Sunday, March 27, 2011

Everyday Makeup for Beginners (Updated Video) & Small Giveaway

I've received many emails from women who are just starting out with makeup, and are unsure where to begin. I was in the same boat a year ago, but have since ended up with a simple routine that works for me, for the time being. My skills are rudimentary, so I'm hoping to learn tips from a beauty guru friend soon.
I did think twice before posting this (as the internet is a haven for people who like to criticize and judge), but I'm pretty comfortable with my bare face. As one discovers and uses more makeup, I think it's important to not become dependent on it to feel acceptable. That being said, makeup can really do wonders to enhance features. Nature gave me small eyes and stubby lashes, but in this video you can see the effects of some simple shadow and liner.


If you are just starting out with makeup, feel free to play around and skip steps that you don't need. For example, if you have great skin, then concealer and foundation may not be necessary. If you don't like the feeling of eye paint aka liner, then you can skip the liquid liner and instead darken the liner eyeshadow.

Products used: Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Foundation in shade 203, MAC Select Cover-Up in NW25, Rock & Republic Blush (sadly discontinued) in Immoral, ELF Eyelid Primer, NYX Smokey Eyes Palette, Lorac Liquid Liner, and Lancome Definicils Mascara.
At first I was overwhelmed with the selection of shadow brushes, but I guess they really do have their own purpose. I recommend at least the following: flat shadow brush, precision shadow brush (for lining), and fluffy blending brush. You can get them for $1 to $3 a pop on ELF (be sure to search around for coupon codes).
As I'm wearing more makeup, I realize the importance of taking it all off at the end of the day. I absolutely love Lancome's Bi-Facil eye makeup remover. It's very pricey at retail but I buy the sample-size bottles in bulk on eBay (can you tell I love eBay?). I've tried a few drugstore brands and some irritated my eyes so badly I went and asked for my money back. Lancome's remover is super gentle and a few wipes is all it takes.

Readers - I am trying to find a liquid waterproof liner that has amazing staying power but won't break the bank. I've retired my old cheapie NYC $3 liners because they flake off. This $23 one works beautifully, but is too pricey for me. Any suggestions?

92 comments:

  1. Aw Jean, don't worry about the haters. Everyone has their own look and I think you rock yours very well!!! (And give a nice tutorial).
    I think a good pinky substitute is Bite of an Apple from MAC's Villanous Villains line. I'm not sure if it's sold out, but it's one of my favs. Another one that might work is Nars Orgasm-has some great highlighting power :)

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  2. thanks for the tutorial and the tips. i just starting out with makeup too, hehe ;)
    and thanks for the giveaway..

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  3. I love it!!

    !Xoxo!
    www.sofashionist.blogspot.com

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  4. if you're interested in gel/cream liners, the wet n wild one is awesome! its only $4-5 & you can always get them on sale :D

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  5. I sometimes use Palladio Eye Ink from Sally Beauty. It never flakes on me and stays all day.

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  6. Great video!! I used to be a hard core Definicils girl, but then I tried Blinc from Sephora, and have never gone back. It stays on like no other. For liner, I am in LOVE with the Bobbi Brown gel liner. I've done a few eye makeup posts in the past year, so you might want to check them out. xoxo Kiki

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  7. For Western-brand liquid liners, I've heard many good things about the Revlon ColorStay as well as MAC Liquid Last. However I'm not comfortable with the type of brush that liquid liners have, so I use Japanese pen liquid liners which is a lot easier to handle. The one I use is called Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (long name!), which has good reviews as well.

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  8. I am new to makeup too so this is very helpful! :)

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  9. I use the Revlon ColorStay and love it!

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  10. LOL I should have watched your video before commenting, since I see that your Lorac liner is also in pen form! Revlon ColorStay also has a pen liquid liner (which I considered buying since it's easier to get than my Japanese liner), but the reviews for it say it's not as good as ColorStay's regular liquid liner (which is the one I was referring to earlier). Just a heads up in case you're interested in trying that one :)

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  11. You are rather prolific today indeed! :) Thank you for this very helpful tutorial, I am a legitimate makeup n00b so this kind of tutorials is incredibly helpful for me. I am looking forward to more beauty tutorials in the future!

