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The Make Up

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What I Did :

1)  Primed my face with Mac Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage.

2)  Applied Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation with Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation Brush.

3)  Applied Bobbi Brown Corrector to conceal the dark circles with Bobbi Brown Concealer Blending Brush.  With the same brush I applied Bobbi Brown Corrector to my eyelids as an eye primer.  Trust me it works great cause the texture is thick, doesn’t crease as easy and due to it’s thick texture it helps eyeshadows to sustain, and eyeliners too.

4)  With Empro Eyebrow Triangular Pencil I sculpted my brows, and there’s a big dent on my right brow cause this slick smarty pants decided to trim her already insufficient brows.  I really recommend this brand, and you can find them in Watsons/Sasa stores now.  My friends have switched from Estee Lauder eyebrow pencils (refillable) to this and I too find it to be way better than Lancome’s.  The brush is thick and luscious, blends the brows really well.  Pencil builds the colour up nice and evenly, less prone to mistakes as you can build up the intensity and it’s triangular shape really really helps a lot in sculpting your brows.  I honestly got mistaken as an makeup artist cause my brows were so well done, like a steak.

5)  Applied Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot.  What I did was different, I did not apply directly on the apples of the cheek.  The blush begins somewhere a finger below where my eyebags end, start from the mid section of your cheeks (am I explaining correctly?) to the hairline.  Instead of sweeping hard across, I pat on with the brush.  The days of sweeping blush is over.  That way, with the patting method, the blush appears more rounded and not a definite line along the cheeks, neither “the apple of the cheeks” look that just seem off when your smiles drop.  Pat as the lights go.  You will look natural at all angles.

6)  Then, sculpt the cheeks with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, start heavy along the hairline and move inward following the cheeks.  Again, do not sweep harshly.  What I did was I followed the cheeks guided by the lights, and sweep upwards along the shape of the cheeks.  Once nicely sculpted, blend it out so it doesn’t look too harsh or you’ll look like an 80s glamour shot.

7)  Powder the face with Shiseido Translucent Powder.  It’s not the best powder but it’s what I have.

8)  Highlighted my cheekbones and my browbones with Nature Republic 4D Powder.  This product has such nice highlighting function and it’s matte in its highlighting, creating a beautiful look of naturally contoured face, bringing the cheekbones up.

9)  With matte highlighter as base, I applied a light touch of ZA Cheeks Groovy in 05 June Bride along my cheek bones, brow bones and nose bridge.  It is such a nice subtle shimmer in white, so beautiful in highlighting and capturing the lights.  I really recommend in investing in one.  Brings your makeup to life.

10)  To the eyes, I used only 2 tones of colour.  First was a touch of light pink from Diorshow Makeup Palette for Eyes and Lips – 001 Daylight Madonna.  Contour the eyelids with Racy Kacy – Shady Lady by The Balm.  This helps the double eyelids to stand out.  Top the inner corner of the eyelids and bottom waterlines with champagne shade Envious Erin from the same palette. This is by the instruction of mum’s, she still thought I looked plain without eye makeup.

11)  I then lined my eyes with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar with my Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.  It doesn’t require too much and it doesn’t look too harsh (or boring) as jet black liners do.

12)  Moistened up the lips with a lip balm (consider how thirsty and hungry I was then) and applied with a matte light pink lipstick.  Remember your lip colour should go hand in hand with your cheeks.  Too many colours if your cheeks are pink toned and your lips are nectar/peach.  Matte lipstick for a day look that’s easy on the eyes.

By now it’s over an hour dolling up and I can’t be bothered with Mascara.  So I camwhored in the car and thought I’d share.

Cheers!

What Is A Corrector?

This post actually deserves a special dedication to corrector from Bobbi Brown.  It is a product that I will never change so long I remain Asian skinned, unless there’s a miracle procedure to remove my dark circles, or by The Lord’s kind doing I can robotically sleep at 11pm and wake up at 7am.

But more often than not, that’s not the case.  I.DON’T.SLEEP.

