For the second half of my collaboration with MAKE UP FOR EVER, I’m excited to share a short transformation video inspired by my favorite 60’s style icon. Back in part I I mentioned asking for easy-to-apply products that could survive a full day against the elements, including perspiration and watery eyes. Their smudge and water-proof Aqua line worked perfectly for my needs, and comes off gently at the end of the day with makeup remover. We did a dramatic evening look for this video, but a lighter application of the cream eyeshadow with natural lashes would be a quick and easy look for everyday wear.
Lijha, MUFE’s Director of Artistry, was incredibly knowledgeable so I kept asking about her techniques during the application. We cut out most of my yapping (otherwise the video could’ve gone on for hours : ), but I wanted to share a few additional tips learned from her below. 1. To make cheek coloring look less harsh, Lijha applied a cream blush, then went over it with a generous dusting of powder foundation. I used to always do the other way around, but loved the softer “glow from within” results with the blush layered under.
2. More often than not after a restless night, my eye lids tend to recede until the crease is nearly nonexistent. This makes my usual eyeshadow application disappear under the fold once my eyes are open. For those with shallow eyelids, Lijha suggested outlining the upper boundaries of eye shadow while eyes are open (which takes a little getting used to – you can see me attempting this in the video), so you can see exactly what color will be visible beyond the outline of your eyes. My favorite product used here was the Aqua Matic shadow stick which glided on like a crayon and stayed put all day. In the video Lijha used a small fluffy brush to blend out the color, but your finger will work just as well.
3. I never knew that pumping a mascara wand up and down in its tube generates excess air bubbles, making the tube dry out quickly! Here I was an avid pumper, thinking it coats the wand more evenly. Apply by wiggling at the base of your lashes then pulling in a smooth upwards motion. Make sure mascara has time to dry between coats, vs layering on repeatedly while wet (guilty of this yet again) which can cause globs.
4. I have a tough time choosing lipcolor, and even tougher time keeping the color on my lips. Lijha suggested starting with your natural lip pink and going 1-2 shades brighter from there. She used lip liner to fill in my mouth shape and brushed inwards toward the center. I had been staying away from liner like the plague, haunted by images of my older relatives in dark-rimmed mouths. Apparently I was missing out on the staying power it had to keep lipcolor from bleeding or fading. This creamy pencil is one of the products I’ve been using the most since the makeover…it doesn’t add weight to the lips, and the Aqua formula helps the color stay put despite plenty of eating or drinking. I hope you enjoyed the video! Here’s a complete list of the MAKE UP FOR EVER products used and the shade numbers, in the order of application shown: