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for spring 2013, shu uemura collaborates with young japanese artist ob to celebrate the rise in a new sensitivity in art. according to ob,

“… reality lies in the world of ambiguity. In between the innocent, beautiful dream world and the physical world. That is what [she] want[s] to express in [her] collection.” – ob

she created a universe where four princesses can be found: cherry blossom princess,  moon princess, forest princess and ocean princess. for the collection, i had the opportunity to create four makeup looks using the new spring eyeshadows and lipsticks to reflect the four princesses.

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this is how i created the ocean princess:

FACE:
  • apply UV brightening underbase using pentagon sponge to even out and prep skin for application of pastel colours
  • brush 18 to apply FA illuminating moisture foundation in fair beige
  • cover crayon to conceal darkness under eyes and redness around nose and lips. blend with synthetic brush 10.
  • brush 18R to apply face powder matte in colourless

EYES: (blue palette) click here to read my review on the eyeshadow palettes

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  • cover crayon on lids to even out skin tone for pastel colours. blend using synthetic brush 10.
  • brush 10F to apply brown painting liner on upper and lower lash line
  • natural brush 10 to apply light blue shade all over upper and lower lids…

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  • extend out to temples

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  • natural brush 10 to apply deeper blue shade to crease…

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  • …brush 11 to soften.

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  • brush 10 to apply light blue and deep blue shade to lower lid

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  • brush 10 and brush 11 to apply lavender shade above temples blending into the blue shade.

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  • brush 15 to apply yellow shade on cheekbone blending into blue shade on temples.

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  • fill in brows using hard formula in seal brown

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  • line water line with pearly white drawing pencil
  • curl lashes
  • apply natural mascara in black
  • apply oceans beads mini lashes
  • brush 2R to line upper and lower lash line
CHEEKS:

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  • brush 20 to apply glow on in M soft pink

LIPS:

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  • line lips with nude lip liner
  • fill in with light beige rouge unlimited
  • apply gold gloss to centre of lips

HAIR: designed by Lip Lam for Initium Hair

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and here’s the final image:

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for the makeup artists out there, have fun experimenting with this look!

review for the ob collection to come soon!

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the spring 2013 shu uemura blossom dream collection features three beautiful matte, pastel eyeshadow palettes. i used the pink palette to create this soft, monochromatic pink look, paired with the rainbow feather s false lashes.


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to create this look:

FACE:
  • apply uv brightening mousse using pentagon sponge to brighten and even out skin tone
  • brush 18 to apply FA illuminating moisture foundation in fair beige
  • cover crayon concealor under eyes, around nose and corners of mouth. blend with synthetic brush 10
  • set with face powder matte in colorless using brush 18R
  • load up natural brush 10 with light pink shade and press all over lids all the way up to brow and on lower lid
  • brush 11 and light pink shade to soften edges and extend slightly onto tempes
  • brush 10 and apply dark pink shade to crease; soften with brush 11
  • brush 5R to apply dark pink shade along outer lower lid
  • pearly white drawing pencil to lower water line and slightly to inner corners of eyes
  • curl lashes
  • apply natural mascara in brown
  • apply rainbow feather S lashes
CHEEKS:
  • brush 20 to apply P soft pink 324 to apples of cheeks blending upwards towards temples
  • brush 15 to apply P light yellow 020 to cheekbones and to bridge of nose
LIPS:
  • lipbrush to apply rouge unlimited matte in bright pink
  • dab bright pink shadow over top

remember, the trick to wearing pink eyeshadow is to line the eyes softly with brown shadows or to add some brown shadow to the crease. this helps to avoid having eyes look irritated. have fun experimenting!

for the shu uemura 2013 spring collection, i created a colourful pastel look photographed my mark darren. this is a soft, airy and dreamy look featuring the intricate rainbow feather s lashes.

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to create the look:

Face:

  • prep skin with uv brightening mousse for bright and flawless canvas (perfect for pastel colours)
  • foundation FA illuminating moisture in fair beige and brush 18
  • concealor crayon; blend with synthetic brush 10
  • set with face powder matte in colourless and brush 18R

Eyes: blue palette (click here to see a review on the palette)

  • load up natural brush 10 with light blue shade and press on to inner half of lid and extend up to brows. Place colour in inner corner and lower lid also.
  • repeat with the lilac shade placing shadow on the outer half of lid
  • extending up to brow bone.
  • repeat with yellow shade placing shadow on lower lid extending just
  • above cheekbone.
  • use brush11 to soften all of the edges dipping into the shadows to
  • add some colour
  • brush 10 to apply darker blue shade to inner crease of eyes
  • brush 6ob and brown shade to fill in brows
  • line water line with pearl white liner and dab some in inner corner of eye
  • curl lashes
  • apply natural mascara in brown
  • apply rainbow feathered S lashes

Cheeks:

  • brush 20 apply m soft orange to apples of cheeks
  • brush 15 apply p light yellow to cheekbones.

