Monday, March 19, 2012

Simple Beach Makeup Tutorial

So it's spring and I am bound to Miami this weekend to party. I am inspired to do a makeup look that can be worn at the beach and can be easily converted to a nighttime look for the hot Miami clubbing. There are 3 basic things that you need to remember when putting on makeup at the beach - look natural, use waterproof makeup, and protect your skin from the sun.

Step One - FACE
The face would probably take most of your time when applying makeup for the beach since you would want to achieve a natural, flawless and bronzed look. Avoid looking too made up since you wanted to get the illusion of you having a flawlessly tanned no-makeup look. To do this, you will need a primer, 2 foundation shades, lighter and darker, closest to your skin tone. I used the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage and the MAC Studio Fix liquid foundations in NC 35 and NC42. I am normally in between these shades (probably NC 40) but I want to look bronzed at the beach but only having very subtle contours to make it look natural.

Step 1: Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. Since you want to look natural even with makeup on, removing dead skin cells would help makeup to blend well with your skin and allow it to set without the cakey texture.
Step 2: Prime your skin to make it makeup ready. Primer fills in lines in your face to make it smoother and lets makeup blend naturally in your skin.
Step 3: Apply highlights. Using the lighter shade of the 2 foundations that you are using (I used NC 35), apply to the center of your forehead, underneath your eyes creating an inverted triangle under, highest part of your cheeks, bridge of your nose and chin using the stippling technique. Apply very light amount of product and gradually add thin layers depending on how much coverage you need. Blend out to let it feather until you don't see any rough edges.
Step 4: Add contour. Using the darker shade of the 2 foundations that you are using, (I used NC42) stipple foundation to the rest of your face and blend out.
Step 5: Remove excess product. Dab a moist sponge on your face to remove excess products.
Step 6: Spot conceal. if there are certain areas with scar or pimple, using the darker shade foundation and a concealer brush, apply a thin layer of the product in the specific area and blend out.
Step 7. Hydrate. Spritz Evian water spray to make skin glow and moisturized. Using the same wet sponge, dab it on your skin to remove excess water.
Step 8. Let it set. Normally it takes about 15-30 minutes for makeup to set. Once it sets, hydrate skin once again by doing step 7. Let skin dry.
Step 9. Apply blush. You would want subtle color on your skin to make it look like you are flushing. Start with a very thin layer and slowly build up color. Make sure that you blend out the color to make it look very natural. TIP: A cream blush would be perfect since it adds more moisture to your skin and also serves as an instant highlight.

Step Two - EYES
The eyes during daytime should just have neutral colors to maintain the natural look and to make it easy to convert into a nighttime look.

Step 1: Prime your eyes to prevent creasing.
Step 2: Apply an eyeshadow that is close to your skin color and blend out.
Step 3: Using a blending brush, apply a very subtle hint of black on the outer corner of your eyes to give your eyes contour and open up your eyes. Make sure that you lightly brush the product and slowly build up the color blending it into the middle section of your upper eyelid.
Step 4: Use a waterproof eyeliner and tightline your eyes to make your lashes fuller and thicker. Then using the same liner, line your eyes just above your lash line making it thicker on the outer corners. Blend the eyeliner to remove harsh edges and let the liner feather out with an eyeliner brush. Make sure that the liner blends in with your eyeshadow. Apply liner on the outer corner of your lower eyelids and blend towards the center using the same eyeliner brush. Set the liner with a black eyeshadow and blend out. Blend until harsh edges are gone. Blending the liner and letting it fade out will prevent it from smudging.
Step 5: Curl lashes and apply waterproof mascara.
Step 6: To convert it to nighttime look, apply a shimmery shadow on your lids and add more contour on the outer corner of your eyes using a black eyeshadow. Add more liner and wing it out to make your lashes look thicker. Add false lashes to make eyes more dramatic.

Step Three - EYEBROWS
Eyebrows are very important since these frames your eyes. The eyebrows need to look natural and light to soften the overall look.

Step 1: Fill in brows using an eyebrow powder and angled brush but do not overdo it. Just follow the shape of your brows using very small light strokes.
Step 2: Lighten the color of your brows using an eyebrow gel to soften the look. I used the MAC Brow Set in Beguile. Brush off excess product using a spool brush.

Step Four - LIPS
I suggest to either going for nude lips or just sticking with your natural lip color for the lips and lots of gloss to make it look juicy and plump. Also, you need to make your lip color last longer.

Step 1: Exfoliate lips (do this prior to applying your makeup). Exfoliating lips remove dead skin that makes lip color fade faster and make your lips look overly dry when wearing a lipstick. Apply petroleum jelly on your lips and brush off dry skin with a toothbrush.
Step 2: Prime lips. I suggest to use a lip primer but this is only optional. Lip primers are used to smoothen the appearance of your lips and also help make your lipstick last longer.
Step 3: Line lips with a lip liner similar to your natural lip shade if you are going for the natural lip color. If you are going for a nude color, use a reverse lip liner. This will prevent the lipstick from feathering and smudging. Also lip liners can be used to color the entire lips since they wear off longer allowing your to maintain the color of your lips even when the lipstick is already gone.
Step 4: Apply lipstick. Apply your lipstick just as how you normally do it then blot with a tissue. Blotting the lipstick removes the wax from the lipstick which makes the lipstick wear off easily. This leaves the pigment on your lips. Re-apply and blot until you see get the right intensity of color that you need.
Step 5: Set lipstick with an eyeshadow. This makes lipstick last longer. Just make sure that you are using the same shade as your lipstick. If you don't have an eyeshadow with similar shade, use a translucent powder to set the lipstick and repeat Step 4 to bring back the color.
Step 6. Apply gloss. Apply only to the middle section of your lips to make it look plump and juicy. Re-apply throughout the day as needed.

