How do you keep your waterline eyeliner from running or disappearing during the day?
Waterlining is great for adding a little va-va-voom to your eyes and giving them that bit of extra sultry definition. Whether you want to add some drama to your rich, smoky eye or reduce redness and brighten brighten with a nude eyeliner, waterlining can be a great technique. Whilst there is no way to get eyeliner on the waterline to last all day there are a few ways you can make it stretch a little further and not disappear five seconds after you’ve applied it…
I had the great pleasure to work on the very challenging cover for yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. At this 10th year mark of Hurricane Katrina, the review dedicates itself to books and shorts about the lives in New Orleans after the disaster.
At first, I wanted to depict the social and racial inequalities that has been exposed by the water line which is still haunting the recovery. But in the end we decided to show more defiance/perseverance/celebration after the waters receded.
After I came up with new sketch V.2, I realized I really miss the mix-match perspectives in my original V.1 sketch, hence the V.3 which was picked for the final.
YEAP - half the wedding’s over. (The day ceremony at least.)
We’ve still got the banquet left to go.
Hey, it’s a Chinese wedding. It’s never simple.
[Update] For those who are asking where the angel wing shoes are from, they’re “Angelo” slingbacks by Sophia Webster. I got them at On Pedder in Singapore but you will need to look online for stockists near you! As for the makeup, here’s a quick round-up of the products used for my wedding (day) face!
Primer - MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Primer in Mauve down on neck and chest (trick to getting my neck and chest to match my face and photograph less yellow).
Base - MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD foundation applied with fingers for the most seamless, skin-like finish.
Concealer - Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup in 01 and 03 mixed (sad news for light to fair girls, 01 has been discontinued and 03 now named 1N3 is the lightest. It’s the equivalent of about NC30/NW25).
Setting Powder - Shu Uemura Lightbulb Loose Powder - I don’t want a flat matte powdery look, so this is great as it still gives a soft-focus radiance.
Subtle Contouring - Too Cool For School Rodin sculpting compact just very lightly around the edges of my face and under the cheekbones. The primary goal is to prevent any flash back or ashy cast around the outside of the face caused by setting powders, not to carve out cheekbones or reshape my face.
Highlighter - Kevyn Aucoin Highlighting Powder in Candlelight along peaks of cheekbones and brow bones for a super-subtle non-sparkly glow; in Singapore, humidity is so high that things can look “oily” rather than “dewy” after awhile. This powder is perfect cos it NEVER looks like too much.
Blush - TheBalm’s Down Boy is a delicate mauve-toned cool rose. Matte is good if you don’t want to emphasize all your pores in the day time when you’ll be out and about and sweating. This is also a great shade to match my cool-toned pink lip.
Brows - Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in 05 Stone Grey, Benefit Gimme Brow - I want soft, groomed brows that frame but don’t take any attention away from my face, so a soft grey shade creates the illusion of fullness, and Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Light/Medium has fantastic hold.
Eyes - I went with an ultra-simple “dreamy” soft look that’s long-wearing. Just an iridescent taupe-toned eye that is smoky enough to add definition but still look softer than a deliberately contoured eye. I layered iridescent colors. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre 83 Illusoire all over and along the outer 2/3 of lower lashes, then a sparkly overcoat from Tom Ford’s Silvered Topaz quad over it. Then I finished with a little silvery-beige pigment (Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow in No 8) in the inner corners to brighten them.
Liner and Lashes - Urban Decay’s Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend ROCKS. It still fades after 8 hours of blinking but compared to anything else I’ve used that wasn’t a liquid liner, this lasted on the waterline. Max Factor’s False Lash Effect 24 Hr mascara was also rock-solid on my lashes.
I wanted a rose-bud stained effect in a pink that wouldn’t go too brown or red, as soft pinks often do. So I actually used a translucent fuchsia-violet around the center of my lips (YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No 33), blotted it on tissue, then applied a “deeper than nude” pencil (Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Deep) around the edges to define and stop things from feathering. The fuchsia stains the lips so I didn’t need to touch up too often, and could just run a clear stick lip balm over the top every once in awhile.
The lipstick did get deeper over the course of the day (see the selfie nearer the top versus the look at the bottom in the afternoon) so it became more of a rosy fuchsia towards the end.