Friday, September 21, 2012

Perfect "Winged" Eyeliner Tips

The "winged" eyeliner look is a beauty trend that has been quite popular recently in 2012. All it really is, is the extension of the eyeliner on the upper eyelid. The winged look gives off a sophisticated twist to the regular eyeliner and lets you experiment with different looks. Winged liners can come in many types: thin, thick, long, short, etc! Here is a chart of some of the most common types:

Credit: Lillith of Soompi

"How do I create the "wing"? I don't have a steady hand to make them precise.. " --- Learn How Below! 

Here are our top 2 suggestions to create
 a 'wing' if you tend to have trouble free-handedly. 

This is probably the best tip to create a wing if you don't have a steady hand that can magically sweep across the eyelid to make one. 

  • 1) Start with a bare eye with no makeup. 

  • 2) Start with the bottom eyelid - from the middle, draw out a line towards your ear, going slightly past the outer corner of the eye. 

  • 3) Repeat the same step in step 1 on the upper eyelid and connect the two lines together. You should now have an empty triangle at the corner of your eye.

  • 4) Fill in the empty triangle with the eyeliner.  You now have a perfect wing! 


Use a sturdy notecard or business card about 2 inches long x 1 inch in height (a blank white one preferably for easier application) and trim out the shape of a small ocean wave, or whatever type of wing you prefer. For starters, we suggest creating a basic wing such as the one in the photo below. Trace it out first with a pencil at the bottom of the card, then trim out the outline. You will now be able to create the wing of your choice perfectly each time by holding the card above your eye. If you are unable to hold the card, use double sided tape to hold down the card gently on your eyelid. This method is great because it is reusable and precise every time. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Colored Mascara: Yay or Nay?

Rihanna Colored MascaraMaria Menounos Colored Mascara

Check out these lovely ladies, Rhianna and Maria Menuounos rocking electric blue mascara! We all know that a black-colored mascara is the most popular and the one most commonly used amongst makeup users. But have you ever thought about breaking out of the shell for a little and trying other colors? It may seem a little odd, we know. But colored mascara can give you a "pop" of color that no other kind of makeup can! Here we have narrowed it down to the top 3 colors of colored-mascara that is suitable for the most common colored-eyes that work together to compliment and accentuate your eyes. 

Shades of Blue: Awesome for brown and hazel eyes. Makes blue eyes bluer; keeps the rocker chick edge. Blue, especially navy, can also make the whites of the eyes appear whiter. 

  • Blue goes with blue, that's why those who are proudly sporting this natural eye color, should choose mascara in the same shade. The market offers a large range of shades from the electric blue to Peacock, Cobalt and even Turquoise. The infinite options will provide you with endless possibilities to pair the mascara color with the eyeshadow.

  • The overall blue eye effect will do miracles with your image. If you crave for stealing a show, complete your makeup with blue- eyeliner, eyeshadow and finally mascara. There's no limit in testing the different colors, more those who have brown or hazel eyes can also experiment with the blues, however it must be added that their top shade is not this one.

    Shades of Purple: Make gorgeous green, blue, or hazel eyes stand out even more. 

  • It might seem pretty surprising that a purple mascara can just as fabulously polish your makeup as a classy black or brown one. Indeed if creating the right combo the final result will be just as breath-taking. Perfect with blue eyes and also brown and hazel.

  • In order to look astonishing, still stylish use a brown eyeliner nd an eyeshadow that resembles the color of mascara or at least is part of the same family of tones. Move on a larger palette and try out from the deep wine to the amethyst, from the eggplant to the plum hues.

  • Additionally it is worth knowing that usually colored mascaras can't offer the same visual effect as the classy black and brown mascaras do. The reason is that these will attract the attention but not because of the texture they create but due to the colorful appearance. Whether you decide to apply it to both upper and lower lashes or only the lower ones the result will be just as stunning.

    Shades of Green: Beyond beautiful for the brown eyed babes and hazel eyed hotties, as well as dark green eyes, bringing out the green and gold flecks on the iris.  

  • The green tones can also look fabulous if pulled off with finesse. Those who have green eyes will enjoy its benefits on a large scale, since it will further boost the effect of their charming look. It is a wise idea to top your makeup with a refined eyeshadow preferably of oceanic tones.