Lips:

  • bright pink unlimited supreme matte
  • 10G gloss

have fun experimenting!

i met photographer wales wong, photographer and one of the editors of Veux Magazine, in the wonderful world of the internet! the magazine caught my attention and after having contacted wales, we were on our way to plan a shoot for issue 10 entitled ‘alchemy’.

i was so excited to create four different metallic looks; i had been dying to try using metallic foil! it was so fun to be able to literally paint the face like a canvas using silvers, golds and bronze and being able to decorate the canvas with sheets of metallic foil. i always love experimenting with new textures!

the team was amazing, we managed to fit in 4 makeup and hair looks and had them shot all within five hours! it was great working with wales for the first time and always fun working with carlos from spellbound hair design. each of the looks were accessorized by hand-made jewellery from students at OCAD.

here are some behind-the-scenes photos of us hard at work!:

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And here are the tears from veux magazine issue 10!:

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for the collection, our international artistic direct kakuyasu uchiide created a beautiful chocolatey look using the orange & pistachio palette. for second look that i did for the new shu uemura fall 2012 chocolat-donna collection, i wanted to use the palettes in a slightly different way. i focused more on the pistachio green in the orange & pistachio palette since it’s such a unique colour. i also wanted to incorporate the mint & vanilla palette, so i used the mint green shimmery shadow for highlighting.

photographer mark darren helped me to create these lovely images of model and actress sarah lian:

decorate a sensual chocolatey eye with hint of pistachio to the centre of the lids. this really switches up the typical neutral eye. complete the lovely lady-like look with a bold and glossy red lip for added drama.

to get the look:

FACE
  • for a flawless canvas, prep skin with concentrate (tsuya skin was used on model – review on this product to come soon!)
  • apply tsuya uv underbase mousse to smooth away pores so that foundation glides on perfectly (review to come)
  • use brush 18 to apply face architect smooth fit fluid foundation in 564
  • use cover crayon concealer in 7YR ML to under eye, nose and outer corner of lip area and on blemishes and use synthetic brush 10 to blend
  • use brush 18R and face powder matte in colourless to set
EYES
  • use natural brush 10 and apply creamy eye shadow in p medium olive 461 to eye socket to create shape
  • use natural brush 10 and apply matte light brown shade from the pistachio & orange palette over the creamy shadow; use brush 11 to soften
  • deepen definition using brush 10 and apply dark matte brown shade from the same palette to crease and lower lid
  • use brush 11 and apply pistachio shade to the centre of lid
  • use brush 4R to apply orange shade to inner corner and lower lid
  • use brush 12 highlight brow bone with peach shade from palette (the mint shade from the mint & vanilla palette was used on model)
  • leave brows or simply apply brow manicure in ash brown to leave focus on the eyes
  • use brush 2R to line eyes with black painting liner
  • curl lashes and apply stretch xtreme mascara
  • apply choco-lash partial lashes
CHEEKS
  • use brush 20 to apply apricot glow on to apples of cheeks
LIPS
  • line lips with nude lip liner 
  • use lip brush to apply rouge unlimited in rd160
  • apply clear lip vinyl over top
TIP
  • if enlarged pores are of concern, a quick tip to fix this is to apply face powder matte in colourless before applying foundation and again after. by applying the loose powder before, pores are smoothed away, which creates a smooth canvas for foundation to glide over.

i didn’t have my husband there to take some step-by-step photos this time. i’ll be sure to bring him next time!


chocolate paired with raspberry and mocha creates such a delightfully rich palette. for the fall season, create sensual smoky brown eyes using metallic warm shades and rich matte brown shadows.

for the new shu uemura fall 2012 chocolat-donna collection, i created two makeup looks using two of the three delicious palettes. the first of the two was using the raspberry & mocha palette. if you’re looking for the most neutral and wearable of the three palette, this one would be your pick.

