{How to} Rockin’ Romance Look

Want to achieve this Grammy-inspired look at home?

Amรฉlie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) and Justin German (Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) share with us details on how they created this Rockin’ Romance look!

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
Make-up: Amรฉlie Ducharme
Hair: Justin German
 
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{Make-up Look} 
Amรฉlie Ducharme, COVERGIRL Make-up Pro:
 
Face:
  1. To keep focus on the eyes, skin must look flawless. Create your base with COVERGIRL Outlast Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush.
  2. Even out any dark circles by applying COVERGIRL + Olay Eye Rehab CC Cream with a concealer brush. Apply in a triangular shape under the eye – from corner to corner and down toward the nose.
  3.  Next, lightly apply COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder under the eye to set concealer. Also apply on forehead nose and chin for a natural yet matte skin finish.

Eyes:

  1. With your finger, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in “Ohh La Lilac” all over the lid up to the crease and along the bottom lashline with a flat shadow brush.
  2. Using a shadow brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black” to the outside corner of the lid and then from the inside corner, blending toward the center of the eye, connecting both sides in the crease. To create dimension, apply the plum shadow from the COVERGIRL Eyehancer 4-Kit Shadow in “Prom Queen” to the middle of the lid, just below the crease. Also, sweep this plum colour under the eye.
  3. Rim the bottom of the eye, tighter to the lashline, with the Shadow Pot in “Molten Black”, blending slightly wider toward the outer corner of the eye.
  4. Next, line the entire waterline with COVERGIRL LiquidLineBlast Eye Liner in “Black Fire”. To intensify the look, use this pencil to trace over the shadow on the outer corners of the eye and blend out and up using the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. Using a shadow brush, connect the shadow from the top and bottom lids just beyond the outside corner, lifting up and out toward the temple, elongating the eye. The further out, the more dramatic the look!
  5. Using COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in “Pitch Black Passion”, trace along the upper lashline starting from the inner corner and creating a thicker line as you move to the outer corner extending just beyond the lash in an upward movement.
  6. Coat the lashes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in “Very Black”. Start with multiple coats of Step 1 for extreme volume, then apply Step 2 for a pitch black glossy finish.
  7. Finish the eye look by applying the silver shade from the “Prom Queen” palette under the brow.

Brows:

  1. For this smoldering look, you want to create a thick, strong brow. Fill in brows with COVERGIRL Brow & EyeMakers Pencil one shade darker than your natural colour.

 Contour & Blush:

  1. To contour the face, use COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in “Spices”. Starting with the darkest shade of the palette, apply just under the cheek bone at the temple. As you move toward the apple of the cheek blend the middle and lightest shade.

Lips:

  1. Finally, prep lips by applying moisturizer topped with a thin layer of your foundation to cover any redness around the mouth. Then, fill in your pout with COVERGIRL LipPerfection in “Yummy” – a great pastel pink! 

Final touch:

  1. For a more matte finish, apply a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder.
{Hair Look} 
Justin German, Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist:
  1. First, prepare by washing hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo.
  2. Blow-dry with a round brush and pin in clips, like you would rollers – this will give you a great foundation for this updo. Set with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.
  3. After a few minutes, remove clips and shake out the curls. Spray in Pantene Advanced+Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist to relax the look and build texture.
  4. Now, part the hair in two sections. Start by collecting hair from temple to temple and pile it in a knot on top of your head.
  5. With the remaining hair, gather and put into a ponytail just below the crown. While the sides are tight to the head, they are not slick. We want an undone look! Backbrush the ponytail, while misting with hairspray.
  6. Next, twist the ponytail downward and pin into the head all the way down. Finish by tucking in the ends with a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck. 
  7. Undo the top section of hair and backbrush with a few spritzes of the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. Then lift hair at the front, creating tons of volume, roll and pin into the top of the hair roll that was created with the bottom section of the hair – connecting the top and bottom into one.
  8. For the final touch, using your fingertips, pull out a few pieces of hair from the front, lifting and spraying for even more volume and texture.
  9. Finish with a few sprays of KERAGLOSS for extra shine.

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Grammy Inspiration:
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Let me know if you give this look a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

False Lashes

Last month I posted a poll on my blog:

and as you can see, about 50% of you who voted, thought that FALSE EYE LASHES are the most difficult to apply.

I always thought applying false lashes on other people was a sinch! But on myself, well, that’s another story! For one thing, I thought it was a struggle because I had only ONE EYE open, so I felt I couldn’t see properly. PLUS, I could never get my “closed eye” to relax so it was ALWAYS twitching. This resulted in GLUE everywhere! Very MESSY, I tell you. So whenever I would wear false lashes, I would get my experienced “hawaiian dancer” friend to put it on me! (For all you hawaiian dancers out there, you know you love your false lashes! :P).