  • Oyster and pearl colored ones dressed up with a silver eyeliner will definitely score. All you have to do is fix your makeup properly for the long-lasting effect. Brown and hazel eyes will look fantastic with this tiny detail.

  • TIP: Keep in mind that these colored mascaras are going to draw the attention to your lashes with the color, not necessarily the texture/volume/length like your classic black and brown mascaras will do. You may want to try layering them over your regular mascara or try using them over a mascara primer.

    Take a look at the Mascara selection at

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    How to Contour and Highlight

    The most important part of contouring is picking colors that match your skin tone.  You always want to choose shades of brown, not pinks or purples (or any other colors for that matter!).  Ideally, the contouring shade should be the color of your skin when your skin is tanned.  You will also need a highlighting shade that isn’t too light.  Contouring products come in creams and liquids, such as concealer or liquid highlighter, or in the form of powders, such as bronzers or highlighting powder.  Choose whichever product tends to work best with your skin.  You will also want to invest in brushes designed for the type of product you choose.


    You will want to contour the sides of your forehead and highlight the center.  This creates a slimmer forehead.  It is important to blend the contouring product into your hairline down the sides of your face to continue the slimming effect.

    To make your cheekbones appear more prominent, apply contour in the hollows of your cheeks.  Then highlight just accross the cheekbone.  Be sure to blend the products where they meet to create a seemless flow.

    For your eyes, apply highlighter underneath the eyes and contour in the crease of your eyes.  Then apply highlighter just under eyebrows.  This will make them appear bigger.  Follow the natural shape of your eyes.
    To make your nose appear longer and more even, apply contour down the sides of your nose.  It might be best to use an eyeshadow brush for this.  Then apply highlight along the top of your nose.  If you have a long nose, applying contour just under the tip can make it appear shorter.  Stay concise with your applications.

    If you have want to thin full lips, wear a dark shade all over with little to no shimmer.  To plump thinner lips, apply a light shade with gloss or shimmer.  Then highlight the between the peaks of the upper lip and below the bottom lip.  This will create a pouty look.


    If you want to make your jawline appear stronger, apply contour below your jawline all the way to your shirt.  Then highlight your jawbone.  If you want to make a strong jawline appear stronger, continue the contour along your jawline instead of highlighting it.

    Find suitable tools for this technique and more at

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Tutorial: Hello Kitty French Tips!

    How adorable are these nail designs? We love Hello Kitty and French Tips, and we definitely love them together! Best thing about it is that it is a very easy to create this look. 

    Let's get started!

    What You Will Need:
    • A Dotting Tool (Or a toothpick)
    • Nail Polish
      • Clear Top/Base Coat Nail Polish 
      • White Nail Polish
      • Black Nail Polish
      • Yellow Nail Polish
    • Fimo Stick Bow Find It Here for Only $1.20 for 80-100 pieces! 
    • Optional: Nail tapes or rounded stickers, Nail filer

    STEP 1
    Start off with cleaned, polish-free nails. Apply a clear base coat and let dry.

    STEP 2
    Keep the hand you are working on flat on a table, with the fingers pointing to the right. Use your white nail polish and go directly across (if you have squared nails) or at a slight curve without lifting the brush off your nail. Use the optional nail tapes or rounded stickers as a guide if desired. Fill in any sections you missed.

    STEP 3
    On your ring finger nail, take your dotting tool (or toothpick) and create two dots for the eyes on the white tip, dragging them a little bit to make a slight oval shaped eye as Hello Kitty's. Draw 3 whiskers on each side of the white tip. Do the same for a slightly oval nose in a yellow nail color.

    STEP 4 
    Place a thinly sliced fimo stick bow on the top left or right corner of the character's face and press down to lay it down on the nail as flat as possible while the nail polish is almost dried.

    STEP 5
    Apply a generous layer of clear top coat (especially on the ring fingers) on each nail and let dry. You're done!

    Have fun with your glamourous Hello Kitty French Tip manicure!

    Photo Credit: Chibinails, Luux, NailDesigns9

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    NEW Etude House Skin [Mal:Gem] Collection

    Full descriptions all in one place below
    so there is no need to search individually!

