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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Elegant Evening Look with Japanese Eyeshadow Palette

This week I am using the Integrate palette from my last post again for a evening look, to show you the versatility of it. This look is for occasion when you want to look a bit grown-up, but not "clubby". :) I have marked the color I used below:
I am wearing mineral foundation and GEO Hurricane Brown circle lenses for this tutorial.
I first start by applying the dark shade (A) to the outer half of my eyelids, extending the shape slightly up for a winged effect.
I then applied the medium shade (B) to the inner half of my eyelid, blending it with the dark shade.
Using a dense brush, I applied the dark shade (A) heavily along my upper lashline and also to the outer half of my lower lashline.
I then heavily lined my upper lashline with a dark brown eyeliner pencil, and smudge it well for a smoky effect.
Using black gel eyeliner, I lined my upper lashline, making the line slightly thicker toward the outer half of my eyes. I also winged it out very slightly at the outer corner.
I added the light shade (C) to the inner half of my lower lashline to open up my eyes.
For a bit of sparkle, I dabbed the glitter cream (D) onto the inner 2/3 of my eyelid. It doesn't show up well in the photos though. :\
I filled in my brows with dark brown powder, giving them nice pointed ends to look more sophisticated. :)
After curling my lashes, I applied two coats of mascara.
For extra drama, a pair of feathery false lashes that are longer at the outer ends were applied.
Finally, I contoured and re-powdered my face, and added nude-pink lipstick and lipgloss.
And there you have it! I figure this blog need more looks that are wearable, so I made two neutral looks in a row. I hope you love them! :)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Japanese-style Natural Makeup Tutorial + False Lashes Review (Sponsored by KKCenterHK.com)

I recent acquired an Integrate Rainbow Grade Eyes eyeshadow palette during my visit in Hong Kong, and also received a set of false eyelashes from KKCenterHK, so I decided to combine the two products into a Japanese-style natural makeup look. This is the makeup I wear (without the false lashes) when I go for interviews or formal non-evening events. I hope you like this tut!

This is the eyeshadow palette I used. Integrate is a mid-range Japanese brand, famous for their eye products. The palette is available in 9 varieties, ranging from browns and greys to bright pinks and greens. The color I got is BR606. When I first saw this palette, I just know I have to get one. The design is so pretty! :D

The palette consists of a creamy base color (A), a middle shade (B), a dark/liner shade (C), a highlight shade (D) and a glittery shade (the white color, which I did not use in the tutorial).

Anyway, let's get started! Here is the "before" shot, where I am only wearing mineral foundation. Since this is a natural look, I am not wearing circle lenses.
I first applied the creamy base color (A) to my whole eyelid all the way up to the brows to even out my eyelids.
I then put the middle shade (b) all over my eyelid, careful to blend the edges for softness.
Next I applied the dark shade (C) thickly along my lashline, up to my crease. If you don't have a crease, make this dark shade about 1/2 of the width of your eyes when your eyes are open. As you can see, Japanese eyeshadow are very soft and usually have a soft sheen, so the look will not be too intense for everyday wear.
I then line my eyes with a dark brown eyeliner pencil along my upper lashline, being careful not to extend the line outside of my natural eye too much, as the look is meant to be natural.
I went over the eyeliner with the dark shade (C) using a spongetip applicator to soften the line a bit.
My lashes are curled and two coats of mascara is applied.
I filled in my eyebrows with dark brown powder, and also highlighted my lower lashline with the highlight shade (D). It doesn't really show up in the pics though...
Finally, I put on the false lashes (skip them if you prefer a more natural look), and applied nude lipgloss to my lips. I don't wear blush usually, but you can add that if you like. :)
Here is another angle of the finished look. You don't always need circle lenses to have big bright eyes! :D
Below is a detailed review video of the false lashes I wore for this look. You can buy them here.

Thank you KKCenterHK.com for the lashes!