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  12. I am a loyal user of the felt tip L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner (it's a dupe of Lancome's Artliner). Super easy to use, feels natural. Be warned though if you have watery eyes as it is not waterproof. Also it has a kind of shine to it, but I don't mind. It has never flaked, smeared or run on me.

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  13. Aw, thanks so much for the tutorial! So helpful! I never thought to use eyeshadow to help line the upper lid, but it seems like great idea. I haven't been able to bring myself to convert to liquid liner yet. The only one I've ever tried was one from e.l.f. (so maybe bad quality) and it's very unforgiving especially for someone with shaky hands! Add to the fact that I have monolids and am not quite daring enough to try Jen's eyelid tape, I've always been at a loss for eye makeup lol. Can't wait to see more beauty tutorials ;)

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  14. loreal lineur intense! :)

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  15. Great tutorial! I'm currently using L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner brush tip. I bought it due to the good reviews, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again. It's not waterproof and I have problems w/it flaking when I wear it for the evening. Any reason why eyeshadow is applied before eyeliner? I still mess up when I apply shadow and liner.

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  16. you have gorgeous skin ! i dont think you need foundie or concealer ! =D

    i use loreal lineur intense but it flakes off too.. i'm still in search as well !

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  17. Hi Jean! For liquid liner, I love Palladio liquid liner in black/brown or shimmer black. Very easy to control and lasts for a long time. I usually get it at Nordstrom Rack for ~$3-5 a bottle (depending on sales/coupons), but I think you can find it at any drugstore.

    Link to product description:
    http://www.sallybeauty.com/Liquid-Eyeliner/PLADIO6,default,pd.html

    Good luck with the search! BTW quick question -- how do you know what shade of blush to choose? I'd like to order a rock&republic one but I'm not sure what color to choose.

    Cheers!

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  18. I like your idea about make up beginner's. I like to put but only simple, like you do. so, viewing your vid and awesome help to me. I prepared to buy a reasonable price that make me feel happy w/it .

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  19. Hi Jean! Great video. You have gorgeous skin :) I'm with you on not becoming dependent on makeup. Makeup is made to enhance your features, not cover them.

    For the eyes, I'd recommend tigh-lining the eyes, it really helps to bring out your lashes and give an instant eye pop. I love it, I like to buy the LM eye liner specifically for this technique (attached link) but trish mcevoy have somehing similar that I heard it works really well as well. http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Eye-Liner_Tightline-Cake-Eye-Liner_prod320008

    I also recommend the gel eye liners by bobbi brown. I love to watch some of the videos they have too: http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/templates/products/mpp/index.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY23545

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  20. Haters will be haters. They have nothing better to do than to make someone else feel bad.

    On wards, you look great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


    Just Better Together
    come check out the Coloriffics giveaway!

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  21. The best liquid liner goes to Lancome Artliner (~$29)! It's a good deal if you get the gift with purchase. ;)

    Artliner is worth the money because it lasts a long time.

    L'Oreal Linear Intense (~$8) is a close second (but the brush is not as luxurious). :)

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  22. Prestige liquid liner! It's about $5 and you can find it at most drugstores (I get mine at Target, but I've seen it other places). The brush is not a brush pen like LORAC's, but more of a hardened tip (which I like better). The eyeliner is pigmented, lasts all day, and comes off easily with makeup remover (no flaking! it'll smudge with makeup remover, but not come off in big chunks like a lot of them do). Ulta used to have a really good one, but I think they discontinued it a while ago...

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  23. Have you tried the MAC Studio Fix Foundation (Powder) Jean? If you have, how does it compare to the Makeup Forever Foundation? I'm tempted to try their line, but haven't made the jump.

    You really don't need much makeup at all - you have really nice lower lashes.

    I own the Lancome Mascara too and really like it as well : ) I've tried quite a few and liked it a lot. I go cheap on my mascara for the most part, with Maybelline.

    As for your eyeliner liquid question - I bought the Rock and Republic liquid eyeliner on one of the sample sites and really liked it (it's not in their store for some reason) - it was with a coupon at the time as was fairly reasonable in price. I found that it does a really good job of staying put, and my eyelids are super oily (which frustrates me because everything wears off on me, even if I wear primer).

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  24. you're absolutely beautiful without make up! you don't look any different than when you have make up on! <3

    your make up is very clean but gorgeous, i love it... you should definitely do more videos even if its as simple as this one!

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  25. I use Mac ink pots. Love them!