False lashes are one of those things most people don’t wear on a daily basis. So I too, thought they were one of the most difficult things to apply on yourself. But after you get the hang of it….it’s actually quite easy!

Here is how I apply false eye lashes on myself:

I get many clients asking me how to remove false lashes. No need to fear, I promise you this CAN be painless! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is a quick and easy way to remove false lashes:

I hope these tutorials helped!
Remember, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Once you get the hang of it, it’ll be extremely easy for you!

For those of you who voted on my poll, thanks for your feedback! xoxox

“BERRY” CHRISTMAS!!!!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here is a look I am wearing for my family Christmas photos. It’s a burgundy, berry-ish slightly monochromatic look.

Products used:
Foundation: Prescriptives Flawless SkinTotal Protection Make-up SPF 15 in Beige 09
Powder: Prescriptives in level 3
Eye base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Eye Shadows:
Mac – Wishful; Winks; Say, Yeah; Falling Star; Shroom
Smasbox – Deep Green from the Electric Quad Palette
Shadestick: Mac Burrberry
Eye Liner: Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: L’Oreal HIP

Lip liner: Auraline Beauty Inc’s Berry Lip Liner
Blush: Mac Fleur Power

Thanks for watching!


Holiday Look – Smokey Green

Hi everybody!

So, it’s been a bit of a pain for me when making this YouTube video. This video that you will see is actually my second try. The first time I did it, my camera (for some reason) stopped recording within 40 seconds of my video and I didn’t know until I was done!!! (It still had the red video camera image on the screen stating it was recording….so I don’t really know what happened! :P) So I had to do it again.

I apologize if I’m not as enthusiastic in this video as I had to rub off my make-up and do it again and it was really late at night! ๐Ÿ˜› I also babbled too much to the point where the video was too long to upload so I had to edit the video to make it shorter. I lost a lot of good info I wanted to share with you….but I’ll just make short tip videos in the future because I feel like these tips will be very helpful!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, enjoy the video!!

Products used:

Foundation: Make-Up Forever HD Foundation in 155
Powder: Prescriptives in Level 3
Bronzer: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark
Blush: Nars Orgasm

Eye base/primer: Mac’s Painterly Paint Pot
Eyeshadow: Nars Key Largo Duo Palette (base and crease), Smashbox Electric Quad Palette (crease – green and brown, base – yellow), Nars Kilimanjaro – inner eye highlight), 88 Palette (lime green)

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in Zero
Mascara: Maybelline’s The Colossal Volume Express

Lip liner: Estee Lauder in Spice Writer
Lip Gloss: Mac Monodramatic

Thanks for watching! ๐Ÿ™‚

How To Go From High Gloss To No Gloss!

So here is my first mini tutorial!
Hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!
I know for me, there’s days where I find my gloss to be too shiney or glossy and I just want to tone it down or matify it.
So here’s a trick that I’ve come across from Smashbox, that I think you’ll like.

Products used:
OCC Lip Tar – Melange
A matte neutral colour from the 88 Palette

Thanks for watching! ๐Ÿ™‚


China Glaze Nail Polish & How To Apply . . .

My current nail polish brand FAV is CHINA GLAZE (www.chinaglaze.com).
It has great coverage with just one coat of polish, especially if you are in a rush and on the go!

If you have the time and apply two coats, it is chip-resistant and can last for over one week (this is even without a base coat or top coat)! Another advantage is that it is true to its colour in the bottle and it’s high gloss!

You can purchase China Glaze at Sally Beauty Salon (www.sallybeauty.com), Ulta (www.ulta.com), and selecte
d salons near you!

So a few weeks ago, Sally Beauty was having a deal on China Glaze polishes. It was “buy 2 get $1.00 off”. In the past they had another deal like “buy 2 get 1 free” but I didn’t know when they would have that deal again, so I just took advantage of the “buy 2 get $1.00 off” deal. Also, if you have the Sally Beauty card, you get the polishes for a discounted price. I think I recall getting the polishes for $2.99 each! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ended up purchasing 4 China Glaze nail polishes:

1. Strong Adhesion Base Coat
2. Fast Forward Top Coat
3. Secret Peri-wink-le (#683)

4. Wild Mink (#001)

When I got home, I immediately tried the Wild Mink polish (pink) with the base coat and top coat. I normally don’t apply a base coat or top coat with my polishes, but my friend showed me a link on youtube about the “OPI Drip Dry” and how fast it’s supposed to dry your nails….and I thought, okay I always get frustrated when my nails get ruined after I apply my nail polish and then I have to re-do them! So I figured I’d try a top coat but maybe a cheaper alternative than the “OPI Drip Dry”. So CHINA GLAZE it was!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

FYI

Strong Adhesion Base Coat: Increases the wearability of the coloured polish and decreases the chance of the colour from chipping. It also helps prevent your nails from turning yellow.

