so many of us shy away from colours because we’re not sure how to wear them. i wanted to do a follow-up post on the one i did about sultry yellow and green makeup. the key to making colours wearable is colour placement. i’ll show with you some tips on how to do this.

i’ll be taking the same eyeshadow colours from the below look  and turning it into a wearable version on myself (please excuse the bright lighting for the photos of myself – i had to take the photos by myself on a small camera with a large flash!):

tips on how to re-create this look. you can basically do this with any colour; you just need a lighter base colour, a darker colour and a matte brown. don’t shy away from colours! :

  1. colour placement:
  • take me soft yellow 336 and apply it using brush 10 all over lid starting from the centre (close to the lash line) and blending away to create a nice gradation.
  • use brush 10 and take p dark green 595 and place the colour on the outer corner of eye (the brush is the perfect round shape to place the colour – do this by lightly pressing the eyeshadow on to avoid eyeshadow falling off onto your face) and lightly sweep it inward towards the centre of eye.
  •  take clean brush 11 and soften the edges of the dark green.
  • use brush 5R to apply me soft yellow green 432 to the inner corner of eye and lower inner 1/3 of lash line.
  1. warm up and tone down the colour with matte brownthis is my big trick on making literally any bright colour wearable. i take m dark brown 895 (i can’t live without this colour; i use it with almost every makeup look), using brush 11 and i soften the edges of the darker shade of eyeshadow. so in this case, the dark green. this automatically tones down the colours and makes it wearable.
  2. finish off with a pair of fluffy falsies. if you’d like the colour to be less “loud”, wear a pair of fluffy full lashes like shu uemura smoky layers (which is what i’m wearing in the photos), so that when your eyes are opened, the colour just peaks out from behind them. if you want the colours to really show, opt for a pair of more natural lashes like the shu uemura soft cross.
  3. get the right brushes. i know brushes can be expensive, but there’s a reason why shu uemura brushes have a higher price point. they are designed for precise colour placement and limit the fall off of eyeshadow onto your face. the kollinsky hair brushes are porous, so they pick up a lot of the eyeshadow pigment of place it directly on the eye without the pigment flying out everywhere like fluffy brushes do. to blend colour, use the flat part of the brush to create gradations, rather than fluffy brushes that tend to make the eyeshadow fall everywhere. the essential shu uemura brushes are:
  • brush 10 – for colour placement,
  • brush 11 to soften edges and blend colours together,
  • brush 5R for inner corner (so good for glitter shadows because it places the glitter where is should go without fall off)

click HERE to browse the many fun shu uemura colours. you can seriously re-create this look with any of the colours. just choose one base colour, one darker contour colour and the must-have m dark brown 895 to make it wearable. have fun with it!

for my skin, i’m using the new shu uemura whitefficient uv underbase mousse. it’s a new brightening formula, so it has a purple/pink tint to colour correct and a formula containing vitamin C, algae-white and prune extract that brightens dark spots and inhibits melanin production. the whitefficient line is my current skin care obsession! it’ll be available soon!

photography by mark darren mui and james mui, model: amanda z, hair&makeup by patricia lee

tangerine is the “it” colour of this season! i know that tangerine seems like a difficult colour to pull off, but trust me, any colour could look good on anyone; it’s all about finding the right shade and about pairing it with the right makeup and outfit. here are some tips on wearing tangerine makeup:

  1. use only one item of makeup that is tangerine. if you use a sweep of tangerine eyeshadow on the eyes, then keep your lips neutral and use bronzer or a soft blush on the cheeks. if you use tangerine on the lips, keep eyes neutral by using taupes/browns. if you use tangerine on the cheeks, opt for a gloss on the lips rather than a lipstick.
  2. choose a shade of tangerine that suits you. if you are fair-skinned, choose a more coral tone. if you have olive skin, you can choose a more orange  (warm) tone. if you have darker skin, choose a cooler tone of tangerine. here are some suggestions:

lip stick for fair-skin: shu uemura rouge unlimited in cr310 light peach oral

blush for fair-skin: sunlight peach creamy dome blush

lipstick for olive (tan) skin: cr330 medium grapefruit

blush for olive (tan) skin: p vivid orange glow on

for darker skin: rouge unlimited or520

blush for darker skin: m medium peach 560 (i love this one!)

find out how to re-create this look at

have fun with colours! brighten up your day with some tangerine!

