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What is "BB CREAM"?
What does BB Cream stand 4?
Technically, it stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm but that doesn't mean it's a spot cream. It's more of a multi-function cream that has coverage and skincare properties. BB cream is great for anyone with any skin color or any skin type.
What does it do?
Beauty Balm or BB Cream is a multi-tasking skin product that truly can be the one product your skin needs.
Isn't this just a foundation?
Well, yes and no. It's more like a tinted moisturizer, but with more coverage and many times an amazing SPF level. Each brand is different in its ability to cover blemishes and skin imperfections.
All BB creams vary in coverage, color, matte vs. dewy, SPF level, etc… It's definitely a product you should experiment until you find the one best suited for you. If you don't like a heavy foundation but still want coverage, BB cream is for you. It can also be used as a concealer or highlighter, too!
Who is it best suited for?
Most people with medium to light skin tone. But note that the BB cream can be mixed with foundation if you have dark skin tone. Unlike foundations, there is typically just one shade (or sometimes a couple shades) of BB cream.
How do I use it?
The magic of the BB Cream means you can wear it alone without foundation and you should get a light, natural finish coverage to give you a healthy glow and cover uneven skin tone. Use it when you don't fancy wearing full foundation or if you want to brighten and perk-up your skin between work and a night out.
What BB cream doesn't do?
It won't cover like a foundation so if you suffer from spots you might need to go over problem areas with a concealer. There are also limited shades offered – generally light, medium or dark. Watch out for pinky undertones too which will not suit darker skins. We will soon be doing a review on M.A.C Cosmetics BB Cream so La'Bella MAFIA can recommend and pinpoint just who this Beauty Balm is for!
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Learn from the best! Raquel is no stranger to perfecting makeup applications, and creating innovative flawless face couture and now you can learn from Las Vegas Celebrity Makeup Artist! Her two newest videos cover "THE PERFECT PUCKER" and "ELEGANT EYES" She will walk you through easy tips that can be used everyday or to glam up your look for an evening out, bridal makeup or while slapping on some pretty for a haute date!
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Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper
Dior's must-have accessory for luscious, full lips.
Give your lips a kiss of instant volume and shine with this invigorating lip plumper. The rich blend of collagen and marine-based fillers smooth and moisturize the skin, leaving lips gorgeous and voluptuous. After just 15 days of use, your lips will be noticeably fuller and more defined. Smile big and enjoy the tingly, cooling effect of this formula, rather than the sometimes-painful sting associated with other lip plumpers. The soft vanilla-mint scent and sheer pink tint make this lip necessity gorgeous alone or as a volumizing base or topcoat.
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer was born from backstage beauty secrets, taking inspiration from makeup artists who used extreme measures like pepper powder to achieve the perfect runway pout. Now you can get the same glam results in an instant with this feel-good, delicious formula—pepper-free, of course.
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Miss Dior Gift Set
Discover Miss Dior, the fragrance inspired by love and romance. Miss Dior is an audacious chypre with a citrusy freshness and a jasmine heart. Sprinkled with fruity notes and underscored by the elegance of patchouli, this chic and daring fragrance is a new classic. In 1947, Christian Dior presented his first couture collection and became an immediate global success. Simultaneously he launched his first fragrance, Miss Dior Original, and since its introduction to the runway, Dior perfume has continued to be fashion’s finishing touch, representing elegance, luxury, and spectacular creativity
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Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Dior's first lash primer that combs, curls, and coats each lash to create a smooth, even mascara base, while acting as a nourishing serum treatment that promotes long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.
The newest addition to the family of legendary Diorshow Mascaras, Diorshow Maximizer Lash Primer Serum instantly primes, plumps, and lengthens lashes with an ultra-light and quick-drying formula. The first "active serum" mascara primer also contains a unique cell-conditioning complex made up of hydrolyzed soy proteins that promote long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality.
