Category Archives: Eyeliner

Basic Information about Makeup

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I know a lot of people think makeup is basically caking your face with zillion products, so we can fool people by making them think we are beautiful. Sorry, but that’s not true… Makeup is basically enhancing certain features. And once you know what your face is looking for, few products can do the trick.

The main thing about Makeup is knowing your skin tone and choosing the right type of foundation / concealer for your skin.

Now you will ask how can I know what’s my skin tone type, well look no further and keep reading.

1) Check Your Veins
Push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist.  Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm. It’s worth noting, warm girls, that you’re veins aren’t actually green—they look it because you’re seeing them through yellow-toned skin (yellow + blue = green.). It could also be you are neutral and your skin is neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/peach, but somewhere in between.

You have a “cool” undertone if:
• If the veins on your wrist are blue or purple
• If silver jewelry flatters your skin more than gold
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears blue-ish

You have a “neutral” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are blue-green
• Both gold and silver jewelry flatter your skin
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears greenish

You have a “warm” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are slightly green or olive
• Gold jewelry flatters your skin more than silver
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears yellowish

2) Know the Colour Wheel

As this will help you decide what colour will compliment your skin and which problem areas would you like to conceal.

warm-cool-color-wheel

So basically opposite colour in the wheel will help you decide what you would like to cover up or conceal. For instance If you have to cover a really dark eye circle or pigmentation (normally Blue or Blue Voilet) it can be first corrected with an orange corrector and then apply the right shade of concealer which matches your skin tone. Same goes with any redness or acne marks can be corrected with green (if you look at the colour wheel you can see Red’s opposite is Green).

Easy way to remember – Red + Green = Christmas

Yellow + Violet = Easter

Blue + Orange = No Holidays.

 

So the 1st step in knowing the right makeup is knowing what you/r skin is looking to correct without making it look Ashy / Cakey/ Grey etc

Hope this lesson helps and if you want more advices on something similar do comment 🙂

Till next time

❤ NJ

Buying Cosmetics Online

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I’m sure all of you must have bought something or the other online. But some may think if its safe or not or is it just hyped for no reason.

I have personally bought some makeup online as it wasn’t available in Dubai and the major brands which are used by a lot of Makeup artist or regular people are from USA , Canada , UK.

I first started by giving Ebay a try, and it really worked well as you could shop by pay pall (which helps safe online shopping). Then I started experimenting on other sites and it worked really well too. (I will post some of my favorite sites at the end of this post)

When I post my makeup photo’s  I use most of the products I have bought from these sites and I do get questions asking to why don’t I put the details of products which are available in Dubai? To be honest the price I get online + the shipping is still cheaper than buying an eyeshadow palette, lipstick, blush etc from MAC and if you are not a Makeup Artist you do not get MAC pro discount. (During that time I was not certified as a makeup artist, so I found good cosmetics but cheaper on the pocket).

So I hope I have answered your questions. But if you still have any more do let me know and I will be happy to answer them.

As promised few of my favorite sites I love to shop from.

1) http://www.thebodyneeds2.com (This was the first site I ever bought from as they sell sample size products which you can test and if you like it can go an buy those full size products from store)

2) http://limecrime.com/ (Super Pigment lipsticks)

3) http://morphebrushes.com/ (Their eyeshadow palettes are super super pigmented and amazing, their makeup brushes as so affordable and similar to MAC)

4) http://houseoflashes.com/ (Amazing affordable lashes for all eye types)

5) http://www.shophudabeauty.com/  ( if you are looking for something local for lashes )

6) http://anastasiabeverlyhills.com/ (For all your eyebrow / contouring needs. Now they have amazing eyeshadow palettes + lipsticks)

7) http://www.alshop.com/health-beauty/make-up (Another amazing local online site,If you don’t have a credit card and would still like to buy the best cosmetics you have Alshop which allows you to pay by cash)

I hope this helps.

Till next time

xoxo

NJ

 

November Favorites

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November Fav

November Fav

As you must have all read in my last months post that I will be starting a new post which I will be updating my monthly favorites so here is my 1st post for the Month of November.

I have 10 products which are my favorites for the month of November. I am sure out of these I will be repeating few products again and again (LOL).

Brows – We all know how essential it is for our eyebrows to look tamed and sometimes we do need to fill in some gaps and give it a clear crispy look. I use the E.L.F eyebrow kit in Dark. It has a wax and a powder after sketching the outline and filling in with the wax we can set it with the powder so it remains intact the whole day without needing to retouch it and avoid it from smudging.

