FOTD: Pretty Behind Frame — Eye Makeup Tips for Monolidded Glass Wearers

Hello everyone! Yay, it’s FRIDAY! Aren’t you relieved? What are your plans for the weekend?

Dr. D had a craving for sushi, so he invited me to go to a Japanese restaurant tonight. To show how much I valued the dinner date (fine, a large part of this was me wanting to play with makeup), I decided to make an effort. However, my eyes were still kind of red from an allergy episode a couple of days ago (I shouldn’t have rubbed my eyes after playing with my cats. My bad), so I had to wear glasses. I actually wear glasses at least 5 days a week because my eyes are extremely sensitive. Even wearing daily disposable contacts for two days in a row could make them irritated. I always had issues wearing eye makeup with glasses though. Somehow it always looked weird. Nevertheless, BunBun’s Horizontal Gradient Method tutorial (see here and here) gave me some inspiration, and I wanted to combine glasses with that.

1. I primed my eyes with a sample of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I will do a swatch and review of this, but basically it is too light for my skin tone to be a good eyeshadow primer. However, to combine with glasses it is fine, since glasses cast a shadow in the eye area and make it darker.
2. I used Sin from the Naked Palette all over my lids (not going past my brow bones as usual), Smog a little lower than Sin (as you will be able to see in the closeup pictures, Smog is placed on my “hidden lids”), and Darkhorse where I usually line my eyes. I highlighted my inner corners with Virgin and brow bones with Bobbi Brown Bone. I lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay Bourbon, and then smudged the line out with Darkhorse. I also tightlined my upper lash line.
3. I used one coat of mascara (Maybelline Magnum Volum’), slathered on some Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, and we’re done!

I’m pretty happy about how it turned out, so I’m going to share my two cents with other monolidded glass wearers.

1. Use a concealer. Again, glasses cast a shadow in your eye area and make it appear darker, so you need some concealer to balance that out.
2. Fill in your brows and highlight the arches. Glasses draw a lot of attention to your brows, and you need them to frame your face more than ever.
3. The horizontal gradient method works better than the vertical one (where you use a lighter color for the first half/third of your lids and go darker towards the outer corners) because a concentration of dark colors on the outer corners could close your eyes up instead. If you are myopic, glasses not only make your eyes appear smaller but also make colors appear darker. Darker colors close to your lash line that people don’t see when your eyes are open will help define your eyes, but darker colors that are very much “on-your-lids” could either be distracting or closing your eyes.
4. Less is more. I’m not always a believer of this rule (look at the 3 coats of mascara and cat eyeliner I usually do), but again, like I said, a strong cat liner or too much mascara can make your eyes look fake behind your frame because they appear to be much more intense.
5. Go easy on the lower lash line. Don’t use a stark black, and don’t go all the way in. Instead of lining all the way in, highlight a part of your lower lash line. This helps open your eyes. If you use black all the way in, you risk closing your eyes.

I know that I can contour to define my cheekbones better and so on, but I was going low-key (read: lazy) today so I skipped all that. I will make sure I find more tips for my fellow monolidded glass wearers later, but for the moment I have the basic eye part covered.

Here are some more pictures. I know this may not look like much, but trust me, it makes a huge difference!

How about you? Do you wear glasses or are you fortunate enough to be blessed with good eyesight? If you wear glasses, are there any tips you would like to share?

Have a good weekend everyone! Stay tuned and stick around!

Sunny xx

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FOTD: Unabashedly Green and Gold with MAC Woodwinked, Humid, Urban Decay Mildew!

Yesterday I went to my old housemate T’s birthday party in Brussels. His whole family was here, as well as some close friends that I know but haven’t seen for a while. It was nice! Afterwards I went wedding dress shopping with his sister S. It was a bit like a real-life episode of Say Yes to the Dress with her mum having drastically different taste from her own, but at the end they managed to reach a compromise so everybody went home happy!