Diorshow Maximizer is this season's most innovative, must-have product. Apply as a primer serum base under mascara for intensely curled, thickened, and lengthened lashes and also on its own as a deep conditioner for lashes at night." -Sephora Pro Beauty Team Member, Nathalie Bechard
The Dior Innovation Center has tested Diorshow Maximizer for efficiency and found amazing results after only 8 weeks use: + 52% Volume, +38% Length, + 73% Curl
Studies also showed that lashes were more resilient, protected, and revitalized.
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Airbrush makeup is becoming more and more fashionable. Jennifer Aniston. Angelina Jolie. Drew Barrymore. They are all beautiful women whose faces grace fashion magazine covers. Of course they look stunning and youthful, with smooth skin and not a blemish in sight. They look refreshed, as if they just returned from a relaxing day at the spa. It's common knowledge that many stars' images are airbrushed before the magazine goes on the stands. But did you know that airbrushing is not just a computer skill? Many people, not just the stars, are using airbrush makeup to achieve smooth, flawless coverage like that in the fashion magazines. People use it for weddings, the theater, or for a fancy night out on the town. But what about the rest of us?
Airbrush makeup is tiny pixels of water and foundation mixed together and sprayed through a wand. It provides smooth, even coverage superior to that of regular makeup. Airbrush makeup fashion does not merely cover up blemishes; it enhances one's face. In fact, if done right, it gives the appearance of little to no makeup at all! How? Because of the fine pigment size of the makeup as it leaves the airbrush. The result is sheer, smooth coverage.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Airbrush Makeup?
Airbrush makeup gives the wearer sheer, full coverage. It evens out skin tones and hides dark circles under the eyes. You'll use less makeup but will achieve a better finish. It lasts longer than regular makeup--sixteen hours being the average-without requiring touch ups and without rubbing off. It's hygienic, as the wand never makes contact with the skin. Multiple people can use the same airbrush with no ill effects. The right airbrush kit will allow you to conceal veins on legs and imperfections on other body parts as well. La'Bella MAFIA Suggests AirBrush Makeup for Every Bride that wants to add the flawless compliment to her perfect wedding day!
Choosing a hairstyle can be a fun and often scary process. With so many styles to choose, how do you know which one is right for you? The shape of your face is a great indicator as to what style will suit you the most.
Look to your Hollywood inspirations for styles that suit you, but remember to follow the stars who have the sameface shape as you and you will be set to having gorgeous, Hollywood hair that looks like it was made for you.
There are eight basic face shapes. These are: square, round, oval, heart and long face shapes such as rectangle, inverted triangle, pear and diamond. This article will help you identify which shapes A-list celebs have and give you some guidance on what you should go for and also what you should avoid.
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BEACH BABE WAVES
Having beach waves makes your entire look have a romantic touch and an appealing attitude. It provides a cute look that will help you stand out of the crowd. It emphasizes the facial features and creates an illusion of weight. Gives volume to your hair and a super sexy look. So start getting your wavy texture. As for the length, keep it long, because a short cut wouldnt do the loose surfer girl style.
Shampoo your hair and condition as always. It is important that you keep your hairs health to have the best styling result. Dry it half way and start styling.
The easiest and fastest way to achieve beach waves is to separate your hair in sections and put them into pigtails. Take one strand, apply a styling mousse and start coiling it. Fix the coiled hair to your head with bobby pins. Repeat the procedure for each section. The larger your strands are, the larger and looser the curls will be. Allow your hair to dry completely, than release the coils. Use a blow dryer if necessary. Loosen up the curls by using your fingers, and fox the waves with some hairspray.
You can also use curling iron, or even a flat iron to get a more unique texture. In this case, use a heat protecting spray to make sure you wont damage your hair. Each time, separate your tresses with your fingers, relax the strands and fix them with hairspray. Try not to over do it, because the curls should be actually waves, so avoid tight curls. Being at the beach, means having fun and getting relaxed. So keep your hair simple and loose.
If you have naturally wavy or curly hair you can use a diffuser on the end of your blowdryer by tousling with your fingers and scrunching the hair, avoid manipulating the strands too much to prevent frizziness, a diffuser will do most of the work for you, for added volume tip your head upside down and diffuse, the gravity pulling the hair away from the head allows for faster drying and added texture. You will want to you a light holding curl enhancing cream or mousse. Finish off your style by tipping your head up and gently manipulating the curls into the perfect place with a light texture spray.
