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getting ready for spring? it’s time to pull out some colourful eyeshadows and to shop for some new makeup goodies to add to your collection! flipping through magazines and browsing online, i was inspired to create a aqua marine makeup look to reflect the spunky colourful liners seen on the runways this spring season.

loulou magazine also featured this look in the march 2013 issue:

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image taken from loulou magazine march 2013 issue

this is my version using the new shu uemura spring 2013 dream blossom blue palette:

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this look is so easy to recreate:

FACE: keep skin soft and fresh using minimal makeup

  • cleanse skin using cleansing oil (i like to use the fresh one – pink bottle)
  • hydrate skin so that makeup smoothes on nicely; for very clean and fresh looking skin, i recommend using the hydrabtility intense moisture filling
  • apply shu uemura bb perfector cream – available in stores in canada
  • lightly dust loose powder matte to areas that tend to get overly shiny i.e., nose and forehead
  • spritz face with depsea water (i’m currently using mint)

EYEBROWS: for a softer spring look, shape eyebrows so that they are more straight than arched

  • shape eyebrows using shu uemura hard formula (i use seal brown)
  • soften them using brush 6OB
  • i like to set my brows in place using the shu uemura brow manicure in ash brown

EYES: i used the dream blossom blue palette for this look. click here to read my review on the palette.

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LIPS:

  • make sure lips are well moisturized. i like to use the depsea hydrability lip balm.
  • apply new ob sakura pink rouge unlimited for a cute pink pout

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have fun experimenting with this trendy aqua marine look!

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spring is finally around the corner! i’m sure we’re all looking forward to ditching those bulky winter coats and to tap into some of the new spring 2013 trends! march’s issue of loulou magazine outlined the hottest makeup trends for this spring. several of which can be created using the new shu uemura dream blossom collection.

the first trend that i’ll be featuring is warm and mysterious smoky eyes. i think this look is best achieved using matte eyeshadow shades while keeping skin and lips clean and neutral.

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image taken from loulou magazine’s march 2013 issue

here is my version:

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to recreate this look:

FACE: keep skin clean and fresh

  • always properly cleanse and prep skin. i used shu uemura fresh cleansing oil (the pink bottle) and the hydrability line.
  • apply pore eraser uv underbase using pentagon sponge
  • apply illuminating moisture foundation (my shade is medium light sand 564) using the same sponge
  • dust a very small amount of face powder matte in colourless on areas that then to get oily. we want to keep skin fresh, so use a minimal amount.
  • spritz face with depsea water (i’m using the mint one right now – refreshing!) to get a dewy finish and to set the makeup.

BROWS:

  • naturally define brows with small strokes following the direction of hair growth using hard formula (my shade is seal brown)
  • i like to apply the brow manicure to keep my hairs in place (i used ash brown)

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brow manicure

EYES: this look was created using the pink palette from the dream blossom collection (click here to read a review on the palettes) this technique works for monolid eyes as well.

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these are the brushes, products and tools that i used (click on images to visit the shu uemura website):

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brush 2R

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brush 4F

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brush 5R

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natural brush 10

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brush 11

lashcurler

eyelash curler

painting linerstrech xtreme

                   brown painting liner                                       stretch xtreme mascara

CHEEKS: keep cheeks pretty neutral. add a bit of colour for dimension.

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LIPS: for this look, keep lips very neutral so that the attention is all kept in the eyes.

  • line lips with neutral lip pencil
  • fill lips with new rouge unlimited in light beige

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have fun experimenting! more spring looks to come!

the shu uemura spring 2013 dream blossom collection features five new glow ons. these glow ons are all of pearl texture so they reflect light subtly giving the most natural glow of colour. shu uemura glow ons have always been amongst a makeup artist’s favourites. it’s because of it’s smooth texture that creates such a flawless, non-powdery finish. it’s extremely finely milled and is even safe to use around the eye area.