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  26. Hi Jean! I'm a first time commenter, long time reader :). Thank you SO much for this. I am a complete makeup newbie and I had NO idea about ELF products! Thanks for mentioning. Right after reading this post, I ran to a Target and bought:

    -blush
    - brush
    -eyeliner (from Elf just to practice; I'll invest in a nicer one when I'm good at it)
    - my FIRST eyeshadow EVER (LOLS!)

    All from Elf products to practice my makeup! I watched your video and then "practiced" and had so much fun :).

    Thanks for giving me the courage to try new things ^_^. Great post!

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  27. Jean! Try out Sonia Kashuk's "Remove" Eye Makeup Remover :)
    It's cheaper than lancome and my favorite (available at target) and a lot of viewers says it's comparable to the lancome one!

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  28. Wet n' Wild liquid eyeliners are the best I've used and they're about $2 at the drugstore, and they come in different colors. The black is nicely black and their dark brown is quite pretty too if you want something a little less intense.

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  29. i would def use the loreal linear intense! I absolutely love it ,although it is not waterproof it says on my lids all day (about 10 bucks)! for a bit more expensive (16 dollars) - i love the dolly wink liquid liner! it's fabulous!!!

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  30. Oh, pssht you don't have to worry about anyone who will troll you. Even if they do you have plenty support from all of your readers. You are right that all makeup lovers should embrace their bare face!
    I am not a fan of liquid liners since they don't last that long. They dry out or you throw them out due to hygienic purposes. I like gel liners since you get more for your money and I find they are easier to work with. Even though they might cost more up front, they last longer. You can wash the brush you dip the liner in but you can't wash the brush of a liquid liner!

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  31. You look even more beautiful w/o makeup Jean!! : ) I love the ELF primer - a lot of people say it's a dupe of UD's Primer Potion, which is $$ compared to the ELF. I found it interesting that you applied blush first! Any reason or just a habit? Most people I watch usually put it on last. : ) The ELF liquid liner has great stay power, BUT it's a hit or miss when it comes to the brush. I once had a brush that was completely fanned out (when it's supposed to be "fine" & pointy.. I emailed them and they just sent me another one which ended up being good. If you want, you should try it out - nothing to lose since it's only a dollar!

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  32. Great video! I use Makeup Forever for my base (the foundation) and love it. I have never liked to wear a lot of foundation, and found that I really liked that brand because it light and natural.

    No suggestions on liquid liner...never actually tried it myself.

    If you ever get tired of washing that foundation pad, I would suggest getting the disposable makeup applicators from Target. It is less than $3 for thirty-two wedges. One lasts me two days (I use one side for one day, and the other side the next).

    Good tip on the mascara! I usually live off the sample sizes, too! :)

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  33. Physician's Formula just came out with a great pen liquid eyeliner. Even better, it's a 2-in-1 formula, with a serum that's supposed to help your lashes grow longer in 4 weeks. Don't know how much it'll cost you, but I got it for $15 CAD!

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  34. Hello Jean! :) I'm an Asian monolid and I've tried all different kinds of eyeliners, Dior, Mac, Urban Decay, etc. but the one I've been using and in LOVE with is L'oreal's Lineur Intense. It's a felt tip liquid eyeliner, and only began using it because I needed an oil-free eyeliner due to some eyelash extensions. I don't use drugstore brands except for this eyeliner, it is el awesome-o. It doesn't advertise itself as waterproof but I've never had problems with smudging or running even with my monolids. It's super easy to apply too :)

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  35. I have no idea why makeup vids get so much hate on the internet -_-. I think you did a fantastic job, though! You are lovely with and without makeup.

    I had no idea about the elf primer. Thanks for the tip! I've been considering the Urban Decay primer, but this is a much cheaper option.

    For the liquid liner, I'm also giving a vote to Revlon Colorstay. I only used this back in high school for homecoming and prom, but I remember that it stayed on well and did not smudge. My eyelids smudge nearly every eyeliner, too. It was about $7 back then.

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  36. You could try some of Japanese liners, they are famous for having great staying power. Try Dollywink or Kiss Me felt tip liner.

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  37. I think you have really nice eyes, and your makeup really shows. You are doing such a great job and the eyeliner really makes a huge difference! Just out of curiosity, do you only use MUFE powder? Do you wear foundation? You have amazing skin! and you are so cute :D

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  38. Hi,

    You should try L'oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Liner. I wore it for 12 hours and it was still intact! It is also very pigmented and affordable :) I believe it is priced at less than $10 at Target.

