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15 Liquid Eyeliners Tried & Tested

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This post has been sitting in dust for MONTHS. Lol. I photographed them in a day, but took forever to edit the photos, another forever to finally place this on my priority list, and another 5 minutes to decide, okie this should be #1 on that priority list.

There are thousands of articles out there that do comparisons on the different forms of eyeliners – pencil, gel, liquid. I’m going to do one solely focused on liquid eyeliners and the different types of tips found on them.

My first eyeliner was a pencil. Everyone started with a pencil, right? :) It’s the most accessible form, sold in all cosmetics stores because they can be stored for a long time; most people think it’s the easiest to apply; and liquid/gel/cake liners sound too advanced for newbies. At least to me they did.

I went from pencil >> liquid >> gel >> liquid. I think I will stay a fan of liquid eyeliners for a long time. In this post, I’m going to do a comparison of 15 liquid eyeliners from various brands, categorized into 3 different types of tips.

What I look for in an eyeliner:

  1. Ease of use
  2. Lasting power
  3. Opacity

1. Liquid Eyeliner – Felt Tip (Dip)

My first liquid eyeliner was the felt tip kind, those you have to dip in and out of the little bottle to reload the tip.

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Lancome Artliner 24H | Black – A long time ago, I reviewed my first Lancome Artliner, which I didn’t like. This improved version’s felt tip is sharper and therefore more precise, but still, it’s not quite what I want in an eyeliner. It makes my lashes stick together and harden them and makes mascara application a nightmare. I do like its opacity and elegant glossy look, but the mascara application hurdle is a turn-off.

1028 Visual Therapy Infinity Aqua Eyeliner – One of the not-quite-good-but-not-horrid kind of products. It’s just… so-so. It has a softer felt tip as compared to the Lancome Artliner, is less glossy and less opaque.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner | 14   MUFE has a black version but I bought this one with a sprinkling of glitter for fun, so I guess it’s not a true comparison. It doesn’t make my lashes stick together, but the pigmentation is a letdown, way too diluted – not enough black, not enough glitter.

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2. Liquid Eyeliner – Felt Tip (Marker)

Another kind of tip typical of liquid eyeliners is the marker-like, foam tip applicator. It is used like a marker and can be dual-sided but is more commonly single-sided. This is the type of liquid eyeliner I would recommend to beginners because the rigid tip provides great control and is more forgiving towards mistakes.

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The common problem of felt tip eyeliners is that when they start to dry out, the tip will become less sharp, distort, and even fray out. That usually happens way sooner than should be legally allowed. HAHA.

Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner | Carbon Black — Highly raved by countless makeup artists and beauty bloggers. At one time, it was so sought after that I could not find any to purhase; it was OOS at all the Sephoras in Singapore! I was ecstatic when Sephora sent me this. Finally I was able to put to test its claims of being waterproof, smudgeproof, lash-enhancing, and super easy to apply. I’ve even seen Lisa Eldridge use it as mascara in her one of her videos. Well, my verdict is that it is pretty good, but not that fantastic. Perhaps overly high expectations killed it. Opacity is fine, but not up to mark in terms of smudgeproof and waterproof abilities.

Elianto Eyeliner Pen | Twilight Black – This was one of my favorites for quite a while! Reached for it everyday because it was long-lasting and quick-drying, and provided precision in drawing lines. I bought this in City Square, Johor Bahru. Elianto is not available in Singapore.

Maxigrade Eyeliner | SP: Another one of my go-to for a while. It seamlessly glides on and fills in spaces, without smudging or pulling. It also deposits just the right amount of color on the lids, guaranteeing an even line in just one stroke. I would have preferred it to be blacker though.

NYX Two Timer | Jet Black – This is a dual-sided eyeliner with a soft kajal eyeliner on one end and a liquid liner on the other. The kajal aids the transition from a day to night look with a smokier black eyeline. The kohl liner makes tightlining easy, as do all pencils, but it smudged on me, as do most pencils. The liquid liner is… ok, I guess. The pen is a little too long, hindering ease of use.

MAC Penultimate Eye Liner | Rapidblack – Provides smooth and controlled application every time and also dispenses constant color. Very easy to draw, but not up to mark in terms of opacity. The ends of my eyeline usually fades by late afternoon.

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Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Foundation & Compact Makeup Review

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Foundations are just getting better and better – they not only give hope for blemished skin to look smooth and flawless, they now come with skincare properties that promise to leave our skin feeling hydrated and fresh even AFTER we take it off.

While looking super elegant and sexy at the same time.

