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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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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.

Woman -> Man Makeup Tutorial

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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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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Makeup Tutorial: Easy, Bold Teal

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In my previous post on the invaluable hand-made gifts for Mr Mode in celebration of our first and last engagement anniversary, I promised a tutorial on the makeup worn. So here it is! Super easy!

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Eye Makeup

A: Use Maybelline Tattoo Eyeshadow Tenacious Teal as base; Sweep Sleek i-Divine Candy over lid

B: Apply Urban Decay Vice 2 Rewind on Outer V, extending upwards

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Makeup Tutorial: Golden Orange Eyes & Lips | Kerastase Hair Products

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EYE MAKEUP

Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden

Eyelid – Make Up Store Microshadow in Cashewnut (inner 1/3), Shu Uemura Silk Smooth Eyeshadow Orange (middle 1/3), Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight (over Inglot)

(Read => Step-by-step tutorial on how to apply eyeshadow)

Contour Area – Silk Smooth Eyeshadow Dark Brown from Shu Uemura Heart-full Pink Parallel Palette

Eyeliner – Naris Up Wink Up Maxigrade Eyeliner SP Liquid Black

Mascara – Lioele Volume & Curling Mascara

Eyebrow – Lorac Cream Brow Pencil in Blonde (inner 1/3), Lioele Autobrow Pencil in 01 Natural Brown. I used a slightly warm shade for the front 1/3 part to accentuate the warm feeling I wanted to create, and then my favorite 01 Natural Brown for the remaining section.

Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay Glide-on Shadow Pencil in Rehab

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Step-By-Step Eye Makeup Tutorial (Because I Can’t Show My Face. Yet.)

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The last time I did an eye makeup tutorial to this degree of detail was… many, many, many, many posts ago. Hahaha! You cannot imagine the insane number of hours I spent creating this post – taking photos, doing the makeup, selecting photos, editing, watermarking, uploading, writing, editing. >.<”  Whoever said being a blogger is easy-peasy should come and try it. COME!!!!!! Lol.

Despite all of that, I LOVE WHAT I DO! :D

Ever since my skin erupted into pus-filled barnacles, I haven’t touched makeup at all. The horrific facial that led to a vile upheaval in my life occurred on 27 May 2013, a date I will not forget for a long time, and at the time of writing this post, my face has been makeup-free for the past TWENTY SEVEN DAYS. May not be a lot to you, but a big deal to a beauty blogger.

I get questions like “How do you pair your eyeshadow colors?”, “How do you know what colors go well with what?”, “Are there color rules that we can follow?” all the time.

My answer is always “I don’t really think about it. I just… pick whatever, and work it”.

That statement comes with a lot of practice though, and maybe, a little bit of innate color coordination? I mean, there ARE those color wheels that teach you about primary, tertiary, complimentary colors, but it’s really through experimentation that you know what works best for you.

Some people stick to neutrals because of a serious corporate environment, but most tell me they just don’t know what to do when faced with colors other than browns.

I never like browns, as in brown+brown+brown. You will never see me with that kind of eye color combination. Because. I. Just. Cannot. I love reds! greens! blues! pinks! purples!

But because I was away for so long (27 days probably feels like 270 makeup days), I felt slightly jittery when I took out my Z Palettes filled with all these depotted eyeshadows. Suddenly I looked at them and went “Ummm…. OK…. Maybe I should just go safe and use this champagne, and brown, and this bronze…”

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I WAS LOSING MY TOUCH!!! NOOOoooOOooOoo……!!!!!

Fortunately I snapped out of my apprehensiveness and used… anything but brown. NO BROWNS, please, Juli. Hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I do use browns, but they always play only the supporting role.

Come join me on this journey, as we explore how to create the above eye makeup! :D

(I’ll mention where you can get the products used to create this look at the bottom of this post so as not to interrupt the flow of the tutorial.)

