Friday, 12 December 2008

Make Up Tools

Eye Shadow Suite

A compact of two Eye Shadows colour-selected to accent, contrast, and in all ways complement each other. Both shades are matte with an overlay of pearl and provide sheer to medium buildable coverage with a beautiful luminescent effect. Long-wearing. Compact features two sizes of pans: the large pan provides the key shade; the small pan, an accent or highlight. Limited edition. 2.4g / .08 us oz

Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow

A compact of four distinct shades that complement the dark rich opulence of M·A·C Cult of Cherry collection. Features limited-edition shades of Light Fall, Smudged Violet, Deep Truth and Shadowy Lady in a lush textural mix of satin, lustre and matte finishes.

Eyes Brow

Self-propelling, self-sharpening, brow defining. Confidently adds what you need: shape, colour, density in one streamlined tool. Like a pen, creates its own just-right point. Provides definition, shape, deepens/fills in colour. Creates striking arches. Easy to tote around. No sharpener needed. 0.09 g/0.003 oz

Prep+Prime Eye

A light textured cream to wear on the eyes as an undercoat to eye makeup. Primes the lids. Smooths textures, neutralizes lid colour. Use under eye shadow, pigments, paints and concealers.
5 g/0.17 oz

Eye Shadow

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows

Eye brow shaping, in the make-up application process, should be done before applying foundation, concealer and powder to the face.
(Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows)Defining your eyebrows before applying eye make up, cheek color or lipstick makes a big difference in the overall balance you are trying to create.

Make-up artists consider eyebrows and eye brow shaping the most important facial
feature because well defined eye brows will frame the eyes, make them look bigger and give the face a polished look.(Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows)

Eye Brow Shaping to Perfection

Begin the eye brow shaping process by balancing your eyebrow so that it is proportionate with the rest of your face. Look in the mirror and place imaginary lines (or a pencil) across your face to match the lines shown here. Do this on both sides of the nose and pluck only in between. Be careful about the distance between the inner brows and the length of the brows.(Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows)

eye brow shaping

A. When eye brow shaping, imagine a vertical line going up from the outside of your nostril towards your forehead. The inner part of the eyebrow should converge with this line.

B. A straight line going out from the outside corner of your nostril past the outer corner of your eye marks the end of your eyebrow.

C. Your arch should be found two thirds of the way from your inner eyebrow.

Plucking Your Eye Brows Away

No two eyebrows are exactly the same but during this eye brow shaping phase you can achieve as symmetrical a look as possible. Start by using tweezers with pointed or slanted tips since they grip the hairs best.

Never pluck the top of your eye brows, always pluck below the eye brow line, and follow it's natural arch. You can use the top of the brow as a guideline to shape the bottom.(Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows)

You will notice that the eyebrow gets narrower as it goes upwards and outwards. Pluck the hairs out toward the ears following the natural hair growth. Pluck slowly and check your eye brow shaping progress often by looking in the mirror.

brushing eye brow

1. To begin eye brow shaping, start at the inner corner, brush the eyebrow upwards and back using a mascara wand or brow brush, then brush downwards the hair to be removed.

2. Draw over your eyebrow a very dark outline of the shape you want using a dark eyebrow pencil. Make sure both eyebrows are as symmetrical as possible, then remove any hairs outside the outline.

pencilling eye brow

3. Begin hair removal of hairs outside this outline (stray hairs) using tweezers. Pluck each hair as close to the root as possible. Pluck one hair at a time, always pluck from underneath the brow and pull hairs in their growth direction using a swift, sharp movement.

4. After plucking eyebrows, brush them into shape using an eye brow brush. Work upward and outward to give the brow more definition. Your eye brow shaping phase is complete.

5. To achieve symmetry you can use eyebrow pencil, shadow or stencil to define the eye brows. Use light strokes to fill in any gaps.(Step By Step How to Shape and Define Your Eyebrows)

6. Comb through again with the brow brush to blend in the eyebrow pencil. You can use hair spray to keep hairs in place by spraying a clean mascara wand and combing it through the eyebrow.

What Eye Brow Color to Blend in

After eye brow shaping you need to determine your eyebrow make-up color using your present hair color as a guideline, whether it's natural or artificially colored.

Eye Brow Pencil Colors

Step By Step Smokey Eye Shadow Application Technique

In this tutorial I’m using black eyeliner and black, grey and white eye shadow. Whenever I do smoky eyes with these particular shades of eye shadow, I personally like to use shimmery eye shadows because I feel the effect is much sexier and not as dull looking as matte eye shadows. But you can use what ever kind of eye shadow you like in order to give you the effect you like the best.(Step By Step Smoky Eye Shadow Application Technique)

Step 1

First I use a very soft pencil eyeliner to make a thick line around my eyes. Be sure to make the line a bit thicker on the outer corners of the top eye lids.

