Being able to ask you a beauty question is such a treat because I’m such a fan of your work. My question is this: I’m in the market for some new makeup brushes and I’m wondering which you recommend. I’m not looking for brush set suggestions – I’m more looking for awesome brushes to round out my collection. Please help!
If you’re reading this, it means that you chose my question – which is so exciting!!! I am a big fan and am awed by your talent. I’ve been reading your column on Spoiled Pretty since it started, and have really improved as an amateur makeup artist. So thanks! Anyway, here is my question – I love the nude lip look, but I never know how to pull it off. How do I find my right shade of nude, and do you have any tools/techniques for pulling off the look? And can you recommend some of you all-time favorite nude lipsticks/glosses?
Your biggest fan,
Let me start out by saying that you’re very sweet!
When choosing nude shades for your lips, you should keep a couple things in mind: light pinks look better on fare skin because they will most likely have too much white in them for darker complexions. Peachy/beige nudes look great on medium to darker skin tones because of the yellow pigments in them.
First and foremost, I’m an epic fan of your work! The advice you give is extremely helpful. So, I was hoping that you could help me out with one particular struggle I have with applying makeup. I have relatively small eyes and not a lot of eyelid area – a trait I’ve inherited from my Asian side of the gene pool. This has inhibited me from attempting the smokey-eyed makeup or any other bold looks why my eyes. How should I apply eye makeup so that it gives the illusion of bigger eyes?
You should not be afraid to try different bold looks on your beautiful Asian eyes! If you’re not happy with the look, wipe it off and give it another try.
To open up your eyes and make them appear larger, simply swipe a light eye pencil along the inner rims of your eyes. The pencil can work in a vanilla or cream color. For a more dramatic contrast, try a white pencil. Apply light colors on your lids and darker shadow along your crease. Try keeping the darker colors away from the inner corners of your eyes as that will bring the eyes closer together.
When going for a smokey eye, try copper shadows or plum instead of black and always curl your lashes – it really helps to open the eyes. Practice makes pretty! Thanks for visiting my column!
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