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How to Achieve that Basic Smoky Eye by Makeup Artist, Jenny Karl

14 Dec

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As a working makeup artist in Los Angeles, I do a lot of red carpet, special event, and photo shoot makeup.  At least 90% of my clients are still asking for that basic smoky eye. It seems like it will never go out of style.  And honestly, even though my clients all look different (different skin color, eye color, eye shape, etc.), I most always use the same colors, tools, and techniques to give them that sexy, smoky eye that they desire. This is one of the most important how-to’s you will ever read.  Here is how you can achieve that basic smoky eye that all the celebs are and will be rockin’ for years to come!

Step 1: Eye primers are a relatively new product, but once you start to use it and see the results, you will never forget to apply it again.  Your shadows will not only apply smoother, but will last all day and night. If you are a tranquil sleeper, you will wake up with your eyes still completely in tact and although, I wouldn’t make a habit of doing that, it is an interesting experiment. Apply a shadow primer, like Luminizing Eye Primer by Bodyography, all over the eyelids to prep the eyes for color application and encourage longer wear. * Tip: Also apply an eye cream under the eyes, like all-natural Rose Eye Cream from http://www.ClearandSmoothSkin.com to brighten, hydrate, and tighten fine lines.

Step 2: After your primer is blended smooth, use a natural hair lid brush, like the crease brush from http://www.Jordanessentials.com, to apply a soft iridescent, neutral eye shadow, such as www.HerbsofGrace.com loose mineral eye shadow in Oatstraw, to your entire eyelid and under the brow for highlight. Also, a good rule of thumb is ‘Everything you do on top, also do on the bottom.’ Taking this champagne color under the eye as well with the same brush will give the eye balance.  And don’t worry, you can’t mess this up.  You can really pile this natural base and highlight color on without over doing it.

Smoky Eye

Smoky Eye

Step 3: Just on the ball of the eye (where the eye protrudes), apply a mid tone shadow in a neutral plumy brown, like MAC Shadow in Haux. Use a smaller shadow brush, like Kevyn Aucoin’s Small Eyeshadow Brush, and apply color exactly on the lid, also taking the color lightly under the eyes again with the same brush. This will not only give the eye balance, but also add a little more drama. Apply lightly at first and add more as needed until you get your desired color and depth.

Step 4: Three things to remember when applying the dark crease color- be patient, be precise, and blend. This is the hardest part so allow yourself some time for this step. Lightly and softly begin to apply an opaque black color, like Herbs of Grace eye shadow in Nightshade, to form your smoky crease.  Use the natural hair crease brush, to obtain the cleanest application and smoothest blending. Using a more precise angle brush, like Jordan Essential’s Eye Liner Brush, also bring the darker shadow under the bottom lashes to emphasize that sexy dramatic look. Be careful this time not to over do the black color under the eyes. It’s really easy to accidentally give yourself those dreaded raccoon eyes with this dark color.

Step 5: Now we are on to the eye liner. I know this seems like a lot of steps, but once you have it down, you will be able to do it with your eyes closed and your hands tied behind your back (well one hand at least). I have said it before, and I will say it again, black gel liner is the greatest invention since, well, I don’t know what. It’s just fabulous and has transformed the look and application of the smoky eye. Using a smooth black gel liner, like Mac’s Creme Pot Smudge Proof Liner in Black, gently trace around the entire inside edges of your eyes (the water line). Retrace if needed for more intensity. Then apply the liner softly on the top lid as close to lash line as possible, directing the line upwards toward the end of the eye. Blend out with the angle brush angling upwards at the end of the eye creating that cat’s eye effect. Keep adding and blending the liner until you achieve to your desired smokiness and sexy cat eye. But be quick because once this liner dries, there is no moving it around.

False Eyelashes

Don’t forget to curl your lashes and apply a coat or three of lengthening and thickening mascara, like Jordan Cosmetics Black Fiber Mascara, http://www.anessentialyou.com Long, thick, fluffy lashes will perfect this smoky eye look. Just add a bit of sheer gloss and you will be red carpet ready!

Jenny KarlJenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

“To Comb or Not to Comb, Messy is In!!” by MakeUp Artist, Jenny Karl

2 Nov

 

So, you spent the day at the beach frolicking in the salty water and sunbathing on the warm sand, and you just lost track of the time.  Now you have less than ten minutes to get ready for the big party you need to look fabulous for.  Well no worries, because messy is in style.  The beach look or even the just rolled out of bed look seems to be the new fab hair style.  Its simple, it works with any outfit, and it takes no time at all to achieve.