Eyeshadow Palette – Urban Decay’s Naked one palette. If you are more of a fan of natural tone eyeshadow’s I would say this is the best as it has Golds, coopers, pinks, browns and grey. It will really accentuate the eye and its perfect for any Indian skin tone and occasion as we do love playing with Golds and Coopers 🙂

Eyeliner – All time favorite Inglot gel liner in Black number 77.  I haven’t seen anything as black as this gel liner I call it JET BLACK. Other best thing about this product is waterproof.

Concealer – I do have really dark under eye circles and if I don’t do any makeup I do have to at least conceal them. I use MAC orange studio finish corrector to counterbalance the deep bluish hues and after buffing it well I use the MAC Select cover – up in NW 35. I prefer the concealer to be same colour as our skin tone and not too dark or too light just to give it a natural look. As too dark can make it look as if we had a bruise and too light can make the under eye look to greyish or ashy.

BB cream – I have tried so many BB creams (samples) from MAC to Garnier to Body shop but couldn’t find the right colour as most of them are pink undertone and I have a wheatish complexion I need a yellow or orange undertone for it to look more natural. Some BB creams can be really oily as its a mixture of moisturizer and SPF. But finally I found a really nice BBcream which suites my tone (I am a NC42-NC43) and its’ not that oily too. Ponds Age miracle in Beige (They have a Pond white BB cream too if you are not looking for an anti aging product). First when you apply it you might feel it a little light but it takes few minutes to settle down and once settled it matches your skin tone.

Ben Nye Banana Powder – I really love the texture of this powder you can either use it to set your makeup or just set your concealer (can be used on your T-Zone also) this can be used as a highlighter too. I remember reading an article in which they mentioned that Kim Kardashian uses this as a highlighter under her eyes.

Blush – Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Flush is my absolute favorite and I find my self using this product every time. I just love how the colour looks. If you need a little OOMPH to your checks rather a rosy fresh look (Its not rosy tho its a pinkish purplish colour) this blush is the best. It is perfect for Winter and Summer.

Highlighter – If you require a little more glow and want to make your face look fresh NYX Illuminating bronzer in Narcissistic is the best. If you have been checking my pictures on my Facebook page you would have noticed that I use only this highlighter.

Last but not the least Lipstick – I am not a fan of lip glosses since college days I only use lipsticks and my 1st ever MAC lipstick was my 1st BOLD PINK lipstick in MAC Girl About Town. Pink never used to suit me until I found the perfect Pink and trust me I haven’t seen such a beautiful pink ever. I might be more attached to it as it was my 1st lipstick that I bought with my own money ❤

That’s all folks till next time

❤ NJ

Double Eyeliner

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Hello my girls hope your doing all great, and yes I know I have come back after a very very long time but I apologize as I had been busy with some personal work.

I had 1 of my friends wedding on 28th of Jan 2012 and I thought I should try something new as I do get very less opportunities to go for such occasions. So here it is I have attached the pics, I dont have each step captured in a picture but will write down how it is done so at least this can give you an idea of it!

  1. On a clean face apply MAC neutralizer and than a concealer to hide those black recon eyes
  2. Then Prime your eyelids completely and allow it to settle down.
  3. Apply a complete nude eyeshadow to the entire eye
  4. Then apply the golden eyeshadow till the crease (any golden is fine but needs to be pigmented so the shimmer is there if you can find that you can go in with a nude shimmer)
  5. To get that sharp line which is near the eyebrow you can use a cello tape which you will stick from the end of you lower last line till the brow
  6. Then go in with a Dark black  on you half lid , I used the black from MAC’s ice and glitter palette and keep blending (with a blending brush) it with the golden till the harsh line on the sides looks well done and
  7. Then below you eyebrow use a highlighter so the look can stand out (I have used the same from the Glitter and Ice palette the shimmer pink).
  8. Now remove the cello tape and you will see a nice harsh line created then wipe off all the excess eye shadow if you had any fall outs.
  9. Take a dark black khol and go inside your water line and let it set
  10. Apply the black eyeliner just till the end of you eye lid, and from the below eye lid pull out a line parallel to the top line
  11. In between that 2 lines with a very think brush apply a white eyeshadow
  12. And Vola the look is created, it does sounds tough but once you get your hands it will be smooth 🙂
  13. Now finish the look with your foundation, compact powder, blush and a nude lipstick

This is so far one of my favorite looks, Hope you enjoy this easy look and do let me know your comments.

Till next time take care xoxox

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