    First Type: Astringent

    1. FRESH (Oil Control – For Oily Skin)
    •  Controls excess sebum while providing enough moisture to keep the skin matte. 
    • Cleansing and astringent toner removes residual buildup and tightens pores without overdrying to prevent sebum secretion.
    2. SMOOTHER (Exfoliation – For Trouble Prone)
    • Fruit acids in green grape, exfoliate keratin on a skin clearly for keeping smooth and soft skin. 
    • Cleansing and astringent toner removes residual buildup and tightens pores to prevent acne and pimples.
    Second Type: Freshener

    3. MOIST (Moisture Care – For Dry Skin)
    • Includes Hyaluronic acid keep skin moist and promote skin's own moisture.
    • Moist freshener tonic removes residual buildup and replenishes moisture to promote softness and comfort. Applicable as moisturizer. 
    4. DEEP MOIST (Moisture Retention – For Dry and Sensitive Skin)
    • Highly nutrient skin to provide the skin with sufficient nutrients.
    • Moist freshener tonic removes residual buildup and penetrates deep within layers to soothe and protect skin. Applicable as moisturizer. 
    5. ESSENTIAL (Oil and Moisture Balance – For Combination Skin)
    • Give a moisture barrier to a skin by the cream being smoothly absorbed.
    • Freshener tonic removes residual buildup and maintains oil/moisture balance for comfort and uniform pore expression.
    Third Type: Moisturizer

    6. EMULSION (All in one Moisturizer + Essence + Cream)


    FRESH  A hypoallergenic toner that promotes clean and clear skin complexion. This oil control toner reduces sebum productions without over drying with bamboo extract. Bamboo extract nourishes and moisturizes the skin, while still maintaining a matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores by tightening and removing excess impurities. BENEFITS:
    Oil-Control, Moisturizing, Matte Finish, Tightens Pores, Hypoallergenic, Suitable for Oily Skin Types

    ESSENTIAL has two different layers for optimum results (Water & Oil). This hypoallergenic toner nourishes the skin will olive oil extract and moisturizes it effectively. Although moisturizing, it also has oil controlling properties with chamomile extracts that may also reduce acne troubles with anti-inflammatory component. Helps reduce appearance of pores with Orange Essential Oil, keeping 
    skin looking clear and healthy.

    Moisturizes, Nourishes, Oil Control, Reduces Pores, Hypoallergenic, Combination Skin Types

    MOIST is a hypoallergenic moisturizing toner for those with slightly dry skin. Contains Hyaluronic Acid, which plays an important role in our skin's ability to stay youthful. Without Hyaluronic Acid our skin would be dry and collagen would lose its elasticity. This highly moisturizing toner also contains pore control properties which minimizes their appearance. Soft and clear clean is easily achieved with this multifunctional toner.


    Moisturizes, Reduces Pores, Hypoallergenic, Softens, Normal to Dry Skin Types


    DEEP MOIST is a hypoallergenic toner for those with very dry skin. It’s milky like texture allows the moisturizing properties to penetrate so deep and effectively, that additional moisturizers are not needed. Soybean extracts nourish skin sufficiently, improving overall skin condition. While pore controlling properties make skin clear and smooth by reducing their appearance.


    Deep Moisturization, Reduces Pores, Nourishes, Hypoallergenic, Dry Skin Types


    SMOOTHER is an exfoliating toner that makes skin clear and smooth. Orange ingredient reduces appearance of pores and cleans out impurities effectively, by removing dead skin cells. Lemon extract makes dull skin look brighter and clearer while sugar maple promotes softer skin with moisturizing properties. BENEFITSMoisturizes, Cleans Pores, Reduces Pores, Exfoliate, Clears, Hypoallergenic, Normal Skin Types


    EMULSION is a 3-in-1 skin care products, a moisturizer, essence, and cream all in one. Its hypoallergenic formula provides a clear and pure complexion. Because of its thinner consistency to other moisturizers, it is able to penetrate deeper for a longer and more effective hydration. Its pore controlling properties will minimize pores, creating a clean complexion.

    Moisturizing, Retains MoisturePore Control3-in-1Hypoallergenic

    See this entire collection by clicking HERE!