Found this on Pinterest (oh what a magical place)! If a little contour and hilight can bring lips to life on a piece of paper... imagine what it could do for your face. In the drawing below the light hits the lips from the right, but on your face imagine you are creating a hilight from a light at a 45 degree angle directly above your head. Pop a little of your under eye concealer directly above the bow of your lips and the center of your chin, blend well with your fingers, then add your lip color.
I love Japan! I had such a wonderful time visiting and I cannot wait to go again! AND I brought back some pretty sweet Asian beauty goodness! Here I'm going to share with you my favorite packaging and product finds, as well as insider traveling tips!
First up is a futuristic mascara by a Korean company called too cool for school. I stumbled upon this little spot on Cat Street in Harajuku. The mascara is called Escalator Mascara... which is a great name... because it gets taller! There is a knob on the handle and when turned 'escalates' the mascara head (see arrow). In it's short form it gives volume to lashes and in it's longer form it lengthens.
While I saw some pretty cool makeup pigments and tools....
(Above, various make-your-eyes-bigger/deeper/crease-ier contraptions and adhesives, and below, MUJI makeup In Shibuya!!! That Muji there also has a cafe! Obsessed!) ... Asian skincare is where it's at. They love their masks, cleansing oils, moisturizers, tonics, etc. For example, after my 14 hour flight, Air Japan handed out under eye rejuvenating and soothing pads. What a wonderful, wonderful treat! It felt soooo good on my puffy, tired eyes!
Oh man... did THREE hit the nail on the head with this packaging. The paper is a light grey that looks like it's recycled, and there's a beautiful drawing on the outside. THREE is imprinted... pressed into the paper. Creating a feeling of simplicity, elegance and natural beauty.
Have you ever used a cleansing oil before? I've tried Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Muji, and they're all great. I also picked up the alleged reigning champ of cleansing oils by shu uemura. The best technique is to apply the oil to dry fingers and massage into the skin. After 10 seconds run a little bit of water onto finger tips and massage the skin again. The oil will emulsify and turn a milky color. Rinse the face with water. Your face will feel so clean but not too dry. It's incredible how much makeup will come off. Interesting tid-bit... while I thought cleansing oils originated in Asia... apparently, cleansing oils were used in LA first? Hmmmm...
Tanisha and I put together an AMAZING makeup look for her to hit the red carpet at the VMA's! She said she wanted a bright lip to do with her gorgeous color blocked-out get-up, and I couldn't agree more! I picked up the new Bobbi Creamy Matte in Hot as well as a Hot Pink Lip gloss. But in the end I decided to go with a totally matte lip.
Can you spot the differences? I changed the Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry logo and moved it down to the right. I also changed my font from Trade Gothic LT Std (Like Shu's) to Geosans Light which you can get for free here (thanks Pugly Pixel)! I also put more social media action onto the bottom of the chart. And instead of using a vertical bar | to separate my info, I decided to go with two forward slashes instead // (which I could have sworn I used to see a lot on Nowness). Face drawn by my favorite graphic designer, Tabitha Emma. As far as functionality goes, I changed the Lips section to just "Lips:" because I found that I just didn't need that much space. Also, I found that I was highlighting and contouring a lot more so I gave myself two different lines for that. I used to have the name and date at the bottom, but that made it very difficult to find in my files! So this time I didn't put "Name & Date" with a line, but rather just left space at the top. That way I can write whatever I desire, whether it be a designer's name and shoot date or a brides name and her wedding date. I've already started using the chart for my first two bridal makeup trials of 2013 and it was so refreshing to see a new, fresh and functional layout!
Can you say, ADORABLE! My lovely client sent me a thank you note and a fabulous BLINC mascara!. I just can't get over it, SO SWEET! Thank you notes make the recipient + sender feel so great! When was the last time you send out a thank you note? It's certainly been a while for me because I've been so busy, but I must get back on top of it!
During out makeup lesson together, Betsy and I discussed how great BLINC mascara is. She wasn't my first client to insist that it was the best out there for girls that have smudging concerns with their mascara. I told her I needed to get out there and get some to try out... and then she sent me one in the mail! Yippee!!!
Thank you Betsy!