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31 days to a prettier 2017 : keep your eyeliner on point …

There is  the smokey eye,  the smudgy eye, and then … just a plain old heavily-lined eye. And believe me, that last one never looks polished and pretty. In fact it looks like … um … just a heavily lined eye. That’s it. Just black (or charcoal grey) and bold. It’s a don’t.

Day 5 : January 5

Sharpen your eyeliner pencils regularly. Not just when they become a small nib.

Easy, yes? Absolutely! It makes sense to sharpen your eyeliner pencils, but you have to ask yourself – how often do you actually do it?

This year, try to get into the habit of keeping your eyeliner tips sharper by using your pencil sharpener regularly. Giving your pencils a twist daily offers you better lined eyes instantly. You aren’t aiming for “poke your eye out” sharp, but you do want to achieve a nice point that allows you to line your eyes precisely and with plenty of control.

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Photo Credit : Temptalia

Think of modern day calligraphy – which happens to be all the rage right now. Much like a calligraphy brush pen,  you want your pencil to be able to do two things : create a thin and graceful line, like the upswing in calligraphy; but also be able to add thickness, like on the downswing. Two different looks – same tool. In the case of your eyeliner pencil, a sharper point can do both with just a twist of how you hold the pencil. A thick blunt point cannot. If your eyeliner pencil isn’t sharpened up, it’s not going to do what you want it to do right of the bat. Which means more mistakes on that winged eyeliner or cat eye, and less time to do the rest of your face!

Furthermore, can we all just agree that a thick heavy line on the lower eyelid is just dated and spooky, anyway? Because it is.

Hope I made my point! (Pun soooo intended!)

TIP : Even the task of carrying a sharpener aggravates you, consider self sharpening / twist up eyeliner pencils.  These products are usually thinner throughout the barrel than regular pencil options.

HOMEWORK : If you happen to be a victim of thickly lined eyes and clearly want to make a change try this very simple trick. Line your eyes with a thin line from your freshly sharpened pencil, and then gently smudge the lines with a smudge brush or a cotton swab. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it works because it will give you all the definition you love from a bluntly drawn line but creates a softer, diffused appearance.

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scoop : five ways to slay perfectly winged eyeliner …

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you know that meme that keeps floating around about never asking a girl why she’s late with an image of a perfectly crisp winged eyeliner? makes you want to punch someone in the face, yes? it’s like, you want that line. but you can’t do that line. but you really want to do that line.

i get it. i really do. 

i would love to walk out of the house every single day with a perfectly lined eye that could slay Lauren Conrad’s signature eyeliner in a quick minute, but the truth is applying liquid eyeliner to myself is hard. i can work it on a bride, a client, and my BFF no problem … but i’m screwed over several times when it comes to perfecting it on me.

but after some practice and playing around and a bit of cheating, i can do it … now. i don’t do it often … but i can if i want to and really apply myself. and i know you want to do it too. like as soon as tomorrow.

so, here’s the problem : you, and several other Pinterest junkies out there, are too focused on achieving the end result that you aren’t paying attention to the tools you are going to use to get there. and that is where the answer lies – HOW are you going to get that perfectly flicked, incredibly dark eye line? the question has never been “can you do it” … because you can.

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here are my five tips on getting Instagram worthy eyeliner :

choose your weapon wisely. liquid liner has always been the forerunner in creating enviable eyeliner looks but you really require a steady hand (i’ll touch base on this more in the next tip!). if you’re less than Cool Hand Luke, consider other inky options such as gel liners or tube or pot based liners (like Tarte Tartiest or Bobbi Brown Gel Liners) paired with an eyeliner brush (more on this in a bit too!). these alternatives to liquid liners are just as inky and create an equally crisp look. basically, you have options!