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for this look, i wanted to show off more of the pinks and purples while using the browns to contour. i love that all of the palettes come with both medium and dark brown matte shades which are so perfect for contouring and creating a lovely chocolate smoky eye.

here’s how to create the look (and some behind-the-scenes photos taken by my wonderful husband):

FACE

  • base: stage performer instant glow (it was designed to use on runway models backstage to instantly correct imperfections including fine lines. it has a chroma-adjuster so it adjusts to the colour of your skin when applied)
  • use brush 18 and apply illuminating moisture foundation (764 was used on model)
  • use synthetic brush 10 to apply point cealer (medium light beige for model)
  • brush 18R to set foundation using matte powder in colourless

 

 

 

EYES

  • use eye light pencil white on brow bone and blend with brush 10 (apply onto lids also if desired to intensify eyeshadow colour)

  • use natural brush 10 and brown cream shadow to create crease shape
  • use brush 12 to apply pink shade on brow bone
  • use brush 11 to apply matte brown shade over top brown cream shadow

  • brush 10 to apply pink shade to center of lid
  • brush 10 to apply purple shade to crease and extend out to temple; brush 11 to soften
  • brush 5R to apply deep brown shade to outer corner to add depth
  • brush 10F to apply deep brown and metallic brown to lower lid
  • brush 4R to apply pearl shade to the inner corner
  • brush 2R to line eyes with black painting liner
  • curl lashes and use stretch xtreme mascara (which is a waterproof fibre mascara, so you can build volume and length by applying several coats – i love this!)
  • apply choco-lash

 

 

CHEEKS

  • use brush 20 to apply frambosier blush contouring cheeks then apply apricot blush to apples of cheeks

LIPS

  • rouge unlimited BR 750 and gloss 283

NAILS

  • 2 coats of dark chocolate then apply icing glitter on tips for dark chocolate champagne nails!

we had a hard time choosing just one image for shu uemura; here were are initial final four:

 

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here’s the final image captured by talented photographer mark darren with beautiful model stephanie nicholson with hair styled by eliza tam:

 

 

i’ll be blogging about the orange & pistachio palette soon – stayed tuned!

My inspiration: Summer is a season filled with fun bursts of colour; Dazzling the eyes with glittery purple and blue hues is a playful way to create fresh and flirty eyes. balance the look with soft shimmery pink lips and rosy pink cheeks.

for our series of images for the shu uemura glitter eye collection, my photographer mark darren and i had the chance to work with beautiful and talented actress and model Sarah Lian. it was awesome to be able to work with her, as she is a shu fan herself and had done modelling for shu uemura malaysia when she was working there.

for the summer season, i wanted to create a look that was bright and punchy. i wanted to show off the beautifully pigmented new pressed glitter shadows. to enhance the colours, i used the new cream shadows as a base. this look can also be done for monolid eyes.

to re-create this look: (click here to see the shu uemura website to discover products and tools or visit your local shu uemura counter at Holt Renfrew)

FACE

  • apply stage performer instant glow to even out skin tone (with the chroma adjuster, it adjusts to your natural skin tone) and to smooth away lines and pores.
  • use brush 18 and apply face architect smooth fit foundation in 554 (medium sand).
  • use synthetic brush 10 and apply point cealer in medium beige to under eye area and blemishes
  • use brush 18R and apply face powder matte in colourless to set makeup

EYES

  • use natural brush 10 and cream purple shadow P796 and create a gradation from the lash line up, covering the entire lid
  • use natural brush 10 and press G blue 646 over the purple cream base, then apply G turquoise 641 to the centre of lid
  • use natural brush 10 and apply G purple the the outer corner of the eye and sweep inward
  • use brush 5R and G purple to contour the eye socket
  • use brush 5R and apply P790 to outer V
  • use brush 11 and apply G pink to soften the outer purple edge
  • use brush 11 and apply G white-silver 909 to brow bone and temples
  • tight line eyes with brush 4F and black painting liner
  • apply stretch xtreme mascara after curling lashes
  • apply false lashes black diamante or natural volume and line eyes with liquid liner
  • use brush 10F and press P790 to bottom lash line over top black painting liner. apply stretch xtreme mascara to bottom lashes.

CHEEKS

  • use brush 20 to apply glow on 345 (soft coral) to apples of cheeks
  • use brush 20 to soften edges and to highlight cheek bones using glow on P510 light peach
  • optional: use brush 20h and use glow on 761 to contour

LIPS

  • apply rouge unlimited supreme shine PK306 to entire lip
  • apply rouge unlimited supreme shine PK337 to centre of lips for dimension

FOR MONOLID EYES

the same steps can be applied for monolid eyes. photographer james mui helped me produce this lovely photo of amanda z. i used the exact same products and steps on amanda as i did on sarah, except i used the black diamante lashes on her instead and the foundation colour is 764. the great thing about darker coloured cream shadows is that you can use them to create a gradation from the lash line up for monolids to create the appearance of wider eyes.

when doing makeup for monolid eyes, remember to keep opening your eyes as you apply the shadow to make sure that it still shows when your eyes are opened.

use brush 5F to draw thicker eyeliner on the upper lid so that it still shows up once eyes are opened. paint on the painting liner creating a gradation from the lash line upwards.

have fun experimenting!

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