Many Celebs have opted for this style, specially because it provides a glamorous romantic look without any extra styling needed. A couple of them with sexy wavy hair are: Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Gisele Bumchen, Jessica Jimpson, Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and many other. So get inspired and get yourself a new look and have fun while experimenting.
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Every now and then everybody needs to start fresh. Exfoliating your face might end up being a way to replenish your body along with your soul. Exfoliation calls for getting rid of the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. There have been a great number of face exfoliating strategies that have been practiced throughout history.
Many individuals have learned the optimum ways to exfoliate the face and produce the best possible results. The two main types of face exfoliation are mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation will incorporate the use of some variety of abrasive to physically scrub the face. Chemical exfoliation involves the use of chemicals to help eliminate the dead skin. Exfoliating your face can easily give a good base for good skin and that fresh glow that
you really want.
The initial thing to do before you apply an exfoliator is to completely clean your face. If you are employing an exfoliating facial cleanser, apply a small amount of cleanser onto a wash rag, sponge, or loofah. After the cleanser is on the applicator, mildly rub your face using delicate circular movements. Scrub the face gently until all zones have been reached. Shortly after the face has been cleaned, make sure you rinse off every area of your
face thoroughly. Implementing a soothing moisturizing lotion after the exfoliating scrub is normally recommended.
There are plenty of products you can buy that can be used to exfoliate your face. If you've got hypersensitive skin you may think about trying a cream exfoliant. A number of cream exfoliants can be employed that will develop a small layer covering the face. As soon as the cream has dried it can be peeled off the skin that will help do away with the old skin cells. For those people that have tougher skin a granular exfoliant may be used. Granular exfoliants can be combined with water between your fingers. The granular exfoliate solution may be applied to the face and carefully worked in using consistent circular motions. Make sure you wash your face with warmwater right after exfoliating as a way to absolutely eliminate the product.
Your face is a very sensitive area. Be careful when exfoliating to ensure the well being and strength of your skin. Make perfectly sure that you are utilizing exfoliating products that are made specifically for your face. There are actually body exfoliants which are designed specifically for other parts of the body. Implementing the wrong type of exfoliant could possibly irritate your face and cause difficulties. It is also important to be extremely cautious when exfoliating near the eyes. Be sure that you maintain a standard moisturizing routine if you exfoliate your face frequently. Exfoliating the face causes skin to dry out and dry skin can ultimately result in unhealthy skin and wrinkles. It is always critical to make sure that you do not excessively exfoliate your face. An excessive amount of exfoliating can possibly lead to skin concerns such as burst blood vessels. You will discover a number of fantastic exfoliating products on the market. Ask a skin doctor or beauty expert for tips if you are intending to start a face-exfoliating regimen.
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What a TONER does for your skin
The most important job of a toner is to restore your skin's natural pH balance. A pH scale is measured from 1 to 14 where 7 is neutral, 1 - 6.9 is acidic and 7.1 - 14 is alkaline. The optimum pH level for your skin is 5.5. So you want to aim for a pH of between 4.5 - 6.0 to achieve a healthy skin mantle to resist and fight bacteria.
This is where the toner comes in. Most cleansers have a higher pH value between 6.5 and 8.0, and while it can cut through the oil on the skin, this can also rob the skin of moisture. After cleansing, your skin's pH balance normally becomes too high and your skin has to work vigorously to restore the balance back. By using the right toner, your skin's pH level is immediately restored to it's optimum range providing the perfect condition to apply your moisturiser.