Fast Forward Top Coat: Dries your polish faster and adds more shine.

So here is my new nail polish application routine:

In this example, I’ve decided to use “Secret Peri-wink-le which is like a greyish blue with a hint of purple.

After you cut your nails, file/shape them, and all that…..

1. Wash your hands

2. Apply the base coat on all your nails
3. Wait a minute or so, then apply one coat of the nail colour of your choice.

Tip:
When applying the polish, start off with applying the polish in the center of your nail and use the excess polish on the brush to apply each side of your nail. This will help evenly distribute the colour.

4. Before you apply your second coat, here’s another tip:

Apply a tiny bit of polish on your polish brush. Paint the edge of your nail first, then paint your second coat. Do this for each nail and this will increase the wearing time of your polish.
5. Wait for the second coat to dry for at least 2 minutes. Then apply the top coat. This top coat helps dry the polish faster and adds even more shine to your nails. It also helps make the polish last longer.

Voila, you’re all done!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Within a couple of minutes your nails will be nice and dry!
I don’t have to wait hours for my nails to dry or worry about ruining them and getting bedsheet marks on my nails if I apply polish before I go to sleep!!!

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What’s Your Eye Shape?

Very common and excellent questions were asked by an aspiring make-up user and I thought to myself, “Hey, why don’t I just post the question on here, just in case more readers have the same curiousity.”

Here it is:

1). How do u apply eye make up on someone who has deep set eyes without making her look like a racoon but at the same time making her eye color pop? Lol i tried to at prom…but we ended up not putting any on her…but the lady at the store managed to do it nicely…. and

2). I have a chinese friend whose eyes naturally droop..a lot.. and is single lidded and i’m curious to know how to apply makeup to her…like enhance her eyes without making her look like a racoon too….

So along with answering Danielle’s questions, I thought I would include all the other eye shapes that may be suitable for you (coming soon!):

Things to keep in mind:
Light eyeshadow: brings forward, enhances
Dark eyeshadow: recedes, pushes back, makes lid look deeper

Remember…BLEND, BLEND, BLEND (in small circular motions)!!!!

Common goal: to make your eyes look like the classic shape – almond

Deep-set Eyes
The eye lid is set back from the plane of the face which makes the eye lid appear deep and the eyebrow bone appear pushed forward. Eyes look like they have sunk into the socket. The goal is to bring your eye lids forward.

Courtney Cox Arquette a.k.a Monica from Friends

  • Use a light shade over the entire lid to de-emphasize the entire lid space.
  • For the outter 3/4 of the eyes, you may use a medium shade from the base of the eyelashes to the crease of the eye.
  • Avoid using any dark eyeshadows especially for contouring. This will make your eyes recede and look even more deep.
  • No need to add a highlight (light colour) to the brow bone. You do not want to make the brow bone look like it appears even more pushed forward from the plane of the face.
  • When applying eye liner, apply a thin line along your lash line.
  • You may apply mascara evenly.

Hooded Eyes
Limited eye lid space. Eyes may look like they are closed especially if your eye lid droops a little or folds over your lash line or it may look like the “seductive sexy eyes” :P. The goal is to create a contour and give the illusion of a deeper eye lid and more lid space.

Blake Lively a.k.a. Serena from Gossip Girl

  • Apply a highlight colour (lightest colour) all over your eye lid
  • Apply a contour colour (darkest colour) along your upper lash line and blend the colour up and outward into your crease. This results in your eye lid looking deeper than it really is.
  • Blend a medium colour in your crease to contour your eyes. Apply the colour a little above your crease to give the illusion of more eye lid space.
  • Apply eyeliner on your upper lash line and on the outter 1/3 of your lower lash line.
  • You may apply mascara evenly.



Droopy Eyes
Your eyes slope downwards at the outer corner of the eyes. This may give the illusion of “sad eyes”. The goal is to create an upward lift.

Britney Spears

  • Apply a highlight colour (lightest colour) all over your eye lid up to your brow bone.
  • Apply a medium colour on your entire eye lid.
  • Take your contour colour (darkest colour) and blend it up and into your crease. When applying the contour colour stop right before the outer corner of your eyes to create a lift.
  • Apply your eyeliner along your lash line. But when you get to the outer corner, follow through with a tick (cat-eye effect) to create a lift.
  • When applying mascara, do not apply evenly. You do not want to accentuate the outer corner lashes as it will make your eyes look droopy. Therefore, concentrate more on the inner and middle lashes.

Thanks Danielle for your questions!! I hope this helps! ๐Ÿ˜€


Stay tuned for more eye shapes!
Coming soon:
wide-set eyes, closed-set eyes, round eyes . . . etc.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions! ๐Ÿ™‚