Many celebs have rocked the messy hair look.  Jennifer Aniston took her long, straight locks to beach-y waves many a time. Jessica Biel and Mandy Moore have also followed suit.  And if they can do it, you can too! If your hair is long and naturally wavy, this is an easy look for you to accomplish.  However, if your hair is short or straight, you may need to create that beach-y look with products.

Most beauty supply stores, salons, or websites that cater to hair care carry products that emulate that sandy salt water that is the bread and butter of creating this look. If you have access to the ocean, bottle up some of that all natural hair potion and use it as needed along with my good friend the blow dryer to recreate this style.  You can also cook up a batch of your own salt water potion at home by combining some Aquafina, or your bottled water of choice, and a pinch or ten of household salt.  I prefer the kosher variety.  Combine the water and salt in a large spray bottle, shake it up, and spray it on your lovely locks until you smell the seaweed.

Although you may need to do a little hairspray action or a minor wet down, whatever you do, don’t even think about putting a comb or brush to those chaotic locks! Let your hair flow naturally and give it the freedom to do its own thing.  You can also coordinate your makeup and wardrobe with your funky beach hair. Give yourself a bronzed glow on your cheekbones, put a dab of sheer, shiny gloss on your lips, and lastly, apply a vibrant eyeliner and some mascara to finish off the look. Once your makeup and hair are complete, choose a casual but trendy sundress or a cute tank and jeans from your closet and wear it with confidence. In a time where fashion do’s and don’ts depend more on the person than the season, just remember that confidence is always a fashion do and your best asset no matter what season.

The moral of this story, embrace the knots and the mess. Give your hair the power. Let it wear the pants once in a while. I personally never try to argue with my hair because I never win!  Once in a blue moon I muster up the energy to try and tame the beast. But who has time for that!  So, I have learned to listen to my hair.  It has a mind of its own and I respect that.

Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

False Lashes Cheap and Easy: Full Strip and Individual Lash Application

26 Oct

Hollywood lash experts, like my fabulous team at Jenny Karl Hair & Makeup Agency, are known for their 10 second flat lash application using inexpensive drug store products, like Ardell brand lashes and glue. It’s a relatively simple technique that with the right products (and practice, of course) you too can master false lash application easily and economically.

First of all, you will need to invest in a few keys products, all of which can be purchased at your local drugstore and within your budget.

1. Ardell LashGrip Eyelash Adhesive: Is white in color at first, but dries perfectly clear.  It’s also water soluble, so it’s gentle and easy to remove. However, if you have a latex allergy, look for Ardell Lash Tite Latex-Free Eyelash Adhesive as an alternative.

2. Ardell 100% human hair, full band lashes: You may want to start with more natural looking lashes verses the really dramatic ones until you get used to the look, feel, and application technique.  Fashion Lash # 105, 108, 109, and 110 are all great choices. Rule of thumb: Darker hair colors should use black lashes and lighter tones should opt for the brown shade. Also, look for the Ardell Fashion Lashes Starter Kits with glue and lashes in one.

3. Ardell Duralash Naturals Individual Lashes in medium length.  These also come in shades of black or brown. If you’re feeling daring, look for Ardell Duralash Naturals COMBO Pack containing 3 sizes of individual lash clusters, using the shorter size toward the middle of the eye and the longer length at the ends, creating that elongated cat’s eye look.

*All products mentioned average around $4.00 each in most drug store beauty sections.

Application Steps: Full Strip

1. Curl your lashes and apply most of your eye makeup first, so that once your lashes have adhered to your eye, you do not risk loosening them with brushes, etc. Gently slide the lashes out of the container and hold the band of the lash at both ends, flexing it lightly for a moment to soften it. Measure both lashes before fastening by lying the lash on top of your natural lashes as close to your lash line as possible, starting at the outer edge. If the band is too long and is intruding on the inside corner of your eye, remove the lash, and sparingly trim the outer end with scissors to fit your eye shape exactly.