Other benefits of using a toner includes:
* Removing dirt, impurities, dead skin cells and toxins
* Refine and tighten pores
* Refreshing skin complexion
* Removing excess sebum from the skin
* Reduce the appearance of fine lines
* Reducing excess oil secretion by creating an optimal pH level
* Speed up cell turnover
The right toner for your skin type
There is toner available for all types of skin types. For those with oily acne prone skin, a clarifying and exfoliating toner may help to leave your skin free from excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells. Such toners are strong and tend to contain alcohol which may be too harsh and over drying for your skin type. I personally would not recommend anyone to use a toner with high alcohol content (even if you have oilyskin), as the over drying effect of such toners can cause an imbalance in your skin's pH leading to an excess in sebum production. Remember that you want to achieve a pH range of between 4.5 - 6.0.
If you have dry to normal skin, avoid toners targeted for oily skin. Look for moisturising and toners with soothing ingredients such as chamomile or azulene.
For a quality toner, look for one that is natural and organic. These toners do not contain any harmful impurities such as chemicals and additives. They combat free radicals and contain essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to repair damaged skin and maintain soft and younger looking skin.
There are a number of different types of toners for such conditions as normal skin, sensitive skin, dry skin, and oily skin. Organic toners contain revitalizing natural essential oils or natural extracts.
The correct way of applying the toner
There is really no magically way to apply a toner, but for the most economically way, using a cotton ball or pad will help your bottle of toner last longer. Gently apply the toner to your face and neck in a light sweeping motion. Never rub or scrub your skin with the toner.
Keep in mind that your toner should never be used to remove excess makeup or dirt that your cleanser didn't get - if that's the case you just need to find a better cleanser.
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However, there might be some logical explanation behind these fashion transformations. For one thing, makeup does not last as long as bags, shoes and clothes. If you value your skin and safety, you need to understand that makeup has an expiry date just like other consumable items. So when do you ditch your makeup? Here are a few tips that might help you decide:
Storage Is Very Important
Much like other commodities, the price of makeup is on the rise. Thus, it would only be wise to maximize the life of your makeup as much as you can. One way of making sure that your foundation, mascara or other cream-based stuff don't go rancid or congeal prematurely, you need to store them in places that are cool and dark. Do not leave them out in the sunlight because some of the important ingredients, such as preservatives, could decay or break down.
Oxygen is also among the number one enemies of makeup. Thus, it would be best to keep the lids and caps of your beauty kits secured when not in use. Leaving them open would make oxidation faster.
Cream Vs. Powder
If you have a relatively smooth and blemish-free face and you really do not need to cover your face with tons of makeup everyday, it would be best to choose a powder-based makeup rather than a cream-based variety. Powder-based foundation, concealer, blush or eye shadow usually lasts longer than its cream-based counterpart.
The rule of thumb is to throw out your cream makeup after one year. When it comes to foundations, however, the ones that have oil as a base can last about 18 months - far longer than the ones that are water-based. Powder varieties can last for 24 up to 36 months, depending on how you store and take care of them.
Mind The Smell And Texture
Since there is really no expiration date printed on the boxes or bottles of makeup, it would be quite tricky to know when to throw them. As a general rule, however, you need to toss your foundation and other beauty paraphernalia when it changes color, texture and smell. These changes usually mean that bacteria are starting to take up residence in your makeup.
Be Careful With Mascara
One of the makeup products that you need to take particular care of is the mascara. A lot of women have gotten eye infection from using bacteria-infested mascara and other eye products. First, you do not want to share mascara with other people. Sharing this particular makeup is a fast way to spread infection. Next, if you have an eye infection, you need to throw your old mascara as soon as possible. Lastly, mascara is usually only good for three months.
Effects Of Retinol
It is important to note that the effectiveness or the potency of Retinol in makeup usually lasts for only a month. However, do not ditch the makeup yet because you can still use them to cover your blemish, give you rosy checks, or brighten up your eyes for a few more months.
As basics of makeup suggests, your skin has be cleaned, toned and moisturized before applying any makeup. If need be, scrub your face an hour before you start applying makeup. This will give you a smooth base to work on. Apply a foundation (which is almost the same as your skin color) or a primer on your eyelids, This will keep the makeup clinging to your skin for a longer time. Professional artists at La'Bella MAFIA suggest creating your eyeshadow look first and then clean up any fall out under the eye area before applying foundation, this will save time and prevent waste of foundation.
