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Tip of the Day – Red Lips

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Years ago I attended a master class by Parisian makeup artist Topolino. He created some incredible looks, including one with red chesire cat style lip. I will never forget him tilting the models chin up to get a better perspective on the symmetry of the lip. When you look at the lip shape straight you can’t always see where you need to make adjustments. When you tilt the persons chin up you immediately see where you need to balance.

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Tip of the Day: Dental Floss Liquid Liner

Tom Pecheux decided that dental floss has more than one use. At Anthony Vaccarello FW14 dental floss was painted with liquid eyeliner, and pressed against the eye lids in 3 places to create abstract looking lines.

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Tip of the Day: Liquid Eye Liner

For perfect liquid eyeliner use an angled brush dipped in makeup remover to fix mistakes instead of a cotton swab.

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What I Wore: Winter Wedding

Last week I attended my brother-in-laws wedding. I wore a fuchsia AQ/AQ dress with a black McQueen jacket. For my makeup I chose a bronze smoky eye with dark brown pencil, and brown Shu Uemura Farfallina lashes. I used MAC Blunt blush to shade under my cheekbone and YSL Touche Eclat to highlight under my eyes and on the top of my cheekbones. Rimmel Lasting Matte Lipstick in 102 completed my look for the day.

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5 Tips For Contouring

1. Choose a matte colour at least 2 shades darker for shading, and 2 shades lighter for highlighting than your natural skin tone

2. Pay attention to bone structure shade underneath the bones of the face–cheekbones, sides of nose, crease of eye, jawline, and perimeter of forehead

3. Highlight on the top of the cheekbones, brow bone, eyelid, centre of nose, centre of chin, and the centre of the forehead

4. Use brushes that are the appropriate size for the area of the face you’re working on

5. Blend well!

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Tip of the Day: Mascara Fan Brush

Using a mascara fan brush to apply mascara on lower or upper eyelashes, enables you to get right to the root of the lash. This is especially helpful when darkening light coloured lashes, or when trying to apply mascara on short lashes.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Highlight a Dark Lip

Use a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone to highlight around the edges of the lip to create the perfect pout.

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Tip of the Day: Catch the Fall Out

Place a tissue under the lashes to catch any potential eye shadow fall out from getting all over your models face.

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Tip of the Day: Undone Smoky Eyes

 

I am an advocate of the undone smoky eye. The worn in look seen here at Roberto Cavalli looks cool in a “I just smudged this on my eyes in 5 seconds” kind of way. Use an eye kohl on the lower lash line and smudge it out with a brush or your finger. Add a charcoal eyeshadow on top preferably one with shimmer, this will keep the eye kohl in place. On the upper lid repeat and really work the kohl and shadow for a super diffused look. Finally add a dab of Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream to give sheen to the perfect not perfect look.

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Big Bold Brows

The bigger the brow the better has been the anthem now for many seasons. Brows are not only big they are arched and groomed to perfection. I recommend starting with a spool brush to brush brow hairs in an upward direction. This same brush comes in handy to soften the brow after applying either pencil or shadow. I like the Lancome pencil because it’s like a hybrid between pencil and shadow. Always go for a cooler shade in the brows anything too red or warm undertoned looks not quite right. Dark shades of brown work well for most brunettes. It’s rare I’ll reach for black even on the most raven haired individual. If you have unruly brows a bit of brow gel will keep them in place.

1. Lancome Le Crayon Poudre  2. NARS Angle Brush 3. Shu Uemura Brow Manicure 4. MAC Brun Eyeshadow

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