30.9.14

Tips to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger!

Have you ever noticed how professional makeup artists can make even small eyes look big, bright and beautiful? Sure you have. We’ve all seen photographs of celebrities with and without makeup and it can often be difficult to believe that they are actually the same people with the same sized eyes. What many people don’t realize is that some of their tried and tested makeup routines can actually make the eyes look smaller and if eyes really are the window to the soul then we want them to be a large as possible.

So how can you make even rather small eyes look bigger and more beautiful?

Your Eye Lashes
Taking good care of your eye lashes can make an enormous difference to how large or small your eyes look. We’re not just talking mascara here (which, of course, everyone should use) but what to do before you apply your mascara – curl them. This helps to give the eyelashes more body and open wider. Some people may like to use false eyelashes; others are not so comfortable with them and that’s okay. Another eyelash trick is to not bother with the lower lashes, this can make the eyes look cluttered up and smaller than ever. You’re probably better off just using a little colored eyeliner down there instead.

Your Eyebrows
If your eyebrows are perfectly groomed and perfectly shaped it creates a very flattering frame above the eyes. Accentuating the eyes will make them appear larger – bingo! Make sure that all stray hairs are tweezed away both below and above the eyebrows and any small gaps can be subtly filled using a soft eyebrow pencil. When you have finished brush the eyebrows up (this is important) to help create a defined, clean and clear shape.

The Colors You Use
Thinking about the colors of eye makeup you choose can make a big difference. Too many of us get stuck into a rut when it comes to makeup colors with brown / black eye pencils but using something a little different can make a huge difference. Try navy eye liner pencils which really can help the whites of your eyes appear to be brighter and hence your entire eyes larger. Lavender, for example is very brightening and flattering for most eye colors. Silvers, pinks and aqua eye shadows look great on bare eyelids if mixed with plenty of mascara and well groomed eye brows.

The Waterline
This is one area where some people make their eyes look dramatic and smoky but also inadvertently reduce their size. If you want your eyes to look bigger and better ditch the dark colors for the waterline (the lower line between the eyes and the lashes) and go for something light – a white eye pencil can make a heap of difference.

The Highlight
Learn how to highlight well and your eyes will always look big, bright and beautiful. It is quite a simple technique once you know what you’re doing. Put a little highlighter / pearly eye shadow into the center of your lids, directly beneath the eye brows and onto the inner corners of the eye and they will look instantly wide awake and lifted. It really can make a world of difference.

Although it’s nice to have makeup professionally done every once in a while and see the effects which can be achieved, we don’t all have to book spaces in salon chairs to achieve our desired looks. We can do it ourselves at home with just a little practice.

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*This is a sponsored guest post.

27.9.14

Cracked Porcelain Doll + 50% code for PinkyParadise!

Number one reason why I haven't done any Halloween looks in the past two years: I'm no good at special fx makeup. At all. So this year, I thought why not try an easy one that everybody seems to have done - the Cracked Porcelain Doll look. Looking through pictures, it seemed easy enough.. Just make your face super pale, put on some normal eye makeup and lipstick, and then draw on some cracks; but of course.. it wasn't. 

I'm kind of happy about the way this makeup look turned out since it was my first attempt, but it could've been much better. The crack on my forehead is dare I say, pretty okay, while the one beside my mouth just looks like I've been eating a bunch of chocolate and got them all over the sides of my mouth. The three dots on each side of my face is supposed to be cartoon/doll-like "freckles". I naturally have a mole on one cheek, can you spot the difference between the mole and the "freckles"? Haha.

I tried teasing my hair to make it a little poofier, but that didn't happen. Instead, I was left with super messy hair so lets just pretend we were going for the "dishevelled" look.

This makeup look wouldn't be complete without the eye makeup! I used a black gel eyeliner and did a cat eye, and also smudged a little bit of what's left on my gel eyeliner brush into the crease to add depth. Then, I choice these pairs of lashes which I will be reviewing in a later post. They're super dramatic, and long, and they have an enlarging effect on the eye.

And of course, the colored lenses. Personally, I think this makeup look would look really nice with just my natural dark brown eyes too, but I wanted more oomph and opted for these grey contacts called the Vassen Rainbow Eyes Grayish-Blue from Pinky Paradise. I think the colored lenses made a huge difference to the entire look.

I'm in love with this pair of colored lenses! It has so much dimension to it: there's grey and blue on the outer sides, and more of a brownish tint on the inner part near the pupils. They're so sparkly and they can turn my really dark eyes into this beautiful, light grey colour, which is pretty darn awesome!

Pinky Paradise is giving Beauty Nerd By Night readers a discount code which entitles you to a 50% off all lenses (except Phantasee, Toric, Twilight series).
Use the code "Halloween2014BeautyNerd1" at checkout for 50% off your entire order!
Please, please, please do not put this code on coupon sharing sites, or it will be removed and won't be available for use!

Buy the ones I'm wearing here for $11.95 after the 50%, instead of their normal price of $23.90:

Pinky Paradise ships worldwide, and they only sell authentic brands like GEO, G&G (I love the green one I have from them), Vassen, and more.

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments!

26.9.14

1000 Followers Giveaway | M.A.C Cosmetics - International


I started this blog when I was just getting into makeup, to document my "beauty journey", I guess. I never thought for a second that a thousand people would be following my blog and reading about beauty products that I'm trying out. Throughout the 2 years I've been blogging, you guys stuck with me through those horrible pictures, and the lack of posts. Thank you for not getting bored of me (well, I sure hope you're not.. or at least ...yet haha).

At first I wanted to create a beauty bundle of all my favourite products that I think you guys will love, but I decided to split it into three different giveaways (so more people can win!) that will each run for two weeks. This is, well, part one. Part One of this giveaway.. I wanted the prize to be something that everyone will love. I did ask in a previous giveaway what brands you guys would like to see in future giveaways and picked out the top 3! This brand is in the Top 3, and lets be honest, who doesn't love MAC? They're good quality, and so luxurious.

To enter part one of my three part giveaway, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below! 


Part two will go up in two weeks. Can you guess what brand Part Two is? *hint*Asian brand*hint*.

Thank you for reading, and good luck!
xoxo