If you want quintessential smoky eyes look, firstly follow the basics. Next, start with a black eyeliner. If you have a dusky skin, a chocolate brown eyeliner will also go well. Apply the liner on the upper lash, make a line of uniform thickness. If you want a royal touch, a deep grapevine purple is the best choice. Now start smudging the liner, from bottom to top. This will make the bottom of the eyelid darker than the top of eyelid. Now sweep a shimmery eye shadow across the top part of the eyelid and smudge it once again. This will lighten the tone and give your eyes a ashy look. On the lower eyelid, wear a thick line of liner to get the most coveted evening look for your eyes.
Most of us are afraid of wearing dark lipsticks or lip colors. With this the evening makeup tips the fear will be dealt with forever! Exfoliate your lips with a wet washcloth to get rid of the dry chapped skin. Now apply a coat of lip balm or some moisturizer. With a nude lip pencil, follow the natural shape of your lips and outline them accurately. If you have a sun kissed complexion, shades of brown and golden will look perfect. For those with fair complexion, plum is the way to go for the evenings. With a brush, paint your lips carefully within the boundaries marked by lip pencil. Once the lips are completely painted, apply a coat of transparent lip gloss for the sheen, shine and all the dazzle!
Evening Makeup Tips
As mentioned earlier, evening makeup is all about focusing the attention on your eyes. For a party that going to be rocking all night long, false lashes are the way to work up a magic charm. Buy the ones with waterproof glue, so that they stay all night long. For the face, just apply a drop of nude foundation evenly all over the face and you are ready with unforgettable evening makeup looks.
At the end of the party make sure you remove the make up with water and a good cleanser. Remnants of evening makeup looks can really cause a great amount of damage to your skin. Makeup only makes up for a day or two. Your flawless skin is what you can wear everyday. So take good care of it.
Apply blush to your face to resemble the natural glow of your cheeks and watch the compliments flow in. A hint of makeup blush…and you can look fresher and prettier. The trick lies in choosing the right blush color and learning how to apply blush correctly. But often blush remains the most misused makeup cosmetics. When it comes to applying your blush, less is best. Blush is a best way to accent and enhance your cheekbones. Depending on the look you want to achieve you may want to consider using blush as a highlighter or to contour and in some cases both.There are several factors to consider when choosing a blush. The first is selecting the right color and the second is selecting the right blush for your skin type.
Fair skin tones are best suited to pink, tawny, and beige blushes. Darker skin tones look best in plumbs if they are cooler and auburns or rich bronzes if they are warmer. For olive to yellow skin tones, try blushes in copper, almond, and warm brown shades. Finally, tanned skin often looks best on warm colors like peach, coral, apricot, and orange. Varying the intensity of blush -- bolder colors for darker skin and softer colors for fairer skin-- will help you achieve a natural glow.
A proper blush application with the right color can add dimension to your face and accentuate your facial features. A blush can add depth and elongate your face and make it look thinner.
YOURSELF FROM STRESS
Stress is how we respond to the unknown; a small amount of stress is healthy to maintain alertness and keep us on our toes, but too much stress is what can make a person overwhelmed and burned out. Many people become stressed due to having an inefficient work life balance. We will give tips on how anyone can relieve stress and maintain their peace of mind. La'Bella MAFIA recommends these 10 approaches listed below.
1. Develop a space for relaxation. Think of times and places where you are the most calm. It could be the beach or a park. Go there as often as possible. For me, it would be just taking a drive down a scenic highway. These are the simple things in life that can give us relaxation. I would say, try doing these things on a weekly basis if not more.
2. Keep a stress diary and write down the times you are the most stressed. Try to avoid these stress inducers. For example, if going to a particular grocery stores makes you stressed, then go to a different one. Why add unnecessary stress.
3. Take baths. We have become a nation of now. Sitting in a calming, warm bath gives you time to yourself; also add bath salts or some aromatic oils which can relieve muscle tension.
4. Eat healthier foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. Foods high in sugar can make us crash and feel sluggish creating undue stress.