2. Holding the lash gently, exposing the band, apply a thin, even layer of adhesive along the band using a toothpick or a q-tip stick with the cotton ball torn off the end.  Make sure you do not neglect the corners.  Wait 15-30 seconds for the adhesive to get tacky.  Apply lashes one at a time, making sure the first is on correctly and has adhered properly to the lid before starting the other.

3. Using a mirror, look downwards a bit, but try not to close the eyes at all during this process. This action will dramatically change the shape of the eyelid, risking the lash to pop off or become misshaped (blinking is ok however!) Press lash band onto the skin, on top of your natural lashes, as close to the roots as possible. Gently press the corners with your fingertips or tips of fingernails until the full lash is secure. Wait 1-2 minutes for glue to dry clear. It also may take a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to the weight of the lashes, so you may feel a heaviness that will eventually subside.

4. After the glue is completely dry, you may apply a bit of mascara to affix your lashes with the false ones (making them one) and giving a bit of lift and luster.  You may also want to apply a liquid, cream, or powder liner gently to the lid with a soft brush to conceal the band (no hard pencils though!)

5. To remove, gently peel off the lash, starting at the outer corner, slowly working your way across the eyelid. Shed the old adhesive from the lash band and place lashes back into their half moon shaped tray for reuse. Treat your lashes with care and respect and you can use them multiple times, getting more for your hard earned money.  

***Opting for individual lashes is also a great choice. You can use them just at the ends for a cat’s eye look, create your own unique shape across your entire lid, or just naturally fill in your lashes just where needed to enhance length and volume.

Application Steps: Individuals

1. First visualize the look you are going for.  Do you want to use the individual lash clusters just on the ends to elongate the eye? Or do you want to use them sporadically across the whole lid to add some volume and length to your natural lashes? Curl lashes and apply a coat or two of lengthening and thickening mascara.

2. Gently lift one lash cluster at a time from the tray with tweezers. Rest the individual lash on top of your natural lashes to make sure you like the placement and look.

3. Holding the lash gently with your clean fingernails or a tweezer, apply a tiny dot of glue to the end of the lash cluster and place in desired area on lid. Press the lash down lightly with tip of your clean finger or nail until the adhesive sets. Apply 5-10 lash clusters gradually from the inside out until blended.

4. The adhesive is water soluble, so lashes will come off easily with a bit of cleanser and water or makeup remover on a q-tip. Pull off gently after softening, diligently avoiding your natural lashes.  Ardell also has a lash remover formulated specifically to remove their lashes and adhesive called LashFree Adhesive Remover.

PS… Using a decadent eye cream like Vivid MD SkinCare “Perfection C” serum under and around the eye area in the evening after you remove your false lashes will soothe and smooth the whole eye area as you snooze!

environment as well. I call it “No Guilt” skincare. Now if only we could find chocolate cake in that variety.

 

Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

3 More Beauty Tips from MakeUp Artist, Jenny Karl

12 Oct

1. The Classic Rosy Cheek

The old fashioned natural rosy cheek will never go out of style and is oh so easy to do. The look is best described as the flushed, just ran a marathon, or the I’m blushing with embarrassment cheek. There are many ways to achieve this look. If you have drier skin, try a cream blush or rouge, as my mother would call it. Choose colors that are similar to the color of a natural flushed cheek, such as rose or brighter pink colors. If you are a bit oily, you might want to opt for the powder version. A gel based cheek stain is also a great option for any skin type. Try to stay away from anything too shimmery. Matte colors work better for this look.

2. Quick Fix for Puffy Eyes

Whether you have been attacked by allergies or just didn’t get enough sleep, you have a few weapons against those puffy eyes. Some natural remedies include applying cold cucumber slices directly over the eyes for 5 – 10 minutes. If you’re low on produce that day, then cold damp teabags are a great alternative. Hydration and proper diet are also huge factors in preventing those pesky puffy eyes. So, drink lots of water, keep your diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, and stay far away from sodium and alcohol. Now, if you don’t have time for any of these natural remedies, then just apply a hydrating eye cream sparingly around the entire eye area and layer a light cream or liquid concealer under the eyes. If you must use a powder to set your concealer, then use it in moderation. Powder tends to sit in the lines of the eye and accentuate any imperfections.