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  39. First of all, thank you for the giveaway! And secondly, as a Japanese girl with monolids, I am a huge fan of Japanese liquid liners (especially this one: K-palette Real Lasting Eyeliner http://www.cosme.net/product/product_id/10007426/top). As mentioned by some others, I've heard that Dolly Wink is good. The K-palette lasts me about half a year to a year, applies very smoothly/dries quickly, stays on the entire day and is easy to take off.

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  40. i love revlon's color stay liquid liner!

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  41. Thanks for taking the time to blog and post the video! I really appreciate it!

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  42. Lovely tutorial!! This look is great for everyday~ :] I'm still a beginner with make-up so I've definitely learned a lot. Thank you~

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  43. I use Covergirl lineexact liquid liner. It's a pen liquid liner, and I like that it's small and can draw exact lines! The black one I use is also black black, not watered down black/grey. I get it for ~$5-6 up here in Canada, it's probably a bit cheaper in the States(as everything is!)

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  44. Try out MAC Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack. It's $15, but a little goes a long way so it lasts for a long time. :)

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  45. Soooooo glad you did this! I agree with others, it helps when you have natural beauty like yours - makeup is just a bonus! Thanks for the tips on the eye-lining though - I've got to try that as I have smaller eyes (and, trust me, yours are not small!).

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  46. Hi Jean, I love your style and have found your advice on fit really helpful.

    I'm not sure if you've heard of www.makeupalley.com, but it's a great place to read reviews on a variety of products, and to see the percentage of people who would repurchase an item again. So you could look up the recommended eyeliners if you're interested in seeing what other people think. I hope this helps!

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  47. @laheelahee

    I agree, I recently picked up the cream liner by Wet n' Wild and love it! I was really suprised at how pigmented and smooth it was! This was my FIRST cream liner and I have to say, it's easier to use than liquid so I've converted! :)

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  48. Thanks for braving the harsh Youtube world for us! Like everyone else, I was very curiously awaiting this tutorial. Do you find that this MUFE foundation is significantly better than Bare Minerals? I've been practicing winging the eyeliner, but pencil gets all smudgy within a few hours... my hands are too shaky for liquid just yet though, and I can't get as thin a line with them.

    Btw, found out over weekend that my Target started carrying ELF products! Excited because now I can try them w/o having to order online!

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  49. ohhh, my fave liquid liner is loreal's lineur intense in black, it's amazing!! give it a try =) retails in nyc for about 9 bucks, but have gotten on sale for 5 bucks before. and they last for a long time.

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  50. Maybelline Ultra Liner!! I stocked up and purchased about 10 from ebay!

    It doesn't smudge at all, its a different consistency than other liquid liners i've tried...and its easy to take off, it kind of flakes off with warm water (if you've ever tired it - its similar to l'oreal double extend mascara)

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  51. You're beautiful without makeup. I love that you only use a couple of products and it enhances your features so well! =D

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  52. Hi Jean! The clinique makeup remover is a good alternative, especially if you wait until xmas when sephora sends those $15 off emails. The green is a solution and the purple is an emulsion (oily). I own both. The green can also be used to remove face makeup, but if you need a hardcore remover, I recommend the purple.

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P122763&categoryId=B70

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P122735&categoryId=B70

    Love you! Thanks for the tutorial. We have the same skintone!

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  53. Love this tutorial! I'm asian too and I can relate to you! :)

    By the way, do you know where to buy Rock and Republic cosmectics? I know only hautelook.com sells them but I'm living outside US. But I want to buy R&R cosmectics when I go to US for vacation next year... would be great if you could help me!

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  54. Hi, thanks for your post! you look great! just enough make up to enhance your natural look.

    Have you tried the elf mineral eye primer? just wondering if there is a difference between it and the one you use, the elf essential eye primer (other than the price diff: $3 bs. $1)?

    thanks!

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  55. Love that eye shadow pallete!