5. Take deep breaths. Shallow breaths can cause hyperventilation, which can in turn cause muscle spasms and chest pain. If you suffer from panic attacks, this proven method has helped many who struggle with anxiety.
6. Discover the benefits of massage therapy. There are numerous benefits to this ancient art; some include relieving muscle tension, eye strain, and headaches.
7. Get adequate rest. Sleep deprivation can cause people to be over-anxious throughout the day. No one can possibly be alert only obtaining 5 hours a sleep per night. Ideally, people should get 7-8 hours per night.
8. Use Aromatherapy. Scents can trigger many emotions in our olfactory parts of our brain. Smelling freshly cut grass can bring you to a time of innocence and worry-free times. Placing oils in your bath (Lavender oil) can induce relaxation.
9. Overcome fears. Fear is probably the ultimate cause of stress; so try to figure out what you are afraid of.
10. Go on vacation. You deserve it. Take your two weeks out of the year and go somewhere new. Going to new places enables people to find perspective within their lives and make needed changes.
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This lash curler can be used on bare lashes to prep for mascara application, or after mascara is applied to thin the mascara formula and perfectly coat every lash for even application. The results: enhanced lash curve and perfect, long-lasting hold.
This curler optimizes the lash care action of some Diorshow mascaras.
The original, award-winning Dior mascara that has been a backstage cult-favorite for 10 years.
This mascara delivers perfectly plush, everyday glam lashes with an innovative XXL brush for maximum show-stopping volume. Its creamy, buildable, customizable formula allows you to achieve the same dramatic lash volume that can be seen on the Dior runway for a glamorous, false lash effect.
This legendary brush came after a true moment of inspiration. Dior makeup artists would use plush toothbrushes to coat models lashes backstage to create show-stopping, catwalk lashes and volume when a regular mascara wand just wouldn't do.
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Do you wonder why some of the most beautiful women have long curly eyelashes? Many of the ladies are not aware of some beauty tools, such as the eyelash curlers. An eyelash curler is a special tool used to twist the eyelashes skillfully. It usually curls the upper eyelid lashes. These hand-operated devices can either be manual or electric. The latter produce heat because they use a powerful battery while the former do not. Manual styles need heating with a hair dryer so they can work well. The first device surfaced in 1931, by William McDonell who lived in Rochester, New York. Other names mentioned in the history of the eyelashes curler include Charles Stickel and William Beldue. If you have never used this item before, you probably wonder why it's necessary.
Any woman who is keen on looking elegant and sexy wants wider and brighter eyes. Since its impossible to increase the size of the eye or its sharpness, the best thing a lady can do is to try to enhance what she has naturally. By simply twisting the lashes with this wonderful device, any woman can easily transform the appearance of her eyes.
There are two types of curling devices: metal and plastic curlers. They have replaceable pads to ensure that the devices are gentle on your sensitive eye skin. Working with the ordinary metal or plastic eyelash curlers is simple and direct. First, clean your eyes, especially the lids because these gadgets function well on a clean lash.
Avoid any mascara and if you have it on, remove it with a makeup remover. If using a plastic option, you cannot heat it, of course, and so you should use it as it is. However, you could heat an ordinary metal curling device with a blow dryer for five seconds. If it is hot than the skin can handle, let it cool to avoid hurting the eyelid. Then, open the gadget and hold the lashes tightly near their roots for about half a minute, maximum. Twist them neatly and beautifully without bothering the lashes on the lower eyelid.
If lucky to have the battery-operated style, no heating is necessary. The item will produce heat on its own and it is therefore ready for use always. The first thing to do is to look down slightly or at an angle of forty-five degrees. This is the best twisting position and if not comfortable a mirror could help.
Next, open the curler and use it to clamp the lashes as near their root as possible. Allow at least ten to thirty seconds to pass. Then, glide the gadget from the root towards the tip of the eyelash, but before then you can grasp them halfway once again. Finish towards the end and your eyes should look spectacular.
A collection of five deluxe mini eye pencils that give you infinite ways to line, define, and get the signature sultry eye.