Applying makeup for the beach may take a little bit of preparation and application time since you want to look as if you are not wearing any makeup. If you have flawless skin, then I rather you skip applying makeup and just add a subtle hint of blush and lipgloss. Hope this helps and enjoy the warm weather! ♥

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dancing Tips for Men

I know a lot of men who don't feel comfortable at the club and never dare to go to the dance floor because they think they don't know how to dance or they look silly when dancing. I love dancing to the fullest, and I feel alive whenever I am on the dance floor so here are some tips to give guys out there enough confidence to nail it on the dance floor and impress women with their moves.

1. The basics of dancing is getting the right groove and timing. Follow the bass line of the music and move your body with it. You don't have to do a lot of movement, remember, less is more. You can either just bounce your body with the bass in very small movements and gradually explore other parts of your body as you get the into the groove.
2. Establish eye contact with your partner. Nothing is hotter than looking straight into your partner's eyes.
3. Move with her body. See how your partner move with the music and take her lead. Stick with very small movements. Following your partner's rhythm, is enough to do the trick.
4. Body contact is HOT. Hold your partner's hand, and as you both dance to the music, take it around your neck and grab her by the waist with your other hand and continue doing tip #3.
5. Feel confident. Smile, have fun and enjoy the moment.

If your boyfriend happen to have this dilemma, then help him get over it! I hope this helps and practice always makes perfect. :)

Here's a nice beat to practice on, I love the bass! :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Skin Preparation for a Full Coverage Makeup

Makeup should enhance beauty and create a perfect finish for photography. To be able to achieve a dewy natural look and allow makeup to blend well with your skin, your skin must be supple, smooth and silky. Here are some steps that you need to do to prepare your skin for makeup.

At least a day prior to applying makeup
- If you can afford it, get a full facial to rejuvenate and relax skin. A full facial helps lift dirt out of your skin and clears out pores to allow your skin to glow and feel soft. You need at least a day to help redness and swelling subside due to pricking and any effect from the products applied to your skin.

At least 8 hours prior to applying makeup
- If you were not able to get a full facial, exfoliate your skin with an apricot scrub. Gently massage your face in circular motion using your ring finger. Do not rub too much since this will irritate your skin. I usually use Clarisonic with the scrub to lift dirt and dead skin.
NOTE: Do not exfoliate if you have breakouts or acne since this will irritate your skin more. Instead, use an anti-inflammatory topical ointment to reduce swelling and redness.
- Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with cotton pads. Do not rub.
- Apply an eye cream and moisturizer

Prior to makeup application
- Clean face with facial wipes or wash face with warm water and facial wash. Rinse with cold water.
- Apply moisturizer and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
- Apply primer. I prefer using silicone primer since it fills out fine lines and evens out the texture of your skin

To know when your skin is ready for makeup, it should feel soft and smooth. Hope this will help you prepare for your big day! ♥

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring Look - Bold Bright Lips

Spring is all about colors. I know most of the time we give more attention to the eyes than anything else in our face but I wanted to create a look that would accentuate lips. Since bright colors are really in for Spring, here's a simple wearable look that would definitely let you play with lots of colors to your lips.

Lips - First off I used the Maybelline Super Stay 24 color lip color in G002 to even out the color of my lips. You can use any long lasting lip color or lipstick that is similar to the shade of your lips. Once it dried out, I applied petroleum jelly to add moisture to my lips. Then I pat on a bright pink eyeshadow, I used the Urban Decay Junkshow. Then I topped it with the Christian Dior lipstick in Rouge to add a little bit of creaminess to the look. You can add a little bit of bright pink gloss just in the middle part of your lower lips to make it look fuller and plump.

Eyes - I wanted a very simple makeup for the eyes to draw more attention to the lips but at the same time compliment the brightness of its color. After putting on primer, I just pat on Urban Decay Chase eyeshadow on my lids. Then I gradually blended it out towards my crease. Then to add more depth to the color I applied Urban Decay M.I.A. shadow just around the outer corners of my eyes blending in towards the center. I finished it off with a liquid liner, and added a light wing to it, and a mascara.

It's a really simple and very easy to do look so you could practically wear it everyday. You can experiment with more colors by changing the eyeshadow shade that you are using for your lips so you will never run out of looks for spring! Then just stay with neutral shades for your eyes to soften the look and make it look really chic.

I hope you like this quick tutorial. ♥
Have fun and stay beautiful everyone!

♥ Miyo