if you’re looking for smooth, comfortable and gorgeous lipsticks this season, you’ll be in love with these new shu uemura rouge unlimited lipsticks, just like i am!

here are five very wearable spring shades. of course there are so many more shu uemura lipstick colours to suit all of our many moods and tastes. they are all so creamy, which is what i love about all shu uemura lipsticks because my lips get dry and flaky very easily (yikes). theses new rouge unlimited lipsticks are formulated with supreme moisture and comfort. love them!

don’t shy away from the colours; once these shades are applied, they look so beautiful and natural.

left to right: CR 310 (cream), PK 335 (pink), MV 245 (mauve), BG 935 (deep beige), BG 911 (light beige)

left to right: CR 310 (coral), PK 335 (pink), MV 245 (mauve), BG 935 (deep beige), BG 911 (light beige)

i’ve sampled all of them and i must say, i do have my favourites. what do you think?:

above photo: CR 310 – a creamy peachy shade with a creamy shine finish

above photo: PK 335 medium fushia – a shimmery candy pink (slightly iridescent)perfect, fun spring/summer shade!

above photo: BG 935 – a soft pink beige (looks like a deep wine colour when you look at the lipstick, but when you apply it, it’s a nice pinky beige – perfect for those who don’t feel like sporting a red lip).

above photo: MV 245 – rosy mauve. one of my favourites!! it’s got a cool undertone, so it’s a cool pink. i love this because i personally don’t like when my lips are red; some of you ladies know what i’m talking about! i prefer cool, nude lips on myself.

above photo: BG 911 – soft muted beige. this colour is perfect with a smoky eye. when eyes are intense, you want to tone down the rest of your makeup (so muted lips, natural soft blush). unlike other nude lipsticks that make your lips look dry and caky, this new formula is seriously super moist and make your lips look full (no wrinkles) and shiny.

which one do you like most?

as i was writing my post on the celestial garden collection which includes the new lip gloss in corona orange, i realized that i have not yet posted my mention in Flare Magazine’s january 2012 issue! i was so excited to be able to give my take on this year’s hot colour: orange!

one of my favourite makeup items right now is my orange shade glow on blush in p vivid orange 571. i must admit, at first i wasn’t sure that orange would suit me. but actually, it works so well with literally any skin tone. if you’re not yet feeling daring enough to add a bright punch of colour to your cheeks, you can try a more peach-toned tangerine shade in m medium peach 561, which is also gorgeous.

this season is all about bright pinks and oranges. experiment with some lip and cheek colours; it’s a fun way to welcome the spring season that we’re all impatiently awaiting! it gives an instant youthful glow; a great way to change up your makeup look.



 makeup is all about having fun; try out some new colours!


many of us ladies that are on the go are looking for a palette that contains everything that can easily take us from day to night. the shu uemura travel palette comes with four very wearable pressed eyeshadows and two cream liners that can also be used as cream eyeshadows – a base to intensify the eyeshadows. it also comes with one peachy-pink glow on blusher. for those who aren’t familiar with the popular shu uemura glow on blushers, they are different from regular blush; the texture is much smoother and it blends very smoothly into the skin (rather than sitting on the skin) to create a natural glow.

this compact palette is perfect for creating very natural daytime looks that can easily be transformed into a dramatic smoky look. with such wearable colours, the possibilities are endless; you can use whichever colour combination that suits your personality or your mood. this palette is a must-have!

colours from light to right (for above photos): pressed eyeshadows: shimmery beige, primrose, brown, black with flecks of gold || cream shadow/liner: pearly gold and black || glow on blush: peachy pink

for a limited time, with a purchase of $125 or more on you’ll receive this palette for FREE! you can’t even purchase this palette normally, so trust me, you’ll want to take advantage of this. the promotion begins soon, check the website beginning february 15th.

it’s obvious you can use all the colours to create a very subtle daytime look, but be adventurous on a night out and try out a smoky eye. follow the steps below to achieve the look. you can adjust the intensity of the eyeshadows to suit your taste.

step by step dramatic smoky look:

STEP 1: use brush 10 and apply black cream eyeshadow to lid; start from lash line and blend upwards creating the desired shape that fits your eye shape. tip: be sure to open your eye to make sure that the gradation goes passed your eye crease so that it shows when your eyes are opened.

STEP 2: use brush 10 and press black shimmery eyeshadow on top of the cream eyeshadow applied in step 1. start from centre of lid and create a gradation going outwards.

