Natural smoky vs. Glam Smoky

In my last post, I talked about how I’m being loved for smoky eye style and it’s 1 my favorite styles to do as well.

In this post, I’m going to show you different versions of smoky eye makeup: the soft smoky and the glamorous smoky. Smoky eyes can be done in many different ways and go together with nude lipstick or brighter lipstick, contoured cheeks or soft rosy cheeks… There’s no rules really. The only rule is your taste and what you feel most beautiful in.

In my opinion, the soft smoky look would work great for brides, and though it’s called “smoky”, it doesn’t have look dark & dramatic. The brown & black version would work great for anyone, look quite natural, and photographed well. If you have fair skin and light brown/hazel eyes (like the model here), you can easily wear smoky with a touch of purple blended in to make your eyes pop. In the last 4 photos, you’ll noticed I used metal grays & lavender/purple-ish colors in place of typical earthy tones.

Smoky eye makeup can be tweaked appropriately to suit different eye-shapes. I’m not saying it would work great for just anyone, because some faces would be best going with natural or elegant look, but it worked amazingly well for a lot of my clients.  This is nowhere close to the Korean youthful barely there makeup nor the Taiwanese sweet & lovely appearance, it adds more attractiveness and glamour to the look. If you’re into modern styling or favor a more Westernized look, smoky eyes would be perfect for you!

Credits: Photos by Randy Basso (outdoor images) and Steve Smith (in studio). Model: Lisa Ryland.

 

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ELLE Beauty Advice: A Beautiful Woman

For Spring & Summer, Elle VN wants to show you 5 different ways to wear your hair & makeup to suit your unique personal style. And you can try all of these looks, each on a different occasion and wow others how versatile and stylish you are! I had the pleasure to do 5 different makeup styles for this new-coming model, ThuTrang. From feminine to bold, from modern to classic, she rocked.

Credits: Makeup by Aimee Lam / Hair by CrazyNhoc/ Photo by Vic Nguyen

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Transformation: from Sweet to Smoky

What a great shoot with Tiffany Vu. I had such a fun time creating the looks as well as photographing her.

For the first look, it’s super natural with dewy skin. I’ve been inspired with the Korean porcelain dewy skin & barely-there makeup style for a while, so I purposely chose Tiffany for this look. This is very similar with the natural look that many brides adore.

After having some fun with the barely-there makeup, I changed the look to the opposite: SMOKY EYES – my favorite. Quite a number of my brides love to wear a smoky eye makeup look for their wedding day too. Of course, on the brides the smoky look will be altered to a clean/elegant version, pairing with airbrushed skin and peachy/pinkish nude lipstick.

 

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Tips | Finding Perfect Red Lipstick – part 2

In PART 1, I already discussed why red lipstick may look so good on blonds & super models, but may be quite a bit of a challenge for us, especially Asians. In this post, I’ll share some tips on how to find the right shade of red for you.

Before going into details, you need to know this:

1. Most Asians have yellow or neutral undertone, and because of this, cool red (blue-ish tint) or neutral red tends to complement our skin tone & eye color better than warm red (orange-y tint). Think dark cherry red, burgundy red, and mauve. Choose a color with the right intensity (sheer = light, luster = moderate, or very matte = rich/dark in pigment).

2. If you’re heading to the department store, I suggest doing your base, brows, and eyes at home first, but only wear colorless lip balm on your lips before you head out. .

3. If you’re a germ-freak when it comes to makeup like me, you’d want to bring some makeup wipes and your lip balm with you. Before you try on another shade, you’d want to wipe off the previous shade completely and redo your lip balm before you test another color (so you won’t dry out your lips).

4. Last but not least, bring a small mirror with you so you can check out the red shade under natural daylight. Don’t trust the lighting in the department stores. Or, bring a friend who knows makeup & fashion.

TO FIND THE RIGHT COLOR: meaning to find the right cool/neutral shade of red.

1. To determine if a color is cool / warm / neutral, test it on a piece of white A4 paper. Use your ring finger to take off some color from a lipstick or lip gloss and wipe it onto the blank piece of paper. Let it dry for like a minute, and then it’s easier to tell if it’s more cool or warm. If it looks cool or neutral & you feel like trying it on, go head and ask the counter girl to sanitize the lipstick (they usually dip it in alcohol first, then wipe off the top layer before they hand it to you). Don’t forget to write down the name/brand of each lip color that you tested.

2. Try at least 3 shades of red on yourself, maybe a mauve to begin with, then a cool medium red, then a deeper color (like cherry red). After you try on each color, don’t trust the light in the department store, come outside to where you can get some good natural light. Now use your mirror to judge the color.

3. If it’s the “right” red, it should brighten up your complexion and compliment your eye-color, and making you feel good in it. If it doesn’t, wipe it off, redo your lip balm & try another.

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