Step 1 – Primer

No matter how much in a rush I am, I always use an eye makeup primer. It helps neutralize my very yellow undertones, creates a smooth canvas, mattify my oily eyelids, helps makeup stay on longer, and enhances color. Takes only 10 seconds, and for all these benefits, why not?

I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden.

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Step 2 – Eyeshadow

Okie! Here comes the fun part! The part I enjoy the most, always! :D

You should read my Tutorial on Horizontal Eyeshadow Application first, if you haven’t!

Apply The Body Shop Color Crush Eyeshadow in Be My Valentine, a beautiful orange with golden undertones, on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid. I used the MAC 239 brush.

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I hesitated when choosing the next color. Should I use something safe? Or something bold?

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My Mascara Soul Mate: Lioele Blooming Volume & Curling Mascara

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We may have been in a relationship with several people in our lives, but truly loved only one or two. That one being in the entire universe who gets all your lame jokes, humors you, plays with you, laughs and cries with you and thinks of your socially awkward  nuances as special.

Finding the perfect mascara is like meeting your soul mate. I may have gone through more tubes of mascaras than I have of fingers and toes, but have truly only loved two.

BAHAHAHAHA!!! What’s with all these analogies about soul mates and whatnots! Feeling particularly emotive on this cheery Saturday morning coz it’s Mode day! =P *whistles a happy song*

One of the two was the Lancome Oscillation Mascara, and the other, the subject of review for today – Lioele Volume & Curling Mascara.

How then, does one conclude that a particular mascara is destiny?

LOL! Okie okie, I’ll stop with all these cliched but nonetheless romantic finding-your-soul-mate talk.

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Hello, soul mate.

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If I had to choose between eyeshadow and mascara, I’d take mascara anytime. Mascara opens up your peepers, darkens your lashes, and depending on type, does marvellous things such as volumizing, lengthening, curling, lash-separation and the confidence to flirt your eyes out.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows Review: As Eyeshadow Base, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner! (PLUS Plenty Of Eye Makeup Tips!)

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Why it took me ages to finally try to the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows is beyond me. How could they be so awesome, yet stayed in my Doll To Doll Cosmetics inventory without me feeling the exploding urge to try them out despite ALL THE RAVING on the internet about them?

Seriously, when these babies came into the market, everyone from beauty professionals to girls with the slightest interest in makeup were talking about how these cream eyeshadows work like magic. Like they stayed on for hours, were creamy, blended gorgeously, extremely pigmented…….

Let me tell you. ALL THOSE ARE TRUE.

Staying true to my nature of being attracted to bright colors, I chose 4 of the brightest out of the 10 shades avaible – Tenacious Teal, Pomegranate Punk, Fierce & Tangy, and Edgy Emerald. And I love them all.

It’s like I have 4 kids and my love isn’t divided into quarters, rather, my ability to love is multipled four folds. HAHAHA! This analogy is weird. But you get what I mean, yea? :D

Plenty Of Product In A Hard Glass Container

I love that you can quickly see the shade without having to open each of the pots, much like how my Z Palettes allow me to see at one glance all the eyeshadows I’ve depotted into them. On the cap though, it’s quite a challenge to find among all the white words against the black background the shade name (see first picture).

There is so much product in each pot I could use it for three lifetimes. 4g of product is too much, in my opinion.

My Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner contains 3g, Inglot Eyeliner Gel 5.5g, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner 3g, Kate Gel Eyeliner 2.5g, and I have never hit near bottom for any of these.

The glass container (acrylic, maybe?) makes the whole thing heavy and I probably wouldn’t bring it for travel, and also because I can’t depot it without worrying that it might dry out faster than if it were left in its original glass environment.

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Creamy, Blendable, Pigmented

What they say is true. It’s hard not to fall in love with these Maybelline Color Tattoos for their texture and pigmentation. Getting to the level of intensity you desire is a piece of cake too. Sometimes I’ll go with just one layer for a simple touch of color, sometimes I’ll build up to four, five layers to get a really concentrated coat.

Here are pictures, swatches and descriptions:

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