3. Green Skin – Try going green for your skincare regime?

It has become more and more convenient to find organic skincare products and increasingly affordable to try them on for size. Next time you are in Whole Foods, glide through their beauty aisle. You will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of all natural beauty and body products to choose from and test out right in the store. Not only are these products good for your skin, but good for the environment as well. I call it “No Guilt” skincare. Now if only we could find chocolate cake in that variety.

 

Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

 

3 Beauty Tips from MakeUp Artist, Jenny Karl

21 Sep

1. The Many Magical Powers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

It’s chemical free and has many uses other than for cooking. Here are some effective ones!

     a. Warm a small bowl of the oil and soak your nails for 5-10 minutes to strengthen your nails and soften the skin.

     b. Massage the skin using a mixture of the oil and fresh rosemary to soothe sore muscles.

     c. For chronically dry hair only, apply a small amount of the oil to your hair for 5 minutes as a deep conditioner. Rinse thoroughly.

 

2. The key to a great makeup look starts with your skin underneath.

Keep your skin hydrated, clean, and moisturized. Don’t forget the skin on the neck and under the eyes, and tailor your skincare to meet your own skin needs. Also, if you use your hands to put on your makeup, please please please make sure they are very clean! Also, if you use brushes, don’t forget to wash them as well every so often.You can buy solution to keep them sanitary in most beauty supply stores or use a clarifying shampoo such as baby shampoo! Easy!

 

 3. Big, bold false Eyelashes are in this season.

A great technique I have found, is using my finger to help pop the lashes up after gluing them with duo lash glue to get them as close to root as possible and give a great lift. Then I go through and separate the lashes and draw out the ends with an eyebrow/lash brush/comb. I love deep black lashes but you can have some fun with colors like rich browns and sables. Also try playing with colored mascara, such as bright blues or more subtle plums! We also forget about the bottom lashes sometimes, so once your top lashes are dry, you can easily swipe your wand back and forth on the bottom to draw those bottoms out as well.

 

Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

 

Feed Your Skin For A Super Glow by Make Up Artist Jenny Karl

10 Aug

Oatmeal:  This common breakfast food is both exfoliating and moisturizing for the skin.

1. Treat yourself to an oatmeal facial once a week by combining 1 package of plain instant oatmeal, a half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg white.  After mixing thoroughly, apply all over the face, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

Apples + Honey = Beautiful Skin. Enough said.

1. Combine a finely grated apple of your choice with 4 tablespoons of slightly warmed honey.  Apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.  If you have sensitive skin, skip the apple and just apply the warm honey.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  A.C.V. has been called a miracle fluid because of its beauty and health benefits.  It is believed that this vinegar can help to burn fat and suppress appetite, as well as regulate the PH of the skin and remove build up from the hair.

1. Mix a ½ a cup of the vinegar with 1 quart of water and use as a hair rinse after shampooing and before conditioning.  To fight dandruff, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

2. For acne prone skin, mix 1 parts vinegar with 2 parts water, soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply all over the face as a toner.

 


Our Special Guest, Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. She also hosts a makeup how-to series for EHow.com and is the LA trainer for numerous cosmetics lines.

www.jennykarl.com

MakeUp Artist Jenny Karl Shares 2 Hot Summer Eye Shadow Trends

19 Jul

A great look for summer is a golden eye or any kind of splash of metallic shimmering color around the eye.  However, the gold family is really hitting the runway this season.  A fresh neutral face is needed with this look with very light eyeliner.  Unfortunately, it seems that those dramatic cat eyes are out…for now:(  For the gold accent, use an angle brush and add it to the upper and lower inside corners of the eye.  Add color little by little until you get your desired color and shimmer!  I suggest either a nude glossy lip with this look or for more drama, the classic red lip will always be in style!

To achieve this look, try MAC Woodwinked.

Spice up your summer party look with an aqua accent on your eyes! Glamify your makeup with a pop of color in the corners or under the eyes to go from ordinary to extraordinary.  This season brings lots of color…specifically teals, blues, greens, and bright and sparkly aquas.  Gennifer Goodwin rocked this sparkly Caribbean sea color on her eyes in a recent red carpet event. And you can too, by adding your favorite fun shade to brighten up your very own beautiful sparking eyes!

For this look, try MAC Aquadisiac,  applied with damp or dry angle brush.

Our Special Guest, Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. She also hosts a makeup how-to series for EHow.com and is the LA trainer for numerous cosmetics lines.

www.jennykarl.com
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