My Thoughts On What Makes A Good Foundation

  • On a good skin day -> Enhances my skin, not mask it
  • On a bad skin day -> Conceals my skin imperfections and not aggravate the sensitivity
  • Have enough shades to match different skin tones and undertones
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Does not clog my pores

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF15/PA++ fulfills all my requirements and then some. I am in LOVE.

I first got to try it at the Estee Lauder photoshoot.

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It also comes with SPF15 and is super-charged with the ingenious Revival Plant Extract which has the ability to preserve itself from dryness. Say what?

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This extract is derived from the hardiest wild flowering plant in the Balkans, known as the ‘Resurrection Plant’. It survives in the harshest weather conditions by being able to completely dry out and then bounce back once water is introduced.

What an interesting plant, isn’t it!  Woah, what would I give to possess such dexterity for survival and self-motivation! It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated even AFTER removing it.

The formula also contains a patented Sustainable Moisture Complex composed of hyaluronic acid and ceramide spheres to lock in the moisture even after makeup is removed.

Hydrated skin is hard to come by, especially in our erratic weather, so this moisture-infused foundation is definitely going to deliver the extra dewiness that Asian skin needs.

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Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes For Sensitive Skin: A Backstage Necessity

Have you been to a fashion show before?

These are the things that people are most excited about:

Hair and makeup

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(GORGEOUS!)

Models getting ready to go on stage

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They strut their stuff

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They do the final walk out together

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The esteemed designer takes the walk of honor

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(Karl Lagerfeld’s 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection for CHANEL, held January 21st at the Grand Palais in Paris. Don’t think I don’t keep up with fashion trends just because I’m a beauty blogger hor. Hahaha. I absolutely LOVE this collection for its clean lines, fitted cuts, feminine lines, and eclectic embellishments.)

 

Everyone claps and leaves.

What happens then?

Have you ever wondered?

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What happens backstage,

To the models?

Away from the blinding stage lights, down the flight of stairs lit by florescent bulbs, navigating through a maze of laminated corridors, into a sea of garment, sequins, hair sprays and stilettos, the model charges towards her seat and into her bag reaches for the one thing that puts a stop to the day’s work.

Ah, found it! In her hand, a pack of FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES.

At the end of the day, it’s another show over. Models want to remove their wigs and makeup quickly and retire for the day.

I haven’t been to a Chanel Fashion Show, but I guess this is what happens backstage.

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We’re not all models and celebrities, but we do still wear makeup, don’t we?

There’s nothing more satisfying than a splash of water, but when we don’t have the time or tools to properly wash our faces with cleanser and water, cleansing wipes save the day!

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes

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For over 100 years, NIVEA has constantly provided high quality products at affordable prices. I’m sure every household has a little NIVEA-something. :)

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes are perfect for those of us who are too tired/lazy/drunk/don’t have access to clean water to clean our faces before bed. For people who are traveling, hitting the gym or those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, using a wipe to remove grime on the skin is better than doing nothing.

Seriously, it’s the ONE STEP that decides if you are going to have clogged pores and dirty pillow cases or not!

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My First Video Makeup Tutorial: For Eczema & Psoriasis

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“Where can I find your makeup tutorial videos?”

That would be the most popular question I’ve received in my blogging career.

Each time, I’ve had to politely reply that I do not have any, simply because I am unable to handle the nurturing of another social media channel on top of what I currently manage – Blog, Instagram, Facebook.

Truth is — I AM SHY. SHY. SHY. No, really! You can’t say I’m a natural at this. XD

Perhaps I’ve grown older and my hide has become thicker HAHAHA, and but also since I’ve received a lot of requests on how I’ve been taking care of my skin and the products I use to cover my blemises after the terrible facial scare, that I decided,

“If not now,

Then when?”

So I made the first step forward and here’s my VERY FIRST MAKEUP TUTORIAL ON VIDEO!

AAAHHHHHH!!!

Excuse me if my presentation looks too amateur-ish, I tried not to look too much at my script but I kept forgetting my lines (yes, I composed a SCRIPT). And my eyes kept darting all over the place. @_@ LOL!

Alright, now enjoy! :D

Apart from the updates about my recovery journey from the facial incident, I also wrote a detailed post on my updated current skincare regime.

Well, apart from wanting to take a baby step forward to start appearing in moving visual images, another reason I did this was because I feel strongly for people who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, melasma, rosacea, and psoriasis. I HAVE THEM TOO. Not all at once and not all of them –  thankfully – but I do suffer from a few and understand how they (YOU) feel.

Of course, this post is not only for people who suffer from skin conditions, it is also for those who do not.

