Thursday, August 18, 2011

makeup tutorial request

I'm actually really surprised that I'm being requested to do a makeup tutorial, since I find absolutely nothing special or interesting about my makeup routine, which is the same every weekend (on weekdays I will just skip the false lashes). However I did get a request a few days ago so here is my feeble but hopefully sufficient first-time attempt at one! 

I did try to do a makeup tutorial about a few years ago, out of utter boredom, but it was a epic fail and a total waste of time for a few reasons. Firstly, my makeup is relatively subtle so the progress wasn't very clear between photos. They might've been clearer had I used an SLR, but due to my impressive track record of klutzy and expensive gadget-dropping moments (especially my iPhone!) I haven't exactly earned the prerequisite trustworthiness rating for taking expensive equipment home, from my boyfriend (or anyone else for that matter). Another drawback was that I kept on stuffing up the routine (I guess you could call it "performance anxiety" lol). Preparing a makeup tutorial actually requires quite some skill, effort and time, so props to the people who do upload them on a regular basis with an illusion of ease and effortlessness.

Therefore, because of all these issues with photo-taking, and I don't really have much spare time nowadays, I decided to whip up a really quick tutorial on my iPad and illustrate my makeup routine instead! It's not the best I know (>_<) but I think this way is a lot more effective and clearer. I hope it's somewhat helpful to Amanda, who requested it, and anyone else who might be interested!

I've also received a few messages in the past in regards to how I do my eyebrows so I've put some focus on that.

Overall I know the tutorial is pretty simple- but that is how my makeup routine is. Again, I would whole-heartedly agree with you that there is nothing really special about it =P

Face base:

Dr Jart Rejuvenating BB cream, Bobbi Brown Skin foundation, Anna Sui pressed powder

Yes my eyebrows really are like that before being filled in. Work of art, isn't it?
It's because I have naturally really dark eyebrows, so in order to create an even, taupe/dark-brown look in the end, I need to thin them out and trim them as much as possible so that the black doesn't clash with my filled-in brows.

For the base- I just use BB Cream by Doctor Jart, and Bobbi Brown's Skin foundation. (I've had this for 1.5 yrs now, still nowhere near running out!) I guess it's because the majority of my base is BB Cream and the foundation is just to smooth out the skin tone (since this BB cream has noticeably grey undertones on my skin). The Skin foundation however matches my skintone perfectly!
I then pat my face lightly with Anna Sui's pressed powder, which sets my makeup and makes it look less shiny and possibly oily, later on in the day.

I also pop in EOS Dolly Eye Grey circle lenses, which I've used for almost all photo shoots. 
I also usually keep my lips simple- just hydrated and slightly glossy. I use Palmer's dark chocolate and peppermint lip butter. I'm obsessed with this lip balm and slather it on my lips whenever I can- although I'm not sure if it's the cool, hydrating effect it has on my lips or the scent of my absolute favourite food in the world (chocolate) that is the real enticement.


NYX Eyebrow cake powder, B+C liquid eyebrow pencil, Kiss Me Heavy Rotation eyebrow mascara.

I fill my brows in first with the cake powder, which I do lightly so that it's not too pigmented. The purpose is to create a gentle and soft base underneath the eyebrow liner applied afterwards. Otherwise the pencil and liquid liner would look too harsh and have that unnatural, drawn-on appearance.

I go over this with the pencil side of my B+C eyebrow liner (there's a liquid pen on the other end) to create a more defined shape. If you compare this to the previous picture, at this stage my natural brows are looking more concealed and blended in with the eyebrow pencil. 

I then use the liquid pen side, to outline the shape of the brows and then fill in some of the holes. By this point it's alright to draw precise lines with such a fine nib of a pigmented liquid pen, since I've already created a base underneath- so you're not going to get that "chola" lady effect! 

Then I lightly brush blonde mascara over my brows. There are two purposes for this- to lighten my eyebrows in a subtle way (since the colour would be too strong if it were a pen, and if I use pencil over pencil it wouldn't show up well), and to neaten my brows up.
The mascara isn't actually as yellow as in the pictures, but I've used a lighter and brighter shade in the illustration, just to accentuate the difference.

One thing to note, is that using an eyebrow powder, and then a pencil, before putting on the liquid pen really helps to establish some natural-looking, symmetrical eyebrows that aren't too thin or uneven, which might occur had I only used a pen and mascara- or even if I had only left out the powder. I personally don't like eyebrows that are too thin, and if I had the gorgeous, sultry eyes of Camilla Belle (and the rest of her facial features for that matter) I would certainly be sporting some beautifully thick eyebrows resembling hers:

Anyway the point is, putting on a light powder and pencil beforehand is pretty useful in defining the shape of your eyebrows and making sure you don't make them too thin or some other undesired, uneven shape.