Give eyes a sultry appeal with Laura’s complete Kohl Pencil line-up, plus an exclusive Stone Slate shade for high-impact definition. This ultimate collection features five deluxe mini Kohl Eye Pencils in a range of versatile shades that give you endless ways to line, define, and get Laura’s signature sultry eye. Each pencil is formulated specifically for lining the inside of the eyelid and the base of the lashes. The soft, creamy formula glides easily along the eyelid to create a smooth, well-balanced line while the luxurious texture provides maximum wear ability.
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- 5 x 0.3 Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Violet, Stormy Grey, Brown Copper, Black Gold, Stone Slate
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Many people think they already know how to apply eyeliner, and by all rights, they do a good job. In actuality, there is a big difference between the way you might apply eyeliner and the way a professional make-up artist does. Use these easy-to-follow steps and you can apply eyeliner like a professional make-up artist:
Select your eyeliner
An eyeliner must be applied near the base of your eyelashes. As there are varying products in the market such as cake eyeliner, liquid liner and pencil eyeliner, it is important to try each type so that you will know which type will best accentuate your own natural beauty. Also, to whatever type you prefer, practice the application so you can achieve a very fine line. Remember that it is not a pretty sight when you apply eyeliner in a very thick line. It will look harsh, at the same time loud, making your eyes as well as giving it a tired and heavy impression. Always bear in mind that a thin line is recommended - should you have any trouble applying it, a brush is helpful to smooth out the line and to blend it well.
Liquid eye liner
Liquid eyeliners are recommended to be used and should only be used above the top of the eye lashes, whereas an eye shadow or an eye lining pencil is suggested to be used under the eyes lower lashes. This kind comes usually in a bottle with an application brush, almost similar to an ink. This requires great precision during application, but can be perfected through constant practice. A note to remember is to always let the liquid dry before you open your eyes after application - if not, the liquid may smear the top of your eyes and give you a raccoon look.
Eye liner pencil
The easiest to use, works just like colored pencil. As the tip of this liner is dry, it has a tendency of pulling your eyelids fragile tissues; stretching the eyelids when lining it could help a lot in achieving a smooth application. A note to remember, you should always sharpen the pencil before every application to eliminate any bacteria that has accumulated at the tip.
Apply the eyeliner
- Begin at the inner corner of your eye. Always be certain to use a light hand when applying your eyeliner, as the area around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate.
- Put on your eyeliner only after you have already applied an eye shadow. Doing it before an eye shadow application would only cover the eyeliner.
- To achieve a dramatic and intense look, a kohl pencil with a color can be applied above as well as below the lashes, and then followed with black or very dark gray liquid eyeliner at the top. This will give the impression of dark eye lashes and will stay on for the whole day. A dark colored eye-liner will highlight the eyes form and outline as well as give them a deep look.
- While holding your head back facing the mirror, look down so that your eyelids will become tight making it easier in applying and controlling the liner. When necessary, smudge.
- The eyes will seem larger when you make a line with a pencil under your lower lashes - instead try a dark eye shadow applied with the help of a tiny makeup brush, to give an illusion of darker and fuller eye lashes. Below such line, you need to apply also a thin line with a lighter shade of eye shadow, preferably white, yellow or beige to brighten up your eye area.
- Pencil liners may be used on both above the top lashes as well as under the lower lashes. Liquid eye liners however, must only be applied on the top lid. Cake eyeliners are applied with water and may be put on to both the top and so too the bottom of the lid.
- If you have beautiful green eyes, try putting on a violet smoky pencil that will enhance your eyes, since basing from the color wheel, violet and green are opposite, so they will compliment each other.
- Refer to nature when you are in a process of deciding on a color. Green, beige and burnt orange are autumn colors.
- Others prefer using an eye liner not only for the eyes, but the lips as well. Should you decide on this, an eye lining pencil will be most suitable for the application. Make sure though, that you choose a certain shade of somewhat reddish brown or orangey-brown or a brownish plum, to compliment and flatter your lipstick.
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