I used to literally have goosebumps when I see people with a skin condition. I’d think to myself ‘Why doesn’t she see a skin doctor?’, ‘Why would anyone leave the house like that?’.

But I have learnt there could be plenty of reasons why people look… well, different. Remember that people with skin conditions didn’t chose to look like that, they were born this way.

Although the severity of a skin condition changes over time, it is a lifelong condition. A lack of public understanding about skin conditions causes many sufferers to feel isolated and ostracized. If you do a search on the Internet, there are many home remedies, but these are often not proven so just be wary of them. I would advise you to seek professional help, like I did.

Some Skin Conditions

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The skin conditions I’ve shown here are NOT CONTAGIOUS and sufferers CAN lead fulfilling lives. We just need to be more understanding and supportive and make them feel more welcome in society.

 

6_With Wand_120 Makeup Tip: Just because you have a skin condition doesn’t mean that you should stay completely away from makeup. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but be more aware of what we put on our face and body. Check the ingredient list, expiry date and if you can, test it on other parts of your body first.

So remember, you CAN be beautiful even with a skin condition. :)

 

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Biore Micellar Cleansing Water Review: Cleanse Away Your Day For Great Skin

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Let’s do a MAKEUP REMOVAL EXPERIMENT today! :)

But before I start, who is guilty of not removing makeup before bed? I most certainly am not.

No matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make it a point to remove all traces of makeup before I hit the sack. A shower is negotiable, but makeup removal I’ll never skip!

Imagine tossing and turning, and having one-day-old makeup wiping on your pillow case. Unless you stay in a hotel with room service, you don’t change your sheets every day, do you? So the next time you go to bed with clean skin, you’ll be sleeping on a pillow case that’s been dirtied with old makeup stains. Ew!

That’s just how the OCD side of me views it, but if that’s not enough to scare you, here are more negative effects of sleeping with makeup:

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  1. Makeup can clog pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of ACNE
  2. Overnight makeup prevents the skin from recovering itself naturally at night, causing BLACKHEADS, ACNE, DULLNESS
  3. Environmental pollutants stick to the make-up, causing what is known as oxidative stress, where skin is attacked by harmful free radicals. This decreases the production of collagen and promotes WRINKLES
  4. Moisturizer cannot be absorbed into the skin, resulting in DEHYDRATED SKIN and ENLARGED PORES

For every one night you don’t bother, your skin AGES by more than 2 nights. Is it worth skipping one night for?

I know, I know, it can be a real pain sometimes. Reaching home late, exhausted, and the last — the last — thing you want to do is wash your face.

I also know we’ve all had experiences with makeup removers that leave a sticky residue, don’t clean all that properly which translates to more hassle to triple cleanse, or oil-based removers that don’t sit too well with oily and sensitive skin.

All these make makeup removal the last of our priorities. But think of it this way, you spend at least 30 minutes dolling yourself up, surely a couple of minutes isn’t too much to ask for to remove it all, yeah? :)

Let me introduce to you my new best friend – Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water.

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I have oily skin that is high in sensitivity so it’s not easy finding a makeup remover that is mild yet effective enough.

So glad to have found in Biore Micellar Cleansing Water a perfect way to quickly and effectively remove ALL my makeup!

Micellar Water has been a long-time favorite of makeup artists for its efficiency in cleansing skin since they need to quickly remove and create a new look on a fresh canvas. ‘Micellar Water’ is not a household term yet, but I know for sure it’s gonna change! :D

What Is Micellar Water?

Oh, how silly of me. All that chatter about Micellar and not having to rinse your face afterwards, and you probably don’t know what it is in the first place!

Micellar water originated in France and gained its name because of the micelles molecules in its water-like formula. When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle manner.

The Biore Micellar Cleansing Water contains an ultra gentle yet effective makeup removal formula – natural mineral water from Japanese Alps with Micellar Watery Technology, to be exact, for the thorough removal of makeup.

On top of effectively removing makeup, it contains an anti-bacterial formula that helps prevent pimples and outbreaks, and minimizes pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Biore Micellar Cleansing Water VS Brand X

Let’s get down to comparing the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water and Brand X!

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As per the instructions, place soaked cotton pad onto closed eyes for 5 seconds before wiping off gently.

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Woman To Man Makeup Tutorial For Nuffnang 007 Birthday Bash

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The long weekend has arrived! WOOHOO! Was just lying on my bed reflecting on what has happened the past 7 months and I’m truly grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way.

Then I realized that I haven’t wrote about the fun we had at Nuffnang Birthday Bash 007 which was in FEBRUARY. Bahahaha!!

I always love dressing up for occasions, and better UN-pretty than pretty, because you know, it’s hard to beat pretty. Lol.

