Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cut That Crease

Throughout my daily beauty account lurking one trend that I noticed from almost all makeup artists and beauty bloggers is the cut crease look. This look is huge on Instagram, Snapchat, twitter and on YouTube tutorials. This technique is known to make your eyes look bigger and brighter.

The trend began way back in the days of black and white film in order to draw attention to the actress’s eyes but was a more modest take on the trend. Essentially this look includes a lighter eyeshadow shade on the eyelid and a darker eyeshadow shade above the lid crease.

Follow the steps below to Cut your crease:

  1. Prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer
  2. A light shade of eyeshadow should be applied all over the eyelid, up to your brow
  3. Use a dark shadow or even eyeliner to draw a V-shape from the start of your inner crease to the outer corner of the eye
  4. Use a crease or blending brush to blend the line that was just drawn
  5. Begin to blend the shadow slightly above the crease
  6. Further, define your eye by adding eyeliner to your lash line
  7. Add the same eyeshadow used in the crease along the bottom of the lash line
  8. Final step layer on some false lashes for even more drama

Check out the tutorial below from one of my favourite beauty vloggers Desi Perkins:

My favourite palettes for a great cut crease:

Modern Renaissance palette

Tartlette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow palette

To Bake or Not to Bake?

Have you ever wondered how Kim Kardashian gets a flawless finish and highlight underneath her eyes and below her contour? One word: baking.

Baking refers to letting translucent powder sit on your face for roughly five to ten minutes. This allows for the translucent powder to set your foundation and concealer so that there is no creasing in your makeup. After the translucent powder has set simply sweep the powder off of your face for a flawless finish.

Baking originally began in the drag community but since highlighting and contouring has become a trend, baking has become the perfect finish. This technique can often be confused by highlighting with the main difference being highlighting uses shimmer and baking is matte.

The best setting powder in the game

Steps to baking the perfect face:

  1. Apply Concealer to your under eye area

It should be applied from underneath your eye to the apples of your cheek and blended with a damp beauty sponge.

  1. Add translucent powder

Using the same damp beauty sponge as in the previous step, dip the sponge into the loose powder and pat it on to the under eye area, chin, middle of the forehead, bridge of your nose and under the hollows of your cheek bones. You should use a generous amount of powder so that it looks caked on. Let this sit for ten minutes.

  1. Brush it Off

Using a powder/fluffy brush sweep off the powder for a flawless finish.

If you find that the baking is leaving skin dry spritz on a setting spray to create a dewier look. You will no longer have to worry about creases in your makeup or oily looking foundation and concealer all thanks to the wonderful baking technique!

Recommended translucent powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

How to transform your day look to a night look in 5 easy steps

There are often times that I find myself needing to get ready quickly after work for a night out. This does not leave me much time to redo my whole face, so I follow five simple steps to turn my look from daytime to nighttime.

  1. Create a bold lip– I use a natural beige colour on my lips for the most part throughout the day, so switching it up for night time with a bold red or deep mauve tone can drastically change my look. My go to nighttime colour is Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in the shade, Alison.
  2. For added drama try the Double Wispies to make lashes fuller

    Layer on those lashes- I currently wear eyelash extensions but before I got them fake eyelashes were my favourite beauty product. Vamping up your lashes create a flirty look which is perfect for going out. My favourite eyelashes are the Ardell Demi Wispies.

  3. Buff out your eyeliner or change the shape- I myself do not tend to wear eyeliner during the day but for those who do there are two ways to change it up for the night. One way is to simply smudge or buff out the eyeliner you already have on to create a smoky eye. The second is to create a wing or cat eye for a sultrier stare. For a wing, my favourite is liquid liners such as Kat Von D Ink Liner, and a gel liner such as the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Liner to smudge into a smoky eye.
  4. Darken your eye shadow- Adding some bronze or earthy tones and creating a dramatic crease is a surefire way to make your daytime look a lot more dramatic. The eyeshadow palette that I would suggest is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.
  5. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight- Nothing says wow more than a nice fierce glow atop of your cheekbones. Layer on two or three different highlighters to make all the difference in your look. The best highlighter palette for layering is definitely the Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Kit.