STEP 3: use brush 8HR and the brown eyeshadow to blend out harsh edges from the black eyeshadow.

STEP 4: use brush 10 and the beige eyeshadow on the brow bone.

STEP 5: use brush 2R and line the upper and lower lash line with shu uemura painting liner. use brush 4F to smoke it out using the black eyeshadow.

STEP 6: curl lashes, put on some shu uemura natural black mascara (which really helps to keep the curl) and finish off with a pair of falsies. i’m using the shu uemura slant black lashes for this look.

STEP 7: add some glow on blush to the apples of your cheeks. tip: if you have a rounder face, be sure to sweep the blush in an upward diagonal motion to create a slimmer face shape.

STEP 8: use shu uemura rouge unlimited in soft muted beige. because the eyes are bold, you want to keep the lips subtle.

a softer smoky look:

photography by mark darren mui. model: amanda z

to recreate this look:

STEP 1: use finger tips to apply the pearly gold cream eyeshadow to the lid as a base. use brush 10 and apply the primrose eyeshadow to lid; start from the centre of lid and blend creating a gradation. tip: be sure to open your eye to make sure that the gradation goes passed your eye crease so that it shows when your eyes are opened.

STEP 2: use brush 10 and the black eyeshadow and create a “v” shape at the outer corner of the eyes. extend the colour to the bottom lash line also

STEP 3: use brush 8HR and the brown eyeshadow to blend out harsh edges from the black eyeshadow.

STEP 4: use brush 10 and the beige eyeshadow on the brow bone.

STEP 5: use brush 2R and line the upper and lower lash line with shu uemura painting liner. use brush 4F to smoke it out using the black eyeshadow.

STEP 6: curl lashes, put on some shu uemura natural black mascara  and finish off with a pair of shu uemura luxe black false lashes for this look.

STEP 7: add some glow on blush to the apples of your cheeks.

STEP 8: use shu uemura supreme shine lipstick in fresh pink. the finish of this lipstick is extremely creamy. it’s perfect for those who prefer gloss but want something with stronger pigment.

as requested by one of my readers, here are colour swatches for the two shu uemura celestial garden eyeshadow trio palettes. each palette comes with three very wearable colours: a glitter shadow to highlight, a pastel colour shadow for the lid and a brown shadow to contour and/or line eyes.

these beautiful palettes are refillable. once you’re finished with the three pans, you can replace them with any two of the regular sized shu uemura colour atelier eyeshadow refills. you can also opt to replace them with one of the shu uemura glow on blushers.

perfect colour combos for spring or summer!

spring 2012 is all about colours! if you’re like me, and prefer more subtle options, then you’ll love the new shu uemura celestial garden collection. the colours are bright, but soft and blend easily together.

here’s how to create fresh purple eyes for spring using the air eyeshadow trio :

STEP 1: start with creating a perfect canvas. for glowing skin, prep with the shu uemura stage performer instant glow. it evens out the skin tone and fills in fine lines for plump, supple skin.



STEP 2: use brush 18 to apply shu uemura face architect illuminations moisture fluid foundation (i use colour 564; if your skin tone is more yellow, opt for the colours that begin with the number 7). set with face powder matte for a silky finish and finally, set everything by spritzing with depsea water facial mist (my favourites are rose and lavendar) – this is how to get glowing skin as opposed to oily skin.



STEP 3: starting at the centre of the lid, apply the purple shade using brush 10. blend away from the centre, all the way up to the brow bone. add more purple to the centre of lid. apply same shade to the bottom lash line.

STEP 4: use brush 8HR and add the blue glitter shade to the inner corner of the eye, blending slightly into the purple.

STEP 5: apply the earthy brown of the double-end eye pencil to the upper lash line. thicken towards the end in order to create a base. blend out the line with brush 10.

STEP 6: use brush 10 and apply the brown shade of eyeshadow to the outer edge of the eyes. do the same to the bottom 1/3 of lash line. line again with black painting liner; then blend and extend the line using matte black eyeshadow.



STEP 7: finish the eyes by curling lashes, applying natural mascara in black and of course, apply a pair of shu uemura falsies. i’m using slant black false lashes.



STEP 8: lips! i dabbed some pro gel cealor to my lips to get the true colour of the beautiful blooming pink lip gloss in the celestial garden collection.



here is the look:

thanks for reading! more looks to come…

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