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Got the old school red plastic piggybank from a neighborhood shop, they’re so rare these days! And the pirated nerf gun was specially chosen by Mr Mode. After the event he brought it home to play.

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Smirk It

First, practise the smirk. HAHAHA! The middle one was the one I used the most for the night. I don’t know why, but that’s how I’d smirk if I were a guy~. Heh.

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Sideburns, The More The Merrier

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The sideburns were the hardest to get right! >.<

I set the base with black/grey eyeshadow first, but it looked one dimensional and too gentle, so I used crayon eyeliner. It was tough finding the right eyeliner coz if it’s too creamy, it would smudge too well and look too soft. If it’s too dry, it would be impossible to smudge at all, and the strokes would look too harsh.

I even resorted to using mascara to replicate hair in the last picture. But that idea was scraped coz it didn’t work out quite as expected.

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AB Automatic Beauty Eyelid Tapes Review + Step-By-Step Tutorial On How To Apply

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You know what they say – ‘No two eyes look the same’, as with most features like eyebrows, ears, and boobies. Lol. Studies show that more symmetric faces are preferred because symmetry is a possible honest sign of superior genetic quality and developmental stability.

In short, the quest for SYMMETRY is deep-rooted in our human instincts. :)

Let me share with you today how, with the help of a simple double-sided eyelid tape called AB Mezical Fiber 2, I transformed my fickle-minded left hooded eyelid to not only be of symmetry to the right, but also created a higher crease!

(You stand a chance to win cash and products too! More in a bit!)

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How To Get A Higher Crease & More Permanent Double Eyelids

Step 1:

Use the shaping stick that comes with every pack to mark out your desired crease. Go over several times to strengthen the line so that it’s obvious enough for you to know where to paste the Mezical Fiber 2 eyelid sticker.

Tip: I like to mark it higher to cushion the effect of gravitational pull.

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(Sigh, that’s the scar from my recent eye accident. :( SO UGLY. )

Step 2:

Bun Bun shall take the stage for a while. Hoho.

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Step-By-Step Makeup Tutorial: How To Conceal Bruise With Makeup

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On my Dayre Day 108 – 18 Apr 2014 (bruise more obvious here: Day 112 ) , I shared with you guys how I woke up in the middle of the night, suffered a brutal knock on my left eye against the concrete window ledge, bled like mad, suffered a major headache, thought nothing much of it and went back to sleep. LOL.

For the next few days I had a swollen eye and bruise, the next few weeks I still had the bruise, and now…… there’s a scar. :(

It didn’t look serious enough to me, but my nurse friend saw it and told me to quickly go to the hospital. Apparently, it was quite a deep cut and the doctors told me because of the delay, there would be SCARRING. It sucks to have to deal with an unsightly scar, bu I’m grateful it was the eyelid and not the EYEBALL. That’s why I’m giving back by making this tutorial. Lol.

This was how I looked probably one week after the incident. You can see the yellow-brown circling the socket of the injured left eye.

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I’ll do my best to include links to where to find the products so that you don’t have to do the hunting. :)

Prepping

The Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB is my super favorite makeup base that I use almost everyday, except when I’m testing out a new product or just switching things up for a bit.

For bases, I prefer to apply with duo fiber brushes. Seen here is the Hakuhodo J544.

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Alternatives:

 

If you use powder foundation, apply concealer BEFORE. If you use liquid foundation, apply concealer AFTER.

I’m a liquid foundation kind of girl, so it’s always foundation first, then concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation gives amazing coverage and has great lasting power, but it’s precisely because it gives such a flawless finish that I don’t use it too often.

Foundations that I like:

 

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Concealing

This is the Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer which I like to use to cover very dark eye circles, or in this case, a bad bruise. Note that it is very dry and can be difficult to blend with the fingers. Not a top choice when you are in a rush.

I much prefer to use brushes and the Sigma F70 has been a longtime favorite and workhorse.

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Apply the salmon shade on the blue/purple areas.

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Other concealers with good coverage that I like:

 

Then use a more emollient concealer on the centre to ‘move’ the drier concealer, best if it has a brightening effect as well. I used Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light here.

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Step-By-Step Latin Ballroom Stage Makeup Tutorial

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Of course, you know that this look is not confined to the perimeters of Latin Ballroom Dancing, right? I just entitled this post ‘Step-By-Step Latin Ballroom Stage Makeup Tutorial‘ because, well, this was my look for my very first Latin Ballroom performance! :D

I photographed the steps for this look on the second day of a 2-day show as the check-in time was later for the second day. First day was a mad rush! Had to check in early in the morning for stage runs and rehearsals.

