Category Archives: Tutorials
Today I’m doing a tutorial on How to apply blush/bronzer on Anks’s request. Hope you find it useful.
This tutorial is in 3 steps –
1. Contouring (with darker shade blush, at hollow of the cheekbone)
2. Blush (on apple of the cheek)
3. Highlight(on top of the cheekbone)
Step 1: Contouring
In this step, a darker shade of blush or contouring powder is applied right under your cheekbones. This gives an illusion of depth or shadow at the hollows of the cheekbones and gives a sculpted look to the face. It also gives definition to the cheekbones, making them appear higher and makes the face look slimmer. This step is also called ‘cutting’.
What to use : Any matte blush that is 2 shades darker than your skin tone or darker shade of foundation(though blending with liquid may require a little more effort as compared to powder) or contouring powder (available in some brands such as M.A.C ). I have used Colorbar ‘Just Earth‘ blush as its darker than my skintone.
How to apply : Use contouring brush or any small brush (such as the one provided with most blushes) since the area of application is small. A sponge with angular tip such as the The Body Shop sponge can also be used.
Pull your cheeks in as shown and apply the contouring shade starting near the hairline , moving down towards the lips, following the contour of the cheekbones.
The blush should sit right at the hollow of the cheekbones and should start at the hairline midway next to the ears and slope downward towards the mouth as shown.
Step 2 : Blush
In this step, the blush color of your choice (should be lighter than contouring shade and close to your skin tone) is applied on the apples of the cheeks. To know the location of the apples of your cheeks, smile broadly – the region that is raised and gets balled up is the ‘apple’ of the cheek.
What to use: Blush shade lighter than contouring shade, closest to your skin tone for a natural look. I have used Colorbar ‘Peachy Rose‘. For this step, use a fluffy powder brush or blush brush. The applicators provided with the blushes are generally not the best. Invest in a blush brush for best results. I am using Vega blush brush.
How to apply : Using a fluffy brush, apply in sweeping motion starting at the apple of the cheek moving towards the hairline in upward slope. At the top , DO NOT go beyond the cheekbone to the under eye area. Keep at least 1-1-.5 cm gap from the under eye area. At the inner side, DO NOT take the blush right up the side of the nose, again maintain at least 1-1.5 cm gap. At the bottom, take the blush right upto where the contouring shade starts and blend it in with it.
Step 3: Highlight shade/bronzer
In this step, a shimmery/glittery shade of applied to the top most point of the cheekbones where light would reflect giving a ‘glow’ to the face and highlighting the cheekbones- coupled with contouring, this gives a sculpted and defined look to the cheeks.
What to use : Products sold as ‘highlighters’ , Peach-golden-siver Loose pigments or eyeshadows meant for browbone highlighting, shimmer brick, bronzer. I am using Revlon Colorstay mineral finishing powder ‘Sunkiss Radieux’.
How to apply: This shade is to be applied sparingly and on a very small area i.e the top of the cheekbones. Using an eye shadow brush or small blush brush, pat on the highest point of the cheekbone and take is upwards along the bone as shown.
Final look –
With contouring –
Blush application without contouring –
For added effect of sculpting, sweep some of the contouring shade or bronzer under the jawline
What products do you use for the above 3 steps? Which is your favorite blush? Let me know your comments by replying below.
Today I’m doing a Copper/Black eye makeup tutorial using Chambor eyeshadow trio #85 Mystic. I wore this look in my previous post HERE and Neha requested me to do a tutorial for the eye makeup.
This is a very simple look and I have used all shades from the Chambor ‘Mystic’ trio i.e lid color, crease color and browbone highlight shade.
This is for you Neha, hope you find it useful!
List of products used :
1. BeYu eye base
2. Lakme rose powder
3. Chambor eye shadow trio #85 Mystic
4. Lotus Herbals kajal
5. Maybelline black gel eyeliner
6. Maybelliner colossal volume mascara
7. Faces eyeshadow brush, angled brush, Q-tips
Step 1- Moisturizing and priming
- I used my regular Neutrogena oil free moisturizer which I use all over face on my eyes as well so that the lids and under eye is properly hydrated. If you use specific cream for your lids/under eye area, you should use that here.
- Next, I have applied BeYu eye base which brings out the color of eye shadows and helps them last longer too.
- After this I have applied loose powder all over my lid so that blending becomes easier. I am using Lakme rose powder.
Step 2- Copper eyeshadow
- After dusting a little amount of loose powder all over lids using a fluffy brush, pat copper eyeshadow all over the lid ending at the crease.
Step 3- Grey/Black eyeshadow
- Next, take a small amount of the the grey/black eyeshadow and pat it 3/4th of the way on the crease and on the outer corner making a horizontal ‘V’ as shown.
Step 4- Blending
- Blend using a fluffy brush along the contour of the eye (in the crease,taking it slightly above) and on the outer V. Take a small quantity of loose powder on the brush, pat it on the area to be blended and then blend with a light hand in a to-and-fro motion.
Step 5- Browbone highlighting
- Take the golden highlight shade and apply in under the brow from the highest point of the arch outwards till the end of the brow.
- Blend it with the crease color using more loose powder.
Step 6- Clean up excess
- Clean up the excess in the inner corner using moistened q-tip.
