Make Up Shorts ; Create This Look

May 26, 2008

  • Eyeshadow Base : Ulta Eye Primer
  • Lid & inner crease : MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow
  • Outer crease up to the browbone : Artistry Espresso eyeshadow
  • Very outer lid : Artistry Espresso eyeshadow
  • Browbone : Artistry Spun Silk eyeshadow & MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow
  • Upper lashline : Wet n Wild Megaliner Turquoise liquid eyeliner
  • Lower lashline : Beautique Brown eyeliner as a base, Artistry Espresso eyeshadow on outer lashline, and Artistry Spun Silk eyeshadow on the inner lashline .
  • Lower waterline : NYC White eyeliner pencil
  • Eyelashes : Artistry Essentials Black mascara & Artistry Waterproof Black mascara

Smile For the Camera: Photo Friendly Make Up

May 21, 2008

photo-friendly make up

Who doesn’t want to look great in pictures? Here’s some of my tips for photo friendly make up.

  • Use a primer. The last thing you want to worry about is runny/melted off make up during a ‘photoshoot’, so using a foundation & eye primer is a must.
  • Avoid wearing foundations with SPF. The flash from the camera reflects the SPF in the foundation making you look pale/ashy in pictures.
  • Don’t forget to powder! Avoid looking oily in your pictures by applying a loose powder after your foundation.
  • Don’t OVER do your make up. You always want to wear a little more make up than you usually would to make sure it shows up on film. Don’t over do it to the point you look too made up and artificial.
  • Matte finish eyeshadows look best in pictures. If you do wear shimmery eyeshadows and want to cut the shimmery-ness of the look, apply a matte eyeshadow to the crease.

Make Up Shorts ; Create This Look

May 17, 2008

pink & purple eye look

  • Eyeshadow Base : Ulta Eye Primer
  • Lid & inner crease : NYX Prune eyeshadow
  • Outer crease up to the browbone : NYX Deep Purple eyeshadow & Artistry Royalty eyeshadow
  • Outer crease & outer lid : Artistry Black Tie eyeshadow
  • Browbone : Artistry On The Move eyeshadow
  • Upper lashline : Artistry Black Tie eyeshadow & Wet n Wild Mega Line Black liquid liner
  • Lower lashline : Milani Color Brilliance Purple eye pencil as a base, MAC Violet pigment on outer lashline, and NYX Prune eyeshadow on inner lashline.
  • Lower waterline : NYC White eyeliner pencil
  • Eyelashes : Artistry Essentials Black mascara & Artistry Waterproof Black mascara


Spotlight Product ; Artistry Lip Colours

May 16, 2008

artistry lipsticksLately, I’ve been all about lipsticks and lip liners! I’ve been raving about Artistry Lip Colours since I got some in the mail. When it comes to certain lipsticks, they tend to dry out my lips and make them feel chapped. Artistry lip colours do just the opposite. They keep my lips hydrated and the color is so long lasting. Studies even show that when using Artistry lip colours for 2 weeks, they can reduce the appearance of fine lines on your lips up to 70%. What other lipsticks can do that? This is the perfect lipstick for women over 50. Artistry provides 25 different lip colours with 3 different finishes (creme, metallic, and shimmer). My favorite lip colour has to be Neutrale. It’s hard to find nude-ish lip colors for women of color because some nude colors can be too pale for darker skin. What I like about this color is the fact it’s got a pink-ish tone to it. I like to pair Neutrale lip colour with a clear gloss (for shine) and line my lips with Wet n Wild Creme lip liner in Brandy Wine. Lipstick Tip: For long lasting lipstick, apply lipstick with a lip brush instead of applying it straight out of the tube. This lipstick will set you back $17.55, but worth every penny because of it’s unique benefit.


My How To’s – Light Yellow & Red Tutorial

May 12, 2008

I’ve been in such a colorful mood lately that I’ve been doing this yellow & red eyeshadow look for the past few days now. It’s now my current favorite look. I finally got my hands on some NYX eyeshadows this past week and they are the eyeshadow I used in this look.

Here’s how I achieved this look :

yellow and red eyeshadow look

1) First, apply an eyeshadow base to the lid, passed the crease, and on the browbone. I used this time Ulta Eye Primer (review coming soon). Apply a shimmery light yellow/light gold eyeshadow to the lid and just the inner crease. I used NYX’s Blondie eyeshadow for the light yellow.

2) Apply a shimmery red eyeshadow on the outer crease and just on the outer corner of the lid. I used NYX’s Rust eyeshadow for the red eyeshadow.

3) Apply a shimmery light beige on the browbone for the highlighter color. Use an eyeshadow primer on the lower lashline and apply the yellow on the inner lashline/red on the outer lashline.

4) Apply black eyeliner on the top lashline. I used Wet n Wild Megaliner Liquid eyeliner in Black. Lastly, I apply a few coats of Artistry Essentials mascara in Black & Artistry Waterproof mascara in Black for a false eyelash look.

Up close final look


Make Up Shorts ; More Make Up Tips for Asian Women

May 6, 2008

asian women make up

I decided to do another make up post for asian women because of the increasing e-mails and feedback about having more make up tips for asian women!

– Look for foundations and concealers that have a yellow undertone. Since, most asians have yellow undertones, this will ensure that your foundation will look natural.

– When filling in eyebrows, use a medium to dark brown eyeliner/eyeshadow for natural looking brows.

– When choosing eyeliners, use colors like soft black, navy, plum, brown and dark grey. Avoid applying eyeliner on the lower waterline (this will make your eyes look smaller). Instead, apply it to your upper lashline and wing it at the end to accentuate your exotic eye shape.

– Use blushes that are soft pink, peach, or light coral in color.

– When choosing lip colors or lip glosses, look for colors in soft pinks, mauves, deep red, and berries.

Don’t forget to check out more make up tips for asian women on the For The Women Of Color page!


Spotlight Product ; Artistry Essentials Lip Shines

May 1, 2008

I’m one of those girls who can never have too many lip glosses. I always carry at least 3-4 different ones stashed in my handbag on a typical day. One of the biggest issues with lip glosses that I face is that either the gloss is too sticky or it makes my lips peel. Not when it comes to Artistry Essentials Lip Shines. These lip shines go on smooth and doesn’t drag on the lips like some lip glosses do. Not to mention they don’t do the dreaded lip peeling like some lip glosses cause. The lip shines have the right amount of shimmer to the color. What’s even more great about these lip glosses is that they have lip colors to match light, medium, and dark complexions. Artistry Essentials takes the guess work out of trying to find which lip gloss looks good on your complexion. For only $13.50, these lip shines are definitely worth a try.