Medium.
12. I applied MAC Shadowy as a light contour and then MAC Cubic on my cheeks as blush.
13. For the lips, I filled it in using MAC Dervish lipliner.
I had the pleasure of having Wiwin to come over to my place and allowed me to give her a makeover. We did it just for fun, ’cause you know, I was bored and had been bugging her to let me do her pretty face 😉
We went out afterwards and ooh boy, this hot babe was the center of attention..hahahaha…Her fiance, Geoffrey, came with an arsenal of lenses and camera. He took all the photos below. Pretty amazing couple, eh?
Since we were going out, she didn’t want the makeup to be too smoky, and she wanted a bronze eyeshadow to be incorporated into the look. So, I did something similar to my “Warm Brown Smoky” tutorial, but added Urban Decay Half-Baked on the eyelid (on top of All That Glitter). On top of that instead of MAC Sketch eyeshadow, I used MAC Brun eyeshadow.
Her eyebrows were recently “shaved” by another makeup artist and it was wonky. So, I had to filled it in using Chanel brow pencil in Mistre to re-shape the brows and set it with MAC Omega eyeshadow.
No falsies applied since she didn’t want it. We didn’t want to go overboard with the look.
No black liner on waterline because I want to keep her eyes looking bigger and wide. Black eyeliner on the inner rim will close her eyes and makes the eyes look smaller. Instead, I used a beige eyeliner to brighten up her eyes and created a bigger eye illusion. I also created a winged liner along her upper lashline to lift her eyes.
For her base, I prepped it with CoverFX primer and Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I concealed any blemishes and under eyes circles using MAC Pro Conceal and Correct palette. I also applied a little bit of Chanel Universal Bronzer on her face (hollow of the cheeks and temples). For blush, I applied Revlon Rosy Glow cream blush on her cheeks.
I set everything using Cinema Secret loose powder. She wanted her nose to look higher, so I applied MAC Shadowy very lightly on the sides of her nose I also applied the same contour powder on the temples, hollows of the cheeks and her jawline. I applied MAC Fleur Power blush on her cheeks.
For the lips, I applied my favorite lipstick of all time: Revlon Mauve It Over matte lipstick, and applied a little bit of L’occitane lip balm on top of it.
Her hair was set on rollers and rolled up in a bun during makeup session. Just FYI, that is her natural hair color! Beautiful, yes?
Oh, yes, that’s my family’s dog, Yorkie 😉 He made an appearance this time.
How was everyone’s weekend? I hope you guys are staying warm and comfy! Today’s tutorial is a look using Smashbox Focal Point trio eyeshadow quad. I’ve done an easy look using this trio last year in this post, I thought I’d give this product another shot for a different look this year since I’ve barely touch it lately.
This look is pretty warm and quite mostly asked by the Asian brides. I think peaches and corals look great on everyone. Anyhow let’s get down to the tutorial!
1. I applied the Flamingo from Smashbox Focal Point trio all over my eyelid using a flat eyeshadow brush.
2. Using the same eyeshadow brush, I applied L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Pepsy Coral on top of the Flamingo for extra coral-ness.
3. Using Java from the Focal Point trio from Smashbox, I applied in with a blending brush on the outer V and on the crease.
4. I applied a winged liner using a small angled brush and Make Up For Ever aqua black gel liner on the upper lashline
5. Using whatever is left on the brush, I applied the gel liner on my waterline.
6. Using a clean angled brush, I applied Java on the outer 3/4 of the lower lid.
7. Using a pencil brush, I applied Champagne from the trio on the inner corner of the eyelid, as well as the inner quarter of the lower lid.
8. I filled my brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette.
9. I curled my lashes and applied Tarte Camera, Lights and Lashes mascara on both top and lower lashes.
9. For the face, I applied L’oreal Tru Match foundation all over using Shiseido foundation brush.
10. For the cheeks, I applied MAC Well-Dressed lightly.
11. For the lips, I applied Revlon Just Bitten lip balm in Charmed.