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  56. I've been using liquid liner for a long time. My recent obsessions are the Japanese brand liners. Sana Maikohan and Moroha are both easy to apply and washes off with soap and water. They are not waterproof but rarely smudges and wash off 100% with soap and water. They are great for sunny days and quick trips out. I got the Moroha eyeliner with your discount code from Yesstyle.com, Thanks! :D (i first got it from HK a couple of years ago and I've been searching the internet for it) My haul that should be here next week includes- Dollywink, Kiss me (mentioned^) and Koij.

    Other brands I've tried - Lancome Artliner, Dr. Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner and MAC penultimate, fluidliner and liquidlast. I keep the Fluidline for rainy days and Liquidlast for days at the pool, but its a nightmare to remove, harsh on delicate skin around the eyes. I recommend Sephora collection waterproof eye makeup remover, its cheaper and works better than the lancome one. A little dab on a cotton pad removes everything!

    I'm still on a hunt for the perfect eyeliner. One thats easy to apply/remove and is water/smudge proof. Not too demanding but doesn't seem to exist... I'll let you know when I find it! (wheww... 2nd attempt to post)

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  57. Hi Jean!

    First time commenting on your blog :)

    I use the Kat Von D Tattoo liner $18 at Sephora. Give it a try :)
    (Love your blog btw)

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  58. @PetiteXXS I, too, saw this, but the prices are much higher than the regular $1 it costs online.

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  59. You have flawless skin to begin with. I personally like the clean look with a dash of color. Up to this day, I am still not keen on eyeliner subject. My hands are not steady and my eyelids have ceases which make it so hard to draw a thin and straight line, sigh...

    Keep the videos coming, please :)

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  60. For liquid liner, I like the Physicians Formula 24-hr lash serum liner ($10). It comes in pen form with a flexible, thin brush, like the LORAC one. You can often get it for cheap during a BOGO sale and you can still find ones with "Try Me Free" stickers on them. They packaging says they're based on a Japanese formula, which gives it some credibility. It works much better than the Revlon Colorstay one (which came off all over my hooded eyelids). I also like the non-waterproof liquid liners from mark. that you can hook together ($5).

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  61. I definitely recommend the Maybelline Ultra Liner. It's waterproof and stays on great! It took a while for me to get used to the brush but once you master it the line is precise and dark. It's under $10; I use it almost everyday and it's lasted me 10 months so far! Only thing is you can't really use it for the lower lash line.

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  62. Jean, you look lovely, as ou. With or without make-up :)

    In fact, I applaud you for being so brave to put forward your bare face. I have been using "The Body Shop" liquid liner for about 3 years and I love it. It stays on all day, but is still easy to remove without harsh removers. It costs $14 in Canada, so it won't break the bank. Hope this helps!

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  63. These are very good tips, the one thing that I do differently is that I do my eyes first and then my face this allows for any fallen eyeshadow or any other mistakes to be removed without removing foundation or concealer.

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  64. try... lancome artliner (expensive) or l'oreal lineur intense (drugstore) or maybelline line stiletto (also drugstore) =) i love all three!

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  65. Even though you're not a makeup expert, I still really liked how simple and clean your application was.:) It's always nice to see how others do their makeup! Just to echo some of the others above, I've found japanese liquid liners to work very nicely. For some reason, european/western brands don't like me. Some time ago, I loved using this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Shiseido-INTEGRATE-Impact-Double-EyeLiner-NEW-2009-/320510593411?pt=US_Makeup_Eyes&hash=item4a9feb8983#ht_3652wt_764, liquid liner and eyeshadow in one. I typically purchase from this seller as I trust her and located in California (convenient). But lately I've been partial to using Dollywink liquid liner, like others have referred to it. It works just as well, cheaper (as low as $13 on sasa.com), and dries really quick so good as I'm always rushing to work in the a.m. But they both last almost all day, waterproof/smudgeproof, and are easy to apply with hurting with hard tips but firm enough for drawing nice clean lines. But it seems you already have so many suggestions to consider.:)

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  66. i like sephora's eyeliner in onyx. it's about $10. if you put on eye primer (i use urban decay), it helps all eye shadow and liner stay in place.

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  67. i like the japanese grocery store liquid eye liners...

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  68. I use a liquid liner called "K-Palette 24 hour real lasting eyeliner WP". They market it as "1 Day Tattoo" because it stays on quite well. It's a Japanese product that I bought at a Japanese market. It was $15 and it lasts a long long time (500 uses the label says). This is their website: http://www.cuore-cosme.com/brand_top.html.

