HELP: Search for eyeshadow primer!

Hey guys!

So I’ve been on a hunt for an eyeshadow primer that will help my eyeshadow stay on and not crease despite my really oily lids. That was after my eyeshadow yesterday creased after just a few hours of wear. Ugh. I figured that was happening too often now, so I’m looking for a primer that will give me the best value for my money. If you know me, I’m reaaaaaally thrifty. So there.

I’ve asked a group of makeup enthusiasts on Facebook already and I think I’ve narrowed down my choices to Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper.

Any feedback on these?

Thanks in advance and see you again on my next post!

 

Sydney

Quick tip: How to deal with brows with scars

Hey everyone! So I recently posted a basic guide on how to do brows. Now, I’m doing a follow-up because I know some people deal with this problem: brow scars. I’m going to share a tip I learned in makeup school. I use this on myself because I actually have a scar on my left eyebrow (I think from chickenpox).

 
If you have scars on your brows, you will notice that powders and pencils don’t adhere very well to the scar itself. A remedy to that is to first use a gel liner on the area of the scar. For best results, use one that is of the same color as what you’re going to fill the rest of your brows with. You can use an angled brush or any brush you’re comfortable using. You will find that you will be able to actually draw on the scar with a gel liner. After which, tap on some brow powder right on top of the gel liner you just applied. Just gently push the powder onto the gel.
 
I prefer to use this technique after I’ve made the rest of my brows already. I find it easier to work that way. I’ve also used this technique on a model and it worked quite well. 
 
Mae Olayta_brow scar
 
She actually has a scar from a cut on her right eyebrow (left when you’re looking at her). Well, no trace of the scar after using this technique. πŸ˜‰
 
Give this tip a try and I hope it works wonders for you as it does for me! Send in a photo if you can. I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚ also, if you found this tip helpful, please do share it with your girlfriends. They’ll love you for it!
 
 
Hoping to empower you,
 
Sydney
 

How to do brows: A basic guide

To be honest, before I went to makeup school, doing my brows was the last thing I paid attention to when I wore makeup. Now, when I go out, I have to do my brows. Hahaha. It’s because my brows are quite short and my left brow has a big gap (I think from a chickenpox scar) toward the tail. 😦 eyebrows do frame the face and affect your overall look, and well-groomed brows instantly make you neater-looking. After reading this post, I hope you also get to appreciate doing your brows. πŸ™‚

Before I went to makeup school, I had watched a lot of videos and read a lot of articles about doing brows, but I never really learned how to do it until I actually tried it out myself. So after reading this, I do hope you really try doing your brows yourself. πŸ™‚

Eyebrow Shaping and Grooming

As a general rule, we refer to the following:

Keep in mind that this is a general rule. Different faces are suited by different brow shapes and thickness. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find out what shape suits you best! I personally don’t follow the general rule and keep my brows a bit shorter and my arches a bit farther out than the ideal and are not as highly arched because that’s the way I like them. πŸ˜‰ two things though: (1) I think that brows should taper to a point (or at least almost, again depending on your preference) toward the tail whatever the brow shape you choose for yourself; and (2) try not to overpluck. Overplucked brows generally make you look older than you really are.

If your brows do not yet follow the shape and thickness that you want, you can shave or pluck the unwanted hairs and trim those that you think are too long. Just try it out. Before, I was also so afraid that I might make some really bad mistakes in doing my brows. I did, but they grew back anyway hahaha. And you can always draw them on. :p so don’t be too afraid to start grooming them. Start plucking, shaving, trimming little by little until you get your desired shape and thickness. πŸ™‚

Filling in the brows

When you are happy with the shape of your brow, you can start filling them in. As a general rule regarding color: those with dark-colored hair can wear their brows one to two shades lighter than (current) hair color while those with light-colored hair can wear their brows one to two shades darker than (current) hair color. Too fill you brows in, you can use pencils, liquids, gel liners, brows gels (which are really popular in Manila now haha), or powders. [I’ll write a separate entry differentiating the formulas.] For everyday wear, you want your brows to just look well-groomed and not drawn on. Remember to use a light hand when filling in your brows. It is easier to add than to take away in this case. πŸ™‚ also, don’t worry if your brows don’t end up perfectly even or symmetrical. Brows can be sisters and not twins, too. πŸ˜‰ ready?

