Aug 14, 2008

Beauty Essentials: For the eyes

I may be Asian and have small eyes but that doesn't stop me from doing my best to make them stand out. I can spend quite some time perfecting my eye make up and really enjoy it. There's so many products out there and I've used quite a few of them so I thought I'd talk about my absolute essential that I use on a regular basis.

makeup

Clockwise from top:
Stila eye shadow quad: I find that Stila has great pigments and a fantastic color range. I particularly like the quads and they're palettes because the range of colors is there in one handy little case. They are also great for travel so you don't have to pack a million little eyeshadows just to get one look.

Nars Duo Cream Eyeshadow: I use cream shadows to hold the powder shadows in place. I find that if it is applied well, my eyeshadow stays the entire day until I wash it off. I also like to use it to transform the color of my shadow. If you've ever wanted to do a smoky eye, I highly reccommend a black cream shadow to layer underneath a dark grey shadow. It looks great and lasts all night.

Dior liquid eyeliner: Now that I am typing this I should've put the products in the order I use them. Oh well. Forgive me for going out of order. I'm not biased to this liquid eyeliner as any eyeliner generally works well, but it is the last thing and one of the most important things that I put on as it is used to help blend the false eyelashes to my eyelids.

Tweezerman slant tweezer: an essential that every woman should own. I even have a mini one for travel.

Anastasia brow scissors: I don't have majorly bushy brows or anything but trimming your brows is the best way to shape them. You just can't do much if you have too much brow hair. The best way that I trim my brows is to take an eyebrow comb, comb the eyebrows up and cut whatever is sticking out. It's just a small trim, but it makes a huge difference.

Ardell Fashion Lashes: One of my friends is a fabulous make up artist and she introduced me to false lashes about 5 years ago and since then, I rarely go without them. They are the simplest thing to go from boring to glam. There are plenty of lashes out there that look natural enough to look like real lashes. The thing is, I don't have short lashes, my lashes are naturally long, but I wear the lashes to give them the fullness that you can not get with mascara. You would be surprised how many false lash converts I've created amongst my friends. I obviously don't wear them pretending they are my real lashes so everyone knows that they are fake (although I have been asked a few times if they are my real lashes!) but all my girlfriends love them as well. My mom's even tried them out a couple of times! It's really funny when I don't wear my lashes, J always says to me "Did you do something different to your make up today?"

I know most girls like to get theirs from MAC or Shu Uemera but since I have to buy them a lot more than occasional wearers, this drugstore brand works and looks just as good as the expensive brands.

Duo eyelash adhesive: Best eyelash adhesive for strip lashes. You can buy it at any drugstore.

Anastasia Go Brow - universal brow pencil: The best way to give your brows a more defined look is with a brow pencil. I like this one as it has a highlighter on the other end to help you shape your brows.

So I couldn't leave you without a picture so here's a funny little picture that J took of me where you can see my lashes.
tile wall

This is dark but you can kind of see the top view of my lashes in this picture.
red room

image credits:
False lashes and glue from Madame Madeline
Rest from Sephora


13 comments:

  1. Cupcakes and CashmereAugust 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    i agree...stila's the best! they've got the prettiest eye shadows and lip glosses.

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  2. I'll have to try Stila.

    I've only tried lashes like twice, and failed miserably both times. I just could get them to stay, so maybe I didn't have a good adhesive. I'm tempted to try them again, though

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  3. Oooh I'm such a sucker for product! I haven't used cream shadows before so I may have to try it. What gray shadow do you use?

    I don't wear lashes often but it seems like everytime I wear them, I get totally trashed. Which then means I peel them off and stick them on hb's dashboard! He calls them spiders.

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  4. i only wear lashes (on occasion) when i go out with the girls to a club or something...but i really want to wear them more often...daily...as i love the fullness they add. i love the look of full lashes! + i'm currently on my second tweezerman...since i lost the first one :o(

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  5. I need help with my eyes! Thanks for this help!

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  6. cupcakes - i adore Stila. Always love their packaging, they do that on purpose so you will buy everything in their collection you know. :)

    miss burb - try them out again! let me know if you need help, I've got tips and tricks. ;)

    lrb - love that you are a product junkie as well. cream shadow is the shizz, I love the stuff, you gotta try it out. Sephora brand has a great dark grey powder shadow with a slivery cream shadow packaged into one. We should meet up one of these days at the downtown Sephora and we can peruse together!

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  7. LRB - I forgot to say that your comment about being trashed made me laugh so hard. Being trashed and wearing lashes is not a good combo. And I know, I'm speaking from experience ;)

    Kay - Just get into the groove of wearing lashes and then it becomes so routine that you don't even think of it. ugh, don't you hate it when you lose something so good?

    richel - thanks for stopping by! no problem, glad I could help!

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  8. asian eyes are my most favorite eyes to do make-up on at work. believe it or not its the most versatile of most eye shapes. you are literally creating the illusion of crease/lids and the possibilities are endless!

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  9. Stila's eyeshadows are great!

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  10. Ooh I love finding out what's in other girls' makeup bags. I use Ardell too, but I discovered a new fave in one made by Sonia Kashuk. I can't remember the exact name, but they're about 1/2-3/4 length and they gradually get longer towards the end. My lashes look so naturally full and long with these!

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  11. autumnmornings - that's good to know! I thought that Asian eyes would be the hardest to do.

    Wendy - i know, aren't they! They have such a great range of colors.

    Ro - it is quite fun to see what other's have in the makeup bags. I'm going to have to look into the Sonia Kashuk lashes. Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Ooh I love that last picture with the red background!

    I've never had any success with false lashes but you've inspired me to try again :)

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  13. Have you checked out Elf falsies? I think they're on sale at $1 each.

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