Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Retro Winged Eye – Revisited

I seem to be getting a lot of comments on the Retro Winged Eyeliner look that I did back in November. It’s definitely a favourite among many of my readers, and I’ve been asked to give a step by step tutorial on how to achieve such a look.

Retro Winged Eyeliner

Don’t be mistaken by the simplicity of this look – while yes, the face (base) is quite simple the eyes do take a lot of effort (most of the difficulty lies in having both eyes be identical).

Retro Winged Eyeliner

What you will need (for the eyes):
1- A cream eye liner (I used the Stilla Smudgepot – but any cream liner will use). I suggest you use a cream liner over a liquid liner (or the tip of a liquid eyeliner) because it doesn’t provide a lot of control, especially with a look like this. When applying liner – rest your elbows on a countertop. This will help steady your arm and give you a more controlled line.
2- An eyeliner brush
3- Mascara
4- False eyelashes (this is optional – however, my model is wearing individual false eyelashes).

Retro-Winged Eyeliner

Step 1: Apply the base foundation with a brush (I use the Sephora’s Professional Platinum Foundation Brush). Set it with powder. Make sure that you apply foundation on the lips – this look goes well with a very neutral and nude look.
Step 2: The cheeks are left very bare – no blush is used. On the hollows of the cheeks however, I used a bronzing powder. My favourite bronzing powder is MAC’s Deeper Refined Bronze.
Step 3: Now that our base is done, we can move on to the eyes. With a fluffy brush, apply a nude coloured eyeshadow all over the eyelid.
Step 4: Fill in eyebrows with a matte brown eyeshadow and an eyebrow brush. For my model, I used Kat Von D’s Leather (available in almost all of her eyeshadow palettes). This is a dark brown – and worked with my model’s colouring (hair and skin). If you are lighter skinned with lighter hair – use a matte brown that is slightly lighter.
Step 5: Taking your eyeliner brush, use your bottom lash line as a guide to start drawing you line on the top of your eyelid. When you get to the outer corner of your eye, pretend you are extending the lower lash line towards your brow by making small flick to extend it.
Step 6: If you wish to thicken up the line – go over the eyeliner with more eyeliner. The flick is key in this look.
Step 7: Make sure that both eyes are even and add mascara. If you wish to add false eyelashes – do so. This will give you a more dramatic look and open up your eyes.

Spinach… and Eyelashes?

It’s been a rough winter for me – the combination of snow, cold temperature and stress has helped me put on some extra weight that I need to lose asap! I decided to take the arrival of spring as an arrival of a new beginning – and a few weeks ago (3 to be exact) with the help of my two best friends, we all began our journey towards a healthier lifestyle. With the stess of my job, I somehow feel better after eating chocolate. Unfortunately this is a habit that can catch up with you. So, with the turn over of a new leaf, I cut out all my bad eating habits and replaced them with simple and nutritious meals. A lot of these meals consisted of baby spinach – good for you, full of nutrients and delicious when paired with other vegetables (and fruits) in salads. The perfect way to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle.

Spinach - Miracle Food!

I didn’t think in a million years that all these vegetables would help with hair growth, in the most unusual place – my eyelashes. Luckily, I was born with long eyelashes (a little on the thin side, but nice and long nevertheless) framing my eyes. In the past two weeks, somehow my eyelashes have gone from long, to long, long, long. With one coat of mascara, they touch my brow bone (and unfortunately leave a smudge on my brow bone that’s usually highlighted with eyeshadow). I have people asking me if I’m wearing false eyelashes and have been hesitant about wearing mascara to work (because my eyelashes look too long!).
So, could spinach be the new super vegetable? Or have all the new nutrients that my body has been intaking taken their toll and are affecting my overall beauty state? I haven’t decided – but I am not complaining.
Ladies – with spring here – and summer right around the corner, why not take this as a new beginning to get healthy. Taking care of your body on the inside only leads to things being taken care of on the outside!

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