Start by drawing your upper and lower outlines of the brow. After which, start filling in. As you reach the part of the brows toward the nose, you can just drag or feather in color as you don’t want your brows to look so harsh. I prefer to make them a bit round and not very angular. You can do the filling in as lightly or as heavily as you like. You can also use an eyebrow brush or comb to soften your brows, especially when you use pencils or gel liners to fill in.

Brow brushes

For those with fuller brows (including myself), there will be relatively less work for us to do in filling the brows. Sometimes, we just need to fill in a few areas and emphasize the arch. For those with thinner brows, you get to draw your brows on more. πŸ™‚

When you are happy with how your brows look, you can highlight under and above them (especially the arch area) to make them pop even more or you can leave them as is.

I hope this helps! Give doing your brows a try and let me know what you think. If you found this helpful, please do share it with your girlfriends. πŸ™‚ also, you can send me photos of your brows after following this! If you’re not happy with the way your brows turned out, let me know and I’ll try my best to give you tips as needed. If you think you need a video to better understand this, let me know as well.

Hoping to empower you,

Sydney

P.S. Thank to Mae for the question! Hope this helps you!

More tips on eye makeup? Check out my previous posts on the best waterproof eyeliner and on curling eyelashes!

Quick tip: curling eyelashes

Hello! I hope you found my first blog entryΒ helpful. If you haven’t checked it out, you can do so here. πŸ™‚

Now, I just want to share a quick tip about curling eyelashes.

You may notice in future tutorials that when I curl my lashes, I don’t crimp my lashes just once. I usually do it thrice throughout my lashes: at the base, in the middle, and near the tip. This allows my lashes to be formed in a curl and not bent at one point. Some of you with naturally curly or semi-curly (haha) lashes may not need to do this, but this will be especially beneficial for those with rather straight lashes, which is common in Asians.

The idea is that the more points you bend on, the more it will look like a curve or a curl.

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I tried my best to give you an illustration hahaha hope it helped!

Also, wag manggigil sa pagcurl. This will cause your lashes to have segments going totally different directions rather than having a curl. You don’t want your lashes to have corners, yes? You want a smooth curl.

Lastly, be careful not to pull out any of your lashes as they take, on average, about six months to grow back.

Give this tip a go and let me know what you think. πŸ˜‰ also, if you found this tip helpful, don’t forget to let your girlfriends know by sharing it!

Best waterproof eyeliner (as of April 2014)

Maybelline Hypersharp LinerOut of all that I’ve tried, I think that the best liner would have to be Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner. It’s a liquid liner with a very fine felt tip, which is advertised to be only 0.05mm. This makes it easy to go as thin or as thick as you like, depending on the pressure you exert in applying it. I suppose that precision is the matter that this liner addresses mainly, as you will get from its name and how it is advertised to have such a thin tip.

This is a waterproof eyeliner, which stays on all day unless you remove it with a makeup remover. I have very oily lids, and they’ve always stayed on. Once on and completely dry, they really won’t budge. AT ALL. Even with super oily lids already, my line doesn’t budge unless rubbed off. This has been tested in hot and humid Philippine weather. Hahaha. This makes a whole lot of difference because we get a lot of feedback on how certain products stay on even in hot or humid weather in other countries. And then we try them out and get frustrated because they don’t stay on as long as we had expected them to. Reviews aren’t totally valid unless tested on Philippine weather, agree? :p

Some more pros are that this liner delivers the same intensity throughout. It does not fade as you apply; it gives you the same intense black all through the line. Also, the felt tip allows for smooth application. No tugging as in the case of other wax pencil liners. Lastly, there is no shine to this liner, unlike the liquid liners introduced earlier in the market.

I have to warn you that because this liner is waterproof, you really will have to remove it with a makeup remover. Put some remover on a cotton ball or pad, apply, and let sit for a few seconds to allow makeup to break down before wiping off. Sometimes, you may find that even after doing so, the liner has not been removed completely, especially in the lashline area. You can take a cotton bud, put some makeup remover on, and use that to remove the liner very close to the lashline. Dark marks around the eye area can be left if this liner is not removed completely.

I’ve heard great reviews of Revlon’s Colorstay Eye Liner, but I haven’t tested that out as much as the Hypersharp Liner. Another liner that has been raved about is that of Eye of Horus. I have yet to try that though.

What is the best waterproof eyeliner for you?