I received MAC Woodwinked in a swap this week and wanted to put it to use (swatch and review coming soon). To spice things up a bit more, I decided to incorporate Humid as well. And yes, I love Darkhorse, but for once I wanted to switch to something else. I ended up going for a shade in my Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette, and dare I say myself that was pretty ingenious! Here are more pictures, the list of products that I used, and detailed breakdown!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
I primed my eyelids with UDPP (unless otherwise stated, I systematically use UDPP) before putting MAC Woodwinked on two thirds of my lids. For the outer third, I used the crease shade on the right column of Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone. The lightest shade of NYX Rock and Roll was used for my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone for my brow bones.
I applied Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black on my upper lash line and waterline, smudged out with MAC Humid.
Urban Decay Mildew was used for my lower lash line, also smudged out with Humid.
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Cargo Rome on cheeks (swatch and review coming soon)
MAC Harmony to contour
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (swatch and review coming soon)
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil on lips

I used not to like gold at all because I associated it with the type of accessories my mother/grandmother would wear. It is supposed to be traditional and old-fashioned, not cool. Even with my initial success with Urban Decay Half Naked, I didn’t feel the impulse to collect more gold eyeshadows. After I saw how L’Oreal HiP Metallic Shadow duo in Gilded worked for me however, the gold-digging monster awoke in me. MAC Woodwinked is my latest acquisition, but I already have MAC Goldmine, MAC Gorgeous Gold, and NARS Paramaribo (among many others haha) high on my wish list! Woodwinked is a shimmery warm gold on me. I see a bit of red in it, so it is almost coppery but not quite.

I knew that Darkhorse would be a no-brainer to pair with it, but just because it’s a great shade doesn’t mean I have to prove it to my dear readers in each and every one of my FOTDs. Instead, I grabbed my Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone and used the crease shade of the right column for the outer third of my lids. I had not previously used this shade before, but it’s a charcoal brown with gold shimmer, so what could possibly go wrong? It turned out that I basically hit the jackpot! Not only did the gold shimmer play very nicely with Woodwinked, two things that I had not foreseen happened. First of all, when paired with gold, this crease shade shows an interesting green tinge. It’s almost as if it were rusted brass or something. I’m sorry I can’t come up with a more romantic/accurate comparison, but that was the first thing that popped up in my head when I was applying this eyeshadow, and I was mesmerized. Second, this makes a killer crease shade for me personally, because it is so natural yet effective that it is as if I had a real crease! I don’t know what makes this so special. I have seen a lot of good crease shades, but not all of them make it look like I have a real crease.

For my lower lash line, I opted for Urban Decay Mildew, and I smudged both my upper and lower lash line out with MAC Humid. Humid is a bold green that is actually pretty versatile, and pairing it with gold is one of my favorite ways to wear it! The effect is not very much in-your-face, but it is definitely there.

Before I can blabber on and on, let’s see some more pictures!

Behold the pop of green:

At a certain angle you see the greenish tinge of the crease shade:

With my downcast eyes, you can see the shimmery gold in MAC Woodwinked better:

All in all I was pretty happy about it! On my cheeks I tested out Cargo Rome and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. I’ll have the swatches and reviews up soon!

The only part that I couldn’t quite “make it work” was still the lip color, so I just went with my lip balm instead. I would love for example a peachy and a coral lip product, but picking lip products is usually very difficult for me. My lips are naturally pretty pigmented, so a lot of lipsticks/glosses that look great in the tube don’t change anything at all for me. I am not too comfortable wearing very bold lip colors yet (and I don’t want my lip color to compete with my eyes), so I am a bit stuck. Does anyone have any recommendations? I would really appreciate it!

That’s my green and gold FOTD for ya! If you like it, please “like” this post, follow me with Bloglovin’, or leave a comment (especially if you have recommendations for good coral/peachy lip colors)! Thanks guys! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, please stay tuned and stick around!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Glittery Darkhorse and (Accidental) Dramatic Liner with Urban Decay Naked Palette

If you get to know me a little better, you’ll know that I am always running late. Doesn’t matter where I have to be or when I have to be there, I am most probably running late.

The same thing happened when I was supposed to meet HM in Brussels yesterday. She was estimated to get there at 9, so I was supposed to be out of my door at around 8:20. However, it was almost 8 when I was out of the shower with my hair blown dry, so I knew I was going to be late… In that case, all the new things I planned to try on my face had to wait. Instead, I opted for a look I have done a couple of times before but one that I dearly love.