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from top to bottom: P light yellow 020, P vivid orange 551, P soft orange 542, P soft coral 332, P soft pink 324

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left to right: P light yellow 020, P vivid orange 551, P soft orange 542, P soft coral 332, P soft pink 324

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P soft yellow 020

P soft yellow is perfect for highlighting. it gives a beautiful glow to cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. i find the finish and highlighting effect is best when applied with brush 13G. for the smoothest and most beautiful application, be sure to use the flat side of the brush to apply glow on.

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brush 13G (click on image to visit the shu uemura site)

Photo5P vivid orange 551

P vivid orange is a high pigment glow on so a little goes a long way! this shade would look lovely on tan skin. i would recommend using this shade after having had a bit of colour from the sun. if your skin is still fair from the long winter months, i would opt for the P soft orange shade. i suggest applying this glow on as a contour (more in the hollows of the cheeks) using brush 20h. use a light sweeping motion beginning from the upper part of ear sweeping towards the nose in a diagonal line. *picture an imaginary line going downward from the outer part of your eye and be sure not to pass this line!

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brush 20h (click on image to visit the shu uemura site)

Photo4P soft orange 542

P soft orange is such a warm and peachy shade. it looks so great on fair skin, but also gives a healthy sun-kissed glow to tan skin. i would recommend applying this shade to the apples of the cheeks using brush 20. for the most colour payoff, but sure to use the flat side of the brush to apply (and not the tips of the bristles). most shu uemura brushes are designed flat, as opposed to dome-shaped. this gives a smoother finish with precision and avoids fall off or having powder fly everywhere!

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brush 20 (click on image to visit the shu uemura site)

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P soft coral 332

P soft coral is one of my favourites! it gives the most natural rosy flush to the apples of the cheeks. my foundation shade is medium light sand 564 and i find that this shade and the P soft pink look best. i find that pink blushers brighten up my skin as opposed to the orange shades.

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P soft pink

P soft pink is such a pretty shade. it’s perfect for a sweet makeup look. it looks adorable on fair skin and on more tan skin it peaks through like a healthy flush. i recommend applying this shade on the apples of the cheeks using brush 20.

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doubles as an eyeshadow or a glow on case

the collectable unmask palette case, just like the regular shu uemura cases, can be used for eyeshadow and glow on refills. simply slide out the inside holder and pop in the refills! no magnets or adhesive required.

pick your shade and have fun creating your makeup looks!

shu uemura has always been known for our intricate and artistic false lashes. whether it may be natural lashes, lashes for a slight accent or the dramatic collectable lashes, shu uemura has always been the go-to to decorate our eyes. i’m always so excited when a new season arrives because i’m curious to see what our international artistic director kakuyasu uchiide, has designed.

for this spring 2013, it’s all about colour. splashes of pastels and vibrant primary colours have been seen all over the runways. on point with the trends, shu uemura’s spring dream blossom collection has two beautifully designed colourful, feathery collectable lashes: rainbow feather S and rainbow feather L.

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rainbow feather L

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the rainbow feather L lashes are so fun for those artistic makeup lovers out there. of course they are not day-to-day lashes, but they are definitely lashes that makeup artists love to have fun with! the long colourful feathers are perfect for an artistic photoshoot. the eyeshadows from the same collection are perfect for creating a backdrop for these lashes (click here to read about the eyeshadows). the shadows should be applied all the way about the brows and onto the temples; makeup artists can really play around with blending and colour placement to accentuate the lashes.

these playful lashes were also featured in the march issue of loulou magazine in the beauty trends section.

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rainbow feather S

the rainbow feather s lashes are a little more subtle compared to the rainbow feather L, although still pretty dramatic! but these lashes can be worn on a bold fashionista as the bottom layers of the lashes are black, so when eyes are open, an accent of soft colourful feathers can be seen above the long black lashes. (click here to see how they look on). they are basically like the slant black shu uemura lashes, but decorated with fluffy colourful feathers.

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if you’re a shu uemura fan, i’m sure you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of these before they are no longer in stores!

shu uemura can now be found in sephora in eaton’s centre in toronto and can now be purchased online on the new shu uemura canada website.

have fun experimenting with some colour!

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