One reason for making a detailed tutorial for this look was because it really isn’t a complicated look. I completed my own makeup within 30 minutes (35 minutes, tops? I didn’t time myself but it didn’t feel very long) and if you were to follow through the steps below, you’d definitely have people complimenting your makeup next time. ^_^*

Another reason is that the only difference between this stage makeup look and my usual looks is the intensity of colors, and I have plenty of makeup tutorials here. So don’t overthink! It’s not that difficult. :)

The third reason is that I haven’t done a step-by-step tutorial in too long a time. HAHAHA! The last one was this.

I’m gonna jump right straight into eye makeup because while most people have minimal problems applying foundation, they are stuck when it comes to eye makeup.

These were the items used on my face, I think I forgot to place some more items like concealers. It’s actually not a lot…….. it just LOOKS like a lot. Lol. You probably won’t need most of what are shown here if you’re a minimalist.

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Step 1: Prime your lids

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I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, a matte beige. You can use any eye primer of your choice, as long as it does the job of making your eye makeup last longer and enhancing the colors.

Here are other recommendations:

(Click on the links to see where you can get them)

If you do not own an eye primer and do not have time to get one, your concealer or cream eyeshadow (Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow review here ) can double up as an eye primer, provided it does not have too much slip or too little moisture to hold the eyeshadows up.

Step 2: Set the base shade

Shades used:

Not shown here is MAC Shroom.

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Voodoo and Shell Shock obviously didn’t come in this form. I depotted them from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. I’m so glad I did! Wouldn’t wanna lug Vice 2 around. Too bulky and fragile!

Apply Shell Shock – highly pigmented metallic silver – all over the lids. Go higher than your natural fold, you will be blending it out later.

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How To Look Perfectly Gorgeous In Photos And Perfectly Gory For Halloween Parties: Singapore Media Academy Makeover Extremes Workshop

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(Please note that the workshop dates have been changed to 29 & 30 May 2014)

The next worst thing after looking like a ghost bride in your wedding photos is to have your entourage of girlfriends looking like ghost bridesmaids in your wedding photos.

TRUE STORY.

It didn’t happen to me – I wasn’t the bridesmaid nor a guest – but my friend was one of the bridesmaids and those photos never saw the light of day after the wedding.

Can you imagine a group of seven girls with faces as white as ghost/sheet/snow/toothpaste/putu mayam smiling and hugging the bride in all the photos? Funny thing is, it wasn’t a DIY job, they actually someone to do the bridesmaids’ makeup. I was like @_@”.

If I were the photographer, my heart would be torn between taking photos of everyone at the wedding and trying to avoid these girls with distasteful white cast. LOL!

Yup, white cast is the term for the ghostly effect you see on other people (or maybe yourself! I have been there HAHAHA!) in photos. It is the UV filters in your sunscreen that make your face paler than your neck, look streaky or leave a white residue on your skin that shines even through the most opaque of foundation.

There are, of course, plenty of tips on how to avoid/minimize the white cast, and at the Singapore Academy Makeover Extremes Workshop, there will be EVEN MORE tips and tricks on camera-ready makeup to pick up! :D

Celebrities always look immaculate on the red carpet, but even the biggest celebs aren’t immune to embarrassing makeup malfunctions!

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White cast

I don’t profess to be a guru in makeup application nor am I a trained makeup artist, and most of us have a lighter tone on our face compared to our body, but at least I don’t look too bad right? :P

(Oh but I have unsightly wrinkles on my neck. BOO. That can’t be helped la! HAHAHA!)

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That said, I am still extremely looking forward to attend the 2-day workshop because there is never an end to learning and I thrive in constant acquisition of new techniques and skills to be the best version of me.

(Hence the cover picture of this post. ^_^* )

How Is This Workshop Applicable To You?

DAY #1

You could be an aspiring model looking for makeup techinques so that you can look your best in photos to put together your portfolio;

You could be a blogger who owns a photography ringlight and wants to know how to make your features appear more prominent;

You could be a performer, stage artiste, dancer, singer, or just be a person who loves taking selfies and wants to look better in pictures! :D

I don’t know about you, but here are my top three concerns when it comes to taking camera-ready photos:

1. Shiny Skin 

My number one concern! I have such oily skin that it turns shiny within a couple of hours of makeup application. During my wedding photoshoot in Taiwan, my makeup artist had to constantly blot my face to reduce the shine on my face.

Ever wondered why the makeup artists of actors/actresses keep having to pat their faces with powder? It’s because powder is necessary to create that beautiful matte finish for photography.

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