Just a few tips I picked from a beauty talkshow from Taiwan called "Queens" or "Lady's Queen" or something like that. Click on the following links to the video clips.
Basically, the show is about how to make your eyes look bigger and more lively, through the application of eyeshadows. The end result is a very natural, yet smokey effect that really makes your eyes look pop. Even if you don't understand mandarin, I think it is pretty clear what they are trying to show.
I shall try to summarise the key tips and tricks to achieving this big eyes effect.
- Use a blend of brown eyeshadows. In my re-creation, I used Wedge e/s all over the lids up to the crease as the base colour. Then I used a medium brown like Patina e/s over. As I move lower down the lids and closer to the lash line area, I used darker browns, like Smut e/s and also a bit of Carbon e/s. Then you use a fluffy blending brush and just blend everything. It is important to really blend all the colours for a smooth result. For highlights, you don't want much shimmer, so I used Vanilla e/s.
- Extend the eyeliner beyond your natural eye shape. Use a dark brown liner. Smudge this line to blend into your eyeshadows.
- Apply the false lashes beyond your natural eye shape too. Follow where you have drawn the extended eyeliner.
- Apply eyeshadows in the same way on the lower lids. Avoid harsh liners to create softer effect, and illusion of bigger eyes.
Basically you want to use the brown eyeshadows to give the illusion of rounder eyes, and the extension of the liner and lashes for wider eyes, and the total results/ effects would be bigger eyes.
I tried it out, and I think the extended liner and lashes really helps to make eyes look bigger. I also like the combination of all the brown eyeshadows together. You can use any brand of brown eyeshadows, some darker and some medium browns, avoiding the glittery or overly frosty textures. This look is really quite muted, and natural.
On the rest of the face, I used Petticoat MSF for the cheeks and Viva Glam lipstick and Oyster Girl lipglass over.
I also got a new face primer from Canmake, since I mentioned in my previous post that I am running out of it. But apparently the counter I bought it from, the girl told me it (the primer) isnt produced anymore, and now they have a new one. HUH? Anyway, I shall do a quick comparision.
The pink tube is the new one... called Bright Up Base, and it contains only SPF15, while the old one, UV White Clear Essence Base contains SPF 26, which I thought is way better.
As the names suggest, the product also looks different:
In terms of application, the white UV base feels more moisturising on the skin, make me feel like my foundation goes on more smoothly. The pink one feels drier, as though it is instantly aborbed into the skin, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Both products work equally well, I think -- just my initial impressions, and my personal experience.
What is your favourite foundation/ face primer, and why?
Thanks for reading!