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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/

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“Know It All: Brush Edition” by MakeUp Artist, Elle Favorule

9 Nov

My two biggest pet peeves revolve around makeup application. Don’t use your fingers, and don’t buy cheap brushes. (I didn’t say inexpensive, I said cheap!) It’s all in the way it’s applied. You are never going to get a flawless finish if you are applying foundation with your fingers! Now, it’s not just about me trying to sell you on brushes… Applying with your fingers is also not the sanitary.

So, to make your life easier, and your face flawless here are my top 3 brushes, how to use them and what they are for. (You can pretty much do your entire face start to finish with them!)

1. Duo Fiber Face Brush- Multi use face application brush. I prefer to use this brush for foundation but it works well for blush or bronzer. This brush allows you to see any lines and streaks where the foundation isn’t blended and makes it easy to correct. A great tip for dry skin is to use the brush to apply moisturizer before and between, as touch ups. The residual foundation on the brush mixes with moisturizer for a great finish.

2. MAC #217- This brush is the one brush I MUST HAVE in my kit! Your smoky eye will never be the same. This is the perfect combination of a blending brush and an application brush for eye shadow.  I love this brush for any application of color in your crease. Whether you are doing the outer most corners of your eyes, the lash line, or the crease, the 217 applies and blends perfectly. The trick to this brush, just make sure to tap off excess powder!

3. Blender (fluff) brush- (Duo fiber or real hair) Blender brushes are commonly used to blend harsh edges or color for eye shadow. This fluffy brush doesn’t stop at the eyes. My beauty trick for this bad boy is concealer! After the foundation is applied I like to use the blender brushes to apply concealer, under the eyes and all over the face. The brush allows a light touch of color but with great coverage. It helps to blend the concealer effortlessly into the foundation.

*Makeup Brush Steals and Deals*

My top two spots for discounts on brushes are online.

Hautelook.com and Groupon.com

They are not available all the time, but if you sign up you will get email notifications for the sales. They sell brushes individually for great prices but the steals are really in their sets. My most recent purchase was for 3 brush sets (all come with brush rolls and carrying cases.) I spent $69 but I saved $147. Can’t beat that bargain!

 

Elle Favorule is a Makeup Artist based in Los Angeles. Her celebrity clientele include Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Baker, Jessica Lowndes, and Briana Evigan. Elle has traveled all over Europe doing makeup demonstrations and currently works on Film & Television.

artistry@ellefavorule.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

The Little Black Dress of Makeup by MakeUp Artist Elle Favorule

3 Aug

Eyeliner is like the little black dress of makeup. It can make any day time look seem more polished or jazz up a dull night look. The style of liner you choose can change the feel of your look and the shape of your eye. Before getting into crazy designs and concepts, I’m going to help you understand the basic black line and show you how to transform it to a wing liner for a fun night time look. The eyeliner I like to use is a felt tip pen by ELF. It’s inexpensive and comes in brown and black. At the hefty price of $1, you can afford to go crazy!

Start with your everyday eye makeup (or none at all is fine too).

Hold the pen at a slight angle. The trick is to use the side of the tip, not the point. By using the side of the tip you get a straighter, more even, line and the tip wont dry out as fast.

Don’t start in the corner of your eye. Start where your lashes begin. (if your lashes start in the corner of your eye skip a few lashes and start your line) Guide the pen all the way across your lash line. I like to go back and do the inner corner of my eye from a different angle. (As pictured.)

To get the wing look point the pen towards your hair line. Angle it slightly up and draw a line coming down to connect to your original line. Feel free to go crazy, make the line as thick or as long as you’d like for a more dramatic effect.

 

 

Remember, to finish off your perfect black dress add your favorite mascara and perfect those brows to really bring it all together!

 

 

 

Elle Favorule is a Makeup Artist based in Los Angeles. Her celebrity clientele include Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Baker, Jessica Lowndes, and Briana Evigan. Elle has traveled all over Europe doing makeup demonstrations and currently works on Film & Television.
artistry@ellefavorule.com

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