if you must use liquid liner than consider this … take a look at the applicator or wand that you will be working with. if you’re super steady and able to … say … thread a needle in the dark, then you probably could have your pick of the lot. you’ll most likely be comfortable with any applicator style including those that have a super slender and flexible applicator (such as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Perversion Liquid Liner). if you’re pretty steady-handed but prefer control, aim for something with a felt tip end (like Charlotte Tilbury’s Feline Flick). i find felt tip ends still glide across the lashline, but offer more control. this might not be a good example for everyone but here’s how I see it … I prefer writing with medium point pens and think my handwriting looks atrocious with anything fine tip or a light weighted pen. if i use a liquid liner, i’m on team felt tip.

invest in some eyeliner brushes.  if you are feeling my tip about gel or potted eyeliners, you will need to pair them up with an eyeliner brush. i prefer a super flat slanted (MAC 209), but a pointed end brush (MAC 208) is good to have as well. i personally use a flat slanted to walk the product across the lash line and execute my flick, and the pointed one to blend the line smooth. if you’re still a straight from the liquid line tube, the pointed liner brush can help blend and smooth the line, or when dipped in some makeup remover, clean up mistakes without removing the whole line.

do up your eyes first. it’s always super cute when the team or i am working on a client and we start doing their eyes and they get all confused about why we haven’t applied foundation first. if you’re only beginning to practice winged liner or cat eyes, it might get a little messy. may i suggest shading and lining your eyes first, then going in with your foundation and concealer afterwards, which will allow you to clean up the eye area and your liner. you can hide mistakes by blending them away with some foundation on the tip of your eyeliner brush, and i also find it really sets off the inkiness of your line.

eyeliner is life … so practice your ish. seriously, half the fun of buying and having makeup is watching YouTube tutorials and practising the looks at 2 am when you should be asleep. so, wear winged eyeliner and a cut crease while you’re vacuuming. do up a cat eye while you’re waiting for your laundry to dry. or just practise for the sake of practising. the more you practise the more comfortable you’ll be and your weapon of choice will become natural to you. you’ll know what works and what doesn’t and the next thing you know someone will ask you “how did you get your eyeliner so nice?”

Leave me a note or comment and let me know your worst eyeliner disaster. Would love to know what products you love and hate!

Happy Easter all!

-Stephanie-

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try it : olivia wilde smoky eye

It’s a pretty safe  bet to say that Olivia Wilde has some pretty piercing eyes … and that she has the smoky eye look down to an exact science … yes?

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As we all struggle everywhere to create a sexy smoky eye that resembles more than just smudged eyeliner, Olivia’s makeup artist – Melanie Inglessis – shared with InStyle magazine her trick : purple eyeshadows.

According to the magazine, Inglessis uses mainly purple shadows and NO KOHL or black shadow (*gasp*). It kind of flips many of us upside down, because it’s extremely natural to think that a smoky eye = black shadow (and dark greys too!). Another tip : to soften the look, she rounds out the outer edges of the eyeshadow and diffuses any harsh borders.

While Olivia’s transformation over the years has her experimenting with everything from the bold statement lip to feline flicked liner, her go-to is definitely smoky. If you are thinking of trying her purple-hued smoky style, may I suggest :

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Jolie Poupee : a violet and pearlescent purple pairing which would be great for adding layers and dimension to a purple smoky eye.

MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady : a matte deep plum that  is perfect for smoking it up from the lashline and grounding more shimmery shades.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil  in Empire : an inky pencil that glides one with ease giving your smoky look a complete finish.

There are plenty PLENTY of options out there from all your favourite brands, and the great thing about the whole sexy sultry smoky eye look is that playing with the combinations is half the fun.

Try it!

-s-

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try it : rock ‘n’ roll eyes a.k.a. smudged eyeliner …

You can waste hours perfecting smokey shadow, but an edgy “let’s rock” kind of eye can take just a few products and a cotton swab. A girl can look just as alluring and just as glam with unkept eyeliner!

KarlieWhen I wear this type of rock ‘n’ roll look a la Karlie Kloss above, I like to make sure the complexion is perfection. I’ll take a bit more time concealing and brightening around the eyes, and be super mindful of oil and shine control. I prefer a matte (but not super matte) face when the eyes are this defined. With blush – I’ll keep it in shades of sheer peach, maybe with a hint of shimmer so I do not look like complete death. (One may opt to go a bit bronze). Lips are a sheer gloss in a soft shade, nothing too bright, bold or statement making.