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  69. great tutorial, Jean! the MUFE foundation looks amazing on you! i've been meaning to check it out.

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  70. you made such a wonderful, useful video. thanks for sharing!

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  71. I love this video that I have to watch it twice...not because I want to learn how to apply makieup..but you look absolutely beautiful.

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  72. I am a huge fan of Maybelline's Eye Studio Gel Liner. I've purchased MAC, but I swear by Maybelline. You'll love it. Promise.

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  73. Apparently, I have very oily eyelids. Nothing stays on except for MACs LiquidLast Liner. I've only tried other drug store brand liquid liners though besides the MAC one. Eye shadows, both cheap and pricey, always creases and gives me racoon eyes...even if I use primer! I've heard good things about Urban Decays primer, so I'm gonna have to try that someday.

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  74. Like your video tutorial. I like Elf primer, too. It's work very well. I have been using Stila Eyeliner and it's stay very well. You can try it out. ^_^ Nice video.

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  75. Thanks for sharing Jean! I know how time consuming videos are so thank you for doing such a great job! And hope I am not too late in entering!! :D

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  76. Wow wow wow...thank you guys, I am overwhelmed by the suggestions! I've been digesting all the tips/suggestions and there definitely seems to be a few that are recommended over and over again (Loreal Lineur Intense much?). I'll definitely be trying a few of your rec's.

    @Anonymous I've tried both orders, but when I do eyeshadow after eyeliner it makes the eyeliner less vividly black, and sometimes my shadow brush even flakes the liner off.

    @youngandfoolish Hi there...I didn't even know the R&R's can still be ordered? I don't see them anywhere online or even on sample sales anymore. It's hard to choose, but you can find beauty bloggers or makeup guru's with skin tones similar to you. The first two colors I ordered I have to say weren't perfect for me. Testing colors out before buying at an actual makeup counter or Sephora definitely helps!

    @grace Hi Grace, I haven't tried any other powder foundation so I can't say I know how they compare : ) I have liked R&R products so if the price is right at another sample sale I'll be sure to check it out.

    @Jenny Lol! You are too funny...experimentation is fun, is it not? I will say though that Target charges more for ELF products than they are on the site, plus the selection is much much smaller than on their site. I know shipping is pricey but they always have coupons out that usually cover the cost of shipping. Some things from ELF online that I love - their lipstick ($1) in Classy, their eyelid primer, and their shadow brushes.

    @Anonymous I have their pencil and their new felt-tipepd marker liner, and I honestly thought they were decent until I tried other ones. Can't beat the price though!

    @The Little Dust Princess yes it's quite good, right? I've actually never tried UD so i can't compare...have you? And I put on blush first becuase for some reason I like do do my whole face/cheeks, and then all eyes, etc etc. I don't suppose it makes a difference tho : )

    @Michelle Hmm disposable wedges, that sounds more sanitary. Not too "green" though!

    @Rainy Days and Lattes Hi Jen...I think this is a foundation, and not a finishing powder : )

    @Anonymous Thank YOU for watching!

    @Bela Anzu Hi Bela...yes I've been a longtime member of MUA and I do like scouring it for reviews : ) Reviews can be pretty mixed though.

    @PetiteXXS Liane, I stopped using Bare Minerals because I honestly couldn't see a difference even though I applied several layers. So I do think it definitely has more coverage. Be wary though Target kind of "bundles" up ELF products versus the $1 a pop ones that are online.

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  77. @Linda Thanks for the info, Linda! And the help explaining the two. I do like those $15 off emails : )

    @Girl Hearts Makeup They still have shadows and lip glosses left on their main website, and they always appear on sample sale sites like Gilt, Hautelook, etc, but the blushes are not available anymore I don't think...

    @Anonymous I did see both options, but I saw the $1 has more reviews, and higher reviews : ) So I figured if the $1 works perfectly fine there's no need for me to try the $3. Let me know if you do and find it to be much better!

    @cindyrella Wow it does sound like you've tried a lot. Good luck in your quest for the "perfect" one! And I'm sorry your comment was eaten the first time..I hate that!

    @Nina Thanks for commenting! haha...Jesse James' newest lover has a makeup line? : )

    @fabulouslyfrugirl Thank you! Body shop always has Groupons and half off deals so I'll keep your tip in mind.