- Clean up the outer corner along a line joining the outer corner of the eye to the outer end point of the brow as shown.
Step 7- Apply a LOT of kajal
- Apply a lot of kajal on your waterline.Let it be enough to run out beyond the water line to the lash line.
- Now using an angled brush or smudging brush, pick up a little bit of the grey black shade and smudge the kajal on your lower lash line. Extend it outward at the outer corner to form a wing.
- Clean up any excesses with a q-tip.
Step 8- Inner corner
- Apply the same highlight shade used on the brow bone to the inner corner of the eye. This will instantly brighten up your eyes.
Step 9- Apply liner and mascara
- Apply winged eye liner on the upper lash line and top off with lots of mascara. Make sure to apply mascara properly on the outermost corners as this gives definition to the eyes and can easily get ignored.
You can apply eye shadow/eye pencil to define your eye brows .
Here’s the final look.
The copper is not showing up as pigmented as it is in this picture 😦
Have you used Chambor eye shadows ? Which is your favorite trio ? Let me know your comments by replying below.
Today I’m doing a tutorial on grey/black smokey eyes that I had worn for my previous post HERE.
This is the completed look –
Products used (in order) :
1. BeYu eye base
2. Maybelline Shadow stylist loose powder eyeshadow in shade ‘Sultry Black’
3. Jordana Incolor matte eyeshadow in shade 02 Black Tie Affair
4. Faces eyeshadow brush
5. Maybelline chai latte quad for brow bone highlight shade
6. Lotus Herbals Kajal
7. Bourjois Glitter Fizz eyeliner in black
8. Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara
Step 1: Priming
This is a very important step to bring out the color of the eyeshadow and help it stay longer. The Maybelline shadow stylist loose powder eyeshadow I’m using here (the shade name is ‘Sultry black’ but since its a grey color, I’ll be referring to it as the grey shade) barely shows up and has crazy fallout if I don’t use a base underneath. Its very difficult to work with this shadow – it doesn’t blend, it creases a lot- but this is the only matte grey in my collection right now so I’m using this. You can also do this look working only with a matte black eyeshadow.
Apply a small amount of primer over entire lid right up to the brow and also on the lower lash line. Allow it to get absorbed.
Step 2: Lid color
Apply grey eyeshadow all over the lid extending it a little outwards at the outer corner.
Step 3: Outer corner
Apply the matte black eyeshadow on the outer corner forming a ‘V’ and using a fluffy blending brush , start blending the grey and black. The Maybelline shadow stylist in grey that I am using is a nightmare to blend. I used some loose powder to aid the blending but it hardly helped. I had to keep applying more and more and for some reason it kept vanishing- where I do not know- the brush, or my skin ? :-\
Step 4: Lower lash line and brow bone
Use a thin brush (pencil or angular) apply some grey eyeshadow along the lower lash line. You don’t need to too careful as you can always clean up and get the precision you desire using a Q-tip later on.
At this stage, the eye just looks surrounded by an untidy mess of grey and black. Apply a little highlighter on the brow bone. You can also simply use some loose powder. I have used brow bone highlight shade from Maybelline chai latte quad.
Step 5: Clean up!
Now this is the step that will give more definition to the eye. Using a moistened Q tip- clean up the excess on the lower lash, inner corner and outer corner. To give the ‘lift’ to your eyes, clean up the outer corner along a line joining the outer most corner of the eye to the outer tip of the eyebrow as shown by the red line in the picture.
Step 6: Apply kajal, liner and mascara
Apply loads of kajal on the lower lash line and tightline the upper line. Loads of kajal blending into the grey/black on the lower lash line is very important for the smokey eye. Apply winged liner – here I am using Bourjois Glitter Fizz liner in shade Black Star. It has beautiful silver shimmer and you can read my review on it HERE. Apply 2 coats of mascara to finish up.
Now you can see that the Maybelline Shadow stylist has managed to vanish from my lid again. I am not going to bother with it (Sorry Maybelline, but this is one of worst eyeshadows I have come across!! ) I am just going to pat a little of the matte black eye shadow on my lid to finish up the look. Smudge the sharp line on the outer corner slightly with brush/finger.
Here’s the finished Grey Black Smokey Eye look–
Tips for creating Smokey eyes :
1. Blending! There should not be harsh lines, the eyeshadow at the lid and crease should fade out slowly towards the brow bone.
2. Lower lash line : Apply the colors you are using on the lid to the lower lash line also about 3/4th of the way starting from outer corner.
3. Kajal and tightlining : Apply lots of kajal and let it blend with the lower lash line. Tightlining also brings out the smokey look.
4.Black base: Smudge black eye pencil like MAC smolder or Revlon crayon on the eyelid before applying the shadow to bring out the color of the lid eyeshadow. You don’t need to use eyeliner if you are using this technique. I have used it to create a Blue Smokey eye look in my post HERE. I have not used it here since the Maybelline Shadow stylist didn’t work well with this method at all.
5. Outer corner : Extend the eyeshadow beyond the crease and upwards at the outer corners. Blend it outwards and upwards. Don’t end it abruptly at the crease and corner.
Have you tried the smokey eye look ? What’s your favourite lipstick/gloss to pair with smokey eyes? Let me know by commenting below.