To get the eyes lined right, start with the following products :

  • a kohl liner in your shade of choice but I prefer deep brown, graphite or black (of course!);
  • a sheer eyeshadow in nude, bone, or champagne;
  • a mascara; and
  • a cotton swab, or pencil eyeshadow brush.

First, I’ll sweep the eyeshadow over the entire lid and work my way up to the brow bone. Create a nice even layer of shadow which will serve as a nice backdrop to your eyeliner.

Next, I line the eyes once around … keep the line thin to begin within, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – you’re smudging it after all. Taking your swab or pencil brush, gently diffuse the line stroking back and forth and upward. Repeat once more if you want a bit of a thicker appearance.

Once you’ve lined the upper and lower lids, press your eye kohl (or pencil) into the lashes and your lash line from underneath. If you are comfortable filling in the waterline, you can do so and this will give a more badass appearance like Karlie’s. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still be an ass-kicker if you press and smudge colour into the lashes from underneath but the overall appearance is just a hint softer.

Once you’ve hit your desired smudge limit, I like to take my pencil brush dipped in your neutral eyeshadow and softly diffuse the ends and tops of the smudged eyeliner. If you want a hint more drama, you can do this step with a sheer shade of eyeshadow in the same colour as your eyeliner.

To finish, swipe on layers of mascara, and groom the brows.

Try it!

-s-

 

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in love with : all things charlotte tilbury

My obsession over the summer has been Charlotte Tilbury. She made a splash when she arrived at Holt Renfrew on Bloor, and the honest truth is that no makeup artist is immune to falling in love with the line.

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Hiding behind the excuse that as a beauty artist I must completely immerse myself into the brand to truly understand it and make sure it will work with my bridal party … I bought myself quite a few pieces from the line, namely :

– the Rock Chick set;

– a selection of the Eyes To Mezmerize pencils;

– a couple of the Matte Revolution lipsticks;

– a selection of the kohl pencils;

– an extra eyeshadow palette;

– an extra blush; and

– an extra Fallen from the Kissing Tree lipstick.

I’m literally sitting on my hands from buying more, and I’m pretty sure Lace – a bp artist AND a makeup artist for the brand – thinks I’m nuts. Like, super nuts.

Encased in gold and/or rich brown, minimalist chic packaging, just holding the product makes you feel luxurious and in the know. But, I am very pleased to say, that the product itself also speaks volumes. The eyeshadows are super bendable and easy to wear. I favour my Rock Chick palette over my Uptown Girl, but I also love mixing and matching between the two. The colour combinations are pretty fool proof, so you can wear one or two from the palette, or go all out and play with all four!

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If I’m in rush, which is like 99.9123456% of my week … I’ll stick with a swipe of the Eyes to Mesmerize Eye Pencils in Amber Haze and Golden Quartz. I’ll swipe Amber Haze first and then add some Golden Quartz to the outer corner and smudge it like a rockstar and boom … an instant “I slept in this makeup, doesn’t it look perfect?” look.

I have two nude lip shades from the line, and then two bolder colours from the Matte Revolution range. While at first I was worried that Bitch Perfect, a pinky nude, wouldn’t look good on my deeper skintone, I was actually quite surprised at how wearable it was for me. I’m currently tanned, but it doesn’t appear chalky or too light … it just sort of enhances my lip. I have yet to wear my Glastonbury lipstick, which is a matte deep wine colour, but I have played with Walk of Shame, also a matte, wearing it with full colour swiped across and also, dabbed on for a lighter softer look … love it both ways.

This probably is not the last of what I purchase from the Charlotte Tilbury line. I’m pretty positive I will go back. Again and again … and then once more after that.

I do plan to do more in depth reviews at a later date of my favourite items here and there, but wanted to share the quick snapshot of what’s happening in my makeup kit now, because you know, every beauty junkie deserves to know what’s up!

-s-

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