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Tutorial + Review: Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed (featuring Shiseido Makeup)

Posted Nov 05 2010 12:00am
Makeup boosts confidence but it doesn't have to be about having the perfect coverage and using complicated techniques.

Simple steps done right will brighten up your eyes and make you look awake in a jiffy.

Read on for my tips and reviews of two Shiseido Makeup products that will be featured in this post -- Natural Finish Cream Concealer and Perfect Mascara Defining Volume.

Step 1: Complexion

Apply a tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion without looking like you've applied foundation. My favorite to use is the Madara Tinting Fluid and I don't think I need to be telling you why! I dust a light layer of loose powder just to set and blot off any excess shine.

Step 2: Conceal

One of my go-to concealers recently is the Shiseido Makeup Natural Finish Cream Concealer. You only need just a wee bit of the cream to achieve a natural coverage and you can build the coverage up as desired.

This concealer adheres well to the skin and doesn't crease nor flake throughout the day. In fact, it's probably one of the longest-wearing concealers I've tried so this one's a no-brainer when I know I'll be wearing makeup for long hours or in warm conditions. It can appear slightly dry upon application, but the natural oil from my skin fixes that. The squeeze tube packaging is simple and hygienic.

Because I'm not wearing foundation, I opted for a lighter coverage under the eyes just enough to take away the tiredness. Also, the 03 Medium shade that I'm wearing is yellow-toned, which is a great neutralizing shade for the under eye area without looking unnatural.

Step 3: Bright Eyes

Key Points
  • A sheer wash of lightly-shimmered eyeshadow all over the lids and slightly concentrated under the arch of the brows will even out discoloration while still looking "dressed". My eyeshadow of choice for this purpose is the Paul & Joe Eye Gloss in 03 Champagne Brown
  • Blue eyeliner does wonders to make the eyes look brighter as it whitens the "white" of the eyes. Err... hope you caught that. MAC Fluidline in Blue Peep is perfect for this task
  • Some people may not agree with this but I find applying dark eye shadow just in between the roots of the bottom lashes really adds definition and also adds contrast to the color of my waterline. Personally, I dislike the whole white-eyeliner-on-waterline thing because it looks unnatural. Regular dark eye pencil may be too "solid" so an eyeshadow that's softer than black, smudged on with a brush, would do the trick
  • Use a mascara that's both volumizing and lengthening that holds up a curl well so that you'd immediately look awake. A black color that's really dark will add contrast to the blue liner to make the eyes pop. Playing around with contrast is more effective when doing minimal makeup looks. The mascara used for this look; Shiseido Makeup Perfect Mascara Defining Volume (review below)
  • To bring even more emphasis to the eyes, groom the brows well but keep them soft so that the focus will be on the eyes. Kind of like having a soft frame for a bold painting will make the painting stand out more and not distract people from the main attraction. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that the brows should be ignored completely. Ungroomed brows can be just as distracting as overly groomed ones. Here's a mini tutorial on how you can soften the look of your eyebrows
Step 4: Cheeks & Lips

Once again, the focus is on the eyes but having the cheeks and lips look slightly tinted will bring the complexion to life. My pick for the most natural cheek and lip combo; MAC Blush in The Perfect Cheek + Shiseido Luminizing Lip Gloss in BR302

You can often count on Japanese makeup brands to come out with really good mascaras. And I've used the Shiseido Makeup Perfect Mascara Defining Volume often enough to know that I like it a lot. The brush is slim and narrows down at the tip so you'd be able to coat practically every single lash. If you look closer, you'd notice that one side of the brush has shorter bristles and the other has longer bristles. I use the shorter side first to build up the volume and then the longer side to extend and separate. The effect is dramatic enough for night use but not the most dramatic mascara that I own. However, because the black (BK901) is so dark, it still makes the lashes stand out.

My initial concern about this mascara is that it was too wet. I'd get mascara all over my lids if I'm not careful. I assumed that it'd get better as it dries up a little but then it started to get a little clumpy so this mascara isn't foolproof. 8 out of 10 times I'd get a very nice effect but for the other 2 times, I'd get very unflattering crispy clumps. By then I know it's time to clean the brush (with a wet wipe) and the opening of the tube (with a cotton bud) so that it wouldn't pick up the solidified mascara and deposit it on my lashes.

This formula is very much smudgeproof that it might as well be waterproof. No flaking or smudging and the curls stays up the whole day.

Natural Finish Cream Concealer and Perfect Mascara Defining Volume retail for RM99 and RM89 respectively.

*Shiseido Makeup products featured in this post were provided by Shiseido Malaysia for the purpose of review on Skin Deco
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