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How do you get that beautiful big eye look?

Posted by editor On July - 5 - 2009

Most of the time eyes are quite the essential part that make-up artist try to work the longest to define the look. Well when you have to go to a party and don’t have the time to do long make up for the eyes there is a simple and easy solution to get away from putting liners, mascara, but still look the best.

I just have to stick with this techniques now since I have a very sensitive skin especially around the eyes and a speck of dust can really irritate me… so I tried to not apply mascara and eye liner but thanks to this fake eye lash solution from shu uemura that can help me looking the best without the need of eye liner and mascara.

Try to use this “Soft Crosses” fake lashes from shu uemura that will render a very natural looking lashes AND LINER too:

here’s a picture of my fake lashes application without mascara and without eyeliner just simply putting the fake lash on top of natural lash using shu uemura glue:

I think this is very suitable for sensitive eyes, just very careful and light when applying the eye lashes glue. As of my case I apply very very thinly and let it sit for about 3 – 5 seconds before applying it to the top of the lashes. Good Luck!


Buying safe cosmetic products will benefit your health

Posted by editor On July - 5 - 2009

Before you buy any cosmetic or make-up products be sure to know its compositions & ingredients because some of its ingredients may be harmful to your body. I recently buy some cosmetic products from “make up forever, Paris” but after going home and research I found this article from Fitsugar.com and decide to return these products.

Toxic and harmful things inside cosmetic ingredients label that you might want to avoid:

1. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens: Used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life. Preliminary research found parabens in human breast cancer tumors.

2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA): Foaming agents that can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin. DEA and TEA are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time, and are associated with cancer in lab animals.

3. Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea: Often used as preservatives, the American Academy of Dermatology has found these chemicals to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis (irritation caused by foreign substance). Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic.

4. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: This is a cheap, harsh detergent used in many shampoos for its ability to cleanse and foam. Often derived from petroleum, it causes eye irritation, dry scalp, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Be on the lookout for pseudo-natural products that list this ingredient with the phrase “comes from coconuts” – it’s still bad for you.

5. Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly, this is a mineral oil derivative that can clog your pores. This in turn disrupts your body’s natural ability to moisturize its own skin, leading to dryness and chapping. Manufacturers use it because it’s really inexpensive. Want to know what else you should avoid? Then read more

6. Propylene Glycol: Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural, but it’s usually made from synthetic chemicals. It has been known to cause hives and eczema. Beware of related chemicals labeled PEG and PPG.

7. PVP/VA Copolymer: A petroleum-derived chemical that’s used in hair styling products and some cosmetics. Considered toxic since if inhaled, it can damage the lungs.

8. Stearalkonium Chloride: This toxic chemical was designed by the fabric industry for use as a fabric softener. Companies use it in hair conditioners and lotions because it’s much cheaper than natural conditioning ingredients such as proteins.

9. Synthetic Colors: Labeled as FD&C or D&C and followed by a number, these make products look pretty but can be carcinogenic.

10. Synthetic Fragrances: Labeled simply as “fragrance,” there’s no way to tell what chemicals are actually in the product. People can get headaches, dizziness, rashes, and respiratory problems from them. People may also experience hyper-pigmentation, which means this chemical may cause brown spots to form on your skin.



MAC Makeup Brushes

Posted by Smurfette On February - 26 - 2009

I am always a fan of make up, even though my mom did not really teach me how to do it. I learn mostly from books (before youtube). As I’m getting better doing it, I learn that make up brushes are very important in achieving flawless make up. It does not matter if you use a hundred dollar foundation if your brush is not good, you will end up with uneven face. I evolved from using finger for my foundation to cosmetic sponge to flat foundation brush and finally to stippling brush.

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MAC Sculpt and Shape – Plastic Surgery in a Compact

Posted by Smurfette On February - 19 - 2009

I am always amazed with what contouring can do, you can make your nose slimmer, fake a supermodel cheekbones, loose a double chin, and even enhance your cleavage. It’s like having plastic surgery without the knife. 😛 Before, I would only contour my face if I am going out at night, because most of the time it looks streaky and muddy. It is probably because I only used a dark color shadow. It was really hard to blend. Whenever I use it on my nose, you would be able to see lines going down my nose. Definitely, not for daytime makeup.

image from necessary makeup

Now that I have found Mac Sculpt and Shape Powder, I can contour my face anytime (day or night). It doesn’t make your face streaky and dirty. It blends easily with your foundation and you can easily build it up for deeper contour. This powder has two shade, one darker shade for contouring and one light shade for highlighting. Mac has 4 different pair of shades for different skin color. Retail for $21.


The other day I was trying to make my eyes appear bigger just like the make-up artist did for my wedding day, and as I researched I came across Jen’s blog, to my suprise she diligently put on this eyelid tapes and make-up tip tutorial, very useful.

Hey guys, just thought I’d do a little tutorial for the girls who are single-lidded and want to know how to apply makeup with eyelid tape. It seemed like a useful thing to do.

A little info to start with from Jen:

*What are single-lids and double lids? Single lids are eyelids that don’t have a crease above the lash line. Double lids do. There are many naturally double-lidded and single-lidded Asians in the world.

*What is eyelid tape? Eyelid tape is a small, curved strip of medical tape used to form a crease on the eyelid. Some say that it stretches out the lid, but I find that if you put some water on the tape at the end of the day, it comes off with no tugging.

And here’s the tutorial:

Step 1. First, apply the tape. Try to make it so that the crease is a natural size for your eye shape and size.

Step 2.
Next, apply highlighter (color 1 in the revlon palette) to the brow bone. Use a medium shade (color 3) and apply color to your lid above and to the outside of the tape. The color should fade in, about 2/3 of the way into your lid.

Step 3.
Add a darker color (color 4) as contour to your lid. Try taking a smaller brush and running it along the area right beneath your brow bone. It should almost make a “c” shape and the color is stronger at the edges, and blended in.

Step 4.
This is the key to looking natural! Take a black, matte liquid liner and draw a line that covers the space under the tape and also slightly on top of the bottom edge of the tape from inside to out. It is especially critical to cover the tape on the inner half of your eyelid, as this is the part most likely to show when your eyes are open. Be patient and take it slow since this part can get tricky!
Note: you can cover more of the tape with eyeliner for a more dramatic look, or cover it completely and put black eye shadow around the tape for a smokey-eye. Just make sure to match the liner on the tape and the liner on your skin so it is seamless.

Step 5.
Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply Max Factor Lash Perfection Waterproof mascara to top and bottom lids. (I prefer to use the non-waterproof version on just my bottom lashes as it makes them longer and less sticky.)

Hope this will help


Eyelid Tapes

Posted by editor On May - 15 - 2008

eyelid tapeEver wonder how to get those creases going right on you? Well I found out about eyelid tapes, usually these are use for people with single eyelids (no crease above the lashes) so that they can make a crease, but people with double lids can use this too, to make their eyes appear bigger by putting eyelid tapes above their original creases. In States, eyelid tapes are quite a rare find, however I discovered that some nerve doctors use eyelid tapes for their patients who has weak eyelids (due to somekind of a nerve problem) which require support. To see the transformation of beautifying and enchancing those particular eyes’ looks you desire try to see what eyelid tapes can do right here.



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