For the list of products I used and more photos, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
I primed my eyelids with UDPP (unless otherwise stated, I systematically use UDPP) before putting Sidecar from the Naked Palette on the inner half of my lids, and Darkhorse on the outer half. I used Virgin to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Bourbon and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Exposed on cheek
MAC Harmony to contour my cheekbones
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil on lips

I know I am this close to pronouncing my everlasting love for Darkhorse, because I incorporate it in a ton of looks that I do. Nevertheless, I have to bring your attention to the fact that it looks particularly hot with Sidecar. There are a lot of different looks that I like on myself, but a combination like Sidecar and Darkhorse is nothing short of mind-blowing and I am not even capable of telling you why! Admittedly Sidecar is not a standout shade from the Naked Palette. Compared with a lot of other shades it is not as insanely pigmented (don’t get me wrong because it IS pigmented. It’s just that I need maybe an extra swipe or two with my MAC 239), and it is the only one that has glittery fallout. Naturally, in my state of haste I completely forgot to hold a tissue over my face while I was using this shade, so by the time I was done there was a bit of glitter everywhere (I found a grain of glitter under my nose, if you can believe it). It was mostly cleared up after foundation and setting powder, but you can still see a bit around my eyes in the close-up pictures. I would suggest you use a patting motion with a shading brush when it comes to this shadow, hold a tissue under your eyes during application, and do your foundation afterwards. I would more than love to find a dupe for Sidecar sans glitter, but before that can happen I am willing to live with it.

Here are some close-up photos so you can see my eye makeup properly:

I call my more dramatic liner an accident because it really was an accident. You know what they say about haste making waste, and in my frantic hurry I drew the liner a bit farther out than I intended to. To balance it out, I had to repeat the same mistake on my other eye. I thought my eyes looked a bit rounder this way, which I was not so used to. However, HM really loved it, and by the end of the day I was convinced it isn’t a bad way to line my eyes at all!

Because my eyes were sparkly enough, I opted for a matte blush Exposed, and I contoured my face with MAC Harmony instead of bronzing it up with Bali Brown. I didn’t use any lipstick/gloss all day, so when I finally got around to taking pictures I just slathered some lip balm on. The Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil is definitely not my favorite lip balm because it disappears from my lips so fast, but since I bought it in a discount pack at Walgreens I’ll finish it. It is very slightly tinted but I doubt very much it changes the color of my lips in a detectable way, so what you see in these pictures are pretty much my natural lip color.

One more picture so you can see how much thicker my eyeliner was. You can also see my cheekbones are more sculpted with MAC Harmony. By the way, Tarte Exposed was faded after 12 hours when these pictures were finally taken, but it was definitely still there!

Last but not least, the Beautybay goodies that are supposed to be my Christmas present from Dr. D finally arrived last night! After I opened the packaging, Tango and Muffin swiftly proceeded to proclaiming their territory on the packaging material. In the picture below, Tango is sitting on the plastic wrapper while Muffin occupies the box. Tango’s tail is a blur because he was annoyed with Dr. D, who was trying to direct their attention to the camera by making some noise.

I will for sure review what I got soon! I just have to wait for better natural light to take my swatch pictures… Stay tuned and stay around folks!

Until then, I hope everybody is alive and kicking!

Sunny xx

FOTD: Golden Olive, a Subtle Way to Wear Green with MAC Sumptuous Olive, Urban Decay Stash, and the Naked Palette

(I’m sorry about the bathroom picture, but the pictures I managed to snap before leaving the house this morning were not of good quality, and by the time I got home at night my bathroom is basically the place that has the best lighting for photos)

Hello everybody!

Phew, the weekend is almost over. One more day and it’s the weekend! How are you guys doing? Are you planning for the weekend already?

I went to Brussels today with my best friend HM and ex-roommate T. We all met in Taiwan 6 and a half years ago. When I think about it I can hardly believe how much time has gone by! Just because any excuse is good for playing with makeup, I tried to incorporate some colors into my look today. Don’t be frightened even if you are a total newbie when it comes to non-neutral eyeshadows though. As you will see, this is really a very subtle and safe way of exploring the realm of colors!

