Jun 232012
 

I am very fond of optimising a few makeup products to do quick makeup and create different looks. One of my hobbies is experimenting with just pencil eyeliner and lipstick. These 2 products came to my rescue at a time when I didn’t own any other makeup. I would change my look to suit the occasion just by tweaking these 2 products.

Natural day wear look

  1. Use the eyeliner pencil to draw a short thin line on the upper lid from the outer corner. Do not extend the line all the way but just about one third or halfway.
  2. Smudge the line using your finger from the outer corner inwards.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 below the lower lash line but with a thinner line.
  4. Apply a dark red or purple lipstick using your fingertip. Rub the lipstick onto your finger and spread the colour onto your lips. Make sure the colour is evenly spread. This should leave a coloured ‘stain’ on your lips. This gives your lips a ‘just kissed’ look ;-).

Office: day or evening wear look

  1. Use the eyeliner pencil to draw a line just above the upper lashes from corner to corner.
  2. Draw a thin line below your lower lashes as close to the lash line as possible. To make it easier to do this, look upwards into your mirror and tug gently at the outer corner of your eye.
  3. Line the inner rim (waterline) of your lower lash line with the eyeliner pencil.
  4. Apply a dark red or purple lipstick using your fingertip. Rub the lipstick onto your finger and spread the colour onto your lips. Make sure the colour is evenly spread. This should leave a coloured ‘stain’ on your lips.

Casual night wear look

  1. Use the eyeliner pencil to draw a short thin line on the upper lid from the outer corner. Do not extend the line all the way but just about one third or halfway.
  2. Smudge the line using your finger from the outer corner inwards.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 below the lower lash line but with a thinner line.
  4. Apply a dark lipstick in 2 coats. Blot with a tissue or spread the colour with your finger after applying the first coat.

Formal night wear look

  1. Rub the tip of your finger onto the lipstick (must be a dark one in maroon, plum, grape, purple or deep, dull pink). Take only a small spot of colour.
  2. Lightly dab onto the outer corner of the upper lid of your eye.
  3. Smudge it with your finger in one smooth stroke first along the lash line from the outer corner inwards.
  4. Then smudge it in the same way along the crease line (the groove that you feel at the top of your eyelid where the eyeball appears to end).
  5. The colour should now be darker towards the outer corner and should fade inwards. If you feel that the colour is not visible, repeat steps 1, 2, 3 and 4. Just make sure that the colour is much lighter than it appears in the lipstick.
  6. Use the eyeliner pencil to draw a line just above the upper lashes from corner to corner.
  7. Apply the same lipstick in 2 coats. Blot with a tissue or spread the colour with your finger after applying the first coat.

Clubbing or party night wear look

 

  1. Use the eyeliner pencil to draw a line just above the upper lashes from corner to corner.
  2. Keeping the eye closed, hold the lid taut with your finger by placing it at the outer corner of the lid and tugging gently. Tilt your chin up so that you’re kind of looking down into your mirror.
  3. Hold the pencil at an angle to the outer corner of your eye and the other end of the pencil is pointing towards your temple.
  4. Now extend the line just a little (about 1 cm) beyond the eye by lightly dragging the pencil point towards the end of your eyebrow thus creating an outward flick. If the flick is not even or dark enough, repeat this method. (Do not try to put the point of the pencil directly to the flick to fill it in.) Hint: If you draw lightly with the pencil, you get a nice wispy tip to the flick which prevents the line from looking too artificial. Don’t try to define the tip of the flick.
  5. Draw a thin line below your lower lashes as close to the lash line as possible. To make it easier to do this, look upwards into your mirror and tug gently at the outer corner of your eye.
  6. Define the inner corner by tracing its border with the liner. Keep the line thin.
  7. If drawing a line below your lower lashes seems too difficult, just line your lower waterline (inner rim) with the eyeliner pencil by rubbing the pencil point along it.
  8. Apply a nude or slightly pink lip gloss or lip balm to your lips. If you are very dark, first line your lips with purple liner if you have one, smudge the line with your finger and then apply the gloss. The liner will give more definition to nude lip colours on a very dark skin.


For darker eye makeup, look up my smokey eye makeup tutorial which uses only one more product, mascara.

Jun 212012
 

This is another 5-minute look with eyeliner and lipstick for beginners. (If you have large eyes, don’t do this look.)
Note: Before applying any makeup you must wash your face with a soap-free cleanser, pat dry and apply a moisturiser suited to your skin type followed by a sunscreen.