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Step 2

Next I use my finger to rub a shimmery grey eye shadow across my upper eye lids and just past the crease of my eyes. I also use my finger to smudge the eye liner as I apply the eye shadow to soften and blend the eyeliner a little into the eyeshadow.(Step By Step Smoky Eye Shadow Application Technique)
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Step 3

Next I use a smudge brush to apply and to smudge a shimmery black eye shadow into the crease of my eye and to the upper and lower lash lines. I do this because it will soften the eye liner even more and this is what creates the smoky eye effect. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eye Shadow Application Technique) It’s a good idea to go lightly with applying the black eye shadow and then build up the intensity until you’re happy with how much you have on. I personally don’t like to make the shadow too dark, but again it’s all up to personal preference.(Step By Step How To Applying Smoky Eye Shadow Application Technique)

Step 4

Step 4

Then I highlight my brow bone with a very light dusting of shimmery white eye shadow.

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Step 5

Last but not least, I apply black mascara to my upper and lower lashes and I’m done!
QUICK TIP: Finish this look with a nude or clear gloss on your lips. The main attraction should be your eyes.(Step By Step How To Applying Smoky Eye Shadow Application Technique)
smoky mascara

Pretty BEFORE… Dazzling AFTER


Practice at home till you get comfortable with this look. I also like to use plum, wine and brown eye shadows for even more seductively sexy smoky eyes.

Stay dazzling! Good Luck !!


Step By Step Smokey Eye Shadow Application Technique

Liquid and Cream Foundations (How To Applying Smokey Eyes)

Liquid Foundations

These usually offer light to medium coverage, can be applied using a s ponge and are available in a wide range of colors that can be mixed to obtain in-between shades to match your skin tone (only mix cosmetic foundations of the same brand). Because liquid foundation is a more lightweight finish than compact it tends to be easier to use on dry skin. It is also best applied using cosmetic sponges.(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)

To avoid a streaky finish place a very small amount of foundation on sponges and always brush over with powder. The powder helps the cosmetic foundations last longer.

Make sure you get the right cosmetic foundations for your skin type - choose an oil-based foundation for dry skin, water-based foundation for normal skin, and "oil-free" foundation for for oily skin. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique) You can apply moisturizer 5 to 10 minutes before beginning your face powders application.

Cream Foundation

Cosmetic Foundations

When using a cream-based cosmetic foundations, concealer may be applied either before or after the foundation.(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique) Use a wedge-shaped latex sponge and light strokes to apply the foundation across the face.

You can tell how a cream formula will cover by how it feels to the touch. The thicker and heavier it feels, the more it covers. So if it feels slightly dry it offers light to medium cover.(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique) Very rich cream pigments are used for stage.

Try not to cover too thick with cream foundation or it may look artificial and draw attention to itself.

Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique

Cosmetic Foundations (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes)

Loose Powder Cosmetic Foundations

Powder adds the finishing touch to your foundation and keeps you looking fresh throughout the day. Powder can be used on its own to look natural. Be careful not to use too much powder, especially around the eyes where the excess powder can settle into the fine lines.(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)

Powder based cosmetic foundations have the function of combining both foundation and powder in one product. It 'sets' your foundation to make it last, it adds a matte finish to the skin that looks fresh, makes the skin seem finer by making the pores seem smaller. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique) You will only need concealer in addition to this rather that setting the foundation with powder.

Generally, moist products are applied first and other powders follow. But when you use powder foundation, you apply the concealer first. Then, using a latex sponge, spread the foundation across the whole face including eyelids, but not the lips.

Pressed Powder Foundations

Pressed cosmetic foundations give a smooth, matte finish to the skin that helps control shine. It can be applied with either a damp or dry sponge. At first, it takes practice to use the right amount of powder.

This type of foundation works for all skin types and is easy to carry around since it's not as messy as loose powder. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique) This makes it quick and handy for touch ups. It is available in more shades than loose powder.

When choosing a shade, get one as close to your foundation color as you can and use lightly since it tends to accumulate on your skin during touch ups.

What Is Beautiful? (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes)

Today, women and men of many cultures diet,exercise , apply cosmetics, and undergo a bewildering array of surgical procedures to achieve a desired look. Yet, many techniques of body manipulation have had profound health effects on the individuals practicing them.(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)
Moreover, some have been cultural practices designed to control the female sex, even when willingly accepted by women. Others, such as female genital mutilation, again often accepted by women, involve the abrogation of women's right to bodily integrity and sexual fulfillment.
(Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)

Most interventions have been practiced by women, rather than men, who, as a result of their more privileged position in society, have been able to rely more upon their intellectual, political, and military feats to achieve respectability and to woo prospective mates. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)
Ageism has also historically disproportionately discriminated against women. Whereas older men have been seen as distinguished and sophisticated, women who have completed their childbearing years are more often considered "past their prime" and older women have been the greatest consumers of cosmetic procedures. (Step By Step How To Applying Smokey Eyes,Eye Shadow Application Technique)
However, this is changing in American culture particularly, in which "youthfulness" dominates the popular cultural discourse on beauty, and older men comprise an increasingly larger proportion of the cosmetic surgery market.