Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Everyday Routine… Updated!

Hokay, so I posted on an “everyday makeup how-to” about a year ago, and I figured that I’d do an update because I have changed a few bits and pieces (in time for Uni, too!).

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Of course, the first thing we need to do is ALWAYS to put on our skincare. You can have your serums, your anti-aging creams, your whitening creams, your other moisturizers, toners, cleansers, scrubs, exfoliators, what have you… Just MAKE SURE that you follow through your skincare regimen before your makeup. ^.^ It’s more important to care for your skin before you, er, enhance it, no?

Everyday II Foundation 

As usual, you start off with foundation. It gives you a clean canvas, and covers some discoloration and minor flaws (in my case, some slightly larger than miniscule pores and small little pimple-like bumps that come on and off). A rule of thumb is always to BLEND BLEND BLEND, so that your face matches the rest of your body. Once again, I must remind you that my foundation always contains SPF, which does not work well in the lighting of my room, because it’s so dark that I have to use my camera’s flash when I take pictures, hence the slightly white-ish cast on my face.

[Product used: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in 310 Warm Golden]

Everyday II Concealer

Concealer is necessary if you have dark circles like me. Make sure that they are light enough to brighten up your lower eye area, but not so light that you become a reverse-panda, meaning that the skin below  your eyes is whiter than the skin on the rest of your face. ^.^ As you can see, mine is just right.

[Product used: Stage Cream Concealer, which I will review soon]

Everyday II Eyebrow Color

Everyday II Eyebrows

Now for the eyebrows. Your eyebrows frame your face, and frankly, I’ve not been bothering about them because I cannot for the life of me learn to use eyebrow pencils. I went through about two of them, and I still can’t get the hang of it. So whenever I get my eyebrows shaped or groomed, I try to catch whatever the stylists did for my brows, but I still utterly fail to get them right.

That was until I was doing some FOTD a week ago that I decided, eh, why don’t I use an eyeshadow for my brows? And voila, it worked! So, I take an angled eyeshadow brush, dipped it into the brown that matched my eyebrow-color, which is supposed to be three shades lighter if you have dark hair and three shades darker if you’re having light hair.

See? I can actually get them to look similar, filled and angled just as I like ‘em! YAY!

[Product used: Elianto Angled Brush and Tarte the Jewelry Box Eyeshadow number 26]

The next step is eyeliner, and this time, it’s a little different from what I usually do.

Everyday II Tightline I

The key here is to tightline. This means to line the inside of your upper lashline, as opposed to “water-lining”, which is lining your water-line (the inside of your lower lashline). It gives your lashes a thicker appearance, and is not as obvious as lining your upper lashline. In the picture above, I tightlined  only my right eye so you can see the difference.

Everyday II Tightline II

Follow up with the waterline, and make sure that you get into the little triangular corner with eyeliner as well. If not, it will look as if your eyes are not connecting. I like to make a little “low angled cat-eye”, and extend the corners with a little wing. ^.^

[Product used: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink]

Everyday II Mascara

To open your eyes up even more, give your eyeslashes a generous coat or two of mascara. Make sure that the formula is smudge-proof or you’ll end up with panda eyes even if your eyeliner is the top of the line. For improved effect, use two kinds of mascara. One lengthening and one volumizing. ^.^

Everyday II Contour Nose

Alright, this part is optional, but it helps to contour your nose a little. It gives your nose a little more definition. Mine definitely benefits from that, as it is so flat and bulbous. Just take a bronzer that is two shades darker than your skintone and blend it down the sides of your nose. Take a highlighter and blend it down the center of your nose to make it look “sharper”.

[Product used: Red Earth Eco Color Complexion Compact]

Everyday II Blush & Lipstick

Finish off the look with a soft blush and a lipstick of your choice and you’re done! Voila!

[Products used: Red Earth Twice as Nice Blush Duo in Pink Paris and Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in 415 Pink in the Afternoon]

Am having one day off from the orientation programme because today’s events do not concern me or my course, yay! ^.^

Enjoy yourselves and have a beautiful Wednesday!

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