You will need:
1 eyeliner pencil (black or brown)
1 lip balm
1 tissue
1 lipstick

Method:

  1. Make sure the eyeliner pencil is sharpened. Gently pull the lower lid of your eye slightly down. Place the side of your eyeliner point on the lower waterline that is now exposed (inner rim of your eye) and rub it along the entire lower waterline from corner to corner.
  2. Apply lip balm to your lips. Invest in a good one. I use Nivea Fruity Shine. The balm helps the lipstick to glide on smoothly. Press the tissue against your lips to blot off any excess balm.
  3. Apply the lipstick to your bottom lip from the outer corners to the centre. Wait a few seconds and press your lips together very gently (DO NOT rub them together). This will leave an impression on your upper lip that you can use as a guide for filling in the lipstick there (the Cupid’s bow on that lip can be tricky).
  4. Apply lipstick on the upper lip from the centre dip of your lip to the outer corners. Wait a few seconds and gently press your lips together again.
  5. Gently massage the colour into your lips with your finger. This will even out the lipstick helping it reach all the folds of your lips as well as help the colour to last longer. If you don’t like getting your fingers messy then use a tissue to blot your lips by folding it in half and closing your lips over the tissue as though you’re chomping down on it.
  6. Reapply the lipstick on both lips as described before.

Let’s do a quick recap

Step 1: Eyeliner
Step 2: Lip balm
Step 3: Lipstick

Tips:
* If you want a very light stain on your lips, simply spread the colour on your lips with a finger.

Jun 052012
 

One of the things I detest about the makeovers that makeup counters offer, is their idea of makeup. They seem to think that makeup is meant not to enhance your features, but to give you a new face (or should I say ‘mask’). Makeup is best when applied in small quantities and in colours that suit your skin tone specifically.

This article will teach makeup application for beginners. You will learn how to do makeup for a regular day out whether at work or in college or with friends.

Note: Before applying any makeup you must wash your face with a soap-free cleanser, pat dry and apply a moisturiser suited to your skin type followed by a sunscreen.

Basic makeup is:
1. Eyeliner
2. Lipstick

You will need:
1 eyeliner pencil (black or brown)
1 lip balm
1 tissue
1 lipstick

Method:

This is my face without any makeup.

My face without makeup

  1. Close one eye. Place your index finger (of the hand you don’t use for writing) on the outer corner of the closed eye and pull gently so that the upper lid is stretched. This is what I do to draw an even, straight line on the upper lid.

    Stretching the eyelid gently with the index finger

  2. Hold the eyeliner close to the lash line at the outer corner of your upper lid and lightly draw a line from there till the inner corner.

    Positioning the eyeliner pencil on the lid

    I rarely get it in one sweep so I draw halfway along the lashline from the outer corner and then draw halfway from the inner corner. Then if there is any gap left in the middle, it’s easy to fill it in. This method always gives me an even line.

  3. Once that is done you can make the line darker wherever you want by going over the first line again. I suggest keeping it darker and thicker towards the outer corner and thinner towards the inner corner.

    Eyeliner applied

  4. Apply lip balm to your lips. Invest in a good one. I use Nivea Fruity Shine. The balm helps the lipstick to glide on smoothly. Press the tissue against your lips to blot off any excess balm.
  5. Apply the lipstick to your bottom lip from the outer corners to the centre. Wait a few seconds and press your lips together very gently (DO NOT rub them together). This will leave an impression on your upper lip that you can use as a guide for filling in the lipstick there (the Cupid’s bow on that lip can be tricky).

    After applying lipstick on bottom lip and pressing my lips together

  6. Apply lipstick on the upper lip from the centre dip of your lip to the outer corners. Wait a few seconds and gently press your lips together again.

    After applying lipstick on both, the bottom and upper lip

  7. Gently massage the colour into your lips with your finger. This will even out the lipstick helping it reach all the folds of your lips as well as help the colour to last longer. If you don’t like getting your fingers messy then use a tissue to blot your lips by folding it in half and closing your lips over the tissue as though you’re chomping down on it.
     

    Lipstick after blotting

    Hold the tissue between your lips to blot off excess lipstick
  8. Reapply the lipstick on both lips as described before.

    After reapplying lipstick

    That’s it!

    My face with Basic Makeup in 5 mins: eyeliner and lipstick

Let’s do a quick recap

Step 1: Eyeliner
Step 2: Lip balm
Step 3: Lipstick

Tips:
*If you want a very light stain on your lips, simply spread the colour on your lips with a finger.
*If the liner on your upper eyelid seems too scary a task, skip that and just rub the point of the liner along the inner rim of your lower eyelid. Make it nice and dark. Then close your eyes. The lower line will leave an impression at the base of the upper row of lashes making them look darker. 

Products used in this post:
Eyeliner pencil: L’Oreal Contour Kohl 131, Jet Black
Lipbalm: Nivea Fruity Shine, Pomegranate
Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick 015, Grape

For an even easier version of 5 min makeup do read Non-Fussy Makeup in 5min (version 2).

Check out my post on Shopping For Makeup Without Getting Conned for tips on improving your makeup shopping experience without overspending.