    @Anonymous That's a good idea! I haven't had any fallen eyeshadow though...my mistakes happen with the liquid liner and then trouble comes when I try to smear it off my eyelids w/o ruining shadow : )

    And again everyone, thank you SO much for the recommendations and thoughtful comments and tips. <3

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  78. the new milani eyetech liquid liner is pretty good. needs dry time, but the marker tip is very precise!!

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  79. You do not have small eyes - your eyes are part of your beauty as well as your full lips. I should have read this post before asking about your eye makeup in another post. I find that I could use this same palette for brows as well as eyeshadows and eyeliner (wet). For affordable liquid eyeliners, check out Mark (branch of Avon) - they stay put longer than 12 hours (if need be) and affordable $7. Good luck with the search.

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  80. the brush on mac liquid last ($16) is terrible and really hard to get a clean line. they're being discontinued so you have to either buy them online or ask if they still have any left. milani infinite liquid eyeliner ($6) is an exact dupe of the liquid last except the brush is stiffer so it's easier to get a cleaner line. however, since the brush is a bit thick you won't get a very thin line, also the formula's a bit goopy and you can feel the liner on your eyes so if that bothers you it probably wouldn't be the best option. however staying power is incredible and you really do need a good oil-based makeup remover for this.

    japanese liners are pretty good and convenient since many of them are in a pen format (dolly wink, k-palette 1-day tattoo) but the dolly wink ($16) one starts to fade after a while especially around the outer corner of my eye and can easily flake off if i accidentally rub it.

    p.s. be wary of ebay sellers of makeup. i've heard horror stories of people who had terrible reactions to the sample sizes of the makeup. there are no regulations on the sample sizes especially since they're usually not sealed like the full sizes and many people can easily make their own formulas that look,smell,and feel exactly the same as the real thing!

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  81. The best liquid liner pen I've found is Heroine Make smooth eyeliner pen, which is a Japanese brand. You can find it at some Asian markets, or order online. It's about $12 from Sasa.com. I love it because it's really easy to apply, fine tipped, lasts all day, and removes easily and cleanly. Highly recommended!

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  82. I'm almost 30 yrs old and still don't use makeup much because it seems too confusing and fussy, but your video is so straightforward and the look is fantastic and classic! You are so composed! Thanks for sharing.

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  83. I recently bought Milani's Infinite Liquid Eyeliner. It stays on forever. It doesn't run even when in a pool or under with oily lids. Not bad for a $7 investment from Target.

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  84. I used to have that problem with the NYC eyeliners, but they've since reformulated! The brush is way nicer and it doesn't have that flaking problem anymore.

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  85. I'd like to order an eye primer from elf website..and would like to know what color did u purchased? there are pick, blue, n gold..

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  86. If you haven't yet found the "it" liquid eyeliner, may I suggest the Revlon Colorstay liquid liner. I have had fantastic results with this product--it has excellent staying power and flows smoothly. The applicator tip picks up just the proper amount of liner to cover the whole lid in one swoop. It comes in only two hues-black and brown--application is a breeze and at under $10 (at any cvs or target) is a really a rather fine option. :)

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  87. Can you do another beauty video ? You're so beautiful ! and I'm a asian too so I would like some advice... :)

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  88. Just in case you would like another liquid liner suggestion I like the Super Skinny Eye Marker from NYX. It's $9 which isn't too bad. It has a really fine felt tip, and because it's like a marker instead of a pot and brush I find that it gives me more control. I like that it gives me more control because sometimes my hands can get shaky when using liquid liner. If you like to draw thicker lines, NYX also has the Super Fat Eye Marker.

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  89. Thank for posting the video. It's exactly what I needed. I've been thinking it's time to start enhancing my professional appearance with a little bit of makeup. Differently will refer to the video if I need help.

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  90. Hi, new to your blog and love the info and your sense of style! Saw that you use For Ever foundation. I use Bare Minerals which works but oh so messy and not travel friendly. How does it compare? Thanks, Michelle

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  91. I know this is super old, but I just wanted to comment in case any readers come across this post later: Loreal is the best cheapy liquid eyeliner just as everyone said above. Telescopic black and lineur intense are both awesome and ~$10. Their waterproof works well too, it's just a little more flaky. It's not good for rimming the waterline/lower line however - you need a reliable stick liner for that. I use NARS larger than life.

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  92. Your eyes ain't even small...

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