What does Autumn remind you of?
I find that after I have made my own website, I have been more diligent and more active in my daily makeup routine (so I have more to share with you!)
Are your lashes ready for the beach and the hot summer?
As a girl troubled by rosacea, I used to believe that blush is something that doesn’t belong in my makeup dictionary. As an optimistic individual, I tried to think that rosacea is a “natural blush” given to me by birth- I still think that, occasionally- when they stay calm. But when the redness turns into a curse once they start crawling onto my chin and expand its territory onto other areas of my face. Thank goodness for corrective makeup (right!?)
If I can appreciate blush in its beauty – you can too!
Before any makeup, my skin tone is uneven. I have hyper-pigmentation on the sides of my nose, corners of mouth, plus blemish on my cheeks (pointed out by arrows). Then, apply toner to the face before you do anything else- a ritual cleanse to get rid of excess oil or dust from the air (hehehe, did you think I would say primer? That was a trick question- just for fun).
Use a moisturizer to make sure your skin is supple to the touch (wait about 2-3 minutes before using any base makeup) then whip out your green primer.
If you have blemishes and redness- use green. If you are concerned with a yellow-ish skin tone and just want to brighten up- use blue primer.
I use the liquid primer on the entire face, then I brushed a sheer layer of foundation on top. You can see that my complexion is much more even and there’s a subtle radiance.
After liquid foundation + concealor, we are ready for setting our makeup! Because I have combination skin, I prefer using loose powder more than anything.
Compact powder is more for oily skin type- so that your face doesn’t become shiny too soon. But for dry skin and combination skin ladies, a loose powder holds our makeup better.
I use puff rather than brushes. Just pour some onto a tissue paper, then press the puff into the powder. Then fold it in half and squeeze lightly (as shown below) to ensure the powder is evenly distributed.
Pat the puff gently o n your face. The evenly distributed powder helps us from looking too “dry” or “cakey” or “powdery” and allows the radiance to still show through.
Then we are ready for our sun-kissed look 🙂
Whip out your coral blush or orange-pink blush.
I chose Nars Deep Throat show here.
It’s not easy to master Nars blushes because it’s highly pigmented so it’s worth every penny we paid for! A tiny bit goes a long long long way- I think it’s a brilliant business strategy so we can pass down to our daughters LOL and the Nars legend carries on.
Dab lightly and dust off the brush onto your wrist to ensure the hair did not pick up too much colour.
Do a light smile to find your cheeckbone, then brush upward for a lifter look (pic on the left) do not be fooled into thinking that I will just stop here (smile) the blush needs to have a “melted into the skin” look rather than just looking like I used blush LOL
The arroa points out the colour separation here and that’s the point we need to focus on.
Use a highlight colour that contains a similar pigment colour to the one we’ve just used- if you had used a coral blush, you need a highlight colour with some orange in it. This is the time when we say thank-you to ourselves for being makeup shopaholic LOL we rock!
Use the highlight colour and apply in it on the “separation line” then blend it toward the blush.
I personally like to highly the “c” area around my brow bone so I will apply a bit of highlight there as well (at the tail of the brow).
Then we are done!!! Phew~
The photos are all taken at the same setting and I tried to control the light (but nature won’t let me) there’s no fixing or smoothing effect in these photos so they can showcase the real effect.
My cheeks look more supple, no sallowness.
The coral blush seem like natural cheek colour showing through my skin.
When the light hits, the highlighted areas become the focus- the skin appear more plumped and supple.
Oh yes, that’s the makeup effect we want- natural, sheer, beautiful, irreplaceable.
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The BIG Day!
I was excited for the big wedding today for my bride! Today we were doing bridal makeup for the STAR plus her bridesmaids.
The consultation was done a month ago; I strong recommend consultation 1-2 months prior so we can chat and get to know each other better. For bride-to-be’s – it’s always good to send a photo of your dress to the makeup artist so we can coordinate different makeup styles fitting to your dress! (Over-prepared is definitely better than under-prepared!)
Because of the time-constraint, my friend and I worked together to finish everyone.
My first bridesmaid is Miss T.
She has lovely blue eyes that’s as crisp and clear as the sky! It’s nice blue that’s nicely complimented with beige/golden toned eye shadows. For most of the time, she usually uses light foundation and minimal colours on her face.
I picked neutral and earthy eye colours so it doesn’t take away the beauty of her eyes. The layering only brings out the depth of her contour. She has fair complexion but easily spotted because of lighter skin tone. I used Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo concealor for freckle coverage. Then applied a layer of Make Up Forever Face & Body Foundation to create a natural sheen. She has normal skin type that’s well-balance so neither oily or dry (my dream skin type!) she does feel oily in summer times but that’s easily taken care of by an oil-controlling primer.
I customized her lip colour to suit her skin tone and eyes. It is a mixture of pastel orange with a dash of cool pink. She enjoyed the makeup and loved the finish- yay!!
While my friend worked on another lady, I was looking after the bride’s aunt. She brought her own makeup tools and products; I was waiting for another bridesmaid to arrive so I had extra time on my hands- I offered to do the aunt’s makeup.
Her favourite is the UD Naked 3 – which was introduced in the previous blog post. Rose gold is complimentary to her hair and eye colour. Her eyes are blue with a tint of green which was enhanced by the rose gold shadow colour. She does not use eye liner as she has sensitive eyes. Instead of using a separate liner, I use the darkest brown on Naked 3 palette to serve as the eyeliner.
Then I blended the eyeliner colour upward from the lashline to create a mini-smokey eye effect.
She brought her own lip colour and wanted to do her own lips so I had the chance to help other ladies.
The bride came last after everyone. We were doing her makeup while the hairstylist was working on her hair. She just newly dyed her hair a fiery red which was different than the colour at the time of the consultation, so I suggested another colour for her lips to brighten up her complexion.
The actual colour used was more tender than the one used at consultation (the original was a deeper coral-red) because of the new hair colour, the pinky-coral colour becomes more suiting and complimentary.
My personal philosophy: A makeup artist’s flexibility and versatility are keys to perfection.
My friend finished the eye makeup while I did the base and selected the colour for her lips. After 45 minutes she was done! Her smile melted my heart instantly. She’s the most beautiful person ever! She was extremely friendly and easy-going.
I am still waiting for more pictures (the ones in this post were taken in a haste LOL) so I will keep you guys posted.
It has been an extremely wonderful experience and I look forward to many more! Follow me on IG: hi.adorabelle and subscribe to my blog: hiadorabelle.wordpress.com
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on your BIG day! I am always here for your makeup needs! Let’s get closer and discover the real YOU :>