Majority of us are more familiar with the concept and the product of concealers.  The name is self-explanatory.  A Concealer conceals imperfections, dark eye circles, redness, scars, pigmentations etc.  And so very often, you go to a counter and you ask the SA, “what shade of concealer should I get?”   They will, 9 out of 10 times tell you to get the shade same as your foundation.  So then, how does corrector come in?

What Is A Corrector?

It is a product that you apply before you layer on your concealer.  In cases of very bad under eye dark circles, which you will see mine as you read on, corrector is THE HOLY GRAIL for us victims.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

What Does A Corrector Do?

Since I can’t draw a chart here, I’ll try this analogy instead.  Say, in the scale of your under eye dark circles, 1 being glorious light in pureness n 10 being darkness of evil.  I am somewhere at 8 (my dark circles) and say, my face is at 2 in lightness.  I apply my foundation and my foundation evens it out, which brings it down to 6.  HOWEVER, if I had skipped my corrector and gone straight to a concealer of the same shade, it wouldn’t lighten the dark circles at all, maybe a little, n reduces the darkness by 0.5 at max.

But with a CORRECTOR, it CLOSES THE GAP between the shade of your dark circles to your facial skin tone.  Saying it brightens is an over statement, I’m talking about facts here.  The word “neutralize” is a different mode of action altogether.  Corrector just… CORRECTS.   So with a corrector, you apply it until deemed appropriate, and then you layer on your concealer.  And THEN, by closing the gap of your dark circles shade to your facial or foundation shade by using a corrector, the concealer would then appear as the same shade of your foundation, thus, an even skin tone, the ultimate goal achieved.

Bobbi Brown Corrector – Light Bisque

I shall now bare all my flaws for your enlightenment.  Lo’ and behold.

This is how bad my eye bags and my dark circles are. In full glory, and in your face.

Here you can see the visible results of applying a corrector. I had not used any foundation for the purpose of showing the drastic difference of with and without.

Do I Need A Corrector?

It depends on your eye bags and your dark circles.  Refer to the pics above, you can clearly see my eye bags are bigger than my eyes itself, and yes, my dark circles are really bad and it goes as far down as my eye bags.  If your dark circles/eye bags are half or less of my severity, then you wouldn’t need a corrector as much as I do, cause it’s less visible for you, it’s much easier to conceal.  If your rests aren’t as challenged as mine, just a concealer would do.

Personal Preference :

I’ve been using Bobbi Brown’s corrector since 2010 and I would not have it any other way.  It is a product that as much as a shopaholic that I am, I would look no further.  It matches its claims, it performs, it delivers it’s functionality.  It HAS HELPED me.  I would switch mascaras, I would switch foundations but I wouldn’t explore other options in this regard.

But if you do own a corrector, or intend to explore options by other brands, please share with me!

That is all.

Tutorial Vid – Simple Corporate Day Look

Hey Girls, Remember the before/after picture?  No?

Take a guess, which one’s before and after? (after shower that is…)

Well the tutorial vid is up!  As promised!

Music By :

– Thanks Ms. Panda – Fauxe

Be My Love – Fauxe

Phyla Digital 

– @phylaDigital

Products Used in the Video –

Primer – Lancome La Base

Liquid Foundation – ZA True White Plus – Shade 010

Concealer – ZA Perfect Concealer – Shade 01

Eyebrow Pencil – Empro from Sasa

Lash Primer – Lancome Lash Primer

Mascara – Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

Mascara – Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara

Pressed Powder – Mary Kay Pressed Powder, Shade – Ivory 2

Blush – Bobbi Brown Apricot 6

Stay tuned as I will write a review on the VERY VERY IMPORTANCE  of lash priming, and face priming.

Keep this blog going!

Make up haul, too much?

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Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation – RM135
Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturiser (Oil Free) – RM110
Shiseido Lash Curler – RM80
ZA True White Plus Liquid Foundation – RM49.90

ZA Concealer Perfection – RM29.90
And all the hydration/oil control sample units (enough for 1-2 mths). All in complete sets!
Individual product reviews will be up soon!  Stay tuned!