How to Do a Simple Eye Makeup

Want to find out how to create a simple, yet chic eye makeup? Look no further. Makeup artist Tinamarie Fairfax revealed the secrets of making your eyes pop in only four steps.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

STEP 1: EYE PRIMER

Apply eye primer on your upper and lower eyelids before you start your eye makeup. You don’t want your eye makeup to look like a hot mess after a long day. Like a face primer, an eye primer provides a clean canvas for any pigmented products to stick to. A good eye primer can actually prevent makeup from creasing and smudging, and give your eye shadow better color payoff.

** Liuyi Recommends: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

STEP 2: NUDE SHADOW

If you are going for a simple, natural-looking eye makeup, start with a nude eye shadow all over your eyelids as a base color. A nude eye shadow not only creates a smooth surface for the following products to glide on, but also evens out your lid color if you have hyper-pigmentation around your eyes.

STEP 3: CREASE COLOR

Choose an eye shadow that is two or three shades darker than your skin tone as your crease color. A pop of color in the crease helps to define the shape of your eyes. Use a small brush to apply the color to the crease. Sweep the brush back and forth following your natural eye socket. To achieve a softer look, use a clean fluffy brush to blend out any edges of the crease color.

** Tip from Liuyi: For people with monolids, instead of applying darker shades in the crease, pile the color near your upper lash line to enhance your eye shape.

STEP 4: EYELINER AND MASCARA

Line your eyes with black or brown eyeliner with short, light strokes in the roots of your eyelashes. This will give you the illusion of fuller lashes.

** Liuyi Recommends: Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

Always curl your lashes before applying mascara. A set of curled and full lashes will finish the look.

About Tinamarie Fairfax:

Time in the makeup industry: 12 years

Favorite makeup look: Smokey

Favorite makeup brand: Every brand has its own unique products and it is really hard to pick one.

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Simple Makeup Look For School

Late night studies and rushing for classes should NOT be the reasons for you looking tired and unlovely. How to look pretty while being school-appropriate? Makeup artist Sara Wren has your question answered.

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Image courtesy of stockimages/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Step 1: Use a tinted moisturizer

Toss out your full coverage foundation, and use a tinted moisturizer for a light coverage and hydration. You should let your beautiful skin breath and glow, instead of hiding it underneath a mask of heavy foundation.

**Liuyi recommends: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Step 2: Cream blush

Again, stay away from powdery and cakey skin product… they tend to give you a more tired look. Try cream blush. Using clean fingers to pick up some of the product. Smile and apply the color to the apple of your cheeks. Voila! There you have it!

**Liuyi recommends: NYX Rouge Cream Blush

Step 3: Mascara

One coat of mascara would be sufficient for your day at school. Use a waterproof formulation if your lids tend to get oily during the day.

**Liuyi recommends: Maybelline Volum’ Express® The Rocket™ Waterproof Mascara

Step 4: Lip gloss

Finish off your ready-for-school makeup look with a touch of lip gloss, and you are ready to head to class!

**Liuyi recommends: Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss

About Sara Wren:

Time in the makeup industry: 10 years

Favorite makeup look: dewy skin with natural eyes

Favorite makeup brand: Stila

How to Wear Beach Makeup

It’s that time of year again. Are you ready to hit the beach? Don’t leave yet without reading the following beach makeup tips provided by makeup artist Adrianne Fahsbender!

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Image courtesy of Michal Marcol/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Wear SPF

Always wear a sunscreen with 30 SPF or more before going to the beach, or doing any activities under the sun. A sun kissed skin can look nice, but we can always fake tan while having healthy skin.

Let your skin breathe

Wearing a thick coat of sunscreen on the face can be suffocating already. Try to avoid too much face makeup. If you really need some coverage, a light weight concealer is sufficient.

Bronzer, bronzer, bronzer

Beach is the perfect place for girls who love to bronze! There is no such thing as “too much bronzer” on the beach.

Waterproof

Wear waterproof eye and lip makeup to the beach. Make Up For Ever (www.makeupforever.com) has a great waterproof line. Try their waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and aqua creams…you will be amazed!

About Adrianne Fahsbender:

Time in the makeup industry: seven years

Favorite makeup look: natural

Favorite makeup brand: a mix of every brand

How to Get Ready in Five Minutes?

Don’t you just hate waking up early in the morning to get ready? Here I have some makeup tips from makeup artist Amy Osborn for getting ready in only five minutes, which can totally save you more specious time in the morning.

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Image courtesy of stockimages/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Step 1: Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer is a multi-purpose beauty product that is lightweight, provides hydrations to your skin, and evens out your skin tone at the same time. The new BB cream is just a fancier name for tinted moisturizers, with more pigments and more beneficial nutrients. With one layer of tinted moisturizer (or BB cream), you can skip over other skin products in the morning.

Step 2: Mascara

A pop of mascara can instantly refresh your face and bring out your eyes. Of course, you can always curl your eyelashes because it shouldn’t take you more than three seconds for each eye. Curled lashes can make your eyes look more awake.

Step 3: Blush

A light dust of blush can make your face glow and look alive. In addition, it can accentuate your cheekbones if you apply directly on them.

Step 4: Lips

Apply your favorite lip color before heading out– no matter it is pink, red, or neutral. Wearing your favorite lip color is the fastest and easiest way to boost your self-confidence in the morning, and be ready for your day.

More tips from Amy

Having the right beauty products prepared in front of you can actually save you a lot of time in the morning to get ready. Remember to organize your vanity table every two weeks, so that you don’t end up wasting time looking for the products you need.

About Amy Osborn:

Time in the makeup industry: more than 20 years

Favorite makeup look: Simple, neutral

Favorite makeup brand: Laura Mercier

How to Choose a Right Foundation

Great makeup starts from a great base. Period.

Today, you probably can find more than a hundred shades of foundations (and the latest on-trend BB creams and CC creams…) in a cosmetic store. However, how do you know which foundation is your perfect match? For all the makeup newcomers out there, I have great news for you. Philadelphia-based makeup artist Melinda D. Austin shared with us a few tips and tricks of how to choose the right foundation.

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Image courtesy of marin/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1. Determine your skin tone.

Your skin may be cool toned, warm toned, or neutral. Determine your skin tone first, and then choose a foundation with the same undertones.

**A note from Liuyi: Don’t know your skin tone? The easiest way to find out is to take a silver/gold test! If you look better in gold jewelry, you have a warm tone; if you look better in silver jewelry, you have a cool tone. If you look great in both gold and silver jewelry, then your skin is neutral toned.

2. Determine the right type of foundation.

What type of skin do you have? Is it oily, combination, normal, or dry? Choosing the right type of foundation based on your skin type is important. Also, if you don’t have many blemishes on your skin, you can opt for a sheer coverage foundation. If you need a lot of cover-up, a full coverage foundation is great for you.

3. Swatch foundations for the perfect shade.

Now you have matched your foundation with your skin tone and skin type. What you need to do afterward is to find your perfect shade. If you unsure of which shade suites you the most, test the foundation on your chin when you are not wearing any face makeup. Pick two to three shades that you think will suit you, and swatch them on you chin. The shade that disappears in your skin and blends well with your skin tone is your perfect shade.

More tips from Melinda

If your skin gets very oily after a few hours of wearing makeup, you need to ask yourself whether you have a good skin care regime. Make sure your skin is well-hydrated before you apply your face makeup. Use mattifying powder and oil-free primers if needed.

About Melinda D. Austin:

Time in the makeup industry: Since 1980 (WOW!)

Favorite makeup look: Smokey

Favorite makeup brand: Make Up For Ever