To see more photos and the list of products I used, please keep reading!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 53 Light Beige
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder
Bobbi Brown Sable on eyebrows
MAC Sumptuous Olive on inner half of the lids, Urban Decay Smog on the outer half, and Darkhorse in the outer v.
The lightest shade of the NYX Rock and Roll trio to highlight my inner corners, and Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my brow bones.
For my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay Stash and Urban Decay Darkhorse to smudge it out a bit.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black for my upper lash line
Maybelline Magnum Volum’ Express Black (waterproof)
Tarte Peaceful on cheek
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown under my cheekbones, sweeping into my temples and forehead
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on the top of my cheekbones and down my nose bridge
MAC Sweetie

Here are two close-up photos of my eye so you can see everything clearly:

As you can see, Sumptuous Olive’s green sheen is subtle. You can only see a flash of green from certain angles, so if you are just getting into wearing more colors it is a shade I would highly recommend. It allows you to experiment without going out of your comfort zone, and it is quite a team player! Urban Decay Stash performs beautifully well on my lower lash line. Even though I used Darkhorse to smudge it out, you can definitely catch the green in it. If you are a bit more comfortable with wearing colors, you can easily smudge it out with for example Urban Decay Mildew instead.

One last photo in which you can see more of that olive green:

All the photos were taken a bit more than 12 hours after the application. However, besides having to blot my T-zone once and reapply my lipstick, I think my makeup held up really well until I decided to remove it! Thumbs up for quality cosmetics!

How do you feel about wearing colors? Are you comfortable with it or are you still feeling your way around? What are your favorite colors if you use any? Are you a green fiend (hahaha I just found the definition of green fiend on Urban Dictionary. Let’s say I am not a green fiend in that sense, but if Urban Decay names this eyeliner Stash, I think it is only appropriate to make this association) like me?

Swatch & Review: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Bone (02)

I should probably be doing the dishes instead, but since I know I’ll slack off during the weekend I’ll just put one last post out there 🙂

Back in August, I had a free makeover at the Bobbi Brown counter in Taiwan. Well, free is never free in the makeup world, because if something is good, you end up doling money out for it :p But anyways, that’s how I met Bone. I used to highlight my browbones with a shimmery shade. Not super metallic or anything, because I also dislike the too in-your-face kind of browbone highlight, but definitely shimmery. I’m a pretty hardcore shimmery shade lover, and I can count with one hand the matte eyeshadows I have. On top of that, I also heard a shimmery shade makes more sense just because browbones have a natural sheen, and a matte eyeshadow wouldn’t cut it.

After experimenting with Bone however, I can tell you that’s unfounded. Bone is a matte white in pan, the kind of white that looks a bit like paint. Shocking eh? I managed to scare myself with the swatch on the back of my hand. The texture and color pay-off of this shadow is what you would expect from a high-end one, meaning it’s soft, silky, smooth, and very true-to-pan. It is not at all chalky or powdery. It’s not easy to do matte shadows well, but both matte Bobbi Brown shadows I own definitely deliver. I got mine through a swap, and I think the swapper got it in a set, because the packaging looks different from all the Bobbi Brown shadows I’ve seen, including the old screw-lid top (which has see-through plastic on top). That and it says not for individual sale on a sticker.

In the swatches you can see how it looks both swatched normally and sheered out. When it’s sheered out, it leaves nary any color but definitely a trace of sheen. What I like particularly like about this shade is that because it becomes almost invisible (unless you REALLY feel the need of using a heavy hand), I can use it across my brow bones rather than just on the arches. I am, well, Asian, and my facial features don’t stand out as much as Caucasian ones. It’s nice to have some “help” from this shadow. Even when I wear my glasses and no other makeup (I ALWAYS fill in my brows though, just because otherwise I have none), I really enjoy the lift Bone gives to my eyebrows. The second I put this shadow on my browbones I can see the difference. It gives a lift to my eyebrows while staying invisible. I’ve had many pictures taken when I have this shadow on for browbone highlight, but no weird reflection has been spotted. I’m about MAC NC30 in terms of skin tone, and even when I had more of a tan it still looks natural on me.

I’m not saying everybody should use a matte shadow to highlight their browbones. In fact, from what I can see (both in real life and makeup tutorials) most people do it with a shimmery eyeshadow. If you don’t go overboard I still find it really pretty. It’s just that I’m very much impressed by Bone and I think I’ll go on doing my browbone highlight with it.