Eyes (it's pretty standard and boring)

Apple Super Lash mascara, Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner, Kate my color pencil, eyelash curler

Darkness false eyelashes in K.ma6, Duo eyelash glue

I use Dolly Wink's liquid pen to line the top part of my eyes and create a flick at the end, which I then fill in. I try to make sure the flick emerges from an extension of the line I've already created, to make it look more natural.
I can't really give any precise measurements- but I do make sure the flick isn't too tiny and that it is relatively close to the outer corner of my eye; otherwise when I put false eyelashes on later, the flick won't be visible.

The point of doing this is that it elongates the eyes and makes them bigger.

I don't use the same black liquid pen to line the bottom of my eyes. Because of how precise and dark the line is, the whole effect would look too harsh against my pale skin (also when I have black hair).
Instead I use a brown pencil (although it looks grey in the picture- but that's because I can never get the exact colouring right when I transfer an image over from my art app on the iPad onto the computer!), to simply line the bottom of my eyes.

I then curl my lashes and go over them with Apple's Super Lash mascara. A mascara for a meagre $2 that I have shipped via Ebay all the way from Mexico, is quite honestly the most fantastic mascara I have ever used- it does a wonderful job in darkening, thickening and lengthening my naturally sparse eyelashes.

I then apply Darkness' false eyelashes (around $9 for two pairs). Best falsies I have ever used- this is a Korean brand so I suspect they have tailor-made their range for Asian eyes. With MAC I had the problem of them being too long and I didn't know how to cut it in such a way that didn't destroy a new pair of overly-priced (as I later discovered when being exposed to more brands and variety) falsies.
I only use false eyelashes on the weekends nowadays, but yes they do create a dramatically wonderful difference to your eyes.

Face contouring:
Milani blush and bronzer, Etude House Top 10 v-line maker, Etude House Cookie blush

I apply Etude House's Cookie blusher! I just become a ridiculous, money-splurging, no self-respecting consumer whore in the face of cute packaging sometimes (this is why you can't take me to Asian supermarkets) and this blusher is no exception. To my credit it's not too bad of a product lol- the colour is lovely and suits my skin and you can be quite flexible with the puff (would you just look at that cute little pink bow on it!) so that you don't apply too much.
Again, when I apply the blush it's not as accentuated and pigmented as in the picture- however I've drawn it that way to emphasise the difference and to show clearly where I apply it.
Different people apply their blush around different areas of their cheekbones. I think if you want to create a super duper sweet, girly look you could apply it right underneath the eyes and on either side of your nose (but make sure you do it subtly, to avoid looking like a clown!) However I always apply it right underneath my cheekbones because I'm big on face contouring rather than face colouring. Adding the blush in these areas, adds a further dimension to my cheekbones and makes them pop more.

As I mentioned, I'm quite a big fan of contouring and highlighting! For the areas lined in brown in the picture, I use my Milani bronzer. Applying a shade darker than your skintone to these areas, helps create an illusion of shadow on either side of your face, slimming your face down. Applying it on the sides of your nose also makes it appear thinner.

For the parts lined in yellow, I use the highlighter from Etude House's V-Line Maker (I sometimes use the bronzer as well but I just prefer my Milani one- the colour is more natural and less shimmery). Highlighting the top part of your cheeks makes your cheekbones appear more prominent, and the same effect is seen when it's done right in the middle of your nose.
The whole effect of slimming the face down, and making the cheeks and nose protrude more obviously, is best created when combining both highlighting and contouring. You don't have to do both of course (some people don't like adding dark shades to their face, or the highlighter might have too much shine) but the combination of both really does help in creating more defined bone structure.

In the end it all looks like this:

So I hope that was in some way useful and effective! Thanks for reading :)


  1. I know this is an old post, but can I ask where you got your mascara Apple Super Lash?? I can only find it online, and shipping is really expensive :(

    1. have you tried ebay? it's available there for under $10. Not sure if it will ship to wherever you live but seems to be most of the world.

  2. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I've been looking at your outfits posts and wondering if you'd ever post a makeup tutorial and today got the great idea of using the search bar on your blog haha.

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  4. You really rocked my world with that eyebrow makeup. Seems a little complicated but I think it worth trying. I am going to try it while I am waiting for my essay from Thank you for the great tips!


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