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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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Stage-Makeup-Tutorial-For-Asians_1 Eyes primed with UDPP

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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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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Makeup Tutorial: Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow… And Some Shyness

I realize I’m really uninspiring when it comes to naming my makeup tutorials. Hahaha! I mean, how else can you call an eye makeup tutorial that involves the use of colors purple, blue, green and yellow? I could name it ‘colorful’, but so are most of my tutorials!

When everything is important, nothing is important anymore, right? So purple, blue, green and yellow it shall be.

I wore this look for the NDP Preview 2012, where I went backstage with Singapore bloggers and Instagrammers. Go read all the NDP-related posts! I’m so grateful to have been part of this mega annual event!

Part 3 - Singapore NDP 2012: Previews Are That Much Cooler

Part 2 – LovingSG In Many Different Ways!

Part 1 – I’m Involved In Singapore NDP 2012!

There’s nothing NDP-ish about my eye makeup look though – no red, no white, no crescent or stars – only that I really made up for the special occasion. Nothing OTT, my looks are always wearable. Oh maybe I could name this tutorial ‘fireworks’, but that’s kind of forcing it. Lol.

Let’s get started!

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Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Hi-ho-and-a-merry-oh, everyone!

Haven’t blogged for a week coz I’ve been working on a series called Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes. Man! It was a lot of work but I’m really pleased with the outcome. I hope this series can help more Asians better understand their eye shape and those who have Asian clients!

In this 1st installment of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes series, we take a look at where to place eye makeup on the Asian eye.

When I first started out, I had no idea where or how to place eyeshadow. My eye makeup efforts were previously limited to eyeliner and mascara and sometimes, just a light dab of ONE eyeshadow color.

When I purchased my first eyeshadow quad, I was lost.

WHERE DO THESE FOUR COLORS GO TO??? O.o

I had no idea the eye could be divided into so many parts – lid, crease, contour, highlight, etc.

I had no idea that there are so many ways to shape the eye, combine colors, or use colors to emphasize or recede certain parts of the eye.

Google and Youtube, of course, presented me with tutorials and eye charts from their wealth of resources, but most of them were limited to the Caucasian eye.

It took me quite long to understand that I cannot copy the Western way of applying eyeshadow because one of the most prominent differences between an Asian and Caucasian eye is the ‘crease’, or rather, lack of.

If you haven’t already checked out my post on the differences between the Caucasian and Asian eye, please do. It will definitely help you understand this post better too!

You would realize by now, if you have read the post mentioned above, that while the Crease of the Caucasian eye coincides with the Orbital Rim, the Crease of the Asian eye merely defines the Fold of the eyelid. If you have a Fold, it means you have double eyelids – prominent or hooded.

It is the fact that the Orbital Rim and Fold of the eye do not overlap that characterizes the Asian eye, and not the stereotypical slanted eye shape.

In half of the world’s Asian population, there is complete absence of a Fold. For the remaining half who possess a Fold, the Fold commonly does not coincide with the Orbital Rim.

I am very proud to be Asian, and it is my wish to help as many girls out there to understand the Asian eye better and apply the most flattering eye makeup for their own eye shape and contour.

Here is, finally, my own eye shadow placement chart to share with Asians who want to understand how and where to apply eye makeup better.

This chart would also be useful to help makeup artists understand how eye makeup looks can be better applied on Asians.

The chart is based on my own eye – large, round, with prominent double eyelids, and does not coincide with the Contour Area. I throw in tips for monolids and hooded lids as well!

The placement of eyeshadows can vary for different looks, but here is the basic breakdown of parts of the eye.

I included pictures for every part of the eye instead of having just one complete picture with all the different parts outlined, simply because I always find it troublesome to read and refer to only one picture at the top all the time. Took me many hours to draw the outlines, but the result is definitely worth the effort. I’m sure you will find it more straightforward to understand too!

 

Now let’s get started!

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